Edge of Seventeen: A movie review

Hey friends! I just watched Edge of Seventeen and wanted to do a review on it! This will be a less than formal review as it fits the theme of the movie.

Nadine is a typical Seventeen year old girl. She feels alone. Shes hormonal and all she wants is to feel loved and not alone. At 13 Nadine and her twin brother Darrian along with their mother are struck by tragedy when their father/husband dies suddenly. After that it seems Nadine, naturally becomes closed off and pessimistic about the world.

At 17 she is in love with a guy who has no idea who she is, her mother favors Darrian, her best friend begins a romantic relationship with Darrian, there is a guy who likes her, Erwin, she isnt interested and now her only friend is her History teacher… Things seem to begin to spiril for our heroine as a salacious text can get her into trouble.

I absolutely loved this movie. It was so honest and heartbreaking while being funny and quirky. Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine and she made me remember what it was like to be 17 and think i was the only person in the world with problems and to have that empty ache in my heart of feeling like i was always alone. I really connected with Nadine emotionally. She made me laugh and cry and feel nostalgic about the shittiest age in my life!!

i highly recommend this movie. It will make you laugh and cry. It pulls at your heart, it makes you nostalgic and its just so good. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 a five star film!!!

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10 more movies I adore

Hi friends! I have been on overdrive lately with school and life in general! I wanted to a fun post that wasn’t emotionally heavy like my last one so here are 10 more movies that I adore. Many of you may not know these movies or maybe you didn’t know I loved them as much as I do, so here we go!

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10. Southpaw. I am a HUGE sports movie fan. I have seen dozens in my life and to this day I am still absolutely in love with them. Southpaw is a drama about a man named Billy Hope who is a famous and undefeated boxer from Hells Kitchen. With his wife in his corner, his daughter at home and a lavish life he is on top of the world, until tragedy strikes and he is left with only his drive to win again. This movie was a LONG awaited one for me. I am head over heels in love with Jake Gyllenhaal and his talent is a force. I knew that when this movie was released that it would be one of my favorites and I was right. Not only is the story great and heart wrenching but the cast is something to be celebrated.

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9. Divine Secrets of the YAYA Sisterhood.  This is a movie that I watch frequently and I can say most of the lines verbatem. Its a coming of age story for all ages about a group of women whose friendship withstands the good, the bad and the ugly of life. With the talent of James Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock and Maggie Smith this story will leave you happy and sad and still trying to figure it all out once its over.

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8. The Wolf of Wall Street. I had to choose another Leonardo DiCaprio film as per usual! I had extremely high expectations for this movie as it starred my favorite Actor and one of my all time Favorite Directors Martin Scorsese. In the past the two of them have made cinematic gold with movies such as The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. My expectations were beyond met with this story of a man whose dream of money and success are far greater than he expected (they also were illegal). This is one of my favorite preformances of Leo’s as I think he embodied each phase of this mans success with grace and true talent.

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7.The Lost Boys. I am a shameless 80’s movie fanatic while my husband is much less one and much less of a movie buff than I am however we both frequent The Lost Boys. This movie follows a family who moves to a coastal town that is inhabited by teenagers who are children of the night. Being a vampire has never been cooler when Keifer Sutherland is the leader of the pack. This was the first movie I saw that Corey Haim was in and it was love at first sight!

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6. Riding in Cars with Boys. This is another movie I watch alot. It was one that came out when I was in junior high school and when It finally aired on HBO i made sure to watch it as much as I could. It was the first movie that I felt Drew Barrymore really let go and showed off her true talent. This story is a bio pic about a women who tells her story of growing up all too fast when she becomes pregnant in highschool and raising her son Jason, her junkie husband Ray and herself all the while writting this book that she narrates.

