Clothes, Entertainment, Marvel, Movies

That Marvelous Costume: ‘Black Panther’

Last week for my first segment of That Marvelous Costume I focused on the film Phantom Thread, a movie whose only Oscar win went to Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design. This week I’m focusing on a film that got similar love from The Academy for Best Costume Design and that is Black Panther.

Forget the deeper meanings behind the story or the riveting cast of actors who brought home Oustanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the costumes are where it’s at.

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Whether we’re talking about Nakia’s style which has a specific green theme because of being born in the River Tribe.

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You have General Okoye and the Dora Milaje clad in red but it’s very clear to point out who their leader is just by the stark gold that Okoye wears.

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Erik Killmonger is shown in blue clothing to symbolize colonialism according to Ryan Coogler which is fascinating.

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T’Challa looks expectedly regal in elegant robes fit for a king that change color depending on the mood of the scene. T’Challa’s white robe in the spirit world is utterly stunning.

But beyond the colors and the impressive tailoring, there is a sense of detail to every costume that every character wears, whether they are the extras in the background or one of the main characters, making it easy to comprehend why Ruth E. Carter won for Best Costume Design…finally.

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All in all, the looks in this film are amazing.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

 

Entertainment, Marvel, Movie Trailers, Movies, Superhero

Movie Trailer Flashback: ‘Black Panther’ Has A New Trailer!

February is not a month where movies are known to be to anticipated but this February is going to be an entirely different story with the arrival of Black Panther’s standalone film. I am beyond excited. Black Panther stole the show in Captain America: Civil War with his beautiful feline suit and his vibranium claws and now his movie looks so amazing. Check it out.

There are so many things that are right this trailer but I’m not going to talk about every single thing because then this post would be about three thousand words long, but I will elaborate a little on how awesome this trailer is. So, let me start elaborating.

1. The Visuals

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This is definitely one of the more visually enticing films Marvel has made. There so many shots in this trailer that were absolutely incredible. From Black Panther’s ship passing through what looked like the barrier surrounding Wakanda to him walking through a gorgeous field in Africa with the sky a brilliant array of pinks and blues and purples. Watching this movie in IMAX is going to be a serious treat.

2. The Action

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This movie is already proving to have some of the best action scenes out of any of the Marvel films. And the cool thing is Black Panther is not the only one to have some incredible fighting scenes in this movie. The Dora Milaje, King T’Challa’s female bodyguards, seem to have plenty of time in this movie to display their jaw-dropping skills. I’m so excited!

3. The Technology

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Wakanda might’ve hidden from the world but it didn’t matter, for their scientists and engineers have created a place unlike any other. The technology in this movie is enough to rival Tony Stark. There are gadgets, beautiful ships that are piloted with only the use of the hands, suits that can materialize out of thin air, it’s going to be mind-boggling watching this film.

The Overall Trailer

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I’m just simply ecstatic to see this film. I loved the fact that even though this trailer had so many awe-inspiring shots and moments I still have only a vague clue of what the movie is about. That is always exciting to see because that means there’s a reason why they’re not showing a lot.

I hope you enjoyed this trailer as much as I have and I can’t wait to see it in February. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

Entertainment, Marvel, Movies

My Five Favorite Marvel End-Credits

Marvel has made a lot of people happy for many different reasons. One reason why I love this franchise so much is the creativity presented in each end-credits sequence and the fun prospect of seeing brand new and exciting post-credit scenes.

Over the past decade, there have been plenty of fascinating end-credits with some dazzling displays of art showcasing the people who brought the particular film to life and I am here to share my five favorite Marvel end-credit sequences. Enjoy!

5. Black Panther

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Black Panther is already an entertaining and visually impressive movie but the end-credits, paired with Kendrick Lamar and Sza’s “All the Stars” are part of the reason why I love this movie, to begin with. Continue reading “My Five Favorite Marvel End-Credits”

Marvel, Movies, Superhero

My Sister’s Opinion: Why ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is the Most Important Sequel in the Entire MCU

(This is a repost.)

