Books, Comics, Musings

Deadpool Movie Review!

Wednesday is comic book day and I wanna talk about me new favorite comic book movie.

*WARNING THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL SUPER HERO MOVIE.  THIS MOVIE EARNED ITS R RATING.  THERE IS ULTRA-VIOLENCE, BOOBS, BUTTS, AND EVEN SOME DICK, PLUS WAY MORE THAN 1 FUCK!  DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS FILM.*

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Look at this movie poster and tell me this a movie to bring your kids to -.-

Title: Deadpool
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Director: Tim Miller
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller
Length: 108 Minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: R (HARD R)

Now, I don’t think anyone can do a review of this movie better than CBG19 so if you haven’t seen her’s GO DO THE THING~

That being said I will throw my two cents in.

This is THE Deadpool movie.  None of this entertaining but not cannon with little nods to the cannon as they move along.  This movie lives and breathes Deadpool.  I don’t think they could have done a better job.  It is a masterpiece.  From the very minute the opening credits start you are in for a wild ride of humor, every kind of indecent activity imaginable, and maybe even some Ryan Reynolds dick.

This is the best Marvel movie to come out and I was not expecting it to come from Fox who are somewhat notorious for their bad X-men movies.  Although X-men First Class and those that have followed it are doing better at it.  They are definitely learning and improving as time goes on, and have shown that they are willing to even make fun of themselves in this film.

Now.

As we all know.  I am a giant nerd.  I have been a giant nerd for years.  One of the things I was a giant nerd about forever, was Deadpool.

I even have this hat which I have owned for years (and most people will likely think is a fake geek girl thing now because he’s so popular).

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It might be barely visible here, but trust me that is a Deadpool hat, back when we filmed the first episode of Imbibliomancy.

Deadpool while not a completely underground character has never really been prominent in any Marvel ventures in the greater public.  He made a brief corrupted appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but other than that he was relegated to Comicon, Tumblr, and his comics.

I am so ecstatic that this movie was able to blow away the record for gross income of an R rated movie even though I’m sure some of those sales are from unassuming parents with their young ones expecting a happy jaunt through super hero action adventures.  That is not what they got.  You should have done your research folks, and listened when the people at the ticket booth said the film was rated R.

Super heroes in the cinematic universe seem to be, as comics were originally, assumed for young boys.  Comics as time has gone on has become much more geared toward all ages.  There are comics for kids, and there are comics for adults.  So to, should there be movies, and now there are, and it is glorious.

This might be the first Blu-ray I buy for myself because hot damn was this film a masterpiece.

The in references to Deadpool in all forms, the mocking of the actors and creators.  The blatant Ferris Beuller’s Day Off reference.  Flawless.

This was less a review and more of a gush but god damn do I love this movie.  I love that he was finally done right.  I love that Ryan Reynolds got to reprise his role and do things fabulously.  I don’t think anyone else could have done it the way he did.  He rides the line of attractive, funny, and annoying that Deadpool does normally.  It was great.

Have I said it was great enough?

Yes.

Well then I better go.  That’s all I have for you guys today!  Hope you didn’t mind my fangirling.  The feels are strong with this one.

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Adult, Books

Flicks: Carol by Patricia Highsmith Book & Movie Review

Pop Sugar Challenge Update: 6/40
A Book About A Road Trip

I started a new feature on my youtube channel this week where I take my passion for the adaptation of books into film and discuss it so that you can see my face.  I have done this often enough here on the blog already so it shouldn’t really be a surprise for you guys.  I hope you enjoy listening to me talk about why I really loved this book!

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Title: Carol (Previously The Price of Salt)
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Page #: 320
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ+

I hope you enjoyed this new feature and I will be back tomorrow with the weekly wrap up.  I hope your weekend is going well!

Adult, Books

The Martian by Andy Weir Book + Movie Review

This week I was finally able to see The Martian, albeit on my tiny computer screen and not on the big screen as so many have told me is ideal.  I don’t know how much different it would be because I missed my chance to see it when it was in theaters but I enjoyed it all the same.

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown
Page #: 369
Genre: Science Fiction

Alright for those of you who watched my 2015 wrap up you would know that this was one of my favorite books of the year.  I listened to it on audio and I’m going to talk a bit about why I think that experience helped me enjoy this book more than I might have if I had read it in a second, but I didn’t review it right away.  Part of that was because I knew that the film was coming out and I wanted to see that as well to talk about them both.  The other reason was that I read it during that time when I wasn’t writing any posts at all in the spring.  I was barely reading and I was having one of the worst anxiety years of my life.  So I put it off until now.  Now I can tell you all of my feelings on all of the things!

I think that the thing about this book that makes it stand out from every other science fiction book and space book to come out in a long time is that its story is uplifting.  This is a story of human ingenuity, human perseverance, human compassion.  This is a book where everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, and still you know in the back of your head that everything is alright.  This isn’t to say that there isn’t any stress involved.  Even though I knew that everything would turn out alright in the end I was still sitting on the edge of my seat, but rather than wondering whether or not he would survive, I was wondering how he was going to do it.  What bullshit solution would he come up with next.

Some people have complained about the amount of numbers and figures listed in this book, other people really love how realistic and well researched the science was.  For me I think that my enjoyment was facilitated by listening to the book as an audio book.  It was like listening to someone lecture me on science which I always enjoyed in school, rather than reading a science text book.  If you are worried about the science part of science fiction maybe try listening to the audio book rather than forcing yourself to read it because there are whole paragraphs where he walks through his logic and figures for everything.

