Avengers: Age of Ultron: A Discussion

Age of Ultron was another one of those films I didn’t appreciate to the full extent till another go-around. I liked it well enough the first time, but now, I feel that I understand and appreciate Age of Ultron so much more.

Age of Ultron is one of the more nuanced films in the MCU. The motivations of the various characters clash against each other and everyone is trying to do what they believe to be right and all of them have very different ideas of what that is.

Ultron himself has a twisted idea of “saving” the universe. Which umm.. has to do with destroying everything living on the earth.

Iron Man wants to put a ‘suit of armor’ around the world after being attracted by aliens in the battle of New York. This is what ends up creating Ultron in the first place, but also the next character I’m going to talk about: Vision.

Vision simply wants to be on the side of life. To be a bringer of peace. He doesn’t even want to kill Ultron, but knows it is necessary for the safety of the Earth.

The twins want peace for their country and vengeance for the death of their parents. Their parents were killed by a bomb that came from Stark industries and so of course they have a special hatred for Stark, but they change their minds after Scarlett sees into Ultron’s mind and find inside only destruction.

The Hulk or rather Banner helps out Tony, but not fully thinking it through. He is driven by the science, but doesn’t fully realize how far Tony was willing to go.

Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Captain America are the damage control. They didn’t realize what was going on with the others, but once mistakes were made they came in to help reduce the damage done.

My favorite moments:

Every time Ultron was on screen made for great scenes. Slowly he became a more and more formidable opponent and he was so much fun to watch. His hatred for Tony despite speaking just like him was fascinating. I think one of the best parts of the films was how imprinted in Tony’s way of thinking Ultron is in simply a twisted way. He really is Tony’s creation in every sense. Yet the creation hates the creator and acts in a similar way, but just twisted towards darkness. I love that.

I think it took me watching all the other films to care more about this one simply because I see the evolving of everyone and how interesting it is that the line of morality in this film is so blurred. Seeing your heroes make mistakes remind you that they are as human as you are and how you can get this one twisted idea in your head and it transforms the way you see the world in a grayish manner. It’s the mistake of one bad experience coloring the rest of how you see a group of people or organization in life. It’s cool that that kind of social commentary can be made by watching this film.

In this film it’s not a battle between good and evil in the strictest sense. But a battle between the mind of doing what you think is right and your beliefs tailoring what decision you make.

This movie has some really incredible fight scenes and lots of action, but at its core it’s the exploration of the mind and morality that makes this movie great.

Also, the party scene was fantastic..

What a show captain put on.. no one believed him for a second. Least of all Thor. Though I would argue most of the Avengers should be worthy of the hammer. Everyone’s sacrificed much in the name of justice.

Also, I loved the little early Black Panther references. Like the one shown in this photograph and video:

https://youtu.be/oytnbiux_lk

Marvel is really good at fusing humor and seriousness into its films. Sometimes it’s a little jab of humor, but at the same time it always gets some sort of reaction out of me.

I very much have a higher sense of respect for this film and it’s not the best of the marvel universe by far, but it is great in its own way.

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Watching: The Kitchen

The Kitchen is the action-packed film full of female bad-assery you all need to see.

This film is rated R, so I’d suggest to leave the children at home, but other then that everyone needs to watch this movie!

My sister has played The Godfather on occasion and I’ve seen bits of pieces here and there, but it’s enough to say that The Kitchen felt reminiscent to the heart of what The Godfather was all about. The violence, the family, the immorality.

On a side note, I loved that Melissa McCarthy played a role that wasn’t a humorous one. She is a queen of comedy, but seeing her in a dramatic role like this one was really awesome!

Anyway, these women kick some serious ass in this film! Yet, at the same time there was a undertone to each of their backstories that created a beautiful nuance to all of their characters. Them coming together and rising to the top being the heads of their own crime ring was incredible to watch.

The concept of the mafia has always fascinated me. I don’t know that much about it, but the idea of getting protection for payment, but also being threatened at the same time mixed in with rivalries and all sorts of immoral politics is fascinating to me. This movie reminded me of that curiosity in me that loves to try and understand and pick apart people’s reasonings and ways of living.

