Logan

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

Everyone, take note.  This is how you make a superhero movie.

Logan is a great example of why I enjoy the X-Men movies more than anything with the Avengers in it.  It focuses on telling you a story and not just “hey look over here at some epic action shots.”  That is not what I want to pay to see.

Having the movie rated R was also a great choice, by allowing the movie to feel more real and gritty.  Logan is aging and hurting and the world is apparently not that great a place, the cursing and the blood add to the atmosphere of that.

I loved seeing the relationship between Logan and Charles and watching Laura’s character grow.  She’s bound to have a spin off, right?!

Logan is an amazing addition to the X-Men franchise and if you’re a fan, it’s going to blow you away.  And the ending, ughhhhh!!!

Also, there’s no after credits scene so you don’t have to wait around like I did :/

The Lego Batman Movie

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

I absolutely loved  The Lego Movie, I thought it was smart and funny with a great song that we were honestly singing all over my college campus.  To me, The Lego Batman Movie was kind of a step down, but still a decent movie.

Robin kind of plays the role the Batman did in the first movie, where everything he says is funny and you just want to see more.  Seriously, he was adorable!  Batman on the other hand seemed a little different from how he was before character-wise.  Was this supposed to be after the first movie or did none of that even happen?  But I guess it’s meant to be a kids movie so I’m probably putting too much thought into it.

There are definitely some funny moments, but nothing that I would write home about.  While I would watch the first movie over again, once is probably enough for this one.

Z: The Beginning of Everything

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern belle and the original flapper and an icon of the Jazz Age in the flamboyant 1920s. Zelda is a free spirit, who longs for a bigger and better life. When Zelda meets an unpublished writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald, a passionate, turbulent and notorious love affair emerges. This fictionalized biography pulls back the curtain on the wild parties and the music, as well the struggles, adultery, dark secrets and dashed dreams.”

Major binge watch alert!  I planned on watching the first two, maybe three episodes of this show and ended up watching the entire season in a day…oops.  To be fair, the episodes are only a half hour long.

Seriously though, why is a drama only 30 minutes?!  Somehow, they manage to make the episodes feel satisfying in the shorter amount of time and I actually didn’t realize they weren’t hour longs until I looked at the clock a few episodes in.

Before this I’ve only heard of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, so I had no idea what to expect with the show.  It starts before the couple has met and goes through their early relationship through the beginning of their marriage.  In what seems like a short amount of time, they really go through a lot.  Zelda seems like a great character and I am so interested to see where she is going to go next.

If you love the 20’s, you’re going to love the feel of the show along with its beautiful sets and costumes!

Available on Amazon Prime.

 

Black Mirror

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”

This is a great show for people who like to think about things, even though you can still enjoy it more passively.  Each episode has a completely different cast, topic, and feel to it.  But they all are kind of like what if ____ .

Some of the scenarios are really creepy to think about because they could easily happen/kind of already have.  This isn’t a show that is going to make you feel happy and positive about technology, I’ll just say that.

You can watch the episodes in any order that you want, though there are a few things that you’ll pick up on if you watch certain ones in the correct order.  Some of them will leave you really wanting more and some were kind of meh, but overall it’s a great series and I hope there will be more.

Available on Netflix.

Hell or High Water

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3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.”

Ehhhhh.

I didn’t love the movie, but I also didn’t hate it.  Hell or High Water is basically a modern day Western, while a lot of the time it’s easy to forget it is happening in modern day (for me at least).

The acting in the movie is great and it has a good plot, it just didn’t hook me as much as I would have liked.  I really don’t understand all the rave reviews people have written for it.

Personally, I could have done without the whole plot line of Jeff Bridges’ character.  I only really cared what he was up to at the very end, and by then, what’s the point?  I think the movie was missing some backstory elements that could have made you feel more for the characters earlier on instead of everything coming together in the second half.

If you can handle a slow paced movie about little more than robbing banks for 80% of it, give the movie a try and let me know what you think!

Moonlight

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.”

Out of all the Oscar nominated movies of 2017 that I have seen so far, I think Moonlight is actually my favorite.  It’s one of the few that feels bigger than just your average movie, which is what I want from something getting awards attention.

The movie is split into three parts, each telling the story of Chiron in different parts of his life.  I would have watched entire movies on each part because they were so good and interesting.  You get to see how a kid’s environment can really change how they grow and who they become.

If you’re into character driven stories, this is one you’re going to want to see.

My only problem with the movie is how each segment ended.  It was almost as if you get the first act of the story and just as everything is about to change, it ends.  Then in the next part you get a very brief mention of what happened during the gap, but not enough.  What they did with Juan’s whole situation really bothered me!  (You’ll know what I’m talking about if you saw it).

The ending of the entire movie wasn’t any different, unfortunately.  It ended JUST AS THINGS WERE GETTING GOOD!  Why?!

Despite that, Moonlight is a great movie that is well worth the 2 hours!

Victoria

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.”

A couple months ago I read the book, Victoria, that this show is based on (or the other way around, I’m not sure) and I finally got around to finishing the show!

If you liked the book, you will not be disappointed by the series—and you will probably be excited to know that season one goes beyond book one so you get to know what happens after that annoying cliff hanger.

The first 4 episodes, I think it was, deals with everything that happened in the story.  The two are very similar so if you just finished reading, it might be a little bit boring since you already know exactly what is going to happen.  But then it gets onto new plots that are interesting and fun to watch.

I wouldn’t say Victoria is my favorite period tv shows, but it is a good one that will leave you wanting more (which I think they said is coming in 2017).  Very similar feel to The Crown if you watched that over on Netflix (if you haven’t you should).