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Solo, a Star Wars story (2018)

* cue brilliant John William music*

You’ve got to love this man, he made so many iconic soundtracks and the Han Solo soundtrack and Star Wars OST is no difference.

But I’m not here to bore you with my taste in music. I’m here to review the latest Star Wars movie, or prequel to all the others and focus point on our favourite outlaw pilot. Han Solo, or as the movie is called;

Solo

Summary (no spoilers)

This Star Wars story takes us back to the origin of Han Solo. Living on Corellia as a thief, Han is busy finding a way to get off the planet together with his girlfriend Qi’ra (originality in spelling right there…).

Han enlists in the army (the empire) in order to become a pilot. After 3 years he manages to get out and join a couple of bandits on heist in order to collect money so he can get back to Corellia to find Qi’ra. Along the way he meets people we all know from the Star Wars franchise, including some new friends.

The plot is about how Han ventures in the world of thieves and outlaws, how he actually came to be Han Solo and how he met some of our beloved characters.

The movie also shows just how closely Han already was with being involved with Jedi’s, the Sith and the Force itself. Seeing hints and hidden easter eggs is always fun when watching a prequel.

Sunmary with spoilers!

After Han found his ticket off the planet, he and Qi’ra get seperated at the border. This is where he enlists into the Imperial army in order for him to eventually get back to Corellia to retrieve his girlfriend. This is also the moment where Han gets his name. As Han has no family the enlister names him Solo, and so Han Solo is born.

Three years later Han fights on the imperial side and meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson, great bloke). Beckett is not a member, but an infiltrator, along with his partner Val (Thandie Newton, brilliant woman) and an Ardennian named Rio (voiced by Jon Favreau, another legend).

Han wants to join them, but they initially betray him to the Empire and Han gets thrown into a cage to be murdered by an unknown creature. This creature turns out to be our favourite furry friend, Chewbacca and thus the famous duo is finally together.

Han gets out with Chewy, impressed by this Beckett allows the two to join him on his current heist.

Things go wrong obviously, half the crew dies and the coaxium they were suppose to obtain is destroyed. Beckett goes back to the man who hired him. This is where Han is reunited with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke, mother of dragons) who is very surprised to see him there.

In order to make up for failing to obtain the large quantity of coaxium, Dryden Vos orders them to try again but this time Qi’ra comes along to make sure they succeed.

In need of a ship, Han and Qi’ra meet with Lando who is known for having one of the best ships in the galaxy. After losing from Lando, they make a deal offering him 25% of he coaxium if he helps them. He, of course, accepts. Along with his robot, L3, they head out for the coaxium.

Beckett warns Han that there is one thing he should always realize and that is to trust no one.

This is, in my opinion, the main theme from there on. Everyone betrays someone at one point and in the end those Han thought to be his friends all turn their backs on him. Except for Chewy, who is the most loyal companion one can have.

The movie ends with Qi’ra having betrayed Han and killing Dryden Vos. She makes contact with a Sith we all know too well and if you haven’t seen the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series, you are in for quite a surprise who this Darth is….

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the Solo movie. I mean I’ll be honest that the beginning was better than the ending. But overall it was not a bad movie. It’s not easy to fill an iconic role played by one of the most iconic actors known in the franchise, Harrison Ford (bless him). But I think Alden Ehrenreich did a good job, at least when it comes to the behaviourism we know Han for. Looks wise, he did not resemble Harrison that much in my opinion, but it didn’t ruin the movie at all for me.

Lando was a great cast as well, he truly resembled the original Lando in every way possible.

Overall I rate this movie a 7 out of 10.

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Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom (2018)

*Que John William Jurassic OST*

Gosh, I do love a good movie soundtrack and this one is a classic, epic and brilliant one.

I doubt this song really needs an introduction as I am sure you all have seen at least one of the Jurassic Park or World movies.

But you are not here for the music. You are here for a review (I reckon). To not further dawdle, here is my review on the latest movie in the Jurassic franchise.

Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom.

Summary (no spoilers)

The 5th installment in the franchise, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom brings you back to Isla Nublar where the once dormant volcano has become active again.

The island, which once was the tourist attraction featuring real life dinosaurs , is falling apart. Now the question is should the dinosaurs be saved by humans or be subjected to their own survival?

The movie stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt as Claire and Owen. Claire has been asked by Mr. Mills who is the representative for Mr Benjamin Lockwood (former partner and co creator of Jurassic Park and he dinosaurs with Mr. John Hammond) to save the dinosaurs and transport them to a new location.

