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Think, Sip, Write: ep 65 – Ramblings

Roberta and I return after a family emergency with a long overdue episode.  It’s a quick one, but we introduce the new logo and more.  Tune in.

 

 

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Author Life Month

It’s #authorlifemonth, so each day of February so far has had a post from me on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.  I’ll be keeping with that until the end of the month.  Be sure to head on over there to get another look into my wacky mind.

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Think, Sip, Write: ep 64 – Of What We’re Made

Roberta and I discuss heritage and the path to figuring out your ancestry.  Join in this latest episode of #thinksipwrite by commenting with your experiences on the topic.  Share the laughs.


Review: The Punisher season 2

punisher-season-2-posterWell Frank Castle is back and better than ever in the Marvel Netflix team up that’s better than its first season.  Season 2 does have some minor things that bother me, but for the most part, this is what I would expect for this character.

If you go into this season thinking that there is going to be a straight forward simple story, then you’ll find yourself mistaken.  There are two arcs that run throughout the entirety, and they both wrap up nicely.

Without focusing too much on the plot, so that I avoid spoilers, I do want to point out my one slight issue.  Jigsaw.  Billy Russo was not quite taken from source material, but with a new take on him.  Instead of his face really being the scarred part, it was his psyche that was shattered from the events at the end of season 1.  On that note as well, the amount of trauma that the Punisher himself experiences physically should have had him just as scarred as Billy, but at the end Frank is unmarred when he fully dons the vigilante persona.  Okay, so there is suspension of disbelief with that, and the way that everything flowed during this season was better than ANY of the other Marvel/Netflix shows.

Amy, Madoni, Curtis, John Pilgrim, and the rest of the cast were just as exemplary in their roles as Frank and Billy.  It was a job well done by all.

It didn’t drag on in parts and wrapped up everything nicely.  I hope we see more of the character soon.  Personally, I’d like a Nick Fury/Winter Soldier/Punisher team up, but that’s just me.

What were your thoughts?  I give season 2 of the Punisher 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.


Review: First Man

firstmanMy son has had a fascination with space this year, so when an eight year old comes out of a true story movie loving every second, that says something.  First Man was a bit slow in parts.  There were some scenes where if you have vertigo, you may want to close your eyes.  Despite thinking you know what’s going to happen because you may know a lot about the Apollo program, well think again.

Ryan Gosling was not the only stellar cast member.  Everyone in the film did such a fantastic job that I’m shocked it hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar.  Oh wait, no I’m not.  The Oscars only put what and who they want up there even if no one has seen the films.  Okay, ranting aside, First Man definitely deserved a nomination on so many levels.

Yes, it’s based on the true story of Neil Armstrong, but it delves into his family life, and the stresses he went through.  It wasn’t an easy trek for him to achieve the status he did and become the first man on the moon.

I had no complaints about this film, other than the fact that the conspiracy loving part of me wishes they would have touched on some of those doctored NASA photos of the moon and flight recordings of him and Buzz Aldrin talking about seeing objects outside of the shuttle.  That would have detracted from what they were going for, so I understand why they didn’t… but still..  we all want and need answers.

I may have shed a tear of joy when he stepped on the moon after seeing all that built up to it.  Kudos to the director and cast for a job well done.  I give the movie 5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think of First Man?  Comment below with your thoughts.


Review: Bird Box

bird-box-poster-405x600Bird Box was something I decided to check out when I had a rare few hours to burn when I wasn’t writing.  I had heard about the stupid challenge people have been getting hurt doing, and figured I’d check out the source material.

As far as a movie with suspense, this has plenty of it.  There’s a good dynamic of flashback and present telling that make it flow well.  I was hooked in the first five minutes.  Sandra Bullock and cast really made the film, and I felt for the child actors involved.  It was an emotionally charged plot.

The story itself was decent enough, but I feel it fell flat in a few places.  There really was no explanation as to what the “creatures” were other than the aspiring author character’s thoughts on it.  That wasn’t presented as fact, so you are just left assuming he knew all about it.  Why were some people committing suicide, while others were trying to convince people to open their minds to the “demons?”  Again… there was no explanation for this.

