Star Wars: Rogue One Review (Non-Spoiler)

  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz AhmedJiang Wen, Forest Whitaker
  • Production Company: Lucasfilms Ltd.
  • Distributed by: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Release Date: December 16, 2016
  • Running Time: 133 minutes

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I was worried going into it that it was going to be another movie where the main character turned out to be a Mary-Sue. Not only that, but someone who could magically do everything without so much as a hint of formal training. And yes, I am hinting at Rey a little bit.

But Rogue One wasn’t Jyn’s movie. Before the reshoots it probably was, but I feel setting her back to simply being one of the group who helped a lot, instead of making her the girl who everyone follows was a better choice. Unlike Rey from The Force Awakens Jyn actually had some training in combat by Forest Whitaker’s character, and does offer a (small) reason to be part of the front lines. At first her character is only wanted by the Rebellion, and The Empire is because she is Galen Orso’s daughter. Nothing but a name is driving people to find her, which isn’t exactly a good enough reason to start a worldwide hunt for her.

 But about halfway through Jyn’s purpose was actually revealed, and that is to help the Rebellion to recieve the Death Star blueprints, which her father helped build. And it turns out that the blueprints are labelled under a code name only Jyn would know. So while I still enjoyed Rey in The Force Awakens, as a whole Jyn was a much better thought out character. She wasn’t perfect in everything, when it came to fighting, she’d actually had training. While Rey had none, and managed to beat Kylo Ren who was formally trained in combat.

There were moments in the movie where it was abundantly clear on what was going to happen next, the only surprises  to come out of Rogue one were the end, how far work in visual effects has come, and just how out of fashion Darth Vader looked compared to his more stylish general. They either should have spruced up his outfit, or the costume department should have dulled down the other commanders’ look. Next to them, Darth Varder looked extremely out of date. 

 If I had to choose between the two movies, The Force Awakens or Rogue One, I would say Rogue One. The characters just seemed more believeable, and each of them had a real reason to be at the centre of the rebellion.
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Vikings S4Ep13: Two Journeys Review/Recap

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alyssa Sutherland, Clive Standen, Lothaire Bluteau, John Kavanagh, Peter Franzén, Jasper Paakkonen, Moe Dunford, Alex Hogh, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Jordan Patrick Smith, Linus Roache
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Historical-drama

Bjorn and his men have arrived in Franica, and are taken to meet with Rollo, as well as his wife Gisla and their children. Bjorn asks is he, and his men can have safe passage across the Mediterranean, but Rollo refuses and locks them away. While Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and the others are imprisoned, Bjorn is scolded by Halfdan and Harald for trusting Rollo. Meanwhile Rollo (Clive Standen) and Gisla are having their own argument as Rollo is fighting off the urge to return to his old life. Releasing Bjorn from prison, Rollo promises safe passage, but only if Rollo accompanies them on their raid. After setting sail, Bjorn gives the order to keelhaul Rollo. After a few moments, Bjorn orders Rollo be pulled up, who then laughs. 

On the beaches of Wessex lay the ruin of Ragnar’s ships, and Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) finds the remains of Ragnar’s raven sail. Reporting the news to King Ecbert (Linus Roache), who seems unbothered, believing Ragnar is nothing but a single man.

Having survived the storm, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Ivar (Alex Hogh) makes plans to set out on their own, and head to the Royal Villa. To travel undetected, Ragnar and Ivar slaughter their men, fellow Vikings, and later arrive at the Royal Villa and surrender themselves.

With Ragnar, Ivar, Bjorn, and Hvitserk gone, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) prepares her army to attack Kattegat. Laying a trap for Ubbe and Sigurd, Lagertha imprisons them and she and her warriors descend on Kattegat. As Lagertha and her men battle, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) is preparing for either surrender, or battle herself. Before there is too much blood shed, Lagthera puts an end to the fight, claiming these are her people.
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The Unquiet Past (A standalone novel) Review

  • Title: The Unquiet Past
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 Paperback 
  • Special Features: Sneak peak into 
  • Pages: 264
  • Price: $14.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4598-06542
  • Genre: Fiction-paranormal

The Unquiet Past is part of a seven book, collaborative series by seven Canadian authors about a group of groups who lived in an orphanage until the Home burned down. Being the oldest they are each given a clue to their past, and forced to set out on their own. In The Unquiet Past Tess is given a clue that leads her to a small town outside Montreal, Quebec to find out who she really is, and where she really comes from.

