The Winter Soldier (short n’ spoiler free)


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(I’m keeping this short since the movie just came out.) I saw Captain America The Winter Soldier Friday evening with my sister and we both really loved it! During a scene, Kayla randomly leaned over to me and whispered, “This the best movie ever!” That pretty much summed up my feelings too.

It was awesome seeing Steve Rogers front and center again. It was his movie The First Avenger that brought The Avengers into my sights in the first place. I fell in love with his heart, character and nobility. I take a moment now to say thank you to Marvel for the amount of energy and thoughtfulness that has been put into translating this character onto the screen without making him seem preachy or over in-your-face-patriotic or trying to make him more liberal. They’ve done right by him and that makes me extremely happy.

What makes this movie so great is that Steve shares this movie with SHIELD. Natasha Romanoff was amazing in this movie; she and Steve make such a great team. I really liked seeing more of her and I’m glad she got to share the spotlight. We also got to see a lot more of Nick Fury during the first half; it was very exciting seeing him in action rather than just directing people around. :D As to the rest of the movie, there was tons of fantastic action, intimate emotional moments, excellent introduction to The Falcon and some good twists throughout the plot!

Other than a few technical things that bothered me (two action scenes were little hard to follow because of the cinematography) I have practically no complaints about the movie! I highly highly recommend getting to a theater as soon as earthly possible to see this if you haven’t yet!

~Jamie

Ressurrected by the Sunflower Tag


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I absolutely detest writer’s block, it’s been such a bother. However my dear friend Maribeth tagged me over at her blog Formidable Courage, so now I have a tag to do! Yay!

Rules:

1. Share 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger

3. Nominate 11 bloggers.

4. Set questions for the nominated bloggers.

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1. I’m fast becoming a Harry Potter fan; I’ve seen the first five movies and have quite enjoyed them. I look forward to seeing the last three and hopefully reading the books later. And yes, I’m a Hufflepuff, according to several tests…

2. I take great pride in my personal DVD collection.

3. I can make balloon animals.

4. I can be quite lazy and I know I’m holding myself back when I am.

5. This is one of my favorite quotes and I have been trying very hard to remember it whenever I become intimidated with being vulnerable or honest, whether online or being out of the house. I want to stop apologizing for being me.

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DANG IT, THAT IS SUCH A GOOD CODE TO LIVE BY.

6. I’ve been rewatching The Office lately. I forgot how much fun the early seasons are and how far the show fell when Michael’s character left. *sobs*

7. I’ve been attempting to get into this habit of drinking a glass of water right when I go to bed and right when I get up. I’ve read that this is apparently a good thing to do, from several sources. But please don’t ask me why because I don’t know. I’m just doing it…

8. I love Doritos chips. A lot. Specifically Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese. YUM.

9. I am currently addicted to playing the Jelly Splash app on my iPod.

10. Hot Topic is my favorite mall store because they actually sell Disney clothes for gals my age!

11. I’m very excited for Captain America The Winter Soldier. It can’t come any quicker!

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Here are Maribeth’s questions!

1. Who is your favorite character in the Bible (besides Jesus)? I like Joseph with his coat of many colors. :) His story is very encouraging.

2. Do you consider yourself an outdoor person? If so, what are your favorite outdoor activities? I don’t really consider myself an outdoors person. Then again, I live in a very hot city, so can you blame me?

3. If you could live anywhere in the United States, where would it be? Washington or Oregon. One of those states. THEY GET RAIN.

4. What noble character quality do you admire the most? Humility. Not the abusive idea of humility where you can’t ever say a good word about yourself or you let people walk all over you, but the humility where you can acknowledge when you make a mistake and can take care of it right. Basically, I really admire the opposite of pride, that idea that you can never be wrong.

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5. In what ways has God comforted you in the recent past? God comforts me a lot through my Mom. And actually, something really big happened a little while ago but I can’t talk about it quite yet. Hopefully sooner than later though. :D

6. You are offered a choice of three fattening (but hearty!) entrées: a cheeseburger, ultra-British fish and chips, or lasagna. What do you choose?  Cheeseburger, hold the cheese, please. :) Eight times out of ten, I will pick the hamburger, unless the restaurant we’re at serves awesome wings. Or pizza.

