‘Star Trek: Beyond’ Review

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What’s poppin’, y’all?  Star Trek:  Beyond was released this past weekend, and my mom and I decided to have a mother/daughter night and go see it.  I have to say, I was thoroughly entertained.  This go around, the Star Trek franchise has Justin Lin behind the helm as the director instead of J.J. Abrams, and the film received a fair amount of publicity, but not as much as I’d expect.  I caught a few commercials for it, and I saw Rihanna’s music video for “Sledgehammer,” and that’s about it.  When I learned the movie would be released on July 22nd, I was interested, but I wasn’t psyched about it.  However, like I said, I walked out of the theatre a happy lady.

This go around, Captain Kirk has been in deep space for 3 years and is ready for a bit of shore leave to break the monotony.  He’s even thinking about giving up his position as captain of the Enterprise, believing he can’t live up to his father’s legacy.  Also, his birthday has arrived, which is a bittersweet moment for Kirk, seeing as the date of his birth was also the date of his father’s death.  Spock also has some reservations about remaining with Starfleet after learning that Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) has passed away.  However, Kirk and Spock’s personal issues have to take a back seat once a fellow Starfleet captain requests permission for the Enterprise to assist her with finding her lost ship and crew.  In order to find the ship, the crew must travel through an unstable nebula, and what’s waiting for them on the other side has to be seen to be believed.

I can’t give away any more of the plot without revealing some major points.  Trust me, you’ll want to see the end result for yourself.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It wasn’t quite as good as the first Star Trek reboot or Star Trek Into Darkness, but I still had a good time watching it.  The first 20 minutes or so didn’t really draw me in, although the reason behind Kirk and Spock’s dark mood stirred up some interest (and it also explains why Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” was chosen as the theme song for this film).  However, once the Enterprise went through the nebula and all hell broke loose,  I became fully invested in the movie.  I was extremely impressed with Idris Elba.  He played the villainous Krall in the film, and he did a doggone good job.  His makeup artist deserves full props as well.  He actually managed to make Idris Elba fugly and unrecognizable.  Kudos!  All the cast members provided solid performances, to be honest.  Seeing Anton Yelchin play Chekov was bittersweet, especially considering that Chekov is the best character he’s ever played, in my opinion.  I really loved that the movie was dedicated to the memories of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.  Another thing I learned as the closing credits rolled was that Simon Pegg wrote most of the script, which only furthers my love him.

Y’all, Star Trek:  Beyond is a really good movie.  If you liked the previous installments in the rebooted franchise, you’ll like this one as well.  I highly recommend it.

—Written by Nadiya

So, have you seen Star Trek:  Beyond?  What did you think about it?  Give me your thoughts in the comments section!

Chris Hemsworth Returns to ‘Star Trek’!

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What’s poppin’, y’all?  I’m sorry I haven’t been around in the past few days; I had some other projects in the works.  Well, as most of you may have already heard, Paramount issued a press release stating that Mr. Chris Hemsworth will be in the next installment of Star Trek (Just to clarify, I’m talking about the upcoming Star Trek 4, not the new Star Trek:  Beyond installment that’s coming to theatres)!  I don’t know about y’all, but I’m excited.  First of all, I LOVE Chris Hemsworth.  Second of all, it’ll be so exciting to see what he’ll be doing in the movie!  No news has been issued on why he’s returning or what his role is in the plot (after all, we all know that Captain Kirk’s dad sacrificed himself for his crew the day the former was born).  I can only speculate that Kirk and the crew go back in time, and the captain gets to be reunited with the father he never knew.  Either way, this is gonna be cool.

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Another bit of news that was released about the new Star Trek film, is that Anton Yelchin’s character, Chekov, will not be recast.  I’m very happy to hear that.  Anton played that role to perfection, and if his character was replaced, something in the movie would feel off.  To be honest, I’ve never really cared for recastings, anyway.  It took me a minute to get used to Don Cheadle as Rhodey in the MCU (although now, it’s weird to see Terrence Howard in the role).  Plus, it’s a good way to honor the young man’s memory.  May he rest in peace.

