Underworld: Awakening Movie Review

In 2003 Underworld gave a new look on Vampires and Werewolves and made it enjoyable to watch. I missed the last two films and now that I’m all caught up…might just go back and re-watch and review the movie that started it all.

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An outbreak has hit and the existence of vampires and werewolves (lycans) are now known and the government is taking action. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is captured and they did a Captain America and froze her. She awakes to find out she’s been frozen for 13 years. Selene is determined to find Michael, her love interest, and trying to stay alive, for a lack of a better word. You know cause she’s a vampire.

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Selene beings to see images and follows them, when she meets another vampire named David (Theo James). Super hot vampire David and Selene find a girl who ends up being Selene’s and Michael’s child. David takes them both to his coven

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Lycans start hunting down the child, which results in a lot of vampires dying in the process. Now Selene is once again on the run and alone, but with a child to protect. A new breed of Lycan is emerged because these creatures love them steroid shots.

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Going into I really thought I was going to hate it since the sequel wasn’t the best. I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. Although, the British accent was a bit off on India Eisley (the daughter), the chick was kick ass when she needed it to be. The action was what I expected and what made me liked Underworld in the first place. Kate Beckinsale proves that she can still hang even after 13 years.

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Spider-man: Homecoming Movie Review

A stand-alone movie I’ve been waiting for since Civil War.

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After the events of the first Avengers the streets of New York need to be cleaned up, obviously. Michael Keaton’s character is about of the crew that is cleaning up the mess our heroes have created. When an organization, run by none other than Tony Stark, they’re immediately shut down. Angry that himself and his crew is out of a job he takes it upon himself to steal some of the alien artifacts and sell them on the streets. Ultimately becoming the Vulture. What they did so well was make this ordinary dad, who has lost his job and a way to support his family into a realistic villain. A person can either find another way or lean towards crime and I thought that was brilliant! Rock bottom can make or break someone.

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Present time and we see that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is still very much eager in joining the Avengers after fighting along side Iron Man (Robert Downer Jr.). Then Tony tells him that he will call me when needed and sends Peter to a much more cruel place…high school. After months of nothing from Stark, Peter still tries everything to prove that he’s worthy by saving cats from a tree, to helping an old lady find her destination etc. Tom Holland as Spider-man couldn’t have been better. He is something we haven’t seen before and that’s a teenage Spider-man.

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I wasn’t a huge Spider-man fan growing up and I did enjoy Tobey Maguire’s take but if I had to choose I would choose the animated series that really captivated the essence of the teen years of Spider-man. Tom really brought it because he is young. All the high school scenes and he’s struggle with wanting to prove himself but still dealing with crushes and bullies and homework and what teens actually go through was amazing to see. Another great character was his best friend Ned played by Jacob Batalon. He played the fascinated, nerdy and concerned friend that worked well in the film.

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What they risked on was telling this origin story without really going into the origin story. It was freakin awesome! We know Aunt Ben died, we know Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider so we don’t need to see it. It starts off after Civil War and now Peter has to learn to live his life with what he’s witness and dealt it all in his teenage years. I didn’t expect to have loved it as much as I did. Granted, I went in with high expectations between we had already experienced Tom Holland in Civil War and loved it, so this was to be mega high. A lot of people were confused seeing Tony Stark in the trailers and thinking it was another Iron Man movie, but he really didn’t come on screen much and when he did he didn’t over stay his welcome and shy away from Peter. Like I said early, there is not Uncle Ben and the who ” with power comes great responsibility.” Tony fills in the mentor role with Peter and why Peter is do determined to impress him.

 

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The action is awesome and a lot of it. The humor was great and was placed so well without it feeling like a comedy movie, because it isn’t. It’s a coming of age story that he so happens to be a super hero and there’s humor. There’s one typical scene where I had tears in my eyes because I was laughing so hard!

Tom Holland kills it as Peter Parker and Spider-man! The movie was fun, exciting, Michael Keaton is intimating as hell as the Vulture, and a achieved in creating a fan out of me. I can’t wait to see movie of Peter as his matures and definitely in Infinity War.

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THERE ARE TWO POST CREDIT SCENES!

Spider-man: Homecoming was a film I didn’t now I needed until after I was walking out of the theater.

Until next time…

 

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The Shack Movie Review

I was expecting to cry, yes, but not put things into perspective.

Contains spoilers. 

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When Mack (Sam Worthington) daughter is taken he falls deep into depression, as any parent would. While his family is very religious, he loses all faith when his daughter is murdered. Closed off and distant towards his family and friends, he receives a letter from a mysterious person asking him to return to the place his daughter was taken.

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When Mack arrives he is greeted by a man who takes him to a shack where Octavia Spencer’s character emerges. She introduces herself as “papa” aka God. Mack thinking he’s dreaming or lost his mind is hesitant. Another woman, a younger woman is also in the house and the three reveal that they are one, Father, Son and the holy spirit also known as the trinity.

In religion, any one I think, we always ask why. Why is this happening to me? Did I do something wrong? In Mack’s case, his daughter was a innocent child, who prayed and believed and something horrific happened to her.

