Bests of 2015. Dicey’s Year in Review.

Well, we’re at the end of another busy and exciting year. Just so happens I didn’t make President Barack Obama or 12030301_10207987293382989_4000045188758674967_oFirst Lady Michelle Obama’s Best Author of the Year list. None of my books made their Best Book of 2015 list either. Matter of fact, they don’t even know I’m alive…but it gives me something to work towards in 2016. #SilverLining It also makes me reflect back on my bests of 2015. What did I love most about this year? Get ready for my year in review.

Go here for the POTUS and FLOTUS’s Favorite Things of 2015 list. Keep reading for mine.

Favorite Movie. ALWAYS a tough one for me. If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely love movies. I would watch them all day and night, if I could. I will watch the same one back-to-back. I will watch one I hate all the way through just because there’s “something” to like about it. I watch comedy, horror, action, romance, indie, Blockbusters, old, new, black-n-white, subtitled, foreign… It doesn’t matter. So, as usual, I watched quite a few of them this year.

Some of my favorites were Mad Max: Fury Road (might as well add anything with Tom Hardy to my favorite list), Creed (gosh damn, Michael B. Jordan is fine, and he put his heart and soul into this), South Paw (whew…Jake Gyllenhaal did that…and you might be noticing a trend by now), Avengers: Age of Ultron (what do you think I liked about it? Everything), Inside Out (ha! I’m losing cool points now, but this movie is deep), Hotel Transylvania 2 (well, I loved the first one, and it’s about vampires and monsters, so duh), Goosebumps (say what you will–that movie was great!), Straight Outta Compton (’cause I need some street cred now), Magic Mike XXL (yeah, I said it! WHAT! I mean THIS happened), and The Road Within (a funny ass indie movie y’all need to freaking watch!).

This is faaarrrrrr from listing all of the movies I watched in 2015. These are the ones that left me feeling WOW!!! at the end. These are the ones that I would watch again and again. And this is just from my New Release list. Oh–and the year’s not over. By the end of December, I will have my butt in a theater seat for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Crap! I forgot about Run All Night. I saw it so early in the year when I was kind of crushing on Joel Kinnaman (from The Killing and Robocop) so… Wait. Selma was damn good too. I saw that sometime around January. Geez…how do I choose ONE favorite?

Which oMad Maxf these entertained me all the way through, left me feeling great afterwards, and I’ve watched it more than once already? I’ve seen Magic Mike, Mad Max, and The Road Within three times each. Has to be one of these.

You know what? I’m going to go with the first movie that popped into my head when I sat down to do this list. When I heard this movie was coming out, I got excited immediately–and that was in 2010. Not only was I a big fan of Mel Gibson’s version, but when I saw who was cast as Max in the 2015 version–SOLD. I waited and waited for 5 years, stealing glimpses of promotional posters and leaked vids here and there. Even with all the build-up and anticipation, it did not disappoint. It was an insane, high-octane, action-packed ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is my favorite movie of 2015.

Favorite Book. This one’s easier, because I didn’t read for entertainment this year as much as I have in previous years. Not sure what happened, but suddenly I found myself enjoying…*gasp*…NONfiction. So I read autobiographies and memoirs of successful people I respect and admire. I figured I could learn something from them, and I did.

12308921_10208283780754988_1409927075_nThe one I enjoyed the most was Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, the writer/creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy other books. I just really connected with where she was in her life when she wrote it, and where I need to be mentally in order to be closer to where she is now. Does that make sense? I read it over my Thanksgiving break, and it was just what I needed when I needed it: motivational, inspirational, and food for my soul.

