characters in ‘Gone With the Wind’ that aren’t in the movie

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I recently re-read Gone With the Wind and watched the movie.  Even though the movie does an excellent job of adapting the book, several characters were necessarily chopped out (sounds gruesome, doesn’t it?).  And I’m going to talk about them today.

~Grandma Fontaine – Apparently Tony Fontaine is in the movie, but I don’t remember him.  At any rate, Grandma Fontaine is a great character who absolutely owns the two major scenes she’s in (both of them involve her talking to Scarlett and giving her advice and so on).  I would have paid money to see even one of those scenes make it into the film.

~Will Benteen – Yay for Will!  My favorite ‘deleted character’ in GWTW.  He comes to Tara one day as a sick, wandering soldier and, after the family nurses him back to health, becomes a vital part of Tara.  But there’s more to Will than his ability to work hard – you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about. 😉

~Archie (no last name because he’s a murderer and doesn’t want to share it) – Archie’s another favorite character (actually, all the characters that were cut are favorites of mine…*sigh*).  Yes, he’s a murderer but he has a much higher moral code than Scarlett (who is also a murderer).  Margaret Mitchell never wrote a dull, one-note character and Archie proves that over and over again. (Jeff Bridges would be perfection in the role, btw.  Just sayin’.)

~Dilcey – Dilcey is Pork’s wife (and in case you didn’t know, Pork is Gerald’s valet) and Gerald buys her so that she and Pork can be together (Prissy is their daughter, fyi, and Gerald buys her as well).  It’s such a great character moment for Gerald!  And later in the story, Dilcey gets more characterization and she’s amazing.

~Mrs. Tarleton – What happens to her and her family is SO SAD. 😦  You don’t get to see much of Mrs. Tarleton, but she’s a good character nonetheless.

~Wade & Ella – A lot of people probably don’t know that Scarlett had two other children besides Bonnie (one from each previous marriage).  You hardly learn a thing about Ella (Scarlett often thinks of her as being a silly, scatter-brained child, though you never actually see evidence of that).  But I wish Wade had been in the movie because his interactions with Rhett are the sweetest, most adorable thing and would’ve advance Rhett’s character even more.  Rhett is the only one who comforts Wade when he (Wade) thinks that Scarlett’s dying (she’s really giving birth to Bonnie).  Rhett is the one who refuses to let Scarlett tarnish the memory of Wade’s father.  And Rhett knows just how to talk to Wade and get him to respond – like I said, it’s really sweet.

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There’s other characters, too, like the Elsings and the Calverts and Hilton who either don’t get much screen-time or don’t get any.  But I don’t much care about them.  I do hope this post inspires you to read Gone With the Wind if you haven’t already.  And don’t worry about the length!  The writing is so good and interesting that I bet you’ll fly right through it.

Have you read or watched GWTW?  Who’s your favorite character in either/both?

Eva

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movie review: a quiet place

Related imageI don’t normally watch thrillers that border on horror but ‘A Quiet Place’ intrigued me and I’m glad I saw it.

Plot: the world has been invaded by aliens who are sensitive to sound.  Very sensitive.  The main characters (unnamed) are a small family who have to rely on each other more and more each day in this horrible new world.  In the film’s prologue, you see their youngest son killed when he (very stupidly) turns on a toy plane.  About a year later, the mom is pregnant, the dad is trying to protect everyone, the son suffers from PTSD, and the daughter is guilty (because she gave her brother the toy plane) and angry at herself and everyone around her.

(I’m not going to spoil the rest of the story because it’s best to watch without knowing Things.)

For me, stories rise and fall on the quality of their characters and ‘A Quiet Place’s characters were beautiful.  Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who play Mom and Dad) are married in real life and you can definitely sense that.  There’s such a strong, clear bond between them.  They love each other and their kids deeply.  One of my favorite scenes in the film is when they share a pair of ear buds and dance together to the music from an iPod (which is an almost frightening explosion of sound at first).

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Their oldest child, a deaf teenage girl (played by a talented deaf actress) is annoying.  I mean, I get that she’s guilty and lashing out at those closest to her, but can’t you see your dad loves you?  The second child, a boy who’s probably eleven or twelve, was very sweet.  I liked him.  He reminded me a bit of the kid in ‘Jurassic Park’.  And the scene where he and his sister are in the truck, cowering from the alien?  Soooo ‘Jurassic Park’ inspired.

