Review for “Ocean’s 8”

Cast:  Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett as Lou, Mindy Kaling as Amita, Anne Hathaway as Daphne, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose

Synopsis:  A crime caper tale about 8 women who rob a museum.

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It seems to be a theme these days–sequels coming out years and years after the originals.  It’s also a theme for movies to be renewed.  It’s like they’re sequels and new original movies at the same time.  I watched the first 2 Ocean’s movies a long time ago.  Both were incredible.  Now there’s a new Ocean’s movie out in theaters now.  It’s gender-flipped.  Will it be as good as the originals?  (Side note:  I recently learned that the real original Oceans 11 movie starred Frank Sinatra in the 1960s.  That makes the George Clooney’s Oceans movies remakes.  Interesting fact.

 

There wasn’t a single bad performance in Ocean’s 8.  Sandra Bullock, who played the leader Debbie Ocean,  was a badass.  She was very believable in this role, and a great bad girl.  Cate Blanchett was also great playing Lou, the right-hand woman.  Even Rihanna was surprisingly decent as the mysterious Nine Ball, hacker genius.   Her role wasn’t very demanding, but still, nice job.  Anne Hathaway turned out to be the biggest surprise here.  Her character/target, Daphne Kruger, was a famous actress who was initially shallow, flaky and stupid. But she turned out to be a lot smarter and less oblivious than we thought.   The 8 women and their different personalities blended very well.  Will we see more of this in the sequel?

 

What about the cinematography, the pretty images?  Well, they were beautiful.  Cinematographer Eigil Byrd did a great job with it.  I loved all the cutaways and two way scenes.  Gary Ross did a good job directing Ocean’s 8.  You can tell that he, the stars and everyone else had a lot of fun making this movie.  That’s what makes it fun to watch.  Did it have problems?  Reasons for me not to like it?  Of course, but not many. *mild spoilers* I was kinda disappointed not to see Danny Ocean pop up at some point in the movie.  I was hoping his death was just another con.  Sadly, that wasn’t the case.  Plus, I never understood Daphne’s motives. *mild spoiler alert over*

If you like fun, fast-paced movies that shouldn’t keep you guessing, but do, then watch Ocean’s 8.  Awesome cast, good directions and great costumes.  What more could you want.  But it also makes me slightly paranoid for some reason too.  Haha.  I’d give Ocean’s 8 an 8.5 out of 10.   It’s in theaters now.  Go see it.

 

 

Review for “13 Reasons Why: Season 2”

The first season of the controversial 13 Reasons Why was….pretty intense. Okay, very intense. It certainly got people talking, yelling and just scared. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but it was a very good show the first season. So it wasn’t the least bit surprising when a second season was ordered. It still gets people talking. But is it as good as the first?

Hannah:

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The 2nd season is still very Hannah-centric. It almost felt like she never died. But part of me wished that it wasn’t like that. I’ve learned things about Hannah–bullying, lying, keeping more secrets etc. Things that made it very hard to feel sorry for her. Hannah is so frustrating!

 

Clay:

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So was Clay. He was certainly a complex character. He’s a generally good person, but also kinda self-righteous and annoying. There were times I just wanted to slap him. When he found out about Zach and Hannah being a couple. Hannah wasn’t Clay’s girlfriend. He couldn’t even tell her how he felt about her. Zach could. Or like the Polaroid scenes. He implied that the girls were asking for it. Luckily, Sheri set him straight. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of people who think that. And that’s one of the reasons why so many victims are so scared to come forward. Clay was far less sympathetic this time around.

The big 180s:

 

 

 

Of course I’m talking about Courtney and Kevin Porter. Last season, both were insufferable. Though I liked Porter more. This season, they were like completely different people. They grew as characters and learned from their mistakes. I was very proud of them both. The sad part was that Porter lost his job. Then again, it’s probably for the best. He’ll be able to help more people in an environment full of people who don’t cover their asses all of the time.

