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Chad and I recently watched Planet of the Dinosaurs. I’ve never seen it before, but Chad used to watch it as a child. He agreed to review it with me, and believe me, it’s an “interesting” movie.

*Contains Spoilers

Plot:

 A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then.

Chad’s Thoughts:

Planet of the Dinosaurs was one of my favorite movies as a child. I remember watching it pretty often. It was a movie about dinosaurs and the VHS case was green (my favorite color), so it had all the things my 8 year old mind wanted. I obviously wasn’t concerned with quality, plot, or characters as a child because this movie lacks all three. Planet of the Dinosaurs had a very low budget so some of the issues are understandable, but it looks like something a high school film class would’ve made.

We start out with our characters in a damaged spaceship on a crash course with an uncharted planet. The science officer confirms that the atmosphere is breatheable as they begin their descent. The ship crashes into a lake and the team swims to shore with what little equipment they can carry. After the first character falls victim to a crocodile-like monster in the lake, they decide to head inland and find somewhere safe to hide out until they’re rescued. Along their journey they encounter dinosaurs, giant spiders, and lots of desert.

The characters are all very under-developed. Each one seems to exibit just one trait. You have the well educated leader who thinks every idea he has is the best option, the experienced “soldier” who thinks every decision the leader makes is wrong, the demanding employer, his dimwitted assistant, the buff guy who goes around shirtless the entire movie and one or two others who are just there for filler. The only growing the characters do throughout the film is simply learning to live with one another, and we only see that in a flash-forward conclusion scene that shows the surviving members attempting to build a settlement and begin a new life.

If there’s a silver lining to this movie it has to be the stop-motion dinosaurs. This movie was released the same year the first Star Wars movie came out, and the special effects are absolutely terrible in comparison. The use of stop-motion, however, definitely gives the movie a unique feeling. Several scenes where the dinosaurs are fighting one another are actually quite detailed and I imagine they were pretty difficult. In several cases the dinosaurs appear to behave more realistically than the humans.

Contrary to everything I mentioned above, we really enjoyed ourselvse while we watched it. We went in knowing it was a pretty lame movie so we laughed and made jokes the whole time. The unintended sexual tension and horrendous acting alone made for quite an enjoyable movie. That said, if you go in expecting a decent plot and well developed characters, you’re going to have a bad time. This simply isnt that movie. With a bigger budget and better writing/acting, it had the potential to put dinosaurs on everyone’s mind. Instead it faded into the past without even a second glance.

My Thoughts:

I feel like a silly review is required for this film. As Chad has described, the movie is lacking in a lot of features. After the first few minutes of dialogue, I knew this would be a movie to joke around with. There are plenty of moments to laugh at, and the acting is just terrible. In some of the scenes, it even felt like the actors/actresses were about to burst out laughing themselves.

Once we gave up taking the film seriously, we ended up giving the dinosaurs dialogue to make it even funnier. The dinosaurs were just enjoying their day when humans had to ruin everything. To demonstrate this, Chad made a Gif:

See! These poor dinosaurs were just chatting about the weather, when Boom! humans are there to wreck the day.

Here is another one we titled “How I Act When Killing Spiders:”

I’m not entirely sure what the guy is waiting for. I guess he is trying to psych the dinosaur out before he decides to finish it. I do tend to do this when trying to kill a spider though, or I run away screaming for Chad to kill it.

Planet of the Dinosaurs is far from a well-made movie, and it’s quite terrible at some moments. If you do plan to watch it, just be aware that you will most likely laugh. A lot. It’s one of those films where it’s so bad, it’s funny. Of course, it’s unintentional, but we enjoyed ourselves while watching.  I would love to know if anyone has seen this. I’m not sure if anyone will want to watch it after this review, but if anyone is going to I would love to know.

Our Rating: ★★

March 2014 Book Haul (#2)

As I said in a recent post, I went to a book fair this past weekend. I only bought six books and two small items, but I might end up going back some time this week or weekend. Even if I don’t buy anything, I like browsing the shelves and seeing everything the book fair offers.

*All descriptions taken from Goodreads.

Unsaid – Neil Abramson
Genre – Fiction/Animals

In this explosive debut novel, Neil Abramson explores the beauty and redemptive power of human-animal relationships and the true meaning of communication in all of its diverse forms.

As a veterinarian, Helena was required to choose when to end the lives of the terminally ill animals in her care. Now that she has died, she is afraid to face them and finally admit to herself that her thirty-seven years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena lingers, a silent observer haunted by the life she left behind-her shattered attorney husband, David; her houseful of damaged but beloved animals; and her final project, Cindy, a chimpanzee trained to use sign language who may be able to unlock the mysteries of animal communication and consciousness.

When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena’s life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss and discover what it really means to be human.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Genre – Young Adult/Romance

It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City – and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

Naked – David Sedaris
Genre – Non-Fiction/Humor

In Naked, David Sedaris’s message alternately rendered in Fakespeare, Italian, Spanish, and pidgin Greek is the same: pay attention to me.

Whether he’s taking to the road with a thieving quadriplegic, sorting out the fancy from the extra-fancy in a bleak fruit-packing factory, or celebrating Christmas in the company of a recently paroled prostitute, this collection of memoirs creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behavior in A Plague of Tics to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the mirrored sunglasses of a lunatic. At this soulful and moving moment, he picks potato chip crumbs from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.

This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity, leaving him both under suspicion and overdressed.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
Genre – Non-Fiction/Humor

“David Sedaris’s ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art,” (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book.

Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths.  Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris’s sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from “a writer worth treasuring” (Seattle Times).

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Genre – Romance

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

Fever Crumb – Philip Reeve
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.

Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb – nearly the only person she’s ever known – to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven.

The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated.

All Fever knows is what she’s been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold? Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?

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While I was walking from one part of the building to the other, I found some cool items. I ended up buying a pack of Vampire Knight playing cards. The cards have scenes from the anime which I think is pretty neat, and they only cost 99 cents. I also bought these killer magnets. (You can click on the pictures to get a close up).

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I’ve decided that instead of pushing myself to read Ready Player One, I’m going to let myself read other books while I slowly read it. I’m enjoying it, but I’m not sure if I’m completely invested in it at the moment. I was starting to put myself in a reading slump, trying to force myself to read this everyday, so I’m going to let myself read other things as well. I mean I’ve already read two other books this month while I’ve been reading Ready Player One, so I might as well let my followers know I’m not just slacking. Here is the next book I’ve started to read:

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
Genre – Humor/Non-Fiction

This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I’ve heard really good things about this book, and so far, I’m loving it. The humor is right up my alley, and I’m flying through this even though it’s 369 pages. Of course, it’s mostly made up of pictures, but it counts.