Thursday, March 23, 2017

Do You Believe In Magic?

Got up with enough time before work this morning for an episode of Sailor Moon during breakfast. In the early second season, a busy Rei is in charge of her school's big festival. She's even singing her own music in the talent show. The two aliens An and Ali are determined to steal the spotlight...but when they attack the songs she worked so hard on, Rei reveals her true powers.

Work was relatively quiet for most of the day, especially early on. Today was my long shift, and while I did round up carts for about an hour when I got in and another half-hour in the middle of the afternoon, I was mostly bagging and gathering baskets or trash. By the time rush hour was kicking in and it started to get busier, I was on my way out. At least it was a nice day for it. It was sunny and breezy, but not too windy, probably in the mid to upper 40's.

When I got home, I went right in the shower, then worked on a little writing. Leia, Jyn, Cassian, and the servants are caught by Vader's men in the main cabin. Jyn and Leia took out a bunch of crew members getting upstairs and in an attempt to help what Leia is sure is the Crimson Hawk's crew saving Wookies. Leia and the servants flee with the blueprints while Cassian and Jyn hold them off. Unfortunatly, she runs into an angry Vader, who just realized the Wookie slaves working in the boiler room and cargo hold have been freed...

Broke around 7 to have leftovers for dinner. Ran another episode of Sailor Moon while I ate. It's spring, and the girls and their teacher are enjoying a day beneath the cherry blossoms at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The fun and frolic turns frightening when Ali and a jealous An unleash a horrifying tree demon that devours energy, including the Sailor Guardians'. Usagi has to find a way to defeat the creature...with a little help from her original mother in the Moon Kingdom...

Put on Now You See Me 2 as I went online. It's been a year since the previous film, and the Four Horsemen, the quartet of magicians (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan) who swindled millionaire Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) in the previous film, haven't given a performance in over a year. They've been waiting for orders from the mysterious Eye. The Eye reveals himself to be Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), an FBI agent. He tells them about a corrupt businessman (Ben Case) whose new phone steals data for his usage and intrudes on privacy. When the Horsemen try to expose him, they themselves are exposed by the thought-to-be-dead twin of one (also Harrelson). They're caught by Case's ex-partner Walter (Daniel Ratcliffe), who wants them to steal the information. But what's Walter's real game? Is he the Eye...or is there someone else who wants the Horsemen dead or discredited?

Caplan and Ratcliffe prove capable additions to this fun franchise. They're both having so much fun as the rough-and-tumble street magician and the smug businessman that they elevate a story that can get too confusing for its britches at times. If you love magic, the cast, or the first film, this one is an equally twisty tale.

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