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Let’s Go To The Movies!

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year! Well, for most people, not necessarily for me, the constantly-overheated workaholic! Ha! But, I digress, I do enjoy walking outdoors, gardening, going to New Orleans (which is hilarious given my discomfort in heated environments), and, of course, the summer movies and TV shows! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales and Wonder Woman have already premiered in theaters, so I’ve separated the trailers from the rest of the list:

Let me tell you, each of these movies were phenomenal in their own ways! I will admit I had some issues with Pirates, only, really, because they used Captain Jack as a comic relief instead of the eccentric hero he is. (You know, the line that’s drawn in the series: “Is Jack really lucky or really smart?”) BUT I completely, entirely, adore that they are continuing Will and Elizabeth’s story-line! I’m really hoping for a sixth installment!

Honestly, Guardians has been my most favorite thus far; I was thoroughly entertained and laughing throughout the movie! Especially at Drax! His straightforward phrases were perfectly timed and had me rolling in my chair!

Below are the movies I am looking forward to most this summer, with quick summaries as to why I’m looking forward to them. Of course, they’re not all the films premiering, but they are the ones that fit my taste and will have me first in line to catch a showing! Let me know in the comments which movies you’re looking forward to!

June 9 – The Mummy

I really am looking forward to this rendition, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise. The movie follow Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, a soldier, who somehow unearths a female mummy named Ahmanet, who proceeds to stalk him. Honestly there are so many things to be excited about. Honestly, there are so many things for me to be excited about with this movie!

First, Tom Cruise. I will always admire him; he does his own stunts, which truly is a feat given that he’s in action movies! Second, Sofia Boutella as Ahmanet. Lordy I love her in the trailer! I know I’m going to love her in the movie! (I’m also intrigued to see how they treat the Egyptian goddess’s mythology; will it be fictionalize or close to the established legends?) And third, of course, I know Alex Kurtzman to be the writer for Transformers, Sleepy Hollow, the J.J. Abrams’s Star Treks, and The Amazing Spider-Man. This will be the first movie I’ve seen directed by him, so I’m looking forward to what he can do!

June 23 – Transformers: The Last Knight

Speaking of Transformers, I CANNOT EVEN EXPLAIN HOW MANY FEELS I HAVE ABOUT THIS MOVIE AND IT’S NOT EVEN OUT YET! 

Ok. Now that I have that off my chest.

Honestly, I already know I’m going to have so much anguish about this movie. In part due to a fanfiction series I’ve been writing about Optimus and his human mate and I’m already having plot bunnies with how tortured they’re both going to be about this. I’m also praying to God that they don’t kill Optimus again. Remember that sixth sense I talk about, being a writer and movie geek? Yeah. I have a bad feeling about this movie and our beloved Autobot leader.

Still excited to see it though! (It will have to be delayed since I’ll be in New Orleans the weekend it premieres! AGH!)

June 30 – Despicable Me 3

I will always, always, always be excited to see my little joyful yellow Minions and their boss, Gru, get into trouble! Bonus: apparently Gru has a brother and wants to go on an evil adventure with him and his family! However, being the romantic sap I am, I’m just thrilled about seeing Gru, the girls, and Lucy Wilde further their development!

And for the Minions to steal the show!

August 7 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Ok, guys. Don’t hate me for saying this: Spider-Man: Homecoming is the movie I am least excited for on this list. *holds up hands* NOW WAIT! Just because I’ve said that, it doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see it! Please, I’m always running to the theater for the latest Marvel movie!

Honestly, I haven’t given Tom Holland as Spider-Man much thought. Frankly, my heart is still mourning Andrew Garfield and his sass, and it probably always will. But, if anything is to be learned from the trailers and Spidey’s moment in Captain America: Civil War, I feel like I’ll enjoy Holland very much.

