Review of Must See Movies for 2016

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2016 is going to be an epic year for movies!!! Or so I thought!

So for the last couple of years I’ve put out a list of movies I thought would be awesome for the following year. Yet I rarely review them afterward. So I am now. You’re welcome. I know that some of my views will not be popular, but hey, they’re mine and that’s all I can say. So I thought 2016 would be a banner year for amazing movies. I was super excited! And mostly disappointed. So, here goes. My reviews of the movies I most anticipated in 2016. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! You’ve been warned!!!

20. Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

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This movie didn’t actualy release so I can’t yet give it a review. At least I think it hasn’t released!

19. Rogue One РA Star Wars Story

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Sigh… Rogue One! What a let down. I am a Huge Star Wars fan! People who know me, know that! But this movie… ugh… There was no character depth. No backstory. No setup. Nothing. The only ones I cared about were the robot and two of the secondary characters. And they all died! All of them! No one made it out! That’s just not cool. And very boring. There was none of the magic the original Star Wars movies had. No Jedi. No Lightsabers. No witty banter. It just all fell flat ūüôĀ So sad.

18. Deadpool

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I have to say in all honesty, I didn’t watch it. Why? Because my husband and kids did and even my kids who are HUGE Deadpool fans said the movie sucked. So… I didn’t see it. Too bad.

17.¬†Assassin’s Creed

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I was super excited for this movie! I went to see it and Bam! I spent the first half of the movie asking what the freak was going on! Seriously! I did not get it. Neither did my girls. Then, by the second half I was like, yeah I sort of get it. And by the end I was like, Okay the parkour and fight scenes were great, but I still don’t understand everything. I saw it a second time and it made a lot more sense but still there were things that were really vague. All in all, it was good. But they could have spent a bit more time helping those of us who haven’t played the game yet understand what the heck was going on!

16.¬†Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton is one of my top 3 filmakers in Hollywood. However in the last 8 years or so his quality has been really iffy. So when I saw this was coming out I had high hopes, but didn’t hold my breath. And after having seen it I have to say, I liked it. I don’t think it’s Tim Burton’s Opus as others claimed. I still think Nightmare Before Christmas is the best movie he ever produced and Edward Scissorhands is a close second followed by Beetlejuice. But this was definetly a refreshing throw back to those older Tim Burton movies that I adored.

15. Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find them

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I went into this movie with extremely low expectations, but Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander stole my heart. He was so sweet and so genuine that his performance was oscar worthy in my opinion. The plot was okay. The graphics were great but it was Eddie that really made the movie shine. I loved his entire performance and would watch it again just because of him. The plot was predictable at best and honestly the one thing that really ruined the whole movie for me was Johny Depp at the end. I really had hoped for someone else. Just about anyone else. I’m kind of over his stale performances.

14. Jason Bourne

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I have to be honest, I have not yet seen this one. I need to get on that.

13. The Hateful Eight

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Again, I put off seeing this one. Not sure why. I just didn’t get around to it. I need to though.

12. Moana

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Loved it! This was a beautifully done movie. Dwayne Johnson was funny as ever. The plot was great. The visuals, the laughs, all of it. I really loved this movie. Well done Disney. This was how I had hoped the movie Brave would be, but wasn’t. This did the Polynesian people proud.

11. Independence Day

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I have to be honest, due to all the terrible reviews I could not bring myself to watch this. They were terrible, and apparently so was this movie. I just have no interest anymore.

10. Gambit

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This one didn’t release but I still reserve the same thoughts I had before. Channing Tatum is no Gambit. I hope this one doesn’t suck.

9. Star Trek Beyond

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This one was a let down. I loved the new character Jayla but other than that, it was the same old same old predictable plot for a Star Trek Movie. Which is sad because I have loved the last 2 they did. But this one fell short for me. From Spock and his girlfirend fighting to the villian being a Star Fleet Officer to everything. Just, predictable. I hate that.

8. BFG

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Again, I didn’t see this one because the reviews weren’t good. I plan on seeing it because I loved this story as a child, but it was in and out of the theaters so fast I just didn’t get a chance.

