Movie Club | THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

*I am going to try to do this without any spoilers begin dropped in or at least letting you know when they are coming so be on the look out for “Spoiler Alert” tags.

Hello my planner peeps.  I know that this isn’t really planner related but who doesn’t like a good movie and I’ve recently decided that I am going to start a movie club for us lovely folks so that we can enjoy cinema to our hearts content.  Think of a book club but switch the book for a movie and we are in business.

Once a month I will be hosting a live chat on YouTube to discuss the movie and to share my insights and most importantly to get yours.  This month however, I am kicking this off with a simple review of our first movie: The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

I probably should start by telling you that I went into this with very low expectations.  In fact I think I told someone I was going to watch it because I was tired and if I happen to fall asleep while watching I didn’t think I would be mad.  Let me tell you how wrong I was.

To start off I did find it a little confusing.  Like most when I think of Tarzan I think jungle and gorillas, although I had to Google whether they were suppose to be gorillas or apes, and Africa setting.  While the movie does start in Africa and the majority of it takes place there the timing of the beginning and a short view of Tarzan’s life in England threw me off.  I guess when you give something a title like “the legend of…” I expect it to be more of an origin movie then it started out to be even though you do get some sense of his origins later on.

SPOILER ALERT: The story starts with Leon Rom (played wonderfully by Christoph Waltz) heading into the heart of Africa in search of diamonds.  He is met by a tribe of men that ask for one thing in order to share their diamonds and that is Tarzan.  From there we are whisked to England where you see Tarzan as John (Alexander Skarsgård of True Blood fame) being invited on a tour of Africa and really not willing to return.  Enter Samuel L. Jackson’s character George Washington Williams who talks him into returning and Jane (Margot Robbie) who insist on returning with him.

Once they are in Africa to me is when the real story begins.  While it was interesting to see Tarzan as a member of society and to know that he could transition from “jungle man” to lord of the manor I didn’t understand the reluctance to return until we really got into the story.

For me I think the director David Yates, who also did a number of the Harry Potter films, did something that captured my attention more than the action.  He went for the relationships between Tarzan and almost everyone in the film.  I found the love and trust that you could feel between Tarzan and Jane to be quite beautiful and the growing respect between Tarzan and George humorous and well paced.  Yet I think the relationship I found most enjoyable was the one between Tarzan and the animals especially his gorilla brother.

Yes we know that Tarzan is suppose to have this wonderful connection to the animals of the jungle and be able to speak to them but it isn’t over done in this story.  It is in those subtle moments that Alexander does such a wonderful job of conveying emotion without going overboard.  Not to mention the way he explains the rift between him and his brother and how it is resolved.  If only humans could move on so quickly; if not as violently.  Also I don’t know who did the animation or CGI for the gorillas but it was spot on.  They were completely realistic and I started to wonder if they might have used humans to do the movements and then added the animals over their moves.

Overall, I really was pleasantly surprised.  I would have loved more flashback scenes to really show more of the history and origins of Tarzan and more so of how his relationship with Jane developed but maybe they are saving that for a sequel (isn’t there always a sequel).

I do have to call out Christoph Waltz because once again he delivered a character that you really couldn’t help but dislike.  It actually started me wondering if he has ever played a character that was really nice or was lovable and I don’t think he has.  Here again I found myself just waiting for him to get what was coming to him and excited when it happened.

Another performance I have to mention is Margot Robbie.  I love that she brought a love and strength to Jane.  This was definitely no damsel in distress.  There is even a part where Rom tells her that he wants her to scream and she mockingly looks at him and says, “like a damsel” and them keeps her mouth shut.  Still her unwavering faith that Tarzan with come for her is so powerful and deep that even though you know from a story standpoint he will you also believe it on an emotional one too.

In the end I would give this 3.5 out of 5 popcorn’s and would obviously recommend it even though I have heard that it hasn’t always received the best reviews.

Our movie for next month is: Heart of the Sea.  Be sure to check it out and if you are interested in being on the YouTube chat then join our Facebook group, The Planology Club, or like my Facebook Page where I will be sharing all the information

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Have you seen Legend of Tarzan? What were your thoughts and how many popcorn’s would you give it?  Share your review in the comments below.

10 Ways to Take Your RAKS Into the Real World

It’s Valentine’s day and while it would be great to spend the whole day in bed being pampered by that hot guy that dreamed about last night and eating your weight in chocolate, most of us actually have to get up and be productive.

Sure it is a commercialized day of love and candy and I do hope you get your share of both but there are so many people out there that will spend today wishing it was February 15th.  Why not show them some love as well.  Yes it is great when your sweetheart, kids, significant other, etc showers you with kindness but why not pass it on.  As the saying goes, “It’s better to give…”

As planners we love to go into the community and bless others with extra stickers, washi, post-it’s and happy mail.  We share every time that lovely package arrives in the mail but what about those around you in your real life.  Do you ever share with them as freely as you share with those from around the world?  Here are some ideas to bring your Random Acts of Kindness into your real world and make some of the people around you smile.

