Original Vs. Remake – The Lone Ranger (2013)

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and me to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Returning to our usual ways, Catie reviews “the original” and I take on the 2013 remake.  This month we tackle the classic, The Lone Ranger.

Usually I include Catie’s homemade summary here, but since hers sounds a bit different from the 2013 film I will talk about today, let’s “borrow” the IMBD summary:

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Now, let’s watch with the trailer:

Before I begin my review of the 2013 version, let’s talk generally about The Lone Ranger.  As Catie pointed out in her review, the concept of The Lone Ranger dates back to the 1930s when a radio show aired three episodes a week for over twenty years.  Then came the books, a newspaper comic strip, comic books, a television show, and multiple movies.  The 2013 film falls in at number five.

When something lasts and lives this long, one can assume it has reached cult status.  And I am no different from the millions of other fans—I grew up loving The Lone Ranger.  How did my admiration begin?  I have no idea; since the TV show aired from 1949-1957, I think we can rule that out.  Maybe it was the 1981 film from Catie’s review?  But if it is, I sadly don’t remember much, if any of it.  However, the movie makes sense to me… since I grew up a child of the ‘80s.

Regardless, I was a fan and proudly hung a poster next to my bed.  I wish I still had that poster, but it is lost along with so many of my other childhood things.  But I remember it… The Lone Ranger atop Silver; Tonto riding Scout; the two riding alongside each other, perhaps with Silver rearing back.   That part is a little blurry to me.  Give me a break; it has been a long time.

But anyway…

When I first heard they were making a current film version of The Long Ranger I was thrilled beyond belief.  And when I learned Johnny Depp would play Tonto?  Are you kidding me?  Elated.  Ecstatic.  Excited.   I mean, first of all, he’s Johnny Depp.  Everything he touches turns to gold.  Not to mention, his performances are always above and beyond perfect.  He transforms into character; he doesn’t just act a role.  And to me, the powers-that-be behind this movie couldn’t have picked a better person to play Tonto.

Additionally, the casting of Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger (John Reid) was great.  He and Depp had on-screen chemistry and his comedic timing was spot on.  Not to mention, it’s believable seeing him in the role of a hero—he can pull it off.  Nothing like his role as the evil twins in The Social Network.

The film also stars: Helena Bonham Carter (as we’re very accustomed to seeing in Johnny Depp films), Barry Pepper (whom I adore, although he’s barely recognizable in this film and he plays a not-so-nice guy), William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson.

The film may have received mixed reviews; however, as one who has never really paid much attention to the critics (odd, I know, considering I write reviews of one kind or another on a weekly basis), I really enjoyed this film.  I did have a few beefs though…

For one, it was long.  Usually when a viewer notices that a film is long, that means the film is dragging.  And it did in parts.  Secondly, although I love The Lone Ranger theme song (from the “March of the Swiss Soldiers” finale of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture), when it played in the 2013 flick, it blasted my eardrums.  Flat out, it was way too loud.  I compare it to when a commercial plays at a higher decibel then the television show one is watching.  BIG pet peeve of mine.  And third, The Lone Ranger didn’t say, “Hi-Ho Silver, Away!” until the very end.  And I mean the very end.  I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and then he said it and the credits rolled.  It bummed me out that it took so long.

But overall, is the 2013 version worth a watch?  Yes!  I think so.  Especially if one is a fan of any of The Lone Ranger stories—the TV show, the movies, the comic books, etc.  Particularly if one is a fan of Johnny Depp.  And without a doubt if one likes to laugh.  Even those who enjoy westerns should check it out.  And I don’t like westerns.  Can’t stand them, actually.  But I do fall into the three other categories.

Does it compare to the original/1981 film?  Sadly, I don’t know.

Should people forget about the original/1981 version?  Probably not.  Originals should never be forgotten.  But again, I can’t really speak from experience here.  Stop by Catie’s blog to see what she thought of the 1981 film.

What do you think?  Have you seen either the 1981 or the 2013 version of The Lone Ranger?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Cooking with my Ronco Rotisserie

I don’t know about many others, but we get sucked into watching those late-night infomercials on the weekends.  Perhaps if we didn’t pretend to be vampires and stay up all night we wouldn’t, but we do.  Not all of the ads get to us, usually just the food those devils are preparing.  Why?  Because we love food!  Who doesn’t?

