Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


This was my first movie of the new year. I wanted to see this movie but my girlfriend wanted to see it more. I was more wanting to see StarWars but I will just have to wait to see that another time.

I had an idea of what this movie was going to be about from the short glimpse of the previews I saw but I was wrong in thinking it was going to be a remake of the original Jumanji. The movie actually plays out in todays present age but instead of the game coming alive in the characters world, they go into the world of the game. I like this difference and appreciate the originality.

The cast was a good group and kept me laughing the whole time. Jack Black stared as one of the lead roles in this film and his style of comedy is always uniquely funny. Their dynamic was interesting being like a group from the breakfast club in detention, made up of both geeks and popular kids. But I especially like how it takes you for a role reversal when they get their new identities in the game. You would never think who is who.

Being in the video game Jumamji is much like playing a real video game which they nailed down pretty well in keeping as legit as possible, this aspect was also funny. The game characters strengths and weaknesses were another big knee slapped in the film and I liked how they spaced out reviewing these as well each of there roles in screen time, giving them each equal importance.

The producers made a smart move in bringing back some of the old characters and tying in the transition from the old Jumanji into this one. The movie had a good beginning middle and end. With a steady progression through the story and a happy ending.

One thing I didn’t like about the movie was the story it self. The story was sort of bland. I think they could have done better making it a more exciting game and what they had to do to save Jumanji. Another area I would like to have seen more of is more thrills. They did their part with the comedy but I was wanting to be on the edge of my seat like the first one had me. Finally I think the Jumanji characters were pretty lame, both humans and animals alike. The old one shore had them beat here as well.

To rap things up I would say this is a good movie to see if you can still catch it in theaters. Also you might try the 3D version which could be promising.



Red Planet

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Space movies are not usually my go to when I want to kick back and watch a flick but I settled for this one in honor of my friends birthday since it is his favorite movie. I was shockingly impressed however that it was as good as it turned out to be. I didn’t take the characters to seriously in the beginning for them acting more as young college students playing astronauts than they were actual NASA members. But after I got through each of their own quirks I was able to get into this slightly thrilling but barley breath taking adventure.

Considering the movie was made in 2001, a time of its own for movies where the industry was still trying to find out where to take the scene into the new millennium, I will not try to doc it to bad on a well attempted but sad production of effects. besides that the technology was defiantly sci-fi, leaving me at in hard spot to figure out what year this movie was suppose to be taking place in. Thats about all I have to say about the hard Critiques. Lets move on to what makes this movie good.

The movie was funny with each of the characters quirks and how much fun they had playing around on the space ship just before it got to Mars. This should have been a sign for what was coming up because as soon as they got to Mars every thing started to go wrong, and Im sure they could have taken more precautions.

Once on Mars the real adventure and excitement begins. Not only do they not exactly find what they are looking for leaving them in a bad position to survive on a alien planet but they are also being pursued and attacked by two different oppressors. I like some of the stuff that you sure don’t expect being outside this world and how they mystically defied what they previously thought to be true about this planet. Their survival to some extent was the most thrilling part and how they came to over come their lack in resources.

The movie ended well with the proper happy ending which for me always makes a good movie. I guess you can say the cost of human life is worth the discovery of knowledge in the places that man is never suppose to go.

Most meaningful quote to me from this movie: “I hate this Planet” Gallagher


Alice Through the Looking Glass


Alice through the looking glass is a movie that entices you to watch it through its magical gleam and it heart held Disney characters that we all grew up knowing. In fact I was just as taken into the thought of seeing this movie as I was the first one, except I did not see the first one and even forgot there even was a first one.. That is until I started picking up on the obvious holes that blatantly stood out from the start.

I happen to like Johny Depp and him being the other other main character besides Alice, and this episode being about him I thought I was in for a real treat. But I am begging to learn that Even though Johny Depp can master some roles some of his characters I just do not take to, behold exhibit A… Although I was impressed by the character so called ‘Time’ and the Queen of Hearts.

Even though I did not enjoy much about this picture, I did enjoy a few bits and pieces here and there. The old time British men in there staunch proper hit the real money in looking to fit the part right on. Then there was Mr time and all his parts were a real hoot. The other part I was entertained by was the back story on how the queen of hearts became evil.

So now I can say that I have seen one of the two ‘Alice and Wonderlands’ but by know means was I Impressed. So not impressed that I couldn’t even tell you what happened in the end because I cut the movie short 15 minutes of finishing. It wasn’t worth my time.



