The Most Ridiculous Plot Key Words on IMDb

Heist, romance, sports, betrayal, mystery, coming of age…these are all examples of what plot key words should be. Words that convey the most important plot points and themes in a movie. Now look at of these ridiculous plot key words IMDb uses to describe movies.

The Lion King
Hula dance, no opening credits, tastes like chicken joke, flatulence
the lion king movie poster
I love movies about taste like chicken jokes.

The Shawshank Redemption
Feet on desk, reference to National Geographic magazine, maggot, talking through bookshelf, three word title
The Shawshank Redepmtion poster

The Godfather
Elevator, orange peel, cat, Radio City Music Hall Manhattan New York, character appears in newspaper, horse
the godfather movie poster

The Dark Knight
Voiceover letter, homoerotic, text message, man wearing a wig, blocking a door with a chair, sitting
The Dark Knight movie poster

Pulp Fiction
Impersonating Buddy Holly, talking to one’s self in a mirror, slurping a drink with a straw, forming a square in the air, toaster
Pulp Fiction movie poster

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Thirst, coat, train, kindness, friendship
The Good the Bad and the Ugly movie poster

Schindler’s List
Shaving, what happened to epilogue, hiding in a closet, urination, mirror
schindlers list movie poster

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lifting male in air, severed finger, swarm tactic, ferry boat, colon in title
first Lord of the Rings movie poster

Fight Club
Character repeating someone else’s dialogue, falling down stairs, title spoken by character, girl, severe tire damage, Ikea
fight club movie poster brad pitt soap

Star Wars
Character says “I have a bad feeling about this,” force choke, preemptive strike, incestuous kiss (blech), Wilhelm Scream, Stormtrooper, Millennium Falcon
Star Wars IV movie poster

Inception
College student, dream within a dream within a dream, walking up a wall, limbo, bathtub, aging, cyber punk
Inception movie poster Leonardo DiCaprio standing alone
It’s the best dream within a dream within a dream movie I’ve ever seen.

Forrest Gump
Calling someone an idiot, telling someone to shut up, bus stop, character repeats narrator’s words, feather, legless man
Star Wars IV movie poster

Goodfellas
Real life mother and daughter playing mother and daughter, kicked in the face, insult, actor shares first name with character, lion, gun in panties
GoodFellas movie poster

The Matrix
Wearing sunglasses inside, black trench coat, ringing telephone, punched in the ribs, slow motion scene, technology gone amok
The Matrix movie poster
Actually, that’s pretty much what this movie about.

Se7en
Box
se7en movie poster
WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?!?

The Usual Suspects
Reference to Albert Einstein, reference to Loch Ness Monster, reference to Lee Harvey Oswald, reference to Pope John Paul II
The Usual Suspects movie poster

The Silence of the Lambs
Lights suddenly go out, female senator, small dog, pay phone, fat girl, reference to Hannibal Lecter
The Silence of the Lambs movie poster
I love movies that reference characters in the movie.

It’s A Wonderful Life
African American woman, advice from bartender, contraction in title, partial deafness, handshake
It's A Wonderful Life movie poster

Casablanca
Conversation with character playing piano, piano, pianist, piano player
Casablanca movie poster
Is there a piano in this movie?

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Boulder, whip, fear of snakes, female tied up, dead monkey, hat wearing heroes
Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark movie poster
Again, not a bad summary.

Memento
Scantily clad female, spoken inner thoughts, obscene finger gesture, nude fight, hanging up without saying goodbye
Memento movie poster
Hanging Up Without Saying Goodbye: A Grandmother’s Memoir

The Departed
Ice cream parlor, man with glasses, menstruation, beeper, leather jacket, blood on shirt
The Departed movie poster

Back to the Future
Tearing page out of a phone book, kiss reveals absence of love, 555 phone number, hanging from clock, underwear
Back to the Future movie poster

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The Maze Runner: Movie Review

The Maze Runner movie posterMovie: The Maze Runner

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin

Length: 1 hour 53 minutes

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ – Great

 

Stars:
Dylan O'Brien Dylan O’Brien as Thomas

Kaya Scodelario Kaya Scodelario as Teresea

Will Poulter Will Poulter as Gally

Thomas Brodie Sangster Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt♥

Read The Maze Runner book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Thomas (love of my life O’Brien) wakes up in some kind of cargo elevator (called The Box) that takes him up to an open field and he is greeted by Gally (Poulter) who is surrounded by other young/teenage boys. Their leader Alby (Aml Ameen) tries to tell Thomas that he is in a place called the Glade but Thomas is freaking out because he doesn’t remember anything about himself or his past, not even his name. So, they lock him up in DIY prison until he can get a hold of himself. Once Thomas gets his shit together, Newt♥ (Brodie-Sangster) takes him on the tour of The Glade and explains how they keep The Glade running and that each boy does his part. Thomas also finds out that The Glade is actually the center of giant maze that they can’t escape.

