Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A to Z Challenge - Q - and Rio review!

For the A to Z Challenge, I am featuring some awesome bloggers. These individuals have offered so much support of my book, CassaStar, and me on my blogger journey. Of course, I’ll be keeping up with the world of movies, music, and pop culture stuff as well! Ninjas are just talented that way...


Queen of Procrastination
Donea has a great sense of humor! I really doubt the dog in her icon is cuter than her. She posts some great photos and links, along with a mix of life. Check out her Find the Story Friday feature!

The QQQE
Matthew’s site focuses on query letters, and he’s done so much for other writers in this manner! Blogfests don’t scare him and he ventures into other areas as well. One day soon, Matthew’s book Warrior-Monks is going to rock the book world!

And this Ninja managed to sneak out for a movie...

RIO

Jesse Eisenberg voices Blu, a pet parrot suddenly dumped into an adventure in Rio with Jewel, voiced by Anne Hathaway.

This is a cute family film, and the most colorful animated movie I've ever seen. No exaggeration! There's nothing really original and the storyline is predictable. At its core, it's the tried and true romantic comedy. If you enjoy the formula, you'll enjoy this film.

A fun film with some amazing 3D effects, especially when the birds are flying over Rio. Good enjoyment for the whole family. Almost makes me want to visit Rio and join in the festivities of Carnaval.

Almost!

63 comments:

Donna Hole said...

Ya know; there's something nice about predictability . .

.........dhole

mooderino said...

Kids will like it I guess. I can't watch 3d movies, they give me a headache, plus they're not very 3d. When will this lie be exposed!

cheers,
mood
Moody Writing

Lindsay said...

Thanks for the review. Rio looks like a cute film. I might wait for the DVD though ;)

Jeffrey Beesler said...

The toys at McD's have gone to the birds and now I know why. It's movie tie-in toys time again at the Golden Arches. Sigh. Not sure I'll catch this particular flick, but thanks for pointing it out to me.

Laura Pauling said...

Can't wait to see Rio but probably won't until it comes out to Red Box!

Nebular said...

Alex, I thought "Rio" was more than just good... Saw it last night, and loved everything about it - the stunning colors, the amazing 3D effects, the fairly predictable, yet adventurous story, all those cute birdies, and last but not least, the clever and funny jokes. It deserves more credit than it gets. In my book, it's right up there with most Pixar films, and your personal favorite HTTYD :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, it worked for this film.

Jeffrey, I haven't stepped foot in a McDonald's in years!

Cheree said...

Thanks for the links. I also can't wait to see Rio. It sounds like a fantastic movie.

Old Kitty said...

I am so gonna see Rio over Easter!!! Yay!!

Woo-hoo for Mr McNish nee Rush nee QQQE nee Yoda!!!!!!

And yay for Donea too - lovely name!!!

Take care
x

Vicki Rocho said...

Haven't seen that one yet, but will probably take the kidlings sooner or later.

LTM said...

Wooo, Matt! Awesomeness~

upinthecosmos said...

I also saw Rio & thought it was cute & very colorful. It appealed to me cause I have a Moluccan Cockatoo who I totally want to teach the 'blow it up' fist bump.. or is it claw/beak/fist bump?? Stop in & read The Quatrefoil Watch

Christine Danek said...

Thanks for the review. I've been debating--bringing the kids to the movie or wait till the DVD. I'll have to see if the 2 1/2 yr old will sit. yikes.

Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks Alex! You truly are a Captain Ninja.

Kari Marie said...

Donea was my Q blogger of the day too. Rio looks like a cute flick.

L.A. Colvin said...

Awesome bloggers you have listed. We saw Rio and thought it was pretty good. I don't think it can beat Nemo (my fav) but I did love the colors and must admit I laughed out loud a few times. Nothing like an over weight man in a gold leotard-bikini ready for Carnival.

Laura Eno said...

Rio sounds cute but I'll wait for the DVD. Not many flicks will get me to go sit in a theater.

Bish Denham said...

Both of these blogs are WONDERFUL! So nice of you to highlight them.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful as per usual.

Yvonne/

Karen Walker said...

This one appeals to me for some reason. thanks for the review.
Karen

Charles Gramlich said...

I definitely want to see RIo

Tara said...

Predictability can definitely be a good thing sometimes. My kids are dying to see that movie.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Maybe I'll take the boys to that movie. I love colorful romantic comedies.

GigglesandGuns said...

Just not up to another kid movie. I'm so glad the granddaughter doesn't read your blog.;(

Lynn said...

Rio does look very colourful! I may need to view it when my skies are grey. Thanks for the review.

~Sia McKye~ said...

You come up with some funny movies to recommend Alex. I've never even heard of this one, but I do like Anne Hathaway.

My guys are either into extremely corny movies or major kick ass and take no names, type movies.

When my son was younger I was more up on animated films.

The Old Silly said...

Cool and gracious way to do the A to Z thingy - shouting out good bloggers with the day's letter in their names. Thanks for the pointers. :)

San said...

