Category Archives: Women

The Future of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ Franchise

22 years, six movies, and 3.6 billion! dollars. Yeah, the Mission: Impossible franchise is very successful. And at the helm of it all has been Tom Cruise. He has delighted us for over two decades with his breathtaking stunts and action-packed Mission: Impossible movies and the franchise’s latest installment, Mission: Impossible-Fallout, was its best entry to date with even more jaw-dropping action scenes and stunts performed by yours truly; Tom Cruise. At 56-years-old he has already defied expectations but, as the years go by, the day is imminent when Mr. Cruise’s years as the coolest secret agent ever will have to come to an end.

If the trend continues and we get yet another Mission: Impossible movie in 2021 he’ll be 59! One year away from 60! As we have seen from action movie actors such as Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise’s years as an action movie star are not at all close to an end. But Mission: Impossible is a tasking franchise with practical action scenes that require arduous endurance and skill. As the movies continue the action scenes get grander and it’s not going to be long before Tom Cruise won’t be able to do what he has done for so many years. And so we must look to the future of this awesome franchise and the directions that it can go so we can continue to enjoy these movies for years to come. Here are a couple of ideas of mine that I think would be a great fit for the franchise moving forward.

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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Heroine?

The MCU may have an abundance of awesome male heroes but over the years there has also been a rise of incredible heroines who manage to steal the show simply by their commanding presence. But which of these fascinating, crime-stopping, alien-annihilating ladies is your favorite? Here’s the list.

Mantis

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Mantis is extremely lovable because of her sweet and innocent personality. She’s played a smaller role than most of these other heroines but her presence is undeniable and she is an asset to the team.

Nebula

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Nebula hasn’t had the easiest journey but she has found a way to endure. She fought by Ronan’s side in Guardians of the Galaxy and after being reunited with her beloved sister she turned down a different path; one of revenge and redemption. How her journey will end, no one knows, but she will play an integral role in the fight against Thanos.

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The Women of ‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’

Ever since the first Mission: Impossible 22 years ago this franchise has become a favorite of anyone who loves a good action movie. Now the franchise has six movies and with its latest and best installment yet this franchise is easily one of my favorites of all time. But what really made Fallout stand out was its incredible inclusion of women in the film.

Up to this point we have only ever seen, at the max, three women in a single Mission: Impossible film and most of the time those women are killed off before we can get a good grasp on their character (remember Keri Russel’s character in Mission: Impossible III?) Fallout didn’t do that. In fact, it gave us an all-time high in terms of its inclusion of women with four awesome females who stole the show and took control of their various situations. So, I’m going to celebrate these women and all of the importance they brought to this film.

Erika Sloane

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Erika Sloane, the newest director of the CIA, is a boss! She’s so awesome. Her character doesn’t appear often in the film but when she does she steals the show with her authoritative personality and Angela Basset portrays the character perfectly. Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt isn’t usually intimidated by anyone but there is definitely a respect he holds for her that is beautiful to observe.

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My Ten Favorite Female Villains

There have been many women in films but rarely do you see a compelling female villain. I have seen countless male antagonists who have stolen the show with their creepiness or their sheer awesomeness but being able to enjoy a female villain in a movie is so very hard to find. But today I’m going to list the female baddies whose wicked ways are shone in the most delightful (or horrifying) fashion and have grown to be some of my favorite characters. Enjoy!

10. Red Queen

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Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the best Disney movie ever made but one thing I distinctly remembered about the film for years after seeing it in the movie theater eight years ago was the Red Queen. Her putrid behavior and her striking look were unforgettable, standing out amidst a mostly lackluster film that I pretty much erased from memory until I saw it for the second time a few months ago.

Helena Bonham Carter’s performance as the Red Queen wasn’t Oscar worthy but I’ll never forget her incessant screaming for her beloved Jabberwocky anytime soon.

9. Proxima Midnight

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Proxima Midnight is awesome, pure and simple. She’s the only female member of Thanos’s Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War but that doesn’t mean she’s not as tough as her male counterparts. Her incredible fighting ability made her a threat to be reckoned with and even though she came to a dismal end her shining moments were very bright indeed.

8. Bellatrix Lestrange

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You know when a villain is impactful if you despise their guts. That’s how I feel about Bellatrix Lestrange. There’s nothing about her that I like…and that’s great. Helena Bonham Carter played the role of the crazed witch so well that whenever I see her in other roles all I can remember her for is this character.

What makes it even worse is that she is the one who killed Sirius Black, which is awful considering that he’s one of my favorite Harry Potter characters. Bellatrix Lestrange is the worst.