The next day The Box comes up again. Normally The Box only comes up once a month, so the Gladers curiously gather around to see what came up so quickly. They were even more shocked to find that it was a girl (Scodelario). ~MyStErIoUs~

What did you think?
I LOooOOooOVED IT. It was spectacular and definitely was worth staying up too late and getting 4 hours of sleep that night to see the premiere. The utterly adorkable Dylan O’B(ae)rien perfectly wears his dirty blue button-up shirt captures Thomas on the silver screen. His curious, rebellious and good hearted spirit was spot on. This glowing review is not affected by my undying love for the swoon-worthy and charming ways of Mr. O’Brien off screen. No, but really. He was a great Thomas. The whole cast was great. Although Thomas Brodie-Sangster is a little littler than I wanted Newt♥ to be, how you can you be disappointed with a face like this?

The Maze Runner runs (hehe) almost two hours long but goes by in a flash. It’s exciting, and thrilling but not overwhelming. There’s a perfect balance of fast-paced action and slower, more-detailed plot advancement. The movie was interesting, suspenseful, funny and wonderful.

Was it a good adaption?
It was a perfect adaption of the book. It wasn’t all directly from the words of James Dashner, but every change made sense for the movie and made it better. Despite the changes the movie still stayed true to the story, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything majorly important. It eliminated some of the more supernatural aspects of the book which helped the story seem a lot more realistic which I loved. One of my favorite changes is Teresea, I didn’t care about her character in the book but she’s a crazy BAMF in the movie and I love her.

All the details and changes were actually improvements to The Maze Runner.  Not to say that I think that the movie is better than the book, you still get so much more from the characters and the story in the book, just that the changes that were made were good ones. The only thing that I feel like I missed from the book, was Newt’s limp. But I’m trying not to be nit picky.

Should I watch it?
Yasss bish yass! Look up show times for The Maze Runner right now and go see it.

Here’s the trailer, if you’ve read the book you’ll see that it’s perfect and if you’ll understand how perfect it is:

Looking For Alaska: Book Review

Looking For Alaska book coverBook: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Publisher/Year: Dutton Juvenille/2005

Genre: YA

Pages: 256

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Very good

Is it going to be a movie? Yes! But it’s in very early stages. All we know is that Sarah Polley will be directing.

What’s it about?
Miles “Pudge” Halter leads a very boring with life with no friends until he attends Culver Creek Boarding School searching for a “Great Perhaps.” There he meets Alaska Young, Chip “The Colonel” Martin and Takumi Hikohito who changes his life for the better (and the worse). Pudge falls for Alaska upon meting her; she’s smart, funny, beautiful, screwed-up and draws him in completely. He goes from reading biographies and memorizing people’s last words to smoking, drinking, pulling pranks and having the time of his life. But then something happens that completely changes his world again.

What did you think?
Looking For Alaska reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. There’s the socially awkward yet lovable boy (Pudge/Charlie) that gets pulled into a new circle of friends consisting of a beautiful, charming and self-destructive girl (Alaska/Sam) and the girl’s best friend who is more stable but just as fun (The Colonel/Patrick).  But I loved Perks so I didn’t entirely mind all the similarities. Even though I probably prefer Perks, I still really enjoyed Looking for Alaska. I am becoming a huge fan of John Green (I know I’m a little late to the party) as I mentioned in my Fault in Our Stars review. He has an infinite amount of great quotes and his style is perfection. Basically all hail John Green forever and always.

One thing I really like about Alaska is that it’s split into two sections: Before and After. Every chapter starts with a countdown (X Days Until…) to After. It’s a simple but effective way to keep me even further enthralled in the book. The story and characters were enough to keep me reading but the countdown made me feel like I had to know what was going to happen.

