HTTYD2_Theatrical_Poster[1]HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON-2 IS WONDER-FULL :)))  Best seen in 3D–because there is flying/playing/fighting action and you want to be close-up to the dragons as mush as possible.  This sequel has even more colorful & beautiful dragons than the first Awesome film, where Toothless was the main dragon and humans feared dragons.  This second film shows us how they advanced to playing with and domesticating dragons (in a mutually good way).  The dragon babies are the cutest!  You must be dragon-friendly to watch.  The animation does more than justice to this film, especially when we see many types of dragons, who are like friendly puppies and lovable creatures with fangs and open eyes and huge smiles.  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON-2  (HTTYD-2) is a Must See Dream Come True 🙂 And a great bonus is that HTTYD is a trilogy, loosely based on a novel.  Who knew?  There is a video game out too!

In HTTYD-2, Hiccup + Astrid are dating.  They literally are a perfect match!  HTTYD-2 has sad moments too when we think we see Toothless drown, but he doesn’t.  🙂 And the father sadly dies by Toothless, who is put under a Dragon Spell  😦  to turn against Hiccup, but he eventually snaps-back & rises as lead dragon (though smaller in size compared to other dragons, like Hiccup is smaller than his father, and other Vikings, yet they are the Bravest Leaders compared to all).  Hiccup lives up to his father’s legacy, after his father dies, and after not knowing his place in the world.  Hiccup justly becomes chieften because he saves all with his strong beliefs and risky actions–once thought insane.  Toothless stands up against the controlled Alpha Bad Dragon and wins against evil threatening all dragons.  And on a good notes, Hiccup reunites with his found mother, who has been saving dragons in a dragon paradise sanctuary for 20-years.  Her presence is nurturing and strong.  She teaches Hiccup how to unleash more of Toothless’s power, who she calls a rare breed.  We see where Hiccup gets his Spirit!

HTTYD-2 is eye appealing (again) with a great story (again).  It displays a good vs evil Battle this time to protect the peace for all dragons and the Viking village of Berk.  HTTYD-2 is a Huge Adventure with all the same adorable, fun, and daring Viking friends we see in the first film and an enemy named Drago, who has a dragon army.

In the end, the dragons are freed and a statute of Stoick (the father) is built.  Hiccup and Toothless visibly stand different, almost taller (definitely prouder) with their postures to show more maturity as the new leaders of their village of people and dragons.  HTTYD-2 is Sooooo Gooooood!!!  Stay tuned for HTTYD-3 in 2016 🙂




fault-in-our-stars-movie-poster-full[1]THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is another film based on a novel–which all, as of recent, have been Amazing so far!  And teenagers are reading, letting us in on what’s good.  John Green, the author, is brave to talk about cancer.  I was afraid to watch THE FAULT IN OUR STARS since cancer seems like it’s everywhere.  Foods are contaminated so heavily with sugars, hormones, and other unidentified junk that one cannot pronounce (at least in America) that I wondered if I could easily watch THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I Am Glad I braved up to see it.  Hope you do too 🙂

I sat with an audience of teenage girls, which was awesome for giggles & crying sake, but wished, and wish, more boys and men to see THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.  You will be left a better person for doing so, you may even reach a little enlightenment or another chakra level, and definitely appreciate life more, especially if you are a bad person (and you know who you are). 🙂

FYI:  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS title is inspired from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when Cassius says, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”   The stars in the movies, btw, live full lives though shortened ones.

Shailene Woodley plays a strong 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who walks with a portable oxygen tank with a tube to her nose to breathe after developing thyroid cancer which spread to her lungs. She meets amazing Augustus Waters, an amputee, who metaphorically holds a cigarette in his mouth daily without smoking it to NOT give it power, in a cancer support group.  It’s a good thing because they exchange views;  Augustus (Gus) thinks Hazel Grace shouldn’t concentrate on cancer always and gives her a book to read, and she does the same.  Augustus adores Hazel Grace from the onset.  Their friendship–filled with laughter, meaning, fun + a fated reality–grows into love while in Amsterdam pursuing the literary meaning to the non-ending of the book Hazel gives Gus to read.

