Crimson Peak Movie Review (spoilers)

Considering this movie came out in 2015, late I know now let it go, this is going to have spoilers. So if you haven’t seen STOP reading, and if you have seen it Welcome, or if you don’t care either way haveatit! 

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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Rebecca meets Flowers in the Attic

The movie begins with a bloody Mia Wasikowska saying that “ghost are real.” Then it shows a little girl , the main character’s younger self, at her mother’s funeral. Later that night the little girl is visited by her mother’s ghost warning her about Crimson Peak. Flash forward 14 years the story begins.

An aspiring writer and outcast Edith (Mia Wasikowska) meets an inventor Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) who is looking for investors, one that happens to be her father. Thomas, an unknown man from England, doesn’t sit well with Edith’s father and ends up bribing Thomas along with his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) to leave New York. Edith father knowing that Edith and Thomas have feelings for each other blackmails Thomas into breaking her heart by leaving.

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Edith believes that Thomas and Lucille have left only to receive a letter from Thomas explaining that it was her father that spent them away. Edith is shocked and relieved that Thomas didn’t leave and confesses his love to her which a course she feels the same way. Edith and Thomas return to her home to learn that Edith’s father has been brutally murder. Edith’s childhood friend and physician Dr. Alan (Charlie Hunnam) disapproves of her relationship with Thomas, just like her father, begins to find more and more dirt on Loki.

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Edith marries Thomas and leaves New York and heads to England. This is where the beautiful cinematography that Guillermo Del Toro does so well comes into play. A broken down and very old mansion is now Edith’s new home with Thomas and Lucille. Edith begins to start hearing voices and then starts seeing red ghosts around the house. Lucille, who is very cold and distant towards her just continues to serve her tea and leave her alone. Thomas reveals that she married someone without wealth and she deserves more when she tells him he is all she has. Thomas unintentionally reveals that their land is called Crimson Peak because of the red clay under the house. Edith scared shitless about the red ghost appearing only to her begins to fall ill. Thomas then decides to take her out of the house for some alone time and to take her mind off ghosts.

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Thomas and Edith return to the mansion, you after doing the biggity bang bang, and Lucille loses her temper at Edith for not returning. Edith then takes a key from Lucille to open a box she found in the attic. Edith opens the box and finds letters from three different woman and recordings. Edith learns that each woman was in a relationship with Thomas, wealthy and fatally died. While listening to the recordings Edith learns that the very tea Lucille had been giving her is poisoned. Edith feeling very ill and coughing up blood stops drinking the tea.

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Trying to piece together everything Edith’s has learned, Alan is trying to get to Edith to reveal that Thomas has been married before and each wife had been killed. Of course at this point she had already figured that much. A weak Edith asks the red ghost what she wants from her and it leads her to find her Lucille and Thomas feeling each other up. Flowers in the Attic am I right? Lucille then pushes Edith off the stairs only to have her injured and not killed. Alan arrived in time to save her and tries to get her out of the house when Lucille forces Thomas to kill him. Thomas, although he was just banging his sister, is truly in love with Edith and gives Alan a non fatal stab. Lucille tries to force Edith to sign her wealth to her and Thomas and reveals the story to her.

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Lucille and Thomas’s mother had walked in on them to which caused Lucille to murder her. Thomas and Lucille turned to marriage and murder scheme to support themselves. Just then Lucille reveals to Edith that she was the one that murdered her father back in the states. Edith stabs Lucille and runs only to run into Thomas. Thomas then reveals that he truly loves her and wants her to be safe. He tells her that Alan is alive and Thomas will deal with Lucille. But with Lucille batshit crazy she breaks down when she learns that Thomas is in love with Edith instead of just another body/paycheck. Lucille ends up killing Thomas in rage. Edith runs to find Alan only to cornered by Lucille. Lucille is about to kill Edith when the ghost of Thomas appears distracting her. Edith then kills her with a shovel. Alan and Edith are seen walking away from the mansion as help is seen in the distance. At the very end we see Lucille’s ghost playing the piano to haunt the house alone forever. In the credits it shows that Edith finally gets her book published and it’s about Crimson Peak.

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The mind of Guillermo Del Toro is something of a masterpiece! It shows while watching this movie. The castle was so beautiful that you felt like everything in the mansion was meant to be there. Is it really a horror movie? No I don’t think. There was one scene or better yet a shot where a red ghost is seen hiding in the closet that freaked me about and that was about 5 seconds then it was gone. The ghost in the movie weren’t really the main focus on the film as the trailer intended it to be which I wish it weren’t the case. I was expecting a scare ass movie that I would need the lights on to sleep. What it was was a dark twisted love story.  That being said I enjoyed it! I was constantly trying to figure out Thomas and Lucille’s story and although you figure it out about half way, the whole incense thing shock the hell out of me!

