Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers Episode 4 Recap


Previously on Survivor: Chrissy managed to get herself on the top while Ashley and Ben continued to argue and be at the bottom. Jessica and Cole grow closer romantically to the point where Cole reveals that Joe has an idol. The Hustlers lost the challenge and were deciding on Lauren or Patrick. Ultimately they decided on Patrick because of his unpredictability and behavior.

Tribe Swap: Before the challenge, we hear those famous words “everybody drop your buffs.” That’s right, it’s time for a tribe swap. Everyone grabs a hidden buff and reveal the new tribes. The new tribes are…

  1. Levu: Ben, Ashley, Desi, Joe, and Devin
  2. Soko: Ryan, Ali, Chrissy, JP, and Roake
  3. Yawa: Cole, Jessica, Lauren, Mike, and Ben

With no time to waste, we get into our reward challenge. Three members of each tribe will be attached to a rope and must untangle themselves while going through a course. They will then use the rope to hook a sled and pull it back to them. The other two tribe members will use the shed to solve a puzzle. The winning tribe will get a feast of PB&J sandwiches with an individual bag of chips. Everyone is close but Yawa is in the lead. Levu becomes tangled up and slowly falls behind. Yawa gets in the lead and solves the puzzle.

Yawa: Ben is a little worried because he’s the only Hero in the tribe. Yet he doesn’t dwell on it and tries to bond with his new tribe. Everyone is enjoying their feast but Jessica notices something in her chips, a secret advantage. Hell, she almost ate it but thankfully not. This advantage involves blocking another vote at the next tribal council. If Yawa wins then she must give it to one person on the losing tribe. She tells Cole and Mike which maybe wasn’t the best option. Cole quickly tells everyone and by god he needs to shut up.

She tells Cole and Mike which maybe wasn’t the best option. Cole quickly tells everyone and by god he needs to shut up. Lauren wants to swing Mike to her side so they can have the majority. Mike is pissed and tells Jessica that everybody knows about the advantage. Well, Cole confesses that he told Ben and she keeps her feelings of betrayal inside her.

Soko: Roark is also like Ben because she’s the lone Healer. Ryan is excited because, in the first episode, he gave Chrissy the temporary super idol. He tells her what happened and she is thrilled about this.

Levu: Ashley isn’t happy because Alan is on her tribe. Instead of being out, Devon becomes the swing vote between the 2 healers and 2 heroes. Joe is nervous and approaches him about joining them in the next vote. He makes up a lie that the Heroes want Devon to go home.

Immunity: The challenge involves each tribe racing to a large crate of puzzle pieces. Next, they have to move the crate through the challenge. Once they reach the finish, they will unlock their second set of puzzle pieces. Then everybody must work together to make a giant puzzle. The first 2 tribes to win will be safe while the losers will go to tribal council. Yawa quickly goes through the obstacles and finish their puzzle. Soko finishes right behind them and wins.

Tribal: Devon is in a good position of the swing vote for this upcoming tribal. Ashley talks to him and he tells her that Joe said the heroes want him out. Now he really doesn’t trust Joe. Desi sees this and Joe thinks about playing an idol at the next vote. Well, Alan and Joe become very paranoid and throws Desi under the bus. Joe tries to calm her down and Desi tells him to play the idol for her. Tribal will get more tricky because Devon gets the advantage from Jessica.

At tribal, Alan immediately gets into it and tells about Joe being crazy after their loss. Although he appreciates Joe’s honesty, one of the healers will be going home. The point of 6 healers still being in this game is a good one. Devon acknowledges he’s the swing vote and opens up the secret advantage. Well, it actually becomes more of a disadvantage because now he can’t vote. Then Joe plays his idol for himself and manages to get two of the votes blocked. Which means Alan is voted out.



Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers Episode 3 Recap


Previously on Survivor: Alan is trying to break up the power couple of Ashley and JP but Krissy is navigating her way to the top. Cole helped Joe find an idol while the Hustlers lost the immunity challenge. While Patrick was being annoying, Simone is voted out because she didn’t bring anything to the tribe.

