Hugo

Today I saw Hugo in 3D.

It was an enjoyable movie but I didn’t find it to be spectacular.

This could be because of one of the following reasons.

1)  I saw so many reviews saying it was the best darn movie they ever did see, that perhaps my expectations were too high.

2) I felt the movie was not really about the little boy and took a long time getting to the real story

3) The 14 year old next to me that really wanted to see Tin-Tin and kept leaning over to me and whispering very quietly, “This movie sucks so much.”, giving me anxiety thinking that at some point he was going to want to leave, plus, if you can imagine, kinda taking me out of the movie.  I should have gone by myself.

kindle touch and amazon

recently I became the proud owner of a kindle touch.  Yay!  I have wanted a kindle for years but something else always took priority.  Its not as if I neeeeded it or anything but with the recent price cuts I decided it was time to treat myself. 

Since there are so many kindles out it took me a while to decide which one I wanted.  I am usually a fan of a keyboard, (still love my blackberry with keyboard) so I had planned on getting a kindle keyboard 3g until I read a review that included a comparison of a kindle keyboard and a kindle touch.  I also went to target where they had both and played with them a little.  To be honest, I don’t really remember why I decided to go with the kindle touch, but there were reasons!  If you are also in a quandry on which to purchase, I advise you to check out the amazon reviews. 

I went with the model that has wi-fi and special offers.  I decided to go with wi-fi since in the above mentioned reviews, it was mentioned that the only thing you can use the 3g for is going to amazon and the kindle store.  On previous versions you could use the free 3g to go on a slow-but-in-desperate-times-better-than-nothing, browser.  I always wanted that but really I have my phone for that and i don’t travel much…sadly… Along with this feature, the 3g also adds weight.  Not much but its enough for something I probably wouldn’t ever use. 

I should say that holding the kindle touch is nice.  it is lighter than an average paperback.  This is nice for someone who mostly reads in bed.  I cannot tell you how many times I have been rudely awakened by a book falling onto my chest/face.  Not the most pleasant way of being woken up.

I wasn’t going to get the kindle with special offers either until I read about them in the same reviews.  I had not previously realized that the ads, which are really just stationary coupons as they do not flash or move, are not visible when you read.  There is a small ad on the bottom of the “home” screen and then if you want to view the rest of the offers, which you will, you click on menu and then go to special offers. 

I am now quite addicted to looking at the special offers.  I have woken up and noticed my kindle and turned it on to see if there were new offers.  They automatically download to the kindle when it is connected to wifi.  Some of the offers I’ve seen in the month since I’ve owned it are:

a mystery book from a selection of about 100 books for $1
a free audiobook of Rob Lowe’s autobiography (Who doesn’t like Rob Lowe?)
Some groupon type deals on hotels, giftbaskets, etc.
Ads for movies
Amazon coupons for things unrelated to books

Also, a big decision for me in purchasing the special offers kindle was that if you decide you no longer want the special offers, you can pay $40 and “upgrade” to the ad-free version.  This is the same amount you would have paid to have the ads free version in the first place.  So why not try it, eh?

When I was purchasing my kindle an offer popped up from audible.com stating you could get the kindle touch for free if you signed up for their gold program for 1 year.  I believe this program was 15 bucks a month.  I did the math and finally decided not to sign up for this program.  I think that with this program you were able to get one “free” audio book per month, and really I get all my audiobooks free from the library anyway, and there hasn’t been one yet that I’ve been compelled to listen to again so why would I need to own them?  However, if you are thinking of buying a kindle and do purchase audiobooks this might be a good deal for you.

Lastly, a little bit about amazon.  I am addicted.  Whatever.  I am a Prime, student, member although i am currently receiving a free 1 month real deal prime membership since I also purchased a kindle fire for my son for Christmas.  Theres some free streaming movies and you can borrow one kindle book a month with the real prime membership versus my freebie prime student membership but  I haven’t used any of these benefits. 

I did almost all of my Christmas shopping on Amazon this year.  I ordered a few things from best buy online for store pickup since I am cheap and refuse to pay for shipping except in dire circumstances.  But really other than that and some things I picked up at Target while I was doing my normal shopping, it was amazon all the way.  I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to shop this way.  it is cheaper and you get this lovely pile of brown packages* delivered to your doorstep, for free!

*My dog often wonders why I don’t feel the same excitement for the presents he leaves but we are working on this.

 

DVD’s I got for Christmas

So I’ve had a few days off for work so I decided that on one of these days I would watch all the DVD’s I had received for Christmas.  Yay for sloth!