Sometimes when you’re expecting something and get something different and it either works or it doesn’t. I was in the middle. From the trailer it looked like this movie intended to scare and I was ready for it and in rare case I was seeking it and didn’t get it. That was the disappointment I had with the film and wished that didn’t force the horror genre into it as much as they did.

The acting was great, the set designs were beautiful as well as the cinematography. I enjoyed it and would watch again, come it has Loki and Jax, wants not to enjoy!

Marvel’s Captain Marvel Comic Review

Any superhero that quotes from Star Wars is an instant favorite in my book!

The second it was revealed that Marvel was going to be making a Captain Marvel movie, I knew I had to find out more on Carol Danvers. Knowing absolutely nothing about the female cap, I knew she was going to be important to the MCU so I had to suddenly change that.

First off SHE STRAIGHT UP QUOTED STAR WARS! I immediately became fictional best friends with her! She was witty, smart, and she could definitely hold her own. Carol/Captain Marvel makes it her mission to return a lost alien back to her home planet she finds herself in the middle of a battle.

Although it didn’t go into her past or how she got her powers it did show what kind of person she is and why she belongs in the Avengers. To add to an already entertaining comic we receive the presence of the Guardians of the Galaxy! To have the appear in the comic was just icing on the cake!

Overall Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez was a great introduction to the character before the movie comes out, March 8th 2019. It made me want to know more about her and follow her story and I can not wait to see them bring her to life.

 

Star Wars : The Last Jedi REWIND Teaser Trailer

Who else watches trailers 100 times? No one? It can’t just be me! When re-watching trailers who tend to notice things you didn’t the first because you were so excited to see it the first time you miss a lot. Also because if a trailer is done right, why watch it until the actual movie comes out.

Trailers are meant to show what the tone will be and some what the base of the story is, THAT’S IT! The rest is for theories and questions and then the movie is released. When I did The Force Awakens rewind I had a lot of fun writing it so of course I have to do one for episode 8! Plus IT’S STAR WARS!!!

“breathe.”- Luke

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Yesterday during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando we finally get the long waited teaser for episode 8 The Last Jedi. IT. IS.AWESOME!!!!

The trailer starts with what you think are stars when it brights up and you see that it’s rocks and Rey comes on screen heavy breathing. My theory is that she was training with Luke and saw something that freaked her out. Perhaps the same way Luke freaked out Dagobah with Yoda. I picture Luke doing a lot if not all the things Yoda made him do to Rey. Saying “I’m the boss now so prepare to have you mind blown!”

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We knew Rey was going to be trained by Luke from the way episode 7 ended and it looks it might start off that way. We see the island from a distance and Rey standing over a water hole type cliff. We hear Luke saying, “breathe. Just breathe. Now reach out what do you see?”

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Rey replies with Light and we see Leia in the rebel base probably and then says darkness and we see a broken Kylo Ren helmet on the floor. What happen? Did the fight end with him dying? What? WHAT!?

There’s a scene that looks like its inside of a cave and suddenly there’s a book which leaves the question of what is it? Is it a how to Jedi first edition, looks pretty old.

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Then you see these speeders spraying red paint on the ground but after again re-watching it I notice there’s, what looks awful like AT-AT’s in the back ground. So my guess if their using the red smoke to blind whoever is operating the AT-AT’s.

 

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We see Finn is alive but unconscious still and inside a dome like coffin maybe he’s being transported else where. Considering the beating he had during his fight with Kylo Ren it’s no surprise he’s in for some R&R.

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Poe and BB-8 are running and it looks like where ever they are is now under attack and it’s pretty much confirmed when we see Poe looking at an x-wing getting blown up in front of him. The millennial falcon is shooting tie fighters.

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Kylo Ren is shown sporting the scar he received from Rey on his face holding up a lightsaber. Who is he fighting? Is it Rey? My guess is Luke because of his stare. This guy looks like he’s facing someone his hates and I just don’t see him hating Rey as much as he is told to. Rey is something to him and I can’t see him hating her even though she beat the shit out of him.

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There’s a temple being burnt down then stormtroopers along with Captain Phasma are walking out of the fire. This I think is a memory because it shows a cloak person, whom I’m assuming is Luke, besides R2-D2 and it looks like the vision Rey  had when she first touched Luke’s lightsaber in the Maz’s tavern.

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Then you hear Luke saying, “it’s time for the Jedi to end.” Which is no shock considering the title. But when I first saw it I thought yes this is how it’s going to start. We know Luke went into hiding because he felt responsible for the creation of Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo. He couldn’t face Leia and Han feeling he failed their only son and he turned to the dark side and killed his bestfriend. The way Luke looks and sounds was something I expected him to be when Rey first meets him. He’s a person with feelings and those are of guilt, and I would judge him if he didn’t feel reserved after everything that has happened. I definitely see Rey having to convince Luke into training her and beg him to come out of hiding.

