Update and June Favorites

Hello friends, I feel like I have been gone for so long. My last favorites post and movie review I did was in January (GEEZ) not counting the one I just posted the other day. I have had quite a lot of ups and downs recently, with my family, my mother’s health and my own health as well. For months, no one could diagnose what my mom had, they thought it was so many different things (scary things), saw so many doctors, had so many tests, was on disability and finally as of last week found out what she has and they can treat her (thank goodness). Going through that with her has left me really stressed out. I am okay too, I have had some issues that I am trying to get resolved and finally getting what I need to get better (woo hoo) as of last week. I have had zero energy to do much other go to work and come home and do the same thing all over again. I am finally starting to get back on the horse and get back to watching movies and doing what I love on here. But life happens and things are getting better and I am thankful for that. Ok that was pretty personal, but I wanted to share it because I know you guys won’t judge me.

Well I have still been watching my shows and wanted to share with you my favorites. Also, I’ll be going to Comic Con next week and I will be posting about my adventures and sharing some fun photos.

And here’s a picture of a cute puppy because he’s just too cute not to share.

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Movie Review: 50 Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson
Written by Kelly Marcel
Adapted from the book by E.L. James

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The hype was palpable over the film 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone was clamoring over the steamy sex scenes, feminists were pissed off that it featured women being violated, and everyone was having a moment letting everyone know their opinion on the film. I had to see it for myself, for movie research of course (cough cough). I will easily give you my opinion in a few words, it’s not the worst movie, it’s not great, and I would say it is just okay.

Back when everyone was talking about the book, naturally I had to go read it and see what the fuss was all about, well I only got about 150 pages in and I put it down. I couldn’t take it, the writing was so corny, I felt like I was reading one of those old romance novels with Fabio on the cover. I thought the movie will probably better than this, and really who ever thinks that when they read a book?

 50 Shades of Grey is about a girl named Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), a normal college girl who is a bit frumpy and modest, and her relationship with the young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), an enigmatic handsome guy and the most eligible bachelor around. In place of her roommate who is sick, she goes to interview Grey instead and upon arriving it is obvious that the two are completely different people. Where as he commands the room, she is meek and shy, his bravado is undeniable and hers is a bit softer hiding under layers of innocence.

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From there he becomes enamored with her, perhaps for her vulnerability, but his grasp on her becomes tight. He can’t stop thinking about her and wants to be with her. He appears at her work, a supply store, out of the blue, and asks her to help him find rope, ties and masking tape. If that doesn’t sound like a list for a serial killer, I don’t know what does. After inviting her over for dinner, he immediately knows he wants her to be his. Yes, his as in a possession, as in laying a claim over her.

He showers her with affection, takes on her a helicopter ride and of course has to help her with the seat belt. As he puts his hands around her waist area, the sexual tension can be felt. When he takes her back home, he lays down a contract and asks her to be his. In exchange, she will get her own room to stay in on the weekends, where she is free to decorate as she pleases, and anything she needs he will buy it for her, a new car, a computer, whatever it is. If she chooses to be his, she must adhere to his strict guidelines in being his partner, and not just any partner; she must essentially be his sex slave. Anything he wants to do, as far off as it sounds, whips, chains, being restrained with cuffs or rope, essentially anything goes if she is willing to play in his sex room. She can amend the contracts with what she does not want to do, but everything else is pretty much fair game if she agrees.

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When he shows her his play room she innocently asks if it contains an Xbox (which was really corny) and inside he shows his red room of sex. He has tables, chairs, whips on the wall of every style, flogging sticks and any sexual device that could be used for bondage. She is as much confused as she is in awe of her discovery of Christian’s deep and darkest secret.  In a way, I believe she feels special at the fact that he has shown her so much of himself, considering what a private person he seems to be to the public.

From there, the whole movie is her discovery of not only her sexuality and what it means to be pleasured in every way possible and her realization of who Christian Grey is as a person. He was orphaned and taken in by a wealthy family and that is as much as she really knows about him and he refuses to let her into his true world. Part of his rules, is that they cannot sleep together in the same bed or really do anything that would scream of a relationship, like normal dates and hugging. He is an odd person, but as he says throughout the film that is who he is and he cannot help it. Anastasia must take him as he is, if she wants to be in his life.

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The film was fun to watch, the corniness of it made me laugh. When I saw this in the theater months ago the audience was going a bit wild during much of the sex scenes. Mostly guys screaming silly stuff, it is obvious that sex still makes adults laugh as if they were in sex-ed class learning about this topic for the first time.

Johnson was pretty brave to put herself out there and be completely nude throughout much of the film, considering this was her big break out role. She delivered a performance that was heartfelt and endearing, and I became a fan of hers by the end of the movie.