The new characters:

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Mixed bag. I liked Cyrus and Mackenzie–kinda. I thought it was very nice that Tyler had friends who accepted him. At least until episode 11.  I was glad that Jessica had a friend in Nina at first.  But then I hated her for stealing those Polaroids and burning them.  She kept talking about her story, but she didn’t think about the other victims.  What if they wanted to move on?  Get those bastards who hurt them in jail for life?  Jessica needed those photos!  Because of Nina, that bastard Bryce isn’t in jail where he belongs.  Chloe was a sweet girl, but I hated her for staying with Bryce.  Even though she knows what he did to her, Hannah, Jessica and who knows who else.  I hated the bitchy lawyer, but she was good at her job.  Bryce parents?  Both actors did a good job, but I didn’t like them either.

Poor Tyler:

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Tyler has done some messed up things on this show.  Then again, what character here hasn’t?  But I’ve always had sympathy and empathy for him.  Maybe I should hate him, but I don’t at all.  I was happy that Tyler had friends for accepted him for who he is.  I was happy that Tyler finally got help for all of the issues he had.  I was definitely happy that he was beginning to be happy again.  But then that happened.  I think you all know which scene I’m talking about.  It still makes me wanna throw up!  To hell with Monty and his goons!  Why did they do that to him?!  Just as Tyler was beginning to be happy again.  Shaking my damn head.  Which leads to the next section…..

The Ending at the Prom:  Normally, I’m not one to condone any kind of violence in real life.  But in the world of fiction, I often make exceptions.  After all, they’re not real people.  Just characters on a show.  So it’s safe to wish death on them.  As you all may know, Clay was somehow able to talk Tyler out of shooting up the school.  But I actually wish he didn’t.  This is bad of me to say, but I wanted Tyler to shoot up the school. And I was actually disappointed when he didn’t.   It would’ve been much more fitting to just let him do it.  I mean, he was apparently pushed to his limit.  Someone pushed to their limit wouldn’t listen to Clay and have them risk another friend’s freedom just to save someone they don’t even like.  But then again, Clay does have a huge hero complex.

Jessica:  She was the star of this season.  Definitely.  I so desperately wanted her to get justice.  Who knows?  Maybe she will next season.  If not, I’m sure that many fanfiction writers make sure she does.

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Overall, the season was just okay.  It didn’t pack the same general punch as the previous season.  Too many characters and situations pissed me off.  I guess I’d give it 5 out of 10.

HTGAWM: The Big Custody Battle

htgawm-718540758.jpgI hate to love this show…or I love to hate it.  Maybe both.  But the point is that I still watch.  How to Get Away with Murder still keeps the motors upstairs running, despite my opinions on it.  This week’s episode was pretty good.  There were some memorable moments.

 

  1.  Wes–dead or alive.  Is he really dead?  That’s what many people want to know.   I wish that he was still alive and I’m not alone in this.  My wish is for Wes to come back in the season finale, grab that baby and take him far away from the madness.  But since that isn’t happening, I will say this.  Killing Wes off was a major mistake.  He should still be alive, and the show just feels empty without him.  I would trade him for Bonnie, Oliver or Frank in an instant.  (Especially Frank.)  But why was Dominic his emergency contact?  Why was he meeting with Laurel’s mom?  I get the feeling that they’re assassinating his character.  And/or Wes (possibly) being alive is the carrot they’re dangling to keep fans interested.  They never should’ve killed him.  Speaking of character assassination….
  2. Let’s talk about Laurel.   She used to be one of my favorites on the show.   She was whip-smart, sassy, intuitive, sneaky etc.  The real mini-Annalise.  Then season 3 happened. They have really, really trashed her character over the past 2 seasons.  To the point where she is nearly irredeemable.  However, since season 4b started, I started feeling sorry for her.  She went into pre-term labor because of Frank, gave birth in a broken elevator.  Both she and little Wes almost died.  Had her baby stolen from her.  Forced to be in a psych ward.  So on and so forth.  So far, there aren’t any shocking secrets about Laurel.  Nothing that would indicate that Dominick’s words about her were true.  Not yet anyway.
  3. The Castillos.  Now Jorge is innocent and her mother is the real mastermind behind Wes’ murder?  Makes sense.  Not really.  Based on what we know about Laurel’s dad, he’s not a good guy.  He’s incredibly manipulative, ruthless, psycho and he will do anything to get what he wants.  Even at the expense of his family.  And even if he is innocent of Wes’ murder, he’s definitely killed before.  He put both his daughter and his then-wife in psych wards just because they were inconveniences.  Definitely not a good person.  Laurel once said that he was just like Frank.  What about Laurel’s mother?  She seemed relatively harmless most of the episode.  Then that picture of her and Wes popped up and it made me wonder.  What if they both wanted him dead?  Why would Sandrine team up with the man who made her life hell?  Why would she want Wes dead?  Or is this just another cheap thrill courtesy of Nowalk and company?  And Laurel’s mother is completely innocent?
  4.   That Defense Attorney.  What a jerk.  I felt sorry for all of his, um, victims.  But none more than Dr. Roa.
  5. Poor Isaac.  I felt so sorry for him this week.  It seems like his life became even more crappy since he met Annalise.  D.A. Jerkwad basically slaughtered Issac on the stand, accusing him of killing his late daughter, Stella.  Because of that, his medical opinion was deemed worthless.  So Laurel lost her custody battle.  That wasn’t the worst of it.  In the last scene, Issac is alone in his office.  It appears that he relapsed, just like his ex-wife feared he would.  Sad…….
  6. Nate’s dad.  We finally get a bit of a background on Nate.  His father had been in prison for most of Nate’s life.  And their relationship is strained because the latter chose to be a cop.  Given the way that Nate Sr. was treated in jail, I can’t really blame him.  I felt sorry for him.