I should mention that I requested all of these…

I made it through 3 and then I watched the free online version of a movie I had bought for my mom on Amazon 🙂

First… I had to watch “Flash Gordon”  Yes this is the Sam J. Jones version with an extra special appearance of Timothy Dalton in tights.  I love this movie.  Many years ago I actually stole the vhs version from my moms house that we had taped from tv.  Please do not tell her.  i might or might not return it now.  Anyway, I realized recently that I do have to classify myself as somewhat of a sci-fi geek since when I tried to think of things I really liked as a kid/teen, many of them were sci-fi movies/tv.  (Hello Buck Rogers 😉 ) However I’ve never seen Dr. Who and have no idea what that phone box thing is for.   Anyhow back to flash (Ah-ahh).  It has great music/soundtrack by Queen, and I find it just delightful.  I was amazed to watch one of the special features that declared it as a “cult classic”  I could swear I was the only one who liked this film.  Who knew?

Next I moved on to , “Persuasion”  This classic Jane Austen story was lovely to watch, but I may never watch it again.  It was , “ok”  I had never seen it before and expected to be swept away similar to the first time I watched the BBC miniseries of “Price & Prejudice”  (By swept away I mean compelled to watch it over and over obsessively and continually for the next 5 years)

Moving on to “Penelope”  I love this film.  I have seen it over and over on HBO and after HBO recently removed it from its rotation I decided I needed to own it.  Its a sweet, romantic fairy tale with Christina Ricci and James McAvoy.  I love James McAvoy in this, and perhaps this film ruined me for any of his future performances.  I saw the x-men thing he was recently in and really couldn’t stand his portrayal of Professor X.  It just seemed weird to me, and maybe its just because I’ve watched Penelope so many times I just wanted him to be who he was in the pig-nose movie.

After this, I watched the free online copy of, “Music and Lyrics”.  I had purchased this for my Mom who is also a fan of the romantic comedy.  She hadn’t seen it and although I knew it would be a bit PG-13 for her, I risked it and hopefully she liked it.  I enjoy and own many Hugh Grant dvd’s.  (“Two weeks notice”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” “Sense and Sensibility” yum.. )  Anyhow, I’m a fan and this one does not disappoint.  I also own this dvd, but my daughter stole it and took it to college.  Rude!   Someday, I will either get it back or just buy a new one. 

Movies I also received but remain wrapped:

“Outbreak.”  This has also been on HBO and I have watched parts of it on several occasions this month.  Give me another month or so and I’m sure it will be in the rotation.  I enjoy this film a lot.  I usually don’t like suspense.  Those types of movies give me anxiety.  I seriously feel pain in my stomach.  Hurry up and get the thing and go to the place so it will all be ok.  No.  I get way too wrapped up in it and it gives me physical pain.  Sooo, I tend to avoid.  On that note, this film has some of that, but it doesn’t bother me.  Maybe it is because I’ve seen it so many times?  But I enjoy it.  Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and a very funny appearance in a not supposed to be funny sort of way, by Partrick Dempsey.

Lastly, “Reality Bites” also hasn ‘t made it to the blu-ray player (Yes I have a blu-ray player which I play all these dvd’s on because I’m cheap and really don’t notice any difference)  Same kind of thing.  This has been on HBO or Encore, one of those and i’ve watched it.  Love Winona Ryder, Love, Ethan Hawke before he got all chubby and less good-looking.  Love the 80’s theme and jokes about the gap.  Very fun.

So there you have it!  My list of DVD’s I received for Christmas, 2011.

I want to buy a zoo!

Went and saw, “We bought a Zoo”.  Loved it!  I cried, which is usual, but it wasn’t so sad or emotional that I thought they were going for cheap and easy tactics to force an emotional moment.  Loved the little girl.  She was adorable.  Enjoyed Matt Damon as a dad. 

Recommend and I will enjoy seeing this again in the future.

Things I’m currently thinking about…

Artwork!  I recently listened to steve martin’s latest novel, “An Object of Beauty” and ever since then I’ve just been very interested in art.  I remembered seeing a Bravo tv series, “Work of Art” last year and handily enough it was just starting the second season  (Go Sucklord!).  Loved this.  I am not an artist, I wish I was, I’m not.  So I am very interested in those that can create these works of art.

Yoga, meditation, spirituality, eating!  Another audiobook I recently listened to was “Eat, Pray, Love.”  I thought the book itself was “ok” but these themes did ring through and I did want to take some months off and travel to new and distant places.  Admitedly, I haven’t taken a single step towards doing any of these things, except for eating (haha) I am inspired to try these things and hope to do so in the not so distant future.

A little about me

I love a good story.  I tend to be drawn to romantic stories, and avoid tales where everything goes wrong… but I also like a wide variety of other genres.

I go to the movies a few times a month, read constantly on my new kindle (yay!) listen to audiobooks when I’m driving, watch a few shows on the tv, and attend plays and live music when I can.

I cry at most movies!  You’ve been warned.

Contact me at arunawaytale@gmail.com

Hello

Hi there, future readers.

I am a huge fan of stories in many forms.  Movies, books, plays, musicals, tv shows, artwork, and so on.  I decided to create a blog to write about the stories I am reading or seeing.  Please feel free to share your comments