Monthly Archives: June 2017

13 Reasons Why, book and movie review

A friend of mine mentioned this show, so when I subscribed to Netflix for a month, I decided to check it out. The first episode wasn’t all that great to me, and the girl who had killed herself came off as a sociopath who was having too much fun with this game of telling people how they contributed to her killing herself.

Despite that, I watched a few more episodes, and I can say, that after episode one, the show really opened up and became relatable. The characters were all experiencing things that most of us probably saw or went through ourselves in high school. I now understood the appeal of the show. I also saw the romanticizing of the death that critics had gotten so worked up about. However, those critics must not have stuck around for the entire 13 episodes, because yes, the first nine episodes are relatable things that we could all experience and imagine doing, but the last four episodes, oh my goodness.

The show gets super dark. People are dying, getting raped, fights, more suicides, I mean, the amount of drama that will just break your heart in this show will put any soap opera to shame.

As I watched the show, I also read the book. This was one of those rare times where it was faster to read the book than watch the show. Each chapter, which was an episode, could easily be read in fifteen minutes.

In the books, Clay listens to the tapes in one night. Start to end, with him adding his own internal dialogue mixed in with the tapes. It makes for an interesting narration of the novel and it worked well.

The show had Clay take a week or more to get through the tapes, and his day to day life filled up most of the time. The secondary characters all got full back stories, to include the addition of several homosexual characters which are not in the book.

The ending of the novel is also not as dark as the tv show. I was bawling during those last four episodes, but didn’t bat an eye when I read the book. So, to me, the translation from book to show was done wonderfully.

Hannah’s words were verbatim from the novel, from what I could tell, which was a nice touch.

Overall, I would recommend this book and show for anyone who enjoys a good drama. The book is well written and the style unique. The acting and additional plot lines in the tv show, well above what I usually see in movie theaters.

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Transformers: The Last Knight, movie review

Well. I’m not sure where to start with this one. There’s a rule where people say you shouldn’t put too many supernatural things into one book or movie because the plot gets hard to follow and people won’t find it relateable or realistic. This film decided to ignore that rule.

Now, I’m not a follower of the original Transformers lore, so I’m not sure if this came from that, or if this was really just made up by this current screen writer. Either way, it just didn’t work.

Somehow, transformers were connected to King Arthur and Camelot, ancient druids, Nazis, hidden conspiracies on “National Treasure” type level, and there’s blood magic, so only people of a certain decent can save us. There’s more too, I just can’t remember it all because it was so all over the place. I mean, half the world is now dystopian and the other half perfectly fine, how does no one see the split personality thing going on here?

The action is good, although it felt like the transformers were all moving through mud in slow motion. They walked faster in the other movies. The science is insane and beyond outrageous.

The acting is over the top. I mean, the actors know it’s a crazy movie, its like they just opted to be insane too and collect the paycheck.

The whole point of the movie is to market a new line of toys, but the monsters are so pointy and deadly, that the toys made after them look nothing like them, because uh, they would kill the kid. So… we sorta missed the mark on that one. Even I was seduced and would love a figurine of the three headed dragon, even though he only had five seconds of screen time. Does he exist in plastic? No, at least not in any manner that looks like him in the movie.

So, all in all, a giant flop. I’m not even sure I would recommend this to action movie junkies. Maybe if you want to stare at fancy cars for a while, this might be worthwhile for you… maybe.


Rough Night, movie review

So this is one of those films where most of the negative reviews seem to come from people who didn’t actually see the movie. The complaints people made, I didn’t really see.

When I saw the trailers, I immediately thought this was a remake of “Very Bad Things” done this time with women. Kind of like how Ghost Busters was redone. Girls getting together to have a bachelorette party and accidently killing the stripper, how can that not be “Very Bad Things?”

The movie added plenty of originality, and unlike the male version, the girls do not turn on each other. I found the script had plenty of heart and for a comedy, a decent plot. The actresses all worked well with each other and the chemistry showed on the screen. I wasn’t a fan of the subplot with the fiancé, but that’s just me. I’m sure others will get a few chuckles out of it. The ending does stretch things a bit and I would have liked to see more of the conclusion, like when the cops were finally called in to deal with the murder.

Overall, it was a decent a comedy


Megan Leavey, movie review

I expected a bit more from this movie than what it gave me. Usually war movies are decent, add in the emotional impact of a dog, and in theory the recipe for a successful movie is sound. That is not so with Megan Leavey.
I found myself waiting for the movie to actually start. It all felt like build up. I was being shown this world and needed to be given enough background to fully appreciate the story once it was told. The problem is, the entire movie was like that. It never reached the meat or point of things. It was all just one long drawn out introduction.
The acting was okay, the world building beyond what was needed, and the dogs came off as well trained. But no one’s heart was in it, like they too, thought they were just part of the intro, no need to actually try to get the audience to be attached to them.
So this was a total flop. Maybe someday another attempt will be done.

Snatched, movie review

I’m not a huge fan of Amy Schumer. Despite the popularity of it, I actually disliked “Trainwreck.” I felt they were dressing her in clothes too small for her size and by the end of the movie was able to stomach seeing so much thigh. But, the trailers and a few sneak peaks made this movie look good. So I put aside my bias and went. Even most of the reviews warned me not to go.

And I am glad I went. The movie is not vulgar like some say. At least, compared to most comedies made these days, I found it very clean. Yeah, the tapeworm was a bit over the top. And there was some cheap slapstick, like having a woman’s boob showing, but the joke made out of it worked okay.

There is a plot, the chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is what makes the film work. There aren’t many mother daughter movies, especially ones that star nearly no males. To me, the movie was a good comedy and worth seeing for a few jokes. And yes, Amy Schumer dressed much more appropriately in this movie.


Captain Underpants, movie review

I haven’t read the comics. So I can’t tell you if it kept true to them. But as someone who knows nothing about the original Captain Underpants, here’s my two cents.

It’s a cute movie. Border line late night Cartoon Network type show, but it stays just clean and lighthearted enough to be kid friendly. There’s potty jokes, and even comments making fun of how many potty jokes there are. But in the end, the movie has a nice message, and the characters all grow and learn.

So yeah, overall I give it a thumbs up. If you have a kid, (boys will like it more than girls due to the literal toilet jokes) then I’d say take them out to go see it.


Wonder Woman, movie review

Most have probably already told you this movie was good. Most of the comic-book-to-big-screen movies are these days. Keep in mind this is a DC comic movie, so it ties into the world with Superman, Batman, and Batman vs Superman. This film takes us back in time to explain the origins of Wonder Woman and it explains the photo shown in Batman vs Superman.

This is a traditional story of an isolated person seeing and experiencing the world for the first time with an almost childlike wonder and innocence. It’s not exactly original, but it does a good job of making us, the audience, rethink how we view the world.

Wonder Woman is willing to do things that no one else will do. She empowers others to step up because she is. This is by far a movie about women empowerment, but there is plenty of action to appeal to the men who also view the film.

If I had to compare it to another movie, I would pick “Captain America.” Both characters have an innocence about them, and in both movies, the enemy is the German Nazi.