Mini Book Reviews: Fowl Language – The Struggle Is Real / Heart and Brain – Body Language / How to Be Perfectly Unhappy / Lady Stuff – Secrets to Being a Woman

LOOK WHOSE FINALLY WRITING SOME BOOK REVIEWS!

Between school (5 AP classes are NOT conducive to reading), and college apps (NEVER ENDING but IMPORTANT), I haven’t had time to read.

But these are all super quick, funny, light little cartoon-graphic novel reads. I’m trying to get into reading more again, I swear.

I read all of these towards the end of September.

These are all books I read via receiving e-arcs from Netgalley. And this is my honest review.


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real

by Brian Gordon

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Official Synopsis:
The Internet sensation, Fowl Language Comics, is back with its second book, Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real, the perfect parenting humor book for anyone who liked Toddlers Are A**holes!

“This Guy’s Comics Hilariously Sum Up the Truth About Being a Parent.”

—Buzzfeed
He’s back, and he’s totally got parenting figured out this time. KIDDING.

It’s another collection of Fowl Language comics, ripped from the headlines of this author’s actual friggin’ life.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll swear. It’s almost exactly like a day of parenting, except without the annoying little people.

Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
I really like the art of this one, its really well done, and I like the whole Duck thing – it makes it funnier. I’m not a parent (obviously) and it will probably be funnier to you if you are, but I have lots of cousins and a much younger sister – so I felt I could relate to it.
I enjoyed it.

Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection

by The Awkward Yeti, Nick Seluk

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Official Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the hugely popular Awkward Yeti comics comes the third collection in his Heart and Brain series.

Heart and Brain: Body Language continues the adventures of the loveably conflicted sentimental Heart and rational Brain, as well as other bodily inhabitants like Gallbladder, Muscle, and Tongue.

Warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, these comics bring our inner struggles to vibrant, humorous life.

Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
Of all of these, this one is probably my favorite. I read the Heart and Brain comics online ALL THE TIME. And I relate to it so much most of the time. This book is a really nice collection – I hadn’t seen most of them online before. And its really funny, with really nice art.
I REALLY recommend it!

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy

by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

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Official Synopsis:
Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmealand #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: “Are you happy?”

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
This book is SUPER short, but it has possibly the best art of all of these. Its super pretty. This one isn’t funny like the others, its raw and honest and I felt I could really connect with it.
Check it out!

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

by Loryn Brantz

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Official Synopsis:
A collection of Loryn Brantz’s vibrant and relatable Jellybean Comics about her everyday experiences as a lady 

Home manicure tips, awkward seduction techniques, scoping out the snack table, and—most important—prioritizing naps: Lady Stuff reveals these womanly secrets and more. In sections like “Grooming and Habitat Maintenance,” “Mating Habits,” and others, these brightly colored, adorable comics find the humor in the awkwardness of simply existing.

Like the work of Sarah Andersen, Gemma Correll, and Allie Brosh, Loryn Brantz’s Jellybean Comics are accessible and funny; lighthearted takes on the author’s everyday experiences and struggles being a woman.

Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
I love this funny-comic-cartoons. This particular book, I had seen a lot of the cartoons inside on Buzzfeed and stuff, but it was really enjoyable to read through this book. Its short – it took me about 20 minutes to get through. The artwork is really nice, its funny, and its really relatable. (Save for one cartoon that was more cringe-y than funny…)
I recommend it!

Have you read any of these?

Do you agree with my thoughts? Disagree?

Are you planning on reading any of these books?

 

Let me know what you think!

 

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Comic Book Review: Super Sons, Volume 1 – When I Grow Up

Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up

by Peter J. Tomasi, Jorge Jimenez
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I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Official Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe Rebirth!

Superboy (aka Jonathan Kent) and Robin (aka Damian Wayne) make their super hero duo debut in this all-new series SUPER SONS, part of DC Rebirth.