7. The Jungle Book

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Another movie that has great visuals but lacked everywhere else. There were things about it that they did that I really did not like, especially the ending when Mougli sets everything on fire. But it was great visually.

6. Batman vs. Superman

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This movie got a lot of flack but I personally didn’t think it was terrible. I loved Wonder Woman. Didn’t understand the weird dream sequences and thought the fight scenes were good. I even liked the acting. Except for Jessie Eisenberg as Luther. I didn’t like him at all. I am fully on Superman’s side in this one, BTW. And thought Batman was a jerk, not unlike Tony Stark in Civil War. But all in all, though it’s not a movie I’m dying to watch again, I didn’t hate it.

5. X-men: Apocalypse

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I soooooo wanted to love this movie! I LOVE X-Men. They are one, if not my most, favorite franchise. But this one fell short. The bad guys didn’t talk. They were killed off of defeated too quickly. Their storylines were vague at best. I just didn’t really care for this one. Sorry.

4. Dr. Strange

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This was a great movie. Not an amazing movie, but a great movie. My favorite character was the cape. I had hoped for more though. I had hoped to see more magic in it and more magic graphics and training and learning but we didn’t. We got some, but not as much as I’d hoped. It was a good movie though and I’d watch it again.

3. Suicide Squad

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Again, this was a movie that got a lot of bad reviews but I was pleasantly pleased with it. No, it is nothing like the graphic novels, but it was good. And as a romance author, I just loved the twisted Harley Quinn/Joker storyline. It was twisted and amazing. Jared Leto played the Joker like we’ve never seen him before and it was great and new and refreshing. I even liked Will Smith as Deadshot. I think a lot of the characters in the squad were under utilized, but hey, in a big squad not everyone can shine. Jsut ask Hawkeye and Black Widow.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Best Movie Of The Year!!! This movie rocked! I saw it 5 times in the theater. Yes, it is that good. Everything about it was awesome. The fight scenes. The banter. The fight scenes. Captain America and Bucky. The cameos. All of it. Black Panther and Spiderman stole the show. I didn’t expect to like Black Panther but he was so awesome! And Spiderman was he perfect blend of goofy kid and great hero. I loved this one. Loved it!

1. Warcraft

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I waited 10 years for an amazing Warcraft movie… and I’m still waiting. On the surface this movie was pretty good. But not great and not amazing. All of the characters were flat. They had no backstory and nothing to really tie us to them. It was rushed and there was no build with the characters, again, so we couldn’t really root for them. I feel like there were so many storylines they could have gone with and so much content out there that it should have been amazing. They could have gone the LOTR or DragonLance route with it on a epic adventure showing you all of WoW. Or they could have done a war like they did but start out showing the lands and how the Orcs were dying off and then them being called and going through the portal and everything, but again, they cut that out and didn’t do it. There was just so much they could have done to make this a real story, and they relied on the visuals instead of the storyline to carry them through. I’m kind of tired of movies doing that. All visuals, no plot.

So what do you think? Did you see these movies? Let me know. And stay tuned for the new 2017 list this week of movies I’m excited for!

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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Top Ten Gifts for Star Wars Fans

It’s Geek Out Gift Day!

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Well! It’s here! The Holiday¬†Season. Full of shopping and buying and spending and giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or both in my family) or something else, chances are that you are going to need to BUY something for someone. So over the next few weeks I am going to list my top ten gifts for specific fans! This week my spotlight is Star Wars¬†Fans!

You know Star Wars fans right? The fans who love Han Solo. Who spend hours tirelessly building their Millennium Falcon Lego set, (Which my son wants this year) only to glue it together so they can stare at it! Those of us who dress up in Jedi outfits for fun and walk around wearing our R2D2 backpacks? Yup! Die hard fans.

I’m not one of those… cough…cough… My daughter asked me yesterday in the store, “Mom, why does everyone think your R2D2 backpack is mine or Christian’s?” Haha. Because we don’t see enough geeky moms out there!

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Okay so maybe I am! This was my family and myself at Comic Con last year. We were all Jedi and happened to meet up with a couple of great Sith. This next year I’ve upped out Star Wars Cosplay, we will be Amazing! But I digress!

