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Beautiful Creatures Part Deux: Different Views

So the justjmac team have a difference of opinion. Some of our team members weren’t the HUGEST fans of the movie Beautiful Creatures and some of us FREAKING LOVED IT.

This isn’t a movie review. I respect my fellow blogmates and their opinions and posts. This is a post telling you what I loved about the movie Beautiful Creatures. From the Characters to the scenery.

First of all, when I first saw Alden Ehrenreich who plays Ethan Wate, I was like “Meh” he’s not that cute. Then the movie started. Minus his Richie Valens, Buddy Holly-esque throw back hair, I loved him. He’s adorable. Then it was a mad rush to make sure he was over the age of 21 in real life.

He’s 23 y/o.

Phew. That was a close bullet.

Also, the relationship between the characters were fantastic.  Ethan and Lena had a totally unique relationship.
Ethan and Link were completely hilarious and played off each other so well. It made me happy because Link was spot on. I thought he was hilarious and perfect in every way.

Emmy Rossum’s Ridley didn’t have blonde hair for 99 percent of the movie but she was perfect. A total siren and a coward. There’s a scene toward the end that made me completely L.O.L.


I laughed out loud. I also went to the movies by myself (don’t you wish you were as cool as me?!).

The setting was perfect. I loved Ethan’s room because it was to the ‘T’ of how I imagined it. In fact, his whole house was how I imagined it.

Now, lets talk about Lena’s room. I died when I saw her room. It’s everything I want my bedroom to look like. From the wallpaper to the chandelier lamps to the dresser, and I want my room to turn into all my favorite quotes glowing on my walls with the roof that goes invisible showing the night stars. gah. I was so envious. I don’t even think I was paying attention to the dialogue in that scene. I was just taking tons of mental notes for styling my next room.

Speaking of Dialogue. I loved the banter in this movie! Ethan’s way of speaking reminded me of a male version of the Gilmore Girls. The one liners were fantastic for a YA book based film, as well.

And this movie really made me regret not going south when traveling through the south during Thanksgiving…ehh…let me explain, we went across the tops of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and then to Hotlanta, where it’s pretty but it isn’t swampy with big oak trees hung with moss.

Jeremy Irons is perfection. PERFECTION.

Also, I really loved Ethan’s glasses. As I type I am realizing that Ethan’s whole style was a 50’s throwback from his rolled short sleeved, pop collared button up shirt, hair and glasses.

The Caster Library was beautiful. I wanted to hang out there for years and years. Live there, really. Can I live there? Can it please be real?

Also, I loved Emma Thompson.

And when did a small town (real) library ever look that great? It was truly a pretty library. I wanted to live in it, as well.

I like libraries. I like books.

but I mostly liked this amazing quote from Charles Bukowski called Lifedance:

The area dividing the brain and the soul
is affected in many ways by
experience —
some lose all mind and become soul:
some lose all soul and become mind:
some lose both and become:

Whoa. Shit just got deep.
sorry for the cursing.

Here are some quotes that team member Chris said during/after the movies.

During the snow scene: 

She Vampire Diaries’d him.

Claiming scene:

What is this? The Capitol?

and finally

It was reverse Twilight.

Thank you for these intriguing quotes, guy.

One last thing, there’s a sermon given toward the end of the film that was so deep and truthful. Watch out for it when you see the movie.
PS  you’re seeing the movie.

Anyway. That’s it. That’s what I loved. Also, Ethan is super adorbs at one point in his all Civil War outfit.


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Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures- More Beast than Beauty

Okay guys. I have been waiting almost 3 years for last night to come. I read ‘Beautiful Creatures’ by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl in March of 2010. It has special significance for me because it was the very first book I bought on my nook. Awww. You will quickly learn that I am a huge fan of young adult fiction and am a sucker for a good love story. Not only was this book fantastic, I really enjoyed that it was set in the south and the slight civil war undertones. Being that I’m a huge American History nerd as well, it was right up my alley.

I’m generally a pretty optimistic person when it comes to book to movie adaption’s. I was not one of the complainer’s when it came to ‘Twilight’. Yes… things were different, but as a whole, I left the theater feeling satisfied and happy every time. As with EVERY movie there are always going to be things that you can pick apart. I understand that thing have to change in order to transfer a book from page to screen. So I try not to pick apart trailers TOO much and wait until I actually see the movie to form a set opinion about a book to movie adaption. Hunger Games was done well in my opinion. Sure, things can always be improved upon (aka Josh Hutcherson LOL, yes it’s my pet peeve about that saga) but again, I left the theater happy! Smiling. Joyous. Thinking about when I could go see it again and when I could make my husband, Chris come with me!


