SPOILERS AHEAD

Alright, I don’t even know how to truly start this post.

When I first heard of Malignant I was sort of intrigued. I stress sort of because I don’t think I ever saw a full trailer? I only ever saw clips on Facebook or Twitter that were about 10 seconds long and went right into the title slide of the movie. I am assuming this was an attempt to lure people in, but for me it did almost the exact opposite. I honestly forgot that it was even a thing until I saw it on the front of my HBO. That was when I thought, “eh…I’ll give it a shot”.

Let’s start with the not so great parts of this movie. Horror movies are usually made with a goal of confusing the audience into fear. Malignant did a great job…on the first part of that. There was so much going on in so many different places during the first 40 minutes of the movie, that the audience never got any real answers to anything. However, nothing majorly scary had even happened yet. I say nothing scary had happened at this point because the only glimpses that we had seen of the murderer/creature/monster were things we had seen a million times before. There was nothing unique or new about anything we were exposed to in the beginning of the film.

This leads to my next issue with the movie which was the pacing. There was so much crammed into the first third of the film, that it all very quickly became muddled and convoluted. We didn’t even know what we were seeing, how could we be scared of it? Honestly I was left so confused that I didn’t even start to enjoy any of the events going on until the last 20 minutes or so.

I’ll end with the positives. This movie took a very unique approach to the doppelganger trope. Eventually the film made a full circle back to the beginning of the confusion and set some things straight, which was done really well and made the movie come to a complete and satisfying close. I was intrigued by the approach taken here as it was something I hadn’t seen before, at least not in a physical form. There were also some great moments of cinematography in the film, such as the lighting in the opening scene, the use of found footage in the film, and the birds-eye view tracking shot through the house.

Overall, this wasn’t really a knock out of the park for me. The pro’s don’t really outweigh the cons. The uniqueness that comes from the few positives that I did find are what makes me give it a 4/10. If things like Criminal Minds or X-Files are your thing, you might enjoy this a bit more. My love of those shows is what had me so interested in the good parts of the film. I have nothing but respect for James Wan, as he’s directed some of the most iconic horror films. Many of those are some of my favorites. However, Malignant just isn’t one of those.

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When I was a child, I was absolutely traumatized by the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. Which means that logically I am now obsessed with horror films, because that’s how trauma works. ANYWHO!

As my love for the genre developed, I began to find myself drawn to movies that looked as though I could do them myself, make millions from just holding a small camcorder in my hand. While that is not entirely true, found footage movies are generally portrayed as just that. Which is what makes them so important. Found footage movies take horror directly into our minds and mess with us from the inside out. Which is why I believe they’re critical to not only horror but to film as a whole.

Still from Grave Encounters one of my personal favorite found footage films

Let’s take a journey back in time to the year of 1999 (I’m done rhyming now, but you know where we are headed with this). The Blair Witch Project had everyones minds bent and the hair on their neck standing up. Why? Because the film was marketed as almost a true story, add to that the fact that it was filmed documentary style and you have a recipe for true terror. The continuations of the franchise are their own breed of terror but I don’t think we’ll get into that right now. However, the found footage technique, take, style, however you want to put it, really hit the ground running after this film. The Paranormal Activity films, Cloverfield, Creep, and even films like Chronicle all make lasting impacts on the viewers, because they incredibly difficult to purposefully distinguish from reality.

Viewers have a desire, heck, a need for control when they see a film. How many times have you gone into a thriller or a horror film and tried to piece together how the whole thing would play out? How many movies have you found to be predictable? Were you disappointed when you were right? It’s no secret that movies follow a formula, and while found footage movies do as well to a certain degree, they keep something vital to us out of our reach. We begin to feel as though we are the ones doing the filming, seeing the events in real time therefore we feel as though we can’t predict what is going to happen next, which means our comfort of control slowly falls away. We watch the security camera footage through the phone recording, we close the shelter door as the creature we have yet to actually see finally comes into view. We become the main character. Found footage movies are like the film version of virtual reality systems. Play a horror game in one of those…do it…you’ll see.

