X-Men: Apocalypse Review

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So I went to see the late X-Men yesterday, and although I was aware of the mixed reviews I was still super excited to see the film because the X-Men have always been my favorite Marvel team and I’ve been watching the films for 15 years now. I was always a fan of the Apocalypse story line, but after the huge success of Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer had a lot of weight on his shoulders to really deliver another satisfying film. While the film definitely had its flaws, I think Singer did a pretty good job overall, and the film was saved by some truly fantastic special effects and the performances of the new X-Men additions (Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Cyclops), however just like the previous film, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver stole the show delivering the best sequence of the entire movie. Apocalypse unfortunately was slightly underwhelming as a villain compared to the formidable foe he is in the comics. My main issues in the film were the completely wasted characters, most notably Psylocke, Jubilee, and Angel. Jubilee never seems to be given any real substance whenever she is shown in the X-Men films so I don’t understand why they even bring her in at all. Olivia Munn’s Psylocke was super lame and added absolutely nothing to the table, she’s an awesome character but the film (just like her pathetic role in Last Stand) did not do her any justice. The other problem I had was with the whole Alkali Lake sequence which was totally unnecessary to the film’s overall plot, but was merely added in to tie in with the post-credits scene to set up the future films involving Wolverine’s clone, X-23. For most, the post-credit scene was super ambiguous, the only thing that tipped me off was the name “Essex” on the briefcase of the man stealing DNA samples from Alkali Lake, leading me to make the connection to Nathaniel Essex AKA Mister Sinister, badass X-Men super-villain.

All in all I found the film perfectly enjoyable, but mainly because I was so excited to see the characters I love so much. I don’t think the film deserves a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, the 60 seconds of Jean Grey’s Phoenix fire did more justice to the character than the entirety of Last Stand. Seriously fuck Last Stand (even Jean Grey was like fuck Last Stand with her little dig at the third movie always being the worst). With some solid performances, awesome CGI, a fantastic score, and the final sequence of the new young X-Men, I’d give the film a 7/10. I think the future for the X-Men franchise is as strong as ever, and now they have the opportunity to truly do justice and explore different storylines with a younger cast. Can’t wait for the New Mutants film, I wanna see some Magik!

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

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I know its been out for some time now but I just got around to watching this movie. And lemme just say it waaay exceeded my expectations. I’ve been waiting for years for this flick to come out cuz they apparently had some issues with production or something so the release got delayed for a while. George Miller brought this insane post-apocalyptic world to life. Tom Hardy was amazing as usual, Charlize was a whole new level of badass. What i loved most about this film is that there’s very little dialogue so you can just sit back and enjoy the amazing visual effects and the awesome action & violence. Nothing about this movie or the world it takes place in will bore you for a second: The crazy steampunky vehicles, Nicholas Hoult as a ‘half-life’ with a death wish, and the fact that the bad guys have a fucking band playing on one of the trucks that looks like a float straight out of a nightmarish Five Finger Death Punch parade. Truly a masterpiece, 10/10, definitely go see it in theaters or IMAX or some shit though cuz a TV just won’t do this film any justice.

Fall TV Reviews: New Shows on the CW

            Every fall new shows are created and only very few are renewed for another season and some barely even make it past a few episodes. This season I started watching a couple new shows on the CW. Once I heard that two of my favorite television actors were starring in their own shows I got super excited. First, the new show Ringer, which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, who I grew up watching in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my ultimate favorite show. And second, The Hart of Dixie, which stars Rachel Bilson, who everyone loved on the O.C.

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in CW's Ringer

            Ringer, is about a recovering drug addict, Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who witnesses a murder, and out of fear seeks out her estranged identical twin sister, Siobhan (also Sarah Michelle Gellar). Once she does, Siobhan disappears, leaving Bridget to believe her dead, thus taking over her identity and kushy life on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The show is surprisingly intriguing and mysterious. Siobhan is still alive and on the other side of the world trying to mess with Bridget, which makes me curious as to what her true intentions are and keeps me watching every Tuesday night at 9pm on the CW. (Also starring Ioan Gruffudd, Kristoffer Polaha, and Nestor Carbonell)

Rachel Bilson stars in CW's Hart of Dixie

           The Hart of Dixie, is about a young doctor, Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), who moves to the middle of nowhere to take over a medical practice her father left her after he passed. The New York City native tries hard to blend in with the southern culture in this cute show about a girl trying to get to know herself and find her heart in what she does. There are a number of potential love interests for Hart and it’s fun to watch all the sexual tension. Though it sounds cheesey, Bilson is lovable and fashionable as always and I keep watching to see what other quirky things she’ll do to embarrass herself more every Monday night at 9pm, only on the CW. (Also starring Jaime King, Scott Porter, Cress Williams, and Wilson Bethel)

 

My Morning Ritual

I always believe it’s best to start your day out with something sweet. Not only does it taste scrumptious but chocolate has endorphins, which make you happy. Nothing says bliss like starting off the day with a luscious slice (or two) of chocolate cake and the newest issue of the female bible….yes, I like to indulge.

November issue of Cosmo and chocolate cake from Whole Foods