My foreword:

Before I had this blog where I shared with you my thoughts about movies on a daily basis my sister and I would sit in our room and discuss movies for hours on end. From tantalizing theories about the latest films to simple observations discovered after recently rewatching a movie for the umpteenth time, movies have always been a constant bonding factor between us.

I’ve shared with you my sister’s fan art but for the first time in this site’s history she is sharing her opinion on a movie and I am excited! Enjoy!

During a late-night viewing of Avengers: Age of Ultron, something dawned on me: it is the most pivotal sequel in the entire MCU. It was a crossroads to many important and promising, even unnecessary, storylines going forward. And I want to share with you these moments that shaped, and maybe is still shaping, the course of the story. Continue reading “My Sister’s Opinion: Why ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is the Most Important Sequel in the Entire MCU”

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A Movie Ranking: Michael B. Jordan

To be honest, I haven’t seen Michael B. Jordan in a whole lot of stuff, but the projects I have seen him star in, he has been nothing short of phenomenal. When he needs emotion to the table he does so in abundance, making one invested in the character that he is playing.

I’ve seen him in Creed and Creed II, both of which defined him as an actor I wouldn’t soo forget, but the movie that solidified him as one of my favorite actors of late was Black Panther. Continue reading “A Movie Ranking: Michael B. Jordan”

DC Comics, Disney, Entertainment, Marvel, Movies, Science Fiction, Star Wars

Looking Back: The Movies of 2018; Ranked from Worst to Best

2018 was a year jam-packed with awesome movies and while there are some films that I didn’t get the chance to see that year (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldGreenbookSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there were many others that I did manage to watch. And so, on that note, here is how I would rank all of the movies of 2018.

15. Ocean’s 8

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When it was announced that there would be a spinoff to the Ocean’s films but with an all-female cast, I was kind of excited. Especially after seeing the astounding list of ladies that would be in the movie. Unfortunately, this movie was a total flop. It was so boring that I couldn’t even finish the film. Hence, it was my least favorite movie of the year.

14. Venom

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For Venom to be the next to the worst movie of the year in my list then 2018 has been pretty awesome because this isn’t exactly a horrendous movie. I mean, it is, but at least it was somewhat watchable and enjoyable to a certain extent. With better writers, Venom could’ve been a whole lot better and I’m hoping that the sequel can make this story better.

13. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario was amazing. The sequel, not so much. I actually fell asleep at a certain point because it was taking too long for anything truly good to happen. Benicio del Toro still managed to shine in the movie but he was bogged down as a babysitter which was kind of annoying considering his character is so much more interesting than that. And the movie clearly ended in the fashion of setting up yet another sequel, turning these films into money grabs rather than movies with actual substance. But maybe the third one will be better. *shrug*

12. A Wrinkle in Time

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I honestly thought A Wrinkle in Time was going to be worse than it was but I found myself actually enjoying it, to a certain extent. It was nice to see women and girls portrayed in such a powerful way and the movie was gorgeous. No, it wasn’t the best film of the year, but it wasn’t the worse either.

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Ever since I watched Jurassic Park for the first time five years ago I have become a fan of this franchise. Unfortunately, since Jurassic Park, there hasn’t been a film in this franchise that has managed to reach the same level of sheer awesomeness and Fallen Kingdom is no exception. This movie was lame and I have no more to say about it.

10. Incredibles 2

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This movie was perfect in nearly every sense of the word but it was also perfectly boring as well. I came away from that movie finding myself more disappointed than elated but I am excited to hear that it’s coming to Netflix next month so yeah, it was good. It just wasn’t great.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Fun, hilarious, great action sequences, Ant-Man and the Wasp was the perfect final Marvel movie of the year because after the heartbreaking events of Infinity War we definitely needed a film with a bit more levity. I also love that this film perfectly sets up Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to the mission of stopping Thanos.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I never thought I would say there were seven movies better than a Star Wars movie in a single year but for 2018 that is definitely the case. I haven’t watched Solo in over two months which, for me, is a clear sign that it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped it would. But it is a good movie and definitely one of the surprises of the year.