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5. My Week with Marilyn. If you know me, you will know that I am not a fan of the iconic Marilyn Monroe. While I think that she was gorgeous, I think that that is where the talent ends. However in watching this movie I was overwhelmed with a bunch of emotions. I saw a woman who was such a force but who inside thought nothing of herself. I saw her struggle with her techniques and methods and dealing with the impending doom of her failing marriage to the famous playwrite Arthur Miller. Michelle Williams was a stunning adaptation of the starlet and captured her to her very core. There is a scene where she is greeted by her friend and she says “forgive my horrible face” as she had been crying and wearing no makeup, and in that moment I saw a woman who literally struggled with herself everyday.

thC7Z25Q7H4. Silver Linings Playbook. Here is another movie that I didnt see until all of its hype died down and Oh my gosh this is one movie that will go down in history. It follows a man who is institutionalized and when he is let out he meets a widow who is equally as damaged as him and how a dance competition can make two people fall in love. It is one that you really sit back and think about once the credits begin to roll.

th6OSNVJ5B.jpg3. Shutter Island. All I can say about this is WOW! This is one of Leo’s darkest preformances as he portrays a Agent looking for a murderer in an asylum on an island. You see him struggle with his own sanity as the film continues until you finally find out the truth and BAM! You are slapped in the face with an inceredible twist! I saw this isn theaters with my husband and he called all the twists (or so he says) and was unimpressed but I walked out in awe at how utterly amazing the entire movie was and how deep Leo had to get into this character.

how to make an american quilt.jpg2. How to Make an American Quilt. I remember being a 8 year old girl and watching this movie with my mama. If you have seen it you know that it is a movie that celebrates the lives of a group of women who tell their stories through the eyes of Finn plyed by Winona Ryder. It was the first movie I watched where these women dealt with so much heartache and still came back 10 times stronger. Each woman fell in love, lost love and found love in another form later in life and it really showed me that through greif and success, love and loss, only you can make your own future.

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  1. Tombstone. This picture speaks for itself. Tombstone is one of the first Westerns I ever watched when I was a kid. As you know by now my parents F@#$%^& rocked and allowed me to watch alot of movies because they too are major movie buffs. I remember thinking that these 4 men were the toughest guys in the world. Based on a true story of Wyatt Earp, Tombstone is still to this day one of my favorites. Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday is probably in my top 10 all time favorite characters and if you have seen him you know why. He takes the role to an entirly different level and I dont think it will ever be matched.

I hope you enjoyed this post. More fun to come!

Suicide Squad: A movie review

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Hey everyone! I just got home from a date with my husband. We finally got to go and see the long awaited Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Release Date: August 5 2016

Suicide Squad is a story of 6 criminals who are assembled to take on an entity and end what they call WWIII. Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis is the agent who gets this Motley Crew together. She choose 6 bad people who she “believes can do some good.”

A hitman with a heart, DeadShot played by Will Smith

A psychiatrist who goes 5150 for love, Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie

A gangster with a hot temper, Diablo played by Jay Hernandez

An Aussie with a good arm, Boomerang played by Jai Courtney

An animal, Killer Croc played by Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje

A sword wielding widow, Katana played by Karen Fukuhara

All of them are in a battle against an ancient witch, who was released from her hiding place by a young woman June Moone, played by Cara Delevingne. One the witch or as she is called, The Enchantress is released she can wreak havoc on the world, if she has her heart. Thankfully Amanda Waller holds that, until Enchantress calls upon her brother to retrieve her heart so they can become Gods once again.

The motive is clear, defeat Enchantress and the Suicide Squad will have benefits while they finish their sentences. One of the Squad has something more on her mind… Harley is trying to get back to her Puddin’ The Joker, Played by Jared Leto.

Okay now that you have some back story I can get to the review. This movie has been on my mind since I first heard pre productions rumors over a year ago. I am hardcore Harley fan and I have followed her since the 90’s when she was first introduced in Batman The Animated Series. She is not a historical comic character, or at least she wasnt until the 90’s, so when I saw that she would be in this movie, I knew no matter what i would love her and I did! She did not disappoint and was absolutely perfect!