Still from Chronicle

When audiences become uncomfortable, when they can’t predict things, or confidently understand how it was done with special effects, all cards are off the table. We begin to question things as though we really are the main character, not as if we are watching the main character. Found footage movies take away the audiences security, which is what horror has always tried to do. Not only are they successful at pulling us into the fear, but they are capable of instilling fear over every subgenre of horror. This makes them, in my opinion, the strongest contender in the horror field.

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If you’re a fan of New Girl then you should completely understand why this playlist is necessary.

Nick Miller is known for his unique outlook on life, his fairly toxic self view, and the lovable odd ball sense of humor he brings to the show (which is complemented immensely by his counterpart Schmidt).

Now I did this playlist a little differently than the previous two, as all of the songs overlap in one way or another. I simply listened around to some spotify playlists and found some songs that made me think of Nick, I didn’t really think to dissect his character first and I am glad that I didn’t. I don’t think Nick needs explaining, he’s a fairly straight forward character to anyone who watches the show, but for those that don’t I will give an overview.

Slightly toxic, but means well

Nick has always had some…well…issues. Through his family life he had struggles with his father and those eventually came to light in the show. He has a low opinion of himself and struggles with confidence which is shown through his early struggles to make a clean break with his ex-girlfriend, his inability to be vulnerable, and his issues with well…people. However, he always comes to the rescue. He is always there to help his friends and at the end of many episodes he is the one who takes the short end of the stick to make sure his friends are okay.

Big Heart Little Trust

Nick Miller not only has a sever distrust in people, but a severe distrust in the world. He hates technology, prefers things the old fashioned way, and honestly is cynical of every modern thing. However, he’s always looking for ways to better the lives of his friends, even if that doesnt end up working out in the end. He cares so deeply for those in his life even though he doesnt always go about things in the right way.

Mature outlook with childlike behavior

Through the series, we see Nick grow into a mature and well rounded adult who isn’t going to let anyone tell him how to be. He understands the world but doesn’t really like it that much. When he becomes Ruth’s godfather in the last season we really see him blossom into who we all hoped he would be. He’s the fun uncle that everyone wants around, he has unconventional methods for things but they’re a bit more refined now than they were in the early seasons. He’s still the guy we all love, but we don’t have to constantly hope he grows up. Because we see that he has and he still hasn’t lost the parts of him that we love.

You can find the playlist right here and make sure to let me know your thoughts on it on twitter @/justmenat_ . What character should I do next?

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Hello again everyone! Welcome back to another written episode of “Songs That Remind Me Of…” which is a series that nobody asked for but that I started anyways. So here’s another companion article to a playlist I made. This week, we’re putting some noise to everyones (my) favorite awkward supe-exploding, Billy Joel fan, Hughie Campbell.

If you haven’t watched The Boys on Amazon, I highly recommend checking it out. I fell head over heels for all the protagonists in the show instantly and the amount of angsty attitude this show contains makes me a little too giddy at points. Not only is it intense, but super well written and acted by all parts. Seriously…check it out.

As for Hughie, played by one of my favorite actors Jack Quaid, we see a lot of different tropes and ideas. However there are some big character points that create a pretty nice soundtrack if I do say so myself, so let’s check those out.

Hesitant, and almost shy

From the moment we meet Hughie, we are met with a sense of social awkwardness. We see his incredibly brief interaction with his boss, where he instantly drops the topic when he feels dismissed. *SPOILERS* Next when we see Hughie with Robin…in that brief interaction as well…because…well… A-Train…anyway. We see him interact with Robin in another awkward way but this was is endearing and cute. We immediately love Hughie and so after the run-through we’re almost as heartbroken as he is. Through Hughie’s anxiety, awkwardness, and innocence, we are met with a character that we not only adore but might even see ourselves in. Hughie quickly became one of my comfort characters for this exact reason. Songs for this are as follows:

  1. In Over My Head by Grandson
  2. 98 Degrees by Arrested Youth
  3. Tickle Me Pink by Johnny Flynn
  4. I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan
  5. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
  6. everything sucks by vaultboy (we see his transition to our next character attribute through this song)