—Written by Nadiya

Yes, this post was super short and sweet.  Aside from gossip, there’s not a whole lot to report at the moment!  Tell me what you thought about Chris Hemsworth being cast as George Kirk for the next Star Trek film.  Do you think it’s a good idea, or is it pointless to bring his character back?  Also, do you think it was respectful to Anton Yelchin’s memory to not recast Chekov’s character, or do you think it’s not a true Star Trek film without him?  Give me your thoughts!

Top 10 ‘Game of Thrones’ Psychos

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What’s poppin’, y’all?  I know Game of Thrones‘ sixth season has ended, but I’m quite sure some of y’all have been going through withdrawals.  With that being said, I decided to do a Game of Thrones Top 10 list, and what better way to do it than to name off the top 10 psychos on the show!  I mean, let’s face it, a lot of the characters on Game of Thrones aren’t particularly balanced.  Let’s hop to it!  By the way…do y’all like my house sigil?

10.  Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

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I know what y’all are thinkin’, “What’s The Hound doing on this list?”  Now I know that all of y’all love The Hound; I love him, too.  However, you have to admit that he’s a bit psychotic.  I can see why, though.  If my brother burned half my face for playing with one of his favorite toys, I’d be a bit off myself.  Yes, deep down The Hound is a good man, but he actually enjoys killing.  Remember when he told either Sansa or Arya (I can’t remember which one it was) that killing was the most wonderful thing in the world and that Ned enjoyed it, too?  Every time I watched Ned—or even Jon—kill someone, it was a necessary evil, but they got no enjoyment from it.  Only The Hound finds glee in murder.  Unless it’s folks gettin’ burned to death, of course.

9.  Euron Greyjoy

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That’s right, number nine is the king of the Iron Islands and the king of dick jokes himself, Euron Greyjoy!  It’s true that he just joined the cast this season, but right out of the gate, he proved himself to be an A1 nut!  First he killed his brother, proved himself to be obsessed with Theon’s no-longer-existing dick, and then uttered his famous phrase, “Where’s my niece and nephew?  Let’s go murder them!”  Cu-koo!

8.  Walder Frey

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He flirts with chicks young enough to be his granddaughters, he murders entire families at social functions, and always appears to be constipated!  The number eight spot goes to none other than ratchet ass Walder Frey!  Anyone that can watch folks get slaughtered at a wedding and get years of enjoyment from it (not to mention the fact that he imprisoned his son-in-law for God knows how many years after the massacre) is a pure psycho!

7.  Cersei Lannister

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Cersei was always a bitch, but she crossed into pure psychotic territory during the sixth season finale.  When a monarch commits mass genocide (and let’s not forget, she blew up a church!) in her own kingdom and smiles with joy, it proves that she isn’t playing with a full deck.  Plus, there were her past deeds:  trying to kill Tyrion, sleeping with Jaime (ill!), not caring when Jaime pushed Bran out the window, etc.  Hell, in the books, she murdered one of her close friends because the latter had a crush on Jaime!  With an ally like her, who needs enemies?

6.  Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes

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These ladies are so hellbent on revenge, they don’t care who they take out to get it, and if you’re not with them, you’re damn sure against them.  I get Ellaria and the crew being pissed at Cersei, but why kill Myrcella?  She was completely innocent!  Why kill Prince Doran and his son for (wisely) not wanting to wage war?  Let’s not forget how the youngest Sand Snake (her name escapes me) poisoned Bronn just for shits and giggles.  A family full of fools, indeed.

5.  Meryn Trant

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Meryn Trant was an arrogant, murderous pedophiliac who got his rocks off on following Joffrey’s sick orders and beating up little girls under the age of 14.  I cheered out loud when Arya messed his ass up.  Talk about just desserts!  The only reason this dude isn’t higher on the list because there’s much, much worse people on Game of Thrones.  You have to have a strong will and thick skin to enjoy this show.

