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Review: American Made

Posted by mogway on Saturday September 16, 2017

On Tuesday I watched American Made, starring Tom Cruise.

American Made is based upon the true story of Barry Seal. The movie itself isn’t filled with a lot of action and there are little romantic scenes. The movie itself is nothing really special, what makes this movie so interesting is the story.
How on earth could one man be able to do all of this? It was amazing seeing how his story evolved and some of the problems he had were amazing. I am sure a lot of people want those problems too.

It’s not a movie you need to see in the theater… (although Tom Cruise showing his naked white ass not once but twice might be nicer on the big screen XD). It does require a bit of your attention to keep up with the movie and it’s mostly talk and Barry explaining how things worked (or not).
For the Friday Night Lights (series) and Breaking Bad fans among us it’s nice to see Jesse Plemons again, not a big part but he’s there.

The moral of the movie is of course crime doesn’t pay and if it’s to good to be true it probably is. It is entertaining in its own way, mostly because you will be flabbergasted on how it was all possible and the 70’s / 80’s vibe is always nice to see.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10

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5K Plan

Posted by mogway on Wednesday September 13, 2017

Some of you might know me at my worst… My worst was last year on the 1st on January a whooping 125 kg (275,58 pounds according to Siri) … Luckily I don’t have any pictures from that time so I will not scare you with those. It was time to turn over a new leaf but how? I’ve tried every diet in the book / movie / internet whatever, they helped…sure but seriously how long can you really live on carrots and celery before you go on a crazy binge at the nearest McD?

I wanted to do it differently, I already knew about MyFitnessPal and I used it before, but I never really used it as intense as I do now. It’s rather easy, fill in what you eat per day NO CHEATING! lol and you will see what you’re eating wrong or where you can improve yourself.
For a woman you’re allowed about 2k calories per day and if you’re eating healthy that’s quite a lot to eat, but a single hamburger meal from McD…bye bye calories, or hello calories..So you have to give up your fav bad fast food forever? Newp! Hell I know it’s bad food same as KFC and all the other fast food restaurants but every now and then I let my self eat there, and I know that 1 burger / chicken or whatever won’t make me fat right away.

It’s all about balance, something I truly had to learn. If you want to eat something bad for dinner make sure your breakfast and lunch are healthy, and try to exercise before or after too. Easier said than done, hey I know but the more you exercise the easier it gets..who would’ve thought that!!! Not me… I hate to exercise, still do lol, but I also know that if I want to eat a little less healthy I need to make up for it in a different way.

So how did I start, I started to watch what I ate, with the help of MyFitnessPal and I cut back my calorie intake to about 1710 calories per day. That still gives you a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course some snacks here and there cause only 3 big meals a day isn’t wise either. Cut back on the portions and have a healthy snack here and there.
I didn’t do any exercise with that, cause believe me hauling 125 kg around is exercise enough at that point 😛 After a few months I already lost a good portion of weight and I felt that walking was getting easier, of course it’s easier to walk around when you’re “only” 115 kg than with 125 kg anyone can tell you that.

Me and my iron steed survived day 1 XD 🙀

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Around May I bought my 1st bike in years. When I turned 16 my parents bought me a scooter yayyy no more riding a bike to school and to soccer, how was I to know that riding a bike would be way healthier for you…. maybe I did know but I didn’t care at that point…I seriously doubt any 16 year old will care about health…

Things we’re getting better and lighter from that point, when it wasn’t raining (still have that rule!) in the morning I’d ride my bike to work. I work 4 days a week and I ride my bike for 3 days, that’s about 40 minutes of exercise on 3 days already! SCORE!!! It’s the little things sometimes that help.
Also around that time I started to get my dinner through “HelloFresh” I was completely eating wrong for dinners, I love pasta, so I mostly ate pasta with a little bit of vegetables and a lot of meat… oh boy LOL. So with adding HelloFresh to the mix I started to eat differently, 2 meals with fish, 2 meals with meat and 2 vegetarian meals, since I really love meat and fish I always thought that I would have a major problem with the vegetarian meals. Now all this time later I find myself mostly liking the vegetarian meals the most.

Around the time Pokémon Go was released here I bought my Garmin, and with those 2 I had lots of adventures and steps. Silly as Pokémon Go might sound it did get me out of my deskchair and out into the “real” world and catch “virtual” animals. LOGIC PEOPLE!!! XD
Also lunch breaks are a great way to sneak in a 30 minute walk, we’ve started doing that too and it works refreshing!

