Friday, September 21, 2018

Movie Reviews: Kidnap (2017) + Sierra Burgess Is A Big Loser (2018)

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Kidnap (2017)

So to start out let me just say that I love watching these types of movies. I love watching movies about moms going apeshit when something happened to her kids. I don't know what it is about it but it speaks to my soul. Basically, what happens is Karla Dyson played by Halle Barry (another reason to watch the movie) is at the park and then her son Frankie gets kidnapped and viola there is the plot.
As simple as it was I really enjoyed the movie overall. In my opinion, it was still a really good fun movie. It was an action/thriller movie so I wouldn't say that it had a deep plot by any means and according to rotten tomatoes it didn't do the best. But I never base my ratings based on rotten tomatoes, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It had me so worried about this mother and kid and whether the mother would get Frankie back which in my opinion that says a lot for an action movie. It had me invested in the characters and for an action movie that takes a lot.
                                                                         7 / 10 stars

Sierra Burgess Is A Big Loser (2018)

Image result for sierra burgess is a big loserAnother Netflix movie that recently came out and I have to say it wasn't exactly my favorite. I was hoping for some girl love, maybe some good representation for plus size girls. Instead, I got a movie whose plot was just stupid. Yes, rom-coms are normally like this, a stupid very dramatic plot with cute fluffy stuff that makes the movie great. This movie was supposed to be a rom-com but instead, the plot was completely blown out of proportion. I just couldn't understand why Sierra needed to disguise herself as Veronica, yes she was overweight and insecure about it but really! If this guy is a good guy it shouldn't of matter what her weight was he would still like her just as much as he did over the phone. I'm not going to spoil anything but this movie just really frustrated me.

However the one good thing about this movie that the song at the end was very good and I quite enjoyed the song. So if anything skip to the end and listen to the song because it is quite nice.
                                                                         3 / 10 stars

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mini Reviews: The Names They Gave Us + The Cheerleaders

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Image result for the names they gave usContinuing on my contemporary reading trend right now I decided to pick this up going into it knowing that it is a sad book. It entails a girl named Lucy whose mother ends up getting cancer for the second time and how she deals with it, or how she doesn't deal with it. Her mother suggests she go to a  summer camp called Daybreak which is a place for troubled teens. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is a sad book but the kind of sad book that has a hopeful kind of atmosphere which is an odd combination. A disclaimer is that religion is heavily featured in this book as Lucy's dad is a pastor but for me, that just made it even more powerful. I'm not a particularly religious person but I think we have all asked the question of why me and this book really focuses on that and how to deal with it. This book has a really powerful message for grief and dealing with the bad things that life throws at you and is definitely on my list for hard-hitting contemporaries that I would recommend.
                                                                          4 / 5 stars

 Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Image result for the cheerleaders kara thomasI think I'm finally out of my reading slump and it's all thanks to this book! Now that I am in college I do a lot of walking and therefore it's the perfect time for an audiobook. I picked up The Cheerleaders because of the buzz it was getting and I can say it didn't disappoint. I normally stay away from thrillers and mystery because I'm either bored in the beginning or I can guess who the villain is. For some reason this book really kept my attention and kept me reading. The Cheerleaders entails Monica Rayburn whose sister died five years ago along with the rest of the cheerleaders at her high school. That's all I am going to say because it's best to go in not knowing that much but it was definitely extremely good and I liked how Monica had parents who were nosy enough to keep an eye on her so she had to work around them. It's just a fun detail that isn't always present in YA. This book was the book to start pulling me out of my book slump.
                                                                       5 / 5 stars

Friday, September 14, 2018

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

This was a rewatch and just like most Marvel movies I still absolutely loved it. Steve is probably my favorite Avenger and his plotline with Bucky in the later Marvel movies is the best. That being said I loved Peggy more than I initially remember loving her. She was literally the highlight of this movie, besides the bromance between Bucky and Steve. 