Things that I took issue with, were few and far between.  The sudden shift of perspective was a bit weird for me.  You spend chapter upon chapters with just Mark and then suddenly you are thrown to earth to see what is going on there.  After a while I understood it and it made sense and as the book went on I got used to it but at first it kind of threw me off.  The experience I had while listening to this was far better than any of the little things that bothered me and that’s why I felt it was one of the best books I read last year.

The book is fun, and funny.  There is a bit of drama and stress, a bit of science, a bit of action adventure.  The best part is how uplifting it is.  I had missed science fiction that ended happily.  There is too much dystopian hanging around.  I understand that science fiction has taken on the role of pointing a mirror at our faces for our mistake but not every book needs to be a tale of the horrors we are going to face in the future.  So I felt this was a refreshing thing to read and I’m glad I decided to pick it up.

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Title: The Martian
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Drew Goddard, Andy Weir
Actors: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Time: 2hr 24min
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama
Rating: PG-13

Now for those of you who want to know whether the film is better than the book here are my thoughts.  I almost never think that movies tell stories better than the original medium.  There are a few things that I think the film does better than the book, but overall I still feel reading the book is worth it.  Even if you have already seen the movie, go ahead and read the book, there are more problems and perils throughout the book than made it into the film.

So, what did I think the film did better?  That pet peeve I had about the book suddenly changing perspective, the film didn’t have.  The entirety of the film consisted of switching perspectives between Mars, Earth, and the Hermes.  You get to see what is happening to every element as it came up.  I think that the book would have been perfect if it had followed this formula but again, I still think that it was better over all than the film.

What bothered me about the film?  Well I didn’t like Matt Damon as much I liked the person who read the book to me.  I fell like Damon was funny but not as funny as I remembered.  I feel like a lot of the charm wasn’t there.  I’m not sure exactly why because he did a good job and there were a lot of little moments where I felt he perfectly captured the character, I guess what I’m saying is that he didn’t do the Watney in my head justice, and that is always a big bill to serve but still.

Also I feel like the writers put their one Fuck in the wrong place.  In order to maintain a PG-13 rating they are only allowed to use the word Fuck once.  I feel like they threw it away at the beginning instead of waiting for the opportune moment where it would have the most comedic impact.  They tried to keep some throughout the film that were censored, but it doesn’t feel the same.  This made me sad because his potty mouth was one of the most endearing things about Watney.

I still really enjoyed the film.  I felt like it was beautiful.  I felt like it was able to translate the drama and the feeling of suspense/wonder that I had while reading the book.  I didn’t think it was as funny so the tone was a little different, but other than that I decent adaptation.

If you haven’t picked up the book for whatever reason, everyone and their mother has picked it up so you really are behind the times, please go do it.  If you haven’t seen the film I would also suggest renting it somehow and giving it a try.

Have you read it?  What did you think?  Did you think the film did the book justice?

I’ll be back on Sunday with Gretchen to give you guys a wrap up of what happened in the betwixt the book family this week and then next week we have all new content coming at you!

Musings

Monday Musing: The Meaningful Film Edition

I have recently been thinking about a few things.  Most of them pertaining to change.  I realized not too long ago that most of the books I read in school for classes were written by American or English authors.  I could only think of two that were written in another country, one being Canadian which I don’t think counts, and the other being Mexican, but it was written by a Mexican-American and although originally written in Spanish, I still am unsure if it counts.

Now I have read more translations on my own, but in school there is a huge emphasis on works written in the U.K. and America though there are more than two countries with gifted writers.  I realize that texts lose something when they are translated, but unless I plan on learning every language I make due with what I can read.  I wanted to take the Latin American Literature class in Spanish at my school, but I don’t have time for it.

Anyway, that is a minor thing.  The thing I really wanted to talk about was my tendency to re-watch a select few movies.  I have never really been a fan of rereading books, however there are a handful of movies I can watch over and over again and not get bored.

One of those films being The Devil Wears Prada, also Julie and Julia, and finally Stranger than Fiction.  There are other films that I go back to when I am in a certain mood, those are generally older films like Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, and the Back to the Future Trilogy.

However the first three I could watch almost everyday and probably not get bored.  There is something about those stories that I particularly identify with.  I’m not sure what it is exactly in all of them.  Some I respect for the lines of dialogue, others I appreciate the cinematography, perhaps it is just the way the story is woven together.  Whatever it is I feel those films hit me deeper than the rest do.

Though I have always been a reader I have never had the same experience with a book.  I have never been able to finish a book and pick it right back up again.  I always look to something else.  Even books that I absolutely loved, or that changed the way I looked at them.  I am worried that the experience would change if I were to read them again.

Since I have been going back and reading some of my favourite childhood books I find that this is in a way true.  I am a different person than I was at age 8 and therefore pick up on different things and perhaps have a better understanding of the works as a whole.  It makes the experience different, and while it doesn’t ruin the way I felt about them when I first read them, it does change the way I look at the series now.  This can be for the better, but sooner or later I fear it will be worse.

How do you feel about re-watching films, do you have favourites that you just can’t get enough of?  How about with books?  I’d love to know what you think.  Hopefully I will have a book review and discussion video for you guys on Wednesday.  We shall see.

P.S. Song of the week 좀비파티 (Zombie Party) by Speed.