Ghostbusters Reboot

As we all know, the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot cast has been announced – Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wigg, and Melissa McCarthy, and I’d love to talk about that.

I personally love all these comedians, especially Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon which you can see every Saturday on SNL. I personally don’t understand all the “controversy” on an all-female cast. These are all amazing comedians, and a lot of people love them.

When it comes to a reboot, I would personally hate to see the same thing in just a modern setting. An all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ is an amazing and creative and – I feel, most importantly – a progressive idea. The same thing again in a modern setting is obviously a dull idea. I feel like that’s why ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ movies didn’t do very well. It was different, but it wasn’t really all that new. Reboots always need to have more than just a few new elements.

The first name I was most excited about was Leslie Jones. I love her sense of humor, she’s so funny and is my favorite person on SNL right now. I think a role in ‘Ghostbusters’ is perfect for her. I think she’s the most perfect pick out of the four. I think Kate McKinnon is also hilarious and deserves this role just like all the others. I can’t wait to see both of these actresses do an absolutely great job.

I feel like Kristen Wigg and Melissa McCarthy were obvious choices. They’re both absolutely wonderful actresses and two of the funniest comedians right now. From what I can remember, I think they work perfectly with each other, and I’m excited to see them in these roles. I hope all these actresses can work well together in the movie.

And that’s how I feel about the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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NXT WWE

Hey guys! Recently, I’ve really gotten into wrestling, and just as recently, the main roster has been a bit off, so I took more notice into NXT, where new wrestlers go to be exposed to WWE audiences and learn how to work in their environment and building up their characters. I’ve gotta say, it’s really amazing.

NXT is such a great place for these new wrestlers. The divas have a real place in NXT, they don’t just get two-five minute matches that are fillers, they get some legit matches there. The storyline for the divas is more intricate like the superstars’ are. That’s always upset me with the main roster. The divas work so hard to get where they are, but they still only get one match, and sometimes two. The NXT divas don’t have more matches each episode, but with how long they are I feel like the wrestling world might make some progress and we’ll get to see them all more often.

I have been absolutely loving Charlotte. She is such a great wrestler, and she has made her father, Ric Flair, so proud. Charlotte is amazing, and she was the first one to bring my attention to NXT’s divas division. She’s got great charisma, and she pulls off her gimmick really well, and her feud with Sasha Banks is fantastic, and I’m really hoping that the little fights between Bayley and Charlotte lead to them having a feud – and I would really love if this lead to Bayley maybe changing her gimmick a bit.

It’s hard for me to judge the other divas, I’ve always been focused on Charlotte, but I really feel like they’re all doing a great job with their given gimmicks. Bayley is the only one that comes off as a weaker competitor to me, but I do feel like she can get there.

 

Hideo Itami is a great athlete and wrestler. His gimmick is good and serious, he’s strong and fairly fast, but I will admit that he is stiff (this is what NXT is for though, to expand yourself, to grow, and to learn.) – but right now his twitter feud with Tyler Breeze is fantastic. Tyler picks on Hideo and Hideo comes back just as well, in my opinion.

 

I really respect Tyler Breeze during this whole twitter feud. He has not once made any sort of comment on Hideo’s race, unlike Curtis Axel, whose first comment on him was about his race.

 

Tyler Breeze has such a fun gimmick, it’s definitely good to start out with a character like this. I think he’s hilarious, and – in a goofy way – charming. He’s a great wrestler too, he does a great job staying in character.

 

Adrian Neville is honestly one of the best athletes I’ve seen, and it’s amazing that he can only get better. He is a high-flying wrestler, and he almost always executes every move amazingly. He can keep pace like crazy and every match is so cool and fantastic. His feud with Sami Zayn was absolutely amazing too. It honestly was one of the best I’ve seen. It had depth, and it definitely showed me that NXT is a truly amazing place to be if you’re a new wrestler.

 

Sami Zayn is just as amazing as Adrian Neville. During their feud, they complemented each other perfectly throughout the entirety of it. He has recently gotten a bit more wild, and I really like that. It’s character development, and I am really excited for his and Kevin Owen’s match on NXT Takeover. I know they’re going to put on an amazing match, and I am just so excited for it.