Emotionally traumatized

So, after the events of A-Train and Robin, Hughie’s world is completely shattered. First, he lost a girl he loved very deeply and probably even planned a future with. That’s then followed by the fact that he was completely unaware of what “The Seven” were actually like. He believed in what they stood for, what they were portrayed to be. That was quickly ripped out from under him, causing even more heartbreak and confusion. This leads him to Butcher and The Boys, allowing for Hughie to get a more developed and almost harsh outlook on life, while still keeping a bit of the innocence (and a lot of the anxiety) that we saw from him first. Songs are:

  1. Come A Little Closer by Cage The Elephant
  2. Honesty by Billy Joel (I had to make sure we had Billy Joel)
  3. Capital M-E by Taking Back Sunday
  4. Real World by The All American Rejects

Growth

Hughie quickly realizes that he is going to have to become okay with doing things he never ever expected to do. He is met with tough ethical choices and has absolutely no help from Butcher on those. Oh Butcher…we love him dearly…most of the time. Anyway! Hughie begins to not only understand that his comfort zone no longer exists, but begins acting on that sporadically through the two seasons of the show. The songs that lend to this are:

  1. The Setting Sun by Broadside
  2. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (could have fit in the previous category, but I liked it better here.)
  3. New Generation by New Politics
  4. Apply Some Pressure by Maximo Park
  5. Burning Pile by Mother Mother (song that relates to the moment he knew he had to make some changes)

Anger/Intensity

By the end of season two of The Boys we have seen Hughie take on almost an entirely new persona. He has not only unalived a supe (a member of the seven nonetheless) but he’s manipulated Starlight/Annie into being their informant. However, we can’t hate him for it because he opens her eyes to the absolute shit-storm that is Vought. Through season two we see him sneaking around to talk with Annie and grows into his own enough to stand up to Butcher when he comes back on a whim. He is even able to keep secrets from the group he was hesitant to be a part of. Songs for this part of Hughie’s character are:

  1. All The Way Down by French Style Furs
  2. No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age
  3. One Engine by The Decemberists
  4. Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
  5. Where Will We Go by IAMDYNAMITE

What are your thoughts? How well did I do? Let me know on twitter and make sure to share this article and playlist with anyone who watches The Boys! You better watch it too if you haven’t…both seasons are available right now on Amazon…do it.

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For years I have considered myself an avid fan of horror. I remember the first time I watched Ghost Ship (yeah and I liked it…so what?) and from then on I was hooked. So needless to say I fell in love with The Conjuring series and did a little digging into Ed and Lorraine Warrens backstory, only pushing my interest in the scary shit further along.

However…this one was a different story.

What drew me into the encounters that Ed and Lorraine had and the films about them, was their ability to make me believe things that I haven’t always believed in. Up until this movie, they continued to achieve that (Not including the most recent Annabelle movie, but I don’t even acknowledge that one in general).

Arne Johnson played by Ruairi O’Connor in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The story of Arne Johnson starts in the early 1980’s with the possession of David Glatzel. David was 11 years old at the time of his possession and with the help of Ed and Lorraine, the demon left Davids body and took over Arne. Later Arne then…well…unalived his landlord after a heated argument. His legal defense was that he was possessed by that demon which made him commit the crime. This then became the first legal case to use this defense.

Now, take all of that as you will. I personally am not a religious person, but there are some things that just hit a little different than others. The first two Conjuring movies made me deeply question what I did or didn’t believe. I had high hopes for The Devil Made Me Do It and those hopes were nowhere near met. On the surface, this encounter seems to be the most believable and logical out of all the rest. Yet the movie made me believe it the least out of all the films prior. This one seemed the most produced and exaggerated, which just did it a disservice. I pursed my lips and rolled my eyes more times than I could count and the ending was incredibly boring, overdone, and anti-climactic for the little bit of suspense that had been built up to that point.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

I’ll end on a positive note however. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have always done a great job of not only connecting to their characters but connecting their characters to the audience. This movie focused heavily on their resilience as a couple and how each encounter brought something new out of them. There were also some really interesting shots in the movie, such as the one from the morgue.