7. A Quiet Place

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When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place when I went to watch Justice League I knew I wanted to see it because it just looked too unique not to watch. So, I did. And it was pretty good. Was it the best science-fiction film that I’ve ever seen? No. But it was enjoyable and its conclusion was definitely a perfect way to end the movie.

If you like creepy sci-fi movies this is a must-see.

6. Bumblebee

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Cute, easy to follow, funny, heartfelt, riveting, oh this movie brought all the feels. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me love Bumblebee even more as a character. And it saved the Transformers franchise big time. If you love Transformers this is a definite must-watch because it’s really, really good. At one time the very words impeccable storytelling and Transformers movie seemed like an oxymoron but Bumblebee is exactly that; a delightful Transformers movie with a perfect story.

5. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

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This may come as a surprise that I would place this movie so high in my list but I am a legitimate Teen Titans fan. I’ve loved the cartoon ever since I was a child and I love it even more now considering that the creators of the series have turned it into an absolutely hilarious comedy. When I heard they were making a Teen Titans Go! movie I couldn’t be more excited and sure enough it was everything I expected it would be…and more.

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am determined to own it eventually so I can laugh at all of its jokes as many times as I’d like. I love this movie. 🙂

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is an undoubted triumph, not just for people of color who are so glad to see a film filled with characters that look like them but for the Hollywood industry as well. This film is literally the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am utterly baffled by the awesomeness of that fact.

This was a very well-written, well thought out story and it honestly only makes Marvel look that much better. Ryan Coogler is a brilliant director and storyteller and I can’t wait to see what new things he can bring to the table in Black Panther 2.

3. Aquaman

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If you’ve read my blog recently you will notice how much I have enjoyed Aquaman since I saw it this past Christmas. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Aquaman would be my third favorite movie of 2018 I would’ve laughed at the absurdity of that prediction but it’s true. Aquaman was awesome in every sense of the word and I’m just counting down the days until I can see it again. 🙂

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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I love Marvel. I love Marvel superheroes. I love the choice of actors who play the roles of these characters. And to see all of their stories and lovable personalities come together into one ultra movie to face an incredible threat in Thanos is hands down movie gold for me. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; this movie was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more.

There were plot twists, plenty of humor, phenomenal action sequences, and its conclusion was so downright unexpected that I am patiently (not patiently) waiting to see what happens. Ugh, it’s so annoying having to wait. But wait I must. 😦

1. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. It garnered a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and it totally deserves it. In my opinion, I’d give it 100% because it is literally a perfect movie. From beginning to end the suspense, the action, everything just keeps getting more and more awesome until I feel like I’m going to combust with excitement.

Tom Cruise took this movie to the next level of awesomeness and with a soundtrack that’s so awesome I have it on my Spotify this film just continues to find ways to please.

So, this is my ranking of the movies I’ve seen this year. 2018 has been very fun indeed but it looks like 2019 is going to be an even better year for movies and I. Can’t. Wait!!!!

What would you say has been your favorite movie of the year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular New Year’s Eve.

DC Comics, Entertainment, Marvel, Superhero, Who's Your Favorite?

DC Comics or Marvel: Which Franchise Is Your Favorite?

Superhero movies. They have become an expected delight to look forward to every year. And the two arbitrators behind this movement is DC Comics and Marvel. For decades these franchises have released films that have inspired generations of fans and brought joy to millions and they are continuing to do so. In just a little over a month, Captain Marvel will be hitting theaters and there will surely be plenty of individuals, including me, rolling into theaters to see it. And that’s why I wanted to make this the topic of this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy!

DC Comics

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When I think of DC Comics the first superhero that comes to mind is Batman but before Michael Keaton made Batman cool in the late 1980s’ there was Christopher Reeves’ iconic portrayal of Superman. I’ve seen Superman maybe once or twice in my younger years and while I don’t remember the film very much I still can grasp in the recesses of my brain the magic of the movie. Specifically, the scene when Superman–to bring Lois Lane back to life–uses his incredible ability to turn back time by flying around the Earth multiple times. You could say my mind was blown!

Continue reading “DC Comics or Marvel: Which Franchise Is Your Favorite?”