The Secret Life of Pets 2, movie review

This movie adds enough new content to be superior to most sequels. There are several story lines occurring at the same time, which will keep adult viewers engaged. There are cute moments, that will make you think, “my pet does that!” and of course outrageous things that will either earn an eye roll or a burst of laughter.

I’d suggest any fan of the first movie, go see this one. Kids in the theater with me were well entertained as well. The plot also had enough twists that I didn’t find it predictable. And there are some great one liners.

Pet lovers, should truly enjoy it.

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Dark Phoenix, movie review

First let me say, don’t stay after the movie and wait for the extra scene after the credits. There is none. For some reason my theater kept the lights dimmed until the credits were finished, making you think there something worth waiting for. There isn’t.

I think if these movies came out quicker, the fan base might still be there. But since they are so spread out, when other franchises are able to pump their sequels out in nearly yearly installments, we as fans are now spoiled and I think this movie suffered for that. I personally kept thinking of how the actors all look different than their original counterparts from the X-men in the first set of movies. I get it, the Xmen universe, comic book version, is known for having plenty of variations to their characters, so I tried not to get hung up on that.

But the emotional impact wasn’t there that the original cast brought. The actors just weren’t as good. They are kids, which I guess was the idea, but somehow it didn’t work right. Every time the movie looked like it was going to get good… it would stop, jerking you back to the slow pace of “everything is okay.”

For a movie with a lot of action, and a very large character development, it did it all with a fizzle. Everyone was holding themselves back, and it showed, in a not good way. Maybe its because we have so many other action movies out now, maybe it was the acting, I dunno, but I left the theater feeling very “meh” about a franchise of movies I used to be very excited about.


Rocketman, movie review

I expected this to be like “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Let me start with, it is not. This movie is very much a musical, but it doesn’t do it so much that I am irritated by it, like I was in “La La Land.” But the true life based movie, did take regular scenes and have characters burst into singing. It worked okay, but it might be what makes the movie lose a few awards when the time comes.

I wasn’t bored, and the film keeps a decent pace. Fans of Elton John should enjoy seeing a side of Elton’s past that most of us probably didn’t know this clearly. I did wonder if my fellow movie goers were truly prepared for what was unfolding on the stage, there is quite a bit of drug use and homosexual sex, as Elton spirals at his worst. But to me, it was done very tastefully and shouldn’t offend anyone, but its still there, so beware.

If you want to see some fun colors, listen to some tunes, and learn a bit about an icon, its worth seeing. I’m not sure its Academy award winning… but I could be wrong. Its close.


Aladdin, 2019 edition, movie review

Not sure why Disney keeps wanting to remake all the animated classics, but I, like most, was too curious to stay away. I was a kid who watched the animated Aladdin on repeat for an entire summer, and delicately watched the tv-spin off show.

So I was a bit bias going in and fully expected it to be horrible. I’ll say this, I was expecting it to be a -20 on a 1-10 scale… it came in at -15.

They did scenes that were exact replicas of the animated version. And those scenes seemed stiff. Like watching a high school play. But there were new side stories added and those scenes were amazing, even the acting improved.

The amount of auto tuning on the songs was also crazy. Will Smith is a rapper not a singer. He sang sometimes as normal him, which was horribly out of tune, then the auto tune would turn on, along with the instrumentals and he would be amazing. Same for the other actors doing their songs. There was only one new song which was split into two scenes, and it was obvious the writer of that song was not as talented as the ones who wrote the originals. The other songs are all copied from the animated version, but if you listen carefully a few lyrics here or there are tweaked.

The budget seemed small. The scenes all seemed fake. Like high school production scenes. Nothing was shot outside and it showed. I felt like I was in the studio watching them film on the sound stage. All the animals are CGI and done poorly in my opinion. The animals didn’t fit in the movie and it seemed like the directer didn’t want them in the movie but was forced to include them, so he rushed every scene or moment the camera was on them.

