Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse: A Review

Once more I’m back to blogging and this time I interrupt the Marvel movie discussions to talk about another marvel film albeit of a different universe. I got to see this film today and my God did I love it.

I wasn’t expecting to feel so into this film, but from the very beginning I adored it! I loved the fact that they brought the Peter Parker we all know and love and brought back memories of those original spider-man films that brought me and many others into the superhero universe all those years ago.

If there was ever a film that made me want to get into reading comic books it is this one. If only to get to know the universe of the other Spider-Man characters that appear in this film more intimately.

I’m trying so hard to make this spoiler free, but I have too much to say and I want to express myself freely so that’s what I’m going to do. So alert to everyone there will be spoilers below!

Ok so, back to the beginning. Being re-introduced to the original spider-man we know and love, then having him die almost immediately and then introducing a different older and a bit thicker Peter Parker just from the get go was awesome. It played with my emotions immediately and I started bonding with all the characters as they appeared immediately.

But, the character I loved the most was definitely Miles.

Miles is love-able from the get-go. He’s smart, artistic, a bit clumsy, and anyone whose ever gone to high school or any school at all knows the feeling of the entire school putting their attention on you when something unfortunately embarrassing happens. His relationship with his dad is sweet and slightly up and down, but ultimately the love is there and that is really cool to see. What I also loved is him singing along to Sunflower with his headphones on kinda off-key, but you can tell how much he loves the song and that makes the moment super endearing.

Also, I need to say the art of the animation in this film is STUNNING! I was in awe of the mix of styles and how modern yet unique, but also full of nods to the typical comic style. The colors were stunning and the interdenominational moments had the most amazing sort of pixelated details. Some moments I was staring at the screen just thinking ‘wow’ because that’s how beautiful the imagery was.

But the moment where I came to fall in love with the art of the film completely is when all of our heroes finally made themselves known:

Each character is so unique in style and having them all represented in the same space was stunning in an almost odd way. Especially with spider-ham and Peni-Parker. Seeing the striking anime style along with the older cartoonish style of spider-ham was incredible! I wish I had better words for it, but that’s what it was.

Then there’s this detail that someone on Pinterest put into words beautifully about how Peter Parker put himself together before returning to the love of his life:

I also haven’t even touched Miles relationship with his uncle. Which I also loved. Despite his uncle being one of the bad guys, there was a sweetness in their relationship. At the very end before his uncle gets killed he shows that family was always the most important thing. That’s an awesome quality for a ‘villain’ to have. A lot of times a villain will betray family in a moment like that, but not in this film and it made him getting shot all the more painful to watch.

Also, seeing as many villains in the film as heroes was awesome as well. Kingpin, Tombstone, Scorpion, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Prowler (Mile’s uncle). All of them together making the various fight scenes incredibly dynamic. Seeing different fighting styles and weapons kept the movie engaging and made the stakes feel much more elevated.

I also loved the mirroring of Miles learning to use his powers and Peter learning to use his originally. The similarities gave me a lot of nostalgia and I really appreciated that.

I don’t know. There were so many minute details and fun dialogues in this film that made me laugh and then made me feel sad and hopeful at the same time. Plus the music in the film was also incredible throughout! I love the Into the Spider-verse soundtrack and I highly recommend everyone to give it a listen. All in all, this film made me happy and it put a smile on my face. It was incredibly well made and I can’t wait for the universe to continue building in the near future!

Also, this post couldn’t be complete without bringing up the beautiful end-quote from the beloved Stan Lee.

And this final thank you:

“Thank You. Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. For telling us we aren’t the only ones.”

After watching this film I feel rejuvenated, peaceful, and delightfully happy. I can’t wait to rewatch this someday. Into the Spiderverse was a complete knockout of a film.

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Iron Man 2: A Discussion

In my first post about Iron Man I said that each film gets better then the the last. I can say for certain that that is true of Iron Man 2.

God, I love this film. Rewatching it was an incredible experience. Tony Stark has layers added to his personality with both external and internal battles weighing on him. I remember crying the first time I watched because the thing that had been keeping him alive was also killing him and seeing him like that killed me.. especially because he refused to tell Pepper and instead he wanted to go on vacation with her and tell her how he felt (even though she never let him do so). In the film he makes Pepper CEO and shows just how much he respects her and sees her as a capable woman who is totally irreplaceable in his life. Without her he has no one he trusts and that internal struggle raises the stakes of a already high stakes situation.

