VVNG- Being a fan of Star Wars, ever since I was a tiny little Mexican boy, I would often feel the need to defend my beloved space flicks if someone didn’t like them or if they said they had no interest in watching them. I mean, how can anybody not like this geeky goodness? Space battles? Laser swords? Superpowers? The ultimate battle between good and evil? NONE OF THOSE THINGS APPEAL TO YOU?… I just couldn’t believe it!… But now, after watching The Last Jedi, I can honestly say that if someone tells me they are not going to watch this movie, for whatever reason, the only thing I will feel for them is pity. Pity that they are missing out on a superb sci-fi film that (although not perfect) has explosive action, nail-biting suspense, compelling drama, tons of humor and so many, “OMG, I can’t breathe, I think I might really need some help, but this is so good that I will tough it out until the movie is over before I dial 911” moments, that will satisfy your nerdiness until the next episode comes out.
I really don’t want to spoil ANYTHING, so I will only mention that the bad guys (The First Order) are really close to completely eliminating the good guys (The Resistance). Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wants the Jedi to end. Rey (Daisy Ridley) might feel a strong pull towards the Dark Side and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) may not be as bad as we thought. Other than that, I will let you enjoy all of the bountiful surprises as you watch this flick.
I give Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” From the moment this movie starts, you are treated to an emotional and suspenseful space battle that is full of amazing visuals and incredible action. After that, the movie just keeps busting out epic scene after epic scene, until it ends. It’s really cool how the filmmakers were able to include a little bit from all of the previous entries in the saga. From the animated shows to the spin-off. And although I admit, that not everything in Star Wars is perfect, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.
What I didn’t like about this flick is that some of the jokes were not funny, there is an entire storyline that is fun, but almost a complete waste of time. And the silliness of a few of the creatures and the cheesiness of some of the special effects feel out of place in this darker toned flick. I have a feeling that those two last things might have been done on purpose though because they felt like they fit right in the Star Wars universe. However, these things didn’t really stop me from enjoying this fresh new episode and you shouldn’t let them stop you either.
Another thing that might help you enjoy this film, even more, is if you don’t go in expecting it to be the same as the other Star Wars movies. This is really different than the previous stories, but in a good way. In a familiar way that doesn’t feel recycled. If you are opposed to watching a movie that is different than the prequels or the originals, or that is headed in a different direction, away from the story you grew up with, then you might have a hard time accepting this movie, since it is clearly trying to end certain storylines and introduce new ones so that this franchise can go on for many more years. I suggest you have an open mind and just try to enjoy it. Either that or you can just rewatch the episodes you like, for all eternity.
So, unless your kiddos are too sensitive, I recommend you gather every youngling, padawan and Jedi in your house, hop on your spaceship and turn on its hyperdrive so you can head to your favorite theater, as fast as you (safely) can, and watch this highly entertaining film that is definitely strong with The Force.
So, what did you think of The Last Jedi? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies, don’t forget to save me some popcorn and May The Force Be With You!
Official Synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
If you have never seen a Star Wars movie and are thinking of watching The Last Jedi, I recommend you check this video out. It recaps episodes 1-6:
Or if you just want to catch up on the latest one (Episode 7: The Force Awakens), watch this:
Movie Reviews: Birds of Prey and Sonic the Hedgehog
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – Margot Robbie, Marie Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor.
Raise your hand if you have a crazy break up story. Ok, now raise your hand if you’ve ever blown up a factory (like Harley does in this movie) as a symbolic gesture of independence from your former partner. WAIT!!! You know what? Nevermind, don’t raise it. I don’t want to testify against you in court. Instead, why don’t you just go watch this flick and enjoy the absolutely bonkers aftermath of The Joker and Harley Quinn’s toxic relationship? Maybe it will help make you realize that your former flame isn’t as bad as you remember him/her when you compare them to the over-the-top events that take place in this uniquely bizarre film.
As soon as Mr. J (literally) kicks Harley to the curb, everyone in Gotham who has beef with her finds out she’s not protected anymore and starts trying to get payback for whatever ludicrous thing she might have done to them. Good thing is that this vivacious babe is no damsel in distress. She is strong, capable, and as smart as she is adorable. So, whoever is foolish enough to try and cross the incomparable Ms. Quinn, is in for an outrageously topsy turvy world of hurt.
This movie isn’t JUST about Harley, though, there are also other characters who appear in the movie that make up the titular “Birds”. While there’s nothing wrong with any of them, in fact, they are pretty freaking badass, they don’t really get to shine as much as they undoubtedly could. This is a bummer because they kind of end up feeling like they were an afterthought, and Harley should have just had the whole movie to herself and it would have still been great. Also, I know this movie is Rated – R, but sometimes it was TOO dark like it didn’t know where the line was or didn’t care that it crossed it a few times. I don’t mind violence, but when it’s done for no reason other than to be edgy, it just makes me uncomfortable. Aside from that, this is a very entertaining movie that is as vibrant, lively and chaotic as our favorite spunky, fun-loving and insanely violent bad girl.
