Watching ‘Jurassic World’ a Second Time

The other day I was a little bored and so I decided to watch Jurassic World, a movie I hadn’t seen since I watched it in the movie theaters three years ago, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When I saw this film all those years ago I highly enjoyed it, from a monster movie perspective. The dinosaurs were scary, the action was riveting, and the movie was very, very loud. Then as I thought about the movie I found myself getting angry. Why did they never let the lady in the movie shed those heels?! It was kind of absurd and it was part of the reason I haven’t watched the movie since.

Well, when I watched it at home the other day I discovered that it actually wasn’t as bad as I remembered. In fact, it was actually kind of a really good movie. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but it was engaging, I was horrified at times, the music was amazing, and I constantly kept getting chills. I don’t get chills from movies unless the film is kind of really good and Jurassic World was definitely that.

I mean look at that dinosaur. This Indominus Rex (I think that’s what it’s called) is terrifying! I was petrified as it kept chomping people away and chasing the heroes of the movie. *shudder* I’m so glad dinosaurs are extinct.

Jurassic World (2015)

And at the end of the movie when the original T. Rex went to survey his island and then roared with his iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex cry (I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it) I was like, “Yeah, this is a good movie.”

I can now say that I’m legitimately excited for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It has the chance of maybe not being as good as its predecessor but I do know one thing that it will have that’s very enjoyable; lots and lots of roaring, people eating dinosaurs and that’s what is going to make the film a blast to watch in IMAX.

If you’ve never seen Jurassic World before I highly suggest you check it out. It’s a fantastic film to watch if you’re having a slightly boring day and you might need a good movie to watch. And it’ll get you ready for its sequel coming out later this year.

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

My ‘Black Panther’ Experience

Guess what?! I’ve seen Black Panther and spoiler alert, it’s magnificently, wonderfully, incredibly, awesome! I knew this movie was going to be good but boy, I wasn’t expecting it to be this amazing. From the first scene all the way to the last this movie had me beaming with pure joy and pride as I watched this film. I’m telling you, I’ve never been more proud to be a woman of color. This movie is literally a dream come true. To see so many powerful, smart black women and men was just…in a word, glorious. And that’s not the only reason why this movie was so enjoyable. The story was impeccably told, the visuals were jaw-dropping and captivating, the action, oh my goodness, the action was mindbogglingly epic, the outfits were gorgeously designed, and the characters were magnificent.

Marvel has clearly sent a message to the world with this movie and, I hate to say it, but it made Wonder Woman (another historic superhero movie) look like a joke in comparison. Black Panther was everything I wanted it to be…and more.

I also enjoyed the trailers before the film immensely as well. There was Tomb Raider which I have to admit, it looked kind of good, Ant-Man and the Wasp was a fun trailer in IMAX, Solo: A Star Wars Story was, of course, wonderful to see, but the surprise of the day was the Venom teaser.

I have no knowledge of Venom other than he’s the scary version of Spider Man but I do have knowledge of movie trailers and this teaser practically screamed interestingly awesome. Another thing that excited me is seeing Tom Hardy. He’s one of my favorite actors and so seeing him in a movie kind of solidifies a movie’s chances of being good. It was also a really good teaser because it didn’t share anything and that’s always exciting.

All in all, this has been a Marvel-ous Friday and I couldn’t be happier. Tomorrow I will share with you my spoiler-free review of the movie and you definitely won’t want to miss it.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. Wakanda Forever! (That’s something that’s said in the movie and it is totally awesome!) 🙂

The Characters I’m Most Excited To See in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: In Increasing Order

Solo: A Star Wars Story will be coming out in nearly three months and after an exciting article from Entertainment Weekly last week featuring the movie my knowledge of these new, and old, characters has been broadened. So, today I’m going to share with you the character’s stories I’m most interested in seeing in Solo. Enjoy!