YMMV when it comes to how scared you are while watching ‘A Quiet Place’.  For me, I don’t believe I was ever scared so much as disturbed in a few spots.  In some scenes, it’s pretty obvious that the characters will be okay so that didn’t worry me.  There’s one part where a raccoon gets, um, splatted by one of the aliens and that’s pretty gross.  A few jump scares, none of which made me jump.  That bit with the old man was gruesome (no spoilers, just…*shudder*).  And there was one scene where I did look away – not because of anything scary, but because a character steps on a nail and it goes right into their foot and I didn’t want to see that happen. (Also, there was a bit of burlap caught on the nail and now it’s in their foot and they’ll probably get infected.  Groan.)

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However, one thing I definitely didn’t expect from ‘A Quiet Place’ was how tear-jerking A Certain Part would be.  I’m actually getting a lump in my throat just thinking about because it involves self-sacrifice and a character death (duh) and it’s just…yeah.  It’s tough.  You’ll hate it and love it at the same time.

And can I get a round of applause for that ending?  It was a stellar, amazing, awe-inspiring, perfect, incredible ending. (I could continue to heap on the adjectives.)  It’s given the ending to ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ a serious run for its money for “Eva’s favorite movie ending of all time”.

Overall, ‘A Quiet Place’ was one of those movies that went above and beyond my expectations.  Recommended to just about anyone (no swearing or sexual content, for the win!) provided you’re thirteen or over.

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Eva

P.S. Just wanted to add that, while I thought much of the soundtrack was unnecessary (and unwanted), there was this one jarring, off-key piano theme that was used a couple times that I thought was GREAT.

P.P.S. Don’t ever make a sequel, Hollywood.  Just…don’t.

ranking the rebels of ‘rogue one’

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Love the alliteration in the title.

Anyway…I’m not in the Star Wars fandom, per se, but I love, love, love ‘Rogue One’.  I think part of it may have to do with the fact that it’s almost a throwback to the old WWII movies of the 50’s and 60’s (which perhaps is why it translates so beautifully into a WWII AU).  But mostly I love ‘Rogue One’ because of the characters.  Each and every one of the main rebels has a place in my heart, so when I rank them it’s not like I dislike any of these characters.  But someone has to be first and someone has to be last, y’know?

#6 – Baze

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I’m sorry!  But you don’t see too much of Baze, at least compared to some of the other characters.  I do really, really like him though.  He’s so loyal to Chirrut even when he gets fed up with all the Force talk.  UGH AND HIS DEATH SCENE. (Be warned, I’m going to freak out over allll the character deaths.)  Character classification: looks like he could kill you, and will actually kill you.

#5 – Chirrut

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I will say that Chirrut is one of the coolest characters in the whole movie.  He’s blind and he can still fight so well (I guess that’s because he’s Force sensitive?) and he honestly gets some of the best lines.  Like what he says to Cassian about some people carrying their cage with them or asking if Cassian looks like a murderer….CHILLS.  And then he dies.  Like every other character in this stupid movie.  Character classification: ??? (Honestly, I have no idea.)

#4 – K2

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Okay, I have a confession to make.  I kinda hate the ‘snarky android/robot/droid’ character trope.  I don’t find them funny, I find them annoying.  So I spend most of ‘Rogue One’ rolling my eyes over K2’s remarks (don’t hate me!).  But man, he’s still legit hilarious and his scenes in the novelization made me like him more and I know he’s a machine but his death was still one of the most heartbreaking (which is saying a lot).  Character classification: Looks like he will kill you, will actually kill you, but also moonlights as a cinnamon roll.

#3 – Bodhi

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My heart goes out to Bodhi every time I watch ‘Rogue One’.  Here’s a young guy who was (probably) mentored by Galen and changed his allegiances because it was The Right Thing To Do but when he finally defects, he’s treated so horribly but he still fights (and diiiiiiies) for the Rebellion, even when he’s incredibly scared and distrusted and, yeah, I just have way too many feels about Bodhi.  Character classifiction: looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll.

