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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Shane Black

Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin.

Someone in Hollywood finally realized that if you spend the time to find the right people (who genuinely love these stories) to make these movies, you have a bloody goldmine. Wait. I take that back. Hollywood didn’t know this. Disney did.

Go Disney.

Stark is back in all his post New York traumatic disorder. Having picked up a ‘suit’ habit and a penchant for panic attacks, things are bound to go well when Stark’s past demons come a-haunting.

Joss Whedon may have only gotten a Special Thanks in the credits, but that man’s thumbprints are all over this thing. Which is all for the good. The dialogue was classic Iron Man, full of wit, dripping with sarcasm and plenty of genius showing through. The story was well crafted human interest taking center stage and letting us really see behind the masks of not only the super heroes but of the villains. Nothing is at it seems and the sleek plot lines and twists were as shiny as Iron Man’s many suits.

I couldn’t get enough of this installment, easily the best in the series and a marvelous entry into the rapidly growing (and fast improving) Marvel movie universe. There is little here that doesn’t raise every bar for a comic book movie. While ‘3’ plays heavy as the end of the trilogy, I can’t wait to see Stark’s return in The Avengers 2. 

BY - May 22nd, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

The Doctor Who Experiment

Doctor Who - The TARDISFor years I’ve read of the wonders of Doctor Who. Even James Marsters expounded on its apparent awesomeness, as he was in Torchwood. To which I immediately told myself I need to get on that. Since Spike… I mean James is apart of this universe.

As I am totally incapable of watching a show without context I started the recent iteration of Doctor Who starting in 2005. Apparently they couldn’t afford more than a Hi-8 camera. And there ended my experiment thanks to the cheapest look Britain could find.

Until recently.

Needing something to watch while I code websites I decided to give the insane Doctor another chance. Three seasons later with the episode “Blink” I finally got it. By the way that episode, is pure genius, even my husband was enthralled.

This is geekery at full throttle. A strange mix of sci-fi toys, cheap tricks, genius, social commentary, childishness and insanity it’s hard to not eventually get pulled in. Very creative in their worlds, effects and makeup as well as drastically improving production values got me glued. It’s cheesy and slightly creepy at the same time. Like peanut butter and bananas it shouldn’t work but it does.

Torchwood - James Marsters as Captain John Hart - Adrian Rogers/BBC Worldwide

James Marsters in Torchwood

I’m also sure every english actor ever is on this show at some point as is Andrew Garfield (Spider Man), Anthony Head (Giles), Catherine Tate (The Office) and many, many more.

The experiment continues, we will see if I make it all the way through (probably will). And all of this, just to watch Spike in Torchwood. 

BY - May 21st, 2013 - Thoughts, TV - 1 comment

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

J.J. Abrams

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

It’s hard to write a proper review of this movie without giving anything away. Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t seen it, avoid the reviews and the spoilers it’ll make it that much sweeter. I promise I won’t ruin anything here.

Abrams has completely outdone himself, in league with the Kurtzman/Orci writing team they are damn near unstoppable. The movie ended and I wanted to watch it again immediately. Putting it’s original ‘inspiration’ to shame and pushing past the phenomenal job of the first one Into Darkness brings the Star Trek franchise into a whole new league of awesome.

Throw in any cliche you can think of here, I was glued to my seat, holding my breath, at the edge, totally geeking out, engrossed, enthralled and completely drunk on Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty and the rest of the crew. Every aspect of this movie from the cast, sets, music, cameos, effects and action to the brilliant story lines was masterfully weaved. Abrams struck the perfect balance of the characters we love and the sci-fi action you can’t get anywhere else.

Oh, man. I can’t tell you how absolutely PERFECT  is in his role. He will blow your mind.

On a final note. Abrams did not grow up loving Star Trek yet he took this franchise to previously unexplored awesomeness. Imagine what his genius will bring to Star Wars, which he did grow up loving.

Do NOT miss this movie. Phenomenal.

BY - May 20th, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

Return of Otherwhere

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.comA little over a month ago, I announced a mini-sabbatical. Holy moses did life get busy. A major moved coupled with a renovation, boat loads of work and the usual chaos of life, graceless shoved Otherwhere to the bottom of the priority pile.

