Chasing His Cottontail, book review

Chasing his Cottontail By  A.R. Barley

I’m all for reading books that have a unique twist on them. So when I learned this book was about shape-shifting bunnies… that are gay. Yeah, I was on board. The first half of the book was exactly what I hoped it would be. A timid little bunny who is in love with his best friend’s brother. Oh, and he’s being hunted by werewolves. I mean, this stuff just writes itself. Add in the classic names, Peter, Benjamin, even a gardener named Mrs. Gregor.

Then… it was revealed that male bunnies can get pregnant. Yeah, this plays into a whole new plot twist, which I will not divulge. But, to me, I was thrown out of the book. And I couldn’t get over the fact that the author could have just made the bunny a girl and then there would be no need for this weird extra layer of fantasy. Sometimes for a plot to work out, the gender of the characters is important. I played this novel out in my head with Peter being a girl, and it played out the exact same.

My personal bias with the gender and pregnancy business aside, this novel is as people say. Cute and adorable. It’s a quick, easy, read, but is very well written. The ending was a bit rushed, and the story could have gone on for a bit longer, but meh, it worked. I’ll def read the next one, if for nothing else than to read about how this male pregnancy works. Maybe the next book will make me realize why Peter needed to be a man.

Gifted, movie review

This movie stays grounded so deeply in reality that it makes one wonder if it’s based on true events. I can assure you it’s not, but something like this could easily be imagined as occurring.

The acting quality of the child star is amazing. She does a full range of emotions, unlike the adults who all seem to be channeling characters I’ve seen them do in other films.

That aside, everyone seems to give this movie their all. The cat star cinched the deal on the emotional aspect of things and leads to a few teary eyed moments.

Overall this is a good drama. It’s a bit drawn out in some scenes where the father-daughter bonding is shown, but that may just be me. And if you’ve seen a movie involving custody battles and foster homes, this film may come off a bit predictable.

I’d suggest it as rental, or wait a few years and it’ll be on lifetime or the hallmark channel… where it will be much more at home.

Power Rangers, Movie Review

This is a hard one for me to write a review of. I never watched the original series or the movies. So I am judging this movie solely on the fact it’s a movie. I cannot compare it all to the original. And I imagine fans of the original will have a completely different opinion on how the movie was done.

So gone is the bright colors. The uniforms have been toned down to be darker, much like how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake made things darker. And I’m not just talking the clothes they wear are darker, majority of the movie is at night, and the plot is much more morose.

The kids are all flawed and experiencing personal struggles in their lives. This grounds the characters and makes them very relatable. One has a dying mother, another is an injured sports star, a third has autism, the fourth backstabs her cheerleader friends, and the fifth is even hinted at being gay. They are each a different race as well, the movie practically screamed diversity in every way it could. But they didn’t put that fact in the spotlight or make the movie about the different races or backgrounds. Which is what made it work the best. Yes, the one is autistic, but everyone treats him like one of the team, he isn’t treated special or differently because of it. Great lessons to be found in the script for sure.

The acting of the five power rangers was the best part of the whole movie. They did so good, the adults who are well known actresses/actors seeme to be phoning it in. I don’t know if they were told to act cheesy, but that’s how it came off. Almost like they were told to speak and act like the power rangers did in the original, whereas the teenagers were acting like normal people.

All in all, a good action film. Not sure I would take my kids to it, the movie is very dark and people die. But if your children are okay with that, then go for it. I’d say its on par with the violence seen in most Marvel Comic movies, like Thor and the Avengers. No blood is seen, but corpses are.

Life, Movie Review

If you are a fan of alien/space movies, like the original “Alien” series with Sigourney Weaver, or even the newer versions that have been made, you are likely to enjoy “Life.” The film had an element that reminded me of Michael Crichton’s “Sphere” as well. I think that came from the fact the astronauts were trapped on the ship, with no one available to help them.

I can’t say much of the plot, without giving too many spoilers away. There were some great twists and creative turns in the story, which I loved. I was able to figure out what some of the twists were going to be, but not until they started unfolding them.

The acting was spot on, and the characters were given enough of a background story for the audience to feel some emotional distress when they die. Its not academy award winning, but better than what I see in most slasher horror movies, which is close to what this is, considering the amount of blood and creative means of death.

This movie will leave you squirming a bit in your seat, but overall, it gets a thumbs up from me.

Beauty and the Beast, 2017, movie review

This movie was a bit of a disappointment. It’s one of those films that was given a lot of promotion and hype, so my expectations were high.

First, it plays out like a Broadway musical. It’s a bit gaudy and tasteless, with a weird attempt at displaying the setting as being in the 17 or 18th century, since the men are wearing powdered wigs and make-up. It just doesn’t fit well, and I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to be laughing or thinking they looked good. The movie felt like a montage of theater men wearing excessive make-up, wigs, and yes, even dresses, although that is mostly for a funny joke, which also happens in the original animated version. More songs are added to the feature as well, making it almost up there with “La La Land” in the use of more song than actual dialogue.

