All posts by Annlyel James

I'm a young woman who loves cool things like movies, travel, games, sports, food, books, beauty products, clothes, and the occasional gorgeous blue bird I come across. This blog is where I share everything that I love and I hope you enjoy.

Iron Man vs. Captain America: Who Was Right?

It’s a week until Avengers: Infinity War premieres (YES!) and in the time since Captain America: Civil War came out two years ago I have never made a stand on who I thought was right in the movie between Iron Man and Captain America. Frankly, I think they both have their reasons for choosing the sides that they did and they are both noble for making those choices but since Infinity War is almost out and the next phase of these character’s friendship is about to be known I figure I might as well discover which side I thought was right before the movie comes out. Enjoy!

Iron Man

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Okay, here’s the one major blip in Tony’s side of this story for me.

Tony is a very rebellious kind of guy. Throughout his films he’s never been a team player, which has gotten him in trouble multiple times. He even created Ultron without the approval of his teammates and you see how that turned out? So here’s yet another example of him going behind his friends’ backs as he creates the Sokovia Accords with Secretary Ross and it only created conflict within the Avengers rather than a common interest that could’ve brought the superhero team even closer together.

This, I’d say, is Tony’s biggest fault. He reacts off of self-interest and never stops to think if his decisions will hurt people in the process. That can be a problem. Now was he right in creating the Sokovia Accords? Yes and no.

For him he felt that the Avengers were going to be placed under the governments’ control sooner or later so he just wanted to be ahead of the curb and have a say-so in the matter before having to take orders from government officials that he wouldn’t be able to get along with.

What makes it wrong though is the fact that he didn’t tell anyone what he was going to do. He just concocted this plan without the approval of his friends (like he always does) and presented it to the Avengers like a side punch out of nowhere. That was wrong and it left the Avengers feeling kind of hopeless as he forced them to make the difficult choice between joining the Accords and becoming a fugitive within a few days.

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The Evolution of Vision

I still remember my immense surprise when Vision appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I had seen the commercials, I had seen the trailers, and they hadn’t hinted at Vision’s involvement in the slightest so imagine my surprise when this new hero who’s so powerful he could pick up Thor’s hammer showed up. My jaw dropped! I don’t know anything about the comic books so Vision was a brand new character for me and it was truly one of the greatest surprises in the MCU. Since then, however, he hasn’t exactly diminished in awesomeness but he hasn’t been fully explored yet, which is kind of a shame considering how cool of a character he is. And now with the events of Avengers: Infinity War quickly approaching it seems like his chances of getting a major part in this story is dwindling fast. So, before the movie premieres next Friday, let’s look at his evolution through the years. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Like I said before, when Vision came to life in Age of Ultron it was definitely an exciting moment for me because it was such an awesome surprise. First of all, it was cool seeing Tony Stark’s AI pal, Jarvis, come to life in this AI human robot thingy. Secondly, he had an Infinity Stone in his forehead! Wow. And then he was just ridiculously cool. Can you imagine how Vision felt though?

Here he is, this strange red skinned Infinity Stone bearing being who can make the illusion of clothing at will and can process everything in his brain like a computer and yet he’s still slightly humanoid at the same time. He has a heart (I think) and he has feelings just like a human and yet he’s SO different at the same time. When he joins the Avengers his immediate mission is to stop Ultron and that must’ve been kind of hard for him. I mean, if you really think about, Ultron was kind of his dad and so of course he wouldn’t want to kill him but he had to do what he had to do.

At the end of the movie he was inducted into the Avengers and he would soon discover that more obstacles would lie ahead.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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In Civil War Vision didn’t have a lot of character development because he’s kind of difficult. He’s half robot/half human, he’s extremely powerful, so powerful in fact that if he really wanted to he could vaporize everybody to dust, and so to make him seem a little normal along with the other Avengers the Russo Brothers made Vision start to receive feelings for his fellow Avenger, Scarlet Witch, which was destined considering they had a romantic relationship in the comic books.