Claire was by far my favorite, but only by a small margin, because all three women were absolutely incredible. Her backstory and her rising up was the most amazing to see. Yet, it was also the most violent to see. She received the most violence in her life so she gives out the most violence and sometimes I didn’t know if I was rooting for her or grossed out just a bit.

Ruby of course was also incredible and she has so much more to her then meets the eye. The way she slides into her boss role was so awesome! She radiates this confidence the entire time that was so cool to see.

Then of course there is Kathy who has the most loving relationship with her husband and is the only one to have kids. She has the most balanced morality of all of them and she has a bite to her when she needs to.

All and all this is a fantastic film. It has grit. It has some mighty powerful women. It has some harshness. Some small morsels of humor. And a whole lot of powerful feminism.

I loved this film. I’m so glad I got to see it! I hope you all reading give this movie a chance.

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Watching: The Farewell

I didn’t plan on watching a movie today and today I was pleasantly surprised to get a chance to watch The Farewell.

I choose this film firstly because it was a comedy. Secondly because it dealt with the grandmother having cancer. Thirdly because I was watching this only with my mom and I thought she would enjoy it.

I didn’t realize that it would be half in Chinese. I didn’t realize it would make me feel so much. I also didn’t realize I would laugh so much then cry then be happily surprised by its ending. This movie is so beautifully sweet and I never thought a lie would be so wonderful.

Billi has loved her entire life in America. She lives in New York along with her parents. She was doing her best to make something of her life. Yet, when she finds out that Nai Nai has cancer. She travels there alone when the rest of the family said she shouldn’t be there out of fear of letting the secret be known.

In Chinese culture when someone is ailing with cancer the whole family holds the burden of knowing it and no one says a word of what’s going on health wise with that person. They do this because they believe that it is the fear cancer brings to a person that kills them.

I have to say that sadly that’s very true. When my Dad knew he had cancer he started to deteriorate faster then I’d ever seen. I look at him now and he’s so much thinner and grayer. The only thing he has life for is Facebook. I’ve seen him get really depressed and mad at life. I’ve seen him cry for his situation and it’s broken my heart more then once.

It made me wish we could have not said anything to him about his cancer, but that’s illegal in the US. I wish I could see my dad as full of life as he was when I was a little girl. But, the cancer mixed with his mini-strokes have created a perfect storm of some really difficult circumstances.

Anyway, it made the travel of Billie and her family back to America a really hard scene for me to watch. I can’t imagine leaving my dad not knowing if I’d see him again. It’s made me someone who refuses to keep hold of grudges and who is always open about how I feel for someone. Especially when I love them. I live my life for each and everyday and I appreciate every moment I have with my family and friends.

But, this isn’t all about the sadness this movie was a comedy and it brought me a lot of joy as well! Part of this film that was really fun for me was the relationship between Billie and her mom. Billie is a little quirky and affectionate in a similar way to how I’m affectionate with my mom. She’d put her head on her mom’s shoulder and her mom would push her away with a little smack on the shoulder. In my life I’ve been on the receiving end of those sorts of smacks from my mom and it was cute to see that sort of mother daughter relationship dynamic play out on screen.

This movie had a beautiful balance of culture, comedy, and seriousness. I loved the insights I gained from it both in the big moments and the small ones. One being when Billie spoke with Nai Nai about losing her fellowship. Nai Nai told her that she’d lived a long life and that she was beautiful and smart and that she’d make her success along the way. She made light of something that felt like a big loss and I found that to be beautiful.

Food too was huge in this movie. Eating as a family and talking over huge lunches and dinners. A lot of the movie surrounded huge meals. Billie not wanting to eat to much was considered nonsense and her Nai Nai forcing her to take a bite was an adorable moment.

I loved this film. It’s family-centric. It’s both funny and deep. It made me smile far more then it made me cry. When I did cry I was sobbing like a baby only to find out that I didn’t need to cry at all.