Now my pile of reviews is getting higher and while the chaos of the move is past and the renovation is (mostly) done, work is still kicking my ass. Which is awesome for me, but bad for my blog. Blah blah blah.

I’m back.

I won’t be posting every day like I had been previously, but every book and movie that I read/watch will be reviewed. And rest assured, while I may have had to take a break from reviewing I never went a day without reading and with a summer full of some seriously epic flicks, there is no way I was going to miss those.

Happy days are here again.

BY - May 18th, 2013 - News - Leave a comment

Mini Sabbatical

I LOVE having Otherwhere.Co and for the last year and a half it has been wonderful getting to know the blogger community. Once in a while though, life gets in the way.

With a chaotic upswing in work, training and a move coming up it’s getting harder and harder for me to find time to keep it up here.

I have no intention of letting Otherwhere go dark, and as the chaos is (hopefully) temporary, so too will my absence be. I am still reading and writing and in the near future those reviews will be up here.

Thank you for being a reader, and I will be back!

BY - April 14th, 2013 - News - 1 comment

Feature & Follow #56

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate — ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?
If there is a girl in jeans/flowly dress/hoodie on the cover standing on a suitcase/dock/floral couch, and takes place in high school, I am predisposed to hate it. Nine out of ten times, I’m right. No matter how I try, I just don’t care about high school anymore. Probably because it was over a decade ago for me.

To be fair, once in awhile a high school themed book will surprise me, though typically the high school piece is way in the background.

On the Blog (slacker style):

[Blog Dev]: Change the WordPress default From email address and name
[Movie Review]: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
[CO Book Month]: This Colorado Life #4: Our Colorado Faves
[Book Review]: Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)
[CO Book Month]: This Colorado Life #3: Colorado bookish memories

BY - April 4th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 8 comments

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012)

Jon M. Chu


The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

It has been a slow start to the year movie wise. Add in the fact that I saw Safe Haven, weeks before it’s release, it has been a grip since I set foot in a theater. It was as wonderful as I remember.

Giant tub of kettle corn in hand, I sat down to be entertained by muscles and lots of explosions. Call it my low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. Chock full of boys and their toys, a sweaty Dwayne Johnson, a bit of Tatum and not nearly enough Snake Eyes. Behind all the popcorn there was a decent story and some great lines.

It was a toss up of which was better, the movie or the popcorn. A vast improvement over the first one, the action has been given some breathing room and the characters have a bit (a teensy bit) more depth. This one also had Bruce Willis, who automatically adds to the cool quotient of any movie.

There isn’t much in the theaters this time of year, but even without the competition, the Joes are worth the price of admission.

BY - April 2nd, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

This Colorado Life #4: Our Colorado Faves

This Colorado Life

Did you know?

Denver is the mile high city. The 13th step of the state capital building is exactly at 1 mile above sea level. Did you know that Denver won the vote to become state capital against Golden by one vote?

All right time to gush (or rant)! What is your favorite (or least favorite, or do both) thing about living in this state? (ie, the weather, the people, the sports, nature, etc…)

There is a feel to the seasons here that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. Summer nights in Downtown Denver, fall in the mountains, the lights at Christmas, the bi-polar weather of spring… it’s like they have their own scent, their own emotional tone. I love it.

There are so many things about this state I love… but the thing I love the most, is that it’s home.


Tomorrow at 8pm MDT is our final Twitter party. Join us as we wrap up Colorado Book Month.


BY - March 25th, 2013 - Memes - 1 comment

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit...

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for both the vampires and humans.

And we have reached the filler portion of this on going series. It is inevitable to have a few of these in long running series and props for it taking until book five to happen.

Most of the book has Merit wandering around Chicago totally clueless trying to figure out why the lake is a magic sucking pit of blackness and the sky is turning red. With no leads she keeps turning back to the same person over and over, trying to prove it’s him. But it’s not.

Merit is also grieving the loss of her master while Chicago is trying to bring the supernatural community to heel. It’s all very dramatic while not really going anywhere. The last few of pages of the book is where everything finally happens, and not much of it is a surprise.

While I will certainly continue the series, I felt this little tale would have been better served as a novella. There just wasn’t enough meat.

The Audiobook: Yep. It was on audiobook.

Narrator: Cynthia Holloway      Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins

BY - March 19th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment