IT: Chapter Two (Movie Review)

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Release Date: September 06, 2019

Genre: Horror

Cast: Bill Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes): 

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all…putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.

Review By Me

I loved 2017’s IT, it’s one of my favorite horror movies, so of course I could not wait for IT: Chapter Two to be released. The first one was really good and so I knew the second one would be great as well. IT: Chapter Two takes place 27 years later, after the Losers Club make a pact to return to Derry, if IT (Pennywise) returns. I bought the book a while ago and had plans to have it completed before I went to see the second part, but time got the best of me; However, I still plan to continue and finish the book. Within the first 15- 20 minutes of the movie, it’s like what I had read was right in front of me on the screen. I was pretty excited, because I did not think those specific parts of the book, would be in the movie, for some reason, it was exciting to me. Now let’s talk about the Losers Club. I think the casting of the grown-up version of the kids was perfect, look wise and personality wise. They all did a great job of acting. I also loved how we were able to see flashbacks of the young Losers Club, including scenes we did not see in the first film, it was kind of nostalgic. Let’s talk about the star of the film, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. I love Bill as Pennywise; he gives a great performance, just like how he did in the first film. He’s menacing, creepy, and terrifying. I read some reviews where some people were complaining about the film’s length being almost three hours long; I did not have a problem with the film’s length, but I kind of feel that since the book is over 1,000 pages, an almost three hour long film should not be a problem. Also, Bill Hader playing the older Richie Tozier, I read that people thought the movie had too many funny scenes/ jokes. This character is known to be funny, and he crack jokes. I was expecting him to be funny in this film and I did not think it was a problem. We did not see Pennywise much in the film, but his slight absence made it more terrifying, because he would manifest into their fears, which is pretty scary enough ! Andy Muschietti did a great job with the second part of IT, just like he did with the first one. This is a well-written film, as well as an intense emotional ride – for the audience and the characters. This film contained a few surprises, but that may be because the audience may not have read the book, or the director wanted to add an element of surprise to the film; I loved the movie and would recommend this film to watch. IT: Chapter Two is a great conclusion to the story and I think it is just like the first film: a horror masterpiece; Let me know in the comments if you plan on seeing this film, if not You’ll Float Too ! As always thanks for reading !

* Rating: 5/5 *

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Caramel Apple French Toast

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So I had woke up and after doing some projects around the house, I got a little hungry, yeah it was a little after 2 o’ clock in the afternoon, but I had a taste for breakfast, French toast to be exact. So luckily I had the below ingredients in the house to make this delicious breakfast I was craving. 

The French toast was something I kind of just whipped up in the kitchen, no specific recipe I looked up. 

Ingredients 

 For the egg batter, I used three eggs, imitation vanilla flavor, and ground cinnamon. To coat the apples, I used sugar and ground cinnamon as well. 

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I then put some  butter in a pan, and sautéed the apples, cinnamon, and sugar !

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You can use regular bread, but I used what I already had in the house,  which is raisin cinnamon swirl bread.

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Now after cooking the French toast on the stove, I also heated up some caramel in a jar to top off the French toast. And then voila the finished product. This breakfast is easy to make, and this Caramel Apple topping was really delicious; I added a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and had a few slices of bacon (not pictured), and I was satisfied. Is this something you would make for breakfast ?  If so let me know in the comments below ! As always, thanks for reading ! 

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Ready Or Not (Movie Review)

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Release Date: August 21, 2019

Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’ Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell

Summary ( from Rotten Tomatoes):

Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.

