{Movie Review} A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Rating: 4/5

Age R: Rated-R

Release Date: 2006

Based on: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints by Dito Montiel (click cover for BN description)

Director: Dito Montiel

A film adaptation of Dito Montiel's memoir of the same name, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a compelling, thoughtful movie based on Montiel's childhood growing up in 1980s Queens. A writer and director who understands his limitations, Montiel wisely left the acting to the pros. Shia LaBeouf (Holes) plays him during his adolescence, while Robert Downey Jr. (Good Night, and Good Luck, Wonder Boys) portrays the grown-up Dito. Never mind that there is absolutely no physical resemblance between the two actors; LaBeouf and Downey are so convincing in their roles it doesn't matter. Switching effortlessly from present day (where Dito is a successful author) to the past (where he is a tough little kid trying to figure out if there is life beyond New York), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints tackles Dito's complicated relationship with his parents (Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest), as well as the friends he left behind. Eric Roberts is magnificent in a small role as one of Dito's tough, childhood buddies. His powerful performance makes viewers remember there was a time when Roberts was better known for his acting skills than for being Julia's big brother. Montiel--a first-time filmmaker--won the Director's Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for his autobiographical movie. Raw, gritty, and honest, Saints) makes a strong impact and leaves the viewer curious as to how the rest of Montiel's life will work out.

Did you read that up there? This film is based on the director's memoir which is based on his life. It's oh so very fascinating! Beware! It's really sad.
This was this dude's directorial debut and wow I gotta say it was really good! I loved it! He recently directed Fighting, which I haven't seen and am not very interested in. The story just doesn't compel me to watch it even though it also stars the adorable Channing Tatum. :D
Anyway, back to the movie. It was really good and dang so sad. The story itself could have been much better but it was still so powerful. Along with the really cool cinematography it makes quite the movie. It stays with you.
The main character, Dito, has few friends and lives in a horribly crappy and violent neighborhood. Pretty much everyone there is messed up. In my favorite part of the movie a few of the characters stare right at the camera and tell the audience what they think of themselves/feel (ex: I'm a super smart gal). I loved that! I wished they did that with all the characters though. Well, like I said, everyone is messed up and has problems. It's so sad but realistic. I'm sure many will be able to relate to at least one character at some point or another. The main character and Antonio (Tatum) are like brothers and they go through quite a lot. Mostly violent things.
You really have nothing to lose by watching this movie but so dang much to gain because trust me, this is one awesome movie. Extremely emotional so be sure not to be in the highest spirits...or lowest for that matter. I don't want to say more because I don't want to give spoilers away. Just trust me on this. Besides, it's not even that long; 98 minutes.
It is now one of my favorites :D


If you have Comcast you can watch this movie for free on there for a limited time (under Sundance). If you have Netflix it's currently available to watch online or rent of course.

You'll like this if you are interested in:
-Channing Tatum
-Shia LaBeouf
-Robert Downey Jr.
-Dito Montiel
-1980's Austria, New York
-family relationships

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Netflix: Sin Nombre for your online viewing pleasure!

Ahhhh!!! I just noticed you can watch one of my all time favorite movies online at Netflix!

Here's the link.

Here's my review so you can find out how much I loved it.

Warning* It's Rated-R. Very, very emotional.

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The Christmas TV Companion by Joanna Wilson

The Christmas TV Companion: A Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials, and Outrageous Oddities by Joanna Wilson

*I couldn't find another pic other than that Amazon one bleh!*

Rating: 4/5

Age R: 12+

Release Date: November 10, 2009

Read an excerpt here.

From the back cover: Christmas on TV is wilder, weirder, and more wondrous than you think! The Christmas TV Companion is a funny, engaging look beyond the same Christmas specials that air every year to the cult TV rarities, over-the-top made-for-TV holiday specials, and bizarre, spacey shows that truly expand the notion of Christmas spirit. Loaded with pop culture references, this book is sure to please pop aficionados and TV junkies of all stripes. Its remarkable breadth of content covers the far-out gems of yesterday, as well as the irreverent and cutting edge Christmas material of today, from Arthur C. Clarke to South Park, and from Ed Sullivan to Squidbillies. This guide also contains practical examples for enhancing your own Christmas TV viewing.

