Friday, July 15, 2016

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

Confession: I was not a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters movie. I haven't seen more than the first one. It's not that I didn't like the first one. It's just that I saw it in the theater (yes, I am that old), and it scared me a little. Because of my wimpy nature, I never saw any of the others.

When the announcement was made about the reboot of the series, my first thought was, "meh." I didn't really care one way or another. But then the controversy about an all female cast started and I started caring. I don't do well with misogyny, especially when it invades fandom. Of course, I had to see it opening weekend. 

I went into the movie with no expectations. I was just going to be supportive of funny females. I loved it!! It was funny, action-packed, and just a little bit sentimental. The fact that three of the leads were scientists, made it even better! Yay for smart girls!!! 

If you go, make sure you stay to the end of the credits. It makes me excited for the next one! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Me Before You

When the Me Before You trailer was released, my Twitter feed exploded with friends freaking out about it. I hadn't read the book, but I watched the trailer just to see what all the fuss was about. I could see that it was something I would like, so I picked up the book.

As I read the book, I could see why everyone loved this book and movie trailer. It was beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time. I sobbed my way through the end, and then told everyone I know that they needed to read it.

When the movie was released I thought for sure I wouldn't ugly cry, because I knew how the story ended. Yeah... guess how well that worked out for me? Luckily, I wasn't the only one crying. The story was brought to life perfectly by the actors. I can't imagine anyone else playing the roles. Sometimes it's nice to have seen the movie (or trailer in this case) before reading the book. I had Sam and Emilia in my mind before I even started. That eliminated the disappointment that so often comes from book to movie adaptations.

I know there was a lot of controversy about this movie because of the choices the main character makes. I get it. It makes me angry. I do not agree with his decisions at all. I think the important thing is to remember that this is one man's story. It's not a recommendation about how anyone should live their life. If we can't look at life through multiple different points of view, what is the point of storytelling?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.  As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .
To see a childhood hero continue to be a hero as an adult is very empowering. I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia. I was young enough that I didn't see the bronze bikini as an issue, all I saw was a BAMF who put herself on the line to rescue the love of her life, and then when things went bad, she rescued herself. I loved finding out that years later, she's still that same BAMF. I loved seeing a mature, responsible Leia that is still willing to put it all on the line for the greater good.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tale As Old As Time

When the cast was announced for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast I knew it was going to be amazing. I mean, how can you go wrong with Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Stanly Tucci and Audra McDonald? So. much. talent.

This very short sneak peek confirms that the movie is going to be phenomenal. I am so excited about this!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Castle Series Finale

Because I know you all are *dying* to know my thoughts about the Castle finale, (ok, maybe like 2 of you) here are my mostly spoiler free thoughts...
The episode itself was fine. I thought Nathan's acting was stellar (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). I thought their reveal of the big bad was anti-climactic. There was not enough explanation
As for it being a series finale- I got closure, so I'm happy about that. It was really rushed and felt disjointed, but I guess I have to be ok with it.
I knew when they announced that Stana wasn't coming back that I wouldn't want a Beckett-less Castle, so ending the series was ok with me. I feel like ABC handled it very, very poorly. It was really disrespectful to the cast and crew who worked so hard to bring these characters to life, and to the fans who welcomed these characters into their homes every week. I would have much preferred a short 9th season (with Stana, of course) that allowed the writers to wrap up the story appropriately.