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Motion Picture Monday: Indie Spotlight

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Movie Title: Rid of Me

Date of Relase: November 18th, 2011

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IMDB Summary:

A scathing black comedy of embarrassment, RID OF ME charts the emotional breakdown and rebirth of a woman ripe for self-discovery.

 

 

I actually saw this several years ago on Netflix, and I absolutely loved it. I loved Meris, and how she was just trying to find herself after trying to be someone she just wasn’t for a man that she wasn’t meant to be with. It had a lot of funny moments and an even big WTF moment. I just wish that we had small candy stores like that here!

 

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Movie Review: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Title: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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Imdb Summary:

Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

My Review:

So first off I would not have seen this movie to begin with if it were not for my daughter who has been wanting to see it since she saw the trailer over the summer. As an adult it is one of the worst movies I have seen in my life, and I am sure my younger self would have hated it as well. My daughter however absolutely loved it.

The only characters I liked were Mr. Teller and the mom’s boyfriend. The rest were just trying too hard. The only thing I was excited about was that Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite was going to be in it, but he might as well have not been in it because he had like approximately one line in the whole movie!

The pranks that Rafe pulls, example the post-it one, there would be no way that that could have been done in the time that he did it. I get it this movie was supposed to be far fetched which is fine, but it was borderline ridiculous.

The slight romance was out of place and quite cringe worthy and would have been better without it. There were scenes that they tried to pull the heart strings from the audience, but I was already so bored with the movie that I just didn’t care. Just because I was not a fan of the movie does not mean you would not be a fan because obviously my seven year old was already asking me to buy the movie after we saw it. Hopefully she forgets that it ever existed, so I don’t have to watch it ever on the small screen.

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Review: My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane

Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

My Review:

This book starts out with King Edward who is believed to be on his death bed, so he is influenced to leave the throne to his cousin Jane, and he arranges her a marriage to Gifford who is the son of one of his advisers.

Jane is a lover of books and is not too fond of the idea of an arranged marriage and has no idea that her future husband becomes a horse by day when they are wed. All she knows is that he has a reputation with the ladies that may also be not true, but she does not know this.

Gifford who is not a fan of his name and prefers to go by G pretty much just deals with his horse curse and upon learning of his arranged marriage all he knows about Jane is that she always has her nose in a book.

Betrayal comes to King Edward’s palace in all shapes and forms and upon this Jane is crowned Queen, but Edward’s sister Mary is on a mission to take back what she believes to be hers and rid the world of all Edians who are humans that can take form of different types of creatures.

I really liked this book, and it was a fun ride.  If you want something charming and not to be taken too serious then this is the book for you.  My only pet peeve was when the narrators would chime in every now and then.  Also I was surprised that this book was written by three authors because it is very consistent and sounds like one steady writer.

I forget at times that this is loosely based on a true story which is a very sad story in fact in our history, but this puts a happily ever after on those individuals that should have been able to live out a happy existence.

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Review: Wax

Title: Wax

Author: Gina Damico

Date of Publication: August 2nd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.

With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?

My Review:

Wax takes place in Paraffin, Vermont where a candle factory is the main attraction that brings in tourists. The main character Poppy had an incident on reality television and is constantly bullied by a boy at her school and is on a mission to get back at him. She then finds herself inside of the candle factory where she runs into a crazy old lady and thinks a bunch of nonsense is going on. When she arrives home from the factory she opens up her trunk to find a boy inside of it screaming and who may not actually be a boy at all.

Some of the people inside of Paraffin start to appear not themselves and Poppy is going to figure out what is going on and help save the town along with a new friend made of wax that she named Dud.

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This was a really fun and very weird book which is not to be taken too seriously. The lead character was very snarky and witty, and I especially loved her conversations with her best friend Jill.

Dud was well Dud. He was really cute, strange and likeable and reminded me of Brendan Fraser in Encino Man except he wasn’t a caveman but a waxman. I also really liked Poppy’s parents. They were hilarious.

A lot of the events were predictable, and the ending did feel a little rushed and maybe not as creepy as I wanted it to be, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked that there was a team effort to help prevent the town from turning into wax, and another character I liked was Jesus who was full of craziness.  If you want a read full of entertainment then I would try out this book.

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Review: The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King

Title: The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: February 18, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

He wants to be the first boy to win the beauty pageant. She wants to destroy the pageant entirely. The world’s most boring town just got a whole lot more interesting. Once a year, the boring small town of Grey Acres perks up for its annual town fair. For champion Mathlete and headstrong feminist Stephanie Simon, this year’s fair means another year of pressure from her mother (an 80s beauty queen turned pumpkin farmer) to enter the fair’s beauty pageant. For college-bound convenience store clerk Jackie Almond, the fair just means the same old rush of customers buying slightly more interesting newspapers. That is, until a fateful meeting with a quirky guidance counselor informs Jackie that most colleges won’t accept him without something to make him stand out. Just as Jackie hatches a plan to become the first-ever male Fair Queen, Steph devises a scheme to destroy the pageant that’s offended her for years. What follows is an all-out war between Steph and Jackie, complete with pumpkin theft, sabotaged first dates, department store shoplifting, and paint-filled water balloon fights, all leading up to one Saturday-night beauty pageant the forgettable town of Grey Acres will always remember.

My Review:

I went into this book not knowing if I would really like it or not because it was out of what I normally read, but I can be biased no more to books because I really liked it!

The book is told in third person point of view which I also normally do not like, but it worked here, and it felt like a movie and could definitely be one that I would want to watch.  The book centers around Jackie who just needs that something extra for his college essay to make him stand out, so what does he do?  He gets the idea to enter a beauty pageant in the small town in which he loathes and to stand out as the first male to enter, but he enters it in secret, so he can not get disqualified.

Our other main character Steph wants absolutely nothing to do with this pageant, and it is all her Mom wishes that she would just give it a chance.  Her love is with numbers and math, and she wants this pageant sabotaged because she feels like it is degrading, but when Jackie and Steph join forces things change.

I must mention the side characters because in this book they were all amazing.  I loved loved Terry and Lizzie!  Can we have a future book on them?  Jackie’s best friend Logan was also one of my favorites, and he also needs his own book.  I loved that he loved to read!

The author was really good at funny lines that didn’t fall flat because for me I am hard person to find things funny, and I was constantly smiling to myself with the things these characters did or said throughout the entire book.  The quirkiness was just on point within all the pages.

Jackie and Steph really grew inside this book, and I felt most of the characters became a lot more open minded to things and the people around them.  For example Steph’s mom was another character that took a step in the right direction because I was not a happy camp with her at first.

This was a quick read for me, and I read it in only one sitting.  I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to laugh or just read something different.

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