I, Tonya Movie Review

Hello fellow viewers, and a Happy New Year! I hope that you all are doing well. I have decided to review one of my favorite films of 2017. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!

I, Tonya  Rated: R (Released October 19, 2017 in USA)

 Directed by: Craig Gillespie 

Written by: Steven Rogers

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney

 Genre: Sports, Drama, Dark Comedy, Biography

Running Time: 1hr 59 min

I,Tonya is a shockingly raw true story of the infamous ice skater, Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie). It also describes the controversy behind the Nancy Kerrigan incident. The film switches between documentary style and scripted lines. It begins with Tonya’s childhood, and the tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her father left her at a young age, and Tonya got along extremely well with him. From the very start, LaVona Golden, (played by Allison Janney), is portrayed as an oppressive and “rage- inducing” tyrant, with little to no respect of her daughter. She also is a very heavy drinker, and has a major chain smoking problem. She gives off such an amazing performance that the hatred towards her seems legit. Tonya is obsessed with ice skating, and is forced to a class at age 4. Ice Skating comes naturally to Tonya, and she becomes her captain’s best student.  As a teenager, Tonya meets her soon to be husband, Jeff, (played by Sebastian Stan). Stan is not well known as an actor, but puts on an absolutely fantastic performance. Jeff starts out as a seemingly normal guy, until he starts to verbally and physically abuse her. Tonya gets into a brutal confrontation with her mother which ends with Tonya getting a knife at her arm. She moves in with Jeff, and this is when things start going south. When Tonya starts to go to competitions, she develops a major ego, and this eventually leads to her downfall. After a bad stint with the judges, Tonya fires her coach and stupidly marries Jeff. During the wedding, Tonya gets badmouthed by her mother, who criticizes her for marrying young. She performs a triple Axel, a never before done skating move and becomes known as the best figure skater in the world. Next, Jeff and Tonya’s already fractured marriage reaches a terrifying crescendo when he smashes her head into a glass door. She leaves him, and hangs out with her friend and fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. She soon reconciles with Jeff, and begins skating poorly. Life gets even worse with Jeff, who, surprisingly becomes even more abusive, threatening her with guns and verbal bashing. She finally does the right thing, and divorces the monster, and files a restraining order on him. The “Incident” comes up next, but I will leave it at that as not to spoil anything else. In conclusion, I, Tonya is a fantastic Black Comedy that dives into the dark and controversial life of one of the most infamous figure skaters that ever lived. It also shows the murky underbelly of competition and sports in general.

        Final Verdict: 9.0-10 (Excellent)

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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Paintings found on larrycarlson.bigcartel.com and larrycarlson.tumblr.com

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to dive into the amazing world of Larry Carlson. Now, get ready to have your mind blown by the amazing paintings!

  • Medijate Vibrate by Larry Carlson Pigment print on deep matte paper

This is an incredibly trippy work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s an optical illusion piece that’s a true feast for the eyes! The piece is very similar to the “wave” optical illusion, however, Carlson adds his genius on top of it. If you look closely, you can see a meditating woman hidden within the waves. I love this work for its incredibly trippy effect of the viewer. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Fire Tree by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

Here we have another amazing work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s a beautiful blend of realistic imagery, and mind-blowing psychedelia. The titular “tree” is a beautiful display of kaleidoscopic patterns and multicolored flowers. It really makes the viewer gasp in amazement. I especially love the blues that are used in the grass of the work.  Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 174

The Way Home by Magic Sword from the album “Volume 1” (2015)

This is an absolutely epic song by Ohio Electronic Trio, Magic Sword. The piece was used in one of my favorite video games, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. It comes from a genre of music called Synthwave, which is a throwback to old 80’s action movies and heavy synth. It starts with the wind blowing, accompanied by a repetitive drum beat. Next, the epic bass and synth start playing, and this is where things get awesome! The synth starts playing a very catchy rhythm, and then the drum signals a tempo change. The ending result is a bass and synth heavy instrumental ballad of epic proportions! I absolutely  adore this work of musical genius, and I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

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Carlson Mondays

All works found on larrycarlsonbigcartel.com

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy paintings. Now, let’s get started!

