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The Reason Why I’m Not Excited for ‘Ready Player One’

I love Steven Spielberg movies from Jaws to Jurassic Park and Gremlins, etc. His films have a special magic to them that helped turn me into such a movie fan to this day. Now he has a new installment in his long list of movie credits, Ready Player One, which is coming out this Friday but instead of feeling excitement to see it I’m just waiting for it to pass on. This is why.

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I saw the movie teaser for the first time when I went to watch Thor: Ragnarok and I was blown away. It looked like such an incredible film that I would definitely want to see. But then, when I went to see The Last Jedi, I saw the full-length trailer and it didn’t excite me as much as it had previously.

Now over the past couple of weeks my anticipation for this movie has dwindled less and less and now, as it stands, I would rather watch Pacific Rim: Uprising before it, which is kind of a shame considering the poor reviews the sci-fi film has garnered. (I love Transformers movies though so I would actually probably like Pacific Rim: Uprising despite what the critics are saying.)

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Now, there’s nothing particularly wrong with this movie. The story looks interesting and it looks like it’ll be supreme eye candy in IMAX but I guess I’m discouraged from seeing this film because there’s too much publicity around it. In every tv spot for the film I see something new, a new twist in the plot or a new character, and when a movie is really good it doesn’t have to constantly hammer you with publicity to make you excited for the film.

Great movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War give you enough tantalizing imagery that’ll make you want to see the film without conveying any spoilers in the slightest. Now, I hope Ready Player One will do well at the box office compared to its past two IMAX predecessors (Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim: Uprising) but I won’t be one of those adding to its box office run.

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

My Ten Favorite Superheroes

Superhero movies have become the staple of blockbusters for the past decade with movies featuring major and not-so-major Marvel and DC Comics characters, taking these heroes straight from the comic books onto the big screen and it has been a very enjoyable experience. Now, with Avengers: Infinity War coming out in nearly a month and more superhero movies (Ant-Man and the Wasp and Aquaman) gracing the big screen later on this year I would like to share with you my ten favorite superheroes. Enjoy!

10. Bucky

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Okay, I didn’t even realize how much I liked Bucky until I saw him in the end-credits scene in Black Panther. I got giddily excited seeing him and that’s saying something. Throughout the films he has been in he has slowly begun to grow on me and now I can honestly say he is one of my favorite superheroes. I can’t wait to see him return in Avengers: Infinity War and I’m beyond ecstatic to see what his new vibranium arm can do.

9. Thor

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I used to not like Thor. In fact, I thought he was kind of lame. He was this pretty-faced, god of thunder with flowing golden locks and a special hammer and he just wasn’t cool to me. Whenever he was around the other Avengers he was always the one I was least interested in. And then there was Thor: Ragnarok and my view of him changed completely.

Not only was he funny but the fact that they gave him a complete, unconventional makeover by cutting his golden mane and ridding him of his hammer was the perfect growth for him. After seeing the film a few times I actually really like him now and I’m so glad about it.

8. Black Widow

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I am SO excited to see Avengers: Infinity War and one of those reasons is because of Black Widow. She’s been on the run since Captain America: Civil War and now that she’s back it’s awesome to see how different she has become. Her signature red hair is now replaced by a blond do-over, she’s got new weapons and a new outfit, but I’m sure she still the same kick-butt hero she was the last time I saw her. Another thing that’s exciting about her return in Avengers: Infinity War is how prominent her role seems to be in the movie. For a long time she was just a sidekick, a pretty face among the rugged male heroes, but now she’s standing alongside Captain America not as a co-star but as a leader in her own right and it’s kind of amazing. And that’s why I can’t wait to see her movie in 2020 because I know for a fact it’s going to be off the chain! 🙂

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The Ten Coolest Vehicles in ‘Star Wars’

So last year I wrote a post highlighting the coolest vehicles in Star Wars but after The Last Jedi it’s time to condense that list and add some new ships to the fray because one thing The Last Jedi definitely had were some amazing vehicles. I’m beyond excited to share with you my new list and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

10. Naboo Royal Cruiser

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This is my favorite of the extremely elegant Naboo ships Ms. Amidala had throughout the prequels because it’s just so downright pretty. The beginning of Attack of the Clones has one of my favorite beginnings of all of the Star Wars films mainly because of this ship. Its four motors, the way it descends into the white clouds, it’s simply a gorgeous opening to the movie. Too bad the actual movie wasn’t that great.