August 28 – The Dark Tower

Now this movie I know virtually nothing about. I have The Dark Tower and am hoping to read the first novel, at least, before this premieres. But, first, it’s Stephen King. It’s one of King’s most beloved stories. (My uncle, a man of great taste, is super thrilled for this adaptation.) And, second, Idris Elba. Need I say more?


Again, let me know in the comments which summer movies you’re most excited for, whether they’re ones on this list or others! And don’t forget, fangirls and fanboys, about the Fear The Walking Dead season three premiere, tonight at 9PM on AMC!

A Shack-Inspired Birthday Reflection

Ever since I saw The Shack this weekend, I haven’t been able to get its themes out of my head. Frankly, would I even want that? Nope. I think it’s great that the story sticks with me so much!

The Shack is a heartfelt story about a man, named Mack, who is lead back to life by God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Literally, they appear in a shack in the woods and spend the weekend with him. Whether you’re Christian or not, it’s a good story that can reground the best of humanity within you: being good to one another, forgiving those who do wrong against you, and spreading love.

Every time I read–or now watch–The Shack, I feel like a child again.

And, especially now in my life, it’s a message I need reiterated to me.

I have found myself, especially in the past, in seemingly hurricane-like chaotic years, not focusing on love–or trusting in God–as much as I really should’ve been doing. Since Choy, my beloved feline companion died, events have transpired that have shaken me. Frankly, they’ve taken me, unwillingly, a bit away from focusing on God. My belief in him has still been strong, of course. It always will be. However, I realize in hindsight that I was going through the motions of living a strong faith; specifically, I focused on my worries rather than putting my trust in Him. It’s amazing how we can get lost in our own battles, and our fears of the future, and forget to put our trust in God–to trust things will work out the best way they should.

Truly, it’s hard to put your trust in something you can’t see. And that’s the theme of The Shack: God is always with you, his love will guide you, just let him show you the way. (Or, for those who prefer, let “her” show you the way.)

This year, as my birthday approached, I’ve been feeling more emotional as of late. Last year, I spent my special day at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, watching my father go in for melanoma surgery. Mom and I left my dad late that night, after we knew he was safe, settled and the surgery was successful. On the way home, we stopped at Olive Garden and I blew out a candle in an apple crisp dessert.

A simple, small, somewhat melancholic birthday that fell right in place with the rest of 2016.

But it’s not that specific day itself that makes me bittersweet about my birthday, it’s how the year went after dad’s surgery. That landmark moment seemed to catapult my family and I into a variety of stunning developments that grew me into a stronger Katie today. In part, I wish that some things didn’t happen; mom’s brain bleed last April, for example. But, for the most part, I’m happy for how much I’ve grown out of my shell. For example, I’ve found a hidden talent in bookkeeping that I could hone to subsidize my writing career and support my family.

All in all, even if my birthday feels a tad bittersweet, I still remain stubbornly optimistic to see the good that this new birth year brings.

I fervently aim to finish my book and get it out to agents by the time I go to New Orleans, but I am also, now, looking forward to pursuing this bookkeeping career. (If I’m being honest, I wasn’t entirely set on it until now.) I’m excited for Dan, the boyfriend, and I to get engaged and set our combined goals in motion. And I aim, with God’s help, to let my life–and the lives of those around me–be as little stressed as possible. (Especially after the taxes are completed! Hah!)

I impart this wisdom to all of you: hope is never gone, love never leaves, God never deserts you, unless you let it go yourself. As the infamous Dustin Pari says: “#NeverGiveUp!” 


For more birthday reflections and ramblings, check out my companion Youtube video, and, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, subscribe to my channel and blog!

The 5th Wave Movie Review

Well, jeez. Apparently my 2016 theme is the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic survival. Last month the focus was The Walking Dead. This month, four days in, I’ve finally watched Mad Max: Fury Road and The 5th Wave. (While, yeah. I’m frankly just waiting for TWD to return.) Both movies were good. However, I really enjoyed The 5th Wave.

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Short summary of The 5th Wave (via Google search):

“The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.”

