Leslie's Films in 2013 Review Part 2: Krypton, Gods, Lots of Beer & Zombies (Again)

Over the last few days, I've been looking back on 2013 and figuring out my favorite reads, where I stood on television and yesterday I presented some thoughts on the films of last year. Here continues part 2 of my review of 2013 films.

Movie That Surprisingly Met Expectations: Ender’s Game


My favorite childhood book became a movie after forever and I was honestly scared. There hasn’t been the greatest book to watchable movie adaptation ratio around here, so I went in a little scared. But the people behind this film picked a great Ender and built a battle room that I just wanted to live in. Tons of things were cut from the book and, yeah, Ender is a violent 5-year-old, but for mainstream audiences, this was a fantastic adaptation.

Movie That Was Tons of Fun in Theatres, But Put Me To Sleep on Television: Pacific Rim


Dude, robots! GIANT ROBOTS! SMASHING THINGS! That was all I needed to get me in the theatre and I had a stupid childlike grin on my face from beginning to end. I left the theatre downright giddy even though I could poke holes in the plot until it was in complete pieces. It didn’t matter – GIANT ROBOTS! Then we watched it on television and I fell asleep, so… I’m not sure what that means.

Pleasant Surprise of the Summer: Now You See Me


I didn’t see this until just recently, but I was very surprised at how entertaining this magic mystery movie was. I’m indifferent to most of the cast, but together they held up a pretty straight forward story. Plus Mark Ruffalo is always great as the gruff, slightly grumpy foil.

Movie That Fandom Hates the Most, But I Kind of Love: Star Trek: Into Darkness


There is a lot of fandom angst about the second JJ Abrams Star Trek movie, and yes, the “he’s not Khan, but wait! He’s Khan” publicity thing was really stupid. Overall the second film lacked the same level of humor that made the first one so enjoyable, but this cast has great charisma and JJ toned down the lens flare to more manageable levels. Also Benedict Cumberbatch is in it and he shoots people with a giant laser gun and speaks in a growly voice and yes, I am a fangirl. What of it?

 

And those are the bulk of my thoughts on movies that I saw in 2013. What movies have I missed?

Random Tuesday: Vaguely Thinky Thoughts About Ender's Game Movie Sequels

So Ender’s Game finally came out and though it didn’t do gangbusters, it won its first weekend. Of course that left all the entertainment journalists with the requirement to run stories about potential sequels. Those articles then led me to grind my teeth in frustration. I know that journalists – entertainment or otherwise – don’t know everything about everything, but if there is a movie theatre that thinks the true, published sequels to Ender’s Game can be translated into a film with a similar tone and feel to the original, they really haven’t read the true sequels to Ender.

Orson Scott Card has made a fortune with the Ender-verse. What started out as a short story turned into a novel that is a perfect gateway into science fiction. At 13 years old, I walked into Ender’s Game hating science fiction and everything not contemporary realistic fiction or vampires pretending to be realistic fiction. Several hours later I set the book down and realized I was suddenly a spaceship-obsessed, alien-loving, all-things-sciency and crazy science fiction nerd. It was a pretty drastic transformation for the catalyst to be a 300 page book.

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Random Tuesday: Not So Mild Celebrity Obsession, Superhero Origins, Robots on TV & Other Randomosity

I go through these weird and obsessive phases where an author or actor or musician takes up residence in my head and refuses to leave. They normally park right in the middle of my brain for a few weeks before wandering off as randomly as they wandered in, leaving behind an imprint of fannish glee.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's okay. I'm not entire sure what I'm talking about either. Despite that, the actor who has recently taken residence in my brain and set up a semi-permanent shop of crazy is this guy:

It's become a bit of a problem. He's the prime reason I ended up on Tumblr and gifs snuck into my post about readership age and YA. I keep stumbling across Youtube and finding videos and that's a blackhole to nowhere. Next thing you know, it's five days later and you're twitching. 

We even went to see that movie that bombed over the weekend because he was in it and I only giggled hysterically a little bit. The movie was a bit of a mess and all over the place, but he was really good. Then again with him living in my head, I would say that, wouldn't I?

Yes, it's a problem. And now that I've watched too much stuff on Youtube, I've come to the conclusion that he's kind of a strange guy, which probably means he's probably going to stay camped out in prime brainspace for much longer than he should. Because apparently I have a thing for strange people (see ongoing obsession with Misha Collins).

Seriously - this is starting to become a problem. Somebody get me off of Tumblr and Youtube. So in an attempt to not think about that guy for ten or twenty minutes, let's think about other random things.

Like Under Armour creating superhero workout clothes that I desperately want even though my walks around the neighborhood couldn't really be considered "working out". 

Mike Maihack created another Supergirl / Batgirl comic that's adorably appropriate. (Found via TheMarySue.com)

io9 found this website that has some great Halloween costumes that will prevent you from catching hypothermia, unlike anything you'd find from Party City. 

Almost Human's debut got postponed two weeks until November 17, which bums me out a little because that pilot is pretty sweet and I want more Karl Urban right now, thank you.

I still haven't forgiven Cartoon Network for cancelling Young Justice and now all signs point to a cancellation for Beware the Batman. Boooooo Cartoon Network. I want my weekly cartoon Batman! (From io9)

This Ender's Game concept art really belongs on my walls. It's gorgeous.

Speaking of things that belong on my wall, these posters about the origins of some of geekdom's favorite characters. I really wish I'd found out about this Kickstarter when it was still active because I would have thrown money at it. (Found via SoGeekChic.com)

And now I'm going to try to be productive and read some library books. If you have random, link up in the comments to distract me from that guy living inside my head.

I'm never getting anything done again.

Gifs made by Tumblr people like this one. I have no idea how to properly credit Tumblr people. Someone want to give me an edicate lesson?