Should I read it?
Yes! Especially if you are a girl in the preteen-young adult age range. Even if you’re not, it’s a great book. You can get a copy at Thriftbooks or Amazon.

They Did It With Love: Book Review

The Did It With Love book coverBook: They Did It With Love by Kate

Publisher/Year: Plume/2007

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 336

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ – Above average

Is it going to be a movie? Nope.

What’s it about?
It’s “Desperate Housewives meets Agatha Christie.” Sofie and her husband leave their nice Manhattan apartment and move to the suburbs of Connecticut. Struggling to find her place in the suburbs, Sofie joins a mystery book club with Bree, Gaby, Susan and Lynette Priscilla, Susan, Ashley and Julia. Perfectionist Priscilla is the queen bee, host of the book club and everything happens the way she deems it will. Sweet Susan is Priscilla’s oldest friend most dedicated follower. Attractive Ashley is the youngest and strives for the acceptance of the other girls despite her young age and second wife status. Jaunty Julia appears to have it all: the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect job, perfect looks, and an overall perfect life. But is everyone’s life as it ~*seems*~??? (No.)

But things get flipped turned upside down when one of the girls turns up dead (oh noOoOOooO). Now the women of Wysteria Lane some random street in a wealthy Connecticut suburb have a real life mystery on their hands and Sofie is determined to solve it. As her investigation deepens, the secrets of suburbia quickly start unraveling like a sweater off the clearance rack in Forever 21.

What did you think?
Short and sweet and a decent read. Intriguing enough that I kept want to read to find out everyone’s secrets and whodunit, but not as exciting or shocking as other mystery books (like Gone Girl). It’s a lot more Desperate Housewives than Agatha Christie which didn’t thrill me. I was hoping for more of a mystery thriller with a jaw dropping twist ending, but instead got a lot of suburban gossip with a mediocre ending. I love Desperate Housewives, so I probably would have liked it more if I knew that going into the book (but even so, it’s still not nearly as good as DH).

Should I read it?
Sure, I would recommend it but not emphatically. You can get a copy at Thriftbooks or Amazon.

Your Favorite Characters Scientifically Sorted Into Factions

Here’s how all the book and movie characters you love (and love to hate…and deeply despise) would be divided among the Factions in Divergent.

divergent factions symbols
This based on ~*science*~

Abnegation

Darrel “Darry” Curtis (The Outsiders)
Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
Dobby (Harry Potter)
Hodor (A Song of Ice and Fire)
The Grandfather (The Princess Bride)
Boo Radley (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Jorah Mormont (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Emily Fields (Pretty Little Liars)
Charlotte A. Cavatica (Charlotte’s Web)
Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol)
Tiny Tim (A Christmas Carol)
Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)
Snow White
Alfred Pennyworth (Batman)
R2-D2 (Star Wars)
Edward Cullen (Twilight)
Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Juliette Ferrars (Fracture Me)
Hans Hubermann (The Book Thief)
Genie (Aladdin)
Slinky Dog (Toy Story)
Jack Dawson (Titanic)
Gwen Cromwell Piper (Halloweentown)

Amity

Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)
Primrose Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)
Cedric Diggory (Harry Potter)
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
Ponyboy Curtis (The Outsiders)
Johnny Cade (The Outsiders)
Ned Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
Fezzik (The Princess Bride)
Aria Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars)
Captain America/Steve Rogers
Pooh Bear
Susan Pevensie (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)
Charles Xavier (X-Men)
Superman/Clark Kent
Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
C-3PO (Star Wars)
Adam Kent (Shatter Me)
Lennie (Of Mice and Men)
Aimee Finnicky (The Spectacular Now)
The Magic Carpet (Aladdin)
Pi (Life of Pi)
Charlie Swan (Twilight)
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)
Barbie (Toy Story)
Rex (Toy Story)
Cameron James (10 Things I Hate About You)
Rose DeWitt Bukater (Titanic)
Sandy Olsson (Grease)
Gretchen Weiners (Mean Girls)
Cady Heron (Mean Girls)
Claire Standish (The Breakfast Club)
Cher Horowitz (Cluesless)
Will Turner (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Chuckie Sullivan (Good Will Hunting)
Todd Anderson (Dead Poets Society)
Sophie Piper (Halloweentown)