For Vision he could find the humanity within himself through his relationship with Wanda. With him beginning to care for her he was starting to understand what it meant to be a human and that was the greatest development that could happen for his character.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Now he’s returning in Avengers: Infinity War with a new look; the Paul Bettany edition, and I don’t what’s going to happen to him (even though it’s kind of obvious considering the glowing spot a.k.a the Mind Stone on his forehead) but I hope he finally gets a compelling story this time around. We’ll see. I have a bit of advice for him though. He better let Wanda know that he loves her before he’s gone for good because his time is definitely numbered.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Rey Has An Awesome Signature Move

Rey is one of my favorite characters in cinema history for so many reasons but one of those blaring reasons is because she is such a great fighter. Through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi she has displayed countless times her incredible combat skills but I have also noticed recently that Rey has her own, very awesome, signature move that is a rather cool staple to her character and I am so excited to share it with you. Enjoy!

I Call it The Rey Kick

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During the confrontation between Rey and Unkar’s thugs on Jakku she handled herself very easily against them but one of the most memorable moments of that fighting sequence for me is when she kicked one of the thugs away. It always makes me so happy when she kicks that assailant away and I’ve loved that part of the fight ever since the first time I watched the film. So, that’s the first example of her using her now famous kick.

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Then when she fought Kylo Ren she used her kick again to, well, kick his butt. 🙂 Awesome!

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And then during the epic Praetorian Guard fight she displayed her awesome kicking ability yet again as she kicked one of the Guards away. Rey is so cool and I’m so excited that I discovered this fantastic connection between her and all of her close-combat duels. I hope that her kick purposely is her signature move and that we’ll see her literally kicking some more butt in Episode IX.

I thank you for reading this short observation of mine and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

The Evolution of Scarlet Witch

When Scarlet Witch was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron I was excited for a couple of reasons. One, she was another female superhero who had been added to the then meager list. Two, she was very cool. I really liked her. And ever since her debut I’ve grown to like her character more and more and now I’m legitimately excited to see her in Infinity War. So today I’m going to share with you her evolution throughout the couple of movies that she has been a part of. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Wanda Maximoff had experienced a traumatic life. She had lived with her parents and twin brother for a majority of her younger years but then lost them in an explosion that was caused with weapons bearing Stark’s name. She wanted revenge and allowed a Hydra scientist to tamper with her DNA and make her an enhanced being through the power of the Tesseract. I can’t imagine how torturous that ordeal must’ve been for her but she and her brother survived the experiment and began their revenge tour on Stark and co. a.k.a The Avengers.

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At first she was a compatriot of Ultron as she thought the AI robot would provide her and her brother the revenge against Stark that she wanted but when she found out Ultron was planning to make all life one Earth extinct she had to act. This shows the tremendous good in Wanda. If she had been truly blinded by hate and anger she would’ve stayed on Ultron’s side, despite the eventual outcome to life on Earth, and reveled in the Avengers’ defeat, which would’ve of course been terrible. But she didn’t allow that and sided with the Avengers instead, despite having to fight alongside Tony Stark, the man that she had hated for so long.

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But even then she was very unsure of herself. I mean, she had partially helped bring the monster, Ultron, to life by freaking Tony out to the point that he created the life-erasing machine. But Hawkeye, who is kind of like the sensible father to all of the Avengers, helped make her understand that yes, she had done some wrong things, but that didn’t matter. The world needed her and it was going to be the choice that she made on the floating Sokovia that would actually matter. Long story short, she took his advice and became an Avenger, her twin brother unfortunately died which was a huge growth for her considering that she would then have to continue on without him, and she became the hero that she was always meant to be.

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The Ten Characters That Should Have Their Own ‘Star Wars’ Story

When Disney bought Star Wars and announced they would be making new movies I could’ve never imagined the concept of Star Wars stories. With the addition of these new standalone films in LucasFilm’s repertoire they can tell stories in even greater detail by focusing on certain characters and events and bringing those personal tales that normally wouldn’t have been told to life. Rogue One was the first of these Star Wars stories and it showed me how versatile the Star Wars franchise has truly become as it conveyed a story that had been hinted to us but never fully realized until now. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in little over a month and that movie is going to provide us an in-depth look into how Han became the charming rogue that he was by the events of A New Hope. Yay? And it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own standalone film in the coming years.

But there are so many more fascinating stories that can be told, stories that transcend just the timelines that we know and move beyond our recollection of Star Wars knowledge to tell brand new tales waiting to be seen. Of course, those stories probably won’t be portrayed anytime soon but there are a bunch of characters in this stretch of the Star Wars timeline that need their own movies to tell their stories. So, here are ten characters who I think LucasFilm should definitely consider taking a crack at in the near future. Enjoy!