With a quick glance at the Rotten Tomatoes score of the movie (Critics: 16%, Audience: 48%), I actually don’t get it. The plot was decent: it had a good pace and the logic made sense. The movie wasn’t horribly predictable either. Maybe there were a few cliches, but, hey, cliches are going to happen in some form, in every story. You can’t avoid them. The acting was phenomenal, the movie had it’s tense moments, and the book itself (I read the first couple pages via Kindle tonight) is very well written… a lot better than other YA novels that are getting screen time.

One of the reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes blames the lack of interest in The 5th Wave on the over-saturation of the YA market right now. While I do recognize that a lot of ads, TV shows, movies, and books seem to target the young adult market, I don’t think that’s 100% the reason why people aren’t as interested in The 5th Wave. I honestly was half-and-half about seeing the movie because, simply, aliens have been done–over, and over, and over again. Since the 1950s when The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds classics released, Earth has had their imaginations looking upwards.

Storytellers of varying eras have thrown every alien, post-apocalyptic conspiracy at their audiences. Remember how I talked about cliches? Well alien horror movies could, arguably, be a subclause of trope themselves. Just like zombies, haunted houses, romantic encounters, and murder mysteries.

It’s our job as storytellers to come up with new ways of telling a familiar story. And Rick Yancey has done it with his series.

For example, the concept itself of “Waves” is very intriguing. Like, yes. They’ve been seen before. However, these attacks haven’t been seen together (as far as I know: I haven’t viewed every apocalyptic story). At the very least, the thought of multiple attacks from a group of Beings hell-bent on destroying our species is enough to get the adrenaline going.

I definitely do suggest checking out The 5th Wave. I’m not sure that I’ll go out and get the novels right away, mainly because I have so many books to catch up on and I’m stubborn. But when viewing the trailer, my “Movie Geek Sixth Sense” tingled. It’s a great ride.

Check out The 5th Wave trailer:

Honestly, I think I’ll keep on this pattern and watch The Road next. Maybe. I’ve heard it’s good though. This is all a secret way to bide time until The Walking Dead comes on V-day. Hah!

What apocalyptic stories do you friends suggest? Comment below!

Have a great week, friends and fans! I’ll see you on Friday with the next installment to my Transformers series!

Favorite TV: TWD!

My opinion of The Walking Dead? Wow. Just wow.

A few weeks ago mom and I were stuck in the house, sick with terrible chest colds. I had caught up with all of my TV shows, finished reading Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel (which was brilliant and nostalgic and–ahhh feels!), and was blazing a trail through the Crimson Peak novel. Soon, I was looking for something new to watch. And what was already on my Amazon video account? The Walking Dead.

I had started watching season one a year or two ago (when I was also sick) but stopped the show mainly because I got better and distracted with other things. So, this time around I started TWD at the end of season one… and down the rabbit hole I went.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve binged seasons one through six and am now on my way to watching Fear The Walking Dead (the prequel). I’ve gone from casual interest to mild anticipation to complete fangirl. And for the past couple days, I really wondered: “Why? Why am I so obsessed with this show?” I mean, yeah, Daryl’s my favorite character; he’s a complete badass, yet has a soft, meaningful side. Rick is a pretty strong leader: he makes hard choices, is a great dad, and has a spectacularly precise aim (also he looks like my brother Donnie and shares his name with my brother Rick).

Still, why was I almost drooling over my laptop at the merest possibility of news about the show? Why was I reading fanfic after fanfic, into the early, early morning? I’m not usually a fan of zombies, and am becoming increasingly picky when it comes to post-apocalyptic storylines. But here I was, obsessed with The Walking Dead.

The answers clicked as I explained the show to mom over eggs, biscuits, and coffee this morning. First, the show is realistic: when you feel a character is going to die, they probably will die. As a fan of some action movies (*cough* Transformers *cough*), I do like watching the stunts characters pull. However, I also know that said daredevil feats, if applied to real life, would probably end in death. TWD has a way of putting you on edge, making you mentally plead: “Oh no, they certainly wouldn’t kill this character! He’s a good man and has to stick around for his family!” And then, with one clean stroke, the character’s gone.

