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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.

Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On #Netflix #Review

Two years ago Rashida Jones put out the documentary Hot Girls Wanted, and it didn’t pack the punch it could’ve.

Now Netflix has turned it into a “show”, which in reality is six short extensions of the original. Each episode features a completely different topic, which will actually allow people to only watch the ones they are interested in.

The problem if you start with Episode 1 is that you are going to turn it off before you get to the most interesting episode (Episode 6), or the most powerful episode (Episode 5).

So instead of making you watch through all of them, and suffer, here they are ranked from “best” to “worst”. Remember that the show was rated a 4 out of 10, and this is mostly similar.

  • Episode 6 – The world today is a constant live stream, but when Marina Lonina streamed her friends’ sexual assault via Periscope, she got charged with “accomplice to assault, rape and kidnapping”. This episode explores her case, through the verdict.

    I should have just said no.

  • Episode 5 – They talk to a (married) cam girl about how sometimes a relationship is formed with their clients, and we see an American girl and an Australian guy get close, almost like therapists for each other. But when she finally goes to visit him, she realizes that hiding behind a screen doesn’t always play out the same in person.

    We sacrifice things we might not be comfortable with, to make other people happy.

  • Episode 2 – Former Big Brother contestant James Rhine is now a Tinder expert, going out each night with a different girl, and seemingly living the life. But when you breeze thru a date, and throw away each girl for the next one, without caring who you hurt along the way, how can you live a happy life?
  • Episode 1 – Female directors, a rarity in the industry, show their visions, including legendary photographer Suze Randall.
  • Episode 4 – They talk to a veteran male performer, as well as fresh talent, all while focusing on their talent agent, discussing how the industry is changing. But at the end of the day, with the consumers craving it, someone is going to do the job.
  • Episode 3 – Professional model Bailey Rayne show what it’s like to be self-employed in the industry, and together with agent John Steven they show what it’s like to help others break into the industry, and keep their head above water.

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.

The Secret Life of Pets #Review

When humans are around pets are exactly what you need them to be: Friends, family and mutual fun times.
But what happens when the owners go away to work and leave their pets home alone?
Well, that’s when the real parties start. Movies, video games, real food, music and parties, and nothing is off limits.

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Enter Max (Louis C.K.), our little terrier, who suddenly has a new roommate: A stray named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who’s large frame takes up too much room, and demeanor steals the attention of their owner Katie (Ellie Kemper).

So Max sets about causing some trouble, trying to drive Duke out of the apartment. But when they get caught by animal control, without their collars, they need to go on a mission to get back home safely and avoid the rejected animals (rabbits, crocs, snakes…) and crazy wildlife (hawks…), all while their neighborhood friends (dogs, cats, hamsters, birds…) are there for the lifesaving adventure.

In the midst of the movie there seems to be a Sausage Party teaser, which was a little weird, but the Sing! ads on the side of NYC buses seems like a nice touch to help promote other Illumination movies.

This movie is fun, but falls far short of Zootopia, and gets a 7 out of 10.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates #Review

Mike and Dave (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) are the party animals of the Stangle family, but with their sisters’ wedding day fast approaching, their parents implore that they settle down and not ruin the day again.

Their past is full of them getting drunk and crazy and  ruining every family affair, including possibly killing their grandfather, and in order to avoid that this time, the two of them must each bring a date to the wedding in Hawaii, and are only allowed to talk to them during their time on the island.

Somebody overcooked the soft pretzel.

So they put an ad on Craigslist for two girls for an all expense paid trip to Hawaii for two nice girls…and they get exactly what you’d assume to get off CL, with crazies, crossdressers and all sorts of people wanting freebies.

Enter Tatiana and Alice (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick), who whilst being the exact girls that the boys aren’t supposed to bring, play the roles of “good girls”, faking it as teachers sand hedgefunders, and making Mike & Dave’s parents proud. Once in Hawaii though, anything could happen!

Fannie Mae and Bernie Mac.

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The four of them are great in their roles, making this movie funny and enjoyable.

I’ll be honest with you, I need some clothes. I can’t continue to wear this horse.

This movie easily gets an 8.5 out of 10 on the scale of stupidity and hilarity.

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Batman V Superman #Review

For years Marvel has dominated the superhero movies, but DC doesn’t want to give up, and this was their latest attempt at breaching the Avengers barrier.

This movie starts with a mish-mash of scenes setting the movie up, with Superman causing devastation and death that affects Wayne Enterprises, leading Batman to want revenge against the Man of Steel.

The breaching of worlds ranges from Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent; Batman and Lex Luther; Gotham and Metropolis, all intertwined.

Ben Affleck’s Batman is darker and more intense than any we’ve seen before, and it ruins Batman as we know him.
I always liked Batman over Superman, simply because he was a regular human, with lots of money. But he would always keep things simple, and this time it was very over the top.
His entire outfit was armored to the teeth. Where previous Batman’s had thin, but strong, armor, this Batman had ginormous shoes and thick armor…just another case of DC trying too hard, maybe making him more like Iron Man? He felt more like Bane than Batman.

I’ve never understood the mindset of bad guys in these films. When facing off against Batman, and having a gun in hand, why would you run towards him, instead of just holding ground and shooting him? Obviously he’s going to flip you over and destroy you.

As I’ve said over and over, the movie was simply too over the top, trying too hard to be the best, and it was just too much.
The dialogue between our two heroes was weak, and most of Henry Cavill’s Superman lines were delivered flat.

On the bright side, when the Wonder Woman trailer came out last week, I was very disappointed in it, but seeing her in Batman V Superman made me want more of Gal Gadot’s character.

This movie also showed the formation of the Lex Luthor that we’ve all known for years, and Jesse Eisenberg did an outstanding job in that role.

It was a decent movie, just didn’t live up to the hype (or potential) that it could have. It gets a 7 out of 10.

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Tallulah #Netflix #Review

Tallulah is a Netflix Original Movie starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard and Uzo Aduba.

Tallulah (Page) is a girl living out of her van who starts sneaking around a hotel in New York City to get free food and stumbles upon a drunk mother (Blanchard) with her one-year-old child.

She gets offered a job watching the kid, and with the newfound responsibilities she tries to do right with the kid and takes it as her own (unbeknownst to the mother).

Tallulah tries to have her (ex)boyfriends mother, Margo (Janney), take her in for the night, making her believe she’s the grandmother.
Margo meanwhile is going through her own life crisis’ of divorce and possible eviction from her apartment.

This movie is a nice mix of funny, a girl learning about motherhood, and the drama of living life as a drifter.

Overall it gets an 8 out of 10.

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