Hidden Figures | Redbox Movie Review

Hidden Figures portrays the lives of three “human computers” during the “space race” between the United States and Soviet Union. This powerful story based on true events is a wonderful viewing experience for the whole family.

Synopsis

Hidden Figures follows three African-American women who were “human computers” for NASA at the start of the space race between the United States and Soviet Union. Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) must overcome institutional segregation and racism while providing vital mathematical data for NASA’s space program.
Rating: PG
Runtime: 2h 7min
Format: DVD

Review

When the trailer for Hidden Figures first hit the Internet last year this was a film I knew I had to see. My interest in NASA combined with a cast of extremely talented actors and actresses made this film a “must-see”.

I was immediately drawn to the characters in the second scene of the movie. Here are three African-American women stuck on the side of the road when a white police officer shows up. The scene demonstrates the ingenuity these women must have needed to survive in a white, male-dominated environment.

All of the actors put in grade A performances and the soundtrack is upbeat and pairs with the movie well. Some of the scenes include some stock footage from NASA that wasn’t cleaned up very much and there’s one scene where a CG rocket is on the screen and it’s obviously a CG rocket.

One of the things that really stood out to me was how the civil rights movement was portrayed. Instead of showing the violence, the filmmakers chose to show peaceful protest indicative of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. It was a refreshing and powerful. I won’t deny that tears fell from my eyes more than once.

If you’re looking for a film you can show your whole family that portrays positive female role models watch Hidden Figures today! Don’t miss this one!

Free Comic Book Day Was a Bust

This year’s Free Comic Book Day had some great boss that I wanted. I got none of them.

I was happy to get the Odinforce comic from Death Wish Coffee. I’m a big fan of their coffee and it’s cool to see a local company publish a comic book.

I got a late start because I was out at garage sales sourcing items for eBay. I did manage to find a Walkman and a collectible key chain.

There’s was a con in town so there were hundreds more people around than normal. I didn’t manage to get to the comic shop until 3 p.m. and most of the comics were gone.

Despite that, the shop was still very crowded. There were also a few cosplayers still hanging around who I’m sure would soon head back to the con.

We stopped by the con for a few minutes and I briefly entertained going in with my kids but when I heard another family was shelling out $100 I quickly changed my mind.

Even though I didn’t get the comics I wanted it was fun to take my kids to the comic shop and see all the people in costume. Maybe next year I’ll get a better haul.

Did you go out on Free Comic Book Day? Did you get all the books you wanted?

Marvel Netflix Series Ranked

Netflix recently released the first official trailer for the upcoming Defenders TV series.

In anticipation of that release, I thought I’d rank the current MCU Netflix series.

But first, here’s the trailer for Defenders:

Marvel Netflix Series Ranked

As I made my list, I realized that 1.) there are only 4 shows to talk about here and 2.) I ranked them in the order they were released.

It feels like there are more shows to talk about because we’ve been given so much news about the upcoming Defenders and Punisher series. Continue reading “Marvel Netflix Series Ranked”

How to Hack-Proof Your eBay and Amazon FBA Accounts #2017FlipChallenge

If you’re using eBay, Amazon, or Etsy to resell items for the 2017 Flip Challenge you want to keep those account secure. The last thing you want to happen is for someone to get control of your accounts and steal your money or ruin your online reputation as a seller.

In this video I share important steps for hack-proofing your accounts.

Continue reading “How to Hack-Proof Your eBay and Amazon FBA Accounts #2017FlipChallenge”

I Already Have Writer’s Block

That didn’t take long. I already have writer’s block.

Granted, I started planning for this a little late. Actually, I didn’t plan at all. I decided to do it on a whim despite the fact that I’ll be out of town for 4 days.

So what have I done for the last 40 minutes besides stare a monitor? Not much, really.

I combed through my old blog and podcast for some ideas, researched a few items on eBay, and thought about responding to email.

During that time I’ve thought up a few topics I might want to write on and found 3 book reviews that are still sitting unfinished in my “Drafts”.

Finishing those drafts will be difficult because I read the books 2 years ago. My memory doesn’t serve me very well these days. If I don’t write a review immediately I forget about what I’ve read.

Now that I’ve reached the minimum word count I set for myself for BEDiM, I need to find an image to go with this blog post. Hopefully that doesn’t take 40 more minutes because I want to eat breakfast.