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Beautiful Creatures

Second bucket list review, somewhat belated but better late than never.

Richard LaGravenese wrote and directed this adaptation of the first book of the Beautiful Creatures series written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The movie stars relative newcomers Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert as main characters Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes respectively. The supporting roles are cast with real powerhouses - Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood, Viola Davis as Amma, Emmy Rossum as Ridley Duchannes, and Emma Thompson as Sarafine.

The story takes place in a tiny town called Gatlin, South Carolina. Gatlin has a Civil War battle in its past and is populated with what seems to be mostly lower middle class, God-fearing folks who know everything about their neighbors including that the founding family, the Ravenwoods, are really witches. This fact puts Lena Duchannes, Macon Ravenwood's niece, in a position of ridicule as town outcast. This position would be hard enough for an adult but for a you…

Warm Bodies

The time has finally arrived - my review of the first movie on my 20 Movies of 2013 "bucket list" (which is what I'm going to call it from now on) - Warm Bodies! :) My husband and I had planned to see Warm Bodies on Valentine's Day after dinner. However, we only gave ourselves an hour and a half to eat before our movie started, and our restaurant was so packed that we had an hour and fifteen minute wait. Needless to say, we missed the show that night, so we watched it the next day at our local theatre.

My overall impression of the movie was ... I liked it a lot. The actors were well-cast in their respective roles, especially the main character R played by Nicholas Hoult. Hoult portrays a conflicted zombie so well, and my favorite part is *spoiler alert* when he eats the brains of the boyfriend Perry and sees for himself what he has become. Also, I think that Rob Corddry gave an excellent performance as M. His transformation from zombie to human is almost as heart-war…