Monday, February 29, 2016

King Leo

 First off, yes, a million times yes. Yes to infinity and beyond. Yes until the stars fall from the sky and the moon explodes. Yes for now and forever. Leo has finally won his Oscar. We can go on and on about how there are so many amazing actors who have never one an Oscar ( Johnny Depp, all though I am totally over cool hipster Johnny D)etc. but there is honestly no one who deserved an Oscar more than Leo. I will get into Leo's movies in a minute here but Leo is one of the last actors out there that you feel connected to. I'm not insane but I feel like I know Leo somewhat (hence why I call him Leo) but he is not only such a fine actor and such a pleasure to watch but he's also very you get what you see. He loves supermodels, yachts and climate change; no surprises and nothing to hide. He is one of the last greats standing and deserves tonight more than anyone in my opinion.

My list of movies Leo should had won an Oscar for (My top 5):


  1. Titanic: Yes, this is my inner fan girl screaming at the top of her lungs and kissing Leonardo DiCaprio Valentines in Teen Magazine but come on, it doesn't matter if you were a 10 year old girl or a 40 year old man, you loved Jack Dawson and you still do. He seemed wise beyond his years and the friendship and love that was portrayed on screen with the wonderful Kate Winslet is timeless and is still more than relevant today.
  2. The Departed: Yessssss. Leo as an undercover cop? Yes, please. He was absolutely superb in this film and managed to stand out amongst so many hard hitters. He was that cop with a bit of an edge and dedication to the job. I've never seen a better undercover cop film in my life and yes, it was due to every ones part in it but would it had been the same without Leo? Not a chance! And that's what we've got to ask ourselves here. Replace anyone of Leo's roles with someone else and do you think it would be just as good? What a silly question, of course not.
  3. Blood Diamond: Give me Leo with an accent any day of the week and I'm all in. Leo truly shines with the characters he is given. He is relatable and believable at the same time. It's like when you see him on the screen, you know it's Leo but whatever role he's playing seems so real, like you could reach out and talk with that character; his acting is completely submersive and Blood Diamond was no different. The most beautiful thing about Leo is that he allows those around him to shine and Blood Diamond I felt that he gave a platform for Djimon Hounsou to really excel and in the end turned out such a dynamic duo on the screen that you just could not look away.
  4. Django Unchained: Monster of a character! He was vile but yet you liked him and you couldn't wait to see where he was going. He was racist, egotistical and sick but why oh god why did we like him? He played the character to a T and completely committed to the role. If he was going to be vile, he was going to be vile but he was going to inject that Leo charm that we know and love to make it impossible to look away. I honestly thought he was going to win Best Supporting Actor that year for this role.
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street: He was robbed! Robbed I tell ya! Pompous, swindling prick but god almighty his speeches and monologues were scene stealing. No one could compete with what he brought. Again, everyone shone because of him and because of that he was electrifying. The scene where he is high on booze and qualudes and attempts to get out of his car is hysterical and captivating. I probably re watched that one scene a million times over. Some people thought he shouldn't had won because he was playing a role that rocked. He was a playboy, millionaire with a drinking and drug problem but I'm sorry since when did winning an Oscar mean you had to lose or gain a ton of weight and completely physically transform yourself? It's about the commitment and realness an actor gives to a character and he nailed The Wolf of Wall Street.
I think It goes without saying that he was absolutely perfect in the Revenant and absolutely killed that role. He was almost unrecognisable in every way but still had that glimmer of Leo and that's what I like; I want to still know who I'm watching. The beautiful landscape that he fit so perfectly into and the tearful relationships with the Natives was just heart breaking. Again, no need to say how incredible he and the film was. On a last note, I've never been attacked by a bear but I can only imagine that, that is what it would look like. My god, complete annihilation. Leo 0 - Bear 1 but Leo 1 Oscar - Bear None. So take that.
You could give honourable mentions to all his films but in particular to Leo playing a handicapped boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape or his portrayal of King Louise and Phillipe in The Man in The Iron Mask. And even with his long glorious locks in The Man in The Iron Mask, I was still hopelessly in love. Besides these incredible films, he also gave us cult classics like The Beach and Romeo and Juliet. Nothing was more bad ass then watching The Beach at a sleepover and trying to conceal the evidence from your parents the next day.
I actually had my mom live messaging me from Canada so I would know the moment he won and you know what my first question was? Did they show Kate Winslet's face when he won and what did it look like? We all know they should end up together. You cannot fake a Jack and Rose love, you just can't. They belonged together 20 years ago and they still do today. Even if it's not eternal love, it's eternal friendship but there will always be a piece of me that holds onto hope that they will live happily ever after.
I rushed home from work and watched his speech immediately and it was perfect. What a gentleman, what poise to act like he wouldn't have killed everyone in the room if he had not won and Kate Winslet's longing and love on her face when he was speaking, I mean you just can't write it any more perfectly.

