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Ready Player One Comic-Con trailer review

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Easter Egg! The Trailer! I’m serious, try to catch all the easter eggs in this ONE trailer on your first watch. You won’t be able to!

Now, I’m going to be very controversial here and tell you that I am actually quite disappointed by this trailer. It hurts me to say it, having loved the book and wanting to love this trailer, but I just don’t like it. I realize that books are books and movies are movies, but the only thing that reminds me of the book in any way are the stacks in the beginning. Other than that I know nothing of this film and it appears to me to be a CGI cluster-fuck… Granted, there is a high possibility that we know nothing on purpose but who knows? Steven Spielberg has the reigns on this and could very well deliver something a novel of this stature deserves.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie review

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I have a Harry Potter tattoo. I just thought that should be noted before I write this review. I have a Harry Potter tattoo and a large obsession with the series… Needless to say my hopes were quite high for this movie and I’m happy to say they were not let down! Fantastic Beasts takes place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and follows Newt Scamander on his trip to the states… You see, Newt has a case (that’s bigger on the inside) of magical creatures that he cares for and releases back into the wild. At this point in the world magical creatures are killed off because of the assumption that they are dangerous… Along the way he stumbles into a no-maj (a lazy U.S. way of saying muggle, which is SO much cooler), played by Dan Fogler, who basically plays the embodiment of every HP fan out there… Much like Harry Potter, this movie starts out fun and light-hearted but turns dark and grim near the end. Collin Farrell plays Graves, a man who is clearly bad from the start but has an amazing twist at the end… This was a fantastic movie, and a standalone great, despite being a spin off of one of the best series ever. I look forward to the massive series this will undoubtedly be.

 

The 100 TV show review

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The 100 is a TV show adaptation of the book of the same name. The plot of the 100 is brilliantly unique yet familiar enough that it caught an audience… After a nuclear war that wiped out the entire population, mankind went to space to survive. Now, 100 years after the war their ship is dying. In a desperate move they send down 100 juvenile criminals to see if earth is still habitable… It is, and they are not alone… This show is addicting. I watched all two and a half seasons in just under two weeks, and now I have to go get the book! I realized part way through the most recent season what this show reminds me of, and how to describe it simply. This show is a cross of a standard YA novel, a sci-fi, and Game of Thrones. Every season and every episode the world expands, new people are discovered, new romances found, new wars to be fought… This show does all of it without ever feeling cluttered. One thing I feel needs to be said, and stands out, is woman in this show. Every leader in this show is a woman. I find this show very progressive in it’s use of woman leaders and gay couples and relationships… This show is also quite dark. People die, sometimes for no reason, sometimes out of the blue. It’s real. The front runners are teens but this does not feel like a teen show. Be warned though. Once you start watching this you can’t stop.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi movie review

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As weird as it feels to say, Micheal Bay was perfect for this movie and did an amazing job. 13 hours follows a group of, basically, mercenaries who struggle to protect an embassy from an endless wave of bad guys. I know bad guys sounds weird, but I shit you not they never once actually say “Isis”, they just say bad guys the whole movie. John Krasinski carried this movie very well. I realized how much his career is mimicking Chris Pratts. Both got their recognition as the funny guy in mockumentaries set in offices, and both now play action heroes. Anyway, though, Krasinski was an excellent leading man for this. This movie had 5 other very important men as well, but, though their acting was good it was not nearly as good. Almost stoneish is how I would describe it.. Enough about the actors though. What really got me about this movie was that it didn’t pull a single god damn punch. War movies have a tendency to sugar coat fire fights, minimize casualties, and be spars on the blood. Not this one, not one fucking bit. Peoples heads are blown off, run over by tanks, and one of the main characters arms is blown to bits… It’s crazy. The reason I said that Micheal Bay is perfect for this was he does over the top action, explosions, and slow motion really well. Those three things are EXACTLY what this movie needed. There were 2 absolutely amazing shots during a mortar sequence that blew my mind; you will know them when you see them… Tensions build up is crazy in this movie too… All in all it is one of the better war movies out there. Very true to war. Very true to the soldiers.