9. Dreadnaught

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One of the reasons why The Last Jedi is such a fantastic movie is because of the beginning. The movie literally opened with a space battle, a rather epic one at that, and in the middle of this exciting conflict was the Dreadnaught, a massive Star Destroyer with a pair of giant turbo laser guns bent on obliterating anything and everything. This is such an incredible ship and even though it only appeared in the movie briefly it definitely was cool enough to get on this list.

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The Evolution of Women in Entertainment

Today to celebrate International Women’s Day I’m going to look through some of the movies I’ve seen that have impacted me the most and how the women’s roles in these movies have gradually changed, for the better, over the decades. I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you enjoy! (I just want to let you know, this is a longread.)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The wispy dreams of a teenage girl becoming a false reality as she grows unconscious after being in the middle of a tornado is the story of The Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland’s Dorothy is the center of this magical fairy tale. In 1939 Dorothy was quite the heroine in cinema. Yes, she was scared at times, and yes there were some moments when she slightly fit into the mold of a damsel in distress but she was also strong, courageous, and brave and at that time in the world when women were still looked upon as housemaids and nannies she helped to break that mold of what women’s roles in cinema could be portrayed as.

An American in Paris (1951)

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This is one of my favorite musicals of all time, introduced to me by my wonderful mother. She said this was one of her favorite movies and for a long time I didn’t want to see it because I’m not a fan of musicals but it actually was worth the watch. This movie, however, does not depict women in an entirely respectable fashion.

The entire plot of the movie is wrapped around these two men who fall in love with the same woman. Gene Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan of course wins her heart in the end but this movie feeds on the typical portrayal of women in cinema. Lise Bouvier (Leslie Carson) isn’t a strong woman who Mulligan fauns after for an entire movie and eventually is rewarded with her love. No, she’s a confused young French girl who can’t decide which man she wants to be with for the rest of her life. I love this movie but representation of women in film has come a long way.

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What Has Happened To ‘Survivor’?

I didn’t really start watching Survivor until a few years ago and the first season I saw was Season 19 which was the season introducing the iconic Survivor player, Russel Hantz. Russel Hantz was diabolical, crafty, mean, smart, brilliant, a hustler, he was everything that Survivor was about and more. In fact, he was the pioneer of Survivor players going to search for idols because before him people didn’t search for hidden immunity idols, they just ran into them by accident. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in reality television and I’ve been hooked on Survivor since.

After that season I went straight to Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains and I was even more hooked as I watched 20 of the greatest Survivor players battle it out through thirty-nine days.

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It was such great entertainment and it was one of the greatest discoveries of my young life. After that I proceeded to binge-watch all of the seasons and was absolutely thrilled at how incredibly fascinating nearly all of them were. When you have seasons with players like Coach, the invincible Ozzy, the legendary Russel Hantz, the CIA agent, Phillip, Boston Rob, the flirtatious but extremely smart and strong Parvati, the ultimate Survivor nerd, John Cochran, etc. you can’t help but absolutely love the show. The last two and a half years or so, of Survivor has been terribly lackluster lately.

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Okay, There Is A Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and This Is His Possible Name

One of the things that excited me about Solo: A Star Wars Story was the immense secrecy around the villain of the movie. I thought, unlike previous Star Wars film trailers, there had been no shots of the antagonist of the film and yet the main villain of the movie was actually in my face the whole time.