#2 – Jyn

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I had the toughest time deciding whether to put Jyn first or second on the list, and it turns out I love Cassian just the tiniest bit more.  But Jyn is an incredible heroine.  I get the feeling that, before she saw her father’s hologram, she basically shut off all her emotions to make life a little easier.  But once she receives that message from Galen, she becomes such a force to be reckoned with. (Think Katniss in ‘Mockingjay’, but more awesome?)  She’s not perfect, but she has such strength and force of will.  Love her.  Character classification: again, no idea.

#1 – Cassian

Cassian is an incredibly complex character and I don’t think anyone but Diego Luna could have portrayed that complexity with such skill.  I mean, in Cassian’s first scene he murders a guy.  True, there were extenuating circumstances, but it’s still shocking and harsh and yet…he’s my favorite character in ‘Rogue One’.  I have a thing for emotionally wounded, dark past, but-still-with-a-moral-compass guys like Cassian. He’s amazing. (And *cough* incredibly, unbearably handsome.)  Character classification: looks like a cinnamon roll, but will kill you. (But also is a cinnamon roll.)

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What do you think of my rankings?  I agonized so much over it, so PLEASE DON’T SHOOT ME.  Let me know in the comments how you would rank all these amazing characters.

Eva

my little brothers’ take on ‘pixar VS pixar’

So, I saw this idea on a blog (I forget which one) where you take all of Pixar’s movies (or, at least, all the ones you’ve seen) and randomly select two at a time and pit them against each other to see which is your favorite.  I did that (I’ve seen every Pixar movie except ‘Brave’ and ‘The Incredibles 2′) and it’s sitting in my drafts right now; I’ll publish it at some point.  But today I wanted to share my little brothers’ choices with you.  Along with ‘Brave’ and ‘The Incredibles 2’, they’ve also not seen ‘Toy Story’ or ‘Coco’, so it still worked out to have an even number of films.

Ethan is seven and Jonah is five and I sat them down separately (because I didn’t want them copying each other’s answers) and asked them these very important questions.  Their answers are pretty much verbatim, just with a bit of tweaking here and there.  I hope you love their honesty and adorableness as much as I do. ❤

‘Cars 3’ VS ‘Cars 2’

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E: ‘Cars 3’ because Lightning McQueen is nicer in it than in ‘Cars 2’ and because of the girl [Cruz] and how she wins in the dirt race.

J: ‘Cars 2’ because I really like Finn McMissile and I like Mater in it.

‘Ratatouille’ VS ‘Cars’

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E: ‘Ratatouille’ because it’s about chefs and I like making [scrambled] eggs and also because it has that funny grandma in it and how Remy makes that guy cook really well.

J: ‘Ratatouille’ because I like Remy in it and Emile and I like how Remy imagines Gusteau.

‘UP’ VS ‘Toy Story 2’

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E: ‘Toy Story 2’ because Woody cares about Jessie and doesn’t want to go back to Andy’s house and I like it because it’s very interesting.

J: ‘Toy Story 2’ because I like the horse in it that Woody rides on and I really like Woody and Buzz Lightyear, how he karate chops people.

‘Toy Story 3’ VS ‘WALL-E’

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E: ‘WALL-E’ because EVE is cool in it because she has a gun and the pudgy guy is nice to WALL-E and EVE and WALL-E did all of the work in the old town basically by himself and he never shut down.

J: ‘WALL-E’ because I like WALL-E how he’s a robot and how he picks up the garbage and also I like how EVE makes WALL-E back up and I like those cleaning things that clean up WALL-E.

‘Inside Out’ VS ‘Monsters University’

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E: ‘Inside Out’ because it’s very interesting and plus Bing-Bong helps Joy and Sadness.  But I don’t get why Joy is called Joy because she’s actually kind of a jerk.  And Fear is funny.

J: ‘Inside Out’ because I like Fear in it because his head gets on fire and because Anger did that and I like their computer – and their new one.

‘Finding Nemo’ VS ‘A Bug’s Life’

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E: ‘A Bug’s Life’ because they gather up all the food and then Flik gets new bugs and the Ladybug’s funny.  And also because the grasshopper dies.

J: ‘Finding Nemo’ because I like that big shark in it and because his dad tried to warn Dory.