I feel insane but I just feel so at peace now that Leo has won, like now it doesn't matter anymore. These awards were built for Leo and they can go away now. Of course I love many other actors and actresses but it always boiled down to Leo. And all though the award means absolutely nothing really, it just felt like such a disservice that he had never received one and now all is right in the world.
I shall miss the memes of Leo as they were hilarious but I will gladly give up a laugh or two knowing Leo has finally reached the goal line.
I'm not insane, truly but I'll never let go Jack.


Monday, February 22, 2016

I Hate, "The Hateful Eight" -WARNING SPOILERS

WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD
I hate, “The Hateful Eight”.
I just want to start this by saying that I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. I think he is absolutely brilliant and completely unique in his style and execution; you always know a Tarantino film when you see it.
I have loved everything from Reservoir Dogs to Django but unfortunately ”The Hateful Eight” did not even come close to what I have come to expect from the calibre of Tarantino.
Again, to make this simple, let’s just do a pros and cons list with 5 of the most pertinent points.
Pros:
  1. It was nice to see Kurt Russell acting again. I have been a Kurt Russell fan since Over board and thought he was bad ass in Death proof. He hasn’t lost his charm after all these years and he is still a pleasure to watch, even in such a violent role.
  2. There was one scene that was actually quite gripping that I could not look away from. Jackson's character is speaking to an old war vet about how he was hunted down after the war and that the old man's son had come looking for him to collect the bounty on his head. Jackson then describes how he made the son strip bare naked in the freezing snow, beg for mercy and perform sexual acts for the promise that Jackson would give him a blanket to warm up before killing him. The scene was disturbing and horrible but it had my undivided attention for those 10 minutes.
  3. Walter Goggins as the sheriff really stood out to me, even amongst heavy hitters such as Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. All though he was incredibly racist, his blind love for his country and indecisiveness felt like the truest nod to Tarantino's style throughout the whole film.
  4. It was a classic "who done it plot". The idea of a murder mystery is nothing new, it dates way back and when it's good, it's good and when it's bad it's painfully bad. It would have been an excellent film if the "who done it plot" set in a Western and Tarantinos style of long dialogues and simple yet complicated sentencing had lined up.
  5. I'm struggling here to find positives honestly but for the last one I'll just say I like the Western set in the Winter. It had a beautiful contrast that you don't often see in Western films. It was visually pleasing to see a snowy white background with classic Western accents that are usually associated with the heat and hot weather. The whole movie was beautifully shot and I do appreciate that cinematography and detail that went into the film set.
Cons:
  1. The first thing that bothered me was actually what happened after the film and that was realizing that it had been nominated for 3 Oscars, one being best supporting actress by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Her screen time was minimal, she had a small amount of dialogue and not in a good kind of way, like her vibe and presence made up for it; you were painfully aware she wasn’t speaking and she barely made an impact whatsoever. It could had been literally anyone playing the role and I feel you would have had the exact same performance. Nothing special and so not worth an Oscar nod.
  2. The dialogue. All though the dialogue structure had the Tarantino feel, it didn’t nearly meet the standards as to what is expected when you sit down to watch one of his films. The dialogue scenes were too drawn out with very little impact and the cleverness and bluntness of strangely worded sentences felt incredibly forced, like he was trying too hard to do his thing. The characters didn’t deliver the dialogue with any type of conviction and or emotion behind it, they all seemed like they were trying too hard to be witty and unusual but the whole thing defiantly felt so forced.
  3. The “bad guys” weren’t likable. You know when you watch a film and you like the bad guy so much that you end up rooting for them or feel sad when they die, well I didn’t feel that way about any character in this film. In D’Jango, Leonardo Dicaprio was despicable but did you like him? The answer is yes but this film gave the characters no redeeming qualities and I couldn’t wait until they were killed off.
  4. Two words, Channing Tatum. Can Channing do comedy? Yes. Can Channing do action? Yes. Can Channing strip and dance like the rent is two months due? Most defiantly. But, you know what he can’t do, deliver a Quentin Tarrantino script. Watching him felt like he was delivering dialogue he didn't understand or that he had seen for the first time that morning; cringe worthy at the best of times.
  5. Samuel L. Jackson was a huge let down. We love angry Samuel. He has delivered some very compelling performances and I was quite pleased to see him top billed for this film but perhaps there's a reason he's always a side character in Tarantion's film. He lacked the authority to lead a cast and didn't feel like a main character whatsoever. Maybe that is what Tarantino was going for but there's always a stand out, it's kind of a movies natural selection and amongst the other sub par performances you would think an actor like Jackson would have no issues but it felt that he didn't stand out not because he didn't want to but because he couldn't.
This is simply my opinion. My partner actually quite liked the film and had some valid points as to why he liked it but I just didn't. You can't force yourself to like a film; you just know once a film is finished how it made you feel and this film left me feeling extremely disappointed. I wanted to like this film so bad. I wanted to text my friends and tell them that they had too see it but I would be lying to myself if I did that. Perhaps I had too high of expectations or perhaps I'm missing something magical that everyone else can see except me. Who knows. All I know is that a rating of 8/10 on imdb.com blows my mind as I would give it a 4/10 and that is being generous.

