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Weekly Roundup Episode 36: No Day is Promise, Live Life to the Fullest

Welcome to another edition of Weekly Roundup! A valuable lesson I’ve learned these nine years: Live Life to the Fullest, Rather than Live in Fear.

At some point in our lives, we’re all going to die whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen to all of us. So what kind of mindset should you be having regarding your life?! Simple: Act Like None of This Matters. All this time we consist in giving to Doubt, Worry, Stress, Concern, Fear, Tip Toeing with Precaution Day by Day... Sometimes you gotta ask yourself, what is the point?! There is going to be an end anyways, why am I wasting my time always being so afraid of everything? Truth of the Matter is Living Just to Survive is not a Life at all, if there is no risk or any effort putting into living life to the fullest... Then it’s not a Life at all. Honestly it feels as if a lot of you are perfectly ok with being walking corpses, you’re ok with having somebody control how you live, you’re ok with some of the best things that life has to offer slip away, you’re ok with the fact you can no longer hold and love your family/friends/loved ones. As long as it guarantees that you’ll be able to live a meaningless life, in which you’re constantly worrying about every single small thing, where nothing much is offered in terms of enjoyment you once had as a small child, as you don’t step over others boundaries in terms of what you can be able to achieve as a human being... Then you’re perfectly ok.

I’m here to tell you all that constantly staying at home and being terrified in the idea of dying... Is not a life. Some of you have to actually wake up and know at any moment, you’re going to have to accept the idea that your story is coming to an end. But before it ends: How exactly do want your story to be developed before your ending?! Are you going to waste time doing absolutely nothing and just wait for death to come about? Or are you going to live life to the fullest, as realizing not everyday is promised, but you don’t give a flying damn because at the end of the day, you’re happy with the life you actually wanted to live and did something with your life?! You don’t have to go Living Like Larry, but you don’t have to be sitting at home while talking to Chip, Penny, and Napkin as you end all possibilities of living. Stop living life the way others want you to live, live life the way YOU want to live. Alrighty time to talk about new movies!

Borat: Subsequent MovieFilm Grade: B

Surprise surprise: Sacha Baron Cohen revives is iconic character Borat, in this unexpected sequel 14 years after the release of Borat. This film takes on modern day politics more so the Republican side, as well as it consist of the early stages of Covid-19.

Sacha Baron Cohen delivers some nice quality laughs, as some jokes work just fine. What I’m extremely impressed is the fact Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova whom happens to play Borats daughter Tutar, both complimented each other very well, as they had great chemistry. I was fearful of the idea of Borat now having a daughter, as sometimes this is a recipe for disaster introducing new characters in a comedic shtick like this, as it could become very obnoxious. But Maria held her own very nicely, delivering some laughs, as I found the father-daughter relationship to be quite enjoyable and it was well developed.

I think the plot of the sequel to Borat works much better, than the comedic side. I think the comedic side is on and off, some of the absurdity and gross out humor doesn’t work well this time around. Best comedic moment is definitely Borat at a rally, singing a song about Obama and Fauci... That was awesome. But there is an actual story this time around, as it’s more of a moving plot than just generating some laughs, of real life occurrences you don’t know if it’s scripted or if it’s real. When I heard about the Rudy Giuliani controversy I thought it would be pretty bad... Unfortunately it was very overhyped and not that bad, especially while watching Red Letter Media’s Half in the Bag episode on the film, it pretty much shows just how it was fairly set up by Cohen and edited as well. I wish the story was more on all politics and political parties, than just focusing on just one. Just to show how ridiculous both of these parties are, as Democrats do share a fair share of being humiliated as well. But for a sequel to Borat: This was fairly enjoyable and certainly timing as well.

Overall, Borat: Subsequent MovieFilm is a solid film. I recommend checking this one out, does compliment the first film just NICELY!

Judy and Punch Grade: B

I rented this while it was 99 cents on ITunes, as while partaking in festivals and other films... I perhaps have forgotten to watch this, as it expired. Thankfully HULU had this available, but it does suck losing out on a dollar. But surely that dollar was actually well worth contributing to Judy and Punch, as this was a fairly entertaining film.

The story line is quite wild, portraying a couple ventriloquists. That entire sequence in which Punch (Damon Herriman) just goes completely bonkers, as he’s making major mistakes and crimes from one moment to the next starting with a dog stealing his sausage... I mean I couldn’t believe it. Which is a shame because Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and Punch make a great duo regarding their show. This whole town is crazy regarding their hysteria over Punch and how they deal with potential witches. I mean one gal got stoned to death, over staring at the moon too long... Was this the NFL, before the NFL with their harsh punishments on players over doing nothing?!

