Review: The Gentlemen

Having recently seen Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, my expectations were a bit up here. He did a wonderful job with that movie, and it is my favorite of the new live action Disneys. By far.

My Guy Ritchie Meter:

Lock Stock is the top, and one of those movies that informed my overall film taste. Snatch was brilliant at the time, but has aged a bit. Rock and Rolla etc is eh. Then his Sherlock phase: fine. It was fine. My level was way down by the time I saw King Arthur, but I loved that one. It’s so perfectly stupid and amazing and I love it. I’ve seen it multiple times, it’s a feel good for me. Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in the era of Camelot with everyone speaking as if they are in 90s London. It should not work, and maybe it does for me because of my love of the cheesy. When Charlie goes to try to pull out Excalibur and David Beckham is randomly there, I lost it. It’s so funny and perfect. If you enjoy a fun trash movie, give it a try.

Back to the review. This was a big nope. I do not know how this has so many good reviews, but maybe they were dazzled by the visuals? It’s not allllll bad but the bad parts are just hard to get over.

How many times can one film maker do the line “That’s so gay”? Guy seems to be going for the record instead of leaving that one in the past where it belongs. Tied is the number of times he has the actors say cunt. It’s a lot. Did he get writers block and these two are his fill in the blanks? It feels that way. There’s also a guy has sex with a pig part of the movie and a possible cannibal scene. There’s a lot of “the ending of Kinsman where the princess offers up anal sex” kind of scenes basically. The kind of scene that ruins any fun you were having. They are also lazy and out of place.

The other problem is that Guy went with an American as his lead. Matthew McConaughey does not do anything wrong, it’s just that Guy’s strength is fast dialog. His writing for Matthew is slow, and it bogs down the pace that the rest of the characters set. It makes for a bit of a disjointed piece.

Verdict: If you took out the party ruining scenes and had the story center on Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery, it would be so much more interesting. As it is, it’s difficult to appreciate the good here.

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Room Cosplay: Lara Jean’s Bedroom from P.S. I Still Love You

Unicorn Head, Wide Blue Bookcase, Teal Bookcase, Flower Lights, Heart End Table, Queen Bed Frame, String Lights, Tangerine Wall Decals, Red Comforter, Flamingo Palm Sheets, Round End Table, Pink Lamp, Gold Tree Lamp, White Bookcase

Blush Curtains, Wall Hutch, White Chair, Teal Stool, Desk, Jewelry Stand, Table Lamp, String Tassels, Flower Lights, Mirror, Hanging Chair

This is the same beautiful room we saw in the first movie, and I could never get sick of it. You feel all the fantasy and family touches that Lara Jean has added over her life, and I love how much storage she has:) The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series will endure the test of time, because it is Timeless. In its’ set design, costumes, and sweet baby angel character work. There is much to enjoy here.

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Star Trek Picard: The Best Merch

Star Trek Picard is not messing around. I feel very personally catered to in a way that I like. I like it a lot. Do I like wine and puppies? Yes. Does Star Trek fandom merch disguised as fancy winery decor appeal to me? Yes. Hell yes. Whoever is coming up with their stuff is brilliant. Fandom merch is obviously not a new thing, so merch done so well deserves notice.

A Sampling:

Assimilation Sign, Chateau at Home Bundle, Chateau Picard Mat, No. 1 Puppy Shirt, Personalized Dog Bowl

The sign is direct from the show, inside a Borg cube. Patrick Stewart loves bulldogs, which are illegal in the UK. He brought in a bulldog as his dog on the show to help with how they are seen, in a sweet and pure human move.

Chateau Picard Wine:

Star Trek Wines

Along with the Picard wine merch, you can also get the actual wine from the real Chateau Picard in France. This is above and beyond. Now, there is no way I can justify getting a case, because that is pretty expensive. I will be getting the above 2-pack, however, which I shall drink and then keep the bottles. I might make the Chateau bottle into a taper candle holder. The other bottle might turn into a whiskey holder. Or I’ll put both in a shadow box and allow no one to touch them. One of those.

In any case, you can get Chateau Picard Glasses to put Chateau Picard wine into as you watch Star Trek Picard where Patrick Stewart drinks the same. Out of the same bottles. Again, next level.