So what do you get fans like that? With the new Star Wars right around the corner you can now find Star Wars presents Everywhere! Target, Walmart, Hot topic, Sears, you name it! And here are some fun ideas to get you started.

10. For the little girl in your life who love R2D2 and BB8? (I have one in my house!) These Are the Droids you’re looking for!¬†¬†ūüôā Seriously, these are adorable. And¬†I got mine at Toys R Us where they were buy 1 get on 30% off! My R2D2 is about 18 inches tall and remote controlled like BB8! This BB8 is bigger than the one from last year!

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9. Now, let’s be honest, any little boy would want just about Star Wars anything! Or big boys too! I¬†just bought one of these for myself and one for my hubby for Christmas. Part of “upping” my Star Wars Cosplay game! So if you want a lightsaber as close as you can get to real, UltraSabers is the place to go! They light up, they have flash on clash, they have sounds, and they are Ultra Realistic looking! You can choose from so many colors and hilts!! I am so excited!

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8. And for every little kid there is a big kid who needs some Star Wars stuff. You know, the guys who actually remember a Star Wars universe Without Jar Jar! For them, I give you, The Ice Cube Trays! Now, I would use these for ice, jello, chocolate and just about any other food item I could think to shove in there! I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a Millennium Falcon Brownie? Or watch the Death Star melt in a drink like Han had in the Cantina? Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of other cool ones too!

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7. My family loves popcorn! I mean, LOVES it! My husband brought the tradition into our marriage. And I don’t mean that gross chemical-laden microwave junk, YUCK! I mean Air popped popcorn! So what is cooler than popcorn, popped by the death star as you watch Star Wars?

6.¬†Now when I saw this next one I thought there couldn’t be anything cooler! I mean seriously, this one is ingenious! An X-wing Knife Block! That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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5. And how about out the tea lover out there or coffee lover? This would be right up my alley as I drink tea every day! And I am a HUGE R2D2 fan! Now I will warn you, the coffee/tea press is on pre-order until January, but it would SOOOOO be worth the wait!

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4. Now! I can tell you, as a woman it is super hard to find cool Star Wars clothing for women. Really hard! Everything is so generic! But HerUniverse.com has done an amazing job with geek fashion for women. I was honored to go to their fashion show at San Diego Comic Con. It was so cool! Right now their site is down but you can get some awesome stuff on Hottopic.com for women! Like the Kylo Ren dress and BB8 dress!

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3. Everyone one travels. And when you travel you spend half an hour or more searching through bags to see which of the two hundred black roll on bags are yours. Well, No more! Stand out with Star Wars!

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2. So what about Mom? The ultimate Star Wars Fan? Well, I AM a Mom and the Ultimate Star Wars Fan, so I had to think about this a little. What would I really want? There is so much out there! Then I came across the most AMAZING Christmas gift EVER for Star Wars!

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1. After those lawn ornaments I totally thought I was done. That I’d seen it all and there was nothing else I could possibly add to my list. Until I saw it. The New Phenomenon that has me scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck has happened to our country. Yes, I am talking about, the dread Ugly Christmas Sweater! So here ya go! For those Star Wars fans who just have EVERYTHING else.

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So there are my top 10 picks for Christmas gifts this year for Star Wars fans! What do you think? Did you find anything cooler for Christmas? There is so much out there right now for Star Wars fans that it is mind boggling! I just want it all. But to be totally honest the thing every real Star Wars fan wants for Christmas is tickets to the new movie and for it to be TOTALLY AMAZING!

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Nightmare Before Christmas – Best Halloween Movie Ever!

Today is the day!! The one I look forward to all year long! Halloween!!! So Today I talk about my favorite movie of all time!

Okay, I know Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Christmas and a Halloween, but it is my favoritest¬†movie! I love it! I have a dozen Jack hats, and even more Jack shirts. My favorite PJ’s are Jack and my favorite Mug is Jack and my favorite Pen, is Jack. Jack, Jack, Jack!