 

NXT is amazing, I know that if Triple H had full control over WWE, it would be amazing. NXT has been nothing but perfect. I definitely feel like everyone should pay attention to these guys, even the ones I haven’t mentioned.

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Thor: The Dark World

Hey guys! This is my review of Thor: The Dark World, which is an overall great movie and never gets boring.

Malekith was wonderful, and Christopher Eccleston played it amazingly. The only thing I had seen him in was Doctor Who, and I couldn’t recognize him as Malekith. I was absolutely amazed with Malekith and the Dark Elves overall. The Dark Elves have a creepy manikin-like doll-ness to them, and it makes them unsettling in somehow a pleasant way. I thought they were great, and they could keep incorporating them into stories since there are also Light Elves.

Idris Elba is such a wonderful actor, and Heimdall was executed perfectly. I’m very glad he was the one who was cast in this role, and I’m even happier we saw more of him. Heimdall is an amazing supporting character and is one of those characters that just sort of makes the movie.

Lady Sif is even better in this movie, her armor looks practical, and we definitely get to see more of her being able to completely destroy in battle. We see hints that she loves Thor, but it never takes over her character or reflects negatively upon her. Sif and Thor’s banter was really great too, and I want to see more of that.

Thor is, as usual, a great character. There’s sort of a sadder vibe to him in this movie, considering he’s still getting over not being able to get to Jane, and then later in the movie having to deal with his mother’s death. All sequels get darker, but I feel like Thor’s character had a more noticeable change.

I really enjoy that they had Jane be possessed by the Aether, it gave something more to her character, but I really do feel like her character is written like too much of a love interest. I do like her character and she is Thor’s love interest, but I definitely feel like she comes off more cliche than all of the other Marvel female characters. You can’t have every character be the same, of course, but there is something off with Jane for me. I may just be the only one, but I feel like she could have been different.

Loki in this movie was even more interesting and deep than the last two. He seems less ruthless – even if he is still very demeaning – and when Odin says he will never see his mother again, there is true pain on his face. Loki is not a loving person, he is not affectionate or caring, but he loves Frigga – he loves his mother (and considering his final scene as Odin, most likely he does still cares for Thor). He will always say she isn’t his mother, but she only isn’t his birth mother. She immediately loved Loki, and took him as their son right away – there was no doubt that he was now a part of her family, whether or not he was destined to be king.

Frigga’s first moment in the movie was her being loving. She cared for both of her sons, no matter what they did, and that’s truly what Frigga is. I wish we had gotten to see more of her, considering how fantastic she is. She’s one of the best movie mothers I’ve seen, and I wish they hadn’t killed her off.

Frigga’s death is very beautiful though, and her dying so honorably – protecting her family – made it more meaningful. She wasn’t just stabbed while she just watched- she actually fought back, and we honestly don’t see that a lot. I don’t feel like she died in a cliche way. It’s an obvious trope, that the mother dies to bring emotion and character development to the main character/s, but it was such a strong and powerful scene, not focusing on how Thor, Loki, and Odin were handling it and/or crying, but instead it focused on the fact that she was gone, and going to Valhalla. (Norse mythology/Asgard’s heaven, and in some tellings, it’s mostly where their warriors went which makes Frigga’s death even more meaningful)

The design for the movie is stunning, and the details on everything is amazing. Even the chains Loki had were very detailed, and the main reason why I cried during Frigga’s death scene was because of the absolutely beautiful CGI. It was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen, honestly.

I absolutely love this movie, and I cannot wait for the next one.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier

Hey guys! This week I’m reviewing Captain America: Winter Soldier, one of my all-time favorite movies.

I have never trusted and loved a pair of directors more than I do the Russo brothers. This movie was absolutely outstanding. It could be debated that it was better than the first movie. The fact that the Russo brothers completely understand that it is a lie that every movie needs to have a romantic lead to be a good movie is refreshing and fantastic.