The other thing I loved about the film was that I actually really loved the villain.

Ivan Vanko is a man who’s father’s legacy has been destroyed and he wants revenge. He is not a good man by any means, but he has character and depth in a way that many villains lack. He even works with a bird that he obviously cares for. Little touches like that make a villain like able even if you don’t ever wish to root for them.

I swear I might just be a sucker for cute birds.

On another note having a secondary much less characterized villain added an interesting balance:

Justin Hammer is Tony’s rival in weapons tech. His greatest desire is to beat out his rival. His childish anger and way of beating out stark by doing business with Ivan added a lighter tone to the film. He wants things done his way, but Ivan well, Ivan does what he wants and he’s smart in the way that he deals with Justin, by letting him talk and leave and then continuing on in his own way anyway.

On a side note:

The first time I watched this I didn’t realize that Natasha Romanoff was Black Widow and on this rewatch after having seen all the other films I got so excited seeing her!

The first watch through I don’t think her character even truly registered in my mind. But, seeing her the second time and seeing her interaction with Tony was eye-opening. But, was more interesting to me was that even though Tony seemed like he was looking at her in a flirtatious/sexual way I really don’t think he was. First off, he was confused at her saying she was ‘from legal’ and he seemed to be thrown off by her in a way not unlike many people (especially those with anxiety) sense something is not quite right with someone they meet. He knew there was more to her then meets the eye and he was right and even Natasha’s interactions showed that she knew it too. Especially after her comments about his relationship with Pepper. The whole interaction felt so fascinating to me. Then finally, when she fights off the men at the end of the film all on her own as black widow I was in awe of her. Natasha is a multifaceted woman and I’m glad she’s a part of the marvel universe.

Then there is that drunk Iron Man Battle that gives birth to war machine. Honestly, seeing Tony in his Iron Man suit all drunk was hilarious. It was also super irresponsible and dangerous, but still really funny to watch.

It all makes it that much more awesome in the final battle when ‘Rhodey’ doesn’t have control of his own suit and the pair duke it out once more till black widow comes in with the save and gives him back the control.

I also appreciate how beautiful the final battle location was. The cherry blossoms, the waterfall, the bridge, and the beautiful greenery. It’s one of my favorite battle locations ever and the first I ever saw myself visiting on a much less chaotic day.

All in all, I adore this movie. It’s so well balanced and nuanced. There is so much detail and side story to pick up on. The characters are all amazingly fleshed out and it has that Tony Stark humor we all love. It’s a fabulous film that I highly recommend to anyone even remotely interested in the Marvel Universe.

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Captain America: The First Avenger: A Discussion

One of the strongest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Captain America’s origin film. I don’t say this lightly. Like Iron man 2 this film brought out some tears in me and it’s a shining example of a character that has a really good and unique backstory.

First off, Captain America is first and foremost Steve Rodgers. Someone who started off as a man who longed to be a part of the military, but was rejected again and again for his lack of physique.

But, even more amazing is that once he is transformed from his once much thinner body it does nothing to his ego. He remains humble. But, even when he was thin he had this confidence and drive that was so awesome to see. He was bullied and picked on, but he remained upright and strong and that’s something to admire. But, even more then for his size he was picked on because he never let injustice pass him by. I love that a lot of the film shows Rodgers before his transformation because it gives the world a hero that wasn’t always super. He gives us a hero that shows that determination and passion are more then enough for you to become whoever you wish to be.

Then there’s the part that kills me, his budding relationship with Peggy. On there first meeting Rogers gets to see Peggy as she truly is a woman not to be trifled with. She punches a man who goes out of line and shows whose boss and the respect he has for his is instant. It’s one of the coolest female introductions ever. Especially, because she isn’t technically one of the superheroes. You don’t need powers and a fancy suit to be a badass.

Also, seeing Rogers at the boot camp is one of my favorite things. He’s obviously smaller then all the others. Not as physically fit, but he keeps pushing and pushing and he shows an ingenuity and selflessness that gets noticed and ultimately that’s what made him the perfect man to become Captain America. Plus that moment when he gets that flag and gets to ride in the car was badass. Sometimes working smarter and not harder is your biggest weapon.

Another great scene is on his way to get his procedure done. Naming all the places he’d gotten beaten up in to Peggy, but also talking to her. And then they talk about dancing and waiting for the right partner. Something about that scene melted my heart and later on it hold so much more meaning.