‘Monsters, Inc’ VS ‘The Good Dinosaur’

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E: ‘Monsters, Inc’ because I like it how Sully cares about the little girl and he’s nice to the little girl and even if she gets captured he tries to get her.  And I like it because of Mike and Sully because they’re both funny, especially Mike.

J: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ because at the ending the little boy meets his mom and dad and all his family and also because I like Buck in it.

‘Finding Dory’ VS ‘The Incredibles’

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E: ‘The Incredibles’ because it’s a superhero movie and I like superheroes and plus Dash is kind of like me so I like Dash.  And what Mr. Incredible fights is really cool.  And I like it because of Mirage and because she helps them even though she’s kind of bad.

J: ‘The Incredibles’ because I like the dad of the Incredibles how they made him muscular and I like the big robot in it.

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Did you agree with my little brothers’ choices?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

héctor rivera: my favorite character in Pixar’s Coco

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This poster bugs me because Héctor wouldn’t be able to walk on the Marigold Bridge right here.

I was late to the party for this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon (unlike last year) but I thought I’d write the post I had in mind anyway.  I actually went back and forth a little, deciding who I’d write about (because while my list of fictional crushes is looooong there are only a few who I’m really obsessed with).  In the end, I decided to go with a fictional character I’ve known about for less than two weeks: Héctor from Pixar’s latest film, ‘Coco’.

SPOILER ALERT.

Who’d have thought I’d crush on Héctor?  I mean, he’s dead. (Though who am I kidding?  Pretty much all my favorite fictional characters are dead.)  He’s literally a skeleton.  He can be more than a little weird.  But here we are. (*wink*)

So, Lightning McQueen is still my favorite Pixar character.  Definitely.  But Héctor is close behind.  For a lot of different reasons.  Like how he actually was muy guapo.  And his singing voice.  (Gael García Bernal said that he wasn’t a professional singer and the director or whatever had to really coach him through the songs, but you could’ve fooled me!  He does a perfect job.)  And how he leads Miguel in the choreography for ‘Un Poco Loco’.  And just…SO MANY THINGS.  I could list tons of moments from the film that make me like Héctor a little more each time I see them.  Okay, fine, I’ll just list a few more: when he apologizes to Miguel after the talent show but Miguel doesn’t hear him, everything in the sinkhole, ALL of his interactions with Imelda (especially when he accompanies her on ‘La Llorana’ and “I’m the love of your life?”), and when he sings for Cheech.

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The main thing that I find fascinating about Héctor is how my perception of him changed so much over the course of the movie.

Because when you first see Héctor, he’s trying gain entrance to the Land of the Living by employing a Frida Kahlo disguise.  It doesn’t work and when Héctor tries to dash across the Marigold Bridge that doesn’t work either.  At this point, I thought Héctor would be a one-shot character, someone who was there to make add humour to the scene (and illustrate what happened when your photo isn’t on the ofrenda) and I didn’t expect to see him again.

Then I thought that Héctor was a con artist (which he kind of is at the beginning?).  I mean, he lied about getting front row tickets to Ernesto’s Sunrise Spectacular (though, to be honest, getting front row tickets wouldn’t have helped Miguel – he needed to be backstage).  He didn’t lie to Miguel about anything else, though!  Everything about Ernesto not being a great musician and all that was dead right (lol).  Oh, and I totally called that Héctor would turn out to be a musician himself because it was just obvious, am I right?

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Héctor is SUCH a good friend.  Singing Cheech’s favorite song and coaching Miguel before and during his ‘Un Poco Loco’ performance, etc.  He’s also a great father (I’m getting emotional just thinking about him and Coco and all that).  And another thing I like about Héctor is that he doesn’t care about fame and fortune anymore (#characterdevelopmentforthewin), he just wants to see his daughter again.  I mean, he tells Ernesto that he doesn’t care anymore if Ernesto is the one who the world remembers, just as long as Ernesto lets Miguel take Héctor’s photo back.  What a change from the young, foolish, pretty selfish guy who left his wife and little girl to do his own thing.

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He and Imelda are one of my favorite Pixar couples – they have issues to work through, but they do work through them and Héctor loves Imelda no matter what, no matter if she ever loves him again or not.  In the end, when they’re dancing together to Miguel’s guitar playing…many tears are shed, let me tell you.

