Movies, On Screen, Reviews

Secret Life of Pets 2 [REVIEW]

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy| Release: June 7th 2019 | Director / Creator: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val | Starring:  Patton OswaltKevin HartHarrison Ford

Rating: 🍿🍿🍿🍿.5

Illumination’s tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.

Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.

And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.

Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears? Illumination Synopsis

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June 2019: TBW (To Be Watched)

Happy Wednesday Storytellers! Another month is flying past us and another month of stories are drawing near! If you are new here–first off, if you are, Hiya and welcome to my neck of the woods!– then let me tell you that apart from yelling my love of books from the mountain tops, I also yell my love of movies and TV series from those very same mountain tops!

A few days ago, I was bored and attempting to make a TBR for the month of June (because I am so good at keeping those) when I got to thinking about all the shows and movies I wanted to watch in June as well. This thought spiral led me to the fact that barely anyone (wont say all/no one–because wow the internet is huge and who has the time to comb through the entire internet) every posts their to be watched (TBW) lists. I have always seen plans for the reading–but never for the watching.

So here is me–being a maybe (huge emphasis on maybe) trendsetter and noting down what I aspire to watch in the month of June! I typically don’t post my TBRs because again, ya girl probably never keeps them, but if you are interested in seeing what I would like to read in June, let me know in the comments!

But without further ado, kick back, relax, and look at all the things I have yet to watch.

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Television

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (Hulu)

Current standing: Season 2, Episode 2

I always get to season 2 episode 2 and then for whatever reason forget to continue. BUT I SHALL PROVE VICTORIOUS! I am honestly having the time of my life watching this and I am so thankful for Kal and Jamsu for pushing me to watch this. I missed out on greatness in my youth.

Chilling Adventure of Sabrina (Netflix)

Current standing: Season 1, Episode 1

I’ve been meaning to watch this since its release last October, but every time I set out to watch it, I always get sidetracked either by what’s already on live TV or by a book. By the time I remember I wanted to watch this series I am just not in the mood anymore (literal story of my life). So I am hoping that I can treat myself to a few episodes of this in June!

Gentleman Jack (HBO)

Current standing: Season 1, Episode 1

OKAY! So I have been seeing adverts for this after every Game of Thrones episode and I was seriously intrigued. One night, I caught the tale end of an episode and ya girl was hooked. I don’t know what episode I watched, so I’m going to go back to the beginning and start there. BUT WOW! I’m not one for historical fiction at all, but this could possibly be an exception!

American Gods (STARZ)

Current standing: Season 1, Episode 1

I love mythology, and I love Neil Gaiman. I don’t know why it has taken me this long to realize they made a huge production for this book. So here I am joining the band wagon all kinds of fabulously late. YOLO.

Sex Education (Netflix)

Current standing: Season 1, Episode 1

Another band wagon I am joining in on all kinds of late, but it is what it is! At least I am getting on! I know nothing about this storyline except that this kid’s mom is a sex therapist (I think?) and he starts being one for his fellow classmates at his school….I think. A time will be had if I am right on the synopsis!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

Current standing: Season 1, Episode 1

I have seen this show win award after award and I have yet to start it even though it’s been on my to be watch list since it’s pilot was announced all those moons ago. I honestly love the premise of the show, and the cast is phenomenal from the works I’ve seen of theirs individually–so I am excited to see their dynamic when put together! Again, I am not into historical fiction, but I am hoping that I can get behind this one.

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Film

This is backlist films only. New releases will be in a separate post (My anticipated June Movie Releases).

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Amazon Prime)

So this movie got 49% on Rotten Tomatoes with reviews that basically say it used its fancy budget to hide the inconsistencies in plot and narrative. If I am nothing else, I am a lover of watching bad fantasy/sci-fi films. I shall indulge myself in this.

A Quiet Place (Amazon Prime)

This deserved more, and I am ashamed (not really but a little) to say I haven’t watched this piece of art yet. I am profoundly intrigued and awe struck at the use (or lack) of audio in this and how beautiful it translates based off of what my friends and reviewers have said. I am super stoked that Prime added it to their streaming service, so I will be having a lot of popcorn in June.

Every Day (Amazon Prime)

Based off David Levithan’s book of the same title, this one I was really looking forward to seeing when it was released in theatres–but life happened and I was unable to go. So when I saw Amazon picked it up on their streaming site, I may or may not have done a little jiggle in my bed. I am anticipating another bop of a movie so I really need to read this book first…and quickly!

The Perfect Date (Netflix)

Noah Centineo is all I will say. Yup.

Homecoming (Netflix)

I stan Beyonce like I stan myself. She is queen–I am queen, we must support our fellow queens!

Jurassic Park (STARZ)

I can hear your gasps from all the way in my office. Yes, this is very true–I have never seen Jurassic Park (and before you say it, I haven’t seen the new ones with Chris Pratt either so calm thy pectoral area). I’ve been getting a lot of flack from my fellow movie buffs for not seeing this classic, so this June I have decided it was time–before I turn 24–to pop my dinosaur cherry. Plus I’m trash for Jeff Goldblum, so win/win.

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Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think?

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Movies, On Screen, Reviews

Avengers: Endgame–An Epic Conclusion To An Epic Franchise [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW]

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy| Release: April 26 2019 | Director / Creator: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Starring:  Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansMark Ruffalo

Rating: 🍿🍿 🍿🍿

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.” Rotten Tomatoes Synopsis

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Movies, On Screen

Most Anticipated May Movie Releases

T-minus 5 days until Avengers: Endgame.

Literally Marvel is all I have throughout about these last 20 days. What is going to happen to my children? Are they safe? Will I see purple rain (get it…cause Thanos is purple and I’ need him to die from a thousand cuts)? No matter how many times I tweet at the actors, the production crew, the writers–no one will give me the answers I need.

Sheldon Cooper GIF - Sheldon Cooper BBT GIFsHell, according to Buzzfeed, Tom Holland doesn’t even know the answers. Well, I kind of figure that would happen cause the dude is a walking and breathing spoiler machine (which is one of the many qualities I love about him).

 

I guess until Endgame happens and we all fall into a puddle of shock, we can talk about the movies I am excited for in May, AKA Post Endgame.

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