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My Musings on Mary Shelley (the movie)

Last week I saw a movie with a friend (and as we’ll discuss, it’s a good thing I went with a friend and not a date) that managed to get my mind going round and round on some things I haven’t thought about in a while.

For me, this movie, Mary Shelley, was mostly about the way she held onto her dream and found inspiration in unlikely places until she found her own “voice,” a thing with which most writers (myself included) struggle with at some point in their writing lifetimes.

I have been struggling with writing a particular piece and finding my voice to tell it for some time now. In that regard, this movie was extremely inspirational… although I don’t think that’s how it was meant to be taken.

At least, that’s not how it was marketed.

Fair warning, if you go beyond this point, there will be spoilers!!

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Movie Review: Solo

As promised, I wanted to write a movie review of the newest Star Wars movie: Solo. Same as with my last book review, this is one that the more I take it apart, the more flaws I see in it, and partially that is because I’ve been considering some things others have said. Generally, those “others” are more hardcore Star Wars fans than I.

Let’s be honest: as much as I love Star Wars, I was a Trekkie first, and you know how that love/hate relationship between the two fandoms goes. It’s my love for the Hero’s Journey that introduced me to the greatness of Star Wars, and while there are the basic elements of the Hero monomyth in this one, that’s not really what it was designed to be.

As such, I think hardcore fans will appreciate the subtle nods and Easter Eggs throughout, while people new to the franchise will like it if they are there for the action more than for the storyline. As far as a story that sets up who Han Solo will become by the time the original Star Wars IV: A New Hope begins, it fulfills its purpose. Meaning that Solo’s character arc is the most (and almost the only) one developed.

However, as someone on Twitter pointed out, the storyline by itself is kind of rubbish.

But the action is good, in my opinion, and even had me wringing my hands, twitching at the edge of my seat in suspense a couple of times.

The great thing about knowing the future of the main character is that I know the fates of several of the side characters won’t end well, or at best, they will fade off into some unknown part of the galaxy never to be seen again, and thus the chance of their demise is very real!

Before I get into Spoiler territory, let me go ahead and give it a rating. For those of you new to #JustAddTea, a lot of what we discuss here is directly related to relationships, so when I rate a movie, some of the rating is dependent on whether or not this is a good date movie. As in: can I have a conversation with my date about this movie? Or does this movie allow for snuggles?

So, can two people have a discussion about this movie? Yes! Especially if one’s date is a Star Wars fan. The Easter Eggs are plentiful and it ties in nicely in several spots with what will happen later in the story. Also, the aforementioned suspense of the fate of the side characters leads potentially to those protective snuggles that are so nice when watching something suspenseful.

I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 for enjoyment and as a date movie. But it’s not going up for any Oscars anytime soon… unless it’s for some technical award.

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King Arthur for Trump’s America

It’s been a long while since I did a movie review, and I thought this was a good one to start with. For one thing, I myself am conflicted about how I feel about it. On the one hand, it’s a Guy Ritchie film, so I knew it was going to be good before I ever stepped foot in the theater. On the other, they took the legend behind King Arthur, and stuck it in a blender, and came up with a whole new movie.

But I also knew that going in, because I’d seen an interview with Charlie Hunnam (who plays Arthur) two days before I went to see it.

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Hidden Figures: The Best Way to Spend MLK Day

It’s been a while since I did a movie review, but this one was so good, and so inspiring, I felt I had to comment about it.

Obviously, I’ve been dealing with some of my own fears of limitation, such as the idea that I’m not lovable or good enough, but this movie restored my sense of Hope. And to watch it on the day we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seemed especially fitting given the current times we live in.

If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you absolutely should! I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but there may be a few.

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Find your Nerve

It’s about time I got back to talking about movies. I’ve seen quite a few this summer, and most of them have been good. I quit writing about them at some point because the pretty constant confusion I was experiencing due to the Pirate kept me from being able to really focus enough to talk about them. Most of my intellectual energy was being spent trying to figure out how he felt since his words and actions didn’t match (that’s a running theme in my life), or in trying to convince myself that I did actually like him, since he ticked several of the right boxes… though, if I’m honest, not enough for me to have tried so hard to convince myself.  Continue reading “Find your Nerve”

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#ICYMI: Summer Romance Questions

Night before last was our weekly Twitter Chat, or as I like to think of it, our virtual tea party: #JustAddTea. We talked about Summer Romances, mostly about fictional situations. You know, the “what ifs” and what “would you wants” of Summer Romances.

As always, we begin with a brief intro, and what dessert would you share with a lover, though in our chat it became quickly obvious that this was not a group of people willing to share their desserts! Continue reading “#ICYMI: Summer Romance Questions”