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.

Thanks for reading! As this just came out I didn’t really want to spoil any of this. If you love the conjuring and Annabelle, you’ll definitely enjoy The Curse of La Llorona

Iron Man 3: A Discussion

I know not everyone agrees with me, but Iron Man 3 is my favorite of the Iron Man films and I won’t apologize for it. It’s a well-balanced, funny yet emotional film that shows no matter what demons you have inside you, you can still be an incredible hero.

I love Iron Man for his wit and for how genuine of a human being he is. His past is checkered and he doesn’t always say or do the right thing, but he tries his best to do what is right for those he loves and also for the world.

This movie starts out with one of the most Tony Stark trade marked quote ever. He says “A famous man once said, “We create our own demons.” Who said that? What does that even mean? Didn’t matter. I said it ’cause he said it. So now, he was famous and it was basically said by two well-known guys.” This feels so classically Tony Stark and I love how it ties in to what he says at the end as well. It shows his arrogance, but also his wit and it sets the tone for what the rest of the movie perfectly.

I love even the little moments like when Tony is arguing with James about Tony’s health and James says ‘I’m not trying to be a Dick-tator.’ switching his word slightly because a little girl is present. Something about the slight jabs and sarcastic humor makes Iron Man one of my favorite marvel heroes. He’s always fun to watch.

In this movie the villains were all of Tony’s making. The ex-lover, The guy he ignored at a party, and his own mental hurtles. It really felt like everyone was someone he needed to fight off himself. Who had a personal vendetta against him. Yes, a lot of it is posed as a villain plotting against the world, but the real motive was to get back at Tony and it made his eventual triumph at the end all the more exciting.

But, what I love most about this film is seeing one of the earths mightiest heroes deal with a demon that so many of us face everyday.. anxiety. The mind is the most powerful force on earth. When Stark has his first major panic attack he thinks he must have some heart or brain injury and his body is perfectly fine. It’s his mind that created the danger and as the movie goes on and he continues battling his mind as well as all of the other demons he created you see someone defeating their demons and coming out on top. That’s a message that so many of us need at some point or another.

Then how deeply it’s connected to Pepper and how much he wants to protect her. That kills me. Because there is only one person on this earth that he has and that’s her and he realized there’s more on the earth to be afraid of then he ever first realized. He’s not sure if he’s strong enough to keep her safe and nothing hits him harder then that.. so he tinkers. He makes things to feel better, but by doing so he looses time just enjoying being with her. Tony may be a jerk at times, but he’s real with Pepper. I think that’s the truest kind of love. The person you can be your truest self with. The person who’s flaws don’t sway you because you can see how hard the other tries in spite of everything. The person who lifts you up and who you lift up. That’s the kind of love you never let pass you by.

Then, Tony gets arrogant again and gives the world his address. That ends in absolute catastrophe as well as Pepper being captured. But, it made for one of the funniest and best relationships in the whole MCU… the relationship between Tony and a kid named Harley. Tony is rather mean to the adorable little kid, but the kid holds his own anyway. Honestly, I think they both irritate and love each other equally. Tony needed Harley and Harley, well, Harley found a father figure. It’s the sweetest thing to watch.

I know a lot of people don’t like this, but I love the mandarin being a fake. I know that it would’ve made for a completely different movie if he wasn’t, but he just played the part so well. Plus, the part where this gets revealed is probably the funniest part of the movie for me. For me, it balances the film out. It put a smile on my face and that’s worth a lot to me. I’m always up for some good comic relief and that’s what the actor behind the mandarin is for me.

As far as the battle scenes go, there was plenty of action. The power set was unique from all the other films and that made the fighting style and overall feel of the fight scenes their own. Then, we have the final battle where Tony calls in all his suits and it creates a busyness that keeps your eyes engaged and gives a sense of urgency to the overall scene.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Iron Man. I love a good flawed hero. Iron Man is truly human in every sense of the word. In this final solo film of his we get to see him at his very best in spite of everything that mentally wants to bring him down. Iron man is a true hero and I will always have love for his films.

Thanks so much to all of you for reading! I’m back once more and better then ever. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me. I have a lot planned to read, write, and discuss with you all in the future.

-Till next time!

The Avengers: A Discussion

One of the world’s most beloved band of superheroes unites for the first time in The Avengers to make their stand against Loki the God of Mischief.

As always in these films there is some level of in-fighting. This time it’s Hawkeye fighting alongside Loki thanks to the mind control abilities of Loki’s staff. But, also a bit of fighting between black widow and The Hulk. Then of course there was everyone against Loki. Then, everyone against everyone in their battle of wits filled with too much testosterone. I guess in a way there’s nothing more fantastic then the good guys fighting each other and then putting aside the fight in the name of justice. Plus, a lot of their fights between each other can be pretty funny so it’s fun in that way too.

But hands down one of my absolute favorite scenes to ever grace a Marvel film ever is the one where the Hulk smashes the crap out of Loki. When I first saw this scene I was in tears of laughter. I love it.

