Ready Player One

I watched Ready Player One. I didn’t plan on watching it until my mother mentioned about Facebook’s new company Meta. I had read that Mark Zuckerburg was inspired by the book. So I decided to see the movie. No, I haven’t read the book yet. I think I’m getting the audiobook once I finish the book I’m reading. The movie has
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, and Win Morisaki in it.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this movie, a guy named Wade wants to win a contest where he could win Oasis (a virtual universe) and the money from the creator who had died. (Like Willy Wonka) He saves a girl who ends up helping him with clues to the keys to win the contest. He has other help too. He figures out the first clue before anyone does. A cool clue indeed. They also go into The Shining. Not so cool. In the end he does win the contest.

I liked this movie. I will listen to the book and the sequel later. Next week I’m watching Ex Machina.

Jexi

I watched Jexi. I had taped it when it was on Showtime. It has Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Ron Funches, Michael Peña, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, and Justin Hartley (love him).

In this movie, a man named Phil has an addiction to phones. His parents would distract him by giving them their phone so they would fight, etc. One day he ran into a girl and she accidentally knocked his phone out of his hand. He suddenly liked the girl, but then his phone was crushed by another biker. He got a new phone which had an AI named Jexi. He gives permission of everything to the AI and the AI says she is there to help improve his life. The AI tries to set up Phil and the girl he met. Then things look good for a while until he tells Jexi that she really helped him and then Jexi gets jealous and falls for Phil. Then Phil loses his job and almost the girl. Later on, he gets the job he dreams of and the girl. Jexi then helps Phil’s old boss.

I loved this movie. Next week I’m watching Ready Player One.

The Kaiser’s Web

I finished listening to The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry. It is the sixteenth book of the Cotton Malone book series.

Big Warning: There is some violence.

In this book. Cotton finds himself in the middle of German politics. A woman who gives someone information to one of the German candidates for Chancellor is poisoned. The person who is responsible for the death is the other candidate. That candidate wants to bait the other to find documents that would make the other one look bad and he would win. Only he didn’t count on an old woman to keep her word and Cotton finds out the truth and the truth actually makes both candidates look bad. In the end, the race for chancellor is put on hold after the truth comes to light. It was a sad ending, but a good ending.

I loved this book. Back to Narnia, I’m reading next The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis.

Dors and the Lost City of Gold

I watched Dora and the Lost City of Gold. I had taped it when it was on Epix. (I originally didn’t want to see the movie after hearing how stupid it was. Before I moved, I decided why not see how stupid it is. So I taped it.) It has Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Benicio Del Toro, Madelyn Miranda, Malachi Barton, Jeff Wahlberg, Joey Vieira, and Pia Miller in it.

In this movie, Dora is six years old and she has imaginary adventures with her cousin. Her cousin leaves the jungle and grows up. Dora is still in the jungle. Her parents decide to go on a mission to find a lost city. So Dora has to live in the jungle. Dora doesn’t really adapt to city life good. But then she gets kidnapped with her cousin and two other teenagers. They get “rescued”, but they later find out the man who rescues them is a bad guy. They do find the city and the gold. Dora ends up being friends with the teenagers and decides to stay in the city.

This movie was stupid at first, but it ended be good at the end. Next week I’m watching Jexi.

Disney’s Hercules

Last week I watched Disney’s Hercules. It has Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton, Danny DeVito, Matt Frewer, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Rip Torn in it.

In this movie, Hades wants to control Mount Olympus. He decides to try to make Hercules mortal, but he half succeeds. An older couple finds Hercules and raises them as their own. He didn’t who he really is. He knows he is stronger than others. Later he finds out who he is and visits Zeus’ temple. Zeus tells him to find a warrior trainer. He does find the trainer. He also meets Meg who actually works for Hades. He falls for Meg. He even goes to the underworld to save Meg. He ends up beating Hades and saves Mount Olympus.

I liked this movie. This week I watched Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Next week I’m watching Jexi.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I finished reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. It is the third (fifth) book of the Narnia book series. Yes, there was a movie based on the book. Yes, I did re-watch the movie.

