Pokemon Detective Pikachu

8/10

Got to catch them all, Pokemon!
To be honest, I have never really cared for Pokemon, mainly because I am slightly afraid to watch Japanese cartoons, but I enjoyed this movie. Pikachu is so stinking adorable, and hearing Ryan Reynolds voice come out of little Pika is hilarious. I can feel it in my jellies that this movie will keep you amused for at least 100 minutes.

This movie is a bit formulaic and predictable, but it does provide entertainment, and really that is all it needed to do. I enjoyed the banter between Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds. The animation was great, and there were so many cute little pokemon.

This movie follows Detective Pikachu (Reynolds) and Tim Goodman (Smith) on an adventure to find Detective Harry Goodman, Pikachu’s partner/ Tim’s missing father, who was declared dead after a mysterious and fiery accident, where no bodies were found. The twisty thing to their partnership is that Tim is able to understand Pikachu, (and because of that, we get to hear the sassy and lovable Reynolds). The two meet in Ryme City, a place where pokemon and man live side by side, Tim and Pikachu depart into the city to find answers about what happened to Detective Goodman. Pikachu happens to also be suffering from a bout of amnesia caused by the accident that supposedly killed Pikachu and Detective Goodman. Pika is on a mission to retrieve his missing memories. To recover these memories, Pikachu and Tim take off through the city, to investigate this accident and missing memories, they do this by interrogating pokemon, talking with city officials, and teaming up with an aspiring reporter and her pokemon, psyduck. The foursome follows clues that lead them to a lab that genetically experimented with pokemon (a lab ran by Rita Ora!). The team learns that a Mewtwo is somehow involved with the accident and was experimented on in the lab. They also learn that there is a lot of corruption going on with the city officials and the founder, Howard. The big climactic point in the movie is when all hell breaks loose. Howard has some crazy plans for the people and pokemon of Ryme City, which involve some odd symbiosis technique. Of course, it is up to Tim and Detective Pikachu to fix everything. Without spoilers – There is a great dramatic scene involving every character you have met along the way, including Mewtwo and Detective Harry Goodman. The movie ends, and everything seems to work out for the better. You will leave the movie satisfied, though most of the dramatic or twisty events are predictable. The actors and animation make this movie. I give this movie an 8 out of 10. It entertains and is enjoyable, the storyline was not too imaginative for the most part, but cuteness and sarcasm make this delightful for those, like myself, who don’t know or care too much about pokemon.

Side note – I found that my pokemon spirit animal is psyduck. – they have chronic headaches, are full of anxiety, slightly unstable, but they are super cute

Avengers: End Game 10/10 (Spoilers)


This movie was everything I expected. It was action packed, emotional and let us enjoy all of our favorites in one movie, one last time. I give it a 10 out of 10.