Review By Me

Okay so before I began, just a warning, this movie review will be pretty short, and with that being said I hope that’s alright with you guys lol.. I first saw the trailer for Ready Or Not a few months ago at the theaters, and I knew I had to go see it. The movie opened with a flashback, which I liked. I think flashbacks are great and helpful. I’m not gonna say what the flashback was, but of course throughout the movie, the flashback is a pretty big detail. The casting in the movie was great. I wasn’t familiar with the actors; Some faces I did recognized, and overall I thought they handled their characters well. At one hour and 35 mins., Ready Or Not delivers a great movie. The pacing is great and at 95 minutes, it shouldn’t be slow right ? I love a horror movie with a unique plot, and Ready Or Not has it. I’m sure you have seen the trailer for the movie, and if you were like me, definitely had this movie on your must see list. Grace, the bride endures some displeasure from her In Laws; whether its her brother in law flirting with her or her father in law voicing his opinions about Grace….Eventually, after the wedding, the family invites Grace into the family’s big room, where they tell Grace the story on how the tradition of playing a game to introduce a new member into the family began, and of course the game that Grace picks is “Hide and Seek”; From there the game begins lol. This movie had some funny scenes, hence it also being called a black comedy.  I really enjoyed Ready Or Not; Samara Weaving was great as Grace, being that bride who was being hunted, ended up hunting the family lol. This movie is fun, comedic, and has a twist, which I think the audience, may not expect. Whether you like horror movies or not, I recommend you guys to see this film. If you plan on seeing it let me know below or  if you’ve seen Ready Or Not, let me know what you think in the comments below ! As always thanks for reading !

Rating: 4.5/5

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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Movie Review)

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Release Date: August 09, 2019

Genre: Horror

Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Natalie Ganzhorn

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time–stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.

Review By Me

As much as I love horror movies, I wasn’t aware of the movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark until a few months ago; Not only that, I did not know the movie was based off a book (which I bought a few days ago). I went to Books A Million, and let me tell you, I spent a good 15 minutes in the horror section trying to find the book, so I went to the website and saw that it was listed as a children’s book, and of course I found it in that section. A few days ago, I finished reading the book and I enjoyed it. The stories in each chapter were spooky, entertaining, and short. I wish they were longer. Scary Stories is a good film, I liked the fact that the main character, Stella was a huge fan of horror movies, like me so that was pretty cool. Her love of horror and of course being that it is Halloween time, Stella and her friends headed off to the haunted Bellows house and it spirals from there. The cast did a good job in portraying their characters. After exploring the Bellows House, the teenage friends awakens a “curse” and at first Stella’s friends do not believe, but after their friend Auggie is missing, they know they must try and stop what is happening before they all disappear. Two of the stories that I read in the book, were in the movie: “The Big Toe” and “Me Tie Doughty Walker”. The creatures were creepy, especially the way they looked. The visual effects were great, especially The Pale Lady and The Jangly Man, these two looked the creepiest in the movie. Even though Sarah Bellows was seen as the villain, in honesty she was just a victim, and it was a shame what her family had done to her. For any teenager or preteen that is a horror fan this movie I think is appropriate to see. It’s not over the top scary; It’s creepy and fun, and I would recommend any horror fan to watch it. I enjoyed the stories that I read so I’m hoping for possibly more movie sequels to be released in the future. If you’ve seen Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, let me know in the comments below on how you felt about it. Also comment below if you plan on seeing it. Thanks for reading !

Rating: 4/5

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Check These Out: My Victoria Secret Semi Annual Haul

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Victoria Secret and PINK’s Semi-Annual Sale was about two months ago, and I know it’s kind of late, but I just wanted to share and kind of give a brief review of the products I bought during one of their most anticipated sales of the year. I am an Angel card holder and me being one, I try not to go crazy in the store, but with such a good sale, I had to take advantage. Read on to see my Victoria Secret haul.

Body Scrubs

This one is called Petal Polish, it has a smooth texture, and it smells so good. The scent is called Tease. Plus this was 60 percent off, which cost me $7.80 vs $19.50.

Aloe-Ha Scrub

Now this is one of my favorites, I mainly use this as a face scrub, I mean after all this scrub contains Aloe Vera, something my face loves. And the scent smells great, it kind of reminds me of Cucumber Melon, plus the price was a steal at $3.99.

