Monday, January 14, 2019

Let's Go To There: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
Forrest Gump has always been one of my favorite movies. When I was a kid, I used to sit in front of the television and watch it religiously. While my fangirling for Tom Hanks has only grown stronger as my love for the movie quieted down a little bit, I can readily admit that one of my dreams was go to to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co - a local restaurant that is themed after the movie. Recently, my family  tried out the restaurant for the first time, and let's just say: dreams come true ya'll. My inner eight year old would be so proud right now. It's probably one of my all-time favorite movie-related places in the world.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Favourite (2018) Is Capable of Much Pleasantness

The Favourite movie review
With some directors, you never know what you’re going to get. As familiar as you may be with their past projects, they always manage to create something within their own style and also completely off the beaten track. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is easily one of those type of directors today. Every film he produces from The Lobster and The Killing of A Sacred Deer, Lanthimos stand out from even his own work. This is easily the biggest, perhaps the best way, to describe his latest film The Favourite.

Set in early 18th century, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) has become set in her ways with her loving yet tumultuous relationship to Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). And then her cousin Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives on their castle's doorstep and finds an opportunity to make a name for herself. The two vie for the attention of the Queen and security for themselves as Britain braces itself in a war against France.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 New Years Goals + State of the Blog

Last year, I thought we survived the Upside Down. LOL Oh, how everything and absolutely nothing has changed.  The only way I can describe 2018 is: What. The. ****. Was That?!

The fandom side of my life was awesome: I met Jeff Goldlbum and saw a mini X-Files reunion, attended MegaCon as press again, participated in Chicks with Accents podcast, met HerUniverse creator Ashley Eckstein, went to an advanced screening of First Man, saved Will in the Upside Down a million times, cosplayed as Harry Potter at Disney World, survived Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, covered a local library event for my Harry Potter blog, reunited with the boyfriend of my teenage dreams, saw Die Hard in theaters for its 30th anniversary, and some of my favorite characters didn't die.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Might Just Be The Best Spin-Off in the Galaxy So Far

Some movies just have really bad luck. One wouldn't think that this would be the case for Star Wars, but since its Disneyfied resurgence in 2015 the beloved phenomenon has had its ups and downs. The highs have been relatively good enough to give the movies new life, while the lows of critically-panned sequels and spin-offs are enough to put a kink in the franchise's hype. Overshadowed by high expectations and franchise-overexposure, Solo: A Star Wars Story has the unfortunate disadvantage of landing right in the middle.

Set before the original Star Wars films, young Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins forces with a group of smugglers in order to make good on a deal that went sour. Along the way, he reconciles with a partner-in-crime he thought he'd lost for good, gains enemies, and makes new friends as he aims to become the best pilot in the galaxy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Watch on Netflix: Bird Box (2018)

2018 has given us quite a few reasons to believe that women can do more in Hollywood than what they’ve been regulated to do. Similar to the science-fiction film Annihilation (romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, crime-drama Widows - to name a few) released earlier this year, Bird Box is another example of an unexpected film telling a different kind of story than the ones we’re always to used to: female roles can be complex, actresses don’t have to stick a certain genre, and men can be more than be the only strong character.

Based on the book by Josh Mallerman (which I’m anxiously reading right now), a mysterious virus triggers people into killing themselves and sparks an international apocalypse. Mallory, an artistic hermit who is not prepare to give birth to her child let alone the end of the world, must fight to step outside of her shell in order to survive. Forced to live alongside fellow survivors – an Army vet Tom (Trevant Rhodes), an MAGA conspiratorial Douglas (John Malkovich), a young and naive pregnant woman Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) - she has to remain guarded enough to stay alive but also not lose all hope in humanity.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns (2019) Is Full of New and Familiar Tricks

Mary Poppins, the British superhero equipped with a talking umbrella and bewitched carpetbag, first debuted onto the big-screen nearly fifty four years ago. Having become a Disney and childhood classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the hotly contested adaptation between author P.L. Traver and Walt Disney, the beloved nanny makes her comeback in a familiar and fresh "remake-quel" of the original.

Set twenty-five years after the 1964 film, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks’s home when siblings Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are all-grown up and have fallen on hard times at the height of the Great Depression. Michael, in particular, is struggling to overcome  his wife's passing when he learns that the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank is about to repossess his family's home.While Michael and Jane race against an impossible deadline, Mary and a lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) take his children on a series of adventures.

Friday, December 21, 2018

5 Favorite Movie Theater Moments in 2018

It's hard to believe another year of going to the movies have come and gone. There's plenty of movies that I missed out on seeing in the theaters as I hoped, but there's quite a few that will always by in my mind as some of the best experiences I've had. Here are five of my favorite moments to happen at the cinema this year. What was your favorite movie theater experience in 2018? Feel free to let me know in the comments.

This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.