All Eyez On Me

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As you all know, All Eyez On Me hit theaters last Friday. Most of the reviews I read about it were negative. I also saw social media post about the movie being garbage. There were a few people that liked the movie sprinkled in here and there. Well, I don’t let reviews stop me from seeing a movie. I take their praises or condemnation into consideration, but I need to see it for myself so I can form my own opinion.

So All Eyez On Me is a biopic about the legendary Tupac Shakur. Pac is in prison and is being interviewed, so the movie jumps back and forth between the past and the present. The movie is just a collection of some of the most notable headlines. It has a run time of 2hrs and 20mins. It’s like a Harry Potter movie in regards to the length, so be prepared. Go to the bathroom before or during the previews, and choose your snacks wisely!

A lot of the criticism I am seeing about this movie is that, 1. the audience wanted to learn more about Pac as a person, not the rapper (I guess go beyond the headlines), and 2. that some of the accounts were inaccurate depictions.  If you are judging the movie on those two points, then I see why people thought the movie was garbage. It didn’t go beyond the surface of him, but was it suppose to? According to Jada, we know of at least one inaccuracy of events in the story. I’m sure there are more. Haven’t read about anyone else calling it out, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Sounds to me what the people were expecting was a documentary in movie form. I know a documentary is still a movie, what I mean by movie form is that it’s a factual account in the words of Pac himself, but told through a character. Am I making sense? That’s not what a biopic is from my understanding. Just to be clear, I googled the definition of biopic and documentary to make sure I understood the difference between the two to confirm what I was thinking.

Documentary – 1. Consisting of official pieces of written, printed, or other matter. 2. A movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report.

Biopic – A film or television biography, often with fictionalized scenes.

abbreviation for (biographical motion picture), is a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character’s real name is used.[2] They differ from films “based on a true story” or “historical drama films” in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a single person’s life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.

Based on the definition of a Biopic, I think this movie was spot on. There are plenty of documentaries on Tupac that people can watch to get to know the side of him that wasn’t shown as much in All Eyez On Me. Not to mention the countless books about him. As far as Jada and whoever else who knew him, who are calling out the fictionalization of the film, I think they have every right to. They actually knew them, but I don’t think normal everyday folk can use the feelings of his actual acquaintances as fuel for their “this movie sucks because…” narrative. She at least said the acting was good! Which it was! Demetrius Shipp Jr. was an awesome! Everybody was, honestly. The mom had to grow on me though because in the beginning of the movie she was giving me 1800s slave vibes with the way she delivered her lines. She started sounding more like I would expect someone from whatever year the scene they were portraying, as the movie progressed. Basically, by the 90s, she no longer spoke like Harriet Tubman like she did in the 70s, Lol.

You know that hashtag “I left when Pac..” that was on insta and twitter? Where did that come from? I don’t get it. Did it start when 50 Cent said they had Pac using a iPhone 7 in the movie? I read some of the posts and all of them made references to something modern happening in the movie. Unless I missed something, I didn’t see anything like that. Everything appeared to be right for the time period. If y’all saw what sparked this , or any thing that was too modern to be in the movie, let me know.

So there you have it. I thought the movie was good! If you’re looking to learn things about him that you didn’t already know, you probably won’t like the movie. If you want to see some of the biggest Tupac headlines played out on screen, while jamming to some of his hits, you’ll probably like it.

Kylie’s Rating – A

 

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Disappearing Acts

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So last night’s episode was poppin! The horse race, Teresa almost getting caught up, dropping the bomb on Tony, Mark Consuelo’s death, and last but certainly not least, the reappearance of Guero!

Ummm, how much time has passed since season one? I’m guessing only a couple of weeks because how had Tony not found out about Brenda’s untimely demise? That still gets to me :'(. Well whatever, he knows now so that’s good.

As far as the horse race, I was like soo Teresa is so bad ass that she can pick the actual winning horse? Bullshit! I was going to be mad if that’s how things actually went down. But nope, the schemers schemed and it was awesome! I never would have thought about giving the horses tainted sugar cubes! Genius! But of course something is going to go wrong when kids are involved. So when they were told not to give the sugar to the big mean white horse, i was like they got this race in the bag! And then one little clown drops her cube and the other is too scared to feed any of them. My heart dropped straight into my butt at that point. Shoutout to James though for scaring the other horses from the bushes. When he took out that gun, I was like awww man you don’t have to kill em!! Glad he just shot the ground to spook them, lmao! $1 million fake dollars to $12 million real dollars. Talk about a come up!!!

