#FridayFilmReview

I haven’t done a post about movies in awhile, and that’s probably because I’m so far behind on them, my reviews are way older than yesterday’s news. But, I have watched a few lately that were actually released within the last five years. 😀 While I try not have spoilers, some of these might have very small infractions to that, but nothing that would ruin the movie, promise. Curtains, please!

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Black Panther

Wakanda Forever! I know, I’m soooooo slow at catching up on movies, and this was one that I wanted to see soooooo freaking bad! And I finally did, like 3 times in a row! LOL I watched it by myself, then grabbed my youngest and was like “Watch this!” and then grabbed my oldest and was like “Watch this!” and it was just as awesome the third time as it was the first. Wow, I was blown away by the total change up of antagonists, and the back story to that was just…man, it’s so hard when you actually feel for the bad guy. I loved the way this movie’s plot played out and seeing actors I knew from some of my favorite shows like Sterling Brown, who had a recurring role on Supernatural for awhile and then seeing Angela Bassett play Queen Ramonda was totally badass, that role was so hers. This movie had everything you could ever want in ANY movie, but especially a superhero movie! “I never freeze.” LOL I could go on and on, but everyone’s probably already seen it a million times, so I better stop now. This is just making me want to go watch it again.

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Deadpool 2

What can I say about our second assault from the Merc With A Mouth? Well, a lot, actually which is why I’m already working on my new “Top 10 Things I Learned From Watching Deadpool” post – coming soon! 🙂  Just like Black Panther, I’ve already watched this movie a few times and will most likely watch it again before completing my top 10 post. So aside from Hello, it’s Deadpool, what’s not to love? I’m saving the rest for that list.

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Avengers Infinity War

I dove right into this movie all gung-ho just like I do any other Marvel movie and it was freaking awesome and every time another one of the hero groups appeared, it was like “Whooooo!” and  “Pump the hate brakes, Thanos!” – oh, wait, Deadpool said that. THEN I was left with this utterly jaw-dropped, mind-fracked…WTF just happened? Seriously, what in the hell did I just watch? Avengers, go to the corner! You’re ALL effin’ grounded and I don’t even want to talk to you until after I see the next installment and you better PRAY that it redeems the whole lot of you. That was just…no. Okay, but on a slightly more serious note: It’s a good, action-packed, all-star movie and of course, if you’ve been watching them up until now then you definitely don’t want to miss it or you will be completely lost.

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The Girl On The Train

O.M.G. This movie. It was a little slow for my normal taste, but totally worth it! No, I didn’t read the book first, so I had no idea how it was going to turn out. I was right there with the main character the whole time, unsure, unclear, worried, fearful, what happened that night? Who’s crazy, who’s lying, who did what? UGH! Just brilliant, totally genius. If you like a suspenseful ‘Who Dunnit’ with a MC you’re not even sure you want to be rooting for, yet you do anyway, because by the time you start questioning it, you’re already so invested – this is totally your movie. I don’t want to spoil it, so I will say no more – but it also has an all-star cast, peeps and I lurve me some Luke Evans, especially naked Luke Evans! 😛

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Red Sparrow

F@#^ Yes! Do it again. I want to see it again, because I didn’t know how this was all going to add up and now it’s too late! Oh, my movie madness friends! This is one of those brilliant, yet unfortunate films, that reveals all at the end – which I LOVE – but watching them a second time never has quite the same impact and I wish I could forget it and do it all over again, I liked it that much! This is kind of what would happen if Oceans 11 had a baby with Bourne Identity, yet completely all its own at the same time. Girl power all the way. Survivor power all the way. Get ready to never know what will happen next, what anything means or who to trust. Just sit back and enjoy the ride and savor it, revel in it, you’ll be so happy that you did – and talk about another all-star cast! My only singular complaint for this film was Jennifer Lawrence’s unconvincing Russian accent, but honestly, it’s not even enough to make me care like at all. I loved this movie, beginning to end.

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Passengers

I liked this, and I would recommend people watch it at least once, because it has a lot of good-time fun, humor, a wide range of emotions, suspense and action in it. I was a little disappointed by the end, I felt it was missing something, a bit anti-climatic for the kind of build-up it had. Almost like the screenwriter lost their momentum and just gave it a lame kind of meh…the end…but all in all it was a great way to spend a couple of hours. I’m a fan of both Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt (support your locals!) and seeing Laurence Fishburne again was awesome for a minute. I would’ve destroyed the android bartender on day one, though, that was just too “The Shining” or something – thing gave me the creeps and I kept expecting it to say something like “Resistance is futile” or ask if anyone knew where Sarah Conner was – but that’s just me. Five stars to Michael Sheen just for pulling that skin-crawling “I am not even remotely human” vibe off, wow. I also acquired the valuable foresight to never go swimming in a ship that has the ability to go to zero gravity at any given time. Now where was that stroke of brilliance at the end, writers? Okay, I’m done. Watch it!

With all the problems I’ve had with my hands this year, I’ve had way too much time to watch TV and I did! Here are some shows that I enjoy, anyone else watch them too?