So, I think Nightmare Before Christmas was the first time the name Tim Burton really stuck in my mind. I saw the movie while in college and I loved it. I have always been drawn to dark and creepy things, and this movie embodied that for me. From the mostly black and white setting to the exaggerated features of every character, I loved it. And it didn’t hurt that it took Halloween and mixed it with the other holidays as well.

Danny Elfman’s music is haunting and beautiful and his singing is both soulful and sexy.¬† Jack’s ballad at the end is one of my favorite songs ever.

So for those of you who haven’t see Nightmare Before Christmas, do it! You can watch it for free on Netflix instant streaming, or you can get it here:

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Odd Monster Movies

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Howdy Halloween Junkies! So today I want to talk about those Halloween Monster Movies that don’t really fit into any of my other categories. The ones that I loved and were a bit scary, but were only able to fit in the Paranormal Category for horror movies.

The first is¬† a monster movie that I loved beyond loved. I think I saw this movie in the theater more than any movie I’ve ever seen in the theater. No joke. I think I saw it 9 times. Why? Because it had Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branaugh, and Helena Bonham¬†Carter. Yes, it’s the 1990’s Frankenstein. The movie was amazing! All of the actors that were attached to it were incredible. The visuals were awesome as was the storyline. I fell in love with the whole thing! I can’t say enough how much I loved this movie.

Next, isn’t really a movie that you might consider a monster movie, but I did, Sweeney Todd. You may have heard me talk about this movie in my blog post about writing villains. But I think the Tim Burton Sweeney Todd was a masterpiece. It was so artfully done. Johnny Depp gives one of the best performances of his career in that movie. He is so sympathetic that you want him to kill people! It’s amazing. He’s a monster, but you root for him anyway. Really well done. And quite gory as well.

Another monster movie I really enjoyed was Tales from the Dark Side. Yes, it was campy. Yes, it’s from the 80’s, but it was still scary fun. And Debbie Harry was awesome in it as the witch who wants to eat the little boy. There’s a lot of nostalgia in movies like that. Reminds me of when I was young.

Misery is another great horror movie. Yes, I know, it’s another one from Stephen King, but seriously, it started the stalker/ craziest fan phenomenon! I mean, she kidnaps the author and won’t let him go! And that’s the least of what she does to him. If you want to see a movie that is fraught with tension and keeps you on the edge of your seat, Misery is the movie for you!

So what kind of monsters do you like most? I have to admit, I’m not a horror movie person, but there are a bunch of movies that I don’t consider horror that I have loved.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Ghost Movies

We are getting down to our last few posts for our 21 Days of Halloween Countdown and today we going to talk about great ghost movies. No, not Ghost the live story, but actual scary ghost stories. I think these have become the most popular paranormal movies of our time. I mean, how many Paranormal Activity movies have there been now? Those aren’t on my list. But here are some great ghost movies!

Who wasn’t thoroughly¬†creeped out and totally mind blown by Sixth Sense? That was one of the best ghost movies ever done! A boy that sees dead people? Going to a shrink to help him with his problem. That is an awesome plot. Especially with the twist at the end. So if you want to see a great ghost movie, this is it.

Next we have a ghost movie by one of the masters of Horror, and this one is super scary. The Shining. Jack Nicholson has never been crazier. And Shelly Duvall has never been more pathetic. In a good way. Take a haunted hotel, mix in a snow storm and the mind blowing madness of a writer trying to finish a book, and you are in for a real treat.

Ghostbusters. Iconic silly ghost movie that is lots of fun. And I don’t just mean the original either. The new one is just as much fun. The new one has gotten a lot of flack but I laughed so hard I cried at the new one. My kids loved it and so did a lot of my friends. They both are seriously funny movies. As long as you don’t try to compare them to each other, you’ll be fine.

Another ghost movie I loved as a kid but scared the crap out of me was Poltergeist. That clown doll was the first time I truly started getting the clown creepies. I am not a clown person. The movie was great all on its own and I was sad they tried to do a remake, though the remake didn’t do well. Poltergeist is the epitome of 80’s horror movies. It was creepy. It was endearing. It was awesome.