This debut series looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

 

Chronology:
Collects SUPER SONS #1-5
Original Release Date:
Paperback, 132 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by DC Comics
Read:
September 2017
Star Rating:
4.5 Stars
Review:
Let me preface this by saying I haven’t really read any DC comics before – I’m more into Marvel – and I definitely haven’t read any rebirth or stories with Super Boy or Damian Wayne (Though of course I know the basics of the characters).
Since this is Vol. 1 of Super Sons, you don’t need to know much more than the basics of “who are Superman and Batman” and “Ok they have kids”.
The boys act a mix of their real age and far older (superheroes after all) – their banter and snarking at each other is hilarious. They can’t seem to get along – but they legitimately seem to want to help each other. Its a really fun introduction.
While Lex Luthor shows up at some point, as do Superman and Batman, Super Boy (AKA Jon Kent) and Robin (AKA Damien Wayne) are the main heroes, with Kid Amazo as the villain. I’d never heard of Kid Amazo before – but he’s an interesting villain, and I liked th story.
The art was REALLY well done. And I’m looking forward to Vol. 2 in March.

Mini Movie Reviews #6: Logan / Hidden Figures / No Men Beyond This Point / The Final Girls / Jack Of The Red Hearts / The Great Gilly Hopkins

Ready for more mini movie reviews?

I hope so, because here they are!


You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time

Mini Movie Reviews #5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / The Boss Baby / SpiderMan: Homecoming / Butter / Maximum Overdrive / Jessica Darling’s It List


Logan

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So I finally watched this.

It made me cry a lot. The little girl was phenomenal.

It was a bit slow to get into but ultimately I liked it. I did feel like I was missing something the whole time though, as it doesn’t really follow the other X-Men movies directly – like there should be 2-3 movies between to fully explain who we got to this point.

But if you like Wolverine, watch it. Be prepared to cry though.


Hidden Figures

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I…don’t think I did to say much on this. Its based on a true story. Its great. And my AB Calc teacher had us watch it after the AP test last year and traumatized us all by pausing it on the screen with nothing my calculations on the chalkboard and asked us “ready to learn how to do that in BC next year?” – I DON’T WANT TO DO LITERAL ROCKET SCIENCE I WANT TO ADMIRE THOSE WHO CAN FROM AFAR.

Watch it.


No Men Beyond This Point

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THIS IS A SATIRE. I saw so many reviews hating on it because of “the feminist agenda” or whatever such non-sense. Its satire!

Essentially, the movie is mock-umentary style of what the world would be like if men became obsolete, following “men’s rights” struggles and the youngest man alive who works as a manny.

It falls a little flat at parts, tries too hard to be serious etc. But ultimately its pretty compelling. The point is that, when women fight for equality – this is the future “menimists” are envisioning when clearly its ridiculous.


The Final Girls

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This is one of those comedy-horror-satire movies. I love these. Basically, our MC is the daughter of a B-list horror movie actress, who has since passed. Her friends organize a marathon of her mother’s movies and a fire in the theater transports them INTO one of these B-horror movies – and they attempt to escape by surviving the plot of the movie. Its pretty cheesy, but also pretty funny, and its pretty self aware of its cheesy-ness. I also liked the characters. If you like comedy-horror movies, definitely check it out!


Jack Of The Red Hearts

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Jack of the Red Hearts is a Lifetime-esque drama about a girl who has aged out of the foster system – and whose little sister is still in it – trying to get her sister back. She has trouble with minor crimes/petty theft etc. and ends up impersonating a nanny with experience with special needs. She begins to help this family with a young girl with autism, whose parents mean well but are at their wits end. I think it handles the issue well – all the characters are flawed in a very human way, and it tackles the issue that not all children with autism are the same, and many parents struggle very much, but that the child is still capable of love and isn’t something to be fixed. It was a little over-dramatisied but ultimately I liked it. I recommend it.


The Great Gilly Hopkins

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I watched this on Netflix. Its another Lifetime-esque drama, though this one is geared more towards younger audiences. Featuring troubled foster child Gilly Hopkins, who is reluctant to bond with her new foster mother and slightly-odd much-younger foster brother. She ends up lying and stealing from their blind neighbor in an attempt to leave, before eventually fighting to stay. I will say the end made me cry a little. Its pretty well down, and I liked the cast. I recommend it if you like these sorts of dramas.


