January 11, 2013
flu, outbreak, questions, sick, sickness, vaccine
I realized something the other day and I thought I’d share it. First, some background.
Because of the field my husband works in it’s a good idea for him to have flu vaccine, despite my personal feelings about the whole thing. Because he’s (part time) military and has no allergies to the ingredients, he’s required to have them. So, for the last 10+ years, he has had a flu shot every fall. The children and I do not get them, for several reasons I won’t go into here.
With the widespread outbreak in the news recently, I realized that despite having the flu shot way back in October, my husband has the flu. No one else in the house has contracted it, but since he’s only spent 2 days at home since he got it (2 weeks ago) that’s not all that surprising.
With more thought I remembered that the last time he had the flu (2009) he was home, not only every evening but he also took several days off because he was coughing so hard he couldn’t breathe. Then, as with this time, no one else in the house (me and three children) became ill.
The whole thing has made me wonder, are vaccines really as wonderful as they’re being made out to be?
April 13, 2012
Henry Cavill, Immortals, John Hurt, Mickey Rourke, Movie Review
Action / Fantasy, Released in 2011, Starring Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt
Theseus was a common mortal who had drawn Zeus notice. Zeus, posing as an old mortal trained Theseus to fight, in hopes that he would lead the fight against the invading King Hyperion as he rampaged across Greece in search of a weapon reputed to have the power to destroy humanity.
What did I think?
Blah. There was more gore and fighting than story, and I’m someone who likes action movies. It was obvious that Immortals was designed as a 3D movie, despite my not watching it in 3D, and that they were counting on the visual effects to carry the weak story. Don’t waste your time.
March 15, 2012
Abduction, Alfred Molina, Lily Collins, Movie Review, Taylor Lautner
Action / Mystery, Released in 2011, Starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina
When a a teenage boy, while doing a school assignment, discovers a missing children’s website with his own picture, he starts asking questions. Questions that make him the target of some very dangerous people.
What did I think? Not bad, decent story line, and enough to keep you interested through the movie.
February 29, 2012
Adam Sandler, Brooklyn Decker, Jennifer Aniston, Movie Review
Comedy / Romance, Released in 2011, Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker
A plastic surgeon convinces his assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-ex wife while he covers up a lie he told his much younger girlfriend. Along the way they encounter people they know and have to cover more lies.
What did I think? It was moderately funny, but not enough to make up for the stupid.
February 7, 2012
Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Hugh Jackman, Movie Review, Real Steel
Action / Drama, Released in 2011, Starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Robot boxing is the top sport. Charlie Kenton is an ex-human boxer struggling to make it in the sport as it’s become. Along the way he learns that the son he’s never known not only wants to know his father, but has a passion for the sport himself. Can Max convince Charlie to champion the outdated robot that he’s found and believes can go to the top?
What did I think? The story caught me, not the robots or the boxing but the story of Charlie and Max. I enjoyed it. It was a bit predictable at times, but Huge Jackman was great eye candy too.
January 30, 2012
India Eisley, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Movie Review, Underworld: Awakening
Action / Horror, Released in 2012, Starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
When humans discover the existence of the Lycans and Vampires it starts a war to eradicate the non-human species. Selene is captured and held in a chrio chamber for 12 years before she awakens, but can she learn to live in the new world she’s awaken in? Can she find the one who awakened her and figure out who they are?
My opinion? I enjoyed it, the 3D was good without being over the top. The story was decent, kept me engrossed. Though it was a bit reaching. There was set up for yet another Underworld movie, and I admit, I’ll probably see that one too.
January 29, 2012
David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, Movie Review, War Horse
Drama / War, Released in 2011, Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
A young Albert raises and trains a horse only to have his father sell him to the Cavalry during WWI. Once he was old enough, Albert enlists himself, hopeful to find his beloved Joey again. But can Joey even survive such a time? With the war wearing across Europe?
My opinion? I enjoyed it. The story was great, if a bit predictable. There was a bit of graphic war scenes, but it’s really to be expected in a war film.