Category Archives: Movies

Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough #YouTube #Movie #Review

YouTube Red presents Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough, a look inside the emotional journey and roller coaster ride of Lindsey’s recent album and tour.

Turning 30 and recently losing her best friend, all while dealing with family problems, Lindsey takes you behind the scenes as her tour gets underway, as well as playing at the famous Dolby Theatre, home of The Oscars.

From the age of five, she has played the violin and it hasn’t always been fun and games. She played on the streets and in the subways after college, as well as going to LA on America’s Got Talents before getting chewed out and eliminated, which only made her want it more. So she turned things around and started experimenting with dubstep and EDM, and her quickly growing YouTube view count took off.

Lindsey shares so much more with the viewers, as her journey and story are worth the watch. Watching it makes you feel the emotion that went into the album, something usually only the band members know about and understand. It also lets you hear how she got where she is today and what drives her to keep carrying on.

One other interesting part is hearing the backstories to some songs, including one of my favorites in Shatter Me, which is one giant metaphor for her fight with anorexia.

For those with a subscription to YouTube Red, give this one a watch, and I’ll give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Buying/Renting Movies Online

When you go to watch a legitimate movie on digital, you are presented with many options, from Apple’s library to Amazon Prime and Vudu to Crackle.

But the biggest issue is: After you “buy” or “rent” the movie, where can you watch it?

If you bought it from Apple, you are stuck to watching it on an iPad, iPhone or Apple TV.
Bought it on Amazon, and you turn to the Prime Video app on iOS, Android, Xbox, Etc.
Similar for Vudu and Crackle.

But recently I started using a different service, one that we all use tens of times a week, but don’t think about.

Google Play Movies. The first thought is that these are only available in a browser or on Android devices.
But if you go to YouTube, log into your account, and visit your “Library”, your purchases all show up there for your viewing pleasure.

This means your iOS and Android devices, gaming systems (such as Xbox One and PS4), as well as your WiFi enabled DVD/Blu-Ray players can all access these videos.
Even devices that don’t allow app downloads, but have a built-in browser, can get to YouTube and access your purchased videos.

Now back to Rogue One and the bonus features…

Summer 2017 Movies

Here are a few of the movie trailers from ones I am looking forward to this Summer…needless to say, I am a sucker for sequels…
It also appears that this summer (like most) is top heavy, with not many big names in the second half.

May 5
Guardians of the Galaxy 2

May 26
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

June 2
Captain Underpants: The First Epic  Movie

June 16
Cars 3

June 23
Transformers: The Last Knight

June 30
Despicable Me 3

June 7
Spider-Man: Homecoming

Sandy Wexler #Review

Sandy Wexler is the most unique guy you’d ever met, who was a tiny shot that no one could forget.

In the mid-1990s Sandy was a business manager for the stars, and in a story told by many modern days celebrities about how he was able to get deals and sign contracts….or just be a housesitter for an Iranian, living in a cabana next to the pool, and being a compulsive liar.

This movie is so “Adam Sandler”y that it’s over the top, but Jennifer Hudson is the nice balance and may be the talent that finally can put him on the map with her great singing skills?

Very different from some of the other Netflix Sandler movies (Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over) and is one of the best so far….but it’s much too long, and needs to cut out 30+ minutes for it to be watchable on a “binge-level” of Netflix.

Gets a 7.5 out of 10.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Book and Movie #Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first JK Rowling spin-off movie, and also a screenplay book, similar to The Cursed Child.

The book and movie are both magically delicious, filled with all new magical creatures and seeing the wizarding geniuses of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

The tale is simple enough: Newt is coming to America to find a creature, as he tries to write his famous guide (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). But when his bag gets switched with a no-maj’s (American muggles), some of his beasts escape, setting off a search across New York City in an effort to recover them.
All the while there is an unknown being wreaking havoc on the city, which the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA) is trying to get under control, whilst blaming Newt for the disturbances.

Redmayne is British and quirky, exactly like his character is supposed to be, while Katherine Waterston is his perfect counterpart to help him from within MACUSA.
Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell also star in this movie.

Both the book and movie are fantastic and get a 9 out of 10.

Doctor Strange – #Review

It starts off super (Doctor) strange indeed, but the story is made clear(er) in short order.

The newest Marvel installation stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong (of Marco Polo, Khan fame).

Clearer, yes…but totally weird. As gravity is reversed, houses turned sideways, bricks turning into gears, all this whilst holes and portals are being opened and shut on the streets of London, New York and Hong Kong.

The Doctor (Cumberbatch) himself is full of musical knowledge and a well to do neurosurgeon, but a horrific car accident leaves him deformed and unable to conduct the procedures that made him famous. The only one who would have been good enough to fix him, was himself…and it’s too late for that, even with out of body experiences.

So he heads to Kathmandu in search of the rumored Kamar-Taj that may be able to help him regain his original self.

With the help of Mordo (Ejiofor) and The Ancient One (Swinton) he overcomes the thought process that he can’t be put back together and uses his spirit to heal himself.
Harnessing energy from other dimensions of the multiverse, he learns to create magic and figure out how to make life worth living again…with a little help from a Levitation Cloak.

Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.

McAdams plays the Doctor’s love interests and Wong is the ancient libraries keeper, and he plays a subtle comedic relief.

It’s a Marvel action movie mixed with just the right amount of comedy, and gets an 8.5 out of 10.

Sausage Party #Review

Sausage Party has come to Netflix, and for all you dirty minded humorist out there…enjoy the party.

With a hilarious opening number from food talking about how good things are in the outside world once they are bought, this movie is awesome from the start, as the Gods grant them to an amazing life outside the store…until the secrets of the outside world are revealed.

It’s dirty, it’s racist, and it’s everything you’d expect from a movie with such a title. But despite its soft rating of R (it deserves worse), no one will regret watching this movie, as there is nothing out of taste (besides for spoiled foods).

Every sausage and bun innuendo you can think of is made. Bagels are the Jews, and the Armenian lavash is hoping to end up getting dipped in the finest of extra virgin olive oils.
Crackers drove the Native American firewater and Mr. Grits from their aisles, and politics gets involved too as “God hates figs” and the German sauerkraut wants to exterminate all the juice.
And let’s not forget the singing from a Meat Loaf.

I’ve also never seen a brutal and horrific killing scene as I did in this one, as the joys of it being a cartoon let them do as they please.

Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, and Salma Hayek are just some of the big names that can be heard amongst the foods.

The storyline is eh, the humor is outstanding, and that’s why it ends with a 7.5 out of 10.

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