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Jared Leto… While I absolutely love him, he butchered this role. I was one of the few giving him the benefit if the doubt saying that he could really make this role his own… He did not deliver. However, his chemistry with Harley was the stuff of dreams. They were the perfect poison when together.

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Deadshot, I have to say stole the show! His drive, his attitude and his love for his daughter was a force to be reckoned with. He really carried all of the characters minus Harley.

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As far as the rest of the squad, I think they could have done without them. They were not very memorable in my opinion.

Overall I give the movie itself a 5/10. While it has been long awaited and the idea is great, the execution was not what I had hoped…

The characters are what made the movie, even the irrelevant ones, and I give them a 9/10! It is because of Deadshot and Harley that I really enjoyed this movie!!! I do plan on buying it when it becomes available so that I can continue to watch one of my favorite characters EVER over and over!

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By the Sea: a movie review

By the Sea

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Release date: December 9 2015

Starring: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

This is a story of the two most unhappy people in the world…

Roland, a man with a passion for ink and paper. A drink in hand. A cigarette burning. His process is to leave by day, struggle to form any kind of story and return at night, contentious and belligerent

Vanessa, a woman above it all. Stoic, beautiful and harboring a secret that cannot cross her lips for if it does it will break the one wall she has left. The wall that is keeping everyone out including Roland

Set in the mid 1970’s in France we follow Roland and Vanessa through a span of time in which this couple who seem to have it all, have actually lost it all. They have lost themselves and each other. They move into a picturesque flat by the sea, so that Roland may once again find his voice and write another novel. During the day while he is drinking and trying to write Vanessa is left in the flat, alone and unhappy. In the next room a young couple, newlyweds have begun their honeymoon. Vanessa can hear their cries of passion and we begin to see a little more of what could be plaguing her. Unbeknownst to Roland, Vanessa had found a peep hole near their bed where an old pipe once was. It now shows inside the newlyweds room with a perfect view of their bed. As time goes on Vanessa becomes obsessed with this new couple and brings Roland into her voyeuristic ways.Her way of coping. This begins to spark something between the couple. Roland and Vanessa start to fall in love again. They have found this strange and painful commonality that is bringing them back together. They befriend this couple so that they can be apart of what they have been watching.They arent doing this for sex, they are doing this to become close again. To find the love they once had. One night after Vanessa and the young wife go shopping, Roland coming home from another day of drinking and writing runs into the couple and notices that they are both dressed very similar to him and Vanessa. This is the turning point of the story. In an attempt to understand what Vanessa needs, Roland confronts her with no success. Roland begins to wonder. Wonder why when he decides to come home early, that Vanessa is not in the flat. He looks into the next room and Vanessa has gone over to seduce the young husband. Roland crashes in, beats the husband and finally confronts Vanessa with the secret she cannot bear to utter. She is barren. She cannot hold children after numerous attempts and this is what has led to the angst, and resentment between them. This is also a turning point because now that Vanessa has heard the word Barren, she is faced with having to accept it. Roland all the while has found his story and the closing scene is of him finishing his final page. The title… By the Sea.

This was one of the most elegant and beautiful movies I have ever watched. I know that from the description you may think that I am crazy but I really am not. This is a story of the saddest people in the entire world. It’s about a couple who were so in love at one time, lost each other, but will not bring themselves to leave each other. This was one of the things I found so stunning. I am a firm believer in being happily unmarried, than unhappily married however, this is reality for so many couples and Jolie has made that known and thrown it out there for us to see. Her characters were amazing and she and Pitt executed them perfectly. I was very excited to see them in another movie together as they have not starred in one, as a couple since Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Their dynamic is mind-blowing. You can see that they work well together and feed off of each other in a way that many celebrity husband and wives cannot. I have not seen a couple share so much angst for each other since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road and this movie is reminiscent of that as well. Jolie did a fabulous job as director and writer. She came up with a story that is not easy to tell and not easy to write. She made this story one to be heard.

