Review

Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up (2018)

Director:

Claire Scanlon

Starring:

Zoey Deutch

Glen Powell

Lucy Liu

Taye Diggs

Plot:

Two corporate executive assistants hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses.

Review:

I like romantic comedy’s but lately I haven’t seen a trailer for one that’s remotely interesting to me. I thought Set It Up had promise, but ultimately Charlie, Glen Powell, was not an appealing male lead. Honestly, the movie was more of a redemption story for his character than a romcom. I guess you could say love changed him, which is bullshit, but whatever.

Harper, Zoey Deutch, was fine. Really optimistic and naïve, but alright, I guess. The supporting cast was better, though, Taye Diggs character was horrible. Apart from a couple side characters, there were not really any good men in this. Sure Charlie “redeemed” himself by not letting Lucy Liu marry a cheating asshole, but then he looked around to see if Harper saw him do it. So was he doing it because he’d changed or because he wanted the girl?

2/5

 

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Sense8 Movie

Sense8 Movie (2015-2018)

Network:

Netflix

Creators:

J. Michael Straczynski

Lily Wachowski

Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Doona Bae

Jamie Clayton

Tina Desai

Tuppence Middleton

Max Riemelt

Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Brian J. Smith

Toby Onwumere

Plot:

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Review:

I am so glad that we got a movie. I would have loved three more seasons and I can’t think about all that we missed by having all of that cut, but actually getting an ending is so awesome.

Obviously, this was faster paced than the previous seasons. The pace was brisk, there were a lot of stories that had to be wrapped up and explained, and certain characters got more time than others, but I didn’t feel like they were hurried. Lito, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, did not get as much time as I would have liked, but I understand why he wasn’t as front and center, even if I wish he could have been.

So much happened in this two and a half hours and it did a much better job of wrapping things up than I ever expected. I still have questions, I would still love to know more, but at least there was a resolution and people weren’t left in complete limbo.

5/5

Side Note:

This movie was definitely made for the fans so if you haven’t watched the previous seasons don’t even bother.

Batman – The Telltale Series


Batman – The Telltale Series

Publisher:

Telltale Games

Developer:

Telltale Games

Platform:

PC

About:

Batman: The Telltale Series is a 2016 episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under its DC Entertainment label. The game is based on Bob Kane and Bill Finger‘s Batman character, though not tied to any previous adaptation of the work in film or other media.

Review:

I’ve never played a game like this before and I had a ton of fun. It’s like an interactive book, or a choose your own adventure, almost. Some of your choices affect the outcome of the game and what can happen in later chapters.

The entire time I was playing I was sure I was making the wrong choices. My Batman was a bit idealistic. I also wanted to bang Catwoman and threw Harvey under the bus in the process. I’m tempted to play it again just to be nice to him cause I feel bad about it.

My one complaint with the game was that your choices didn’t change more. I wanted it to be a bit more complex, I wanted to see more differences. When the game was over I read all of the ways that things could have been different and they were all relatively similar.

I played on PC but it seems to be available on most platforms if you prefer to play it on a console. I didn’t have any issues with the controls, though, it did take getting used to and occasionally I would get distracted by what’s going on and fumble to press the right button quickly. Okay, it was a little awkward when it would go from keyboard controls to a mouse click, but it’s so forgiving that it didn’t really bother me.

I’m excited to try some more TellTale games and will definitely be picking up the next Batman: The Enemy Within. I’ve been told that my decisions from this game will affect it and I’m super excited about that.

4/5

Side note: The kissing sounds and animation were hilarious.

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl By: Lindsay Ely

Plot:

James Patterson presents a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow’s West.

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

Review:

I devoured the first seventy percent of this book. The world was relatively interesting, the characters were fine, but most of all, for me at least, it was a western led by a girl. I love westerns with female leads.

The last thirty percent was a difficult slog, though. I had never cared about the characters so when it really started to get emotional I did not care what happened, at all.

Did I say I love westerns with female leads? I should have said I love westerns with female leads that are strong. Pity lives up to her name. It’s a pity she was the lead because she had no brain. It’s a pity she had almost no survival instinct and whenever it did kick in she made the wrong choice.

The book was a YA novel, I’m always harshest on them, for whatever reason. I honestly try to avoid them, but they seem to have the stories I want to read but the characters I fucking hate.

I didn’t like Gunslinger Girl. I wanted a female led western with a woman that didn’t need everyone to tell her what to do and wasn’t constantly just reacting to the situation. I wanted more than just a girl falling in love with a boy and doing everything for him.

2/5

Burn Bright

Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega 5) By: Patricia Briggs

Plot:

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

Review:

Like all Patricia Briggs books I put off reading this as long as I could because I wanted it to last. Unfortunately, for the first time from her, I was disappointed.

When last we left Charles and Anna they were thinking about expanding their family, it wasn’t even brought up once in this book. It starts off with Anna feeling slightly dissatisfied with her life, since she became a werewolf nothing that she’d planned turned out how she wanted. I was hoping for some movement there but the book ended without really addressing it. Basically, she realized that she was going to live a long life so there was plenty of time to get around to doing what she wanted. Which is kind of stupid because the rest of the book was spent with Charles protecting her or almost dying.

Charles is really starting to annoy me, he’s forever thinking about how awesome his mate is, how strong and capable, and then he protects her from everything. I understand he’s an alpha werewolf and protects, but it’s just become too much for me.

I did enjoy getting to see more of the workings of Aspen Creek, but even that was a bit disappointing. A character that had been introduced in previous books ended up being a traitor and a new evil was presented but it was all a bit sloppy.

Burn Bright ended up dragging a fair amount for me. There was lots of talking and walking and buildup and while the last fight and revelation were good I was disappointed in the book as a whole.

Obviously, I’m still going to buy Patricia Briggs books day one, but I’m kind of concerned about the future for both of the series.

3/5