The Cold Dish: The First Novel In The Longmire Mystery Series (Book Review)


Mark: This book looked like a good one from the Barnes and Nobles and i knew it would have potential. The story unfolds with Walter Longmire, the sheriff of a small town in Wyoming.  I love Wyoming after visiting there so this made the story even better for me. Walter is hilarious to me, but also i feel sympathy for him, as he doesn’t have any family around and has been through some dark times.  He does have a good friend in Henry, a bar owner and indian in the town.   There are many other diverse characters as well as some that made you scratch your head.

Parker: I agree, the scenery depicted and the towns talked about paint a beautiful picture of the WY country side and small town life. In the beginning you are a little fuzzy on what the layout is and the ground to be covered in this book but as the story unfolds get a clear picture in your mind of setting the story is placed in. The towns and where they are at become real to you as if you were taking along with LongMire himself.

The book really didn’t catch my interest at first it was slow to start out and it really didn’t start to get interesting infill about page 120. But as the story progresses it gets more and more interesting leaving you with exciting cliff hangers at the end of every chapter.

Mark: I really like the dynamic between Vic the deputy and Walter.  She really is a firecracker she says whatever she wants and does whatever she wants. Walter really doesn’t know how to handle her and her style. As the story progressed i felt like Henry was the killer.  The story in the background is about four young men who did something mean to Melissa, an Indian back when they were in high school. Cody, George, Keller, and Jacob.  These young men play a vital part in this story throughout, so pay close attention readers.

Parker: The mystery was hard to solve but I am glad because the clues were always leading to a bigger more complex case. You can see the excitement in the characters when ever they get a new lead that re-vitalizes the cold dish. One thing I really appreciated about this book was the break of comedy it added to make the intermittent scenes fun and relaxing. Then there was all of the women that wear starving over Longmire, he basically had the whole woman population in his district of WY courting him. Remarkably he is a classy man and would never take advantage of a women, though that is hard to say about the women drooling over him.

Mark: In closing, let me just say that this book is not by any means a short read.  It took me a month.  400 pages, so not Lord of the Rings or anything that daunting. Midway through, you will become very engaged in the book and will have trouble setting it down.  It gets to be quite exhilarating and you will have to pay close attention to the details.  I did not like the first half, but the last half really was much better.  The characters are strong, and the author really puts his insights into it and you can feel him driving the narrative in the direction he wants it to go, which is quite a gift.  Put down the iPhone and read this and get lost in the story! I give this book a Six out of Ten.

Parker: Well it is my first book to read that is a series and is also a TV series. I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out on Netflix. So many firsts. ‘tears’.. This book gets a Seven out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Rating: 7/10

Total Rating: 6.5/10



Rogue One

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The anticipation to see this movie was exhilarating being that it had been the only Star Wars film that I had yet to see. Also that I would be watching it at an outdoor theater sitting in the grass under the night sky. Unfortunately the lightning bugs and the kids swirling and tossing glow sticks was more of light show than I ended up getting from this moderate to disappointing side story.

At first I didn’t know it was a side story or that it would be missing most all the characters we love about the Star Wars series. But about 45 minutes in, it became obvious that this wasn’t your typical Star Wars movie.

The beginning was hard to follow and I didn’t understand where the characters came from and what they were trying to accomplish, besides the main goal of stoping the Death Star . There was no beginning rolling story introduction giving us the gist of the plot or the usual introduction music that every body knows and loves. I mean did they really have to do away with all the unique parts that make Star Wars what it is.

Never the less of not using the original characters, the characters were good. There is Jyn who plays the lead character, the brave hero who can hold her own and wants to save the galaxy. Cassian, her main companion and partner in the mission; not surprisingly they end up having feeling for one another. And another one of my favorites Chirrut, who is very funny. He plays the blind old man who believes that he has the force and fights along side them blind as bat. Then there is the Robot K-2SO, without him this movie would lose a lot of its personality. I think he ranks top on the Star Wars Robots thus far.

The progression of the movie was fine and flowed nicely but it did not have me drawn in to where I was afraid I was going to miss something worth seeing. Especially the whole first half there was just not much going, and I was starting to wonder is this really what Star Wars has become. Thankfully during the last half of the film things had gotten good.

Okay so this is my biggest hang up with this movie, there are absolutely no light sabers or Jetties. Well not absolutely but it seems that way till the very very end and even at that, 20 seconds of light saber time just does not cut it. I don’t know about you, but the whole reason I watch Star Wars is to see the Jetties wield those awesome glowing swords around and use the force to pretty much do what ever they want. This was a big no no. I don’t care if they quoted in the film or not ” There are no Jetties left” or something to that extent.

