Marvelous Mondays: X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) by MovieRob


Hey everyone!!!

Today we have the awesome Rob posting again with another X-Men. He reviewed the first two here and here. Thanks for always being willing to contribute Rob! #youRock

Let’s see what Rob has to say about this movie!


“Since the dawn of existence, there have always been moments when the course of history shifted. Such a turning point is upon us now: the conflict between the better and worst angels of our very nature, whose outcome will change our world so greatly there will be no going back. I do not know if victory is possible. I only know that great sacrifice will be required. And because the fate of many will depend on a few, we must make the last stand. ” – Professor X

Number of Times Seen – 4  (2007, DVD, 5 Mar 2013 and 6 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a medical cure is discovered to stop the “Mutant X” gene, forces of good and evil face off in order to stop the military from using the drug

My Take on it – One of the things that I have always enjoyed about the X-Men series is how the mutants are basically stand-ins for minorities and how the stories fit into the world we live in that is filled with prejudice and hate.

This movie raises the ultimate question in those situations: what would we all do if there was a way to take away the “differences” between everyone in the world?

Will it make things better?

or worse?

There really is no true answer to that question but it is great to see how this kind of scenario would play out in the world of Mutants.

This story is still the weakest of the original X-Men trilogy, but I think that has more to do with the fact that as the popularity (and budgets) of these movies got greater, they felt it was necessary to introduce many new characters to the story-lines which as we all know lessens the character development in a movie and hence muddles too much along the way.

It was nice to see the holdovers from the previous films, but most of them have little to nothing to do here.

Another issue I had with this film is that it feels as if they wanted to try and tie up too many loose ends, but ultimately, they created too many new questions that would allow for an opening for further sequels which defeats the benefit of tying up those loose ends.

The action and special effects are still top notch and makes for a fun superhero movie.

Ultimately, this is a fun fast paced X-Men movie that just can’t live up to the greatness of its predecessors and if it wasn’t a third part, would have been perceived much better than it was.

Bottom Line – Nice to see the X-Men again, but this story is the weakest of the original trilogy and slightly ruins the series by trying to add in too many new characters.  They tried to tie up a lot of loose ends here, but just raised even more questions, which left things too open-ended. Very action packed and still a fun superhero movie. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy 8/10

Marvelous Mondays: Man-Thing by The IPC


Today I have the pleasure of hosting my favorite IPC with his second Marvelous Mondays post. You can check his first review (of Elektra), here. Pappy, thanks so much for taking part, but after thorough review of secretary’s behavior, firing can not happen due to a number of reasons BUT: #pappyComeBack


When Natasha’s agents first called my people to see if I would be interested in meeting her to do a piece about the movie Man-Thing, I was hesitant. Not because I was afraid of Natasha (she’s actually very sweet) (and short) but because I didn’t want her agency to have to shell out all of that money to fly me over there and then I turn into a pumpkin because I don’t know anything about the movie or the character. I didn’t ever really read those when I was a kid because he didn’t appeal to me but I do remember him looking like this:


I remember not caring about his Environmentalist Hippie bullshit subtext and having someone teach me a lesson about preserving the ecology and being green and toxic shit and all of that, but I did buy the first one – as a collector – and read the first two and soon he was travelling to other dimensions and stuff that I didn’t care about so I quit reading:


Anyway, I did the usual thing and prophesied my future by reading tea leaves and chicken bones and made the decision to commit to the travel and agreed. While I was recuperating from the rounds of VERY painful inoculations (vomiting, aches, constant pooping – you know) I gave this a watch and have to admit that it’s really pretty fucking terrible and I hated almost every second of it. You know – I’m not going to rag on the acting but from the opening scene, before I went and looked it up, I could immediately tell these were foreign people doing deep south American accents à and they were doing them very badly. Giving it a look…. yep:


Have you ever been to the deep south of America? Well – I have and some of those assholes really are as hard to understand as Boomhauer from King of the Hill. But I pressed on because I had signed a contract and kept listening to these people bruise and destroy the English language and, aside from general malaise and a lingering side effect from my shots, I did not enjoy any of it whatsoever and it made for a miserable companion on my 20 hour flight to South Africa. Eventually the movie got to the part where it was going to do its Money Shot all over the place and show us the Man-Thing and this is what we got:


What the fuck? That’s worse than what we got in Pumpkinhead 3 and 4. Really? I just sat through an hour of this:


For that? No thanks, you Australian bastards. UGH. And, for real, this is how this shit went. Some Australian guy is being pontooned down a river by a toothless hillbilly. “Why’s  you heah??” Asks the toothless dude. “To get away from it all” says the city slicker. Psych, turns out he’s the new sheriff. K. In his first minutes on the job he gets a call and has to go shut down a protest at the local power plant. When he gets there, he gets on his loudspeaker and tells everyone to go home or he’ll have to issue some arrests and the leader of the group – a blond with a terrible attempt at an American accent – says no and kicks him in his balls. Somehow – about thirty minutes later they are in:


And are kissing and crying all over the place and hunting down a psychotic American Indian in the swamps, trying to avoid the gigantic Man-Thing. This movie was absolutely miserable and Marvel should be ashamed of itself for having been a part of this but the most important thing to take out of this adventure of mine was that when I got to Natasha’s office, her receptionist:


Was quick to point out this particular sign on the wall:


I thought that was pretty weird since that’s not typical office behavior here in the States, but I signed in anyway – as a guest – and sat down in the reception area. It seemed like it had been a few hours that I sat there playing Kingdom Rush: Origins on my iPad before her personal Admin:


Emerged from her office and politely told me that Natasha was “Occupied for the rest of the week”:


And that I should “return to where I came from”. I wasn’t hurt or offended so much as I was aggravated that I had to get back on a fucking airplane for another twenty hours so, after the secretary had excused herself, I turned to the receptionist and:


excused myself.

And there you have it!! The world’s FIRST EVER review of Man-Thing that devolves into fart lighting!! Seen right here on Life of this City Girl!

Thanks dear Pappy!!

PS: If you are still interested in reviewing something for this blogathon, see the list here and drop me a line. (If you’ve already chosen one and it isn’t marked with a strikethrough on the list, let me know to do my job and update the list!)

Marvelous Mondays: Daredevil by MovieRob

Happy Monday folks!! It’s that time again… another excellent Marvelous Mondays Post. Rob is reviewing Daredevil for us today. He has really been a great contributor to this blogathon, thanks Rob! I suggest you head over to his site and go look at his James Bond blogathon that is going down this December. Have fun and take part!!


They say your whole life flashes before your eyes when you die. And it’s true, even for a blind man. ” – Daredevil

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater 4 May 2003 and 5 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A lawyer blinded as a kid, uses his other enhanced senses to find crime and clean up the city.

My Take on it – I can definitely unferstand why Ben Affleck stated after making this movie that he was done ‘putting on the tights’.

As we all know he has broken that promise because he is set to portray Batman when the Superman-Batman movie eventually gets done.

This movie is quite reminiscent of the way superhetomovirs were thought to work prior to Christopher Nolan changing the way people perceive this genre.

The storyline isn’t so intricate and deals with local corruption headed by an unknown underground crime boss who wields a lot of power.

Affleck’s Matt Murdock can’t in any way be deemed a good performance for him because it is quite bland and uninteresting.

As a potential franchise, the characters and story don’t evoke any reasons for the viewer to want to revisit this ‘world’.

This kind of superhero movie makes me glad that the genre no longer makes movies like this and that the quality of these kind of movie has
risen so much over the decade plus since this was made

Bottom Line – This is a pretty weak Marvel movie. Affleck is mediocre in the title role and the storyline isn’t as interesting as it could be.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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Marvellous Mondays: Guardians of the Galaxy by the Review Club

Woohoo! Here is another fantastic post from Troy who blogs over at The Review Club. Go check him out, follow him, and enjoy this epic post! (PS: The list is here if you want to take part)

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Awesomely spectacular in sci-fi visuals, battle-tastic sequences and high class comedy.The tenth installment in the Marvel cinematic universe and 100% one of the best. James Gunn the director and co-writer of this penultimate Phase Two feature has mastered a wise cracking, zippy futuristic barnstormer to once again keep the threat of stale superhero movies well away.