Image result for captain america 1If you have been living under a rock the past seven years (still can't believe it's been seven years), this was one of really big superhero movie that sparked all of the superhero movies Marvel has made, it's predecessor being iron man. It follows Steve Rogers a skinny, unhealthy little man in Brooklyn who wants nothing more to join the army and serve his country but he can never pass the physical test. Steve has a habit of standing up to bullies despite his small size and refuses to run from them which is when we meet his best friend Bucky who is in the ar, y unlike Steve. Steve gets chosen for the secret soldier serum and from there the movie follows Steve fighting the war against the Nazi's. This is in my opinion what really kickstarted the Marvel cinematic universe because you can definitely get away with watching the rest of the movies if you start with this movie. I don't think you need to watch the iron man films before it, however, I haven't actually seen them so don't take my word for it.

As always with Marvel movies I loved it, I don't there has been a Marvel movie that I've watched so far that I didn't love. The characters and their plotlines are probably my favorite as well as the Stan Lee cameos. I enjoy cameos because I'm a huge nerd. As I said before Peggy really shown through to me on this rewatch, it was something about her general badassery that just made me want to be Peggy Carter and kick everyone's butt. However, it's probably safer for me if I just stay behind the computer.

                                                                             9 /10 stars

Monday, September 10, 2018

Manga At A Glance: Dreamin' Sun Vol 1-5

Dreamin Sun by Ichigo Takano
Published by: Seven Seas Entertainment
So Dreamin Sun is a manga whose basic premise is about a girl named Shimana whose mother has died and since then her father has remarried and now has another child. Shimana, however, doesn’t feel like she fits in at all and thinks that her stepmother hates her so one morning on her way to school Shimana decides to skip school and run away from home. She ends up running into a man, literally, and this weird man offers her a place to stay if she does three things, tell him why she left home, to find the key to the house and to have a dream.

Vol. 1: It was a great start to the series. The art style was adorable and the characters are a ton of fun. While the characters at this point are very standard for the shojo style (I may not have read any manga other than this one but I have watched my fair share of anime) I still loved the characters, Zen being my favorite. Moving on from the characters you have the plot which in this manga is very insta lovey which normally isn’t my favorite thing for this one it worked because it put a slight twist on the whole insta love plot point. So to sum it up, good characters, great art and a decent plot
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Related imageVol 2: Comparing this volume to the first volume it wasn’t as good but it was still up there. We started to get to know the characters a bit more and this volume, in particular, read like an anime. It felt very cinematic like, or at least that’s how it felt for me. When I was reading this volume it felt like I was watching a manga version of it. This volume wasn’t my favorite out of the first five but it also wasn’t my least favorite. It was just kinda okay. The art style was still great and I still loved the characters this volume just wasn’t that memorable...except for the ending because the ending forced me to buy the third volume. You have been warned
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Image result for dreamin sun charactersVol 3: Now this was one of my favorite volumes out of the first five volumes as I’ve already reread this volume because I love it so much. To me, this volume of Dreamin’ Sun had just enough angst and just enough fluffiness so enough of my gushing let’s get into my more in-depth thoughts. So this volume focussed on my favorite character of the series, Zen, and along with that, it uses some of my favorite tropes which added on to why I liked this volume so much. Zen starts to develop as a character which leads nicely into the next volume. The art style is still solid and unlike the previous volume, this one didn’t feel like a filler space. Another element is added to the plot making it more complex and connects some of the characters.
                                    Rating 4.5 / 5 stars
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Vol 4: At this point in the story the character’s pasts starts to be revealed particularly Zen and his brother Ken. This volume of Dreamin’ Sun deepens the plot and the romance almost takes a backseat and instead, the plot turns to dreams. In this volume, we learn about dreams and how each person in the household has a dream or at least had a dream. I loved this volume because it took a serious note but still kept its light tone. The art style hasn’t changed and is still really cutesy, the characters are becoming more intricate and the plot is deepening.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Image result for dreamin sun characters vol 2Vol 5: Another one of my favorite volumes so far in Dreamin’ Sun. It was romantic while being a bit angsty and it’s a little shipy, and I’m all about shipping characters together. We get away from the whole dream subplot a bit which is a little bit of a bummer because I really liked where it could have gone, hopefully, it will come back in later volumes. Shimana and Taiga get some more spotlight which I enjoyed but not as much as Zen getting the spotlight, but I may be a bit bias. All in all a solid volume that made me smile and I enjoyed which is what I was looking for.
Rating 4 / 5 stars