Again it was getting easier and easier, and I wanted to do more (I so want to add a line here that says, I sought meaning n stuff but I won’t XD). It was time for a new challenge in my life, and I’m not the type of woman who likes to work out in a gym, I know people there don’t care about me, they only care about themselves and such, but I can’t shake the feeling that when I would walk into a gym everyone would stop and stare at me and think like GEEZ WOMAN!!! WHY HAVE YOU NOT COME HERE BEFORE!! or something even less flattering. I know it’s all bull but hey the mind is a tricky thing, so gyms were out for me (and they still are!!).
On facebook I saw an add for Bootcamp, and I was intrigued, it looked like a lot of fun, and I knew I would never be able to do most of the things that they did there ghehehe (oh self-esteem you rock!) and with my knowledge of my body falling apart when it feels like it, I didn’t think it was such a good option, cause knees bending in ways they’re not supposed too or hips who do the same. But I really wanted it, so I asked them if I could do it with my weak knees (read body lol) and they said sure give it a go, do it at your own pace.
So from November last year I’ve been going to Bootcamp every Monday (except for the time I was dealing with my vertigo which sucked!!!). Still not doing everything as advertised lol, but I’m getting better and better at it 😀

And now September 2017, I feel that I’m not interested in Pokémon Go anymore and not hitting my step count, start to eat a bit worse too.
Now is the time I need a new challenge for myself, cause I really do not want to lose the progress I’ve made so far.. or gain might be better. I have not been gaining any weight but I really feel that I’m at a crossing point right now. I’m sorta back at the weight I was about 3 years ago. So after losing 32 kg (70,55 pounds) I weigh a nice 93 kg (205,03 pounds). Still way to heavy for my length and such but hey it’s already way less. Been logging my meals with MyFitnessPal for over 620 days, and still on 1710 calories, to cut back on them might not be smart, so more exercise it must be.

Today I’ve completed my 1st interval training! I’m pretty proud, cause I HATE RUNNING!! But I had my Cyclemeter set to the 5K Plan, brought the Awesome Mix Vol 1 & Vol 2 with me on my Iphone (I really want a Zune though with a Cat and some angry chick named Alice Cooper!) and started running / walking. Honestly it wasn’t that bad, 30 minutes of walking and running at my own pace, but it was the 1st time…1st times are never that bad lol. I did notice that I could keep it up and that I wasn’t exhausted after the 30 minutes.
The 5K Plan is a workout for 3 days a week and at the end I’ll be able to run 5k, that will be in about 10 weeks. So where will the road end, it kinda does after my 2nd interval O_o LOL but I’m not giving up, let’s see this through….

Update 14-9: 2nd run in the books I’ll share my progress in this album 5k plan

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Comic Con 2017

Posted by mogway on Thursday September 7, 2017

Last year was the 1st time I went to comic con Amsterdam. I had such an amazing time that I went back this year. Mainly because i wanted to meet Michael Dudikoff, I’ve been a fan of his ever since I was 10 or 11, the American Ninja movies really meant a lot to me growing up.

You can see the pictures i took during the Con here

Also i shot some video’s with Carice van Houten, unfortunately the panel was in Dutch.


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Review: Shot Caller

Posted by mogway on Sunday August 27, 2017

Last night I watched a movie called Shot Caller I haven’t seen any previews of it during my previous visits to the theater but I saw it came out just now, I wanted to watch the Dark Tower but I couldn’t work that into with a viewing of Atomic Blonde as well, so Shot Caller became my 2nd movie. Also I wanted to see Nicolaj … I can never remember his last name.. Jaime from Game of Thrones was in it 😀

Spoilers ahead…

Shot Caller is about a man who makes 1 mistake and his whole life changes because of it. Whether this can be real or not it is an intriguing movie. The movie starts with him being in jail and we don’t learn why until you’re a good part into the movie, it jumps back and forward from time to time, making it sometimes a bit hard to follow. The only way to know for sure here’s back in time is because he has less tattoo’s.
The acting is superb and it was refreshing to see Nicolaj as a different character as Jaimie.

I am still having a hard time to really be positive or negative about this movie, it feels to me like you have to see it more than once to fully grasp the movie. The story line was confusing sometimes with the flash backs, and action wise it was a whole lot less than Atomic Blonde, might have not been my smartest move to see those 2 just minutes apart.
I am not sure if shows an accurate picture of how things are done in prison, I can image things can be run like they propose in this one.
But something I didn’t truly get was why give everything up you worked so hard for all your life just to throw it all away when you make 1 mistake.
Perhaps it’s better I don’t know if this is true when you go through prison, although I do not think prison here in the Netherlands is as hard as it is in America.