4.  Lysa Arryn

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Lord, have mercy.  Lysa Arryn was the epitome of batshit crazy.  Considering that she’s the one that poisoned her husband and sent that letter to Ned Stark implicating the Lannisters for his murder, it’s possible to say that her actions put all the horrible events in the show into motion (Ned wouldn’t have gone to King’s Landing if the former Hand of the King—Lysa’s husband—hadn’t been murdered).  Some of Lysa’s favorite pastimes included dropping people to their death (which makes it fitting that she was killed the same way), obsessing over Littlefinger, and allowing her nine year old son to be breastfed.  Did I mention that she was a horrible parent, too?  Lysa was single-handedly responsible for raising the most spoiled and useless child on the face of the Earth, and I’ve seen some bad ones, boo.

3.  Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane

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The Hound made it on to the list, but his big brother, The Mountain, is waaaaaaay crazier than he is.  As I said earlier, The Mountain is basically the reason The Hound is on this list in the first place.  Much like Meryn Trant, he found joy in carrying out The Lannisters’ dirty deeds (i.e. raping and killing women and children), but he’d also go after anyone and everyone that pissed him off.  He tried to kill Loras Tyrell once for beating him fair and square during a game of joust.  And of course, there was that time he crushed Oberyn Martell’s skull (the very act that turned Ellaria and the Sand Snakes into vengeful nuts).  To add insult to injury, ever since he’s become a reanimated corpse, he’s gotten even crazier!  Smashing people’s heads, raping nuns…move over, Hannibal Lector!

2.  Joffrey Baratheon

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Now y’all know the king we all loved to hate was gonna be on this list!  Joffrey was a spoiled rotten young king that thrived on torture and humiliation.  He didn’t care who felt his wrath:  his uncle, his fianceé, his future father-in-law, innocent animals, random folks in King’s Landing, or some hoes that just wanted to show him a good time.  The very first episode of Game of Thrones I ever watched was “The Lion and the Rose” (the episode with “The Purple Wedding”), and I witnessed what an asshat Joffrey was.  I couldn’t say I was too upset—or shocked—when he was poisoned to death at the end of the episode.  Hell, I laughed out loud!

1.  Ramsay Bolton

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Real talk, if you were surprised Ramsay made the number one spot, you must be a new fan.  Ramsay is on a whole ‘nother level of insanity that even Joffrey’s spoiled, maniacal ass can’t touch.  Even Joffrey had a limit to his craziness.  Ramsay, on the other hand, had no chill.  He killed his dad, his step mother, and even his 10 minute old newborn brother!  Like Joffrey, he got off on torture, but he took it a step further than beatings and using folks for crossbow practice.  He cut off appendages and peeled the skin off people.  He raped and used psychological torture.  We have Ramsay to thank for Euron’s never ending dick jokes and for Theon being the poster child for PTSD.  What made Ramsay even scarier than Joffrey is the fact that Ramsay was actually intelligent, whereas Joffrey was a vicious idiot.  Ramsay used his insanity and mind games to his advantage, and he came out on top just about every time…until Jon beat his ass and Sansa turned him into Dog Chow.

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—Written by Nadiya

So who do think is the biggest psychopath on Game of Thrones?  Do you agree with the list?  Also, do you like my house sigil?  No, really.  Do you?  Give me your thoughts!

Are There Too Many Remakes/Reboots Nowadays?

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Hey, y’all!  I decided that today’s topic should be something that’s been on my mind for a while now.  Week before last, when I went to see Central Intelligence, I noticed there was a large cardboard cutout in the lobby promoting the film Ben-Hur.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Ben-Hur.

