Movie Review

Girls Trip

I finally managed to go and see Girls Trip (2017) and I feel inclined to review it. Not only is the movie filled with 99.9% black, all the main cast are black women, and the main guy is not really a main guy and only vaguely used as a plot device. The most important thing about this movie is friendship, and knowing your self worth. Not only is this movie absolutely hilarious -it had me crying because I was laughing so much. At the same time, its quite inspirational as well.

This is a comedy, so I did expect some laughs. It started off really high on the comedy scale, having everybody laughing with tears in their eyes pretty quickly. The movie managed to stay very strong comedy wise, which is usually very rare from the comedies I’ve seen. At some point, comedies usually get a quite dull, or just not very strong. The movie did deal with some very relatable and serious stuff, but that wasn’t made fun of. The serious topics gave the movie a great underlining plot-line, which works so well with everything else. I don’t really want to spoil what these topics are, so I shall just stick with “serious topics”. As I’ve already said tho, those topics are never part of the comedy, never made fun of and taken seriously. I always find it important that somebody’s struggles aren’t a tool for comedy, to make fun of a person or whatever, etc, if that makes sense (I hope it does). The serious stuff is there and relevant to the plot line, and lets the characters stick out as individual people, making them relatable and likeable. That and the aspect of comedy just work so well together, I’m struggling to put it into words. Comedy and friendship was at it’s core and never once failed to make the entire audience laugh hysterically. Even as people left the screen, they were laughing and had tears in their eyes. People had even clapped during the performance. It’s just such an amazing movie, so uplifting, strong, positive and so damn well made.

As I’ve already said, friendship is a key aspect of this movie, together with learning, knowing and accepting one’s own self worth. The movie concluded with preaching, in a way, that you should not let anybody else tell you you’re worth any less without them and that best friends are really important. I don’t really know how to put this into words. I was just very inspired by the way a certain thing was dealt with, and shed a few more tears because it spoke to me on so many levels (and to so many others, as well).

In a nutshell, never let any other person determine how much you are worth, don’t let anybody ever pull you down and manipulate you into thinking, that you’d be worth less without them. That ain’t true. And good, honest friends are difficult to find. Don’t lose your friends over anyone.

If I had to give this a rating out of 10, I think I’d give it a 14/10, it is just that good.

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Ryo Mukae

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Spiderman: Homecoming -Initial Review

Spiderman: Homecoming -A (very) Short Review

This is a very short review of Spiderman: Homecoming and is really just my initial thoughts on it. I’ve only seen it once so far.

I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure how much I love it? It deals with some serious stuff, which I think is amazing. I love the action that happens. But something doesn’t quite feels right. None of the characters and relationships seem very in depth. They feel like they were just casually whipped up and were forgotten for most of the process of making the movie. Spiderman/Peter Parker himself is relatable, and so is what he’s going through with trying to prove himself.

All in all, I feel like I had hoped for so much more than what I got somehow. I think I’d need to watch it again, to really narrow down how I feel about the whole movie, the characters and everything. Then I might be able to also explain why I feel a certain way about things.

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Malaysia
Stephen Walford Photography

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Entertainment Friday

I think today I had a huge share of my main kinds of entertainment. Youtube videos, Netflix, reading a book, going to the cinema. This morning was filled with watching youtube videos, stuff on Netflix (I can’t ever settle on just the one thing), and finishing a book. In the afternoon, I went to see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

The movie was, quite frankly and in my personal view, quite amazing. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see it in 3D, but I’m pretty sure that would’ve been pretty stunning. I loved the cinematography, and the music especially.

Moving to some other entertainment, I’ve summed up my views very briefly on the book I finished today. I haven’t settled on what to read next. The obvious choice is the next book in the series. However, I picked up another book the other day, which I am also very desperate to read. Maybe I’ll read both at the same time, who knows.

Book Review

Fear (Gone, #5)Fear by Michael Grant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After many days of not picking this up, I read most of it within 48 hours. I just want to know what happens, and how. Always keeps you reading, there’s always something you expect, but also don’t expect if that makes sense.

For me, none of the characters seem relatable at all. That’s not why I’m reading these books (luckily). The story is quite gripping, making the characters more interesting in how they’re dealing with the situations they face. There is also not really that One character that I particularly like, but quite a bunch of them share equal love.

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Fly Away
Jon Herbert
Outside my House 14/05/2017
Matthew Dartford
New York City
Jorg Schubert

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Cinema Day & Screen Time

Today was cinema day! Went to see the new Alien movie and really enjoyed it. It was a really good movie and the first Alien movie I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to watch the other ones!

I’m also working on spending less time attached to screens again. I lost track of this goal for a while and now I’m working towards spending less time on my phone, laptop and in front of the TV.