Candor

Drunk Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games)
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Shae (A Song of Ice and Fire)
The Albino (The Princess Bride)
Deborah Morgan (Dexter)
Newt (The Maze Runner)
Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Hanna Marin (Pretty Little Liars)
Ebeneezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
Junie B. Jones
Magneto (X-Men)
Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
John Hammond (Jurassic Park)
Jacob Black (Twlight)
Patrick (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Lily (The Giver)
Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)
Nala (The Lion King)
Princess Jasmine (Aladdin)
The Tiger (Life of Pi)
Mr. Potato Head (Toy Story)
Hamm (Toy Story)
Bianca Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
Joey Donner (10 Things I Hate About You)
Vivian Ward  (Pretty Woman)
Molly Brown (Titanic)
Lilly Moscovitz (The Princess Diaries)
Frenchy (Grease)
Karen Smith (Mean Girls)
Andrew Clark (The Breakfast Club)
Dionne “Dee” Davenport (Clueless)
Skylar (Good Will Hunting)
Knox Overestreet (Dead Poets Society)
Fat Amy (Pitch Perfect)

Dauntless

Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games)
Fred Weasley (Harry Potter)
George Weasley (Harry Potter)
Dallas Winston (The Outsiders)
Sodapop Curtis (The Outsiders)
Robb Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Robert Baratheon (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Jaime Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Oberyn Martell (A Song of Ice and Fire)
The Mountain (A Song of Ice and Fire)
The Hound (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Indigo Montoya (The Princess Bride)
Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska)
Minho (The Maze Runner)
Daenerys Targaren (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Thor
Iron Man/Tony Stark
The Hulk
Peter Pan
Pippi Longstocking
Wolverine (X-Men)
Bane (Batman)
Han Solo (Star Wars)
Sam (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Kenji Kishimoto (Shatter Me)
Sutter Keely (The Spectacular Now)
Patrick Verona (10 Things I Hate About You)
Danny Zuko (Grease)
Betty Rizzo (Grease)
Kenickie (Grease)
John Bender (The Breakfast Club)
Allison Reynolds (The Breakfast Club)
Chel (The Road to El Dorado)
T-Rex (Jurassic Park)
Marnie Piper (Halloweentown)

Erudite

Sober Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games)
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter)
Sherlock Holmes
Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Catelyn Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Tywin Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Margery Tyrell (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Vizzini (The Princess Bride)
Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
Scout Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Jem Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault in Our Stars)
Theresea (The Maze Runner)
Matilda
Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)
Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson)
Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings)
Bruce Banner
Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
Leia Organa (Star Wars)
Alan Grant (Jurassic Park)
Velociraptor (Jurassic Park)
Aaron Warner (Shatter Me)
George (Of Mice and Men)
Rafiki (The Lion King)
Woody (Toy Story)
Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
Regina George (Mean Girls)
Brian Johnson (The Breakfast Club)
Tulio (The Road to El Dorado)
Will Hunting (Good Will  Hunting)
Dylan Piper (Halloweentown)
Spock (Star Trek)
Beca (Pitch Perfect)

Divergent

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Harry Potter
Voldemort (Harry Potter)
Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Jon Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Westley (The Princess Bride)
Elphaba (Wicked)
Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
August Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
Thomas (The Maze Runner)
Percy Jackson
Batman/Bruce Wayne
The Joker (Batman)
Lucy Pevensie (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Darth Vader (Star Wars)
Robert Neville (I Am Legend)
Jonas (The Giver)
The Giver
Jason Bourne
Mufasa (The Lion King)
Aladdin
Mia Thermopolis (Princess Diaries)
Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Princess Diaries)
Glenn Coco (Mean Girls)
Anastasia
Dimitri (Anastasia)
Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)
John Keating (Dead Poets Society)
Neil Perry (Dead Poets Society)
Aggie Cromwell (Halloweentown)
James T. Kirk (Star Trek)
Indiana Jones
James Bond

Factionless *gasp*

Joffrey Baratheon (A Song of Ice and Fire) (fuck you)
Veruca Salt (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Bella Swan (Twilight)
Cha-Cha DiGregorio (Grease)

The 2 Websites Every Book Lover Must Know

You’re welcome.

1. Goodreads

Goodreads logo

I joined Goodreads about a year ago and, as an emphatic bookworm, it’s one of the best things to happen to me. It’s a social network but for books instead of people. *Heaven open, angels sing* HALLELUJAH! The book gods have spoken, and they are pleased. Goodreads is the best way to keep track of books you want to read, organize the books you’ve read, see what books your friends have read and it will even suggest books you might like based on your book ratings.

