Movie Review: The Predator

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How can one revive this classic franchise? After more than 20 years and five other movies on this film, moviegoers still know very little about the alien species called ‘Predators.’ They’re big, they’re tough, they hunt humans for sport, but what is a Predator? Shane Black’s new rendition of The Predator is now out in theaters, and I will cut to the chase and say save your money. Why? Why? Why? … did they remake this classic movie and butcher it and all it senses of one of my iconic movie villains — and more or less ruins them forever.

Quick Background:  A military sniper whose latest mission is interrupted when an unidentified flying object crash-lands into his line of fire. A Predator emerges, kills his whole troop, and he escapes with a valuable piece of its technology, which he mails to himself for insurance, just in case the government tries to cover it up. (He also swallows another part of it, for no other reason than he’ll need to poop that out later for plot purposes.) Before too long, the Predator escapes, sniper goes on the run with therapy group filled with soldiers suffering from comic-relief mental illnesses, and they’re all looking for the lost alien technology. Along the way, they learn more about Predators and almost nothing about themselves.

There is a lot to take in from The Predator, but we have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the movie’s tone. John McTiernan’s original The Predator was a funny film, but the humor served a purpose. It was about wise-cracking tough guy mercenaries who bragged about their love for violence. So when a Predator showed up and slaughtered them one-by-one, and all that macho-ness faded away, it had a dramatic impact. Fast forward to this day and age “Predator,” which is also a funny film, but its humor is in service of itself. They overdid the jokes taking away from the beauty of what is a ‘Predator’ and how it hunts. There wasn’t any suspense throughout the whole film, and I did not like the funny jokes that they kept making on about mental illness; it was getting real old quick for me. 

Nevertheless, those who are in it for the gore, the action, and the “your mom” jokes will have a blast. All in all, nothing is going to beat the 1987John McTiernan’s film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in my eyes. The Predator is an absolute mess. It’s a bunch of random and sometimes unrelated storylines, subplots, character arcs, mysteries, running jokes, and more were all thrown together, and the actual ‘Predator’ was the last thing on their mind. 

The Predator opens up everywhere September 14.

My First Magical Experience at LeakyCon

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What is a LeakyCon? for those that might be asking. LeakyCon (named after the Leaky Cauldron pub found in the series) happens to be the popular Harry Potter fan convention that has been held all over the world in exciting locations like Boston, London, and Dublin. And now officially in Texas. This event was held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this past weekend (Aug. 10-12) and was the biggest LeakyCon yet. The sold-out show was packed with panels, celebrities, a bustling marketplace and more cosplay than you can wave a wand at – all brought together with a love for J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

As I am still recovering from LeakyCon this past weekend, I wanted to share my experience with all you guys. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from LeakyCon. While I am a fan of Harry Potter, it was my first experience with this particular Con. This was quite a change from the comic conventions that I have attended before, so I was a bit iffy. However, it did not take long to realize that LeakyCon far surpassed my expectations. First and foremost, Harry Potter fans are the best. Seriously, the best. Fandom is a great thing to be a part of in general, but I have never experienced such a level of acceptance, sincerity, and openness from any other cons I have ever met. The vendor booths were amazing; from potions, graphic tees, an endless variety of wands, golden snitch bath bombs, hats, and beautiful illustrations. The cosplay and outfits from kids all the way to adults were awesome. I just love walking around and everyone was just happy and happy to share their passion for the love of the wizardry world with others. 

If you ever get the chance to attend, I’m telling you, DO IT. LeakyCon is such a positive, friendly experience. The response to LeakyCon's Dallas stop was so strong that its organizers are already planning the encore. The 2019 event will be Aug. 9-11, and tickets are on sale now.


Check below for a bunch of magical photos from the event. Enjoy! -xo Mel 

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Coffee + Flowers

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This year’s San Diego Comic-Con trip, I decided to put together a little itinerary before I left Dallas of some cool spots to visit while in San Diego ... and I am glad I did! I got to see this is a beautiful little spot in San Diego. It's so bright, cheery, and feminine with large windows and a flower shop inside, as well as enough tables and cozy seating. The food is simple and delicious and the coffee is yummy. The little gift shop area is cute to shop for art, soaps, cards etc. while you wait for food and drinks. The decorations inside/outside is so cute. It's a great place to hang out with friends or take pictures. We will definitely come back to try more on their menu. 

Coffee (Communal Coffee) + Flowers (Native Poppy) = amazing concept!

Photo Credit: My daughter Mariah 

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