Score: “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!”
Official Synopsis: It’s open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women — Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.
Sonic the Hedgehog – Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz (as Sonic’s Voice)
One of the best memories I have of my childhood is when my parents got my brothers and me a Sega Genesis in the 90s. I still remember the first time we used it. We unboxed and connected everything, popped in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game, turned it on, got goosebumps when we heard the glorious “Segaaaaaa” jingle and were immediately blown away as soon as we started playing with the little blue blur. We spent hours and hours trying to get through all of the levels in the game, yelling when Sonic would lose his rings, stressing out when he would almost drown, and celebrating everytime we defeated Dr. Robotnick.
I kept playing Sonic the Hedgehog games well into my adult years and have always had a special place in my heart for the charismatic speed demon, and I’m sure this is true for a lot of you as well. My expectations for this movie were super low because I never thought a movie would be good enough for a character that brought me so much joy, but I actually ended up liking it a lot.
Sometimes the jokes in the movie don’t land, there is a henchman that is pretty useless, and Jim Carrey’s performance is at times a BIT too wacky and cringey, but for the most part, this is a very delightful and surprisingly heartwarming flick.
James Marsden is wonderful, charming and likeable. Jim Carrey is at his most Jim Carreyest ever, and the majority of his performance is hilarious and brilliant. The action sequences are top notch when they are (super) fast-paced, and dazzlingly impressive when Sonic is going so fast that everything around him slows down. Also, there’s a ton of moments that are incredibly sweet and help make this movie stand out from other video game adaptations.
You should definitely go watch this movie if you want to relive your childhood, hear your kiddos laugh, and/or just enjoy an amusing and splendid family flick. Just make sure you aren’t too hyped up after it’s over that you get a speeding ticket on the way home.
Score: “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!”
Official Synopsis: Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend — a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination.
What did you think of Harley and/or Sonic? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies, and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.
Swedish artist Tove Lo films latest video “Bikini Porn” in Victorville and Hesperia
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, premiered her latest music video today titled “Bikini Porn” and if you recognize some of the scenes, that’s because it was filmed in the cities of Victorville and Hesperia.
Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson or better known by her fans as Tove Lo was born on October 29, 1987, and is referred to as “Sweden’s darkest pop export” by Rolling Stone. She is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music.
The singer who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram shared her latest video with the world on Friday, January 17, 2020, and said, “anyone shocked it’s basically me running around in a bikini? Didn’t think so.”
The nearly 3-minute long video shows the dancer dressed in various different colored bikinis as she dances around the desert, a bar, elevator, hotel pool, gym, and even on the back of a flat-bed trailer.
In one scene, the barefooted singer is dressed in a leopard print one-piece bikini as she’s dancing around the inside of a CD shop before she’s removed and taken to the parking lot.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the singer told the magazine this video was very fun and very bizarre to shoot. “There were only seven of us in a van as the crew driving around Victorville. Been a while since I did a run and gun shoot; I loved it!”
Tove Lo ended her Instagram post by thanking the good people of Victorville and Hesperia. “Thank you for being so nice and for not calling the cops on me. Time to drink champagne all day xx.”
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#BIKINIPORN Video is out! Anyone shocked it’s basically me running around in a bikini? Didnt think so. Thank you @monibelle and @clyde.munroe for this beautiful weirdness. You put the fun in run and gun ❤️ To the good people of Victorville and Hesperia, thank you for being so nice and for not calling the cops on me. Time to drink champagne all day xx Director: @monibelle Producers: @monibelle @tovelo @twadddle Filmed by: @monibelle @clyde.munroe Editor & Colorist: @clyde.munroe Hair & Makeup: @prestonwada Styling: @annieandhannah
Santa Fe Trading Co. hosting holiday fair in Old Town Victorville
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — With the holidays quickly approaching and the malls busier than ever, Santa Fe Trading Co is hosting a holiday art and craft fair and a chance at more unique gifts.
The fair is boasting over 80+ vendors offering hand-crafted items, gifts, and novelties. The hours for the event are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 21.
Some of the items that will be offered include crochet items, metal work, paintings, jewelry, clothing, homemade dog treats, shabby chic furniture and more.
In addition to vendors, there will also be Christmas carolers, performances by “Harmonology,” and the Country Crossroads band throughout the event. Artist Sydney Encarnacion will also be singing from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Coleen Quinn from Y102 will also be in attendance doing a live remote show from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The event is for all ages and Santa Claus will also be in attendance and available for visits and pictures during the event.
Refreshments will be provided by D’vine wine bar and include wine and beer for $5.00 and hot chocolate for $2.00. Food will also be offered and choices include tacos, burgers, bbq, and hot dogs.
Santa Fe Trading Co. is located at 15464 7th St in “Old Town,” Victorville. Parking is limited on-site but street parking is available as well.
Though this is not classified as a cash-only event it is recommended to bring cash as some vendors do not accept cards.
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