You can create different “shelves” and organize your books however your heart desires. I love organizing my books because: 1. I’m a little OCD; and 2. It makes it very easy to find books to suggest to friends. I read so many books that I cannot keep track of them all, but I can just look at my Goodreads shelves, see what I rated different books and make recommendations accordingly.

Another great thing is that you can be as social or antisocial as you want and still get a lot from the website. You can connect with your Facebook friends and see what books they’ve read and how they rated them, you can join an online book club and join in conversations to make new friends, or you can never friend anyone ever and just find great books to read. All legitimate options and equally great choices.

2. Thriftbooks
Thriftbooks logo

Thriftbooks is probably the greatest thing to happen. Ever. Its tagline is “Spend less. Read more.” Are you kidding? What is more perfect than that? Besides a brunch date with Harry Styles, nothing. Up until my discovery of Thriftbooks, the biggest struggle of my life was deciding whether to buy or borrow books. My dream is have a library of my own, a room just filled with books upon books that are all mine. But, as a constantly broke college student, it’s hard to justify buying books when you can take them from the public library for free. On the other hand, it’s impossible to grow a library if you always have to return the books you read.

Enter Thriftbooks — the answer to all my prayers. This magical website is a place where you can buy books for cheap. So. Cheap. I’m talking $2.89 cheap. Not all the books are that cheap, but you can get most books for a single digit price. There’s also some great 3 for $7.99 deals. They’re used but you can choose whether you want “Good,” “Acceptable,” etc. But all the books I’ve gotten have been in great condition. I’m not fancy, I don’t need brand new books. As long as it’s readable and there aren’t any actors on the cover, it’s good enough for me.

But wait! There’s more! The shipping is FREE! *fireworks explode and chocolate rains from the sky* You can order any book and it will ship anywhere in America absolutely free! You can even get a 50¢ discount if you order more than one book from the same location. They also offer gift cards which makes the perfect gift for any bookworm. *hint hint*

Labor Day: Movie Review

Labor Day movie poster

Movie: Labor Day

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Jason Reitman

Rating: ♥ – Poor

Stars:
Kate Winslet Kate Winslet as Adele

Josh Brolin Josh Brolin as Frank

Gattlin Griffith Gattlin Griffith as Henry

Read the Labor Day book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Adele (Winslet) is the most literal kind of stay at home mom. She never leaves the house. She lives with her son, Henry (Griffith), who only sees his dad and stepfamily on Sunday evenings. They’re living their hermit crab life when one day they have to go out because Henry’s outgrowing his clothes.  At the store they run into a shady guy (Brolin) who asks them for a ride. To their house. Fearing that this has become a hostage situation, Adele agrees. Adele and Henry find out that he escaped from prison (which he was in for murder) but still start to enjoy his company and he becomes a weird husband/father/captor to them.

What did you think?
I enjoyed it less than I enjoyed the book which was borderline impossible. The only thing the book had going for it was that I was curious to find out what happened, but since I knew what was going to happen there was essentially nothing going for the movie. At first, I had some hope that movie might be better. When Adele and Henry met Frank in the book, she seemed pretty willing to take a complete stranger to her home. In the movie, she was not so down for the idea but it felt a lot more like a hostage situation. Frank appeared to be threatening Henry, so she agreed in order to protect her son. Although it still wasn’t the best, it was a lot more believable than the scene in the book.

But soon my hopes were crushed and I was back to hating everything. The plot was stupid and laced with weird flashbacks that were confusing and unnecessary. Eventually it gets put together and explained, but they were really unnecessary. It didn’t spark my interest to find out the details, it just made me think “Wait…what? This is really dumb.”

Was it a good adaption?
Yes, they both sucked.

There’s not much else to say about it. The movie slightly improves the scene when Adele and Henry meet Frank and cut one of the worst parts from the book, so I guess that’s good. But it also made a small change in the story behind why Frank was arrested in the first place which somehow made it even worse than it was in the book.

Should I watch it?
Only if you you love watching movies that suck. But if that’s what you like then you do you. You can get a copy onAmazon (but there isn’t a point).

Here’s the trailer, just in case you still aren’t convinced that this movie sucks.