Star Trek: Beyond — Amazing

Star Trek: Beyond is a fantastic film! I absolutely enjoyed it.

One of the biggest draws was the spectacular CGI. I simply cannot get over how amazing the art was in this movie. In every scene, everything was so well done, and the space scenes were simply beautiful.

The acting was on point as was the engaging story line. There was even character development!

I recently posted a review on MoviePilot.com where I elaborate on why it’s such a great film. Please check out this link https://creators.co/posts/4016242.

Ghostbusters — A Hilarious Delight

Now, I am not all too familiar with the original Ghostbusters franchise. Prior to watching this movie tonight all I knew was the renowned “Who you gonna call?” line, but everyone knows that. Ghostbusters was an absolute hilarious delight.

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The plot of the movie is pretty standard. A group of people work together to ward off evil, which in this movie comes in the form of ghosts, who receive full access to NYC from one man.

But the delivery was fabulous. The characters were all so quirky and funny! Ghostbusters delivered a lot of laughs. The humor wasn’t too much nor was it too dry. There was a good balance of commonly used jokes and humor situational to this specific setting. Kevin was a riot. I was, obviously, extremely thrilled to see the exceedingly handsome Chris Hemsworth appear on screen. His character, however, was only hot. He was kinda an idiot, but the lovable kind that makes you laugh… a lot. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig played their characters very well. Kate McKinnon’s character might be my favorite. She acted like life was a joke and as if she took nothing seriously, but she was actually a brilliant engineer who gets the job done. Leslie Jones’ character was a confident gem. It’s always great to see minorities on the big screen portrayed in a positive light. Speaking of positivity, it was also fabulous to have a cast of mainly women, strong not sexualized women at that!

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This dorky look is something I definitely dig on Hemsworth. Even if the dorkiness was not on par with the character, lol!

So, the characters were great and needless to say I approve of the casting. The plot was easy to follow despite the constant paranormal-speak, and the special effects were at an appropriate level. They were very well done. They were animated to fit the humorous nature of movie. The movie was charming, humorous, and just a lot of fun! It’s worth the time to kick back and enjoy.

Flash Season 2: Mixed Feelings

UGH. Okay. So last night I finished the Season 2 Finale of CW’s The Flash, and I have many issues. Now granted, I obviously very much enjoyed the show as I binged the entire series in three days, but that was due to its good superficial entertainment value. After an A+ first season, I hopped into the second season full of love for the characters, so I was already invested, but after the 23 episodes I was left disappointed and oh-so-annoyed.

Now normally my reviews are spoiler free, but not today, so I regret to inform you that if you aren’t looking for major spoilers, you’ll have to stop reading this post until you finish the show.

Season One of The Flash contained an excellent storyline. We viewers were dragged through intriguing twists and turns and everything made sense. Of course, the villain was given away a little too early, ruining any surprise. We knew Dr. Wells, or actually as it turned out Eobard Thawne was a sketchball from the beginning, but his character was still intriguing, and his villainy made sense. His relationship with Barry was so special which made his betrayal all the worse, but we were met with many believable relationships. It was encouraging to see Barry grow and accept things such as the fact that Iris wasn’t in love with him. Life happens. But in Season 2, it felt like they were trying to force this relationship to happen. Barry was very happy with Patty and Iris was genuinely happy for them, but midway through the season she starts questioning her feelings? Why? It honestly led nowhere and was quite pointless.

Speaking of forced relationships…Hunter and Caitlin. I was not buying that one bit. Oh no, evil villain destroying many worlds has a weakness because of his fondness for some girl. Hunter and Caitlin’s romance was cute at first, but once it was discovered that this so called Jay Garrick was actually Zoom, I couldn’t buy that his emotions of love were strong enough to influence his decisions as they did. In fact Zoom as a whole after his reveal didn’t really make sense and with this speedsters grabbing time remnants of themselves (these still confuse me) at their very whim made me wonder why Zoom’s grand plan was just to race Barry. That’s it? Zoom is honestly SO powerful and has apparently already ruined other Earths that he could’ve done better. It was REALLY hard to get invested in this season’s major storyline after the reveal. Here I was rooting for the team as they worked to try to stop Zoom and save Jesse (Omgosh, I’m still in love with Wells), but after that happened, everything sort of became blase. And Barry giving up his powers? Stupidest.Move.Ever.