In this book, Edmund and Lucy are sent to their cousin’s house because Susan was going to America and Peter was away at college. Their cousin was a rude book who thinks he is a know it all, but secretly he wants to be like Edmund and Lucy who have adventures in Narnia. He gets his wish. A painting turns into a sea voyage for them. Prince Caspian is on a mission to find his fathers’ friends who went missing many years before. The brave mouse on the ship also has a mission to see the end of the world and Aslan’s country. On their journey, they go to an island where the cousin turns into a dragon and they discover that one of the lost lords was probably a dragon too. On another island, they discovered one of the lost lords became gold because of a magical pond. On another spooky island, they find one of the lords who was mentally damaged because the island made nightmares become real. Lucy helps make things visible on another island. On the last island, they find the last of lost lords sitting at a table. To wake them up, they have to go to the end of the world and leave one behind. In the end, the mouse sees Aslan’s country (heaven), and the children are sent back home.

The differences between the book and movie:

  1. The cousin doesn’t stay a dragon long. He turned back into a boy by Aslan as soon as they are ready to leave the dragon island. He doesn’t fight the serpent as a dragon, but as a boy.
  2. The serpent isn’t a product of the nightmare island like in the movie. Edmund doesn’t conjure the serpent up like the movie. Lucy tells them to push the serpent off the boat in the book.
  3. The mission of waking up the lords weren’t as dramatic in the book as in like the movie. They didn’t have to find swords and lay them on the table.
  4. Prince Caspian didn’t see Aslan at the end in the book. He was wanting to go, but everyone was telling him not to go with the mouse.  Aslan did tell him that Edmund and Lucy will go with the mouse to the edge of the world. Aslan doesn’t meet them at the wave like the movie.

I loved this book. Now I going to take another short intermission to listen to The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry. It is the sixteen book of the Cotton Malone book series.

Hercules

I watched Hercules. I had taped it when it was on TNT. It has Dwayne Johnson,
John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in it.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this movie, Hercules had done most all the trials. He is a missionary. He has a group of people to help him. One is a seer, three are warriors, and one is a storyteller (his nephew). (The storyteller reminds of the storyteller in the show The Witcher.) He goes with his group to a town which the king wants him to help train his people and kill some bad people. But it turns out the king is too power-hungry and he is the bad person. The king also aligns with the king that had accused Hercules of killing his family. But Hercules was innocent. His last trial was to be free of that pain. He did kill that king. He also showed his strength and killed the power-hungry king. di

I liked this movie. Next week I’m watching Disney’s Hercules.

Prince Caspian

I finished reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. It is the fourth (second) book in the Narnia book series. Yes there was a movie based on the book. I had seen it and re-watched it.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, The children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) are waiting on the train to go to school. They are wondering when they are sent back to Narnia, then suddenly they are no longer waiting in the train station. They are back in Narnia. But it is much different than what they knew. The creatures were in hiding because of a terrible king. The king had took in his nephew who is supposed to be next in line to the throne. The nephew really doesn’t want to be king, but he wants the old stories of Narnia. His tutor tells him the stories. Then the king has a son. The king then wants his nephew killed. The tutor tells him to run and he meets some of the talking creatures of Narnia. Susan’s horn is found and Prince Caspian has blown which brings the children to Narnia. Aslan and the children take down the king and his followers. The children go back home.

There were a few differences between the book and the movie:

  1. The White Witch doesn’t have a hold on the boys in the book. She doesn’t show up in the book. The woman who was going bring her back is killed.
  2. Susan and Prince Caspian don’t fall in love in the book.
  3. Susan and Lucy go off with Aslan (in the movie it is just Lucy). The book tells what they do.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. It is the fifth (third) book of the Narnia book series.

The month of November

Happy November!!
Yesterday would have my aunt’s birthday. I gave the cats treats.

Nov. 7 we change the clocks again. It’s a headache here at my uncle’s house because he had alot clocks. Last time we had to change the clocks, my mother forgot to change one clock and thought it was four o’clock, but it was five.

Nov. 25th is Thanksgiving. Nov. 26 is Black Friday. I may be doing black Friday early this year.

The Legend of Hercules

I watched Legend of Hercules. It has Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, and Kenneth Cranham in it.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence.

This movie is the story of how Hercules was born and about his first love. Hercules is the son of Zeus. His “step-father” wanted him dead because he thinks his wife had affair with someone. (she did sorta.) Hercules fakes his death and is bought into a fight club. He later accepts that he is the son of Zeus and he kills his half-brother and his “step-father.” (No, this movie doesn’t have the twelve trails has to do. I think that comes later on.)

I loved this movie. Next week I’m watching Hercules