Life

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”

So if you are a diehard fan of the original Alien movie, I kind of have the feeling you’re not going to like this movie.  Only because Life is obviously inspired by it, and you might just spend the entire time comparing the two.  I honestly didn’t like Alien that much, so I was able to enjoy this movie.

It’s got a little bit of suspense and horror mixed in with it’s sci-fi genre.  I like the fact that 99% of the movie was contained to what was going on inside the space station and not going back and forth between people down on Earth trying to help or do something, like we usually see in this type of movie nowadays.

I was a little bit disappointed in the deaths of the characters because they kept killing off the ones that I liked (that’s not really spoiler-y I hope—you don’t know who I like).

Which leads to the ending.  No spoilers, but I do want to say that I really liked the direction the ending went.  I kind of wish it was done a little better, the whole lead up to the final scenes was meh, but as a whole, I liked it.

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Beauty and the Beast

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.”

While I like Disney movies, I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast.  Not that I disliked it, I just probably haven’t seen it since I was a little kid and never gave it much thought in the time since then.  So when I got to the theatre to see this new movie, I realized I didn’t remember much of what it was really about.  Oops.

So if there are differences from the animated movie, I have no idea.  Either way, this movie was a lot of fun.  The singing is amazing as well as the acting, which really should come as no surprise.  The sets are beautify done and brings the whole world to life.

Gaston is absolutely my favorite character and every scene he is in, especially with LeFou, is perfect.

After this I can’t wait to see how Disney brings back all their other movies scheduled to be made live action (ahem, don’t mess up Mulan!!!!)

First Impressions: Trial & Error

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Josh, a bright-eyed New York lawyer, heads to a tiny Southern town to defend an eccentric poetry professor accused of the hilariously bizarre murder of his wife. Josh’s optimism never ceases despite his legal team of unqualified local misfits and a makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop. Winning his first big case isn’t going to be easy, especially when his client continues to unwittingly say and do things that make him look guilty. Despite being complete underdogs, he and his ragtag team continue to take two steps forward, one step back to keep his client from stepping into death row.”

It’s The Office meets a murder trial and I absolutely love it!

John Lithgow starring in Trial & Error (and Nicholas D’Agosto cause I love him) were reasons enough for me to check out the show, but then the humor in it is what got me to stay.

First off, these characters are so out there, you can’t help but love them.  Seriously, Sherri Shepherd’s character is perfect.  They’re all kind of the weirdest of the weird, trying to come together to do something that ordinarily would be taken very seriously.

I am starting to be over all the police/crime dramas because they are blending in to being the exact same thing with different characters.  Adding the comedy of a half hour sitcom is extremely refreshing.

Like I said with Making History, I am not sure how long the show can last story-wise, but I am so excited to watch it happen.  If you think you might like a mockumentary show with a little bit of dark humor (not too dark, this is network TV) give it a watch and let me know what you think!

First Impressions: Making History

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “College facilities manager Dan Chambers is misunderstood, but when he discovers time travel, he finds that he can claim movie quotes and stand-up bits as his own and be the cool guy in the 18th century. He doesn’t initially realize that by transporting himself back in time to hang out with his girlfriend, Deborah, he is altering events in the present. When Dan’s meddling leads to Paul Revere postponing his famous ride and altering the events of the American Revolution, he must turn to popular history professor Chris Parish for help. Together, Dan, Deborah and Chris try to set everything right.”

This season of new TV brought a bunch of shows dealing with time travel, Making History is the one that I have been excitedly waiting for since I first heard about it.  Seeing Leighton Meester and Adam Pally star and then the premise itself seemed perfect.

The first two episodes have aired so far, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s awesome seeing a historical comedy instead of the usual drama.  The jokes are great and relevant to things going on today.  I’m not really sure as to where the show is going to go after the second episode since it kind of solved the problem from the pilot, but I’m interested to find out.

My only complaint would be that it is too short.  I’ve become less and less a fan of the half hour format of TV, especially for shows that aren’t your typical sitcom.  A show like this could be something really great if given the time to develop the characters and get you into the world.  I know it’ll never become a full hour, but hopefully it’s going to be given (at least) a full season and people give it a chance.

Seriously, watch it.  And make all your friends watch it.

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.

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).