Then there is the overall feel of the film. The older WWII setting that gives it it’s own flare that is all its own. Even the villain, The Red Skull, has that classic villain vibe of the time. But, I feel like this film is less about the villain and his desires and more about Rodgers coming into his own and becoming the man externally that he always was internally.

What I also found exciting about the film was that it has one of my all time favorite actors Tommy Lee Jones who plays Chester Phillips.

As always Tommy plays his part perfectly. He is cynical as ever. As hard as ever. Yet, he had his signature little sprinkle of humor that has always put a smile on my face. I love that man.

On another note, I kinda love that Captain America’s original outfit looks a bit ridiculous, but also fits the time. Especially the costume one.

Rodgers is amazing in every way, but man does that outfit not do him justice. In a way it just endears me to him more. So really I’m not mad about it.

But, what I really like about this movie is the details. Like how Rodgers is casually amazing at drawing:

Or how Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark was the one who transformed Rogers:

They did an amazing job with the subtle details of the film and I love it!

But again, it’s the events that take place at the very end when Rogers gets essentially chyrogenically frozen never getting that dance with the woman he’d began to feel so much love for. This moment is the lesson that both healed and hurt me as a person the most. When you have someone you love romantically or otherwise don’t waste a moment of yours or their time letting them think that you don’t love them. It might feel dramatic, but you truly don’t know how long you or they have on this earth or what other factors you are unaware of that may separate you. It pained me because when Captain wakes up and realizes he’s way in the future and the one he loves was lost to him forever it affects him deeply and everyday he has to face that he’ll never get that time back. I felt that emotion deeply and I still do. I’ll never make the mistake of letting any of the people in my life that I care for not know that they are cared for even for a moment again.

Thanks for reading! This post is dedicated to someone I deeply care about. If you are reading this, you know who you are. Happy Birthday! I wish there was more then this that I could have done.

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The Incredible Hulk: A Discussion

One of the few Marvel films I had seen previous to my start of this Marvel movie journey was The Incredible Hulk.

Again I was going to write this post without having rewatched the film and it just didn’t feel right to me. Even this film, the one that has no real bearing on the Marvel Universe and is widely ignored and even disliked felt worthy of a rewatch for me.

What I came to find out was I actually remembered a lot of this film. It was familiar in a way that even Iron Man had become much less so. And there was something even more peculiar, I realized that the child I once was when I first watched this really loved and enjoyed the film. I remember the feelings of being a much younger version of me watching this and thinking how cool it was and how sweet it was that a women was the key to tame this great green beat that was angered by everything else. I can see now that I’m older that it could be seen as a point of contention. Especially with the whole cave man sort of ‘I Angry’ ‘I Smash’ mentality Banner has when he is lost to The Hulk, but the kid in me saw something empowering in the thought that a woman could see the child in the man and calm him through gentleness and understanding while all the men would shoot at the big green guy expecting him not to get angry.

I know now that it can be degraded to a guy being distracted by a beautiful woman and that any sort of love can be taken out of the equation, but rewatching the film I don’t really agree. I think that anyone in a hard situation would want to lash out and be angry. Humans tend to do/say things out of anger that can and do make beasts of us, but the second you stop in your tracks and stop placing blame on another and speak calmly and rationally instead of escalating the situation the anger in the other disappears. But, another point to make is that I as a woman no matter what is happening, if one of my loved ones is getting hurt in some way I step in. I don’t care if the other person I’m protecting is a man or a woman. If I love you I want you to be safe (even if I am terrible at protecting myself).

Another important distinction to make is that this is in no way shape or form talking about abusive relationships. There is no excuse for that. There is no excuse for abusing a significant other physically or mentally. As far as the relationship in the movie goes Banner is shown to be protective of Betty and even as The Hulk he is gentle with her.

One of the other things I was surprised about was how much I remembered of Abomination and that final battle.

Abomination is grotesque. The contrast between him and the Hulk make him very memorable. The fight between them and in general the fights in this movie are ‘no holding back’ and ‘no fucks given’ kinda fights. They are wild and even barbaric. They illicit that kinda carnal destructive war cry kinda energy of a young kid. It’s not at all gory or even grossly brutal. It really is one of those kinda fights that the kid inside you cheers for. Which is also part of the criticisms of the film when The Hulk is the hulk he is no more then a cave man persona. Even the way he speaks is the same as what we typically associate with cave man language. Which triggers many to say that it makes the story lack depth.