This book is really cool. It's a guide to tons of Christmas specials. Some very old, some fairly new. A lot of them you can look up on youtube and some you'll just have to hope they play on T.V or are available to buy or rent somewhere. I LOVE Christmas specials because they're so nifty! Plenty are just plain odd but you can't help but be curious about them. Unfortunately I've seen so very few of them :( This makes me so sad because they all sound awesome! Even the crazy ones.
I have seen a few though. I take pride in being able to say that I've seen and loved the Christmas special from Supernatural where this happens:

The Winchester brothers investigate a string of disappearances, speculating that they are looking for the Anti-Claus: an evil monster who comes down the chimney and steals people from their homes. Instead, their search takes them to two ancient pagan gods which require human sacrifices at holiday time, ironically disguised as normal Midwestern residents.

I remember that episode so well!! It made me crack up too much where that lady says "fudge" and then Dean says "If you fudgin’ touch me again I’ll fudging kill you!"
The author also awesomely mentions the Christmas special in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Angel is being haunted by "nightmares from his past." Is it bad that I only vaguely remember that? Not a proud moment for me. ;)
She also mentions the Family Guy Christmas special where Stewie is baby Jesus remember? The house burns down Louis goes crazy, someone gets shot in the butt, and tons of crazy stuff happens.
Way more TV show Christmas specials and movie specials are mentioned. It's really great, I recommend this book to those who adore Christmas specials and are looking for a guide telling them exactly what's been done just ready to be watched or re-watched.

Hopefully you guys can find this book somewhere where it's not $22 (Amazon). That's such an insane prize for a book especially a 146 pg book. It's really cool but whoa 22 bucks is too much for me, but maybe I just feel that way because I'm a semi-broke college student ;)

Enjoy these Christmas special clips I found that where mentioned in the book:

*warning* there is blood and violence. duh it's Supernatural

watch the whole 3rd Rock from the Sun Christmas special "Jolly Old St. Dick" I love this show!! hehe and I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt he's so adowable!
pt. 1 (below), pt. 2, and pt. 3

man it's so weird having seen the dad as a serial killer on Dexter. I just can't get over that hehe

Tons more of my favorites are mentioned like Monk, My S0-Called Life, Roseanne (I saw that ep at Nick at Night the other day hehe), SNL, Superman, THAT 70'S SHOW!!!, X-Files, Xena and so many more.

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In My Mailbox

Thanks to The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie for IMM :)

I haven't done about 3 IMM's because of finals and work but now I have a whole month off from both! I work for a school and it just so happens that I have pretty much the same vacations days for both :D So lucky! Anyway here's what I got (mostly bought, my family is not big on Christmas):

*all synopsi from bn.com*

The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley

RD: February 2010

How far would you go to protect your family?

Ann Brooks never thought she’d have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying–and failing–to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America’s heartland.

And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.

As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home–with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses’ safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.

Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.

Carla Buckley’s poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne --I've been wanting to read this for the longest time so I bought it at The Book Depository :)

RD: 2007

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Death: A Life by George Pendle -I got this one and BISP at The Book Depository since I've been wanting to read it for a LONG time as you can tell from this previous Dandy Books post

RD: 2008

The shocking new memoir from Death

At last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this long-awaited autobiography finally reveals the inner story of one of the most troubling, and troubled, figures in history. For the first time, Death reveals his affairs with the living, his maltreatment at the hands of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the ungodly truth behind the infamous “Jesus Incident,” and the loneliness of being the End of All Things.

Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, Death: A Life is not only a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a universe that, despite its profound flaws, gave Death the fiery determination to carve out a successful existence on his own terms.

DEATH was born in Hell, the only son of Satan and Sin. He was educated in the Palace of Pandemonium and the Garden of Eden. Since before the Dawn of Time, he has ushered souls into the darkness of eternity. This is his first book.

Ruby by Francesca Lia Block (I loved her Weetzie Bats books!) and Carmen Staton-- got this book for a $1 at Half Price Book Store :)

RD: 2007

From the beloved author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.

