Monday, November 3, 2014

NOVEMBER: WATCH/READ/PLAY

Ah November. The second month for all things pumpkin. Now we get turkey and cranberries too. I love the Autumn. It is finally starting to get cold around here and I expect we will get our first real snow here any day now. The leaves are nearly off the trees, I have decided which new shows to keep watching or just give up on, and we are finally ramping up to my favorite video game release. I have a feeling that November is going to be a lovely month.

MOVIES
Big Hero 6
Genre: Animated
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

In short:The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. So so looking forward to this one. (November 7)

Interstellar
Genre: SciFi/Drama
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

In short: Our time on Earth is coming to an end, so a team of space explorers (Mathew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) undertakes the most important mission in human history: use a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage so that makind has a future. (November 7)

Foxcatcher
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

In short: Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances. To be honest I want to see this because I want to see Steve Carell do something a little bit different as I think the man is insanely talented. (November 14)

Mockingjay Part One
Genre: Adventure/SciFi
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

In short: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Can. Not. Wait. Especially since Catching Fire was such a pleasant surprise with a new director. (November 21)

The Imitation Game
Genre: Biography/Drama/Thriller
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

In short: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. (November 28)

The Babadook
Genre: Horror
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

In short: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. I love Essie in Miss Fisher’s Mysteries and the first time I saw the trailer it gave me happy little horror chills. Of course this means it will never come here. Sad face. (November 28)

BOOKS

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier (Nov 4)
In short: In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters. With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (Nov 4)
In short: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


Symbiont by Mira Grant (Nov 25)
In short: THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US. The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

GAMES

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare - November 2
Assassins Creed: Unity – November 11
Dragon Age: Inquisition – November 18
Far Cry 4 – November 18


Did I miss anything?

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