Hustlers: Ryan is talking to (name) about how Ali should be trusted and Lauren will be the target. Lauren is scared that she’s on the outside because everyone is in a similar age range while she’s the mom. Although she is a target, Patrick still has a bullseye on his back. Everyone is a bit scared of the comment he made at tribal about him not trusting some people. Ali still wants to work with Patrick because he’ll be a number but is afraid of the bad social game he has at the moment. He’s been acting really suspicious as Ryan thinks he is looking for an idol. Patrick confirms this as he doesn’t hide this fact at all. Ali acts as his PR manager and tells him to be better in the tribe.

Heroes: Chrissy is in the prime place with Ben as the rest of the four have to work with them. They’re deciding who would be the best target: JP or Alan? Alan is a hot head while JP is clueless. Well, one thing is for sure, Ashley definitely wants JP around. Currently, he has become the provider and Ashley thinks he looks good while doing it. She tries to campaign to Ben about the value that JP has. This backfires because now Ben thinks Ashley and JP could be in a power couple.

Healers: Currently, the Healers are the best functionally tribe. They have great chemistry with each other and a winning streak. Joe is happy because he has everyone thinking Mike has the hidden idol. The one thing he’s worried about is Cole and Jessica hanging out too much. She’s crushing hard with Cole and the feeling is mutual. In fact, Cole reveals that Joe actually has the idol, not Mike. Well, Jessica is ecstatic that she knows Joe’s secret. So happy that she gives him a kiss on the cheek (insert sitcom laugh track woohoo sound). Cole isn’t happy that Joe has the power so he decides if the Healers go to tribal, they’ll blindside him. Then he word vomits to Roark that Joe has the idol which Jessica is a little pissed at. He should have talked to Jessica instead of telling someone else.

Immunity: The immunity challenge involves each tribe to race through a series of obstacles. They must grab sandbags to knock over blocks then solve a puzzle using those blocks. Besides immunity, the first tribe to win will win chickens while the second tribe to win will get some eggs. The last place will go to tribal council.

Every tribe is close at first until the Heroes get a slight lead. While Ben is knocking over blocks, Patrick and Cole come right behind. Ben switches with JP to keep their lead. Joe comes in while Patrick continues for the Hustlers. Patrick is slowing down while the other two tribes get all of their blocks down. He finally gets the block down while the other two tribes are making progress. The Healers think they have it right but one block is left out. This gives the Heroes and Hustlers more time on their puzzle. While the Heroes get first place, the Hustlers fail to win as the Healers comeback for a second place win.

Tribal: Patrick is disappointed in himself because of his performance with the blocks. He acknowledges that Lauren is pissed off at him. It becomes awkward between them as they talk about the challenge. She’s upfronted that he knows that the target won’t be him. He tries to say no but according to her, gingers aren’t good at lying. Once again, it’s up to Devon and Ryan to decide who will go home.

At tribal, the discussion turns towards Patrick performance at the challenge. Lauren is pissed because she could have done it. Ali spins this as a hypothetical situation because who knows if they would have won. Talk turns to Patrick publically trying to find an idol and Patrick tries to spin it as Lauren was trying to find it as well. Devon will vote on fixing the chemistry in the tribe. The voting ends up blindsiding Patrick as he’s the latest castaway voted out.

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Blade Runner 2049 Review


It’s always a tricky situation with sequels in general but it becomes a different ballgame when the movie is released after a long period of time. We’ve seen movies like Dumb & Dumber 2 and Terminator: Genysys fail so hard that they take enjoyment out of the original movies. When a sequel for Blade Runner was announced, many fans were nervous that it would not only be bad but ruin a masterpiece. Well, fans don’t have to worry because Blade Runner 2049 is another beautiful sci-fi masterpiece.

