Avengers and Free Comic Book Day!

There are some weekends where I do absolutely nothing, and then there are others that are filled with tons of nerdiness. This past weekend was one of those super nerdy weekends.

Thursday I got together with some friends and did the Avengers Double Feature for the release of Age of Ultron! I love super hero movies, and because of the influence of my friend, I’ve been getting more into comics. Mostly I just read X-Men, but that didn’t stop me from being really excited for the newest Avengers movie. We definitely didn’t have the time or the will power to do the mega Marvel marathon that lasts for like, two days. We settled on the Double Feature instead; which was the first Avengers movie and the newest one.

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Of course we had to dress up. I went as Scarlet Witch, because of my love for X-Men (even though they aren’t really included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). I was missing a few pieces, and it wasn’t completely accurate, but recognizable enough. We also had a Black Widow, Tony Stark, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent! The most popular of our group was Black Widow, obviously. She had several young girls take pictures with her! After the movies were over, some people included me in their photos. Scarlet Witch is a bit more recognizable after the movie for most people.

It’s really great to see young girls get excited about female Super Heroes. And they say no one is interested in female Super Heroes.

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The Double Feature was great, for the most part, but I’ll get to that. The best thing was that it was full of super nerds like me! Even though I’m kind of a stickler for quiet in movie theaters, for something like this there are moments when cheering and clapping is great.

This was also the first time I’ve seen the first Avengers movie in theaters! I was in Japan when it originally came out so I missed it (it came out in Japan after I had left). Of course I’ve seen it before, but it was really nice to see it on the big screen!

Ultron was fantastic! It was a ton of fun and full of all the super hero feels you can get. But we had a bit of bad luck. It was in IMAX which was awesome, but there was a storm and it messed with the projector. The movie went out twice and after it came back the whole thing was a little dim. That was really disappointing, but the theater gave us free tickets to come see it again (or anything else) uninterrupted. Though it did give us some time to express our excitement to each other while they worked on getting the movie back up! I know I gushed about Steve Rogers during that time!

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I’ve already seen the movie twice. I saw it with my parents on Saturday too. I was dying to talk to my dad about it so I wanted him to see it right away (My dad and I always talk about comics and super hero movies. He loves Iron Man).

Saturday was also Free Comic Book Day! The first weekend in May is always a day when comic book fans can journey to participating stores and pick up some exclusive comic books, for free! This was my first time going. I’ve always felt wary about comic book stores because I have friends who have had bad experiences being females in comic book shops. I went with the same friend who was Black Widow on Thursday for some support. It was a good experience actually! Most shops have a limit on how many comics you can get (this one was 3). A lot of people will go to different stores all day to get all of the free comics, but I only had one participating store near by.

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I picked up both of the Marvel comics (Secret Wars #0 and the new Avengers) and I also got one from Black Circle comics. The reason I picked up the one from Black Circle was because there was a cool looking lady hero on the front, but there was no content for her story! There were previews of two other male led stories, but the lady only had some character art! I was a little disappointed by that.

In order to support the shop I also picked up some X-Men! I got volume one of the Age of Apocalypse. This will get me ready for the next X-Men movie (which is the same story). I can always use more X-Men!

It was a super comic filled weekend for me! I love weekends like this where I can just do things that make me really happy.

Did you go to Free Comic Book Day? Let me know!

10 Movies a Month – March

I love watching movies and I try to see as many as possible. I’ve started doing this challenge where I watch 10 movies a month. They don’t necessarily have to be brand new movies, just movies I’ve never seen before. My success rate differs every month, but I “win” more often than I “fail.” Fair warning, Most of the movies I watched this month I didn’t like.

So here are the 10 movies I watched in March

1. Anna Karenina

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This movie lost me very early on. I love period films, but this one just didn’t hold up. This is based on a famous Russian novel of the same name and stars Keira Knightly (one of my favorite actresses). It is about a woman who has an affair and the excitement of that. In the beginning it has a very distinctive style. It moves very quickly and feels like a play with lots of set changes. It loses this style half way through, but picks it back up at the end. Maybe this is to mirror Anna’s relationship: in the beginning starting an affair is very exciting and new and things happen so fast. But then trouble starts, and the “other man” gets bored of her and it slows down. It could be that, but the film overall didn’t keep my attention.