However, I think that this movie was created for that purpose. To illicit that sort of innocent fight mentality that kids possess. It’s not meant to make the sort of commentary that the depth of character of superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America have. It’s for the inner child and sometimes stories like that are worth giving a watch too.

The Incredible Hulk may not be one of those films that gets praised for its depth, but it made the girl I once was smile. Some stories and even characters don’t have to be complicated. Sometimes they can just be fun to o watch.

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Iron Man: A Discussion

Just as a pre-curser, I hadn’t seen this film in several years. But, I watched a Cinema wins video about the film and got reoriented with it. I was originally going to write this post with just that, but I decided to rewatch the film once more so I could talk about it more in depth. Let’s just say I was not disappointed by my decision.

Having seen the later films I got used to the idea of Stark having anxiety and PTSD. However, I forgot about what triggered that in him. Being tortured and held captive by terrorists is something that is a tragedy. Being mentally affected by it is more then normal. Much like being mentally affected by any sort of hard and painful event would. Him becoming a hero and working to fight for good as he continuously faces his mental struggles is so important for films to depict. You don’t have to ever be perfect or fully healed as a being to do great things and Iron Man is an example of it.

However, this first Iron Man film doesn’t depict so much of his symptoms quite yet, but the story it does tell is one of redemption and transformation in many ways as the man who lived his life like a playboy, doing whatever he pleased, going through some tough crap that in many ways teaches him to see what was ultimately most important in his life all along. Though this doesn’t change his overall personality and I enjoy that. Tony Stark is witty and sarcastic and very honest in the way he answers. He is super unique as an individual and the way Robert Downey Jr. Plays the role is to perfection.

Iron Man is one of the most complex personalities of the marvel heroes. He’s full of good intentions, but he has his vices. He’s fallible yet that doesn’t stop him from being great. Also, his love story with Pepper (which doesn’t go so far in this film) is one of my favorites, because she sees him for him and loves him anyway. But, she doesn’t just let him have his excuses she calls him out and she’s there for him through everything. Something about it makes it feel like the most true to life love stories of the different Marvel couples. I adore it.

I wanna take a bit of a moment to pay tribute to Ho Yinsen’s character. This man saw to the heart of who Tony Stark is and gave him the strength he needed to get through one of his most difficult moments.

Some of the things he said were my favorite quotes from the film:

Stark: “Why should I do anything? Either way, they’re gonna kill you and me, and if not, then I’ll likely be dead by the end of the week”

Yinsen: “Well then, this will be a very important week for you, won’t it?

As well as:

Stark: “Come on. We gotta go. Move with me. We got a plan. We need to stick to it.”

Yinsen: “This was always the plan, Stark.”

Stark: “Come on. You’re gonna go see your family. Get up.”

Yinsen: “My family’s dead. I’m going to see them now, Stark. It’s okay. It’s okay. I want this. I want this.”

Stark: “Thank you for saving me.”

Yinsen: “Don’t waste it. Don’t waste your life.”

And finally:

Yinsen: “So you’re a man who has everything and nothing?”

Yinsen is a man of great wisdom. In a place of terror he lead Stark to his ultimate freedom and liberation. I only wish one day I had half of the man’s strength and understanding.

In the Cinema Wins video it is discussed that the amount of building montages that take up the film has been criticized for being excessive. However, I agree with what it said about it being a positive thing. The amount of detail and growing they show are important to the story and understanding Stark. He is a thinker, a designer, and a creative. Seeing everything come together and how deeply he thinks every feature through is super cool. Maybe I’m just a tech nerd, but seeing the inner working parts was fascinating for me.

The Villain: Obadiah Stane:

The words I have for this man are: What a creep. Honestly, this villain did a good job of making me uncomfortable. Even in the photo above I don’t like looking at him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have something to do with Stark’s father’s death (although takes to civil war I know he doesn’t) but man how the hell did he stay under the radar enough to continue being the face of the business part of Stark Industries. I really don’t like this man.

My favorite battle:

I loved both when iron man first escapes from Afghanistan and when he returns and helps out some people who are being oppressed you the terror group there. Maybe it’s just how much fire and grit appear in both instances or the redemption arcs they both give Iron Man. Either way those were my favorite badass moments from the film.

