DeadPool

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So I needed to watch this movie twice to make sure that I had something else to say other than “OMG this is so awesome and everything that I was hoping for.” While that is still true I wanted to at least have a better way of articulating my thoughts and watching it again helped with that. I will be writing this is such a way to try not to spoil any of the story for anyone who has not seen it, but lets be fair, this is a super hero movie so the plot is not really what people go for.

So this movie is a general origin story, that truly encapsulates Deadpool’s essence. For people who have read the comic book, you will not be disappointed with Ryan Renold’s delivered. Deadpool’s personality and humor were dead on, which contributed to the R-rating that it received. I was pleasantly surprised how little they actually diluted the anti-hero down. Through out the comics he is very  obscene, crude and very much aware of the fact that he is a character in a comic book, so when these aspects popped up in the movie I was very happy. They didn’t touch on the voices in his head, however in this time line I’m not sure if the first voice was “born” (yes i know it the wrong term but I can’t think of a better way to describe it) yet.

The CGI was used well and not over done. The opening sequence was breathtaking and filled with little references, and I’m pretty sure that entire scene must have been CGI’d. The death scenes were very realistic, to the point that you could see brains fly when the bad guys were shot in the head. So I do not suggest watching that movie if you have a weak stomach.

My  only gripe really is that Colossus didn’t have a human form. It made me feel as if they were just cutting corners as to not cast an actor for the role. I do understand that their budget was cut short, but i would have still loved to have seen an actor in that role.

All in all I am very impressed with the movie and I am looking forward to the next movie.

P.S. Though I’ve treated this movie as an R-rated film, but where I live in Quebec, Canada it was rated pg-13.

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If I Stay

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Source: Amazon

Quick Summary:

“If I stay” is a well written, short young adult novel that follows a young women, Mia Hall, right after a life altering car accident. This book is a short ya novel that is told in the voice of the main character. It discusses the difficulties of making very hard decisions, and living with the consequences. It is not just a sad story however it is interlaced with a touching young love, and the demonstration of family love. It’s  a good book and an easy reader for someone looking for a quick book to read.

Review:

I’m finding it very hard to review this book, I feel like it really isn’t over. This book follows a girl, Mia Hall, directly after a life altering car accident. This is the first book in a pair, however I do not feel like it can stand alone. This book focuses on her in the hospital with all of her family and friends coming to check up on her.

The title “If I stay” is foreshadowing her choice between fighting for her life or to just letting go. Sadly after this first book I can’t really say that the story has ended and really gives you the answer you would want. I would recommend just reading the two books together. (Which I have yet to do.)

Through out the book you get to find out about Mia’s friends through her eyes, and her opinions of them. It is told in Mia’s voice so there are plenty of things that are left untouched and incomplete. This actually didn’t bother me since it is only one person’s point of view. The character’s are completely fleshed out and relatable, which I was surprised at since 90% of this novel is based in a hospital.

I would say over all it is a good book, but not complete and the second book should be read right after reading the first book because the first book does not feel complete.

3/5

Quick thought on the movie:

I decided to watch the movie and I must say that it follows the book very well. It is very emotional and tear wrenching. Similar to the book I feel like the movie doesn’t end the entire story, but then again it is following the book and i had the same feeling.

I feel like the casting was spot on, I didn’t feel like any of the actors were forced into the characters. The got the right feeling in the scenes, and the cut scenes to and from present and past were fluid. For the the source material that it was given, this film was very well made.

Shadowhunters Mortal Instrument Review

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There has only been one other re-imagining of this book series, and I must say that the movie was pretty bad. The casting choices for the movie were not the best and the writing could have been better. That being said, it made me very skeptical when I saw that Netflix has just launched they’re own show based on the book series.  Currently only one episode is available to stream with the next available on Jan 20, and I will be watching it. Netflix has a good reputation with their original series. Not all of them have been great but over all they’re quite good.

I am very happy with how the first episode has turned out so far. The book series is one of the better series that I have gotten my hands on in the recent past. The characters are likable, there is not a clear line between good and evil, and magic is really. It sounds like the perfect combination of everything fantastic in the world of literature.

I don’t want to give a definitive decision on whether or not I like the series until a few more episodes in, but I can say it has potential. I will try and give an honest review with out divulging any spoilers.

The choice of actors, based on appearance, is quite good. They line up well with the books, obviously not perfectly but I can forgive Isaiah Mustafa for being Luke. So far the acting isn’t horrible, but I don’t like judging on the first 30 minutes of anything, we haven’t really gotten to see much of any one character as of yet.  The story is currently following the novels better than the movie currently.

So far, the series has good potential. I will continue to watch the series to see if it does justice to my favorite series.