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20 SNL Host Picks for 2020

Here are my host hopefuls for the year. None have hosted before:

Catherine O’Hara

Catherine as the season opener, please. She’s over-qualified, Schitt’s Creek is ending, and I’d love to see what she comes up with.

Harvey Guillén

My sweet darling Guillermo muffin. What We Do in the Shadows is a lovely comedy free for all in the Gothic fashion. He’d kill it.

Robin Thede

Robin is busy with her own sketch show, but I had to include her here. When thinking of SNL hosts, she deserves to be offered the stage.

Benedict Wong

This has been a long time coming. He has a stage pedigree, superhero movie experience, and a brilliant deadpan. All the best SNL host components.

Julio Torres

Los Espookys was creepy good. Better, it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years. He was also just recently a staff writer, so he already knows how to host.

Natasha Leggero

Sticking to my process of adding hosts that are also strong comedy writers. Leggero is biting and sparkly. I love it.

LaKeith Stanfield

Here is a young talent that draws your focus. Even as a minor character in Knives Out, he gives a well rounded character that you want to see more of. When he’s the main character, you also want to see more of him. He could sell even the most ridiculous of skits.

Paula Pell

This. Woman. An SNL writing great that lights up any screen she’s on. Have you seen A.P. Bio? Have you seen her majesty on late night shows? We all need more of her.

Timothy Olyphant

Why not?

Zachary Levi

Having experience doing Broadway musicals gives Levi a Groundlings Plus rating. That is my opinion, and I stand by it.

Ming-Na Wen

The things that SNL could write around Ming-Na. Disney, Action, Badassness, Romance, and of course Comedy. It’s rare that the writers get to play with a host that can do so much.

Ewan McGregor

His eyes tell jokes. Dirty, hilarious, soul-shattering jokes. Just with his eyes. Let’s explore that.

Nicole Byer

We need more lady stand-ups on the SNL stage, and you do not get better than Nicole.

Gabriel Luna

This is a beautifully talented human. Gabriel ruled as Ghost Rider, and everything else that he has done.

Rose Byrne

My instincts tell me that Rose would be a top-tier host. Most of those instincts are from watching her in Spy.

John Cho

SNL is a tough experience to conquer. A certain kind of talent can skewer it right between the eyes. That is Cho.

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey has always been incredible, but her work in Legion is beyond. SNL should offer itself up as her playground.

Taika Waititi

I just want to see what he would do. It would be amazing.

Issa Rae

She’s been a showrunner and talent for years, so this needs to happen already. Showrunner is even better than having writing skills, which she also has.

Keanu Reeves

The scurf-meister. The man of all talents. The dearth of Keanu on SNL is criminal.

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2019 Movie Review Rundown

This is an overview for the new movies watched in the theater for 2019.

Avengers Endgame

This was a movie of a too packed collection. There were good bits (Cap and Peggy, Nebula, Captain Marvel), bad bits (Hawkeye’s evil eyeliner, Thanos), and all the bits in between.  Too many bits, not enough room for the characters to breathe.

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Captain Marvel

Marvelous. Jude Law gives such good evil doer. As a nostalgia/sci-fi/comic book/air force mash up it should have felt over-crowded (like the above). It didn’t.


Charlie’s Angels

Fun silly weirdness. Bad wigs and outfits, however, which is a crime for a Charlie’s Angels reboot. All the Angels are on point, although Kristen is the lead here. She is sparkly and funny and vulnerable and I’d want them to make a sequel just to see her play Sabina again. The flirt scenes between Ella Balinska (Jane) and Noah Centineo also deserve more screen time. Netflix needs to get the writer of Knight Before Christmas to make these two a feature, please.

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Frozen II

Elsa = Rainbow Brite. That makes me so happy, my nostalgia has overpowered my being. The music and songs are even better, which is witchery. Olaf and his whole becoming mature storyline kills me. You know who I want in their own movie solving murders? Olaf. Olaf with a pipe. Elsa and Anna’s parents are fleshed out and redeemed. Thank goodness, cause last time they were dicks. Also, Sterling K. Brown. We are officially firing on all cylinders.

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Knives Out

The mystery. The cast. The Daniel Craig of it all. It is all swirly whirly funtimes with a surprise happy ending. You do not usually get those in the mystery genre, so thank you Rian. For so many, many things.