Overall, this movie was a pretty big dud for me. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t behind the story, and the positive moments weren’t enough for me to look past anything negative. I give it a 3/10.

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My hiatus is officially over! School is out, my jobs are started, I am still anxious but I am back nonetheless!

So I have taken to filling up my spare time with analyzing some of my favorite characters from shows and movies and creating soundtracks for them…because why not? I plan to keep doing this so if this one goes over well, I’ll post about the other ones that I do. So the first one I decided to make follows our favorite priorly brainwashed super soldier, Bucky Barnes. Let’s dive in.

So to start, you can find the playlist at this link

here.

This article is just to give some context to some of the songs I chose and certain scenes or aspects that connects Bucky to these songs.

Not having control of his mind:

A key concept of Bucky as a character is the time he spent under Hydras control. Even as he breaks free of the brainwashing, it haunts him. There were gaps in his captivity that allowed him to understand what was going on, making that 10x harder not only for him, but for audiences and comic book readers. The songs that speak to this are:

  1. Voices – Motionless In White
  2. Where Is My Mind – The Pixies
  3. The Wolf – SIAMES
  4. DEVIL – Shinedown

Regret:

So, after Bucky completely rids himself of the effect those dreaded words have over him, he is still left with the damage he caused. We see this through the Captain America and The Winter Soldier series (yes. im calling it that. nobody can stop me.) in which he tries to “make amends” with those he may have wronged or hurt. Obviously he puts more effort into some of these amends than others. The songs that speak to the regret he feels are:

  1. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
  2. I’ll Be Good – Jaymes Young
  3. Sick of Me – Beartooth
  4. These Days R Mine – Johnny Goth
  5. Wired – Hands Like Houses
  6. Millennia – Crown The Empire
  7. Hurricane – I Prevail
  8. The Ocean – Tonight Alive
  9. Bleach – Hurtwave
  10. Perfect – Simple Plan
  11. Nightmare – Set It Off

Redemption:

Speaking of Bucky’s amends. Bucky starts his redemption arc during Captain America: Civil War when he is finally forced to confront Tony after years of living with the fact that well…Howard Stark was his doing. This is where we come to understand that those gaps in Bucky’s brainwashing not only allowed him to understand what he was being forced on him, but remember all the things that he did. As we follow him through the events of Infinity War, Endgame, and CATWS (series) we are truly shown the growth and acceptance Bucky has with this part of his life. The songs that fit this are:

  1. The Fire – Tonight Alive
  2. What I’ve Done – Linkin Park
  3. Flowers on the Grave – The Maine
  4. Healing Now – Sick Puppies
  5. Still Breathing – Green Day
  6. (Un)Lost – The Maine

Strength and Growth:

Finally, we grow to understand that Bucky has not only accepted his past, but is learning from it. He is taking what he has overcome and using it to push himself. We see the dynamic he forms with Sam Wilson and how he almost accepts himself as being a new and improved Bucky Barnes. The Winter Soldier will always be a part of Bucky, but that is no longer who he is. These songs are:

  1. Aftermath – Crown The Empire
  2. Throne – Bring Me The Horizon
  3. Don’t Back Down – Mammoth WVH
  4. The Other – Tonight Alive
  5. Unstoppable – Motionless In White
  6. Higher – The Score
  7. All My Life – Foo Fighters
  8. Glitter & Gold – Barns Courtney

What are some songs that remind you of Bucky? What character should I do next? Did you like the playlist? Let me know on twitter ( linked here 🙂 )!

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Alrighty everyone, we are half way through TFATWS and that means it is time for not only a re-cap (see…see what I did there…no? okay. thats fine. moving on.) but a set of predictions for the final three episodes.