Francesca Lia Block, this time with co-writer Carmen Staton, introduces readers to Ruby, a Midwestern girl named for the jewel that is believed to ward off evil spirits. Ruby's special gift is a sixth sense that makes her at one with nature and gives her the ability to know her own destiny.

After growing up in an abusive family, Ruby escapes to Los Angeles and learns of her soulmate — Orion — a British actor. She travels to England, where she works at a potions and herbs shop, and through a series of coincidental circumstances, ends up nursing Orion back to health without confessing that she has been on a quest to find him all along. But just when she thinks her dream is becoming a reality, Ruby is stopped in her tracks by the violent demons of her past. Only by facing the darkness together can she and Orion finally fulfill their destiny.

As with Necklace of Kisses, Block, here with Staton, breaks the mold. In Ruby, readers will find a story about the power of our minds to overcome the past and ultimately change the course of our lives.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock ---Had to get this one! It was a dollar and had been on my tbr list for ages because of a wonderful review I read at a fellow YA's blog. Can't remember who's I'm sorry :(
RD: 2007

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

Tall, Dark, and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen --I won this a while back. It's a part of a series so I need to read the previous books. It sounds really neat!

RD: 2009

Sarah Dearly's vampire life is not all B-positive cocktails. A curse made her a nightwalker, the most vicious vamp there is; the charm she wears to curb her deadly tendencies is losing its juice; and a hunter from hell is turning up the heat. Gideon Chase will kill the ones she loves most if she doesn't obey his orders. That includes breaking up with master vampire Thierry and turning Gideon into an immortal vamp so he can escape a doom of eternal hellfire.

Making things worse are Sarah's growing feelings for Gideon, a bad boy who keeps showing a vulnerable side ... but is it for real? Will Sarah's dark side take over? Or can she cure herself of the nightwalker curse in time to stop Gideon and finally live happily ever after with Thierry ... forever?

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers--I've had this book on my TBR list for like a year and I got it for a buck! I'm sooo happy and I definitely can't wait to read it :D

RD: 2008

A debut YA novel from a talented young author, this is the story of Parker Fadley—a girl too smart for her own good who, after one tragic night, decides to reject the popular life in exchange for one of solitude.

Monster by Frank Peretti--I remember reading about it a long time ago. It was a dollar so what the hay.
RD: 2009

More terrifying than any nightmare, something has scathed a very real path through the Idaho hills, paving it in blood and echoing screams. It lives, it hunts, and it’s just getting started. This time, the monster is real.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti--Heard so many great things about this one. It was a dollar and on my tbr list for a long time so yay!
RD: 2009

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting new talents.

Twelve-year-old Ren is missing his left hand. How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony’s Orphanage for boys. He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world.

But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope. But is Benjamin really who he says he is? Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves. If he stays, Ren becomes one of them. If he goes, he’s lost once again. As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden parentage he comes to suspect that Benjamin not only holds the key to his future, but to his past as well.

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness ---kind of dated but Paper Back Swaped it because I find the premise fascinating because I find mental illnesses sad but fascinating as you can tell from this Dandy Post.

RD: 1996

In the bestselling tradition of The Bell Jar and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this is the electrifying story of one woman's descent into madness--and her courageous, triumphant struggle to rejoin the real world. To re-create Lori's harrowing story, coauthor Bennett drew on Lori's personal diaries as well as intimate interviews with relatives, friends, and doctors.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith --been wanting to read this forever. I'm so happy it was a dollar!
RD: 2009

A propulsive, relentless page-turner.
A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.
A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience.
CHILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.

"There is no crime."

Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he's ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only hiswife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli--bought this as a Christmas present for a friend. No way am I putting every other Christmas gift I got though hehe It's $4.99 at The Book Depository btw.
Check out my review here.

RD: 2000

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don't stand out--under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes--for Leo and for the entire school.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg---for review and a part of a giveaway coming up on January the 4th so be sure to come back! Check out an except here (click where it says except). It's darn cute so far!
RD: January 2010

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .

Witch Hunter Robin --one of my all time favorite animes! I had to cash in one of my gift cards (from graduation hehe) and get it :D
RD: 2002

Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions). Robin, a craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J's witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

Meet Joe Black---I AM SO IN LOVE WITH JOE BLACK!!!!! As you can tell from this tweet. I bought it because a friend told me I would love it. She was so very right. I also bought a copy for another friend as part of her Christmas gift because I know she'll love it too. Last year I introduced her to Moulin Rouge. She ADORES it now like I do of course. Sigh. That Ewan McGregor. If ya'll haven't seen it yet or Meet Joe Black, WATCH IT! They're soooo good!
RD: 2002

Even the Grim Reaper deserves a break now and then, and in this provocative drama he assumes mortal form to do just that. Death assumes the body of the recently departed Joe Black in order to move among mortals; and in the title role, Brad Pitt's quiet dignity and unassuming grace carry the movie's fanciful premise. He insinuates himself into the household of his next victim, wealthy industrialist Anthony Hopkins, and as he gradually embraces human emotion, Joe/Death falls hard for Hopkins's daughter (Claire Forlani). Joe Black's script, loosely adapted from the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, incorporates several subplots and a plethora of supporting characters, all of which are adroitly juggled by director Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman). The film runs fully three hours, but its length is justified as Brest unravels myriad plot threads and Pitt and Hopkins deliver textured, captivating performances. Unjustly panned by some at the time of its theatrical release, Meet Joe Black tackles an intriguing theme with uncommon sobriety and beguiling charm, and thus is eminently worthy of reevaluation. The Ultimate Edition DVD includes Death Takes a Holiday, along with deleted scenes, script-to-screen comparisons, a photo gallery, production notes, cast-crew biogroaphies, and a featurette on the locations used.

El Orfanato/The Orphanage--had to buy it for myself I just love it! If you have Netflix you can watch it there online.
RD: 2009

Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro produces director Juan Antonio Bayona's gothic frightener about a long-abandoned orphanage with a particularly troubling past. As a child, young orphan Laura spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage located by the Spanish seaside. Those were some of the happiest years of Laura's life, and now, 30 years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old son, Simon, to reopen the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. However, something ominous haunts the darkened hallways of this silent, stately manor. When Simon's behavior begins to grow increasingly bizarre and malicious, Laura and Carlos start to suspect that the mysterious surroundings have awoken something ominous in the young boy's imagination. It's not long before Laura, too, is drawn into this disturbing web and the repressed memories of the past come flooding back in a terrifying torrent of tension and deeply disturbing revelations. With opening day drawing near and their situation growing increasingly grim by the hour, Carlos attempts to write off Simon's bizarre behavior as a desperate bid to get more attention from his distracted parents. Laura isn't so easily convinced of this theory, though, and soon embarks on a desperate quest to unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house, waiting for just the right moment to inflict devastating damage on both her and her family.
Firefly--it was ten bucks on Best Buy what can I say *shrugs* I love Joss Whedon. I can't help it!

RD: 2003
Joss Whedon, the executive producer behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, reached for curious new heights in the fall of 2002 with the Fox series Firefly, and the fruits of his labor are collected in this four-disc set. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly falls in the category of sci-fi space adventure, yet its flavor is rooted in the Wild West. Earth is pretty much spent, and a totalitarian government known as the Alliance rules the planets where most of its earlier inhabitants have spread. Nathan Fillion stars as Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, who fought for independence from the Alliance in a civil war, and now captains the Serenity, a ship of outcasts. His crew includes his second-in-command Zoe (Gina Torres), a pilot named Wash (Alan Tudyk), engineering maven Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and career soldier Jayne (Adam Baldwin). Also aboard are Inara (Morena Baccarin), a highly respected prostitute; a preacher known as Shepherd Book (Ron Glass, of Barney Miller fame); and a mysterious pair of siblings -- Simon and River Tam -- portrayed by Sean Maher and Summer Glau, respectively. Although Whedon's Farscape- meets- Bonanza concept clicked straight away with many fans, the series failed to meet Fox's ratings needs, and crashed after 11 episodes, all collected here, in addition to a trio of unaired episodes. Fox could not permanently ground this crew, however; Serenity, a big-screen reunion movie directed by writer-producer Whedon, opened in theaters in September, 2005, drawing generally favorable reviews.