Usually, I would give a brief synopsis of the movie but this shouldn’t be the case here. Right from the first two minutes, there are spoilers that the marketing team keeps hidden. Throughout the movie, it just keeps revealing things that you didn’t even know. Kudos to the marketing team for not spoiling an amazing movie. With that, I’ll try my hardest to not reveal anything detail out.

Director Denis Villeneuve does an amazing job taking the Blade Runner world feel similar but different. That visual style is still present here and it’s done wonderfully done. Yet Denis adds a bit more that makes this into such a visual treat. I can’t wait to buy the Blu Ray and pause for each frame. Yes, each frame is so beautifully done that it should be a work of art. From the striking colors to the placement of lighting, it remains one of the more visually pleasing movies of 2017.

If you should see it in theatres then definitely check out an IMAX screening. Not just because of the visuals but the score. Done by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, the music really does match the visuals. The percussions booms so loudly that the IMAX speakers can handle it.

Everyone in the cast does a great job. Again I won’t spoil their roles because that would ruin the fun of it. Harrison Ford returning as Rick Deckard doesn’t feel half ass and slips back into the role after many years. The breakout performance has to go to Ana de Armas. Her arc is a pretty interesting one when you consider the role she plays.

Overall. Blade Runner 2049 is a fantastically done sequel that surpasses the original. Don’t read anything else as any details might ruin your enjoyment while watching it. Despite the long runtime, the movie goes at its own pace. Even if you were not a fan of the first Blade Runner, the sequel goes miles above the original. Go check out Blade Runner while it’s still in theatres.

Grade: A

Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers Episode 2 Recap


Previously on Survivor: Eighteen castaways are divided into three tribes; Heroes, Healers and Hustlers. Before they were sent off, Ryan discovered a super idol that was good for the first tribal council. Mike was trying to find an idol but was caught by Joe.  The Heroes lost the first challenge so Ryan gave it to Chrissy. She and Katrina were at the bottom of the tribe even as Alan made accusations against JP and Ashley of being a power couple. In the end, Katrina was voted out and Chrissy chooses not to use her idol.

Heroes: The Heroes are licking their wounds after Tribal. Chrissy is very glad that so much conflict came up. Since she was at the bottom, there’s now a crack for her to rise up the totem ladder. Alan is feeling pretty confident about his position but little does he know, everyone is weary. Ashley tells everyone that this is what she’s been dealing with. Now even Ben is on the side that Alan is going crazy. Seeing her opportunity, Christy starts to make some big connections with most of her tribe. She first goes to Ashley, who is a decent player in her eyes. JP is dumb while Alan is far too risky. Her last option is Ben and they form a tight bond. Now Ben has shifted from Alan to Chrissy. Way to go girl!

Hustlers: The Hustlers are doing pretty good as Ryan tells us. His bond with Devon is going really well as they formed a tight bond. He says that everyone is doing pretty good except for Simone. She is doing one thing that you can’t-do early on, be weird. Being weird makes you stand out which means you become the target. She isn’t an outdoors gal and constantly complains to everyone. Ali sees Simone as a potential number in the long haul. Speaking of being weird, we go to Patrick freaking out about a crab on him. His strategy is the entertainer of the tribe but it gets annoying really fast. Lauren wants to say something but she knows that it will put a target on her. She confides to Ali who’s wondering what will happen to Patrick.

Healers: Like the Hustlers, the Healers are in a pretty good spot. Even Mike and Joe are getting along. Well, Joe still doesn’t trust Mike but is still friendly towards him. People still think that Mike has an idol but Joe tries to find it. He sees a clue on a tree but is puzzled by it. Cole joins him with the idol hunt and their teamwork helps Joe find the idol. Cole thinks this is a good start for them but Joe will cut him at any point if he uses the idol against him.

Challenge: Ryan sees that Chrissy is still safe and hopes to be around so he can form a connection. The challenge involves the tribes diving into the water to retrieve bags of puzzles. Once all collected, two people from each tribe must solve a signpost puzzle. The first tribe to win gets immunity and a big fishing kit, second place gives you immunity and a small fishing kit while the losers go to tribal.