My favourite Tarantino (as director) films in order:

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Reservoir Dogs
  4. Kill Bill Vol 1
  5. Death Proof
  6. Kill Bill Vol 2
  7. Inglorious Bastards
  8. Jackie Brown
  9. The Hateful Eight

Monday, February 15, 2016

Blame Those You Love Most!

"Have you seen my keys?"
"No."
"Well I put them here last."
"Well, I haven't moved them."
Well you must have because I didn't - Oh wait here they are!"

Have you ever noticed how quickly we turn on the ones we love when something isn't going our way. You could have hearts in your eyes all day and nothing but hugs and cuddles but as soon as you can't find your cell phone or keys, who's the first person we blame? Well, anyone but ourselves but we literally try to push the blame on those we love the most. Isn't human nature a wonderful thing?
There's no way we could had possibly misplaced the item or it could had been moved accidentally, it must had been the only other person we live with that has no reason to touch the thing we've lost.
I know myself I do it all the time, I think it's to try and resolve myself of accountability and all responsibility for seething that's gone wrong; I'm working on that. I still think that I haven't done anything wrong but I'm trying to not verbalise it until I've searched the premises two or three times with no luck.
It goes something like this:

(search the apartment three times for remote)
"Honey pie have you seen the remote?"(you must have moved it because I didn't)
"No I haven't seen it."
"Are you sure angel?" (I know you fucking moved it, just admit it."
"Nope haven't seen it."
"Oh, how silly and strange this is, it's like a ghost has picked it up and moved it." (I swear to god if you don't tell me where you put it I'm going to fucking kil-)
"Oh, here it is! Love you so much baby sweetie."

The trick is to stay calm and collected on the outside. Do this by being overly loving and affectionate, not so much that they suspect your internal struggle but not so little so that you seem passive aggressive; it's a delicate line to walk.
And it's not being fake or playing a game it's faking it until you make it. Why would you act n an impulse when you know better? Why ruin a moment or a day because of a quick negative reaction? Even if you're feeling it, push it down and handle the situation the way you know you should and here's hoping that eventually it will become a natural reaction. I feel like that is the way you better yourself in general; you act the way you know you should even tho your mind is telling you something different and eventual practice turns into habit.

