Review: If I Stay (Movie)

When one reads a book and loves it, imagining their own vision of all that is indicated in the novel, it can sometimes be hard to take in a movie adaptation of that book.

More often than not, movies fail to grasp the details of the book that make it loved by the fans, and thus become less than stellar in the box office.  It could be in the screenplay, or the fact that your favorite scene(s) is not included for whatever reason, or that it’s just not delivered correctly, or, heaven forbid, the actor portraying the character doesn’t have – o.m.g. (by the way, I hate when people actually say “Oh Em Gee”) – the right eye color!  Yes, fans are really that bad sometimes.  Anyway, these all factor into the success of a movie adapted from a book.

Well, for the first time in while, especially because this is adapted from a Young Adult novel, I watched If I Stay without having read the book first.

Crazy, I know.  But I had my reasons at the time, but I felt ready to watch it.  I basically already knew the gist of the plot, so I wasn’t going in completely blind, but I certainly didn’t go in with already envisioned the characters as I would have if I’d read the book.  And honestly, I completely understand it when people say they’d rather see the movie first before reading the book.  I also completely understand that the book is almost always better (unless the book actually isn’t that good).

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Peek Into JURASSIC WORLD With Official Trailer

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park is one of my favorite “adult” (as compared to “YA”) books. Naturally, I loved the Jurassic Park movie, which was directed by my favorite director. That definitely helped.

Three movies later, we now have Jurassic World. I’m just hoping it brings the excitement and thrilling pace that the first movie did. The second movie had its moments, but many found it lacking, and the third movie was better, but still not as good as the first.

I can hope this one at least does as well as the third, but hopefully better.  And as much as I loved Chris Pratt as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, his character in here probably won’t be challenging the villain to a dance off.

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My Weekend at Comic-Con 2014

This being my 18th year attending Comic-Con (although I mistakenly said 17 to everyone I mentioned it to at the Con), you’d like one would get tired of it.  But that’s the glory of Comic-Con, it doesn’t get old.  There’s always, and I mean always, something different, something new, to experience.  Granted, an event of this magnitude brings out some of the unflattering traits of humanity despite every effort on the part of those involved in organizing the event to make it a highly positive experience for all.

For me and my friends, I believe we’re on the positive side of things.  I understand that I cannot possibly achieve meeting the actors that I want to meet and attend the panels that I want to attend and get the autographs of authors that I admire (even though I most certainly try), but what I can get, I am grateful for.

I will try to help convey the pleasantries of this often overwhelming weekend, not to make anyone jealous of my fortune, but to make people aware of one of the many experiences that one can have at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as give anyone who’s planning to attend bits and pieces of what to expect.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Art Exhibit to Kick Off San Diego Comic-Con at Chuck Jones Gallery

How to Train Your Dragon 2 delivered, and delivered well enough for me to see it twice, and enjoy it equally both times.  And I’m so excited to get a chance to see some of the artwork of Hiccup, Toothless (especially Toothless), and many of the other characters and dragons that were in the movie, at the Chuck Jones Gallery during Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Review: GODZILLA (movie)

This Godzilla movie is an excellent take on the monster I grew up watching.

However, I’m sure that those who want all action will be disappointed (go watch Transformers if that’s all you want). This monster movie essentially focuses on the human side of things, and if I recall correctly, that’s how it’s always been with the old Godzilla movies (mostly, at least).

And then when the monster fights, it’s definitely worth it. It makes sense to leave that for the end, because seriously, monsters don’t really stop fighting until there’s a winner, right?

The actors did a great job in keeping us connected to the story.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson has shown himself to give great performances, no matter what the genre of the movie is, and I’m looking forward to his take as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The same can be said of Elizabeth Olsen, who will also be in Avengers: Age of Ultron as the Scarlet Witch (yes, they play brother and sister in that one).

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GODZILLA Featurette Shows Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Trying Monster Roar

We are less than a month… less than 1 month… away from finally seeing the classic monster tear it up on the big screen.  GODZILLA.  You know I’ve been waiting for this for 2 years now, and despite my lack of posting on it, the anticipation for this movie has now waned.  However, the waiting is still there, so let’s watch this Godzilla featurette, which explores the creation of the big guy’s roar, including one humorous attempt at the “rooowwwr” from Breaking Bad‘s (or in my preference, Malcolm in the Middle‘s) Bryan Cranston.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Officially Signed on to Star in Movie Adaptation in Rick Yancey’s THE 5TH WAVE

I recently posted about Chloë Grace Moretz working on a deal to star as main protagonist Cassie Sullivan in the movie adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA novel, The 5th Wave.  Well, now it’s official.  Here’s the announcement from Sony Pictures:

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Best Image of GODZILLA Yet

Well, it’s the best image of Godzilla‘s face, at least.  But that’s okay.  I like that they don’t want to fully uncover him, but do so in still images or sideways glances and blurs.  I’m seeing this movie, so I can wait.  It’s just a little over a month away now.

via GeekTyrant.

THE 5TH WAVE Movie May Have Found Their Cassie

Before the book was even released, the rights for a movie adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s The 5th Wave was bought by Tobey Maguire and his production company.  And when the book was released in May of 2013, it made an impression among book readers.  And now, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to an actual production of the movie with the signing of a well-known young actress by the name of Chloe Moretz.


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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Trailer #2 is up!

The second trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now available to watch, and gives a much more detailed synopsis of what will take place with Hiccup and his fellow vikings! Check out the trailer after the jump:


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