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My Review of “The To Do List”, “Warm Bodies”, & “The Bling Ring”

Three movies I’ve been waiting to see arrive at Redbox this week:  “Fruitvale Station”, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “You’re Next”.

I plan on renting them over the next few days since I have a four-day weekend starting later today!

Last weekend, we rented three movies and I’d recommend you check out two of them, but avoid the third.


If you want a raunchy, coming-of-age comedy, check out “The To Do List” with Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation”.

To Do List

The movie is basically a female version of “Porky’s”, the 1980s horn-dog comedy about boys wanting to lose their virginity.

In “The To Do List”, Plaza plays a straight-laced, uptight, very focused high school valedictorian ready to head off to college.  Her two best friends take her to a college party and she spots Rusty Waters, a surfer-like dude that she falls for.

After drunkenly making out with him, her “to do list” changes from planning for college to sexual acts she wants to do before her freshman year at college.

The movie is very adult in nature.  While predictable and funny,  you’ve probably seen it all before, except maybe girls doing it instead of boys.



Warm Bodies

Up next was “Warm Bodies”, a romantic zombie comedy, a $35 million movie from early 2013 movie that went on to gross $117 million.

Nicholas Hoult stars as “R”, a zombie that can’t remember his name.

During a zombie attack, several of the “undead” are killed, as are several humans.

The romantic comedy parts comes when “R” rescues Julie (Teresa Palmer) after her gun jams and she can’t shoot him.  “R” realizes something is changing in him when he sees Julie differently than just his next meal.



Our final movie of the weekend was one that I really thought was going to be good fun.  However, it ended up being the most bland.


While starring the incredible Emma Watson (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and the “Harry Potter” series) and Israel Broussard, in his first starring role, “The Bling Ring” was more of a let down.

The movie is based on a real life events.  It follows a group of California teenagers, who were obsessed with fame and material things and took to breaking into the homes and stealing from Hollywood celebrities back in 2008 and 2009.

Their biggest target was socialite Paris Hilton.


While mildly entertaining at the beginning, the movie got old fast.

And, what does it say about Paris Hilton when the real-life thieves admitted that they targeted her because she was “dumb” and that she’d probably have a key hidden under the doormat?  Surprisingly, she did, but they didn’t need it because she left her doors unlocked!  Spoiler!

My final thoughts on “The Bling Ring”:  while watching the movie, I was amazed that Paris lives such a life of excess that she couldn’t even tell that millions of dollars of personal belongings were stolen.  And, what does it say about Paris’ thirst for fame that she stars as herself and allows her house to be used in a movie depicting the violation of her personal space?



A Nature Retreat In Downtown Houston

There are a few things right off the bat that I’m very thankful for:  God has provided me with a job with vacation time and that Ray works hard and attends conferences so I can go along with him, that the weather has improve greatly from rainy conditions Saturday to cloudy skies Sunday to mostly sunny skies Monday that will continue through the rest of our time here, and that Paris Hilton’s namesake hotel is very nice and a pleasure to visit.

Paris, if you’re in Houston tonight or tomorrow, I’ll break bread and drink with you and talk about what you said right and what you said wrong about gays and AIDS that had you recently apologizing.

But, this is about Houston and not about me or Paris Hilton.

The architecture downtown in beautiful.  The homelessness not so much.  I know it’s a reality in cities all across the country, but it’s still heartbreaking.

While the view out my window is of the Toyota Center toward the southwest, the view on the other side of our floor is Discovery Green, an almost 12-acre public park that was opened in April 2008.

It’s estimated that almost a quarter-million people visited the park in the first three months that it was open to the public.

It features a lake, wetland and upland gardens, restaurants, stages for public performances, dog runs, a children’s area and other recreational areas.  It even has an ice skating rink when the weather is cold enough.

If you like nature shots, but you don’t have Houston on your travel itinerary anytime soon, allow me to be your tour guide.  You already know that I love to take pictures.

So, that is a view of the relaxing park next door to the Hilton Americas.  Still to come, I’ll share some of the neat architecture, some street, and maybe, some food.


They Said What??? Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, The Pope, Madonna, & Lady Gaga


“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”


(on not re-instating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”):   “Now that it’s done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And I think we need to move on.”
(to a Cincinnati, Ohio crowd):  “The things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship.  These aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or creed or color. These are American values, these are universal human values.”
(using a derogatory term toward gay men over President Obama’s Libya response):  “The US is viewed under Obama as weak, as Sen. McCain said, as declining in influence dramatically in the Middle East, pulling out of Iraq, intending to pull out of Afghanistan, having a limp wristed reaction to the assassination of four American diplomats.”


(about Paris Hilton anti-gay/AIDS comments last week):  “I’m not touching that one. She’s not worth it.”


“There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.”


(speaking to French bishops at the Vatican): “Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself. [The family] is threatened in many places by a faulty conception of human nature that is proven to be defective. Defending life and the family in society isn’t retrograde, rather it’s prophetic. The Church must promote those values that permit the full development of the human person.”


(responding to the Pope): “I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal — humanity — if we are not allowed to freely love one another…What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope. … It is not a reflection of all religious people.”


(in concert in Washington DC):  “Y’all better vote for f–king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing s–t.  It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”

RESPONDING TO THE UPROAR MADONNA RELEASED THIS STATEMENT:  “I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim – though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were?  The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is – nor should anyone else in America.”


They Said What??? Paris Hilton, Madonna, & Rick Santorum


(after a gay friend explained the hook-up site, Grindr, to her):  “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS.”


“I would be so scared if I were a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”


(after being suspended for three days for writing “Tu Ere Maricon” (“You are a faggot”) in his eye black.):  “I’m sorry for the actions of the other day.  I’d like to ask for the forgiveness of fans. It was not something that was intended to be offensive. It’s just something I put on my face as a joke. It was nothing intentionally offensive. I have nothing against homosexuals. I have friends who are gay.”


“I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”


(at her Atlantic City, New Jersey concert):  “I’m going to dedicate this next song (“Masterpiece”)… to Lady Gaga. You wanna know something? I love her. I love her. I do love her. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. But one day, very soon, we’re going to be on stage together. Just you wait. You think I’m kidding? I love Lady Gaga.”


(on the Emmy Awards red carpet, when asked about bringing numerous family members to the Emmys):  “I bought tickets for them, do you think I’m going to smuggle them?”


“We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”