Beauty and the Beast

We finally got a chance to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I had wanted to see it in the theatre, but life got away from us. The original cartoon was my favorite growing up. I loved bookish Belle and the entire story so I was excited to see this adaptation. 

The film is so beautiful. I especially thought the ballroom scene with her yellow dress was spectacular. The songs are awesome and just as magical as in the animated one. Overall, the movie brought back so many good feelings of nostalgia. 

Thor: The Dark World

The next movie up on our Marvel marathon was Thor: The Dark World. The kids and I liked the first one and although we liked this one, we still thought the first one was a better movie. 

Thor returns to earth and takes Jane back to his planet after she is infected with a dark force called the Ether. An alien race is also after her to gain it for themselves and destroy multiple worlds.  Along the way, Thor’s mother is killer and Loki, Thor’s traitorous brother presumably sacrifices himself to save Jane and Thor in the final battle. However, it is revealed in a post credits scene that he may still be alive. 

Some of the action scenes were impressive especially the one at a college. Kat Dennings is her funny and sarcastic self. The chemistry between Jane and Thor is pretty nonexistent though. 

Rich People Problems

I finished Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan last night. I loved the first one, and enjoyed the second, so I was excited to read this one. It took a little bit to get back into all of th characters, but yesterday, I read for several hours wanting to finish it. 

Nick Young is back as the main character and he goes back to Singapore when his beloved but estranged grandmother becomes very ill. Of course, the rest of the family descends on the house as well in an attempt to gain some of th inheritance. Once she dies, the real drama begins as the family begins entertaining offers for the palace-like home. Nick feels a sense of duty in wanting to preserve the home instead of selling it off to developers. 

The crazy characters of Nick’s extended family were easily the best part of the first two books and they don’t disappoint here. A movie based on the first novel is currently in production and I can’t wait to see that as well. 

Blind Item

I finished Blind Item, by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, a bit ago and it was a pretty quick and easy read.  The main character, Nicola is an assistant publicist in Los Angeles. She meets Seamus, a famous movie star and she is thrust into crazy situations as she begins dating him. 

Seamus of course has baggage in the form of a drug problem and Nicola is constantly torn between really liking him and wanting to be with him and not wanting to be caught up in the messiness. 

The book made LA seem sleazy and maybe the inner workings of the entertainment scene are indeed like that, but there was a little too much drama for my taste. 

Iron Man 3

We finished up the next Marvel movie Iron Man 3.  Tony Stark is having some PTSD issues from the events in The Avengers and this is not helped by his home being completely blown up.  He must track down an old enemy Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pierce and figure out the plans of the Mandarin terrorist.

While I personally don’t think this is one of the stronger Marvel movies, the kids still enjoyed all of the action and Tony’s friendship with a young boy is certainly a bright spot.  The movie does tie up the Iron Man storyline nicely, although we all know Iron Man is in several more of the Marvel movies and even more to come.

Sister Act

The kids and I watched Sister Act the other night and had a great time.  I had obviously seen it when it came out, but it was the first time for the kids.  I had the idea when my daughter started singing Hail Holy Queen at the breakfast table, having learned it at school and I showed them the YouTube clip of the nuns singing it.  They wanted to then watch the whole movie.

Whoopi Goldberg plays Dolores, a Reno lounge sister who has to go into witness protection before testifying against her mobster boyfriend.  She pretends to be a nun and ends up transforming the untalented choir into a fabulous group that attracts new worshippers each week.  Having grown up Catholic, I have a special place in my heart for this movie and the kids enjoyed the music and plot quite a bit too.

Swing Time

I finished Swing Time by Zadie Smith last night and I’ll be honest, I had a hard time getting through it.  There were several points where I almost put it down due to lack of interest, but I am the type of person who finishes things, so I persevered.

The story follows two young brown girls in London who begin taking dance lessons.  Their lives take different paths and the reader primarily sticks with one girl, following her through her job as a personal assistant to a pop star and setting up a school in Africa.  The relationship between the two girls is probably the most interesting part of the book, but it doesn’t dwell long on it and instead takes a long time with details that I really just did not care about.