‘GOTG’ kicks things off with a simple enough back story into Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) past of 1988 and from there he’s whisked away into the land of space and the unknown. This movie revolves around him 26 years later as his space pirating ways lead him to grab a much sought after orb. Having this item however is more dangerous than expected and in the process of keeping it he stumbles upon a motley crew of bandits who become friends. (Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper) They all must try and stop the orb falling into the wrong hands, i.e the paws of one mighty villain named Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

*very mild spoilers may follow in this write up*

This is such a damn good movie, the movie keeps shuffling along at a speedy pace but never in a way that you feel it’s over before anything has begun. The story is suitably told even if it is predominantly a item for sale kind of shtick. It might be basic but it never feels dull with interesting character interactions to keep the story amusing and fresh. The book-ended Earthy quality to reflect Quill’s background help add that grounded touch to bring us back to more level standings after flying high in the future. The mum, present and Star-Lord aspects all get their time and help make the arrogant, witty dude in charge more three dimensional, which I believe was needed, even if skidding across an empty cave and singing into weird creatures is epic cool. The main likable story focus is centering on them as a gang, a unit, friends and possible a family because of them working together, all their rapports are scripted brilliantly with comedic one liners, miscommunications and personality divides all adding to the hilarity of this odd bunch coming as one. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman have done a top notch thing in writing this film, mixing funny with feels, whizz with calm.

The science fiction is like something wholly and delightfully different to the Marvel films to come so far. Each planet and scene is detailed with futuristic eyes for design and wonder that it’s a treat to see each place appear on the big screen, especially when captured on an IMAX screen. They all work with the unraveling plot and suit the impending darkness of Ronan’s influence. Though Xandar always seems clean, white and like some new Colgate commercial or a Jetson’s city. The sci-fi gizmos are fun and Star-Lord, you know….Star-Lord, oh forget it, he has a Batman like utility belt of gadgetry to deploy; from a handy helmet to some jet-packed boots. It’s all stamped with an assured extreme modern look that gives this film the fun identity you hoped it would have.

‘GOTG’ has a soundtrack of insanely great proportions that relate nicely to Quill as a human with his travelling mixtape, appropriately titled Awesome Mix Vol. 1 that gifts us the sounds of the 70’s and each song ties in with the action it’s played over. Of course there’s the great ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ by Blue Swede but other gems come from David Bowie, Marvin Gaye &Tammi Terrell, The Jackson 5 and The Runaways who have one of the best song-to-scene moments with ‘Cherry Bomb’. It’s a very musically felt film even when a song isn’t blasting through the cinema speakers like some phatboombox-esque disco tune. Peter Quill utilises on the moods of ‘Footloose’, he twinkle toes…quite a fair bit and even uses this knack for such a great way to deal with the enemy, very Han Solo tapping on a Stormtrooper to distract jobby.

Chris Pratt is a great leading man and shines as Star-Lord, seriously no idea? Okay, nevermind, the cockiness is just right, never leaning into proper douchebag territory, he has a great sense of comedic timing clearly picked up from his time in ‘Parks and Recreation’, but there’s a sensibility lurking under the leather and helmet of Quill and Pratt showcases this human emotional side when needed to settle the soaring visuals with hearty story, maybe not huge hearty story mind but hearty enough. Zoe Saldana is a great kick-ass assassin and plays green Gamora with the hit-girl precision, she also keeps Quill in check and turns a corner for him without even meaning to. Bradley Cooper is never seen but is utterly fantastic as the voice of the violent Rocket Raccoon, the furball is cute and somewhat softened by the end but he comes out with insults and lines to crack you up constantly, the funniest thing in the film by far. Stan Lee has a cameo, as per. Karen Gillan has black eyes and blue skin in her most evil role yet and she carries that baddie role well giving long stares into shots to convince you she can do harm, underused as a character and I was saddened that after hype of a great female fight between Saldana and her it feels cut short and not that impressive when it comes down to it. Lee Pace is bulky and very bad as Ronan and booms as the central villain, it’s a great play but this film does side more with the journey of the Guardians leaving the villains with less time to breathe.

