Knives Out (Movie Review)

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Release Date: November 27, 2019

Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense

Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

Movie Review

Whodunit: a story or play about a murder in which the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end. Also, can be called a murder mystery, which is also one of my favorite genres of movies. When I first saw the trailer for Knives Out, my first thoughts were: My man, Chris Evans is starring in it, second, this movie has an ensemble cast of great actors, including Scream Queen legend Jamie Lee Curtis, and lastly is that Daniel Craig rocking a southern accent in this movie, I love it. Alright lets get into my review on Knives Out. I came into the movie theater with high hopes and excitement and let me tell you I was not disappointed. Knives Out features an ensemble cast, featuring some very famous actors and familiar faces. I love when a movie is not only good, but also has a talented cast ensemble. The actors in Knives Out did a great job playing their characters, and some of my actor/character highlights were: Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc, I really loved him in this role, he made a great detective, and was the only one who solved the murder, and did I mention his accent, like I really love it lol, I don’t think I could’ve seen any other actor in this role besides Daniel Craig. Next up is Chris Evans, honestly Captain America was no Captain America in Knives Out, he was an entitled, spoiled jerk, but it was a different role for him that worked. Lastly, I enjoyed the character Marta played by Ana De Armas; Humbled, sweet, and with a good heart, this character was essential to the movie, especially within the chaos of the Thrombrey family, and Ana De Armas, played her well. The suspense and mystery of finding the murderer was fun, exciting, and had me on the edge of my seat, because anybody could’ve been the suspect and had motive. Knives Out is a funny, modern, stylish, and fun, whodunit with an ensemble cast that gives the audience strong acting and memorable characters. Let’s not forget what makes Knives Out the must watch movie of the year, is the cleverness, the plot twist, and the great ending of the movie. As a fan of whodunits and mystery movies, I recommend you to see Knives Out. It’s one of my favorite movies of the year, and whether or not you like mystery movies, you should go see this movie. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen Knives Out or plan to see it. Thanks for reading !

*Rating: 5/5 *

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21 Bridges (Movie Review)

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Release Date: November 22, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David, J.K. Simmons

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

21 BRIDGES follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Movie Review

When I saw the trailer for 21 Bridges, I knew the movie would be good; I got goosebumps after watching the trailer, a sure sign that the movie will be a good one. Now before I hop into my review, I was pretty shocked that 21 Bridges received low ratings/reviews.  However, these ratings did not stop me from seeing the movie. I was also excited when I found out that The Russo Brothers produced this film, this dynamic duo directed quite a few of MCU movies, which too were amazing. The acting in this movie is great. The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Keith David, and J.K. Simmons who played the detectives, and Stephan James and Taylor Kitsch played the roles of the two criminals who shot and killed several cops in the midst of a drug heist gone wrong, which then began the chase of the two, and the shutting down of all the bridges in Manhattan, hence the movie title, 21 Bridges. Chadwick Boseman gave a great lead performance in the movie , and so did the other actors, all giving gritty performances. I also love how they were able to pull off a New York accent too. The action in the movie started maybe about 40 minutes into the film, and once it began, it didn’t stop. The exciting part of the movie was the whole police chase of the detectives trying to catch the two who killed the police officers. You think are they gonna get caught ? How is it gonna end, and a few other questions that may pop in your head. At 1 hr. and 39 mins. you get a good, satisfying police thriller that involves an exciting cat and mouse game involving the capture and arrest of two young men, who murdered several cops. There were several thoughts talked about in the movie that alluded that some type of conspiracy and “foul play” is involved, which is even more intriguing. I did wish that the movie ended in what happened after the arrests and discovering of the confirmed suspicions by Chadwick Boseman character, and how were the those involved charged and punished. 21 Bridges is an action-packed, suspenseful, entertaining, movie that I really enjoyed watching. The acting was great and there’s a plot twist, which I loved. After watching this movie I was not disappointed. If you are into action movies or police thrillers than you should watch 21 Bridges. I was in suspense while watching the movie, and definitely recommend you to go see this movie. Are you planning to watch 21 Bridges ? Or have you seen the movie? If so, what did you think about it ? Let me know in the comments below, thanks for reading !

Rating: 4.5/5 

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Frozen II (Movie Review)

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Release Date: November 22, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough.

