Apr 152015
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 10

Outlander: Episode 10 Episode 10 was a lot of filler, I thought.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that it wasn’t good.  It was still very good, it was just that it was an episode that’s purpose was to hop through the time spent at Leoch, before everything that goes down with the Witch Trial. We got to see Claire’s discovery of the changeling baby, and the fallout of the ill-wish that was left in her room by Laoghaire.  I actually find that I dislike Laoghaire far more in the series than I did in the book.  It’s a lot harder for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 8:21 am
Apr 082015
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 9

Outlander: Episode 9   Welcome back, fellow rabid Outlander fans!  Have you missed Heughan’s Jamie Fraser as much as I have over these long months??  Were you hanging on the same precipice?  Or, window ledge as the case may be… Outlander’s opening scene did not pick up on that ledge with Jamie pointing his pistol at Black Jack Randall.  Instead, it took us back and gave us what the book didn’t: Jamie’s point of view and what happened when he went to talk to Horrocks.  Also!  We got Jamie narration!  I know in the beginning I wasn’t a huge fan of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 8, 2015 at 8:24 am
Oct 022014
From Page to Screen: Outlander episode 8

************ ************   I’ve been dreading the mid-season break episode.  Especially after I heard that it wasn’t going to return until April 4th!  Just in case you didn’t figure it out, that is six whole dang months.  Nevertheless, no matter how much I dreaded it, the mid-season finale came anyway.  Thank goodness it was a good one! Generally I hate to repeat myself, but I want to say again that I think Tobias Menzies is one helluva actor.  In this episode we got more of Frank Randall then we have since the beginning.  This time we didn’t just get loving, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 8:06 am
Sep 252014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 7

September 20, 2014 9PM Wedding of one James Fraser to one Claire Beauchamp The world of Outlander has been bracing for this moment, this exact moment, since Ron Moore and Diana Gabaldon announced that Outlander was optioned for the screen.  I’m pretty sure I remember our first words were, ‘OMG, The WEDDING!’.  I know that when I lend out one of my copies of Outlander one of the first thing I ever say to people is ‘you have to make it to the wedding’.  It’s epic.  From the beginning through the wedding night…. epic. So, needless to say, I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
Sep 242014
From Page to Screen: The Maze Runner

It’s true that, in the end of this series, I was very unhappy.  My review of Maze Runner on Goodreads has gotten the most attention, more than any of my other reviews.  I think it’s because there are so many others who felt as let down as I did.  I can’t post it here for you because it was nothing but a giant angry rant and at least half of it is spoiler.  Suffice to say when I heard that this movie was being made I was as cynical as you can possibly get. I tried to stay obstinate about [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am
Sep 182014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 6

Outlander: Episode 6 First off, Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!  That episode was fan-fricking-tastic in all it’s horrific brutality!  I don’t even know exactly where to start, it was so great. I think first off we should talk about the terrifying magnificence of Tobias Menzies.  It’s being said that he gave the performance of his career in episode six, and I could not agree more.  I couldn’t look away!  He was so scary; so sociopathic.  The way he delivered his lines was chilling.  Kudos to Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe because their excellent acting made it easier to believe the pure [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:41 am
Sep 112014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 5

Outlander: Episode 5 Episode 5 was a slower episode.  It was a lot of travel and taking the rents, and packing the bag full of funds for Bonnie Prince Charles.  Claire struggled with the attitudes of the men.  But there were a few new or special things that I’d like to point out in this episode. First!  Ned Gowan joins the cast.  Good ole Ned.  I pictured him a little different in my head, but he did a great job and portrayed the character pretty much exactly like I imagined.  I found it interesting that the conversation about why Dougal [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 8:44 am
Sep 042014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 4

Outlander: Episode 4 While Episode 4 covered the course of the Gathering and the subsequent Scotch games and boar hunt, I think of this episode more as the Episode of Dougal.  Thus far we’ve gotten small glimpses into Graham McTavish’s version of Dougal MacKenzie.  He, at least I think, seems colder than he did in the books.  He never trusted Claire, but he was also mostly kind to her.  What he hasn’t lost, though, is that protective sense of Clan.  His idea’s may be different than his brothers, but their end goals are the same.  In this episode we see [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 4, 2014 at 8:19 am
Aug 282014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 3

Outlander: Episode 3 30 second Episode recap: Claire has nightmares that she’s accused of witchcraft due to her time travel experience, which just cements the fact that she doesn’t believe she can tell anyone the truth.  She’s very likely right.  Claire decides to settle into life at Leoch in the hopes of proving to Colum how she is not a spy.  It appears to be working out because she hears through the grapevine that she’s done so well that he wants to keep her forever, especially after she saves a boy from ‘demon possession’, which was really just poison. Claire and Jamie [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 202014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 2