  1. Bake some sweets for your child’s class or the break room at work.  We all love a good sweet and what better way to make someone’s day then with a surprise treat.  You don’t have to do it on Valentine’s day but just a day when you think everyone might need a pick me up.  Not a baker?  Try bringing in donuts or cookies.
  2. Do a little yard work for your neighbor.  True story.  My uncle went to cut my aunt’s grass one day and accidentally cut her neighbors cause he couldn’t remember which house it was.  Now while the rest of the family teased him mercilessly for not knowing where is sister lived you know who thought he was the best thing since sliced bread?  That would be the neighbor.  Sometimes it night to do a little extra for those around us.  Maybe shovel their driveway or offer to pick up their mail when they go out of town.  Not only will you help them out but you might make a new friend.
  3. Send a random person a card.  We all know someone that seems to always be having a hard time.  Even if you don’t I’m sure there is someone that you could find that might need a little pick me up.  Why not send them a card to brighten their day.  You could even make some little note cards and when you are out and about leave one on a few cars just to wish others a wonderful day.
  4. Volunteer at a nursing home, church, shelter, etc.  This is an oldie but always needed.  So often we turn a blind eye to those that need help the most but we shouldn’t.  My church does an outreach program where they take toiletries into the homeless areas to help as much as possible.  We do pictures for events at nursing homes.  I offer my photography services to military families separated during the holidays.  Don’t be afraid to reach out these places and share your time.  Sometimes that your most precious gift.
  5. Offer to babysit for a friend or family member so they can have a date night or just some time to themselves.  I don’t have children myself but I have friends and family that do and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how excited they get for a night off yet some of them can’t afford to hire a babysitter too often.  Offering your services gives them piece of mind with someone they know and trust as well as not having to worry about the hit to the budget.  I have one friend whose family rotates who watches the kids every month so that the mom’s and dad’s can have a night to just enjoy being free.
  6. Write a hand-written letter to an old friend.  My cousin and I use to write each other letters all the time.  Yet with cellphones, email, Facebook and so forth we barely keep in contact even though we have so many more options then before.  Why not take it back to old school and pull out your paper and pen and drop a note to someone that you haven’t really talked to in awhile but would love to catch up with.  It’s such a keepsake and a wonderful way to communicate and it’s an art that we are loosing.  Let’s bring it back.
  7. Plan a girl’s day so you can have fun and reminisce.  Can you say par-tay!!  I don’t know about you but when me and my girlfriends get together it is hours of laughs, jokes, and stories that stay with you for days.  It’s refreshing and it brings you back to why we need those friends that know us sometimes better than we know ourselves.  Plan a potluck or night in or just some time to really connect with those lovely ladies and don’t forget the drinks.
  8. Help someone out in the store.  I was in the store one time and this woman had a question about flour.  She was baking for the first time and wasn’t sure about the difference between cake flour and regular flour.  It was a simple thing to answer but I’m sure that it helped her.  If you see someone struggling to get something off the top shelf give them a hand.  If you have the means pay for part groceries of the person behind you.  You could even cover someone’s dinner when you go out or their movie ticket.
  9. Read to children at schools, libraries, or bookstores.  I absolutely love to read!  It is one of my favorite pastimes and I truly believe it’s the best way to open up children’s imagination and let them believe they can accomplish anything.  However, there are so many reading programs that are being cut due to lack of funding.  The same is true of art program across the country.  If you have these skills this is a wonderful way to give into the next generation.  To show them that imagination and fun go hand in hand and to give them a gift that will keep on giving.
  10. Give someone a ride to work, running errands, church.  Believe it or not, my godmother never drove a day in her life.  Neither I believe did my grandmother.  They were of an older generation where women just didn’t drive.  While that statistic is few and far between now that doesn’t mean that their aren’t still people that don’t drive in our country.  What about someone that just had surgery or is home bound?  Running errands for them when you are already going out would be easy for you and such a help for them.

And a bonus one:

Organize a garage sale, bake sale, book drive and give all the proceeds to charity.  We all have things we could easily get rid of and how many time to we all say we need to have a garage sale.  How about getting together with some family and friends and making it happen but this time giving to your favorite charity.  People are more inclined to spend a little extra if they think the money is going to a good cause and it’s a wonderful way to raise awareness for a cause that might not get the spotlight that it needs.

These are just a few ideas but there are ways to share kindness all around us.  A small word, a easy task, a giving heart.  These things will have you being a blessing to those around not only on Valentines but every day of the year.

How do you show kindness to others in your life?  Do you have any tips to add to this list?  Keep the conversation going in the comments section below.

Calling All Writers | It’s Coming

 

When I first had the thought to start this adventure with you guys I had one goal that was clear in my mind.  I am pretty sure that I haven’t taken the road that I originally thought of to get there but I am finally there and I am so excited to share it with each of you.

PLANOLOGY IS GOING TO BE A MAGAZINE!!

That’s right. We are branching out into being a digital planner magazine that you can enjoy on the go or while having a cup of tea and lounging around on a rainy day.  How exciting is that?  Eeek 🙂

In light of this wonderful moment, I am looking for contributing writers, illustrators, planner addicts that want to share their planner knowledge with our wonderful community.  The first issue is tentatively scheduled to be released in June which might make you wonder why we are starting so early.  Well the simple answer is so that you will have time to write until your heart is content. 😉

Our first planning meeting will be February 26th so if you are interested then I need to hear from you quickly.  Just send an email to tiffany@theplanology.com and I will forward all the information that you will need.

Again I am so excited not just to be able to share this opportunity with all of you but to see a dream come true.  Let’s get to it.