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Nope, this really wasn’t happening. Maybe a cute fling, but Zoom acting as he did? Nope.

And Barry running back in time to talk to Eobard Thawne/evil Wells? Another stupid move. Plus, he was sooo bad at not letting the timeline remain intact. He warned his team about things instead of letting them happen, and he didn’t even do a good enough job to fool me, so it’s no small wonder that Thawne/evil Wells, a brilliant man figured out something was amiss. I just wasn’t buying that. Plus the only repurcussion of Barry’s screwing with the timeline was that Hartley was around when he returned to the present and that creepy ghost thing followed him. No. There had to be many more changes. Speaking of altering the timeline…the ending. NO. In the season one finale, Barry had the chance to save his mother, but he knew he shouldn’t, especially with the help of other Barry shaking his head to stop him, but here soon after Barry finally comes to terms with his mother’s death, Barry goes back in time to save her. WHAT THE HECK?! Like honestly this is ridiculous. In stopping Reverse-Flash, Barry just destroyed the whole storyline of Season One, on which Season Two continued, so everything that just happened is gone. And Barry loves Joe. Joe is his dad. He’s said that. What is his problem? Yes, he’s shook up because his dad just died, but if he can travel back in time all willy-nilly, why not just save Henry? Also, won’t the Speed Force (which apparently is some deity-ish entity) be pissed about this? And Barry is integral to the rest of this DC Universe thing these CW shows have going…like Arrow. How much does this change everything? I know people have probably been complaining about all this for a couple months, but this decision was ridiculous. Barry can’t just be changing his mind like this.

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Come on Fam! You legit just accepted your mom’s fate, and here you are trying to change life?

Barry actually got a bit annoying in this season…second half that is. Iris didn’t seem to have as important of a role which was a little disappointing. Same with Joe. I missed his great mentoring from the first season. Cisco got an upgrade which was fun. And of course Wells was back!! As you know, from my ranting from the first season, I absolutely love Dr. Wells (or as he was in the first season Eobard Thawne). I needed to get used to the angrier and more brusque demeanor of Earth Two Wells, but it didn’t take long. His lovable intelligence was intact, and I loved Earth Two Wells’ seeming nonchalance and brisk responses when people would tell him things or compare him to evil Wells. That was a thing, although Wells had his secrets at first, he was a good guy. Yayy. Honestly, I have to throw appreciation to Tom Cavangh’s superb acting skills for part of my affection for Wells. I would even go as far to say is the best on the show. Unfortunately, I felt the season two acting was rather mediocre (other than Bae Cavangh of course). Teddy Sears was a bit monotone as Jay Garrick/Zoom/Hunter and Danielle Panabaker didn’t pull off evil very well. Honestly, the Earth Two doppelgangers were almost laughable. I mean, I loved the ideas behind those episodes, but it didn’t seem to work very well.

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Can’t complain about Bae. ❤ Obvi, I’m biased, but I honestly think Wells’ character was well-developed. 

While I’m here bashing the season, I did enjoy it. I mean I did happily watch it all in three days. I’m not happy with the ending, but the first half of the season was honestly pretty engaging and the plots were going somewhere. Actually they were pretty good. Unfortunately, their appeal was lost after the Zoom reveal. Something just happened and it all went downhill. And there is just too much wrong with the time travel and questions surrounding these paradoxes that in a way helped ruin the second half of the show. Cisco and Wells were the true heroes of this season as they helped maintain engagement for the second half. I look forward to seeing how Season 3 deals with the epic time crisis Barry has created, and I hope for stronger relationships between the characters as well as a more engaging and intriguing storyline. Season 1 was SO good, Man. Season 3 better bring the attack this fall. I miss my good Barry. ALSO: one thing with the timeline crisis is that this totally means that Dr. Wells, the original, the real Earth One Wells can definitely come around in Season 3, and I will gladly accept his existence.