What we’ve seen:

Wyatt Russel as John Walker
  • Re-Cap: I did it again to make sure it stuck. Anyway, we see in the first episode that Sam decided to give the shield back to the government. The government then did what it always does and disappoints everyone by giving the shield to John Walker, branding him the new “Captain America”. What else do we know? He has the audacity to ask Sam and Bucky to be his wingmen … i’ve never been more unimpressed.
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
  • Sam and Buckys stories: We learn early on that Sam’s family is struggling financially to keep their business afloat. While we are learning more about this, we see Sam and his sister Sarah head to the bank to get a new loan to help their business. This lets us know that being an Avenger is volunteer work. Meaning they aren’t getting paid. At all. What. Bucky on the other hand is going to therapy, making amends, breaking people out of prison, and making friends with an old man whose son Bucky killed while being The Winter Soldier. Totally on par for Bucky.

  • Breaking people out of prison you say?: Right so we also know now that Bucky is terrible at hypothetical situations, and he broke Zemo out of prison. This doesn’t sit well with Sam but they know that if they want to figure out the Flagsmashers and get John Walker to shut his mouth, they’re going to need some help.
Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau
  • Flagsmashers: The flagsmashers are a group of individuals who are aiming to get the world back to how it was. They are believed to be super soldiers, using the serum that was used on Steve and Bucky by hydra. They are being harbored by regular citizens in many countries in turn for medicine. They are run by Karli Morgenthau. I don’t have much to say on this one yet as I am still deciphering some things.

Predictions:

So with all of that said, I think we can all assume a few things, and we have been given some hints along the way.

  • We’re going back to Wakanda…someway, somehow.

  • We’re getting a cameo that is said to be very emotional.
    • Most of this was filmed before the pandemic, meaning when Chadwick was still with us. Do with that information what you will. I know that if we see him again in the MCU I will be a blubbering mess.
  • Sharon is up to something.
    • We know from the end of episode 3 that there is absolutely something going on with her. Whether it ends up being good or bad, I don’t know. I do find the theories that she is the Power Broker very interesting and will probably stick with that idea for awhile.
  • Bucky will confront Yori about his son
    • I can see this being in the final episode, meaning Yori will be Bucky’s final person to make amends with. Am I emotionally prepared for that heartbreak? No. Not one bit. Do I want to believe that it won’t hurt? Yes. But I also want to believe that Steve is really on the moon just chilling, so I guess we can’t have nice things.

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Let me just start off by saying when it comes to new shows or series, it takes a lot for me to just take a chance on one. Like, come on, I have rewatched New Girl seven times. You read that right…seven times. But I finally took a step outside of my “Schmidt yelling all the time” comfort zone and I’m glad I did.

Harrison Osterfield as Leo in The Irregulars

I have been following Harrison Osterfield on instagram for a couple years now, and so as soon as he started promoting this show I was in the loop. I was curious about the series as it looked like something that didn’t scream *me*, but once it was available to me I decided to give it a shot as I hadn’t seen Harrison in anything before. Little did I know I would not only get to see his work, but I would be exposed to a great cast, emotional themes, and unique episodes that appealed very heavily to my love of thriller/horror movies.

Characters from left to right: Leo (Harrison Osterfield), Jessie (Darci Shaw), Bea (Thaddea Graham), Spike (McKell David), and Billy (Jojo Macari)

The Irregulars starts out with a thorough introduction to the character dynamic and pulls the audience in because we want to know why and how these people came together. We are also very aware from the get go that these are kids, and by kids I mean 17-ish years old…so I don’t know if I as a 21 year old can call them kids but for right now we’re going with it. They have been put through the wringer emotionally and mentally as well as physically. However, when the opening characters Bea, Jessi, Spike, and Billy meet up with their final puzzle piece Leo, they solidify their bond and create a very strong group. Following them through the show was not only following characters but following very different and unique arcs all at the same time. Now we all know by now that when you have younger characters going through very adult things, it can be hard to believe or get behind. However I think this series does a great job of truly making you see these characters as matured individuals in those areas.