That and kitchen gadgets.  When we consolidated all of our things, we didn’t have enough space for all of our kitchen “stuff” even though our kitchen was twice the size either of us had previously.  And while we did get rid of the things we never really used or had duplicates of, that didn’t stop us from constantly adding new and FUN things over the years.

Like our Ronco Rotisserie.

Ronco Rotisserie

First off, it’s huge.  We really didn’t have the space for this; and despite my never wanting to store anything on top of the refrigerator, we had no other choice thanks to its size.

Secondly, pretty much every accessory that comes with the Ronco claims to be dishwasher safe.  However, after washing everything prior to its first use, some of the stuff rusted.  Not cool.  That tells me it’s not *really* dishwasher safe.  But, after unsuccessfully reaching out to the company for replacement warranty items (maybe we waited too long to use for the first time… or maybe they lost the email… regardless, they never responded), we were able to rub off the rust (and a lot of the coloring) and it is now right as rain.  Because we hand wash.

Ronco Rotisserie
If you look closely, you can see all of the accessories that come with it – two baskets, skewers, etc) stored inside the unit…

Now, we can overlook these first two things.  Why?  Because every single food item we prepare with our Ronco Rotisserie is delicious.  And we’ve tried a lot.

Ribs…

Rotisserie ribsChicken – what we probably prepare the most with a side of fresh guacamole…

Rotisserie chickenAnd Shish Kabobs.  The before…

KabobsAnd after…

Rotisserie KabobsNothing takes too long in the rotisserie and the meat is cooked perfectly.  Every time we try something new, we just pull out our little cooking manual and use their recommended time frames for the meat. And voila!

Heck, we even like ours so much that we’ve since given both sets of parents one.  They may not use theirs as often as we do ours, but what they have prepared they have loved.

Your turn – do you rotisserie?  What other kitchen appliances can you not live without?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Original Vs. Remake – The Great Gatsby (2013)

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and me to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Returning to our usual ways, Catie reviews “the original” and I take on the 2013 remake.  This month we tackle the literary classic, The Great Gatsby.

Usually I include Catie’s homemade summary here, but we’re both at a loss for words this month.  Shocking, I know.

So, let’s start with the trailer:

Before I begin my review of the 2013 version, let’s talk about the novel and the 1974 film.  Thinking back, I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story in the ninth grade.  Like many required readings in literature class, The Great Gatsby, among other things, is a tragedy (just like three other of my favorite school reads—Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations).  But that doesn’t mean the story isn’t beautiful.  It pulls readers into the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age, complete with music, parties, fashion, youth, wealth, and love.   And once one watches the 1974 movie, starring a young and absolutely breathtaking Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, they can’t help but fall in love themselves.  At least I couldn’t.

As of today, I have no idea how many times I have read The Great Gatsby, but at least three.  The only stories I ever pick up and read again are those “classics” listed above.  I just wish I could get my hands on a hardback copy of the story.

I have also watched “the original” 1974 film at least a handful of times, and will probably never tire of doing so.  It’s for this one reason why I, like many others, was disgusted at the idea of Hollywood remaking The Great Gatsby.  No one could possibly “be” Jay Gatsby like Robert Redford.  No one.

Except for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Despite my feelings of disgust at the remake, I went to see it opening weekend in the theaters.  And once the credits rolled, and the tears trickled down my cheeks, I wanted to return to the box office and buy another ticket for the next showing.  I didn’t; but I wanted to.

The 2013 film had it all—the music, including artists Jay-Z, Lana Del Ray, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Will i Am, and a few of the classics; the parties, over-the-top and extravagant Jay Gatsby gatherings; the fashion, with Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) adorned the entire film in Tiffany and Co. diamonds, and iconic ‘20s fashion designed by popular designers like Prada; youth, not teenage youth, but young Hollywood stars, including Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) as Nick Carraway, Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Myrtle Wilson, and Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) as Tom Buchanan; wealth, as evident by the parties and Long Island mansions; and most importantly, love.

The film may have received mixed reviews, but it made a killing at the box office.  And as one who has never really paid much attention to the critics (odd, I know, considering I write reviews of one kind or another on a weekly basis), I fell in love with this film.

Moreover, I fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio all over again, just like I did after watching his performances in Titanic and Romeo + Juliet.  His portrayal of Jay Gatsby was perfect.  Perfect!  But to be honest, rarely do I watch him in a film where he does not nail whatever role he is playing; and I firmly believe he will be remembered as one of the greatest actors of my generation.