A noteable mention is The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson (with Neil Strauss). If you read my books, you’ll probably guess that I’m a huge Marilyn Manson fan. We have more in common than you’d think. I’ve sort of been undercover with this obsession until recently. But I am enamored with the man, the artist, the performer, th11990577_990175531004724_4084347531625430331_ne writer, the actor, the philosopher, the musician, the singer…

Which brings me to…

Favorite Song. It’s off Marilyn Manson’s 2015 album, The Pale Emperor. It’s got the right amount of darkness, rhythm, passion, sexiness, and ambiguity. Deep Six, ladies and gentlemen, is my #1 of the year. I jammed to it like a mad woman while in the mosh pit at The End Times Tour concert in July. It was my first MM concert, my first mosh pit experience, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Going to The End Times Tour concert, in case it’s not obvious by now, was one of my favorite things in 2015. *Pictured above: Hubby and I after the concert.*

Other songs that I loved this year: The Weekend (Can’t Feel My Face, Earned It), Pentatonix (ALL of their songs, covers and originals), Demi Lovato (Confident, Cool For the Summer), Nick Jonas (Chains, Levels, Jealous), Selena Gomez (Good For You, Same Old Love), Joe Thomas singing Adele’s Hello… *deep breath* I could go on. I’d embarrass myself even more by throwing some Justin Bieber in there (Sorry and Where Are You Now are hot. What are you talkin’ ’bout?). My music tastes are all over the place. I vibe to what I like, and that’s that.

Just for the record, this is why I haven’t been writing daily on my blog within the past year. I’m just too long-winded. This was supposed to be a short 1-2-3 post and then I was supposed to go to bed. Instead, it’s 2:15 AM. I have to be up at 6:00 AM. And…I have to list about 500 tags from all the name-dropping I did in this very informative post.

I’ll have to schedule this post to go live in a few hours and do a Part II later. I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my bests of 2015.

Good night. 😉

 

#FiftyShades v. #Addicted Trailers

Two highly anticipated erotic books are coming to the big screen. Yay! Since I write in the genre somewhat, I have an interest in watching how well they do. Let’s take a look at the trailers, shall we?

This is the Addicted trailer, based on the novel by Zane.

This is the link, in case the video doesn’t show up for you.

And this is the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, based on the book trilogy by E.L. James.

This is the link, in case the video doesn’t show up for you.

Okay. Let me be honest. I have watched the Addicted trailer more times than I can count. No, it is not affiliated with Tyler Perry! In fact, the book was out loooong before his Temptation movie, or Unfaithful (which I loved), or even the Fifty Shades books. In my humble opinion, it has PERFECT casting: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Tasha Smith, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, and Tyson Beckford. Wow–hot, hot, hot. It also has a great song track: “Win” by Jarell Perry. Throw in a thriller about a married mother with a sex addiction, and I’ll be there early on Oct. 10th!

Contrastly, Fifty Shades of Grey features Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. I’m just meh about that. Jamie’s good eye candy, but I would have been more excited if fans had gotten who they most wanted like Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder (my pick). I don’t have much to say about Dakota. She wouldn’t factor into my radar anyway, since I’d be completely focused on the G-man. The song track gives us an exclusive version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. Nice. Before the trailer ends, we get a look at Grey’s red room, but other than that, I found it boring. Sadly. Don’t get me wrong, I intend to see it when it comes out on Valentine’s Day 2015. I’m just not as excited about it as I am about seeing Addicted.

Based on the trailers alone, Addicted looks more appealing to me. Regarding their respective books, it just so happens, I enjoyed reading Addicted very much back in the early 2000s and intend to read it again before the movie’s release.

addicted by zane

I read only book 1 of Fifty Shades, and didn’t enjoy it as much. I’ve been encouraged by many fans to read book 2, as it was deemed much better. Maybe I will one day, since I already own it.

50 shades of grey

 

It will be interesting to see how these movies fare at the box office. We really don’t have to pick one over the other. We can go see and support them both…and hopefully, get more of our erotic favorites on the big screen.

[THEATER THURSDAY] 12 movies of the week.

