by Kelly Lee
by Kelly Lee
ALNM Rating: 5/5
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Connie Nielsen
Available to watch: Anywhere you can purchase or rent movies
Review: In this movie that inspires ladies of all ages, Gal Gadot steps into the Wonder Woman boots as Diana of Themyscira who courageously protects her people and travels with stranded American soldier Steve Trevor onto the battlefront of World War I to find Ares, the God of War. Prior to its release, this film received much hype and definitely delivered an epic superhero movie filled with great acting and female empowerment. Diana’s termination, drive, and bravery are shown through Gadot in a role that she was born to play. Diana learns much about the world around her and the people she had never encountered before. This film is not to be missed. If you didn’t get a chance to see it in cinemas, I highly recommend renting, buying, or watching it in any way that you can!
P.S. You’re welcome, Christina. I *finally* did that Wonder Woman review you’ve been asking for since last summer.
by Kelly Lee
Official Summary: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
ALNM rec: As both of your trusty ALNM hosts are half-Chinese and come from Asian families, there is a part of me that really relates to some of the crazy things that Nick’s family says and does in the book. Not to say that either of us are “crazy rich” or come from secret millionaire families in Asia, but both Christina and I can understand the humor and exasperating moments that Nick endures with his family, especially his Asian mother. In our 2018 movie article, I also mentioned that this will be made into a feature film to be released this summer, so make sure you read the book first so you understand the movie even better. Or if you’re not much of a book worm, I suppose you can just wait for the movie.
Available for purchase wherever you buy books or e-books nowadays. Also available for audio book download.
by Kelly & Christina
Christina: The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In February we get Black Panther, which every trailer and ad gets me more and more excited for. We already know Chadwick Boseman is great in the role, and I cannot wait to see what he does leading up an all star cast. In May we get Avengers: Infinity War. You can easily argue that this is the movie MCU has been building up to since its inception in 2008. In fact, the movie is being released only two days after the ten year anniversary of the first Iron Man movie. We'll also be receiving Ant-Man and the Wasp in July. With all this and Captain Marvel on the horizon, it could be a spectacular year for Marvel fans. Just please please please let all my favorite characters survive.
Kelly: Solo: A Star Wars Story
This movie has been off to a rocky start ever since it was announced, but I still hold out hope for this origin story about one of my favorite characters of all time. The Corellian smuggler with smoldering good looks (thanks to a young Harrison Ford) may not seem like he deserves his own origin story. Some might argue that he's not a Jedi nor an Imperial officer and therefore does not play as important of a role in the Star Wars saga as some other characters do. Why should he get an origin story before Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda? But he becomes a captain of the Rebellion troops and an integral part of the story as soon as Obi-Wan and Luke sit down at his booth in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Alden Ehrenreich has some pretty big shoes to fill. Little is known about the movie thus far, especially because it has initially been received quite poorly with test audiences and has had three directors, finally ending on the legendary Ron Howard. With a cast that includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, and Thandie Newton, Han Solo fans around the world will gather in cinemas to see if the film is as great as Poe Dameron in a X-Wing or crashes and burns like a Stormtrooper on a Speeder Bike.
Christina: Doctor Who
I cannot wait to see Jodie Whittaker take control of the TARDIS as the first female incarnation of the Doctor. With new companions and new showrunners, this could be a fantastic fresh start for the 55 year old show.
Kelly: The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2
I binged the first season after its sweep at the Emmy's last September and a push from my cousin who works at Hulu and was immediately sucked into the world of Gilead. I have gotten a few of my friends into the show (Christina not included), but I am so excited that not only did they win at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, but they also announced their Season 2 premiere date. Praise be! The Handmaid's Tale returns in April.
Christina: A continuing growth in representation for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community in fandom. It's been proven time and time again that a straight white male protagonist is not the key ingredient to success. Let's make sure movie and television studios recognize this in 2018.
Kelly: This may sound a little too personal, but with all that I have been through the last couple years with my health and regaining control of my life after life-saving transplants, the thing that I'm most looking forward to in 2018 is making a comeback. I've struggled a lot in my life and I feel like this year, I'm feeling better than I ever have. This is going to be my comeback year! Here's to 2018!
by Kelly Lee
The Bachelor Winter Games will premiere on ABC on February 13, 2018. This is all Christina will allow for this week.
by Kelly Lee
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Airtime: 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST
Airdate: January 21, 2018
Channel: TNT and TBS
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2017, will be presented on January 21, 2018 on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST. On December 4, 2017, it was announced that the award ceremony would have its first host ever in its twenty-four year history with actress Kristen Bell presiding over the award show Nominees were announced on December 13, 2017.
by Kelly & Christina
Seth Meyers' Monologue
January is typically a pretty slow month in fandom and, therefore, can be a slow month here at ALNM. But here I have a list of the top ten things, in no particular order, that I'm looking forward to this month:
What's going on with all of you? What are you excited about this month?
Official summary: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
ALNM rec: I just started watching Peaky Blinders, and I'm one of those terrible people who started with the most recent season before going back to watch the rest of the show. But I'm in love with it already. The early 1900s gangster drama is filled with brilliant acting performances from talented cast including Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, and Tom Hardy. But the show's pacing and beautiful cinematography are what really pulled me in. I really need more people in my life to watch this so we can have fan freak outs together.