Genre Grandeur – Robots (2005) – Tranquil Dreams

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Here we are at another month’s Genre Grandeur! For May, the genre is for Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy. The choices for these are absolutely endless. A few of my choices actually have reviews as well, which you should check out, like the movie 9. However, after much thought and the help of my partner in crime (aka the boyfriend), Robots was my final choice! :)
Head on over to check out my write-up!

Also, next month, Rob has been absolutely awesome (as he always is) and let me choose next month’s genre. What did I choose? Well, the genre that got me into loving movies: Teenage/High school romance movies! Perfect for the romantic that I am ;) If you are interested in joining in, remember to drop an email to Rob. The more the merrier!!

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For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Non-Disney/PIXAR) Movies, here’s a review of Robots (2005) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams

Thanks again to S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams.  We will be reviewing our favorite teenage/high school romance movies. Please get me your submissions by 25th June by sending them to teens@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kim!

Let’s see what Kim thought of this movie:

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Robots (2005)

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Director: Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha

Voice Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Jim Broadbent, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes, Greg Kinnear

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Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) has always been put together since birth from second hand parts but that didn’t matter to him because BigWeld Corporation’s owner Bigweld’s motto was the centre for…

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The Classics Adventure: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Its taken me forever to get a book review up and that’s because I’ve been stuck on Mansfield Park for over a month.  This book and me needs to have a little chat because thanks to it, I’m now 2 books behind on my Reading Challenge.  But, with some late nights and skimming through, I finished it.  Don’t judge…I’ll explain myself in just a little bit.

Moving along with The Classics Adventure, our Jane Austen books are halfway done.  Next up will be Emma, another one that I’ve read before in college.  I’m just wondering if it’ll have a different perspective of it.  So, okay, I’ve done everything to avoid talking about this.

Let’s check out Mansfield Park! If you remember or didn’t know, I reviewed the movie Mansfield Park back in February.  You can check that out HERE! I’ll do a little comparison also.

Mansfield Park

by: Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park is named for the magnificent, idyllic estate that is home to the wealthy Bertram family and that serves as a powerful symbol of English tradition and stability. The novel’s heroine, Fanny Price—a “poor relation” living with the Bertrams—is acutely conscious of her inferior status and yet she dares to love their son Edmund—from afar. With five marriageable young people on the premises, the peace at Mansfield cannot last. Courtships, entertainments, and intrigues throw the place into turmoil, and Fanny finds herself unwillingly competing with a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival…Unique in its moral design and its brilliant interplay of the forces of tradition and change, Mansfield Park was the first novel of Jane Austen’s maturity, and the first in which the author turned her unerring eye on the concerns of English society at a time of great upheaval. – Goodreads

I gave Mansfield Park 2 stars out of 5 in Goodreads.  Let’s just toss that out there so that it’s out of the way.  Jane Austen tosses all that romance thing out the window.  This is about society before any of the lovey-dovey things here.  Fanny Price is boring and simple. She doesn’t have an attitude and is kind of wimpy.  I mean like she walks across the lawn and gets tired and fragile.  You see what I mean? With this out of the way, Fanny Price is not an impressive heroine.

On the other hand, we have our dude.  He’s no Mr. Darcy, not by a long shot.  Edmund Betram is the second son of the Bertrams and he aims to be a religious man.  I have no problem with that.  None whatsoever.  But, Edmund is kind of boring also.  I mean, he doesn’t really understand his own feelings.  For the longest time, he was all into getting the beautiful and wealthy Mary Crawford to be his wife and right at the end, it turns out he realizes he should be with Fanny.  Is that a spoiler? You pretty much would expect it, right?

However, I do credit a book where it deserves.  Mansfield Park is about the society and it shows a more mature side of where Jane Austen is looking at.  The era where the society was less respectful of inferior status, the confusing world of relationships and the morals of what to do and what not to do.  Plus, how it differs between how women and men are treated in different situations. There’s a whole lot of stuff going on in Mansfield Park and the characters and yet, its just so hard to get engaged into the story.  For once, the beginning was still durable but as I hit the middle, I just wanted to fall asleep every time I picked up the book.