Here's to being a better person, now where did I put my god damn keys?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sexy Hockey

You know what words go extremely well together, sexy and hockey.
I played hockey all through growing up and for a majority of the time I played with the boys; just one of the boys, what every girl wants.
There are some positives to it. I did become a fairly good hockey player and that would be about it.
In exchange for being a good hockey player I gained an understanding of how to function through being uncomfortable almost always and being in a room of people for an hour and not saying a word.
Again, those moments I am so grateful for because now I can handle almost any uncomfortable situation and actually like being in it. There is something exhilarating about being embarrassed or uncomfortable because we are so used to be comfortable and flying under the radar that when a situation that is out of the norm arises we don't know how to react but that's where I truly flourish!
So, boys will be boys and girls will be girls and we will develop crushes on each other and I was no exception.
Let me paint you a picture.
I was early teens Larissa and right in my full glory of short hair and chubby cheeks. I most defiantly had crushes on many of my fellow team mates and what does a hockey player in the wild do to attract these creatures? Well, try to be sexy in hockey equipment of course.
There were several techniques I would employ to try and catch the attention of my team mates.

  1. Skate sexy. I don't know how this is even possible or what it even looked like but I think it involved taking longer strides so that my legs looked longer and to swish my hips just like Shakira from her "Whenever, Wherever" video.
  2. Arch back and push butt out. When in the players box I would lean on the edge and try to arch my back and push my butt out. Yes, this was all while wearing heavily padded equipment. So no one could even notice (if they were even looking) and I developed a sore lower back. Win-win!
  3. Drink water sexy. There were times when you were so tired from playing that you just dumped the water on your face and hope that some ends up in your mouth but when I could remember I would try and take small sips to try and appear more feminine and sexy.
  4. Arrive at the rink looking sexy. This would include my curled short bangs and lavender pastel top. Only the best of the best.
So as you can see my game plan was to do everything I would normally do but with a sexy flare to it. Sexy walking, sexy skating, sexy laughing just do everything but put the word sexy in front of it.
At that age I had no idea what sexy even was (thank god for that). 
As you can see my seduction skills were on par with Sharon Stone from Fatal Attraction and with moves like those it's a wonder how I stayed single until I was 20.


Monday, February 1, 2016

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

 I think we all know that teenagers these days are not like how we were when we were teenagers.
Life would had been so much better if I knew how to contour, eat healthy and straighten my hair from a younger age.
I suppose I am grateful tho, life isn't meant to be easy and being awkward looking in my early teens set me up to appreciate looking normal at the ripe old age of 27 (almost 28, I'm a late bloomer).
Some people say kids have it so easy today because they are becoming more and more mature and have easier access to technology at an earlier age, but what a price to pay for a pre-mature loss of innocence.
You are supposed to apply white eyeshadow, have acne and wear crushed velvet turtle necks (I may or may not still own one or two).
Not only do those types of horribly embarrassing things build character but it also gives you plenty of material for later on in life when you're feeling down and need a laugh.
But I pity these girls and boys who have such high standards to live up to these days. It must be so hard to see things like the Kardashians and feel the pressure to live up to a certain image.
That is why I would like to take a moment to show these kids what they've missed out on experiencing.
Case in point:


First on the agenda, please take note of my incredibly short hair cut. I would grown my hair out for the whole year and then when summer came around I would chop it all off because it would be hot and we would be swimming and I wanted it to dry faster (bonus points young Larissa for being so practical). I liken it to a dog getting a summer haircut or sheep being sheered. Why that short? Could had been a little longer and maybe that would have added a few more drying minutes to my routine but I would have looked 10 times better. Nope! Why look good when you can have super fast drying hair!
Hand in hand with the short hair are the bangs. Now, bangs are okay at the best of times and that is at the best of times but I thought I would 
A.) Cut my own bangs 
B.) Cut them extremely short 
C.) Curl them inward 
D.) Part them in the middle
And the answer is, ALL OF THE ABOVE. I was always a person of extremes and my short hair looked just like Drew Barrymore, therefore I looked just like Drew Barrymore. Common sense people.
Now, I'm sure we can all notice those chubby cheeks. This was around the grade 7/8 era before I utilised he gym and my vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. I definitely liked me some snackies and didn't understand how a calorie worked.
There is one thing that perplexes me about this photo (besides the obviously poor decision making) is my eyebrows. Now I know I'm from the generation of skinny eyebrows and that's why I have such a large part in between them in the photo but here's the thing, I didn't pluck my eyebrows. God knows I tried. I thought that if I could pluck my eye brows thin enough I would look just like Charlize Theron but my tweezers were super cheap and never actually grabbed any hairs so there's no reason for there to be such a large gap. I'm thinking my eyebrows were late bloomers and didn't fully grow in until my early 20's.
And for the clothes. Just how smart do I looked in my 3/4 length dark denim button up? I was a teenager, why was I dressing like a 35 year old that's never been on a date before? Looking back I cringe but at the time nothing looked better than my jean shirt and short bangs or the pastel lavender top and white sports bra. I once wore that pastel lavender top, really rosey blush and curled my hair into soft waves and one of my teachers told me I looked like Kate Winslet. I think teachers constantly trolled us by giving us compliments that weren't true and then they would meet in the staff room and share stories about what gullible idiots we were. But if I looked like Kate Winslet then that means Leonardo DiCaprio would totally love me.
Maybe it wasn't so bad because after all my mom reassured me I was the "most beautiful girl in the world". 


