Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a bit of reading last week, however I didn’t get any books done. Though I did make some progress with Rhapsody, as book that has been half read since October, so I’m happy with that.

Watched

I sort of ignored the TV this week. I didn’t watch anything I normally do each week. We did start our Christmas movie marathon and so far we watched Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special, Santa Buddies and A Garfield Christmas Special. I also watched Your Name again, because I just love this movie so much.

Life

I feel like this week I did nothing and yet I did quite a bit. I did a major cleaning of the house and discovered a pile of things I forgot to donate a while ago, so I took those to the donation place. I wrapped up some presents, make some decorations and placed them in my reading corner. I had a baking order, which was a bunch of dog treats, so that took up a good chunk of one day. Then I finally made a carrot cake, something I had been promising hubby and the boy for weeks now. Since the weather was quite nice, I took the dog for a walk several times, since it’s rare we have nice warm weather this late in the year. I also played a crap ton of World of Warcraft. I have been absolutely loving playing this game again, even though I had only stopped playing for a month, it felt like an eternity and I’m definitely it catch up mode.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I’m hoping to get some reading done, but I have no idea how much reading time I will have. I do really want to focus on Rhapsody, because that book has been partially read for more than a month, so it would be nice to finally finish it.

Watching

Not real solid plans here, except that I know we will be continuing to watch a Christmas movie every day, I just don’t know which movies we will be watching yet.

Life

There will be lots of World of Warcraft for me this week. I also have some holiday baking that I want to get done, name gingerbread and some cookies. The weather is supposed to stay decently warm, so I will be taking advantage of that and walking the dog as much as I can. I will also be setting aside a day or two this week to work on reviews and some misc blog posts that I have been putting off for far too long.

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Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Binti by Nnedi Okoafor

What I did Last Week

Read

Didn’t do any reading last week. I thought about reading at several points, but never made the effort to pick up a book and read.

Watched

Last week I watched The Hunt, which was a documentary about predators, narrated by David Attenborough, and I quite enjoyed it. I caught up on the latest episodes Alaska The Last Frontier and Recovery of An MMO Junkie. Then I watched Hidden Figures and this movie was so darned good, I’m glad I finally got a chance to watch it.

Life

Last week was one of those weeks where I just didn’t want to do a darn thing, so I didn’t, but this also resulted in me being bored for the most part, wishing I was doing something. On the weekend, I started playing World of Warcraft again, which was awesome and I spent way too many hours playing it, but had tons of fun.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have any set plans here, but I do want to get some reading done. I need to see what catches my eye from my shelf and then read that. This is the start of pushing towards reading as much as I can before the year ends, trying to get those last few books from my 2017 TBR read.

Watching

I’m not sure what I will watch this week. I’m sure I have a number of things on the PVR that needs attention.

Life

Let’s be honest, I will be playing way too much World of Warcraft this week, but that’s okay, because it makes me happy and gives me something to do during the long cold winter days.

Movie Review: Zathura

One of the movies I have had on my to watch list for a while now was Space Jumanji…I mean, Zathura.

I don’t really know what to say about this one. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, but I’m glad I can finally mark it off my to-watch list.

Am I the only one that was glad that Kristen Steward spend most of the movie either sleeping or frozen? Because that was my favorite part of this movie.

There were aspects of it that I did like. The Zorgons were probably the best part of the scifi aspect of this movie. These strange heat seeking lizard aliens certainly made the movie, and the game, so much more interesting. Without them, I feel like I would have struggled more to finish this movie. Also the whole story surrounding the Astronaut was interesting, though I do feel like there were some unanswered questions about him.

Overall it was good, but I felt I would have enjoyed it if a) I was younger and b) if I had never seen Jumanji.

Fun fact: This was the first movie my son ever sat through from start to finish without moving or talking. He was completely enthralled by it and it was only when the credits started to roll that he snapped out of his daze. He was three years old at the time.

Movie Review: Mars Needs Moms

Wanting to add some variety to my SciFi movies this year, I decided to include some kid friendly movies because why should scifi be restricted to adults only. A quick internet search led me to a long list of kid friendly SciFi movies and my biggest problem then became picking which ones to watch. Among these many movies listed, I spotted Mars Needs Mom and thought what the heck, why not start with this one.

I honestly had no idea what to expect. I remember seeing it advertised a few years ago when it first came out, but back then I didn’t really have any interest in seeing it. So I went into this one only knowing that it involved aliens from Mars kidnapping moms from Earth. It seemed like a pretty straight forward idea.

To be perfectly honest, I figured this would be a silly movie, as so many kids movies tend to be regardless of genre, but to my surprise I really enjoyed this one.

The overall story as a whole was an interesting one. I was curious as to why exactly the martians were stealing moms. I mean, obviously it was because the needed moms, as the title of the movie states. But why? How could an entire alien society need moms? Were there no alien moms? And if so, why as that? So many questions to be answered and the movie does a great job of explaining all of it. It takes a little while to get to this answer, but if it happened too quickly then there wouldn’t be enough left to show to have a full length movie.

