Monday, April 5, 2010

Review of Percy Jackson: the lightning thief

I was looking for a new series to get into and I happened to catch the trailer for the light ing thief so I thought I'd give the book a try while I wait for the DVD release. Also my wife said I'd be able to get through it without a whole lot of difficulty. I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I know that it is geared fir a much younger
audience, but the reading was fairly easy and the pace was never dull or slow. I felt the characters were developed well and I really enjoyed the story.
The only down note I can think of is that i've read numerous reviews that the movie is really nothing like the book. I know that should not be a mar on the book, but the author should keep tighter control over their property. The Harry potter books turned out amazing. I look forward to reading the next book and seeing the movie to see if it is all as bad as the critics say.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Review of New Moon

With the DVD release of the twilight saga's second installment "New Moon" I felt inclined to review it. Now to preface this, I think if I even thought about giving this a bad review I may be staked in my bed by my wife who adores the books and the movies, but truthfully this is a well produced movie. I have not read the books, so I do not have that to compare the trueness to, but to compare the first movie to the second there is a marked improvement in acting, effects, and general polish. I have enjoyed fiction about vampires and werewolves since I was little, but this series brings the battle to the forefront and makes it the vogue thing all the cool kids are doing. Also one rather undesired effect this movie has had on the youth of America, it seems it has taken the what used to be small and unpopular depressive emo crowd and made them the norm and default emotion for teenagers. Looking back (to when dinosaurs roamed the earth) I don't remember that many kids being so depressed in high school. But I digress. The movie itself is very enjoyable, and I do recommend seeing it, if just to understand what all the pop culture fuss is about.