This movie has a pretty good ending and there are some surprise guests from a few of the characters we remember from Episode IV. Princes Leia’s brief appearance actually fooled me as I thought they got a double for a sec. I said “dang she looks just like her”. Right then I was told that it was cropped in from a previous Star Wars film.

I would not really call this a side story but rather Star Wars Episode 3 1/2, being proper fit in the sequence of events. Even though the movie had a rocky start, it ended well with a similar ending to another Episode which was smooth!  Score… I’m thinking about a Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Wonder Woman (2017)


Let me start off by saying that I had no expectations going into this film. You see I am not a super hero movie type of guy. They are far and few between. The last good one I saw was Batman The Dark Knight. Now that was back in 2008, so as you can see I sort of gave up on this genre a long time ago. You might say Super hero movies are a brand of movie that has now just taken off in popularity in the past decade or so. Leaving the film industry with a lot of new material to work off of. Making it an exciting and fresh new genre for movie watchers and especially for the large population of comic book fans that happen to be out there. So you might ask, why this movie? what made me want to watch this one? Well it did get tons of hype for one thing and secondly some friends of mine who have already seen it in theaters more times than I would ever deem a movie worthy of watching talked  me into going. So here I am, and my experience was worth every penny, even though I only paid $4.50. Score!!

At first I wanted to say this movie had a rocky start. I really had to hold my self back from laughing and I chuckled through the first 15 minutes or so. It might have been something to do with all the women and how feminist like they were. Besides that, the little special island all the women fighters were on was pretty cool and I really appreciated how beautiful it looked.

I guess they really didn’t expect for man kind to have such deadly weapons because they literally were no match for the germans with there archaic weaponry. And I didn’t under stand why they would lie so much to Wonder Women unless partially it was just them being as ignorant as I began to notice they were.

Anyways the the movie started to pick up when Wonder Women and Steve, the guy she goes out to save the world with, begin their mission. Most of the comedy can be summed up in Diana/ Wonder Women being ignorant of how the real world works. This act carries a long way and never gets old which had me laughing my butt off.

You don’t really know what sort of powers Wonder Women holds in the begging of the movie. They did a good job in revealing her powers by little bits at a time allowing you not to get board but super excited to see how she was going to conquer the next challenge. Her character is also heart warming which makes you want to root for her. She has a spirit to do good no matter who or what gets in her way and she shows no partiality.

The movie really takes you on a whirlwind of emotions as there is some loss and some victories, joy, love, brotherhood, pain and suffering. The progression of the movie was perfect and there was not time for a dull moment to miss any part of this film. The mystery in wondering if there truly is an Eras god of war who is causing all the evil leaves the watcher wondering how this movie will all end. The ending is quite good as you do not see it coming.

I am happy to say this movie gets the highest score I have yet to give on a movie on my review blog. This one took me by surprise and I would mention that I do not give out scores higher than eights that often but this one deserves it. Wonder Women gets a Nine out of Ten.

Rating: 9/10




I do not usually watch kid movies unless I really find them to look appealing. Its not that there is anything wrong with kids movies. In fact for a while I was on a kids movie kick and would watch them all, since they are usually pretty good in the right context. But I got caught up watching this one at one of those outside movie showing that the city was putting on, so that why this is sort of out of the ordinary from my usual movie reviews.

Previously I had never heard of this movie up until the day I watched it. But its about some native islanders who’s island is becoming unlivable because of all their resources are strangely dying or vanishing. Moana is the chiefs daughter and has a calling to venture out to sea to save her people.

Really this is just another typical kids film as it shares allot of similarities according to how other kids movies go. Same ole prideful and courageous princes. Same ole outcast self centered partner. Same ole mission, save the day.

The songs the characters sing like most kids movies where pretty catchy and fun. Even after the movies is over you will be singing these songs in your head. There are cute little funny animal pet/sidekicks that really steal the show away if you asked me. Most of what I was laughing at was the stupid chicken. Then there is the great building of a relationship and team work between the two hero’s of this film Moana and Maui. I was really thinking they where going to fall in love with each other but that didn’t happen.

The two heroes’ face a couple of villains together and contribute equally. Some of the beasts they face are not really that scary and are actually quite goofy which I liked. Moana and Maui really have a pretty good thing going as they have to help one another to reach their own individual goals.

The best way I can explain this movie is a mixture between Pocahontas and Lilo and Stitch. So if you have a thing for Hawaii or being out on the open sea then this might be the movie for you.

Comparing this with other kids movies, I am giving this one a Five out of Ten.

Rating: 5/10