I know this is super short. When I have more time and energy I will write and prepare some nice and positive posts about letting go of a lot of things while also gaining a lot.

Photos of the day

Charleston rooftop
Summer Buck
Hong Kong streets
Reinier

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Cinema Saturday

Cinema Day

I haven’t been to the cinema in like two weeks, and I finally went to see Their Finest today. The trip to the cinema was spontaneous, and I actually couldn’t remember the trailer to this movie. All I could really remember is that I wanted to see it. It wasn’t until I was on my way there, that I remembered, vaguely, what the movie is about.

My first thoughts on the movie I’m going to tell you. Bare in mind, that, to form a really good opinion of this movie, I would probably have to see it several times and wait a few days to soak it all up. Please, don’t hesitate to go and see it yourself (for those kind few who are reading this). Apart from lacking diversity (to be honest, I never really expect anything less, as sad as that sounds), I actually quite enjoyed the movie. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it just generally felt like a well rounded movie. Good characters, good story line. Everything just kind of worked well together. It has definitely made an impression on me, a good one that is.

Now, its back to reading, writing, and the other things I am going to get distracted with. Music, dishes, social media. The usual stuff. I can really tell my ADHD/ADD medication working again -I forgot to take them for about a week. In times like these, I really appreciate them, as they help me bucket loads to focus and get working. Even if I get distracted, it is easier to rail me back into a frame of mind which pushes me to do some productive work, and not just waste hours on tumblr, twitter and facebook.

Photos of the day

桜の森
Yumi
Cascada (Explore)
Jose Cantorna
Seville streets, Spain
Reini

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Friday (Cinema) Day

Cinema Day

Today, I saw The Boss Baby. This so happened to be the only movie on at a time I could make it to the cinema, and the only other movie I still fancied seeing that was still running. To be honest, I actually looked forward to seeing this movie, even though its a smol children’s movie.
I looked forward to seeing it, as the trailer looked very amusing. I did laugh and was quite amused by this movie actually, and would definitely recommend seeing it on a rainy day. It does deal with the sense of having another child/an only child suddenly having a sibling.
I don’t have any personal experience on this topic, not as a parent nor as a child. Hence, I don’t, and quite frankly can’t, talk about how triggering that aspect of the movie is (or anything like that).

Thing of the day

The thing of today is actually some writing advice. I struggle a lot to write anything, but this advice seemed really helpful.

Word of the day

Mechanico chemical

Definition: Pertaining to connected with or dependent upon both mechanics and chemistry said especially of those sciences which treat of such phenomena as seem to depend on the laws both of mechanics and chemistry as electricity and magnetism

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Oranjetipje - Orange tip - Anthocharis cardamines
Wim Boon
Roma - 2016
Enzo De Martino

Cinema Friday

So I tried writing heck of a nice post last week, reviewing a few of the recent movies I had watched, but the draft wouldn’t save. So I got grumpy and just gave up. Only now have I refound some motivation to write another post.
Friday is officially my Cinema Day, and today I went to see Ghost in the Shell. At first, I didn’t want to go and see it, because it has been whitewashed in my view. I can’t really find a reason why I decided to go and see it, beyond the fact that I was curious about it. At the moment, only an hour after seeing it, I feel kind of disappointed by it. I didn’t think that I could be, especially because I didn’t think it as a good movie in the first place. But apart from views I had established before seeing the movie, I actually felt bored by the movie. However poor I thought of the movie before seeing it, I still expected more from it, if that makes sense. I don’t even feel like it’s worth me rating it, it’s so far down on my scale of rateable movies I personally have seen. I enjoyed the scenes of the city and everything, but that was the only thing I found myself interested in. The characters feel weak, the plot felt like there were huge loop holes (which is just making me want to watch the Anime) and in general I just feel pretty empty towards this movie.

Last week I went to see Beauty and the Beast, and Logan.

Beauty and the Beast bought up a lot of nostalgia. I enjoyed the music and the characters and was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of skin colour in all the side characters. Something felt amiss about it, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. Today I realised why I may have felt like that -somehow things felt rushed. Again, a week later now, I thought it was a cute movie, but not one of my favourites.

Logan really touched the heart-strings however. I really enjoyed the X-men movies and regret not having read any of the comics yet. I felt like this movie was a lovely ending of one era, and the beginning of the next. What surprised me was how young they portrayed Laura, as I learned that in the comics she’s a teenager or young adult (basically somewhat older than how she had been portrayed in the movie).

I still really enjoyed both of these movies, a lot more than I did Ghost in the Shell.