Mansfield Park is a different Jane Austen style.  The story is more reflective of the society in that era than being the focus of the romance or love rivalry with its characters.  Its a pretty dry read, mostly because our main heroine, Fanny Price and the love she’s fighting for, Edmund aren’t the typical main characters that are fun and attractive.  They are really boring and its hard to cheer them on when I’m not even sure how much I like their characters….

Now, in comparison, the 1999 movie gives Mansfield Park a nice makeover.  Fanny Price is many times more interesting as she has talent and a brain and a ton of creativity.  There’s a personality there that makes her so much more likable.  Even Edmund, although still a little boring as a character, reveals a little of his own feelings.  Plus, the Crawfords carry on a much more convincing show as Henry tries to court a ton of ladies and ends up truly desiring Fanny whereas Mary puts a lot of focus on Edmund and shows her true colors as a love rival. I feel a little like I got false hopes from the movie and maybe that’s what makes this whole reading the novel part feel so exhausting.

Have you read Mansfield Park? What did you think of it? 

P.S. I’m taking a little break from Classics and getting on with some more YA and another indie novel lined up.  It’ll be fun :) I’ll even add in some comics and graphic novels!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

For this challenge, capture something broken: an old window, a vintage sign, a toy never fixed, a contemplative friend. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken. – The Daily Post

Wow! I’m finally back in these photo challenges.  I just transitioned computers before I went on vacation so now, my PC is empty….literally.  Other than some simple software, I really have nothing here.  Everything is in my backup/external hard drive.  But, good news is that I’m working on how to show off my trip to Seattle and the Alaska cruise.  I traveled with some of my mom’s friends, which reminds me what being young at heart is because the energy they  have is incredible.  I spent a day and a half in Seattle and you don’t want to know how much places we went.  Anyways, I’m trying to figure out whether to do individual posts or just highlight days…maybe a mix of both. Plus, a little cruising reflections and a special post that’ll make me happy to prepare for in memory of the cruise and the people I met there.

Either way, enough of this foreword on that.  I just needed to get that update in case you were interested ;)  Here is pictures from one of Seattle’s places I went. This is from Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour.  My mom and her friends, who are not so fluent in English, didn’t quite get it.  But that’s because they didn’t get the Chinese version to listen to.  Anyways, this tour is awesome and funny and in the sarcastic funny way that I like about the history of the underground city and how it came to be.  Take my word for it, if you want to have a good laugh and entertainment and you’re in Seattle, go check this one out!!

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

Underground City Tour, Seattle, Washington

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

Underground Tour, Seattle, Washington

To be honest, I think this is the only post I’ll have for this sightseeing location for Seattle but the Underground City is a lot of things but there is one fact you will agree with me, its pretty worn out and broken ;)

Unboxing: Nerd Block (May 2015)

All the unboxings are coming up again! Ever since I got that Nerd Block Grab Block one before, I get the newsletters for these things and although I’m not a frequent Nerd Block subscriber, I had to get this one because the key item here was My Neighbor Totoro.  If any of you  have been around here for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki and possibly my favorite animation in the whole entire world has to be My Neighbor Totoro.  So I got that email and went to get it right away.  Toss the budget out of the window, who cares? Haha! I do care but the damage is not that bad so its okay ;)

Let’s open this one! Nerd Blocks and Arcade blocks don’t normally have themed months but this month they did and it was Ani-may! ;)

 Nerd Block: ANI-MAY

NERD BLOCK

My Neighbor Totoro Pins

Nerd Block

First goodie to come out of this was the reason why I ordered this block in the first place.  I was getting a little tired of pins but any gear with Totoro is a win for me.  They are absolutely adorable and it’ll probably go straight onto my duffle bag :)

