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I am Groot.

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Barely Legal Pawn spoof video with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

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Movie review bundle! I’ve been watching a lot more movies and blogging less. Opposed to blogging more yet not watching as many movies…hmmm. This batch consists of all sequels.  

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The biggest takeaway?Humans are the worst AND apes are the worst. The entire movie was breathtaking. Andy Serkis is an amazing Caesar. He’s a brilliant actor. One of the best movies I’ve seen all summer. I hate to admit it but I haven’t seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yet I enjoyed EVERY minute of the sequel. It will have you thinking and inching towards the edge of your seat. Also, it’s pretty freaking awesome seeing an ape ride a horse. 

Rating: A

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro, Green Goblin, AND Rhino. Villians galore. Well, you only get about 10 minutes of Rhino at the end of the film. Jamie Foxx was a great Electro. I felt pretty bad for the guy at the beginning of the movie and they slowly merge him into the complete psycho he’s supposed to be. I wasn’t that excited for ANOTHER Green Goblin but the costume and makeup was a lot cooler this time around. There’s a major plot twist towards the end that non-comic book readers may get extra emotional over. I was the most excited for Rhino but they save him for the very end to get us antsy for Sinister Six. Andrew Garfield continues to be the most amazing Spider-Man. I’m truly enjoying the franchise much more than the Tobey time. 

Rating: B+

Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones: The FIFTH in the series. The original creeped me out so much that I continue to watch the sequels even though the plots are degrading over time. The Marked Ones focuses purely on witchcraft with more possession. The plot is somewhat confusing however I jumped a few times and received the “thrills” I was looking for. 

Rating: C

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Optimus Prime made out of car parts. (Thailand)

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SHARK WEEK IS AMONG US!

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Who has seen it so far?

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Guardians of the Galaxy - Review

What do you get when you mix a snarky Earthling, a green skinned assassin, a muscly family man, a very tall tree, and a sassy raccoon? The Guardians of the Galaxy. 

The beginning may feel a bit slow since we aren’t thrown into immediate action. We get to see a little Star-Lord saying good bye to his mother and then getting abducted by a giant space ship. We learn much later the captain of this space ship is a guy named, Yondu (Michael Rooker), who keeps Star-Lord employed for almost his whole life. We flash forward to a grown up Peter Quill wearing his awesome red eyed helmetr style mask walking along a strange planet. He appears to be treasure hunting solo and is interrupted by some other guys looking for the same orb. Quill isn’t sure what the orb is but he knows it’s worth a lot of money. 

Shortly after we get a glimpse at Gamora. Her and her sister, Nebula, are working for Ronan. He’s the main bad guy. Ronan is working for their father, Thanos. He’s the big purple guy we got a glimpse of at the end of The Avenger’s. We don’t see Thanos much in Guardians but we at least get a full scene and understand a little bit more about the infinity stones. Gamora is sent to retrieve the orb back from Quill. Rocket and Groot are trying to capture Quill at the same time because he has a criminal bounty on him. After a very entertaining fight between all four characters they are captured and imprisoned. The former enemies are now allies in their pursuit to escape the prison and sell the orb for a ton of money. They meet Drax while in prison. He hates Gamora because her employer, Ronan, killed his wife and daughter. He wants to keep his eye on Gamora so he can kill Ronan eventually. 

Was Guardians of the Galaxy everything I was hoping for? Yes! And much more! Having 5 main characters with no previous solo movies like The Avenger’s worried me. I was afraid we weren’t going to have enough character development. Each character had enough air time and a little bit of their own story told. They start to work well as a team as the movie progresses. All of their personalities make the group highly entertaining. Quill is snarky, goofy, and a great dancer. Rocket has some image issues (don’t call him vermin!) and is very feisty (“Attention, idiots!”), Gamora is a badass dealing with some family issues (Thanos isn’t her real dad), Drax has a gentle heart yet could destroy you with his pinky finger, and Groot, well, “I am Groot”. GO SEE IT!

Get ready for the end credit spoilers! Stop here if you don’t want to know. Just know it doesn’t have anything to do with Avenger’s: Age of Ultron… or does it?

Howard the Duck makes a short cameo with the Collector. Cosmo the space dog also licks the Collectors face. No telepathy seems to be going on with Cosmo. But does this mean Marvel is going to attempt a Howard and/or Cosmo movie? Or try to throw them in for a few more cameos? Hey, if we all loved a raging raccoon and a talking tree… then why not?

Rating: A

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Into The Woods official trailer.

Christmas just got a lot more exciting. 

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Hey! I was just complaining about this!

Here’s a deleted scene from Divergent. Edward’s eye versus silverware. 

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Divergent - Review

I was really worried to watch Divergent. I read the books and LOVED the first and the second in the trilogy. I have a close friend that rarely likes movies and she said she enjoyed Divergent. That was my selling point. 

Divergent is a book adaptation of the popular dystopian world created by author Veronica Roth. Everyone is split into five different factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior, our leading lady, grew up in Abnegation which is the faction that shuns vanity and are public servants. She’s of age at the beginning of the story and chooses her new faction. Most individuals stick with the same faction but they are given the choice to change. Tris feels drawn towards Dauntless. They are the faction known for being brave and kind of like the police. 

Tris has to go through physical and mental training before becoming an official Dauntless member. She makes friends along the way and a few enemies. She also meets a wonderfully decent guy, Four. Divergent focuses on Tris’ training in Dauntless but the bigger plot is one faction, Erudite (they are the big bookworms and knowledge junkies) trying to destroy another faction, Abnegation, for power. Tris also learns that she is Divergent. Which means she has more than one faction virtue running through her veins. Erudite wants to destroy all of the Divergent because they cannot be controlled.

I think they did a great job adapting the book into a movie. I was so worried to watch the movie because of how many movies that have destroyed the book. The actors selected for all of the roles were well cast. I really liked the individuals who were Tris and Four. Their chemistry together was great. Here are my book rants without spoilers: I wish they captured more of The Chasm. The scene in the movie doesn’t do the book justice. I was so terrified when I was reading the book and they only showed us that event for a minute or two in the movie. They didn’t show ANYTHING with Edward. I don’t even remember them showing an actor as Edward. His names on the scoreboard but he didn’t make a physical appearance and definitely didn’t get into any unfortunate late night fights. That’ll be interesting to see how they work him into the story in the 2nd and 3rd books. 

Book readers and non-book readers should enjoy Divergent. It’s interesting, fast paced, and has enough action to keep your attention as to what’s going to happen next.

Rating: B+

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