Everyone starts diving in but the Heroes really fall behind. The Healers and Hustlers soon gather all of their puzzle pieces. The Heroes finally get theirs but this is a puzzle and time can definitely be made up. Healers are the first tribe to win while the Heroes are gaining some track. Every time the Hustlers think they have it, the signpost doesn’t fit. In the end, the Heroes make a comeback win while the Hustlers are going to tribal.

Tribal: Simone is worried that she will be voted out so her strategy is to change the narrative on Patrick. She complains that Patrick is out of control and Lauren is definitely on board. Yet Ryan, Devon, and Ali aren’t sure if getting rid of Patrick is the right move. However, they do acknowledge that Patrick is very unpredictable but good in the challenges.

At tribal, it’s clear that the vote will go down to Simone and Patrick. Simone argues that challenge performance isn’t a clear indicator of who should go home. Then Patrick says he trusts mostly everyone. Everyone is a little freaked out by this but he argues that it was an innocent mistake. At the vote, it’s clear that the Hustlers came together as Simone is voted out.

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Battle of the Sexes Review


One of the best types of sports movies is where the event actually happened. That’s the magic of film is when audiences can really know what happened and how important the event really was. Of course, it all depends on if the movie is good or not. With the Battle of the Sexes, it’s safe to say that this movie deserves all the buzz it’s been receiving.

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Andrea Riseborough, Battle of the Sexes is all about the tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell). What’s more pressing than the actual match is their own issues of the court. Billie is trying to fight for women rights while Bobby deals with his own gambling addiction and legacy. All of this pressure amounts to one of the most televised tennis matches of all time.

Even the movie is about the match, the real star is Emma Stone who delivers an Oscar considered performance. She makes Billie Jean King feel more like a relatable person than a tennis icon. Seeing King trying to fight for equal rights was very empowering to see. Mostly from Stone’s performance like when Billie saw Bobby beating a female opponent in a match. Just seeing the camera slowly zooms in on Stone’s face as there’s a mixture of pain and anger. Then getting what’s going on in her personal life was interesting as she discovers her sexuality. It’s such a powerful performance that’s worth the ticket.

Thankfully everyone else is pretty good. Steve Carrell gives a great performance as Bobby Riggs. I was surprised on how likable he was and felt myself almost rooting for him. The whole male chauvinist pig act was mostly an act (he’s not overtly sexist as some other characters) and tries to support his family. Sarah Silverman was unrecognizable as Gladys Heldman. Herself and Carrell are really doing a great job on taking on some more dramatic work to their filmography.

It’s interesting how they made tennis seem so thrilling. I’m not a tennis fan as it’s just the ball going back and forth. Jonathan Dayton and Andrea Riseborough did such an effective job of heightening it up. Even with the motivations of Billie and Bobby, everything from a technical standpoint was great. The thrilling music, dramatic lighting, the diatic sounds of the ball getting hit, and the camera work really made tennis a life or death match.

Battle of the Sexes is a film that you must see. If you’re into seeing which films might get some nominations then this is the film for you. Emma Stone is a guaranteed nominee while Steve Carrell might get one as he definitely deserved it. Everything else is so good that makes this movie worth more viewings in the future. If you have a chance, definitely see Battle of the Sexes.

Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers Episode 1 Rankings


Welcome to my power rankings of Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers! Every week I’ll take rank the cast to see who did well during their episode and their position going forward. Unfortunately, the premiere (usually extended) was just an hour long so most of the cast didn’t get a chance to shine. However, there’s still some good meat for a ranking. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and your rankings may look different.


18. Katrina

Usually, the first boot gets a little more screen time but this isn’t the case for Katrina. She was in the minority and she got voted out. Simple as that.


17. Alan

Talk about overplaying in the first couple of days. Now he has the right to be suspicious but doesn’t make it public. Alan said that he might look like the crazy person, so why do it in the first place? Others aren’t painting the target as much as you’re doing it yourself.