My viewing and recommendation list for this week. *All 12 are spoiler-free.*

Maleficent–4 stars. Great effects. Angelina looked like she’d been born for the role. As with Frozen, I liked the twist on the old Disney love at first sight bs. It was also good to get the “villain’s” side of an iconic story. PG rating, but note it might be frightening and violent (a few non-bloody fight scenes) for younger viewers. Biggest con for me was Maleficent being so powerful…until the plot needed her to not be. She could do this and that, but when it was convenient for the script, suddenly, she had limitations and vulnerabilities. I didn’t get an explanation for that. Still, worth a watch. Maybe even for the whole family.

X-Men: Days of Future Past–4.5 stars. Michael Fassbender channeled Magneto well. I would have thought he was Eric Lensherr (older Magneto) if I didn’t know better. Magneto and Mystique are hands down my faves. Here, Wolverine went back in time to save the mutants. I usually find time travel confusing, so I’ll be spending some time on IMDB to fill in the gaps of my understanding on how the events in this movie affect the past and future of the franchise. This movie is really a big turning point. A great one.

That Awkward Moment–3.5 stars. Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan did a good job with this predictably silly movie about a pact between bros to remain…hoes. It’s a romcom, I suppose, not to be taken too seriously. I’m not sure if it was the script or directing, but something about it just didn’t grab me as it should have with this cast and synopsis. Nope. Not even a shirtless Zac or Michael made me feel more for it.

GoT–I know it’s not a movie, but with a production like this, who cares? Um…that last episode (season 4 episode 8)–I can’t stop talking or thinking about it. You need to watch Game of Thrones, if you aren’t already. That’s all I’m saying.

Angels of Sex (El sexo de los ángeles)–5 stars. I loved it. It’s streaming on Netflix (subtitled), so check it out IF<–Big IF–you can handle MMF scenes. I’ve gotten close to some of you fans over the past few years, so I know I have some followers who would enjoy it. I’m just warning the rest of you: This is NOT for everyone! There is a love triangle. There are explicit scenes. I’ve said enough.

White Frog–3 stars. The main character has Asperger’s Syndrome. That drew me to the story. Tyler Posey is in the cast. That may have had something to do with it too. :/ Ultimately, it’s about grief and acceptance. I was cool with all that. My problem was the After School Special vibe that crept in towards the end. Almost ruined it for me. Also streaming on Netflix.

Kaboom–another 3-star movie for me. WTF happened within the last 10 minutes of this movie, man? I loved the fluid sexuality of the main character. I liked his friends. It would have been great as just another college debauchery film. Introduction of the apocalyptic plot was just way out there…and not in a good way. Maybe if the ending had slown down so it could sink in, it would have worked. I don’t know. I’ll have to chalk this up to it being directed by Gregg Araki. He’s one of those off-the-grid directors, and that normally works for me. I enjoyed: Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation, and Splendor. 4-star efforts for me. I liked this one about as much as his movie Totally F***ked Up though. Kaboom is streaming on Netflix, if you’re curious.

Stranger By The Lake (L’inconnu du lac)–4 stars. Streaming on Netflix. Subtitled. It is a gay hardcore film. If explicit sex scenes bother you–don’t even think about watching this one. It’s not porn, but you will mistake it as such. If you don’t like seeing full frontal male nudity or men getting it on–avoid it. There is not one woman in the whole film. It’s about a guy who cruises the beach for fun in the sun and falls for a guy he shouldn’t. It moves slowly, which I didn’t mind. The ending was another WTF moment though. Seriously. W.T.F.

Pompeii–3.5 stars. I won’t lie–I watched this because Kit Harington plays the lead, and he’s hot. That’s it. I usually like these period pieces, but I could tell from the preview, it wouldn’t offer much else. Well, I was sort of wrong. It also had Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who I’ve loved since Oz (1997). And other viewers may appreciate seeing Keifer Sutherland. Beyond seeing them on the big screen, this movie didn’t have much going for it, especially in originality. This is really Gladiator meets Volcano meets The Titanic…meets Game of Thrones. If you know the history of Pompeii, then you will be more prepared for the ending than I was. Just made the whole movie seem pointless. Kit played the character the same way he does Jon Snow on Game of Thrones so…I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad. Overall, not a bad way to spend 105 minutes. Just not great.