 

Mini Movie Reviews #5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 / The Boss Baby / SpiderMan: Homecoming / Butter / Maximum Overdrive / Jessica Darling’s It List

So, for the fourth week in a row, here is a the fifth installment of mini movie reviews, featuring six movies of various genre- there is absolutely no theme to this one, but I hope you enjoy none-the-less!


You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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I don’t need to tell you this movie is great – its MCU. Its was hilarious, and amazing. Certain things differ from what I know from the comics, but I like what they did – and most MCU movies differ anyways. Its about Peter finding his dad – and that’s all I’ll say for fear of spoiling. But, toddler Groot is super cute, all the relationships are great, the references to the original Guardians in the comics, everything was great. The soundtrack is super amazing again. I might even like it more than Vol. 1.


The Boss Baby

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Yes, this is a children’s movie. I have a little sister okay, you try watching a movie 15+ times and not forming opinions.

I will say Dreamworks did a really great job. This is one of this kids movies that is enjoyable by older audiences (I’m 17 – I am very much not the target audience). Its really funny – and has a lot of little jokes I don’t think my sister got. Its about a 7 year old getting a little brother – and its unreliable narrator at its finest. Its also getting a sequel apparently? I liked it, if you have kids are siblings, its a good pick.


Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Ignoring the fact that this is the third new Spider-Man in the last decade – it was a very good film. It forgoes the origin story – which really, if you’ve watched a movie in the last decade you should know the origin story of Spider-Man and is, instead, a look at Spider-Man post-Civil-War trying to be a superhero and a teenager at the same time. Peter Parker feels like a teenager here, he’s awkward, and kind of stupid no matter how smart he his, and messes up a lot, but he means well. It is very teen-y compared to other Spider-Man movies – but I thought it was really funny and well written. Tony Stark’s interactions with Peter are EVERYTHING HERE. If you were iffy about a third Spider-Man, I’d say give it a chance.


Butter

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This is, again, one of those random movies on Netflix that I watched because I was bored. It was…pretty bad. There is, well, not no plot, but not a sensical one. It is pretty funny in its trainwreck-ness though, and the little girl is legitimately funny in her narration. If you need a light hearted, dumb comedy, its a good pick.


Maximum Overdrive

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Maximum Overdrive is the epitome of so-bad-its-great b-film to watch. About trucks coming to life and trying to kill people.

We saw it at Supercon during “PSL spoils the film” and, if you like hate-watching b-rated horror flicks, this is the best one to do so.


Jessica Darling’s It List

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Jessica Darling’s It List is an adaptation of a middle grade novel I’ve never read, so I can’t compare it. I can say its a pretty cute movie though. Obviously, its a little dumb/dramatic, but its intended audience is 10-12 year olds, so keep that in mind. Its light-hearted, pretty funny, and the cast does a good job. If you have kids/siblings, its a good pick, especially since its on Netflix.


And that’s it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this installment of mini movie reviews!

Have you seen any of these? Do you agree/disagree with my thoughts on any?

Are they are movies you’d like me to review?

Let me know down in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Mini Movie Reviews #4: Age of Adaline / Fright Night / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates / Edge of Seventeen / Table 19 / Mr. Right / About Time

As you may well know, my weekly review slot has recently been for mini movie reviews.

Here is the fourth installment, featuring another seven movies – this time the Rom-Com edition it seems.

I really hope you guys are enjoying these!


You can see my previous mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service


Age of Adaline

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Age of Adaline is a Rom-Com – one featuring timey-wimey-ness which I love. Essentially, Adaline stops aging as a result of an accident, and decades after the fact, she falls in love again.

The story is really sweet, and pretty funny. Its a well paced movie, that makes a good use of flashbacks etc. and if you like Rom-Coms, I highly recommend it, as I loved it!