16. Mike

While not necessarily overplaying, Mike seems to be on the outs. The conversation between him and Joe was mishandled by him. You could have developed some trust but Joe probably left even more distrusting of Mike. The Healers tribe look strong so Mike will be around for a bit.


15. Lauren

I have nothing to say, she wasn’t really in this episode.


14. Ashley

She was targeted by Alan because of the supposed bond between herself and JP. Ashley didn’t do herself any favors by getting into fights. If the Heroes go to tribal, there’s a strong possibility that Ashley gets voted out.


13. Simone

Just like Lauren, she’s another Hustler that didn’t get a lot of screentime. Can’t say anything more.


12. Jessica

For every hot guy, you need someone to fond over him. That’s all I can say about Ashley, she just has a crush on Cole. Now, who knows if this will become an actual showmance or just an innocent crush.


11. Cole

Well, we have our guy eye candy of the season (well besides Ryan). Cole is strong and bonded well with his tribe. I expect him to be at the merge.


10. JP

Well, that’s definitely one way to prove you don’t have an idol. Honestly, the naked strategy is a pretty good one but unfortunately for JP, he still has Alan. If Ashley is the next one to go, JP might be in the clear.


9. Desi

Just by a first glance, the Healers are a strong tribe so expect to see Desi around until the eventual tribe swap. Now if they do go to tribal, Desi is in a pretty good spot. You got Mike as a potential target but then Jessica and Cole being a potential showmance could make them a target as well.


8. Roark

She’s in the same exact position as Desi.


7. Patrick

Is it me or does Patrick remind me of the ginger kid from Pinnochio before he gets turned into a donkey? Just that kid, Patrick can be summed into one word, mischievous. Now Patrick isn’t in a bad spot but if his behavior gets wild to a point of annoyance, he could have a big target on his back.


6. Ali

Ali has some real potential to be the winner of the season. Now she doesn’t suck physically so that’s a good start. Lining up with Patrick (who yeah technically is familiar with him because they went to college together) was pretty slick. Judging from her job, Ali is going to dig deep and try to pull something off.


5. Chrissy

On the surface, Chrissy didn’t have the best episode with her throwing up at the challenge and being potentially the one to go home. Now her decision to not play the super idol is a good play. Yes, she would have saved an ally but that target becomes even bigger. Chrissy has the potential to become the swing vote between JP/Ashley and Ben/Alan at the next Tribal.


4. Devon

Just from the first episode, it looks like Devin/Ryan may have formed a JT/Stephen like bond. It’s always good when someone tells you a secret so they can earn your trust. Also, Devin looks strong so he’ll be good during the tribe section of the game and if his bond with Ryan sticks then expect him to go far.


3. Joe

Joe is sort of a puzzle to me because (for obvious reasons) he reminds me of Tony. While Tony is an erratic player, he’s still a really good one. Not sure if Joe is trying to mimic this but he does have some attributes down. Now his conversation with Mike is why he’s high on the list. Joe had the three c’s: cool, calm, and collected. If Joe can stay in the majority then he’ll be good for awhile.


2. Ryan

What a great night for Ryan! He found the super idol, build some good trust with Devon and had the right instinct when giving the super idol to Chrissy. My only concern is he might the first one out of the Hustlers because he appears weak. Judging from the premiere, Ryan has a lot of game in him.


1. Ben

By far the most level-headed member of the Heroes tribe. This guy was so smooth that he’s practically silky coconut oil. I mention that Chrissy might be the swing vote if the Heroes go to the next tribal but that can also be Ben as well. Even if he’s not, Ben is still in a great spot and has huge winner upside.

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Survivor 35: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers Episode 1 Recap


It’s that magical time of the year where Survivor finally turns after a long summer of Big Brother. Survivor has been one of my favorite shows since I first watched it (All-Stars was my first season) and has been with me since. So this season, I will be doing recaps and posting my rankings on Sunday. So without therefore ado, let’s begin!