Lena Making it Snow

With Beautiful Creatures, This was most certainly NOT the case. It sincerely pains me to write this review. I had such HIGH hopes for this movie. When I started seeing characters being cast, I kept telling myself not to form opinions and to wait until I saw the movie. I saw previews… Just wait April. 2 weeks ago I bought my 10pm tickets for opening night. I took my 2 daughters (my 10 year old Cydney is 1/2 way through the 1st book) her bff and mom.
Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story set in the South with civil war undertones that tells the tale of two “star crossed lovers”, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich)  a young man longing to escape small town life and Lena (Alice Englert), the new girl who also happens to be a witch “we prefer to be called casters”. The story is counting down to Lena’s 16th birthday in which she will be “claimed” either for the light (good) or the dark (evil). Lots of other crazy stuff goes down but you get the gist of it.

I had high hopes with the opening scene! Book drops and Ethan falls out of his bed! Okay. Maybe this IS going to be okay! Let’s start with the positives. I think that for those that haven’t read the books, You will probably be really happy with this movie. I think. Jeremy Iron’s as Macon was fantastic. Exactly as I pictured him. The set was BEAUTIFUL. I mean they could not have captured Ravenwood mansion more perfect in my opinion. The graphics and special effects were done really well. There were certain things that I was wondering how they were going to do it, and it turned out pretty good. Emma Thompson played ‘Sarafine’-Lena’s dark caster mother and did a FANSTASTIC job! She is an awesome actress! beautifulcreatures-mv-43

Now let’s get down to the dirt. I’m going to do a page break here in a minute to protect those of you that don’t want any spoilers. I however feel as if it is my duty to let those fellow book nerds out there the truth about this movie though. So if you would like to know how it really goes down… click away. For those of you that don’t. Let’s just say that certain MAIN characters from the book are completely left out of the story, and also combined with other characters. The chemical makeup of certain characters is not the same. The story is completely different in some parts. A LOT of key elements are left out. A LOT. The audience learns about a Romance between two of the elder characters that readers don’t learn about until later in the books. The whole main premise of the future of the series and why things happen the way they do is changed. The way it’s left, I’m not quite sure there will be more movies , and if there are, I’m not quite sure how they will continue them and follow the book series.

Having said all that. When the credits rolled, My friend and I and our daughters kind of looked at each other and said “Really?”. I found myself being almost angry. Sad. I haven’t felt that disappointed in a movie in a long time. Had I gone in, not knowing the story and not having read the books, I probably would have liked it. It’s hard to say! I will be curious to hear how it does this weekend! I feel as though they are going to lose the target key audience by not catering to the fan base… I think a lot of people, like me are going to be upset!

Now… For all of you dying to know all the dirty little secrets…. Click onto the next page!!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Romeo Miller Auditions for ‘Divergent’

Today, Romeo Miller tweeted about his recent audition for the movie Divergent:


Who’s that you say? You might remember him as his short lived rapper stage name, Lil’ Romeo, 23, son of Master P. He moved from rapping to acting in 2003. He even had his own Teen Nick show called –you guessed it, Romeo.

So what role do you think he’s going up for? Also, anyone else trying their hardest to be patient and wait for an official Four announcement!?

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Why We Love Movie Trailers

Are you a connoisseur of movie trailers? I think one of the best parts about going to the movies is watching the movie trailers. If we are running late and miss the trailers, it totally ruins the mood for the rest of the movie. I love getting little snip-its of films that I hadn’t heard of before or haven’t seen a trailer, yet.

Last night my cousin, her friend and I decided to go see Warm Bodies. We loaded up on essentials first (Butterfingers, KitKat bar, Sour Patch kids, Cadburry eggs, Nutter Butters, Rasinets, Hot Tamales and ice cream–we don’t mess around). Which, we snuck in because, let’s be real, if we had bought the stuff at the movie theater our $15 dollar bill would have been close to $45. We made sure to get there just in time to grab the last remaining seats for optimal viewing pleasure, and sat down for the best part.

The trailers.

…and we were not let down. Summit/Lionsgate gave us some great trailers pre-Warm Bodies. It was a mixture of YA books turned movies, zombies, magic and dystopian films. Everything a girl could dream of! Here are the trailers our movie theater had:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

August 23, 2013

Side Note: I am so FREAKIN’ excited for this movie. This book series is one of my all time favorites!

Beautiful Creatures

February 14, 2013 (Coming soon!!)

World War Z

June 21, 2013

Tyler Perry’s Temptation

March 29, 2013

Kim K acts now??

The Heat

June 28, 2013


April 19, 2013

Now You See Me

June 7, 2013

We were pretty happy with this line up. They were all very good movie trailers. Did you guys go to the movies last night? What trailers caught your eye?


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