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.Β 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…Β 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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5 things that might blow your mind

 

I love a good list about, well, anything. So here’s one for you today… it’s a list of things that might surprise you. I know they throw me for a loop if I think too long about them. Do you have anything to add? Comment below!

5 things that might blow your mind…

  • Only 11 years ago Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston were all still alive
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image source CBS News

  • 15 years ago there was no such thing as an iPhone
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source Apple.com

  • Will we ever think of Facebook the way we now think of MySpace

[After however many years, I was able to sign in to my old MySpace account and my head hurts from trying to figure out what MySpace is now]

 

  • President Trump is the 45th president of the United States. The 50th president may not have even been born yet

 

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-Out of the Wilderness

Prince, another boring performance

It’s late at night. There’s nothing to watch on TV. If you’re like me, this means you fire up YouTube and check out… well…. anything! I lean towards political videos lately (Slightly Offensive and Fog City Midge are entertaining!), but the other night I stumbled across Prince’s Super Bowl performance from 2007. From there I went to Purple Rain covers by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet and others.


A YouTube suggestion brought me to Prince’s live performance during the 1985 American Music Awards show. Honestly, I thought, this is going to be tame, possibly boring (how I feel about most music performances at awards shows). Boy was I wrong.

I’ve watched it over and over since then and there are so many points in the performance that I love, and a couple that make the hate list.

Love list

  • The stage setup. While boring (see below), it also is so bland that you can’t help but focus solely on Prince and the music. So the unentertaining stage and background actually is a good thing, I guess.
  • The emotion on his face. He’s not just singing a song. He’s giving you a show, a performance full of feelings.
  • The high falsetto he goes to at 1:47. I’ve heard the song so many times, so this variation was unexpected and amazing. It’s one of my favorite things in music, the falsetto with a nice vibrato, and makes me think of Jack White, who does it well.
  • His choice on when to start playing his guitar. It’s strapped around him through the whole first verse and chorus, but he doesn’t play a single note until just before “…it’s such a shame our friendship had to end.” Puts a great emphasis on this part of the song, and sets it up as the most meaningful part of the lyrics.
  • Women playing guitars and keyboards, always one of my favorite parts of a band.
  • AT 2:41 and 3:44, nice to see a cameo of Nicole Kidman πŸ™‚ (kidding, it’s not her but looks a lot like her!)

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  • Loving the long guitar solo, so amazing.
  • Prince kicking down the mic stand. YES! Why not, ya know?
  • Lionel Richie (in the intro) says Prince is music you can watch. Couldn’t agree more on this performance!

Hate list

  • The stage setup (yep, it’s on both lists). This might just be how the style was back in the 80s, but wow it’s boring.
  • At 4:10, really director? You’re going to cut away right as the guitar solo starts? Come on, man!

So yeah, I’ll admit I was so far away from being right with my prediction about this music awards performance being forgettable and boring. Oopsy.

-Out of the Wilderness

Wedding Reception Playlist Music

Stuck not knowing which songs to play at your wedding reception? If you don’t have a DJ or just want to give the DJ a list of songs to work with, look no further. I compiled these from a few other lists, as well as suggestions of my own. This list is strictly fast/dance songs. I may also compile a list of slower music in the future. If you have other song ideas, feel free to comment below! I’ve made a note of songs that have suggestive lyrics, they are in bold.

RAP/R&B:
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Low (Apple Bottom Jeans) – Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
In The Ayer – Flo Rida Feat. Will.I.Am
Big Poppa – Notorious BIG
Hypnotize – Notorious BIG
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Jump On It! – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Tootsie Roll – 69 Boyz
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Teach Me How To Dougie – California Swag District
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Yeah! – Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
Hot In Here – Nelly
U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
Bust A Move – Young MC
Timber – Pitbull ft. Kesha
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Wiggle – Jason Derulo
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland
My Love – Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.

OLDIES/ROCK FAVORITES:
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Love Shack – The B-52β€²s
Brick House – Commodores
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Play That Funky Music (White Boy) – Wild Cherry
Some Kind Of Wonderful – Grand Funk Railroad
1999 – Prince
Mony Mony – Billy Idol

DANCE:
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock
Just Dance – Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
Jump Around – House Of Pain
Thriller – Michael Jackson
One More Time – Daft Punk
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
The Twist – Chubby Checker
Y.M.C.A. – The Village People
The Train (Come On And Ride It) – Quad City DJ’s
Macarena – Los Del Rio
Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper

SING ALONG SONGS:
Sweet Caroline – Niel Diamond
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Come on Eileen – dexy’s midnight runners

NEW-ISH SONGS:
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
GDFR – Flo Rida
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Happy – Pharrell Williams
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
This is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Turn Down for What – DJ Snake
Cowboy – Kid Rock

COUNTRY NON-LINE DANCE:
Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) – Big & Rich
(if you’d like more country, let me know!)

Frog

Sometimes I feel like a frog. But I’m hoping one day I’ll look back and see a prince in all these selfies.