I thought the animation in this movie was pretty good. Motion capture is definitely one of those great animation tools that I don’t feel is used often enough, though I realize plenty of movies do take advantage of it. Getting to see the actors in their motion capture suits acting out certain scenes was a nice bonus at the end of the movie.

I found it interesting to have mars aliens living underground and thus the rovers never find evidence of their existence.

There is plenty of humor scattered throughout the movie, especially whenever Gribble was involved.I found myself laughing at several points and it just made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. But it wasn’t all humor, as there were a number of serious moments as well.

 

I did have a couple of issues with this movie. First was the many scenes where Milo, and one occasion Gribble, end up falling a really long way down and then land in a pile that basically consists of metal and not a single injury was seen. No scratches, bumps or bruises. Even with the lesser gravity on mars, there should still have been some negative repercussion from these drops, especially since they happened a number of times.

Secondly, I had a slight issue with the whole alien falls in love with a human thing. I felt it was completely unnecessary to the movie. I didn’t care that Gribble decided to return to mars, but why did it have to be because he’s in love with Key, the female rebel of the aliens.

Overall a great little movie that would be perfect to watch as a family, as kids and adults are sure to enjoy it.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Sacred Seas by Karen Amanda Hooper
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

What I did Last Week

Read

Well, I didn’t do too much reading last week. I did read Night of Cake And Puppets, which I had been wanting to read for some time now, but only got around to it now since I got my hard cover copy, as I don’t care for reading books on my ereader. I liked this one, but I didn’t love it as much as the main books in the series. I’ll be posting a full review of this one soon.

 

Watched

Much like my reading, I didn’t really watch much TV this week. I did watch an episode of Recovery Of An MMO Junkie, and I’m still really enjoying this new series. We also watched the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels. On Wednesday I got my copy of Your Name, so we had to watch it that night. This is such a great movie and even the boy loved it. Needless to say, I watched it every day after that as well. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching My Dog Skip, which was good, but not as good as I remembered it being.

Life

Life was pretty dull last week. I honestly didn’t do much, because I was lacking in motivation. Hell, I barely even did any writing as well, so now I’m quite behind on my word count for NaNoWriMo.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

No real plans with this. I may read, may not. We shall see.

Watching

I will probably continue to watch Your Name throughout the week because I just love it so much. I will also be catching up on the latest episodes from Star Wars Revels and Recovery Of An MMO Junkie. I’m not sure if I will try to catch up on my PVR stuff or leave it for later.

Life

I really need to buckle down and catch up on my writing. I didn’t write for 5-6 days last week, so I have quite a bit of word to write in order to get not only caught up but be in a good position to finish NaNoWriMo and win.

Movie Review: The Day The Earth Stood Still

You know a movie is going to be good whent he first line is “Holy Mackerel!” Especially when it’s followed very shortly by, “Holy Christmas!” So good!

I will admit, that initially I was a bit annoyed that the alien looked so much like a human, but I quickly pushed that thought away. After all, if he didn’t look like a human, then we would have one heck of a time blending into society.

The pace of this movie was really good. Sure, it was slow at times, but overall, I felt like the time just flew by while watching this and suddenly it was done.

I am so glad that I watched this one, especially since I didn’t think I would like it. I often find older movies to be lackluster due to a variety of reasons, but this was such a treat to watch. I would definitely recommend people to watch this one if they haven’t.

I know that this one has been remade and I may watch it at some point, if I can get past the fact that Keanu Reeves is in it, but I feel like it just won’t hold a candle to the original movie and will be too bogged down by CG and special effects that take away from the story – if they remember to include any. We’ll see. Perhaps that will be a review that will appear in next years SciFi Month.

Movie Review: Elysium

A couple of years ago, my husband watched the movie Elysium and told me that I should watch it. Of course I added it to my to-watch list, but as inevitably happens, I kept putting it off. Finally, this year, I made time to watch it, because I wanted to knock several scifi movies I had been putting off for some time now.

I found that the pace of the movie was a bit slow. I understand that things need to be established, but sometimes I just wished that there was more action or other things to pick up the pace a bit.

I did find it realistic feeling that in the future, as the world crumbles, it is the rich and privileged that escape to this paradise in space, leaving the poor behind. Yet, despite all this, they still seem to rely on those poor in ways, such as manufacturing robots. It makes total sense for this to happen. Even in the future, as we leave earth behind, the rich will still run things and make the poor suffer.

I didn’t feel any real connections to the characters. There was a nice mix of different characters, but overall, I didn’t get that pull to root for certain characters like I would have liked to.

As far as technology goes, which is often the best part of scifi, overall, I didn’t find too much in this movie to be unique. The medical beds that could diagnose and cure everything, at least it seemed like everything, was very intriguing. I mean, come on, that guy had his face blown off and a few seconds in a medical machine and boom he’s back to normal.

Overall, this was an okay, borderline good, movie. If you haven’t watched it yet, and are thinking about it, I say give it a shot. There is a very good chance that people will enjoy this one.