The Marooning: We begin with Jeff Probst doing one of his classic stunts by letting him stand on something dangerous. He tells us that 18 strangers will be stranded on the island and how only one person will win it all. We cut to a boat with all of our castaways as they await their adventure. Jeff comes out and introduces the season theme, heroes v healers v hustlers. Heroes are respected for their courage and ideals that they live by. He asks Ben (who’s a veteran) if he thinks being a veteran makes him a hero. He says no and I swear that’s one of Jeff’s biggest turn-ons when soldiers say they’re not heroes but just doing what’s right. Healers are idolized with helping people in pain, whether it’s physical or emotional. The standout has to be Mike, the sex doctor (I wonder how his business cards look?). He already seems like a funny character and I can’t wait to see where he goes. Hustlers are appreciated for their hard work in their everyday life. Ryan (the bellhop) already fits into the Cochran role.

They all get their buffs and already have their first sort of challenge. In a short amount of time, the tribes have to gather all the materials they need to survive. Then they have to row to the beach where there’s an urn 15 feet high. The first person to light their urn wins a big fire, second place just some flint, and the last place gets nothing. Jeff tells them to go and it’s utter chaos. Before they jump off, Ryan notices a package that says secret advantage on it. He picks it up and goes with his Hustler tribe. Heroes and Hustlers are close but the Hustlers get fire. Heroes get flint while the Hustler gets nothing.

Healers: As they swim to their new shore, they see a big huge bonfire that seems more like Burning Man than a fire pit. Joe tells all the girls that he’s happy to be with the beautiful girls while he admires Cole. Jessica is just drooling over him as he describes his body. Now Joe quickly becomes a clone more like Tony with his erratic behavior and telling us that he’ll do anything to win.

Mike tells us that his 10-year-old son gave him advice about going for the idol. He tries to find it but had no luck. Joe gets suspicious of Mike and tells him up front that he’s a suspect. He tries to see if Mike has an idol but it just turns him into a nervous wreck. This drives a wedge between them as they both don’t trust each other.

Heroes: The Heroes start working on their flint and get some success. They start gathering up materials for their shelter. Ashley thinks it’s awesome to be a Hero but the gloves come off when you play Survivor. She quickly forms an alliance with the “Cowboy” and JP. Ben (former NFL player) is joined up by JP to be their fourth in the alliance but he’s suspicious.

At night, everyone is bonding but Alan is very suspicious of JP and Ashley. He goes to JP and point black tells him if he has an idol. JP tells him but that doesn’t help Alan’s paranoia. Alan knows he looks like the crazy guy but at least it will be a target on their back. Ashley is pissed at him because he will ruin the majority alliance and might have to vote him off. Even with JP stripping to prove he doesn’t have an idol, Alan is very suspicious.

Hustlers: Even without fire, the Hustlers are for lack of a better word, hustling to get a shelter. Patrick tells them that there was a clue on the boat and tries to see who got it. Well, Ryan has it in his pants (hey now) and goes off to read it. This advantage is a super immunity idol that’s good for the first tribal council. Even after the votes are read, the idol can still be used. If the Hustlers win immunity, he has to give it to one person on the losing tribe.

Ryan thinks Devin would be a good fit for a connection. He tells Devin about the advantage and be honest with him. Even if they go to tribal, Ryan will use the super idol on Devin. Great move by Ran to solidify trust in a future ally and hopefully will pay off for him.

Immunity: It’s time for the first immunity challenge of the season. The tribes have to race up a cargo net to the tower. They will have to push a cart and once everyone is in, they can go down the hill. Once down, there will be 3 different table mazes with the first tribe getting the first pick. They must transport the move towards the end. Once at the maze, two people from each tribe will have to navigate three balls into the hole. First 2 tribes to do this win immunity while the losing tribe will go to Tribal Council. Also, Jeff tells everyone that tie votes are back this season.

