Burden – a movie review without spoilers!

I watched this movie only a few days ago and it has stuck with me. It’s not that it’s full of all the things I like- comedy, drama, love, thrills. But Garrett Hedlund, who plays KKK member Mike Burden, did amazing work portraying a conflicted man. Mike was evil — racist and hateful — but clearly showing signs of shedding the archaic, perverse way of life that is the KKK. I couldn’t help but yearn for him to leave this hateful group, even feeling sorry for him as he was pulled in two very different directions. I was also very surprised this movie was based on events that happened only a couple of decades ago. In 1996, weren’t we passed this type of hatefulness? I guess not.

I don’t think this counts as a spoiler, but a line that I absolutely loved came from Mike Burden as he chatted with Pastor Kennedy:

“Sir, if I call you my enemy, I’ll walk through Heaven and I will punch God just to get to you. If I call you my friend, I’ll walk through Hell and I’ll slap the devil for you.

Isn’t that something?

Mike Burden’s girlfriend Judy, played by Andrea Riseborough, also left a memorable mark for me from this movie. She is a great example of what unconditional love can look like. I thought the acting all around was really great, and was surprised to see Usher in there, too.

If you need a movie for a rainy night and want one that will move you, I encourage you to check this one out. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

-Out of the Wilderness

Uncut Gems… review from a regular guy (no spoilers)

Me. I’m the regular guy as referenced in the title of this post. As in, I’m not a movie critic. But that won’t stop me from giving this review! I’d been curious about this movie because it stars Adam Sandler, who is definitely known for being a funny guy. He’s so likable in real life, so I think that’s why people always give any movie he’s in a chance. In this one, which is not a comedy, Adam takes on a serious character, even if this guy is someone we laugh at. “At” being the key word there. His character, Howard, is always getting himself in trouble and Sandler does an excellent job portraying him as the bug in the old adage, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”

I won’t give anything away except to say this: at the end of the movie I think I felt exactly how they wanted me to feel as a viewer. Pity, some sympathy, and just sad for Howie.

This movie is definitely NOT family friendly, but I’m assuming if you’ve seen the trailer you already knew that. Lots of language and some adult scenes throughout.

I’d say it’s worth watching if you’re OK with the adult nature of it but just be warned, it’s not a feel-good movie by any means.

-Out of the Wilderness

6 Underground (Netflix, 2020) movie review- no spoilers


Many fans of this movie are already calling for a sequel, and my hunch is, they’re right on the money. It’ll no doubt have a follow up after the story in this one ends. The nice part is they didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger so you’ll finish this one in a good mood. Especially if you like Ryan Reynolds! His signature style of acting is all over this one. 

Just by watching the trailer, and because Michael Bay is the director, you know this movie is going to have action, action, and more action. Oh, and explosions. Well, it has all of that x 100. What I will remember about this film is the way it was shot and edited. I’ve never seen a movie with so much close-up detail in the action sequences. Many times I had to blink with an expression of amazement in what I was seeing. With that said, there were wide shots, too, where you’d expect medium or close-up. For instance, during a car chase they use an aerial shot of the entire downtown cityscape. In a teeny tiny part of the shot is the lead car streaking around a street. You may see the car, you may not. Nonetheless, the story continues and you may just need to go back 10 seconds to see again what you missed. 

I really like that about this movie. The story itself is entertaining, too. If you like action, humor, and grand explosions, this movie is definitely one you’ll enjoy. Note, though, that the language is quite colorful. Lots of f bombs throughout. 

If you watch this movie, comment below with your favorite parts, least favorite parts, and your overall opinion. Talk with you soon! 

-Out of the Wilderness

Adventure week part 1

Greetings! Today is Friday and it’s technically the last day of a week I’ve titled “Adventure Week!” I did so because for the last month or two, I was in a routine. Not a rut, per se, but just doing each day without many bells and whistles. That’s all fine and good, but I knew things needed to be shaken up!

Monday
img_20190805_1323232843207081375152261.jpgThe first day of this week-long adventure kicked off with an early afternoon movie at a local theater. I actually love going to watch movies but haven’t been in many, many months. So I treated myself to a movie I’d been wanting to see since I first knew about it; Yesterday. Great movie! I almost cried multiple times (in a good way), and laughed often. The plot of the movie really intrigued me and although they never really address the why and how of what happened in the movie– everyone in the world except for a handful of people never knowing of the Beatles (or Coke, or Harry Potter, also)– it was fantastic. And I’m not even a die-hard Beatles fan.

Tuesday
On this, the second day of Adventure week, I went kayaking. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been all year, in spite of having kayaks at my disposal all day every day. So I hit up a nearby lake and it was extremely satisfying. I mostly stayed close to the shoreline because I like to see turtles and birds and whatever other creatures pop up.

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Wednesday
I decided to do a repeat of Tuesday, so I went out to the same lake but launched from a different park. Just like Tuesday, kayaking was a big success. On both days, I ventured out in the late afternoon so by the time I was paddling, the sun wasn’t scorching and I was able to be on the water as it neared dusk. Very fun!

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Thursday
I kinda cheated on the Adventure week because I didn’t really plan something special for this day… I did what I’ve been doing the last few weeks on Thursdays… play volleyball. I absolutely love playing and at a particular sand volleyball court area, a bunch of folks show up on Thursday to play pick-up volleyball. So it’s a great chance to see friends I’ve made out there, and make new friends. Now I’ll admit something, it wasn’t as fun as it’s been in the past and I don’t know exactly why, but evenso, it was still a great time on the court.

Friday… today.
Today is still a mystery but I have a few ideas for Adventure Week. Check back soon and I’ll have an update!!

Thanks for reading, have an adventurous day!

-Out of the Wilderness