Monday, July 25, 2016

"Only at the edge of chaos can complex systems flourish"

The Lost World book

I just finished re-reading Michael Crichton's The Lost World (1995), which is apparently becoming something of a yearly tradition. Inspired my role as a content and social media writer at Jurassic Cast and of course 2018's impending release of Jurassic World 2 Ancient Futures, I'm going through anything and everything Jurassic Park possible. As you may or may not know, after Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs back to life in 1993, director Steven Spielberg urged Crichton to pen a sequel, which he ultimately did within two years. As soon as the book was published, Spielberg started making The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The sequel was released in 1997. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by J Blakeson

Earlier this month I watched The 5th Wave (2016) by Pitch Perfect director J. Blakeson. My sister Margot had been raving about the book for the longest time AND angel-faced Kick-Ass actress Chloë Grace Moretz is in it, so of course I couldn't wait to check it out. Admittedly though, after The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner, dystopian YA movies are starting to do less and less for me, so all I was hoping for was an original plot, a good story and some decent acting.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Deadpool

Deadpool

I only recently watched Deadpool (2016) by debut director Tim Miller, a former visual effects artist. It's amazing it took me how long as it did, because everyone who had seen it recommended it to me, citing the movie's weird scenes and wacky humor. Deadpool is the eight installment of the X-Men series and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Carano, among others.

X-Men: Apocalpyse

X-Men: Apocalypse

I recently checked out X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) with former bro-workers Philippe, Jeroen, Yannick, René, Mark and Pascal, making for a wonderful little reunion and a great chance for some serious fangirling over celebrity crushes Katniss Jennifer Lawrence and Sansa Sophie Turner. Admittedly, I'm not big X-Men connaisseur, so I went in basically with very limited knowledge of the X-Men universe. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"I am reaching through time to touch you"

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I just finished reading A Tale for the Time Being (2013) by American-Canadian writer and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki. The book came to me via BuzzFeed's 53 Books That Will Definitely Make You Cry listicle, with Gwen Moriarty's short description of it immediately piquing my interest. The list also contains The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Book Thief, This Is How You Lose Her, We The Animals, Eleanor & Park, Of Mice And Men, and The Fault in Our Stars, which I all thoroughly enjoyed. I couldn't wait to get started!

Friday, May 27, 2016

2015-2016 NBA All-Blue Collar Team

NBA blue collar players
Hard work pays off.

The NBA is a league of stars. Without the mesmerizing skills of Stephen Curry, the all-world talent of LeBron James or the alien athleticism of Russell Westbrook, it wouldn't be half as fun to watch teams go at it. Star players make highlight plays. They are selected All-Stars. They rake in the big cash and are marketed globally.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Sound of Europe

The Sound of Europe

Year after year the world celebrates Eurovision, the week-long, bigger-than-life TV song competition. This year's edition in Sweden already marked the 60th time the contest took place. To celebrate the occasion, Swedish mobile provider Tele2 teamed up with digital agency Emakina to develop 'The Sound of Europe', the first-ever crowdsourced song. Download the app to add your voice to the biggest online choir ever! The online karaoke tool allows users to seamlessly add their vocals to the original song by Swedish producer Pontus Winnberg.

2015 Offseason winners: revisited

"It's on us now"
After tonight's Game 7 between the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, we will know who has to take on LBJ's Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Western Conference, MVP Stephen Curry and his Warriors will face off against Kevin Durant's Thunder. Soon we will know which teams will be battling it out in the NBA Finals

The Revenant

The Revenant

A while ago I checked out The Revenant (2015) with my better half Cuteness Everdeen Sarah. We both love Leo and the blockbusters he churns out in rapid succession, which is why we couldn't miss out on the movie that finally earned him an Oscar. The epic historical survival Western was directed, co-produced and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, best known for 21 Grams with Sean Penn (2005), Biutiful with Javier Bardem (2010) and Birdman with Michael Keaton (2014). The Revenant is based on Michael Punke's book of the same name.
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