Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

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I discovered this song via a dance mashup video that’s been circulating Facebook since last week. Immediately I fell in love with it for some reason. Now I share with everyone! Yay!

Weekend Movie/Television Watching for March 21-22

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The Dirties

This film is about bullying. It’s about losing your sense of reality. It’s about those people who live and breath movies, pop culture and filmmaking and can’t separate reality from fiction. The Dirties is about two high school students who set out to make a movie for their film class. Unfortunately, one of them starts to lose touch with reality as real life bullying pushes him to make the subject of their film into a real plan – in short, kill the bullies.

An independent film with dodgy camera effects as the movie is supposedly filmed by a third friend that we never see. I found one of the main characters to be extremely annoying and almost stopped watching the film when I suddenly realized I know people like this! If you are into indy productions and want a film with a message, go ahead and check it out.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Didn’t get to see this sequel when it first came out, but this weekend I queued it up on Netflix to watch. I admittedly fell asleep during the middle because we’d just returned home from being out all afternoon. But the movie is so much more dramatic than I remember the first being. It’s sad, funny, action-packed and beautiful to watch as all the different dragons come to life. The film does a spectacular job at revealing how breathtakingly huge the Alpha’s are during the final battle sequences.

V/H/S: Viral

The first two VHS movies were okay. I wasn’t a huge fan, but each film had a decent wrap around story and there were a couple of good shorts thrown in between. With Viral, however, I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan this time around. There were still one or two good shorts in there, but over all I didn’t care for the wrap around as much. And the wrap around story is what you have to hit on the head and nail it with because it is the glue that holds them together, right? Still worth checking out if you follow the franchise.

ABC’s of Death 2

I saw the first film last year. A third film is announced at the end of this one. I’m sure I’ll watch the 3rd one out of morbid curiosity, but really we should just all skip this crap.

The Interview

Franco. Rogen. Jong-un. It had moments of humor, moments of absurdity. It had James Franco singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” song to Kim Jong-un. Then all hell breaks loose in the last 15 minutes or so and makes up for the rest of the movie. Action, blood, death, mayhem! But it’s all about personal taste. If you’re not a fan of Franco or Rogen, dodge it. Otherwise, just sit through it uncomfortably as we do all movies by this team of actors.

The Flash, Episode 15 – “Out of Time”

We’re up to episode 15, folks, and this is one of my current favorite shows on television. The Flash is already far enough along that it’s laughing at itself at times, breaking a wall by referring to events in their history as, “That was week 3,” in terms of villains and such. And Episode 15, Out of Time, broke the mold by playing a big hand of reveals. There was a major character death, there was a major character reveal/setup, and there was time travel. Yes, time travel. What’s even more amazing? There’s still at least four more episodes left this season!

 

This Weekend’s Activities!

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Saturday was a busy day for us. The Wife and Kids went to an early birthday part at LTA Depot in Murfreesboro while I ran a few errands and drug out some equipment we would need for later in the afternoon. And by later in the afternoon, I mean about 1 PM. Around that time, our guests started showing up to help with some projects around the house. The Wife’s parents, grandparents and her uncle came over and we tackled a few things involving electrical and plumbing. Throw in waiting on parts from Lowes, we spent a good 5 hours on 6 different projects we had planned out. All-in-all, it went much better than I anticipated! Later that evening, after I cleaned up a little bit, we went out for dinner at O’Charley’s. A great Saturday that helped me appreciate what pretty good in-laws I have.

Today we all slept in ’til around 10 AM. Afterwards, we got up, got dressed and went to have lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse with The Wife’s parents and grandparents. I came back home and cleaned up what was left setting around from yesterday evening and then settled in to watch a couple of movies.

Mercy Rule

Mercy Rule is one of those Kirk Cameron films. One of those films, them there family oriented films. To appreciate Mercy Rule, you have to get passed a few things that hurt it in the 2 hour running time. These things include: (1) the jerky camera motion. I’m sure this was done for effect, but all it does is make the production seem poor, in my opinion. (2) the editing cuts between the two stories that are going on in the plot is horrible. It seriously gave me a headache the way the movie would switch between the two for – at times – a few seconds each. And (3) as with all films in this category, the acting at times leaves a bit to be desires.

If you can get passed these pretty serious issues, the underlying story in Mercy Rule is a really good one. I came away with the feeling it was about teamwork, coming together and what a real legacy is that families leave one another. It also tried to throw in the message that government is bad for business with all their regulations and taxations and laws governing this and that. It was a bit heavy on that in the plot as Cameron’s character tries to get out of some legal paperwork he signed.

If you’re a Kirk Cameron fan, or just want a movie you can watch with the family without being afraid of what’s going to pop up on screen or come out of a character’s mouth, this is a good film. The basic message is strong, if you can pay attention with all the edits going on up there on the screen.

Horns

Based on the novel by Joe Hill (yes, he’s the son of You Know Who), Horns was so much better than I expected it to be. Admittedly, I haven’t read the novel it’s based on, but the movie was darn good. Humor, crime drama, paranormal crap going on, language and nudity. The complete opposite of what I was just talking about above. The story was good, the acting great, the humor funny. Good movie, I look forward to more adaptions of Hill’s works.

And that’s my weekend. How was yours?

Awarded Top 15 Books Blog in India

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Insomnia176:

Congratulations to Confessions of A Readaholic for being awarded 2nd place in the Top 15 Books Blog in India.

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It does feel good when you are appreciated for the work you love to do. For me, it’s always about Confessions of a Readaholic. I appreciate all readers who from their precious time, do spend some moments here. Recently, I was awarded a second place in TOP 15 BOOK BLOGS in my native land, India, by a gorgeous website called Baggout.com.

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I am not bragging ’bout myself or something. I just want to thank you all for making me earn it.

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Finally Beat Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Storyline

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My greatest accomplishment so far in 2015 is finishing a game. I’m not talking about 100-percenting-it, but completing the main storyline and receiving the outcome of my hard work. Last night I went to the war room and embarked on the final assault against Corypheus and his mighty dragon. While the fighting in DA:I can get repetitive and boring quickly, I was still antsy about my ability to compete the fight. What I was pleasantly surprised with is that after each major round, as you’re chasing your enemy around the ruins, you encounter refills for your stash of healing potions. So between each fight, I was able to fully heal all my party, refill my potions and continue on. By the time Corypheus finally fell, I had one healing potion left, and I was so happy.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of those games where I invested a lot of time. A LOT. Upon defeating the main villain, I had a total of 80 hours in gameplay. That was mainly with side quests, mind you, but still, 80 hours of a single game save. And I’m still not done! There’s plenty more to do in the world of Thedas, plenty more side quests and minor rifts to close after saving the world. And so I venture forth and add to my already large chunk of time invested in this amazingly beautiful game. Who knows, I may even start a second character and up the difficulty. It was just entertaining enough that I wouldn’t be against the idea!

Thank you Bioware and EA for the fantastic, epic adventure you let me be a part of. Now if you’ll excuse me, I still have some exploring to do.