Gemini

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So I’ve seen the trailer for Gemini a few times this year during the previews of other movies I’ve seen. Well, I love Zoe kravitz so I was like yeah, I’m going to see it. The story looked interesting as well. Well, didn’t come to a theater near me, but it is available for rental on iTunes ($5.99)

The movie is about Heather (Zoe) and her assistant Jill (Lola Kirke). Heather backs out of a movie she was signed on for and now everyone hates her. Her ex boyfriend also wants to kill her as well. She ends up dead, but who killed her?! I really liked the script because it seem scripted if you get what I’m trying to say. Like yes, it was obviously scripted because it’s a movie, but the dialog between everyone was so natural! I feel like if the situation were happening in real life, and it involved me and my friends, our interactions and dialog would be almost exactly the same. This gave the movie a sense of realness. Although the scene when Jill meets up with Jamie and says “right now” like 4 times within the span of 1 minute. DEAD!

Im glad this movie was good because Zoe has been making questionable indie choices lately. Vincent and Roxxy?! I can not! But I did! It was so awful!!! I wrote about it a while back if you care to search my blog and read about it. Long story short, don’t waste your time on that movie.

The only thing that I didn’t like, which could be a big deal to some, was the ending! I NEED ANSWERS!!! At the end I was like, soooooo….

Kylie’s Rating – B+

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Whitney

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I finally got a chance to see this movie yesterday and it was amazing. When I saw the preview for the first time about a month ago, I knew I had to see it. I was hoping it would be as good, if not better than the Amy documentary.

I was a little confused at times with some of the filler video they used, but I eventually caught on to what they were doing. Other than that, I have no complaints about this doc.

It was super informative, at least to me because while I knew who Whitney was, and loved her music mainly because my mom played her, I didn’t know much else. I remember her popular songs and movies, but more than anything I remember her downfall. So this documentary shed light on things I never knew, mainly because I was too young to care and I didn’t read tabloids or watch entertainment news, etc. Older people will probably have vivid memories of certain events mentioned.

It was a great movie, but sad as well. I expected it to be a little sad. Long story short, her family is garbage juice.

Amy won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2015 which I felt was well deserved. Whitney deserves a nomination at the very least.

Kylie’s Rating – A

 

The Darkest Child

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You ever read a book where  the characters are on the struggle bus HEAVY, but then finally, they reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Well that’s not this book…

What a horrible life she had! Right when you think she’s about to finally have a bit of a come up, BOOM, she doesn’t. To my surprise, things actually get worse! How?! She’s already living the worst possible life in the history of life. Or so I thought. She can’t win ever no matter what! But some people’s lives are like that. Tragic.

Its still a good book though.

The Morning They Came For Us

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I got this book last year or so because of all the news coverage of the war in Syria. To me, it came out of nowhere! So I wanted to know exactly when and why it started. I searched for books on the topic and decided on this one. I picked it up again 2 weeks ago and finally finished it.

First of all, this book is pretty great. Gruesome, but very informative. It read like a novel and not like a textbook which was a huge plus.

So, seems like this all started because the people were trying to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad. First through peaceful protest, but since they were met with violence from the government, they too became violent. Now we have the government and the rebel army made up of protesters. It was all fun and games until multiple rebel armies were popping up instead of being one giant army.

Queue the “He said, she said” phase where the government was blaming the rebel army for the destruction and deaths that were happening in the streets, and vice versa. Each accused the other of torturing their fellow Syrians for not agreeing with their views. Next thing you know, it’s been 7 years and they’ve torn and continue to tear Syria to pieces.

The rebel’s started out with good intentions but now, they’re just as awful as the government troops! One groups is wilding in the name of the government and the other in the name of resistance.

Idk though, that’s what I gathered from the book. Correct me if I’m wrong.

The Coldest Winter Ever

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I am very much aware I’m 2000 and late, but I recently finished this book. I remember hearing about it back in the day, but never read it. Bought it maybe 2 years ago but never finished it. So about 3 weeks ago, I committed to finishing it.

It was cool but the ending…I can’t! Like, we all know what goes up, must come down, but DAMN! Sista Souljah had PLENTLY is of time in the book to humble Winter! Why wait until the very end?! LIVID

Black Panther

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I went to the 10:30 showing, decked out in my black by popular demand shirt PRAYING that this movie would live up to the hype. AND IT DID!

I knew really nothing of the Black Panther  going in, but I was still going to see it. I’m so glad they didn’t jump right into a storyline without giving people like me some backstory first. I feared this would cater to the comic book fans by starting off at like issue: whatever. Only they would get it! So I’m glad he was explained as well as Wakanda.

I typically don’t like action movies, or super hero movies, but this one was AWESOME!!! And it was funny too! I’m pretty sure the little sister is my favorite character. Her one liners were top notch, lol. All the actors were great! The only thing I didn’t like, was Forest Whitaker’s accent!!! Omg…it KILLED me! Lmao! Other than that, this movie was fantastic!!! I loved how badass the women were in this film!

This movie is definitely worth the hype! I was a bit sleepy towards the end, but that’s because I’m an old lady who saw it at 10:30 (2hr 15min runtime). The movie itself didn’t put me to sleep, lol.

Everyone needs to see this movie!

Kylie’s Rating

A+