A Little Update on Me

A little update on me. I’ve changed job. I am no longer working for Meijer. I parted ways from them after they decided to cut my hours and I was having issues keeping up with my bills. I am now working at the Post Office facility near here. It’s not my favorite job (I get bored a lot) but it pays more and I’m not having to worry about my bills.

I am still looking for a job in my degree field however. That is proving to be just as difficult as it was last year. I have had some not so great interviews, one guy was completely rude to me and I will never go back there again. That place has been added to my list of places to not apply to again. And apparently it’s a sign because I see job postings for that business a lot since then.

I have been wondering what is going on with this. Is it because I don’t have the experience? Is it just that I am not the right fit for the places I’ve interviewed? Or is it something else entirely? At this point I’m stumped. However, I am still apply and still trying. I had another interview that I am hoping to hear on but the woman is going out of state to train new employees at their other location so I have to wait for her to get back.

It’s become a waiting game. I’m still hoping and I’m still working. The temp agencies I’ve used have been a complete and total bust. They’ve also been a waste of time because they have not gotten me a job nor have they been in contact with me. It seems like those are proving to be no better for me.

Well that’s the update on me. I am working second shift so unless my days off match when I watch my shows, I haven’t been able to do as much tweeting allow with them as I would like. I really miss being able to do that and talk with people about what is happening. I’ll get back onto first shift at some point, hopefully soon. In til then however, I am doing what I can and I’m still applying. Wish me luck!

The Lego Batman Movie

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The Lego movies never seem to disappoint me. There are made for kids but there are several adult jokes for the parents that get to go. The first Lego movie introduced us to Batman and because the DC new Batman movie is delayed, this movie filled in the gap.

The Lego Batman movie picks up a few years after the last Lego movie. Batman has been protecting Gotham from crime and dealing with all his known nemesis through the comics. His man villain for this movie is the Joker. Joker is set on destroying Gotham because Batman will not admit that they have a relationship with the Joker being his arch-rival.

“Uh, cause last time I checked, I only have one butt.” –Batman

Batman then attends the city’s winter gala as Bruce Wayne to honor the retirement of Commisioner Gordon. He learn that Gordon’s daughter, Barbara is going to be taking over for him at the police station in Gotham. However, Batman learns that Barbara has plans to have the city no longer need Batman to fight crime. The Joker then crashes the party in order to be “captured” but he has other plans. The Joker wants to get to the Phantom Zone, which Superman has left his enemies in. There are several jokes regarding the Batman vs. Superman movie and about the Justice League films before that.

Batman isn’t content to let the Joker just sit in prison and believes he had other plans. He starts to watch the Joker in prison. However, Alfred intervenes and advises Batman to take charge of Dick Grayson, the adopted kid that Bruce didn’t realize he truly adopted from the event. Dick becomes Robin to Batman. They manage to recover the Projector from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, where Superman is throwing a huge party. They head to the prison to confront the Joker and use it on him. Barbara is there however and both Batman and Robin end up locked up. The Projector ends up in the custody of the prison where Harley Quinn steals it back. She then breaks free the Joker and uses the Projector on him to send him to The Phantom Zone.

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The Joker is able to break free all of the villains and now Robin and Batman have to convince Barbara to let them go in order to stop the Joker. The Joker’s ulitimate villains include Lord Voldemort, King Kong, Sauron, the Wicked Witch of the West, Medusa, Agent Smith and his clones, the Daleks, the Gremlins and the Kraken. I laughed when I saw the Gremlins. Barbara becomes Batgirl for Batman and Robin and Alfred because she wants to stop the Joker. These 4 and the other villains that were locked up with the Joker that he left for the Phantom Zone villains fight back.

“Sir, I have seen you go through similar phases in 2016 and 2012 and 2008 and 2005 and 1997 and 1995 and 1992 and 1989 and that weird one in 1966.” –Alfred

However, Batman fails to stop the bombs from detonating, causing the city to split apart. Batman reluctantly convinces Joker that he is the reason for being the hero he is, and working together alongside Batman’s friends, the villains, and the city’s inhabitants, chain link themselves together, reconnecting the city’s plates. With the city saved, Batman prepares to be taken back into the Phantom Zone to fulfill his bargain, only to be rejected by Phyllis, who chooses to let him remain after seeing how much he had changed in order to save everyone. Batman allows Joker and the rest of his rogues gallery to temporarily escape but will catch them later.

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Overall the movie is definitely for kids but there are several jokes for adults as well. It plays off of the failed DC movies of the past and how they seem to keep making Batman movies over and over again. I give it 8 out of 10 stars. I think it’s a little longer the necessary and some parts could’ve been cut out. However, overall the film is fun and yes, the music is great.

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50 Shades Darker

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When it comes to the 50 Shades series, you’re either for it or you hate it. It’s safe to say that given that when the first movie came out people were trying to have it banned from theaters. First, people needed to chill. If you don’t like the movie or it’s story, don’t see the movie. Second, they made it into a movie because people loved the series and read it, sometimes more then once. Just relax and let people see what movie they want to see.

