Films

Reaction to Kingsman: The Secret Circle

Comic Con has arrived. And with it comes trailers for upcoming movies. This morning the 2nd trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Circle was released. And it looks fantastic, complete with phenomenal action sequences and a killer cast.

Eggsy is back along with Merlin and Harry, who survived the bullet from the last movie. The Kingsman will unite with the Statesman, the U.S. counterpart, to battle a deadlier evil, played by Julianne Moore.

While I’m always skeptical of sequels, Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks to good to miss. That shot at the end with Eggsy and Harry using a gun briefcase and umbrella to shoot the bad guys. Brilliant. Oh, to be at Comic Con and relish in all the entertainment.

Watch the trailer below!

Music

Places I’d Like to Visit in New York

A few years, we went on vacation to New York. We visited the traditional places almost every tourist goes: Ellis Island, 5th Avenue, and Times Square. We even walked to Brooklyn to try a slice of Brooklyn pizza at one of the restaurants they recommended. A very eventful vacation; however, there were some spots I wanted to see but for reasons beyond my control we didn’t go.

A friend of mine is in New York right now which made me reflect on all the places I want to go when I go back to New York. No date has been determined yet but in the future I’d like to revisit the streets of New York.

  1. Strawberry Fields in Central Park– This is a moment in Central Park dedicated to John Lennon.
  2. CBGB– Yes, CBGB is now a high-end clothing store but I want to just see the former music venue. Loads of great bands started at CBGB. The Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television! How I wish to have seen Talking Heads perform at CBGB. Imagine hearing “This Must Be the Place” or “Psycho Killer” there. CBGB may be kaput but to me this place will always be the place where legends never die.
  3. The Chelsea Hotel– The place where Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen frequented and where Nancy was found dead. I knew what you’re thinking. “How macabre!” But it was always one of those places I saw myself visiting. Not to mention the Chelsea Hotel is the subject of the classic Leonard Cohen song.
  4. The Dakota–Speaking of the macabre and John Lennon, I want to see the Dakota. Not only was John Lennon murdered outside the Dakota, but the Dakota also served as the exterior shots of Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. As a movie buff, how can I resist?

So there you have it. Those are some of the places I want to visit when I go to New York in the foreseeable future.

Films

Just Can’t Get Enough- 5 Favorite Films

Whether you’re feeling under the weather, there’s always that film that you can’t get enough of re-watching. We all know the feeling well. I was doing some cleaning, which meant that I had to get rid of a tone of DVDs I know longer watch; however, there were a selected few that I kept. Several of the ones I kept hold sentimental value for me because they are some of my favorite films. So here are my personal favorite movies that I just can’t get enough.

  1. Edward Scissorhands– When I was a young girl, this movie scared me. One day I decided to watch it, and I’ve never looked back. This movie started everything for me, such as my affinity for all Tim Burton films. Sadly, Tim Burton has sort of loss his artistic touch but this movie remains timeless. I don’t watch a lot of romantic comedies because I have issues with the plot and the message of the movie. But Edward Scissorhands is probably my favorite love story of all time.
  2. The Dark Knight– Usually sequels are never as good as the first. Rarely does it supersede its predecessor with the exception of The Godfather Part II. The movie truly captured the Batman/Joker relationship. You cannot have one without the other. Just brilliant.
  3. Reservoir Dogs– My favorite Quentin Tarantino film. The plot is simple: a group of men plan to rob a bank. Each person has their designated role; however, the heist all goes wrong when they discover a mole within the group. Overall, a great film with a great cast.
  4. Hot Fuzz– I loved Shaun of the Dead when it first came out. So I was hesitant to watch Hot Fuzz. I heard a lot of mixed things and how the movie was not as funny as Shaun of the Dead. Nevertheless, I watched it. I will admit when I first saw Hot Fuzz I agreed with everyone else and thought Shaun of the Dead was funnier. And yet, I couldn’t get Hot Fuzz out of my head, so I re-watched and couldn’t stop laughing. It was the little things, the film’s nuance’s, that count and made Hot Fuzz memorable and hilarious.
  5. The Fall– Not many people have heard of this film. So whenever the opportunity rises, I always make sure to recommend this movie to anyone who will listen. The movie takes place in a hospital where a Hollywood stunts man (Lee Pace) befriends a young girl then proceeds to tell her a story. It’s amazing and visually stunning. Go watch it now.

In fact, here’s the trailer if you need more convincing.

Music

Music Video Review: “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

I woke up to some exciting news this morning. Imagine my surprise this bright, early morning when Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the music video release to “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” from The Hamilton Mixtape! Perhaps my favorite song from the album, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” introduced me to some very talented rappers, including Sno Tha Product.

I won’t give too much away because the video deserves a watch. I will say this: the video contains rich and powerful imagery throughout, especially the last shot.