Movies like this always make me want to hold close to those I love and to hold close to life itself. Life isn’t about the painful moments, but how you choose to live fully in spite of them. I highly recommend this film. It’s one that would warm your heart.

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Watching: Good Omens Season 1

I had heard some great things about this show before getting the chance to watch it. I am so happy that I got the chance! It’s hilarious and witty in such an awesome way. It discusses religion in a way that is flamboyant and fun, I really enjoyed it!

The relationship between this angel and demon is so fun to watch. They play off each other so well and it’s beautiful really. My favorite part of the entire series was their relationship dynamic. Especially, the episode where they go through and talk about their friendship throughout the centuries and it was incredibly hilarious.

This is one of those shows that I could watch again and again. As per usual, I put on the first episode once more while writing this and I find it to be the most entertaining ways to write this post.

What I really love about the show is all the stylistic choices. Such as making the demons and angels so on the nose and slightly too literal to take them seriously.

I mean beelzebub has flies constantly around her and Crowley’s eyes are reptilian. On top of that the simplicity of all angels being represented in white and all demons in black add to how the show takes itself seriously enough to keep you continuously engaged, but in a way that isn’t serious at all and it adds to the hilarity.

What is also interesting is that both the angels and the demons seem to want to bring about the end of the world. You would think the angels would want to hold off as much as possible, but no, they seem to want to fight as badly as the demons do.

In the first episode Crowley becomes a Nanny:

This section is one of the reasons I could watch this show again and again. Especially, when he sings a lullaby to the kid about death and destruction and it’s so odd yet perfect that I can’t get it out of my head.

Also, Crowley yelling at his plants and threatening them if they don’t grow the way he wants him to. That part put the biggest smile on my face and I couldn’t stop laughing.

I’m not going to go into too much depth about this show because I’d love for everyone to watch it for themselves. It has so much substance to it and more then enough hilarious situations to lift your spirits in the darkest of your moods.

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Watching: Men In Black: International

I needed a break from some stress and I really loved the comercial for MIB: International so of course I dragged my mom and my sister to go watch it, got them (and myself) to wake up early and have a grand time watching this comedic Sci-fi.

I sadly missed the first minute or so of the film because we were running a little late, but this film is mostly about Molly and I didn’t miss any part of her story and I kinda inferred that the part I missed was Agent H’s past and I kinda deduced that from the ending so I feel like I didn’t miss anything at all.

Anyway, I enjoyed the heck out of this movie. I love how creatively the aliens were put together. There was these shoe teeth aliens and a giant starfish looking one and of course beard alien. Visually everything was weird and cool to look at which is something I love.

The personalities of the creatures too are a major part of what makes this film a fun watch. Specifically Pawny.. pawny is MVA/MVP of the whole film. I would watch this film again again just for him. The humor of the tiny pawn was literal gold.

Just look at the little guy he is “cute in an ugly kind of way” as one of the aliens in the film put it.

But again it’s the details that I find myself in love with in this film. Like small nods to Hemsworth’s role as Thor with a part where Agent H throws a hammer at an alien as well as this:

Which happens throughout the film.

Also, this bit about Agent H’s name being Henry which I wouldn’t have gained anything from unless I heard someone in the theatre behind me say “I knew it!” Very triumphantly. On further research it might very well be a nod to Henry McKay.. a real life man who has been conspired to have a real life men in Black encounter.

If that’s a real nod or not I did really enjoy the different relationship dynamics in the film that center around Agent H and Agent M, Agent M as Pawny’s Queen, Agent H and his erm.. unique, past lovers, and Agent H with senior Agent High T. Honestly, Agent H really seems to get around.. (I hate myself a little for saying this).

Without spoiling anything, I wanna say that I really enjoyed this film. It had some great action, Great funny moments (of which way too many are in the trailer, but whatever), and I know many nods to the previous films (which I’ve sorta saw as a kid, but I honestly don’t remember and can’t say what the nods are). All around it’s a humorous film and that’s all I wanted to see.

