Leia Princess of Alderaan
By: Claudia Gray
I read Gray’s book Star Wars: Bloodline and really enjoyed it. Actually, it’s a book that’s grown even more on me whenever I think about Leia coming into the new trilogy. I thought she did a great job of getting into her psyche and I even have some personal fan theories about the book. (Probably aren’t true but you never know.)
That being said I wasn’t sure we needed Leia The Teenage Years but it was getting some great buzz so I picked it up.
Blade Runner 2049
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
A sequel to the first film this was a gorgeous well-acted movie that I would definitely recommend seeing in theaters (just for the visuals alone.) But I’m not going to lie. There were times when I wanted to yell at Ryan Gosling, “Walk faster! Speed it up a little bit!” And also, “Where is Harrison already?”
Directed By: Lone Scherfig
Set during World War 2 the British Ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) to write the female parts and dialogue for their important morale boosting films. There she and Buckley (Sam Claflin) begin working together on a film about the evacuation of Dunkirk.
There are going to be spoilers below (though I try to keep it somewhat vague). Couldn’t really talk about this film without talking about the ending.
Ivy hard at work.
So I’ve been catching up on a lot of movies I wanted to see and books I’ve had for a while this last couple of weeks and wanted to do a couple of mini-reviews on what was better than I expected and what I really should have listened to others on.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Ryan Reynolds plays a top protection agent whose assigned to get an infamous hitman (played by Jackson) to the trial of a brutal dictator in one piece. Naturally said dictator (Gary Oldman) still has some serious pull. It’s like the whole military under this guy is standing in their way and if they don’t make it alive, or even in time, he walks.
Directed by: David Leitch
Charlize Theron is taking this action heroine stuff super seriously. She plays an MI6 agent sent to Berlin right before the Wall comes down in order to find a missing dossier full of super secret confidential information that will expose all the spies in the field and put their lives in danger.
I feel like that was a James Bond thing once. Why does this stuff keep getting written down in one place?
Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo
Anne Hathaway is a down on her luck party girl forced to move back to her childhood home. While there she comes to learn that she may be intimately connected to the giant monster ravaging Seoul.
This movie was one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a while. It totally wasn’t what I expected though but it’s nice to see a movie where I genuinely am surprised and don’t know where the story is going.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors around so I had to see Dunkirk. It’s also not a story I’m very familiar with although I knew what it was about- the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk as France falls to the Nazi’s. A lot of the evacuation tended to fall on civilian boats and people as the situation became more and more desperate.
Stranger Things Season 2 may very well be my favorite trailer out of comic-con. I love those kids. The use of Thriller was just awesome. I’m in love with the Halloween atmosphere. I mean I was super-psyched after the Super Bowl Tease. I just can’t decide whether I’m going to binge this one or try to spread it out and savor it when it finally drops.
I am so ready for Fall.
My number two would have to be:
Directed by: Jon Watts
Spiderman Homecoming opens right after the events of the first Avengers movie and then jumps to Peter’s adventures during Civil War. Even though this is a Peter Parker movie through and through the Marvel Universe definitely looms large and I think is an added benefit and one of my favorite parts of the movie.