The best thing about this film is you can tell the makers had a blast getting this made and so you have a blast watching it. It’s zany and piled to the stars with silly and smart comedy, shining special effects and grand fun. A Jackson Pollack comment says it all for some of the greatly scripted one-liners and the dazzling lights and kindness of Groot’s heart tell you how sweet and sad the film can sometimes be. It succeeds it making you care about the good guys an awful lot and each one gets enough screentime to warrant you liking them all, they’re the new Avengers in a way, more weird but just as easily to get attached to. Heck this film even bangs out a final act more impressive and neatly wrapped up than ‘The Avengers’ managed to achieve.

Mad fun, great sounds and sights can be found in this action filled space adventure. An exhilarating ride that makes you want to go round again and again.


Marvellous Mondays: The Punisher by Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

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Happiest of Mondays fair friends! Today I have the absolutely enormous pleasure of hosting one of my favourite people on this planet for the Marvelous Monday blogathon. I hereby introduce my bestie Zoë, who not only rocks, but hosts an awesome blog over at the Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. If you haven’t yet followed her, do yourself a favour and hop over. (If you are interested in picking up a movie, check out the available movies here and let me know!)

So when my best Chemistry Kidney decided to start hosting Marvellous Mondays, I thought it was a fantastic idea. I got even more excited when she said she would be opening it for anyone and everyone to participate if they wanted to. I mean really? Hell yeah, I was so in! I get to talk about The Punisher yet again? I wanted to. Granted, there are plenty other films on the list, and granted, I have written about it before (on my site and for Genre Grandeur), and granted, I should probably find a way to get this film out of my system but do you know what? I don’t think I will. I love it, and if I get to wax lyrical about it from time to time, then you better be sure that I am going to. I watched this movie when I was younger and I absolutely fell in love with it. Maybe it spoke to something in me when I was younger, but it has remained with me ever since, and I cannot shake it. That’s totally fine with me.

I know that I am definitely in the minority for loving this movie, but hey, you don’t always have a choice, right? Moving along from all that, let me get to the movie…

the punisher movie poster

 “I leave this as a declaration of intent, so no one will be confused. One: “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” – If you want peace, prepare for war.”
– Frank Castle

SYNOPSIS: Special agent Frank Castle had it all: A loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when his life is taken away from him by a ruthless criminal and his associates, Frank has become reborn. Now serving as judge, jury, and executioner, he’s a new kind of vigilante out to wage a one man war against those who have done him wrong. – viaIMDB

I think I absolutely love the fact that this is darker than most comic book movies. I love the fact that it is focused on the antihero. It’s certainly something different. I have no idea why the comic book world hasn’t delved into the world of the antihero more. I mean granted, we got Spawn, and I liked that, and I am one of the few that has a really soft spot for Constantine, but why is this not a genre that gets more attention? I know I would watch the hell out of them.

frank castle bow

The Punisher is something that builds on itself pretty quickly, but at the same time not too fast as to leave you behind. I liked that. It doesn’t really lag or get boring anywhere for me, and I enjoy the journey each and every time. Starting off simply enough with a sting gone wrong, meeting Frank Castle, seeing his white-picket-fence-life, you see it ripped away from him, and it is cold to witness. Seeing what happens next, for me, is thrilling. The broken man who rises up and fights back, exacts what vengeance he may, and tries to rebuild some semblance of a life while doing so. It is so interesting for me! Also, I loved the outfits in here – or maybe I should be more specific and say that I think Castle’s Punisher outfit was pretty badass.