How every character was written was amazing, but I feel like Natasha/Black Widow’s was the best. She’s an existing character, but we didn’t really get a lot of her personality from the Avengers movie and Iron Man 2, and the fact that they were able to give her a great and real personality but also still be what she was before is amazing. She’s absolutely terrifying as Black Widow, calling to soldiers saying “Hey sailor” and looking like she’s going to eat them alive is truly just Black Widow. Natasha is one of Steve’s close friends, she’s playful, she has a great sort of dry humor, and even though she has a dark past, it does not make her personality gloomy and negative. There is a difference between Black Widow and Natasha and Captain America: Winter Soldier illustrates that greatly.

Sam Wilson couldn’t be any better, honestly. He is an amazing character, being a bit funnier than the others but not becoming just a comic relief character. He’s very sweet to Steve and Natasha, especially when they showed up at his doorstep – just having dealt with a confrontation/action scene with the Winter Soldier – and he just let them right in. He’s mischievous but not overly so, he’s very caring for his community, and he has so much courage and heart, he’s a very lovable character. I would personally love to see him take on the role of Captain America, but Chris Evans is doing such an amazing job, I certainly don’t want to see him leave soon.

Steve Rogers is one of my favorite characters and in the Captain America sequel we learn more about him – his mother died while Bucky and Steve were fairly young, that he makes friends insanely easy, that he’s still trying to catch up on seventy years, and that he isn’t dependent on being Captain America. We also learn that he is a good person but not a rule-following robot. He understood that what S.H.I.E.L.D. was doing was wrong, that ‘this isn’t freedom, this is fear.’ This is the Steve Rogers I absolutely love. Steve is just an amazing person, and out of all the male characters I can think of he is one of the most well-rounded. I’m so glad that we got to see him in the world of 2014 and to see him work through all of it very well.

Steve is incredibly smart too. Remember when he broke into the ‘Captain America Museum’ and stole his old uniform? That wasn’t just suppose to be a cool moment – even though it was. Steve was using his old uniform to trigger Bucky Barnes’ old memories. He knew that they had guns, and yet he still wore this uniform that made him completely vulnerable – but he did it to trigger Bucky’s memories. He risked his life just to get to Bucky. We see in this movie, not unlike in the first movie, that he is so very smart and cares so very much. Bucky is obviously Steve’s absolute best friend, and Steve is risking his life for him – just so he can get Bucky back.

Bucky Barnes is so very valuable to Steve Rogers. Bucky was probably the kid that was there for him when other kids bullied him, he was there for him when both his parents died, he was there for him in the war. Bucky isn’t just Captain America’s side kick, he’s Steve Rogers’ best friend, and could even be called his brother. When Steve says, while Bucky is beating the life out of him, ‘I’m with you til the end of the line’ Bucky’s impulse to protect him is so much stronger than the command wired in his brain to kill him.

I’m definitely glad that we got to see Bucky Barnes so much and so prominently in this movie. Yes, he is the protagonist of this movie so of course we’ll see him enough, but I was worried that we wouldn’t get to see Bucky and that’d we just see the Winter Soldier. What Bucky went through is absolutely horrible, and one of the first things that happened was that he was brainwashed – so when people say that he is the villain of this movie it’s technically incorrect. He is a victim playing the villain. None of what Bucky does in this movie is of his own free will, except for saving Steve at the end of the movie. Hydra has completely brainwashed Bucky to do what they want. He has been repeatedly frozen and refrozen for the past seventy years, and almost every time they wipe him and wire in commands to kill more people. If he was doing all of this by himself, if he was trying to kill Steve Rogers and countless others in his past consciously, then you could call him a villain. But he did not, so he is the victim of this story. I can only hope we see him in the next movie and see some of the process to getting him back to Bucky Barnes.

This was such a great movie, and I am so so glad that the Russo brothers will be directing the next movie and taking over the Infinity Wars. I am absolutely positive that Captain America: Civil War will be absolutely outstanding.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Hey guys! I’m here with my review of Guardians of the Galaxy, even if I am a little late.

