Cinema #40: Ant-Man and The Wasp

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    I literally just came back from seeing Ant-Man and The Wasp. I talk about my feelings about why I think its unfair that they only just now added her to the line up. The wasp is a founding member of the Avengers, along with Hank Pym, but I don’t really hold domestic abusers in high esteem. She should have been the very first person they brought into the MCU. It’s possible that its the feminist in me, but I felt quite some kind of way when they didn’t include her until now. 

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  A good portion of the film is devoted to the Wasp. It's probably just red tape that the film is called Ant-Man and the Wasp, but best believe this movie is a Wasp Bonanza. If you felt like me, and was hoping for more wasp, you DEFINITELY came to the right place. 

 The very first thing I thought about this film was, if they are going to try and bring Janet, back they better do it in this film, or I will RIOT! They definitely bring more ants into this film, they're helping to build machines, replace people in a hurry and the only thing I could think about was I hope they're giving those ants Living wages. 

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 As much as I love me some Wasp, I had to say that Ava was my favorite character. I was enthralled with her story and her tribulations, she is by far my favorite anti-hero in the Marvel Films. Yes, she didn’t do good things, but she had been exploited from jump, and had to make it the only way she knew how. 

 Another big thing for me in this film was how big of a role Hope had in this film. She might as well have been the title character, we saw Scott and his daughter, but easily 80% of the film was Hope.  She collected the gear, she took care of the bad guys, and she drove the getaway cars. Let's talk about the cars! Shrinking cars? It's absolutely ingenious, and it definitely pushed the car chases up to 11! The Fast and Furious Series could learn a thing or two. 

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 I don't want to talk too much about the film, because I'm trying to be better about spoilers, especially since I'm generally seeing films within a week of their release. I want my posts to be a vehicle to fangirl with others, I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. Did you enjoy the film if you've seen it?

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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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