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Thor: The Dark World: A Discussion

Welcome back everyone to my Marvel movie series! I’m kicking it back up with a discussion about Thor: The Dark World and I can’t wait to discuss the rest of the films in this super fun and exciting universe.

What I love most about the Thor films is how it feels like it’s in a universe all its own even as it connects back to earth for different parts. Half the time during the film my brain goes into full art appreciation mode and I think “wow.. that’s so cool” approximately every 5 seconds, but I mean.. look at Asgard:

Plus look at the ships and say that doesn’t spark some childlike excitement:

But, what I also loved the most was the brothers working together after Loki being arrested in Thor.

I loved the humor between them and how Loki was proud of Thor for being distrustful of Loki and tricking him a bit for once. But, I also love that no matter how mischievous and evil Loki can be in his heart he is in his own way loyal to his family. Or at least to his mother. But, I would say that he does hold a brotherly love for Thor deep down in that grey green soul of his.

I like each Thor movie more then the last. (I can’t wait to discuss Thor: Ragnorok: A+ film). This go around I noticed a few things in the film I didn’t notice before.

One the green flash surrounding this guard:

Which was a tell tell sign that no Loki wasn’t actually dead (though I doubt anyone really believed he died).

Two professor Erik Selvig says there was a God in his head?

Which after some digging is related to when Loki controlled Erik’s mind with the staff in Thor, but why has no one else ever gotten mad from that? Hawkeye has been controlled and he’s mentally a-ok.. why did it make Erik crazy, but also filled with so much more knowledge then everyone else. It’s a bit of a curiosity for me.

3 this was the beginning of Jane moving on and honestly she deserves someone who can be by her side always and not just sometimes:

Honestly, I never really liked Jane and Thor’s relationship. Yes, they have physical chemistry, but I don’t really see it being much more then that. Yeah it looks great on screen, but there’s none of the balance in the relationship like there is with Tony Stark and Pepper or even Hawkeye and his wife (though we never get too much of their relationship). But, this dinner shows that Jane doesn’t want to be left alone with no explanation anymore, yes Thor has a fantastic reason, but he doesn’t really give Jane anything to work with.. and when you loose all communication in a relationship with no precedence for it the relationship starts to die. It’s hard to be on your own making up a billion stories in your head about how someone else is thinking or feeling when everything could be cleared up with a simple bit of communication in some way. Either way, she doesn’t like feeling left out in the cold and she deserves to have someone whose there for her, just like everyone does.

In general, I really enjoyed this film. The battle scenes were great. I love the humor. Love the brotherly relationship. Love the mix of science and magic. The convergence parts were super cool to look at. The antigravity parts too were super cool. In my nerd brain I brand this movie as cool. It may not be my favorite in the marvelverse, but it’s a fun movie all around.

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Watching: Detective Pikachu!

Today was a fun day for me. I got invited to watch Detective Pikachu with two of my coworkers that I’ve become good friends with recently. It was a pleasant surprise for me because ever since I heard Ryan Reynolds was going to play Pikachu in the film I knew I absolutely had to watch it at some point.

This is one of the most beautifully animated films I’ve seen recently, but what I mean by that is that the way they added Pokémon into the physical reality was pretty seamless. Sometimes it’s hard to suspend your disbelief with a film like this, but with detective Pikachu it was a lot easier then you would expect.

I must’ve awwed a thousand times during this film. All the Pokémon were just so adorable! Many of them I knew from my glory days of collecting Pokémon cards obsessively and playing Pokémon on my Nintendo DS what feels like a very long time ago (And lets be real watching Pokémon as a cartoon as a kid was one of my go to jams). I felt like a kid again watching my favorite pet companions come to life before me on screen. The nostalgia of it was one of the best feelings in the world.

Plus, watching the film with friends was one of the biggest bonuses ever. Even if I might’ve decided to pour out some chips at the wrong time and silent laughed my way through a particularly sad scene… But, you all came here to hear about the film and not my somewhat awkward and possibly inappropriate antics that transpired during said film.