Avengers: End Game essentially picks up where Avengers: Infinity War leaves off. (Though the first scene of End Game is a cold open and is so brutal to watch. Just a heads up, the tears come early in this one). So anyways, half of the universe’s population has been dusted, the other half is devastated. The following weeks after the snap the remaining of the Avengers {Rodgers, Stark, Romanoff, Hulk/Banner, Rhodes, Danvers, Okoye, Rocket, Nebula, and Thor} band together to find Thanos and undo the snap. Unfortunately by the time they get to Thanos he done fucked up their plan by using the stones to destroy the stones. But don’t worry. Thor finally gets to cut off his head, though his timing could have been better. The End. Fast movie right? Well no, in true comic book and sci-fi fashion, the beloved superheroes find a way to do some avenging, but it takes them a few years to get back on track, five years to be exact. Most of the remaining Avengers keep in contact and try to help fix problems in the universe, except for Hulk/Banner, Barton, Thor, and Stark, they are out there living their own adventures for five years. – Actually, Thor is not so much living out his own adventure as he is succumbing to depression.
But the movie plot keeps moving when Lang pops back up. When he finagles his way out of the quantum realm, he finds that he has missed a whole lot of shit. Lang makes his way to Avenger base camp and shares an idea for a time heist, this could be a solution to fix everything. This idea is brought up with Stark, who dismisses the team, as he has moved on with his life and wants to focus on his wife and daughter. So Lang, Rodgers, and Romanoff work with Hulk/Banner to figure out this quantum leap stuff. Of course, they struggle with this and some hilarious and terrifying moments occur. Stark gives in, figures out flawless time travel and shares his plan with the group. And at some point in time, Barton comes back to the team, as does dad bod Thor. All together (or what is left of) the Avengers hatch a plan for the time heist. Everyone is paired up to travel through space and time and collect the infinity stones in the past before Thanos and his goons get a hold of them. (An additional plan is also laid out to return the stones to the past as not to screw up timelines and cause paradoxes).Essentially each pair has a storyline with the stones. All filled with their own excitement and epiphanies,  but a few storylines are dark. There is too much detail to type but just know that: in one-time line, Loki disappears with the tesseract, and in the main timeline Barton and Romanoff go to retrieve the soul stone and Barton is the one to return. While Nebula and Rhodes are out beating up past timeline Star-Lord, Thanos finds out about the plan due to the paradox of two Robotic Nebulas existing in the same era. So while {almost} everyone returns from the Infinity Stone quantum realm adventures, Thanos does too. And again the team has to fight him. While having all the stones, the Avengers fashion their own gauntlet to snap. Hulk/Banner takes on that responsibility to snap the other half of the universe back into existence. He gets banged up. Then the new fight with Thanos ensues. Luckily, ALL of the Avengers, Guardians, Wizards, Wakanda folks, etc, show up ready to kick some ass. They all work together to fend off Thanos from the new gauntlet. Its a whole drawn-out battle scene, you get to see every Marvel character do some damage to the bad guys. There is a great scene where Danvers flies in to take the gauntlet from Parker, and all the strong badass female superheroes have a little moment and show off their super skills.  (Super cute, super feminista. I loved it). Well, things aren’t looking so great for the team, Thanos seems like he is going to get the upper hand again until Mr. Tony Stark does a selfless act and saves the world. Stark takes the stones into his own robot glove and snaps his fingers. Poof the bad guys disappear, but unfortunately so does Stark. Okay, Stark doesn’t disappear in the same dusty way. The power of the stones truly fucks him up and we lose him. He gets to share his last moments with Pepper and Parker. The good guys won, but there were good people lost along the way – IE Stark and Romanoff. Stark’s funeral is included in the movie, everyone who is anyone is there. The movie shows everyone returning to their lives and with the appearance of moving on. But what about those stones and ripped timelines that occurred when everyone went galloping around in the past? Hulk/Banner rebuilds the time travel machine (lost in the battle) and sends Rodgers back to return all the stones. Unfortunately or fortunately, Rodgers does not come back as planned. He sticks around in the past to be with Agent Carter. We get a glimpse of Rodgers as an old dude {had a Joe Biden feel}, passing his shield on to Wilson. Rodgers finally got to live the life he missed out on. Very touching. But I’m still sad about Romanoff and Stark not being alive.

As I said, people returned to their lives after Starks’ funeral. Thor though instead of going back to New Asgard, jumped on the Milano with the Guardians. Should we expect a Guardians of the Galaxy 3? Great Oden’s Raven, I sure hope so.

So this movie tied up the loose ends from Infinity War. It was a great movie with adventure, drama and lots of sarcasm. I’m looking forward to the next phase in the series, though I will truly miss some characters. I’m also super concerned with the paradox that Captain America had to have created by staying in the past. Guess the Russo brothers will continue to keep us on our toes for a little longer.

I would recommend this movie to Marvel Fans, and if you aren’t a Marvel fan, at least watch Infinity War before you see End Game.

Hellboy, 7/10

I’m conflicted. I love Hellboy, I love David Harbour (still hot even as a red demon with horns), but I did not dig this movie to the extent where I don’t feel I will buy it or stream it.
There are great scenes, great lines and great characters, but it just didn’t do it for me. There was a lot of things going on, people with unclear motives, etc. You may need to brush up on your Hellboy lore. So if you are not familiar with the Hellboy, the graphic novel, created by Mike Mignola. Check it out! Or you could re-watch the old Hellboy movies, featuring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. I think this movie has a very specific audience, and I’m not sure if the audience is very prominent.

Quick Synopsis – An apocalypse is coming, Hellboy, a man caught between two worlds, is either going to keep the apocalypse from happening or aide and abed it. In the movie, we get some back story on Hellboy, his pops and the organization he works for (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). There are A LOT of actions scenes, and a lot of gore. I shouldn’t be surprised since Hellboy is a demon, but I actually was a little bit put off by all the senseless gore. While you meet several bad guys along the way, but the true villain in the movie is the blood queen, played by Milla Jovovich. She is a mad lady filled with power and resentment for humans for banishing creatures of the night. The ending is satisfying, good(ish) wins, and they elude to us meeting Abe Sapien in possibly another film. There are some post-credit scenes that are interesting/fun. As much as I want to say watch this movie, I can’t, it is not for everyone. I give it a 7 out 10, more so for my love of Hellboy and David, not necessarily the movie.