2018 TV series/movie binges on Netflix/Hulu:

The Good Place (starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson)- it’s forking hilarious, benches!
Like Father (Movie, starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer)
Skin Wars (Reality challenge show about body painting hosted by Mystique Rebecca Romaijn & starring RuPaul Charles)
Once Upon a Time final season
Gotham Season 3
Supernatural season 13
The Originals final season
The Vampire Diaries final season
Arrow season 6
The Flash seasons 1-3
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1
Legends of Tomorrow seasons 1 & 2

Hulu
Lucifer season 3

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#RocktoberMusicFest 🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

It’s the night to celebrate the thinning of the veil between the living and the dead, to don your masks and eat your sweets, or curl up with a list of favorite horror movies. It’s also the final night of Rocktober MusicFest and this has been so much fun, I don’t want it to be over yet!

I started this journey with one theme in mind, to give glimpses of my life’s musical soundtrack, those songs which either strike chords of nostalgia or simply rocked. Over the course of the last 4 weeks, I’ve tried to introduce songs in a kind of timeline, moving forward, rather than back – however, it’s Halloween – and no matter which newer rock song is befitting this special night, nothing is quite as worthy as a classic.

So, my rocking friends, it has been a blast and I want to give a special thanks to Mary B. over at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle for hostessing this amazing event – I’m already looking forward to next year’s! Now, I bid you adieu and without further ado, here is the timeless rock jam on everyone’s favorite Halloween playlist…DRAGULA by the one, thee only, Rob Zombie!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Devil In I” – Slipknot

Tomorrow is Halloween, which is still one of my favorite holidays of the year, despite no longer celebrating it the same way I used to. From the time I was 14 up until just a few years ago, my family would throw the biggest annual Halloween Party every single year. We would spend the entire months of September and October decorating and altering the interior of the house based on a different theme.

The party offered families a fun night in a safe environment, rather than out in the neighborhoods after dark. Plus, we encouraged everyone to make their own costumes, instead of spending a fortune at the store. That ended up becoming kind of a costume challenge for some and let me tell you, there were some really talented competitors!

Speaking of costumes – or masks, more accurately – metal band Slipknot has been the reigning champion for years. They’re pretty well known and front-man, Corey Taylor is even more popular as a multi-band artist, as he is simultaneously the lead singer of the less-metal and mask-free band, Stone Sour and manages to tour with both. He’s also featured with other bands like Apocalyptica, Korn, Kings of Chaos and a TON more. He apparently doesn’t like to be idle, not that his fans are complaining. Songs like “Snuff” and “Dead Memories” are probably the most well known Slipknot tracks, because they’re the only ones radios seem willing to play.

But, in honor of tomorrow’s holiday of all things spooky and devilishly dark, I’ve chosen the song “Devil In I”, which highlights one of Corey’s signature moves of combining metal riffs with ballad-style verses.

Warning: The video is very disturbing and has blood/self-mutilation, so watch at your own risk! Might be best just to hit play and then hide the screen while you listen, instead.

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Aaliyah Remembered” & “Change (In The House of Flies)” – Queen Of The Damned Soundtrack

Anne Rice, author of Queen of the Damned, has been my absolute, 100% favorite author since I was a teen and read Interview With The Vampire about a year before it was made into a movie, which triggered a lifelong obsession with her books, spanning all of her genres and pseudonyms.

Aaliyah was one of my favorite artists from her debut in the early 90’s. She was also one of the youngest singer/songwriters and actresses to reach her level of super-stardom by the time she played the starring role of Akasha. Although Queen of the Damned was not her first blockbuster hit – having already starred opposite Jet Li in Romeo Must Die – tragically, it was her last. The movie was still in editing when Aaliyah’s sudden death shocked the entire world and added her to the long list of musicians killed in small plane crashes.

It was rumored that the studios considered cancelling the release, worried how her family and fans would respond due to Aaliyah’s character in the movie. But, they went through with the final stages and it opened in theaters 6 months following her tragic loss. There’s a dedication to Aaliyah at the end with additional behind the scenes footage of her, leaving viewers with the lasting impression of a smiling, happy, beautiful and multi-talented young woman, rather than the evil vampiress she’d portrayed in the film. I’ve included an additional video below titled “Aaliyah Remembered” that’s quite similar to that dedication, with her brother and the crew who worked on The Queen of the Damned with her.

The soundtrack for Queen of the Damned is another great compilation of hit songs, featuring tracks like “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed and “Dead Cell” by Papa Roach. But there has only ever been one song that evokes memories of the movie for me every time I hear it and that’s “Change (In the House of Flies)” by Deftones. Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Cry, Little Sister” – The Lost Boys Soundtrack

I may have mentioned almost every day a couple times this week that I’m dedicating this last run of October to straight-up Halloween songs. Just not the actual Halloween song; you know, the one that plays every time Michael Myers comes on screen? Yeah, that’s my sister’s ringtone every October. Well, it’s between that and Rob Zombie’s wife screaming bloody murder.

Yes, the Darkside runs in the family.

