Thoughts on John Wick 3, Rattlesnakes, Purple Rain

With so many options for watching movies at home, it’s no surprise I’ve seen 3 this week. Honestly, though, I think I spend more time just trying to find a movie to watch. You know how that goes!

I don’t have Netflix anymore, so actually the only streaming movie service I subscribe to at the moment is Hulu (an incredible deal of around $11 bundled with Spotify).

Movies this week were as follows:

Rattlesnakes (Hulu)


John Wick 3 (Redbox)


Purple Rain (DVD from library)


How I felt after…

Rattlesnakes was interesting, tense, and had a good twist at the end. I actually think it would be worth another viewing to see if I could pick up on some of the clues that hint towards how the ending goes.

John Wick 3. I really wanted to like this movie. I mean, the guy goes on a rampage after someone kills his dog… that’s a motive I can get behind. But in this 3rd chapter, I just didn’t feel anything. It reminds me of why I stopped watching “Walker, Texas Ranger” way back in the day. Stay with me here for a sec, even with the old reference! Chuck Norris as Walker always kicked butt. He never lost a fight. I knew by the end of the episodes he would come out on top. So no matter what situation he was in, it became predictable, eliminating any suspense. John Wick wasn’t going to die. It’s like he was immune to everything that would kill any normal person. Maybe that’s the draw, actually. And I’ll say this… the stunts, fights, and dog training, all of that was amazing. Like, beyond amazing. It’s worth watching for that alone, but as far as invoking any feelings, I give it a 3 out of 10.

The one that’s stuck with me the most is Purple Rain and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. It’s an 80s movie, so parts of it were a little cheesy but that goes with the territory. I had this same feeling when I watched Whitney in theaters, after watching the final episode of Wonder Years, and a few other shows/movies. Days later, still affected somehow. Like I said, I can’t quite explain what it is. My favorite scene, the one that I’ll remember the most from this movie… towards the end during the performance of “Purple Rain,” Prince walks over to a band member, one of two women who wrote the song (Prince wrote it in real life, but in the movie, this woman character wrote it), he leans over and kisses her on the cheek. This gesture signals that he’s finally put aside his pride to admit this woman and the other woman are talented songwriters, and he needs them in the band. It just seemed so real and unscripted. Put a smile on my face and was a great way to wrap up the film.

Have you seen any of these 3 movies? If so, what do you think? Share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

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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

Thoughts on 12 Strong – no spoilers

So have you seen 12 Strong yet? Based on a true story, the movie follows a military unit in the throes of a burgeoning war over in Afghanistan. Here’s the trailer.


Now, I don’t know exactly what scenes were based on the true story. I’m assuming a few things about what the reality was: yes, there were American soldiers. Horses, of course. And lots of sand. What else can we really be sure of, though? Like, for instance in the movie (don’t worry, no spoilers!) a few scenes are Taliban members talking to each other. Did the director of this movie really know what they said? Did he consult them for script dialogue? Maybe it went something like this…

Director on a long-distance phone call: “Hi there, I’d like to speak to the Taliban.”

[long pause, Middle Eastern music in the background, kids crying]…

Taliban: “Sup?”

Director: “Hey this is Nicolai Fuglsig, director of ’12 Strong.’ Nicolai Fuglsig. N-i-c-o– ya know, just call me Nick. Can you help me out with something? When y’all are being terrorists and stuff, what do you talk about? Is there– oh, I said ‘y’all‘…. it’s you and all but squished together…”

So they made up conversations based on what we know of the Taliban. Much easier than having to add them to the credits anyway, which would not go over well with audiences.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. There was even some humor so for me it hit a few of my favorite movie elements– humor, adventure, suspense, good vs. evil. It also made me really wish I was a hero who returned home to relative obscurity (because their mission was classified, the public had no idea what they’d done). Well, actually I’ve got the relative obscurity down already, so now I just need to be hero.

Hmmm…. what to do today, what…to…do.

-Out of the Wilderness

Music, movies, and the Chicago Au Pairs

It was one of those days where almost everything that happened was unplanned. You see, even though my typical schedule is all over the place, most of my days are relatively structured: wake up, be productive, eat lunch, walk the dogs, be productive again, eat dinner.

But this particular day veered off that routine right after I completed the very first task of waking up.

Somebody else’s stuff. 

