Movie Review: Arrival

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IMdB: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

The above descripition is way more dramatic than I actually think the movie was, and I’m really not sure what chance they are referring to. Silly, IMdB. It could have been a decent movie, but it was ruined for me.

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Black Sails – Episode 403

I’m just going to jump right on in here and give you the lowdown on the third episode of this season.

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This episode was fantastic and gruesome and fast-paced all in one exhilarating hour worth of pirate drama. I liked this episode, but it almost seemed like they crammed as much as they could into it.

Max and the general guy that I didn’t even care to remember the name of because he was such an ass get into a verbal battle where he insists on her delivering her informants or else be charged with treason and death. Max blows him off and further fortifies why I love her character so much. Loyal and strong no matter the price!

The Governor lays a trap for Blackbeard, Jack, and Anne and overtakes them. He then tortures Blackbeard until finally putting a bullet in his head. What a minute here! Captain Edward Teach, Blackbeard, the man, myth and legend does not die by the hands of England in Nassau or anywhere near it! He is in Treasure Island, for pete’s sake! How could they possibly kill him off?! The entire time he was captured and being drug beneath the ship I was waiting for something to happen, a plan to unfold, but nothing happened! Blackbeard died! How?! It was so rushed and glanced over, they hardly gave him the due camera time for a dignified death! Don’t get the wrong, the torture scene turned my stomach, but even that seemed rushed.

Then we get to the battle in Nassau, and again, so rushed! The general jerk dude didn’t listen to Elenaor when she gave him very clear advice. John Silver and Flint walk into the hanging square and wreck the place. At first it looks like no one has their back, but then people join behind them, even Billy shows up! Billy is obviously there because he supports John, but this will be interesting to see how the dynamic between him and Flint plays out. Finally, Hands slots the generals throat and the episode ends as the fighting resumes on the streets.

Overall, it was a great episode, but again too much too fast! That one battle int eh streets should have been played out way longer than it was. Even Blackbeard’s final moments Gould have been granted longer time than five minutes! Silly writers. I just hope it means they are gearing up for the finally episodes. Going to miss this show.

Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon

If you have never heard of Deepwater Horizon, then my friend, you live under a rock and/or are a vampire. If it’s the latter then I’m glad we’re friends. It was a strange coincidence that my husband and I watched this literally the same week I had a discussion board assignment on the tragedy. There was obvious dramatization to some of it and inaccuracies, but overall I really think this movie was very well done.

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I’m not going to claim any spoilers because as a proclaimed above, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy has been deemed the worst environmental disaster in US history, so you can pretty much guess what happens in the movie. If you can’t, here’s some light reading for you: 100 Days of the BP Spill. I absolutely loved this timeline as it was part of the reading for my discussion board in my Social Responsibility in Business class.

Mark Wahlberg had a great performance in this movie, but let’s be honest, when does he not perform well. I wonder if he spent any time with the man he was casted to play, but if you watched the CSPAN coverage of the Senate hearings on this tragedy, you heard his story already. Mike Williams stood before a selected committee and recounted the night of April 20, 2010 when Deepwater Horizon exploded and 11 people were lost at sea. This courageous man did everything he could to help his fellow shipmates, but this incident could have been completely avoided had BP not been so greedy.

I was a little wary that this movie was going to be a big political circus, but it was honestly just the retelling of a man’s story with a bit of Hollywood dramatization thrown in. It will make you mad, I promise you that, but not for the wrong reasons. The families that have been torn apart by this tragedy, my heart goes out to them still, even seven years later.

It was a great movie to watch, but the idea that these people had to actually go through something like this is crazy to me. It was 2010! How can something like this still happen? I’ve read where they tightened the regulations on the blowout valve to hopefully avoid another tragedy like Deepwater Horizon. Any engineers out there that can create an even better failsafe? I challenge you!

 

Movie Review: The Girl On The Train

Baby spent the night with her grandparents, so mommy and daddy had a pizza, movie, wine and beer night. I’m wine, he’s beer. Overall, a very healthy evening. (Back to that whole: Weight Loss or Pizza bit.) It’s been a while since we have been able to catch up on the latest cinema hits, so this may be a bit late, but I had to share my feelings on The Girl On The Train. This may start to read like a rant, so you have been warned.

girl-on-the-train-new-trailerIMdB: The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

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Would Atlantis Want To Be Found?

This may be the rambling of an exhausted parent who just read an article about a lost continent being found in the Indian Ocean. You have been warned.lostcityofatlantis

In the article which I will provide the link of at the bottom of this post, they go on to say that a continent that broke off from the mega-land formation that was the earth’s land mass millions of years ago (they may have said billions, but my memory is fuzzy as my coffee wears off) was found in the Indian Ocean by comparing sediments which proved they were part of the same original land mass. Cool, but that’s not what caught my attention in the first place.

In the description of this article, the tagline says, “It’s not Atlantis, but a lost continent has been found.” Just from reading/hearing that tagline, my mind traveled to the animated Disney movie of Atlantis and the story of how/why they sank and were hidden from the world. Regardless of how/why Atlantis sank, if they could see the state of the world right now, would they want to be found? Would they want to become a part of this society as a whole, joining the human-race as we know it on the planet?