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The Last Jedi is definitely going to be darker and heaver in the emotional aspects. I see the characters are going to be pushed to their limits and someone is going to die! NOT LUKE! It was revealed that Carrie Fisher will not be digitally added since she did pass away in December. Her role is bigger according to the people involved. I don’t know how her story will end or continue since there is one more movie left. They had a beautiful tribute during the celebration and her daughter honored her with a very heart felt speech. It will not be easy seeing her on the big screen, I can say that much.

The teaser shows us that it’s going to be darker ( saying that word too much but it’s true), emotionally challenging, hopefully answer some of our questions, like WHO THE HELL ARE REY’S PARENTS? WHY DID THEY ABANDONED HER? IS FINN LANDO’S KID? WHERE IS LANDO? HOW DID MAZ GET LUKE’S LIGHTSABER? WHERE IS MAZ? To name a few.

We get another Star Wars this December and it just can’t come fast enough! No surprise but I’m freakin excited, I’m eagerly awaiting for the official trailer to see more and maybe do a rewind on that one as well. I can’t wait for the movie! Now excuse me, I’m gonna go see the teaser about another 100 times!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer Book Review

“Off with her head!”  – The Queen of Hearts. What made this Queen so feared, ruthless & merciless? That was a question I didn’t ask myself until I got my hands on Heartless.

My only experience with retellings was with As Tell As Old As Time (Beauty and The Beast) and that wasn’t the best. So when I say I was hesitant to read about another one of my childhoods I mean I had this book for months on my shelf. To be completely honest, out of all the times I’ve watched Alice in Wonderland I never asked myself, “what is the Queen’s story?” Although I haven’t read a lot of retellings of classic tales, I love the idea of story that can go beyond a well known one and a story to fix plot holes. No one like a plot holer (yes, it’s a word because I just invented it).

Alice in Wonderland is a well known and beloved classic and one that I later learned is pretty dark for children. Yes, there’s a caterpillar smoking hookah in front of a child, a crazy guy drinking something that I’m sure isn’t tea with a rabbit, and a queen who likes to cut off heads, but we all watched it and turned out fine, right!

How can a story make a character that you grew up disliking likable and compassionate towards? Heartless is the story of the Queen of Hearts before she was the Queen.

Catherine Pinkerton is the daughter of a marquess and a marchioness. Her dream is to become a baker and open her own bake shop. However, her parents want nothing more than for her to marry the the King of Hearts and become Queen. Cath doesn’t want the royal title and at a ball she finds herself face to face with a joker, and someone she’s been dreaming of. The ball is suddenly disturbed when a creature attacks before the King can propose and she takes that time to flee the scene. In the forest she runs into the joker whose name is Jest and finds herself intrigued by him. It becomes more complicated when Jest is named the new court joker for the King. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, she wants to becomes a baker which is unheard of for a woman of her statues but now she’s fallen in love with a joker who is working for her betrothed.

Although this book took me a lot longer than I care to admit, I enjoyed it! I found myself eager to see when another familiar will pop up and see if they were exactly like the classic or different. It was great seeing Cath BQ (Before Queen) as a driven and caring person, someone that had similar traits to Alice. That made the story more appealing because no matter what you knew how the story will end but getting there was just as intriguing. What made a woman who had goals and dreams become someone that was feared throughout the kingdom?

Cath is the main character of this story but Jest stole the spotlight when he was in a scene. He’s charm and flirtatious game made you root for this guy! I was totally googly eye when he would appear! His confidence and charm made him attractive but his big heart made him irresistible. Along with his mysterious story, I tried placing him with the characters I already knew. What role does his play when Alice was in Wonderland? It become a game of guessing that I have never experienced before and didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did.

Retelling a story to better understand the core of it can go really good or really bad. It could answer questions you had or didn’t even think that you had. But when done right it tells the story with you wanting a different ending knowing it’s meant to lead the story you’ve always known. That is awesome writing in my opinion! Heartless had love, mystery and action. Most important it added more depth to a beloved classic, although it has no correlation to Alice in Wonderland, I know I won’t be seeing that movie the same way again…in a good way! Marissa Meyer did an amazing and fantastic job in telling a story about someone you either wanted to know more about or didn’t think you needed to know. I recommend it to anyone who wish to know about someone who stepped first into the Looking Glass.

Spider-man: Homecoming Trailer 2

The second Tom Holland arrived on the screen during Civil War I was hooked on him being the new Spider-man! When the first trailer released I was in awe and I’ve never said that when it came to Spider-man. Now trailer 2 shows more and if I had to critic about it is that they showed a little bit too much. It looks bad ass and I’m beyond excited for it, I just wished that would have kept some of the plot until you see the movie. Either way it looks fan-fuckin-tastic! 

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