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The Purge: Anarchy – A Review

Minor spoilers ahead…

from wearemoviegeeks.com
from wearemoviegeeks.com

“This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the annual Purge. At the siren, all emergency will be suspended for 12 hours. Your government thanks you for your participation.

Non-compliance with any of the aforementioned rules will result in death by hanging. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, up to, and including Murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire and hospital aid will be unavailable until … when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn.

This is not a test. This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge sanctioned by the U.S. Government. Weapons of class 4 and lower have been authorized for use during the Purge. All other weapons are restricted. Government officials of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed. Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire, and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning until 7 a.m…when The Purge concludes. Blessed be our New Founding Fathers and America, a nation reborn. May God be with you all.”

Could you imagine living in a country that allows this? In my line of work I see a lot of scum, and a lot of scum that take advantage of the less fortunate, so when I learned of this movie it started a very hot topic of debate for me. Would people stand for this? Would you kill someone? What would you do if a loved one kill? Would I survive?

Because truth be told, if this was legit, pretty sure this is how it would be. After watching Last Night’s Premier and hearing the audience… yeah it would go down.

Again in typical Jen fashion, digress.

I saw The Purge last year, because as I said, the concept of this film fascinated me.  A lawless night that the Government pardons Murder?  Umm hell yeah I will go see that.

While I enjoyed the first movie, it was really just a home invasion movie. Nothing original.  I felt I had seen this movie before, it was just set in a world where one night a year murder was legal.  Well the world is somewhat original. I will say the first movie did set up the concept of The Have’s vs The Have Not’s.

I left wanting more (I tell you I am a lunatic), I wanted to know about people who disagree with the purge, the people that don’t accept their love ones getting murdered (cause I am sorry you kill a person I love, not sure I would wait until it was “legal”). I was disappointed that I paid to watch another home invasion movie when I was expecting dystopian street gangs & rich people that think they are entitled to kill (it was implied in the first film, that the rich have a sense of entitlement).

Anyway, when I first saw the trailer for The Purge: Anarchy, I thought hell yeah, that is what we should have gotten the first time around.

I don’t care about what happens in the safety of ones home, I want to know what the hell goes down on the streets. Cause let’s face it peeps, I am not rich, I wouldn’t have some state of the art security system, in fact I am assuming most wouldn’t. Obviously I would be a Have Not.

Before I saw the movie I was under the impression that the couple ran out of gas.

This part bugged the crap out of me. It bugged me before I even want to see the movie. In fact I was asking co-workers, would you run out of gas? Seriously? It really irked me.

The couple runs out of gas…on the night of the purge… the night murder is legal… less than a hour before the purge starts… on a bridge… You with me on where I am going with this?

If that doesn’t scream Darwinism I don’t know what does.

People freak the hell out when a hurricane “might” happen and practically wait for hours in line to get gas, “just in case”.

In this situation, YOU KNOW MURDER IS ABOUT TO BE LEGAL FOR 12 HOURS” how the HELL do you run out of gas?

I am telling you not only would have a full tank of gas, I would have back up gas, a machete, a gun & pop tarts. Just in case I have to make a run for it. You got me?

This bothered me from the very beginning, how are you running late getting home AND you run out of gas? Seriously.

I just want to say, the couple DID NOT run out gas their vehicle was tampered with. Why was their vehicle tampered with? Well you will need to see the movie.

Now this makes sense, I am so glad the writers did it this way.

So how did I like the movie?

I loved it. I am not that into gore and I was worried this movie would be a gory one, because today horror movies try to out gore the last. This was not the case.

It was very much a thriller where 5 people are just trying to survive the night. This Purge is exactly one year after the first movie.

4 of the people are on the streets by accident one of them is there to Purge.

We know from the previews that Frank Grillo is seeking retribution for his son that was killed. You don’t find out how his son was killed until the last five minutes. I didn’t see that coming by the way.

Side note: if they remake the Punisher, Frank Grillo has my vote. He was pretty believable as this character. He has a new fan, that much is for sure.

The plot of the New Founding Fathers of America thickens in this movie. We find out how truly menacing they are, which is really no shocker. I mean if you think about it they are a government that allows murder for one night a year but grants them immunity. yeah… they are not corrupt at all.

Also there is a resistance that comes into play, and because of this I fully expect a third movie, hell I want the third movie. This movie was that good.

Sure there are some things about this world that are not believable and deep down you know that would never happen, but truth be told when I go to a movie I go to be entertained and for 100 minutes I was highly entertained.

There is a scene (that is in the previews) where a broker is strung up on his bank for loosing a person’s pension.  That did give me slight chills, because in my line of work I piss people of daily.  People in my line of work would be a target, hell if this world was legit I would be a target. 

If you are worried about guts spilling out and gross factor, it is minimal. This movie really is all about the thrill of survival. I jumped exactly twice.  I called some of the characters stupid idiots often cause let’s face it ever survival movie needs a few idiots.

One thing I would like to see in the next movie is more of other crimes taking place. Cause gonna be honest folks if the Purge was real, I would be knocking over Neiman Marcus and clearing out Christian Louboutin’s & Valentino. Don’t have a need to murder anyone but I would set myself up to have a fabulous wardrobe the following year.

