Geek · Movie · review · Uncategorized

[Movie Review] Logan

When the first trailer for “Logan” aired, my boyfriend turned to me and said, “We are seeing that the minute it comes out.” Well, it didn’t exactly work out that way due to scheduling issues but we were able to see it this weekend. My boyfriend isn’t really into comics but for some reason, loves Wolverine. We weren’t really motivated to get anything done on Sunday, so we bundled ourselves up and escaped out of the house for an afternoon matinee. Sunday matinees are typically when we see a movie, it seems. What is nice is that the theater is never as crowded as it is during the evening.

Anyway, back to “Logan”.

loganposter2

Synopsis (from IMDB):

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Sounds ominous, right? I thought that overall, this film had a completely different tone than any of the other X-Men movies. It was more serious. Yes, there were action scenes galore but this film seemed more real than any of the others. It really humanized the characters that we’ve grown to love over the years. Though I hated seeing how the once great superheros have aged, it was an interesting premise. So often in superhero movies, we only see them at their peak. The main plot point may be that they lose their powers at some point, but they will always gain them back and be stronger than ever. We never see them really vulnerable.

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart nailed their roles as Logan/Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, yet again, for what is to be their last time in these roles, supposedly. Stephen Merchant did a great job as Caliban and helped to lend this whole sort of dystopian vibe to the film with his style. Dafne Keen stole the film though as “Laura” aka X-23, the ferocious little girl who embodies so many of the traits of Wolverine. I think that she has a great future ahead of her and I’d love for her to take over the iconic role.

The actor playing Donald Pierce bugged me as I watched the film, but not in a bad way. I knew he was familiar from somewhere but just couldn’t quite place it. Then I googled him. Boyd Holbrook. He played William ‘Cap’ Hatfield in the Hatfields & McCoys TV mini-series. Robb and I LOVED that series. We actually watched a movie on Netflix the other day with Bill Paxton called “Frailty” that was pretty interesting and I was able to recall instantly that he was Randolph McCoy (among his numerous other awesome roles).

What drove me a bit crazy about the movie is what happened in the mutant/X-Men world in the years leading up to “Logan”. I’m dying to know more about the ‘Westchester Incident’ and what actually happened to the rest of the X-Men. I’m hoping that maybe they’ll refer to it more in depth in an upcoming X-Men movie. *Fingers crossed*

I thought that the ending of “Logan” was the perfect way to finish the film and all in all, I loved the film. I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. Robb and I rarely make the time to go see a movie in theaters so when we do, we try to pick something that we are pretty sure we will enjoy. Some movies just warrant seeing them on the big screen versus waiting for redbox and vice versa!

Advertisements
Geek · review

[Book Review] The Casquette Girls

Alys Arden’s “The Casquette Girls” is a novel that I’ve been wanting to pick up since it was released. I have a slight obsession with New Orleans, mostly thanks to having read a lot of Anne Rice novels during middle school. However time got away from me, as it tends to do, and it wasn’t until this month that I was able to purchase it. The sequel to “The Casquette Girls” is set to be released in May and I must admit, I am anxiously looking forward to it!

download
Photo from http://www.thecasquettegirls.com/

Synopsis from Amazon:

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.

Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.

What I like best about this novel is that the author does not specify which hurricane hit New Orleans, just that it was a hurricane. That helps to make the novel relevant to the current day and age instead of dating it. The destruction of New Orleans is not something that I hope happens again but it is interesting to see how the author embraces that and explores how the city starts to rebuild itself, even with vampires running a muck.

Her characters were well written and showed great growth during the course of the novel. There were a few questions I had that I hope to have answered in the sequel, but isn’t that what a good author does – leave you wanting more? The setting was of course magical. The town, although destroyed, was described in a way that I could picture everything in my mind.

All in all, a good read for any age group! I can see this easily being able to be turned into a television series as well.

Geek · Movie · review

[Movie Review] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

As soon as I got home from work Tuesday night, I was told to hop in the truck. The previous night I had found a $25 gift card to IHOP while doing the great kitchen purge of 2016. The gift card, even though it had been issued in 2013, was still good and burning a hole in Robb’s pocket. So we went on a weeknight date.

