My Awesome Magazine Collection

I love collecting awesome Entertainment Weekly magazines that feature covers of my favorite upcoming movies. Last time I wrote this post it was still three weeks away from The Last Jedi arriving in theaters. Since then I’ve added a few new magazines to my collection but those covers I will share at the end of the year as I accumulate more incredible Entertainment Weekly covers. So for now, I’m just reposting this post to jog down memory lane. Enjoy!

My Marvel Movie Collection


These issues are all in alphabetical order and date back to December 2015. Can you believe that?! So many Marvel movies have come out in that time. You’ve got first looks at Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. There’s Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and Black Panther. Oh, let me tell you a little bit about my experience when I got the Thor: Ragnarok issue.

I had seen bits and pieces of Thor: Ragnarok concept art (only of Hela) in the movie news but I had no idea of the changes that would be made to the Asgardian God of Thunder. So imagine my surprise when I get my Entertainment Weekly that week and saw Thor with his short hairdo, wielding two swords, and flanked by these two AWESOME looking women. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen with Thor and I practically exploded with excitement. It was a great day.

To revisit these issues brings me so much joy as I think about the excitement I obtained with every collection.

So out of these eight marvelous covers I broke it down to the four I like the best. Here they are.

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The Oscars are Getting an Awesome Change

Have you got tired of watching The Oscars because at the end of the day the movies that are being nominated for Best Picture are movies you most likely haven’t seen? Well, after last year’s Oscars got some of the worst viewings in its history it seems they understand that the average moviegoer doesn’t care about the “profound” group of movies they have in the Best Picture category.

Last year’s Best Picture nominations went to some movies that looked legitimately interesting but overall the best film of 2018 was The Shape of Water. If you’re unclear what movie that is it’s literally about a deaf woman who falls in love with a fish man. It sounds harmless enough right? Wrong. I was going to rent this movie but when I found the film was just a demented and inappropriate sex fest between these two main characters I decided not to put myself through that visual torture. In short, it’s basically Beauty and the Beast for adults.

I don’t know, maybe it is good, but was it really worth the Best Picture? And yes, the Academy has responded well to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism by incorporating more people of color in the various categories but The Oscars, which used to be such a momentous occasion, has now become a snoozefest.

Well, if you were one of the people who didn’t watch The Oscars last year ’cause you simply weren’t interested you’ll be glad to hear these astounding changes.

First, The Oscars will now be pushed to an earlier date February 9 which is good because it felt a little late in the year.

Secondly, The Oscars will only be a three-hour show rather than dragging along until midnight which is a HUGE relief.

And then finally, the biggest and most exciting change is that The Oscars will now incorporate a ‘Popular Film Achievement’ category. That means movies like Black Panther and Mission: Impossible-Fallout can be recognized at The Oscars. That gives the event something to look forward to when there’s a chance that your favorite movie could actually walk away with a golden Oscars statue for acknowledgment.

I can’t wait to see which films enter this category but it can be safely said that Black Panther will definitely be one of them.

All in all, this is great news and I can’t wait to see The 2019 Oscar nominations next year. It’s going to be so much fun! 🙂

I hope this made you as excited as it made me and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day.

Princess Leia: How One Woman Created A Generation of Heroines in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is a franchise that has lived and transcended generations. The cultural phenomenon began way back in 1977 and now, after 40 years, the excitement for this seemingly unending franchise is even stronger. The question is, what was it that made this science-fiction space opera resonate with so many people? Was it the lore of the story, was it the music, was it the characters? I believe there was a collaboration of all of these different aspects but the characters were a huge part of why A New Hope 40 years ago became such a global hit.

You had Luke, the simple farm boy who wanted to explore the stars and follow in the footsteps of his “dead” father. Then there was Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, the wise mentor. You had the rascally Han Solo, a scoundrel at first meeting but a hero at heart.

And finally you have Princess Leia, which this post is dedicated to.


At the time of A New Hope princesses were usually thought of as damsels in distress that needed rescuing . Princess Leia rewrote that narrative. Princess Leia didn’t run screaming from the stormtroopers, she shot at them. Princess Leia didn’t whimper in the face of Darth Vader, she patronized him. She did the exact opposite of nearly everything that was expected, except fall for the “prince” which in this case would be Luke Skywalker.

She was one of the pioneers of all the strong women you have in film today. Throughout A New Hope she never played the role of damsel in distress. And yes, she was rescued, but she didn’t treat her rescuers like they were “her heroes.” She instead told them off for not coming up with a better escape plan. Ha! I love it. 🙂

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