All in all:

Iron Man is the impeccable start to the marvel universe. Featuring possibly the most scarred and human of the marvel universe heroes, Iron Man shows there is strength in the things that make us flawed human beings. Is the movie perfect? Of course not. But, it is the beginning of one of the most beloved and fast growing franchises in the movie industry today. I greatly enjoyed this film and every Iron Man film just gets better. Iron Man sends some really great messages into the community and as his story unfolds you learn just how layered the man who is both Tony Stark and Iron Man is.

Thanks for reading! I did mention in my Marvel announcement post that I did have quite a few thoughts on all these films. I can’t wait to discuss the rest! Let me know your thoughts on Iron Man or any of the marvel films down in the comments below.

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My Journey Through the Marvel Universe

For many years, I would see superhero films being released one after the other and a majority of the time I felt like I couldn’t watch them because I knew they had an order and I had no idea what that order was supposed to be.

Not too long ago I expressed this desire to watch the films of the marvel universe on Twitter and I was surprised to receive an answer from a friend I went to high school with. He was nice enough to share a watch order with me of which I followed through on only skipping the movies I had already seen.

Here is the order he gave me:

Iron Man (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Iron Man 2

Thor

Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel’s The Avengers

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ant Man

Captain Ameica: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Thor: Ragnarok

Black Panther

Avengers: Infinity War

Ant Man and the Wasp

Thanks to him I watched through all the marvel films when I was sick for a long while and very much enjoyed all of them. I do have my favorites and I have a lot to say about each individually and so for a while this blog is going to showcase a full blown marvel appreciation series. So for now I’m going to give my basic thoughts.

Iron Man/ Iron Man 2: two of the movies I had already watched multiple times. My sister really enjoys Iron Man so these movies are ones that she will put on every once in a while. I always enjoy watching them when it’s on because I like the balance between Stark’s witty sarcasm and the very real danger that he gets himself into.

The Hulk: I didn’t rewatch this film, but I remember the first time I watched it I really enjoyed the love story of it. I remember this movie as being quite sweet.

Thor: I rewatched Thor because I wasn’t sure if I had seen it or not and realized I had. Rewatching made me realize that I love Loki more then I love Thor and I have a lot of very specific feelings about this movie and the Thor v. Loki dynamic so writing a full post on it will be a lot of fun.

Captain America: The First Avenger: This movie hit me hard emotionally. It made me dream of recreating the scene of him saying he had been looking for the right partner to dance with. Captain America is so wholesome and he comes from a place of knowing what it’s like to be beaten. Yet he sacrifices so much all the time. I can’t wait to share my full thoughts on this movie. This one is my favorite of the Captain America Films.

The Avengers: The first time the gang gets assembled. This movie made me laugh again and again and it is home to my favorite marvel scene ever that just can’t be beat. Hulk smashing Loki like a dummy doll. I can’t wait to rewatch this movie sometime soon. It’s a feel good movie for me.

Iron Man 3: I feel like this is the movie that got me to finally understand Iron Man as a man. To me he’s the most human of the Avengers because he is the most flawed and yet behind the wit and the liquor he truly cares about people to the point that it brings him to make some terrible choices. Iron man 3 made me appreciate Iron Man in a whole new way.

Thor: The Dark World: My favorite part of this movie was getting to see Loki and Thor work together. Something about their dynamic is magnetizing to me. Plus, the sprinkles of humor they create is always appreciated.

Captain America: The Winter Solider: What I love about Captain America’s films are how they tend to highlight some sort of insider corruption. He’s always the one to try and fight for the right thing and for justice and seeing him choose and always do his best is incredible. Plus, the opening scene to this film was awesome.. seeing cap jumping out of a aircraft with no parachute was so cool.

Guardians of the Galaxy: this is a movie I had already seen before I decided to go on this marvel quest and I always loved it. The humor is amazing. Groot is amazing. The space stuff is amazing. This movie is just amazing.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: I appreciate this movie much more now then I did when I first watched it.. mostly because I was at the lowest point of my sickness when I set out to watch this movie so I rewatched it the next day and enjoyed it so much more. This movie went a little darker then it’s predecessors. I appreciate it. I love how this felt like a stark film because it highlighted a lot of his darkness that comes out when he’s trying to do good. Plus, Ultron was a cool villain because of how much he was like stark. I have so many thoughts on how they decided to portray Ultron and how it affected the overall theme of this incredible film.