 

2. Belle

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Another period film. The film is inspired by the painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Belle is an illegitimate mixed-race girl who is taken by her upper class, white father to her uncle’s home. There she grows up and struggles with her status: better than the slaves, yet not as good at the white people. In the film Belle helps contribute to the start of abolishing slavery in England. It seems like it should be interesting, and the trailers made it look very good, but this movie falls flat too. None of the characters are very compelling and it moves very slowly.

 

3. About Time

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This movie surprised me. I had seem trailers for it while it was in theaters and it seemed good, but I didn’t hear much about it. I really liked this movie! It’s a time travel movie and probably filled with paradoxes, but if you take it as it is and don’t think about the time travel that much then it’s super enjoyable. This movie is all about making the most out of each day. It’s about family and love and how every moment is important. It’s a really beautiful movie and I recommend everyone go watch it!

 

4. Tristan and Isolde

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I have zero to say about this movie, really. It was a star-crossed lovers type of story and incredibly boring.

 

5. Jupiter Ascending

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I wanted to like this movie so much. It looked promising. An original scifi movie with lots of great world building and an interesting premise. They just tried to put too much into it. This would have benefitted from being a trilogy. There were so many ideas and so many things and plots in this movie that it went by way too fast. If you want something that is fun and packs a lot in then go for it, I just wished they had taken their time with it.

 

6. The Book Thief

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I really don’t have much to say about this one either. I’ve probably just read and seen too many stories about World War II. I have not read the book that this movie is based on either. The one thing this movie had going for it was the different perspective. Most of the stories I’ve seen about World War II are from the perspective of the Jewish population. The Book Thief is about a girl growing up in Germany (I think her mother was Russian though).  So it was interesting to see a story from that side of the war; the brainwashing, destroying of books etc.

 

7. Cinderella

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This is Disney’s new live action Cinderella movie. I talked about the movie a lot in a previous post so I’ll just link to that so you can read all my thoughts on it. I really liked it!

 

8. Frequencies

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THIS MOVIE. I loved this movie. I randomly picked this on Netflix to watch and I’m so happy I did! It’s a sort of alternate universe type thing, where people have frequencies attached to them, basically as a marker of their intelligence. It’s all about fate and destiny and over coming obstacles. Just go watch it. It’s amazing.

 

9. Parallels

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This movie tricked me. It’s about a building that travels between alternate universes and versions of Earth. There is a brother sister pair who go to save their dad who has some connection to the building. After an hour and a half of boring stuff what looked like the main plot was coming and then it just ends. Turns out it’s just the beginning to a netflix series. So if the movie does well and people want more they will make more episodes. Boooo.

 

10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Again. Nothing to say really. It was bad. So bad. The plot was weak and the acting was bad. Percy Jackson should have stayed books.

Cinderella

Two weeks ago Disney released it’s new live action Cinderella movie. My friends and I decided to go see it together because who doesn’t love a good princess movie? We went the Sunday after it premiered, so it was definitely crowded. The AMC theater we saw it at recently started doing assigned seating, which was a life saver. A few members of our group were a little late, so the assigned seating was a life saver! This is a new concept in my area, and it is a good one. No more sitting in the theater for 45 minutes to get a good seat! I hope more theaters adopt this concept.

Also, since one of my friends is part of the AMC theaters loyalty program she purchased my ticket (I paid her back obviously), so I could get the collectable pin! It’s really cute!

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But enough of the theater talk, what really matters is the movie!

I’m a good enough Disney fan, but the thing that drew me to this movie was the costumes! As a cosplayer and someone who just adores costumes in general, this movie was a must see. Just seeing Cinderella’s ball dress in the trailers was enough for me to want to see the movie.

Disney really pulled out all the stops on this one. Kenneth Branagh always makes gorgeous films, and Cinderella was no exception. The cinematography was brilliant and the colors were fantastic. It really gave off a “fairy tale” feel.