(Sidenote, TWD is almost opposite of Supernatural with their deaths: characters that die typically stay dead. Although both TV shows are well-written, this is an interesting, fresh, draw to AMC’s hit.) TWD, furthermore, deals with harsh truths. At one point, early in the show, a character becomes pregnant and she actually considers aborting the baby due to the terrifying world they now live in. I found myself relating. Even though I would never choose to abort a baby, I could honestly see myself considering it just as she did, if I were in a post-apocalyptic world myself.

That brings me to the second reason why I love The Walking Dead: the characters are well written. They’re complex. Grey. There is no clear division between right and wrong, black or white, good vs evil. Even with season three’s villain, The Governor, who wrecked so much havoc on Rick and his group, I didn’t 100% hate him because he was relatable. He wanted his zombified daughter to be cured with every fiber of his being that when Michonne killed her, he literally went insane. Again, I could see the same happening to me if I was in a similar situation.

Everyone has a story, everyone has a darkness to them. Even Daryl had his moments when I was cursing him. Especially in 4×12’s “Still” when he drunkenly raged at Beth. His character is one of the few I am actively excited to see develop. In season 1 he started as a stereotypical hillbilly; a younger child in the shadow of his asshole big brother, Merle. When Merle disappeared from the show, Daryl connected with the group he was with and became a stronger, courageous hero with a messed-up past. He’s even been a great leader at times when Rick was unable to carry everyone due to his mental anguish. Daryl is a loner but a loyal companion and if I ever find myself in a zombie apocalypse, I hope he’s right by my side.

(Here’s hoping I won’t though.)

Check out one of my favorite Daryl scenes:

Daryl vs Tank:

All in all, I fully suggest watching The Walking Dead. It has kickass action sequences, dramatic moments that will melt a cold heart, and a great, devoted cast, crew, and fanbase that, I hope, will keep going for years to come. Robert Kirkman, author of TWD comics, just… wow. I honestly hope to create something as great as this myself. Bravo!

For further Walking Dead ambiance, I think this fan video (not mine) best explains the atmosphere of the show:

Best Scenes of TWD (spoilers ahead!):

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Personal updates: with us now in the throes of 2016, I’m implementing a posting schedule that is working really well.

  • Sundays: Promos/trailers masterpost via my blog (here) – where I gather a collection of movies and TV promos premiering every week.
  • Mondays: Media Mondays via my YouTube channel – a discussion series on pop culture news, TV shows, movies, and reviews. Come fangirl with me!
  • Wednesdays: New blog posts via my blog – on random topics.
  • Fridays: New fanfics! via my blog, Tumblr, and Fanfiction.net – while most new fanfiction posts will be with my Transformers series, I do have some oneshots I will throw out here and there.

This is the skeleton I’ll be following, although look out for unexpected reviews, posts, and other treats during the week too! I’m excited to be bringing all this content to you guys and gals!

Also, if you missed it, here’s Media Mondays 2: Let the Fangirling Commence! Where I FANGIRL over Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer, 1940’s/50’s Hollywood in Agent Carter, and how well written Blackbeard is in Black Sails

So consider me a “walker”, fellow Walking Dead fans (is that the fandom name? If not, let me know in the comments!) What are your favorite Walking Dead scenes? Characters?

Tonight is also Supernatural night, Hunters! Are you excited to see more of Casifer? I sure am!

Catch the promo here:

Catch you in the next post, fangirls and fanboys! Let your geek reign!

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2015 Favorites; 2016 Resolutions

Lord almighty! I cannot believe 2016 is upon us already! Honestly, 2015 was a bit of a challenge for me. I’m happy for the lessons I’ve learned this year, but I would be lying if I wasn’t excited for 2016. I hope for me and my family that it is a good year; it seems the recent years have been a bit of a challenge for us. I’m also looking forward to finally accomplishing some goals in 2016, but more on that later.