Now lets get to the best part of the episode. Guero! I am so glad they didn’t make us wait 4+ episodes into this season for him to reemerge. I was literally just as surprised to see him as Teresa was, lol! I would have reacted to him differently than her though. Initially, I too would have been frozen in shock, but I would have hit him with the uppercut of his LIFE shortly there after, unlike the hug Teresa gave him. Hell, he should be glad he didn’t get shot! Like are you real, or or you a ghost? Cause I could have SWORE you were dead. If I shoot you and nothing happens, you’re a ghost and I’m heading for the hills. If you double over in pain and bleed, well I guess you never really died in the first place and “you’ve got some splainin to do”. Shoot first ask questions later! lmao. YOU RUINED HER LIFE YOU DEA SNITCH!!! It would have been one thing if he faked his death and then came back for her, but he faked his death because he’s a snitch now. She went through the worst time of her life because you got caught and are now a whistle blower! Could you have not asked to get her out the game too when you got caught up? I mean, you knew where she was going to be, since you gave her specific instructions to follow in the event you died. So Guero gets no sympathy from me. In fact, he’s dead to me. Can he be revived through his actions from here on out? Sure, but I doubt he will be able to come back from the ultimate betrayal he committed.

As You Are

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A couple of days ago I was alerted to the news that As You Are was available to rent on iTunes and Vudu. I was super excited because i’ve been waiting on this movie to drop ever since it created a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Actually, that was just a bonus, I really initially was only interested in it because  Amanda Stenberg was in it. When both the La film festival and NOLA film festival rolled around and weren’t screening that movie, I thought all hope was lost. And it kind of was until this week.

Ok, so I rented it and it took me two days to finish it. Man, I don’t think I liked it. The movie is set in the 90s and is about 3 friends, Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Jack and Mark become step brothers of sorts. Not really, their parents just start dating and move in together. The boys have a pretty good brotherly relationship until they take it to the next level. Now Jack is in love with Mark. Mark is with it to an extent. Sarah ends up dating them both throughout the movie. When she moves on to Mark, Jack is super upset. Not at her, but at Mark because he thought him and Mark would be together based on the game Mark had been spitting to him. At this point, they no longer live together because their parents have broken up. Mark’s dad is an abusive security officer and beats Mark into submission anytime he gets out of line. And because he suspects he’s gay. Mark ends up dead via a gunshot wound. When he died he was with Jack in the woods. So did Mark kill himself, or did Jack kill him? That’s ultimately what the movie is about. Finding out what happened in the woods.

Half the movie are flashbacks giving us the groups backstory, and the other half is present day inside the interrogation room. The cop really irks my nerves. He’s playing good cop. bad cop and it’s so cliche and lame. It’s so easy to predict 95% of the entire movie from the first 10 min, yet it takes nearly 2 hours to get to the point. So now you have to sit through this long drawn out movie just to see what really happened to Mark. I am not a fan of this movie at all. Well, only a little cause of Amanda #Rue4Life, who by the way isn’t even in it enough for my liking. Let the records show that in addition to it taking me 2 days to finish the movie, I also paused it 3 times on night 2 to see how many minutes I had left. There was a lot of unnecessary filler material in there in my opinion. At then the movie finally ended and i was like…

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I’m not going to go into detail about the end, but you can probably gather how it ends based on the above picture. Don’t let my opinion of the movie keep you from seeing it. I always like to read reviews, but still see the movie for myself because I might disagree with the reviewer. You can find As You Are on iTunes and Vudu

Kylie’s Rating: C-

Queen Of The South

WARNING: THIS IS A RECAP OF THE ENTIRE SEASON 1 AND EPISODE 1 OF SEASON 2. DO NOT PASS GO IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEASON 1. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Ok, so I binged the first season of Queen of the South a couple of weeks ago on Netflix. I’ve had its spanish counterpart, La reina del sur, on my watch list for years, but never got around to watching it. If you know like I know, novelas are a commitment! Queen of the south only had 13 episodes so I was like I can squeeze that into my already tight tv schedule, lol.