Claire calls for the help of Owen. She needs him because he has a bond and can control the Velociraptor named Blue (the last Velociraptor on the island). Owen eventually agrees and together, with two of Claire’s coworkers, they head to the island accompanied by an army to get the dinosaurs to safety.

With limited time to save the dinosaurs, the two heroes find themselves in a predicament. Can they get out before the island is covered in lava and who is the real friend or foe on this island? Men or dinosaur?

Summary with spoilers!!!!

The movie begins with the army already collecting dinosaurs of the island. Of course as expected things go wrong. Really wrong….

And some dinosaurs escape the island.

The country is currently divided wether or not to save or kill the dinosaurs.

We are greeted by an old friend from the Jurassic Park movies, Dr. Ian Malcolm (it’s great to see Jeff Goldblum back in the franchise). Ian states it was wrong to recreate the dinosaurs as they should have stayed extinct. As we all know him and John Hammond never saw eye to eye regarding the cloning of dinosaurs and the creation of Jurassic Park.

Depsite his opinion and the government agreeing with him, thus not interfering with Isla Nublar, other people are helping the dinosaurs.

Claire and Owen along with the army start collecting the dinosaurs for Mr. Mills, who works for Dr. Benjamin lockwood. But soon they find out the dinosaurs are not being transported at all to a new island but back to the mainland where they will go up for sale as weapons to the rich and powerful.

Whilst on the island the volcano has reached its highpoint and the entire island starts to erupt on several locations.

Many dinosaurs are killed by the lave, falling debris or drowning as being forced into the ocean (it was really sad…I cried during that part).

Owen and Claire make it back to Lockwood manor, where the dinosaurs are brought.

Through the help of his granddaughter, Dr. Benjamin Lockwood (who is old and fatally ill) find out what his representative Mr. Mills is really up to. But before he can put a stop to it he is murdered.

Meanwhile we meet another familiar face, namely that of Dr. Wu. Who was one of the scientists in the 1st movie. He is back and helping Mills vreate the perfect and ultimate murder weapon. A Velociraptor mixed with the DNA of the Indominus Rex (also a hybrid from the 4th movie).

This creature, called Indoraptor (congrats with that incredible iventive name… very original…) is a true murder weapon. Of course it escapes and wreaks avoc during dinosaur auction night in the manor.

In the end the bad guys die and the dinosaurs are let loose, free to roam the earth.

What will happen next?

In 2021 a 6th movie is expected to show in theatres but what the plot shall be…we can only guess.

Conclusion

I do love the Jurassic franchise and though none of the new ones can ever replace the 1st movie, this one wasn’t that bad.

Okay, there were some mistakes in the film regarding timing, contradicting statements and goofs. But all in all it was a good film. In fact I liked it more than Jurassic World (4th movie).

One comment though on the who is this granddaughter storyline (spoiler she is a clone…), I thought that was really unnecessary to include in this movie. It didn’t add anything in my opinion.

The quality of the cgi regarding the dinosaurs was great. They were lovely.

Overall conclusion I rate this movie a 7.5 out 10.

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Hereditary (2018)

Well hello there friends! It has been too long!

It has, I apologise for my absence. Work has started again (I’m a teacher) and as you know the first few weeks are always a hassle.

But I did have a great Summer holiday, so now I am back!

So let’s not dawdle and begin with one of the many horror movies I’ve seen during the Summer. Perhaps you’ve seen it and hopefully you will agree with me that this one is worth to be called a good horror film.

I am talking about… HEREDITARY

*clacks tongue*

Summary (no spoilers here)

The story revolves around the family Graham. Annie, Steve and their son Peter and daughter Charlie.

Annie makes a living as a miniature artist (which I thought was pretty awesome). The movie starts with her mother dying and her funeral. Annie makes a speech about her relationship with her mother which was simply non excistent, though she lived in her daughter’s house before her death. They had spent many years before that not talking and having basically no relationship at all.

A few days later after the funeral, Steve gets a call about his mother-in-law’s grave having been desecrated. He decides not to tell Annie.

Meanwhile the only person who seems a bit hurt about grandma’s death is Charlie. But Charlie seems more worried about death itself than her grandmother.

Soon things start to happen in the house. Annie starts to see her mother in her workshop and when another accident befalls the family, slowly everyone seems to be losing their marbles.

Extended summary (with spoilers!!!)

