The Man From U.N.C.L.E // Movie Review

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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I remember the first time I saw the trailer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. What made it stand out was the fact that Henry Cavill was a main character -- in fact, that was one of the main reasons I wanted to watch it (yes, I'm that person). I finally got around to renting it and watched it with my family one night. It was a little slow to get into and somewhat confusing, but by the middle of the movie, I was hooked. When the credits appeared on the screen, I was upset that the movie wasn't longer. This is my new favorite movie, people. 

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Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo

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Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin

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Alicia Vikander as Gaby Teller

One of the things that makes this movie so great is the casting. All three of the main characters are wonderful. My personal favorite was Armie Hammer, who did a wonderful job of being a dashing KGB agent. His Russian accent was captivating.

The Story: (Synopsis from Amazon) At the height of the Cold War in the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin must put aside longstanding hostilities to stop a mysterious international criminal organization bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of world power. With only one lead, the agents race to find a vanished German scientist who is the key to infiltrating the organization in the cool, stylish action adventure. 

What I Loved: As I said earlier, the casting is wonderful. The clothes were also adorable -- 60's shift dresses need to come back in style and so do teased side-ponytails. Also, if you like to watch movies with good-looking guys... Let's just say that this movie is perfect ;) Ahem. Now about the story. This movie is full of great lines to quote and dry humor (a personal favorite of mine). If you like snarky characters, you'll like U.N.C.L.E. There were two major plot twists that I didn't see coming, which made the story even better. Another thing I loved was the soundtrack. It fit the movie so well.

My personal favorite

What I Didn't Like: The story was a little hard to follow at first, but it did get much better as the movie went on. There were one or two things that I still didn't get understand after the movie was over, but after re-watching the movie, I caught things that I missed the first time. Probably my biggest complaint for the whole movie was that the ending didn't have quite enough closure. I think the reason is because that is the director wants to make a sequel -- the door was definitely left open for one.

If you take everything seriously, then this movie isn't for you. It's supposed to be a fun movie. No, it isn't a hardcore, realistic spy movie. You have to keep that in mind when you watch U.N.C.L.E. My whole family enjoyed it and that's saying something. I give this movie 5 stars -- like I said, it's my new favorite movie. I could watch it over and over again -- and I really hope that there is going to be a sequel. My recommendation: Go watch it.

Have you seen The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? What did you think? If you haven't, what are you waiting for??


January Playlist

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Here are some songs to start your new year off with. A personal favorite of mine is track one because 1) who doesn't love Mama Cass? and 2) it's one of those songs that gets stuck in your head. All of these songs follow my theme for 2016, Live. The only one that doesn't is Shut Up and Fish -- that's on here because I just like it ;)  Enjoy!

What songs are you listening to this month?


Beautiful People // 2016 Writing Goals

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's time once again for Beautiful People! This month I get to talk about all my writerly goals. Writing my goals down always helps me stay focused (dedicated list-maker speaking), so this was a good way of planning my writing projects for the year. If you don't usually do Beautiful People, I suggest you join this month, even if you don't post it -- it really will help you.

1. What were your writing achievements last year?
To finish editing the first book in my trilogy, Beginning of the End, and start the sequel, Out of the Ashes. I did both (!!!) and even plotted out some other story ideas that I'm pretty excited about.

Almost done school!  Time to start working on my victory dance!
(victory dances are a normal part of my life)

2. Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?
More than anything, I want to finish Out of the Ashes. Then I'll have to edit (yay). There are so many other story ideas that I want to work on too, so my goal is to attempt multitasking this year. It should be interesting. 

3. List 5 areas you'd like to work the hardest to improve this year.
Write more -- as in everyday.
Edit mercilessly instead of keeping pointless scenes (even if they are my favorite).
Create more diverse characters, so they don't all sound the same.
Show, don't tell.
Create twisting plots instead of predictable ones.

4. Are you participating in any writing challenges?
I'm not planning on it. My cousin is my writing buddy, so we kind of have unofficial competitions to see who can get more chapters done. But other than that, no.

5. What's your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this 
Right now, my cousin reads my book for me. One of my other friends is reading my book, too. I hope get more beta readers to get good variety of opinions. Which is super scary.

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6. Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books 
you want to read for research?
Most of my writing-related reading (say that 5 times fast) will all be research. I specifically want to read some psychology books for a story idea I'm really excited about. I wouldn't mind reading a book about getting published, either.

7. Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?
Unfortunately, that would be my main character, Brynn. She's so confusing. One minute she wants to rip your heart out and then the next... She doesn't. Maybe she's just a hormonal teenager. I don't know. I'll probably do a lot of character interviews and then write out a bunch of different scenarios and see how she reacts to them .

8. Do you plan to edit or query, and what's your plan of attack?
I don't even know. I try not to think about it. Honestly, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. In my eyes, my writing will never be good enough to send out. But I want to start looking for an agent and then work from there. We'll see what happens.

9. Toni Morrison once said, "If's there's a book you want to read, but is hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." What are the books you want to see more of, and what "holes" do you think need filling in the literary world?
Oh goodness. I absolutely love reading historical fiction, specifically the Civil War and WWII. And the Revolutionary War. One of my favorite eras is the 1920s -- but I haven't seen too many novels set in that era. I would also like to see more psychological novels where a main character has a mental illness. There are so many books to write and so little time...

10. What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?
I want to finish Out of the Ashes and hopefully finish another book that I've been plotting, The Scars We Choose (more on that project soon!!). I'd also like to get Beginning of the End polished to the point where I feel comfortable enough to send it out.

What are your writing goals for 2016? Just remember -- you got this!

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Another Year: 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

It's hard to believe that another year is over. I'm going to be twenty this year. Twenty. I still can't quite comprehend that. As I said in my previous post, 2015 was a crazy year -- but you know what? I think I had a pretty good handle on it. My word for last year was Fierce. Believe it or not, I was fierce last year. There were times that I wasn't, but I did so many things that I never thought I would do.

I spent a lot of time thinking about what my one word for 2016 would be. What do I want 2016 to hold for me? How do I want to change? I finally came to the conclusion that I want to live, not just survive. I want to remember what a beautiful thing it is to be alive and breath fresh air into my lungs. I don't ever want to be afraid to live. And more than anything, I want to live for the One who died for me. So my one word for 2016 is Live.

2015 Bucket List
Blog more
Finish editing my novel & then start the sequel
Read lots of books
Stay organized
Make a new recipe once a week
Take 1 picture every day
Stop biting my nails
Go on another fun girls trip
Workout every day
Step out of y comfort zone more

No, I wasn't able to cross everything off. But you know what? The 3 things I did cross off are a big deal to me. Plus, I did a ton of other fun things. I went to my first live concert -- it was freezing cold and pouring rain, but totally worth it to hear Josh Turner sing live (seriously). I'm determined to cross more things off in 2016.

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”:

2016 Bucket List

Finish Out of the Ashes and continue to edit Beginning of the End

Write more letters

Workout everyday - if not everyday, then at least twice a week

Wear more dresses (because they're adorable)

Practice piano and voice everyday

Sing a solo in church

Teach myself to play my ukulele

Go to the drive-in movies

Read 20 books (pathetic, I know. but hey, my college schedule is crazy!)

Learn how to drive stick shift

Learn how to change the oil in my car

Start one of the novels on my To-Write list (other than my trilogy)

Make one new recipe a week

don't just exist--LIVE:

Have a wonderful year and a great week, lovelies.