Flash Season 1 and Dr. Wells!

Alright, something has to be wrong with me. This happened with Loki in the Avengers and now here in the Flash. I love the villain. Now, it’s no spoiler for me to tell you that Dr. Wells is a villain. The very first episode, we see that he is a major sketchball, but despite his villainous actions, he’s my favorite character. And it sucks because if he didn’t have that mysterious villainous side, I don’t believe I would like him as much. But I mean I also like him for his good qualities. He is majorly intelligent and for the most part, he has a calm personality and has this calculating persona when he’s thinking, which is what he’s usually doing. I love it. I love him. Maybe I’m just falling into his manipulative tendencies just like I fell for Loki…but just like Loki…I don’t care.

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SO, even though I just started Flash the other day, I finished it last night. Why is that? Because I LOVE it, and the only reason I stopped my binge last night was because Netflix doesn’t have Season 2. (Honestly, the travesty! >.<) Did I still love it as much as I did after the first couple episodes? Yes! I will admit towards the middle, it started to get a little slow because they needed to drag the major plot line out for the entire season. Obviously those little villain face-offs Flash had every episode did not need to be dragged out, lol. But all in all, I found the story to be quite engaging and maintain a decent amount of unpredictability to prevent boredom. The crossovers with Arrow were actually done well in a manner that actually made me appreciate those characters. And the drama. The drama was maintained at an agreeable and manageable level! Yes, the characters had their moments, but it wasn’t like every single episode. It was fantastic to see Team Flash work together and grow together. I swear, I could also see the acting improve as the episodes progressed. The characters are great—people I’d love to meet in real life. (Actually, I’ve been daydreaming about hanging out with the Flash crew for a few days now. I’m not sure what sort of science and magic I’ll have to perform to make that happen though…) Barry is absolutely adorable and I love his spirit. He has a great group of people to support him and their quirks are just as fun.

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Flash Season 1 did not feel like a waste of my time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to watching every episode. I can’t wait to see what Season 2 brings to the table. And don’t you worry, I will find a way to watch it. I MUST. Also I do not and will not apologize for my love for the character of Harrison Wells. He’s still my favorite. XD

 

Flash is actually good!

I was pretty hesitant to start watching the Flash after my little stint with Arrow last summer. I had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Arrow. There were so many things I couldn’t stand, but Flash was quite a pleasant surprise. First of all, I much like the main character (yeah, Oliver Queen is obnoxious in my opinion). Secondly, there isn’t annoying drama! Yesss! I’m so happy to be at episode ten and be not finding any ridiculous or excessive drama. Thirdly, there isn’t an annoying repetitive opening sequence. I am SO grateful Barry switches up how he introduces each episode.

Flash is fun! Barry Allen is ABSOLUTELY adorable. I love his character and the actor is quite cute too. 😉 He has a great group of people he runs with who are useful as he chases down the bad guys every episode. And he’s learning. He’s new to his powers and it’s cool to see him grow. Actually there was an episode where Oliver Queen trained Barry. I could not believe how mature and likeable Oliver appeared…Okay, I need to chill before this turns into a rant about Oliver Queen.

Every episode just makes Barry more lovable, and the show has a light-hearted yet serious nature, which is wonderful. While every episode focuses on a new villain, there is also two other mysterious storylines that weave through the series. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

I mean, I’m not even halfway through the first season (Goodness, I only started yesterday), but I’m really enjoying Flash, and so far have zero complaints. XD

Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham

The movie was 90% crying, I swear. Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but not by much. It was like 85% crying, but it was good crying. It was real crying because this movie was about 85% feels, literally. That was not an exaggeration there.

Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham is a 2001 Bollywood drama, so it’s a little old, but I did enjoy it so I figured it was worth talking about now. K3G is about family, simply put. Rahul is adopted as a toddler by the wealthy Raichand family, and they take him in as their own, with immense love. Later they have a second son, Rohan, and the family is in bliss. As Rahul comes of age to take over his father’s company, he makes a mistake: he falls in love. What is unacceptable to his father is the girl who he falls in love with, one of the working class. In choosing the girl over duty to his family, Rahul leaves the Raichand household, only to be found ten years later by his younger brother, who does his best to reunite his family. Rohan knows the stubbornness keeping his family apart can be mended by the love they all share for each other.

This movie is a little long, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time in watching it (which is basically how I rate movies nowadays. If I don’t regret the time spent, then it’s okay!) K3G is beautiful. Brokenness is a real thing, and this movie captures it greatly. It also has a few great musical numbers, colorful and fun, just as Bollywood is known for. With big names like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan, Kareena Kapoor, this movie does not disappoint.

Plus it’s on Netflix, so y’all really have no excuse not to check it out. I don’t need any “I don’t have Netflix” excuses. Someone you knows does.

(By the way, I totally rate this movie 3/5 tears. XD)

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Well, I did it. I jumped on the bandwagon and went to see Star Wars opening weekend. Now to be honest, I was planning on seeing it anyway. I enjoy Star Wars. It’s a neat franchise. But they hype over the past week and multiple “YOU HAVE TO SEE STAR WARS” from friends made me feel like I had to see it as soon as possible. Honestly, friends’ recommendations are the best sort of advertisement anybody who’s trying to promote something could hope for.

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Now, I’m not about to review this movie like I usually review movies because I think part of the experience with Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going in without expectations about anything. If you had any interest in seeing the new Star Wars movie, go for it. You won’t be disappointed. If you had no interest before, buy you’re looking for something to do, go see it. You’ll probably like it. It was a pretty good movie. Now, it wasn’t epic. Like, I’m not about to give it a 10/10 rating like so many people did, but it is worth it. I think part of the hype and craze comes from the fact that the franchise is so big in our culture and the newest movie was actually good, so it just makes everyone super happy that JJ Abrams didn’t botch it up.

Now to go forward with a vague review, let me tell you what I liked.

  • The CG was on point. It was actually really cool to watch the movie if not just for the special effects.
  • The characters were great. I appreciated the attempt at diversifying the main cast. (There was a black guy  and a strong female lead.)
  • The soundtrack — I mean, you can’t really go wrong with the familiar Star Wars medleys.

Ahh, I really don’t want to say anymore because like I said, you should go in expecting nothing. Don’t look up spoilers!!

Although, it’s not as epic as so many people try to say it is, it is worthwhile and a fabulous return for the franchise. I look forward to any more that might follow. (Oh, that’s another thing, there was no really stupid cliffhanger at the end like so many movies I’ve seen lately where you have to wait a year to see what happens. Like, what’s up with that, don’t leave us hanging, Hollywood! Like with this one, it ends in such a way, that the viewer is satisfied, but there’s definitely room for sequels.)

Anyway, especially if you were going to anyway, go see Star Wars! 🙂

 

 

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation

So, I went to see Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation the other night. I hadn’t actually intended to ever watch it (I mean, the trailer was good and all, but I wasn’t seeking it out), but my friend invited me and I thought, why not?

Firstly, I think it’s important to mention that I have not seen any of the other Mission: Impossible movies.

Secondly, when the heck did Tom Cruise get so old?!