Watch it for yourself here:

https://youtu.be/31ZjnrHR8EA

It is pure gold.

What I find to be interesting about The Avengers is that you can split it up into parts. The beginning where all the main players are gathered up on the ship. A very long middle part where they are on the ship and fighting mostly with their conversation until they finally do battle on the ship. Then, the battle where the heroes all come together in New York where Loki summons these Alien things that are apparently called Chitauri. I know this is a little bit picky, but I felt those two beginning parts where a little slow. It’s what makes this film not quite make it on my favorites list of all the marvel films, but still it does have great humor and one of my favorite scenes ever so.. take that as you will.

But, for sure my favorite parts of the film were the battles. Especially the final one. It’s where the heroes themselves finally believe that working together is actually possible and they do work together seamlessly. Captain America comes into his own and leads the entire thing. The Hulk kinda excepts himself and uses his power to his full potential. Hawkeye and black widow fight with their typical badassery. Iron Man sacrifices himself (again). Thor uses his lightning to an amazing affect. Together they realize that they do make quite the team.

There was something so beautifully cinematic about that last New York battle where they fought the threat and still did their best to protect the people who were there and afraid. Then the way they added the newscast to the film at the end where people shared their gratitude, but also their fears and it felt very true to life if superheroes were real in society today.

All in all, the original Avengers film sets up the team of a lifetime. It sets the tone of humor and interaction that we see again and again in later films. It’s the beginning of the greatness that shines brightly in the later films of the franchise. This film is fun, witty, and a great ride. I enjoyed watching it immensely!

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-Till next time!

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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Watching: Incredibles 2

I have to admit I’ve been a little lazy lately. Getting up late. Watching whatever I feel like watching. Going to work and coming back to watch something else I feel like watching. But, today is the last of that. Or at least I’m going to be awake long enough to complete my daily goals. We’ll see how long that lasts.

But, this post isn’t about that. It’s about a little movie called ‘Incredibles 2’ and how I feel so proud to finally have watched it.

I watched this movie out of pure nostalgia. I loved it. I enjoyed that it took place right after the original film and that it had so many nods to the original film.

Most of all, I loved the pure excitement I felt when Edna came on screen.

Just look at Edna. She’s amazing. I never fully encompassed why, but I always loved her. Her character always made me laugh, but at the same time I always felt this immense respect for her. She is a boss lady. No doubt about that. I love that even when Mr. Incredible in the room she still holds the power even when it looks like Mr. Incredible could crush her in 2 seconds, it’s Edna who holds the real power. I love that. So, I’m not ashamed of saying that her part is my favorite of the movie. Although, there is a lot that could be said for the rest of it.

Incredibles has always been known for the family aspect. Everyone coming together to fight crime. In this movie I loved that a lot of the most pressing issues didn’t even feel like they were coming from the villain threats, but just Mr. Incredible dealing with how to be a parent. Not only that, but how to be a parent to kids with powers. Which has to be 1000% harder. I loved seeing him get frustrated. I loved the realness of those emotions. Love isn’t easy, but you do your best everyday, because at the end of the day that feeling when you look at your partner, friend, or family member in the eye it’s all worth it. I loved that this movie showcased that.

I also have to say that Jack Jack was MVP.

Just look at him. He was a full on terror. However, some of my other favorite parts were Mr. Incredible dealing with Jack Jack. I would not be able to deal with this little one. He’s a lot to handle, but I love him just the same. If I wasn’t afraid he was going to burn me alive I would definitely give this little one a big hug.

If you haven’t already. Go and see Incredibles 2. Especially if you grew up watching Incredibles like I did. It’s wholly worth the experience even just for the nostalgia.

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Watching The Nun: My Thoughts

Of all the movies coming out in recent times this was the movie I was most looking forward to watching. The prequel to The Conjuring movies. I now see it more as a movie within the pocket of The Conjuring that just happened to occur before the events of The Conjuring.

Of all the movies in the conjuring universe this one felt the most different. It wasn’t quite in the same vein of House hauntings and demonic possession, but I enjoyed it anyway. I liked the Monastery setting. I liked the creepiness of it. I just wish the inside shots weren’t shot so dark. It’s hard to be scared when you can’t see much at all.

What I wished was different was the character development. I didn’t really care about anyone. I wasn’t invested in if anyone lived or died. It was of little consequence to me. In the conjuring movies it is much the opposite, I cared about everyone and what happened to them. There were these beautiful relationships that formed and you felt like you were watching a good family undergo something awful.

In The Nun, there is a little characterization, but not much. Basically you have an idea about the people based solely on their job. Sister Irene who is not quite a nun yet as she hasn’t taken her vows. Father Burke who is a pastor. Frenchie whom I don’t know what he does, but sort of provides comic relief. Other then that most everyone is two demential. Which sucks after the previous movies in this universe having some amazing characters that are so enjoyable to watch.