The Purge: Anarchy comes out July 18. Believe me it is worth it for entertainment value. If you are wanting to debate the “actuality” of the situation, you might want to pass.

 

My rating? A

A because I was highly entertained and for the most part I felt the movie was believable, and the acting was ok, not Oscar worthy but believable.

Wordless Wednesday

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WTF True Blood?

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There are spoilers so read at your own risk.

I often say my blog is the ramblings of a lunatic, I spend my day in a cubicle, on the phone and arguing with people over money. This often sets me on edge, and causes me to get super invested into TV shows, movies, books whatever… and live life in a fantasy land even if it is only for a hour or so.

I have invested a lot of time into True Blood and Ms. Sookie Stackhouse, so when I learned this season was the last season of True Blood, I was expecting well… something… what did I get?

Nothing.

It is no secret that I often roll my eyes at True Blood and call it rubbish on a weekly basis, because the series is so far gone from the books, there is no recovering from that EPIC FAIL.

However there was a silver lining, at the end of last seasons we learned that Sookie got with Alcide.

Those of you that know me know that Joe Manganiello is high up on my list.

So my thoughts were like heck yeah, naked Joe.

Yeah that didn’t happen.

In fact NOTHING happened.

I am pretty sure watching the rain fall in Rockwall Texas was more exciting that True Blood last night.

It started off with a bang, Tara died and I just knew this was going to be one crazy season… and I watched expecting crazy vamp sex, teeth popping out, and for people to be at each other’s throats.

Back to Tara dying… True Blood has done a lot of stupid crap, but killing Tara? yeah that was dumb as hell.

What a cheap way to kill a character off.

If you are mad Tara died, she survives the books so YET another thig the show has done that doesn’t occur in the books. Hopefully that gives you some closure. She was meant to live.

Anyway, I digress.

Pam was looking for Eric, but nothing crazy…

Sookie started to feel sorry for herself but nothing crazy…

Jason tells his vampire he is tired of her not sleeping with him… and then I thought crap was going to get going… and nothing crazy

And this is the way it would go FOR THE ENTIRE FREAKING EPISODE.

Truth is peeps when I am between vacations my life is boring so I look for excitement in my TV shows and books… and when crazy doesn’t happen when I expect it to, well I get pissed.

IF this is the route True Blood is planning on taking well maybe it is time to say goodbye.

Also NO FREAKING ERIC!!!

Which begs the question… Is he really dead?

Well here is to hoping we get to see Joe’s body next week, I mean he has the body of Zues after all.

Oh well until next time.

XOXO
Jen (aka the Lunatic)

Book Review Sunday- Rock Chick Series

This post is going to have multiple book reviews in it, because I loved this series so much I read a book a day.

Yep you read that right, a book a day. So here are my thoughts on the books. There are some minor spoilers and a few curse words so sorry it is not my usual PG. There will be some ranting & raving, and the reviews are what I wrote for goodreads with a few extras.

Book one- Rock Chick (story of Indy & Lee)

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I have a confession. Actually it is not much of a confession as I am often ranting and raving about this topic. Review has a couple of curse words… sorry in advance.

I hate fictional controlling men, I do not find it sexy when a man tells a woman to change, what to do, what to wear. I can’t even finish the shades of gray series because I loathe Christian Gray

It is because I am the stereotypical headstrong stubborn Texas woman. I don’t like being told what to do and often if someone tells me what to do I do it and do it again and will give you a wink and smile as I do it.

Pardon my french ya’ll but if you are going to tell me what to do, I am often going to tell you to go fuck yourself. Sorry I digress.

But with every rule has an exception. That exception is Lee… and Eddie…. and Hank…and Vance… Luke… and Mace… you get my point

Lee is the type of man that tells you to jump and you say how high master.

I am not sure if I woke up in some form of an alternative reality or what, but Lee is one hot man.

Too bad he is fictional.

Anyway, this book was a laugh a minute. I could not stop laughing.

Indy is so much like me which is why I like her.

I think because Indy was so headstrong is why I liked her. I also think she contributed to Lee.

She told Lee about his possessiveness and also told him off when needed.

Maybe that is what a controlling man needs is a stubborn woman.

I don’t think I can tell you how much I loved this book, I loved it so much that I bought the next book and it kept me up LATE last night too.

This series is fantastic.

I laughed a LOT during this book. In fact my father was watching Game of Thrones when I busted out laughing… he looks at me and says why is it funny that so and so is dying.

I told him it was my book. I was laughing that hard!

Anyway if you need a laugh a minute or a new hot fictional boyfriend, do yourself a favor and read this.

Like now.

Book 2 Rock Chick Rescue (the story of Eddie & Jet)

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Umm gonna be honest here, I finished this book in less than 20 hours.  20 hours that I worked 8 of them and slept 4… It was that good and when I tell you I want an Eddie Chavez well you get my point…

Furthermore, Houston I have a problem. A big problem.

I am freaking obsessing over this book, and having some serious relationships with fictional men.  I am a fictional man WHORE.  Seriously, who obsesses over multiple fictional men.