50 Shades Darker picks up the story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey pretty close to how the last movie ended, much like the book. However, one thing that 50 Shades Darker doesn’t do is keep the love story between these two going. The story and plot line gets lost in the need to hit points in the book that we can’t really get anywhere with  developing a turn story. It’s very different from the first movie and I’m thinking it’s because we have a different director and writer. And what is sad is that the film starts out taking the thrill of Leila stalking Anastasia that it seems like it’s going to go somewhere but is quickly destroyed by the lack of true emotion given between the actors. It seems like both Dakota and Jamie were bored and who could blame them given how horrible the plot line was.

“I want you back. I’m not very good at this, I’ve never wanted to try again.” – Christian Grey

The love between Anastasia and Christian is supposed to grow greatly throughout this book, one of the reasons he asks her to marry him. However, the lack of emotion portrayed between the actors leaves you lacking. You never reach the moments that need the emotion the most. For instance, when Anna is confronted by Leila (which she mispronounces her name several times), Anna shock is laughable and seeing Christian with Leila is not a strong scene but more of him being annoyed. Anna doesn’t even get the chance to deal with the scene because we jump right into her being able to touch Christian, which should’ve been again another emotional and loving moment but was more of a “I really don’t want to touch you” moment. Another disappointment.

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Jack Hyde was exactly the way I wanted him to be. That’s really the one thing that I enjoyed about this movie. I had hopes for Leila but they didn’t fully develop that part of the story so it became a let down. As for Jack, he was the creepy and slimy guy he was from the book and I give him a huge thumbs up for how well the characters was delivered. The tense moment between Anna and Jack is the one scene where I actually believed what was happening between the two of them. This unfortunately didn’t continue for the rest of the movie.

Mrs. Robinson aka Elena Lincoln is boring. She doesn’t look like the woman I pictured at all and instead of being “protective” of Christian like she is in the book, they spend the movie making it clear that she wants Christian for herself. Now, we know this the real reason behind what she does in the book but it’s not given to you a face to face until the last book. She’s boring. And when Grace slaps her at the end of the film, it’s more of a, well I was wondering how long that was going to take versus a pivotal moment between friends like it should’ve been. Mrs. Robinson was another let down of 50 Shades Darker.

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Overall this movie doesn’t give you the story that 50 Shades Darker should. It never reaches the emotions between the characters and the actors. The story is more about hitting points in the book then setting any story up to begin with. And the characters are thrown around and together is chaos in hopes of getting as many people on camera in order to make the movie seem fuller. I give it 5 out of 10 stars. I was very disappointed in this movie, especially after how much the first one told the love story between Christian and Anastasia.

“I don’t see how this can work.” – Anastasia Steele

Also, there is a bonus scene after the credits of the film. Actually, let me rephrase that it’s a teaser trailer for 50 Shades Freed. It doesn’t give you much, I don’t even think it’s 30 seconds long. But it gives you a glimpse that this series is ending and if the last film is just like this one, then it’s going to be a a disappointment too.

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The bullshit final rule – Hunted – TV Show Review

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I want to start by saying that I have watched Hunted from the start and have spent the last 7 weeks really thinking this show had the potential be the next Survivor. While it was way different, the reality story and getting to last the 28 days is similar to Survivor. However, like a lot of people on Twitter tonight for the finale, Hunted not only destroyed their chance at a successful 2nd season but also getting it viewers back.

Up until tonight, Hunted had seem like a fair show. I mean if we ignore the cameras and people always willing to help the teams, it seemed to be a simple search and find show. Again, a lot easier then in actual real life but this is a show with a time crunch. Tonight Hunted decided to throw it playbook out the window and introduce it’s “Final Last Rule”. The teams that survived, English & Steven and Lee & Hilmar, had to log onto a “secure” website to get their final instructions. However the website is not secure because the hunters now know their exact location where they logged onto the website from. This is bullshit. This final rule would take anyone who has been off the raider of the hunters up until this point, right back into their raider. The hard work of Lee & Hilmar, if we ignore the flying in the wife part, were off the raider of the hunters and were basically set to win the whole thing. However, once they got onto the website, boom the teams closed in.

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This website gave final instructions. It walked them through the location of where they would fly out of, where they would get their money and how they were to get to their flight. First issue is the website, which I mentioned earlier. Second, the money at a bank which also show where to the hunters. Third, they leave on foot. No one would leave with $250,000 on foot. No one. And when they leave on foot, it allows the hunters teams to catch up with them before they reach the final flight. Both English & Steven and Lee & Hilmar won. They got the money.

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If you’ve watched from the start, you know that we met English & Steven 2 weeks ago. Yes, we met them 2 weeks ago. And now they win. I don’t know whose editing the show or whose doing the story (because for reality shows they have those things), but they need to be fired. If you’re going to show someone whose a winner, you start them from episode one, regardless if their story is boring and they just sit placed. That’s what Lee & Hilmar did from the start. They did the best out of any of the teams, minus the flying the wife in which was stupid. However, English & Steven weren’t even on the show enough to really be counted a fair time to win. If you clocked their time on the show, I would surprised if it was even a full hour. Ridiculous.

