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Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: DEADPOOL 2 (no spoilers)

Holy Maximum Effort, Batman! It is possibly true that a comedy action sequel could be better than its predecessor? In the case of DEADPOOL 2, yes…yes it is. Deadpool 2 is leagues and leagues beyond better than the first film, which honestly, to be truthful, was not that hard of a feat (but we’ll get to the reason why later). This film is laugh out loud hilarious from beginning to end. Consistently funny, with hardly any rough patches in between. The action is better than the first, the jokes are better than the first, and Ryan Reynolds seems to be having a lot more fun and lets loose knowing that the film will probably be a hit no matter what the reviews say (the reviews are actually good and some confirm that yes, their opinions match mine and it is better than the first one. But here’s my controversial statement of the day: the first Deadpool doesn’t really hold up in repeat viewings.

Yeah I know, you are like, “what the fuck Zach? how can you say that?” Well, it is just my opinion. It is completely okay if you are deeply in love with the first movie. Upon my first viewing, I really really liked the film and maybe could call it something as love? But repeat viewings tended to bother me. Not the jokes, the jokes were still good and all the meta humor hits bullseye after bullseye. It was the story and substance that doesn’t hold up. The whole first movie takes place basically around one action set piece, and that action set piece was done before in the test footage that Ryan Reynolds did for Fox awhile ago, which leaking it actually got the movie greenlit from Fox from the overwhelming response from those that viewed it. My problem was, why did they replicate the test footage? They couldn’t have done something new? And honestly, it is fine that they replicated it, however the whole movie revolves around that one scene and keeps going back to it and it gets kind of tiring. Sure, you have a warehouse/bad guy hideout fire naked fight scene at the beginning and the whole docking station/ship climax, but those were really ho-hum and kind of anti climatic. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch the first Deadpool every now and again because I have a lot of friends that love it. It just hasn’t quite held up as much when I first watched it.

Deadpool 2 is a different animal. You get 5 to 6 action set pieces, and every single one of them are better than the first movie. The movie has a better story overall. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here. I’ll just say that I loved how the story integrated Cable, The X-Force, a story about family (really surprised they didn’t do a Vin Diesel joke about it), and moral obligations. I liked how the movie toyed with your expectations in the trailers and television spots. Kind of like The Last Jedi, this movie doesn’t go the way you think, there are some VERY surprising moments in the film, all of them “what in the holy shit balls moments” that you won’t see coming, all of them with satisfying payoffs. The jokes were better here as well. There are some movie critics that are critizing the movie for having too many “meta jokes.” I disagree. I think it has maybe as much as the first, if not fewer. And they are much funnier here.

Everything about this movie is better than first, even the opening credits, which while the first one was hilarious and unique, I prefer this one better. Oh, and the movie has the best closing mid-credits sequences I have ever seen. I was laughing till I was crying. The sequel is directed not by Tim Miller from the first movie, but David Leitch, of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame. He is honestly a better action director, and it shows. The sequences are fun, exciting, and outright tense and/or disgusting. It looked like he had fun with the cast. Ryan Reynolds is a charming son of a bitch, and I don’t think he’ll give up this role for a long time. He was born for this and his performance compliments that notion. Josh Brolin is also perfect as Cable. He plays it completely serious and straight with maybe only one or two jokes that completely clash with Deadpool well to get some comedic heaven type moments. Morena Beccarin, Blind Al, and the now controversial T.J. Miller were fine in the small screentime they both had as returning characters. And newcomer (minus his standout performance in Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is great as the kid Russell, but the real standout for me here Zazie Beetz as Domino. Zazie is from Atlanta fame (which I don’t watch but will soon) and in here, she is funny, steals every scene and is sexy as hell. Apparently they did reshoots in the movie with her because test audiences wanted more and didn’t feel she was in the movie enough. Whatever they added, I’m glad they did as she was my favorite part in this.

