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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!

Holiday · Life

The Bouqs Company

I’ve probably ordered flowers from The Bouqs Company half a dozen times since their inception in 2012. Their flower arrangements are gorgeous, unique, and decently priced for the quality that you get. Even better – they are a company that actually LISTENS. Their customer service is on point. I once mentioned that the flowers I received were a little less than perky and they issued a store credit that I used to buy flowers at a later date (which arrived perfectly).

I’m not really a flower girl to be honest. I would much rather you buy me a plant that I can stick in the ground versus a bouquet of flowers that will only wilt and decay. But there is something so special about the selection at The Bouqs company that I couldn’t help but to order myself a bouquet around the Christmas holiday. My bouquet lasted nearly a month before I finally tossed it (as it aged, I found myself fascinated at how it changed) but still scented the room with a fresh floral scent.

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I’m also currently eyeballing this gorgeous bouquet:

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“Bewitched” from the Bouqs Company – Deluxe version includes 24 mixed stems for $65

 

Good news! The Bouqs Company is offering 20% Off + Free Shipping with Code: ROMANCE20 (Valid through 2/14) [affiliate link]. So place your order tonight for a great little Valentine’s Day pick me up for yourself or someone special in your life.

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!

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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.

Food · Holiday · review

[Review] Sucre King Cake

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll! We are celebrating Mardi Gras on the blog this week. What better way to start off the celebration than with a king cake?

Sales for king cakes typically start on January 6th – Epiphany or Three King’s Day (the 12th day after Christmas) and runs through the duration of the Mardi Gras/Carnival season (ending on the day before Ash Wednesday). It is my understanding that the day celebrates the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus. Typically a small baby is hidden in the cake to symbolize baby Jesus. It is a sign of good fortune (and that you’ll supply the next king cake) if you find the baby.

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I ordered my king cake from Sucré. Located in New Orleans, Sucré was established in 2007 and features macarons, chocolates, cakes and so much more delicious goodies. Their king cake is a danish pastry is sweetened by cinnamon and cane sugar, baked with a light layer of creole cream cheese.

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The king cake was delivered on Friday and it didn’t take long for my boyfriend and I to dig in. Per Sucré’s instructions, we microwaved each slice for 10 seconds, which really gave it that delicious fresh-out-of-the-oven taste. Sucré’s king cake is delicious. The cinnamon and cream cheese isn’t overwhelming, instead it is a delicate whisper of flavor. It worked well as an after dinner treat or even first thing in the morning for breakfast. The king cake is beautifully decorated. Sucré even includes a plastic baby for you to place inside.

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While my boyfriend technically found the baby (he sliced a piece and noticed it sticking out, so he brought that piece of me), I may be feeling generous next year and order another king cake out of my own pocket.

Check back tomorrow for a review of “The Casquette Girls” by Alys Arden!

Sucré
3930 Euphrosine St.,
New Orleans, LA 70125
504.708.4366

Food · Movie · review

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?