 

Looks like Laurel finally meets her son next week.  And we’ll hopefully learn a little more about her and Mommy.  Until next time……

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HTGAWM: Predictable and Intense?

htgawm-718540758.jpgCan something or someone be predictable and intense at the same time?  I guess it is possible, especially with this show.  That’s exactly how I felt about the winter finale.  Here are some thoughts:

  1.  Connor— He was never really a favorite of mine throughout the series.  But he’s actually grown on me this season.  He was the voice of reason that no one wanted to hear.  I wish so desperately that someone listened to him and aborted this insane revenge plan.  Things could’ve turned out differently.
  2. The Elevator Birth Scene–  This scene definitely burned into my memory, not in the good way.  It was too scary, sad and intense.  Top notch acting from Viola Davis and Karla Souza.  I had to fast-forward the scene because it was too much to stomach.  I was so relieved when the baby started crying.  But I’m also worried about him and Annalise.  I’m afraid she’ll start drinking again and the baby will be kidnapped by Laurel’s evil father.
  3. World’s Dumbest Death Scene–  Connor was on my list as the top victim at first.  But as time went on, I started thinking maybe he wouldn’t be the victim, after all.  Connor was nowhere near happy in this episode, so that meant he was safe.    Simon Drake has been a throne in Keating people’s sides for more than a year.  He was a mild threat to them.  Once Simon confessed his feelings for Oliver, that’s when I knew for sure.  He was a goner.  But the way the death scene happened was so dumb.  The first time I saw it, it made my stomach jump.  But looking back, I think it could’ve been done better.
  4. Annalise and Isaac–  Is it bad that I actually want the two of them to be together?  Sure, this relationship would be a complete and utter disaster that would possibly ruin them both.  But they do seem to care greatly for each other.  They would make a believable, albeit toxic pair.   Sadly, an Annaleve reunion isn’t in the cards.  I don’t want her back together with Nate.  (Why is Nate still on the show again?)
  5. Incomplete–  Despite everything that happened in this episode, it still felt very incomplete.  None of the flashback scenes were shown in the episode.  We still don’t know what going to happen to baby Wes.  But one thing is certain:  Those brats had better not blame Annalise for their problems anymore.  She has always looked out for them, whether she wanted to or not.  They are way more than capable of causing their own problems.  Mommy will end up cleaning up this mess too.  Sadly, the only way she’ll ever be free of these freaks is if they’re dead.  They should kill off everybody except Annalise and the baby.  Find a way to bring Wes back from the dead.  Then the three can live somewhat happily-ever-after.