So is the 2013 version worth a watch?  Yes!  I think so.  And every single one of my girlfriends who have seen it agrees with me… and even a few of the guys.  My best friend’s husband actually thanked me for recommending they go see the movie because they too were hesitant.

Does it compare to the 1974 film?  Yes.

Should people forget about the Redford version?  No.

Let’s be honest; today’s youth isn’t going to watch a film from 1974.  Maybe a small handful will, but not the majority.  I get it; I was a teen once.  But kids today will go see this 2013 version.   And hopefully they will fall in love with the story just like I did back in the day.

Is it a perfect retelling of the literary piece?  Probably not, but I never go into a movie with those expectations.  Never.

Oh, and before I go, why do I keep referring to the 1974 version as “the original” in quotation marks?  Be sure to read Catie’s post

What do you think?  Have you seen either the 1974 or the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Great Winter Recipe – Banana Nut Bread

Growing up, my grandmother baked every single holiday season.  And she baked a lot: kolachen, a secret family recipe—so secret, I’m not even sure I’m spelling it right; lizzies, little cookies with candied cherries and alcohol; sugar cookies; chocolate chip cookies; and banana nut bread.

Banana BreadSince her passing, I’ve enjoyed a slice of banana nut bread here and there at Starbucks, but I’ve been missing the moist and delicious bread during the holiday months.  And since I found my grandmother’s bread pans in my cabinet, I decided this year I would revive the family tradition.

There was only one problem: I had never made banana nut bread before, nor did I have a recipe.

So I hopped online and found a quick and easy recipe, or so it claimed, via Simply Recipes.  So simple in fact, this recipe doesn’t even require the use of an electric mixer.  Needless to say, this was the one I decided to go with after reading a few other variations of ways to make banana nut bread on the web.

First, what’s needed:

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed (we went with 4 and smashed them easily with a fork)
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 cup of sugar (the recipe says you can reduce this to ¾ of a cup, but why do that?)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of walnuts, chopped (or pecans, really; we used both at one point or another this December)
Pinch of salt

Now let’s cook:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With a wooden spoon, mix the butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Stir in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and stir in.

Add the flour and mix well.

Stir in the chopped nuts.

Pour the mixture into a buttered 4X8 loaf pan.

Bake for one hour.  If baking more than one at a time, add a little bit of time to ensure the loaves cook through (we did three at a time and added thirty minutes—the bread was not overcooked).

Cool on a rack.  Remove from the pan and slice.

Best served warm with butter.

Are you a banana nut bread fan?  Have any other easy bread recipes to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original recipe found on this site:

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

December 26th through December 30th – 60+ Authors, 60+ Books, All 99 Cents!

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Included with these fabulous authors and titles is my YA mystery, Football Sweetheart!

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High School Football can be MURDER…

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available onKindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via TwitterFacebookGoogle+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Great Winter Recipe – Thai Spicy Coconut Soup

My guy loves Thai food.  Loves.  To be honest, I don’t actually think I ever had Thai food until we started dating… and now I’m a big fan too!  However, eating out every time one of us wants Thai food can get very expensive, so I figured I better learn a few recipes I could make at home.  Enter Pinterest…

I’ve already tried a Tom Kha soup recipe, and it was good, but one can never have too many variations to try until they find the one their family loves.  So when we were iced in a few weeks ago, I tried a new one—Thai Spicy Coconut Soup.

Spicy Coconut SoupThe ingredients were almost exactly like the Tom Kha recipe we’ve tried before, with the exception of a few things that we will add next time around.  But I’ll get to that more in a bit.

First, what’s needed:

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 ½ cups of mushrooms (we like to use straw mushrooms)
Diced red bell pepper (we used green because the store didn’t have red)
1 inch peeled and minced ginger
4 cloves of minced garlic
Half a stalk of lemongrass (we like to use the Gourmet Garden lemongrass paste)
2 teaspoons of red curry paste
3 cups of chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of sugar
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 – 1 ½ cups of cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
Sliced green onion (we like a lot…)
A handful of cherry tomatoes
Cilantro
Rice or Ramen noodles

Now let’s cook:

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.

Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mushrooms, and bell pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes.

Add the curry and cook another minute.

Transfer to a stock pot and add the coconut milk, chicken broth, sugar, and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil the chicken in a separate pot and add once the base is ready.

Finally, add the green onion and tomatoes.  Heat through and serve.

