13 Reasons Why – Reasons Why You Need To Watch It

Okay, before you say anything, yes I am aware that 13 Reasons Why is a tv show and not a movie, but I couldn’t not talk to you guys about this show after I finished it last week, and again, yes I did wait a week to post about, but thats simply because it took that long for me to get thoughts and emotions about the show in order. So now that I can sit down and properly discuss this show with you, here are several reasons why you should watch 13 Reasons Why. 

  1. Despite the differences, the show does the book justice. 
    • For those of you have read the book and loved it, do not fret, while they’re are definitley some major differences, the biggest one being that the shows takes place over a couple weeks unlike the book which takes place over the course of one night. You have to expect these differences however, especially considering they were turning a 13 chapter book into 13 hours of television. They stay true to the most important thing however, telling a story that moves and inspires people who go through a lot of the same struggles the characters in the novel go through.
  2. They Spent Six Years Trying To Get This Show Made 
    • For those of you who didn’t know, Selena Gomez is the executive producer on the show and has had the rights to it since she was seventeen years old. Since then she and her mom, another executive producer on the show, have been working to make this show happen. Which should tell you how much this show meant to the people that made it. The turned several offers for the book to be made into a film after they realized that they didn’t want to stay true to the story and wanted to water down some of the subject material within the novel, which is the exact opposite of what Jay Asher, the author wanted, as well as Selena.
  3. It Truly Is Relatable  
    • Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette star as Hannah Baker and Clay Jenson, the main characters in the show, and as two relative unknowns, unless you’ve seen Goosebumps or Don’t Breathe then you might know Dylan, they managed to give two of the best small screen performances i’ve seen in years. Their performance, along with the rest of the cast, takes this show away from the realms of cheezy teen shows like Pretty Little Liars and other shows of its kind make a sad attempt at doing. Being relateable. The reasons I say this is because alot of the things you see in the type of shows that Freeform releases, most of thetime when the shows try to be relatable it takes place in situations that are so unreasonable that the situations end up almost being humarous. 13 Reasons Why on the other actually manages to sucessfully interept how difficult it is to be young, and how even the smallest of things can hurt someone. Dealing with topics like suicide, sexual assault, bullying, and other painful experiences that two many people experience, and they don’t hold back in how the show these situations. The show makes you understand how words can hurt, alot more then you may realize, and that you never know whats going on in someone elses life, and that even the smallest of things could be someone elses breaking point. It also shows that your actions can come back to haunt you, and that you should always be kind to others.

I will give you heads up before you watch this show, because if you are between the ages of 15 and 25 you should watch it, there are moments in this shows that are pretty heavy, and it does get difficult to watch at times, but these are situations that need to be talked about. Situations that we need to be constantly remined are taking place to so many people every single day, and even an incredibly well done show like this can get people talking, then I support a hundred percent, and you should too, you never know who it might help.

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Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in Netfilx’s 13 Reasons Why

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Miles Heizer and Dylan Minette in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

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Dylan Minette in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

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Dylan Minnette and Christian Navarro in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

 

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Beauty and The Beast – Movie Review

The beloved tale as old as time returns to the big screen with a new live action twist, several new songs, as well as a new cast to bring this Disney favorite to life once again, what isn’t new however, is the overwhelming sense of happiness and magic the story brings to hearts of everyone.

The topic of beast continues with this review, except this beast makes you want to fall in love, or least have someone fall in love with him. Dan Stevens is fantastic in his turn as the arrogant prince turned beast, and manages to give one of the beast performances in the film, as well giving an outstanding performance of the Beast’s new song Evermore that is certain to become yet another Disney classic. Another great performance comes from Olaf… I mean Josh Gad, who plays Gaston’s trusting side kick, LeFou. Josh Gad not only gives an incredible, and almost refreshing take on the character, but overs up a performances of Gaston that will leave audience members in stitches. But we can’t take about Gaston’s sidekick without talking about the man himself, or should I say the man who thinks he’s the man. Luke Evans musical theater background shines through in his performance as Gaston, with a singing voice that could all the girls swoon, no matter how much we wish it wouldn’t. Another bonus is the hilarious delivery Evans gives to Gaston, with incredible comedic timing that matches up really well with funny man Josh Gad. And lastly, we most certainly can’t mention Beauty and The Beast without mentioning the Beauty herself… Miss Emma Watson. Ever since she’s descended that staircase in Harry Potter, we all new she was meant to be a princess, and this movie solidifies that. With a gorgeous singing, as well as her outstanding acting performance, Watson truly does the 1991 animated Belle justice.

