Wonder Woman (No-Spoiler Review)

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“You fight like a girl” is an all-too-often-hurled insult in school yards, but Wonder Woman is a classic icon of female empowerment, busting through these sorts of stereotypes and taking names. I’ve been excited to see the new WW film since the first trailer came out and it instantly gave me chills. After the long wait, the film finally hit theaters yesterday.  I was beyond excited when, by some lovely twist of fate, my boyfriend got out of work early on Friday, allowing us to visit the theater midday before the crowds came flooding in.

First thing’s first, I love Gal Gadot in this role. She nailed her performance in my opinion. Everything from Diana first being exposed to “polite society” in London after being raised and trained among only Amazons, to her refusing to back down from what she believes in and not being afraid to get into the thick of things in order to do so. She did a great job, and was someone you want to root for and believe in.

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This movie is Diana’s origin story, before the world would come to know her as Wonder Woman. The events unfold under the backdrop of WW1, in war-torn Europe. Having grown up in the Amazonian paradise that is Themyscira, Diana has no idea of the ugly reality of war she is stepping into when she decides to go into battle.

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I really enjoyed Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and what they did with his character throughout the movie. Even though the movie is called ‘Wonder Woman’ he doesn’t fall into some lame sidekick role with no ambitions of his own. All the actors did a good job in my opinion.

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I don’t want to go into too many more details because it’s more fun to just go see the movie for yourself. 😉 I thought the film was really good, though, and I’m hoping to see more like this from DC with their upcoming films. *cough cough and maybe a Batwoman movie would be nice, too. cough cough* Just sayin’.

Grumble Grumble . . . Cancellations . . . Grumble Grumble . . . Mini Rant

Ughhhhhh, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV so when a show I really like gets canceled it results in me being the crabbiest crap sandwich to ever crab around town. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still, you get what I’m saying.

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Not too long ago I did a couple reviews for two shows I’ve been enjoying called Sweet/Vicious and Powerless. Well, I just found out that Sweet/Vicious has been canceled, and that though it apparently isn’t 100% “official” yet, Powerless seems to be heading down the same path.

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WHYYYYYYYYY?!?! Why can’t we just have nice thiiiings?!

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Sweet/Vicious was so good, well-written, and so damn relevant. I really hate to see it go. I’m hoping to see it picked up elsewhere through Netflix or Hulu or something because it would really be a shame to lose out on the great characters and the positive impact this show is capable of having on people. It took on several major issues that affect countless people including rape/sexual assault and racial injustice, and still managed to have a light and funny side to it as well. It was the perfect blend of light and darkness.

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Oh, and Powerless, you sweet little cinnamon bun of a show. Please, say it ain’t so. I can’t bare to lose you too. 😥 This is one of those shows where it is impossible to remain in a bad mood when you watch it. I just love it. It’s cute and funny with some really good jokes and amusing characters. It’s definitely cheesy at times, but in a good way. It’s meant to be silly.

Anyway, mini-rant over. I normally try to keep things pretty positive here, but I just had to vent those little frustrations.

Shameless

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Things have been so busy lately, but I decided to put off some stuff and indulge in a lazy weekend with my boyfriend. I’m so glad I did. It was nice to get in some quality time together and just relax. During this time we also binge-watched season 7 of the American version of Shameless. Which, if you have not yet seen, is a hilarious and oftentimes shocking comedy-drama TV series that fully lives up to its name.

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The show follows the exploits of the dysfunctional Gallagher family living in the South Side of Chicago. William H. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, a drunken druggie of a dad who never ceases to shock viewers with all of his scheming antics in the daily grind to get by via any means necessary. Unfortunately for his six children, his motivations in life tend to be for his own selfish agenda rather than theirs, leaving them to fend for themselves with the oldest, Fiona, at the wheel. Thankfully, they are a resourceful bunch.

The show’s definitely for mature audiences. Loaded with sex, violence, drug and alcohol use, profanities galore, and whatnot, it’s definitely not for the little ones.

