Valhalla Rising

Interesting movie I saw the other day. I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for a while now and finally got the chance. The cinematography on this film is beautiful and the film is so brutal it will have yo flinching with your hands wrapped around your eyes. This film is so close to being a silent film because it has such little dialogue, so if you have no patience, don’t watch it. You will lose your mind. It’s an interesting film, basically a viking from the new world is held hostage and then escapes killing it’s captives. Only surviver is a young boy, which tags along with the viking and encounter a group of christians. They convince the viking to travel with them to Jerusalem but end up in the new world. It’s a great film, only if you have patience.

8/10

Animal Farm is a Brilliant Book

I just finished Animal Farm by George Orwell, and it was an outstanding book. Orwell literally and figuratively expresses the ideas of communism and political matters in the most brilliant way; by using farm animals. For those of you who haven’t read it, I’l give you a brief description. Basically, there is a group of farm animals who basically are under a farmer which depicts capitalism. One pig steps forward and they start to question if they are actually free and under the pigs leadership (since they are the smarter animals of the bunch) they kick out the farmer. This is where they start their own democracy and set some rules or laws that they must follow. Eventually there is some disagreements and one of the pigs takes over as a dictator. The book is brilliantly laid out and when Orwell wrote this he had many references to Stalin. It’s only about 100 pages so it is a worthy read, but beware it is extremely sad and violent; my favorite type of stories. Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below:

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

“The Seven Commandments:
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
No animal shall wear clothes.
No animal shall sleep in a bed.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
All animals are equal.”

This book is a great example on what can happen under socialism and what better analogies than the fond little critters we like but controversially eat? I will never understand humans.

8.8/10

The Last Kingdom: Season Two Review

I’ll keep this review short and straight to the point. Although this show isn’t as good as Game of Thrones or Vikings, it does have its moments. It’s a great show that revolves around a Saxon who grew up as a Dane. This season is focused mostly on Uhtred’s loyalty to King Alfred, and how he has to prove it. This season has more romance than the one before and way more battle scenes. Uhtred’s character has more depth in this season and the episodes weren’t as bland as the previous one. This show doesn’t disappoint in bringing the fans of this genre into full warrior mode engaging them in pure excitement. The show is on Netflix so check it out. It’s worth it.

8.5/10

‘F Is for Family’ is a Masterpiece

The thing I like most about this show is how accurate they make the time period. Takes place in 1972 when women were stay at home moms, kids would go to the train tracks to ‘chill’ and music was at it’s peak. This show is well written, as Bill Burr takes the role of the lead character, he shows nothing but cursing and calling his kids animals. You can see the struggles a dad in the 70’s went through in a very comical manner. It almost makes you revaluate your life. The intro is one of my favorite in a cartoon and the creators don’t hold back. They tell the truth.

Frank(dad): “Dinner is ready.”
Kevin(son): “What’s for dinner?”
Frank(dad): “Free food. Why do you give a shit?”

I love how blunt and honest they are. This show just got renewed for a third season, and it could be a big one. Go check it out.

8.7/10

The Meyerowitz Stories

The time has come. I’ve bee waiting for this film since it was announced a couple weeks back. This movie is unbelievable. I am a huge fan of Noah Baumbach to begin with. The cast is great too. I think the last time I saw Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in the same movie was Happy Gilmore. This is by far the best Adam Sandler performance in his entire career. The story revolves around art and it shows the struggles of being an artist and the psychological encounters they face. It’s pretty long but completely worth watching. It’s on Netflix too so it’s easy access. Congrats to everyone who made this movie possible. Go watch it!

8.2/10

Norse Mythology

If you want to read a book on Norse Mythology this is the best book hands down. It is brilliantly written and very easy to read. Go check it out at your local library and read it with your favorite ale…preferably with a horn! Skol!

8/10

Samurai Champloo: Review

I just finished Samurai Champloo for the first time and I am still in shock. The show was so brilliantly done and the art was fantastic. The ending was a bitter sweet ending and it had me in tears with a huge smile on my face. I loved Cowboy Bebop and this show is directed by the same director but to tell you the truth Samurai Champloo is way better. Not only does it start out with some swordplay, you literally fall in love with the Edo period in Japan and you literally learn the honor that comes when you are a samurai. I was very surprised to see that the show was some what religious, as if the creators were trying to portray a message on how brutal religion was back in that that period. I also fell in love with the characters and I think they were well created and Fuu was amazing (One of the main characters). The show was packed with action, romance, and hilarious moments. Also, this show is literally the definition of what having friends means and the connection that you develop with them. Although this show was only one season, this show could’ve been huge if they continued the story. For one season this show deserves more recognition. Time to go buy my samurai costume for Halloween.

9.5/10