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Thandie Newton in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

In the Entertainment Weekly article I discovered what this character’s name is as well as her involvement in the film. She’s an accomplice of Beckett’s and that makes her super interesting. I know for a fact just from briefly seeing her in the trailer that she’s totally shady. She looks like she’ll backstab you so fast. Awesome! In Star Wars we’ve never fully been introduced to the criminal underworld and the shady inhabitants of its enterprise and, like Rogue One, it’s going to be fascinating seeing another side of Star Wars that hasn’t been shown before.

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Woody Harrelson and Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

When I heard that Woody Harrelson had been cast in the movie as Han’s mentor I already knew he was going to play a crooked character and after seeing him in the teaser he practically screams swindler. I don’t exactly know, of course, how he’s going to betray Han but I have a deep feeling in my gut that he is at some point in the movie. In my last post about Solo I wrote about how exciting it was not seeing who the villain of the film was but maybe I did. Maybe Beckett is the villain. The cool thing is I only have a couple of weeks from three months before I find out the truth.

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My Five Favorite Movie Love Stories

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. I’m a fan of, well, love. It’s a beautiful thing and one of my favorite aspects in a movie. If a film can convey a perfect plot while also illustrating a tear-inducing love story at the same time I always give the movie extra points. So, to celebrate this gloriously romantic day I’m going to share with you the five movie love stories that have always made my heart pang with happy and sometimes heartbreaking emotions. Enjoy!

5. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean

Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

I knew about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for a long time but it took me until several years ago to finally see the films and I was pleasantly surprised. Each movie was highly enjoyable, the action was great, the story was engaging, and it featured quite a stirring romance between pirate, Will Turner, and the gorgeous governor’s daughter/future pirate, Elizabeth Swann. Their relationship was filled with leering glances, butterfly-inducing encounters, and plenty of smooching. While their relationship was a little rocky at times due to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow butting in every now and then they eventually got married (in the midst of a raging battle I might add!) and then moments later Will got killed! I was stunned and mortified at the same time.

Fast forward several minutes, Will was brought back to life, becoming basically the Hades of the Sea, and because of this he had to rule the domain of the dead while he left Elizabeth behind in the mortal world. I have to say, I cried like a baby when he had to say goodbye to her. It was such a saddening ending for the two and after seeing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies in a matter of well, three days, it was especially hard to see.

Thanks to last year’s latest installment in the continuing franchise they ended up having a happy ending after all. 🙂

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The Top Ten Scenes in Marvel

In the past ten years Marvel Studios has presented seventeen! movies, all with their own style, own stories, and there have been countless incredible scenes between them all. Today I’m going to share with you my ten favorite scenes that have come from the movies that have spanned nearly half my lifetime. Enjoy!

10. Vision Comes To Life (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Paul Bettany and Chris Evans in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t one of the best Marvel movies but it had one of the greatest surprises for me; Vision. One of my favorite things in a movie is a surprise you don’t see coming and I definitely didn’t see this coming. I remember watching the movie and as Thor electrified the case holding Ultron’s experiment robot with lightning he was residing in I was waiting to see what would happen. When Vision popped out of that container not as a villain but rather as an ally I was shocked.

And then…he grabbed Thor’s hammer and handed it to him! Mind blown! I was utterly stunned. Who was this remarkably powerful superhero that I had no idea about? And he had Jarvis’s voice! It was profoundly one of the greatest surprises I have ever seen in a movie and it’s why this is one of my favorite scenes.

9. The Chase Scene (Captain America: Civil War)

One of the reasons why this is my favorite scene is because it’s the first time we get to see Black Panther in action. I mean the scene was already enjoyable because it was a car chase (I love car chase scenes) but add the element of Black Panther and it really becomes special.

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Could There Ever Be Too Much ‘Star Wars’?

After Disney bought Star Wars in 2012 there have been three movies, a new cartoon, over a dozen books, and there isn’t a sign of Disney slowing down any time soon. I mean there’s literally going to be an actual Star Wars land coming to Disney World next year which is ridiculously awesome!!!! And now Disney has announced that they have just gotten the moguls behind the HBO phenomenon, Game of Thrones, to make other Star Wars films that stand outside of the standalone movies and Rian Johnson’s trilogy!