Outlander on Starz: Episode 2 (Aka, Episode ‘Jamie Shows All His Sexy’)   Alright, alright, let’s get serious… Episode 2, I thought, was even better than the first.  I hear others talking about ‘voice over’ but I barely noticed it in this second installment.  It wasn’t all Jamie, either.  I think a lot of it was just the pacing. In episode 1, I felt that the first half, though it was important and needed, felt like it was dragging.  As a long time fan of the book series let me say that this is actually reminiscent of the books.  When [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 112014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 1

  Outlander on Starz: Episode 1     Regina: I admit to not being much of a TV watcher.  Books are my vice, when I have time away from my kids and work to do anything else.  I do watch a few shows, but mainly when I am working out.  So while I knew Outlander was being produced on Starz, I wasn’t focused on it or waiting for it.  Okay, well I have now watched the first episode twice — twice! It was amazing, perfect and well done.  The scenery is beautiful and lush; and the characters are just as Diana [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
Jun 132014
From Page to Screen: The Fault in our Stars

Let me take this introduction paragraph to brag for a moment.  I was one of those few people to spend extra money to see the very first viewing that they called ‘The Night before our Stars’.   The first official show, followed by a live simulcast with music and a question and answer via Twitter with the one and only John Green.  Oh, and also, he was joined by Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff, director Joshua Boone and Producer Wyck Godfrey.  It was… spectacular!  And now I’m going to attempt to harness all these feels into a fair impression of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 13, 2014 at 8:00 am
Apr 252013
From Page to Screen: Kelley Armstrong's Bitten

Welcome to “From Page to Screen,” Badass Book Reviews feature about television and film adaptations of the series we love.  Today we are going to look at the cast from the television adaptation of Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten, the first novel in her very popular “Women of the Otherworld” series.  Space released this press release and Kelley Armstrong posted this message to her Tumblr account, but let’s take a more in-depth look at some of the principal cast members.   Bitten by Kelley Armstrong Book #1 in the Women of the Otherworld series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 1 October 2001 Synopsis from [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 25, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jan 122013
From Page to Screen

2012 featured a plethora of movies that were adapted from original books.  From blockbusters like “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ (book|movie) and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (book|movie) to smaller, more arthouse fare such as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (book|movie) and “John Dies at the End” (book|movie), this past year featured some wonderful book to movie adaptations.  This month’s From Page to Screen feature is dedicated to the upcoming 2013 movies that are based on popular novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s popular young adult novel is coming to the big screen this year.  “Beautiful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 12, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 072012
Review + Movie Trailer: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures will make its big screen debut on February 2013. If you haven’t read the book and are intrigued by the movie, watch the trailer and read the Badass review to see what the fuss is all about! Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Book #1 – Caster Chronicles Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy Audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
Mar 222012
The Hunger Games - Movie

Squee! The Hunger Games Movie opens March 23! Oh, the anticipation…. The Hunger Games is dear to me because it opened up a whole world of reading to my boys, aged 12 and 15. Both were reluctant readers. Both devoured the entire series. I don’t even know where my copy of the book (or the rest of the series) is. I suspect that kid #2 has them stashed under his bed. We listened to the audio version of The Hunger Games in the car on a very long road trip. The cool part was that we were on I-81 driving [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 22, 2012 at 7:13 am
Feb 082012
Movie Review: One for the Money (Based on the Stephanie Plum Series)

So, on Saturday the 4th, I left all the kids with my husband and embarked on a movie journey with my mom and aunt. Our destination? One for the Money. I haven’t been to the movies in years. Years! I may have been in a wee bit of shock over the prices. Holy crap. $11.50 for a movie? Damn. Anyway. We finally got there, and got settled. Oh, side note, the seats were so comfortable. They reclined and everything. It felt like memory foam cossetting my ass. Nice! I enjoy the first twelve Stephanie Plum novels. One for the Money [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 8, 2012 at 6:26 am
May 232011
Game of Thrones ~ HBO

OK ya’ll, who watches Game of Thrones on HBO.  I’m currently reading the novels, but I am enjoying HBO’s version so much!  God I really hate the Freaking Queen and her Incestuous family.  I’m only up to episode three.  Well, I’ve watched through three, I’m up to four.  I’ll watch that one tomorrow night.  I can only watch after the kids go to bed, and then I only watch one episode because I need my beauty sleep.  So who wants to discuss the series/show? Try to keep in mind spoilers from future books if possible.  Do you think HBO is [ Read More of this Review ]

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