It’s not a movie you really need to see in the theaters, it might even be better to watch it at home, and I don’t think it will be anything for the Oscar’s either.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10.

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Review: Atomic Blonde

Posted by mogway on Saturday August 26, 2017

Today I saw Atomic Blonde 

It has more twists than a barrel of pretzels. When you’re watching this movie pay attention and keep on paying attention cause you can get lost pretty fast. 

I feel like they dragged out the story a little bit but it’s been refreshing none the less, the romance in this movie is new and for that time not too common. The movie takes place in Germany in 1989 just around the time the Berlin wall goes down. This has nothing to do with the movie but they make use of the east and west Berlin.

This movie is much more enjoyed if you were around in the 80’s, I don’t think a 17 year old will like this movie as much as a 30 year old would. Simply because of the music for one (awesome note Tyler Bates does the music, he’s my new fav music writer cause he’s worked a lot with James Gunn and did both Guardians of the Galaxy movies) it has some of the best tunes in the 80’s.  Especially the use of the original song 99 luftballons is amazing. Also kudos for using Queen!! 

Spoiler alert: another reason this movie is awesome cause back in the day Zardu Hasselfrau was touring with his band in Germany.. oh wait David Hasselhoff 😂

Anyone remembers tetris? The makers of the movie did, ugh that tune will be stuck in my head now. Also they use the best date ever at one point: 2nd of November 😊

Conclusion it’s an action filled movie with 80’s references that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I give this movie 8,5 out of 10 

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Review: The Defenders

Posted by mogway on Saturday August 19, 2017

The Defenders is a show that a lot of Marvel fans have been waiting for.
It the TV version of the Avengers which includes the hero’s of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

For this show you will need to have seen the other shows otherwise you will get so confused with who is who and who is what and the whole story line.
The show picks up where we have left all 4 hero’s in their own shows.
And you know they are going to meet each other at one point, but the build up to this happened a lot faster.
Also probably because the Defenders is ONLY 8 episodes, which is really really sad!
We didn’t get a dragged out story which is good but 8 hours is nothing for a binge session you can get this done any day. 13 Hours is a little bit more challenging, but alas.. only 8.

I loved every episode of it and by the end of episode 3 the shit gets real! I loved seeing the 4 hero’s work together and also the people who are important besides the hero’s show up. There is even a Stan Lee cameo..

One thing I still don’t get is the hate for Iron Fist, I absolutely loved the show, but then again I have never read any of the comics so for me it’s a fresh look into that world. The Defenders is based more upon the Iron Fist story because of the Hand, so he becomes a bit more centered in the story. However he is not the strongest (pun SO intended) actor among the 4, seeing him with the other hero’s of New York it makes him seem like he still is a little kid sometimes.

The final episode is really strong and it’s a whirlwind through your emotions, have your tissues ready people! And it feels like Danny is growing up too in this episode.

If you haven’t watched all of the previous shows, and don’t feel like doing so, it might be smart to watch the video below it will catch you up and get ready for the Defenders

I give this show a 10 out 10!

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Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Posted by mogway on Wednesday August 16, 2017

I was lucky to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard today as a special blockbuster viewing.
Now enjoy the trailer XD

Okay 1st things 1st…if you can’t handle the word motherfucker you should NOT watch this movie.
This movie is AMAZING!!! It’s definitely deserved the blockbuster line. This one has it all! Action, humor, great story line, music!! Yes I even dare to say that this soundtrack is close to the Guardians Vol 2 soundtrack! Baby driver is nothing compared to the music they use in this one!
Swearing A LOT!! When I’m going to watch the movie again I’m going to count the amount of times the word “motherfucker” is used…cause it’s quite a lot.
Personally I never get tired of hearing Samuel L. Jackson say that word, but some might think it is a bit over the top. Also Ryan Reynolds looks pretty damn hot in this movie…must be the beard and not the Deadpool look XD.

You know those action movies where they race cars through tiny streets, they prefer to do that in Paris a lot too…well get ready for a new city to blow your mind.. Amsterdam is here baby!!! I do hope no bikes were hurt during this movie cause ouch!! Although some scenes are a little over the top it still makes a great movie overall. Even the bad dutch accent is kinda cute in this movie, you can pick out who is Dutch, French and American..so cute XD.

It’s kinda sad that this movie is only 118 minutes, you know a movie is good when you’re sad it’s over. The only thing I wasn’t to fond over was the romantic aspect of the movie, it is needed sometimes but as most of the things they overdid that too, but hey if you’re madly in love with someone you might not think it’s too much.