Anyway, the movie.The director of the CIA convinces the Senate that the IMF, Impossible Missions Force, is an outdated organization and has committed to many sketchy acts and must be shut down — just as Ethan Hunt starts making progress on tracking the shadow organization Syndicate. Without support from his friends, Ethan continues tracking the organization on his own, but soon realizes he does need help from his original team…

I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t the best thing ever, but it was entertaining. I didn’t like the first half of the movie. I know Mission Impossible is notorious for the superbly unrealistic features, like ridiculous face masks or gadgets that are absolutely perfect for a situation and come out of nowhere. That was my problem with the first half of the movie. It was kinda slow to me and boring. Plus the ridiculousness of some of the things that happened just ruined it for me. The second half of the movie, however was very engaging and exciting. The plot of this movie was quite intriguing. As the players within the story were all clever, daring, and deceptive, it was fun to watch them choose their moves and see who was playing who and trying to figure out what team the characters were actually working for. No doubt then the characterization was good. I enjoyed watching them deal with the things that came their way. The action was on point and the stunts were well-choreographed.  The soundtrack was my absolute favorite part of the movie. The music was just so good and appropriate for the scene on the screen.

The mind-games of the characters in the second-half of the movie, the sweet stunts, and that soundtrack were what made this film worthwhile. Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation was a good one-time watch. I don’t regret spending the time, but I would’ve been completely fine had I not gone to see it.

Finally Caught Up with Arrow!

So I’ve just finished watching Season 3 of Arrow (although, once you read this it will be over a week since I finished. Blog schedules and stuff, you know.) Anyway, this means I’m all caught up with Arrow!

I enjoyed this season. I do think Season 2 was a better, but 3 was not that much worse than season 1. The major storyline that appeared in the second half of the season had some issue that I can’t seem to place my finger on. I don’t know if it’s that it was under-developed or simply far-fetched (which I realize is ridiculous to say of a show of this nature), but the series is still entertaining and engaging (*cough*my coworker told me I’m addicted*cough*). The flashback storyline was pretty interesting this time around. It was much more intriguing than last season’s flashback sequences.

The action this season was on point. As Oliver’s team expands to include more heroes, they all learn to fight and it was fun to watch them learn, fail, but then succeed. The music in Arrow was once again excellent and the special effects like last season were pretty average. The characters, once again, continued to grow, which was wonderful. Thea Queen literally stole the show. She was such a strong character this season, and you couldn’t help but love her. She became an epic fighter, emotionally and physically. And her reaction to Oliver finally telling her the truth was beautiful. Thankfully, Oliver continually became less annoying. He still has those decisions that are poorly made, but he’s become a much more likable character. (But there is one major decision he makes in the season finale that makes me want to scream at him. This guy. Honestly.)

In Season 2, Laurel Lance was incredibly annoying (she was basically a whiny damsel in distress), but she got a lot of her act together in 3, which I was pleased to see. Roy, Digs, and Felicity continue to show what amazing friends they are as they stick with Oliver through thick and thin. In fact, Roy makes an amazing decision towards the end of the season that displays just how awesome and loving he is. Ray Palmer, the alter-ego of the Atom was introduced this season, and he is an absolutely wonderful character. He’s incredibly geeky, thoughtful, and an all-round nice guy. There was romantic relationship drama in this season, but it wasn’t distracting and pointless like season one’s.

With the character improvement and other good aspects of this season, I’m sure you’d expect that I’d say I loved this season and it was my favorite, but unfortunately this is not the case. The drawback is the bland storyline(s). As I was saying earlier, there was just something wrong with them; they were definitely not up to par with the previous two seasons. They weren’t awful; they still were entertaining and engaging enough. They just could’ve used more development and interesting but not ridiculous plot. Despite this, I still enjoyed Season 3. The best parts of Season 3 were the Arrow/Flash crossovers, the Suicide Squad episodes (yes! They had the Suicide Squad), and Thea Queen. So, Season 3 was fun and not a complete waste of time.

Now that I’ve caught up with Arrow, I’m glad I watched it. As I’ve been saying for all three seasons it’s an entertaining show. It’s not amazing and not the type of show I would re-watch. Overall, it has a good, engaging, and intricate storyline. As the show progresses, the characters grow and develop, which is quite awesome. The soundtrack is well-done and the CG and special effects are good. It’s definitely a show with good entertainment value and fun to watch, especially if you like self-made superheroes.