Despite that, there was enough to keep me interested all the way until the credits rolled.  The ending itself was a little underwhelming.  Without explanations and too many questions left up in the air, I desired to see one of these things.  Obviously the directors chose not to show because for the characters, they all saw something different.  It just had too abrupt an ending with loose ends obviously designed to rope in enough interest for a sequel.

If you’re bored and want something interesting, then this is a must see, but if you’re looking for closure and something substantial, then I’d skip it.  I give Bird Box a 2.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings, which would have lost another point if the acting wasn’t so superb.

What were your thoughts?  Comment below.


Review: Mission Impossible: Fallout

mi6I grew up watching reruns of the original series, and the remake series that came out briefly in the late 80s.  The films have also been a guilty pleasure of mine.  In some cases I thought they fell a little flat, but for the most part this film series has been a lot of fun.  So how do I think the sixth installment turned out?

Fallout was definitely a strong entry in the series.  I don’t think it was the best of the batch, but it ranks high on the list.  Tom Cruise again does an amazing job as Ethan Hunt.  The returning cast members also excel in their roles, and I’m glad to finally see Ving Rhames’ character Luther get some more screen time.  Lacking however was Jeremy Renner’s role.  Like other MI movies, he was the character that somehow wasn’t present (probably saving the world as an Avenger or something).  The additions made up for it though.  Angela Basset and Henry Cavill were great additions, and for the first time we have the return of a previous film’s villain.

I don’t want to give away too much about that, so I’ll move on.  Stunt wise the movie was on par with being a little over the top unbelievable, but that is what makes these films so fun to watch.  They also wrapped up a previous story line that dates back to a few movies ago with Ethan’s love life.  I’m glad to see closure there.  There were a couple surprises especially with the fate of a certain character.

Overall, I enjoyed it and it will fit nicely on my dvd shelf next to the other 5 films.  Audiences must have loved it too because they are filming the 7th and 8th movie back to back from what I hear.  I don’t know how many more Cruise has in him, but with the way they bring in new characters I could see this lasting a long time, and it’s a franchise I hope sticks around the way that 007 does.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think of Mission Impossible: Fallout?  Comment below with your thoughts.


Review: Aquaman

aquaman_movie_poster_1_by_jpgThere’s no secret that the DC movies have all been met with some pretty harsh criticism.  I have also voiced my distaste in the past.  However, after seeing Aquaman, my expectations were exceeded.

I went into it with both my kids thinking that it would be bad effects, dialogue and just lacking in story with major plot holes.  Boy was I wrong.

The special effects were fantastic, and while there were a few parts that looked off, the majority of the film was seamless.  The story did a great job of telling the heroes and villains’ pasts and set up not just a great origin tale, but addition to the existing dc universe.  Acting was on par with the entire cast and dialogue (although a bit cheesy in parts) was acceptable.

The addition of humor made this feel like a Marvel movie in many aspects, because it worked.  There were a couple places that felt too over the top as though they tried too hard to get the humor in there.  Then there is one scene where Pittbull’s version of Toto’s Africa song began playing and I became confused as to why they chose this.  It didn’t fit the scene and his cover of the song was horrendous…

Overall I (and my kids) enjoyed the movie, and look forward to more in this universe.  I actually will go so far as saying that it was better than Wonder Woman (which until this point was my favorite DC film), it was better than Antman and the Wasp, and I will dare to say I think it is even better than Black Panther (which is very high on my rewatchability list).

I give it 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?  Did you love or hate the movie or find it just alright?  Be sure to comment below.


Logo contest entries 2-5

A few more entries for our #thinksipwrite logo contest were done by Scott Mojoswork . Which is your favorite? I’m loving the mascot and bottom left.

If interested in entering the contest, Roberta Pipito and I are seeking a new logo for our fourth season. Winner will be chosen on January 16th, so keep those entries coming and we will share. The logo we select will be used for the entire 4th season after the premiere, and credit will be given during each episode with contact info. #contest #artist

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