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Megan Leavey movie review

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I’m not a very sensitive guy, and it is nearly impossible to make me cry, but god damn if anything to do with dogs doesn’t turn me into a baby… Megan Leavey is a biopic about a veteran named Megan Leavey and her IED sniffing dog, Rex. It follows them in the tours and hardships they go through together as well as the emotional turmoil afterwords that comes with trying to keep Rex. Not only was this a beautiful movie about their relationship and the bond they formed, but an accurate and very real depiction of war. I was a little concerned it would be too sugar coated and cheesy, trying to toy with my emotions, but it never stooped that low and it actually added to the feels I got out of it. All around Megan Leavey is a wonderful film, but don’t watch it unless you are comfortable with your tears.

 

The Big Sick movie review

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I am truly in love with this movie. I watched it, and then turned around and watched it again the next day. The Big Sick follows Kumail Nanjiani in the true story of how he and his wife met and the turmoil they went through with his culture and her going in to a coma shortly after they got together. The Big Sick starts out as your average romantic comedy. It made me laugh and cringe and say cheesy shit like “awww”. Shortly in to the film though, Emily falls sick and goes into a coma right after a nasty break up between the two caused by his culture and family expectations. After that he must face her parents and his feelings for her… This movie is a perfect combination of multiple different genres. I found myself laughing, immediately followed by sadness and happiness. All the characters have great depth, with shining performances actually coming from Ray Ramona and Holly Hunter as Emily’s parents. Their relationship with their daughter and marriage is as important to you as the main story. What makes this movie even more heartfelt is the fact that it is incredibly accurate to the true story. It is a wonderful story that I may never get tired of seeing.

The Founder movie review

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The Founder is the kind of movie I just eat up like Big-Macs. I love-love biopics. I really do! And ya know what? I go to movies to have fun, so the more outlandish and big, the better! Wolf of Wall Street: about a billionaire playboy that made his money on the stock market illegally, doing a shit ton of drugs. Awesome! NWA: the story of one of the most influential rap groups ever that surfaced at the peak of racial violence and stereotyping. Hell Ya! The Founder: the story of god damn McDonalds! And ya know what? It is awesome too!.. The Founder follows Ray Kroc a salesman and entrepreneur that discovered a small burger joint with a great idea run by two brothers. McDonalds. He then franchised it and bulldozed his way to the top with persistence, and the lack of morals that allows you to step on anyone’s neck you need to. Although this film has stellar performances by many people, especially Nick Offerman and John Lynch as the McDonalds brothers, it is carried on the back of Michael Keaton. Keaton brings this movie that could have very easily been dismissed and written off as a story no one cared about to a new level. His delivery of every line is captivating, and though by the end of the movie I despise who he is as a person, I love him at the same time! I will not watch it again, just because these types of movies don’t boast a strong rewatchability. However, it was an amazing one time watch.

American Holdovers (my third novel)

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June 17th everyone! The Day is here! AMERICAN HOLDOVERS IS NOW RELEASED! You can find the book on the Createspace site right now (where I publish my books through). Amazon and the kindle store within a few days, and bookstores across the country in 4-8 weeks! I have included a link below.
American Holdovers is my third published novel and chronicles not only my time, but, also my many friends and fellow holdovers during our time as a holdover at Ft. Jackson during a hurricane and the consequences and events that transpired because of this a couple years back.
https://www.createspace.com/5959013

The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story TV show review

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Man, Cuba Gooding Jr. has come a long way since snow dogs, and if that makes you nervous, don’t be! American Crime Stories is a series that follows histories most famous crimes. Their first season was kicked off with the OJ trial. Or, as many people know it, the trial of the century… If you are a fan of biopics as much as I am you will instantly fall in love with this show. The acting is superb, stretching the limits of everyone involved in it. Gooding Jr. of course plays OJ Simpson. I was skeptical, not able to see him as a linebacker. However, if I try to picture OJ in my mind now I see Gooding Jr. David Schwimmer, who I am a fan of from friends, but, have never seen him in anything else, killed it! He had few lines, and what he did were not happy, but, I didn’t know he had drama ability like this in him. John Travolta also played cutthroat lawyer Robert Shapiro, which perfectly played into all of his strengths as an actor. I could go all day listing the amazing acting quality of every role in here, but, those are the big names and stand outs. Now, the verdict was close to a year before I was born, so, I don’t have any memory to go off for realism. I have talked to many people though and done much research, all which points to the absolute realism in the show, along with its rarity in it taking liberties at all with the story. The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story starts way at the beginning, opening up in a visually and audibly stunning way that made me believe I was watching a movie (that feeling never goes away). It begins when the police find the bodies of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman on June 12th 1994. From there it gives you every crumb of detail you could possibly want. Not only following Oj and his lawyers, as well as the District Attorneys, but, also the jury. The season, despite being short, spans sixteen months… Now, be warned, although you know it is not a happy ending, it still somehow comes as a surprise and if it hit me, it will hit you.

Imperium trailer review

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Radcliffe is one of my more liked actors, mainly because of Harry Potter, but also because of what he has done with his career since then. He has done some weird shit! Yet, they always end up being pretty good… Imperium follows an FBI agent who goes undercover into a white power group. Radcliffe’s character, from what I understand, is ex military but has little to no combat or undercover experience… Needless to say he gets over his head! They show that by him getting a tattoo, letting his feelings leak into the job, and him attending rallies, and MAYBE even getting caught at the end of the trailer… Now, the honest part. I’m probably not going to see this unless it comes on Netflix or Hulu. I MIGHT rent it but I’m not going to seek this out. I feel like this could go either way, but, more than likely just be an adequate movie that is very moving the one time you see it. Though I like Daniel Radcliffe and can’t help but get that vibe off of 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.

Stonewall trailer review

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This review is most likely going to be seen as very controversial, but also very true. I am a supporter of gay rights. But, I am tired of all these rushed as hell movies SUPPORTING gay rights. Not because they support gay rights, but because they are nothing more than cash grab movies that have been rushed into theaters. They all look shitty, please make a GOOD one right now. Anyway, on to Stonewall. Although Stonewall doesn’t seem that good by the trailer, it also doesn’t necessarily look bad. Sure, the story was butchered and whitewashed but that doesn’t mean it will be a bad movie! What worries me is how little we see by the trailer, I couldn’t tell you anything except it is about gay rights, and this kid. It’s based on a true story, bu from what I read it is nothing like the story. the song is good though I suppose… This has the ability to be good, I was mildly intrigued, more than anything though they need a movie that will do this cause justice.

The Finest Hours trailer review

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Why do all trailers show full movies now? I use to make it a rule of mine to only watch the first half of trailers, but now I review them, so… Anyway, The Finest Hours! A true story about a small crew of new recruit members of the Coast Guard who go out to help a large crew on a boat that split in half. Also, Chris Pines character is getting married to a girl. I’m not sure about this story, I’ve never heard of it and the trailer did not get me excited enough to research it. In all honesty I am not too sure about this movie even. The trailer is rather boring, somehow it shows the whole movie, yet not enough, which scares me that the movie will be boring. Also, how do they save a whole shit with a tiny little boat? On top of that, everyone’s acting seems rather dry. I’m just sorely disappointed in this trailer, and I surely hope that the movie is not this bad.