Anyway, I loved this movie. It was sweet, lighthearted, and with a believable storyline. The action parts were incredible to watch. The animation was so well done it made my jaw drop at times. My only issue comes with the actual ending and I can’t really talk about it without spoiling the whole thing so I’m not going to.

Honestly, I just wanna share some photos of Pokémon I loved just in appreciation for how well they animated everything:

Pikachu of course was adorable and I wanted to hug him every 5 seconds and was increasingly sad and irritated to know that that would be impossible.

Honestly, if the Mime was real this would be what he’d look like. Plus, the way they animated his movement and used his powers in his scene was so well done and it came out with a wonderful humorous flare. I loved it.

In motion the squirtles were some of the most adorable creatures ever. A photo doesn’t capture it in quite the right way.

Jigglypuff looks utterly adorable here and I will forever love her for the rest of my life!

As this snubull shows, I feel like realistic fur is one of the films biggest strong suits.

Then there is lickitung the one Pokémon that managed to gross me out, but also I still had appreciation for the animation.

Other then the amazingness of the animation and the wonderful nostalgia I had watching the film everything else I loved feels like a spoiler and I really want as many of you to watch this movie for yourselves. So I’m going to leave this here.

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Watching: Poms

Just yesterday I got the opportunity to go watch Poms and so I took it. I gotta say I’m glad I did. It was a really beautiful, feel good, sort of film.

Movie description:

Martha is an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, a fun-loving neighbor who insists that they become best pals. After coming out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to form a cheerleading squad with their fellow residents. As the two women hold auditions, they soon learn that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.

My Thoughts:

A lot of these films with elderly characters tend to jump out and surprise me. There’s a sort of humor and character that is incredibly strong that comes from age and the youth in it can be something surprising for a younger person. However, every time I go to a film like this one I see mostly elderly people going to watch it and I think that’s such a shame. I mean we’re all going to get to that age someday (ideally) so why not have a glimpse of what could be? Also, films like this are also generally humorous and joyful so I wish more people gave it a chance.

Anyways, what I loved most about this film was that it showed it doesn’t matter what age you are or what is going wrong in your life, you can still make the best of things and do something amazing with what you have in front of you. Martha was at the end of her life, she had cancer, she just moved out of the apartment she had lived in for 43 years, she seemed to have no family, and any old friends weren’t present. Essentially she moved away so she could die alone.

But, she finds friends in this new place. She finds the rebirth of the old hobby she’d never once thought she’d have a chance to get back. She found herself a second chance and a means to really live out her last days instead of dying locked up.

I loved each friend she made. Each woman had their own beautiful personalities and something of youth in them. They were bold and funny and just generally wonderful. Yes, they had their flaws and their own way of things, but that’s human.

Maybe it’s just that I overthink things until they reach oblivion, but I want to really live my life in such a way that I do the things that I want to do and don’t let life pass me by in the now. It’s something that most of us think about and want, but a lot of times we create the obstacles to be larger then they really are and we let things slip through our fingers when they really don’t have to. I don’t want to live my life and be old and grey crying over the fact that I didn’t let myself really live for the majority of my life. I don’t want to say that I missed out on this or that opportunity when I could have made something work.

In this lifetime, I want to be at the end of my lifetime saying ‘I did it! I lived! I loved and I loved fully! I gave it my best.’ And to go out remembering it all and smiling at how the light was always greater then the dark through it all.

and maybe, the message of this movie is simple. Something quite on the nose, but you don’t need things to be complicated to enjoy them. This movie made me laugh and shed a few tears and gave me several hours of meditating over how I actually want to live. So for me, this movie is 1000% worth watching.

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The Curse of La llorona: A Movie Review

Yesterday my mom randomly decided to take me and my sister to amc to watch La llorona. This was one of the most exciting things to spontaneously happen for me in a long while. I was like a little kid running in the hot sun all the way to the theater because we were running a little late and I didn’t want to miss anything.

The first thing I have to say about this film has nothing to do with the film really, but the song that it plays before the film even starts. It’s called Arrorró Mi Niño and it’s hauntingly beautiful. Actually not even, it’s just beautiful in general and so peaceful and relaxing in a way I wasn’t expecting going in to see the film.