 

Oh well.  Until next time……

HTGAWM: Annalise Still Can’t Catch a Break

htgawm-feat2111859018.jpgLast week, in the should’ve been season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder, Annalise finally came back!  After what felt like an eternity, Annalise was back in court and fighting hard, like she did in Season 1 & 2.  Her first client back was Jasmine Bromelle, her friend from prison.  She won the case, but it seemed to be all for naught in Annalise’s mind.  This week, poor Jasmine is found dead and Annalise had to identify the body.  Of course, Annalise pretended not to care.  You could tell she was very upset and Jasmine was important to her.  They were points in the scene with her therapist where I thought she would cry.  I liked Jasmine and I wish they didn’t kill her off.  Let her have the fresh start she was deprived of her whole life.  But you know what happens to interesting characters on this show……

 

Speaking of being deprived, we meet a man called Ben Carter.  He’s been in prison for 12 years for murdering his fiancee’.  Of course, he insists that he didn’t do it.  Annalise takes his case, and she gets part-time work with the Public Defender’s office.  In this case, she has to go up against Nate Lahey in one scene.  Nate was her on-again, off-again lover for 3 seasons.  Now they’re definitely off. He understandably hold a grudge against Annalise. In fact, he and Bonnie–who I never really cared for–convince Oliver to hack against Annalise. At first, Oliver is reluctant to do so, but snake Bonnie manipulated him into doing it. I don’t condone violence, but I wish Annalise kicked the crap out of annoying Bonnie.  The weird thing is what they said during their brief screaming match was true on both counts.  Bonnie’s emotions always got in the way, and except in one particular season 1 case, she’s proven to be a not-so-good lawyer.  And we know that Annalise has a big ego and can’t stand to fail.  I wish Nate hadn’t gotten in between then.

 

And then there’s the not-very-Keating group.  God, they are all so annoying. Spoiled, entitled brats who bitch about Annalise every chance they get.  I guess I have to include Oliver in this bunch.  Seeing all of their scenes, I find myself just missing Wes more and more.  At least, he was truly loyal and appreciative.  He could be whiny, but not like the others.  Frank pissed me off even more, calling Wes ‘the dead puppy’.  I wanted to smack him for saying that.

 

Well anyways.  Adding even more to the annoying pile, the group is pissed off at Connor for dropping out of law school.  That wasn’t too hard to guess.  Last week, it was pretty much confirmed that Connor never really wanted to be a lawyer to begin with.  He did it to please his dad, who’s apparently a hotshot lawyer himself.  They were all so unsupportive with their nagging and whining. Trying to force himself back into law school.  After everything they went through in the past 3 years, they should at least be empathetic to Connor’s plight.  Can anyone really blame him?  It’s Connor’s decision and they should respect it.  But I still wouldn’t call what the Not-so-Fantastic group a friendship.  More like a toxic waste dump, like Connor said.  Then a surprising development—we meet Connor’s dads.  I was under the impression that Connor’s dad was homophobic.  He certainly didn’t have nice things to say about his father.  I’m pretty sure that Connor’s father will try to force him back into law school.  It’ll probably work since Connor is kind of weak.

Annalise won her case, but I didn’t like how she did it.  Someone left a package for Annalise at her door.  She assumes it was Frank because he’s the only person who knows where she lives.  But Frank insists that it wasn’t him.  The package contained on old DVD that confirmed that Kym really did kill herself.  Annalise asks Frank to find out who sent the tape.  It was her boss, Miss Cross.  Annalise shouldn’t have showed that DVD in open court.  Why?  Because Ben’s daughter was there.  She had to watch a video of her mother killing herself!  I felt so sorry for her and Ben.  And Miss Cross.  She said that the lawyers, including herself, have up to 200 cases at a time.  200 cases?!  That would overwhelm a robot!  I almost didn’t blame her for spitting on Annalise.  I guess it’s safe to say they won’t be working together anymore.

Laurel finally came across a key piece of evidence in operation Justice for Wes.  She persuaded Frank to persuade Bonnie to get her a job at the DA’s office.  While there, she found out that her father landed in Philadelphia the night Wes was killed.  Dominick was likely on the flight with him.  Finally, it feels like she’s one step closer to getting her revenge.  But what’s going to happen to Wes and Laurel’s son?

 

All in all, a very watchable episode.  Not as good as last week’s episode, but definitely better than the season premiere.