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For you young bucks that never heard of Ben-Hur, let me give you a little rundown.  Ben-Hur is a film that made in the 1950s about a young Roman prince-turned-slave that lived in biblical times.  The movie stars legendary actor Charlton Heston and has not only been regarded a cinematic classic, but it’s been preserved in the Library of Congress.  Needless to say, remaking this film may not be the best idea.  Nonetheless, it’ll be appearing at a theatre near you sometime in August.

It got me thinking…are there too many reboots/remakes now?  It seems like there’s a remake or a reboot of a movie every couple of months.  Even my mother is starting to complain about how there’s nothing original out there any more.  I’m not knocking reboots/remakes.  Some of them are really well made, like Cape Fear, Roots, The Karate Kid and Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.  Ben-Hur itself is a remake (the original film was made in 1907 and remade again in 1925) that greatly out shined its predecessors.  Then, there’s some remakes or reboots that turn out like Vacation and Steel Magnolias.  *Shudder*  I have to be totally honest, I’m going to wait until the new Ghostbusters reboot is released on video until I watch it.  It has nothing to do with the main characters being women (I love that aspect, actually), and I don’t think the movie will ruin my childhood.  I’m scared it’ll be as tortuous as Vacation was, judging by some of the flat jokes in the trailer, and I’m just not willing to pay full price for that.  Yeah, my boo Chris Hemsworth makes viewing the film tempting, but as I’ve always said, a fine man does not a good movie make.  Hell, Vacation itself was proof enough of that.

Ben-Hur and Ghostbusters aren’t the only remakes/reboots that’ll be released soon.  There’s quite a few that are currently in production or have been announced according to The Guardian:

  • The Craft (why?)
  • War Games  (WHY!?)
  • Commando (oh God, no!  This will ruin my childhood!)
  • Overboard (y’all just wanna kill it dead, don’t you?)
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Jumanji (Rock is supposed to star in this film)
  • Porky’s
  • Drop Dead Fred (please don’t touch this masterpiece)
  • Soapdish
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (*sob*)
  • Police Academy
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (*prolonged sobbing*)
  • Three Men and a Baby
  • It
  • Cliffhanger (aw, c’mon!)
  • The Birds (y’all must like being dissed)
  • Flatliners
  • Don’t Look Now

I didn’t name all the movies in the list; those are just the ones that I’m familiar with/grew up on.  Movies aren’t the only thing being rebooted or remade.  TV shows also are getting remakes/reboots, or there’s classic movies being made into TV shows, and vice versa.  Here’s a list of a few of them:

  • Lethal Weapon (Damon Wayans is Murtaugh, and he’s too young for this shit)
  • MacGyver  (MacGyver is a young dude in his 20’s)
  • Uncle Buck (this time with a black family…can’t complain about that)
  • The Exorcist (I’m not watching this)
  • Training Day
  • Frequency
  • Thunderbirds Are Go (instead of puppets, it looks like it’s all CGI)
  • Prison Break (oh, God!  How many more prisons do they have to break out of??)
  • Voltron
  • Gilmore Girls:  A Year in the Life
  • The X-Files (talk about beatin’ a dead horse)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Taken
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (once again with an all black cast…make me proud, y’all)
  • Baywatch (this one also stars Rock, and it’s a TV show being converted to a movie)

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Wow.  That’s a lot.

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Here’s my thing:  What made these shows and movies great was that they were original ideas that broke the mold.  There’s nothing wrong with putting a new spin on great films and TV shows for inspiration, but constantly doing it doesn’t give much room for more original ideas and would be classics to be made.  Also, like I said earlier, some remakes/reboots do TV series and movies justice, but others do them a grave disservice.  My advice would be to leave the great classics alone—like Ben-Hurand find new ways to break the mold.  Oh, and don’t touch Drop Dead Fred either, doggone it.

—Written by Nadiya

So what do you think about the vast amount of remakes/reboots for movies and TV shows?  Are there way too many, just enough, or would you like to see more?  Give me your thoughts!