Monthly Archives: August 2014

80’s Music Wednesday

I am a huge Cars fan, so much so that I lied to my nephew when they came on my iPod and told him that it was Lightening McQueen singing, so he would listen to it also. I am a bad Auntie. Ric Ocasek's solo career just blended along with that love. This was one of his greatest hits, Emotion In Motion. Enjoy, my friends!

Show Me the Ladies, Marvel

Marvel Studios continues to knock it out of the park with their movie adaptions of our favorite comics. There just hasn’t been a lot of women standing alongside the men. As of right now, we have only seen three female superhereos, Black Widow, Lady Sif,  and Gamora. We have been promised more with the upcoming addition of Scarlet Witch to the Avengers. A Jessica Jones series for Netflix is also said to be released, and Marvel Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. announced that Mockingbird would be appearing on the show.

Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch

 

Scarlet Witch

Though comic book fans know her as Magneto’s daughter and a mutant, it is unlikely that she will be presented as such in the movie. I am under the impression that Marvel Studios will gloss over this information due to rights of “mutant” belonging to Fox. I have faith they will make a good run with making it believable and even open for later clarification if a possible crossover happens. Outside of the red tape Scarlet Witch has been a long time member of the Avengers in the comic and a suitable choice for the team’s next super heroine. Depending on which version they go with, her powers are capable of effecting probability or changing reality. I am assuming the later, because that would make her a much more mysterious and complicated character to write, especially when it comes to controlling her powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

 

Jessica Jones

Jessica has a few code names, the most famous being Jewel, but no one really refers to her that way. She, like her husband in the comics, just goes by her name. She has super powers from an exposure to radiation that give her super strength and the ability to fly. She also is a little hard to kill, which can be useful. I imagine the show will focus around her being a private investigator, but we will just have to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mockingbird

Mockingbird

 

Mockingbird

Not only is she badass, she’s just human. She is a S.H.E.I.L.D. agent and was a big member of the Avengers in the comics. She could potentially be added to the Avengers later, but it would be interesting to see how they handle her and Hawkeye due to their history in the comics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Joss Whedon has stated that the new Avengers movie will feature four major female roles. We already know about Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, but the other two could already be known or simply wild cards. The known possibilities for the other two roles are Maria Hill, which is likely, Jane Foster, or even Sharon Carter. I don’t really think that Jane Foster’s role will be large if it even exits, but you never know. Sharon Carter was the fun S.H.E.I.L.D. agent that was keeping an eye on Steve Rogers in his last movie, and comic fans know her to have a romantic involvement with Cap as well as fighting by his side. Now, let’s play a game where they bring in some unknown power houses. Who could be added to the Avengers movie and possibly take on one of these roles?

 

 

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

 

Captain Marvel

I say this while crossing my fingers and praying to whatever nerd god will listen. Can we have Carol Danvers, please? I would settle for her in her Ms. Marvel incarnation, but the comics have done so much to rebrand her that I feel it would be a step back. While there is no need to go into full detail of who and what she is, we have seen the Kree in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy movie. They just have to quickly link her powers to a Kree machine explosion and go on about their business. Then they need to give the woman her own damn movie where they can go to town on her background and origin. The chica can fly, has super strength, advanced healing, and can absorb energy just to throw right back in someone’s face. Captain Marvel is one of the strongest damn female characters they have in Marvel and they need to put her ass on the big screen immediately.

 

 

Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

I know there are rumors about a Sony Spider-Man spinoff featuring female leads, but Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman is a rumor, and one I hope won’t come true for Sony. There are a lot of female characters out there that have used a variation of spider for her name, but please don’t let Sony take Jessica. She doesn’t really have any involvement with Spider-Man especially after they retconned her origin story. The new and accepted origin for Jessica Drew is what makes her a great possibility for current Marvel Studios universe. She was raised and brainwashed by Hydra becoming an agent only to discover their lies and ended up joining S.H.E.I.L.D at Nick Fury’s invitation. She went back to Hydra as Fury’s girl and kept tabs for S.H.E.I.L.D. With Hydra’s current rise in the film and television world, she would be an ideal addition. Her abilities include being able to walk and crawl across anything much like Spider-Man, but that’s as far as it goes where similarities are concerned. She has a venom like energy that comes out of her hands to take down her opponents. Her last ability is the one she dislikes the most and is the hardest to control. She can release pheromones from her body that can either make you terrified or enamored by her depending on which she was going for. She can’t just turn it off or focus it on one individual, which makes it unpredictable at times.

 

Marvel Studios has also left open these possibilities for their current franchises. While they don’t need to be large focused roles, it would be nice to see them.

Original Concept Art of Valkyrie for Thor: The Dark World

Original Concept Art of Valkyrie for Thor: The Dark World

 

Valkyrie

Sadly, during the development of the second Thor movie, creators had every intention of including Odin’s shield maiden, but left her on the idea podium. However, it looks like Thor will be returning to Asgard to deal with his brother in the third film and hopefully he will need every ally possible including Valkyrie. If they decide to bring in the Enchantress to help Loki keep up his throne, it would be good for Thor to have another female ally besides just Lady Sif. Valkyrie is Asgardian, so she is super strong as well as quite durable. It would be nice to see her.

 

 

 

 

 

Misty Knight

Misty Knight

 

Misty Knight

While she may not be one of the biggest female superheroes that Marvel puts out, she is quite large where Hell’s Kitchen is concerned. She plays a large role in keeping the streets clean alongside Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Hell, she is romantically involved with Iron Fist in the comics. She was a former NYPD officer that lost her arm in an explosion. Tony Stark helped her out with a bionic arm and super strength that allows her to be one hell of a badass. If you get a chance to read the short lived Fearless Defenders comic series, please do. It features Misty and Valkyrie leading an all-female superhero team. I am just bummed that they killed it.

 

 

She-Hulk

She-Hulk

 

She-Hulk

Yes, I agree, a long shot, but if they pursue anymore Hulk stories, then she is still a possibility. She is blessed enough to keep her mind when in hulk form, and actually prefers that compared to her normal human self. She has all the hulk perks with practically no negatives. I am sure her cousin Bruce Banner gets jealous a little every time he sees her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wasp

Wasp

 

Wasp

You really can’t do an Ant-Man storyline without at least mentioning the woman. While Hank Pym is clearly going to be aged somewhat, we may not get to see the Wasp. I just hope they at least mention Janet Van Dyne. She has so connected to the Avengers in the comics, that it would be disrespectful not to at least give her a shout out somewhere in the films.

80’s Music Wednesday

So hands down, my favorite 80's song is Only You by Yazoo. The song you may recognize, but the band name may be a bit off. Random 80's trivia that will not effect your life in any manner time? GOOOO! The English group Yazoo is actually known as Yaz in the States for legal reasons because another US band held the name. I admit the video is odd and adds to my ever growing issues with dolls and inanimate objects that resemble people and could possible kill you in the night because suddenly they can walk. My English degree finds that last sentence appalling, but it is an accurate display of my neurosis where that matter is concerned. Now back to the song. Take away all of the creepy mannequins and you are left with only a voice and synthesizer creating one of the most romantically simple songs of the decade.  I am a woman that likes simple declarations of love. It makes me a bit of a hopeless romantic.

80’s Music Wednesday

After going to see Guardians of the Galaxy for the second time, I felt it appropriate to utilize this favorite 80's track. As Bonnie Tyler was Holding Out For a Hero, so was everyone getting behind Peter Quill. It is with great pleasure that I present Footloose by Kenny Loggins.

Top Ten Favorite Scary Movies

Growing up I have always enjoyed the supernatural and the scary is some form. I read all the Goosebumps books I could get my hands on and loved anything by Betty Ren Wright. As I got a little older, I moved on to the more graphic Fear Street books and Christopher Pike novels. I did what I could with books in my tween years, because my parents were good parents and wouldn’t let me watch any scary movies that were above my pay grade. That doesn’t mean I didn’t sneak off to enjoy a few under the radar. But as much as I loved to watch movies like High Spirits, I was running out of choices.

I would watch edited horror movies on television until my parents finally decided to begin to let me watch R-rated movies when I was 15. In the beginning they watched them all with me and sent my ass out if they thought it was too much. Gradually I started getting access to more and more. When my parents realized that I was extremely cognizant of reality vs. story, they let me run free. My mom was pretty satisfied with my answer when she walked into the living room one day during a pretty gory scene, and I was eating spaghetti with tomato sauce. She asked how I could watch that and eat. I pointed at the screen and told her that was corn syrup and pointed to my bowl and stated that it was tomato sauce. I still don’t think she was fully comfortable with the thought until we both happened upon a reality show surgery, and I got grossed and left the room. I had a very clear grasp on what was real and what wasn’t.

Let me introduce you to my Top Ten Favorite Scary and Horror Movies.

Evil Dead 1981

Evil Dead 1981

1. Evil Dead Trilogy

So yes, it isn’t one, but can you really have one without the other two? Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness were waiting for me before I even knew it existed. I have to thank my brother for introducing me to them, but I had unknowingly been preparing myself as I grew up watching Hercules and Xena. Sam Raimi hooked himself a fan for life after watching these three films, and well Bruce “Don’t Call Me Ash” Campbell got himself another adoring follower. Now, if we can only get Mr. Campbell to do a cameo on Supernatural, now that his show is over, life would be complete.

House 1986

House 1986

2. House

Yes, another scary movie with humor in it. I tend to love these. Funny story about this movie. I remember watching this movie on television with my brother when I was little, and the scene where he tries to flush the monster hand down the toilet scared the mess out of me. I had serious issues with using our toilet for years, because I kept thinking that hand was going to come out and grab me. I have since come to terms with that and can use a toilet without fear. This is one of my favorites, because while it is funny, it is a great story.

Suspiria 1977

Suspiria 1977

3. Suspiria

Honestly, this movie isn’t terribly scary, but it is gorgeous. The set design and art design add another level to this late seventies movie that sets it apart from the rest of the horror films coming out at the time. It actually might be boring to those but the strictest of horror movie buffs. I still think it is worth a peek.

Pet Sematary 1989

Pet Sematary 1989

4. Pet Sematary

There are two things that easily turn on the creeps for me and that is dolls and small children. This adaption of Steven King’s novel has one of the creepiest children I have ever come across. While I hate it, I can’t stop watching. Small child, plus scapel, plus tophat? I have never been more terrified in my life.

1408 2007

1408 2007

5. 1408

I have always felt that John Cusack never got married, because he has been waiting for me to first grow up enough where it wasn’t creepy and then finally meet me. While this is highly delusional, a girl can dream. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put this man in a not only a horror movie, but a Steven King story, they need a monetary reward and a week’s vacation to somewhere tropical and not war threatened. This is a great movie.

American Werewolf in London 1981

American Werewolf in London 1981

6. An American Werewolf In London

This movie was just a stroke of genius. The practical effects were amazing for the time and the humor was sprinkled perfectly throughout the film. It saddens me that they tried to make a sequel of this gem, but I’m willing to ignore it.

The Possession 2012

The Possession 2012

7. The Possession

Yes it is another demon possession movie, but why did I like it so much to add it to the list? It deals with the Jewish faith and superstitions. The majority of the other demon or devil possession movies utilize Christianity to save the day. While completely acceptable, this movie changed it up and looked at a different faith making it strong enough to stand out. I think this movie was as good as The Conjuring.

Silent Hill

Silent Hill

8. Silent Hill

Just reading this title, would probably make horror buffs scream in outrage! I really like this one and here is why. I am a leisure gamer. If I had more time and money I would probably never leave my house. Resident Evil came out and was fun not super awesome, but okay. It took the sequel to make something out of it. Silent Hill was not only a better adaption of the game, but honestly had a better story. There were little touches in this film as well. They treated the story progression as if you were in the game, and how the main character looked for objects and clues to get them from point A to point B was standard game play. I don’t think there is a woman alive who didn’t cringe internally when Christabella bit it in the end.

Insidious 2010

Insidious 2010

9. Insidious

I know there is a large amount of people that hate this movie, but I loved it. I was sold at the opening credits with the homages to Alfred Hitchcock. This was very story driven, which makes for the best horror movies. If you forget about meeting blood and boob quotas and make a good story, people will watch and mostly likely buy your movies. It is a crazy thought. I loved the parallel between the father and the son, and how everyone in the house was affected. I even enjoyed the twist of the house not being haunted, but the kid because of what he can do. The sequel was even great, especially how it takes off right where this one left off. That’s fantastic!

Drag Me to Hell 2009

Drag Me to Hell 2009

10. Drag Me to Hell

My love of Raimi could not allow me to finish this list without this movie. I was so excited when it came out. Raimi hadn’t done a horror movie since Army of Darkness. It was everything that I imagined to be. It funny, disgusting at times, and fascinating. This was a damn near perfect movie. The only reason it didn’t reach perfection was there was no Bruce Campbell cameo. I mean the man made a cameo in Spider-Man 3, but we couldn’t get him to sign on to this. Well maybe he was angry with the cameo in Spider-Man 3, and this was Raimi’s punishment. I could probably get behind that.

There you have it. While the movies may not be considered the traditional classics, they are my favs and how I was really introduced to the horror genre. I love a lot scary movies, and it was hard enough to pick and categorize as it was. Let me know some of your favorites?

80’s Music Wednesday

Okay, so it really came out in 1990, but since my SiriusXM deems it perfectly acceptable to play very early 90's songs on the 80's on 8 channel, then so can I. On this very special edition of 80's......ish Music Wednesday, we honor the one that came before. Turtles in a half shelf are taking over the big screen again this weekend, so grab a slice and remember what Ninja Turtle movies meant to our generation! I present Partners In Kryme's T-U-R-T-L-E Power. Feel free to sing along, because, come on, you know the words.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

I hope that everyone has been able to make it out to the movies this weekend to see Guardians of the Galaxy. If not, definitely make the trip. The non-comic book fan may have never heard of this motley crew of space explorers, but never fear, you won’t forget them after this movie. Honestly would you forget a giant walking and talking tree let alone a raccoon that can do the same? Just don’t call Rocket a raccoon to his face.

First off how will this movie fit in with the rest of the universe that Marvel Studios is creating? This movie will add more to the Thanos storyline. For those who do not remember, that was the giant purple guy during the Avengers ending credits. I am not going to reveal too much to the non-comic fans, but this guy is a big player when it comes to the final frontier in the Marvel world. Whenever he does make an appearance in the comics, it usually takes a mass majority of superheroes to team up and handle him. They bring in all the big guns. Guardians of the Galaxy just adds another page to the story. Thanos, himself, does appear in the movie, played by Josh Brolin. I wouldn’t call it brief, but it isn’t a massive part of the film.

Thanos is just there to pursue another infinity stone, the object that most of this movie focuses on. Film goers should recognize this term from the ending credits scene of Thor: The Dark World. In that scene it was revealed that the tesseract and the aether were indeed infinity stones. In the first Thor movie, it is believed that the Infinity Gauntlet is actually in Odin’s vault, and can be seen in the brief scene involving the frost giants breaking into it. The Infinity Gauntlet is supposed to hold all of the stones and become one the most powerful weapons known to the galaxy. If Marvel even decides to use the gauntlet story, this is where all the infinity stones will tie in. Marvel may even decide to utilize the stones in another manner.

Yes the focus of this film is keeping an infinity stone out of the wrong hands. It brings together a group of prisoners who decide to choose the needs of the whole planet above their own. Although for some, it did take a lot of convincing. What looks to be the most unlikely group of people to ever work together, turns out to be the family that the other was looking for.

The movie is hysterical, probably the funniest damn Marvel movie I have seen yet. Can I talk about Peter Quill a bit? I totally get why he does well with the ladies. He is smooth, a smartass, and is lost in the 80’s. That is a man I can get behind. I have always been entertained by him in the comics, and his charms, while adorable, don’t get too far with my girl, Carol. Captain Marvel happens to be helping out the Guardians at the moment in the comic version, and it has been fantastic. Between deflecting proposals from Peter Quill and trying to stop Rocket from killing her cat. She’s got a lot on her hands, but Peter never stops entertaining. His movie version doesn’t disappoint when compared to that.

Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax make up the rest of the Guardians. Gamora’s character furthers the connection with the rest of the Marvel Studio movies. She is actually the daughter of Thanos, well kind of but you’ll have to watch the movie for rest of that. Rocket supplies the tech side of the group, while Drax, though his reasons are heartbreaking, joins and becomes the muscle. Groot the giant plant, tree, whatever, alien acts as the heart. Don’t mistake his kindness for weakness. That tree can’t beat some ass.

With a kick ass soundtrack that doesn’t seem like it should work, this film is a breath of fresh air. It is the perfect way to end the summer. I am just disappointed that I have to practically wait an entire year for a new Marvel movie. Couldn’t they have balanced out another movie for phase two? A little Doctor Strange? Dare I say Captain Marvel? And no, not the Rock movie. DC has a Captain Marvel as well, and by the time they decided to revive the character in the seventies, Marvel already had a character trademarked with the name. Shazam is what he is commonly known as today. When I say Captain Marvel, I mean Carol Danvers. Even if they choose to do Ms. Marvel instead, I personally think her rebranding and new incarnation is way more badass.