Movie Review: Underworld Awakening

So I ended up going the distance and saw  the movie Underworld Awakening instead of The Grey.


I was thrilled to learn Kate Beckinsale had returned to play the vampire Selene in the newest Underworld film. This is the fourth installment, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.


The beginning started off great, taking a few minutes to give us a quick flash through her life by using clips of the previous films. I love action, but unfortunately, the first half of the movie sped along a little too fast. I couldn’t connect with the storyline.


When mankind learns about the existence of vampires and lycans, war erupts. A mass purge is set into motion to destroy anything not human. Selena and Michael fight to escape, but things don’t go as planned. Selena is captured and put on ice for 12 years. When she wakes, the world is forever changed.


The few vampires and lycans that had survived were forced underground. That’s where we get to meet the handsome vampire played by Theo James. Isn’t he gorgeous?!


I won’t go into spoilers, but the ending of the film felt a bit rushed. No, not the fantastic fight scene. They didn’t scrimp on any battles , but I was looking for a more satisfying ending. So I’m giving the show 3.5 Stars for cutting out twenty minutes of the movie that would’ve made it a box office hit.


If you’ve seen the first three movies, you won’t want to miss this one either.




New Movies

I really wanted to go see the new Underworld 4 movie last week, but the world had other plans for me.


When searching for the movie, the nearest theater was 40+ miles away. They only offered the 3D version. Fine. Whatever. I wanted to go. We picked a day. Unfortunately, hubby fell sick. He sucked it up, still game to go. But when it started snowing, then moved to freezing rain, no way.


So, we decided to wait.




There is another movie out this weekend that has awesome previews as well.




I very much want to go to this one.  It’s called The Grey with Liam Neeson. Have you seen the previews? The good news is that the movie will be playing in my local theater.


Now I just have to decide which one I want to see more. I’d love to go to Underworld, but I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’ll just have to wait until it comes out on DVD.


What movies are you waiting for this year? I heard whispers that there might be another Resident Evil movie out this fall. Yes, I know they are aweful, but I can’t help but watch them. How about you? What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rough Night?


I’m getting sick.

I took a nap after a long day, and I woke up feeling much like the family dog. Ugh.

By the way, he’s sleeping, not playing dead.

I’ll see you on the other side. Going back to bed.



Books vs Movies: Before or After

So are you a before or after person? What I mean is if a book was made into a movie, which do you do first? Watch the movie or read the book?


I’ve tried it both ways and found watching the movie first works best for me. If I read the book, I’m always disappointed in the lack of details and differences in the movie. A friend of mine argued otherwise. She stated that knowing all the hidden details enriches her movie enjoyment. Neither of us can convince the other that we’re right.


For me, the book is always better than the movie. But what I find odd is I only like reading a book once, where I can watch the same movie over and over and never tire of it.


So how about you? Does it matter which order you read and watch? What are your favorite movie/book adaptations?


I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours!

My reading habits last year were horrendous. I didn’t get to read nearly as much as I’ve wanted. I’ve vowed (promised my tbr pile) that I would do better. So far, my attempts are pathetic. I’ve only read one book this year. Sad, isn’t it? I’m a writer. I love books. Why is it so hard to sit down and keep up with the books I’ve already purchased?


After finishing my last book, I perused my stack, searching for the perfect book to read next. I grabbed a book, sat down, read the blurb on the back cover and the first page. Nope. Not it. Got up and grabbed the next book. Same process. Still not a winner. Searched furiously for more. Four books and thirty minutes later, I still wasn’t satisfied. Even my husband stopped and asked me what I was doing.


I had to explain I was on the search for the perfect book. Nothing fit my mood. I finally settled on a book, not really satisfied. Until I had a conversation today with a friend. I apparently suggested a few books for her, and she let me know she was finally reading the first book.


That was it! The perfect book. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.



Since I purchased this book new when it was first released, that will tell you how far behind I am in my reading. It took me five minutes to pry the book out of the stacks of my tbr pile. So sad. But the good news, I can’t wait to get started. I’ve also heard whispers about movie deals. The first book is in theaters January 27th!


I’ve showed you the next book I’m going to read, what’s yours? Is it a new release or an old goodie you put away for a rainy day?