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July 1st, 2011

Movie Review - Bridesmaids







Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Rebel Wilson, Chris O'Dowd, Matt Lucas, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and more...


Directed by: Paul Feig   Written by: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo  Original Music by: Michael Andrews


Premise: Annie Walker has had a run of bad luck in her life and is trying to cope. Things get more complicated when her best friend suddenly gets engaged. Annie is asked to be the matron of honor and is happy to do so until she meets the rest of the bridesmaids. One of whom is trying to upstage her as BFF.


Review:  If you like the type of humor in The Hangover, you should love Bridesmaids.  Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, in just about every level of Annie's life. Body humor, crude humor, and bad situation humor abounds.


Not normally my cup of tea, so on a humor level the film did little for me. I was pretty much teary eyed or crying for about the last half of the thing, however, empathizing with just about everyone. lol. (Sometimes it's the curse of an author - seeing all sides.) :P 


Annie's self destructive spiral is well understandable, especially when pushed along by Helen. So when she finally gets a clue and starts to pick herself up, you're cheering for her. And they don't make it simple either. There's the point (for a while anyway) where you see that you can be sorry all you want, but it doesn't mean you'll be forgiven. Kudos to them for that.


Watch Melissa McCarthy, this is such a deviation from anything I'd seen her do before I didn't even recognize her for a while. Her character seems insane, but she was the funniest one of the bunch. And Megan has deeper, unexpected layers. 


Well acted, well scripted, just not my type of humor. So again, if you enjoyed the Hangover, this should be for you! Enjoyable by both guys and galls, if you like that style.


Rating: 3 of 5 (But again, I didn't enjoy the Hangover) Hubby was out of town, but in absencia I'm still sure he'd be saying Worth Full Price of Admission for him) :)

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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