I love estate sales and there was one close to my house. It was advertised as having lots of clocks and, well, I love clocks. I didn’t buy anything but I spent a lot of tiiiime there. 😉

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Bark BnB.

Soon after I left the estate sale I was contacted through Rover.com for a last second boarding from a repeat customer, starting that same day for one night. My schedule was flexible enough to say yes and I wanted to do it, even though you might’ve already read that I have a hard time saying no.

Under a shade tree.

The next unplanned event was my friend coming over for a late afternoon outdoor movie. We set up in the back of her pick-up truck, ready for the featured movie, Mulan! It was awesome! My dogs and our guest dog lounged around in the back yard while Mulan saved China.


Playin’ the blues.

After my friend left, I got ready to meet another friend for a show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. Taj Mahal and Keb Mo delighted the crowd for almost 2 hours with fantastic blues music, and yes, there was a harmonica. Such talent on that stage! This pic was taken after the opener, just before the lights went down for the headliners.

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The Chicago au pairs.

Afterwards, I walked down Broadway and over the pedestrian bridge. Lots of people on the bridge taking pictures, chatting, and a group playing a board game (okkkk?). At the bottom of the bridge was a suspicious gang huddled on the sidewalk. While they could’ve had guns and knives and pounced on me, they’re weapons were actually cute accents, luggage, and happiness. It turns out they had been waiting a long time for their Uber ride, who never showed up! #UberFail

They kindly asked if I could give them a ride to their hotel so I thought, why not? If they really were going to steal my money they still wouldn’t have enough for an Uber ride. 🙂 So we piled in my car and set off to their hotel.

We chatted about all sorts of things and it was so fun! I was hoping they wouldn’t realize how much of a dork I am. Hey, I did play Macklemore from one of my Spotify playlists so that bought me a few more minutes, right? I learned they are all au pairs living in Chicago but their accents are from all over the world… take a listen:


We made it to their hotel without incident, said our goodbyes, and then I drove home, ears still ringing from all the music that night.

A day full of unpredicted fun but sometimes that is the best kind, right? Hope you’ve had a weekend full of fun whether it was planned or not!

-Out of the Wilderness

Why we care about AMBER Alerts

amber1n-3-webOne of the top stories (at least in Nashville) is the recent disappearance of a girl under the age of 17, which drew an AMBER Alert warning. She’s reportedly with one of her school teachers and they’ve both been missing for a few weeks now. For more information and the history of the AMBER Alert click here.

There are a few reasons news like this makes headlines. The most important, obviously, is that a child is involved. When some poor innocent soul is preyed upon, it makes anyone with half a heart outraged, and rightly so. It’s just sick what adults will do sometimes. I think most people get that. Don’t mess with kids!

Another reason these types of stories gain attention is that just like in the movies, people want a rescue. A happy ending. A hero.

There’s something wired deep in the human soul that longs for a hero.

When a hero rises, the child is returned safely to their family, and the guilty party receives justice, that’s when everyone can exhale a sigh of relief, and by golly, give the hero a standing ovation! Unfortunately it doesn’t always end that way because the world we live in has evil in it, too. There’s disappointment. Heartache. Despair. And villains like this guy in the news who probably thinks he’s a hero.

Recent updates show that the two haven’t even been spotted in the last few weeks. And now her mom has filed for divorce from her dad. Talk about drama. Talk about mystery. The story has it all.

It has a main character. It has intrigue. It has a villain. Now all it needs is the hero or heroes to show up and save the day. Let’s hope and pray law enforcement is making progress every day to solve the case. Meanwhile, the hero could be you so keep your eyes pealed for the pair, you might be part of the happy ending everyone is hoping for!

-Out of the Wilderness

Our fascination with guys named Birdman

A birdman was recently in the news for some crime, and I started thinking to myself, “Zoiks! How many birdmen are there???” Well, there’s this one.

NBA basketball player Chris Andersen, aka Birdman. (Getty Image)

NBA basketball player Chris Andersen, aka Birdman. (Getty Image)

And there’s another one.

the Birdman that was recently in the news.

the Birdman that was recently in the news.

Then there’s the box office Birdman. birdman3

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And moving to the small screen, there’s this Birdman…pronounced Bid-men.

Bill Hader as Birdman on Portlandia.

Bill Hader as Birdman on Portlandia.

Why there’s a trend of Birdmen in sports, music, movies, and television I can’t begin to guess. But it can’t be coincidence.
-Out of the Wilderness