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On the other hand, despite Dornan’s handsome looks and body, his acting felt very one note and dull. In the book, Grey is a force to be reckoned with from the boardroom to the bedroom and in the film, he was very blah and not that fun to watch. When the camera pans to him, he gives a gorgeous playful smile and he is great to look at, but everything else fell flat. I had only seen him in Marie Antoinette before, so I am not sure of his acting prowess as much, but I hope that he can deliver in the upcoming sequels. Since I knew that Charlie Hunnam was supposed to be in this role, but dropped out, all I could think about was how great he would have been in this film. Although I think he made a wise decision not taking the role and I think this would have devalued his image a bit.

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If you on the fence about seeing this movie, I think you should see it on one of those nights where you are really bored and have nothing else to watch, or if you are just curious to see it.

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}}Melissa

 

Game of Thrones Finale Recap: Top 10 Moments of Season 5, Episode 10: Mother’s Mercy

Last week I mentioned that the previous episode broke the internet, let’s re-phrase that to it almost did. This week’s finale episode of Game of Thrones, DEFINITELY broke the internet. Now book readers only know very little more than TV viewers. The show is almost caught up, but there a few stories still left from A Dance with Dragons. Season 6 will encompass  the rest of that novel and the new one, if it ever comes out. This week’s episode was awesome, sad, crazy and chaotic all wrapped into one and left fans hanging on a thin thread of hope for what is to come.

Let’s talk about what happened on the final episode of the season.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Top 10 Moments of Season 5, Episode 9: Dance of Dragons

This week’s episode of Game of Thrones was mind blowing to say the least. I think some of the scenes that went down (I won’t write it here in case someone is not caught up) broke the internet. I mean I’m not going to lie I was upset with that big moment that happened, which deviated completely from the book. Oh wait, I thought they were book changes, but the producers of the show have confirmed that George RR Martin said these things would happen. Ok, that really makes me mad, how do you spoil a book like that! Come on George, I thought you primarily wrote the books to tell a specific story and make readers excited, not to please HBO? I won’t rant anymore about that! But overall an interesting episode that made me both cry and yell in excitement!

Let’s dive in and talk about what went down (screaming internally).

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Game of Thrones Recap: Top 9 Moments of Season 5, Episode 8: Hardhome

Episode 8 of Game of Thrones was fantastic! Bravo, one of the best episodes yet. Season 5 has not been my absolute favorite, but it redeemed itself with the Hardhome story. Characters are finally coming together and various stories are quickly unraveling.

I think the next final episodes are going to impress like no other and take the story to another level (at least I hope so).

Let’s jump right into the recap and discuss some of the best wtf and omg moments.

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Question Of The Month: Who Is The Best Game Of Thrones Character?

For Luke’s question of the month, he asked who is our fave Game of Thrones character? I mean I know it sounds like a really easy question, but it was really hard to choose. Do you pick a character who isn’t on the show anymore or a current one, a mean one or a loveable one? That was a hard question overall. I really wanted to go with Oberyn because he is one of my faves, but I went with someone else instead. I picked Theon/Reek because he is a pretty complex and different character. Check it out on Luke’s blog.

Originally posted on Oracle of Film:

If there is one thing Game of Thrones does better than any other show out there, is give us such a large cast, that we find you rarely have the same favourite character as the person next to you. With House, everyone’s favourite character is House. With Arrow, everyone’s favourite character is Arrow. However, with Game of Thrones, people cannot even decide who is the person in the right. Who should be the rightful heir to the throne? Is it the royal family, the Targaryens, kicked out of the throne, due to some nasty ancestors, but finally back on the straight and narrow, thanks to the awesome Daenarys? Should the Lannisters keep the throne, especially with the genuinely kind Tommen sitting on it? Or maybe the cruel, yet surprisingly honest Stannis, deserves to re-take the throne for his brother? Todya, let’s swipe the moral implications from the table and just talk about who is the coolest, most awesome and… well… best Game of Thrones character. Spoilers have been redacted from the answers, so feel free to read this if you haven’t watched the show. Also, if anyone’s answers have been rewritten slightly to accomodate my no spoiler rule, I apologise.

 

}Melissa

Game of Thrones Recap: Top 8 Moments of Season 5, Episode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

First off, I have been feeling the need to change the format of these recaps. Writing these and the ones for The Walking Dead, really just started to get boring and tedious for me. So for this one I am going to do something different and recap it with the best and most interesting moments of the show that make you say OMG or WTF just happened. Basically anything I find interesting and moments I would like to give some explanations for those who might confused with some of the scenes.

With Episode 6 we are already almost half way through with the season. Thus far nothing too crazy has happened yet, but we all know that always begins to happen around the last few episodes. So the next few ones should be fun.

Let’s talk about the best moments of the show.

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