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Each of them had a different method of reaching Mack and what he was going through. This review was hard to write. I had to push it further and further back in posting it because it does contain one of the uncomfortable topics, one is religion and the other is politics. I didn’t know how to write it as a movie review and yet express how I reacted towards it. So I’m just going to be honest!

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I respect EVERYONE’S religion, rather they believe in God or Gods or nothing at all. I was born and raised Catholic but didn’t really get into it until my late twenties…which is now. I’ve learned that even if you believe in the same thing you won’t praise it the same and that’s okay. I’m not one to watch a lot of religious movies but I had heard this one was good plus it had the guy from Avatar so I had to watch it.

Forgiveness isn’t easy, and this movie had a lot to do with it. To forgive someone doesn’t mean you accept what they did or you want to be best friends. Forgive it really for yourself. How can someone forgive someone who murdered your child? That was Mack’s ordeal. What this movie did that I never really thought of was that God loves us because we’re his children. The “good” and the evil. Like a parent who loves their child unconditionally. There’s a scene where Mack says the bad should be punished, and he is made the judge. His other children appear, and the woman whose name is Wisdom tells him one will go to Heaven and the other will go to Hell and he must choose. Mack refuses to which Wisdom tells him that each of them have done something wrong and since he believes he can do better at judging than he must choose. Mack refuses and again and begs for him to be sent to Hell instead. Wisdom than tells him that God feels the same.

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Mack was in such a dark place, understandable, but it made him lose sight of his other children who were hurting as much as him as well as his wife. Grieving together leads to healing and I think the movie did a good job illustrating that. You didn’t feel compassion towards the murderer, of course. You just understand a bit of what it means to forgive and how truly powerful it is for anyone, not just for someone who has lost a child. You are entitled to grieve, be angry, be hurt, but you don’t have to carry it alone. To be that’s beautiful.

There are answers we may never know the answers to. This don’t mean life gets easier. It means you don’t have to do it alone and that it huge weight lifted off your shoulders. Now, this movie might or might not be for you and it’s cool there are a billions of other movies. I loved this movie for what it was to me and that is a movie about loss, forgiveness and faith.

We need more love in this world and if we respect each other, race, culture, religion, gender, those who hate can change. We all have issues, rather their small ones or big ones. To have something that says they will carry the weight for you and will always be there for you and love you is amazing. The Shack was a beautiful movie and I recommend it to anyone, just ask to watch it with an open mind and heart.

Cars 3 Movie Review

Redemption.

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New era, means change. High tech racers emerge and Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson) is no longer top racer. Trying to compete with the tough rookies Lightening McQueen crashes badly. Recovering he realizes that his time isn’t over and begins training with a trainer names Cruz.

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With threats of retirement is placed on the table Lightening McQueen starts to train harder than ever. What Pixar and Disney do for unbelievably well is have a lesson that can impact your life but it’s done with animation. Cars we had a spoiled and egotistic car that learned that you are never better than anyone and if you allow it they can change your ways for the better. Cars 2 we don’t mention.

Car 3 was about following your heart, when they’re telling you to quit. You will always learn something new, rather your old or young and people who bully you because their threatened by you.

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Now that’s some deep stuff right! That’s what I love about this studios! Their entertaining, family friendly but the message they carry is something that we all need to hear from time to time…even if it’s coming from talking cars.

Cars 3 had a more serious tone, which didn’t hit me until later on that it reminded me of Rocky. Score! We have all our favorites back like Mater (Larry the Cabin Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and the Radiator Springs crew. It brought back what I liked about the first one and made it better. It had heart, which I didn’t expect anything less, and created something new and refreshing. You definitely forgive them for Cars 2 after this one.

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Netflix’s Okja Movie Review

A man’s best friend isn’t always a dog…but a big pig.

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Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has become CEO of Mirando Corporation and announces that they are breeding a special “healthy super pig.” 26 of those pigs are then shipped to different parts of the globe and in 10 years one will be crowned the best pig.

Ten years have past and in South Korea, Mija and her super pig Okja, are best friends and enjoying their day when her grandfather tells her that Okja is going to be reviewed by the company. Mirando’s spokesperson and zoologist Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrive and he announces that Okja has won the contest. Mija’s grandfather takes her to away and tells her that Okja is going to be take away and transported to America.

Lucy and her team make it their mission to fed the people lies about “healthier food source” in these big pigs and get their money’s worth.

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Devastated Mija tracks down the trailer carrying Okja only to run into an activist group called ALF (Animal Liberation Front). They managed to escape with Okja in a runaway truck and Mija meets the group run by Jay (Paul Dano). K (Steven Yeun), Red (Lily Collins), Silver (Devon Bostick) and Blond (Daniel Henshall) introduce themselves and reveal to Mija that in order to shut down Mirando corporation they need Okja.

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The movie is about the friendship between a big pig and a girl, although it is a CGI creature you can’t help but feel connected to the animal. We’ve all had a pet of some sort that we considered better than a human being. If you haven’t…I’m sorry. What come with it, I was not expecting. Without spoiling anything I will say that their was a scene that made my gasp from shock. Made me look at an actor completely differently. Proved to me this actor don’t mess around!

