Minimalism: A Documentary

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Minimalism has been a way of living I have adopted ever since I moved out on my own from my parents. It has been a practice that I believe is good and has rewards to those can do it. So being a fan of this philosophy and looking for a documentary to watch with my friend I came across this one on Netflix having nothing but high hopes and excitement.

About 10 minutes in I began to notice that I was not learning anything I would have hoped to learn from watching this documentary. I was hoping to learn some tips and strategies on how to be a better minimalist but All I was hearing about was these two guys testimonies and there mission to tell people to be like themselves.

Just like any Testimony they were saying how they were not happy before and they gave up this thing.. in this case materialism in place for… Thats the thing It never told me what they gained besides being happy from having less. And I get that Less can make you happier, it frees you up from all the junk that you were paying for and had that was cluttering your life, But what where you filling it with. So I waited and waited and waited through out this whole documentary listening to testimony after testimony and explanation after explanation about how materialism was for the ignorant and how minimalism was for the wise and how this was such a ground breaking discovery. Yet they left one part out of there testimony the part that really mattered. what did they fill the void with in there life that they were filling with material things?

Basically the documentary was for the foolish and it was intact the foolish teaching the foolish. They were the ultimate deceivers. Not because what they were teaching was wrong or not good but it was the incomplete truth, it was blind hope. Everything these people were saying was heresy misleading people to just another way of existence that will come up being meaningless. basically every person in this documentary was an atheist and therefore I could not stand it.

This Documentary didn’t even deserve half my time I gave it, yet hoped that it might get better and it didn’t. Again another incomplete Movie review but this one had to be one of the worst ever. It was not so good for setting the stage as my First documentary review.

2/10

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Saint Clarita Diet (Season 1)

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As old as Drew Barrymore has become she still hasn’t lost her tough as a great actress. She stars in this new Netflix Comedy as a zombie wife/mother. Not to worry though she isn’t the mindless zombie you might have pictured. And with her family sticking by her side and even finding her more fun and cool than she use to be being a zombie may not be all that bad for this little suburban California family.

The show wastes no time in getting into the mess of having Drew become undead and having to learn how to live with this not so lively lines. Her process in becoming a zombie was interesting and yet still confusing but I guess they can make anything work these days. Lets just say its not your traditional zombie transformation.

The family is new and improved lively you might ironically say as they were once.. well before the big change sort of broken. Now they have a mission help, help keep mom with us. It’s strange in what can bring families together. Even though they have come together they start living a more reckless and entertaining life style that is full of bold moves and excitement which makes the episodes fun to watch.

As the show progresses. they end up killing more an more “bad” people, as they justify there actions, to help keep mom fed so she doesn’t start becoming to zombie minded to the point were she is eating her family. but as time progresses her illness brings new challenges that call for innovative solutions to keep her form deteriorating and becoming more fully zombie than human.

The show in its entirety is a interesting concept that would spark most seasoned comedy show watchers attention. Plus any show that stars Drew Barrymore has to be one you must add to your list to watch, as she has been the highlight in many great movies.

7/10

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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I never read the book for sleepy hollow and waited thus long to watch the 1999 mystery film. I don’t know what sparked my interest in it this late but I felt lead to watch it. It might have been because it was a Johny Depp Film or directed by Tim Burton or because it was in my to watch list on Netflix. No matter trying to figure out the reason, lets just say it was a mystery ;).

Based on the book I would imagine by Washington Erving this movie features a classic seen shot in 1799. in a place not to far from network called sleepy hollow. Johny Depp plays the investigator who knows better than to just glance at recent death that has and unknown cause and say it is an accident. He ready to put to the test modern day science and forensic techniques to the test solve the questionable deaths nobody els will.

Not surprising to the audience but to Johny Depp the Murders in sleepy hollow are more that what he expected let alone dreamed of. The story keeps the watcher unsure if these murders are caused by the physical world or something beyond what the eye can see.

Mixed into the movie you have some witch craft, pretty ladies or lady I might correct my self, Men with Wigs, and the eerie ghostly little town of sleepy hollow. This town I might add I quite enjoyed as it was beautiful yet made you feel like something was going to pop out and get you behind every dark corner.

Johny’s Investigation skills are top notch and quite impressive making the movie just that much more amusing. They also did a great job in not letting the audience figure out to early the mystery behind sleepy hollow. Now what was cheesy and Im going to give this some merry being as old as this movie was was the scary effects. Lets just say man have they came a long way in what they now consider frighting.

This movie is nothing to jump off your bum and go run to the movies about and don’t bother it not in the movies anyways. But give it up for something different will yah.

6/10

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

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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