Demons Never Die–3.5 stars. Um…so I’ve been crushing on Irish actor, Robert Sheehan, for a while now, ever since I became obsessed with the show Misfits (BBC). I watched this movie because I watch all of his movies, dammit. It was an added bonus to see Jacob Anderson play Sachin, since I’ve grown very fond of him on Game of Thrones as Grey Worm. Additionally, Idris Elba produced this movie. What? Yep. I saw him in the credits, then confirmed it on IMDB. The kids in the movie have a suicide pact until they realize they have something to live for. Of course, that’s when someone starts killing them off. Those expecting this to be a horror film will be gravely disappointed, as I’ve surmised from other reviews. Yes, it is a slasher/whodunnit movie, but if you go into it looking more at the characters, their relationships, and the underlying message of unity and love, it will be more enjoyable. Just forget that sh*t that happens at the end when they reveal the killer. That was just out of left field and will ruin it for you. Or you could just ogle Robert Sheehan as I did.

DAMN. I watched a lot of movies this week.

YPF–4 stars. It stands for Young People F***ing. And that’s just what it is. It’s about several couples over the course of an evening. Their interactions are broken up into the following phases: Introduction, Prelude, Foreplay, Sex, Interlude, Orgasm, and Afterglow. Not much more to say about it other than it’s a raunchy, predictable comedy.

Lastly…

Ten Inch Hero–4 stars. It got corny towards the end, but I thought it was cute and funny throughout. Ok, ok. I watched it because Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) is in it. You got me. It’s still pretty good though. Likeable characters with some surprises along the way.

On another note–WOW. I have never had so many things to tag in one blog post.

Divergent Movie Review.

DivergentI went to see Theo James…I mean, Divergent, this weekend, and oh, what a man movie. I imediately told my friends to go see it.

There were action scenes done so well, I felt an adrenaline rush just by sitting in the theater. There’s something for everyone: slow-building romance, good fight sequences, intelligible plot, good acting, eye candy.

I watch a LOT of movies, and I truly believe this is the best one I’ve seen so far this year. That’s saying something, considering this was PG-13. By that, I mean there weren’t any of the usuals I tend to enjoy most about movies. No graphic violence or excessive blood spillage. No hardcore language, particularly those I like to hear in high-octane situations. And no explicit sex scenes…in fact, there were no sex scenes. That’s kind of a shame, since Theo (Four) looked so tasty, but I digress. My point is, despite the tame nature of the film, and given my natural inclination to the less than tame, Divergent held its own. Without a doubt.

The setting is a dystopian version of Chicago where young adults must choose a faction of society to function within for the remainder of their lives. If I had to sum up the theme of the movie in one word, I’d say it’s about choices. Choices, choices, choices. Having the right to choose. The right to just be. And if someone finds him or herself divergent, how far should they go to fit in? Is it better for him or her to be themselves or to be what others want them to be? To be or not to be, that is the question.

What does one do if he or she fits in nowhere? Do they hide it? Embrace it? Fight it? Deny it? Being divergent is not always a bad thing. As seen in the movie, it can serve outcasts well, in the sense that they can also fit in everywhere. The main character, Tris (Shailene Woodley), showed that being divergent could be a strength. An individual strength, that is. For the community overall, it may be a nuisance. Divergents may be seen as threats, because it’s difficult to control them.

It’s really not just about divergents then, is it? What do people who have to live with these outcasts do? Is extermination the lesser of evils? Is it the more logical and merciful option, especially when tasked with looking out for the majority rather than saving a few that don’t fit in? But who gets to make that choice?