I have no mental energy at the moment to pick out specific people (if I follow you, I think you definately deserve a sunshine award for sure :D), so any of you who like my questions below are free to do this on their blog. :D

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1. If you could only keep two of your five senses, which would they be?

2. What is your opinion of the Harry Potter series; if you like it, who are your favorite characters and what house do you belong? If you don’t, do you hold your standards for Harry Potter against other series with magic like Lord of the Rings, Merlin or The Chronicles of Narnia? Why or why not?

3. What three movies are you looking forward to most this year?

4. What sport do you dislike the most and why? (not understanding it is not really a reasonable answer. Sorry.)

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5. Do you use Pandora Radio? If you do, what are your favorite stations to listen to?

6. What Internet browser do you use?

7. Opinion on popcorn.

8. Recall something kind or thoughtful someone outside your family did or said to you that made a lasting impression with you; say a quick thank you and then privately think about how you could do something similar to someone else.

Let me know if you do the tag; I’ll come read your answers and comment. :D

~Jamie

Watch List for Theaters//2014


I love going to the theater–seeing the trailers, eating the popcorn, glaring at everyone who has their phones still on, and of course watching the movie–and there are some films coming out this year that I’m really excited for! See below:

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The Lego Movie: I grew up with legos, I played with them as a kid and played the computer games Rock Raiders and Lego Island obsessively. So, I pretty much died with excitement when I learned there was going to be a feature length lego movie to be hitting theaters this year. The more and more I see of it, the better and better it looks, too! Hopefully it will be fantastic! :)

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Captain America The Winter Soldier: Captain America is what got me into superheroes in the first place and I’ve been waiting for the continuation of his story since seeing The First Avenger back in 2011. The trailers have given me high hopes that his character will remain intact and conservative as he should be in this next update. I’m also really excited to see more of Natasha and Nick Fury. Maybe we’ll get to see Coulson for a little bit, too! (I will be avoiding TV Spots just like I avoided all the ones for Thor The Dark World, as Marvel seems to have gotten into the habit of airing great quotes and not including them in the film. :( )

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: I really liked the first Amazing Spider-Man and it’s my favorite Spider-Man movie. I can’t believe the sequel is coming out this year at last; I remember leaving the theater in 2012 and thinking, “Oh my gosh, I have to wait two years to find out what happens next!” and here we are! (I’m looking forward to seeing more Peter and Gwen!) (I don’t think the poster is official.)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2: The first movie was so good and I really hope the second one lives up to the hype. I’ve only seen a brief teaser trailer and have avoided the official, longer trailers until I can’t help it because I want to go into the movie without preconceived ideas or thoughts. So, keeping my fingers crossed here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: I know very, very little about this one but since it’s Marvel, I’m pretty positive my family will be making the trip to the theater to see this one when it comes out; if nothing else, I will see it at the cheap theater on my own.

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The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1: (book cover will have to do.) Since seeing Catching Fire, I’ve become a complete fan of The Hunger Games story and I’m very excited to see what happens next (before anyone asks, no, I’ve not read the books and do not plan too until I all the movies are done coming out.) I know my sister, mom and I will be scrambling for the car when it hits the theaters later this year to see what happens next!

These below are movies I would like to see in theaters but am not quite sure yet if I will or not. I will possibly see them at the cheap theater if anything, but even if I don’t see them in theaters I will want to see them as soon as they come out on DVD. Thank heavens for Netflix and the library.

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Robocop: The trailer for this movie really intrigued my interest. While I haven’t seen the old movie, I’d be interested in seeing both this year.

Edge of Tomorrow: This movie looks really interesting from the trailer and I will at least watch it on DVD.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I saw the Rise of the Planet of the Apes last year and while it didn’t become a favorite of mine or anything, I’ve been interested in seeing where the story will go from where we were left last. Trailers are looking dark and grim…

The Hobbit: There and Back Again: (Couldn’t find a poster for this one either so I’m using the first Hobbit poster instead.) I shall want to see this in a theater but that is if I do get around to seeing all the other Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies during this year first, which I’m planning on doing. If I become a big fan, as I’m assuming I will be, I’ll be wanting to see this in the big theaters if possible. :)

~Jamie

Fandoms and the Fakes That Come with Them.


