REVIEW: Snow White and the Huntsman

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Snow White and the Huntsman is the latest live action retelling of the Snow White fairy tale to come out in the last year following Julia Roberts’ Mirror Mirror and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. From all of the promotional materials I had seen leading up to the film’s release, I was expecting it to be a grounded, Batman Begins-esque take on the fable with Snow White reimagined as a warrior. To my surprise, most of the more fantastic elements of the story are still present, which I actually found refreshing. In the end, however, the movie still manages to disappoint.

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Buy handmade, Buy awesome

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If you’re like me, you like stuff. You probably at least have someone in your life that likes stuff. Maybe someone you have a hard time finding gifts for. Oh. You don’t buy gifts for special people? They said they didn’t want anything? They lied. Everyone likes getting presents.

I love stuff. My husband loves stuff even more than me. If you are a regular reader, you know he likes really geeky stuff in particular. Usually, I am really bad at gifts. Really bad. This year, I outdid myself. All thanks to Etsy.

I’m here today, to tell you Etsy is not just for girls, and I wanted to highlight some of the shops and crafters I have worked with in the past few months.

All three shops are offering a 10% discount to My Latest Distraction readers. Look for the coupon code at the end of the post after you see their AMAZING work 🙂 Read more of this article »


The 84th Annual Academy Awards are Tonight

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The 84th Academy Awards ceremony airs on ABC tonight. Once again hosted by Billy Crystal, it’s sure to be a drama-free celebration of movies virtually no one saw. And when The Artist is declared the best movie of the year, millions of Americans who wake up and read about in the morning will just shrug. The nominees for Best Picture this year include The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Warhorse, Tree of Life, The Help, Moneyball, and Hugo. While it seems inevitable that The Artist is going to win, after the break we’ll discuss whether it actually deserves the honor.

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REVIEW: 21 Jump Street

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The most important thing to know about the new film version of 21 Jump Street is that it takes the concept of the old television series and plays it as a comedy. If you’re expecting a faithful adaptation of the show, you’re sure to be disappointed. In terms of tone it’s fairly similar to Seth Rogen’s Pineapple Express, however, 21 Jump Street is more consistently funny.

Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as alumni of the same high school who go from having an antagonistic relationship in school to forging a strong bond while in the police academy. Hill is smart and out of shape, while Tatum is dumb as a rock and built like a superhero. They quickly discover that with their individualized skills they can help each other survive the academy, but even as a team they don’t amount to very good police officers. Their auspicious careers start as bike cops protecting a virtually crime-less park. However, a botched arrest soon results in the duo being demoted and assigned to an undercover unit that places young-looking police officers in high schools. The not-so-young-looking duo’s cover includes being brothers and living with Hill’s parents. Hilarity ensues.

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The Dark Knight Rises prologue revisited

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Last week we spent some time talking about The Dark Knight Rises prologue and since then we’ve seen a “leaked” copy of the script for that scene as well as the official release of a new trailer for the movie (currently running before Mission Impossible 4 on IMAX screens as well). I think it’s safe to say we would’ve been a lot better off having seen the trailer before the prologue as well as getting our hands on a copy of the script that was “leaked” last week as well.

Another spoiler filled discussion of the prologue and The Dark Knight Rises in general follows…

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