Sunday, February 28, 2016

Straight Outta Words: My Review on Straight Outta Compton


The Specs:

Studio:   Universal Pictures/Legendary

Director: F. Gary Gray

Rating: R

Run Time: 2 hours 27 mins.

Release Date:  August 11, 2015 LA Premiere

Website:  http://www.straightouttacompton.com/

Trailer: Provided by YouTube courtesy of Universal Pictures


Now that all the details are outta the way (lol see what I did there).....
I LOVE THIS FILM!!! I was a youngster when NWA first started gaining popularity and as with all things I had forgotten just how much they went through to become household names.  I watched this movie and was just overwhelmed by how many memories came flooding back to me of this time period.  I remember the news was always covering some sort of police brutality case or riots going on in LA.  I remember the music most of all.
The film is all about how the artists met, formed the group, all the issues that came with rising to the top of the west coast rap game, and refusing to be censored. NWA consisted of Ice Cube, Easy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. This film was done so brilliantly. It also helped  to maintain the authenticity by having some of the producers be none other than Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Woods-Wright (wife to the late Easy-E). It was a longer running film but you will not even notice.  I love the fact that nothing was sugar coated or altered really ( at least based on my memory).  I also loved that there was no sort of "aha" moment when Easy-E contracts the HIV virus.
This is a movie that I would watch over and over again.I had planned to go to the theater but ended up sick the opening weekend.We are not even going to speak on the awesomeness of the soundtrack.  I watched the unrated director's cut on blue-ray. I then went out and bought it.
There are so many amazing details that went into making this movie.The cast was AMAZING.  Ice Cube was played by his own son O'Shea Jackson Jr. This was very cool.  The rest of the cast is as follows: Easy-E (Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Suge Knight ( R. Marcus Taylor), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), and Tomica Woods-Wright (Carra Patterson).  I don't know how the Oscars will go tonight but this movie is fantastic. It is a must watch.  You can get a copy at your local retailers or anywhere dvd/bluerays are sold. You can also purchase right from the official movie page at  www.straightouttacompton.com/








Saturday, February 20, 2016

We Should Hang Out Sometime - Review


I actually first found out about this book from a women's magazine I subscribe to.  It was on a list of "must read books"  and the little blurb describing it caught my attention.  I knew nothing about the author or his story but all I can say is ...wow. This book made me laugh all through out it.  Josh has such a unique, straight forward way of looking at life that is pretty refreshing.  The story is about his journey to finding out why he has never had a girlfriend or much luck at all with women.  He is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed  when he was very young and as a result ended up an amputee.  He breaks the book up by  covering each girl that he had wanted a relationship with and a little history about their time together. He forms a hypothesis on what he feels could have caused the demise of the "near" relationship and contacts each girl to see what they believed went wrong.  He does end up coming to a conclusion based on all his findings and the irony is that Josh and his view of himself is what killed any potential relationships.  I loved reading along and seeing the world through his eyes. His sense of humor prevented this from what could have potentially been a sad novel. His  ability to embrace what makes him different physically and turn it into something so positive is truly inspiring. Josh is actually a Paralympic ski racer, motivational speaker, a member of the US National Amputee Soccer Team, and a YouTube contributor.  I love watching his various videos because he is funny and not afraid to just be himself. This is a book that anyone would be able to relate to on some level.
You can check out more on Josh Sundquist and his other books at http://www.JoshSundquist.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Deadpool may be my new favorite movie!


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I am a huge fan of comics and pretty excited for all the pending superhero movies coming out in the next few years from both Marvel and DC.  I am a Marvel kind of gal so of course these are the ones I want to see most.  This year has already started super promising.  I could have added the link above for the official trailer from Youtube instead of this snippet but then you would be missing out on just how much hype Deadpool has built up.  This is the 1st of 12 mini clips released prior to Christmas to give viewers an example of the kind of snarky, smart-ass, and lewd behavior to be expected from the "Merc with a Mouth".  I love that Ryan Reynolds was picked to play Deadpool.  I can not imagine anyone else doing this role any justice.  
This newest 20th Century Fox/Marvel collaboration is rated R and most appropriately. DO NOT TAKE CHILDREN TO THIS MOVIE. No matter how much they beg because you will be having several uncomfortable conversations with said child afterwards. You have been warned. I LOVED this film. I laughed so hard it was disgusting.  The boyfriend and I went on the Thursday night sneak peek because, yes, I needed to see it that badly.  The first thing that entertained me was that the opening credits did not list the names of the actors (ie : Reynolds, Baccarin, Gina Carano,T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand). Instead it had little phrases like "the hot chick" and "directed by two asshats", different but I liked it.  Then within the first 20 minutes of the movie Deadpool has already poked fun of Ryan Reynolds and the Wolverine character.  The hits keep coming. Literal and figurative. The story is an origin story about a former Special Forces Operative who becomes a "gun for hire"so to speak or a mercenary.  He is crazy and sarcastic and then he falls in love with a stripper/prostitute (Baccarin) and starts wanting a future with her.  The love story unfolds and involves some pretty interesting scenes but you realize this relationship may be perfect for the two of them. Then Wade (pre-Deadpool persona) is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Enter "creepy secret agent" type offering a "cure" if Wade Wilson is interested.  Duh, of course, he decides to try even creepier treatment.  Enter Ajax ( Ed Skrein) and his side kick Angel Dust (Gina Carano) to "help cure" Wade by forcing his mutant gene to become active.  From this point on all Hell breaks loose and it is fabulous! There are also some other characters worth noting such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Hildebrand) and another X-Men character, as well as Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and Weasel (T.J.Miller aka"the BFF").