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Hachijo island Tokyo

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Ryo Mukae

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Cinema Day

Today

Because I am busy this friday, I have chosen to make today my cinema day, where I 100% will go to the cinema to watch a movie. Or maybe two. Hopefully, I will be watching Hidden Figures today, and A cure for Wellness.

I did and I loved Hidden Figures. Still not quite sure about A Cure for Wellness.

It was very inspiring and amazing to see Hidden Figures and I teared up more than once. I felt so emotional in a really positive and pure way and I loved how the black ladies dragged the white (mostly) men.

A Cure For Wellness was enjoyable and definitely kept me on my toes throughout the entire movie. It plays with your mind, and I should point out a trigger warning concerning rape  (and incest I guess?) towards the end of the movie.

Word of the day

der Schreibtisch

the desk

Something I heavily rely on, for uni work and creativity. I love having a desk and always have.

Quote of the day

“Low self esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
– Maxwell Maltz

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Ryo Mukae
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Mick Houghton

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Blogmas day 17: People at the cinema

Today

I went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story today.

Yes, I do go to the cinema a lot. Thanks to having signed up to a Cineworld Card, I pay a certain amount of money every month and I can go whenever for /free/. If I went once, I’d easily pay anything between £7 and £9, even as a student. So if I go twice or three times a month, thats basically as much as the Cineworld card. Especially before we moved, I very easily went 4-6 times a month, if not more. So I definitely get my moneys worth.

Anyway, back to the movie. This was the first Star Wars movie I have ever watched. EVER. And I enjoyed it and am considering watching more Star Wars movies.

Every time during a movie, I notice certain people. Today I’ve actually made notes of the kind of people I remember having met during some of my cinema trips.

Recently, especially with the Star Wars movie, and Moana, but also many other times, there has been that ONE child who doesn’t stop talking and always sits really close to you, no matter where you sit. ALL THE TIME. And the parent just engages in the conversation. It’s quite annoying actually, I hope I was never that child.

Then there are those on a date. But there’s a difference between those on their first date n those couples who have their date night. Depending on movie and date, they’re usually quite cute, especially those on their first date. They’re all shy and awkward.

As always, on frequent cinema trips, I have also encountered that group of friends somewhere in the last row. They usually laugh at a lot of the things, and have that one friend who keeps yelling things in, one that can’t shut up talking, another who can’t stop laughing and another one who clearly regrets suggesting the cinema.

There’s also very often that one person, usually a child (or me), who drops their food before they even reach the seat. I actually manage to spill some of my popcorn on a guy once.

Then there are always those with really noisy food wrappings. I, out of experience and everything, either open my crisp packets or whatever before the movie starts or wait until there is a loud scene in the movie so I do not have to interfere with the movie. Sometimes, obviously, it can’t really be helped. In such a case, the quicker the better. But, naturally, some just like to fiddle with those wrappers and ruin entire moments in the movie.
There are also those who love to slurp their drinks real loud. Maybe I’m just super noise sensitive, but honestly, don’t do that. Please. It is super annoying.

A more recent discovery is actually that one adult, who takes their children to the cinema, and just very obviously is bored by everything. Yawning and staring at a bright screen. Out of all due respect, just don’t use your phone in a cinema full of people who might actually

I have to say, the most annoying thing is that person or child that can’t stop talking.

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Owl
Ben Williamson
Anthony Samaniego

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Blogmas Day 2: Surviving Winter

Today

I actually don’t feel the cold as much as many people around me and even if I do, most times I won’t wear a jacket. But today, I did get a new jacket, a nice heavy-ish one and I love it.

And, even though I quite enjoy the festive season somewhat, Winter is my least favourite season. I especially dislike January, because its so dull and so non-colourful. By planning ahead, I try to surround myself with colourful stuff and entertain myself, so I don’t get too down in January. By surrounding myself with colourful stuff in summer, I always hope that that keeps me on a more happy mood over the festive season and into the new year. Comfort food, comfort clothing, kind people, happy memories. Not always possible. To me personally, the festive season has always been a safe, and happy time. It wasn’t until later that I realised how incredibly tough and difficult it can be for others, and I wish I could help them all somehow.

Winter can be so incredibly difficult for so many reasons, I am one of the few who connects winter (especially christmas) to happy, safe memories. Apart from “stay safe and warm”, I don’t really know what advice to give.

On other news, I actually went for a bit of shopping and then went to the cinema to see Moana. Moana is a great movie and I loved it a lot. If you’re not sure if you should watch it, you should definitely watch it. It is so good.

Lets see what tomorrow brings. Even though I woke up early, I feel like I haven’t been very productive. Gonna try n fit some meditation and Yoga into my morning routine and see if that might help me feel a bit more positive.

Quote of the day

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-Victor Hugo

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frosty
Barbera

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