The challenge starts with Heroes being the first ones at the cart while the two other tribes right behind them. It’s a very close race with the Heroes getting the first pick at the maze, Hustlers get the second pick while the Healers are stuck with the last maze. It’s still close to everyone starting their maze. The Healers get the trick of it and start getting balls in their holes. Everyone is tied up with 2 and the Healers are the first tribe to win immunity. It’s super tight between the 2 tribes as the third ball is close to each of their holes. Hustlers get it in and win immunity while the Heroes are sent to tribal. Krissy (from the Heroes tribe) starts to dry heave which makes Ryan give the super idol to her.

Tribal Council: The Heroes are disappointed with their loss and Ashley is worried about Alan. Now the two older people, Katrina and Chrissy, are up on the chopping block because they’re the 2 older people in the tribe. Alan wants to work with Katrina and Chrissy. Ben is stuck in the middle if they should go with the “mom squad” or JP and Ashley. At tribal, Alan is already talking about his suspicious over JP and Ashley. They get into it as Ashley denies this showmance rumors. The voting begins as Jeff reads the votes. It’s a 5-1 for Katrina to be voted out but there’s a pause if Chrissy will use the idol. She doesn’t use it and Katrina is out of the game.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Regarding sequels, it’s interesting what elements of the earlier film that a director will take or leave it. As discussed in my earlier review (click here to check it out), Kingsman has many elements that make the movie standout. With Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theatres, we’ll take a look at this highly anticipated sequel. So is this sequel a worthy addition to the Kingsman franchise or a royal mistake?????

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who’s adjusted to being an agent of Kingsman. After a devastating attack on the organization that feels him and Merlin (Mark Strong) left, they resort to going to their American counterpart, the Statesman. They team up to take down Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug lord that has a plan that will cause chaos around the world.

Now the Kingsman franchise is primarily a wild homage to the James Bond franchise. So it’s interesting that now they put less attention on that aspect and more on the Rated R concept. We still have some of those elements like our villain, Poppy Adams, who has her own style. She grew up with an appreciation of 50’s America that more in the vain of Happy Days and Pleasantville. This makes her character and layout a lot more interesting while Julianna Moore brings some great balance of pleasantness and terror.

Every other element is dropped for the American counterpart of the Kingsman, the Statesman. While they were good, it feels like there was a lot more you could have done with it. The concept is so great with their operations being held at an Old Forrester distillery. Everything with America is so over the top but we don’t get to see a lot of it. Besides Halle Berry and Pedro Pascal, the other Statesman don’t get a lot of time. Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum feel more like extended cameos then supporting roles. Even Elton John, who’s by far the best part, has a bigger role than them. Maybe there will be a Statesman spinoff in the future.

Looking at the Kingsman itself, it’s a welcome feeling that they’re back. Both Taron Egerton and Mark Strong immediately step back into their roles. Now it’s disappointing that they dropped the focus on the Kingsman organization but the characters are still good. Now since it’s been in the advertising a lot, Colin Firth is back. While the way in which they explain how he survived feels cheap, it doesn’t matter because Harry is amazing.

The big problem with the Golden Circle is the pace. The movie is 2 hours and 17 minutes which is too long. Some sequences should have been cut out and actually would have been better. Instead, they drag out the movie which feels very unnecessary. If you did have that much time, why not focus on the Statesman instead or Eggsy’s mom. She’s only a brief cameo despite having a big focus in the last movie.

Overall, while not as good as the first movie, The Golden Circle is still a pretty good movie. The elements of the first Kingsman movie are still here and despite lack of focus, the new American elements are pretty interesting. Some scenes should have been cut but nonetheless, it’s still an entertaining flick. Also, Elton John is amazing and by far the scene stealer here.

Grade: B-


Kingsman: The Secret Service Review


When thinking about the James Bond franchise, there’s a lot of parodies and homages. Example. Recently we have the KINGSMAN franchise as the new homage. With the sequel coming out, it’s time to look back at the first Kingsman movie. But is it a worthy start or a misfire?

