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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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 :/

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.

The Truman Show

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3/5 Stars

Summary: “An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.”

Look at me watching another one of those “classic” movies that I’ve never seen and people always talk about!

Unfortunately, like with The Usual Suspects, I didn’t really get the big deal.  It was an okay movie with an interesting idea, but not something I would choose to watch a second time or really even talk about afterwards.  This could be because of the time I’m watching it though.  Back in 1998, when it came out, I can see the appeal of how strange a story it is.  But now we have people who are sharing many aspects of their life with us on YouTube and all the other social media sites, it’s not that big of a deal.

There are a few funny moments, but it’s definitely not a Jim Carrey comedy.

I love that when The Truman Show first came out, the movie got categorized as fantasy/sci-fi, but now it’s kind of just life.  As I was watching the movie, I did start to think about what a remake/sequel would be like.  It’s like the perfect time for something like that to be made.  There’d be people wanting to put themselves in the same situation as Truman instead of (or probably along with) people trying to break him out and tell him the truth.  Plus it would feel a lot less cheesy like I thought some of the moments in the original were.

Overall, kind of a take it or leave it movie for me.  But if they sometime decide to pick up this world again, I will definitely be interested.

Available on Amazon Prime.

The OA

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

Here is your next show to binge, but it’s only 8 episodes so far so prepare yourself for the disappointment of it being over way too soon.

I feel like there have been a lot of shows about kidnapping lately, so you might be like, why bother?  The OA is definitely one of the best and you need to give it a try!

The story goes back and forth between present day and back when Prairie was missing.  A lot of times when shows do this, there is one part that is more interesting than the other, but both of these are so good.  You want to know what is going to happen next but also what already happened so you can put all the pieces together.

The actors are all fantastic including Lucius Malfoy, Phyllis from The Office, and Hershel (head in tact) from The Walking Dead…also the mom from Dinotopia if any of you have watched that.

The ending leaves some things up for interpretation and it is driving me crazy!  So go watch all the episodes and get back to me on what you think it all means.

Available on Netflix.

Arrival

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she “takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Where was the hype for this movie?!

I remember seeing the preview for this in the beginning of another movie and then never really heard much after that.  So I went to see it anyway, and I’m so glad I did!

I love when movies surprise me like this one did.  Not expecting much, I thought it was just going to be your typical alien movie where aliens come, the planet attacks back, and it’s just all one big mess.  Instead, Arrival focuses on Louise, an expert in linguistics as she tries to find a way to communicate with these aliens that appeared out of nowhere.

You get to see how her life is changed by this event in a unique way.  Along with how different countries react to the arrival.  Makes you think what would actually happen if aliens showed up one day.

Once I got to the plot twist, I loved it.  It brings the entire movie together so satisfyingly and gives it more meaning than your typical alien sci-fi.

Go see it!

Tomorrowland

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Whenever Casey Newton touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker, a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.”

Next time you’re looking for a sci-fi movie, that isn’t your typical aliens and space thing, Tomorrowland is one you need to give a try.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie.

Just the overall idea behind Tomorrowland as a place was fun and I liked watching how it all came together.  I didn’t know what was going to happen throughout the whole movie, which is always a plus.

Apparently there is a book–that I obviously haven’t read–but from someone who had no expectations, give this a watch!