Charlie is a bit of an odd child at first glance. She clacks her tongue (like a tick), stares a lot, but she loves to draw (which she does during the funeral), is allergic to peanuts and sleeps sometimes in her treehouse. Okay perhaps it doesn’t seem that odd.

After the funeral she starts seeing a light every now and then in her room. She cuts the head of a pidgeon with a pair of scissors after it died from flying against the school window. She takes the head back home.

Annie starts to see things too. Images in her workroom but she brushes it off.

Peter (the son) doesn’t seem that fazed by it all and he just lives his life smoking weed with friends and having fun.

The movie takes a twist. I mean a real twist!Peter goes to a party and he has to take Charlie with him. He tell her to have fun, mingle (she is only 13, he is 16) and even have some cake.

Bad idea as Charlie has a peanut allergy. She gets a allergic reaction to the cake and Peter has to rush her off to the hospital. Driving through a bad lit country section, Charlie gets worse and she sticks her head out of the window to try and breath. Peter accidentally swerves to the right and BANG!

She hits a wooden lampost full frontal, cutting her head clean off (I decided to not include a picture of it as it is too gruesome).

Peter gets into a shock, but manages to get home and crawl into bed. The next morning he wakes up to his mother’s screams as she finds her headless daughter’s body in her car.

After this more weird stuff happens. From talking to ghost, to people catching on fire, bugs crawling on your face, wall walking and posession.

In the end only one person survives and it might not be who you suspect at first.

Conclusion

The more I thought about the movie once it had ended, the more I started to understand the plot and why it ended the way it did. Because it is a tricky ending to grasp, but once you get it you can go “oh yeah, cool” or “why…?”

What I loved about this film, something they did really well was the emotional suspense near the end.

Usually in horror movies when someone is possessed they appear out of nowhere, even though you expect them to already be in the room. You might think you see a shadow but it’s nothing in the end.

In this movie that person is literally in the room and you can see them there! Lurking over a door, standing in a corner. Hanging on a wall. The shadow is there but they move. It was done so well! Something I’ve been wanting to see in a horrir film for a long time.

To conclude, this movie is a must see in my opinion. Not to buy, but at least see it once. It carries the ghost horror element really well.

I rate this film an 8 out of 10.

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Nr. 5! Countdown top 10 favourite anime list!

Originally I had Patlabor set on this spot… But! With the anime I’ve been watching lately I have rearranged my list. Therefore I am kicking Patlabor out of the list (sorry, Alfonso) and replacing nr. 5 with the original nr. 4 list holder.

This anime is one that I believe a lot of people will know. It is a bit of a harem anime (though I never saw it as one). What interested me the most with this anime is that it has mystery, love, humour and magic (plus I really identified with the main character Tooru).

If you are unfamiliar with Chinese Astrology, get ready to learn about with this popular anime….I am talking of course about;

Fruits basket

Fruits basket is the first anime I ever owned on dvd, which is probably why I am a bit biased. The story attracted me a lot because when I was a teen I was very interested in feng shui and the Chinese zodiac (now that I am older that totally disappeared though).

The story

Fruits Basket is about a girl (no parents) who you think is a normal school going teen.

Though what nobody knows is that she actually lives in a tent in the woods because her grandfather is renovating his house and she doesn’t want to burden him (or the rest of her aweful family).

Tooru comes back from work one day to find her tent being covered wih dirt and rocks by a landslide. She is found by Yuki (one of her schoolmates) and his cousin Shigure. They decide to take her in into their home, where she can stay for as long as needed.

But the Sohma family hold a deep dark secret.

Whenever they are hugged by someone of the opposite sex… that person transforms into one of the zodiac signs (including the 13th zodiac sign, the cat!)

Bonus, when they transform back after a while there is one small detail to keep in mind.

Naked men.

The story follows Tooru’s life during the time she lives with the Sohmas. She meets most of the family members (mainly those who are cursed) and tries to help them resolve the curse.

You’ll find romance in the story as well, mostly between Tooru, Yuki (rat zodiac) and Kyo (cat zodiac).

Who she ends up with? Well that you’ll have to see for yourself.

Verdict

This series was something truly fun to watch. So many jokes, so much suspense and love. A show I think is definitely worth to watch.

Also…high school girls.

So here you have my nr. 5 on my favourite Anime list!

Hope you enjoyed, take care and have a nice day!

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Build a Harem Tag!

A harem? For me? Oh my…

Thank goodness it’s only a tag and not real life because a harem is just insane.

As for the tag…. Thank you Raistlin for tagging me! I appreciate you thought of me when you had to tag people who can build their own Harem!