Ant Man: this is my favorite marvel movie. It’s odd. It’s funny. It has the most incredible perspectives ever and I was torn between taking it seriously and laughing at the absurdity of it the entire time. Also I want a pet dog sized ant. I love this movie.

Captain America: Civil War: I love how often the hero’s I’ve grown to love fight each other. I wish they wouldn’t, but it makes me think of them like one big family that continues to grow. The way the two sides split up surprised me, but overall it was cool to see.

Doctor Strange: All I can seem to say about this movie is how cool it is. The magic is amazing. The visuals are amazing. I felt like I was watching inception, but with fighting spiritualists instead of people with guns in suits. The humor in the movie was spot on and I had a blast watching it.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: I watched this one before I went on this journey and still I have only two words: Baby Groot.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. I’m so ingrained in the image of the original spider man that seeing this much younger version felt weird, but also really great at the same time.

Thor: Ragnarok: This film was one of the most memorable. It had a great balance of light comedy with a very real danger adding intensity. Plus, it was hilarious in a great way. I had a lot of fun watching it.

Black Panther: I tried watching this when it first came out, but I didn’t understand enough about the world then to get into it. But, I gave it a second chance and greatly enjoyed it especially after having a much better understanding of the Marvel universe in general. Plus the shots of Wakanda in general were absolutely gorgeous.

Ant Man and the Wasp: I didn’t love this film as much as I loved Ant Man, but there is a lot to be said about Ant man being under house arrest and doing all he can to be the best version of himself for his daughter. It had a very different vibe from the first Ant Man film.

Avengers: Infinity War: I HAVE WORDS FOR THIS FILM. It destroyed me. It made me a mess. It made me question so many things. I was angry after watching. I was distraught after watching. I wanted to kick thanos’s ass after watching. I just have so much to say about this film.

All this having been said. I have to say I’m so excited for the many Marvel films of the future.. both known and unknown. I’m proud to finally be a part of this franchises fandom in appreciation of its entirety. Captain Marvel will be in theaters March 8th. Endgame is coming to ruin my life on April 26th. Far from home is coming July 5th. Plus, I’m about to set off on a journey through the X-men films (of which I’ve seen a few, but can’t for the life of me recall which ones except for X-men and Logan (which was incredible in every way). Superheroes are adventurous and symbols of people going beyond the call of duty to protect the innocent and do some good. I’ve always loved superhero movies and finally I feel like I’ve entered into the cinematic universe in the way I’ve always meant to do. We have many posts ahead and I have lots to say so, buckle up it’s going to be a journey all on its own.

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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?

Ballerina: A Movie Discussion


I have never talked about movies I have watched on The Book Raven before, but after watching Ballerina my heart is all warm and fuzzy and I just want to discuss it with you all! 

First a quick synopsis: 

11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff) an imaginative, but exhausting boy with a passion for creating has a dream of his own, to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This sweet film made me feel so inspired and happy. I haven’t watched as many animated films as I used to (mostly because my sister thinks 18 is too old for them and she and my mom have control over the tv 85% of the time) but I have always loved them with all my heart. There is something about the innocent wonder, the willingness to pursue your passion without thinking about what could go wrong that makes me want to embody that state of mind once more. 

As a kid I never really felt totally like a kid at all, but I believed in something better, something brighter and beautiful, and this movie makes me want to live in that belief and stay in it. Félicie is a girl with a dream to be a dancer that was seeded inside the fabric of her being since she was born. Living as an orphan never dulled that fiery spirit in her and when she escapes with her best friend Victor to Paris a beautiful and inspiring story unfolds. 

I don’t so much want to talk about the specifics of what I loved about the movie, for I know they would be littered with spoilers and I really hope that for any of you animated film fans to please watch this! 

I can’t stop smiling about this film and I’ll admit that it caused me to dance around my living room with little grace but it made me more alive then I had felt in a long while and that, that is why I love stories. I am now more optimistic about the future then I was before. I hope this is a feeling you all get when you watch this movie as well!

Btw my favorite part has a little something to do with what Victor calls the Statue of Liberty, but I digress. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my mini-discussion about this gorgeous movie! (The animation was beautiful!) What movies inspire you? Do you have a favorite animated film? What do you do when you need a boost in your stride?

-Till next time!