Oh! And remember those opening sequence flashback scenes that I complained about in Season 1? They actually grew on me! They became quite useful in reminding me of past plot points from all three seasons that would prove important in the specific episode they were opening to. They were great to foreshadow with, so I kinda take back my complaints (only kinda cuz they were annoying in Season 1).

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I have no complaints about Ray Palmer whatsoever. None!
Malcolm Merlyn has a pretty major role in this season, and he also has some pretty major skill to keep cheating death as he does...
Malcolm Merlyn has a pretty major role in this season, and he also has some pretty major skill to keep cheating death as he does…
Deadshot: Most likeable member of Suicide Squad. Yes, he's a killer, and yes, he's a villain, but he has his humane moments.
Deadshot: Most likeable member of Suicide Squad. Yes, he’s a killer, and yes, he’s a villain, but he has his humane moments.
Ra's Al Ghul: The main player in that kinda lame major storyline of the season.
Ra’s Al Ghul: The main player in that kinda lame major storyline of the season.
Because Thea Queen is just awesome. She really kicks some butt in this season!
Because Thea Queen is just awesome. She really kicks some butt in this season!
And I shall leave you with the one, the only, Team Arrow!
And I shall leave you with the one, the only, Team Arrow!

Arrow: The Brave and the Bold

I never really thought that I’d review a specific episode of a TV series, but I felt the need to, so here we go! Please note that this post has a potential to contain spoilers, depending on how far you’ve watched in the shows, so be wary when reading it, but I tried not to include anything super spoiler-y. It is episode 8 of season 3 of Arrow.

A couple weeks ago, I saw about ten minutes of a random episode of the Flash, another CW show based on DC comics. I thought it was SO cheesy and lame, but at the same time I knew I couldn’t really judge the series based on watching ten minutes midway through an episode and midway through a season. Then a couple days later, I saw Barry Allen’s modern introduction to the cinematic DC universe on Arrow. The kid was adorable! (And I do mean personality although he is also a cutie. 😉 No surprise there…) It made me want to watch Flash. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, as I’d like to catch up with Arrow first, but after that, Flash is on the list.

Anyway, Arrow episode 8 of season 3 rolled around: The Brave and the Bold. It was a Arrow/Flash crossover! It probably would’ve been helpful to see the crossover contained in the beginning of Flash first for a bit of background information, but not seeing it didn’t hinder the viewing pleasure all that much. I loved it (I mean, I’m devoting a whole post specifically to this episode so…).

Barry and Oliver decide to work together to catch Digger Harkness, a mean killer whose weapon of choice is a psyched out boomerang. At first, they’re hindered by A.R.G.U.S’s involvement with the case, but soon the two are able to take over to try and catch this killer who seems to have something against Diggle’s love interest, his ex-wife, Lila.

This episode was so fun to watch. With Barry and his team on the scene, the mood of the show was a lot more light-hearted than most episodes of Arrow. They can have the tendency to be on the darker side (that includes the lighting on the show as well). Barry is younger than Oliver and hasn’t gone through all the darkness Oliver has faced. Yes, he did lose his parents, but he’s not turning a dark leaf. He’s still a peppy, positive soul. And his friends also bring some humor to the table. Cisco thinks everything going on with his friend’s new superpowers and then his friend’s epic friends is pretty amazing, and he’s not afraid to voice his awestruck opinions.

The action choreography, cinematography, acting, and storyline of this episode were all well-developed and well-executed (Plus there was no lame relationship drama in the entire episode!). I truly enjoyed watching this episode and seeing the two heroes’ teams working together and getting along. This episode makes me want to watch Flash all the more and made me a happy that I watch Arrow. 

Barry Allen, ladies and gentlemen.
Barry Allen, ladies and gentlemen.