Now time for a little secret. There was a time I watched a lot of reverse harem anime series. I’ve seen quite a few, yet I had to Google some of the terms used within in this tag.

So a Harem Anime is usually about a boy being the centre of attention for multiple female characters, the number can variate between 3 to sometimes even 12 (imagine having 12 women going crazy over you all at the same time). Sometimes the person even lives in the same house with said characters!

Then you have the Reverse Harem anime. Where a female is the object of affection for multiple men!

In this tag I will focus on (as the rule tag states) 5 male characters.

Without further ado… here are the rules!

RULES!

  1. Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!
  2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.
  3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!
  4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).
  5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)
  6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!

THE HAREM!

THE KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR – Oscar from Tenshi Angelique s.1

Oscar is the true romantic version we’ve all read about in stories when it comes to knights. He is respectful, flirtatious, honourable and ready to defend and protect you from harm! On a noble steed nonetheless (he actually rides a horse in the anime). Not to mention he is a redhead. I mean what is not to love about him?

THE CHILDHOOD FRIEND – Charlie Wong from Tenshi Anglique s.2

Charlie Wong is almost a bit like Oscar. He is polite, respectful, but where Oscar is a major flirt, Charlie is a gentlemen (with a dash of flirt). He listens to you, he knows your likes and dislikes and he becomes your best friend. It is like he has known you forever, which is what happens between him and the leading lady in the anime he is from. But unlike most stereotypical childhood friends, Charlie is the lucky one and manages to get out of the friend zone and into the love zone. Which is probably why he is my favourite as this is exactly what happened between me and my boyfriend. Best friends first and suddenly….well…you get the picture.

THE “SIGH, REALLY?” KUDERE TYPE – Saitou Hajime from hakuouki

Saitou, such a distant cold man at first but eventually he shows his true colours. He is a leader, tough and ready to defend those he cares for. He won’t come to your aid though unless he knows you really can’t get out yourself. If you fall he will leave you right where you are. But if you fall and are hurt, he will turn back and become the helpful loving man you knew was in there somewhere.

THE “I AM MAGNIFICENT” VS. “NO, WAIT I SUCK” TSUNDERE TYPE – Howl Jenkins Pendragon from Howl’s moving castle

Ah, my first anime crush. Aside from mamoru from Sailor moon…and Haku from Spirited Away *coughs*. Howl is a special one indeed. He believes himself to be magnificent and will not give you credit for anything (even if you did most of the work). He will call you foolish, childish, spoiled…basically all the things he is as well. But! Behind that tough exterior is a hurt man. A man who needs love, true love, someone to restore his heart. Once he knows you are the one to do this, he is all yours.

Aside from the fact when his hair turned orange and he had a nervous breakdown about it…so much of a breakdown he actually turnes into a pile of green slime (drama queen much?). His heart is in the right place and he will protect you for the rest of his life.

THE “RESERVED BUT POWERFUL” DANDERE TYPE – Kakashi from Naruto

What makes a man in a mask so incredibly sexy? I bet Kakashi knows, because he never leaves the house without it (or his bed, or his shower…). Kakashi is a strong man. Quiet and reserved. He will kill you if he has to, the man has done it before. Therefore Kakashi is a great example of a dandere. What makes him so desireable in my eyes? Well, his eyes for that matter, not to mention his overall physique, lean and strong like a man should look…instead of those ridiculous bodybuilder high on steroids and proteinshake people out there.

Furthermore Kakashie is honourable and will fight to save those dear to him, not to forget the man has a great sense of nonverbal humour. Let’s just hope he doesn’t wear the mask to hide his bad breath.

Nomination!

It is really difficult to nominate people for this tag who haven’t been nominated already. I shall do my best, but if you have already been nominated, my apologies!

  • Thebookwormdrinketh – I really want to see you do this!
  • Kawaiipaperpandas – yes, I want to know your picks too!
  • Moe404 – I really hope you haven’t been tagged yet!
  • The Animessenger – same goes for you!
  • Chizure – you have been gone for a long time, but I still want to tag you for when the moment comes when you come back 🙂 hope all is well!
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Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

H.p. Lovecraft, ghosts, dolls, kidnpping, torture. Just a few keywords to inform you what this movie is about.

You take a mother with two daughters, you let an aunt pass away which means the family needs to move to take care of the house of said aunt. You throw in two dudes with a candy van and voila,

The recipe for Incident in a Ghostland 2018.