Here is the song link below for your listening pleasure:

https://youtu.be/nZ71XeFEaO

Another thing that I want to say is that even my mom enjoyed the film and she usually doesn’t like horror films. So that’s special on its own.

On the scary scale this movie wasn’t that scary for me, but that’s not saying much because I’m pretty used to horror films. There were some tense moments that got to me, but for the most part I wasn’t particularly scared.

What I love about this franchise is that most of the films have some sort of softness to them. Some sort of humor or sweet moment to break up the monotony of fear. It makes these films pretty well balanced and makes them more then just films to inspire fear.

What was special about this film for me is that it helped me learn a little bit more about my mom’s culture. She grew up in New Mexico to stories about La Llorona her whole life. She said that it stayed true to parts of the story, but it still was its own story.

I won’t spoil the ritual itself, but there is a ritual performed in this movie that my mom told me is actually performed and in the way they performed it. It’s an odd looking ritual so I was surprised to hear that it is really something that is performed.

Overall, this was a really great film. If you like horror films I highly recommend this one. The action was good. The story was good. It had an interesting plot. Good suspense. Some tense moments. It’s a great spooky film.

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Thor: A Discussion

Ahh… Thor. The God of Thunder. But also, one of the most irritating superheroes of the marvel verse. Well, at least in his origin movie.

I wish I could say I adored Thor and I do like him a whole lot more in later films, but in this one he is a man-child and he continues to act as such except when he finally sacrifices himself going against the metal beast his brother sends and becomes worthy of his hammer. I’m of the mind that Loki would make the better king. I kinda wish that he hadn’t been treated as Thor’s shadow growing up. If Loki wasn’t a traitor he’d make a great king, but of course that’s not how it works.

The other thing that frustrates me is this:

Jane is an incredibly intelligent woman. Her and Thor could never connect on an intellectual level, but of course that doesn’t matter, because he takes his shirt off and suddenly his personality doesn’t matter at all because of his physique. It pisses me off as much as when a woman is only seen for her looks and I don’t like the trope for a man or a woman. Although a small part of me does appreciate that it is the man for once that is the eye-candy. But also Thor gets her father drunk and causes nothing but problems for her and her family and yet it doesn’t matter because he’s nice to look at. I mean, everyone’s entitled to love whoever they want, but it’s mostly the sort of representation this puts out. The guy that acts out of immaturity and anger throughout the majority of the film gets the girl and the kingship through one act of selflessness and being good-looking. I don’t know why, but it’s just so frustrating to me.

I guess it’s also that there isn’t a real change in Thor until the later films where he proves himself a little more, but in the original film I just wished things were different.

I do however, have some praises for this film. One, Asgard is Gorgeous!

I could stare at how beautiful Asgard is for ages. The detail is amazing. God I love it.

Also, Loki is amazing!

Loki adds so much to the film. He makes it a story about family, mischief, and lies. Ultimately, he just wants to be recognized and he feels betrayed, by his family, but also he just likes to stir the pot. I do also love the brother dynamic between him and Thor. Thor’s love for his brother is one of his most redeeming qualities and is one of the biggest reasons I grow to love Thor in later films. Loki makes some decisions that paint him as the villain in this film, but if it wasn’t for Loki Thor would never have grown to deserve his hammer. In the end, both have deeper character because of the other and something about that is really cool to me.

Truly, I can’t wait to discuss the later Thor films, because like Iron Man they get better with each iteration. It’s not that I dislike this film. I actually really enjoy it. It’s funny and it has its own flavor. I just don’t like Thor’s initial characterization. I like this film almost because I love rolling my eyes at Thor’s antics and I enjoy most when they get crushed. Like in the beginning of the film when he is first exiled and realizes that he barely has more strength then a normal man. When characters get humbled by reality it makes me smile. Plus, I think the point of Thor in the film is that he is an idiot and that idiots can grow up. I guess I just love to hate on this version of Thor.

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