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Review: Hidden Figures

Posted February 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae
Director: Theodore Melfi
Release Date: 06 January 2017
Rating: PG
Run Time: 2:07
Movie Type: Biography, Drama, History

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Written by 20th Century Fox

The first time that I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew that it was going to be a good one. It’s one of those movies that will make you proud to be American and in this case, an American woman.

This movie follows three women who helped make American history with the work that they did at NASA. Smart, black women who just owned their jobs and showed the higher-ups at NASA what they were made of. Each woman was unique in their own way and I thought that Taraji, Octavia and Jonelle really owned their roles. They brought these wonderful and smart women to life and showcased their achievements with an ease that made watching this film, super easy.

The movie as a whole is just flat out good and has that feel good thing going for it. The writing was great, the acting was superb and I loved it all. These ladies were special but they were also pretty normal. They had families, they went to Church, they fell in love and then on Monday morning, they went to work and their work made history. It was great to get a glimpse into their lives and see the changes that came about at NASA thanks to them. My heart hurt watching this movie but it also soared and I seriously recommend that everyone that wants to watch a heartwarming story about three hardworking women, watch this movie.

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Good Stuff

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Review: The Accountant

Posted January 19, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Release Date: 14 October 2016
Rating: R
Run Time: 2:08
Movie Type: Action, Crime, Drama

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Last year, I wanted to make a point to watch more movies. I watch a lot of TV shows but not a lot of movies and well, that needed to change because there’s a lot of great movies out there and for a while, The Accountant was on my radar. Well, I finally watched it and I’m so glad that I did because it was good.

Ben Affleck stars in The Accountant as Christian Wolff, a smart ass mathematician, and accountant who is hired by the most dangerous people in the world to audit their companies to find the missing money. Chris has trouble being around people and he’s got some serious OCD issues. As a kid, he didn’t have any friends except his younger brother and after their mother left them (because she couldn’t handle his crazy), Christian’s father, an Army guy, trained him up and turned him into a violent little kid. As a grown up, Christian spends some time in jail and it is in there that he cooks up his next occupation.

The accountant freelancing gig but when the feds start investigating him, Christian takes a legit client and a shit storm brews there. He finds a lot more than missing money when auditing this robotics company and he puts himself and CPA Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) in danger. In an effort to save them both and finish the job he started…Christian goes freaking nuts on a mission to find out who is after them and figure out why the money went missing in the first place.

Ben Affleck played the role of Christian Wolfe really well. I believed him to be capable of the shit that Chris did day in and day out. I really liked his portrayal of the character and I adored Kendrick’s character, Dana Cummings. She really shines as a nerdy CPA and I wasn’t surprised because Kendrick freaking rocks. This was an action packed drama that had me guessing what was happening and who was going to die next at every turn. It was good stuff and yes, I recommend it.

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Review: The Girl on the Train

Posted October 11, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 16 Comments


Starring: Emily Blunt, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux
Director: Peter Berg
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Rating: R
Run Time: 1:52
Movie Type: Mystery, Thriller

Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.

I went and saw this movie over the weekend because even though the book got on my hot damn nerves, I still wanted to see it. I dragged Brenna with me to meet our family friend at the theaters early (for us, anyway) Saturday morning and holy cow, the tickets were so cheap that I may only see movies on Saturday mornings from now on. It cost me $7 as opposed to the freaking $16 I usually pay to see movies in the theater. Yeah, I’m cheap.

So this movie follows three women. Drunk ass Rachel, Loves her some sexy times Megan and Unlikable Homewrecker Anna. The story starts off with Rachel. She commutes to work every day on the train and she people watches from the window of her seat. There’s a couple that she watches from the train and she thinks they have the perfect relationship. They’re a gorgeous couple and she can tell from her spot on the train that the man loves the woman very much. She looks forward to seeing them every day from the train and even makes up little stories about their perfect life. Anything to keep her from looking at the house a few doors down that used to be her house.

Rachel is a hot mess. She drinks too much. She blackouts a lot and you’d think with as many times as she loses huge chunks of time where she has no idea what she did or how she got home, that her ass would get her life together and stop the drinking but she’s an alcoholic and she just can’t help herself. When she becomes involved in the investigation of a missing woman, the woman that she watches from the train, I almost couldn’t believe it because, damn woman. Seriously, get your life!

The second woman is Megan Hipwell, the missing woman. Her story was a lot more complex than the others because her past and her present unraveled throughout the course of the movie. Her seemingly perfect marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be but not for the reasons that you’d think. As we delve into her past and try to figure out her present, we go deep into what made Megan the way that she was. I think aside from Rachel, Megan did the most growing throughout the story.

Anna is the woman that broke up Rachel’s marriage. Or well, Rachel’s husband did but she was the other woman. She was sleeping with Rachel’s husband while he was still married to Rachel and she liked it. She liked being the other woman. She loved all of the sneaking around and shadiness of her affair with Tom so it was very hard to like her.

So Megan goes missing and the mystery surrounding her disappearance was what the whole movie was about. I thought that for the most part, the movie stayed true to the book. Sure, there are some marked differences (the setting for one) but I don’t think any of that takes away from the story itself. I thought the acting was fantastic and the casting was pretty on point. To be honest, I liked the movie more than I liked the book but I don’t know if it was because I was prepared for the story while watching the movie or what but my friend didn’t like the movie, liked the book better and Brenna really liked the movie.

Overall, the movie was good stuff.

My Rating

Good Stuff

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