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Take away the whole gigantic pig thing, the film becomes very real. Now, I’m by no means a vegan or vegetarian and I respect anyone who is. This movie made me think twice about my choices and that’s not an easy task when it comes to food. I become so invested on Okja that the thought of her being tortured and killed became sicking. Of course there are worse things being done to all types of animals and there are videos and photos of it being done. If you’re like me than you stay away from all that. What this movie did was make you care about this creature and you become attached like Mija.

The realization of what happens to animals is done so well in this movie and you definitely get more than your typical “that’s gross” reaction. Okja is a well written, directed, with a great cast and a possible life style change. There was another scene that was so heartbreaking that made me tear up but was done so beautifully and it made Okja far more amazing.

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Into the Woods Movie Review

Fairy tales we all know in one place.

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The Witch (Meryl Streep) seeks help from a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) in retrieving items to help her return to her beautiful state. Each item belongs to a different character in the fairy tale lore and it was cool having them connect with each other. I was watching it thinking it that it looked and sounded just like Sweeney Todd, and I later find out that the composer for Into the Woods was the same as Sweeney Todd. Explained a lot!

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Cinderella ( Anna Kendrick) is abused by her stepmother and step sisters, which we all know that story. What’s different is that they ball where she meets the Prince is a three night event and each night she runs away. One of the items is her slipper. Anna Kendrick played Cinderella well with the type they were trying to tell. Cinderella wanting a life other than over worked and abused falls for the Prince, only to question was her life would mean once they would be together.

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A great surprise was Chris Pine’s ability to sing and proved that this Chris too is a funny guy! There’s a scene where we sings with her “brother” about struggles of the women running away from them and I laughed through the whole thing. I knew nothing about Into the Woods story so when (spoiler) Prince Charming ended up being a total player, I had to process that and ended up liking it. This guy has had everything handed to him and a major ego like that of course he would act like your typical tool. This Disney tale hit me with a reality that not all Prince perfect.

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Having James Corden as one of the main characters worked very well and really showed that he can play someone other than a supporting character. Other characters such as Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Ridding Hood were interesting but were rushed in. Same happened to Rapunzel and left her story unresolved.

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The music was of a theatrical scale, since it’s based off of one but it isn’t one I would have on my playlist. I can’t be the only one who has a Disney playlist! The acting was great and when it needed to be cheesy and unserious it worked well in that particular scene. Overall, it was entertaining and had moments where I laughed out loud. Definitely for older kids since it has some slow paces and the prince isn’t one they’re using to seeing. You don’t want your five year old asking why the Prince is kissing two woman, unless you’re ready to have that conversation.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

If you aren’t a fan, like myself, you will be by the end of this movie. GUARANTEED!

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I’m going to write this review thinking that the person reading it isn’t a fan or Wonder Woman, because I went into this not a fan. Nothing against the character but she was just someone I wouldn’t pick if I had to pick a favorite DC character.

Wonder Woman is the origin story of Diana (Gal Gadot) princess of Queen Hippolyta of the island of Themyscira. An island with only female warriors and have sworn off all men, because they’re smart. Diana dreams of becoming an Amazonian and begins to train and surpasses everyone else. The second the woman come on screen they were kicking some major ass! I had some pretty high expectations going into this movie. With Gal Gadot performance in Batman v Superman, I wanted nothing more than to finally have a great Wonder Woman movie. Not only did she deliver but so did they rest of the cast!

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Suddenly everything changes when Steve Taylor (Chris Pine) crashes onto the island and seeks help from the Amazons. Diana is horrified to learn that there is a war going on and innocent lives are being taken. Diana and Steve arrive in London where Diana believes she will end the war. Although, some would say it was sort of slow in this part I highly enjoyed it. Diana is learning about everything that we consider normal and it was fun to watch. She was born and raised on an island and has been trained as a warrior, and you begin to see that she is human with humans feelings.

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Like I said in the beginning, I wasn’t a big fan of Wonder Woman and I cried pretty much start to finish. There really is a build up with the action sequences and that is about half way into the movie, they deliver! Of course that’s not why I cried. What hit home was the heart and the message it had. I truly believe this movie is what we needed because of what’s going on in the world. Not to get into a political debate here, but to see a man like Steve who fights in a war to end it or have someone believe in the human race to learn to lean towards peace, really hit me on the emotional level that I personally needed to hear. Chris Pine and Gal Gadot’s chemistry was so great that their conversations were some of my favorite parts.

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Although there were some comedic relief it was done in the perfect timing and didn’t take away moments that needed to be serious. Trying not to spoil anything but this movie wasn’t just a great origin story of Diana/Wonder Woman but it was a powerful movie about love, peace, discovery, humanity and just an amazing movie that will definitely inspire little girls…and women. With tears still streaming down my face I felt a connection I never thought I would have with Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins, director, the writers and Gal Gadot have created the greatest Wonder Woman film, and not just because it’s the only film.

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Wonder Woman is a MUST SEE!

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