Director Tim Miller did a fantastic job with this film.  I have recommended that all of my friends go see it. This movie has a little bit of everything so even those who are not familiar with the comic version of Deadpool will still appreciate it and find it hilarious.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Review of Blood Red Palms



A little bit of business first.....I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review but opinions are my own.  I was interested in reading this book because the description had me more than a little intrigued.   The story is about a German engineer named Rudi Eichner who is on a routine trip to Tunisia when his plane is shot down. It is May of 1978 and it turns out their plane is shot down over Libya ( during Gaddaffi era). The plane crashes and when Rudi wakes he finds the pilot dead and he is stranded in the middle of the Sahara.  The story then really takes off.  Rudi is taken hostage and held in a PLO camp.  I do not want to give away too many details but what happens next involves a rescue, breaking up a white slave trade of young females, and surprisingly a love story.  I had to begin the story twice because it was a little too technical for me. The author I believe wants to make sure the reader gets a good understanding of the time during which the story takes place.  I would not recommend this story to just anyone but if you love history and intrigue this is the book for you.  The only major issue I found with the book was the way the love story happens so quickly.

The author, Peter Klessa Ramazani, is quite the accomplished man. He has traveled all over the world and has actually been an engineer among other pursuits. He has written other books as well. You can purchase your own copy of this book here 

 http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Red-Palms-Adventurous-Engineer-ebook/dp/B018UGU2US/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1454412626&sr=1-1&keywords=klessa

  or read up on the author or his other books on Goodreads or Amazon.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Martian was Out of This World!





I have been so busy trying to stay on schedule to complete my 2016 reading challenge that I have not been keeping up on my movies and shows like I wanted to.  I am very excited for the movies and new TV series that are coming out for 2016 ( more on those later). There were a few films that came out at the end of last year that I have waited to rent or buy so I have included them in my 2016 list.  Ridley Scott's The Martian was one of the ones I was looking forward to.

The film is about  astronaut/botanist Mark Watney ( Matt Damon) being stranded on Mars and the obvious rescue that follows.  His crew was on a mission that ended abruptly due to an intense storm.  Mark was struck by flying debris and considered dead due to the atmosphere on the planet and the hole ripped in his suit.  Surprise.....He was still alive.  He was able to get back to the base camp left behind and began the process of trying to figure out how to survive until a rescue mission ( a 4 year process) can reach him.  The rest of the movie plays out in 2 parts. We get to see Mark's progress in trying to cultivate food on a barren planet. We also see him working on a way to communicate with NASA. We get to see the simultaneous work being done here on Earth to bring him back home as the second part of the story unfolding.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was moving and actually pretty funny in some parts. The cast was amazing as well.  Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sea Bean, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejifor and Jeff Daniels make an great line up. I did enjoy this movie a lot but it is not one that I would watch multiple times. It is more of a one and done kind of viewing. I would recommend it to anyone who loves space exploration movies or is simply a fan of any of these actors.

The trailer above as well as some pretty interesting behind the scenes type stuff can be found on YouTube.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Sorcery Code Book 1 Review


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So  as you can see my photo skills are a little lacking lol.  I try to use photos of my actual book copy as I am, reading them but this one was sent as an ebook. I did receive this book free in exchange for a review, however this is my own honest opinion on it.  I was not sure how I would feel about this book at first. I was drawn to choosing it because I love romance, magic, and intrigue.  This book did not disappoint in that aspect as it certainly has all three of these themes.  The story revolves around Blaise  (a sorcerer), his "creation" Gala, his ex-fiance Augusta (a sorceress), and Augusta's lover Barson.  There is a very big divide between the classes in the land , especially when it comes to magic, and Blaise just wants to make it more even.  He decides making magic more accessible for everyone is the best way to alleviate rising tensions.  There is a lot to discover in this book. It is a pretty fast read with some intimate moments sprinkled throughout. I loved how complex and intriguing the characters were.  This is actually book 1 and I would recommend grabbing a copy of book 2. I only gave 3 stars because there were parts in the book where I just wasn't sure what was happening, magically speaking. I also like a bit more romance in my books.

You can grab a copy of book 1 by going to  https://www.amazon.com/Sorcey-Code-Fantasy-Romance-Intrigue-ebook/dp/B00HB8TGVS

I will say the author , Dima Zales, has a way with words. He actually has several other books and I will definately be checking them out in the very near future. He has a pretty impressive bio and if you want to check out more of his writings you can see it all on Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/dimazales

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