Heller

Heller by JD Nixon, and  is a book about 26 year old Matilda Chalmers, who only likes to be called Tilly. She has recently lost her acting job as a fruit. She wanted to an actress but has finally realized that its not meant to be. Not only because she can’t act, but also because she isn’t your average skinny mini. She’s not from the worst of family having two older siblings married and two nieces. Deciding she only has 20 dollars to her name, she starts looking in the newspaper and online to find herself a job. When she comes across job for security and surveillance, she decides to follow through immediately. But as you learn throughout the book, trouble follows her everywhere. She gets stuck in the elevator, gets kicked in the face by a little boy name Niq, and gets blood all over her cheap but best interview suit. After meeting the infamous Heller, the boss, who’s tall blonde and handsome, and gets critiqued about all her bad acting jobs. She decides that maybe the job isn’t for her. When she gets up to leave, a smoke bomb is thrown through the window causing Heller to land on top of Tilly and pushed her nose into the carpet to start bleeding again. Ready to give up and go home. Heller stops her and offers her the job, which plenty of benefits she couldn’t refuse. Which her off on her journey as a security guard under the mysterious one name Heller, a little boy named Niq, Daniel a man with a scar from his eye to lip, Clive and Sid, twins who has a porno collection, and Victor who is the equal to luckiness monster. Since no one has seen or heard from him but has been sited on occasions. She lives up to her name as a trouble magnet, and earns more trouble for the security and surveillance business than they’ve had in a long time.

I loved this book because its not your everyday sob story, It gets into the gruesome line of work and of a boss who cares for his employees. Everyone has a story as its there decision whether or not to tell Tilly about it. But as time goes on she proves herself to the team and Heller. It shows the commitment of someone who wants something so bad, even mayhem follow then wherever they go.

This book is the first of seven, it continues on as the Heller Series.

Word Count: 416

Bates Motel

I’ve recently started watching a new series on Netflix titled Bates Motel. I’ve only just finished watching the second season, but already I’m completely hooked.

The shows setting based on current times in White Pine Bay, Oregon. The characters are based off the character of Robert Blochs novel Psycho. The story is about a boy, seventeen, named Norman Bates and his mother Norma. In the show Norman has a condition is which he “blacks out” and he gets very angry. In these “black outs” Norman usually harms someone and in a few occasions actually kills. Norman also has visual and auditory hallucinations of his mother whenever he finds himself in a sticky situation so to speak.

The story begins after the death of Norma’s husband, which is actually Normans doing. They then move to Oregon and Norma buys a run down motel, which she eloquently names Bates Motel. The Bates then find out that White Pine Bay isn’t just any old town, but instead a town that’s main economic source is the marijuana business.

A lot of people come and go and there are many surprises. Bradley, a teenager featured in the first season, kills one drug leader-type after she believes he killed her father. Norman and his brother Dylan then help her get run away. Norman and Emma, one of Normans very few friends, discover a sex trafficking buisness and that their local deputy is keeping one of the women captive in his basement. Dylan ends up shooting and killing him and the Sheriff Romero helps them cover it up. The audience finds out that Dylan is actually the son of Norma and her brother Caleb, who raped her repeatedly throughout her childhood. Norman has sex with one of his teachers, Ms. Watson, and then kills her.

There are so many other surprises and plot twists that make the show so intriguing and the opposite of boring. I. Am. Addicted.

Word Count: 321

Ouija

**SPOILER ALERT**

I recently watched a scary movie titled Ouija. The movie summary goes like this; there is a girl who cleans out her attic and in turn finds an Ouija board. The girl then goes on to break the number one rule; do not play the game when you are alone, there is also another rule that she breaks that we find out later in the movie; do not play in a cemetery. Whatever spirit the girl was talking to leaves the board and goes into the girl, the spirit then precedes to hand the girl off of her chandelier, making it look like a suicide. The girl’s friends, five total, then find out about the Ouija board and use it to “talk” to their dead friend. What they don’t realize is that the thing they’re talking to isn’t their friend, but actually the same spirit their friend was talking to. The spirit then gets out of the Ouija board and kills 2-3 of the other friends. The main character of the movie goes into the same attic where the board was find and discovers the pictures and articles of the family that previously lived in the home. The girl talks to the older sister of the previous family and follows her directions on how to get rid of the spirit that she says is her mother. When the main character and her sister do so it only serves in the killing of the rest of the remaining friends all except the main character and her sister. Later in the movie the audience finds put that the sister of the [previous family was lying and in fact the spirit was the other sister and the mother was keeping her at bay as best she could. The main character and her sister are able to get rid of the sister’s spirit and the movie ends with the audience believing that the spirit isn’t actually gone.

The movie was written by Juliet Snowden and directed by Stiles White. The movie itself was great, I would rate it a three and a half out of five stars. The cinematography was good, the spirits themselves when the audience does seem them are quite realistic. All in all I’ll be sure to NEVER use and Ouija board myself.

Word Count: 384

Memento

**SPOLIER ALERT** (everything in bold is a spoiler)

Memento is a movie directed and written by Christopher Nolan released in 2000. The movie stars Guy Pierce as Leonard Shelby (Leo) and Joe Pantoliano as Teddy Gammel. The movie was about a man, Leonard Shelby, who had lost his wife by the hands of two men who raped and killed her and as he tried to save her he was knocked down, causing him to develop anterograde amnesia. Anterograde amnesia is a condition in which the brain is able to remember everything up until the point of the accident that caused the condition, but it unable to form any new memories. In Leonard’s case he is able to retain new memoires for about fifteen minutes but afterward those fifteen minutes and everything before them are once again lost. After he is able to confirm the man who killed his wife as John G. he begins his hunt for vengeance. The task of finding the man who murdered his wife is extremely difficult and he relies on tattoos on his body, Polaroid pictures, thousands of notes, the help of a so-called friend Teddy, and Natalie a barmaid who too wants revenge for her boyfriend’s death.