(Ha! That’s two Helena Bonham Carter roles on this list.)

7. Hela

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Beautiful, deadly, powerful, these are the traits of the goddess, Hela. Hela was the first major female villain in the MCU and what I loved the most about her was her incredible strength in Thor: Ragnarok. She singlehandedly destroyed Thor’s hammer, a feat Thor deemed impossible. She decimated the entire Asgardian army in minutes. She was pretty much invincible. To see such a powerful woman was not only exhilarating but to also have Cate Blanchett (who just may be my favorite actress of all time) in the role was even better.

6. Harley Quinn

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I didn’t know I was going to like Harley Quinn. I had seen her in the commercials for Suicide Squad and she definitely didn’t look like the type of lass I would become a fan of but I have to admit, I love Harley Quinn. Her carefree yet dangerous attitude is entertaining. I love her sexy yet demented getup. And I love her toughness. Like I said before, I didn’t think I’d become a Harley Quinn fan but after watching Suicide Squad I am one now.

5. The Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

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I only watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarves once as a little girl but the Queen’s villainous ways left an impact on me. Maybe it was her iconic consultations with her magic mirror. Or maybe it was her tale of pure hatred for her stepdaughter Snow White that made her unforgettable. Whatever the case, she’s one of my favorite female villains of all time.

4. Captain Phasma

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I remember seeing Captain Phasma for the first time in some early concept art for The Force Awakens and at the time I had no idea the character was going to be played by a woman. When it was announced that this ridiculously cool chrome-armored trooper was indeed a female character I was through the roof with excitement. And with the immense hype surrounding her character through the marketing for the movie my excitement for this character grew even more. Unfortunately, in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, she was never given the opportunity to shine as much as she could’ve and she, for the most part, became a wasted character.

Even though her legacy will never be as incredible as it could’ve been she will always remain one of my favorite villains of all time because she’s just too cool to deny the 100% Awesome trophy.

3. Asajj Ventress

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Asajj Ventress, like Kylo Ren, has had a complex journey. Growing up she was trained in the ways of the Force by a Jedi Knight. When he was killed she turned to Count Dooku who promised her great power so that she could get revenge on those who killed her former master and anyone else who dared cross her. But then Count Dooku betrayed her and she set out on a path of redemption that was incredibly fun to watch.

Female characters aren’t usually written with this type of complexity but Asajj Ventress was one of those rare occurrences. With more dynamic female characters like her, the future of Star Wars could be grand indeed.

2. The Wicked Witch

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The Wicked Witch just may be the most iconic female villain of all time with her green skin, the black dress, the wide-brimmed black hat, and the broomstick. The Wicked Witch of the West with her iconic cackle is a villain worth fearing and is honestly one of my favorite villains of all time, of any gender.

I’m determined to one day dress up as The Wicked Witch of the West for Halloween. It’ll be a blast cackling like a witch and acting quite devious for an entire day. Hee-hee.

1. Annie Wilkes

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The Wicked Witch of the West may be one of the most iconic villains ever to be conceived in cinema for all of the above reasons but Kathy Bates can easily be heralded as one of the most iconic actresses of all time for her role as Annie Wilkes in Misery. She won an Oscar that year for her portrayal of the psychotic fan of James Caan’s Paul Sheldon.

In what would seem a miraculous rescue Annie Wilkes saved Paul Sheldon from a horrific crash but it wasn’t long before Sheldon realized his savior was absolutely nuts. She constantly fawned over his novels and was utterly riveted by his latest draft. But when he killed off the main character she lost it. Oh my goodness, this movie is haunting from beginning to end and Annie Wilkes stands at the center of this unforgettable film.

So, these are my ten favorite female villains. I couldn’t believe how hard it was for me to rummage through the deep recesses of my mind to find ten female antagonists worth listing, for so many films are dominated by male baddies that its kind of ridiculous. Of course, there are a lot of movies that I have never watched that I’m sure to have some rather interesting female antagonists but until I see those films this list will stay like this for a long time.

Who’re some of your favorite female villains? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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

The Power of a Princess

Princess Leia, one of the greatest heroines to ever be conceived in film, is celebrated worldwide. Her strength inspires, her iconic looks are worn by millions of female Star Wars fans every year, and even though Carrie Fisher has passed on her legacy still lives on.

I wasn’t going to write a post about Princess Leia today, that wasn’t my intention, but as I rummaged through photos of Return of the Jedi on imdb.com I bumped into one of the most beautiful photos of Carrie Fisher as Leia that I have ever been lucky enough to lay my eyes on.