First, a bit of fun. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite movies, music, books, and TV shows of 2015. Not all of them were released in 2015, but I encountered them this year.

Here we go!

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Favorite movie: (A TIE!) Jurassic World and No Escape.

2015 was a year of nostalgia: Star Wars launched a new trilogy, The Hunger Games ended, and Jurassic Park’s reboot, for me, started it all. I was never a huge fan of dinosaurs and Jurassic Park wasn’t a series I was entirely devoted to until recently. Frankly, I was more loyal to the classic adventures I grew up with (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and James Bond). However, to pay tribute to the great Steven Spielberg, I decided to go to the reboot.

I. Was. Not. Disappointed!

What especially caught my attention was Chris Pratt’s devotion to his Indiana-Jones-like-dinosaur-trainer: a character who was full of heart but a total “badass” (as one of the nephews put it).

Whether you’re a Jurassic Park fan or not, I strongly encourage you to see Jurassic World. The plot is well done, the action is gripping, and the nostalgia is purely palpable.

Speaking of badass movies, No Escape was probably my most favorite film of 2015. When I first watched the trailers, I thought I’d pass on the movie. However, what got me into the theaters was Owen Wilson; it was a first to see him in a serious, action-packed role (vs a comedy like Zoolander) and I wanted to see how well he did. I will tell you: he did not disappoint in the least!

Furthermore, No Escape brings up an issue that not everyone thinks about: monopoly in a third-world country. The cause of the uprising in the unnamed South-East Asia country is, put plainly, a first-world country taking control of their resources. Owen Wilson is unknowingly a part of this takeover and he puts his family in the center of it.

No Escape is certainly action-packed and very violent, as an uprising would be. The pace of the plot is wonderful: fast enough to keep the heart pounding, but it slows down at the appropriate points when Owen Wilson discovers exactly what his employers have been up to. I definitely suggest seeing it.


 

Favorite song: Lost Stars, sung by Adam Levine.

Lost Stars is an original song found in the movie Begin Again with Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. It was nominated in the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Original Song, which was well deserved (however, it did lose to Glory). The lyrics of the song are poetic and entirely soul-felt. I doubt there is a person in the world who wouldn’t identify with the story it weaves.

The chorus alone gives me chills as the song builds in its ballad:

“And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young.
It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run,
Searching for meaning.
But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?”

 

Another astounding thing: this song stands apart. It complements Begin Again, but it’s a song you can put your own meaning, your own story to. It’s universal.


 

Favorite book: Welcome to Night Vale

Oh, Night Vale. Ever since I started listening to the famous podcast, around two years ago, my love for Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s “quiet desert community” has grown. I was SO FLIPPING EXCITED to delve into their novel that expanded beyond Cecil’s narration. What’s even better is how the podcast mentions the events of the novel here and there, only being blunt about its existence in the novel excerpt clip above. (I think a few episodes ago Cecil mentioned “that King City fiasco.”)

God, Night Vale will always be one of my most favorite works of creation EVER. AND THEY’RE COMING OUT WITH THREE BOOKS NEXT YEAR!! AHH!

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Favorite TV shows: Supernatural and Expedition Unknown
Ok. Yes. I couldn’t let the new year begin without mentioned my TWO MOST FAVORITE TV SHOWS!! (Seriously. Go check out my Tumblr: Supernatural is almost all I reblog; and I’m always fangirling over Josh Gates in my various social platforms.)

Supernatural has, and always will be, my top favorite show. There’s a reason why it’s currently airing season 11. For most people, it has to do with the brotherly relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester. However, while I do love the Winchester brothers, they aren’t my favorite characters. Castiel, Gabriel, Lucifer, and Balthazar are. In short, I love how they weave known mythology into the show and put twists on it. Especially ever since season 4, I’ve absolutely adored the angel mythology. Supernatural is the only medium that writes angels the way I believe they should be written (except for the “angels are dicks” thing, because, let’s face it: they aren’t).