Review By Me

Frozen is one of my favorite Disney animated movies; I love the story, the characters, and the songs. Six years later we finally get the anticipated Frozen II and let me tell you it’s a great film, and I loved it. Did you guys suspect that Frozen II would be released ? I was 99.9 % sure; I mean don’t most Disney movies have sequels, especially the ones with princesses. I’m sure just like me, you were anxious to see what they’ve been up to and were ready to go on another adventure with these guys; And yes the characters from the first film are all back – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. In Frozen II it’s been a few years since the first film, so of course the characters are a little older. I love how much closer Elsa and Anna have gotten, even though at times Elsa struggles with “letting Anna in” when it comes to her powers. Olaf, everyone’s favorite snowman, often acknowledges that they’ve gotten a little older, and his innocence yet humor comes through that. The animation in this movie is beautiful; Yes it was beautiful in the first film, but six years of animation can improve. The colors were so vivid and beautiful. The images were fantastic, and I loved when Elsa would use her ice powers making snow and beautiful ice sculptures, which all looked amazing. You know what’s even better than having your favorite characters appear in a sequel ? Having new characters that the audience grow to love. In Frozen II we meet new characters outside of Arendelle; Which are introduced through flashbacks and in real time. The voice actors were all great, its like they were made for these roles; When you think of that specific character you think of the voice actor that did an amazing job, by bringing that character to life – In fact all voice actors are good at it. Let’s not forget that they all sing so well; Yes,there’s new songs that quickly become favorites of the audience, I really love “Into The Unknown” and “Show Yourself”, which really show cases the actors voice and range. I love the characters of Anna and Elsa, they’re in my top five of favorite Disney Princesses, Kristoff is just the sweetest, Olaf is still so cute and silly, and all these great characters and more contribute to a great film. Frozen II is an amazing, magical, touching, and fun movie, which I also recommend Disney fans to watch and join the gang while they journey “Into The Unknown”, as Elsa learns more about her powers. Also compared to the first film, this one is a bit more for a mature audience, but it is still kid friendly, and everyone can enjoy it ! There’s no doubt that Frozen II will earn a “Best Animated Film” Oscar nomination, just as the first film was nominated and also won. Will you be watching Frozen II ? Have you seen it ? If so, which one is your favorite, Frozen or Frozen II ? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading !

 Rating: 4/5 

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My Holiday Playlist…

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Christmas will be here soon, and whether or not you’re in the mood or haven’t gotten festive yet, Christmas songs always seem to do it.  And let’s not forget the loop of Christmas songs that will be playing throughout the stores while we Christmas shop. Today’s blog post will be listing my favorite Christmas songs or songs that I hear that definitely gets me in the spirit ! Some songs you may have heard, some you may not have heard; Some songs on this list are Christmas classics and some are modern and new but one thing for sure, is that these songs will put you in the Holiday mood !

Here we go… (Also this list does not reflect my rankings) ♫♪

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You ( The Christmas QUEEN) 

2. Mariah Carey feat Justin Bieber – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Super Festive)

3. Mariah Carey – Oh Santa

4. Ariana Grande – Winter Things

5. Ariana Grande- Last Christmas ( I love her rendition of this song)

6. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me 

7. Andy Williams- It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ( THE staple song for the holidays)

8. Nat King Cole- Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

9. Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby  ( Her voice, that is all) 

10. Justin Bieber- Mistletoe

11. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree

12. Ashanti – Christmas Time Again

13. TLC- Sleigh Ride (Love this hip hop version of The Ronettes, Sleigh Ride; They’re also on this list too ☺)

14. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride 

15. Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

16. Idina Menzel feat. Michael Buble – Baby It’s Cold Outside ( Their voices compliment each other so well, pretty much perfect for this duet) 

17. The Temptations- Silent Night ( I mean all those different voices blend so well)

18. Donny Hathaway- This Christmas 

19. Destiny Child’s – 8 Days Of Christmas 

20. Jackson 5- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ( A young Michael Jackson always stealing the show lol )

Were any of your holiday favorites on this list ? What are some of your favorite songs to get you in the holiday mood ? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for checking out my list ! 

Doctor Sleep (Movie Review)

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Release Date: November 08, 2019

Genre: Horror

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

“Doctor Sleep” is the continuation of Danny Torrance’s story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King’s The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before-at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Review By Me

Last month, I watched The Shining for the first time. I know, with me being a horror fan, I should’ve been seen this horror classic, but you know what they say, better late than never. Now set decades after the events in The Shining, we see a grown-up Danny Torrance played by Ewan McGregor, who struggles with childhood trauma and alcoholism. I was excited to see Doctor Sleep, because when I saw the movie trailer, I got goosebumps, and my goosebumps mean that a movie is gonna be good. The cast in this movie did an amazing job, the acting was great, and the new characters were interesting. I want to highlight the performances of Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran. Ewan McGregor gave a fine performance as an older Danny; I love the relationship he had with Aba Stone, a kid who also has “the shine”, a role played by newcomer, Kyliegh Curran, who gave a powerhouse performance as the fearless, powerful, little girl who embraced her “shine”, I loved it. Rebecca Ferguson gave a terrifying performance as Rose the Hat, a cult leader who feeds on children with psychic powers. Speaking of cult leader, the cult goes by the name of “The True Knot”. I’m not gonna say much, except that these people are bad, terrifying, and hunts kids with “the shine”. In Doctor Sleep we get to see flashbacks from The Shining, which you kind of figured you would see. Being a sequel to the horror classic, The Shining, the movie stands on its own, and it shines lol.  I really enjoyed this movie, it’s definitely one of my favorite movies of the year ! The movie score was haunting, and the visuals were stunning, I was not disappointed. Doctor Sleep is one of Stephen King’s best film adaptations as well as one of my favorites. Is it safe to say that I like Doctor Sleep a bit more than The Shining ?  If you’re a fan of Stephen King, then you should watch this movie, or if you are into Horror Or Suspense, then this movie should be on your must see list. Will you guys be seeing Doctor Sleep ? If so, let me know in the comments below. As always thanks for reading !