Chris Pratt’s performance as Peter Quill/Star Lord was fantastic. We all already knew he could act, but I hadn’t really seen him in anything other than the comedy show ‘Parks and Recreation’. I was worried that the character might come off too funny, or too dry-humor if Chris Pratt was trying too hard. Peter Quill came off very naturally, and that was really great to see.

Peter Quill/Star Lord is a great character, he’s funny with a serious sort of side, and we see in the movie that he isn’t just a human, but in fact has part of a very ancient alien race within him. His mother dies in the very beginning of the movie when he is very young, and even though we’ve seen that in every Disney movie, it’s given a different twist when he runs outside and gets abducted by a mysterious alien spaceship, and that his mother was most likely dying from whatever Star Lord’s father gave her.

David Bautista’s performance as Drax was surprisingly amazing. He had been with WWE wrestling since 2002 until 2010, and that does require a fairly reasonable amount of ability to act, plus he had already acted in two movies beforehand. He was always a great wrestler, and a great character, but it was surprising to see that he truly could act and be a detailed main character.

Drax himself is an absolutely great character. Even though he does have, like Starlord, a stereotypical sort of past, he’s well-written. His wife and daughter were killed, and yes that can be a very common past for a lot of male characters, I feel like it works well with the story. He is a very vengeful character, but he does have a goal. I hope they do something good with the character once Thanos is out of the picture. I can understand it being difficult, since a large part of his character is just about getting to Ronan and Thanos and avenging his loved ones’ deaths.

I have no complaints about Zoe Saldana’s performance, but I already knew she was an amazing actress. I’m glad she didn’t disappoint, and I’m happy that she got this role.

Gamora is wonderful. At the beginning of the movie, she’s very cold and stoic, she has a goal and it’s definitely not to make friends. By end of the movie though, we see she’s very compassionate and caring but can still destroy anyone who harms her friends. She’s definitely a lot more violent in the comic books, but I feel like keeping her a little more calm and more human is better for the character and the audience. Overall, she’s a great character, and I hope they can do more with her in the next movie.

I was worried with Groot and Rocket Raccoon, like anyone would be really. I mean, it’s a talking tree and a talking raccoon with a gun. I was worried they would take it way too seriously. Everyone did an absolutely amazing job with both characters. Vin Diesel’s performance as Groot was amazing. It felt like every time he said ‘I am Groot’ he was actually saying something different. That’s what the director wanted, and Vin Diesel gave him that. Bradley Cooper didn’t even sound like himself, his performance was also surprising like Bautista’s. I really felt for Rocket, and by the end of the movie I absolutely loved him just like all the other characters.

Groot is the Monarch of Planet X (“His Divine Majesty King Groot the 23rd, Monarch of Planet X, custodian of the branch worlds, ruler of all the shades”) and his language is kind of like a dog whistle- only his kind and other closely related species/races can understand it. That’s why Rocket could have conversations with Groot and truly understand him. Groot is a fantastic character, he’s very loyal and sweet. At the end of the movie he sacrifices himself for his friends, and it shows that he isn’t just a talking tree, he’s just like Drax or Peter, he just can only say ‘I am Groot’.

Rocket Raccoon was based off of the Beatles song ‘Rocky Raccoon’, and a lot of things surrounding the character are also based off the song. Rocket, like all the others, is a fantastic character. He’s a surprisingly well written character, and you feel for him a lot of the time. “I didn’t ask to be made” was such a saddening line along with the whole speech in that scene. It gave the character a lot of needed depth.

Both Nebula and Ronan are fantastic protagonists and great characters. Nebula is Gamora’s adopted sister, daughters to Thanos. They were both tortured and trained to be assassins, and it’s implied that Nebula got the worst. The fact that she wasn’t really killed, and the implied idea that she can’t be killed in a conventional way, we could easily see her in a future Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and I would love to see her again.

I was worried about Ronan the Accuser, like how I worried about Rocket and Groot, being too cheesy. Ronan the Accuser is a bit of a silly name, and in the comic books with that green and yellow color pallet, I was just wondering how they’d change that. Switching his colors to black, red, and eventually purple was a good decision. They’re all very dark yet sharp colors, and it worked better with the character. Ronan overall is an intimidating, scary character. He’s a character I’d be okay with Marvel reviving in maybe Infinity Wars or another Guardians of the Galaxy movie. For the sequel they should explore other options before going back to previous protagonists.