As far as acting goes Jolie embodied such a deep rooted angst and jealousy that just vibrated off of her. When you first see her and hear her first lines “It smells like fish.” you know this is a woman who does not have time for childish games or being apart of  the general population.Jolie, who as an actress is a force to be reckoned with has really grasped the concept of feeling weak, of feeling little and alone. Pitt was outstanding. He captured the very essence of what a struggling writer really was. He was a husband scorned because of something that he could not control. All he wanted was to have his wife want him and need him.

This was such a fantastic movie and one that I have been waiting to see. I will be purchasing it tomorrow! If you want to see a movie that will make you weep, but also make you wonder and keep you guessing I highly recommend it. I was one of the most damaged and beautiful movies I have ever seen.

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Lights Out: A movie review

Hey readers. Over my weekend Kyle and I went and saw the newest Horror movie Lights Out and oh my gosh! It was amazing…

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Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Starring: Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello

Lights Out is a story about a family plagued by a shadowy creature names Diana. When its dark Diana likes to come out and wreek havoc on this family and she has been for years. It started with Sophie, the mother who is victim to sever depression as a child and meets/ befriends a strange girl who is allergic to the sun, this is Diana. When Sophie has her first child Rebecca, and Rebecca’s father abandons the family Diana comes back and begins to bother the family of 2. Years later when Rebecca is all grown up and her mother is remarried with another child, is where the story starts.

Sophie’s husband has another late night at work and Diana is waiting for him. Leaving behind Sophie and little boy Martin, Diana makes her way back into the family’s life ready to get rid of all of them except Sophie.

The movie is all about how and why Diana chooses this family and how to get rid of her once and for all.

OH MY GOSH!!! This was one of the best Horror movies I have seen since The Conjuring. It combines all of the necessary components that make up a scary movie. There is pain both physical and emotional. There is great “jumping” moments in which you are startled and the story line is horrifying. I would have to give this movie 5 stars!!! It will make you think, scream, and maybe even cry like I did. I would recommend it to only those who love to have the crap scared out of them!

Room: A Movie Review

Hey everyone. I have been in a bit of a funk the last 2 days but today began a new quarter at work for my husband, which means changes for me too. Days are now mine while he works, which may mean more blogging because now I don’t know what to do with my time… Anyway, this evening I decided to watch a movie that took the Oscars by storm.

Title: Room

Release Date: September 4 2015 at the Telluride Film Festival.

Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy

Directed by: Lenny Abrhamson

“When I was 4 I didnt know about the world, but now me and Ma we’re gonna live in it forever.”

Room is about a young woman who we call Ma and her son Jack. They live in a tiny room with no visitors except a man named Old Nick who visits at night. Jack was raised in this tiny room since before he was born. That’s because Ma was taken by Old Nick when she was 17 and hidden in a shed, only to give birth to Old Nicks child who she names Jack. On Jack’s 5th birthday Ma decides to tell him her story and decides its time to trick Old Nick into getting Jack out of “room” so he can get help. Plan 1, place hot rags on his face to make him feel like he is burning up and needs to go to the hospital. Plan fails and Old Nick goes and finds antibiotics for him. Plan 2, the next day Ma teaches Jack how to roll up in a rug and pretend to be dead so that Old Nick will take him out of “room” and he can run for help. Plan 2 works and our little hero gets himself and Ma to safety.