The movie takes the audience through different times of the man’s life after the accident. The movie is shown in fifteen minute increments and is told backwards in a nonlinear structure. In the beginning of the movie we see where the movie we later end, with Leonard killing Teddy. The audience is made to believe that Teddy’s real name is John G. and that he is the actual killer of Leonard’s wife. At the end of the movie, after Teddy has already been seen murdered by Leo, the audience is told that the John G. that murdered Leo’s wife has already been killed by Leo. Afterwards Leo realizes that this hunt for his wife’s murder gives him a task, it gives his life purpose, so he erases any evidence of the killing knowing that in fifteen minutes he will forget he’s done it. Once Teddy tells Leo this, and Leo believes it to be true, Leo adds “facts” and notes to himself that increment Teddy as the real John G. After fifteen minutes all Leo is left with is evidence pointing to Teddy and he has no choice but to believe in himself.

This movie is a psychological thriller and it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time. Guy Pierce is absolutely amazing in this movie as well. In the end I felt anger, pity, and understanding when I finally was able to put all the pieces of Leo’s life after the accident together. I can honestly say that this movie was a 5 out of 5 and I will be sure to watch more of Christopher Nolan’s movies in the very near future.

word count: 479

Extra-Terrestrial

**SPOILER ALERT**

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was a movie directed by Steven Spielberg (who, like, everyone has heard of), written by Melissa Mathison and released in June 1982.

E.T. is about an alien, E.T., who is accidentally left on Earth by other aliens. E.T. soon befriends a ten year-old boy Elliot, and his family. E.T. becomes sick, which i beliebe was because of his desperation to return home. Although E.T. loved the boy and his family, Earth was not his home. While hiding from the human task force that is eager to catch its first outer space visitor, E.T. also has to find a way to “phone home“.

The end of E.T. has to be one of the most heartbreaking ending of all time. If you did not cry when Elliot, then there is no doubt in my mind that you are heartless. Watching the above link alone is enough to make a person cry. The clip of E.T.’s goodbyes signify his love for the boy and his family but they also show is what, or need, to return to his own family.

E.T. is an amazing movie because in 1982 there weren’t any other movies around that had an lien come to Earth and befriend children. Speilberg and Mathison are creative geniuses. The movie is filled with action, science fiction, love, companionship, friendship, separation, and the list goes on and on.

E.T. is classic that will be remembered for centuries more to come. Its a movie to show people of all ages. I believe the message behind the movie is that friendship and companionship and love don’t have anything to do with who or what you are, or where you come from. These nouns dont discriminate and they dont judge. The message is that companionship and friendship and love can happen with anyone and that they are priceless and infinite.

Word Count: 308

The Goodbye

The Goodbye

Nineteen Minutes

I recently read and finished a book titled Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. The book is written in third person omniscient, and at times in second person. The story allows the reader to get to know every single character of the book including; many high school kids as well as a few of their parents, lawyers and judges and policemen and prosecutors, while still keeping distance so as not to have the reader become too involved with one character. The second person point of view, I believe, was meant for the reader to try and empathize with whichever character was speaking at that time. The event in the book that set off the tone of the story is one high school boy in particular,Peter Houghton, taking four loaded guns into his high school and shooting.

Peter was a teenage boy who had been bullied since his very first day of kindergarten. Peter was also a teenage boy who didn’t seem to fit in anywhere in reality and instead took refuge in the world of computer games and HTML code.

Picoult takes the reader through an emotion roller coaster from sadness to joy to anger and back then right back to sadness. The time of the story is set years before the shooting, to the day of the shooting, till five months after. Each chapter and time frame being written from almost all the characters points of view.

Some readers may say that Picoult wrote from all points of view to help the reader pick a side; whether to pity the sad,bullied teenage boy, or to hate him. I, on the other hand, think Picoult wrote from all these different points of view to help the reader understand that the shooting was both everyone and no ones fault at the same time. Not to say that the shooting was inevitable, but rather that everyone is to blame and the reader can’t really choose a side. I personally would rank this book as one of my top 10 favorite books.

Word count: 338

Junie B. Jones

I just want to start this blog post off by saying that Barbara Park is a genius.

My entire elementary school was filled with moments where I blocked everything out, because Junie B. Jones had me entranced. I have always loved to read, and to dive so deep into a book that everything around me fades away and I seems that I become a mute character I the story. Whenever it was Wednesday, which was the day my class and I went to the library, I headed straight for the books that were above my grades reading level. I don’t remember the exact day I found Junie B. Jones, but I do remember the first book of hers that I read; Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch. I remember how she talked about loving hoagies, and how I did not know what a hoagie was, and how she felt so important, because she had been assigned to work with the lunch lady. By the end of the book I myself wanted to go and help the lunch ladies at my school.

What made me fall in love with Junie B. was her sarcoma, her wittiness, but especially her smart mouth. She would always have something sassy to say, and I loved it. What made me fall in love with the writing was that Park wrote the way Junie B. talked, and as a beginning reader it was nice and easy to read books that didn’t have huge words in it that I couldn’t understand. Park didn’t write all her stories to have an underlying moral or message, sometimes the story was meant to just depict the life of a sassy elementary scholar. Although some of the stories did end up having a moral which we would find out whenever Junie B. was scolded by her mother. Her mother who I always thought, and still do, never really understood Junie B.

Barabara Park died on November 15, 2013. R.I.P Barabara Park.