Divergent book review

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Diveregent, written by Veronica Roth, is a book that captivated me from the start. I am a big fan of dystopian books, yet before this the only one I had read was The Hunger Games. I was very concerned this would be similar, or even mirror, The Hunger Games. I am very happy to say that they are two incredibly different books, and I may have even liked Divergent better that the first Hunger Games! Personally though, I think the rest of the series goes downhill, but this one is great! Divergent follows Beatrice Prior, a young girl in the middle of a run down Chicago. She is moments away from choosing which of the five factions, that this world revolves around, she will go into… Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), or Erudite (the intelligent)… What she finds out, and the choice she makes will change everything… So lets talk about characters for a second. The love story of Tris and Four is very obvious, so I don’t even think it was necessary to warn you of a spoiler, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Each chapter that went by, and each time they were together I kept rooting for their relationship to move forward. Four is a very complex character, and as the book moves along you are drip-fed more information about him. Eric was a character I also loved, he wasn’t very deep but the image he put in my head was fantastic…. Obviously there are many other characters in this that serve other vital roles, but you can find that out for yourself. In the end I thought Divergent was a great story that flowed well. Every chapter ended with something I needed to read in the following chapter. Every relationship was important and nothing felt shoehorned. The world of this series is vast, complex, and amazing. There are many things I like about this book, I only wish the other books didn’t go down hill until this series was inevitably a pile of shit by the end… More on that later.

Silver Linings Playbook movie review

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Based off the book of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook is my all time favorite movie, and one of the few movies that has ever hit me on a deep and emotional level. Silver Linings stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both agreed to do this for very little money because they loved it so much! Silver linings follows Pat (Bradley Cooper), and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Both have multiple severe mental illnesses, and are at a constant struggle every single day. Pat, after having a break down from his wife cheating on him, went to a psych ward. The movie starts as soon as he is released, having a new outlook on life and a Two goals; To get his wife back, and find a silver lining to everything. That’s where Tiffany comes in! Tiffany recently lost her husband in a car accident that she blames her self for, and than lost her job for “sleeping with everyone in the office”. Tiffany agrees to send letters from Pat to his Ex, if he helps her win a dance competition. To me, this movie is simply brilliant. It takes mental illnesses and people who have suffered tragedies, turning it into a very real and beautiful love story with characters most films are afraid to use. I understand there are a few scenes that make people uncomfortable, but those are all very real and because of that, uncomfortable. Silver linings also features big names, that really add to the movie, including Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. De Niro takes a role you wouldn’t expect him to ever play and nails it, escalating the movie even more. Tucker has a small role, but brings life to the few scenes he is in. In the end Silver Linings, though unconventional and difficult to watch at times, is a very real and beautiful movie. I highly recommend it.

The Big Short movie review

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I saw this movie on a whim, I had little to no clue what it was about, and did not expect much. I was very surprised and I am very happy I went to see this! The Big Short is the true story of the housing market crash, followed by the economic crash of 2007. Filmed in a strangely cut, amateur looking, fourth wall-breaking, in your face style that could have failed EASILY. This is a numbers movie. I didn’t understand half the things the people were saying yet I was still enjoying myself. And much more than enjoying myself, I cared. That is the real feat of this movie, the fact that it made me care about something that I had little to no interest in. After watching this movie I needed to take a minute and think, process what I just saw… Movies that do that are rare, and are a must see. Now, not every time they broke the fourth wall did it work, sometimes it took you out of the movie, and sometimes it was strange. An addition I did like however was bringing in stars to literally talk to us directly to explain these boring as hell banking terms… Speaking of stars, this movie is star studded! Whether they have huge roles or tiny, this movie is at no shortage of talent. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Karen Gillian, Finn Wittrock,  Max Greenfield, Mila Kunis, Margot Robbie… This list goes on! Each person gave an exceptional performance, clearly giving this their everything! Christian Bale shows just how much of a chameleon he is, hardly being recognizable as himself. Ryan Gosling serves as a narration and more or less plays Ryan Gosling, but it fits! Brad Pitt serves as an essential side character that brought a lot to this movie… But, the stand out of this movie is Steve Carell. Carell proves once again in this movie just what an amazing serious actor he is, stretching his range to places few thought he could go. Even if this movie is not your general type, go see it, if not just for the film making style. It will affect you, and it will make you think about the world we live in.