Along the way Tess meets a mysterious boy who is also on an adventure of his own. Together the two work to uncover the mystery of their pasts, but along the way uncover something horrifying that may give them more answers than they originally bargained for.

Just like any other Kelley Armstrong book, this one easily captures your attention, and can keep it till the very end. Even though this is a novella, so not as much detail is given to the plot, or overall surroundings. But there’s enough there for the main characters, and overall plot that it doesn’t feel like a dull. 

If you liked her Darekst Powers series, you may find yourself liking this novella, because the character Tess is similar to Chloe, power wise.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes, it makes for a great, quick easy read.

The Unquiet Past can be read on its own, or as part of the collaborative series, Secrets, which can be read in no particular order.

  • The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  • Small Bones by Vicki Grant
  • A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn
  • Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
  • My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock
  • Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten
  • Innocent by Eric Walters

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Scream Queens S2Ep10 (Finale): Drain the Swamp Review/Recap

  • Starring: Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Taylor Lautner, Kristie Alley, Keke Palmer
  • Network: City
  • Genre: Horror-Comedy

Cassidy is now out the of Green Meanie club having decided that he can’t kill Chanel #3 which infuriates his mother and disowns him. Now on her own, Hoffel begins draining the swamp and makes a bomb to blow up the hospital.

Hester has plans of her own. After finding out that Munsch has a substantial trust fund that will go to the bank when she dies with no next of kin. She and Holt come up with a plan for Holt to marry Munsch, take her money when she dies, and the two will run a way to Blood Island together, and kill tourists. But Chanel #5 being a newly found generous, begins to do research on Munsch’s disease and learns that she might not actually have Kuru, and insists that Munsch has a piece of her brain removed for testing. When the test comes back, it’s revealed that Munsch doesn’t have Kuru, but that she’s serve rely dehydrated from not having water in years, but instead only drinking scotch or vodka.

With Munsch now cured, and staying very much alive, Holt and Hester’s plan goes up in flames, but not before Holt and Munsch tied the note. Jane offers to help Hoffel finish the job, but is declined. Still holding Zayday hostage, Zayday manages to convince Jane that killing those at the hospital is not the way to go about grieving her husbands death and urges her to do what’s right.

Hoffel calls everyone down to the basement for a celebratory drink to Munsch health, but when everyone arrives, she locks them in a cage and reveals the bomb ready to detonate. Before Hoffel can escape she’s confronted by Zayday and Jane. But Hoffel shoots Jane and escapes. Back from the dead, Denise saves the group by disabling the bomb and frees everyone. The group chase Hoffel into the woods, but has an attempt to stop the group, she throws her machete in an attempt the kill Chanel #3, but Cassidy jumps in the way and dies. The group follows Hoffel into the woods where she tries to escape by boat, but fleeing, Hoffel falls into quicksand, and though Munsch tries to save her, Hoffel drowns.

Munsch and Holt have gone their separate ways. Hester who impersonated Munsch at the bank stole her money, and the two fled to the Blood Islands as planned. Munsch sold the hospital and opened a hospital for older woman to help them achieve orgasim again. Chanel #5 and Zayday continued working at the hospital, while Chanel has her own tv show, Lovin the C, where Chanel #3 is her producer.
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Scream Queens S2Ep9: Lovin the D Review/Recap

  • Starring: Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Stamos, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Kristie Alley, Taylor Lautner, Keke Palmer
  • Network: City
  • Genre: Horror-Comedy

The Green Meanie’s have band together and have come up with a plan to kill the Chanels, with Nurse Hoffel tasked with killing Chanel, Wes killing Chanel #5, and Cassidy given the task of killing Chanel #3. But Cassidy is beginning to have doubts on whether or not he wants to continue killing. After a brief visits with his mother, and introducing Chanel #3 to her, Cassidy is forced to make a choice. Chanel #3 or his mother. His mother, who is still holding Zayday hostage.

At the hospital the Chanels are preparing to take the medical test to be certified doctors, after the news of Dr. Scarlett Lovin, host of Lovin the D, comes to the CURE Institute wanting to film a complicated surgery. With the help of Cassidy, and Holt Chanel, and Chanel #3 pass their test, while Chanel #5 passes her test with a near perfect score on her own. Right before the surgery Wes makes a poisonous coffee concoction with a note, To Chanel Love Holt, and leaves it for her at the counter. But as the show’s about to start Dr. Scarlett Lovin exchanges a few words with Chanel, but as she leaves, she picks up the wrong coffee cup, and drinks the poisonous brew. Even with her laying dead on the ground the show must go on, and the Chanels, and Holt continue on with the show. After the show the show’s producer offer the Chanels a the of being Dr. Lovin’s replacement.

