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The Mummy Returns

Sometimes, a movie sequel can improve on the original (see Toy Story 2), but other times, it can be a little bit of a letdown.  I really, really enjoy The Mummy (okay, not so much the gruesome mummy and bug bits, but pretty much everything else) and I’ve seen it a bajillion times.  I can probably count the number of times I have seen The Mummy Returns on one hand.  This one just didn’t do it for me.  Are there funny bits? Yes.  Is there still a ton of action and craziness? Yes.  So why don’t I like it?

Well, there’s not much of a love story.  Yes, Rick and Evelyn are all sickly sweet and romantical, but I really miss the whole watching two people fall in love aspect.  Also, I don’t believe Egyptians believe in reincarnation, so that whole plot line is a bit wacky for me as well.  And did it have to be the same mummy?  Don’t get me wrong, Arnold Vosloo is terrific as Imhotep, but it would really tick me off to have to save the world from a mummy I had already killed. Props to the O’Connells for not being like me and actually saving the world for the second time.

So, the plot goes like this: Evelyn is now a respected archeologist/Egyptologist and she and Rick have an eight or nine year old son.  He’s got his mother’s brains and clumsiness, but he also has his father’s guts. Anyway, a reincarnated Anck-Su-Namun decides to raise Imhotep again so he can defeat the Scorpion King.  Alex, the little boy, gets caught up in this plot when he is kidnapped because he put on a bracelet that shows the way to the Oasis where Imhotep will have to kill the Scorpion King, which will grant him power over the king’s army.  Rick, Evelyn, and Jonathon first have to save Alex, and then the world.  Again.

I have to mention that I do love that they were able to reunite the entire cast from the first movie. That’s one of my big beefs with the third mummy movie.

Pretty Serious Mummy Mush 3

Pretty Serious has some really fun Halloween polishes, including their Monster Mash Collection.  Mummy Mush is a part of this collection, and the connection to the movie is fairly obvious.  This was a nice polish, but not really my thing.  This picture is two coats and is impressive coverage, considering it is a glitter polish.  I’m not crazy about gold, nor am I particularly fond of polishes that are pretty much just glitter.  They can be beastly to get off, and I tend to have bits of glitter all over the edges of my nails for days after. ~E

Listed from least favorite to favorite. 🙂

Pretty Serious Blue Gums on Boxing Day

(1) Pretty Serious Blue Gums on Boxing Day is a grass green with blue shimmer (2 coats)

Pretty Serious Hot Summer Nights

(2) Pretty Serious Hot Summer Nights is an extremely deep blue with blue, pink and purple shimmer (2 coats)

Coming Soon:  Seasonal Sunset, Twinkling Lights, Party by the Pool, Santa’s Sunburn

So, 2012 was really the year of action movies.  I love chick flicks, but there weren’t many worth mentioning this year (maybe Salmon Fishing in the Yemen or One For the Money, but they didn’t make it into my top ten).  Here’s my top ten list, which are in no particular order (and bear in mind that there are many movies from this year I haven’t seen yet):

The Avengers-Robert Downey Jr + Chris Evans + Joss Whedon + Mark Ruffalo + Chris Hemsworth = Total and complete awesomeness!

The Dark Knight Rises-This movie blew my mind.  Anne Hathaway was amazing.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-I love Martin Freeman.  I can’t wait for some Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Pace in the next ones.

Les Miserables-I love music and I love Hugh Jackman.  I was kind of blown away by the singing and acting in this movie.  I anticipated being disappointed, but I wasn’t.

Brave-I have been told I am Merida, but that’s mostly just for my crazy, curly red hair.

Wreck-It Ralph-I thought I would hate this movie, but it just wasn’t to be.  Loved it!

Pitch Perfect-With a little less puking and a little less sex-talk, this movie would have been just about perfect.  Like I said, I love music.

The Hunger Games-I’m so glad they downplayed the violence.  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were great.

People Like Us-I know that this wasn’t a super popular movie, but I quite enjoyed it.  Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks were completely believable as siblings.

The Life of Pi-This movie was amazing.  I don’t know if I will ever watch it again because it took such an emotional toll on me.  I mean, a girl can only cry so much.

Honorable Mentions:

John Carter

Skyfall

Mirror Mirror

Rise of the Guardians

Trouble with the Curve

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

E’s Favorite Varnishes

(These are not necessarily polishes that came out this year, just ones that were reviewed by us this year)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Dawn

Sephora + Pantone Rose Dawn (Sleeping Beauty)

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty (Beauty and the Beast)

Zoya Anthea

Zoya Anthea (Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan)

Duri Unexpected Kiss

Duri Unexpected Kiss (Flipped)

OPI Mermaid's Tears

OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Butter London Lady Muck

Butter London Lady Muck (The Princess Bride)

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out (Sydney White)

OPI Ocean Love Potion

OPI Ocean Love Potion (Ponyo)

OPI Skull and Glossbones

OPI Skull and Glossbones (Peter Pan)

OPI Out of this World

OPI Out of This World (John Carter)

K’s Favorite Varnishes

Butter London Victoriana

Butter London Victoriana (The Young Victoria)

Color Club Gift of Sparkle

Color Club Gift of Sparkle (Ramona and Beezus)

Zoya Blaze

Zoya Blaze

a-england Princess Tears

a-england Princess Tears (Tangled)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Revlon Whimsical

Revlon Whimsical (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)

Cirque Dark Horse

Cirque Dark Horse (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Hare Polish The Monster

Hare Polish The Monster (Monsters Inc.)

