World War Z: A New Kind of Zombie Film

If you like your zombie movies with blood and gore then World War Z probably will be a disappointment. However, if you like a some-what fresh take on the zombie genre, with non-stop action and moments that leave you squirming in your seat with your hands over your eyes, then be prepared to be amazed!

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The film, World War Z (PG-13), is based on the best-selling Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. (For some fun trivia, Max is the son of the funny actor/director Mel Brooks.)  For those who haven’t read the book and are interested then go here: 

http://maxbrooks.com/books-wwz.php

With the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the zombie franchise has found new life from TV shows, books and movies. There have been many different takes on the zombie genre since George A. Romero first introduced the world to the modern day zombie. He showed movie-goers that zombies are humans, back from the dead, hungry for warm human flesh. 

We get a first person view of the action as we follow Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a retired employee of the UN, trained in investigating some of the world’s biggest cases, as he uses his skills and intellect to find a solution to the zombie apocalypse. Lane goes on a wild trip around the globe, looking for answers and trying to narrow down who or what has started one of the worst outbreaks in human history.

The film has only just a few moments of normalcy as we watch the Lane Family tend to their morning routine. While in the car, during heavy traffic, the outbreak hits their home town of Pennsylvania. From that moment on the Lanes, especially Gerry, aren’t allowed a moment of peace. After spending a terrifying night in the apartment of a good Samaritan, they are rescued by the US Government. That is after they are chased up several flights of stairs by way too many, super scary looking zombies.

The Lane Family are then taken to a naval ship several miles off the coast. There Gerry learns that he has to come out of retirement in order to ensure his family’s place on the ship and to pretty much save the world. He travels to South Korea, Jerusalem and then on to a W.H.O facility in the UK. Gerry’s travels takes him from one dangerous, zombie infested situation to another.

WWZ doesn’t let up from the start. It’s a smart, scary action movie that will have you on the edge of your seat as Lane and his team (some of them) narrowly miss zombie attacks. The tension is high and the scare factor is higher.

The film also stars Mireille Enos (Gangster Squad) as Connie Lane, Daniella Kertesz (WWZ is her first American film) as Segen, Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring) as Constance Lane, Abigail Hargrove (a short, The Butterfly Circus) as Rachel Lane and a surprise (for me anyway) appearance by Matthew Fox (Lost) as a Parajumper. It was nice to see a familiar face and totally unexpected that it was such a humble part.

World War Z only came in second this past weekend, with Monsters University at number one. With The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 hitting theaters July 4th weekend it is likely this film will be pushed further back on the Box Office list.

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Monsters University: Bring Your Scare Face

In 2001, the world was introduced to Mike, Sulley and a pig-tailed, little girl named Boo. I’m talking about the character’s from Disney Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. Audiences fell in love with big guy, Sulley and his sarcastic “Scare Partner” Mike Wazowski. We all laughed when Boo tried over and over to pronounce Wazowski’s last name and failed, adorably. We discovered that Monster’s Inc. was not the place we thought it was and Sully and Wazowski, along with Boo, were the heros to save the day.

But who are Sulley and Mike? What were they like before Monster’s Inc.? What made them the monsters we know and love? In Monsters University we get to see how Sulley and Mike met and how they came to be one of the best Scare Teams at Monster’s Inc.

 

http://www.examiner.com/review/monsters-university-bring-your-scare-face 

 

Monsters University (G, 92 minutes) centers on the one-eyed, little, green monster, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal, Parental Guidance) as he begins his scare education at MU. He’s a smart, dedicated student who wants nothing more than to work at Monster’s Inc. and become the best scarer their world has ever seen. Then enters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman, The Hangover Part III), the smooth-talking monster that is known for his scare factor as well as his family’s name. As you might have guessed it, these two monsters are at odds from the start.

During one of their most important tests, Mike and Sulley are so consumed with out-scaring each other that they break a Scream Can, which holds a world-record breaking scream, that belongs to none other than the head of the Scare Program, Dean Hardscabble (Helen Mirren, RED). With not so much as batting an eyelash, the Dean kicks both monsters out of the program.

Devastated and unsure of where their educational life is headed, the monsters join forces, along with a few other not-so-scary monsters, and try to win the Scare Games. The games were created by Dean Hardscabble where different fraternities and sororities are pitied against each other to test their team work, knowledge and heart. If Mike and Sulley win, their entire team is allowed back into the Scare Program.

The members of the team have a hard time working together with Mike and Sulley battling for dominance. It becomes apparent that the monsters in the team are not what you would call “scary” at all. There is the multi-eyed and surprisingly stealthy, Squishy (Pete Sohn, Ratatouille), mature student Don (Joel Murray, God Bless America), two-headed Terry (Dave Foley, Vampires Suck) and Terri (Sean Hayes, The Three Stooges), and the sweet, but simple-minded Art (Charlie Day, Horrible Bosses).

After the first leg in the Scare Games, everyone, including them, knows they are going to have to dig deep if they even want a remote chance of winning.

This film is a great family film for the young and the parents who have a special place in their hearts for Monster’s Inc.

Please Leave Me a Review!

Hey y’all! 

Today, I am going to be begging. That’s right, begging. If you have read my book then please leave me a review on the platform from which you purchased it. Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top? 

If you are unaware, Indie Authors, such as myself, thrive on reviews that readers leave us. I for one know that I read the reviews before purchasing the book. Sometimes, depending on the review, that will sway me to buy the book or not. 

So, if you would please take a few minutes to leave me a review, I would greatly appreciate it! 

Thanks,
Amanda

Last Day to Enter The Shadow Giveaway!

Hey all! 

I wanted to let you know that today is the LAST DAY to enter The Shadow Giveaway! There are 88 entries! I’m so glad and so blessed to have that many entries for this giveaway.

Remember, if I reach 100 entries then I will do a second giveaway. This second giveaway will include: a t-shirt (with The Shadow logo), a poster, bookmarks and…you’ll just have to see! 

So, please, share this link with your friends and let’s reach 100 by midnight tonight! 

http://bit.ly/128uEdE 

Thanks, 
Amanda

7 Days left to Enter The Shadow Giveaway!

Hello all!

There are 43 entries for the giveaway of a signed copy of The Shadow, the first book in The Darkness Trilogy! How exciting! Guess what? There are only 7 days left! If you want to win then enter now:

http://bit.ly/13lTNOK

And guess what? If I can get 100 people to sign up for the giveaway then I’m going to do another exciting giveaway. Like what, you ask? Well, how about a signed poster, bookmarks, and maybe even a t-shirt! But we have to get to 100! Go, spread the word and good luck!

Thank you,
Amanda

 

Yes, More Praise for The Shadow!

Here are a few more comments I’ve received on my book! I tell you what, this has been such an inspiration to hear such great and wonderful things about my novel. You all are the best readers EVER! 

“Just finished your book – such a great read! You are an amazing storyteller  Can’t wait for the next one!” ~Stephanie O.

“Loved the book and can’t wait for the second one!!”~Brenda P.

“EXCELLENT read! The kind you curl with at the Beach or by the Pool! Can we say — the next ‘J.K. Rowling?'”~Joe H. 

By the way, I know I’ll never be able to do what J.K. has done! She will always be an inspiration to me though.