After years of been hidden, tucked away an unfazed by this overpopulated, information inundated, hustle and bustle world, would Atlantis want to be found?

I have a feeling that if Atlantis were real and still thriving somehow, they would take one look at us and re-sink their city. They’d have no desire to see our world, and they would be more than opposed to sharing theirs.

Hey, I warned you at the beginning that this exhausted mother wasn’t going to make any sense. I think I hear my pillow calling!

A lost continent has been discovered in the Indian Ocean

Black Sails – Season 4 Episode 1

Before my daughter was born, my husband and I would spend many hours binge watching television series and movies whenever we were experiencing bouts of laziness. I think we watched all four seasons of Breaking Bad in a week right before the fifth was airing. We were dedicated to say the least. During those early days of our marriage, we heard about a series called Black Sails on STARZ. Now if you know my husband you know he enjoys ninjas and pirates, typical guy, but when we researched and found out it was based on characters of Treasure Island and true pirate history, we knew we had to see it!black-sails-tv-series-on-starz-cancelled-no-season-five

Let me first say that this cast is full of beautiful people. I mean drop dead gorgeous men and women! The show is obviously supposed to take place before personal hygiene was ever a real concern, but even as greasy and dirty as some of the characters appear to be, it only adds to their sensuality. Tom Hopper, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, and even Toby Stephens are extremely gritty, tough men oozing with sex appeal. (Zach McGowan’s voice is so hot!) Hannah New and Jessica Parker Kennedy are beautiful and strong women who at times seem to have the upper hand on the men in their lives. (Jessica Parker Kennedy’s accent is sensual!) Clara Paget is a true pirate, but her moments of femininity show her for the true gorgeous woman she is.

The entire series has been building up to this season, and I am so sad that this fourth one will be its last. There aren’t any other pirate dramas on television that I am aware of, so for this storyline to be finished really hurts me! (That and the fact that most of the series we like are coming to end! *coughGOTcough*)

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When the Muse Calls

Tell me a story,

And I’ll read you a line

From the most divine

Poetry book.

Sing me a song,

And I’ll bring to you

A chorus of angels for

Your melody.

But follow me

As I show you the world,

And I’ll promise you

Forever.

When the muse strikes. I’m not much of a poetry writer, but sometimes the mood is right and the words flow easily. It’s funny what our muses convince us we do well, but I find I become even more stricken with a block if I try to ignore them. Best to just let it flow, my friends.

So words to the wise: don’t fight it. Just let it happen. You may be surprised with the outcome.

Have a great week all!

Engineer Your Life

I’m feeling a little drained and dry recently. I just can’t get motivated for anything. Work has been hectic. I’m making my final push toward an October graduation. And the past two weeks, my daughter has had a cold. She’s doing a lot better now, and will finally be going to school for the first time in a week. Overall, life is happening, and I’m trying to keep up, but I don’t feel like I’m getting ahead. It’s more like I’m treading water or stuck on my hamster wheel.7kkqg0eb_ti-ankush-minda

I know I have absolutely nothing to worry about. My daughter, husband, friends and family brighten my days, and I am generally in a decent mood based on my coffee intake. I just feel like I’m holding on to the caboose of my life rather than engineering the front car.

I’ve said multiple times that I’m a glutton for punishment. I can’t help it. I like being busy, but this is one of those times I think I need to pull back, evaluate my commitments, and find my direct path rather than this haphazard road.

My advice to you, my friends: Be the engineer in your own life. Steer the train as directly as you can toward your goals and leave the rest behind.

Easier said than done, I’m finding, but as with anything, it’ll just take time, and a few more I think I can’s. Choo choo!

Star Wars: Rogue One Review

Hubby and I had a mommy/daddy weekend over the New Year holiday, and besides actually spending the night out for the big ball drop, we also decided to see the new Star Wars movie. We are definitely Star Wars fans, but since Disney has taken over LucasFilms and has decided to release movies on or around our daughter’s birthday every year, we will consistently be late to the viewing of these movies. mv5bmjewmzmxodizov5bml5banbnxkftztgwnzg3otazmdi-_v1_sy1000_sx675_al_

Hear that Disney! Make the release dates later!

The basics of the movie are: In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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2017 Goals

Last year, I had planned on setting goals each month with a long term goal as the grand prize. I think I made it through four months of the process, but like most “resolution-ists”, it kind of fell to the wayside. This year, I have some ideas of what I would like to accomplish in 2017, but some aren’t fully fleshed out just yet. I’m thinking I might create a few monthly goals, but I also have some that I would like to set for the overall year as well.happy-new-year-2017-images

This month:

-Figure out how to lose weight. I’ll expand on this in another post.
-Write 10K words on my new project.
-Continue to Tweet daily and blog at least weekly.
-Have a date night.

Overall year:

-Travel. I have a wedding to attend in Colorado, so this should be easy, but I also want to go to Florida. We’ll see what we can manage.
-Take a vacation. This kind of goes with the above, but I also want to make sure that I take the time to enjoy a break from the norm.
-Graduate. My bachelor’s degree is so close. I will finish it this year!

We’ll see how it all pans out, and I promise I’ll keep you’ll posted. After the excruciating year 2016 turned out to be, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.