A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo
---again with the wanting it forever like I state on this Dandy Books post.
RD: 2006

Jake Entwhistle is smart and handsome, but living with a shadow over his romantic history. Janet Rossi is a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but Janet suffers from an illness that makes her, as she puts it, “not exactly a good long-term investment.” After meeting by accident late one night, they begin a love affair filled with humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.

The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik--won it and it sounds really cool
RD: 2008

"This sparkling novel about two sisters is both witty and stylish. Even if you don't have a sister of your own, you won't be able to resist LaZebnik's charming take on modern relationships. Read it!"
- Holly Peterson, bestselling author of The Manny

When Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend's son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years. Now that still-single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once "engaged" to the Markowitz boy. But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava's prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to Los Angeles where she stumbles across the decades-old document.
Frustrated and embarrassed by Ava's constant lectures about financial responsibility (all because she's in a little debt. Okay, a lot of debt), Lauren decides to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister's childhood fiancé. When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice-divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to re-enter the Nickerson sisters' lives, and always-accountable Ava is forced to consider just how binding a contract really is ...

Cool stuff:
-If you missed that last post check it out because you can get a Seventeen subscription (1 yr) for less than $5 bucks. Tonight is the deadline at midnight EST so hurry!
-Book sales galore. Just a few links to some inexpensive books. Some for a limited time only.

Hope you guys had tons of books on your IMM!! Enjoy! :)

P.S-Did you prefer the old commenting system? I'm thinking about switching back...
Not sure.

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1 yr subscription to Seventeen for under $5 bucks! Ends today midnight EST

I got this info from here.
I just ordered mine because well it's under five bucks! I kind of like the magazine :)

And the magazine of the day is Seventeen. Today you can get a year subscription for only $3.73 at Best Deal Magazines. Use the code PXCJ3 to get an extra 15% off the special $4.39 price (which will make it $3.73)!

If you start at Cashbaq and use their link into Best Deal Magazines then you will get a 10% rebate, making the final price only $3.17!
That's what it says on the site. I tried using that code but it didn't work for me, hopefully it will work for ya'll. I did the Cashbaq thing but I have no idea if it worked. W/e it's still under $5 bucks.


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Book Sales Galore

I found some really good books and some that look good so here you go.

I'm listing the book covers with links to the cheapest price I found from these U.S online stores (some ship outside of the U.S so just check):

The Book Depository, BN.com, Overstock.com, Deepdiscount.com, bookcloseouts.com, amazon.com, abebooks.com

If you guys know of any other awesome online book stores please let me know, I'd appreciate it a a bunch :) Other than ebay of course haha ;)

Some don't include shipping costs because sometimes you might be eligible for free shipping so duh it makes things complicated.

I could go on forever but I'd rather read so bye!

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New commenting system on my blog!

just ignore this I'm testing out something new on the blog

Edit: Okay I just testing it out and it works. Okay just for future reference when you comment on this site it'll be a bit different.

You don't need to log in but if you want just log in ONCE with whatever account you want may it be Open ID (type in your url), twitter account, yahoo account. Next time you comment you should not need to log in again.

If anyone has questions, just email me. My email's at the right corner of the site under "about."

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{Movie Review} Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Rating: 3/5

Age R: PG-13

Release Date: December 25, 2009

Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson's love interest, Mary.

Darn. I really wanted to like this movie. The trailer looked okay and because apparently it's a family tradition (I honestly don't remember this, is that bad?) to go to the movies on Christmas Day we did and saw this. What a mistake!
This movie was overly hyped. Now I see why. The movie is oh so boring! 2 hrs and 9 minutes of my life I shall never get back. It was pretty predictable too. Tons of things I saw coming from a mile away. It's somewhat entertaining but NOT worth the very expensive ticket. I highly recommend you guys rent this one and if you are already planning on going to the movies today watch Avatar, it's REALLY REALLY good! The story line is nothing incredible but the visuals are incredibly mind blowing. Watch that. I should review that soon...

I'm still glad I saw Jude Law's sexy self though ;)


You'll like it if you're interested in:
-Robert Downey Jr.
-Jude Law
-Rachel McAdams
-not a very interesting and engaging movie
-Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

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