Book Love: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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Have you ever listened to a song with a happy beat and you find yourself dancing along, smiling, just enjoying the world for a bit? Then you go research the song, find the lyrics, and discover that this seemingly upbeat song is actually extremely sad. That the lyrics are haunting and heartbreaking. It’s kind of shocking when sad lyrics are wrapped in a light and happy beat. That is exactly how I would describe this novel.

An Extraordinary Union is about an undercover slave working for the Union in the south, her master a Confederate senator. An Extraordinary Union is about a Scottish man, broken and scarred, devoting his life to the Union. An Extraordinary Union is about a love story, so beautiful, innocent, and genuine, that it burned me with anger that this love was spit at and looked down upon. An Extraordinary Union is a story about two incredibly brave people fighting for humanity.

 

Watch List: Colossal

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*Huge spoilers in this post, please do not read this post if you have not seen this film. This movie has a huge plot twist that I talk about in this post.*

 

There were times during this film where I forgot to breathe. My heart broke and splintered at certain points throughout this movie. After watching the trailers I expected to see a comedy take on the Kaiju movies and what I got instead was something a lot bigger, a lot more meaningful. I have never, ever, walked out of a movie feeling so shocked and taken by a film.

Here’s the trailer to give you a feel of what you think the movie will be about:

Except that trailer does not even scratch the surface of this beautiful film. 

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) struggles with alcoholism. At the beginning of the movie her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) breaks up with her and forces her to move out of their shared apartment. Feeling defeated, she returns to her small hometown where she runs into her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis).

Vulnerable and lost, Gloria gets drunk one night at Oscar’s bar and confides in him. She drunkenly spills her soul out and tells him how she doesn’t have a job and she doesn’t even have furniture for her home. The next day, Oscara shows up at Gloria’s current home and brings her a TV. He also offers her a job at his bar. Accepting his generosity Gloria starts working for Oscar at his bar. Everything changes when, once again, Gloria wakes up from one of her binge drinking nights to find out that the city of Seoul, South Korea has been attacked by a Kaiju. Gloria watches the news with Oscar and his friends stunned by what they are seeing.

But then, Gloria sees the alien do something that takes her breath away. The alien has the same nervous mannerisms that Gloria has. Connecting the dots, Gloria realizes that every time she gets drunk and returns to the playground in front of her old school, Gloria is able to control the Kaiju in South Korea.

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The film did an amazing job with its symbolism. First, I will talk about Gloria’s monster. In order for the alien to appear, Gloria has to be drunk. Every move Gloria makes while drunk, the monster makes the same move. So if Gloria stumbles, the monster stumbles however when the monster stumbles it stumbles upon a building in South Korea, killing hundreds of innocent people.

For everyone who has ever loved someone who struggles with alcoholism, they know how destructive alcoholism is. Innocent people are hurt. Chaos is created. Monsters are created out of good people. This is such a hard topic to write about, it’s so personal and brutal, but this film did a great and respectful job of portraying alcoholism in a way where everyone will understand the strength behind alcoholism. How it can completely take over someone’s life and harm so many people in the process.

Now for the plot twist:

This film takes a raw and brutal look at abuse.

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We are Gloria in this film. We are with her when she starts to slowly see red flags in her friendship with Oscar. We are with her when she finally realizes the dangerous situation she is in. We are with her when she struggles to differentiate her friend Oscar with the monster he later shows himself to be. And what a heartbreaking journey it is.

Much Anticipated: Skin&Earth by LIGHTS

YES! My favorite artist of all time, LIGHTS, is coming out with a new album AND a comic!! To say I am incredibly excited is an understatement. I love stories in all forms: Music, Films, Television Shows, Books, Mangas, and Comics so to be getting comics and a new concept album from LIGHTS just has me over the moon right now. Loving it.

Musical Escape: Let Me Out by the Gorillaz ft. Pusha T and Mavis Staples

You say I’m dangerous, I speak for the nameless
I fly with the vultures, I be with them bangers
If change don’t come, then the change won’t come
If the bands make ’em dance, then the rain gon’ come

Look into my eyes, mama, tell me what you see
Tell me there’s a chance for me to make it off the streets
Tell me that I won’t die at the hands of the police
Promise me I won’t outlive my nephew and my niece
Promise me my pastor isn’t lyin’ as he preach
Tell me that they’ll listen if it’s lessons that I teach
Tell me there’s a heaven in the sky where there is peace
But until then, I keep my piece in arm’s reach
(Yeah!)

[Mavis Staples:]
Am I passin’ into the light?
(Am I looking into mercy’s eyes?)
All the world is out of your hands
(Then ascending into the dark) another night
You got to die a little if you wanna live
Change coming
You’d best be ready for it

[2-D:]
Something I’ve begun to fear is about to change its form
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a shift in times
But I won’t get tired at all

Watch List: Star Wars The Last Jedi

“It’s time for the Jedi…to end.”

Okay fangirl time because OMG that trailer is everything! I have so many theories, so many hopes for this film. I know it’s going to blow me away just like every other movie in this mind blowing franchise. Star Wars is my favorite cinematic universe of all time and I’m so beyond ecstatic to be returning to this world as an adult. The Last Jedi releases December 15, 2017.