The show is about Teresa Mendoza who will become the Queen of the South (selling cocaine) eventually. She starts as an innocent money changer and then she meets Guero, Brenda, and Chino. Her and Guero fall in love and the rest is history. He is a pilot for the Vargas cartel. She knows he lives by the sword, and has accepted it. Early on Guero gives Teresa a run down of what needs to happen in the event that a particular cell phone he gives her rings. It means he’s dead and she needs to grab the bag he has stashed with cash and a passport for her and haul ass to the safe house until she can arrange to flee the country. The most important thing in that bag though is this book that has dirt on every cartel in Mexico and the ones they deal with outside of there. He told her to trade that for her life if she goes to the police, or gets caught by a cartel.

Well the day comes and she BOLTS, all while calling Brenda to warn her and Chino. Too late, they kill Chino and now Brenda, Teresa, and Brenda’s son are on the run. They split up, Teresa goes to the head of the cartel, Epiphano Vargas, to give him the book so she can get out of Mexico alive, he flips through and was like I will protect you. But he’s lying and tries to kill her! She escapes and is picked up by Epiphano’s wife’s men. They hate each other and have split the cartel in two.

She becomes a drug mule for Camilia because she has no other choice. That’s actually a step up because prior to that she was just a prisoner of Camila’s. Camila wants to know why her husband wants her back so bad and what information she may be hiding. She protects her from him and his men who are scouring Mexico and Texas looking for her. Brenda resurfaces and Teresa gets them to sneak into Texas and sets them up in a hotel. Brenda starts selling drugs with a local low level dealer to make some money. Meanwhile, Teresa is going through it! She can never catch a break!!! I hate that and love it at the same time, because that’s real. That life isn’t a cake walk. It takes a lot to get to the top. A lot! So i’m glad they didn’t make it seem easy. And she is no where near the top. She maybe at this point, at the intermediate bottom, at best, after all she has gone through. I also love how her Future, Queen of the South self talks to her throughout the show. She offers words of encouragement and reassurance because she knows what present day Teresa will eventually become.

Here’s what really made me mad though. In the finale, we find out the FUCKING GUERO ISN’T EVEN DEAD! HE’S A DEA SNITCH NOW!! WHAT THE FUCK GUERO? TERESA DIDN’T DESERVE THE LIFE YOU FORCED UP ON HER BECAUSE YOU GOT CAUGHT UP!!!! ALSO, BRENDA AND CHINO WOULD STILL BE ALIVE IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU!!!

Season two premiered last night and Teresa has earned a little more respect, but she’s still pretty low level. She’s bout that life now, more so than she was last season, but I still don’t want it for her. Camila even offered her an out (I was skeptical of the offer though), and she chose to stay. I feel like that was her only real option anyway. She has no family and her only friend was killed because of Epiphano. Now it’s blood in, blood out :(. This episode wasn’t too exciting, but the preview of the season looks LIT! Omg, Guero better have a good fucking excuse when he resurfaces. It must have been a hell of one because Teresa eventually ends up back in his arms. And of course James is going to be beefed out with Guero over Teresa. It was so obvious they were going to get together at some point. Or at least think about it.

I’m excited to see everything that happens leading up to the big events this season.

Gracias, Netflix!

Me gusta ver novelas y quiero escribir sobre ellas…pero en español y, ¿por qué no?! Además, tal vez quien quieras leer mis escritos no pueda leer o hablar inglés.

La primer novela que yo vi fue “La Promesa”. Me encanto! Después, yo vi “Sin Senos no hay paraíso”. Esta es la  mejor novela que he visto hasta ahora. Me gusta “Sin senos si hay paraíso” también.

En este momento, estoy viendo “Rosario Tijeras” con María Fernanda Yepes. Cuando termine las serias, voy a escribir mi opinion.

P.s – Mi español no es mejor, entonces si ves un error gramática, o lo que sea, digame por favor. Muchísimas gracias!

 

 

Wonder Woman

I’m not really into action movies, but I wanted to see this one and it turned out to be AMAZING!!! I remember seeing a trailer for Wonder Woman on tv some months ago and was NOT impressed. I was like, “Omg, that looks so cheese!.” Then I went to the movies one day and it was one of the previews prior to my movie. After seeing it on the big screen, I was like, “Holy shit! That looks amazing!”. I also feel like this was a different trailer than the one I had seen on tv. Either way, that combo worked for me.

