Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mini Movie Reviews: Everything Everything, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Hidden Figures

Guys I haven't watched a movie in forever. Everytime we think to go, we look at the list and find that there's nothing there that looks interesting. It's a sad day.

BUT, when you are stuck on a plane for 10 hours (going) and 10 hours (coming back), movies really help to pass the time. So I watched a few. Here are my thoughts.

Everything Everything

This one is based on a YA novel that I read awhile back and seem to remember liking. Let me look it up to be sure.... "Very engaging and romantic and fun! A few nail biting moments and a lovely twisty ending. And yet another awesome book boy to love." 

Yep, I seemed to have liked it! Sweet! Well, so the movie was pretty much the book. I don't think they made really any changes to it. The boy was cute, which the only important thing, right? The girl was beautiful too. I don't know either one of the from previous things. Still, as is my complaint in most things these days, there is really no build up to the relationship and it's a glaring thing for me lately! Build up is so much better! :) Anyway. It was a fun and pleasant movie to watch.

Here's the trailer:


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Well, I'm game for anything King Arthur, as I'm totally in love with all aspects of this story. Though, I must say, I pretty much didn't get anything in this movie. It's a little twisty in that Arthur is raised on the streets of London and grows up not knowing anything about his past, or family or anything. Though he is haunted by nightmares of being ripped from his family and seeing them murdered in front of his little boy face. Sad stuff.

So one day, he is forced to try and pull the sword out of the stone, which everyone is forced to do since the bad guys really need to figure out who the heir is. And so when he pulls it out, everyone, especially himself, is a bit surprised. And now everyone wants to kill him. Yeah, and then stuff happens and there's fighting and I can't even remember now how it ends.

But guys, the music in this one. That's where it's at!!! Much use of breathing as a musical device. I love it. Here's what I mean:

Isn't it awesome? And there's tons more where that came from!

Here's the trailer if you haven't seen it already:


Hidden Figures

FINALLY! I was so happy to finally watch this one. Loved it as expected. Such sassy girls they were! And it's such an amazing story, these girls/women who helped get John Glenn in space and more. So stinking smart.. and sassy. And brave. I'm glad we know their story now. Because, we didn't before did we? Did you know this before the movie? Anyway, definitely a feel good movie and one that makes you want to stand up and cheer, thought that's awfully hard to do in an airplane...

The trailer:


Anyway. I'm happy to have caught up on a handful of movies anyway. What should I watch next?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Random Thoughts on Traveling Abroad

Sunrise as we arrive!

As you may (or may not) know, I've been gone this nearly whole month of September traveling across Europe. This time with the husband and his parents. I had great plans of posting while out and about, but that never seems to work, so now I'm home and will share some stories in a few separate posts (or at least that's my hope.)

But first, some random thoughts about traveling:

  • There's culture shock when you first arrive and get acclimated. But it's surprising how much culture shock there is coming home and getting used to your normal world again!
  • I always forget what a commodity water is!
  • If you pay to pee, you are better guaranteed to have a decent potty.
  • September, it turns out, is a pretty perfect month weather-wise for European travel!
  • Some places totally live up to their reputation: the Rhine River valley, Bavarian villages, old castle ruins, and even the Eiffel Tower isn't overrated. 
  • Guys, some things I really miss while travelling. Milk is one. Music is the other. Is that weird?
  • All WiFis are not created equal.
  • Staying in Airbnbs remains one of my favorite things. I'm a fan.
  • Tour guides are mostly always awesome. Especially ones from England who have a passion for all things WWII and can spout off dates and names and stories like crazy, and who have actually written to Nazi war criminals and gone and personally interviewed them, just for fun. 
  • Other tour guides... former members of a Metallica cover band and radio DJ, former US army dudes who were stationed in Germany and loved it so much they never left, random dudes who hang out in cemeteries in order to show clueless tourists around and tell them risque stories about all the dead people there. Yes. These things can spice up any random touristy experience!
  • When you reach up to turn the airplane air on to let it blow in your face and ease your claustrophobia, and realize the air turner oner does not exist, you know it's going to be one long airplane ride.
  • The Paris metro is both an awesome and crazy experience.
  • Uber exists in Prague and Paris, but not in Germany or Austria, just in case you ever wanted to know. 
  • It's sad to see the effect terrorism has on popular tourist destinations. PS: guys in full military fatigues with machine guns are really quite intimidating.
  • The only notice my wearing kpop/korean related tshirts out and about in the world was by a very tall very nice oldish (like my age) Korean man who said to me... "where'd you buy that shirt? It has Korean symbols on it!" I told him I made it and yes I totally knew that it had Korean on it! LOL!
  • (P.S. I just saw that one of my favorite kdrama actors posted an Eiffel Tower picture yesterday. I missed him at the tower by THREE DAYS!! I'm sure I would have totally seen him and talked to him and get a selfie and everything...)
  • Speaking of selfies, I suck at them. And I even took a stick...
  • German food is better than French food.
  • Traveling is a blast, and coming home is pretty awesome too.
I'm anxious to get back into things and here's hoping blogging again is part of that! Stay tuned for a few more travel posts, some review catching up, some kpop crap, some readathon posts and more!


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