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2013 getting reviewed – my picks

I love the end of the year. It’s a time to look back at everything we’ve done this year and say, “Oh yeah! I remember that!”

So, of course, I love “year in review” lists, which are popping up all over the Internet this time of year. There’s really a category for everything, which is nice, since I’m kind of an “all over the place” kind of person.

Here’s some of my favorites, to help you sort through the lists of lists:

Wait….does this make it a “Best of 2013 Best of” list? That’s a cool fourth wall kind of thing…

  • Buzzfeed: The 23 Most Painfully Awkward Things That Happened In 2013. A unique spin on the list that helps remember all those GIFs we laughed at throughout the year. Plus, I love awkwardness, it helps me remember that someone’s having a worse day than me.
  • CNN: The year in pictures. A very awesome set of photographs, with everything from the Oscars to serious  happenings. Very beautiful stuff.
  • TIME: The Most Suprising Photos of 2013. This is a goofball set of photos from throughout the year. It’s like a mashup of all the photos CNN was too embarrassed to put in their year in review, because they were so out there. I like that.
  • And I’m looking for a good Best Movies list. I haven’t found a favorite yet, but This one of best movie moments comes close. I just hate when these lists include so many artsy movies no one saw. Like, “The Heat” was a great movie. It should be on your list, not some weird movie about a father reconnecting with his won over a 3-hour cup of coffee. But whatever, I’ll keep you posted.


A fake legend in Williamsport – starring Nick Cage? Um, OK.

A friend of mine posted this story on Facebook, saying Nicolas Cage was signed on to do a movie about an urban legend about the largest mass disappearance in U.S. history which happened at a hotel outside of Williamsport, allegedly.

[Note: Yahoo and Variety updated the story to say Cage hasn’t officially signed on yet.]


I went to college in Williamsport. I’ve lived in the Valley for the majority of my life and I’ve never heard of this. Ever. Not once.

So I went to Google for answers. And the answer is complicated.

It appears to be a story contrived to scare up publicity for the movie with the crew that currently in Williamsport making a documentary about the hotel.

Here’s a version of the legend, from Hotel33Dissappearance.com:

Williamsport, PA: On May 10, 1953, police discovered that all 32 people that were in the Grand Hotel on opening night— including guests and staff – disappeared. They vanished without a trace; their possessions left behind. The city boarded up the hotel and swept the story under the carpet.  It became an urban legend, a myth, and residents started referring to the property as “Hotel 32.” In early 1993, the hotel was reopened and turned into a haunted tourist attraction. On April 10, 1993, three boys—Troy Belger, Rob Laden and Jacob Carr—spent the night in Hotel 32, Jacob Carr was never to be found again.  On April 12, 1993, Detective Richard Kaminsky died while interrogating the two boys regarding their missing friend.  Shortly after, the hotel mysteriously burned down and “Hotel 33” would become the center of a controversial haunted house tale for years to come.

So this is a move to conjure up some publicity for the movie and the city? Why am I so offended?

Here’s some commenters on the movie’s Facebook page saying it better than I could:

Anthony Leone: Never mind, it’s a fake. You know, faking events actually leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths. This is the age of the internet where facts can easily be searched. (Or just a few simple phone calls.) But now that I know that it’s a faked and people are being lied to, I really don’t want to see the movie now. Had Hotel 33 just came right out and been truthful that they are making a new movie and the events aren’t real, then I would have seen it.
Michael Blackwell:  I’m all for a good ghost story Melissa, but not this crap they are trying to push. If you want to use our town for a ghost story, than at least use something like Allison’s Grave that has a history. Don’t make up a history and try and tell everyone it happened.
Theresa Brundage: Dear people of Williamsport, We’re filming a horror movie in your city and we hope you like it. It’ll be a great economic boost for the area and we think it’s good story. We won’t insult your intelligence by shoving a flimsy charade down your throats and insist it’s all fact. – Hugs, Hotel 33 (There I fixed it for ya).

My Weekend: Movie villian in Star Trek Into Darkness?

star_trek_into_darkness_1Like so many Americans, I spent a part of my weekend at the movie theater. My fiance and I took in the latest in the massive Star Trek franchise, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”


OK, so I’m not a huge Star Trek fan. I essentially went into the movie blind, having never seen another Star Trek piece. Mike assured me that would be OK.

And for the most part it was. The movie plot was pretty much able to stand on its own, only with a couple references that had to be explained, though I was told if I had watched the first one, I would understand completely.

HOWEVER, the movie villain, in my humble opinion, well, wasn’t much of a villain.

CNN.com says Khans up there with Hannibal Lector, Lord Voldermort and Regina George.

Um…..did I miss a part of the movie?

I mean, Khan was out to kill people in Starfleet. No doubt about that. But at the same time, he did some good too, showing the characters what they couldn’t see themselves.

He essentially saved them from certain death – TWICE –  before, well, trying to kill them. But really, only because they didn’t use the resources they had in front of them.

Does that make him a bad guy? Yes.

A fearsome, loathesome villain? Maybe?

I don’t know. But apparently, Khan is one of the greatest Star Trek villains of all time. I just don’t buy that his new franchise reincarnation is all that terrible.

And I know Trekkies will love the movie while I look forward to The Hangover Part III.

What movie did you see this weekend? How was it?