David, Macari, and Shaw as Spike, Billy, and Jessie in The Irregulars

Dealing with grief, isolation, substance abuse, self confidence, and love can all be things we tend to see poorly addressed in younger characters. I can think of tons of shows off the top of my head that just miss the mark on these issues in general. The Irregulars is not one of them. The characters progression and handling of these topics is logical and makes sense due to the way they are framed and how they interact through the entire show. That being said, this show brings in probably close to 20 or 25 major plots, arcs, and themes all in the first eight episodes. On the surface it seems incredibly heavy but I promise you, it wasn’t. It’s actually a lot harder to explain than I thought it would be when I started writing this, so I am going to try my best. Each plot point, whether general or character specific, is perfectly addressed in a way that it keeps you wanting more but not being confused without more. For example, we follow Jessi through the show, and to avoid spoilers, we know about the butterfly and what it means for her character. Then in the last couple of episodes we learn more about Spike and how he interacts with Jessi. This was shown to the audience in a way that makes us want to see more, but we have enough information to fully understand them. Same with the connection between Bea and Leo and Bea and Billy.

Osterfield and Graham as Leo and Bea in The Irregulars

If you’re a fan of mystery and want some new characters to absolutely fall in love with, The Irregulars needs to be your next watch. There is only one, eight episode season available and I finished it in two days, so you can have confidence that it won’t be a waste of your time. Going off of that, this was the shows first season, and it was able to introduce so many things and not cloud the audiences mind. I think it left off perfectly for a second season and I really hope we get at least one more. What will I do if we don’t? Well I can assure you that it’ll probably involve a very strongly worded letter to some people…I’ll say please in it a lot but that’s besides the point.

The Irregulars is available to watch now on Netflix! Make sure to watch it and let me know what you think on twitter @justmenat_

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When I was much younger than I am now, my father was absolutely obsessed with Godzilla. I remember almost all of the movies and can picture each version of the monster in my head with total clarity. Even the ones I don’t want to remember…such as the Godzilla that was in the Matthew Broderick movie from 2000. I don’t think any of us want to remember that one. But nonetheless, I am a huge Godzilla fan to this day. I also am a huge fan of Kong: Skull Island. So when Godzilla vs. Kong got announced, I was over the moon.

Hottle as Jia

First of all, if anyone was expecting this movie to be some artsy outing with an amazing cast and script, you’re in the wrong place and you won’t get it from this movie. Obviously we have our familiar characters from Godzilla: King of Monsters Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler as well as a familiar face to us, Alexander Skarsgard. However, this movie does exactly what it is meant to do and keeps your focus on the monsters, while using the cast to attach you to them. Specifically with the character of Jia, played by Kaylee Hottle, and her lone relationship and understanding with Kong.

Tokyo scene from Godzilla vs. Kong highlighting color and editing.

For the film itself, it is an amazing experience for fans of Kaiju films and fans of action films while also bringing enough cinematic intensity to appeal to general movie and film fans. This movie is visually stunning. The detail in both Godzilla and Kong is immense and intricate, the editing on the film is beautiful and full of depth and saturation, and there are so many beautiful scenes that I could sit and watch over and over again.

The plot of the movie is easy to follow and easily keeps your attention, the constant question of who will come out on top. The rise and fall of characters who are already stated to be only feared due to their magnitude, as we know from their origin stories that they don’t attack unless provoked. We see a child connect to one of these “monsters” and we begin to humanize them only for them to seemingly fail. Really this is a long winded way of me saying I totally cried during the ending of this movie and I have no shame in that being completely fair.

Hollow Earth scenes, detail is impeccable and this comes from one of my favorite scenes in the whole film.

Godzilla vs. Kong is a Kaiju rampage through and through (even some Pacific Rim concepts came into play) and is more than satisfying for fans of the genre. Through the other elements that it not only brings but excels at, I believe it will appeal to a much broader audience as well. Godzilla vs. Kong is now playing in theaters (wear your mask if you choose this option) and streaming on HBO Max until April 30.

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Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in Wandavision “Now In Color”

When Marvel first announced their series ideas pre-covid, I will admit that this series was the one I expected the least from. Now that this was the first show we were able to witness I cannot say if that is still the case or not. Wandavision is a very important piece to the ever evolving MCU puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it is without its flaws. Most of which are simply a matter of opinion.

