Sunday, November 30

child of god (movie)

It was a Cormac McCarthy kind of weekend. This was a better adaptation of the novel than the movie we watched on Thanksgiving, but was nowhere near the level of No Country for Old Men or The Road. A number of key scenes were left out, which was rather disappointing, but at least the movie came in under two hours (you know how I feel about long movies). My biggest complaint, though, was the way in which the main character spoke--I couldn't understand a word he was saying.

My rating: 3.5/5

Friday, November 28

all the pretty horses

We capped off an enjoyable Thanksgiving afternoon, which was spent at my in-law's, with a movie. My sister-in-law and her family come in every other year for the holiday, so it was nice to see all of them and do some catching up, as we do not get to see them all that often.

Anyway, to the movie...this was an adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. I haven't read this particular book yet, so I can't comment on the adaptation, but Brian said the book is still worth reading. The critics would agree. Overall, it wasn't a bad movie, but it sounds like I would have been disappointed had I read the book before watching it.

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, November 23

white house down

This was an entertaining action flick that told the story of a man (played by Channing Tatum) who had to save the president (played by Jamie Foxx) after the White House came under attack from a paramilitary group.

The movie ran a bit long for my tastes. I felt like they could have tightened things up, but once the action started, it was all action. This was a great movie for a lazy Saturday!

My rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, November 16

orange is the new black (book)

I finally got around to watching this show over the summer and loved it. Brian happened to be reading the book at the same time I was watching the show and he really liked it, so I thought I'd give it a read.

Normally, I don't like to watch something before I read it, but in this case, the show and book are so different, that it didn't matter. The show takes an interesting look at the lives of the other prisoners, whereas the book really only mentions them and does not talk about their stories at all. Even the main character's storyline is different between the two.

Of course, there is much more drama in the show than the book. On the other hand, I'm sure the book gave a more accurate depiction of life in low security prison.

My rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 15

we're the millers

This was an amusing film, with a rather ridiculous premise -- a drug dealer puts together a fake family in order to to go to Mexico and smuggle a large amount of marijuana (the idea was that he would be less noticeable as a family man and thus making it easier to pass through the border).

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, November 9

sick day

One-third of my office has a cold (including my husband). I felt like if I could get through this weekend without being sick, I'd be home free. However, I woke up with a sore throat this morning. So much for that idea.

I'm glad getting a cold held off until today, though. Yesterday, we made a much-needed trip to Costco. We were out of everything at the office. I try to supplement with a few Staples items when we run out of office snacks, but they cost way too much. For example, a box of peppermint patties costs $10 more at Staples. Sure, I know there are costs involved in driving to Pittsburgh, but we only go a few times a year and we buy stuff for our house, too, so I have to think we're coming out ahead. We also went to my step-niece's 8th birthday party last night. So, those two things pretty much took the whole day.

Of course, I have a bunch of stuff that needs to be done today (including some outside work). I guess I better knock this stuff out before I start feeling like crap.

Sunday, November 2

great white hunter

Brian decided to start hunting this fall. When we were out to dinner with our friends the other week, the hunting discussion came up and the husband invited Brian to go turkey hunting at their camp, which they left for on Friday night. So, that was convenient.

Given this, I had no plans for the weekend, so I loaded up my "to do" list with a bunch of stuff and miraculously, I'm almost done with everything. I can get a lot done when I don't have to leave the house. I'm not sure why I ever do.

Saturday, November 1


Last night was Halloween, so, I had to watch something scary. I opted for the 2013 version of Carrie. Bonus: now I won't get that godawful Europe song Carrie stuck in my head every time I view my Netflix list.

At any rate, I thought the movie was pretty good. From what I recall, I stayed pretty true to the original.

My rating: 3.5/5