The genie had good and bad part parts. They added gold arm tattoos and gave him a glitter/sparkle touch, which was nice. But then they CGI’ed Will Smith’s blue genie version too much, making him look buff and such. He looked like a guy wearing a foam muscle suit.

**Spoiler alert**

Genie gets his own love story this time. And Jasmine wants to be Sultan. Its very heavy on the women empowerment thing. She gets to become Sultan at the end of the movie and then she can change the rules to marry whoever she wants. So poor Aladdin goes from being street rat to trophy husband. Cute man de-powerment moment.

Overall the movie seemed bipolar, going from exactly copying the original movie in some scenes, to abruptly branching off in its own direction in other scenes. It would have been better if it’d done one or the other, and since the acting seemed better in the new material, I believe that would have been the better direction to go. A female based movie about Jasmine.


TTO Knee Surgery: 15 Days Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 15 post op (Friday): Bending to 75 degrees and putting foot down while walking

I’m still non weight baring, but am now allowed to place my foot on the ground while crutching. It can only bare the weight of that leg, so the bulk of the weight is still on the crutches. I would advise to wait until your therapist shows you how to do this before you try. Sometimes its called “toe-touch” weight baring, which just means what I described above. You don’t actually use your toes. Emphasis to roll your foot through the motions of heel to toe walking, so your foot rolls naturally. The hard part is, the brace is still locked at full extension. So I’m walking a bit stiff legged.

Bathing is much easier now that I am allowed to get the leg wet. I am opting for baths, because of my non weight baring status. I don’t submerge the cuts. So I’m bathing in a few inches of water. But its nice to soak the sore thigh and the bruises. I think they are fading/spread out better now that I can soak them in hot water. I still leave the brace on when getting in and out of the tub. I take it off when I start adding water. The leg just feels so weak from the knee down that I don’t feel comfortable moving it without the brace.

There is a noticeable lump on the side of the knee where they did the lateral release, my therapist says this is normal. The attached photo shows the lump.

 

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 13 Days Post Op-Stitches Removal

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

Day 13 post op (Wednesday): 1st Post Op appt-removing the stitches

Not much to say here. Stitches were removed from the laparoscopic spots. And the string in the big cut was just trimmed down. Its supposed to “dissolve” but I’ve heard of people having issues with this. So we’ll see. I was given tape over the cuts and told to leave them alone to fall out on their own. I am now allowed to get them wet. Which makes bathing a lot easier.

Below are images of the X-ray and the before/after of the stitches being removed.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


TTO Knee Surgery: 6 Weeks Post Op

Background: Prior to my surgery I found little information available online. Below is a journal of my experience. My list of logs can be found here.

I had a tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure. My procedure also included a lateral release. And my effected knee is the right.

6 Weeks Post Op: 2nd Doc check up

Another set of x-rays were taken at the doctor visit. Doctor was pleased at how my incisions looked and my minimal swelling. I was able to do a leg raise as high as he wanted and also do a leg bend to a 120 degrees, which is the amount the therapists want me to reach.

I’m allowed to start weaning off the crutches now. I’ve mastered using one crutch okay, but still use two when I go out in public or am at work. I am also practicing walking in just the brace, going sideways, forward and backward. All in an area where I can grab something to regain my balance. At home I do it in the kitchen so I can put my hands on the counter as I practice. The leg lifts are also back to being done while standing, to practice balance. I rotate and still do some laying leg lifts because the strain of standing is something I want to ease into and not overdo. Every day I can tell the leg is getting stronger.

I have also begun lifting the leg straight from a sitting position of having it at 90 degrees. I can’t do many and it is by far the most painful exercise.

(Tibial tubercle osteotomy (TTO) with distal realignment procedure, the tibial tubercle, the prominent bony insertion of the patellar tendon into your shinbone (tibia), is partially or totally detached and moved and reattached in a better position that allows the kneecap to track better in its groove)

*I am not a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. I am simply sharing what I experienced. The content on my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.