Monday, January 18, 2016

Goodbye Hollywood!

 Have you noticed that we no longer have the Julia Robert's and Brad Pitt's? Our celebrities last for about 15 seconds until something new and hot roles around. There is no longevity anymore. Our constant access to celebrities have some what normalised them and have made them no different then to you and I in a way. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many other platforms have turned ourselves and people that we know into celebrates of our own worlds. It stems from just wanting to know what others are doing and before social media we depended on news papers and tabloids to get our fix of what other people did in their day to day lives but we don't depend on that anymore and the control is in our own hands. Celebrities were the unknown the mystery but there is no mystery anymore. It has become more interesting following people that you actually know because well, you actually know them. Celebrities now have to go to such extremes to get attention ex.) Lady Gaga in a meat dress, everything Miley Cyrus does and President Obama going on Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live. There is very little talent anymore, or the talent that should be famous isn't because they aren't willing to paint themselves in a severe light that may or may not be themselves in order to have a booming career. All thought there are some that slip through the cracks and shine based on their abilities and talent alone.
We have reality tv taking over because they know the way to people's minds is making them think that they know you, that they're your friend. It's all psychological. Just look at the Kardashians. They put themselves absolutely everywhere until you feel as if your they're personal friend but they exploit people and garner their success off of it.
In a way it's good that celebrates are going to be a thing of the past because no one should be put on a pedestal simply because they're rich and famous but on the other way it's a bad thing because we are becoming obsessed with ourselves and putting ourselves on pedestals. The higher the pedestal the more self entitled you feel and that leads to treating other's poorly leading to a very superficial life.
It's a lose, lose.
I have Instagram, Facebook and what not but I can even see that it's starting to become too much, I'm getting too involved in it and falling in the trap that it was designed for. Hopefully I can keep my head above water and maintain perspective.
Now, this is all a theory and perhaps I have it all wrong, after all, I am writing this blog.


Monday, January 11, 2016

How To Not Make Friends

 As I get older in this journey we call life, I find it harder and harder to make friends. I think it has to due with the fact that you've seen more shit, therefore are willing to put up with less shit. Long and short I think that's what it boils down to but I came across this article on news.com.au the other day and I have been thinking about it ever since. It was titled, "Seven things you should never, ever bring up in conversation". The list goes:


