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Throwback Friday: ‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

I’ve been wanting to read Children of Blood and Bone since it broke to prominence last year during the same time Black Panther roared into theaters, breaking box-office records left and right. When I went to my local library last week and saw it sitting on one of the shelves my eyes widened with excitement. I hurriedly took it off the shelf and immediately started reading before checking it out so I could finish it at home.

This morning I finally finished it and I’m sad to report that I’m disappointed.

As someone who LOVES fantasy novels (it’s what I always gravitate toward when looking for a new fiction novel to read), I was beyond excited to read this story focusing on the genre from a black woman’s perspective. While the first 150 pages gripped me with an iron grip, sucking me into a world I didn’t want to leave, it wasn’t long before I realized it was just like every other YA fiction novel I had read before it. Continue reading Throwback Friday: ‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

I’ve been wanting to read Children of Blood and Bone since it broke to prominence last year during the same time Black Panther roared into theaters, breaking box-office records left and right. When I went to my local library last week and saw it sitting on one of the shelves my eyes widened with excitement. I hurriedly took it off the shelf and immediately started reading before checking it out so I could finish it at home.

This morning I finally finished it and I’m sad to report that I’m disappointed.

As someone who LOVES fantasy novels (it’s what I always gravitate toward when looking for a new fiction novel to read), I was beyond excited to read this story focusing on the genre from a black woman’s perspective. While the first 150 pages gripped me with an iron grip, sucking me into a world I didn’t want to leave, it wasn’t long before I realized it was just like every other YA fiction novel I had read before it. Continue reading ‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

Movie Review Flashback: My Review of The Great Wall

Since December of 2016, I have written a LOT of movie reviews. I love looking back sometimes at old movie reviews I wrote about films that I have either watched for the first time or have seen many times and want to elaborate on. So, here’s a flashback to one of the earliest movie reviews I wrote on this blog. Enjoy!

As you probably have noticed from my site I love movies. There are some films however that I happen to miss when they come out in the movie theaters and I have to wait until they’re available on Digital or Blu-Ray. Well, The Great Wall was one of those movies.

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When its first trailer debuted in 2016 it was met with a ton of backlash, and deservingly so. The trailer portrayed that this movie was going to revolve around a Caucasian man, played by Matt Damon of all people who, somehow, was on the Great Wall and was obviously the savior of the Chinese. It was a very bad way to advertise the movie and ended up killing any chances of the movie becoming profitable. It was so distasteful that there was next to zero advertising for the film until a couple of weeks before the movie debuted in theaters.

And Matt Damon seemed to be very absent. He was barely on any late night shows and he was definitely not on the cover of any entertainment magazines. When the movie was coming out I had no desire to watch it. I instead went to see The Lego Batman Movie which ended up being a very dry, very boring, not-that-funny hour and thirty-minute movie that felt like it was taking FOREVER to finish.

So, eventually, The Great Wall was available to watch on Google Play and craving a new movie I decided to rent it and see if it was good or not. I came into the movie thinking it was going to be just a tad bit more enjoyable than Assassin’s Creed which would mean it would be a pretty awful movie.

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As soon as the movie started I immediately noticed the cinematography was extremely impressive. It grasped my attention because it was so beautiful. I still was watching the movie however with the notion that it was going to be terrible and would annoy me somewhere down the road. Well, to my great surprise, it didn’t.

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Peter Jackson Has Got A New Fantasy Film Coming Out This December

When I went to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this past weekend one of the trailers that struck me before the film came on was this movie called Mortal Engines. As the trailer played I knew there was something awfully familiar about the cinematography and the overall fantasy vibe of the film. And then midway through the trailer it said that Peter Jackson was making this movie and I was like, “Whoa.” I haven’t heard anything about Peter Jackson since the end of The Hobbit trilogy and so to see this new film coming out this December with the legendary director at the helm is kind of amazing. Here’s the trailer.

This literally looks like The Hobbit except there’s a female lead, guns, and explosions. I’m pretty sure Mortal Engines was a novel before it was brought to the big screen because this looks just like a fantastic fantasy novel that I would want to read.

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I’m a huge Peter Jackson fan (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are some of the best movies ever made) and so I’m totally down for another film of his, especially one that looks this cool.

Wow, maybe there will be a very cool movie coming out this December after all. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope this excited you as much as it excited me. Have a wonderful day.

‘The Lord of the Rings’: Extended Edition

Before I could even recollect watching The Lord of the Rings as a child its incredible story was being seared into my brain from the many times I watched it. When I was finally old enough to appreciate and understand the epic fantasy film I’ve absolutely loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy ever since. Peter Jackson is hands down one of the greatest directors of all time because of his stunning job with those three films. And the casting was ultimately brilliant. I could easily go on and on about how great The Lord of the Rings is on all of its different levels but this post isn’t about that. It is instead about the wondrous discovery I found out just a few days ago.

Last week I was watching the extended version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which I enjoyed thoroughly by the way, and I found out that there were extended versions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Now, I enjoyed The Hobbit Trilogy, especially the second one, but I LOVE The Lord of the Rings. I mean, I know every single movie by heart, that’s how much I love these movies. So when I found out that there were extended versions of these films it was like discovering the Holy Grail.

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The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite installment in the trilogy because it’s so marvelously enjoyable. And it has the most emotional significance due to Gandalf’s “death”, Boromir’s death, and the fragmenting of the Fellowship by the end of the movie. It’s simply a great film, but it is 2 hours and 58 minutes long. It’s a very long movie. The extended version, however, is literally 3 hours and 48 minutes long. Can you believe that? It’s nearly an hour longer! That is unbelievable and so I had to watch it. I’m glad to say it was just as great as I hoped it would be.

Like I said before, I know these movies backward and forward so it was amazing seeing these unknown scenes that clarified the trilogy’s story even further.

So, since I watched the first Lord of the Rings I had to see what the second one would be like and I was even more surprised.

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First of all, the extended version of The Two Towers is 3 hours and 57 minutes long and let me tell you, there is so much content in this movie, original and new, that I recommend you to watch it over two days. It was so very long but it was so interesting as well. I mean I learned, thanks to the extended version, that Aragorn is literally 87 years old! That helps a very interesting reference in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Let me explain.

At the end of the third Hobbit when the battle was over King Thranduil told Legolas when he was about to head on his way to go find a man named Strider. Now I remember being super confused about this because in my mind Aragorn was between 35 and 45 years old in The Lord of the Rings. So if The Hobbit was set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings how could Aragorn even be alive? Well, now that I know that because Aragorn is actually 87 then Aragorn had been 27 at the time. That’s amazing!

I’m telling you if you are a Lord of the Rings fan and you haven’t seen the extended versions of these movies you have to check them out. They are worth every second and are absolutely wonderful. Now, I haven’t watched the extended version of Return of the King but I’m sure it’s just as marvelous.

I thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed. Happy Veteran’s Day!