Evangelion Manga

Nerd Block

Did I ever tell you that I used to love reading mangas? I had my Cardcaptor Sakura, Fushigi Yuugi and Imadoki phase with some of the more memorable ones that I own and still read once in a blue moon.  So here we are, I’ve heard a bit about Evangelion before so I’m pretty psyched that we FINALLY got a book in one of these blocks.  This is really cool, especially when its in ENGLISH.  They usually are just available in French back when I used to read these. I’ll do a little review on this when I finish up with this one ;)

Cowboy Bebop Brandana

Nerd Block

This item is the one which had me scratching my head a little. For one, Cowboy Bebop, never heard of it. And two, what the heck is a brandana? Apparently, its a convertible bandana and there’s like 16 different ways or something to use it.  I’m not sure what to do with it just yet.  But it could be useful… in time ;)

Attack on Titan Cinch Bag

Nerd Block

I have no idea what Attack on Titan is but the simplicity and dark green shade of this cinch bag works for me.  I can definitely use something like this.  It sure beats having to use a purse or a big messenger bag that I use for work.  It’ll have its use for sure especially when I’m going out for photo shoots or quick trips out. Plus, how nice is that design, right?

Dragonball Z Funko Pop!

Nerd Block

Dragonball Z!!! There is really no other words to describe my reaction to this! It was pretty much part of my childhood.  I don’t quite remember the names of some of the characters but it is an iconic show and probably one of the first to break into North America.  Plus, because of these mystery boxes, I’ve been really into collecting Funko Pop! figurines so double happiness!! :)

Gundam T-Shirt

Nerd Block

It may sound kind of crazy but my boyfriend and I both sat around trying to figure out where this was from before looking at the description card. Gundam Wing is pretty much a huge phase in anime world also.  This shirt looks really great and probably one of the more slick and serious ones.  I’m happy about this one also! :)

 Overall, this box was really awesome! I was a little skeptical on the theme anime but it turns out I’m not so bad on this after all.  I mean, Totoro, Gundam, Dragonball Z; Funko Pop!, buttons and manga! Its absolutely cool. Maybe not enough to do a permanent Nerd Block subscription just yet but I’ll keep my eyes out for any fun themes.

Do you like anime? What mangas do/have you read? Any goodie that you like from this?

TV Binge: From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

Let’s get back to a proper TV binge! I’ve been meaning to watch From Dusk Till Dawn since it was released on Netflix but I can’t remember what made me put it aside for a while.  But then, my life last year was revolved around a lot of procrastination.  You’ll be seeing a lot of catching up on TV this year.

From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the movie written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez.  I haven’t seen that one as it expired from Netflix a few months ago and I never got around to seeing it.  Hopefully I’ll see it one day.  If you have seen it, did you like it?

From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

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Creator: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Robert Patrick

The Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richard are back and they just robbed a bank of $30 million of bearer bonds.  They need to make their way across the border to Mexico where they will meet up with Carlos who will reward them with a chance to El Rey.  However, due to the younger brother, Richard’s visions causing his mental instability, they end up hitting a few snags.  This leads them to have Sheriff department’s office, Freddie Gonzalez to go rogue and be hot on their trail and eventually joining with an ex-pastor, Jacob Fuller and his daughter, Katie and adopted son, Scott who are taking a family trip away as they become their captives.

from dusk till dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn has a ten episode Season 1 run on Netflix.  There are some good and bad things about this one.  Overall, I definitely enjoyed watching it because the concept and the ideas are really creative and I like their take of vampires and mixing in some, what I think is, Mexican gods/goddesses.  Its definitely different and so much more cool than say, the bottom of the barrel and sparkling vampires.  You know, just saying…  Plus, the season is pretty much split into two parts.  The first part is about the Gecko brothers escaping to Mexico and the reveal of everyone’s problems and just building up the stories so we understand the characters better, especially when there’s technically 4 simultaneous stories going on which eventually converge together as we head into the second part which is when things really go bad and its the reveal of the vampires here.