Anyway, if you are reading this and haven’t seen the movie yet…what the fuck are you doing? Go and see it. You even being mildly interested in what I have to say means that you want to see the movie. You don’t need my opinion to sway you. You either love the character Deadpool or you don’t. It’s that simple. If you didn’t like the first movie at all because of the crude humor, you definitely won’t like this. If you loved the first movie, I hope that you’ll love this movie even more. Ryan Reynolds has been saying there might not be a Deadpool 3 and that we’ll get right to an X-Force movie. I hope this isn’t true. It’s true that I do want an X-Force movie, but I would also like a 3 to end the trilogy, even though after this film, I don’t want the series to ever end. Best Maximum Effort I’ve seen in a comedy action sequel in a long time!

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Summary: 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Review:   Where to begin with this book?  This book is a very rough subject… it involves school shootings which sadly is a part of life in America now.    I am not going to get into the politics or anything like that but I will say this book is very interesting as it takes the politics out of it and tells the story from different point of views.

I found the POV from the sister and the ex girlfriend the most compelling.  I will say at first I though the story had too many POVs but in the end it worked out and I understand why the author did what she did.

This story is going to toy with your emotions and dare I say make you look at school shooters with new perspective.  (NO I AM NOT DEFENDING) I am just saying it will give you perspective.    I think this is a book that should be read as it will touch you in some way.

I simply could not put this book down.   IT was that good.

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

Summary: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Review:   When I found this book I was super stoked to read a book from JK.   Like everyone I am a fan of Harry Potter, in fact I often say Harry Potter got me through my first two years of college.
This book was fantastic which is to be expected as it is written by JK.   The characters are nicely developed and dare I say she might have built a mystery better than she did a fantasy world.  JK guys Harry Potter is better… but only because it is Harry Potter.

This book is well written and complex enough to keep you up on a work night.   I loved reading  this book and trying to solve the mystery.   Such a great story that I highly recommend you read if you need a good crime novel fix.

VIPkid legit or scam?

Hey everyone!

As you know I often will do anything to see if money making things are a legit way to make money or if it is a scam.  (thanks to this I get sooooooo many spam calls lol) so when I kept seeing ads for VIPkid I decided to take the case and see if it is legitimate.

Well guys you can take a deep breath and sign up because it is legit and honestly very lucrative when it comes to making money.

What is VIPkid?

VIPkid is an online platform for teachers in North America (sorry my British and Australian friends) to teach children in China.  The kids are typically aged 5-12 and are either very beginner to advanced English speakers.

The interview process is a bit tedious but oh my god it is so worth it.  This job has been a blessing that has helped me gain valuable teaching experience and make money to help get my life back on track.

It is 100% online.  You do not need to be a certified teacher and you do not need to speak a single word of Chinese.

In fact, the lessons are 100% in English as we all know immersion is best.

Ok Jen, what is the catch? 

The hours are on Beijing time so pretty much when we are sleeping they are not.   (yuck) that BEING SAID this is so much fun I typically don’t mind getting up at 3am to teach.   Those of you that know me know that I am NOT A MORNING person at all.

You have to have a degree.

You have to have one year of experience working with children.    I worked as a camp councilor in college and that was enough to get me an interview.   Teaching is preferred obviously.

You have to have a North American accent.

If you are willing to work overnight or very early mornings and meet the other three requirements you are set and can apply!

Pay is from $14-22 bucks a hour which for a stay at home gig is really good money.

You can work as little or as much as you want.   There are many people who work 3-4 hours a week and there are some who work 13 hours a day.     You are the boss.

The job is fun and if you are interested click on my referral link. 

I would love to be your coach and help you get hired!  I have a facebook group where I answer all questions and share 100s of articles & videos to help you pass the demo and mock classes!  If you are curious request an add and I will get you added so you can learn everything!  I share everything I can because I love this job and I want everyone to get a chance to experience it too!

If you are looking for a remote job that will allow you to work and travel there is not going to be a better gig than this.  Trust me take a leap and sign up today!