*Rating: 5/5 *

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Horror Icon Series

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I think by now some of you should know that I love horror movies and Halloween; I got a little inspiration from some of my favorite Instagram bloggers, @golden_aimeee, @disneylandmermaid, and @damfino, these three ladies love horror movies too, and not only that, but they have some great content on their pages ! (check them out).. So for my Horror Icon Series, I picked six of my favorite horror movie villains to rep on my shirt and used props that represented them in some way. I posted them every Tuesday in October as #TerrorTuesday on my Instagram page (@jamonicatierra). I also found the hashtag (#TerrorTuesday) from @disneylandmermaid IG page. The six Horror Icons I chose were: Michael Myers, Pennywise, Chucky, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. I was so excited to do this project; getting creative is fun and what I love to do, so I hope you all enjoy !

Horror Icon # 1: Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Leatherface shirt: Hot Topic (I recently checked the website, the shirt is no longer available.)

Jar of eyeballs: Mason Jar, Plastic eyeballs are from dollar tree/ Fake blood: Water & Red food coloring and toilet tissue, to look like skin tissue)

Horror Icon # 2: Chucky from Child’s Play

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Chucky shirt: Hot Topic ( Shirt is currently available on the website; Price: $20.90)

Knife: From Dollar Tree

Horror Icon # 3: Michael Myers from Halloween (One of my favorites)

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Michael Myers shirt: Hot Topic (I recently checked the website, the shirt is no longer available.)

Knife: From Dollar Tree

Horror Icon # 4: Pennywise from IT (He’s another one of my favorites)

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Pennywise shirt: FYE ( Checked website, but shirt is no longer available.)

Red Balloon: Party City

Horror Icon # 5: Freddy Kreuger from A Nightmare On Elm Street

Freddy Krueger shirt: Hot Topic ( Shirt is currently available on the website; Price: $24.90)

Freddy Glove: Spirit Halloween Store; Price: $12.99

Horror Icon # 6: Jason Voorhees from Friday The 13th

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Jason shirt: Hot Topic ( Shirt is currently available on the website; Price: $24.90-$28.90, depending on your size.)

Machete: Party City ; Price: $3.99 (Currently online for $9.99)

I had so much fun doing this shoot; I love horror movies, obviously graphic tees, and being creative, so I was excited and couldn’t wait to share these pics; There are many great horror villains, but these are some of my favorites. What do you guys think of the shoot, would you try something like this ? Do you have a favorite horror icon ? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed these pics !

Cheers to 26 years !

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Monday, the 21st was my 26th birthday, and I had the whole week off from work, which I loved, and enjoyed ! Since I went to Halloween Horror Nights as an birthday gift to myself earlier this month, I really did not plan on doing anything else for my birthday except laying in my bed watching Horror/Halloween movies, and some of my favorite tv shows surrounded by snacks and wine; And that’s exactly what I did !

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I kind of had myself a mini birthday photo shoot; I had fun doing this and being creative is something I love, so this was perfect ; With a couple of balloons from Party City and a cute simple birthday look, anyone can do this. Also those number balloons were $1.99 each, which is a steal !

Fun Fact: Pink and Turquoise are also my favorite colors.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

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I watched the horror classic The Shining, and a Halloween/Horror favorite, Trick ‘R Treat, both are must sees by the way ! I also had some Pink Stella Rosa wine with some cheese, turkey, crackers, and grapes, just living my life lol.

Surprise from my siblings ! 

My brother and sister surprised me with more balloons and a cute little cupcake; They know I’m not much of a cake eater, so they just bought me something smaller, I still haven’t ate it yet lol. 

Birthday Cards !

I don’t know about y’all, but every Birthday card, Christmas card, etc. that I’ve received that I can recall, I’ve kept; I just feel weird just throwing them out, so why not keep them; Check out the Birthday cards I got this year ! 

Snacks and Halloween movies !

What’s Halloween season without watching a few Halloween classics and favorites. This whole week off, I’ve been in my bed watching Horror and Halloween movies; I love horror movies and I watch those anytime, but watching them during the Halloween season is more spookier. I still plan on watching more Halloween movies up until Halloween is over; Here’s a few that I’ve watched so far: Hocus Pocus ( a classic), Corpse Bride, Monster House, and A Nightmare Before Christmas. Of course I have more to watch; And as far as snacks go, I had my favorite, sweet and salty: Pretzels, Sour Patches, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, and popcorn !

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Birthday Wishes

I’ve received many Birthday wishes on my Birthday, and it was really nice for them to do, so here’s another thank you to everyone who has wished me a Happy Birthday ! My 26th birthday was fun, relaxing, and was spent doing what I love; Here’s to turning 26 ! 

IMG_7697 (1)Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite thing you’ve done for your birthday? Also what’s your favorite Halloween/Horror movie and what movie snacks are your favorite? Thanks for reading !