So divergents are forced to choose. Just like in real life, people tend to force those who are not easily categorized into a box. Divergents are deterred from independent thinking and mannerisms. Assimilation, conformity, mainstreaming–these are all ideas that are forced on others in communities and collective societies. Whether it be out of safety precautions, fear, hate, ignorance, or love, attempting to control divergents still seems to be the default instinct upon discovering them. Exterminating whoever the majority don’t understand or refuse to relate to and can’t control, seems to always be the next step, particularly when one’s justification feels sound. In real life, “extermination” may take different forms.

Unlike The Hunger Games, a movie this one is constantly compared to, I felt personally connected to the theme in Divergent. I, too, fit in nowhere and everywhere at once. Both movies may be about survival, but only Divergent made me think outside the visuals of the movie. Anything that makes me think about how I relate to the world, especially in a “What would I have done?” scenario, is always a winner to me. I couldn’t help but wonder, “What choice would I have made?”

For the record, I feel Divergent is far superior to Hunger Games. I didn’t even bother watching the HG sequel, but I can’t wait for the sequel to Divergent.

I came away from the movie feeling that it’s up to each individual to decide which path they will choose. Individuals can even decide whether they must be limited to choosing only one path. It does not have to be one way or else. And they shouldn’t let someone else make them believe the choice is not ultimately theirs.

In closing, I’d like to say that I have not read the book this movie is based on. I surely hope book readers will love the movie as much as I did, so that they do not delay production of the sequel, as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones fans did. I liked that movie, by the way, though not as much as Divergent.

I get really irritated when book readers complain about a movie being different. Of course, it is. Movies will always be different from their book counterparts because they are two different mediums. It’s your love for the book that made it into a movie. Don’t ruin it by deciding you’re going to be discontent if the film script strays from the source material. Watch and enjoy the movie, please. Thank you.

Review of 300: Rise of an Empire.

300_Rise_of_an_EmpireSince 300 is one of my favorite movies, I wasted no time going to see 300: Rise of an Empire 3D. I highly recommend it for those who loved the first one and Starz’s Spartacus, though I don’t think this movie was better than either of those. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it serves more as a good filler for the void our other favorites left us. It’s more of all the blood splatter, slo-mo violence, ripped shirtless men, and fiesty no-nonsense women we’ve come to enjoy. Yes, there is also nudity and a sex scene to raise your eyebrows. In case you’re unfamiliar with its predecessor, be forewarned: This is NOT for the squeamish.

The timeline runs alongside the occurences in 300 and continues beyond. We also get Xerxes’s backstory, battles that take place at sea as well as land, and a history lesson of how the death of 300 Spartans helped to unify all of Greece against the Persians. Although it’s easier to root for Greece in this one, I don’t think there are any real villains and heroes here. These are barbaric times when everyone is loyal to their home or seeking revenge. Everyone is brave and willing to risk everything for what they believe in, which is mainly freedom and power. And in the end, the side with the most people left alive after so many sword-weilded deaths are winners.

My only problem–I didn’t connect to the leader, Themistocles, as well as I did Leonidas. And for that matter, I didn’t feel as strongly about his army as I did the fearless 300 who went to their glorious deaths mocking Xerxes. 300 pulled on my emotions. Rise of an Empire did not. Of course, that may be a good thing for other viewers.

It was good to see Jack O’Connell (Cook on 2nd gen of UK Skins) in the cast. Also good to see Eva Green (The Dreamers, Casino Royale, Camelot) in her deliciously dark and wicked role, opposite Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, The Mortal Instruments, Gossip).

I WILL be adding this movie to my collection.

17 Reasons Women Love Riddick.

Richard_B_RiddickI am a Sci-Fi/Fantasy chick. So it’s no big surprise that I went to see the movie Riddick today, matinee style. It was excellent. 5 stars. I had to take a break from writing my own Alpha male story to see this one on the big screen. I figured it would give me some inspiration. I was right.

There’s no secret to why guys like Riddick. He’s a macho man’s man. Fearless and mighty in battle. Grrrrr.

