Movie Hangover: The Gift

Hello, everyone!

A timely review this time!

I never go out on a date without hitting the movie theater because why would I enjoy anything less?

Today I watched The Gift!

Poster #3 is Perf, lemme say.

Poster #3 is Perf, lemme say.

The movie revolves around an asshole bully, his oblivious wife, and their new start in life when a person from the past steps back in.

Sound familiar?

Sound familiar?

But like any good thriller–and this one did better than expected–there are more twists and turns than in a ballet recital.

Not to drop into too much detail, Asshole is doing well. As Assholes do in these movies. Wife, however, is a little different.

Wife has a few issues.

Where Shutter’s “hero” only became a monster near the end (toward his wife) our Asshole here doesn’t hold back. Twists words, has access to background checks, the works.

And the man after him? A cringeworthy, sad person with emotional issues.

The whole movie balances on a deception you can’t see coming. (You could if you weren’t caught in the hero’s depravity, I’m sure, but not when you’re just so furious and disgusted with the Asshole.)

The whole thing goes from some small bullying to full on destroying lives. Innocent lives.

We loved it.

We didn’t have high hopes. Actually, we were really only in it to cringe at how clingy the new friend became, but unlike a lot of nonlinear/gray movies, the ending served everyone exactly what they deserved.

If you’re scared of this kind of intimacy between two rival people, I wouldn’t recommend. It’s depraved. (Have I already said that?)

If you need to see someone get a dose of their own medicine, get in early. We expect full theaters after today.

UPDATE:

This movie got 93% on Rotten Tomatoes! Usually, movie reviews are hit and miss with me on there but they got this one on the money!

You can get this movie on DVD on  October 27. (19 days after this update!)

Movie Hangover: The Vatican Tapes

Hello, everyone!

I’ve had such a weird few weeks that I completely forgot that in one crazy day, I got to watch both The Gallows and The Vatican Tapes!

Yeah. Not so much the exclamation point.

I’ll start with The Vatican Tapes.

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May God have mercy on our souls because some of us paid to watch this?

I didn’t hear about this movie until it was a few weeks from releasing. So instead of watching one movie then the other, I thought I’d double up with The Gallows (since I love watching the classic murdered teenagers thing. [That sounded so wrong.])

After a whole mess up in schedules–screw you, small theater whose excuse was their website was never right!–we drove for hours till we got to our favorite movie theater.

Once again, don’t fix what’s broken.

Admittedly, this probably soured my mood and made me hope more from the movie.

And that did not help me be kind toward it.

It was my fault, in a sense. I expected it to be a series of strange stories. Maybe following a priest from the Vatican. But it was about a woman, who lives with her boyfriend, despite having a very strict military father. Things go down hill starting at her birthday when she cuts herself over her birthday cake.

(Seriously? I almost feel like the movie people wanted us to not notice the red flag here, like we wouldn’t see a catalyst. -1 for lack of subtley.)

Anyway, the story overall could be interchanged with a story of schizophrenic episode. Nothing was terrifying or new, and even though I was too worried about being scared I didn’t realize what was happening, it was still no big shock when SPOILER ALERT she turned out to be the anti-christ.

This movie wasn’t worth watching, so don’t worry about being spoiled that. Two things were actually newer or at least less commonly used.

1. The Anti-Christ was a woman!

It’d always bothered me that this was a man:

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2. Though we’ve seen survivors and good-hearted people live through horrors, I enjoyed him walking away and being chosen to battle the Anti-Christ in an unseen (and probably far more interesting) sequel. Because though he was a bit of a red herring on and off, his character was the one who made most sense. Also, who doesn’t like the endearing ex-military-turned-soldier-against-evil trope? I’m a sucker for anything military.

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I think I just love Michael Peña.

I really didn’t see anything new in this. Other than the beginning credits, I wasn’t scared once. I think if you watch this, you should watch while you have a cold and are already a little delirious or maybe after a drinking game.

Because otherwise, it really isn’t fun at all.

P.S. I had an Oreo Mudslide after so that was a fail. 😦

CHAMELEON RELEASE WEEK!

Hello, everyone!

Instant update!

Today is my day on the CHAMELEON RELEASE DAY TOUR!

Just kidding. It’s the release week, though. So we have some blog tours, and you can finally buy the book. And you can hear about the author too!

Let us begin!

Chameleon Releases Today!

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2

“Wow! A fast-paced, science fiction delight with fabulous action, a seamless world, and the most unique characters I’ve read in a long time.” Elana Johnson, Author of the Possession Series.

An Interview with K.T. Hanna

How old were you when you first started writing stories?
I used to scribble stories all the time, but the one I remember best was when I was about 8. And it was 12 a4 pages long, and I loved it! Ghosts and twins and falls and attics and death. Yep. Death, even then.

Do you write in other genres or age groups too?
I do! I write high fantasy, some horror. I occasionally pump out a thriller to. While my protagonists tend to veer into the YA category despite my intentions, I’ve also written MG and Adult before.

When are the next books coming out? Are you working on them already?
Hybrid comes out in November 2015. Parasite comes out in February 2016. Hybrid is going through intensive edits now, while Parasite is in first draft form. Stressing? Me? Never…

Are you obsessive about backing your work up? Any horror stories?
I am now. It goes to my harddrive, to my cloud, and to a backup drive and to my timemachine. Not a horror story of my own, but I’ve heard plenty by others.

Vegetables or meat?
Hmmm Veggies more often, but meat sometimes.

Caffeine or… that’s stupid, obviously it’s caffeine!
Yes.

Red wine or white wine?
Baileys

Astrology or Astronomy?
Hmmm can I have both? If I have to choose, maybe astrology then…

The Blurb:

When Sai’s newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.  

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.  

After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.

Available at:

Amazon |  KoboiBooks | IndieBound

If you’d like a signed physical copy, Watermark Books has them in stock.

CELEBRATION!

We’re having a blog hop, and an e-card & mega swag Rafflecopter giveaway!

The blog hop stops are noted below. Each day has a different theme and you can find out about the process, the idea, and the evolution of Chameleon, and even a bit about K.T. by visiting each blog, when their posts go live.

4-Aug 5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 10-Aug
Fun facts about the book What I learned writing Chameleon Author Interviews The world of Chameleon The Evolution of Chameleon
Manuel Soto Marlo Berliner Leatrice McKinney Rebecca Enzor Patricia Lynne
J Elizabeth Hill Stacey Trombley Dawn Allen Sharon Johnston Bex Montgomery
E.L. Wicker JC Davis Suzanne van Rooyen Mandy Baxter Madelyn Dyer
Jessie Mullins Andrew Patterson Heather Rebel Jessica Therrien Carissa Taylor
Emma Adams Lady Jai Elyana Noreme Kendra Young

I’m giving away e-cards of your choice from B&N, iTunes, & Amazon – one to the value of $25, and three to the value of $10! Each prize includes a swag pack of a magnet, sticker, bookmark, postcard, and mousepad!

Just follow the options listed on the giveaway and you’ll be entered!full swag pack

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About the Author

Me Squared

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis

MUG