Ant Man

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I’m currently on a blog hiatus for the month of July, but I just had to break it to talk about Ant Man! So many thoughts about it!! If you are into hard hitting criticism, this is not the review for you. This blogger LOVES Marvel and usually just takes time to sing it’s praises. This will be no different.

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I’ll keep this one SPOILER FREE. But I will have to go in depth later, cause the spoilers are really good ones and I wanna talk about them!! Here we go…

1. The Hype

I don’t usually listen to the hype or the critics or anyone, because I like to inform my own opinions about a movie. But the news was good from the early screenings and I have to say that it started to make me even more excited to see it. What’s more, the hype was well deserved!

2. The Cast

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Ah-Maze-Ing. Once again Marvel proves that it knows it’s properties and it’s fans very well. Paul Rudd did a wonderful job as Scott Lang’s Ant Man. He has a Tom Hanks charm about him that you just can’t help but love and root for. And I could literally go on and on about how amazing he is as Ant Man. He’s just one of those actors that is so dang likable. Add serious action moves and a surprising set of abs and he just belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perfect choice!!

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Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, the original Ant Man and mentor to Scott Lang. I forgot how much I love Michael Douglas! And whatever they did to make him look young again was really convincing! Really good makeup or CGI? I didn’t care. I believed that somehow they found a time machine and brought back a younger Michael Douglas to play a younger Hank Pym. Cause if anyone has a time machine it’s Disney/Marvel/Star Wars!

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Evangeline Lilly has already reached nerd royalty status with her roles as Kate in LOST and as Tauriel in The Hobbit Trilogy. Lilly plays Hope, the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. Rocking a serious bob and some majorly bad ass martial arts moves. No spoilers, like I said, but they take her character to a wonderful place and I can’t wait to see her future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!! Anyone who has been upset by the lack of ladies in the MCU will not be disappointed with what they do with Hope’s character!!

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Michael Pena, T.I. and David Dastmalchian play Luis, Dave and Kurt. A trio of crooks who are friends with Scott Lang and get roped into helping with Ant Man’s heist. Special shout out to Pena who is completely hilarious and delightful!! i hope they all have a future in the MCU cause they were really funny!

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Cory Stoll rounds it out as the villain of the movie, Darren Cross aka the Yellowjacket. I really enjoyed Stoll’s turn as the wounded baddie. All he wants is for Hank to show him his secrets and share his technology, but he doesn’t. So he has to make his own way and he kills a lot of lambs in the process. He will probably be compared to other bad guys in the MCU, but he doesn’t deserve the comparison. I think he’s a good villain and the antithesis to Ant Man in every way.

3. The Laughs

The entire theater was in stitches throughout the whole film! Every single joke landed and then punched you in the funny bone!

4. The Effects

The visual effects team should just go ahead and take some high fives for themselves. Ant Man requires heavy effects because of all the shrinking and getting big again stuff. The fights were so good!! Not only the parts when he is little and beating people up, which basically looks like they are mental. But also the parts where he is normal sized and fighting bad guys too. The action is really hard hitting!

5. The Cameos

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I promised I wouldn’t give any spoilers! And I won’t. But there is a spot on TV that does tell you that an Avenger does make an appearance. I won’t tell you which one. But it is awesome!! Epically awesome. Not only that, but there are some other familiar faces that make it into the movie, setting up some interesting plot points for Ant Man’s return in the future! Can Not Wait for that.

Ant Man’s release brings an end to Marvel’s Phase II. Now we have to wait till May 6, 2016 for the next installment. Captain America: Civil War will start Phase III.

I will definitely be seeing it at least 2 more times in the theaters. It’s that good! But don’t take my word on Ant Man… go see it for yourself! Give Marvel your money.

That Time I Fell In Love

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Having never been in love before, I didn’t recognize the feeling. The butterflies in my stomach, that nervous feeling like I might throw up at any given moment. It was strange and unsettling. I couldn’t sleep very well. I couldn’t eat…wait I could eat. I can always eat! But I knew this was something different than ever before. Exciting, scary, different, special and it just felt right. The way I imagine an older couple who’ve been married for over 40 years must feel when they hold hands or something. It was definitely love.

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That was me and New York in January of 2007. Love at first sight. It was bright and shiny. It kept me up all night, just thinking about it. Friends were made. A life was built. And not only did this become my home, but I even found family here.

You know what I love about me… I don’t just make friends, I find family wherever I go. Did you know that you can have more than one family? It’s pretty cool!!

There are the blood relations. The people God designed to be in your life no matter what. The people who raised you and who you grew up with. The people who teach you the things you’ll take through the rest of your life.

There’s college family. The people who were there in a difficult transitional period in life. The people you may have partied with. The people who teach you that life is bigger than the little bubble you came from.

There’s church family. The people who grow you spiritually. The people who challenge you and hold you accountable. The people who help you and pray for you and uplift you.

There are various work families. The people who understand the crazy things that happen at your job. The people you have happy hours with after long stressful days.

There are a bunch of other families that you can make. The people who understand your hobbies. The people you root with at sporting events. The people you cry with over television finales.

And then, if you’re lucky, you have all of the above. But there’s one more family. The kind that is unforeseen. It’s your New York family. Only they can understand what it means to leave those other little families behind to pursue something huge. To step onto this stage with a dollar and a dream. Maybe you get what you came here for. Maybe you leave with dashed hopes. Or maybe that family supports you through every bump and bruise till you are ready to leave on your own two feet to start a new adventure.