The films also offers up new details for fans of the original to appreciate, giving more details about The Beasts backstory, as well as discussing Belle’s mother.

The best thing about this film is that while it certainly stays true to the original, it offers up something new for future generations to love, as well as though’s of us who grew up with the original. The new music, written by the legend himself, Alan Meinken, is fantastic, and fits beautifully in with the already famous songs.And Emma Thompsons gorgeous take on Beauty and The Beast would make Angela Lansbery proud, as well as Ewan McGreggors upbeat retelling of Be Our Guest.

It would be impossible for lovers of the 1991 animation to not at least enjoy this film, you may not like it as much as the original, you may think its better, but it truly has the potential to become a Disney classic, and certainly helps this famous tale as old as time earn a place in our hearts all over again.

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Gaston (Luke Evans) a handsome but arrogant brute, holds court in the village tavern in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directed by Bill Condon, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic and a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

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Josh Gad (LeFou) performing Gaston in the 2017 Live- Action Adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

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Dan Stevens as The Beast in the 2017 Live-Action Adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

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Emma Watson and Kevin Kline play Father and Daughter, Belle and Maurice in the live- action adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

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Ewan McGregor voices Lumiere during the recreation of the iconic performance, Be Our Guest, in the 2017 Live- Action Adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

 

 

 

Kong: Skull Island – Movie Review

The King of all beast returns to the big screen in this new, epic, action packed adventure. Starring Emmy winner Tom Hiddleston, Oscar winner Brie Larson, and big screen favorites such as Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Riley, along side this epic movie monster, the movie certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to its casting choices.

The movie had the potential to be very dark, and it does have its fare share of darker moments; however, with brilliant cinematography, which was only enhanced by the stunning location the movie was filmed, your first introduction of skull island makes you believe your in a tropical paradise rather then an island that overs up death around every corner. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t let you think that for long, offering up skull crawlers, spiders as tall as trees, and giant ants that sound like… birds? And as monster movie lover, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

However, if the monster madness gets a little too much at time, the film does over up its fair share of comedic relieve, with a large majority of the laughs coming from Riley, as well Thomas Mann, who plays one of the soldiers in the film. Even Hiddleston’s more stern character offers up a few laughs along the way.

The movie begins with the crew believing they are taking a quick expedition of discovery, because of the dishonesty of John Goodman’s character. They soon learn, that their discovery involves a giant gorilla, as well as other giant beast who intend to make them they’re permanent source of food if the crew make to the other side of the island to meet up at a rendezvous point in three days. However, with the group separated, and deadly creatures at every turn, the task isn’t a simple as they’d originally thought.

Overall the film does what its supposed too. It is fantastic monster flick, but it offers up more by giving you characters that you like and want to see survive, as well as offering up villains that appear in both beast and human form. The cast does incredible working together considering the wide range of actors, and the film manages to over up an interesting story, alongside the epic of amount of monster action. However, the films most important goal was to set up the future film involving a battle between films two most iconic monsters, Kong and Godzilla, and if were going to compare the two new films, lets just say at this point, i’m team Kong all the way.

 

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Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and John C. Riley in Kong: Skull Island

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Shea Whigham in Kong: Skull Island

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Thomas Mann and Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island

 

 

The Accountant – Film Review

Where do I even begin with this movie! It isn’t very often that I highly encourage someone that they need to go see a movie, but with this one that is exactly what I’m doing. As of lately it is very rare that Ben Affleck gives a bad performance, and this one is no exception. This is without a doubt one of the best films of the year and I guarantee if you see it you will not be disappointed.