I love horror stories though I have a few peeves. Not triggers, but things I don’t really want to see in a horror movie.

Dolls are one of them. Dolls freak me out especially the ones used for ventriloquism. Not all of them, just the ones that look human enough or have those huge round eyes (remember the doll from Goosebumps? Yeah, that was my nightmare as a child).

The movie Ghostland has dolls, many dolls and though they are not the focus point, I had to turn my head a few times.

So what is Ghostland actually about?

Minor Story Spoiler Alert

Two girls and their mother are on their way to the house of the mom’s sister. She passed away and now the mother as inherited the house. During the journey they are passed by a van, a candy van to be specific. The driver of the van waves at them before continuing. The two daughters do not get along with each other. The older sister, Vera, is always annoyed with her (one year younger) sister, Elizabeth, who wants to be a horror novelist. Vera is also pissed at her mother because moving meant leaving her boyfriend behind.

They stop at a gas station, where the candy van appears again, before reaching the house of their aunt. The house is old and dark and filled with dolls. Yup, dolls. From big to small, porcelain to plastic. Even inside a chinese puzzlebox which functions as a mirror. The family is in the house for not even an hour and Elizabeth miraculously gets her period for the first time ever (which basically freaks her out as her pants are covered with a giant red spot.) Unluckily for Elizabeth the horror doesn’t stop there. Two men (a large obese bald guy and a thin man dressed as a woman) break into the house, knock the mother out and grab hold of both Vera and Elizabeth. The fat man takes the two girls down to the basement, sniffs their crotches and drags Vera with him (as she is not on her period).

Elizabeth doesn’t do thing, being too scared shitless with everything going on. She only cries and wails and hides her face each time something happens. The mother luckily appears and kills the thin man and the fat man.

Fast forward to years later. Elizabeth is an adult, a famous horror novelist with a husband and a son named Harlequin (yes, you may laugh).

She gets a call from Vera who apparently has been so severely traumatised by past events the mother keeps her locked up in her house (the aunt’s original house). Elizabeth drives to her mother to visit her and her sister. Mother and daughter have a great time while Vera is being mentally haunted by the trauma. She screams, attacks others and even hurts herself. She tries to convince Elizabeth she is being attacked and that mom isn’t telling Elizabeth the truth about her.

Now at this point I thought for a moment that the mom was behind these weird attacks on Vera. I mean why would you lock up your own child instead of going to an asylum? Why stay in the house where you and your daughters were attacked and almost killed? And why is Vera being attacked and not Elizabeth who did shit during the attack?

Well these questions were quickly answered…

Huge spoiler alert!

It’s all a dream. Yup, you heard me. Elizabeth wakes up from her dream world and is still 15 years old, still in her aunt’s house and her mother is still dead. Vera and Elizabeth are being kept as dolls by the two men (though one is more of a retard than a man). It’s unknown how long they have been in yhe house, but probably not very long. Both are beaten up pretty badly, Vera more so than Elizabeth. It’s Elizabeth’s turn now and the yhin man dresses her up in a doll dress and puts make up on her. Prior to this, Vera warned Elizabeth toobey and not cry and definitely not move should the big man choose her to play with. Yes, it is that sick.

I won’t go into details but this scene disgusted me a lot.

Elizabeth finally gets balls and manages to attack the fat man. The two girls escape the house and manage to make it to the road where they are spotted by a police car. Alas they are not saved. The thin man followed them and shoots both cops before taking the girls back to the house. Elizabeth goes back into her dream world state… (you can tell I am annoyed with this). In the house Vera gets picked to get tortured now but both girls are saved for real this time as a 3rd cop arrives (he was notified through radio when the cops first encountered the girls). He kills both men and the girls are saved for real this time.

Conclusion and rating

This movie gave me mixed feelings. The story was good, though massively disturbing, and the whole plot of Elizabeth making up a dreamworld to aviod having to face reality was realistic. I was very annoyed with Elizabeth’s behaviour of not fighting for her life (now before you start the hate, I know very well we all react differently in these type of situations. I was mainly annoyed because I did fight. So seeing someone not fight, triggers me to think about what could have happened if I hadn’t fought).

One point that bothered me most were the acting skills. And only the skills of the actress who portrayed the adult version of Elizabeth. This lip botox filled chick delivered a very unconvincing performance. The mother was brilliant as was young Vera and young Elizabeth.

As for the rating. It isn’t a bad horror if you like disturbing, torture and psychological movies. Story wise it deserves a positive grade, therefore I rate it a;

6 out of 10