Black Widow Review
Wow, is this the first Marvel movie I'm reviewing on this platform? Good Lord, it's been a while. To catch you up on my experience with Marvel, even though I know a lot about how the world has developed over the last couple of years, I haven't seen a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I adore the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, I thought Doctor Strange was underwhelming, and even though I overall enjoyed WandaVision (which I've reviewed on this website), I definitely didn't fall head over heels for it. In my opinion, this is my least favorite of the MCU properties I've seen so far, but it definitely still has its entertaining and satisfying moments. Let's start with talking about the positives first.
School of Rock Review
Check out my original review on my Letterboxd profile here to check out a Spotify playlist I made for this film. Before we get started... it's been a while, huh? Almost a month, in fact. Well, yeah, I've been busy with college and haven't had the time to watch a movie for a while. That being said, I've been trying to watch a certain TV show that is available to review on Letterboxd and have gotten about halfway through it, but I need to motivate myself to continue it because of everything else going on in school. Heck, it's been a while since I've been able to motivate myself to watch a movie, let alone a TV show. I'll review that show sometime before the end of the year if I get my way, but for now, let's talk about this film.
Free Guy Review
This review is one of many that can be found on my Letterboxd page, along with all of the other reviews that have been posted on my Vocal page. If you want to read more, check out the page by clicking on the link here and seeing what movie reviews are available for your reading pleasure.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Yes, that's right. I'm one of those idiots that had never seen this film before. In fact, I was such an idiot about this film that I didn't even know what it was about. IN FACT, I was such an idiot about this film that I had no idea that the one and only EDGAR WRIGHT co-wrote and directed this film. That's how little I knew about what Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was except that it was some sort of heavily stylized adventure that paid tribute to classic video games. That's all I really knew about this film going in, and coming out of it, I'm just as much in love with this film as everyone else is.
The Suicide Squad Review
A couple of things before we get rolling on this review. First, this is the 1,000th piece of media that I have logged on Letterboxd! Not reviewed, but logged, just to clarify. It's insane I've logged that much stuff on here, but I've loved every minute of doing it. For two, my local theater is actually playing this film this weekend, but I just moved into my college dorm, so I didn't get to see it there. I DID get to see it with some fellow college students, though, in a gathering that my old roommate was a part of, which I really needed after the insane and rough day I've had. Finally, because of how long it took me to get to that gathering, I missed the first ten minutes of this movie and the post-credits sequence, so I went back and watched them on my own HBO Max account once I got back to my apartment. No spoilers, but turns out those first ten minutes were more crucial than I realized.
Earth to Echo Review
God, what wasted potential. There's something about the ideas of Earth to Echo that feel interesting, and the concepts behind this film could have worked so much better. Unfortunately, the film as a whole is fronted by a pretty clunky script and various inconsistencies with both the character writing and the shot structure as a whole. On top of that, this is one of the most cliched films I've seen in a long time, if not ever. I could predict pretty much everything about this film as soon as it came onto the screen, and the way that the plot points were executed didn't feel earned or original in their own way, they just felt tired.
I've been sitting on this score for a while. I didn't 100% know if I wanted to give this film my perfect grade because I didn't know if it actually was perfect to me. The pacing sometimes hiccups and there were times I kind of lost track of what was happening... at least, in the moment. By the time Pig ended, though, I realized just how much this film affected me and how deeply engaging and thought-provoking it was when taken as a whole. All of the little pieces in this film started to fit together for me, all of the exchanges of dialogue and character moments started to feel completely necessary, and there isn't one thing I would have changed about this film. Pig is the best film I've seen in theaters in a long time, no questions asked.
How I Discovered ASMR
When I was younger, I would sleep with my parents and occasionally ask my mom to tell me a story. These stories were adventure stories that combined my love of animals and my dream of exploring with something to calm me down. They involved me as a grown-up adventurer, Indiana Jones-style, exploring the world searching for the most unique animals on the planet. This adventurer would travel the African landscapes, the North American deserts, and the South American rainforests looking for the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Sometimes, I would even chime in my own personal ideas as to where the story could go. I honestly don't remember a whole ton from many of these stories, but there's one element that I do remember that stuck with me forever.
My stomach dropped the moment I saw the aftermath. I'd always heard about what a nuclear bomb does to cities. I'd seen the pictures from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Buildings leveled, people burned to death, barely any trace of humanity left. But it wasn't until I came back that the damage truly sunk in. Ash covered the ground. Every building I'd grown up by was gone. I knew that I was probably absorbing radiation the longer I stayed there, but I didn't care. My city was gone. My home, my neighbors, my family. I was the only one left.
The Answer Is... Review
Just before Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died, he wrote a book. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the statistics told him he probably wouldn't live much longer. He fought for as long as he possibly could, getting through tapings in immense pain and going back and forth about how he felt trying to fight something that might be pointless. He initially didn't think he would ever want to write a book, but eventually realized he had a lot to say about his life experiences. He wanted to publish something from the original source so that facts of his life weren't stretched out of proportion, and he wanted to keep making a positive impact during the time he struggled the most. He acknowledges in the opening of the book that he is not a writer by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn't matter. The Answer Is... encapsulates the voice of a laid-back conversationalist reliving his life's story through simple anecdotes, and for a book like this, that is absolutely perfect.
A Musical Discovery
It's my freshman year of high school. I'm performing in my small, acapella choir, and the teacher is not there. She's on a trip, so as a choir, we have to teach ourselves and make sure we stay productive in our rehearsal. We practice a couple of songs, and eventually, we move on to a song called "Landed." Around the final chorus of the song, we change keys. This isn't the first time the choir changed keys mid-song when they weren't supposed to. However, it's the first time I make a big deal about it. I want to try and prevent the change in keys from happening again so that it doesn't occur during our evening concert.