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Strong female characters are here to stay

For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend took me to see Black Panther. It was actually on Saturday but we were busy with the kids, work, and life in general on Wednesday so we waited until the weekend. Anyway, I loved it!large_bLBUCtMQGJclH36clliPLmljMys

I was excited to learn about a new super hero that I really knew little about from the previous Marvel movies. I was not a comic book reader as a kid. I did love Wonder Woman from watching the 70’s TV series as a preschooler, but that was about my extent of comic books until Michael Keaton put on the bat suit. Even then, the comic movies weren’t a big draw for me. Until Marvel kicked it up with the Avengers movies. I still haven’t watched all the Iron Man movies but I saw the first one, fairly recently.

My favorite characters are Loki and the Winter Soldier. Yeah, I have a thing for a good anti-hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thor and Captain America too but there’s something about walking the fine line of good and evil that thrills me. Yes, I know Bucky wasn’t himself when he killed but he’s now wounded. And I love the long dark hair. A bit shallow but that’s seems to be my type. Can you say Severus Snape?

But what I really loved about this film were all the strong women!! They were all kick-ass, smart, not needing to be rescued characters. Even the king’s special guards were all women. It made my heart happy to see so many female characters in important roles, and not just as an accessory for the lead male. And these women didn’t compromise their beliefs or passion for love. They stayed true to themselves.

But my favorite is Princess Shuri. She was awesome! Just the fact that the head techno-geek for the country is a teenage girl is ingenious. Not only is she an intelligent young woman but she isn’t afraid to join the battle. No damsel in distress here. I really hope she inspires young girls to participate in STEM. There has been a great swell of women pushing forward into male dominated fields such as politics and engineering. We’re seeing more movies with strong female leads making tons of money at the box office like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast. And of course you can’t forget all the fabulous characters like Katniss and Triss in our favorite YA novels.

IMG_3074My youngest daughter and I marched at the capital of California this January. We did last year too along with my oldest daughter. I really want them to understand that their gender isn’t a liability and that they have a voice and they need to use it. I’m excited for what the future holds for my daughters. And my daughter’s daughters. And my son because lifting woman up doesn’t mean squashing down men. We want equality, not superiority.


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Warm Bodies warmed my heart

This last Super Bowl Sunday, my teenager daughter and I went to see Warm Bodies with my friend Karen. Let me tell you, it was FAB-U-LOUS! Of course, I’m a sucker for an offbeat love story and you can’t get more unusual than a zombie falling for a human.warmbodies

The story is told through the point of view of R, our zombie protagonist. His thoughts and observations are laugh-out-loud funny as he ponders his life as a living corpse, “Man, we walk slow.” He has no memory of his past human life and isn’t very excited about his current one. R is endearing right from the start—a zombie clinging to humanity through his vast collection of knick knacks and vinyl records.

Its during a hunt for food—Brains!—that R finds Julie and takes her home with him. The build up of their relationship was realistic, gradual, believable, and very touching. The story is obviously a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, complete with balcony scene.

Nicholas Hoult does a wonderful job playing R. He makes being undead hot! Julie is played by Teresa Palmer who is absolutely adorable. The two of them together were so freakin’ cute you can’t help but cheer them on as they fight to stay together.

I definitely recommend this movie, especially this Valentine’s Day.


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Hansel and Gretel is Awesome!

Last night, my wonderful husband took me out to see Hansel and Gretel at the IMAX in 3D. And I must say, the movie was great fun. I loved the concept of the story: after defeating a dark witch who wanted to cook and eat Hansel, the two siblings grow up to become witch hunters. Sure, the story line was simple and predictable, but the special effects, humor, and creative weapons kept my attention from start to finish. Hansel-Gretel-Witch-Hunters_1

The way the dark witches were portrayed was really creepy. They were super ugly and almost animalistic, at times running on all fours as they ran from the witch hunters. The weapons Hansel and Gretel used gave the movie a nice steam punk vibe that I enjoyed. The fight scenes were bloody and gross, so keep your hands free to cover your eyes. It wasn’t Spartacus-gross, but graphic. And, of course, Hansel was HOT!!! But so was his sister. My goal is to one day look as good in leather pants as Gretel. I must say I really loved her—a beautiful badass that can take a punch. My kind of gal.

But I think my favorite part was the love story element. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but it was sweet and realistic and tugged at my heart strings. I would definitely recommend this movie if your looking for a good time.

This afternoon, my teenager and I are going to see Warm Bodies with my good friend Karen. I’ll post soon letting you know what I thought of that. But, really, a zombie love story? How could you go wrong?


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Merry Christmas world—and Alan Rickman

This is my favorite time of year because I love to give gifts and do nice things for my friends , family, and perfect strangers. Yes, I’m the person that instead of giving money to the person on the street with their hand out, I invite them to McDonald’s for a hamburger and conversation. Of course, most people just want the money, but I did have a nice chat with a homeless man over coffee at the downtown bus terminal once.

title (2)So this year, I thought I’d do something for the masses: make my short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, FREE on Amazon on December 25th and 26th. Don’t have a Kindle? They have an app for that. If your sense of humor is a bit on the twisted side, like mine, you’ll love this story. It’s  about a witch who needs to bring her boss’ dead cat back to life but nothing goes right. If you enjoy the story, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell your enemies. Let’s share the joy with as many people in the world as possible.

On another note, Alan Rickman, if you’re reading this, Merry Christmas from your number one fan. And now that I have your attention,when is your movie, Gambit, coming to the US? I’m dying to see it and not just because your naked in some scenes, though that is a big part of it. It’s going on my list.

So, Merry Christmas everyone! Be safe, be joyful, and happy reading!


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Breaking Dawn part 2 is AWESOME!

Today, my daughter Monica and I went to see the last movie in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn part 2. We’ve seen all the others so, of course, we had to see the final installment. It did not disappoint. You would think that having read the book nothing would surprise you. NOPE! They threw a twist in there that totally caught us off guard. I was practically hyperventilating. I don’t want to give anything away, so run now to your local theater and watch this movie!! And because it is the last movie, I thought they did a wonderful job wrapping up not just this movie, but the entire series. Stephanie Meyer should be very proud.

I didn’t read the series until after watching the first movie, which was always my favorite. I didn’t really care for New Moon because it felt too forced. With the annoying background music( that should have stayed more in the background), they were trying too hard to make the scenes dramatic. It was too much. Eclipse was okay and Breaking Dawn part 1 was good considering it was the slow part of the book. But I think this last movie blew me away. The first is still my favorite because that’s where we fell in love with Edward, but BD 2 comes a very close second. The second part was also my favorite part of the book.

One of the vampires that come to help the Cullens, Garret, caught my attention right away. I mean, how hot is he?! He looks like he could be Severus Snape’s hot, bloodsucking, younger brother. Yum!

Don’t forget to enter my Pucker Up Giveaway on Goodreads. The last time I checked, 555 people had entered. It ends November 30th, so enter now. Let’s get at least 600 entries before the contest is over.

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Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

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by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

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