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I’ve seen the teaser probably over eighteen times now and for some reason it didn’t click in my mind that the character with the super cool mask was probably the major antagonist of the movie. *rolling my eyes* Duh. And now, thanks to the leaking of some toys for the movies (it’s always the toys) it seems the name for this mysterious villain has been revealed. His name, supposedly, is Enfys Nest.

Now that is undoubtedly a Star Wars name unlike any other I’ve heard before. His last name is Nest? That’s…interesting. It definitely highlights the different tone of this movie and I like it. Now of course this could be just a bunch of bologna and he isn’t the main villain of the movie nor is that his real name but if it is correct that definitely helps nurture my excitement for this movie.

Enfys Nest, hmm, it has a nice ring to it the more you say it and it definitely matches the strangely masked character. I can’t wait to discover if it’s true or not.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magical day. May the Force Be With You.

This ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ News Will Blow Your Mind!

Okay, we all know that an Avengers: Infinity War trailer is just around the corner and to get us ready for the trailer premiere there have been some rather exciting developments for the movie.

First, off there’s a new promotional poster featuring Thanos and his villainous crew. Here it is.

Okay, this is already exciting enough as it is but listen to this. Here are Thanos’s four henchmen and the actors that are playing their voices.

Corvus Glaive (the creepy guy in black) is the general of Thanos’s armies and wields a pike that makes him immortal! The pike can also penetrate any surface or object. (Captain America and Black Panther, don’t get too cocky with your impenetrable vibranium.) And guess who’s voicing this character? None other than…Mark Hamil!!!! Yes, it’s true. Mark Hamill is voicing one of the villains in Avengers: Infinity War. Can this movie get any better?

The second character is Proxima Midnight (the only female on the poster)  who is the wife of General Glaive and carries a spear forged from a star by Thanos himself. (These villains sound like the real deal. Uh-oh.) And she’s being voiced by Whoopi Goldberg. Can you believe that? This movie is going to be off. The. CHAIN!!!

The third character is Ebony Maw (this is the alien by Thanos’s left arm) who is a mind manipulator. I guess he’s basically Scarlet Witch on steroids in the persuasive department. He’s voiced by Bill Nighy (I, unfortunately don’t know who that is.)

And the final henchman is named Cull Obsidian (he’s the horn faced alien in the right corner) who is basically the Hulk of Thanos’s army. He’s big, he’s brutish, and I’m pretty sure he kicks serious butt. He will be voiced by Vin Diesel.

I have to say, after hearing the descriptions of these villains, including Thanos, I am legitimately worried now. These Marvel superheroes have faced difficult antagonists before but they have never come across the likes of these powerful beings. I mean, these villains sound just as powerful, maybe even more powerful than some of the Avengers and that’s worrying me greatly. I knew there were going to be casualties in this movie but I think it’s going to be worse than I imagined. Or maybe not. I don’t have long to find out though. *thumbs up*

And finally, the biggest development for Avengers: Infinity War is this. You know how how it was supposed to come out on May 4. Well, Disney changed the dates and it’s now coming out on April 27. Yes, this is not a joke. Avengers: Infinity War is coming out a week earlier and I am bouncing-off-the-walls happy.

Paul Bettany, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

This is a game changer and the perfect move for Disney. Ever since Solo: A Star Wars Story was announced to come out in May of this year I knew it was going to be a problem box-office wise. Having two mega-blockbuster franchises like Marvel and Star Wars have movies coming out in the same month just doesn’t sound right and I think Disney knew that.

They also probably moved the date back to avoid spoilers from the movie leaking online. You see, it was going to originally open internationally in India on April 27 but that would’ve meant there would have been a whole week for spoilers to spring from the international premiere onto the internet. And I’m sure the spoilers would have been ridiculously awesome so Disney just decided to have us over here in the United States and Canada see it at the same time so we Marvel fans can enjoy the movie all the same time. Thank you Disney.

Well, this is the latest news for Avengers: Infinity War and it has absolutely made my day. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a Marvel-ous day.