Saturday, May 6, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2

Guardians of the Galaxy part 2 is bigger better and funnier than the first one (which is saying a lot because I adored the first one.)


Baby Groot is so cute, ok yes it rhymes. I had to say that first before getting in depth with this review. All of the characters were expanded upon in this movie, giving us a much wanted glimpse into who they were and where they came from. It was totally well played into the movie and woven into the fibers of the storyline with mastery only the Marvel company can muster.

Even the opening sequence featured a fairy logo that was uber cool right before the movie began. That set the tone for awesomeness to ensue, and from start to finish the effects, world building, creature creation, and action sequences were  spectacular. I especially liked the makeup they did for Nina Dobrev.

Many of you know Nina from playing Elena in Vampire Diaries, this is an all new BADASS Nina that is far and away from the girl she played in Vampire Diaries and this role suits her well. Not only does it suit her well she plays it with such a sarcastic elegance that you want to see more of.

Everyone gets a hero moment in their own way and I love that about the Marvel films, they are very good about giving these awesome characters their due along with pieces of their stories.

I could go on and on about this movie, but I don't want to spoil it for you. I can tell you GO SEE THIS MOVIE NOW! You'll be glad you did!







A Dog's Purpose....very moving and very beautiful


I just finished A Dog's Purpose. If you have a dog or any kind of pet this movie will move you to tears guaranteed. Every animal has a purpose, and a soul. They have a heart and they can love. The story of one dog and his many lives (well sometimes he's a she and he's not sure what to think of that)  is heroic, touching, amazing, and beautiful. There were a great many issues with this movie however at the heart of it all they have given us a story for all ages that can be enjoyed alone or as a family. 
**spoiler alert here*** I liked that they featured a police dog as one of the lives the dog lives. So many people do not truly understand how hard their jobs are or how heroic these creatures truly are, or how truly special they are and loved both on and off patrol.  (ok down off the soapbox) 

The writing and the characters in this movie were so well played and well written with incredible depth. All of them have different spirits, some loving, some....well not so much. It also brings to light animal neglect and abuse as a part of the movie. All in all it carried a great message and  I truly loved this film and I will definitely be reading the book.

I think there will be many dogs named Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey in the coming years *grins*

Friday, February 3, 2017

Passengers....a piece of cinematic genius

First of all, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence together in a movie makes it a definite must see just because of these 2 brilliant performers. How can you not? 
The movie Passengers is about a spaceship taking people to a new colony because the Earth is overpopulated and far too expensive to live on. Chris Pratt wakes up out of an induced state of hibernation to a huge, empty, spaceship and he is alone. As the story goes on you see this character devolve into a totally different almost feral human being. His only friend is Arthur, a bartending android. 
Enter Jennifer Lawrence, who is Chris Pratt's dream girl. These two performers did such an amazing job with coping to life in space and waking up too soon to ever be able to get where they were going. I loved the winding, beautiful, and well written story line of this movie. Watching the two character's relationships build and become closer really warmed my heart. The humor between the two characters and of course their relationship with the android really added to the plot. Jennifer and Chris' comedic timing was spot on and really is one of the reasons I loved this movie so much. 
The effects in this movie are incredible. What they did with the water in the pool scene was amazing and so interesting to watch. It was a stroke of genius doing what they did, (I can't spoil it). 
This film is a brilliant piece of Sci Fy, and high on my list of favorite movies. With the amazing cast, crew, writers, effects people, and world builders it's a total A+. 


Rings a must see!


My daughter and I went to see Rings and to say we're impressed would be an understatement. I was expecting to be disappointed as  I was for Blair Witch and The Gallows. I was so happy that this wasn't the case.
The movie itself stuck to the plot line of The Ring and Ring Two. I liked especially that the movie was true to the story back in 2002, but was still new enough to feed the curiosity of new Ring fans.
Samara is back and badder than before with a whole new group of folks to terrorize. The movie delves into Samara's history and parentage which really gives it a whole new twisted story line to be explored.
I loved the movie from the very beginning, I must say though that I am a huge Ring fan and I love the premise of the movie. I'm very glad they brought it back.
One of the things about the horror in the movie that I really liked was that it was not slasher horror. The movie had me thinking the whole time. There were several parts where I remembered that I'd seen something in the movie that is shown to the people before they are marked for death by Samara. Horror doesn't have to have someone stabbing someone or cutting them up with a chainsaw (although they are fun to watch.) Psychological horror has it's own beautiful niche for this film to fit in.
Great writing, great direction, great cast, great effects, this movie has it all. The physicality of Samara was incredible I wish I could get my body to bend that way.
If you weren't a Ringophile before you will be after watching Rings. I'm hoping for more installments of this awesome piece of cinematic eye candy.I truly enjoyed this movie and I will be adding it to my private library when it comes out for sale.






Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hidden figures....a Hidden Gem


Hidden Figures is a hidden gem in 2017's movie lineup 

I just got home from watching Hidden Figures. This film is a beautiful commentary on how diverse our space program truly was. I loved seeing that men and women were working side by side on that project. Back then women were not as respected as they are today, what I mean is they were expected to be wives and mothers and the man would be the "breadwinner." 
That's until you meet the three brilliant women of color who worked on the space capsule program at NASA. Those three amazing, incredibly intelligent, and inspiring women really made their mark on history working as "computers" for NASA. I'd been itching to see this movie since I'd seen the preview. I love movies set in that time because I look at it as a commentary on how one minded this world can truly, and how far we've come since then. 
These three hardworking women really made the white men and women on the program see their equality and even at times surpassed them with their incredible knowledge of mathematics equations. I give them a lot of credit, I can't do higher math it makes my brain blurt out expletives. Seeing these women write out the equations AND figure them out was so incredible, knowing that these were real women that did just that. 
I loved this movie, the sass the women had and the balance between home, work, friends, and romance really lightened the topic and the acting and writing on this movie was amazing. I highly recommend it and give it 5+ stars Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae are a dynamic trio of women that really bring the story to life through their portrayals of the characters. This will be added to my collection when it comes to video.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jem and The Holograms



Ok, so if you're like any 80's kid you watched Jem on Saturday morning with your cocoa puffs....or in my case my rice krispies. If you walk into this movie thinking that it's going to be a remake of the Saturday morning cartoon then you probably shouldn't watch this movie. If you are like the 9 billion of us that loved movies like Juneau, Saved!, and so many other quirky coming of age movies, then you're going to love Jem and The Holograms. This movie is a far cry from the Saturday morning cartoon in many wonderful ways. It's about Jem and her sisters of course, and their true and beautiful bond of love and friendship that only sisters can have. It's about finding yourself and helping others do the same. I left that movie feeling inspired and with a smile on my face. I give it a four out of five for the only purpose that I wish there was more. I was totally into watching this movie after it flopped at the box office, and I can't understand why. It's got a great feel to it and it's just a light fun movie to watch. 


Sully....What can I say? This movie is inspiring, no that's not a good word for it. Incredible...no that's not it. There are no words to describe this movie. The whole event was a miracle in itself and it was at the hands of the two men piloting that plane. I was astounded at all that happened, how just by happenstance those people were on that plain, and how incredible their stories were and how everyone made it. I was so moved by the response by the ferries in the water and the coast guard. This movie really is a movie about the indomitable human spirit. The only complaint I had, too short it could have gone so much further. The writing and acting was amazing and Hanks and Eckhardt did a great job of telling the story of these two incredible men. This movie cannot be reviewed on the acting abilities of one actor, not even by two actors, it's a great ensemble piece.  My favorite part was seeing the real people at the end it was so awesome. Highly recommended.