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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Movie: Iron Man 2

Last night, after having this movie on hold for forever it seems, it finally came in from the library. It felt like ages since I'd seen the first one (which I really liked) so I hoped I could jump right into this one--and I did. It was good, but not as good as the first one.

We again see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper, but we also get Scarlett Johansson as an undercover lawyer-type--who looks like a cartoon version of herself (perhaps on purpose?)--who is Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Colonel Nick Fury the leader of The Avengersin cahoots with Black Widow, and Mickey Rourke as an evil Russian terrorist sort/Whiplash.

Tony has to find a replacement element for the device in his chest that's keeping him alive--he works with the Avengers group on this and to fight Whiplash. It ends with a hint at another movie involving more Marvel characters.

I think RDJ does a really good job; I even found myself crushing on him a little bit, which happened in the first movie too, actually. I'm definitely looking forward to the next movie in this installment. I'm glad I watched it.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Movie: Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

After my husband and I watched Big Show, a Giant's World, I was in a wrestling mood and searched for something else WWE-related on Netflix. Then I came across this movie. I wasn't ever a huge Bret Hart fan; I thought he was cool when I was little and my younger brothers watched WWF.

Well, this movie takes us behind the scenes in Bret's life, showing us a bit of what it was like to grow up in the Hart family, and then onto how he debuted in the WWF. We really get an inside look into what happened during what's called The Montreal Screwjob--where Vince McMahon goes back on his word and makes Bret lose his last match ever in the WWF before leaving for WCW.

I had heard about this whole big thing, and how Bret and Shawn Michaels hated each other, but I didn't know the whole story. Shawn was really a dick to Bret back then! And Vince went back on his promise that Bret wouldn't lose to Shawn in Canada for his last show--Vince called for the staff to ring the bell, saying that Bret tapped out of the Sharpshooter Shawn did to him, even though it wasn't true!

Of course, Bret, Shawn, and Vince all get along better now that over a decade has passed since that incident. It was actually very fascinating, and I learned that Bret is a really cool, down-to-earth guy who was unhappy about where the WWF was heading with all of the sexual and rude elements being added to the WWF product. I actually like him more now--except that he recently remarried a lady younger than me when he's older than my parents! Ugh.

Well, anyway, I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in Bret Hart/The Hart Dynasty/the Montreal Screwjob

Movie: WWE: The Big Show: a Giant's World

When my husband and I were trying to find something good to watch on Netflix, we came across this movie. I was surprised to see it listed as something we could watch, as I thought that it was released just recently. Happily, I began to watch it (even my husband tuned in!).

I think that we only saw a portion of the whole thing, as there are three discs in the set. What we saw was just under an hour long, and it gives us a bit of history about the man who is Big Show, real name Paul Wight. We learn about his childhood, what makes him so big, how he started his career in wrestling, and what he's doing now in the WWE.

I found it to be very interesting and enjoyable. I learned more about Paul Wight as a person, not just a wrestler, and it was nice to do so. I've seen him on television countless times and in person at events a handful of times, so learning more about him was cool. I'd recommend it to any WWE fan!

Movie: A Fire in the Sky

Something made my husband think of this movie, so we watched it last night. I wasn't sure what to expect, not having heard about it before, but I ended up enjoying it very much!

A Fire in the Sky takes place in 1975 in Arizona. A group of men work as loggers as part of a crew led by Mike Rogers. On the way home one evening, they see something strange in the distance: it's described by Allan Dallis as being like fire. As they get closer to it, they realize that what they're looking at is something they've never seen before: it's some sort of spaceship--a UFO.

The 'dreamer' of the group, Travis Walton, exits the truck to approach the ship--even as the rest of the crew shouts at him to get back. Suddenly, a ray of light hits Travis, knocking him to the ground. The crew thinks that he's dead and flees the scene. Realizing what they've done by leaving Travis behind--dead or not, Mike soon returns to the spot Travis fell but doesn't find appears that he disappeared. Was he abducted?

The rest of the crew tries to work with the authorities to find their fellow crew member/friend, but no one believes their story. Eventually, they agree to take a lie-detector test to prove that they're telling the truth. Will they ever see Travis again?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was just okay; I'm not planning on reading the rest of the series. I don't really understand why it's so popular, to be honest--unless because it's one of those murder/mysteries?

I feel as though the whole mystery was wrapped up too fast; combine this with a lot of financial lingo and weird sex violence and there you have the story!

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