Affleck gives an incredible performance as Christian Wolff, a math genius who is a freelance accountant for some of the most dangerous people in the world. While Wolff starts uncooking the books for a new client it isn’t the money count that starts to rise, but rather the body count.

This movie manages to be very intelligent while also action packed. It gives you a lot of information in a way that makes it easy to understand, while also managing to not be boring. The movie also has several plot twists that keep you intrigued and a performance from Anna Kendrick that is much better than I expected it to be. As well as great performances from J.K. Simmons, John Bernthal, Jeffery Tambor, and Cynthia Addai- Robinson.

 

 

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Suicide Squad – Film Review

Being one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, its safe to say that Suicide Squad had a lot to live up to, the question is however, did it? The answer, kind of. Was the film bad, absolutely not. Was it the greatest film DC Comics has ever put out? No. Let me explain.

First off, I will say this. Every actor in the film impressed me. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, and the rest of the cast all gave good performances. It was script and the story its self that I was not as impressed with.

First off, the opening. Was it necessary, probably. And I actually kind of enjoyed it because it was something different. My issue however was how long it was. I understand that there were a lot of characters and that we had to be given their backstories, well at least the casual movie goer who didn’t know them did. So in this case I will forgive them for the excessively long introduction, I just don’t want to see it again.

Second, the ending. I felt like the movie was going great up until the climax. The fight scene at the end was really cool, I just feel like it was rushed. I feel like the transition to the climax was a little forced and I would have liked to have scene more between the time they got off the wrecked plane and when they completed their original mission.

Here’s what I did like, Margot Robbie. She was amazing as Harley Quinn, and gave the best performance in the entire movie. She did a great job of going from psychotic to intelligent, and managed to make her character to look very selfless at times, and obnoxious and rude at others. Her sharp delivery of her lines was great, and enjoyed every moment she was on screen, and after leaving the movie all I could think was I want more Harley Quinn.

Overall I did enjoy the movie, there were just a few details that I didn’t, but were certainly not enough to make me completely reject the film. All I can say is that if you are a movie snob, this isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy a quirky action packed film, with great music, and fun performances, this movie is one you should definitely watch.

 

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Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jay Hernandez star as Marvel’s Suicide Squad in the film adaptation of the comics, directed by David Ayer.

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Margot Robbies brings Harley Quinn to live in Suicide Squad 

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Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jai Courtney star as Rick Flagg, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang, in David Ayer’s 2016 Film Adaptation of the beloved comics

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The Sucide Squad sticks together to protect Rick Flagg in the 2016 film adaptation of the comics

 

 

The Shallows – Film Review

I’m going to start my blog with one of the best films of the summer, ‘The Shallows’. The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy, who while surfing on a secluded beach late in the afternoon finds herself in the middle of a great whites hunting ground, and after finding safety on a set of rocks a far swim from shore, has only hours to find her way off before the tide rises and her shelter is overtaken by water.

Its been a long time since a film has scared people away from the beach the way Jaws did. And after several Jaws remakes and the horror that was Sharknado, we finally found one. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment Nancy enters the water to the very end. I actually had to sit in my car for a few minutes before I could drive home because my heart was beating so fast. The movie is paced incredibly well, and is a solid ninety or so minute film that never feels like it is dragging. The scenery in the film is gorgeous, with the stunning shots of the beach almost making you forget that it is also a hunting ground. Almost.

The best aspect of the movie however, has to be Lively’s performance. After learning that she used the same acting coach as her husband Ryan Reynolds did for ‘Buried’ another great film that is carried entirely by one actor, I was very intrigued to see this, and Lively did not disappoint. There is one scene in particular were you don’t actually see what her character is looking at but rather are given hints of just how horrifying it is based only on Lively’s facial expression.

My only issue with the film was the look of the shark towards the end of the movie. There were times when the sharks behavior made it seem a little bit like b-rated horror flick. Aside from that however, the shark still manages to be terrifying every time you do get a glimpse of it.

Overall this film is an absolute thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the very end, with a likeable character that you want to root for, as well as incredible shots that make you both want to go to the beach, as well as never step foot in the water ever again.

 

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