Category: TV and Movies

Intensity – An Amazing Book!

I just finished reading a really amazing book. It had me riveted the entire way through. It was called Intensity and is written by Dean Koontz. It is about this girl who goes home with a friend to visit her friends family and a homicidal maniac kills her friends family and kidnaps her friend. Our heroin “Chyna” is a girl already struggling with serious issues from her own life and just trying to survive, goes all out to help save her friend from the man who has her.

Hiding out in the man’s RV when he wasn’t looking, she waits for an opportune moment to rescue her friend and get away. As it turns out, it is not as easy as she thinks it will be. The man is truly deranged as he believes that doing whatever he wants without fear or regret helps him live his life to the fullest. He has perfected his modus operandi and is absolutely deadly.

Chyna’s own personal demons try to hamper her throughout the story, but she overcomes her own fear and insecurity in amazing feats of bravery and daring. I was happy to learn there is also a movie taken from the book, that I will now have to watch. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.

Gaming with Alice in Wonderland

So a friend sent me a gift they thought was hilarious. It is the Xbox game, “Alice in Wonderland.” Turns out. I love it ! This Alice is so far different from the soft spoken girl in the books and movies it is not even funny. Your first job is to escape from an insane asylum and turns out  you’re crazy as a bed bug. Traversing the psychedelic world of this game is a lot of fun and kind of hard, at first, as well.

You are able to upgrade throughout the game and use other characters to help advance through the various stages, as well as to kill the red knights who are mad difficult to kill. The higher and further you get through the game, the more difficult these knights are to kill.

The effects of the game are ingenious, and you will love watching it unfold, even if it is difficult.  I spent a tremendous amount of time in battle though, so be prepared for that. My fingers began to get a bit tired from hitting the buttons to much. I still have not reached the end  – and I am not sure I ever will. However, I will persevere and continue trying whenever I have the chance to play.

New TV Series Premiers

Probably the best thing about September is that all the new TV shows have their premiers for the new viewing season. A lot of the popular shows that were on hiatus over the summer are back with great casts and proven writers. And there are bunches of new shows being launched with high hopes of gaining an audience and becoming the next big hit.

One of the shows that I like just had their big premier and it was an hour and a half long. One of the biggest hit shows on TV and arguably THE biggest hit ever for the FX cable channel, Sons of Anarchy is back for their last season – with vengeance on their mind. This show took a while to gain a following the first couple of years, but now they are having their 7th season and it started with a bang. They will be missed when this season wraps up, but in a way I am glad. I think the writer and creator, Kurt, has run out of ideas and is resorting to a lot of gratuitous violence to entertain the viewers. It is time to end this show and let others have a chance.

There aren’t many more shows that I really care about other than Game of Thrones. Sure, there are lots of situation comedies. Sometimes I will catch an episode of the Big Bang Theory or Mike and Molly, but I don’t really care about any other shows enough to make a big effort to watch them.

On the other hand, some of the shows that ran over the summer are now wrapping up. I have really enjoyed watching Ray Donovan, but there are only two episodes left. I will really miss that show when it is over – not only because I look forward to each new episode, but also because the show’s creator and writer is leaving the show. Someone else who has been involved for the first two seasons will step up and take her place, but deep in our hearts we must surely realize that means that the show will be changed to reflect the writing and input of the new people. I just hope they stay close enough to the original story that we will like Season 3 next year.

What’s the Deal with Duck Dynasty?

There is Duck Dynasty crap all over the stores based on the cable TV “reality show.” Tee shirts, baseball caps, pajamas and now Christmas toys of metal trucks and little bearded figures. It’s the new pop icon or something!

I personally do not see the attraction of a bunch of hairy rednecks hanging around for a reality show. Surely people realize by now that there is very little actual reality in these shows! They are scripted and edited by the show producers. – these guys are just actors at this point. I’m not a fan – I have zero interest in watching that show and I’m sure not buying any of the logo’d crap for some corporate suit to make a profit off these guys.

Watching Skyfall for the Fourth Time

there is nothing on TV tonight that’s worth a shit, so I decided to give my DVD player something to do. It has been gathering dust for several months, as I am not really inclined to watch movies at home. But I do have a small library of favorite movies on DVD and I really like the new James Bond movie called, Skyfall. So, tonight I am watching Skyfall on DVD for the 4th time.

The month of August is always the worst time for TV shows. There is nothing but reruns and crap shows, biding time until the big September premieres hit the networks. Maybe I should just plan on watching a different DVD from my collection each night this month. There’s no sense in them just gathering dust on the shelf and not getting watched. And if I bought them, then I already know that I liked them!

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