Both Damon Herriman and Mia Wasikowska gave stellar performances that were entertaining and devastating as well. I liked the epic conclusion as well, thought it was bad ass. One major issue is regarding the one whom is investigating the crime at hand... Didn’t really play much of a factor in this story, as they should’ve just cut it out. This was a fun revenge story, I think it’s worth watching indeed.

Overall, Judy and Punch is a solid film. I recommend checking this one out.

Babyteeth Grade: B+

A woman whom is experiencing a horrible illness, encounters a relationship with a drug dealer... Interesting. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you should like this as it’s equally as depressing, however fairs shapely as their both pretty good in quality.

The story itself is well written, plus I liked the whole romance aspect as it’s a little dysfunctional, but both sides compliment in each other. Like Milla (Eliza Stanlen) is suffering from her illness, meanwhile Moses (Toby Wallace) is suffering from drugs and being homeless as well. Though it’s an odd pair you’ve never experience in terms of a relationship, it however works because both are struggling immensely, as both don’t really care what the other is as they just want to love each other through and through. Solid performances across the board by just about everyone, really enjoyed some of the shots in this film, plus really enjoyed the ending as it’s definitely a tear jerking ending in a somewhat good way.

Overall, Babyteeth is a pretty good film. I recommend checking this one out, please provide yourselves with tissues, you’re gonna need it.

537 Votes Grade: B-

Ah America: Where we have trouble doing basic math for 20 years now... It’s amazing how none of you know how to count. The 2000 election was a total blur to me, as I was very young to not comprehend any form of politics as I was too busy partaking in Ron Howards How the Grinch Stole Christmas and playing with Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys... Which we all should be doing instead, politics and elections are a bunch of crap.

Anyways this documentary’s main focus was on Florida, as it would turn out to be the main state in which declared a winner between Bush and Gore. Before the election, during the election, and after the election Florida’s process during this Election year can be described by one word: Zoo. Everything about this process was so wild, from the young child from Cuba, to that dysfunctional mayor, to recounts... Man at least Florida has changed over the years.

Flaws come to how this documentary was presented, it just looked completely flat to me. Substance wise it held it’s own, I learned a fair amount of information that I didn’t know before. The conclusion was meh, however the closing statement of what the impact of Bush’s presidency did on this country was sad. George W. Bush may of done good regarding of his speeches to unite the country in difficult times, but as far as policy and production... I really don’t understand why anyone would ever have any thought, of wanting to have him back in office, are you nuts?!

Overall, 537 Votes was fairly decent. If you don’t know anything about the 2000 election check it out, other wise don’t rush to watch it.

Unpregnant Grade: C

Remember last week when I criticize a YouTube page, that was recommended to me as he harshly criticizing Unpregnant more towards his political views?! I may have to offer an apology to that man. Not because of him harshly criticizing this film just on political views, I think judgement on a film base on your views is the wrong way to judge a film, as no credibility shall be given... But the fact I stood up for this mediocre film.

Will Smith and Kevin Hart are potentially teaming up for the 4th adaption of Planes Trains and Automobiles. When there is two in existence Planes Trains and Automobiles and Due Date, one maybe confused why I say 4th rather than 3rd? Well it’s because Unpregnant is basically Planes Trains and Automobiles AGAIN, this is the same exact story told AGAIN. There is a fairly normal skinny person and a fairly heavy set person whom is extremely obnoxious and annoying, they’re heading towards a far away destination that’ll consist of many Automobiles, as they have to get to their destination at a certain time period... THIS THE EXACT SAME THING DONE ALL OVER AGAIN, BUT WITH AN ABORTION APPOINTMENT. What drives me nuts is the fact the poster looks almost the same as Due Date... Could you not be more obvious?!

Earlier this year Never Rarely Sometimes Always consists of a teenager, traveling to another city to get an abortion. What differs from the two is Never Rarely Sometimes Always is an original film, with an original story, while also providing a glorious visual experience. What does Unpregnant do?! NONE OF THAT. The story isn’t bad by any means, I think the seriousness works better than the comedic side, but it’s overly distracting because I’ve seen this damn story done already two times. What doesn’t help this film, is the fact the comedic aspect is done so poorly. There are a couple jokes that work solely on absurdity, but other than that it’s honestly crap. Can we stop going back and forth to Veronica’s (Haley Lu Richardson) boyfriend situation?! It’s not only not funny, but it’s kind of rude how Veronica under minds his feelings, despite him being a bit of a jerkoff, but he still is a human being at the end of the day. This film exists and will be known as “Oh Planes Trains and Automobiles again... Why aren’t I watching that, instead of this?!”

Overall, Unpregnant was just ok. I recommend Planes Trains and Automobiles and to Kevin Hart and Will Smith... WORK ON AN ORIGINAL STORY INSTEAD, WE DON’T WANT THE 4TH PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES! -Mitch Smietana

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