10. General Hux

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Okay, I know it sounds a little odd imagining a Star Wars story involving General Hux, a character that I’m pretty sure isn’t an ultimate fan favorite, but just hear me out. Hux isn’t a major character by any means in this current trilogy but he does have a rather interesting back story that conveys how he became the ruthless General that he is in the first place.

His father, Brendol Hux, had an illegitimate son (baby Hux) with a mistress and as a result he treated his son poorly. Younger Hux grew up with immense disdain for his father as he slowly grew higher in the ranks of the First Order. By the time he was a young man he ended up having Captain Phasma, his newfound ally, assassinate his father, Brendol Hux, and in the process obtained the rank of general. Hux looks like someone who can be manipulated and easily run over but there is a lot more calculation and ruthlessness to the young officer than meets the eye. (I learned all of that interesting stuff about the First Order general through the book, Phasma.)

I think it would be fascinating to see his story in greater detail because of a couple of reasons. One, it’ll be an excuse to bring Phasma back into another Star Wars movie. 🙂 And two, there’s never been a Star Wars movie that has focused on the political inner workings of an organization. That could provide a refreshing change of tone in what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie. There probably will never be a Hux Star Wars story but it’s still an interesting idea.

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The Evolution of Drax

Drax isn’t high on my list of Marvel heroes, in fact he’s near the bottom, so forgive me if I’m not very enthusiastic with his evolution throughout the movies. I still hope you enjoy though. 🙂

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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I have to admit, I actually kind of liked Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes he was little much at times but overall he was funny (I loved that he took everything literally, even metaphors) and when he needed to be he was quite heroic. He was also an interesting character because of his devotion to his dead family. He was determined to find them justice with the death of Ronan and he wouldn’t rest until that goal was achieved. I can totally get behind a hero with those sort of admirable motivations and it made him a character worth caring about. It was his next movie that made my appreciation of his character dwindle drastically.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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I actually liked Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy but the sequel turned into a joke, literally. Gone was his serious attitude that I liked and he was forced to become this vessel for comedy that just didn’t improve the movie in the slightest. Now I legitimately enjoyed his interactions with the new character, Mantis. They were a rather funny duo but he definitely needs to be dragged down a notch in the comedic realm if I’m going to start caring about his character in the slightest again.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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From what I’ve seen of Drax in Infinity War it looks like he’s finally going to return to being the serious Drax I have grown to enjoy. I am definitely kind of excited to see what will happen with him in this next film and if he’ll finally finish his goal of bringing justice to his dead family by defeating Thanos. I can’t wait to see what happens.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

The Ten Most Wasted Characters in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is one of the greatest movie franchises ever made but while it’s filled to the brim with exciting, memorable, and iconic characters left and right through all of its movies there have been some characters who have simply gotten lost in the creative process of making these films. And so today I’m going to share with you the ten characters who should’ve been treated with a lot more love and care. Enjoy!

10. Count Dooku

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Count Dooku was introduced in the prequel trilogy in the second installment and while he was obviously played by an incredible actor in Christopher Lee George Lucas didn’t write the character into the movie correctly. Count Dooku wasn’t exactly a believable Sith. When you have characters as scary and intimidating as Darth Maul and his master, Darth Sidious, I kind of expect that frightening aspect in every Sith and Dooku just didn’t have that. He was too fancy, too polished for me, and I just couldn’t take him seriously. Then he was dead within the first fifteen minutes of the next movie and so there went his extra development. I don’t know what Lucas could’ve done to make Dooku a better character but he was definitely a wasted opportunity for something a lot more epic.

9. Saw Gerrera

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Saw Gerrera was constantly shown throughout the marketing for Rogue One as a major character and yet he was dead within the first fifty minutes of the movie. In fact, he didn’t even leave his room throughout nearly all of his scenes except for his first appearance in the film when he saved Jyn from her hideout in her home planet, Lah’Mu. He could’ve undoubtedly played a larger role in the movie and maybe he did before the infamous reshoots this film underwent but from what the finished product showed us he feels, at times, like a uneccessary block in the middle of the movie.

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