Evil Dead (2013)
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore
A group of friends go to a remote cabin in the woods to help one of them get clean after a severe drug addiction. Before long, strange things start to happen, and they start to find strange things in the cabin. It quickly becomes clear that they’re not alone out there in the woods.
I really, really enjoyed this movie. Going into it I didn’t really think I would because I tend to kind of hate horror remakes, but this one was seriously amazing. The gore was top notch, the acting was amazing, and overall it’s just a really great movie if horror and blood is your kind of thing.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton
I really loved this movie. I know a lot of people had a lot of mixed opinions about it, but I thought it was really good. It’s the same old story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, but with a bit of a modern twist to it. It’s still really obviously supposed to be in the roaring twenties, though, which I think is great. The cinematography was amazing, and the acting was really lovely as well.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, and Isabelle Nelisse.
Victoria and Lilly are abandoned in a cabin at a young age and aren’t found until years later, when their uncle takes custody of them. How did they survive on their own in a cabin? Mama, a spiritual entity, took care of them. Once they’re settled in with their uncle and his girlfriend, Mama makes a comeback and wants to take the girls for herself.
I really enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t necessarily one of my favorites, but I still really enjoyed it. The acting was really great, especially the young girls’.
The Hangover Part III
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, and John Goodman
The epic finale to some of my favorite comedies ever. The wolfpack is back, and obviously they’re going to get in a lot of trouble. The third installment takes place two years after the second, and a lot is different. The wolfpack decides to take Alan to Arizona for rehab, and it’s not as easy as they think it’s going to be.
Although I love the first Hangover movie so much, I must admit that the trilogy definitely went down in funniness as they went on. That’s not to say that this one’s bad, it’s just to say that none of them compare to the first. This one is really, really funny but to be honest it doesn’t really compare at all to the first.
Warm Bodies (2013)
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, and John Malkovich
"The Zombie Romeo and Juliet." She’s a human whose dad just so happens to be the leader of the zombie resistance. He’s a zombie. They meet. They fall in love. Her love cures him.
Although this movie is, in the simplest terms, just that, it’s still really good. I enjoyed it a lot. The acting was lovely and the characters were compelling and made you really care about them. Gotta love a zombie flick with a happy ending.
Django Unchained (2012)
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson
I really loved this movie. I tend to be a huge fan of Tarantino. Inglourious Basterds is one of my favorite movies ever, and this is right up there with it.
It follows the story of Django, a freed slave in the old-time south, as he makes his way along with a bounty hunter in search of his wife (who is still a slave). They finally find his wife with a cruel plantation owner, and of course, in true Tarantino fashion, there’s tons of blood and guts and gore. If you’re not a gore fan, you won’t like this at all, but if you are, you’ll love it.
It’s a good movie with a nice ending and I like it a lot.
The First Time (2012)
Starring: Dylan O’Brien and Britt Robertson.
I loved this movie. Seriously, it may just be one of my favorite movies I’ve seen in a while.
It’s basically about a young man (Dylan O’Brien) who’s in love with one girl, and then meets another one (Britt Robertson) that tops all of his expectations. They meet at a party, and hit it off instantly, and bond pretty much instantaneously. I feel like this movie is a really accurate portrayal (maybe one of the most accurate I’ve seen) of teenagers and how they think and act, and how things aren’t always what you think they’ll be.
Overall, I think this is a really nice, really accurate, just great movie. The acting is wonderful, the plot is wonderful, and I really just loved it.
Sempiternal - Bring Me The Horizon
I love this album. A lot. I had really high expectations for it because their last album, There Is a Hell…, is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I had a hard time believing that they’d be able to top it, but they totally did it.
This whole album seriously soared way over my expectations within the first few tracks. Sempiternal is one of the most amazing albums I’ve ever heard, and although I still love There Is a Hell…, I think this one may have just topped it.
I love that there’s a really eclectic mix of harder and softer tracks, and I really love that they decided to test the waters and venture into having Oliver actually sing on this one, instead of just screaming. I love his screaming, but it’s really refreshing to hear just some soft, pretty singing thrown in there.
Overall, this is a really amazing album and I’m so ridiculously impressed with it.
Peeps - Scott Westerfeld
I really liked this book. When I first picked it up I wasn’t too sure about it, but after I’d gotten a few chapters in, I realized that it was going to be a really good one.
It’s basically about this guy named Cal who is a carrier of a parasite that is essentially vampirism. He’s not got all of the… strange side effects (cannibalism being the main one), but he is able to infect other people, which he has. The book starts out with him hunting down the sexual and non-sexual partners he’s had that he’s infected, and at first it seems like that may be all there is, but soon the plot starts unraveling to reveal something much bigger and much more interesting going on.
Overall, I think this is a really good book, with interesting plots, relatable (to a certain extent) characters, and amazing writing. It really pulls you in and gets you interested, and once you’re in, you don’t want to stop reading.