So, overall, Héctor is an amazing character and I love ‘Coco’ – it’s one of the best Pixar films ever made, in my opinion.  Definitely better than ‘Finding Dory’, so it gives me hope that Pixar’s glory days will make a comeback. 😉

Who’s your favorite character in ‘Coco’?  And what’s your favorite song?  And will you ever recover from the feels this movie gave you?

Eva

ranking every superhero movie I’ve seen

From worst to best.

18. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004) – As I write this, I hardly remember anything about this film.  And I watched it only a couple days ago!  It was dull and (obviously) forgettable and I was annoyed through most of it because Tobey Maguire was so old.

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17. ‘Superman’ (1978) – Came for Glenn Ford, stayed because…I don’t even know?  Sure, lots of people love this movie for the classic that it is, but it didn’t hold my interest and I found it pretty cheesy.

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16. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007) – I might have ranked this higher, because the story was actually interesting and I was quite invested in the characters, if Harry hadn’t died.  The writers had a GREAT thing going with the Spider-Man/Green Goblin team-up at the end and they wrecked it.

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15. ‘Thor’ (2011) – The only reason this film is higher on the list than the previous films is because of Loki.  No, I’m not one of those crazy Loki fangirls.  But he was the only good thing about the movie.  Well-written, authentic, and beautifully portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.  I fought to keep myself awake through any scene he wasn’t in, though.

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14. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (2012) – I know a lot of people hate on The Origin Story these days, but I actually have a fondness for them.  That being said, this movie didn’t grip me like I thought it would.  There were some good moments, but the villain was ridiculous and I never fully bought Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man (his suit is wayyy too good-looking to be homemade).

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13. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) – Not having seen ‘The Dark Knight’, it was a little jarring to go from ‘Batman Begins’ right into TDKR.  Still, I enjoyed the film.  Bane wasn’t one of my favorite villains, but the threat he posed to Gotham felt real and there were actual stakes involved and Catwoman was cool.  Actually, the whole cast did an awesome job.

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12. ‘Megamind’ (2010) – One of my favorite animated movies!  Though I can’t stand Will Ferrell IRL, he does such a good voice-acting job (first with Megamind, then with Lord Business).  I can’t get enough of the villain-to-hero, hero-to-villain transformations in this film.

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11. ‘Ant-Man’ (2015) – Okay, so I really dug this movie the first time I watched.  Hilarious hero, super cool action sequences, a great heroine, FALCON!, etc, etc.  But the second time I found my mind wandering.  It’s still a good movie, though, and one of Marvel’s best (in my opinion).  It’s actually been a while since I saw it last…time for a re-watch?

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10. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2010) – How can I not love this movie?  It was my introduction to Captain America, to Marvel, and to superheroes (and superhero films in general).  As soon as Steve jumped on that dummy grenade, my heart was well and truly lost.  I cried when Bucky died and when Steve died…and was so very happy to find out that neither death was permanent.  “I had a date” remains one of the best last movie lines ever.

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9. ‘The Incredibles’ (2004) – This movie is technically perfect.  Every story beat lands perfectly, the humour and wit still make me laugh, the music complements what’s on-screen while never overpowering, and the characters hold a special place in my heart.  Especially Bob and Dash and Mirage.

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8. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014) – I don’t know why I enjoy this movie so much.  Most of it is one long action scene after another and Electro is a stupid villain.  But the relationships in this film are, I suppose, what draw me to it the most.  Peter and Aunt May, Peter and Gwen, Peter and Harry.  It’s really cool and heartwarming and I wish that Harry hadn’t turned bad and Gwen hadn’t died.

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7. ‘Sky High’ (2005) – SO COOL AND SO MUCH HAPPINESS AND SO MUCH FUN.

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6. ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014) – Okay, I swear it was a total accident that #6 on my list was ‘Big Hero 6’.  Anyway, I really dig this movie.  It’s got real, deep, juicy emotions – not always something you’d associate with an animated film.  Hiro is my hero.  Baymax and the other members of BH6 are dear to my heart.  And don’t even get me started on Tadashi.  Plus, it’s an animated Marvel movie!  How cool is that?