One thing that I thought was just excellently executed was John Travolta as the villain. I think he portrays a very satisfying villain, and he made it onto my Top Ten Comic Book Movie Villains that I compiled a while ago for my dear Eric’s site, though it seemed he was not a very popular choice. I don’t know why that is. Travolta brought the goods to the table. He was cold, he was odd, he worshipped his wife, he loved his sons, he was ruthless, and he loved power. When his façade started to fray, I was really impressed with how he handled it all. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play out (to perfection) the path that Frank had laid bare for him, tearing his own life apart on his own, what with Frank just sitting back and watching how it came to be. That was cold.

howard saint the punisher

Overall, I enjoyed the acting. I think that everyone did a mighty fine job bringing their characters to the screen. I really liked Quentin (Will Patton), I thought he was a great fiend, and I actually took a shine to him. James Carpinello’s portrayal of the twins, John and Bobby Saint, was a little wooden maybe, and he didn’t actually say much but it was probably better that way. I thoroughly enjoy Ben Foster and I feel he is an incredibly underappreciated actor, and he played Dave very well. John Pinette was great as Bumpo, and Rebecca Romijn played Joan well, too. So the cast was alright and kept things moving along nicely, too.

Considering this movie didn’t have a killer budget, the effects were really good. I had such a blast (and it remains one of my favourite scenes) when Harry Heck walks into the diner that Joan works at and sings In Time. The song is beautiful, but the statement that the song was written for Frank and that he, Heck, would play it at Castle’s funeral was a little unsettling. Their showdown after that build up was a little bit of a let-down, but only if you separate the scenes. I wished for a little more time with them together, but alas, no such luck.

Thomas Jane is an interesting actor for me. While he is no DiCaprio or anything like that, he can carry a lead role, but as Ruthsays, maybe a little handsome-but-vacuous. He isn’t bad at all, though, but he also isn’t gripping. His Frank Castle is certainly one of my favorite roles of his, and when I was younger I just thought he was a real hottie with his dark (not blonde) hair. Plus that attitude?Sullen and angry and dejected and on a mission? Why would that not appeal to me? My evidence…

I know that there are numerous gripes about this film. For one, the movie really doesn’t look at Castle too closely, and his development. It probably would have been nice to see more of that, but I could understand how and why he ended up where he was, ready to take down the Saints. You don’t need to be a full-fledged psychologist to understand why it affected him so deeply. For two, there was a little humor injected in here that I understand is not a part of the comic books. What people don’t tell you is that it is so seldom that you actually forget that it was there in the first place.

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I am going to close down this post with something that Tim linked to me when I posted my review of The Punisher. This really awesome little clip, so if you want a few more minutes to revel in the glory that is Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, I would highly suggest you go and check this out.

Marvelous Mondays: The Fantastic Four by The Review Club

Hi There! Today’s Marvelous Monday post is about the Fantastic Four, done by Troy of the Review Club. Thanks for participating Troy!! (If you are interested in taking part, see the updated movies list here)

FANTASTIC 4 (2005)

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Wow, this feels like a trip down memory lane. I remember going to see this film when it came out, I would have been 14 and superhero films were big, but I guess not as big as they are now what with Marvel creating its own branded universe and yearly layout and DC now getting onto that same planning bandwagon with untitled films scheduled for the next few years. Seeing this now almost ten years later loses the young wonder I saw it with before, it has some fun elements but on the whole it lacks a punch and that’s sad considering the four powerful characters it has to play with.

On getting his idea agreed to, Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) takes his friend Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) to Victor Von Doom’s (Julian McMahon) space station where they’re joined by Von D himself, Reed’s old flame Susan Storm (Jessica Alba) and future flame figure Johnny Storm (Chris Evans). Up there they’re all struck by a freak radiation storm cloud and soon they discover they have powers which they need to understand, control and use to fight a power mad Doom.


There’s fun and slight enjoyment to be had in certain places, the space station cosmic disaster is good enough to shed light on how they all come to gain their gifts, the last showdown with the masked Dr. Doom has some shiny glimmers if not feeling disappointingly short for a final act battle. The best sequence I thought was the bridge which gave time for Ben/The Thing to become a hero and be seen as not some weird orange rock monster. The destruction comes thick and fast with fire engines wreaking havoc, vehicles flipping and flying and all four of them use their powers openly for the first time giving them the public attention to make them the heroes of the movie. There may be some few poor green screen moments or CGI weaknesses amongst this sequence but on the whole it’s the best thing in the movie…I feel.