Fright Night

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I’m pretty sure this is a remake of an 80’s movie, but this is the only one I’ve ever seen. Its a comedy-horror movie – meaning, its a halloween movie about vampires, but its funny rather than crazy. Featuring a teenage boy who sets out to kill the vampire who has moved in next door. The dialogue and action was great, and the casting is really good. If you like funny horror movies, I highly recommend it, though don’t bother with the sequel, it features an entirely different cast and plot, and is actually kind of boring…


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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This is a pretty raunchy rom-com. The plot was pretty simple, kind of cliche, but the movie was pretty funny. The casting really made it for me. Not one of the best movies, but if you like any of the titular actors, or like raunchy comedies like this, think Neighbors etc., you may like it.


Edge of Seventeen

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This movie is great. Its crazy funny, with a great cast, and good pacing. Its painfully awkward in places – but its meant to be. Its a teen drama-comedy that doesn’t pull any punches, and is actually really sweet while looking at the issues of a family – both legitimate and entirely over-dramatized, but teenagers are over-dramatic. It portrays it in a realistic way, rather than a condescending one. Some parts were hard to watch through all the second-hand embarrassment, but it was great overall.


Table 19

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First off, a great cast that really makes the movie. The plot is a little…not there until the middle-isa, but the dialogue and characters are hilarious. Its a pretty cheesy film, but if you’re a fan of awkward-Anna-Kendrick comedies, and cheesy wedding rom-Coms, then you’ll like this one. I enjoyed it.


Mr. Right

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This movie is more comedy than action – just to anyone who needs that clarification. Essentially, a girl falls in love with an assassin – who has decided he is  only going to kill the people who hire him. Its kind of dumb, but really funny and entertaining, and the fight scenes, while a bit gore-y, are well done. Check it out if that appeals to you, because I enjoyed it, but don’t go expecting a serious action movie.


About Time

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About Time is a Rom-Com with time travel – two of my favorite things – and is funny, well written, and has great acting. Essentially, the main guy has a family genetic quirk that lets me re-do his days, and he does so to fall in love with his dream girl. If you like Rom-Coms a-la Time Traveler’s Wife, check this one out, its one of my favorites!


I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews.

Let me know if you like these, if you’ve seen any of these movies, agree/disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Mini Video Game Reviews: Fran Bow / Hatoful Boyfriend / Broken Age / Turmoil / Sunless Sea / The Stanley Parable

So –

I’ve been doing a bunch of mini movie reviews, but I can only watch so many movies so quickly.

So, here is some mini reviews for some games I played over the last year or so.


Fran Bow

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This is a point-clink horror game. Featuring unreliable protagonist Fran Bow who may or may not be psychotic, and takes pills that help her see this spirit world as she escapes from a mental hospital and tries to find her kitty and get back home. Its pretty creepy – and leaves you guessing as to whats really going on for most of the game. The story and graphics are pretty cool. And its a fun game – though some sections are a bit tricky to figure out. Its not “jumpscare/combat” horror, more like sinister and creepy. Its one of my favorite horror/creepy games.


Hatoful Boyfriend

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This is a dating sim game. A weird one at that – where birds are the dominate species and humans are still hunter-gatherers. You play as a human, romancing birds (with human portraits). Its weirdly fun, and pretty hilarious. And under the romance there is a pretty sinister story. After you romance each bird, you unlock the BBL True Ending which is crazy cool. I won’t spoil anything. But if this sounds like something you’d like – you will.


Broken Age

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I LOVE this game. A great story – with two protagonists whose separate stories intertwine. Lots of secrets, amazing graphics, voice-acting, music etc. I really really love it. Sometimes the way to continue isn’t super clear – so I had to google it, but other than that its great.


Turmoil

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This is a level based game in which your goal is to make the most money by drilling the most oil and become the mayor. its pretty fun, and lots of upgrades etc. are available to keep it from getting too repetitive. It doesn’t have much of a story, but its pretty fun. It is pretty too.


Sunless Sea

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This is a really open ended game – one that you will die in multiple times before getting it. Its a fun, exploration based game, with choices you can make that effect the story and end goal. its mostly test based, though it does have some really beautiful graphics and some combat. If that seems like your sort of thing, I recommend it.


The Stanley Parable

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This is a more meta game. It relies on narration and is in-turns hilarious and introspective.

