Sunday, March 18, 2018

Red Sparrow Quck Movie Review

Trailers sure can make movies look good.  For me, this is what happened with Red Sparrow.  Jennifer Lawerance plays a Russian Ballerina who gets injured and is forced into being a Russian spy by her uncle, so she can help pay for her sick mother. While on her mission she runs into an American spy who changes her mind into helping the American catch the Russian mole. This movie takes you on the journey of deciding whom can you trust and whom can you not trust. It is a movie with twists and turns. 

I am very surprised this movie was not rated NC-17 for the severity of the nudity, sex, and rape in this film. Red Sparrow is filled with lots of uncomfortable sex scenes.  Not only do you see Jennifer Lawerance's breasts and butt you will also see many men's penises as well. There is a lot of violence including some pretty graphic rape and sex scenes. I am all for movies that have sex and violence in them as long as it has a purpose.  Yes, the sex and violence in this film have a purpose. The violence in this film is important because it shows the vicious side of Russia and being a spy. It also shows what it is like to be a woman in that field.  
Jennifer Lawerence's performance, I felt wasn't her greatest work. It defiantly showed how uncomfortable she was with being nude and having to do the sex scenes. I don't blame her. I would be the same way.  In Hungar Games, you can see the emotions of fear but in Red Sparrow, she was just flat Throughout the film, there were many times when she lost her accent.  Joel Egerton, the American spy, didn't have much chemistry with Jennifer's character.  To me, Joel Edgerton didn't have a spy look. Maybe I am visualizing James Bond too much in my head.

SPOILER ALERT- Sitting there for 2 hours and 20 minutes watching their story unfold but leaving me hanging at the end was not fun. 

There were a lot of continuity issues especially when it comes to make-up/special effects make-up.  In one scene she has bruises on her arm and the next she doesn't. There is a scene of her covering her bruises up with make-up, but makeup does not cover up those types of bruises that easily. You still will see some sort of skin discoloration where the bruises are. Plus, not only did she have bruises she had cuts and scrapes as well and makeup does not cover over fresh cuts and scrapes.

Yes, I know what you are thinking, Is there any positives to the movie?  The costumes were well done. The locations really showed two sides of Russia. Each location had different textures.  The cinematography was excellent. My favorite scene was when Joel's character is running from the Russians through the park. The street lights and the moon shining down on him was gorgeous.  The editing was pretty well done. There were a couple of crossing the 180-degree rule. It didn't take away from the film and non-filmmakers wouldn't notice it. The editing kept the scene fresh and kept you knowing the geography of the room.    SPOILER ALERT-  If they might have cut thirty minutes it could have been more of a solid movie especially since the ending really didn't end. 

You may be wondering how many stars I would give it. You probably aren't, but I will tell you anyways. lol.  I would give it 2 out of 5 stars. If I didn't have my Moviepass card I would have been very upset spending $10.00 on this movie.  I would highly suggest seeing it when it comes to Netflix or the $1.00 rentals. Unless you want to see Jennifer Lawerance naked on the big screen then you will not want to wait till it hits DVD.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chronic Ear Infections

May of 2017 I had a really bad ear infection. I have had sinus infections all the time, but never ear problems. After a variety of antiobotics and ear drops it seemed to go away. Two months later I got another one. My ENT doctor put me back on some more antiobotics and ear drops. It went away again after a month of fighting it again. Then in August it came back again. This time it caused a couple of holes in my ear drum. My ENT said I need surgery. He told me he is going to repair the ear drum and put in a tube. I had to wait 2 1/2 weeks for surgery.  In the meantime he stuck some purple stuff in my ear. This caused my ear to be completely plugged. 

Four days before my surgery I got into some gluten causing me to vomit. I was stupid and desided to do a paid taste testing thinking I could get away with it. I was completely wrong. The $30 I made was not worth it. Everytime I throw up it made me get really dizzy. The dizziness caused me to vomit some more. I ended up going to ER because I couldn't keep my pheregan pill down. The ER gave me some IV pheregan and hydration through an IV.   

Surgery day approached. I was terrified but was ready to stop suffering from ear infections. You don't realize what symptoms come from having ear infections. This includes, dizziness, headaches, neck aches, severe neasuea, vertigo, hissing sounds, hearing my heart rate, hearing loss, severe pressure in the ear and list goes on.  
My ENT told me that he didn't have to repair my ear drum because it healed, but he did put a tube in. 
Having a tube put in isn't horrid. It did take me 3 days for the pain to go away.  I had to be careful what I did for 2 weeks. I couldn't lift anything heavy or blow my nose. 

Having the tubes in was very helpful. But then in October my ear was acting really funny. It felt like another ear infection was approaching. My ENT took a look at it and said it looks fine.  
Ear Wax/Purple Medication fell out of my ear

Another ear infection happened to me in January. This time it was worse then the ones before. I ended up on four different antibotics, steriods, five different ear drops because each one didn't get rid of it. I had to get my ear suctioned out 1-2 times every week. Eventually he cultured the fluid in my ear, which was very painful.  It came back showing I had a fungus type  infection. He disagreed with the results because he feels it is still bacteria because fungus doesnt look like what he is seeing. However he does think yeast is growing in my ear due to it being so wet from the infection. After getting the results he decided to put me on another round of antibotics and created a special ear drop compound. It seemed to work except the compound ear drop plugged my tube causing all the infection and fungus to get caught behind the ear drum. This made it so I had to get the tube pulled out in the doctors office. He pulled the tube out with any numbing. At this point he didn't want to do anything. Instead he wanted to wait a week and see what it does. 