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Last Christmas

Holiday sparkles. Watching this in the theater, filled with families and lady friend groups hanging out right before Chistmas, it felt like everyone had a good time. It is no more and no less than a holiday feel good. There is nothing wrong with that. The female lead does not end up with a man in the end, but there is a cute as hell romance involving Michelle Yeoh and some lucky dude. We need a big budget romance with Michelle Yeoh as the lead by the way.

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Little Women

I watched this with my sister, which I fully recommend if you have one. I had a champagne, she got popcorn, and we both loooooved Amy in this.

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Zachary Levi:) This man, I adore him. He is my younger Bruce Campbell. A couple of years ago I saw him speak at the Shazam panel at a Wizard World convention. I was with my dad and my little brother Matthew, and neither were familiar with Levi. I had seen him in Tangled, She Loves Me, and a few various bits of stuff. Enough to know how talented he is, and be excited for his casting here. By the end of the panel, both my dad and brother were huge new fans of his, because this man is a powerhouse live. If you ever get the chance to see him either perform in a musical or speak at a panel, you should go. Ideally to both. Shazam did not disappoint. It was almost freakishly perfect. In a good way.1_2

Spiderman: Far From Home

Tom is lovely, but Zendaya steals this movie. It’s nice to have a European set superhero movie, just to change the background for once. Everything feels nicely refreshed and bright. The surprise heroes here are J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr as the best teachers ever.

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Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

It was not the worst thing that I have ever seen. The Death Star in the sea was cool. Exclamation marks don’t belong in the opening crawl. Thinking about this movie saps my energy. It’s a force suck.

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Terminator: Dark Fate

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Robot Dad is the theme. Overall, this was a pretty excellent chapter in the Terminator franchise. I’d say after T2, this is my next favorite. Mackenzie Davis was the best part behind the return of Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton is still the live wire that this whole robot house was built on.

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Cute concept, okay execution. If you’re a Beatles fan, you will be happy. Having a brunch at home? Watch this. Is it heartwarming? Not really. It’s heart lukewarm.

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Room Cosplay: Barbara Novak’s Living Room from Down with Love

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Curtains, Plant, Pot, Art Print, Pendant Light, Set of 3 Prints, Pink Lamp, End Table, Chair, Sofa, Yellow Pillow, Blue Pillow, Green Pillow, Orange Vase, Blue Vase, Bookshelf, Blue Plate, Red Bowl, Lemons, Coffee Table, Fire Bowl, Glass Console Table, Blue Lamp, Bar Cart

Barbara’s “adorable” apartment is a pepto paradise. The indoor firepit is ill advised in real life, so I found a friendlier option that won’t require ventilation:)

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20 Double Feature Ideas

The double feature is a time honored way to enjoy an evening. Whether the movies obviously pair up, or my favorites that are unexpected companions, they are better together.

British Humour with Animals

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

Fierce Creatures (1997)


Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking (2010)

30 Rock Season 2 Ep 4 : Rosemary’s Baby (2007)


Debbie Reynolds

The Mating Game (1959)

Mother (1996)


Fun with History

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Highlander (1986)


Getting Shit Done

State and Main (2000)

One Two Three (1961)


Fantasy, Royalty, and Strength

Ever After (1998)

Wonder Woman (2017)


Hiding with Style

Bombshell (1933)

Ingrid Goes West (2017)


Idealistic Political Romance

The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

The Matchmaker (1997)


Neon Fun

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

Aquaman (2018)


Noir and Kick-Assery

Out of Sight (1998)

Haywire (2011)


Noir and Sass

Brick (2005)

Ball of Fire (1941)


Playful and Bright

Down With Love (2003)

Ocean’s 8 (2018)


Ridiculous Apocalypse

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)


Rom-Com Abroad

French Kiss (1995)

Only You (1994)


Rom-Com Satire

The Baxter (2005)

Run Fatboy Run (2007)


Sandy Bullock

The Net (1995)

The Heat (2013)


She Can’t Cook

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Simply Irresistible (1999)


Sparkle Mockumentary

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)


Undercover Shenanigans

If Looks Could Kill (1991)

Just One of the Guys (1985)


Vintage Hero

The  Mark of Zorro (1940)

The Phantom (1996)

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