Beetlejuice was one of Tim Burton’s first movies and still one of his 3 best movies of all time. Michael Keeton was plain great in that movie. Gina Davis was fun and lively as ever and I even like Alec Baldwin for once. All in all, I really thought Beetlejuice was a fun ghost movie. Ghosts having to call in worse ghosts to get people out of their house? What could be better? And with all the Tim Burton flair, who in their right mind wouldn’t love it?

Now one movie that I don’t think did well, but I found super creepy was The Skeleton Key. It wasn’t an amazing movie but the premise that until you actually believe in ghosts they can’t take over your body, was certainly a new one for me. The whole movie is about trying to get a girl to believe in ghosts. It was a great twist. It really stuck with me.

House on Haunted Hill was scary and bloody and had an insane asylum. There are few places I find scarier than insane asylums. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because once you’re in there, there’s no getting out and doctors can basically use you as guinea pigs for whatever they want. And even if your family wants you out the doctors can refuse to release you. Yeah, that freaks me out. So this movie was especially scary to me. Doctors who experiment on people. Is there anything more terrifying? Maybe clowns that experiment on people. That would be worse!

So, do you like ghost movies? Or ghost stories? What is your favorite ghost movie? Tell me!

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Zombie Movies!

Okay! There have been a TON of zombie movies over the years. Some good, some bad, some terrible! I can say that there has only ever been one zombie movie that I totally loved. Zombieland.

Zombieland was hilarious and fun and made me want twinkies for the first time in thirty years. The characters, actors, plot and graphics were all great. The cameo of Bill Murray was great. I heard a rumor that they might make another one. I hope they fo and that when they do it’s just as great as the first because I really loved it.

I really liked 28 days. I thought that was a great zombie movie too. It was at the forefront of zombie movies. It’s gritty, dirty, and pretty much how I see it going when zombies show up! The way is was shot was uniquely and the violence and dehumanizing of people is pretty much how I see society disintegrating when the time comes. It was scary how real it was.

I also really liked Shawn of the Dead. It was quite hilarious. And I think one of the stupidest, silliest, cult classic zombie movies of all times. I watched it once by myself and laughed so hard that I turned around and showed it to my husband‚Äď he wasn’t as impressed.

I am Legend. A movie that deserves an honorable mention. It was decent. Not great, like a bunch of other zombie movies, but it was worth watching.

Warm Bodies…I know people loved this one, but I was not too much of a fan.¬† I went with it, thought it was funny, until…the end. I know, I know, love conquers all. But let’s be real. Give me a reason. A good scientific reason why he all of a sudden is human again. I didn’t buy it. I just didn’t. I bought everything up until the part where he turned pink.¬† But I loved his side kick! He was hilarious!

Land of the Dead was pretty good. It helped give me an idea for a book. It has Simon Baker in it, which is cool and in the end the zombies evolve, which was a great twist.

Resident Evil. What a franchise! I think I have seen the first one a dozen times! I love Alice and hope that when the zombie apocalypse finally happens, I am Alice. I will probably not be. I’ll probably be more like Jessie Eisenberg from Zombieland.

Lastly, a great, fun and totally awesome Zombie movie is Corpse Bride. LOVE it! Tim Burton does it again with that one. From the crazy out of proportion parents, who epitomize the reigning society, to the eyeball losing, worm infested corpse bride, it sure was fun. I loved the twist in the end as well. I thought that was great. And the collection of voices for the movie, including, Tracy Ullman ( Who I love) Albert Finney and Christopher Lee, are a real treat. We don’t get to hear from them enough! So, watch Corpse Bride! Because it is an awesome zombie movie and fun for the whole family.

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Kids Halloween Movies!

 

So my next entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention.