Cinderella is full of actors I recognized right off the bat and some who made me go “Oh that’s who that was!” Lily James, who I recognized right away as Rose from Downton Abbey,  does an excellent job as the film’s title character. She is elegant, sweet and feels just like the original version! Another actor who I recognized the second she opened her mouth was Sophie McShera (Daisy on Downton Abbey) who was the “ugly step-sister” Drisella. I’m used to her sweet and kind character on Downton Abbey so it was really refreshing to see her play someone with a complete opposite personality!

And then there was the Prince. The entire movie I couldn’t place where I knew him from. He was so handsome and completely charming and I just knew I had seen him some where else. Turns out the Prince is played by Richard Madden, the same actor who played my favorite Game of Thrones character, Robb Stark! I was kicking myself when I realized!

The story doesn’t deviate from the classic Disney animated film much at all. There are even mice friends and an angry cat! I’ve read a lot of people that are unhappy with how Cinderella is characterized. They say she is passive and doesn’t go and take anything for herself. I don’t think I agree with this sentiment. Ella has lost everyone she loves and now has to endure the abuse by her step mother but even though she has been living in this horrible environment, she still manages to find it in her hart to be a good person. A lot of the complaints I have seen are because she really doesn’t go after the prince; she kind of just sits there passively when the guards show up with the shoe and the mice make sure she is noticed. But Ella is perfectly fine with this. She had her magical night of fun and that’s all that really mattered to her. Getting the prince is just a bonus, really.

Overall, it’s a really fun movie. It’s beautiful to watch and would be a good movie to go out and see with your female friends! Definitely go see it if you can!

And of course my outfit for the day! I had Cinderella in my mind when picking out this outfit, so I picked a lot of blues!

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The Fault in Our Stars – Movie Review

Last Friday The Fault in Our Stars movie came out and oh boy.

I think to articulate my feelings correctly we have to start from the beginning. January 2012 is when the book The Fault in Our Stars came out. I had been watching Vlogbrothers (John Green and his brother Hank’s youtube channel) sporadically for a little bit. I’d heard so much about the book I picked it up on a whim (Ironically the same day John and Hank would be in my area on the book tour. I was attending another youtube related event the same night about an hour away).

 

I read the book in two days as Young Adult novels really only take me a day or two to read. Needless to say I was in tears by the end of it. I’m a cryer. I cry at everything. Sometimes Visa commercials make me cry. But The Fault in Our Stars is a severely sad story. It pulled at all of my heartstrings for a love that should have lasted years to be cut short and for the pain that the characters had to go through everyday because of their cancer. I think this book is what made me a Nerdfighter.

 

I recommended it to everyone I knew and I let my mom read my copy when she was looking for something to read. I even lent it to my mom’s friend. Everyone should read this book. I wouldn’t call it my favorite book, but it’s an important book that I think everyone should read.

 

The movie version came out last Friday so my mom and I went to see it on Sunday. I skipped out on the preview night and first night showings because I knew there would be a lot of “fangirl noise” and I wanted to experience the movie quietly.

 

The movie was fantastic. Not only was it a ridiculously faithful adaption of the book (almost line by line really), but it was just a good movie. There were a lot of really fun things about it. I especially liked the way they depicted text messages. The movie is about teenagers and teenagers like to text. There is a lot of texting in the book and the movie. The way the filmmakers handled the texting aspect of the story was really fun and fresh.

 

There were some things cut out of the movie, but it didn’t detract from the story or the feel of the movie like some other book to film adaptions I’m looking at you Harry Potter. I’m not sure I’m completely sold on Shailene Woodly as an actress (I didn’t really care for her in Divergent), but she did a great job as Hazel. And Ansel Elgort played Augustus Waters beautifully, pretentious metaphors and all. Though I think my favorite was Nat Wolf as Isaac (I am ridiculously excited to see him as Q in Paper Towns).

 

 

The greatest thing about this movie (and the book) is how it shows people with chonic diseases and disabilities. It’s not wholly about Having Cancer. It’s about People who have cancer. Their lives and the struggles they go through to live and love and have a fulfilling life. It’s about love and leaving your mark, even if it’s just on a few people.

 

I think my mother and I both enjoyed the movie a lot. I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would (but the tears were flowing), but it was a great way to spend the afternoon with my mother.

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