After our dinner at IHOP and a bit of running around to pick up a few last minute Christmas gifts, Robb took me to go see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Neither of us had been paying much attention to the previews for it, so we were both a little confused on where in the Star Wars timeline this story fell.

rogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6

Synopsis:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

The film started out nicely – as will anything when it starts with Mads Mikkelson – but then took a jumbled turn as the film sought to introduce all the characters within about a span of 5 minutes. It seemed rushed. Thankfully, the pacing worked itself out and I found myself enjoying the film. The cast was great – I couldn’t have asked for a better group – and I like how the film didn’t make everything all flashy and new – costumes were a simple throwback to the old films.

The film was full of quick little “dabs” destined to get a laugh from the audience. Having been called a “smart ass” myself on many occasions, I enjoyed those.

Something important to note is that yes, James Earl Jones DID not the voice of Darth Vader – who was just as awesome in this film as the others.

Rogue One is a standalone story of sorts that prefaces the old trilogy. I thought that the ending tied everything up neatly to seamlessly tie it right into Episode VIII, even though it is not the type of ending that I would normally enjoy.

One of my biggest complaints about the film is at the very ending, a certain CGI-inspired (I think) appearance of a particular character from Episode VIII. I think that it was a bit unnecessary and they could have simply shown her white robe instead of her face.

Synopsis and movie image were taken from the Lucasfilm Ltd website.

Movie · review

[Movie Review] Deadpool

I may be one of the last people on the planet (besides my boyfriend) to see “Deadpool” – at least out of those that actually want to go see it. Thankfully it finally arrived to my local $4 theater so the two of us scheduled our “date night” for Friday night so we go see it.

I’m not sure if anyone else had this issue or not, but in my theater, there was a surprisingly large amount of kids in the 5-8 year old range. The movie is rated R and for a very good reason. It is crude. It is vulgar. That’s why we love/love-to-hate Deadpool as a character. I can sort of understand bring your 13 year old to see it, but a 8 year old has no business seeing a woman with a strap-on getting ready to get busy with her man. For all of those parents that decided to bring their children with them and left during the movie – maybe next time, do a little research. The comic book version of Deadpool should have given you some hints on how the movie would be.

When even the leading actor tells parents that this is not a typical kid-friendly superhero movie, then maybe they should take note instead of having to cover their kids’ ears and eyes every 5 minutes. If you wanted to see “Deadpool” that badly either find a babysitter or just wait for the movie to come out in a few months on Redbox. You would have survived. Yes, I know that there was a petition out there for a PG-13 version of the movie, but that would have taken away the essence of who/what Deadpool is.

I must say, “Deadpool” was everything that I had hoped for. From Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s sharp tongue and quick wit all the way to the constant breaking of the 4th wall and just his general nuttiness. Ryan Reynolds was as perfect in that role as everyone imagined. There were a few things that irked my nerves, but I’ll talk about them after the break to make sure that I don’t spoil anything for anyone.

431-film-page-large

Continue reading “[Movie Review] Deadpool”

Geek · Uncategorized

Post Dragon Con Reflections

Today marks the last official day of Dragon Con 2015. In case you don’t know what Dragon Con is, it is a huge (and I mean 60,000+ attendees) sci-fi/fantasy/geek convention that takes place in Atlanta, GA every Labor Day weekend.

This would have been my 4th year going had I attended. I did not. Seeing the plethora of posts on Facebook from my friend’s that did attend sort of makes me regret my choice but now that Dragon Con is over, I am confident that I made the right choice to stay home.

Last year, I didn’t have that great of a time. I fought with my now ex-boyfriend (we had met at Dragon Con and were trying the long distance thing) and I really didn’t get to hang out with some of the people that I had been looking forward to see. Spilt milk though.

I decided to take this year off because I felt a bit tired of it all. Plus, I found myself a new man who isn’t really interested in the convention scene. That’s okay though. I love him and I’m excited about the life we are building together.

That being said, I really want to go back next year. I want to go back as a vendor of all things – maybe you’ve seen The Southern Belle’s Garden which sells homemade salves, bath and beauty products. I want to go back to hang out with the people I only see at Dragon Con.

But who knows what the future will hold! In the meantime, I’m going to work on my business and work on updating this website with some of my old convention recaps.

23435_775713611659_4719593_n
At San Diego Comic Con 2008