Things in their new life are hard. There are different colors, temperatures, and people. Jack is trying his best to adjust and so is Ma, but “Ma is so sad and decides she wants to go up to heaven “boing” but she forgot about me and the aliens sent her back down to earth CRASH.” Ma goes to the hospital and Jack learns to let in his grandma. He begins to love and trust those around him and when Ma finally comes home from the hospital Jack asks ma if he can go see “room”. Aprehensivly she agrees and they are escourted by police to “room”. But room is different and all of the only things jack has ever known are gone, minus a few small details. Ma, asks jack if they can please go. Jack nods his head and begins saying goodbye to whats left of room. “Goodbye Plant, Goodbye chair number 1″…

This was the most heartbreaking film of 2 humans, 19 years between them, trying to survive, being freed and growing up together. Brie Larson won Best Actress for this role and It is so well deserved. She was the embodiment of a woman who has had some arrested development, because taken at 17 and locked away for 7 years will stop the mental growth of anyone. Ma is a heroine because she gives a voice to those who have been taken. She shows you what pure love for her child is. How selfless she had to be to keep Jack alive and well long enough to get them to safety. Jack was played by a boy named Jacob Tremblay who makes your heart ache when you look at him. His long brown hair is unkempt, his big brown eyes look at the world for the first time with such wonderment. He is a boy who had to grow for 5 years in complete secrecy and then really begin his life in “earth” where he can relearn how to fully live.

I have never watched a movie where I cried throughout the whole duration. I cried for Ma, a girl who just tried to help an older man in a time of need. i cried for Jack, a little boy who only knew “room” for 5 years of his life and who also has to live with a Ma who loves him but is always afraid. I cried for Ma’s family. 7 years without their child only to be reunited with her and their grandson as well. This is a movie that I may not watch again because I am still reeling from it. It combines a Love story (Ma and Jack) mixed with suspense and alot of emotions that are still flying around.

If you have not seen this movie, I have to recommened it. Its Beautifully Damaged. It will make you happy and sad and still trying to figure it all out after the credits begin to roll. This won many Oscars and for good reason. I personally will give it 5 stars. Its stunning!

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How to be single: a movie review

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How to be single

Release Date: February 12 2016

Directed by: Christian Ditter

How to be single is a comedy that follows four women who are all connected in the best kind of ways.

Lucy, Played by Alison Brie is a young woman looking for Mr. Right, Right NOW! She begins spending her time in the bar below her house where she meets a bartender who has more than just lust for her.

Alice, played by Dakota Johnson is a young woman working at a law firm who decides her boyfriend and her need some time apart to find themselves, little does she know that not only will he want her back but another man will want her too.

Robin, Played by Rebel Wilson is a happy-go-lucky Aussie who loves booze, sex and fun. She befriends Alice and they take their own alcohol filled trip down the rabbit hole

and finally Meg, Played by Leslie Mann is Alice’s older sister, a OBGYN who hasn’t wanted to have a family but when one encounter with a baby makes her change her mind she used IVF, gets pregnant and falls in love with a guy who works with her sister.

This was so much better than I expected. Upon seeing previews I knew I was going to laugh, little did I know that I would be sobbing at certain points. There was so much happiness, with some sadness sprinkled on top. There were moments where I laughed out loud and moments where I cried uncontrollably.

I loved every aspect of this movie. The cast was priceless and wonderful. The characters they played were just as amazing and made me wish I could live that life for 1 day. This is a movie you want to watch when you are in any kind of funk.

I give this movie 5 stars for Cast, Screenplay, Plot, Setting! All of it and when I go on my date this weekend I will be buying it!

Zoolander 2, A movie Review

Hello everyone. Last night my husband and I rented some movies and one of them was the long awaited sequel, Zoolander 2.

Directed by: Ben Stiller

Release Date: February 12 2016

The story is about unintelligent male model Derek Zoolander and his life after his Wife (played by Stillers real wife Christine Taylor) Matilda is killed in a freak accident at the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good. Derek is now having to learn to be a dad to their son Derek Jr and after a short few attempts he moves to “deep northern New Jersey” to live in seclusion.

Meanwhile all of the world, a faceless murderer is killing off all of Hollywood’s most beautiful people, and before their demise they take a selfie with a signature Zoolander face. Special Agent Valentina Valencia is on the case and looking to find Zoolander for his help.

If you remember Hansel, he too has a big part in this movie as well. He and Derek lose tought after the freak accident leaves Hansel horribly disfigured (he has a tiny scar on his cheek). In an attempt to help Valentina, Derek and Hansel must put their feelings for angst aside and solve the case.