The Good:

I think the most important episode of the series would be episode eight “Previously On”. This not only introduces Wanda Maximoff as “Scarlet Witch” but gives a full insight to her previous life changes and events that lead her to this point. Including more hints at future X-Men involvement due to a theory that I will link right here. We have a very thorough introduction to Wandas new “alias” or “funny nickname” as Hayward would put it…still don’t like him and I just KNOW he’s going to be back in some way. We see her shift fully into the persona in the final after credits scene of the finale giving us our first full idea of how we will see her in Dr. Strange Multiverse of Madness.

The not so good:

Evan Peters, who plays Peter Maximoff in the X-Men universe, playing Pietro Maximoff in the MCU…for now.

I feel that the reason I find these things to be let downs or missed opportunities is truly my own fault. I fell victim to the rabbit hole theories, ESPECIALLY Paul Bettany’s little cameo joke. We were told that this series would lead us directly to Dr.Strange Multiverse of Madness (as we are already aware of Wanda Maximoff’s role in the film) and even some rumors to Spider-Man No Way Home hints. Those did not come to fruition. I was very firmly convinced we would see Patrick Stewart calling out to Peter Maximoff after he was pulled from the X-Men universe into Westview by Agatha, who was in fact behind everything all along. My hope for X-Men integration with the MCU is not completely extinguished however…I just can’t personally let go of that yet.

Wandavision Poster

So overall, I enjoyed Wandavision in some aspects and was sort of let down by it in others. I appreciate Marvel letting me not see Vision brutally murdered again when I am still trying to cope with the events of Endgame. I think the introduction of “Scarlet Witch” was done incredibly well and created a very exciting character arc for her. I wish we had a little bit more set up for future projects and I most certainly wish we had a more concrete X-Men introduction…but we have a lot more shows and movies to get through.

All episodes of Wandavision are available now to stream on Disney+ and make sure to mark your calendars for Falcon and The Winter Soldier which begins streaming March 19.

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*SLIGHT WONDER WOMAN SPOILERS INCLUDED*

As a very avid marvel fan, I will always say that the avengers and their friend and acquaintances are my superheroes. However, in 2017 I welcomed one DC character into the lineup. That being Wonder Woman. I loved the first Wonder Woman movie and was beyond excited when the sequel was announced. Obviously I had my concerns about movies when the pandemic hit, but HBO Max swooped in to (temporarily) save the day.

Wonder Woman 1984 is an incredibly fun and well-done sequel. Sure there are some aspects of the plot that were predictable and a couple lines here and there that may have been a little overdone, but they are made up for by the amazing performances by all four of the leading roles. Gal Gadot has impressed me each time she has taken the role of Diana Prince, and WW84 is no different. Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig made a great dynamic out of minimal screen time together and Pascal played the sleezy villain perfectly.

Of course we can’t forget about our main man Steve Trevor played by none other than Chris Pine. Pine’s performance made this movie for me. Through the trailers fans were aware that Steve Trevor does indeed return from his demise in Wonder Woman. I won’t spoil how or why that happens as those are heavy plot points. However, missing almost 40 years of societal growth and advancement would have anyones interests piqued. Watching him walk through the Smithsonian and see all the aviation advancements and the rockets, watching the fashion struggles, and his fascination with the artistic trash can all made for an amazingly heartfelt performance. Pine’s innocence and wonder through this role was gripping and enticing, and it is definitely why I cried towards the end of the movie.

Overall, there were great one liners, lessons, and through the movie. Great cinematography in certain scenes and the soundtrack was phenomenal. It was an emotional, beautiful, and thrilling superhero movie through the lens of classic 80s style. The script wasn’t the most advanced or intricate but it didn’t need to be. Parts were predictable and there was a bit of a plot hole but there was emotional pull all the same due to the connection to the actors and characters. I give this movie an 8/10 and highly recommend watching it if you’re a fan of superhero films.

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