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Review: I Am Jane Doe

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I’m always on the look out for some really great movies and documentaries on Netflix and I’ve always found little hidden gems on this streaming network.  I haven’t been disappointed so it’s safe to say that Netflix has given me pretty good recommendations as per my profile.  This documentary, “I AM JANE DOE”, was one that immediately caught my eyes.

The documentary is ultimately dark and a sad truth of the reality these day.  All the freedom to explore and have great experiences all at your fingertips.  The internet has become a double-edged sword for us all, some good and some bad.  If you are on the internet at all, you already have experience be it sharing family outings to being trolled by some random stranger.  This movie is not the romantic side of the internet, but it shows the very real horrors of being on the internet.

Human trafficking.  Just those two words together is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl, but unfortunately it is a very real epidemic that doesn’t just happen in third world countries. It seems like our North American lives turns a blind mind towards the realities of Human Trafficking.  Believe it or not, North America is a haven for kidnapped children who are then sold to the long awaited customers.  In this day and of age of 2017, our children are not only being kidnapped and ripped from our parental arms, but our children are at risk every moment of every day.

After watching this movie you will not only hug your children a lot more, but you will be also empowered to be proactive with your children.  No one is really protected on the internet.  It’s no different than being exposed to the same crimes out in public.  Unfortunately, money talks and politicians are easily swayed from doing the right thing to doing what is easiest.  The truth is that we are on our own, we can’t ask the government for help when they have no answers.  We have to educate ourselves and our children and although we are very “free” we will always be an arms length from harm.  Our complacency leaves our children in very real danger.

I encourage you to watch this documentary and use it as a tool to protect those that you love.  Predators don’t hide in the shadows anymore, they hide in plain sight through the internet.  Protect your babies by educating them and yourself, that’s the first defence.

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Movie Review: The Founder

This is a great rags-to-riches story. A lot of people don’t know that the McDonalds corporation is actually based on realty deals and land purchases. The movie takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of growing a business.

There are twists and turns that organically develop emotionally with family and friendships. Ruthless business decisions are aggressively made showing the destruction of a lot of relationships. I love business development it’s exciting and fun yet filled with some hard decisions.

They say business is like swimming with sharks, it could be true in many cases, however in my years of diving in and out of corporate life things always even itself out.

Everything that crumbles will be rebuilt. Everything wrong will be made right. Things may seem bleak and even cutthroat but maybe we have to be challenged in order to push ourselves passed the tough times.

Watch it on Netflix

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Review: Kong Skull Island

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I’ve loved and hated many movie remakes so when I found out that they were releasing a new King Kong movie I was, naturally, I was curious.  I admit I was skeptical as I’ve seen the King Kong remakes and have been thoroughly disappointed.. until I watched this movie.  Right from the start this movie held my attention.  If you’re into action and enjoy the whole Man vs Beast conflict narrative this is the movie to watch.

Unlike most remakes, where they stick very close to the original story, this new Kong movie direction is the most intriguing.  Instead of jumping right into the destruction of New York City, this movie takes you to a very gritty past of Kong.  I’ve always wondered why Kong was so huge.  Was it gamma rays? Mutation? etc.  they all crossed my mind, but this direction is definitely my favourite.

In this new version, it takes us right into the jungle of 1973 where everything is gigantic and terrifying.  It took me back to the excitement of the Jurassic Park series The action from Kong taking on a giant squid to fighting the weirdest looking monster, named “Skull Crawlers” I still don’t know what the heck it was, but it was vicious to say the least.

The story then leads us to an action packed ending where I felt a series coming up.  I am excited about it and the change has been long awaited one.  Kong is a great classic monster along with Godzilla and this is a great way to explain a lot of the questions I have always wondered.

Kong Skull Island, with the help of CGI (computer-generated imagery), brings out a refreshing direction.  I’m anticipating where the writers will take us in the future of cinema eye candy.

Watch this movie and let me know what you think.

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Review: Logan movie

 

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If you are a fan of the X-Men then you will absolutely love this movie! Yes, my brother collected almost all the Wolverine comics and he’d let me read them.  I was hooked by the storylines.  The whole mutant alliance is an amazing one and this whole movie kept it inline with the story of Logan, I was also proud that he is Canadian.

I’ll try not to ruin the whole movie but from the trailers you know that a girl was involved.  The action in this movie was nonstop and I felt a very strong relationship which was a perfect blend of new and old X-Men.