Thanos’s first real scene was fantastic, and was what was needed for the movie. For him to have a role but not really a dominating one was perfect. We know he’s going to show up and have that dominating main role in Infinity War: Part 1 & 2, so giving him one in a movie before that would be pointless. His scene fit very well into the movie too, and how he was designed was great, and somehow managed to look realistic yet true to the comic book character.

From Peter being abducted to the Milano flying off, this movie’s CGI is absolutely stunning. Every single scene with CGI was amazing, stunning, and absolutely beautiful. The special make-up effects department did an absolutely amazing job too, Drax doesn’t even look like Bautista, he looks like Drax, and if I hadn’t been immediately alerted Karen Gillian was playing Nebula, I wouldn’t have figured it out. Until two weeks ago I didn’t even know Lee Pace was Ronan! They did an amazing job and I can’t wait for the sequel and to see it all again.

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Agent Carter

Hey guys! I apologize for not posting here for what seems like forever, I’ve been a bit busy, and right as I was writing a new post, I came down with a cold. But hopefully I can come back full time.

As I said before, I was going to review Captain America: Winter Soldier. I’ve decided against that, considering Agent Carter has just aired a week ago and has been the center of my attention.

I won’t say I was sure that Agent Carter was going to be amazing, that it was going to do Peggy justice, that she wouldn’t be made into just another “strong female character” who had more than two lines and said things like “Man up,” and “You hit like a girl”. I was fairly nervous at first, but I was overjoyed to find out that I had underestimated Marvel’s writing team.

Agent Carter is absolutely amazing, and her fighting skills are a dead giveaway that if they had given her the Super Soldier Serum, she would have taken down Hydra in two days. Her fighting techniques are completely brutal. She does not fight like Natasha/Black Widow does, which is more acrobatic, graceful and, in a way, more feminine. Peggy absolutely dominates her opponents and obstacles she faces, throwing them out windows, stabbing them in the hand against a truck, knocking them out with a stapler, pointing a gun at a man and threatening both their lives, and most importantly, threatens to kill them for being misogynistic. And not just the new show put that in light, in the first Captain America movie, she punched the first man to question his authority and charged into the final battle against the Red Skull, guns blazing. She even almost shot Steve when he made out with a random woman. She is brutal, and she is unapologetic about it, which I absolutely adore.

Peggy has been absolutely amazing, and if she was a man, she would be everyone’s favorite character. She’s shown weakness but has not become sniveling, she’s very human and I’m so glad to see that. I am so glad that she has her own show. I was fairly upset that Black Widow was not getting a movie, and Agent Carter is a good way to fix what they cannot fix with a relatively progressive show. (We certainly do need to set our standards highers though, we needs shows like this but in a modern setting. The 40’s were a long time ago, but we need shows that present the complicity of sexist acts nowadays, and women overcoming them.) I definitely want to see more female agents working with her, being just as great.  It would really say something, but I understand that it could be hard to write.

The writing of the characters on this show is absolutely fantastic. All characters have caught my attention, and this last episode, showing the blonde woman being removed from the Griffith, I wanted to know more about her. Even the antagonists are interesting.

The cinematography is beautiful, and the clothing/set design couldn’t be any more perfect than it already is. It looks more like the 40’s than the actually 40’s looked like. Marvel always lives up to the standards they’ve set with their past movies, and they just keep getting better and better. Agent Carter has definitely reassured me that the shows coming out on Netflix are going to be fantastic.

I can only hope Agent Carter either stays amazing or gets better.

Doctor Who: 2005 –

Hey guys! This week I’ll be talking about the last five Doctors from Doctor Who; in this case, New Who.

The War Doctor, at this point, was just a plot for an episode. That’s what the War Doctor is. He is incredibly interesting, but he doesn’t make any sense in New Who. I really hope that he at least is mentioned within the twelfth Doctor’s time, because a part of the Doctor life- such a huge part too – shouldn’t just be swept aside like a companion getting new shoes.