Whatever.

Since women are 90% of my readers, I thought it was important to refresh myself on what we love in a good Hero. Or in Riddick’s case, maybe Anti-hero. In developing my main character, Punch, and telling his story from his POV, I made a few mental notes while watching the movie. I’m hoping that paying extra attention to what we love about Riddick will help me stay on track with what my readers will love about Punch.

Here goes…

*whispers* Yes, this is a list of what I like, but I’m transferring it to all women. Just play along. It’s my blog.

17 Reasons Women Love Riddick:

1. Vin Diesel plays him in the movies. What woman doesn’t find him attractive in an animalistic sort of way? Symmetrical facial features, nice body build, oozes sex appeal… Look it up. Those are the ingredients for stirring up a woman’s lust meter.

2. He respects and protects women and children and takes care of animals. Beware the man who strikes a woman, sacrifices a child to protect himself, or injures Riddick’s pet. *shudders*

NOTE: This is not intended to be anti-feministic. You’re a proud, strong woman who can take care of herself. Yeah. I know. It’s still nice to know you don’t have to all the time. That there’s someone who will have your back when you need it the most. Riddick wouldn’t let you down.

3. He’s a man of his word. If he says he’s going to kill you within the first five seconds of his chains being released–believe him. Run!!!

4. That damn voice. Lord have mercy. Lust meter rises again. Give him a microphone and just let him talk.

5. Those arms. He works ’em out. That’s evident. He uses them to destroy things and look pretty impressive doing it.

6. He’s a killer with an honor code. His kills are never random. They are justified. He doesn’t kill innocent people. He kills those who try to kill him. Most of us just wish we could get revenge when severely hurt by others. Riddick actually makes that happen.

7. He’s smart. I’m not just saying that because he’s hot. Look at how he outsmarts his enemies. He always stays one step ahead of them. Look at how he watches the planet elements and prepares instinctively for danger that no one else realizes until it’s too late.

8. He never gives up. We see strength and resilience in every tough situation he’s placed in. Even when he’s surrounded by the scariest monsters ever (human and alien), he continues to fight for survival. There is always a way out of an obstacle until there isn’t one.

9. Those eyes. Everyone needs shiners like that.

10. He looks good dirty and wearing all black…with dark shades and knives. Hell, he just looks good. He could wear a trash bag and still be hot. He’s dressed for comfort and utility, looks menacing and intimidating, AND still looks like sex on a stick. Not many could pull that off. See #1, #5, and #9.

11. He has a sense of humor. Anyone who can laugh while being chained up and beaten is not necessarily someone ready to host Saturday Night Live BUT it does indicate he’s more likely to see humor in the most dire situations. Who wants to be around someone serious all the time? Not me. Sure, he may use that humor to catch you off guard and further his agenda. And you definitely don’t want to be the punchline of his joke. But at least if you tell him you intend to put his head in a box, and he ironically puts yours in it first–you could die knowing the audience got a good laugh at your expense.

12. He’s calm in the face of danger. How many times would you pee on yourself if you were faced with those ugly aliens and money-hungry mercs? I’d do a little more than that on myself, I’m sure. Yet, Riddick is calm. Cool. Collected. Smooth. While the aliens are busy trying to eat him and the mercs are busy trying to collect on his head, he’s plotting. He’s figuring out how many different ways there are to kill them one by one. He stares the aliens and humans down with those shiny eyes. Dares them to eff with him. When they are stupid enough to try this Furyan, he sets them straight. He reminds the humans he gave them an out that they were too naive to take. He shows the aliens he had just been minding his own business, but they’d forced the animal in him to come out and wreck havoc on an otherwise nice, calm night. Now, would you want a man that freaks out during an enemy attack or one that comes up with an escape plan? Yeah. I thought so.

13. He’s courageous. He does not back down. He is not afraid of anything. He waits for the best time to strike then uses his brain and brawn to defeat anyone or anything in his way. When faced with a challenge, he tackles it head-on with his muscles, his will power, and his desire to survive.