Some plots were changed, and the reasons why people do certain things are shuffled up a bit, but it’s not for the better and really just creates more questions and confusion.

The special effects, sure they were okay, but it felt like the movie was pushing them on me. Like someone was off to the side going, “Look, look, wasn’t that awesome? Are you seeing this?” And scenes looked either identical to the animated movie, or identical to the Disney World park areas that feature the animated movie. Which then started distracting me from a marketing aspect. Belle’s dress changed a bit, and we were made painfully aware of it by watching the flying through air, creation of it, and all I could think was, “Oh Disney did that so they can sell a new dress. They’ll now have two Belle dresses to sell to little girls.” She did plenty of wardrobe changes, so the doll makers will have lots of outfits to market. Trinkets were abundant too, so I expect to see them all in stores very soon.

If you enjoy musicals, and movies that for the most part, copycat the original film, then you’ll probably like this remake. To me, it was a flop. It had great potential, but opted to be cheesy. It’s a movie to watch on DVD and make fun of with your friends. For example, Gaston sets a wheelbarrow on fire, and then the entire village population leaves—while its burning. We see it later, still in the village burning, when we go to a trapped Bell and her father. Then there’s the cell Beast locks Belle in—it has a nice door sized ledge, perfect for jumping out and committing suicide. Why exactly would you put a people sized whole in a wall in a cell? And that’s a just a few. Like I said, it will be a great movie to mock, so it might become a cult classic.

Before I Fall, movie review

Some will say this movie is similar to others. I mean, the idea of repeating the same day over and over until you figure it out and alter events to be the way they should, isn’t new. We’ve seen it in “Groundhog day” and countless holiday specials for Christmas. “Before I Fall” even picks a holiday to have their character stuck on, Valentine’s Day.

Despite the obstacle of originality, I felt the movie did great. The main character, Sam, did go through the normal cycle of getting tired of doing the same day over and over, trying to perfect the day so she doesn’t die, and yes, being a bad girl and doing whatever she wants. But during all this, the character learns about the people around her, and eventually realizes what she must do. The day she wakes up, all the knowledge learned, the audience can sense what is going to happen. She’s saying her final goodbyes. This is going to be her last day, ever.

So yes, the ending takes a wickedly dark ending. And the lesson behind it is massive.

The four girls, the main character and her three friends, have spent much of their childhoods bullying one girl. The main character of the story was never the main bully, she was more of a bystander bully, the one who let it happen and never stopped it. She’s now the one who has to pay the price, and sacrifice her life, to save the girl who they have been teasing.

With so much talk these days of bullying. This movie is great at showing people the repercussions of such a thing, and hopefully it will motivate a few folks to stand up and do the right thing.

Stepping away from the plot, I’d also like to say the acting quality in the movie was amazing. The main cast was young, especially the kid who played the sister of Sam, and all performed wonderfully. Without their great acting, the movie would not have had the same impact. Because let’s face it, the scene is just a normal high school day, nothing spectacular or special, but when you throw in emotional acting that rings true and is relatable, the movie becomes a winner.

Logan, movie review

For once, I don’t think watching previous X-men movies is required to grasp what is going on in this film. You might not grasp a few cameos from previous movies, but otherwise, this film does a good job standing on its own.

Unlike recent X-Men movies, were we mostly went back and covered events in the past, this film concentrated on the future, the distance future, where Professor X and Wolverine are really the last natural born mutants left. Guess why? Fructose corn syrup. Yup, it stopped us from having mutant babies, go figure.

Mutants are now made via cloning. X-23 or Laura is a female clone of Logan. I thought it was stupid that the movie kept trying to say Logan was her dad. To me there is a big difference between a clone and your offspring. But I get it, the directors were trying to go for a parental care giving vibe, maybe like what they had going on in the first movie with Rogue and Wolverine.

There were also some things done for the “wow” or “cool” factor. Like coating Laura’s claws with Adamantium. At first I thought they were trying to say her entire skeleton was coated, and I was like, why would they do that? She’s a kid. She’s going to grow!! But I did some research and it was only done to her claws. Which is still stupid, cause her claws will grow as she does, just like a kitten’s claws are bigger when they are all grown up. So her growing pains are sure going to suck.

People are trying to say this movie was gory for gore’s sake, perhaps trying to be like “Deadpool.” But if you think about it, all of the Wolverine movies were a bit heavy on the gore, so to me it was expected. Nothing is too brash or crude, like in “Deadpool.” To me, it stayed in step with the “X-Men Origins Wolverine” and “The Wolverine.”

So should you see it? Sure. Although I think most have already made up their mind and are seeing it!