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That’s my story.

I came here thinking I’d fall in love. I came here thinking I’d make it big. And once I realized that no one defines my dreams and my accomplishments but me, then I knew that I did fall in love and I had made it big. It was never going to be conventional or “normal.” But then again I’ve always been extraordinary. I don’t mean that in the cocky, “I’m the best” sort of way. I mean, ordinary is not a word I understand. “Normal” is not a word that has ever applied to me. And New York gets that. Hell, New York invented extraordinary. (Well God invented extraordinary, but God also made New York so it still works!)

I found myself here. I found something I didn’t know I was missing. I fell in love with New York City! The funny thing about love is that it doesn’t go away, but it can change. It can become unrecognizable underneath the little annoyances, the little betrayals, the little boredoms, but it never fully goes away. The heart doesn’t forget like that. It’s the mind that tricks you into thinking that it isn’t love anymore. But it still is. And New York and I…we’re doing just fine. I have loved it here, in a way I never knew I could. And the best part about it, the part I know for sure, is that no one ever truly leaves New York. I intended to come here for my internship and then maybe stay for a year or two. Eight and a half years later…. I guess it’s time to go play in the sand for a while. But I know I’ll be back. New York is in my blood now. It’s a part of me. It’s where my family lives.

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This is surely the evidence of a life well lived.

Thanks, my pretty little city! See ya when I see ya!

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This nerd will return in August 2015…

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 29

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Day 29: Li Shang from Mulan

Here’s another example of the Disney men and their awesome hair. Never let it be said that the Disney princesses have all the style!! Shang is the dashing captain of the Chinese army. He is tasked with preparing his troops, including Mulan in disguise, for battle against the menacing and rather large Hun army. Shang knows what he’s doing and knows that the last thing you want in your way when preparing for battle is your hair. So he keeps it nice and pulled back with a red cloth. I like a man who can be both trendy and practical!!!

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Bring on those Huns cause I’m ready for anything!

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“I’ll make a man out of you!!”

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 28

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Day 28: Eddard Stark from Game Of Thrones

Yes, Game of Thrones has ended for the season and any faithful watchers are probably still smarting from the events in that finale!! In an effort to remember the happy times, I went back and watched season 1 again. MISTAKE!!! Remember the happy times??? When was that? The first 20 minutes of episode 1 and then never again. There are many shocking, upsetting, unjust deaths on Game of Thrones. But none are quite like the death of Eddard “Ned” Stark. He is the Hand of the King, the just Lord of Winterfell, a father of 6 and a husband. His death sets events in motion that would change the course of the show and separate the beloved Stark family forever.  (Trust me, don’t go back and watch. It’s straight up depressing.)

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This was a really easy one! Some days you need a simpler hairstyle to get ya through the day. Ned Stark knew how to keep it simple. When you are Lord of Winterfell and have great responsibilities, then you really don’t need to be taking time to worry about your hair!

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 27

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Day 27: Catwoman from Batman

Many women have donned the famous catsuit, but none were ever so sexy as Julie Newmar in the 1960’s Batman TV show. Michelle Pfeiffer’s is a really close second. Maybe it was really good acting, or maybe that was just Julie Newmar being Julie Newmar. She is in one of my favorite movies of all time, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And in that movie, you can totally see the Catwoman coming out at times, and that was well before she would play Catwoman on TV. Some girls just have it!

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I’ve always thought of myself as way too silly to be sexy, but I’m definitely channeling my inner cat for this one!!!

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 26

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Day 26: Nova Prime from Guardians of the Galaxy

This one ended up being a favorite of the series. It’s just so much fun. My only beef with Glenn Close’s Nova Prime is that she was greatly underused in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One hopes that Nova Corps and especially Nova Prime, will have more of a prominent role in future Guardians installments. Especially with someone as epically capable and talented as Glenn Close. Either way, seeing her in the film is a treat in and of itself and this hair is sufficiently glamtastic!!!

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I couldn’t possibly begin to explain how I did this one. I just started twisting and rolling and pinning and eventually it resembled Nova Prime’s hair. So I gave myself a big pat on the back after that one!!! Give it a try sometime and share those pictures!!

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 25

Day 25: Joanna Eberhart from The Stepford Wives

Being a Stepford wife means nothing out of place. It means perfection, or at least seeming perfection.

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I may not be perfect, but this hair rocks!!!! And what’s great about the “Stepford” hair is that you can definitely wear it all day to any event.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 24

Day 24: Young Elsa from Disney’s Frozen

Disney characters always have great hair!! And not only the older ones, but the kiddos as well. So today I picked young Elsa. Just starting to learn about her magic and when she freely used it with no thought of the dangers. Little Elsa lives life with very little fear.

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This one is super easy to accomplish. You need a black headband and a nice braid in the back. And it’s an easy everyday style that doesn’t scream Disney princess. (Although personally, I love when my hair screams Disney princess. It’s so much fun!!)

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“The cold never bothered me anyway.”

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 23

Day 23: Ragnar Lothbrok from Vikings

I just started Vikings so I’m not too far into it yet, only episode 3, but I’m already crushing on Ragnar Lothbrok. The mighty viking who chose correctly when he married Lagertha!! They are one seriously awesome couple, at least by episode 3!!!

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I opted not to shave my head and get tattoos, but still. I felt very bad ass with this style!!!

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When the time comes, you must lead with your hair, not with your heart.