Best served with rice or noodles (we like to use Ramen noodles) and fresh cilantro…

Now, as with any dish you prepare, it is important to taste test before serving.  Especially with Thai soup.  The end product may not be spicy enough, not salty enough, not sweet enough, or the other ends of these spectrums.

For us, this soup base was not any of the above.  So we added another can of coconut milk, chopped dried chili pepper, more sugar, and more soy.  Even then, we decided the soy just wasn’t right and next time we’d try with fish sauce.

And basil.  For whatever reason, the recipe did not call for basil and we both agreed basil would add a ton of necessary flavor to this dish.

But don’t get me wrong, this soup was yummy.  We enjoyed it for three nights until it was all gone.  The dish proved perfect for a cold winter night.

And the Thai food lover approved.

Are you a Thai soup fan?  Have any Thai recipes to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original Pinterest recipe found on this site:

http://joansfoodwanderings.blogspot.com/2013/10/spicy-thai-coconut-soup.html

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

My Favorite Holiday Movies

The holiday season means something different to every person who observes it.  For some, the most important aspect of this time of year is the precious time spent with friends and family.  Others enjoy giving…  by dedicating their time to special organizations, by baking sweet treats for those nearest and dearest to them, and by wrapping purchased gifts with red and green papers and ribbons.

For me, it’s all about tradition—baking my mom’s special recipe walnut muffins, enjoying a glass (or two or three) of “adult” eggnog while wrapping presents, listening to Harry Connick, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli belt out traditional holiday music as I drive around town looking for last-minute gifts, and carefully placing the Baby Jesus in the manger of our nativity set at midnight on Christmas Eve.

My list wouldn’t be complete without adding another of my holiday traditions… watching a few of my favorite holiday movies one more time.  I’ve watched these films for as long as I can remember.  I may not catch each one every single year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.

So, which movies do I want to see every December?

First, there’s the classic and light-hearted…

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Home Alone

The Santa Clause (and 2 and 3)

Elf

The Holiday

Die Hard

 By now, everyone that reads this blog knows that I love my scary movies… and while these flicks might not seem as scary to me today as they did when I watched them for the very first time, they still fall into this holiday category…

Gremlins

Black Christmas (2006)

Next, there are a few “darker” comedies…

Scrooged

Bad Santa

And probably my favorite of all time…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It doesn’t matter how old I am, how many times I’ve watched these movies, or how old a few of these actually are, they will always be considered classics and must-sees in my house!

Do you have any special holiday movies that you watch every year?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Great Holiday Recipe – Pecan Pie Cobbler

My guy loves pecan pie.  Loves.  And every year I try to make him at least one around his birthday in November.  However, a lot of the time my pies don’t set for whatever reason.  Not like my mom’s do, anyway (even though I use her exact recipe).

So this year I decided to try something different—pecan pie cobbler.  I figure since my pies don’t set the way they are supposed to, I might as well make something that is understandably a little runny.

Pecan Pie CobblerWhat’s needed:

2 rolled, refrigerated pie crusts (I used the Great Value brand – one package comes with two)
2 ½ cups of light corn syrup (I used the dark Karo syrup)
2 ½ cups of brown sugar
½ cup of melted butter
4 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
6 eggs
2 cups of chopped pecans
2 cups of pecan halves
Butter flavored cooking spray

Now let’s cook:

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Grease a 13X9 glass dish with the butter flavored cooking spray.

Roll one of the crusts into the pan, trimming the edges to fit (this is a lot easier than it sounds).

Now mix the syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs with a wire whisk.  I beat the eggs first and then slowly added each of the other ingredients, stirring while I went.  The mixture will get a bit thick.

Stir in the chopped pecans.

Spoon about ½ of the mixture/filling onto the crust.

Remove the second pie crust and roll it into the pan, topping the filling, trimming the edges to fit (this time it’s a bit messy with the filling already in the pan, but manageable).

Spray the top crust with the butter flavored cooking spray.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until the top crust is lightly browned.

Reduce the oven to 350 degrees.

Carefully spoon the remaining mixture/filling over the baked pastry.

Arrange the pecan halves on top.

Bake 30 minutes or until set (I went for 35 minutes just to be safe).

Best served warm with vanilla ice cream…

This dessert really is delish.  Not only did my guy and I both love it, but his sister’s family came to visit that weekend and also enjoyed it very much.  So much so, I decided to make a second cobbler for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  The second time around, I used the light Karo syrup and I couldn’t tell a difference (and more pecans).