If you’re interested in watching this be prepared to go on a journey full of hurdles.  I will watch this movie over and over.. it’s THAT good.

If you’re looking for a Friday Flick or something to watch this weekend, I would totally recommend this movie.  For those Action movie watchers, this movie will not disappoint you.

Let me know what you think!

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Movie Review: Split

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I was hearing and reading quite a bit of reviews regarding this movie.  I haven’t watched any of the trailers for this movie and it was a good thing.  I am all for psychological thrillers, however I was disappointed at how predictable it was.  I’m going to totally spoil this movie so if you haven’t watched it yet.. stop reading this post right now.

Like I said I love scary movies filled with gore, however when it comes to psychological thrillers things have to make sense to me.  I didn’t understand why he kidnapped these girls with no plan.  It didn’t make any sense why they were held.  I mean, honestly I thought that was the weakest and one of the important details off the whole plot.  There was no extortion of money, no deviant motive.. it didn’t make any sense.  Now, granted James McAvoy did an excellent job portraying each of his personalities, it was sadly predictable and didn’t keep my attention for a lot of the movie.

I won’t be watching this movie again, but now I know their advertising team did a great job .  lol

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Movie Monday – As Above So Below

I have been running around getting organized for Christmas.  Last Saturday was spent celebrating birthdays, food, family and friends.  I’ve got a lot of “F’s” in my life and I am loving it!

By Sunday night I was ready for a calm evening watching a movie.  Scrolling through all the recent additions, I came across the movie As Above So Below.

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This movie contained every one of my fears:  Claustrophobia; Phasmophobia; and Coulrophobia.. that’s a lot of phobias in one movie.  I screamed and I literally hid under my pillow watching it.  I was terrified!  I was in fetal position by the time it was finished.

In short, it was a great horror-thriller movie with great action and realistic moments that I was screaming at the television.  I highly recommend watching this movie if you have anything close to the phobias I have.

Enjoy!

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Netflix Review: Orange is the New Black

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After waiting many nail-biting months, I was naturally ecstatic and binge watched the entire season for 2 days.  I refrained from writing about this season long enough!

With the Season 4  trailer starting off my visual journey of this series, I was so pumped!  I called and messaged all my best friends from Canada to the US that the season was out.  We were all excited and I even put every gadget I had on mute and tweeted that I was busy watching the series.. *note to self:  don’t do that, because everyone will bother the hell out of me anyways..

The first episode started off with great energy and events that twisted the plots to everyone’s story.  The brilliance of this series is that it gives each character depth with each intricate story.  The personalities are fierce and there is a realism in each of their stories.

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Dayanara Diaz (Dascha Polanco) finds herself in uncharted territories with the realization that her mother, Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is released early.  She desperately tries to find her place among the other inmates.  Dayanara captured my heart from day one with her innocent-not-so-innocent demeanour.  The progression of her character is organic and realistic from innocent to naive to fierce!

Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), as an actor I’ve enjoyed Laura since her early beginnings in That 70’s Show, now many moons later it’s like a breath of fresh air to see her acting abilities and the range of emotion she captures in her character.  With her tough, no-nonsense personality this fourth season brought out a vulnerable side in her that draws you, as a viewer, in.  Alex certainly keeps the proverbial pot stirring.

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) has changed so much with every season, it seems that as her counterparts get more vulnerable Piper gets smarter and dare I say tougher.  She managed to manipulate her way to the “top” of the inmate food chain doing what she does best, using her entrepreneurial skills.  I find her both tragic and endearing.

Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Aduba), this is my favourite character, she translates her thoughts in a juvenile way, yet gives me the impression that she is really a genius.  Her childlike character makes you instantly empathize with her current and past experiences.  In this new season, you slowly get to see her naivety disappear, it is intriguing, sad, but believable.

Galina “Red” Reznikov (Katherine Kiernan Maria “Kate” Mulgrew) the self-proclaimed “Mother” of the prison continues to show her strengths as a leader but in this season reality sets in for this inmate of many years.  Red continues to keep her eyes on Piper and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) and treats them like her children among the other choice few.  She runs her position and her heart with an iron fist, however we witness a deterioration of her will.  She begins to break down emotionally.

I can go on and on all night about all the stories and plot twists!  Just like Season 3, this new Season 4 leaves me wanting more!  It seemed to end just as fast as it started with even more cliffhanging stories.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you fire up your Netflix and prepare for a Orange is the New Black Season 4 marathon.  It delivers the promise of drama, action and the best plot twists you could only expect from a novel.

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