Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

I love my brother's job. Yesterday marked the second time that he scored premiere invitations for me and Sarah, this time for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. It's a public secret that I'm somewhat of a dino enthusiast, so I was of course over the moon to be able to watch Arlo's emotional adventure. A good minute of the trailer was enough to convince me that The Good Dino was very much going to be worth my while.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Come not between the dragon and his wrath"

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

It is no secret that I like dinos. Which is why I'm very glad Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park is as rereadable as it gets, Spielberg's movie adaptation is the most rewatchable dino flick out there AND that Universal breathed new life into the franchise earlier in the year with Jurassic World. My hunger for more JP brought me Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and Robert T. Bakker's Raptor Red, but after devouring those there was a dinosaur-sized void in my life. When I stumbled upon and thumbed through The Great Zoo of China (2014) by Australian author Matthew Reilly, I was hooked in an instant. Especially since the author openly admits that he was inspired by Jurassic Park.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Josh Whedon)

This weekend I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) with my brother and sister. I had meant to watch it a lot sooner, but somehow nothing came of it. Which is a shame, really, because the trailer had really struck a chord with me (The creepy song! Hulkbuster! The cool slowmo's!) and promised great things. And then of course there's the amazingly beautiful Elizabeth Holsen who makes an appearance as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. I'm not going to lie, she's absolutely adorbs!

The Intern

The Intern 2015 by Nancy Meyers
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On Friday I watched The Intern (2015) with my bottom girl Sarah. We didn't really know what was playing, but we decided to turn Decathlon run into a full-fledged cinema date. I have to admit that I was a little weary about our choice - I have had a bad experience with an internship-based movie before - but you can never go wrong with a bit of Robert De Niro (Meet The Fockers, Limitless, Silver Linings Playbook) and Anne Hathaway has certainly grown on me over the years, despite Anne Hathaway Syndrome. I can't lie: her rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball' on Lip Sync Battle had a lot to do with that. Major props to her for totally killing it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015-2016 NBA Offseason winners: San Antonio Spurs

2014-2015 record: 55-27

You have to hand it to the Spurs -- they're by far the smartest and most consistently competitive franchise in the NBA. The team built around Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker has won 50+ games for 16 years straight, and it appears that they'll smoothly transition from one Big Three to another and remain on top for years to come. Sure, Gregg Popovich's troops washed out against the LA Clippers in the first round last season, but they won the NBA title the year before that and should be right in the mix in 2015-2016.