Gus uses his wish granted by a foundation on Hazel to jet to Amsterdam.  It’s Gus’s first time on a plane and Hazel is okay to go with her oxygen tank.  In Amsterdam, we get an intimate look into Anne Frank’s House and it is in Anne Frank’s house that the couple appropriately + inappropriately share a first kiss and become boyfriend & girlfriend. So cool.

Van Houten is the author of Hazel’s favorite book.  He was a mean-spirited, drunk who refused to speak to the children while they traveled to meet him overseas.  The children have fun at dinner, dressing up, and they have sex, despite the bad Van Houten.  Hazel no longer feels like a “grenade”, or that when she dies that she will hurt Gus.  And Gus, a virgin male, who loves Hazel, felt like no girl wanted to have sex with an amputee, but after sex she draws a funny diagram for Gus showing him that he is like guys his age.  There were many fun moments and scenes in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

Gus’s cancer reappears and he has 8 days to live, but Gus happily arranges a pre-funeral for himself, and asks his best friend Issac and Hazel to give eulogies.  It’s done so lovingly and respectfully that it isn’t difficult to watch.  The three share great times, and tough times.

Gus keeps in touch with Van Houten in an attempt to get closure for Hazel and have him edit her eulogy written by him.  Gus Is Love, though he becomes the “grenade”, but they agree there love was worth it.  Gus doesn’t leave Hazel.

We learn that Van Houten’s daughter died at 8 years old, which explains his way of living and being.  Still, Hazel who is played Amazingly well, keeps telling Van Houten to justly F-OFF because he just is portrayed as creepy, not acting right at special given moments and she is LIVING and he just wasn’t an Amazing adult.

I hope I gave THE FAULT IN OUR STARS justice for being a stellar movie.  It’s more than words can describe and ends like a Shakespeare play.  Go see it without judgment and let me know what you think 🙂  The chemistry and story are Gr8!  Elgort and Woodley work together in Divergent 🙂


The_Railway_Man_--_movie_poster   The poster for THE RAILWAY MAN isn’t inspiring, doesn’t do an amazing story justice and since I love super hero, action, comedy and cartoon movies best, I almost missed out on one of the best films ever, I kid you not.  Thank God I went to see it.  It showed me the life of a True Super Hero (R.I.P.).

Based on a true story, released in the U.K. last year and in theaters now in the U.S. thanks to The Weinstein Company.  It isn’t doing well in the U.S., but understanding the culture and all the options, I can see that, but THE RAILWAY MAN IS GREAT and Movie Justice will honor the man this story is based on.

THE RAILWAY MAN takes place in wartime between the U.K. + Japan over the building of a railway.  When Japan takes British and Australian soldiers as P.O.W.’s they make them toil under ruthless, severe conditions, often inflicting brutality. What makes this movie is the ultimate heroic moral decision by Eric NOT to kill a war criminal responsible for murders, nightmares, tortures, floggings, and on and on.

When the main young British engineer soldier (Eric)–responsible for making a transistor radio to hear news like the Americans have ended the war–is interrogated, beaten to his death (but didn’t die) after other barbaric tortures that give him lifetime quivering and yelling type nightmares returns “home”, he finds love that questions his past to help him leave the memories in the past, but they are too difficult and embedded to explore.

The movie fascinates between the young + old Eric.  The old Eric finds out from his railway engineer soldier friend, who ended up hanging himself to end his nightmares, that Eric’s main Japanese torturer never was hung for his crimes, but is cowardly living and asks brave Eric to kill the man.

Colin Firth, from King’s Speech, plays the old Eric with such ease and I’m sure it wasn’t easy.  He was handsome, dare I say this in such a serious film, but it must be said and partly due to his moral and intelligent role.  They do show the real Eric in a picture when the credits rolled and he died in 2013 so he probably had a lot of input into this film with his amazing wife.  This couple are the real Super Heroes of the Universe.  Together and alone, and especially Eric, they tackled the truth in life in the face of the worst.  Brave is a word often used to describe Eric.  Not many would take torture to assume responsibility to save his friend’s limbs and, or lives.