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod¬†Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern have freaked me out since I was little. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, but it still scares me. I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie¬†is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him. It’s not a popular movie or book but it’s worth a watch. It was a hidden treasure we found when i got the graphic novels for my daughter to read.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. SPOILER – A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get too close. There isn’t¬†much scarier than that. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual house embody the spirit of someone who has died and they can control the whole thing. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty¬†movies of its time¬†and a whole lot¬†of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice¬†has one of my favorites, Geena¬†Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder. They have talked about doing another one. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture that lightning in a bottle they got last time with this one.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

My newest favorite kids movie is Goosebumps with Jack Black. I think I’ve¬†watched that movie a dozen times in the last year. It was great. Funny, creepy and based on all of R. L. Stine’s books, it inspired my kids to want to read his books. It was really well done and I thought the acting was spot on. I was super impressed. It is a new family classic for us. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. But watch out for Slappy the Dummy, he is sufficiently creepy! I am not a dummy person.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown- Best Witch Movies

Welcome back to 21 Days of Halloween! As with all things Halloweenish and Paranormal no countdown would be complete without Witches!

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Dressed in black, skin of green, warts, cauldrons…or not. Witch movies have come a long way since the Wizard of Oz.

I can honestly say aside from Harry Potter, I haven’t seen a ton of witch¬†movies. I’ve seen a lot of 80’s goofy teen witch¬†movies, but not a lot of witch movies.¬† A have seen a few that I either really liked, or totally creeped me out, though.

Witches of Eastwick was a great fun movie filled with Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicholson, and well, Jack Nicholson, who needs anything else really? This classic movie was tons of fun with him seducing women and sleeping with women and having babies with women. And Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfieffer are wonderful. I will never get over seeing the women in those huge glasses and puffy sweaters.

In 1993, Disney came out with the movie Hocus Pocus. I have always been a huge Bette Midler fan, so I wanted to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was funny, goofy, creepy and a great Halloween movie. And I have to say, today, it is still my kids favorite. The chemistry between the ensemble cast was only outdone by the well written script. There were rumors they might remake it, but I hope they don’t. The original is classic.

In 1996 I was quite terrified by Fairuza¬†Balk in The Craft. She is seriously freaky! And the thought that a bunch of whiny, teenage girls could gain powers and harm other girls (i.e. make their hair fall out) was terrifying. You’ve seen my picture, you know what kind of hair I have! Anyway, also the part with the bugs and snake, sooooooo not my thing. ¬†All in all, I was impressed¬†and horrified by the movie and still think it remains one great witch movie.

In 1998 Sandra Bullock broke my heart when – Spoiler Alert – the love of her life was hit and killed by a car in Practical Magic. And when her screwed up sister showed up with the ever so hot Goran Visnjic, and they kill him, it took a darker twist. Enter Aidan Quinn, sigh, and you have one great movie. Crazy aunts, screwed up sisters, a family curse and a haunting ex-boyfriend and a detective who won’t let things go. And the female wicca circle toward the end, hilarious! I’ve not seen another paranormal drama with witches that has come close to it since.

Stardust wasn’t scary but it was a movie with great witches in it. I found the movie much more entertaining than the book sadly, but the book is good too. The movie though has a bit of everything. Love, fantasy, steampunk, witches, funny dead brothers, chases, sword fights, snotty girls, a young hot Daredevil and Superman. It’s got it all. A great addition to the witch collection.

Another good witch movie was the only one of its kind I’ve ever seen. The Covenant. An all male witch movie with some of my favorite hotties. Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait and Taylor Kitsch. In contract to most of the films out there, the plot on this one was good and the effects were lack luster. But I really liked it. Seeing guys wield magic as witches normally reserved for women in movies, was refreshing.

Now for the not so great. I am a sucker for Nicholas Cage. And I am a sucker for fantasy movies, or books or whatever, so I was excited for Season of The Witch in 2011. MAJOR LET DOWN! And not because of the acting. Not because of the sets. Not because of the cinematography. Because of the story. I have never seen a more slow moving, hole ridden story in my life. This movie could have been so awesome, if there had been a couple more re-writes. As a matter of fact it has spurred me to think of an off-the-wall witch idea myself. But other than that, no, I would not recommend wasting your time with this one.