What also threw me for a loop was that some of the shots were so disorienting that they didn’t make sense. A character who was once above ground would be below and then one that was inside would find their way outside. Then the way it would all happen was just in general very confusing for me. Although, I did like the idea of someone being stuck in a coffin alive having been dragged under by a ghost. Plus, the bells above that could be rung should you find yourself buried alive was a nice touch. That made for one of my favorite scenes of the movie.

There wasn’t as much story as I would have liked at the beginning. A lot of the actual story line was revealed later. It was more like these two people were there investigating mostly just because they were told to. Which is fine I guess, but it was not as good of a reason as I would have liked. I mean yeah they are testing to see if the grounds are still Holy, but why those two in particular? I don’t really know.

Maybe, I’m being a little harsh on this movie. I did enjoy it. Some of the scenes were really cool. Yeah, I wish things were different, but overall I did like watching. It’s fun to watch. It was spooky. It had spooky paranormal demon vibes. I do recommend giving this movie a shot.

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My Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies

I’m in a really fantastic mood right now. It’s spooky month and I am so ready to live my best life watching some spooky movies and play throughs of horror games. One thing that surprises a lot of people when I mention this after getting to know me is that I ADORE horror movies and the whole genre in general. I love spooky shows, and spooky books, and going to six flags horror nights (when I have the chance). It’s something that I live for.

So I am so excited to share with you all my top 10 horror movies in no particular order:

1. Mama

So this is my favorite horror movie. I know I said no particular order, but I had to mention Mama first. I love it for so many reasons. It’s a family movie. I don’t mean it’s not scary.. I just mean it’s about family. Two sisters being raised by a ghost found in the woods to be taken in by a family and followed closely by their ghost mom. This makes it sound weirder then it is. Actually this movie made me cry the first few times I watched it. It’s so good!

2. Get Out

This movie deserves all the applause it gets. It touches on so many interesting elements. At first I had no clue where it was going, but when all becomes revealed at the end.. it has one amazing ending. Plus, it has some elements of humor in it and in a horror I really appreciate that. It was tastefully done.

3. The Conjuring 2

Of the movies in The Conjuring Universe this is the one that will be playing in my house almost twice a month. It’s such a fun movie. The romantic elements are really sweet and then the actual story is interesting. I really love this one.

4. Veronica

This is a horror movie completely in Spanish. I could not find subtitles for it so it made me feel really good about my Spanish skill to realize I didn’t really need it. I love the visuals in this movie. I also love just in general how creepy and awesome it was. It was a horror movie done right. I really enjoyed it.

5. It

I honestly think they did a really good job with this adaption of ‘it’ it actually made me laugh? I love when horror makes me laugh. All I can think of is the image in my head of Pennywise and how awful it is. Very well done.

6. A Quiet Place

They did an AMAZING job with this movie. The way they played with sound was awesome. It actually impacted me emotionally. It made me think of so many things about what living in a world like that would be like. Plus it is another family movie.. and they dynamics of it were just so well done.

7. Carrie

This movie is a classic and most of the time I don’t like older films, but this movie was genuinely really good. It genuinely made me feel something and I cared about the characters. There is no other version of this I can accept out there.

8. The Lost Boys

Another classic.. for me I love this because I can hear the music in my head just by looking at the poster. It’s a really great movie. I just have so many memories of watching over and over with my sister and this one has to make this list.

9. The Amityville Horror

I’m showing the (2005) version with Ryan Reynolds because I love Ryan, but honestly.. most versions work here.. I’ve watched a ton of Amityville movies.. some terrible.. some great. I can’t really recall them all they all bleed together, but I can honestly say that the story of this house is one that will haunt the world into eternity.. this list wouldn’t be right without it.

10. The Ring (all of them)

I love the ring movies.. I love the imagery of something crawling out of your television screen and into real life. I love the video that started it all. I love all of it. It’s not the best in the world, but for me.. I really love it as a whole.

Honorable mentions:

11. The Grudge

I have to mention this movie.. it’s one of the first I actually forced myself to watch and I was hiding behind my hands disturbed. I watched it with my uncle and my cousins.. it’s one of the few memories I have with my uncle so it is still special to me.

12. It Follows

I finally watched this.. maybe two weeks ago. But an old friend of mine asked me and everyone else he knew to watch it (almost 2 years ago) and the entire time all I could think that the movie was so him in every way. It’s a good movie.. not my style, but 12 was always both of our favorite numbers and in a way.. watching this and talking about this feels like commemorating him and the impression he made on my life in a nice way. It just feels right.

13. The Boy

The Boy.. and Annabelle.. all the creepy dolls of horror.. I adore those movies. I have to mention them. The Boy was really well done and it’s on par with Annabelle as my favorites of this genre of horror.

Thanks for reading! What made me really happy was to realize that even though this list is long.. there are so many other movies I could have mentioned. I feel really good about myself.. like I am the horror junkie I proclaim myself to be. This puts me in the best mood ever for Halloween. I feel proud.

What are your favorite horror films?