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who lives a chaf lifestyle in London. His father died young who actually was a part of the Kingsman organization, a secret spy program. After getting in trouble, Eggsy calls Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who is an agent in the Kingsman program. Eggys trains to be an agent while Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) develops a plan to get rid of humanity because of climate change.

With Kingsman, they took homage from the Roger Moore era. That era was known for its campiness and … So Matthew Vaughn took all of that and crank it up to ten. It’s perfectly insane that makes this movie so much. From the action to the story itself, there’s so much craziness in here. The violence is so over the top but not distasteful. Take the scene when Harry fights a Western Baptist like church. Sure everyone is killed in really graphic ways but you can’t take your eyes off the screen. Not in a train wreck sense but you want how each action will top itself. That feeling makes this movie really thrilling

This cast does a great job with making Kingsman great. Taren Edgeton makes for a great hero as we are introduced to the Kingsman through his eyes. He makes for a great underdog even know he’s basically great at everything. Personally, the story with his mother really made the heart of this movie. That raises actual stakes than the whole world being purged. Colin Firth is a great mentor and easily is the most badass. There’s a sense of suaveness but ruthless behind the glasses. But with our heroes, we need an effective bad guy which Samuel L Jackson provides. He’s not just a standard bad guy as Valentine is actually effective with his reasoning. It’s a morally wrong plan but he’s so charming and has his quirks. The lisp and ad version to violence are his quirks like how Bond’s villains has his own. Mark Strong as the M figure, name, was pretty fun. Also, Sofia Burtelle as Valentine henchwoman was great. Besides being badass with her knife legs, she felt less like a henchwoman and more like an equal.

Kingsman: The Secret Services is a great homage to the Roger Moore era of the Bond franchise. It nails down the campiness but cranks it up to a hard R level. Everyone does a great job and makes this movie a very entertaining flick.

Grade: B


mother! Review


Often there is a movie that comes along that is so critically divided that you either love it or hate it. That movie is mother! which is dividing up audiences everywhere. It has a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes (as of this review) but an F on CimenaScore. So is this movie so bad, so good, or maybe somewhere between?

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie begins with a poet (Javier Bardem) and his wife (Jennifer Lawrence) at their secluded home. He is struggling with writer block while she tries to perfect the house. Out of the sudden, a stranger (Ed Harris) rings the doorbell and stays with them. Everything starts to spiral out of control and that’s all the summary you need. With the plot, it would be spoiling everything but it’s hard to really write down.

For the first two acts of mother! there wasn’t any extreme reaction from at all. It was just okay but at least there was some investment. It felt like a little psychothriller mystery unflowing with these characters. With Jennifer Lawerence’s character, we fully relate to the anxiety that she faces but then all of that is quickly drained away. As the second act ended, the perception from the trailers that this would be a horror intense story was dashed. Looking back, all the trailers were very misleading as this movie is just filled with metaphors and allegories.

With the third act, I’ve never had a movie sour my experience more than this one. Those metaphors are so painfully obvious that it’s ridiculous for an analyze. Why not just have a big neon sign saying all of the meanings? It’s just images and images of nonstop pretentious from Aronofsky. For spoiler’s sake, you’ll have to find out for yourself but it’s not worth it and you’ll get it in the first 10 minutes. Then the movie won’t just end as you think it’s finally over but it keeps on going and going. Honestly, I thought about just walking out of the end but decided to stick around just to see how it ends. Well to sum it up, all I felt was anger and disappointment.

Now this movie isn’t all negative as there are some positive elements. As mention before, Jennifer Lawerence gives a pretty good performance. She really carries this movie and made me feel for her. Javier Bardem was fascinating to watch but his role didn’t offer a lot. The design of the house itself was very beautiful and the lack of a score was very efficient. Every creak coming from the wood was a nice little touch but if there was anything scare then it would be much better.

Even with trying to find something positive, mother! is a pretentious, clumsy, failure of a movie. The metaphors and allegories are so on the nose that you’ll see it a mile away. By the time the movie ends, your intelligence will feel insulted and bitter. Just see any other movie than this one.

Grade: D