14. He withstands pain and uses it to make himself stronger. He may get bruised, but he’s never broken. That same courage from #13 may get him in some painful situations. Riddick embraces that. He doesn’t allow pain to be a deterrence. He adapts to pain, realizing that experiencing it is better than being dead. Inoculations may be painful, but they aid in the prevention and spread of communicable diseases. The boost it gives our immune system is worth more to us in the long term than those short term pains. Riddick gets this. Another way of saying this–he ain’t no motherf*cking punk.

15. He kills creatively, which is entertaining to watch. It may not be the most ladylike thing to say, but you know it’s true. You get a rush when he does something really barbaric. If he started giving his enemies sleeping pills and watching them quietly slip into the afterlife, you wouldn’t find him as fun to watch, now would you? Lucky for us, he doesn’t do that. He surprises his targets. He doesn’t need ammo and guns. He likes to get up close and personal with blades. He takes them out with murderous skill and no precision. A slice that runs from his enemy’s left eyebrow to their right nipple is fine as long as it gets the job done. He’s silent, sneaky. I wonder how in the world he keeps sneaking up on all those folks and going unnoticed, but whatever. It is more entertaining that way. They don’t know which way he’s coming from and neither do we.

16. He’s really a good guy underneath all the hard outer shell instead of the villain people make him out to be, but he needs the outer shell for protection…of those who dare take his good side as a weakness.

17. He’s nostalgic about home: Furya. He wants to be back there. He misses his planet. Every woman loves a man who ventures out into the world but realizes there’s no place like home. We know he will always find his way back. Awwww.

I can only cross my fingers and hope my werewolf, Punch, is as interesting as Riddick.

***BONUS*** Why Women Love The Movie Riddick: If you enjoyed Pitch Black, you will enjoy this one. Audiences are taken back to when whatever’s in the dark is scarier than a human with a big gun and a chip on his shoulder. We’re talking nasty aliens. That part is exciting, but this is really for Riddick lovers. We get to see lots of him. Doing scary stuff. Saying scary stuff. And doing it in the most sexy way. Umph!

My list above may focus on heterosexual women, but I propose it is not limited by sexual orientation or gender. It was not my intention to exclude anyone, but to narrow my list down to a particular audience for time’s sake. If you’re watching this movie, you’ve probably already seen and enjoyed Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. You’re already a fan of the Furyan, Richard B. Riddick, and you can identify with these beloved characteristics that keep you coming back to the theater to see him.

A Word About MAGIC MIKE.

With a husband and two young kids at home, I don’t get out much for fun. When I do, it involves the park or kiddie birthday parties. And as you probably know, when a bunch of screaming kids are involved, there’s not much fun to be had. Therefore, when I first found out Magic Mike was coming out, I immediately started planning an outing with my girls. Why? Because whenever I get a rare moment to spend away from dirty diapers and Dora the Explorer, I take it. Which usually means I have to plan it in advance. So last night, six of us fly girls went together, because yes, going to see a movie about male strippers makes the perfect Girls’ Night Out. Without further ado, I feel it’s my civic duty to report my findings.

First off, Magic Mike is only for the grown and sexy. Definitely drool-inspiring. Lots of skin. Highly suggestive sexual situations. Do not go to see this and then complain about all the nudity. It’s about STRIPPERS.

There are great dance scenes, especially with Channing Tatum. The plot was lacking, but I don’t think anyone was particularly concerned with that. When the previews first showed, people started dogging the female lead, Cody Horn. I wanted to reserve judgment until after watching the movie…and I can now safely say, she was the weakest link. I really wish they would have cast someone else for her role.