The issue this film has it never feels fast or exciting; it takes more time with them and their problems which in turn becomes the plots problem. It has an opening that jumps straight into Reed’s plan leaving the exposition light wildly flashing. The majority of the film is about Reed attempting to use his science know how to get them back to the way they were, which isn’t at all interesting to watch. Now with films such as Iron Man or The Avengers letting the heroes revel in the way they are it feels a touch boring having this as the main driving story, the motive is never serious as you want them to stay the way they are so the whole time they’re trying to revert their powers you’re growing tired of it. Siding with the smooth yet cocky Johnny proves to be the right choice.

Chris Evans brings comedy and a twinkle eyed performance as The Human Torch and without falling back on a pun he does burn away the others with his character, a smouldering fiery performance even! Sorry. Ioan Gruffudd does what is needed as the straight laced smart guy but he’s a bit dull and as the group leader Mr Fantastic he’s not that fantastic. Jessica Alba is gorgeous and gets under the skin of the preppy and romantic seeking Invisible Woman with enough believability even if at times you feel she’s acting. I’ll forgive her. Michael Chiklis gets the raw deal being caked in stupid prosthetics that make him look like a reject Pokémon with his only trait really being that he can clobber and smash. McMahon has flashes of evil in his path to becoming the big bad but he like the story never comes across as exciting as he could be considering he’s the only villain.

It’s not a greatly made movie by any account but at least it had time to set up all the characters which is perhaps the reason why ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’ is a much better movie and actually proves that sequels can be done well. A hit and mostly miss movie with some enjoyable moments here and there, but a movie that Marvel must feel glad it never became part of their new universe.


Marvelous Mondays: The Avengers (2012)

Firstly, happy Monday my devoted readers! After Rob brought us the Fantastic Four (which he didn’t enjoy all that much), I am putting up a post about one of my favorite movies EVAR, the Avengers, and I really hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I am planning to.


A challenge in reviewing a lot of Marvel movies is that I’ve seen most of the latest ones, and most likely have reviewed all of them. SO, to keep it all fresh, I will be attempting to go off the tracks and be original with the ones I have already posted. PS (A lot of these were blogged about in the beginning phases of my blog so they are highly likely to be crap. I am doing myself an honor to rectify these previous little posts.)


Facts about Marvel

Marvel Comics originated in 1939 as Timely Comics by Martin Goodman

The company was known as Atlas Comics during the 1950’s

The finally and ultimately renamed itself as Marvel Comics in 1961

I actually tried to trace in how many Marvel movies Stan Lee appears in. That lead me to read up about Lee, and while I still don’t have a definite number of his appearances I can truthfully state that what he did for comics is the equivalent of what Pascal and Newton did for science. (Naturally, please feel free to tell me in the comments section in how many movies he appeared in). I’ve always thought Stan is pretty damn cool (who doesn’t) but what I didn’t get is that he is essentially Marvel, and this guy is a symbol for what hard work and determination can do to people if they are willing to work their asses off.

Plot (via IMDb): Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

(That may or may not be the lamest plot synopsis I have ever read)

The Avengers (2012)was this insanely successful film that had the expected categories: people loved or hated it. Either way, the film was everything Marvel had hoped it would be: funny, sarcastic, and intense and the perfect conclusion to the Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America that had their releases as a build-up to this.

Why it works:

Well, it is fun. It has a story everyone at least has some partial knowledge of but steps were taken to keep a few suspenseful surprises up the sleeves of Josh Whedon.

There is most likely a character in there you will love. The Avengers has a massive, famous cast with Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Buffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner all have their say, and that is just to name a few of the insanely charismatic cast.

Earth gets attacked: NOTHING fascinates a cinema of people more than the mere thought that the extinction of the human race is nigh. Aliens have always been a fun yet scary occurrence to contemplate, and if you add in some gods with Thor and Loki, the movie becomes a potent hot bed for success.


Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation! The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled! In the end, you will always kneel.