The Green Meanie Trio is about to lose one of its members after Wes tries to kill Chanel, whose death belongs to Hoffel. Infuriated with Wes trying to take her kill, she and Cassidy lure Wes to the bathing room, with a tub filled with boiling peanut oil. Trapping him at the tap, Wes figures out what their planning and throws himself into the boiling oil. With everyone believing that the Green Meanie is dead, everyone can breath a sense of relief.

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Joker (Comic book) Review

  • Title: Joker
  • Author: Brian Azzarello
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2008
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Special Features: 
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: $23.99 CAN ($19.99 U.S)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-1581-1

Joker is out of Arkham, and has some how managed to convince the staff that he is cured. But once he’s out, he’s ready to wreck havoc, and take back the city others have stole from him.

Johnny Frost is hired to pick up Joker when he is released, and for some whatever reason has the desire to be like him. But after watching the violence, and cruel acts the Joker unfolds, Johnny stars to have moments where he starts to realize that maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t want this life.

Harley Quinn makes an appearance here, but she doesn’t have a single line of dialogue, which makes me wonder why she was even featured here. Joker here bares a strong resemblance to Heath Ledgers Joker from Batman: The Dark Knight.

I found while reading this, that after I finished reading a page and flipped to the next, I’d have to go back to make sure I didn’t miss a page because at times it felt like I missed a line or two of dialogue, so it made for a tricky read to times. Other than that, it was nice to see Joker interact with some for a semi-long period that isn’t Harley, and see how he interacts with them. But this not one of the favorite Joker stories, but it’s definitely not remotely bad either.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars.

Would I recommend: With you like the Joker, especially Heath Ledgers, then you’ll probably find yourself liking this take.
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Pretty Baby (A Standalone Novel) Review

  • Title: Pretty Baby
  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Publisher: MIRA Books
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2016
  • Edition: Trade Paperback 2016
  • Pages: 400
  • Special Features: Questions for Disscussion, Conversation with Mary Kubica, and a Sneak Peek at, The Good Girl.
  • Price: $18.99 CAN ($15.99 U.S)
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0-7783-1874-3

While on her daily commute to work, Heidi spots a young, teenaged girl soaked in the rain, and in the folds of her jacket is a baby. In the field of work that cares for the well being of people everywhere, Heidi is compelled to help the girl, Willow out. But after bringing Willow into her home, neither Heidi’s husband or daughter is happy about the new additions.

But the longer Willow and the baby stay, the more past events, and pain start to a raise, and everyone gets more than they bargained for.
Just like The Good Girl, Pretty Baby has multiple character point of views, Heidi, Willow, and Chris. Heidi is the main protagonist of the book, who finds, and takes care of the homeless teen, adn her baby when she finds them living on the streets of Chicago. Chris is the distant husband, who wants nothing to do with the strange new comers, and for most of the duration of the novel, doesn’t seem to like home life very much either.

Willow, and her baby are a jumble of secrets, starting with the leather suitcase, her love for, Anne of Green Gables, and her fascination with morning cartoons. While Heidi is willing to ignore, and not pry into Willow’s past, Chris’s growing concern at having a stranger in the same house as his daughter has left him on edge, and wanting to find out just who Willow Greer really is. If that’s even her real name.

But later things take a turn for the worst, and each life will be alter in ways they never thought possible. Some will be left better off then they were, while others will have their world turned upside down.
Unlike The Good Girl, the last few chapters will clue you in, and bring all the pieces together, while The Good Girl throws a major curve ball  at the very end.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes! Pretty Baby is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing, and coming up with different outcomes until the secrets are revealed.
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Shameless S7Ep11: Happily Ever After Review/Recap

  • Starring: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Emma Kennedy, Cameron Monaghan, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Isidora Gorshter, Ethan Cutkosky
  • Network: Showtime
  • Genre: Comedy-Drama

Fiona has given up being a laundromat owner, and sold the business to Margo, who in return has turned the space into a networking lounge. There Fiona (Emmy Rossum) meets a real estate agent, who later invites Fiona to buy out his apartment building as a new business oppurtunity.

