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Ghostbusters 2016 – Review (this review is safe from spoilers – yay!)

There have been a few franchise movies that came out recently that I think of as a bit of a nostalgia tour – The Muppets (2011), Jurassic World (2015), The Force Awakens (2015), and the latest installment – Ghostbusters (2016).  Some people have not enjoyed these updates, reboots, or whatever you’d like to call them, but I have.  I enjoy a good nostalgia tour, especially when there are cameos from the original movie’s cast or nods to the original characters or story.  But more than that, I usually love the new movie itself.  As the fans who write the nostalgic movies are often excellent caretakers of the original universe of the story and have a new, fun spin on things.  Ghostbusters is no different.

The story is similar and yet different from the 1984 original Ghostbusters.  And it’s taken far too long, in my humble opinion, for us to see an entirely female revamp of the movie.  And sadly, there were plenty of people who hated on the idea of a revamp and an all-female cast.  But this movie proves all of its haters wrong.

Ghostbusters excels at the characterization of the fabulous four ghostbusting women.  Their inter-personal relationships and interactions with each other are hilarious…not to mention interactions with the pretty, but inept male secretary, Kevin.  I giggled through out the entire movie (and left a firm fan of Kate McKinnon, who nearly steals the entire movie).  My one beef with the movie is at the very end of the climatic scene, it goes a little overly silly/cheesy (you’ll know it when you see it).  But other than that, the film was supremely enjoyable.  Check it out for a fun summer movie. 🙂

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Deadpool Review

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I’m fairly new to the Deadpool fandom and in fact, didn’t realize that the anti-hero existed until about a year and a half ago.  Shortly after that, it seemed like the marketing machine of Hollywood started churning out t-shirts and teaser trailers for the smart-assed hero, who often breaks the fourth wall.

Side note: For those of you who don’t know, the fourth wall refers to the wall between the audience and the story/movie/play.  Breaking the fourth wall is when a character addresses the audience directly.  In Deadpool’s case, it’s mostly with what I like to call smart-assery.

Synopsis

Smart-assed and crazy but lovable anti-hero seeks revenge on the man who disfigured him and kidnapped his girlfriend.  Hilarity to ensue.

Review

There were so many parts of Deadpool that I enjoyed – the music, the asides to the audience, the dirty humor, the smart-assed dialogue, and the story itself.

Side note: One line that had me and the rest of the audience erupt into laughter – “Happy International Women’s Day.”  heeheehee  🙂

But, but, but – if you like the typical hero (sparkly pure and without a naughty mouth or deliciously dirty jokes), then you probably shouldn’t see it.  I like movies with complex characters, especially ones that spew dirty jokes and witty banter….actually, come to think about it, I like people like that too.  🙂 But if you are offended by dirty jokes, a fair amount of blood, and Ryan Reynold’s bare ass, this probably isn’t the movie for you.

As for me…I think it’s safe to say that when the movie comes out on DVD, I’m buying it.

Five out of five stars for this smart mouthed anti-hero.

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…And happy International Women’s Day, boys. 😉

Gaslight(-ing)

Gaslight 

Source: IMDB "Gaslight"
Source: IMDB “Gaslight”

When Paula was young, she suffered a traumatic loss – the death of her aunt and guardian.  The murder was never solved and the young Paula traveled to Italy to escape this horrible past.

Years later, she falls in love and marries a man who convinces Paula to move back to England to the small house in a square that she used to share with her aunt.

But it isn’t long before strange things start happening.  Paula starts hearing noises at night, seems to grow forgetful, and thinks she sees the gaslight in her room flicker after her husband leaves the house.  As these strange events persist, her husband asks her to not leave the house and not let any one in either.

Side note:  When houses used gas for light, if I were in the living room reading and you turned on the light in the bedroom, the gaslight in the living room would flicker.  If this were to happen when you were alone in a house, you would get creeped out.  I mean, imagine if you were home alone and all of a sudden, the light in an empty room turned on.  Scary, right? If it happened enough, you’d wonder if your house was haunted or worse, that you were going crazy.

It’s not really a spoiler alert to tell you that Paula’s husband is behind all of these weird events and worse, that he manipulates his wife into nearly having a breakdown.  It’s an interesting movie and if you have a chance, check it out.  But this 1944 movie isn’t just a psychological thriller, its premise coined a term for a very real terror – gaslighting.

Taking its definition from the movie, gaslighting refers to psychological abuse in which the abuser lies and twists the information or situations in order to disorient their victim to the point of making the person doubt their memory or sanity.

According to the CDC psychological or emotional abuse can include:

  • Humiliating the victim
  • Controlling what the victim can and cannot do
  • Withholding information
  • Isolating the victim from friends or family
  • Controlling access to money or denying the victim access to money or other basic resources
  • Threatening loss of custody of children
  • Disclosing information that would tarnish the victim’s reputation
  • Prohibiting access to transportation
  • Stalking

 According to a PDF report from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • 17.9% of women have experienced a situation where an intimate partner tried to keep them from seeing family and friends.
  • Women who earn 65% or more of their household’s income are more likely to be psychologically abused.
  • And it’s not just women  – 4 in 10 women and 4 in 10 men have experienced at least one form of coercive control by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Educate yourself at National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.