The Fault in our Stars book review

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The Fault in our Stars is my all time favorite book. I have read it multiple times over, and it still hits me every time. TFioS is written by John Green and follows the love story of Hazel and Gus. Unlike most YA romance novels though, Hazel has terminal caner and Gus is a survivor. This book breaks so many rules of a YA romance. While Looking for Alaska had a blowjob scene, this one has multiple tragedies. Though this book is sad, it will also make you laugh. In the same scene I will be on the verge of tears, then burst out laughing… John Green moved to Amsterdam for two months to properly write a chapter of this book set in Amsterdam. That love and dedication to his work is reflected so much through this book. It’s a must read.

The Martian movie review

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So this is the the first review I am writing since my hiatus for 5 weeks. I had a good number of reviews post while I was gone that were pre-written, but this is my first one writing since being back. It’s very exciting! The other day I went to see The Martian. I was only able to see it in 3D and at first I was a little disappointed about that. The last movie I saw in 3D was Green Hornet and it was shit, so not a good reference point on my part… I am VERY happy I saw this in 3D! I will get to the movie as a whole in a moment but for right now I would like to urge you to see this in 3D if possible. Very little of the movie actually popped out, and what did (such as the HUD on the helmet) was done perfectly. More so what it did was add depth to the vast, beautiful landscape of mars. It was truly an amazing visual experience! Now, on to the movie. The movie was fucking spectacular, lets just get that out of the way. I have nothing bad to say about this movie, so if you want to know literally nothing about it stop reading now and go to your theater. As many of you know the movie follows Mark Watney after he is abandoned on a mars mission, assumed dead. He has to work to survive here for 4 years with enough supplies to last him a month. The first thing I noticed is that the movie takes no time getting to the point, with his crew leaving him behind within the first 15 minutes. The next thing I noticed is that this movie is hilarious. It could have easily been a depressing movie about a mans loneliness on mars. But its not, it’s hilarious. Watney jokes about farming in his own shit, dipping his food in Vicodin, and the terrible taste of music his captain has. The dark humor in this is hilarious. As hilarious as this movie is, it is very suspenseful. One minute you are having a grand old time watching him find a new way to survive on Mars, the next you are holding your breath, sweating your ass off hoping he doesn’t die. Its amazing. Though this movie is mostly carried by Matt Damon himself, the supporting cast is great as well. With a superb lineup of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels (one of my favorites in this), Micheal Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofer, and Donald Glover, the moments on the space ship and Earth are just as entertaining as those on Mars. This movie is in my all time top 10 list easily. Though its a visual experience you don’t want to miss, I would enjoy watching it at home on my laptop. That, in my book, makes it a great movie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book review

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I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. If I described in full detail how big a fan, I’d seem nuts. I own a wand from Olivanders, have a Harry Potter tattoo sketched out I plan to get soon, have actually WROTE fan fiction, and can recite the whole first movie. Needless to say, I have read this book multiple times. Half Blood Prince is not only my favorite Harry Potter movie, but also my favorite book of the series. The book follows Harry Potter and his merry group of friends in their 6th year at Hogwarts. Lots of shit goes down in this book, to put it lightly. This is where He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named prepares for war, and Harry prepares to defeat him alongside Dumbledore. Why this book stands out as my favorite though is it is the last book where they are students. As many other fans and I would tell you, some of the best parts in the series are when the trio is just doing everyday wizard shit, and just being everyday students! This is the last book to have those amazing parts that put us in the shoes of everyday life at the best (allegedly) fictional school ever created! Harry Potter is easily the most famous series out there, so you don’t need me to tell you its great. I just wanted to tell you why I think this book is the greatest.