Candy Rose Lip Scrub

At $3.99 I had to buy this scrub, plus it smells great. I only bought one, since that’s all I needed lol

Scrub Swatches

Just in case you’re wondering what the scrubs look like on skin.
(left to right: Aloe-Ha Scrub, Petal Polish, and Candy Rose Lip Scrub)

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Body Sprays

I love VS body sprays; They have great scents and sales. I wasn’t gonna go to the Semi Annual Sale, without purchasing some sprays; Plus they were $3.99 including the lotion, so why not ? lol – And all of these smell so good.

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Good Vibes or Goodbye

Fragrance Notes: Fragrant Lily, Pineapple breeze, Pink sunsets

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Never Ending Summer (My favorite of the three)

Fragrance Notes: Fresh Bergamot, Sapphire Seas, Island Hopping

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Poppy Star

Fragrance Scent: Radiant Jasmine, Wild Freesia, Bloom Away

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I don’t know about y’all, but I look forward to VS/PINK’s Semi Annual sale every year, until the next haul…Thanks for reading !

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Movie Review)

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Release Date: May 17, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Angelica Huston, Mark Dacascos

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Review By Me

Yay, so I finally got to see John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum lol. Me seeing a movie this late in theaters is rare for me, because I watch them the first or second week they come out. This movie is on my Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019 list (go check this blog post out to see what movies made the list); But hey better late than never, right ? Last year I watched John Wick and John Wick 2 and fell in love with the films. If you’ve seen the previous John Wick films, then you know that John had killed a new member of the High Table at New York City’s the Continental and is declared excommunicado by the High Table and has a $14 million bounty placed on him. This movie picks up right after the last film and takes us on an action fueled ride. In John Wick 3, we got to see characters from the two previous films played by Laurence Fishbourne, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick, with of course Keanu Reeves as John Wick. I love Keanu as John, he has that cool laidback personality, the moves, and knows how to fight. Keanu is perfect in this role. We also got to meet new characters played by Angelica Huston, Halle Berry, and Mark Dacascos who all added something great to the film, whether they were with or against him. Also let’s talk about the action in this movie, which is amazing ! There were assassins coming left and right at John to claim that $14 million bounty and of course he always came out on top; Whether its breaking a guy’s neck with a library book or killing a guy with five knives, I was just looking at the screen in awe. I especially loved seeing Keanu’s and Halle Berry’s character fighting alongside with her dogs, they were kicking some butt. John Wick 3 is an adrenaline, fueled, action packed, and fun film, plus I’m also thinking a fourth film will be in the works. Its one of my favorite films of the year; If you are a fan of this franchise or haven’t seen them, I highly recommend you to check them out; And if you have seen John Wick 3 let me know what you think in the comments below !

*Rating: 5/5 *

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Crawl (Movie Review)

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Release Date: July 12, 2019

Genre: Horror

Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Wayne, Anson Boon, George Somner, Morfydd Clark

Summary (Rotten Tomatoes):

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

Review By Me

I enjoy watching disaster and monster movies such as Jaws, Sharknado, and Lake Placid, which are also a few movies that Crawl reminded me of. I haven’t heard about this movie until I’ve seen the trailers when I would go to the movie theater watching other films. This movie review will not be long as this film is a simple, and short film. At 87 mins. the pace of this movie was just right. The movie has a simple plot, but it had you on your toes. The actors in this film did a great job, you were rooting for them to outsmart those alligators and to survive during the hurricane. This movie took place in Florida during a Category 5 storm, and I loved it. Of course you were scared and nervous for the characters, but it kept you on edge. I did not lose my interest and my eyes were glued on every scene; Crawl is just a well paced movie ! The action in this movie was nice and solid, especially those scenes involving those gators, which were sometimes pretty brutal during the attack scenes. This movie has the thrills and suspense, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time watching this film, which was a pretty awesome feeling. You gotta love simple stories that are told well, because this is a great example of that. Overall I really enjoyed watching Crawl; It is a simple, horror, and edge of your seat suspense movie and to me one of the summer’s best movies of the year ! I hope you guys check this film out; Even though my review may not be extensive, sometimes short and sweet is a good thing lol ! I recommend you all to go see Crawl in theaters, and if you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Rating: 4/5

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