With multiple endings and little tricks, you can play this for a while, and its really a lot of fun.

Great game if you like slower paced games.


I hope you guys enjoyed this!

Have you guys played any of these games? What did you think?

Mini Movie Reviews #3: Barely Lethal / Now You See Me 1 & 2 / Speech & Debate / Odd Thomas / Not Another Happy Ending / Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Because book reviews are slow going for various reasons, I’ve been tackling the half-finished movie reviews in my drafts in the form of mini reviews.

Today, I’m back with another seven (mini) reviews! Because if each movie got its own post, I’d never finish…


You can see my previous two mini movie review posts below:

Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond


Barely Lethal

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Barely Lethal is a movie literally no one I know has seen.

Its a fairly recent (2015 I think?) film that RomCom meets Teen Spy flick.

Its a little cheesy, but its funny, and well paced, and the action scenes, plot, world building and cast are all amazing.

It centers a teen girl raised from childhood to be a spy (with Samuel L. Jackson as the director of the girls so you know its good), and who wants to be normal, so she runs away and poses as an exchange student with a family to go to normal high school.

Its a really entertaining film, and if it sounds at all appealing, I highly encourage you to watch it.


Now You See Me

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Now You See Me is a film about stage magicians – that seem to do real magic – playing off heists and crimes, and the police trying to catch them. There’s lots of twists and turns, and its an all around great movie, one of my favorites actually. The casting/acting is the best, the dialogue is hilarious, and the action/CGI is great. I really, really recommend it!


Now You See Me 2

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This is the sequel to the above movie. While not as good as the first, it was still really enjoyable, and a good addition to the plot. Some parts of the pacing fell flat, but the dialogue and acting were still great, as well as the effects. The new girl in this one through me off, but thats because the actress from the first movie didn’t want to come back, so I can’t entirely fault it. If you enjoyed the first one, its worth watching.


Speech & Debate

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Speech & Debate is a movie I saw on Netflix and watched because I as bored. You know, one of the many random movies you’ve never heard of Netflix always seems to have?

It was funny, and pretty frank in its discussions of the struggles a lot of teens have, it doesn’t really pull its punches. The family relationships were a little hard to keep track of – it took me a while to realize whose parents were whose, but that could’ve been me not paying attention – and its a little corny, but if you like teen Rom-Coms that focus on friendship rather than romance, its worth checking out. I enjoyed it.


Odd Thomas

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Odd Thomas is an adaptation of a book by the same name – though I can’t speak to how faithful it is as I’ve never read the book. I can say that I enjoyed this movie immensely. The casting and acting is great, its funny, and its well written. The pacing is on point. The action scenes were great. All around solid, enjoyable movie.

Odd Thomas is centered on a kid (he’s like, 19?) that can see ghosts – but not speak to them. And its just a great film.


Not Another Happy Ending

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I watched this movie for two reasons: It was on Netflix, and it stars Karen Gillian, who I love.

Its a Rom-Com, featuring a struggling author who writes stories inspired by her (troubled) childhood, trying to find love, but the thing is, she’s happy, and being happy makes her writing worse, so her (editor? Agent?) seeks ti make her unhappy, so she can finish her next novel.

Its pretty cheesy, but pretty entertaining, and the cast is great.


Kingsmen: The Secret Service

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Kingsmen is an action movie – R rated so it is very violent/bloody and has cursing, fair warning – based on a comic series. About this pretty troubled young guy, whose dad died in service of The Kingsmen (which is essentially a top secret British organization) and is invited to undergo trials to see if he makes it as an agent himself. Along the way, aside from the pretty brutal training, a crazy rich dude wants to take over the world, so The Kingsmen have to stop him. I don’t want to spoil the movie, because the plot, acting, action scenes etc. are all phenomenal, and its one of my favorite movies.

Its also getting a sequel, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, though some of the ads are a bit spoiler-y for the first film so I won’t put it here.


I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews.