Love your Q as it highlights other bloggers (you are official, of course, me not so much)...you are my Q today...er...another, of course...

And thank you for helping me to find many other fab bloggers to finish my (unofficial) challenge; as well as your honest review of Rio. Cute and predictable are not always a bad thing :)

Cheers :)

Donea Lee said...

Thanks again, Alex, for the feature!! And paired with the very cool Matthew - awesome!! :)

Emily White said...

Great blog picks! The QQQE has been one of my favorites for a while now.

damyantiwrites said...

I went to watch RIO with mixed expectations, but came away pleased. Not thrilled, but it is hard to thrill me anymore

M.J. Fifield said...

My significant other has been obsessed with playing the Rio edition of Angry Birds. We probably won't see the movie though...maybe when it's out on DVD.

SharleneT said...

I will not, will NOT, go see the movie version of Angry Birds (I'm still on level two!)


Hello, fellow A-Z Challenger! Here's my latest entry. Come visit either of my blogs when you can and leave some comment love:

Q is for Quintessential http://bit.ly/hR3Pbk


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Twitter: @SolarChief

Stephen Tremp said...

We saw Rio in 3D last weekend. Plot was indeed predictable, but it did not need to be anything else. because of the color and 3D effects. Very cool movie and one we'll take the kids to again.

Cheeseboy said...

Rio looks way better than that Johnny Depp lizard nightmare movie.

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks for the links! I'm excited to see that movie with my kids. I like a little color and I'm always in the mood for some romantic comedy :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nebular, it was cute, but I didn't laugh out loud once. I'm sure it's a thousand times better than Hop!

Kidlings - like that description, Vicki.

Christine, she'll be enthralled.

LA, it was a sight, that's for sure.

Tara, take them - you'll all enjoy it!

Sia, this one is probably not their style then. Tell them to go see Source Code or Hanna instead.

Thanks, San! Highlighting others was my theme from the very beginning.

Donea, you are welcome!

Damy, I'm a bit jaded as well. Feels like I've seen everything.

MJ and Sharlene, you crack me up!

Elana Johnson said...

Amazing post highlighting some amazing people. I haven't seen Rio, but I want to. Predictability is okay for me in movies.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I'll probably wait to see Rio when it's out on DVD but it does seem like a fun movie.

And Matt's site is awesome!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Love the Queen of Procrastination...

The movie looks cute...

Hart Johnson said...

Ack! I have so fallen behind on my blog recommendations! I need to get back to it!

And I ALWAYS want to go to Rio for Carnival! I sure wish we aged backward so I could make my money in an old frail body and then have youth to enjoy my retirement traveling...

Holly Ruggiero said...

I haven’t heard of Rio, I have heard of you Q bloggers though and whole-heartily approve.

Tiger85 said...

My son really wants to see this movie. I'll enjoy watching it too. =)
Thanks for the review.

Poetry, Quotes and Book Reviews.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elana, you'll enjoy it then!

Hart, that made me laugh! Naked women sounds appealing, but not if I have to be naked as well.

Tiger, you'll both enjoy.

Milo James Fowler said...

Now following Matthew's site; thanks for the suggestion.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

My 14 year old just saw it with a friend and loved it. I was surprised! He gave it a great review and I see you enjoyed it, too. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I thought Rio was predicatable but sweet!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, it's a fun movie. Just not earth-shattering.

Teresa aka JW said...

I will go check out the blogs! Thanks

Copyboy said...

Q's were way better than my Ns. haha

Karen Peterson said...

It's great to hear that Rio is watchable. You never can be sure from the previews.

The Words Crafter said...

Hey Alex! I sent you an email. Sorry about the monkey wrench.....I have some duct tape, though. Just let me know.....

Susan Kane said...

I have been told by my granddaughters that we are going to see this movie. Yes, we will go see it. Thanks for the thumbs-up.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Thanks for the review, Alex. I'll be taking my kiddies there this weekend.

Ella said...

So cute; I love to go see a cute flick once in awhile. I miss it; my kids want horror, scifi-good and comedy! Time to meet n' greet...I'm behind the 8 ball!

N. R. Williams said...

Both blogs are worthy and the film looks great. Problem is, my grandchildren are still to young to sit through a movie.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Helen Ginger said...

You have the best posts, Alex. Haven't seen Rio, but you saying it's very colorful makes it tempting.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I don't know how you had time to go to Rio during this challenge. You deserve an actual trip there.
xoRobyn

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Words, I read it, and you are still my top choice!

Susan, it's fun!

Ella, go for the comedy - maybe that will appease all.

Helen, it is beyond colorful!

Robyn, I'll take it!

Arlee Bird said...

Maybe I can watch the Rio DVD with my granddaughter when it comes out.


Lee
Tossing It Out

L'Aussie said...

Just came from Queen's blog. Now, Queensland and Rio - where else are you going to visit Alex? Rio is one vibrant place for sure.

Denise<3

L'Aussie Travel A-Z Challenge Posts

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catherinemjohnson said...

Never heard of Rio but I'm guessing my kids will like it, thanks for the review.