1. ROUTE TALK
"Route talk is when people tell you how they arrived, or how they came, how they got on the road, which road, how long it took,".
2. MONEY
3. YOUR HEALTH
"Nobody cares. Nobody ever cares about other people's health."
4. DREAMS
Ever notice people retell their dreams in a tedious step-by-step format, without ever managing to recreate the spookiness or eeriness of the original version in their brains?
5. YOUR PERIOD
6. YOUR DIET
"Diet is a very big thing not to talk about. It's really boring,".
7. HOW YOU SLEPT
It's already hard enough to make friends and talk to people and now there are literally lists being made about things you can't talk about, really?
I agree, most people don't need to know about your period or how much money you make but god forbid we talk about health and diet. Does it offend you if I share a delicious meal I made or wonder what you had to eat in the day? It sounds kind of weird wanting to know what other people eat but it's interesting to know little things about people, it paints a larger picture and you get a sense of who they are. 
Dreams are fascinating! Why not share them?! There's obviously ones you share and ones you don't but hell, if you want to share you share that creepy ass dream you had!
Talking about how you got somewhere is like talking about the weather and I'm sorry but what is wrong with that exactly? The weather is unpredictable and your commute can be as well and unpredictable is always intriguing.
And not talking about how you slept? It's literally a universal bond that everyone shares. We all have to sleep therefor we can all relate.
I'm poking a bit of fun but let's talk reals, just you and mean right now. Society is pushing an agenda to keep us all on a superficial level, whether it be the things we buy or the relationships with have. Disposable is good for governments and society. Disposable means turn over, it means money and you bet your ass relationships make lots of people lots of money; just think about the movies, dinner, drinks etc.
You know what? This is a great list actually. If you meet someone and they don't want to hear about most of this stuff on the list well then they're probably not a good candidate to be your friend because a friend will listen to your idiosyncrasies, they will listen to your small aches and pains and you will return the favour because who else is going to? Should we keep everything to ourselves or try to filter ourselves in such a way in fear that we may push people away? Perfect! Let me just keep everything bottled up until I have a mental breakdown. You may think that I'm taking this too far or analysing this a little too much but little things add up until one day you forget to buy toilet paper and your crying crawled up in a fetal position in aisle 10. Be yourself, and those who like it will stay and those who don't, won't. 
For the full article:
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/seven-things-you-should-never-ever-bring-up-in-conversation/story-fnet0he2-1226775816787


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Nurses Diaries: You've Been Nebulized!

 As a nurse funny and uncomfortable things happen all the time and I have accepted this. I have accepted the fact that I will almost always be in awkward and uncomfortable situations and have learnt to enjoy them as it seems to bring some spontaneity to an otherwise predictable day.
Case in point a few weeks ago, a young boy, maybe 5 years old comes into the clinic with his mom and dad at around 6 pm. He's kind of sick, has a cough and doesn't feel good and really playing it up but of course the parents are treating him like he's on his death bed.
The Dr asks me to give him some normal saline, which is just salt water via a nebuliser, for all of you who don't know what that is, it's an oxygen mask that you put on the face that delivers medication in the form of vapour.
I get everything all set up, put the saline in the nebuliser fit the mask on his face, everything looks good to go or so I thought. I pushed the on button and the saline shot out of the mask right into his face like a geyser and because the mask was secured around his head with elastics it literally blasted him directly in the mug. This is not high pressure nor did he get hurt, it's basically someone shooting you in the face with a low powered water gun but he jerked his head back and started crying so hard as if he lost a leg. I had to stop myself from laughing because it just looked so hilarious and he was playing the sympathy card hard. The father and mother looked at me like I was a monster but listen stuff happens and he was fine so can we please appreciate your sons contribution to the film society and award him with his academy award because he was given a performance like the rent was two months due, I mean, Meryl Streep watch out, we have a newcomer on the acting scene.
I told Bradley the story later that day and he told me I should had told the boy, "You've been nebulized," that would had been the perfect thing to say, like the one liners in an action movie before the main character throws a grenade. Oh well, there's always next time. There are plenty of kids out there that need a good nebulizing.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens *SPOILERS*

Warning this article contains spoilers regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have been from the a young age when I accidentally inserted The Empire Strikes Back backwards in the VHS ruining movie night for the family.
On the spectrum on crazy fan I lie somewhere in the middle of noob and dressing up as slave Princess Leia, I mean I did have a Star Wars corner in my apartment once, but that's not crazy, right?

I don't want this review to be too drawn out because there are a million already out there so I will break this down into what I liked and what I didn't like.

Let's start out with the cons that way we end on a positive note.

Cons:

1.) New age humour. I'm a big fan of the awkward obvious humour of the Micheal Cera's and Jonah Hill's but there is a time and a place for it and I just don't think that time and place is in a galaxy far far away. When the awkward situational humour was used it seemed very obvious and forced, drawing away from what was happening in the moment.

2.) Luke Skywalker is in the film for literally 30 seconds. I love Luke Skywalker and I use the alias Skywalker almost any chance I get, well Skywalker and or Buzz Lightyear but I felt ripped off when he popped onto the screen at the very end of the movie; blink and you would had missed him. People tell me that he will be in the second one more as if that is supposed to be comforting. It's not.