Another major theme is that Derek Junior was taken to Rome, Italy to an Orphanage/School that is run by another villain we know all too well, Mugatu. Jacoby Mugatu has been locked up in Fashion Prison for his shenanigans in the first film and he is the reason Derek Junior was sent to Rome. He has a huge plan in store and only Derek, Hansel and Valentina can save him!

This movie was…SO TERRIBLE!!!!!!! I love the first movie so much, and so do many others. When the idea of a sequel came about, many were ecstatic as was I. Not only was this movie not funny, but there was only a few of the original jokes. I know that when a new movie is made, then so are new jokes. I also am a fan of flat out dumb humor but this was so dumb by the end of the movie, I sat thinking to myself, I literally just wasted 2 hours of my time to see this! I very rarely dislike a movie so much that I bash on it but my gosh this was a joke! I give it 2 stars because everything about this movie was all wrong. The only thing that gave it the 2 stars was Will Ferrell because Mugatu is what added to this disappointment

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Through the Looking Glass: A Movie Review

Through the Looking Glass

Directed by: James Bobbin

Release Date: May 27th 2016

Produced by: Tim Burton

Hey friends! Hope all of you are enjoying your first day of June, and In my opinion the first day of summer!!! I have been longing for summer since we moved in October. Last night, while I was hanging out with my sister Rachel, we decided to go and see Through the Looking Glass.  Now when I first saw Alice in Wonderland, I was disappointed. I thought that the cast, while amazing, the overall film fell short. It took me watching it a few times to come to appreciate it.

The story begins with Capitan Alice Kingsleigh making her voyage on her father’s ship The Wonder home from China. Upon arrival she must revisit the newly married, Hamish (the guy she denies in the first movie) because he holds the deed to her ship and come to find out her home. In anger she is visited by a familiar blue butterfly who leads her through the looking glass and back to underland. Here is where the story starts. Alice is told by her friends The White Queen, The White Rabbit etc that Hatter has gone mad. He was mad to begin with so this was weird to hear. Hatter finds the very first hat he made, that he gave to his father Mr. Hightop. Now if you recall from the first movie we find out that Hatters family is killed by the Jabberwocky. Hatter believes that since he found his first hat that his family must be alive and he asks Alice to believe him as nobody does and when she is reluctant he switches to his darker Scottish alter ego and in anger throws her out of his house.

Alice finds out that she can visit Time, itself (played by Sasha Baren Cohen) to retrieve the Chronosphere which will send her back in time and help his family. However if the chronosphere is taken, Time himself and itself will stop and essentially die. Alice, being the hard headed girl she is uses it and goes back to a time when The Read Queen and The White Queen were teenagers and being crowned. Hatters father designed the crowns and you know the size of The Red Queens head, her crown breaks and her famous “off with their heads” comes out for the first time. Seeing that she is unfit to rule Her father the King proclaims that The White Queen will reign after his demise. This turns sister against sister and a secret that we do not know about is brought up. Something happened between the queens when they were just girls. Hatter, being mad begins laughing at The Red Queen and the size of her head and we find out that Hatter is not the son his father wanted and we see son against father. In disappointment Hatter leaves…

Alice, being followed by Time, goes back even farther to when hatter and both queens are no more than 10 years old. Hatter, made his first tiny hat to give to his father and brings Alice to meet Mr. Hightop. When hatters fathers ruins the hat that hatter made for him and throws it away, we see the strained relationship between father and son. Now lets head to the kingdom. A young Iracebeth (red queen) and Mirana (white queen) are fighting over the famous Tarts we hear about in the books and movies. After their mother banishes them from the kitchen, Mirana steals the last tart and eats it in haste by Iracebeth’s bed, spilling crusts all over the floor and sweeping them under the bed. When their mother finds out she asks both girls who ate them and Mirana lies getting Iracebeth in trouble making her storm out of the castle into the town square where an injury happens causing The Red Queens Head to swell!