First there was Lee now there is freaking Eddie. I am sorry but can’t handle all this possessive testosterone.

Furthermore, I am pretty sure when I am 80 I am going to look back to the week of June 15, 2014… as the week I lost my FREAKING mind.

Hot damn ya’ll I love these books.

In fact I am about to start book 3… like now.

My lovely friend Ashley has been encouraging me and telling me that I am gasp a normal woman. I pride myself on the fact that I am like not normal, and enjoy putting controlling jerks in their place.

As I said in my review of Rock Chick… I hate controlling jerks of men… so why do I find not only Lee but Eddie super sexy?

Seriously guys this book is a steamy hot mess. A hot mess that I am sure is going to keep me up late tonight too.

Ok let me go find that fan and cool down 😉 Like I said LOST IT

Book 3 Rock Chick Redemption (Roxie & Hank’s story)

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It’s official until I’m done with this series these books have officially taken over my life

OK I am clearly a lunatic and this is the week I will remember as the time lost her ever loving mind and didn’t eat because she had to read a book series.

Seriously I am sitting here wondering why I am hungry and I realized I haven’t eaten since yesterday morning?

Why you ask?

Every chance I get to read these books I am reading them. I just don’t get it?

This series HAS everything I hate

Insta-love (with the exception of book 1)
Controlling Possessive men
Again Controlling Possessive men
Unrealistic situations
and did I mention CONTROLLING POSSESSIVE MEN

Everything that normally forces me to give a book 1-2 stars but you know what I love this book, I can’t get enough of them. I want so much more it is sick!

I apologize for NOTHING.

Each book has the same plot, sexy man helps a damsel in distress (another thing that makes me roll my eyes!) and the woman falls instantly head over heels for the very sexy man. Hell I can’t fault these women for falling in love cause I am in love myself!

Again I love it even though NORMAL RATIONAL JEN would hate it.

I wish I knew why. I really do.

This book was Hank & Roxie’s story and yet again this book kept me up to all hours of the night and forced me to jump into the next book.

I really can’t wait to be done with this insanity so I can start reading other books, and go back to my eye rolling no nonsense Jen.

I miss her.

So as I am ranting I feel I should say (AGAIN!) for whatever reason I love these books.

I even tweeted the author asking if she had these dude’s phone numbers…

No I am not even joking. I wish I was. I really do.

Well enough ranting and raving I am almost done with book four.

No I am not joking. I wish I was.

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Told you, totally not my proudest moment

Book 4 Rock Chick Renegade (Law and Vance’s story)

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Hot damn this book was hot!

Thanks to me staying up until 2 AM I finished this book in record speed. less than 12 hours.

God. Help. Me.

I am pretty sure that this might have been my favorite book so far. I loved Vance, in fact Vance may be my favorite “Hero”

He respected that Law needed space and gave it to her, but then came around when he realized that she didn’t want it.

He respected her, and it is pretty clear that he is overall a good man… even though he was a “player” in the other books.

So to sum it up I freaking loved Vance.

That being said I loved Law too.

I get vigilante justice, in fact I say and mean it when I say you have F with my family you will F with me.

So I have made respect for Law.

This book was fantastic and just further proof this series has completely taken over my life.

PS I am serious crushing on Mace… I can’t wait to here HIS story 😉

Book 5 Rock Star Revenge (Ava  & Luke’s story)

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You know each book is essentially the same within the first chapter you know who the HERO and THE ROCK CHICK will be, you will have a small part of insta love… and you will have a small love triangle, but it is hard to call it a love triangle, because it is clear from the jump who the rock chick wants.

As I am book 5, normal Jen would be sick of this and not blowing through the book.

For whatever reason “normal” Jen is on vacation and “lunatic” Jen is loving this series.

I have admitted that I am a fictional boyfriend whore because of this series and ladies and gents it is time to add another man. Luke.

Seriously, these PI’s are so hot you have to know it is fictional.

I still think Lee is my favorite though, Lee had a couple of scenes in this book that made my heart melt.

I love Lee.

Anyway, this was not an insta love situation, which was nice. Like the first book Luke & Ava have known each other since they were little and kept their feelings a secret.

and oh can I say Luke would give Mr. Grey a run for his money on the demanding aspect. Luke is hot, Grey… not so much.

I am still having fun with this series and as I have a busy weekend coming up I am not sure how much I will get through, I only have three books left… which makes me very very sad.

I just started the next one and once again it is the exact same thing.

You know what though? I don’t care.

Rock Chick Reckoning (Stella & Mace’s story)

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God. When I say I love these books because they are fun and sexy.
This book was dark and intense.

However, when it comes to Mace I wouldn’t expect anything less.

Mace’s story was intense, it was a life you hope know one you know has.

It makes him raw & damaged, which is what you want from time to time with your main man.

Stella was damaged goods too.

Seriously this story was not like the others where the hot bunch give you the warm fuzzies and say yowza.

I won’t say much about this story but oh my god, Stella and Mace couldn’t be better matched.

I am pretty sure this is by far my favorite book of the series. I was so shocked at how much Mace’s story touched me.

Also I just want to share with you… I googled Rock Chick Men, and found this…

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You got me?