Jeremy Irvine, from War Horse, plays young Eric.  He is Excellent, Hott.  What a difficult character he had to portray.  Acting aside, he shows us the actual circumstances to a T of what happened in the interrogation room. The film is artistic and easy on the eyes in terms of all the difficult matter.  Trust me when I say The Railway Man is Marvelous.

The film ends with alot of emotional good tears and Eric forgives his torturer (who dies in 2011) and they become good friends to their deaths in real life.  Talk about closure.  Eric saw that the man was remorseful, truly, and lived his life educating others of the horrors that happened by providing tours at the actual interrogation quarter’s site.  THE RAILWAY MAN is a Must See, that only seeing it can make you understand, feel, and love it more than words that seem to describe a war movie.

Today’s assignment for my WordPress Blogging 101 course is to use inspired material from the blogging community in today’s post so since one of my friend’s used the term Super Hero in her blog, I thought to add her blog below (after trying to link it) and promote her to illustrate Eric’s Super Heroic Action based on his humaness and whatever he drew from to NOT kill someone who was supposed to have been hung as a war criminal and her bravery to state what she believes.  The link may not be a perfect parallel and I support many beliefs if it inspires, and here it is

RIO 2 Brings It: RIO 2 Is An Amiable, Animated, Adventure (AAA)!!!


RIO 2 Is a Wildly Funny + Entertaining Adventure !!!

Hope you don’t miss RIO 2, it’s Fun 4 All! RIO 2 takes place in the Amazon Rainforest and it’s Wildly Entertaining. Fantastic Story!!! 🙂 Love the writing, excellent 3D effects and animation work!!!

The first movie takes place in Rio De Janeiro with the 2 Love Birds, well … actually 4 including the 2 “Rare” Humans that save them. It includes a lot of exciting Brazilian culture mixed-in with funny good times, hilarious friendships, and eco-friendly smarts. You have to see it! So how could 20th Century Fox make it any better?

All the characters are charming, Jaime Fox’s bird character with the bottle cap for a hat is so CUTE!, The birds who dance shaking their tail feathers and Tracey Morgan’s Bulldog … Cute!!!–except for the bad guys but they have merit in doing their part well!!! The main characters are loveable truly with sweet personalities from many cultural backgrounds acting as a team to bring about a carnival talent show, giving us many RIO 2 light fun interludes of wild musical “talent”. Home-run again with RIO 2.

Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, as Blu and Jewel, are wonderful macaws. They believe they are endangered and the only one’s left of their species, but they encounter their flock in pursuit of saving the Amazon RainForest. It’s Awesome + The dances and songs are elaborately witty too! I don’t mean to sound stuffy …. I wuved it!!!! The colors were bright and the jokes Sooo Good set in an WONDERful environmental plot to Save Trees, Birds, and all living in the Wild Amazon Forest.

I believe in preservation and conservation and also fight for our environment among saving people, which I saved one person literally this week from a speeding car seconds from hitting and killing the person and I will be attending a conference due to a fellowship to bring about environmental solutions tomorrow. RIO 2 is enjoyable for all: heroes and anti heroes like yourself. It’s a blessed creation filled with artistic value and wholesome entertainment with many good lessons on friendship, staying together as a family & being and acting good to nature like animals and trees who have families and give us so much love and goodness that we need to protect them 🙂

I pray RIO 2 brings good fortune to the Amazon Rainforest. I wish that the creators and, or producers can give money from this sequel to helping to protect the endangered pink dolphins in the Amazon River and any other causes in the Amazon bridging RIO 2 the movie with reality.

As an environmentalist, RIO + RIO 2 are one of my favorite animated films to date. I hope all of you take your children and family/friends to see RIO 2, if not to see Jesse Eisenberg as the blue macaw with a fanny pack. He’s so amusing, love the characters he plays, and the human good counterparts are also my favs here because they truly save the day and they are only 2 people. Hint, hint, be good to the environment, nature, animals please and they in return will give so much more love to you like in RIO 2.