The movie’s classified as a comedy, but I didn’t find much of it funny (though I smiled an awful lot). It fails as a serious movie, so I guess the comedy label is as close as one can get. I recommend it only if you want to see Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Adam Rodriguez (yes, that guy from CSI Miami), and Matthew McConaughey look their sexiest. If you like to see boobs, there’s plenty of that too. No good sex scenes though. If you don’t go into it expecting an Academy Award-nominating film or anything that requires a lot of thought, you may enjoy it. It’s purely entertainment…from a carnal eye candy perspective. But you already knew that.

I give it 3.5 dice, which I round up to 4 out of 5 dice. Yes, there are indie films that show the same thing and more ten times over, but this is the first of its kind on the big screen. For that alone, it gets major props from Dicey for the daring concept.

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1. The movie has been criticized for not having any black men in it. My thoughts on that are, after reading a few articles about the original performers that the movie is loosely based on, I noticed that none of them were black. So–oh, well. The men in the movie are gorgeous and that’s enough for me. Perhaps there will be a black male stripper remake. I’ll go see that one too.

2. It’s also been criticized by some in the gay and bisexual communities for not portraying any strippers who are openly gay or bisexual. Sure, there are insinuations, but nothing conclusive. I’m no stranger to the male or female strip club scene, so I agree with those that say male strip clubs have plenty of gay and bisexual males. My thoughts on it not being represented in Magic Mike are that maybe the men Channing hung around during his short tenure (four months) really weren’t openly gay or bisexual.

Or maybe they were too afraid of alienating the female audience by showing any of the main guys in that way. If this is the case, I think they did the movie a disservice. Some women may not like to see that, but I’ve noticed quite a few women would have LOVED to have seen it. Just check out the reaction to women in your theater when they cut away from Alex Pettyfer as Adam and Matt Bomer as Ken saying how they loved each other. Ken’s married and has no problem sharing his wife with Adam. The foursome that happens next is only hinted at and women everywhere gasped at the shift to another scene. I, for one, was also disappointed. That being said, I can understand that lots of people aren’t ready for that. The theme of Magic Mike may be enough this go ’round. I’d be down for a remake with openly gay and bisexual men though. Just saying.

To those that say there was NO homoeroticism, I have to disagree. Dallas, the club owner played by McConaughey, gave Adam the “Kid”, played by Pettyfer, some serious dance tips that involved skin to skin hip gyration. Um…that was homoerotic if I’ve ever seen it. There were other scenes that probably played more closely to homo action only in my head. Unfortunately.

3. I find it interesting that so many folks are shocked that Channing Tatum can actually dance. Hello–watch Step Up (2006), people. He reportedly did all the dance stunts himself, which should be no surprise after you see him in Step Up. My favorite dance in Magic Mike was when he moved to Pony by Ginuwine. Un un un. I’m sure it’ll be on Youtube soon. The opening dance wasn’t bad either. Lawd have mercy.

4. The movie just ends, so if you hate abrupt endings, you will be pissed. Just as Magic Mike, played by Channing Tatum, decides to leave the industry and pursue romance, the movie’s over. One kiss, then done. I didn’t have a problem with that because I really didn’t buy his interest in her anyway. I’m not usually so hard on actors/actresses, but really. I did NOT like her in this role. Because I found it hard to believe he was so into her, I was okay with it ending with a will they be together?/will they not? He was done stripping, so as far as I was concerned the movie was over anyway. We all know what happened to Tatum after that. He went into acting, married his Step Up co-star, got some really good roles, and became one of the hottest actors onscreen, if five movies in 2012 is any indication of his success.

5. Lastly, Joe Manganiello plays Big Dick Richie. While I’m sure he’s probably well-endowed, they did not show him full frontal as hinted at for so many months. There was a scene with him using a penis pump and another with him behind a silhouette screen that supposedly shows him fully nekkid. I don’t think anyone’s fooled into thinking he’s showing anything other than a movie prop and/or prosthetic. Depending on how you look at it, that may be a bummer…or a blessing.

Edited on 7/26/12 to add the Youtube video for Tatum performing to Pony: