Shuri is a Disney Princess, You can't change my mind.

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   Just in case you can’t get enough Black Panther, I thought it would be fun to talk about Shuri, Princess of Wakanda. I will try not to put out any spoilers even though, almost the entire US has seen it. Black panther has become the highest grossing superhero film in the United States, and if You’ve seen the film, you are not at all shocked by the results. Here are three reasons why Shuri is the best Disney Princess.

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  We all grew up with Disney Princesses. As little girls, Disney Princesses were female characters we could see ourselves in. For girls of color, we had Jasmine and Mulan.  You may have had really cool parents who introduced you to something else when you were younger, like Anime or Foreign Television, but everyone can remember seeing a Disney movie when they were younger. For instance, my favorite princess was Jasmine. Even as a child, I craved freedom, to do whatever I wanted, and I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny. 

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 Black Panther saw black representation on the big screen in the grandest scale in quite some time. One of the two most prevalant attributes of the film were the Dora Milajae, strong powerful black women who were the protectors of Wakanda, and Shuri, The Princess. With the need of women of color in S.T.E.M. Shuri couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Perhaps, if Shuri had been around when I was younger (in television or film, I didn’t get into comics until much later), I might had turned out a lot differently.  


 Shuri as a character is strong willed, compassionate, funny and creative. She creates all of the technology in Wakanda, but also better ways for her community to use Vibranium. In The MCU, as a 16 year old she creates the technology of Wakanda. In other words, she’s considered as one of the smartest person in the pantheon. Stark Who?

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   My favorite thing about Shuri is that she is so relatable. Sure she’s crazy smart, and in charge of a lot of things that most people in their lifetime won’t touch. However everything else everyone will run into at some point in their life. They’ll have something, someone they will want to protect. Something they will want to preserve. People will have unique interests and try their hardest to create something that will be a positive contribution. Everyone wants to be better than they were before. Everyone wants to eat an herb that will give them super strength. (If you say you don’t, you’re lying.) 

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   Shuri is an Innovator. Not only does she create the technology used in Wakanda, but she’s constantly looking for ways to make her inventions better. In the comics, Shuri even takes on the mantle of Black Panther, and before that she runs the Wakandan army, and teaches at the Academy of Applied Sciences! She gives back to her community in unique ways that will be felt long after she is gone.  “Just because it works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

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Cinema #39: Incredibles 2

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  After a 14 year wait, The Incredibles 2 was released on the fifteenth and I definitely wanted to go see it! I woke up Saturday, asked the boy Wonder if he wanted to see it and we were off. We went to our favorite theater AND saw it in 3D. 10/10 defnitely recommend. i'm going to talk about a few of my favorite things, and I'm going to try really hard to leave out the spoilers.

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 Instead of talking about what happened, I think it will be easier to talk about what I enjoyed about the film. I'm going to keep it down to three things that I want to expand on. One of the biggest things, I loved about Incredibles was the music. It was so much livelier than the original film. I found myself tapping my foot and very interested afterwards because I streamed the soundtrack, while working my night shift. 

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 The growth of the characters. We waited 14 years for this movie and in that time the characters needed to grow with us. While the actual time in the film isn't too far forward from the past, the actual growth of the characters are more emotional and the way they problem solve, rather than actual time passing or aging.  Especially Violet and Bob, in the original story they are very upset with their way of life, and the way things are going and superheroes being illegal, in this film, with the way they're trying to deal with being oppressed and in particular Violet dealing with high school stress on top of it, the way they muddle through is heart warming. 

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 Finally, the actual story line. It's pretty rare that a story line blows me away. That's not what happens in Incredibles 2, HOWEVER, I can say that I did very much enjoy the story, the plot and the twists. I felt that the characters were well developed, and not just the core group, and I was intrigued and interested in how the story was going to develop and what was going to happen, I wasn't necessarily on the edge of my seat, but I was definitely engaged. 

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Cinema #38: Bat-man Vs. Two Face!

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  I’ve been writing about comic characters and their media since the inception of my blog 10 years ago. Batman has always been a staple in my comic diet, and I’m in love with almost every animated film he’s ever been in. Batman ‘66 will always have a special place in my heart, I own the entire series on Blu-Ray and Have a very belovedly used dvd of the film. 

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 So when I was the store the other day and came across Batman Vs Two-Face on the shelf, for a decent price, I knew I had to get it. I’d seen Return of the Caped Crusaders last year and I absolutely loved it! So what better way to follow it up than by watching the next ‘66 inspired film?  This film was released before Adam West’s passing, so it has original voice actors. West as Batman, Ward as Robin and William Shatner as Two-Face. 

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  Batman and Robin meet Hugo Strange, Dr. Quinzel, and Harvey Dent in the State Penitentiary for a brand new experiment to suck the evil out of the super criminals that inhabit its walls. Of course, the experiment goes awry and the machine explodes causing Dent to become Two-Face. This particular version of Two-Face can be recreated by using the complete evil collected from the machine. Two months later, the most renowned surgeon is able to reconstruct Dent’s face, and it looks like everything will go back to normal. However, the surgeon can only fix the scars, not the true evil.

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  My favorite thing about this film was the cast of characters used. I’m always super partial to the animated films because they will literally throw anyone in there they deem fit and it’s a great way to see characters either you didn’t know about before or ones you hadn’t seen in a while. One of my favorite ‘66 villains is Bookworm, and other than his couple of episodes, he doesn’t really get much love. I love the burgeoning romance between Batman and Catwoman, even though Catwoman is behind bars. 

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  Another thing I loved about this film is the comedy. The comedy in both ‘66 based films is hilarious, the spaces that the leave between mentions that Dick is Bruce’s...ward, or that they do love their fishing trips and nudging just kills me. It’s almost like they want your mind to wander. The rumors circulating around the “real” relationship between Bruce and Dick has always had certain conations and I think the writers taking time to poke fun at it, is awesome.  

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Cinema #37: Infinity War Part One

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 I’ve seen Infinity War twice as of writing this. I kept debating on and off if I wanted to write about it. It’s difficult to write about the finale of 10 years and 18 movies without spoilers, without giving something away, and the one thing I don’t want to do is spoil this film for someone. So I figured I’d do something completely different.

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 Last year I did my first after film rant. It was dark, it was terrible, and I slightly spoiled something for someone. This time, I’ll only be talking about my emotions throughout the film, and what I hope for in the future. Hopefully, this way, no one will be spoiled, and I can get rid of these Thanos based thoughts that have been swirling in my head since Thursday.  

  When I walked into the theater I felt excitement and hope. I was thinking how would they culminate 10 years worth of story telling in two hours? What would happen next. 

 A quarter way through the film, I felt, very very stressed. There was a lot of death and mayhem going on, and I was hoping for a quick resolution. My stress was only sliced by a sliver of excitement as all the characters were meeting each other. 

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 Half Way through the film, I am just utterly stressed. I can’t talk about what happened because I don’t want to spoil it, but my bottom lip had a groove in it, from pressing my teeth into it for half a film. 

 3/4 of the way, and I was pretty sad, but hopeful that maybe the gang would be able to turn it around. 

At the end of the film, I was angry, sad, and disappointed. It wasn’t necessarily that I didn’t enjoy the film, or didn’t think it was good. I just was not prepared for the culmination of the series in this way. I was not prepared for this film in anyway, every twist and turn hit me like a ton of bricks. I must say that this film should have made me cry, but I was too angry to cry. Once I actually started processing what had happened, I cried a little, but not as much as I expected. 

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  Despite the downward dip in my emotions towards the end, Infinity War kept me enthralled the entire time. I was on the edge of my seat, biting my lip, and my nails, and the popcorn, because all the craziness was making me so concerned for what was going to happen in the film. 

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Cinema #37: The Cat Returns

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  I missed almost every Ghibli Fest movie last year, and only had the chance to venture out for The Castle Of Cagliostro which was absolutely amazing, if you’d like to know more about what I thought about that film, I wrote about it here. This year, I wanted to try and do more than one, so we started with The Cat Returns. 

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 This was a film I had never seen, and so I was going in with fresh eyes and I was so excited about the experience of seeing an Ghibli film that I hadn’t seen a hundred times, and seeing it on the big screen is always better, I don’t care what anyone else tells you. 

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  The Cat Returns follows a girl named Haru, who one day comes across a cat carrying a present in its mouth as it crosses the street. The Cat drops the parcel, and the light turns green, and he narrowly avoids being ran over by a semi, when Haru swoops him up literally in a lacrosse net. The cat then stands on his hind legs and begins to thank her for saving him, that he’s late for an important event, but will be back later to thank her properly.

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 Apparently, Haru has always had an affinity for understanding cats, as she used to speak to them when she was younger. Later, that night she is visited by the king of the Cat Kingdom, who informs her, that she saved the life of the Prince, Lune, and thus will be rained upon with everything that would bring her happiness. 

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  Hilarity ensues, as she is visited by copious amounts of mice, her own personal cat entourage, her weight in catnip, and her own yard chock full of cat tails. Unfortunately, statutes were made for cats and not humans so they have very different ideas of complete happiness. 

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 Haru is visited by a cat on the kings court, who tells her she will marry the prince of Cat Kingdom, Lune, and they will live happily ever after in the kingdom. Since she doesn’t want to marry a cat, she is told to visit the Baron and he will solve her problems. 

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  I absolutely loved the film. I loved the colors, and how every cat had a different personality. Some were clothed, some weren’t but each cat had something different and unique about them. The action was fun and fast paced as well, the cats came and swooped up Haru, and the chase was on like a locomotive. 

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   My favorite characters have to be Lune, Baron, the Harem cats were so adorable, and of course Muta! Although the film was pretty short, barely an hour, it’s definitely a film I recommend. I would love to add it to my collection, and I think it’s all around an adorable film that everyone would enjoy. 

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Cinema #36: Scooby-Doo and Batman: Brave and The Bold

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  The Boy Wonder and I went to Walmart the other day, and I found a brand new Scooby Doo Movie on the shelf. I didn't really need anything more but the film gave it to me anyway. There hasn't been a Scooby Doo and Batman Team up episode since the New Scooby-Doo Movies series of the 70's. 

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  Batman: Brave and The Bold, brings our favorite things about the series to Scooby Doo in a 75-minute film. The Gang drives into Gotham to solve a unique string of jewelry thefts, and in solving them are granted access to Batman's group, The Mystery Analysts of Gotham. This group includes Detective Chimp, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Plasticman and The Question. The Film follows the gang and Batman as they try and solve Batman's only unsolved case. 

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  My favorite thing about the film is that it is everything I thought it would be and then some. If you watched the Batman:: Brave and The Bold Cartoon, then everything that you loved about it has been featured. Aquaman's "Outrageous!", The cheesiness of the 60's Batcave, The Giant Penny, Batman's weird lip flaps. Everything, but it does it better. 

 You get a bit of Batman backstory without it being the only backstory wants to tell about him. His only unsolved case takes you into his past, but not about the death of his parents, it goes to his first year as Batman. Commonly known as Batman: Year One, he even has the long-eared costume. 

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  This Film is a Fangirl's Dream. If you've seen it let's fangirl on Twitter or in the comments.

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