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5. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) – There’s no doubt that this movie is one of Marvel’s best.  It’s a huge, famous-character-studded spectacle (though now dimmed, no doubt, by ‘Avengers: Infinity War’).  And I do love it.  But as someone on Facebook said, it’s more like ‘Avengers 2.1’ than a third Captain America movie, and for that reason I don’t like it as much as ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.  Good bits include: Black Panther, Spidey, Zemo, every scene with Bucky, paprika.

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4. ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (2017) – When I watched this movie for the first time, my heart grew three sizes larger (just like a certain Grinch).  Okay, maybe not.  But ROBIN IS MY PRECIOUS CHILD FOREVER AND EVER.  And I grew to care about Bruce Wayne/Batman even before seeing Christian Bale in the role…because of this movie.  ‘LEGO Batman’ makes me laugh and cry in equal parts, which is quite a feat and very awesome.

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3. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014) – Perfectly crafted and still so intense even after multiple viewings.  Especially the Nick Fury car chase.  Steve and Bucky’s relationship is at the forefront in TWS and I LOVE that.  Their friendship is everything goals.

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2. ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017) – There’s so much to like about this movie.  Gal Gadot is a stunning actress, both in looks and charisma, and she’s a joy to watch.  Chris Pine is his usual charming self (though he isn’t all jokester – there’s plenty of serious moments that give his character depth; the “we’re all to blame!” scene comes to mind).  The cinematography is gorgeous.  But most importantly, the characters and themes are powerfully, perfectly drawn.

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1. ‘Batman Begins’ (2005) – ASDOFJIWEOIRJOADSKFKASEOI.  Sorry.  I just…words literally cannot express how much I adore this film.  Not only is it my favorite superhero movie, it’s also in my top ten favorite movies of all time.  I’ve seen it so many times and each time, I wish there was another hour or two.  Or three.  The story is crafted with such care, going back and forth in Bruce’s life.  Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard outdid themselves with the score (that one cue in ‘Macrotus’ is superb).  Christian Bale made me understand Bruce Wayne AND Batman as I never had before.  This movie is a huge part of why I’m more a DC fan than a Marvel fan these days.

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I hope to add many more superhero films to this list, but those are what I’ve got so far. 🙂  Do you agree with my rankings?  Or do you, as is more probable, disagree with them?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

‘the greatest showman’ book tag

Basically like the last tag I did.  Rules are: answer the questions and tag whoever you want.  Using my graphic is optional, but recommended. 🙂

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~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  Probably my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles.  Intense and interesting.

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

I haven’t read much fantasy, so I’ll have to go with Gregor the Overlander (+ entire series).  I mean, the Underland isn’t toooo much different from the world up here.  Except for all the giant animals.  And the pale skin and violet eyes on the humans.  It’s a little strange and a little scary and a little magical (though not literally – there’s no actual magic in the series).

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~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

I don’t know about ‘outrageously’.  But The Blue Castle (by L.M. Montgomery) is a wonderful book.  It doesn’t start happily, but it definitely ends that way and it always cheers me up.

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery.  I used to think that all the books after Anne of Green Gables were boring.  Ha!  Now the entire series is one of my very favorites, and Rilla of Ingleside is one of the best of the lot in my opinion.

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~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

Soooo many.  I’m going to go with While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh because I’ve re-read the entire Songs in the Night series at least three times.  Probably more.  And you want to know why?  Because it’s GOLD.  Historical fiction gold.  I love it so, so much.

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

That’s tough!  Maybe Liesel, from The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)?  We both read and write and love books and Max and Hans and Rosa and Rudy.

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~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  Cath is supposed to marry the King but then Jest comes into her life, with his eyes the colour of the lemons that grew in her bedroom and, well, he sweeps her off her feet by being simply…Jest.  Their romance was doomed right from the start, what with Cath destined to become the Queen of Hearts and all, but it didn’t keep me from rooting for them and loving their relationship.

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.  Duh. 😉

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  I know, I know.  I’m frightfully unimaginative.  I use this book as the answer to everything. (Which it kind of is.)  You’ve got the Curtises as a family, but then you’ve also got the larger family of the gang.  Darry, Sodapop, Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Steve, Two-Bit.  Together, they form one of the awesomest, most tight-knit families in all of literature.

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I tag:

And here are the questions again (for your copy-and-paste convenience):

~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

Eva