from dusk till dawn

The story itself might be where it falls short a little.  I can’t quite pinpoint what didn’t work so well but I knew that there were moments where I didn’t really care much for what would happen next.  The plot seemed to be a little inconsistent in pace.  At times, it would reel me in and I’d want to know what was going on, probably because certain characters had more meaningful development and connection than others, whereas other times, I just couldn’t wait for the episode to end so that I could close it and watch it again.  The latter occurred more in the first part.  The second part was a lot more intense and fast paced and made this a little more memorable and fun. Except the character of Santanico drove me crazy because this actress overemphasized too much on how she talked.  It got REALLY annoying.

from dusk till dawn

Overall, From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t any time spectacular but it does have a lot of good moments.  There are some characters that I did connect and start liking their development and the whole premise was creative and a refreshing take (because I never saw the original, I guess).  The cast does a fine job with what they have and the second half is a lot stronger than the first part of the series.  Still, I look forward to seeing what From Dusk Till Dawn whips up for the second season, which is supposed to air in late summer of 2015. Consider me slightly excited for it :)

Have you seen this series, From Dusk Till Dawn? Did you see the movie in 1996? If you did, how do they compare?

Unboxing: Hero Crate April 2015

Here we are! Back to another unboxing! This time is a brand new one time subscription for Hero Crate.  Hero Crate is a little different.  Its run by veterans and every month it features one character of whatever category they say.  So it still keeps a little mystery going.  April’s  Hero Crate was super hero themed and seeing as Marvel was right around the corner, my hope was that it would be one of those.  The concept is good BUT, only when you get a character that you land on that you care about.

Hero Crate was waiting for me when I got home from vacation.  Its a little later than expected for this to get posted but its been relatively busier than expected ;)

This month’s theme was Superheroes as mentioned before and the character chosen was….not Marvel but DC comics and Superman.

I’m not much of a Superman fan.  The only time any Superman thing worked for me was when there was Clark and Lois on TV when I was a lot younger. Regardless, I kept an open mind for this one and here’s the gear!!

Hero Crate: April 2015

Superman Shoe Accessory

Hero Crate

Superman

Superman Keychain

Hero Crate

Superman Bobble-Head

Hero Crate

Superman Sticker

Hero Crate

T-Shirt

Hero Crate

 That’s it! A lot of Superman logos in various uses.  Any Superman fans out there? I could definitely give some gear away ;) Out of all of this, bobble head collection and t-shirt are the ones I really like from this box.  Which makes me think whether I’d give this a second go.  I mean, Superman’s now out of the way, right? It’s only going to get better.  Decisions, right? I’ll still track this for a little while longer and if anything catches my attention, I’ll order another one.  These unboxing posts are usually really fun, so I’m going stay updated with this.

Are you a Superman fan? Any of this gear you like? 

Free to Read (May 21st-23rd): AWOL by Anthony Renfro

Anthony is one of my favorite bloggers and a writer who opened up the world of short stories and the horror genre to my reading library.

Plus, if you haven’t read my review on his novel AWOL earlier this year, check it out HERE!  If you don’t want to read that, take my word that I had a really fun time reading that one.  The structure of the story and the premise of it is pretty awesome.  I look forward to his future novels and short stories.

Now’s your chance to get his novel, AWOL for free for the next two days and give it a read.  As of yesterday till May 23rd, it will be available for free.  You will find all the links down below after the synopsis.

AWOL by Anthony Renfro

AWOL Anthony Renfro

Synopsis

Imagine that you are a character in a story.You have a home.You have a life. You have it all. Then suddenly you wake up alone and afraid in a cold, dark place. Somehow you find your courage and your voice. When you ask for help, words light up on a wall in the darkness. You read them and realize you are in the creative center of your author’s mind. Instead of rescuing you, the author asks you for help. This book is about the journey of that character, as he moves from story to story desperately trying to find his home.

EBook

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJ8DE14

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Australia: http://buff.ly/1FUrElX

Canada: http://buff.ly/1vRX4q8