Let me know if you like these, if you’ve seen any of these movies, agree/disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

I’ve had so many movie reviews, half finished, chilling in my drafts for so long that I’ve just decided to make a whole bunch of mini reviews to get through them,or they’ll probably be in my drafts forever. Also, book reviews are going to be a bit scarce for a while (more on that in another post), so, mini movie reviews will be the way to go, especially from the backlog.

This is essentially the Fandom Movie edition of mini movie reviews.

You can see my first mini movie reviews here: Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Let’s do this!


The Lego Batman Movie

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This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. And when watching it, you have to remember that it is a PG lego movie intended for 8 year olds.

The Lego Batman movie doesn’t take itself seriously, it completely hilarious, and plays on a lot of references to other batman movies, as well as tropes in other batman stories (i.e. he’s an angsty loner with no people skills, Alfred as a father figure, Robin as his son). Its a very funny movie – with Robin being adopted and asking for “experimental surgery to make his eyes bigger and more vulnerable looking” to the Joker’s quips about being Batman’s most hated villain that made it sound like a romantic relationship (and made a whole bunch of people low-key ship Joker and Batman).

Its a funny movie, and its well written (and there is no ear0worm-y song like the Lego Movie, though if you liked that you’ll like this). And over all I really enjoyed it. More than Batman V. Superman, at least this one had a plot, even if it is for kids.


Suicide Squad

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Suicide Squad is a part of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) which currently includes Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Suicide Squad is a fun, entertaining movie. Its fast paced, hilarious, and honestly so much better than Batman V. Superman.

But, it is very info-dumpy, as it attempts to introduce, and utilize, a lot of very complex characters, very quickly, and if you don’t know them from the comics, it can be very hard to understand them throughout the movie, and especially at the end.

The action scenes are very visually appealing, though the plot fell flat and rushed at parts. I did like the acting, but a lot of the script was very, over the top at parts.

I did really like it, I know many people have mixed feelings on it. But really, it does’t have to be watched as part of the larger universe, as currently, these characters don’t make an appearance in any other movie, and the most this movie does to further the larger plot of  the DCEU, is Amanda Waller’s deal with Bruce Wayne in the epilogue, that allows both the Suicide Squad, and Justice League, to form.


Rogue One

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Rogue One is a Star Wars, one-off story, set immediately before the events of the first movie (Episode 4) chronicles the rebels who stole the information integral to the resistance.

It is a fast-paced, action packed Star Wars story that blends seamlessly into the original trilogy (though with far better graphics).

Its great if you like Star Wars, and isn’t lessened by the fact that, if you know Star Wars, you know exactly how it must end.

The end may fall a little flat if your not already a Star Wars fan though, as it does assume you know at least the larger details of the world-building etc.


Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts is set in the same universe as Harry Potter, though it is NOT a Harry Potter movie, as it is set decades before the events.

Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander (who wrote the textbook Harry and friends use titled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) as he, essentially, to traveling, doing research to write the book, post graduation from Hogwarts.

The movie chronicles him coming to America in the 1920’s, where the magic community is very different than in Britain (i.e.. Salem witch trials still in the forefront of memory), as he attempts to bring one of his creatures to its natural habitat and gets caught up in all sorts of trouble, with his creatures getting loose, and meeting wizarding officials in America who are after him for causing trouble.

If you like the Wizarding world, and want to know more about it, this is a great movie. Its funny, its entertaining, and its in part written by JK Rowling. The characters and the plot are great.

It also sets the stage for the next few movies, chronicling Dumbledore and Grindelwald – who we know from the HP series was the first dark lord, that Dumbledore defeating, and was once friends with (and some people think was in love with).

This movie also introduces the concept of an obscures, which raising more questions on the story of Ariana Dumbledore that I’m sure we’ll see in later movies, and I am very excited for.


Dr. Strange

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One of the new characters introduced in this phase of the MCU is Dr. Stephen Strange. A neurosurgeon who loses the fine motor function of his hands, and turns to mystical powers for help.

It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, so, you know.

To me, it is one of the best Marvel movies – both because of the acting, the writing, and the special effects which were very Inception-like.

Dr. Strange is one of my favorite comic characters, and while obviously things are changed up (they made him a bit more likable in the movie) I think they did him justice. The movie was well paced and pretty funny. I like the relationships in it too, and that they did’t rush the impending romance into insta-love territory.