Lip is working hard at his sobriety, and begins hanging out with a member from the AA meeting, who advises Lip (Jeremy Allen White) to find a hobby that helps keep the mind off drinking, such as knitting.

Kevin and V begin to make plans for their future now that both of them are out of work thanks to Svetlana taking over the alibi. As a game plan, Kev (Steve Howey) goes in search of a new job oppurtunity, and finds himself at the bar where Ian used to work. There he fills in for a one night to prove his skills, and makes quite the impression on both the customers and employees.
Frank and Monica attempt to renew their vows, but past misgivings are brought up and violence breaks out between the two. The family gathers to celebrate the ‘newlyweds’ but the next morning tragedy strikes, and the Gallagher family wake up to a scene that now of them were expecting.
After a brief road trip, Ian and Mickey fins themselves at the Mexico border, and Mickey undergoes a slight appearance alteration. But while he’s ready to go, Ian breaks the news that he is no longer going with Mickey to Mexico, telling him that in the time that Mickey has been away, he has built a new life for himself, and his doing well. But before their final goodbye, Ian leaves a stack of cash on the dash of the car that he withdrew form a savings account, and the two say their goodbyes. Watching from the distance, Ian watches as Mickey bypasses the Mexican border.
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Vikings S4Ep12: The Vision Review/Recap

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Alyssa Sutherland, Clive Standon, Gustaf Skarsgard, Lothaire Bluteau, John Kavanagh, Peter Franzén, Jasper Paakkonen, Aliex Hogh, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Jordan Patrick Smith, Linus Roach
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-Drama

With Bjorn’s plans to travel and raid the Mediterranean, Ragnar gets to work and tries to recruit his own band of men to return to England and seek revenge for the settlement that was destroyed. But every resident of Kattegat avoid Ragnar like the plague, and claim the gods have abandoned him, and refuse to sail with him. In order to followers, Rangar (Travis Fimmel) digs up his buried treasure from England and bribes men to sail with him.
Tension is brewing even more between Ivar and his brothers, especially between him and Sigurd who seems to harbour a steaming hatred for Ivar. Going so far as to taught Ivar, claiming that his mother, and brothers only feel pity for him. Ivar (Alex Hogh) attempts to stay towards Sigurd using the backs of the chairs, but Sigurd simply pulls the chairs away, and leaves the hut with Ivar screaming after him.
Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Aslaug may have their problems, but at least they can agree on one thing. A sacrifice to the gods to keep their sons safe on their voyage. But after seeing what Aslaug has down their traditions, Lagertha lets it known that she will never forgive Aslaug for stealing Ragnar, upsetting her world, and that she will never be Queen of Kattegat. Aslaug later has a vision that should Ivar travel to England with Ragnar, he will drown. But disputed his mother’s warning, Ivar aboards a ship, and he and Ragnar set sail for England. But along the way a storm hits, and capsizes their ship.

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Scream Queens S2Ep8: Rapunzel Rapunzel Review/Recap

  • Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, John Stamos, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Taylor Lautner, Keke Palmer, Kristie Alley
  • Network: City
  • Genre: Horror-Comedy

An old flame is back for Cathy Munsch. Wes Gardner has arrived at the hospital for a tumor, which later on the operating table turns out to be a giant ball of hair.  He and Munsch resume their romance, but on the side, Munsch and Holt (John Stamos) agree to have an affair after a dissatisfying night with Chanel (Emma Roberts) where he accidentally mumbled “Cathy” during sex.

Zayday (Keke Palmer) and Chamberlain are having a bit of a rough patch in their new relationship has he is constantly stalking her social media profiles.  Together the two set up a plan to trap the Green Meanie, but only come away with a piece of fabric Zayday managed to rip off its suit. After some investigating Zayday learns that Jane Hollis purchased the suit in 1986, and with the help of her brother orchestrated the Halloween Masacre at the hospital. Jane drugs Zayday, and she is left chained to a table.

Meanwhile back at the hospital Chamberlain finds a piece of green fabric from the Green Meanie’s costume in Wes’ hairball, and confronts him. Wes confesses that he is the Green Meanie, which is was driven to since his daughter’s, Grace, incarceration to the mental institute for which he blames the Chanels for. Having now learned his secret, Wes stabs, and kills Chamberlain.
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