I’ve especially loved how season 11 is feeling a lot like season 5. They’re focusing on Biblical mythology again and are bringing back well-loved characters for cameos (Lucifer just appeared in the most recent episode: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” EEK!)

My second favorite TV show has to be Expedition Unknown. I’m a legend junkie with a passion for traveling and exploring cultures. However, I do like where I live… and I don’t want to travel nearly as much as Josh Gates does. Frankly, two-five trips a year will do me good.

But I love seeing what new adventures Josh Gates gets himself into. From searching for Amelia Earhart’s remains to investigating the True Cross of Christ, Josh Gates is always bringing new things to talk about on his show. He brings us along as he rock climbs, scuba dives, and crawls through caves.

In May this year, I met him for the second time and it’s only made me more adamant to watch his show. He is kind-hearted, brave, a joker, and so passionate about his job. Literally, it’s like he’s our Universe’s Indiana Jones.

He’s my role model… and I don’t think I’ll ever stop watching Expedition Unknown.


So that’s my list of 2015 favorites. Honestly, my head is kind of buzzing right now from the processing overload! But my Goodbye to 2015 post isn’t complete until I divulge in my 2016 resolutions. After all, it’s traditional to have goals for the new year, not to mention a good thing to do to keep procrastination at bay.

My plans for 2016 remain the same as they have for the past few years:

  1. Lose 50 pounds; feel healthy and capable of anything!
  2. Finish my first novel and get it put out into the world.

However, I do have goals for my social media profiles: I would like to keep to a schedule. Update my blog weekly, my Youtube videos every two weeks, and post to my Facebook page daily. Especially concerning the content of this blog, I would love to write more reviews; consider this 2015 recap the beginning of said reviews!

So, have a Happy New Year duckies. Say a generous thanks to 2015 and grasp 2016 by the hand — it’s almost here!

 

 

 

 

Dual Wield Review: Everest + The Intern

This weekend I saw two movies that were phenomenal in their own ways. Everest and The Intern. I’ll admit: I had been more anxious to see Everest than The Intern. However, both entertained and spoke of values that we, as human beings all, identify with.

Everest 

Take a look at Everest’s trailer here:

“You, my friends, are following in the very footsteps of history. Something beyond the power of words to describe.”

– Rob Hall

These first words in the trailers set the tone of the movie beautifully. Everest is based on the true story of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. Now, I remember hearing about this catastrophe around the time that it happened. I don’t remember exactly when that was, I only remember my seven year old reaction: “I’m never climbing Mount Everest.”

Basically, the disaster goes as follows: on May 10-11, 1996, Everest was full of climbers — numerous teams and some solo adventurers– all attempting to reach her summit. A fast moving blizzard surprised all of these mountaineers… and eight people lost their lives. To date, it’s one of the worst disasters ever recorded on the mountain, only surpassed by 2014’s 16 fatalities and 2015’s 18 — both from avalanches.

The movie itself caught my attention this summer. It looked like a good action movie. I completely forgot that it was based off of a true story. I just wanted to see a movie about travel, adventure, and pushing yourself to the limit. All of these themes are present in the movie. However, it strikes harder and deeper than one would expect. Maybe it’s the added element that these people existed that makes the move stick in our minds. I think that it’s definitely a strong draw.

Everest, in its way, reminds me of Titanic. Minus the Jack and Rose plot, the actual historical context of the movie is fairly accurate… and definitely hits where it hurts. That’s the reason why I’ve watched the movie so often. Not because of the romance, but the disaster, and seeing people fight for their lives. That’s the reason why I enjoy action and suspense stories, in fact: the fight for survival.

Everest is all about extreme survival. Climbers trapped in harsh conditions. Some choose to let go, others fight for as long as they can — some survive, some don’t.