Are you a pecan pie fan?  How about cobbler?  Have any fun holiday dessert recipes to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original Pinterest recipe found on this site:

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/pecan-pie-cobbler/0f1c55a8-eb92-4158-94e6-212f142f7dc3

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Football Sweetheart Holiday Sale!

It’s the biggest sales weekend of the year!  So, in honor of all the discounted prices at our favorite stores, I’ve decided to offer Football Sweetheart at a special holiday price for a limited time only!

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Be sure to take advantage of the lower price while it lasts!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Original Vs. Remake – Carrie (2013)

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and me to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Returning to our usual ways, Catie reviews the original and I take on the remake.  This month we tackle the horror classic, Carrie.

Only this time I’m going one step further.  Not only did I review the 2002 TV movie, I also went to the theater to see the 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.

First, let’s take a look at Catie’s homemade summary, or actually logline/tagline this month:

This is what happens when the girl who is the brunt of every joke decides she’s had enough.

Before I begin my review of the 2013 remake, let me first begin by saying a few things about the 1976 film.  As with many of Stephen King’s works, Carrie is and forever will be a classic horror story.  Honestly, the original version ranks right up there with The Shining, Misery, Cujo, Silver Bullet, Pet Semetary, and even the TV movie, It.  I can watch any of these films, plus many more King adaptations, over and over again.

Story aside, the actresses in the 1976 classic should also be recognized.  Both Sissy Spacek (Carrie White) and Piper Laurie (Carrie’s mother, Margaret White) nailed their performances… Ms. Spacek as the sheltered and abused Carrie White, who breaks and finds a way to torment those who have always tormented her, and the great Piper Laurie as the overly religious and abusive mother.  Their performances landed both of them Academy Award nominations and deservingly so.  I’m not sure a horror movie has ever received Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations since, although I could be wrong, and I doubt we see any true horror movies such as this receive this kind of praise going forward, but maybe…

But enough about the original, let’s talk about the 2013 remake.

Rarely do my guy and I actually go to the theater to see any film that is not summer’s big action blockbuster.  But when I saw the trailers for the updated version of Carrie, I knew I couldn’t wait for it to be on video.  Luckily for me, the release fell during the month of October and I was able to convince my guy that dinner, a haunted house, and a movie would be the perfect Halloween date for me.  He knows how much I love the spooky holiday, so he obliged even though he is not a fan of horror like I am.  However, he is a fan of Hit-Girl, so I didn’t have to beg too much…

Let’s start by briefly talking about the basics… the story is pretty much exactly like the original and the special effects are amazing.

Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about the performances…

Chloe Grace Moretz is perfect.  And Julianne Moore is amazing.  AMAZING.  I always tend to like her in most of her films; but now after watching her play creepy Margaret White, I’m really a fan.  Then there’s Judy Greer as Miss Desjarden; she’s not the star, but I like her and the fact she voices Cheryl on Archer has nothing to do with it.

So is the 2013 version worth a watch?  Yes!  I think so.  My guy and I both enjoyed it.

Does it compare to the original?  Yes.

Should people forget about the original?  No.

Let’s be honest; today’s youth isn’t going to watch a film from 1976.  Maybe a small handful will, but not the majority.  I get it; I was a teen once.  But kids today will go see this 2013 version.  And they did, the same showing I went to.  And I was lucky enough to hear a teenager’s conversation with her friend after the movie in the restroom (along with two other adult women).  To loosely quote them…

“That movie had like no plot.”
“I know, right? At all.  So boring.”

Do I disagree with them?  Yes.

But what I found even more amusing was the open dialogue the other two women and I had once the girls left the room.  For one, those two teens clearly didn’t know Carrie is based on a Stephen King novel (if they even know who Stephen King is).  And two, obviously, they’ve never seen the original 1976 film.

It’s a sad world sometimes… now I know why my mom would always get so frustrated with me when I didn’t want to read or watch anything that wasn’t “new” when I was growing up.  I get it, Mom.  I really do.

Before I go, let me just say that I particularly like the idea of watching Carrie today, especially with the world of bullying where it is now.  Bullying has always existed, at home, at school, and all bullies need to know that eventually everyone gets theirs.  Maybe not via telekinesis like in Carrie, but they do in one way or another.  Therefore, why bully in the first place?

If a little movie like Carrie can stop at least one bully before they physically or emotionally attack anyone, good.

What do you think?  Have you seen either the original or the 2013 version of Carrie?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.