This entire show had promise. It had the ability to become a fan favorite and last through quite a few seasons. However, as show on Twitter through others using the hashtag with me, it’s obvious I’m not the only one who is fed up with this final last rule. They completely gutted the entire point of this show and I get, okay we need to wrap things up and add some drama but there’s gotta be a better way then this. It was a clear message of, we don’t really know how to end this show so here’s our best idea. Boring. Lame. Cheap. Unfair. Cheating. Ridiculous. Bullshit.

I could give way more adjectives but I wont. I planned on my final review being a 10 out of 10 because I enjoyed this show so much but now it’s getting a 1 out of 10 stars. I give it one star because the past 7 weeks wouldn’t be worth it otherwise. Also, Lee & Hilmar won. But I would’ve given it 2 stars but English & Steven won too and we didn’t know them well enough for that. So my final review is 1 out of 10 stars. And it doesn’t deserve a second season CBS. Unless you change your final rule, drastically. Let it be 8 weeks of a show that had potential but you destroyed. And I’m with Vicki!

 

Pokemon Go – Gen 2

Pokemon Go, I’ve talked about it before. I finally got a new phone that allows me to play the game so I’ve been playing for a few weeks and I’m currently at level 21 (it takes a while to level up now). All is fine except I’ve been walking like crazy to find and locate new Pokemon but I keep getting the same ones to appear.

Some of which is helpful in order to power up the Pokemon I currently have, however other times it’s annoying. And I’ve noticed since Gen 2 came out (during my 1st week playing) this seems to be quite a trend. Now, I didn’t get to really play Gen 1 that much so collecting those Pokemon has been a little bit more difficult since Gen 2 is now out there and seems to be the most popular Pokemon to find.

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not all evolution’s possible yet for Eevee (no Glaceon, Leafeon or Sylveon)

The gamers also caught on to the naming trick and made sure that when you use the trick to get Eevee into Umbreon and Espeon, that it only works once. This is a bit of a let down but also smart on their end. I have both of them but I need to power them up and Eevee’s are almost impossible to find now. Plus the stardust count and candies they give out now aren’t as great as they used to be.

These are just some of the thoughts I’ve had playing Gen 2. This of course doesn’t stop me from playing but it takes a long time to get anywhere with your Pokemon and to get them powered up. I’ve repeatedly defeated Gyms and done the training portion to get my Pokemon powered up but it just seems to be taking a lot longer. I can see now why a lot of people stopped playing after the game first originally came out.

A Dog’s Purpose

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I’m a sucker for animal movies. The only downside for me is that I have to bring a handful of tissues with me to the theater because no matter what they make me cry. A Dog’s Purpose is not an exception to that rule, in fact I told people to bring tissues shortly after I saw it. My Dad was even crying. It goes straight to the heart especially if you have/had a dog.

This was me, and then this was me, then I came back as this little guy. A lot of lives for one dog to live, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning. For me it all began with a boy, his name was Ethan.” – Bailey

A Dog’s Purpose moves through the same dog, living several different lives. The man question he keeps asking through the movie is what is the meaning of life? Why was he here? And throughout his lives and the humans he has come to know and love, he learns all about that. Bailey is who we can call him, even though he has different names throughout each of his lives. Bailey learns the hard lives that some boys lives and how sometimes things at home are not what they seem.

“I had a purpose. I was needed again, and again, and again. With each new life I was learning a new lesson.” – Bailey

Bailey and his boy Ethan, meet when Ethan and his mom save Bailey from a hot car. Bailey quickly becomes Ethan’s closest friend and follows him everywhere. He goes through several tough situations with Ethan, with his abusive father and his first love. Bailey even helps save Ethan and his Mom after a kid at Ethan’s school decides to take his anger out in the worst way, burning down Ethan’s house. Ethan however is getting older and has to continue on his life and when he leaves for college, he is forced to leave Bailey behind. Bailey doesn’t understand and you see Bailey get older and start showing his age while Ethan is away. Eventually the time has come and Bailey has to be put down. And then we start a new life.

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Each life that Bailey lives he is helping his owner. He is a cop dog who saves his owner’s life. He is a little dog who helps his owner find love while also finding it himself. And in each time, he’s hoping to find that one person who can help him get back to Ethan. He is starting to slowly remember when he is abandoned after an owner got tired of him (which is way more common then you think). He is also to do that by finding a scent that is familiar to him, it’s the scent of Ethan’s former girlfriend Hannah. Bailey is also to make it back to Ethan but he is a different dog of course. Ethan takes him in, calling him “Buddy”. They quickly fall into the same routine but Bailey wants Ethan to know its him, that he’s not “Buddy” but Bailey.

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A Dog’s Purpose is a family movie that I high recommend you see if you have/had a dog. It shows you the loyalty that dogs give us even when we don’t deserve it. It shows how cruel people can be to their animals. It shows that a dog is a huge responsibility and should never be taken lightly. It’s a story about friendship, love and support from the best friend a man or woman can have. I give it 10 out of 10 stars.

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