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When Everest first came out, I saw a few critics giving negative reviews. Their reason? “It has no plot!” I strongly beg to differ. What critics see as a lack of plot, I see as an effort to make a movies as real as possible. For Hollywood standards, Everest did a heck of a job. They successfully made a movie, respecting the memories of these amazing adventurers. Heck, the director took the cast and crew to the base of the Himalayas, hired a professional climber, and actually filmed the whole movie on a neighboring mountain.

When I see filmmakers make an effort to tell a good story (especially if it’s based off of a true story), I admire them. So, Everest is very worthwhile to see just for that reason: it’s real.

Warning: There are graphic moments in Everest; the filmmakers respectfully show the effects of climbing the world’s tallest mountain. A man vomits blood. People freeze to death. It’s highly emotional and real, like I said. Some things are hard to watch. So be prepared for that.


The Intern

Now, for a change of mood.

Take a look at The Intern’s trailer:

For those who are in need of inspirational life-stories, The Intern is a rollicking ride. It reminds me of my favorite dramedies like Dan In Real Life and Love Actually. It’s the kind of story that speaks of life’s little challenges: growing old and following your dreams while also valuing family time. These challenges are embodied in Robert De Niro’s Ben Whittaker and Anne Hathaway’s Jules Ostin.

What’s most compelling about this movie is when Jules and Ben start working together. There’s a bit of time where the writers establish a reluctance on Jules’s part to accept Ben’s wisdom and help, mainly due to his age. Eventually it does happen, though. Ben and Jules find respect and friendship in each other. Ben finds his drive again and Jules finds a way to love her business, but be less stressed.

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Ben finds his way into the hearts of all his colleagues. They benefit from his wisdom in various ways, whether it be de-stressing Jules or teaching the other interns a classy way to dress. The theme I picked up with this movie is to respect all walks of life and help others. You never know where help will come from, and with whom.

The Day After The Oscars

Here we are, the day after the Oscars. Awards have been given out. Lives have been changed. Media channels issue recaps: about fashion, the stars, the winners and their speeches. Hollywood itself wakes up, ready to start a new movie-making year.

I always have enjoyed the Oscars. It is a celebration of storytelling, plain and simple. As Cheryl Boone Issacs (President of the Academy) stated:

“At the Oscars, we celebrate our love of movies, and in doing so, we honor filmmakers who cross borders and test boundaries, … [those] who encourage us to see the world and those around us in new ways”

She went on to talk about how the Freedom of Storytelling is important. She praised the filmmakers who traverse the globe, into danger, to tell stories that change the world.

And, really, isn’t that the point of storytelling? To inspire, to push?

That’s what I was trying to get across in my most recent YouTube video. The Oscars tend to celebrate the movies that make the most waves. The ones that push boundaries. Whether it be Big Hero 6 — an animated movie about a boy who inadvertently avenges his brother’s death — or Boyhood — a movie filmed over several years to chronicle the growth of a child to a man. They all push the way storytelling is presented.

And each storyteller has their personal lives, the ones that push them to do greater things.

One of the most inspiring moments of the night was when Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. His speech was simple, yet important:

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I immediately followed him on Twitter, inspired myself.

However, what I was really, really looking forward to was Neil Patrick Harris’s hosting. It had been a long time coming. NPH has hosted two Emmy’s and a Tony’s but no Oscars. That changed last night. Ellen Degeneres’s 86th Oscars were quirky, comedic, and integrating. However, NPH’s Oscars were… more fluid. He didn’t dwell on different gimmicks. Instead, he followed, with ease, the format that the Academy Awards follow: presenting the awards. He added very good jokes, and a magic trick at the end, but didn’t linger in his hosting duties. Which I think was very good.

It seems in recent years that the hosts of the Academy Awards (minus Ellen, because she did a FANTASTIC job) seem to linger on their duties as Emcees. With the awards show already so long, it draws out the duration of the event and makes everyone wish it was over that much sooner.

However, Neil did what he was supposed to do: he put the audience at ease, making the awards show move quickly but efficiently.

My favorite part was his opening number, “Moving Pictures”.

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