Only super hero movies I’ve ever seen were all 3 Iron Men and both the avengers movies, which I loved. And both Guardians of the Galaxy movies if that counts. And I only saw those because Scar Jo was in the avengers, and Zoe was in GOTG. If I like an actor/actress, I will go see whatever they’re in. Never cared to see any of the other individual hero’s stories, until Wonder Woman.

The storyline was good and the amount of action was just right! I’m glad it took a while for her to be full out Wonder Woman. By that I mean i’m glad she wasn’t fighting right out the gate. Gave us a chance to get to know the characters better instead of learning about them in between battles.

As expected, there were a couple of cheesy moments. I won’t tell you what they were, you’ll know them when you see them. *Cringe*.

Am I tripping or was it not a rumor years ago that Megan Fox was going to be Wonder Woman? Either way, i’m glad she wasn’t although I lover her. Never gave it any thought of who should play her anyway, but i’m glad it was Gal Gadot. She was perfect! Now I feel like I need to rent Keeping up with the Joneses!

P.s – Professor Lupin, how could you?! 😦

Kylie’s Rating: A

13 Reasons Why

Warning: In the words of India Aire, “Don’t be offended this is all my opinion, ain’t nothing that i’m saying law…”

If you haven’t watched this show, or commented on at least one thread about this show, you are officially 2000 and late…kind of like I am with writing this post.

So 13 Reasons Why is based on the novel of the same name. It’s about a high schooler who commits suicide, but not before recording 13 tapes for 13 people letting them know how they contributed to her suicide. I bought the book a few years back but could never get past page 25. I tried multiple times a year to read that book but it just wasn’t working for me for some reason. So when they announced a year or so ago that Selena Gomez was going to bring the book to life, I was like well maybe I can watch it, just not read it. WRONG!

So Hannah’s downhill spiral starts when she goes out with jock Justin and he takes a picture of them making out or something and his friend Bryce sends it to the school and just like that, Hannah is now labeled a slut. Next up she meets the other new girl at school and is forced by the guidance counselor to hang out with her, They actually get on pretty well and then a third new kid pops up. Alex. Eventually Jess and Alex start dating and everyone knows threes a crowd. Hannah is alone again. Except not really. There is Clay who is a total dork, He’s sweet and innocent and everything good. He likes her, she knows, everyone knows, but Clay apparently isn’t her type. She ends up going on dates with two other jocks from Justin and Bryce’s circle and of course more rumors arise and she’s falling further down the high school rumor rabbit hole.

Another student, Courtney also slanders Hannah when some pictures of her and Hannah making out get spread around the school. Creepy Tyler is a total peeping Tom who took the pictures through her window as he was hiding in the bushes. Well Court throws Hannah under the bus because she is a secret lesbian but doesn’t want anyone to know. She denies that it is her in the pictures.

I’m actually over all the offenses Hannah felt were committed against her. I don’t think most of them warranted a “I killed myself because of you” tape. They were petty high school offenses! Except Bryce’s. Fuck that guy. Should the kids have been mean to her in the first place, no, but why not tell them what you had to say (everything on the tapes) to their faces while you were alive. At this point is where I have to revert back to a teenager where high school is your world and you can’t see beyond that and everything is a huge deal. I also realize everyone handles situations differently. Some people can take more than others. I get that. My problem with the show is that Hannah made a game out of her suicide. Everyone has to listen to each others tapes and if you don’t, there will be consequences. What? How messy! Just liked she made arrangements to mail the tapes off prior to her death, could she have not mailed each one off individually?

I was really done with Hannah when she decided to make Jess a tape after she stood by while she got raped! Are you kidding me? Paralyzed with fear? Ok, i would have accepted that had she went to the police, or even jess a day later and told her what happened. But she did neither. Instead, she put all her business out there for 12 other people to hear as well. All over them falling out as friends which “broke her heart”. Friends come and go, especially high school ones. Jess’ offense wasn’t nearly as bad as the one Hannah committed against her.

And why make poor Clay a tape? Yes it was kind of nice, but now he has to live with the fact that he’s a contributor to her death because he didn’t love her. That’s fucked up.

She also always pushed people away and then when they didn’t come after her, it was their fault and she felt as if no one cared/loved her enough. We see everything from Hannah’s POV. In reality, everyone has their own problems to deal with. So if they keep trying to get through to someone, and they keep pushing them away, eventually they will stop and use that time to either sort their own lives out, or try with someone they may think might accept the help.

I’m rambling at this point and didn’t even say half of what i wanted to say.

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