3.) The bad Guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). It was fine when he had the mask on but bad when the mask was off. Like really bad. Almost Jar Jar Binks bad but not quite. It was incredibly under acted and over acted simultaneously. The delivery of dialogue was bizarre and stood out for all the wrong reasons. There is a point in the movie where he tries to bring Rey (the main character) to the dark side and says, "I can teach you" he sounded so pathetic I actually started laughing. He didn't seem powerful or dark. I wouldn't even call him a Sith Lord.

4.) Rey learning to use the force so quickly. She learns her ability to use the force and within seconds she's mind controlling and force grab/pushing junk. As if! What skill have you ever mastered within minutes of picking it up? Let me answer that for you. None! I get it that she always kind of knew she was special but please, Luke wasn't very good at it until Empire Strikes Back and you're telling me she's better then Luke as a Jedi, yah right, not buying what you're selling.

5.) Daisy Ridley as Rey. She was fine but unfortunately fine does not land you on the pro list. I just felt nothing special watching her. I can't explain it, either you connect to a character or you don't, it doesn't matter the situation or dialogue and she just didn't have the raw energy that I believed the character needed. Won't right it off as this film is to set up a trilogy and lets be honest, anyone next to Harrison Ford will not make the cut but here's hoping she brings a little more to the role in the future films.


Pros:

1.) Minimal use of CGI. I hate CGI, it feels like I'm watching a cartoon and I find it hard to get invested into storylines that utilise too much of it as in the newest Jurassic Park movie. Side note, I love Jurassic Park but hated the new one because of the over use of CGI. This movie felt like a blast from the past wiht the use of robots, makeup and costumes. I felt like I was watching a movie, a story and it drew me into another world that could be possible due to the authenticity and when they did use CGI it was tasteful and limited in the most perfect way.

2.) Harrison Ford having a large role. I knew Harrison Ford was going to be in the movie but I thought it would only be a couple scenes. I was pleasantly surprised that he was in more than half. Harrison Ford is Star Wars and it just felt so right to have that smart ass sarcastic humour and dialogue that made Han Solo such a pleasure to watch in the first place.

3.) The new characters. Oscar Isaac as Po Dameron was a breath of fresh air. He didn't have too much screen time but when he did, it was scene stealing. He brought the wittiness of Han Solo and heart of Luke Skywalker. At times it felt that his shoes were a little too big or like a puppy trying to stand guard but he had the heart to carry the performance. John Boyega as Finn. I honestly didn't think I was going to like him based on the trailer that had come out but in fact he was a refreshening fish in the pond. He delivered some of the awkward observational humour which I didn't care for but his performance of kind of being an idiot/bafoon mixed with his struggle of doing the right thing balanced each-other out perfectly and I look forward to what he brings in the future films.

4.) C3PO, R2D2 and new comer BB 8. It was a great thrill to see all the droids again. I love C3PO, he's such a dink but in a good way and all tho R2D2 was only in it for a short amount of time it was still great to see him. The new comer BB 8 was awesome. Disney does have the gift of giving robots and other non talking creatures the ability to convey such emotion without ever using words. They almost do a better job telling a story without dialogue and BB 8 was a great example of this. He wasn't quite Wall-E but let's just say I felt more form him then I did Daisy Ridley.

5.) Harrison Ford dying. Now this isn't a pro or a con but with a heavy heart I thought it was necessary. Han Solo and Leia have a son who is dum dum dum KYLO REN and his son ends up killing him in the end. Did I like seeing him die? No, of course not it was very upsetting but let's be realistic, how long do you expect Harrison Ford to be around for? What if he dies or becomes ill or whatever before the next Star Wars is filmed and then they have to write a shitty side plot of the movie taking him out the franchise or do you feature him in the next movie as much as this one? He can't just be a cameo and he steals every scene he is in, there's no way the series could progress with him still in it. As much as it pains me, I respect that the director had the balls to kill him off as I found it necessary all though the fan girl inside is crying like a baby.

There are obviously more things I didn't like and more that I did but these are the ones that stood out. In the end it was a solid addition to the franchise and I think it sets up this next trilogy on solid ground. It has great nods to the past and promising elements for the future.
Where does it stand on the list of Star Wars films for me you ask? #5.

1-New Hope
2-Return of the Jedi
3-Empire
4-Phantom Menace
5-Force Awakens
6-Attack of the Clones
7-Revenge of the Sith

It may sound like I take Star Wars very serious but I don't (I do).