Spider-Man: Far from Home (Review + Thoughts)

I have made it no secret over the last few years how much I love Spider-Man. He’s my favourite superhero; I cried in Infinity War because of him, and I cried twice in Endgame because of him. (Captain America is a close second, to be fair.) I can relate to him, a kid who just wants to do what’s best but ends up royally screwing up every time, a lot more than most MCU characters.

So I loved Far from Home.

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Avengers: Endgame and the End of an Era

I’m still not quite sure if I liked Endgame. Was it a good movie? Arguably, yes. Did it do its job at making me emotionally invested? Well, I cried three times, so I’d assume so. But I honestly can’t decide if I liked the movie or not. I might never know. But I will say this: it was probably the best end of an era Marvel could’ve given us.

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Captain Marvel (2019): Review and Thoughts

I’ll admit that there were several parts of the movie where I was waiting for Carol to do something or say something, and I felt disappointed when she didn’t. And then I realized she didn’t have to—she doesn’t need to. I’d had this idea in my own head that she needed to say all these snappy lines, and pull all these badass movies because she was The First Female Marvel Lead With Her Own Movie, and I wanted her to be perfect. But she doesn’t have to. She is perfect and badass and fine without all that.

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November Watches: Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter is by no means perfect. There are several places where it could’ve done better in terms of diversity and fleshing out its secondary characters. But do I still love the show? Yes. It was one of the first things—shows, movies, whatever—that depicted a strong, female character just existing. Not having to continuously prove herself for the audience, not having to forfeit love, and not having to eschew any emotion as a sign of weakness. Peggy just was. She cried and she made mistakes and she cared deeply about others and yet she was still the strongest person in the room. And that was what I loved that about her.

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5 Killer Writing Lessons From Your Favourite TV Shows

Sometimes writers seem to think they have to treat their work like an important affair or else no one will take them seriously. And maybe that’s true for high literature, but it’s not for almost every other genre, at least from my experience. When you’re too serious—almost to the point of being scientific—it can alienate readers. It gets a little dry. Personally, I’d much rather read about a bunch of kids chasing a guy in a monster suit around than a sewer creature with a tragic backstory. Humor is human. I relate a lot more to a bumbling fledgeling vampire just trying their best than to a dusty old guy in a castle.

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July Watches: Netflix’s Queer Eye

Here’s the thing: Queer Eye is unexpectedly heartwarming in a way you wouldn’t expect from a show where five gay guys make over mostly straight dudes (and one lady). But it really is. Season one was great, but season two was amazing; there wasn’t a single episode of the season that didn’t make me emotional in some way.

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Black Panther (2018) Movie Review + Thoughts

The thing about Black Panther is that even though T’Challa is the main character, the movie’s not really about him. In a lot of “origin” stories, the hero is the focus, and that often means that a lot of the other characters are underdeveloped. But Black Panther is a story about Wakanda in its entirety, not just a single character. It’s not just about T’Challa, but T’Challa and all the people that work with him (key word: with, not for).

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