Speaking of… NINETEEN (yes, 19) years ago today, I gave birth to my oldest son. His due date was actually the 30th and I may have secretly been hoping for a Halloween delivery, but I’m glad that didn’t happen, because he got to wear the cutest black cat infant costume for his first Halloween party – at 6 days old. Hey, you gotta start ’em young! 🎃

So, in honor of my eldest’s birthday today, I have chosen one of his favorite movie songs of all time: “Cry, Little Sister” by Gerard McMann from The Lost Boys soundtrack. As I mentioned before, he totally takes after me when it comes to music and likewise, movies.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD, Love ya!!! ❤️

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Dance With the Devil” – Breaking Benjamin

For this last week or so of the month, I’m going to be posting songs you might find on a rocker’s Halloween Playlist. Most of them are from movies you’d watch during this spooky time of year. I don’t care for slasher/horror films, myself – but if there’s one thing that can scare the hell out of me it’s horror movies with a religious theme. Blame it on the early influence of an Irish Catholic grandma. Omen, The Exorcist, Rosemary’s BabyThe Prophecy, etc. have all left memorable, if not unfavorable impressions. Yet, while those movies are designed to terrify, I do enjoy religious movies full of action and suspense like Devil’s Advocate, Constantine, Stigmata (my personal favorite), and Legion.

Legion was a bit underrated in my opinion for having so many big name actors in it, but that’s probably because it was more of a mash up between The Seventh Sign and 30 Days of Night with killer angels, rather than an in-depth story with complex characters. Still, if you’ve never seen it, it’s worth watching at least once. The trailer can be found here.

I couldn’t go an entire month of rock without sharing one of my all-time-ever favorite bands, Breaking Benjamin – and fortunately for me, they have hundreds of songs to choose from, because I post about them A LOT. 😀 Though BB has tracks for both video games (Halo 2) and other movies (Surrogates, Hellboy, The Conjuring, etc.) – their song “Dance With The Devil” cannot be found on any soundtrack anywhere. Which sucks, because it would be perfect for so many movies. Lucky for us, a fan out there put the music to scenes from Legion, which is awesome – I was getting tired of watching the Devil’s Advocate one, and unfortunately BB never made an official video for this song. There should be some rule against that…

Enjoy!

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#SongLyricSunday & #RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “So Far Away” – Avenged Sevenfold

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I already had this post scheduled for tomorrow, but when I saw the theme on Helen’s blog, I knew I had to share it today.

This week’s theme is: Lost

Typically, we discover new music and new bands on the radio, a friend’s recommendation or hear it play during a movie and just have to know who it is. But that’s not how I found Avenged Sevenfold. The very first time I ever heard them was live and in concert. I wasn’t there for them, obviously, I had no clue who they were – yet it was love at first scream.

That would be “Scream” their number one hit single at the time. I mean nothing says this song is gonna rock like a blood curdling scream right out the gate, right? That night, I was about 10 feet away from Papa Roach when he snuck down onto the floor before the concert kicked off, kind of recall Shinedown performing and especially enjoyed Buck Cherry‘s extended and totally X-rated version of “Crazy Bitch” and yet, the only thing I could think of when I got home was this new-to-me band, Avenged Sevenfold. I immediately went in search of their music and “Afterlife” became my new favorite jam for quite awhile.

Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was the composer of that song and many others. Known for his ‘signature’ drumming technique, “The double-ride thing”, Jimmy was a Singer/Songwriter/Drummer, that like too many other talented artists out there, passed away from a fatal combination of narcotics and alcohol in 2009; three days after he wrote what was supposed to be the final song for A7X’s new album Nightmare.

But with his passing, the album got an additional track before its release. “So Far Away” was written by lead guitarist and The Rev’s lifelong friend, Synyster Gates. It’s hard to miss the depth of emotion in Synyster’s guitar playing and coupled with M. Shadow’s powerful vocals, this makes for quite an emotional send off to the “8th Greatest Drummer – ” and “5th Greatest Singing Drummer of All Time.”

The Rev lost. The band lost, his friends and family lost, the world of music lost. You won’t hear the word lost a single time in this song, but I don’t know any other that implies it more than this one.

Never feared for anything
Never chained but never free
A light that healed the broken heart
With all that it could

Lived a life so endlessly
Saw beyond what others see
I tried to heal your broken heart
With all that I could

Will you stay?
Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Plans of what our futures hold
Foolish lies of growing old
It seems we’re so invincible
The truth is so cold

A final song, a last request
A perfect chapter laid to rest
Now and then I try to find
A place in my mind

Where you can stay
You can stay awake forever

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Sleep tight I’m not afraid (not afraid)
The ones that we love are here with me
Lay away a place for me (place for me)
‘Cause as soon as I’m done I’ll be on my way
To live eternally

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
And the light you left remains but it’s so hard to stay
When I have so much to say and you’re so far away

I love you, you were ready, the pain is strong and urges rise
But I’ll see you when He let’s me
Your pain is gone, your hands untied

So far away
And I need you to know

So far away
And I need you to, need you to know

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Songwriters: Zachary Baker / Brian Haner (Synyster Gates) / Matthew Sanders / Jonathan Seward
Lyrics found on Google
So Far Away lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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