  • Magic Hilltop by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

This is a glorious work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s another outdoor work that’s mind-blowingly beautiful. There’s a very colorful spiral in the center of the work, and we also see a lovely rainbow. Once again, Carlson blows me away with an incredibly unique work. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Water Waves by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

This is a simply, yet effective work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s a black and white piece with the shadow of a woman in the center. There are lines in the work that cascade like waves. It leaves a very soothing effect on the viewer. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Manga Museum (Sundays)

Hello fellow followers! I would like to start this new topic with some backstory. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a fascination with Japanese culture. This passion first awakened when I saw Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing film, Spirited Away. The colorful characters, animation, and overall message stuck with me and opened up a hidden door in my mind. Then, when I turned 8, I found the “key” to my mind’s door in the form of manga. For those who do not know, manga are Japanese comics that are read from right to left. I believe that they portray emotions in a much more powerful way then they do in western comics. You are in the character’s shoes from beginning to end, and when it ends, you hunger for more. This topic is created to admire the many stories of the past, and how they helped shape me into the man I am today. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto  Number of volumes: 72 Rated: T for teen

What better way to start Sunday’s new topic than with one of my favorite manga. The manga first introduces us to the main character, Uzumaki Naruto. He’s a 12-year-old student ninja of Konohagakure, (The Village Hidden In The Leaves), with a knack for doing pranks. He has no parents, and is extremely immature. He also has a nine-tailed fox spirit resonating inside him that was sealed by the Fourth Hokage (Village Champion). In the beginning of the series, Naruto is often made fun of by the other students, and continuously told that he will never become anything in life. The only people who treats him with respect are his teacher, Iruka, and another student, Hinata. This part made me feel extremely empathetic towards Naruto, because I used to worry about people accepting me. He gets put into a 3-man squad for the final test of moving up the Ninja ladder. His two other teammates consist of an abusive, volatile, kunoichi (female ninja) that’s madly in love with the other member of the team. That member is Sasuke, an extremely talented, and cocky ninja. At first, they see Naruto as a bumbling goofball with no real talents. However, as the series progresses, they begin to develop respect and kindness for him. This reminds me of many underdog stories, and it gives me a huge morale boost to never give up. The development of Naruto as he gradually grows up is one of the best parts of the series. You feel pain when the characters feel pain, and this is one of the best things that a manga can do. The  main character is so relatable to me, and the gradual increase in maturity also applies to my life as well. I read the series as I grew up, and that’s probably why I hold it so dearly. The anime of Naruto is also very well made, and you can watch it for free on Crunchyroll.com. I highly recommend this series to absolutely everyone, and I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment’s section below. So, pick up a copy of the first volume ASAP, and prepare to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions! 

Final Rating: 9/10 stars 

 

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 155

Tsukamori no Taiju by Joe Hisaishi from the album “My Neighbor Totoro” 2004 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org)

Allow me to introduce you guys to one of my favorite movie composers, Joe Hisaishi. He has worked on the scores of many popular Studio Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. This piece is from My Neighbor Totoro, and it’s absolutely incredible! The piece starts with a stringed instrument, and then a koto starts to play. The best part of the song is the chorus, which will leave you speechless. You can really feel the love and power that was put into the piece, and it will leave you beaming from ear to ear. Also, if you haven’t already, check out the film, you won’t be disappointed! I’d love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comment’s section below. Also, tell me your favorite Studio Ghibli film.

Happy Listening 😀

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 148

November Rain by Guns N Roses from the album “Use Your Illusion I” 1992 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org) This is an absolutely amazing Rock ballad that is an incredibly catchy ear worm. It starts with a beautiful piano accompanied by a violin. Then, Axl’s vocals start up, which are both gruff and soulful. Although the song is over 9 minutes long, you’re guaranteed to love every second of it! The piece has a way of sounding both like Classical music and Hard Rock at the same time. I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it, so be sure to leave a comment in the comment’s section below.

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