Disney is also bringing out a streaming service next year which will feature a live-action Star Wars show for the first time. And then in a little over three months we’re going to have another Star Wars film to indulge ourselves with and then after that I’m sure there will be countless books to get our imaginations wrapped around. And remember, there’s also going to be an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film coming out in 2020. It’s Star Wars galore!

And while this is all great news there are some who feel that Disney might be taking the magic of Star Wars away by having so many venues for the franchise. Now for me I couldn’t be happier.

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As you all know I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I still remember the days when I used to dream about there being more Star Wars movies every time I watched the end of Return of the Jedi. When Disney announced they had bought LucasFilm I was legitimately terrified because when I used to think of Disney I thought of, well, Mickey Mouse and I definitely didn’t want a Mickey Star Wars.

That skepticism was instantly erased after The Force Awakens, for it was everything that I wanted a Star Wars film to be. I could get behind the new characters of this generation’s trilogy and it brought back the classics, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill. It was the perfect way for Disney to tell us, “Star Wars is back!!!”

Then there was Rogue One.

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This movie proved to everyone that LucasFilm wasn’t Disney-fying Star Wars by making a film where everyone dies. I’ve seen some rated R films that haven’t even done that. I was sold on Disney’s concept of movies after that.

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And The Last Jedi only increased my appreciation for Disney’s vision of the franchise by having Rian Johnson create a very long and complex film that helped move the story of Star Wars in a whole other direction and I love it.

The fact that Disney is already planning to keep giving us Star Wars for many more years is a dream come true for me. And judging from the way they’re hiring these people to make Star Wars movies it seems like they’re going to make the Star Wars franchise off of the Marvel model and I am very glad about it. The thought of at least two Star Wars films in a year is practically incredible and if this ever comes to pass I’m going to be one of the happiest Star Wars fans ever.

Now if the quality of the films start decreasing and become more like Marvel films (sorry Marvel but Star Wars still has better movies) then that’ll be a problem. If every film, however, is made with the respect and care as the last three movies were made and each film ends up being as good as The Last Jedi, or better, then that will be the greatest gift Disney could’ve ever given me.

Until these new movies are announced I’ll continue to focus on Solo which comes out on May 25 and then after that I’ll slowly begin counting down the days until Episode IX.

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

 

My Excitement for ‘Black Panther’

It’s only four days until the monumental Black Panther comes out and I am beyond ecstatic. Usually around this time of year I’m just waiting until April to get the newest Star Wars movie on Blu-Ray but this year the incredible blockbusters are coming early with this February release of Marvel’s Black Panther and I couldn’t be happier.

Now, while there is a huge cultural significance to this movie that’s not the only reason why I’m excited to see this film. Marvel has been cranking out enjoyable films for the past ten years and the incredible thing is not only do we get at least three Marvel movies a year now but the movies are actually really, really good as well. The last two Marvel films that have come out (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok) have both graced my top five favorite Marvel movies list and I have a feeling Black Panther won’t be an exception.

The commercials are awesome, the advertising for the film is perfect, and I simply can’t wait to see the beautiful world of Wakanda that Black Panther comes from.

So, here are the things I’m most excited to see in Marvel’s new juggernaut, Black Panther.

The Action

Chadwick Boseman in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

When Black Panther appeared in Captain America: Civil War I was already excited. His suit was amazingly sleek (and black,) it could deflect bullets because it was made completely out of vibranium (awesome!) and while the suit possessed a simple design its beauty was impeccable. And his fighting style was so amazing! The martial arts form that he used felt native to his country, Wakanda, while also making his character shine.

Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther (2018)

Now he has his own film and I know for a fact that the action is going to be off the chain! I’m just excited to see exactly how off the chain it will be. And the great thing is, it won’t just be Black Panther who will be handing out the incredible fight scenes. We’ve also got the Dora Milaje, the all-female bodyguards of the King, as well as other tribes and the movie’s main villain who are definitely going to get in on the piece of the action. *squeal* I’m so excited I could practically scream.

I can’t wait to see Black Panther’s vibranium claws slicing and dicing in IMAX. It’s going to be awesome!

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