So what’s left? Most recently Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke¬†Janssen. And though Jeremy Renner is totally sexy. And the guns and gadgets that Hansel and Gretel use are steampunk¬†and make me drool like a man staring at a shiny red Ferrari. But¬†the movie… didn’t make me drool. The sexual awkwardness between Hansel and Gretel is…well…weird! Like, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron weird! And the story, lacking. And mostly, just… weird. I liked the ogre, Edward,¬†a lot. He was sad and fun. Mostly though, besides Famke¬†Jensen being a great villain witch, the graphics were pretty good.

Another newish witch movie I had really high hopes for was The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel. I love Vin Diesel! My DOG is named Diesel, and yet… another lacking movie with some good graphics and predictable, flat plot. I must say, I am getting seriously tired of great graphics and no plot movies. Sigh…

So all in all. There are some great fun witch movies out there for Halloween. And there are some not great ones if you just really must see a witch movie or die!

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Ten Scary Books for Halloween

I read a post the other day about the top best Horror books of the 21st century. And it got me thinking of the scariest books I’ve ever read. I don’t read horror anymore, but I used to read it when I was in high school and college, so I get that some of these might be oldies, but it doesn’t make them any less horrifying! So here are my top picks for scary books to read for Halloween.

It by Stephen King
It took me 3 tries to get through that book. It seriously scared the crap out of me. Now the ending wasn’t as I’d hoped it would be but the book is never the less a scary one. Of course Stephen King is the master of horror so what do you expect?

The Stand by Stephen King
Now, I know today this wouldn’t seem as scary. With all we know about biological weapons, they seem pretty much common place. From mutagens, to dirty bombs, they are everywhere. But back in 1992 when I read this book, the idea that a super virus could spread by just someone sneezing on you, let’s just say I was paranoid for MONTHS!!!! I loved this book. It is one of my two Stephen King favorites, but it scared the crap out of me back then.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
This book is not for kids! My daughter asked me if she could read it and so I read it and I was freaked out. It was dark, it was scary and it was awesome! I loved it! If you want a great scary classic, read this one. It’s worth it.

Grimm’s Fairytales
Have you ever read those things? They are seriously¬†messed up! Originally the princesses weren’t all happy and light and their stories didn’t come with happy endings. Some are really dark and gory. Some are sad and tragic. But most of them are pretty scary actually when you think about them. And if you want to get even darker read the origin stories that the Grimm stories came from!

Anything Edgar Allen Poe

Literally anything. You could pick up any of his stories and be scared. Fall of the House of Ushers, The Pit and the Pendulum, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell Tale Heart. All of them are enough to give you chills. Poe is one of my all time favorites and he’s scary as hell.

Anyone of these books is enough to get your blood chilling and have you looking over your shoulder when you climb the stairs at night! So tell me, what are your favorite scary books? Which do you love the most? And if you want to see an article about the best scary books in the last 200 years, go here:

http://www.the-line-up.com/40-scariest-books-of-the-last-200-years/

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite
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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Werewolf Movies

So a few years ago I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie was and was sad and shocked to find, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my most favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

A werewolf movie came out in 2014 called Wolves. I watched it for one reason and one reason alone. Jason Momoa. Lucas Till is in it and he is one of my least favorite actors but I said, for Jason, I will give this a shot. Don’t. It’s not worth it. Unless, you are going in just¬†to see Jason Momoa as eye candy. Then it’s worth it. He is so evil it’s awesome. But the story sucked and the graphics made them look like giant fuzzy kittens.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. It had Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez, both of whom I liked. Yet sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one. So again, I will rank this on the list of werewolf movies out there, but don’t expect to come away feeling like you got an awesome werewolf movie.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath¬†for Red Riding Hood to be¬†released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. It had Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake!! And I like Amanda Seyfried. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome. Some of the twists were good. Gary Oldman was totally evil. The love story was sweet and there was action, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it. I don’t think they could have put together a better cast with a better script.

Another shout out I’m going to give is not a werewolf movie but a shifter movie. LadyHawke. Michelle Pfieffer and Rutger Hauer. It a beautiful love story set in a fantasy world about two cursed lovers. It is not horror nor is it really even a werewolf movie, but it is a shifter movie and a great one at that. Plus is has a young Matthew Brodrick in it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate. And there’s nothing better than a werewolf movie with a real plot!

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