Thursday, January 5, 2017

Movie Review - Rogue One : A Star Wars Story




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Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Series: Star Wars
Director: Gareth Edwards
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What is it about?
This Star Wars story takes place between Star Wars 3 and Star Wars 4.  The Rebel Alliance is in search of plans on how to destroy the Death Star.


Shannon’s Thoughts:

We learn how the Rebel Alliance gained the plans on how to destroy the Death Star.

I have heard many people call this one better than the original Star Wars and I would not go that far but I think I understand it. It seemed very true to the canon of the Star Wars world.  It is not fan fiction like and it got dark when it needed to making it feel very real.

You would think that a movie where you know what is going to happen after it might be boring. It could have been but it was not. The story was compelling, and action packed. I have never been big fan of general war movies but this was made enjoyable to watch.

I hope to see more movies like this in the Star Wars world. I never read the books that tell of other Star Wars stories, some not in canon.  Just hope the movie  are as good this.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Movie Review - Doctor Strange




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Title: Doctor Strange
Series: Doctor Strange #1
Director: Scott Derrickson
Rating :

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What is it about?
An expert surgeon injures his hands.  While looking for a way to heal he finds an unexpected place in a world of magic fighting evil.

Shannon’s Thoughts:

A doctor, by the name of Stephen Strange, believes in the scientific and thinks himself a hotshot because of the intricate surgery he done, not to mention lives he’s saved.  After a car crash Stephen has to learn how live without some use of his hands, and his job.  As he searches for a way to heal his hands he finds a place where magic and science meet.

When this movie was first announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would be stepping into the role of Doctor Strange, I think everyone agreed he looked the part and we knew he could play the part.  So the movie success relied writing and CGI. It blew me away.  The acting was great, the characters were great, and CGI was top notch. It is even better than the comics in my opinion.  Some of the characters are different gender than the comics and it works even better.

I can not think of anything I did not like about this movie.  Except maybe I wanted some of the characters to get more screen time.   But even that is not that big deal because I also feel most characters had enough time on screen too.   If I could find anything else I did not like it would really be nit picking so I am not going there.

I eagerly await to see more Doctor Strange in the Marvel Universe.  His unique take on life can not make it back to theatres soon enough.





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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Movie Review - Captain America: Civil War



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Title: Captain America: Civil War
Series: Captain America #3
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
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What is it about? Captain America: Civil War is the third installment of the Captain America movies.  Based on the Marvel comics by the same name. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark / Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.) stand on opposite sides about whether the government should have control of the Avengers and superheroes in general.

Shannon’s Thoughts:

I was a little afraid going into Captain America: Civil War because many movies with a lot of strong characters tend to focus less on the story.  I am ecstatic to said that this did not happen. Each opinion of the characters are shown and the story comes together nicely.  

Now let's talk about the fight scenes and CGI.  They were awesome! I think Black Widow had some the most intricate fight moves.  Sure it was not actually Scarlett Johansson and probably her stunt double, I say this because her back is facing the camera most of the fight scene. The CGI was so well done and the biggest CGI image is in the very beginning of the movie that involves Tony Stark.  I don’t want to spoil too much about it but it is very neat.

I had only one issue.  The fight scenes while they were great they did go on for a while.  I do not know if I was just tired that day but one fight scene I started nodding off.  But like I said it may have to do more with me then the movie.

Better than the second Avenger movie, Captain America: Civil War is action packed and enjoyable for all ages.



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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Movie Review - Oblivion




Title: Oblivion

Series: N/A
Director: Joesph Kosinski



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What is it about?

A science fiction future where earth is at war with aliens who are bleeding the planet dry. After the big fight has ended two humans,Jack ( Tom Cruise) and Victoria, (Andrea Riseborough)have a  job is to scan the earth with technology tracking the planets resources and killing those that don’t belong.



Shannon’s Thoughts:

I was interested in this one more than the other sci-fi movie that came out the same time, which was After Earth.  My husband and I guessed the twist ending. Not quite guessing everything that happens but enough of the story.  I was just hoping it wasn’t a twist I had seen before such as Matrix and I got what I hoped but, there was some elements of the Matrix and 2001:Space Odyssey.

It was okay.  The ships, motorcycles and other tech was cool.  There were some big explosions, some over the top. I was very reminded of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun character with all the flying was done in Oblivion.  If I am being honest I would have to say I am glad that I did not pay $10 for a movie ticket.  I wasn’t really surprised by anything that happened but did enjoy the characters.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Anime Review - Ranma 1/2



Title: Ranma 1/2
Series: Episode 1 Season1
Creator: Rumiko Takahashi
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What is it about?

A young teenage boy falls in a spring that curses him to change into a girl when wet.

My Thoughts:

This was the first anime I ever watched.  I thought it was weird at first and then the more I watched the more I was hooked into the characters and the story.  It is so funny.  It still my favorite to watch.

This first episode can be strange even for those that have seen other animes.  The boy switching into a girl but still really a boy.  The girl , Akana, that has a attraction to boy and girl Ranma.  The fathers who seem more like little boys including Ranma’s father who is cursed to change into a giant panda bear.

I believe this anime to be the one that influenced the ones made after like Princess TuTu.

It has a lot of sexuality and sometimes nakedness so that is probably why they have not featured it on the any network.  I would like to see it on adult swim.   One can hope.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Recipe - Pea Pickin Cake




PEA PICKIN' CAKE  

1 golden cake mix
1 sm. can mandarin ranges with juice
1 1/2 c. cooking oil
4 eggs

FILLING:
1 lg. Cool Whip
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, chilled with juice
1 sm. vanilla instant pudding

CAKE: Beat all ingredients together until well blended. Use 3 greased floured round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
FILLING: Combine pineapple and pudding; fold in Cool Whip. Spread between layers and on top of completely cooled cake. Refrigerate.







* On Side Note I had only 2 cakes and a lot of filling left over. I also messed up the filling because I used Cook and Stir pudding instead of instant. It still came out pretty. This a very sweet cake though. Hubby likes it but it amazingly 2 sweet for me.*--

Monday, March 19, 2012

Anime Review - Princess Tutu : Epsiode 1 Season 1



Title: Princess Tutu: Epsiode 1 Season 1
Series: Princess Tutu
Director: Shogo Kawamoto, Junichi Sato
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What is it about? A young girl in ballet school tries to function with her clumsiness, a crush and strange dreams or are they dreams.

My Thoughts:

I thought this to be strange and sometimes cute.   It also put me in mind of another anime Ranma ½ because the main character changes into an animal.  The strangest part was the ballet teacher. I couldn’t figure out if it was a Japanese reference to a joke or just plan silliness when the teacher would threaten them with marriage to himself.

I am not sure if I will keep watching because the first episode did seem a little slow moving.

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