Oh, Villainy villain:I am not one of those sad fools who think Loki is the hotter brother, but that man sure has stuff going for him. Tom Hiddleston brings depth to the character which may or may not have failed otherwise. Loki has a lot of issues, his brother is not only the legitimate child of Odin but also stronger, more charming and courageous. Loki makes you understand that although he is rotten, he is also complicated, and that the knowledge of his true parentage sent his already dubious ethics straight into the ground.

Damn funny stuff: This is a movie full of wise-cracks, sarcasm and chirp. A lot comes from Robert Downey Junior’s character, Tony Stark. Iron Man was obviously a great pull for everyone to go watch Avengers, and he delivered by being his usual uncontrollable self. I love and perve about Chris Hemsworth on every level, but I think he should leave the funny stuff to Iron Man. I mean, Thor is beautiful to look at, but he doesn’t come across as having a lot of funny bones in him.

The special effects made the movie that much more entertaining. I really do think it was well done.

There isn’t something I dislike about it the movie, but if I had to choose I would say that female superheroes shouldn’t have to wear tight black suits to save the day. If this is the case, please let Chris Hemsworth walk around bare chested the whole time in his next movie so he can be subjected to being objectified every five seconds.

I am obviously incredibly excited about Age of Ultron, the second Avengers movie. I have hopes that they can improve on this, if it is possible, by taking the story to a whole new level and exploring the characters a bit more. I think Mark Ruffalo is a decent hulk and he needs a movie of his own. He manages to show what bottled rage really means.

Marvellous Mondays: Avengers Assemble!

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Hey all! I am so excited to announce this idea that has been cooking in my head for a while. It is no secret that I double triple love Marvel movies, and can especially watch the Avengers continuously.

Marvel Mondays will be a long running series that runs every Monday (I just bet you figured that out by yourself) that will eventually include all the Marvel movies, spanning from 1944 till the present.

I would LOVE some participants. Please let me know if you are interested and what movie you would like to watch, so I can cross it off from the list and keep it safe for you.

The rules

Everyone is welcome. Ain’t no discrimination on my blog!

You are more than welcome to choose more than two should you wish!

There is no time restraint on these posts. They will be going up whenever I have a new one and will run as long as necessary. If you are able to get this post to me soon, great, but if you need some time to hash it out (heaven knows how much work running a blog is) that is fine as well.


A list of the Marvel movies up for grabs: 

Email me your choice at 🙂

Title Year produced
Captain America 1944
Howard the Duck 1986
The Punisher 1989
Captain America 1990
The Fantastic Four 1994
Blade 1998
X-Men 2000
Blade II 2002
Spider-Man 2002
Daredevil 2003
X2 2003
Hulk 2003
The Punisher 2004
Spider-Man 2 2004
Blade: Trinity 2004
Elektra 2005
Man-Thing 2005
Fantastic Four 2005
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
Ghost Rider 2007
Spider-Man 3 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007
Iron Man 2008
The Incredible Hulk 2008
Punisher: War Zone 2008
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009
Iron Man 2 2010
Thor 2011
X-Men: First Class 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2012
Marvel’s The Avengers 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012
Iron Man 3 2013
The Wolverine 2013
Thor: The Dark World 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

Iconic Book Scene: Dracula – Mina Will Not Go Alone

Guest insert by the Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

So I am behind on every single thing in my life right now, and that includes blog posts. When Zoë mentioned last night she had a Scene up her sleeve, I was like HELL YEAH. Send this to me! Enjoy! (It goes without saying, but if you are not already following her legendary blog, I strongly recommend you go be awesome and press the follow button on her site)


I absolutely love this scene. When I read it I knew that it was perfect for Natasha’s Iconic Book Scene feature, because it is just a stunning piece of prose. In this single piece alone you can tell how much Jonathan loves Mina, and that even though he undeniably despises Count Dracula and all that he is, he can completely understand why the Count does the things that he does, and how such an affliction would spread so rapidly.

If you are interested in taking part in this, send your scene, with or without an explanation as to why you love it so much, to

Have a good one!