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Leia’s iconic golden bikini look has received many opinions. Some love this look for its revealing nature and Carrie Fisher’s incredible skill of pulling it off so well. Some believe that it’s a degrading look for Princess Leia, as it symbolizes her unwillingly portraying a slave who must dance for the nasty slug named Jabba the Hutt, which is all the more justifiable in this #MeToo era.

For me, I’m caught between both worlds. On one side I think it is a bit demeaning seeing Leia, a woman, forced to wear a metal bikini which sounds all the more horrid when you hear of Carrie Fisher’s accounts of filming those scenes and the discomfort of it all. But then there’s another side of me who loves that even though she was forced into such humiliating servitude for Jabba the Hutt she soon changed that narrative, fighting against him with every turn and eventually choking him herself. Girl power!

This photo represents that power. That independence, that strength that reminds us of the reason why she’s one of the greatest heroines and actresses ever to grace our world. It’s a very simple photo too.

She gazes off to some unknown location, the photo set in black and white, providing an air of mystique to the photo. Her form, half bare for all to see, is a symbol of the confidence she bears in herself, mentally and physically. And with the flow of the wind, the photo becomes 100% epic.

So no, I wasn’t going to write a post about Princess Leia today, but this photo inspired me with its unwavering beauty and I hope it brings a bit of joy to your day as well.

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

R.I.P Carrie Fisher and May the Force be with you, always.

Throwback Friday: My Ten Favorite Movie Heroines

Another week has passed and today’s topic for Throwback Friday is a fun one for me, for it’s focused on an old post I wrote about my ten favorite movie heroines. And with more incredible heroines like Captain Marvel appearing in the near future, there isn’t a shortage of awesome female movie characters in the future. So, on that note, I hope you enjoy this week’s Throwback Friday! 🙂

I love movies. I love seeing stories play out onscreen, I love watching actors portray different characters that I will either love or despise, I love action films, but most importantly, I love a movie with an off-the-chain heroine. There are hundreds of great films with male heroes but when a woman can come into the fold and kick butt that’s when a movie, for me, becomes really awesome and lately that’s become a regular occurrence.

Last year Wonder Woman finally got her own blockbuster film after being around for decades and there have been a bunch of critically acclaimed indie films and television shows led by women in the past year. Three of the last four Star Wars films have been led by women (and each film has made over a billion dollars), an idea that at one time would seem preposterous to the Hollywood elite. And last year’s highest grossing films were all female-led, Beauty and the BeastWonder Woman, and The Last Jedi.

So, because women are clearly awesome, I’m going to share with you the ten movie heroines that I have come to love the most, at least, so far.

10. Dorothy

The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember seeing this film as a child and it was one of the most magical films I have ever seen still to this day. To think that this movie was made in 1939! is beyond incredible and in the center of this epic tale is Dorothy.

Dorothy is a special character. She has those ruby slippers, she sings like an angel, she has the cutest dog ever, Toto, and she’s so sweet.  She faces flying monkeys, an evil witch, and many other obstacles but at the end of it all she survives the adventure and helps save the Land of Oz while never refraining from being herself. If you really think about it, Dorothy is very brave. To face all of that strange stuff; a talking scarecrow, a talking lion, a tin man, munchkins, witches, etc. without utterly freaking out is very impressive.

Without Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz would not be the same magical movie that it has been for almost a century and that’s why she is one of my favorite heroines.

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‘Gravity’ Is Overrated

I love science-fiction films. There’s something so wildly imaginative of stories set within the science-fiction genre. My love for sci-fi films especially grew after I saw Interstellar for the first time four years ago in IMAX. It was honestly one of the trippiest and most incredible movie experiences I have ever had and even at home it still manages to wow me with its breathtaking visuals, the incredible musical score composed by Hans Zimmer, and its compelling story with a conclusion that makes me cry every time I watch it.

Since Interstellar I have become fascinated with science-fiction films that take imagination to the next level and try to tell an engaging story that leaves an impact on you. It’s why I went to see The Martian and Arrival in the movies theater and for the most part, enjoyed both of those films wholeheartedly.

Over the years I have heard brief mentions of a science-fiction movie that was supposed to be really good and that movie was Gravity. Yesterday I was scrolling through a bunch of free movies that were available to watch on my cable-device, Youtube TV, and to my great surprise, I ran into Gravity. I was elated. Finally, I would be able to see this movie that was supposedly so good it garnered 10 Oscar nominations, 7 of those 10 nominations becoming wins. I’ll talk about these nominations a little later but first I have to give you my opinion on the movie.

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