Barielle Falling Star

Barielle Falling Star (Stardust)

Dark Shadows

I am a pretty big Tim Burton fan. Have been for as long as I can remember. And as for Johnny Depp, well, I am in love with him. I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed by their version of Alice in Wonderland, but that is nothing compared to the hot mess that is Dark Shadows. Johnny stars as Barnabas Collins, a man who is cursed to be a vampire when he spurns the love of a witch named Angelique (Eva Green). Not only does she curse him, she also kills his fiance, Josette (Bella Heathcote), and buries him alive (or rather undead) in a coffin. Almost 200 years later, Barnabas is dug up and moves back in with the remnants of his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz and Gulliver McGrath). He revitalizes the family fishing business and attempts to woo the family governess, Victoria (also Bella Heathcote), while trying to avoid the still vengeful Angelique.

The plot lacks focus and feels like a hodge-podge of several movies. I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to laugh or be scared most of the time. There is a serious lack of character development (something that makes me crazy) and the opening scenes feel rushed and tacked on. Johnny gets a real chance to shine and makes the most of it, but it feels like most of the other actors are vastly wasted. The one exception is Eva Green’s Angelique, who probably could have filled her own movie and I wouldn’t have minded. The production design is (of course) astounding and the culture shock of 18th century Barnabas in the 1970’s is quite funny, but it feels so rushed with a lot of montages set to a soundtrack of the time period.

All in all, this one is a pass for me. I feel the need to go watch Edward Scissorhands and get the yucky taste of Dark Shadows out of my mouth.

Pretty Serious Viscous Vampire

I originally planned on painting my nails with Orly’s Buried Alive (from the Dark Shadows Collection, of course!), but then I decided to go with something a little less obvious (and because I thought of another movie where I could use Buried Alive). This is Pretty Serious’ Viscous Vampire, from this year’s Monster Mash Collection. With a vibrant, blood-red base and tons of glitter (pink and purple, as far as I can tell), this is an awesome polish. My one complaint is that it is a little bit thick and gloopy, but just a teeny-tiny bit. This picture is 2 coats and a topcoat. ~K

Today I have a comparison of Sally Hansen’s Black Tie (index), Essence’s Chic Reloaded (middle), Pretty Serious’ Gargoyle Ganache (ring) and Misa’s It’s You! (pinky), all gray bases with purple/green/gold duochrome. This picture is 2 coats of each (and pretend the blue in the picture is green…the sky was very bright).

Gargoyle is the odd man out this time, with thicker shimmer and more color visible at all times.  Chic had the best duochrome effect, but it also had a stubby, super thick brush that was hard to work with. It’s had a weaker color change effect and probably the thinnest formula, but I liked the brush. Black had a good shift and a good formula, but the green duochrome looked a little bluer to me than the others. Still, I would say that (aside from Gargoyle) these were close enough to be copycats.

I’m not sure when Sally Hansen’s Black Tie was released or what collection it is from

Ditto for Essence’s Chic Reloaded

Gargoyle Ganache is from Pretty Serious’ Monster Mash Collection (Halloween 2012)

It’s You! Is from Misa’s What I Like About You Collection (Fall 2010)

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

(6) Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun is a grass green jelly base with different sized gold (and holographic) glitter (2 coats)

Flash

Shade

(5) Pretty Serious Gargoyle Ganache is a gray/purple/green/gold duochrome with thick shimmer (2 coats)

(Note: Ignore the blue in the shade picture…that’s just a reflection of the sky…)

(4) Pretty Serious Viscous Vampire is a red jelly base with different sized red and pink/purple glitter (2 coats). For more info, check out my review of Dark Shadows.

Flash

Natural Light

Sunlight

(3) Pretty Serious Poltergeist Puddle is a purple with blue shimmer and pink duochrome flash (2 coats)

Note: The second picture is the closest I could get to color correct. I had a hard time capturing the deep violet color…The third picture shows some of the duochrome effect.

Flash

Shade

(2) Pretty Serious Mummy Mush is a pale gold/pink/blue duochrome with thick shimmer (2 coats)

(1) Pretty Serious Creature Crush is a blue-black jelly base with small silver glitter and large hexagon holographic glitter (2 coats)

I had such a hard time ranking these polishes. This collection is amazing! I love all of them. For starters, every single one is opaque in 2 coats. That is amazing! Some of the polishes were a little thick (Viscous Vampire especially) but that’s a fair trade off for such good coverage. The depth of these polishes is also amazing. There’s so much to look at here. Mummy Mush is iridescent, like fairy wings, while Liquid Leprechaun looks just like a smooshed leprechaun who was carrying a pot of gold. And a gargoyle nail polish?! I can’t say enough about my love for this Monster Mash Collection.

Available at http://www.pretty-serious.com/

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