I’m excited to see more of Dr. Strange in the upcoming movies.


The Mummy (2017)

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The Mummy. A much talked about movie.

Lets set aside the talks I’ve seen about whitewashing etc. surrounding the movie, which is valid and important, but I am in no way qualified or knowledgable enough to touch upon.

Lets just talk about it in a vacuum, as a movie.

The Mummy was, to my knowledge, marketed as a reboot/remake of the Brandon Fraiser movie movies – which I’ve never seen but, having ridden the ride at Universal and existed on Earth gotten the gist of.

The Mummy didn’t feel like a reboot/remake though. It echoed the originals – similar plot structures in places, the book of the dead, etc. But the entire arc of the movie differed.

For one thing, the mummy is a female, and looking for a mate to use as the body to bring the devil (Set) back to life.

It is also the first movie in Universal’s Dark Universe series, a Shared Universe series Universal pictures is making involving classic movie monsters such as The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.

This movie introduces certain topics/themes/characters and the goal of “eradicating all evil” as well as introducing Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde. While it felt info-dumping at points, and the action a bit, disjointed, it was over-all, a solid movie, with lots of funny moments and a satisfying end. I do look forward to the other Dark Universe movies now.


Star Trek: Beyond

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I love Star Trek. I love the new Star Trek reboot movies.

Though this one… I did like it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked where it was going, with Kirk feeling like the responsibility was getting to him as he reached an age older than his father ever was. I liked the Spock and Bones interactions. I liked the idea of the Enterprise crew being stranded. I liked where it was going, but the resolutions just, fell a little flat. It was more action movie than Star Trek, more so than the other two. And the action scenes were a bit much with the swinging camera angles, you can tell JJ Abrams didn’t direct it. It was a good movie, and I especially like the nod to George Takei with Sulu in this movie, but it wasn’t the best Star Trek movie.


I really hope you enjoyed these seven mini reviews!

Let me know if you like these mini review posts, if there are any movies you want me to review, if you’ve seen any of these and agree/disagree with my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours!

 

 

Netgalley Review: Lies We Tell Our Kids

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I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest review.

Original Release Date:

Feb. 20th 2018

Date I Read The Book:

May 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Official Summary:

From acclaimed artist Brett Wagner comes a book about the tall tales that parents tell their kids in the hopes of getting them to do something—eat, sleep, apologize to their sibling, or learn to do something the right way. Fun, heartfelt, and a little bit weird, Lies We Tell Our Kids exposes the not-so-great generational parenting tactic of lying to your child for the greater good!

Brett Wagner is a Pittsburgh-based illustrator and filmmaker with a penchant for puns and visual anomalies. A generalist by trade, he works mostly in commercial video production, while his short narrative film All Raccoons Are Bandits has been screened internationally. When not on set, he spends most of his time with a box full of Copic markers drawing colorful creatures for himself and others.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

This book was essentially…fine. A few pages made me giggle. The illustrations were really well done. But it just sort of fell flat for me. I’ve never heard of any of the “lies” show cased – and I’ve heard some weird ones – save for 3 or 4. A lot weren’t even particularly funny or sensical. It wasn’t the worst thing or anything like that, but I didn’t particularly care for it.

Check out:

 Netgalley Review: I Love You With All My Butt

and

Netgalley Review: United States of Absurdity – Untold Stories From American History

NetGalley Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But You Could Have Done It Better)

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I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.

Original Release Date:

January 10th 2017

Date I Read The Book:

March 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Official Summary:

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club.Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could’ve Done Better is her first book of cartoons.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I read through this book in about 30 minutes after finishing an essay in class and was waiting for everyone else to finish.

It was enjoyable enough, a short, pretty funny read.

The illustrations are well done and the funniest part of the book.

But several of the submissions feel flat, or were too similar to be repetitively funny. Others were very funny, but with the writing styles and lengths inconsistent, and all the stories being straight, probably unedited submissions from others, it felt like you should get more from a book you buy.

It was pretty funny, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the best.