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It was crazy watching the seventh season (which still has the same main title sequence as season 1 did) and seeing just how much the kids in the show have grown since the start of the series. You see this family and their friends go through A LOT throughout the different seasons. Some moments and really good, some are horrible levels of rock bottom, and some are just plain WTF-inducing shenanigans. There’s never a dull moment, in fact there are plenty of moments that will leave you flat out stunned. A lot of times it’s like a train wreck and you just can’t look away. I’d say give it a shot if you haven’t yet seen it. You’ll either be addicted like I am, or completely turned off of it.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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“Tale as old as time . . . Song as old as rhyme . . . Beauty and the Beast.”

Beauty and the Beast (1991) is definitely a favorite among many Disney fans. So when the new live action version of the film opened in theaters this past weekend, hopes were high to say the least. I think a lot of people had their torches and pitchforks at the ready just in case.

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I, for one, LOVED it. The film was visually stunning. Emma Watson made a fantastic Belle, and the rest of the cast shined in their roles as well. The movie really stayed true to the animated version, but also added in more backstory and expanded on the relationships (friendships included) of so many of the characters. One of the characters I found much more fleshed out and enjoyable in this version was Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, a character who has recently stirred a lot of controversy due to *MILDEST OF SPOILERS* his character being Disney’s first openly gay character in one of their films. Kudos to Disney for finally taking this important step in the right direction. To any of the theaters that refused to play this movie due to it having a gay character in it I simply say “Shame on you” and also “Your loss. Because LeFou is the shit.” ❤

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The characters were awesome, but so was the music. The film included all of your favorite Beauty and the Beast songs as well as a few new ones. Nearly 24 hours later I still have the songs stuck in my head. And I am NOT complaining. 😉

I just want to gush and gush about this movie, but I will only say one more thing before I end this. If you think you enjoyed the library scene in the original, baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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No Spoiler Movie Review: The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

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This past September I read M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I wind up enjoying the book, but I also respected the author’s desire to take some artistic liberties with one of the most common horror themes in this day and age: the zombie apocalypse.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the book, I don’t really want to give a ton of details away concerning the actual plot to the story. Some things are best left unsaid, and I certainly wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise. 😉

What I will tell you, is that the film follows a group of survivors in a world ravaged by “hungries”. Yep, it’s another movie where we don’t dare to utter “the Z word”, but that’s okay since these zombies aren’t exactly what you’re used to seeing anyway.

The remaining humans are from various walks of life with different experiences that make them who they are today, though I’ll admit that the film doesn’t go into this as much as it does in the book. I think this is the sort of movie that perhaps benefits from its viewers having read the book beforehand when it comes to character backstories.

Overall, I enjoyed the film. It stuck pretty well to the events of the novel, but opted to cut out some of the parts that made the book drag at times which was nice. As much as I, along with a few of my friends, liked the book we all agreed that there were a few parts that seemed to just take too long. It was nice that the movie did not suffer the same fate. One thing that some viewers might not like is that most of the characters did not match the book’s descriptions of them in the slightest. It didn’t bother me though since I liked all of the performances, especially that of young actress, Sennia Nanua as Melanie. Glenn Close also did a great job as the complex character of a doctor who is willing to do whatever it takes to save humanity, even things that make her peers question how humane she really is.

Have any of you read the book or seen the movie yet? If so, what were your thoughts?

Powerless: A Review So Far

If you’ve ever read a comic or seen a film involving a super hero fight scene you know that these clashes of power rarely lack in the collateral damage department. We’re talking office buildings with all the windows smashed out, flipped or crushed cars, buses being thrown through the air like they’re nothing, and that’s all just by Tuesday.

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Well, the new NBC show Powerless is all about the little people who deal with that damage. Set in the DC universe, this comedy TV series follows perky optimist Emily Locke (played by Vanessa Hudgens) as she takes on her new job as Director of Research & Development at Wayne Security. Yep, Wayne Security, as in part of Wayne Enterprises. If you are no newcomer to the DC universe you’ll already be well acquainted with the name Wayne. No, not the famous rapper, Lil Wayne, we’re talking the playboy billionaire, Bruce Wayne, silly!