On Grief:

Grief comes in waves. I’ve been told this multiple times over the last year. Grief is just a response to the loss of something grand. Many people focus on the emotional aspect, there is also a physical aspect to feeling grief. Since I try to ignore my emotions a majority of the time, that typically means I end up dealing with my emotions through via a physical ailment. Anyone who knows me knows that I constantly complain about headaches and stomach aches, and probably about 70% it is really just anxiety, and most recently grief manifesting in a physical form.
I’ve lost very important people in my life over the last three years. It started with my beloved grandfather, then my favorite professor/mentor, and most recently my mother. Additionally, other characters in my life such as an uncle, an aunt, a co-worker have also gone to hang out in another realm. Obviously, I was most affected by my mother’s death, but I now know I struggle with each persons passing just the same.
As much as I like to pretend and tell myself I was prepared for death, specifically the death of my mother- you can never truly prepare it. I had been a caregiver for my mother for as long as I can remember. It started out with simple assistance here and there and progressed to trading off care with the hospice nurse or my stepfather. I watched my mothers’ physical and mental health decline, and that is something I would not wish that on my worst enemy (as if I had any). Watching a very independent and strong-willed woman wilt away and yield to Parkinson’s, dementia and heart disease is not an enjoyable experience. (Additionally, neither is dealing with said woman’s unsupportive bipolar husband – twas a challenge on its own). I believe I started the grief process when I observed my mother finally gave up and give in to her poor health. She had a multitude of illness, but typically my mother lived on the island of denial and tried to be optimistic, until one day when she stopped looking on the bright side and saw her health for what it truly was, shit. When my mother began facing the loss of her father and then the loss of motor skills and memory – grief steered my mother down the road to giving up. While I grieve and mourn the loss of her (and others), I try to not to follow her path, and I try not to dwell on the things I can not change (past or present). Every day I learn something new in my relationship with grief.
As I said earlier, I always told myself that I was equipped for loss. I had handled the news of loved one’s deaths appropriately in the past (according to what I had seen on television and learned about in a sociology of death and dying course). But when that day finally came in regard to my mother passing, I felt simultaneously prepared and unprepared when I got that call. I don’t think I was as calm and stoic as I had always thought I would be. I was squeaky and had eyes full of tears, and these things still happen when I think too long about her. That is grief. It is a natural response to a major change in life.  Unfortunately, there is not a quick fix for grief. Try as I might, I have not found one. It just has to run its course, wave upon wave will keep hitting you until the wind finally settles and the tide is low, or something philosophical like that.

More on Grief:
Because I am a researcher at heart, I took to the databases to find articles about grief. I wanted to find out what was appropriate/concerning behavior, learn the difference between mourning and grieving, etc. I found just through a simple Google Scholar search that there is a lot of literature out there, a lot focuses on how to treat grief (i.e. Therapy). Some things I learned about grief – when facing a situation of great loss, you may have to go through the five stages of grief which include:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance (visit grief.com for quick resources). To me, these stages are all pretty self-explanatory. But for a great representation of the five stages – watch the Scrubs episode “My Five Stages” . (Side note: Scrubs is one of my top all-time favorite shows, others include X-files and Futurama). There is a Scrubs episode for every mood/emotion and experience. Scrubs also happens to be a show that my mother and I would watch together. As for me and the stages, I personally don’t recall going through denial or bargaining. I like to face facts, and I’m not really religious so I don’t know who I would bargain with, maybe the universe? I can say I am currently somewhere in between depression and acceptance at this point in my life. I definitely experienced some (or a fuck ton of) anger, but not necessarily due to grief and loss, my anger was more directed at those around me who were being little shit heads. From the articles I have read, it is perfectly normal to bounce between the stages, revisiting some before truly accepting it. I assume that one day I will move on, and stay in that acceptance stage. Grief can last a lifetime, just try to know when to seek help, or just let others help when they offer. Remember to breathe and take it one moment at a time.  

How I’m coping:

I am active – I am into yoga and walking the pupper outside. – I also plan to get back in the gym soon, I’ve been very sporadic since the summer (duh).

I write – I have a guided journal that provides topics to write on.

I am into being creative – doodle, watercolor, and bake.

I stay emotionally/mentally active – I am apart of social and professional clubs, I volunteer to work a lot.

I am going back to school – Law School, I’m coming for you! #UNTDallas College of Law #2019

Best of luck to any of you who have gone through a period of grief. How did you cope?

If you haven’t had to grieve, best wishes to you that grief doesn’t find you any time soon.