The ninth Doctor was a great way to be introduced into this show. With Russel T. Davies in the head writing chair, it really made me feel like the Doctor truly did have compassion for everyone, but had a very deep background. Just from what he’s already done in Old Who, the one’s I’ve seen would be enough to make him how he is- and I haven’t seen a lot. I love Christopher Eccleston. He is such a great actor, and I really respect the fact that he chose not to do Doctor Who after the first season. I think if they had forced him to stay with a contract, the ninth Doctor would have started to lose what he had. He loved Rose so much, so much more than anybody else. His “dying” moment, he was truly full of love in that moment, and I think that’s what made the tenth Doctor care for everybody so much.

The tenth Doctor is my absolute favorite Doctor. David Tennant’s Doctor was a fantastic person- he had courage and bravery, but he was merciful. He was able to pull the switch when he needed to. You could tell he didn’t feel happy, or that he was glad to kill anybody, but it was what he had to do, to save everyone, so he did it. He was the most selfless Doctor, he was the most caring, most loving, most respectful for other lifeforms. He loved every companion, treated all of them like human beings and his best friend, and that’s what’s so amazing about him. He truly did think people had potential for greatness, to be amazing. As we know, the T.A.R.D.I.S. chooses the companions, but I feel like the Doctor definitely loves her choices.

I don’t feel like he would have made such an impact on me if it wasn’t for David Tennant’s acting. He did such a perfect job in my eyes. As a young child, David Tennant loved Doctor Who. He collected everything Doctor Who, and still does. He has his own action figure, which is so awesome to me. He truly loved playing the Doctor. That’s why he was so amazing. I don’t think there was ever a moment where his portrayal of the Doctor faltered. Not that I can remember, if anything.

Now, a warning, before I get into the eleventh Doctor; I really dislike Steven Moffat. In my, and an uncountable amount of other’s eyes, he comes off sexist, misogynistic, racist, elitist, and homophobic. In places it’s hard to see it, but in others it’s very obvious. I’ll try not to sit on that too much.

The eleventh Doctor had too much of a gritty feel at times, and then others it was completely the opposite. I don’t feel that they had a good mixture of the darkness and the light. I certainly feel like the female characters got swept aside too many times. They were treated like goddesses among the fans, but the Doctor himself treated them unfairly, like they were rubbish at times. The fact of the matter is, is that Moffat isn’t an amazing writer. I feel like if Moffat hadn’t been writing, I would have loved the eleventh Doctor. I feel that if he had loved his companions and showed that, not even as much as the tenth Doctor, he would have come off as a kind and caring person.

There’s a lot more issues that are hard for me to address, because this is something that really upsets me and that I cannot talk about calmly, and I know this will come off as very lazy on my part, but if you simply search ‘Steven Moffat is sexist’, you will find pages and pages and pages on the reasons how Steven Moffat is sexist, misogynistic, and all the others. Some of what you see may be worded dramatically, or with sarcastic tones, but please listen to what they’re saying. Here’s the University Study on Sexism in BBC’s Doctor Who, since there’s nothing I can say that isn’t already said in this study; http://rebeccaamoore.com/2014/05/29/university-study-on-sexism-in-bbcs-doctor-who-infographic/.

I have a lot of hope for the twelfth Doctor. Peter Capaldi is a great actor, he’s done great roles, and has loved Doctor Who since he was very young, just like David Tennant, so I feel like he’s definitely fit for this role. The only episodes I’ve been able to see is ‘Deep Breath’ and ‘Into the Dalek’, but so far it’s fairly good, stiff in places, but the acting has made me not worry about that too much and considering that the last three episodes of this season were written by women and that Peter Capaldi is really taking charge in what he will and won’t do, I have a lot of hope that things might be a lot different next season. I’m really hoping that Doctor Who’s writing room goes through a ‘regeneration’ of its own. They should definitely get women into the head writing room, people of color, and a new head writer.

So that’s how I feel about one of the BBC’s most popular television shows and it’s main character’s portrayal/writing.

Next week, I’ll review Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Have a Marvelous weekend everybody.

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