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[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”.

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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!

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Minimalism and Food Choices

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

― Hippocrates

We don’t have cable at our house. We rarely have the television on so it seemed like a waste of money. We do have Netflix however (and antenna television). During the times when I feel that we would watch zero television, I cancel my subscription for the month (for example, during the summer when we are outside the majority of the time or in October when we were in Alaska). I love watching documentaries on Netflix. A few weekends ago, I ended up watching two that were thought provoking: Minimalism and Food Choices.

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things focuses on how life can be better with less physical possessions by exploring the lives of minimalists. One of the things that Robb and I have noticed lately is how full of clutter our home is. Not junk, necessarily, but just little things – books that we don’t want to read, paper and notepads scrawled with reminders, etc. We want to move out of this home (so we can grow our mini-homestead) so we have been taking steps to clear away some of the clutter to make the house more appealing to potential homebuyers. We went through most rooms, tossing some items, selling other pieces and it is amazing how much we still have left after our initial purge.

I once read an article that said to look at an item, see if it brings you joy. If it does not, get rid of it. While I don’t see that necessarily working for all items, it is a good theory to go by. So as the weeks go on, we will continue to purge items unnecessary items from our home. While neither of us plan to be as hardcore as some of the individuals in the documentary, I can see how being void of clutter and excess material goods could invite a sense of peace – declutter your home, declutter your mind.

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Food Choices  explores how the food choices people make affect their health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. While this particular documentary focused more so on living a plant based lifestyle (and had some points I disagreed with), it made some strong points – such as the impact that sugar has on the body and how we all could probably use more healthy items in our diets. We should try away from overly processed foods and focus more on introducing a greater variety of fruits and vegetables into what we eat.

While my ideal lifestyle would be one where I didn’t have to rely on the grocery store, that is not yet possible. I confess, my greatest weakness is soft drinks. I love the taste of soda but I know that the sugar and caffeine wreck havoc on my body. It is something I can working on. Thankfully, we don’t snack a lot in our household, so I’m able to stay away from most junk foods – cookies, chips, etc. It’s noice to be able to avoid that temptation because I think a lot of people tend to fall into that trap.

That being said, I really need to focus on making sure my body gets the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to function properly.

Have you seen either of these documentaries? What did you take away from it?

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[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.

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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.

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[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.

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Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

When I first saw the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”, I had no intention of seeing it. I touted it as just another tragic love story and I’m not really the type to go ga-ga over the latest literary or cinematic craze. But since I had a free movie ticket (you’ll find out why when I finally post my review of “Maleficent”), I agreed to meet a girlfriend of mine at the theater. Her stepdaughter had read the book, seen the movie, and absolutely loved it, so we decided to give it a shot.

We didn’t know what we were in for.

In case you didn’t know, “The Fault in Our Stars” is based on a novel by John Green. I didn’t read the novel. Usually I either read the novel or see the movie, never both. Anyway. Let’s see what IMDB says the film is about:

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

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Be prepared for this film to take a toll on your emotions. I could hear a lady across the theater sobbing, and while no tears trickled down my cheek, my fingers had deep teeth impressions where I had bit down to focus the emotional pain on to something else. But it was a beautiful film. I fell in love with it. The story is absolutely heartbreaking but I hope that all of these pre-teens and teens who are seeing this film take away the same message as I did: to make the most out of the life that we are given and that, even though we may not think so, we are all special and meaningful.

Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) was particularly adorable with that little smirk of his and I loved the character’s cocky – yet fully devoted to Hazel- attitude. He seemed exactly the type of guy that I could see myself falling in love with. Hazel didn’t stand a chance. Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster) is a beautiful young woman and she gave so much life to her character that I truly felt that she was experiencing those emotions. The supporting cast members all added a touch of greatness to the film, but it was Ansel and Shailene that made this such a phenomenal film.

All in all, this would be a definite buy for me if I can get a handle on my emotions and allow myself to watch this film again.