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In the show, the employees of Wayne Security are the people who come up with various products to help everyday helpless citizens feel a little bit safer in a world full of clashing super villains and caped crusaders. Our main character Emily spends the first two episodes trying to fit into her new workplace and make friends with her eccentric new co-workers, including her spoiled, rich, man-boy of a boss, Van Wayne (cousin to Bruce Wayne, or as Van calls him, B-dubs”), played by Alan Tudyk.

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I personally have really enjoyed watched the first two episodes of this show. It’s a lot sillier than I think most people would expect from a DC series, but if you just embrace the fact that it is meant to be ridiculous I think you’ll find that the show has a lot of fun charm to it. It’s got a quirky sort of vibe and the effects are mostly pretty hokey, but it isn’t meant to be all badass. It reminds me sort of if you took a work comedy like The IT Crowd, threw in some DC comics goodness, added a dash of cheesy but fun viewing pleasures like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman’s World and threw it all into a blender. All still while managing to be fun and fresh. With that all said, I will definitely continue watching.

 

 

 

Sweet/Vicious

I will admit: I am normally pretty bad about remembering to (and making time to) watch television shows. Even ones I really, really like. This, however, is not the case with MTV’s Sweet/Vicious. I know some of you may have already rolled your eyes at the fact that it is an MTV show, but stick with me on this one because it’s actually pretty great.

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The show follows the two vigilantes pictured above, Jules (left) and Ophelia (right).

We all know about the alarming rate of sexual assaults and rape reported on college campuses and how they oftentimes either go completely ignored, or the person who forced themselves on another is merely slapped on the wrist with an insultingly light sentence. This show tackles this issue. Like, they literally tackle it and beat the ever living hell out of it, with Jules and Ophelia taking the law into their own hands and going all Batman and Robin on their targets.

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Well, okay, maybe not Robin.

So, what is it I love so much about this show? Why, dear reader, let me tell you:

The Writing: this show is like a roller coaster at times, but in a good way. It manages to be funny and witty but still shine a light on some of our darkest moments we may have to endure as humans living among other humans: things like rape, racial prejudice, living with PTSD, and how hard it can be to open up to those you care about most. Another thing I like about the writing is that it doesn’t come across like one of those preachy after school specials.

The Characters: I don’t even just mean the main characters, either. All of them. Each character has flaws and strengths. Their relationships (platonic and romantic alike) have highs and lows and confusing middle grounds. There are also several likeable characters (Ophelia, Jules, and Harris being my favorites).

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How Relevant It Is: One of the main reasons I felt compelled to write this review is that I was shocked to discover that not a lot of people seem to know about this show despite how totally relevant it is. Last Saturday’s protests all over the globe in support of women’s rights and equality only serve to prove just how relevant. We’re standing up together and fighting back as a society against oppression and injustice in the many forms it continues to rear its ugly head. Granted Jules and Ophelia are literally fighting back, but we’ll touch on that subject in just a moment. 😉

So, now that I’ve gushed about the reasons I enjoy the show, I suppose it’s only fair to discuss some of the negative things I’ve heard others say about it. I’ve read a few complaints online that this show glorifies the dangerous and oftentimes morally questionable act of vigilantism. I have a few issues with this complaint. My counter-argument would be that the show does look at this stance from multiple viewpoints, even having Jules and Ophelia struggle with what they are and are not willing to do in their quest for justice. It isn’t all happy-g0-lucky-scumbag-beatdowns I’ll have you know. Jules especially grapples with this, a rape survivor herself. For her, this is personal.

The other complaint I’ve read more than just a couple times is that the show “depicts all men in a negative light”. NOPE. Try again. This show depicts RAPISTS and people who sexually assault and shame others in an accurately negative light that they deserve. And it does so in a way that is not solely directed toward males, with an episode devoted specifically to taking down girls who take their sorority hazing of hopeful pledges too far. Not to mention, the great male characters also included in the cast, I fail to see how they contribute to the show’s unearned reputation of treating “ALL guys” in a negative way. Exhibit A: I’m looking at you again, Harris. 😉

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Harris and his love for Peanut Butter Froyo. Who can blame the guy? This delightful picture is from Fangirlish so credit to them for that! 🙂