This movie is a blockbuster for sure and should’ve been titled THE MOVIE OF THIS SUMMER!!! While it will probably not get any Oscars (Samuel L Jackson should just get one for using motherfucker! And Ryan Reynolds just for looking this hot!) it is definitely a movie you MUST SEE…unless you really can’t handle swearing and a good action movie…please do not watch it then.
I give this movie 10 out 10!!!!

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Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Posted by mogway on Monday August 7, 2017

Short Valerian..also short the movie that wanted but never could?
Please watch the trailer and I will break it down as we go… shall we begin?

Ok kido’s who here has seen Leon, The Fifth Element and Lucy? Well I have but these movies are all pretty old (ok Lucy not THAT old but still) and I feel that the target group of this movie has never seen them, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Experience a spectacular 3D event, been there done that and it was all the same, hell I even paid the extra mile to go and see it in ultra laser 3D with Dolby atmos or whatever.. still not impressed.

So yeah I guess you already know where I’m going with this, it seems like with Valerian you either hate it or love it. I found the story long and sometimes boring.. I do not need to have 2 teenagers tell me about love…WTF they are just out of their diapers for crying out loud what do THEY KNOW about love??

I was pleased with Elizabeth Debicki being in this movie.. when you watch the trailer her pleasant voice speaks to you… UNTIL…. she was playing a MAN??? wtf??? not that you could recognize her but she played the emperor??? And also DO NOT EVER MAKE HER SAY THE WORD GUARDIAN … unless you are willing to follow it up with : OF THE GALAXY!! That was such a let down…I am so used to her saying and now nothing… UGH

Was there anything good about this movie?? …… Ok yes I have to admit I AM IN LOVE with the Mül Convertor XD That thing is soooo cute, I bet you that when I go to Comic Con next month and I see one (and it’s not too expensive cause all my money will prolly…no not prolly…will go to Guardians of the Galaxy stuff) I will buy it.
Melo The Convertor

Look at how cute it is and it isn’t even riled up! XD

So should you go and see Valerian…though one, I for one wasn’t blown away buy it, it promises a lot but it doesn’t deliver, oh yeah Rihanna is in it too…Enough said about that… Also nice to see Ethan Hawke again. I am sure that if you see the movie in 2D it will be the same, unless you have never seen a 3D movie in your life..
It will be a good movie for those rainy Sunday afternoons where you have nothing else to do.

I give this movie 6 out of 10.

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Review: 2:22

Posted by mogway on Sunday August 6, 2017

Just now I watched the movie 2:22

Conspiracy theory lovers will love this movie. Although the movie starts a bit slow it works itself up fast towards a big finale. If you watch movies a lot this movie might not be surprising as a casual watcher. It was entertaining nonetheless. And it never gets old seeing Michiel Huisman half naked. 

The music was good done partly by Lisa Gerrard, some might recognize her from her work on Gladiator. Cinematography was good typical scenes you expect from a day to day New York, with a bit of special effects thrown in to see patterns.

While this movie isn’t a candidate for the oscars I’m sure it is however a nice movie to watch. I give it 7 out of 10.

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Review: 13 Reasons Why

Posted by mogway on Wednesday August 2, 2017

I am probably late to jump on the bandwagon of this epic Netflix show: 13 Reasons Why, but sometimes late is good. And no I will not give you 13 reasons why you should or shouldn’t watch this show…but believe it did cross my mind XD.

I have seen this show a lot of times on Netflix passing by like hey you wanna watch this, and I was like neah I probably won’t like it anyway.
Last Sunday I was like ok I’ll give it a go, since it’s summer time and I try not to binge-watch any of my shows anymore. Cause before Netflix we would have to wait each week for an episode and it was horrible!!
But the episodes stuck longer and you knew the show better. These days you can watch a whole season at once, and yes I did it too, hell when Iron Fist came out I watched it in 1 weekend… and right now I can barely remember what happened.. so I was giving 13 Reasons Why a shot. And I know how I am when it comes to a new show, I mostly don’t like it right away, cause I sorta hate getting to know new characters and such…

But 20 minutes in and I was already hooked! Not a lot of shows have this power to make you scream for more in their 1st episode. And this show doesn’t deal in taboo’s it’s laying all it’s cards on the table. You get 13 episodes dealing with suicide, rape, drugs, high school and other things. Some parts of the show were really hard to watch, you have to applaud the makers of this show for doing it that way.
The only thing that I didn’t like is that we don’t get 100% closure. I know that there will be a season 2 so I hope we will get more closure in that one.

If you have Netflix go watch it! It’s so worth it… I give this one 10 out of 10!

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