So without giving anymore away Alice has to keep the chronosphere from The Red Queen and Time, find Hatters Family and save underland once again… But does she?…

Okay so in my opinion I give this movie a C+. I Love the cast and each character has so much to offer, while remaining true to themselves and the characters they are playing. I love the comedic effects that are thrown in at random and I love the costume design. I think that all of those are on point and get an A… Throughout the movie it kept reminding me of the 1985 sequel Return to Oz, by Walter Murch. If you have seen that and you watch Through the Looking Glass you will see what I am talking about. It had a spooky spin. I LOVE when a movie and or a book starts tying things together so for me, the historic value of this movie was much appreciated.

Now for the cons. I think that this movie took the Iconic character of the Mad Hatter and made him look weak. When we first saw Depp with the almost fire like red hair and the shift in personality when he was happy or sad, it made us see a new side of The Mad Hatter, one that would go down in history. In this movie, he is emotional, and we don’t really get to see any sort of shift between his emotions, which in my opinion was what helped shape his character. Time I though was also a very weak character. Every Alice movie has a Villain and he was half of the duo, but in actuality he wasnt villainous enough. The Red Queen, who we are taught to loathe if not fear was also weak in this sequel. Granted we see why she is evil and bitter and it stems from childhood but she was so much more bad ass in the first movie. Alice was, as always, strong and kind so we had that to redeem the overall essence of the movie.  The story was also, in my opinion extremely random. It was somewhat futuristic while blending the current time of the movie, and had a little bit of a steampunk vibe, which I also am not fond of.

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First Movie Review! The Witch 2016

Hey everyone! So… I love movies, more than I love books. Those of you that know me, know I have an obsession. It’s beyond addiction. Since this blog is photos and journaling, let’s do a movie review!

The Witch: A New England Folktale

Release Date: February 16 2016 (USA)

Written and Directed by:Robert Eggers.

The movie is about a family of seven in 1630’s New England. Their simple life on the farm becomes sinister when the youngest of the 5 children, an infant goes missing literally in the blink of an eye. A grieving family becomes suspicious of witchcraft. Then another child goes missing, only to return very ill. The eldest child Tomasine, claims her innocence and blames her two younger siblings, twins of consorting with their aggressive Ram. Rams in are symbolic of the Devil. The family begins to live in hysteria especially the mother and believes that Tomasine is a witch. Looking for answers Tomasine begins to seek the Devil in the Ram and the story takes a turn for the worst.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of this time, here are the highlights. Settlers from Europe came over to America, the East coast first and began laying down roots. In Europe, many years before the settlers came over if anything negative befell a person, a death, illness, anything it was believed to be the work of the Devil and or Witchcraft. When the first settlers came over they brought those ideas with them. Religion was the only Salvation. In the late 1600’s particularly in Salem, MA the famous Witch Trials began. More than 200 men, women and children were accused and 20 were executed. This was a very extremest practice but for the people of this time it was very “real” to them.

While I enjoyed the historic aspect of this movie, it is claimed to be a Horror and it was not. Yes, I will agree that it was sinister and at times uncomfortable but to call it horror is a little over the top. The cast was wonderful! Each character played such an important part and added to overall effect of the movie. I think that Eggers really captured what the hysteria of this time really was. He didn’t romanticize what witchcraft was and is. While I love movies with witches and witches in general, she is not a woman talking into a mirror or a woman with a horned crown and a crow on her shoulder. During this time and the many years before witches and witchcraft was ugly and raw. It was full of blood and death and sex. It was uncomfortable and evil. Eggers nailed that aspect.

Overall I give this movie 3 stars. The saving grace was the history and the ending, otherwise it would have been a mix of The Crucible  meets An American Haunting. If you enjoy a historical/semi biographical yet folklore-ish movie, watch it. The story is haunting.