Tag: 4.5 Reviews

Movie Review: Coco

Posted June 13, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Coco (2018)
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Director: Lee Unrich, Adrian Molina
Release Date: 21 November 2017
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1:45
Movie Type: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

I’m not much of an animated movies fan so I wasn’t planning on watching this movie until Brenna rented it and started watching it with me in the room. Within ten minutes of the movie starting, I was parked in front of the TV and captivated by everything going on. I went into the movie completely blind because I don’t think I had ever paid attention to any of the previews for the movie beforehand…and I think because of that, I was really invested in what was going on in the movie. There was no browsing on my phone while the movie played, no playing games on my phone or reading, just me, Brenna and the movie playing.

This movie was good. I cried. I laughed. I was happy and then sad and then happy again. This movie had everything and I can’t recommend it enough because it wasn’t just for the kids. There was plenty for adults to enjoy as well. This movie was about family and love and remembering those that came before us.

Miguel’s journey through the colorful land of the dead was adventurous and heart-warming with the sidekick he picked up along the way. Hector was a fabulous character that I couldn’t get enough of. I loved to see his love and heartache over not being remembered by his daughter and seeing Miguel try to make everything right made for such a delightful movie.

Disney knocked it out of the park with Pixar on this one. I have watched this movie over and over again and I still love the heck out of it. I highly recommend. The music, the colors, the land of the dead and the characters all made for a compelling and charming movie that will move you emotionally and have you rooting for the good guys to win. The ending was super sweet and had me in tears so seriously, you should check this out if you’re looking for a heartwarming movie to watch. This is a great one.

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My Rating

4.5 out of 5


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Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Posted June 12, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.
Series: Sincerely Carter #1
Published by Whitney G on May 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Just friends. We’re just friends. No, really. She’s just my best friend...

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it. Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything. At least, it should’ve...

Just friends. We’re just friends. I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. is a re-read for me. My best friend chose this book as our book club discussion book because she was in the mood for a best friends to romance book and this fit that bill.

Enough time had passed since my last re-read of this book that it was like reading the book for the first time again. I remembered some things but more often than not, I was surprised all over again but one of the things that I remembered clear as day??? My love for Carter. Oh man, this book was super good. I enjoyed the romance, the characters and the love that was evident between Carter and Arizona. I loved how well Carter knew Arizona and how much Arizona cared for Carter. Their friendship was solid and it was sweet and when they fell in love with each other, it was more sweetness tacked on.

Carter and Arizona have been best friends since they were in elementary school and they’ve been 100% platonic for many, many years. That all goes up in smokes when Arizona walks out of work with a tight, pink tank top that makes Carter sit up and take notice of Arizona as a woman. When Arizona’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she turns to Carter for help in the art of seduction and things get really interesting.

The chemistry between Carter and Arizona was fantastic. Their friendship was strong and solid which made their romance all the more enjoyable for me. From beginning to end, I was invested in what was going on and where the story was going.

Carter was such a fantastic character. I really enjoyed getting to know him all over again. He was so confident in himself and in his relationship with Arizona and I just ate all of his page time up. I loved seeing him change from best friend to in love with his best friend and knowing Arizona’s mind better than even she does. That’s what best friends do. They know when the other needs them and they know how the other will react to every situation…and they will always look out for you, no matter what. Carter proved that not only was he the best friend that Arizona would ever have but he is also the man who would love Arizona more than anyone else. Gah, I just adore this man so much.

Arizona was strong in her own way but there were times when I wish she had more faith in herself and in Carter. I loved that she went after what she wanted, no matter what she had to do. Whether it was stealing classes over the weekend at the local culinary school or asking her best friend for help with embarrassing things. She was a go-getter and it was easy to see why Carter was so enamored with her.

Whitney G. wrote a sweet romance about two best friends who find in each other what they couldn’t find with others. There wasn’t much that I didn’t love about this book and it made me cry so you know that it’s a good one. I definitely recommend.

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

Sincerely Carter Series

four-half-stars


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Review: Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Posted January 31, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Starring: Colin First, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Release Date: 13 February 2015
Rating: R
Run Time: 2:09
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The agent Harry “Galahad” Hart from the Kingsman Secret Service helps the troublemaker Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, who is the son of an agent that saved the lives of Harry and his team sacrificing himself seventeen years ago. Harry invites Eggsy to be candidate to the vacancy of a new agent in the agency and he is trained by Agent Merlin and competes with other candidates. Meanwhile, the Kingsmen investigate the industrialist Valentine, an insane genius of technology who is plotting a deadly plan with his assistant Gazelle to save Earth from global warming eliminating most of the population with a chip and saving only those that he has chosen.

What a fun movie this turned out to be. I wasn’t all that interested in watching it before but thanks to a recommendation from my friend Ames, I jumped right in and loved every minute of this movie. There were some parts that I could have done without but for the most part, this was an enjoyable movie that had me laughing one minute and gasping from the action the next.

Galahad has to find a new candidate for the Kingsman Secret Service and his choice is Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, the son of an agent that saved Galahad’s life. Eggsy is a bit of a troublemaker that can’t catch a break. He’s got a mother that is dating a really bad dude and he worries about her and his younger sister. So when he lands himself into some trouble, Galahad shows up to save the day and life as Eggsy knew it changes.

There’s a lot going on in this movie. There’s Eggsy’s training and then there’s the main plot surrounding Valentine’s big evil plan to take over the world and all of that filled this movie up with loads of action and awesome dialogue. I really enjoyed this movie and am kicking myself that it took me so long to finally watch this. Big kudos to Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson because I was invested in this movie from beginning to end. I loved that this movie was fast-paced, funny and I connected with all of the characters…especially Eggsy. What a cutie patootie he is.

This movie was a good way to spend a couple of hours and I’m really looking forward to watching the next one. Luke says that it’s not as good as this one and I believe him because this movie is pretty hard to top.

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My Rating

4.5 out of 5


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