Well a week went by and the pressure and hearing loss was still pretty bad. He told me the yeast/fungus and bacteria looks like it is better, but my ear drum healed and trapped all the fluid behind the ear drum. This means he has to cut it open and drain it.  
My First Ear Surgery August 2018
He numbed it up. The way they numb the ear is the same way they would with anything else. He had to give me two shots inside my ear.  You cannot move one bit while he does that. It burned like hell. He was extremely concerned I could be having a spinal cord leak. Once he cut and tried to sample the fluid but couldn't because it was so thick. He said it is what he calls cement glue. Because there was so much of he there was no way he could get the right sample.   Let me tell you that was incrediably painful. It took about 15 minutes. He suctioned it out. It took about 10 minutes of suctioning.  He confirmed I need to have surgery to clean out the tissue around the ear, ear drum and in behind the ear. To do this he will have to drill a hole in my skull.  In the meantime a tube must be put it. I asked him if I could just wait until surgery. He told me he wouldn't recommend waiting to put the tube in. Plus, he already cut open a hole in my ear drum and it is numbed up. I agreed to put it in. Then he told me he needs to give me two more shots in the ear to numb it. Darn it. He freakin lied to me. The hardest part is you cannot move, swollow and flinch. He had a hard time getting the tube in causing alot it to be very uncomfortable. This appointment was the last week of Feburary 2018. 

The soonest they could get me in is March 29th. I saw him last week and my ear is looking pretty good, but he still recommends getting the surgery done to prevent the infection from coming back. He feels like there is still infection particulars that is behind the ear drum and in the tissue area around the back of ear and skull. He feels that is the reason for it coming back after getting the tube in August. 

I am not looking forward to it, but I am also looking forward to maybe getting my normal hearing back. I will keep you all posted on how it went. Please keep me in your prayers. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Seeing Theatre Shows With Gastroparesis

Last week Friday, I went to see a play my friend was acting in.  A good friend of mine came with his mother because I had two free tickets.  My stomach wasn't doing very good that whole day. Before leaving I had some of my favorite Progresso Soup (Rice Roasted Chicken Wild Rice). That was a huge mistake. I got to our seats. These seats are you typically theatre seats they are just basic chairs. It sort of like a black box theatre. The building only contains one exit out of the theatre. The worse part is the restroom is downstairs where the actors dressing rooms are. The show got started and my stomach started really getting worse. I was seated clear across the exit. The only way to exit is to walk on the stage area. On top of it, I was seated dead center and would have to climb over a bunch of people.
It felt trap and my anxiety shot up. Finally, intermission came.  I hated leaving and not congratulating my friend as well as leaving my friend and his mom. But when you have to go you have to go.
Holding #2 for 2 hours is not a good thing. The pain is horrid. It didn't help I was stressed out about being stuck there for the whole Act 1.

I was very discouraged and upset with my body. Come to find out I forgot to change my pain patch. Not sure if that was why I was having such severe stomach cramps, running to the bathroom, hot and cold sweats. I also was gone every night and skipped dinner for 4 days, so I don't know if my body was just crashing from that or it could have been both. All I know was I was extremely miserable.

The following morning I woke up feeling a little better. I just always love how my stomach decides to give me troubles when I am busy and not home.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thoughts on Movie Pass

Movies today cost close to a Broadway show or even a concert depending on the seat. On Thanksgiving, we decided to see a movie before 5:00pm because we thought the tickets would be $7.50, but we were wrong. It costs $9.50.  Tickets after 5:00pm costs around $11.00.

A friend of mine told me about MoviePass. For only $10.00 a month you can see one movie a day.  The only thing you can't do with it is see the same movie more than once. You also can not see 3D or IMAX with it. It sounded too good to be true, Right?

Well, my mom and I decided to try it. It took about 2 1/2 weeks to get our debit cards. It is very easy to use.

Step 1: Order the Card online (They don't charge you until you use it for the first time)
Step 2: Wait for the card to come in the mail.
Step 3: Once you have the card in your hands download the app on your phone.
Step 4: Go to the movie theatre ( You have to be in the movie theatre for the money to go on the debit card.)
Step 4: Pick the Movie you want to see and its time.
Step 5: Hit Check In ( You have 30 minutes to get your ticket)
Step 6: Take it up to the cashier tell them the movie you are seeing.  They slide the debit card. And bam you have your ticket. Easy as pie.

I got my card two months ago. Every month with this card I have seen 4 movies saving me $30.00 each month. I have no clue how they are making any money from doing this, but I don't care because I love this card. Before you order one make sure there are theatres in your area that takes it.

So far, I have been really happy with it. The only problem I ran into is seeing movies on a Friday or Saturday night.  On those nights the app just doesn't want to work. Other than that I haven't had any problems with it.  It is allowing me to see movies that I want to see as well as ones I would be okay with missing.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Understanding Color by Bryan F. Peterson Book Review

As you all know I am a filmmaker and photographer.  I love learning about different ways to take pictures. ways on the lookout for books that give me ideas and teach me new ways to take pictures. Bryan F. Peterson's Understanding Color explores the use of colors. He discusses how the color wheel works and how to figure out what colors work best with each other. His book contains a variety of images of commercial and art photography. Understanding Color goes into detail on how to get the right exposure. There is information on ISO and other tools on making your photography stand out. This book is easy to follow.  Great book if you are doing professional photography or just a hobby. 
The only con on this book is he tends to take more pictures with Nikon. If you are new to photography I would suggest getting Peterson's book Understanding Exposure. 


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, an internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding ExposureUnderstanding Shutter SpeedLearning to See CreativelyUnderstanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school the Perfect Picture School of Photography. He lives in Chicago.

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