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I love being a part of fandoms, like The Avengers, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and Merlin fandoms. I love a lot of the people who join these fandoms and together love on the characters, the plots, the twist and turns, the character development, the wit, the sets and costumes, the hidden themes and cameos. There is so much to love and share with these shows and films that it makes it’s very exciting when they get a huge following.

The only thing I don’t like about fandoms are some of it’s “fans” and their behavior. I’m talking about different girls and their “OH MY GOSH HE IS SO HOT” fandom part. They are one of my biggest pet peeves. If you’ve been a part of a fandom on the Internet for any short amount of time, you know exactly what I mean. They’re usually a part of the fandom that is more popular (aka become mainstream) and come off as rather fake–probably because they are.

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Is it really necessary or appropriate for girls–especially girls as young as twelve and thirteen!–to be gasping and proclaiming how much they think certain male leads are stunning? Are they actual fans of a show when all their watching it for is because it’s popular and because the male leads are hot? I lean towards the no with that. I don’t think this behavior is appropriate or necessary behavior to throw out into the fandom at all.

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Mind you, I’m not saying you should never share which actors you think are attractive, ect. I think a little gushing every once and while is perfectly fine! We should acknowledge it if we think God did a great job creating certain people’s jawlines or hair or smirk. Have you seen Tom Hiddelston, for gosh sakes? A moderate spazz every once and awhile is great fun and is just as much part of the fandom experience as loving those period costumes that were so accurate or how much you love that part of the soundtrack.

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But I find it very annoying when girls join fandoms and then only talk about the male leads looks, never balancing it out by discussing anything else about the show or film. I’ve been on fandom side of Tumblr for almost three years and I’ve seen this behavior very, very frequently, so I know what I’m talking about. It’s very hard to miss. It’s annoying when they respond to the question “Why do you watch Doctor Who?” with “Because Matt Smith is hot.” When all they can say about Supernatural is how cute and steamingly gorgeous Dean Winchester is. When all they talk about is Thor’s abs or Captain America’s handsome features  or Loki’s hair.

Taking time to watch a entire TV show just because you find the main character attractive seems like a waste of time when you’re not thinking, articulating and appreciating the rest of what the show is offering you to enjoy!

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This is why I was so happy when it was announced Peter Capaldi was going to be the new Doctor and I saw his grey hair. I was extremely happy they did not cast another young ‘hottie’ in the role because I know a lot of the raving “fan”girls joined  the fandom when Matt Smith was The Doctor. Nothing against Matt but at one point it was almost overwhelming. It was after the Capaldi announcement that it was easy to pick out the fakes because of the complaints on Tumblr that went “What? He’s not hot!” and “Eww, he’s SOooo old!” I am very excited for Peter to take on the role of The Doctor; hopefully the fakes get weeded out of the population somewhat.

But to wrap this up; I think it’s important to look beyond the superficial beauty in media, just like in real life! And it’s sad that a lot of girls don’t seem understand this and I wish they did!

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I love a great-looking guy in my TV shows and films. But it’s not what I consider important. Peter Capaldi will put a brand new spin on The Doctor and I’m so looking forward to what he will bring to the table with his upcoming performances in the role. It’s great that he’s not heartthrob material right now. I love The Doctor for the being who’s been hurt a thousand times and is still there for the human race. I don’t love Loki just for his incredible looks but for the fantastic character development and acting. Sherlock has amazing black curls and a mysterious attractiveness but what I love best about him is how his flawed character grows throughout those six episodes.

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However, no matter how many times we share about the importance of looking beyond outward beauty, there is always going to be the fake fangirls who will latch like barnacles onto your favorite fandoms if there’s Dean Winchester-like handsomeness being featured there. This will always be one of my pet peeves, but what’s important to remember that not all fans are like this. Thank heavens there are real fangirls out there! And thankfully they’re not all that hard to find.

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As real fangirls or fanboys of a fandom, fakes shouldn’t scare you away. It’s okay to be annoyed at them, like I am right now, but a real love for something will make all the fakeness around you worth it. I wouldn’t trade the love shared between real fan-friends for anything. I hope you feel the same!

~Jamie

These Are My Heroes


These are my top nine cinematic personal heroes; the key word being personal. Personal heroes. :) The numbers are also subject to change; heroes One and Two will probably almost always stay there but the rest will probably get bumped around a lot because I always like someone more right after I watch them in their movie or tv show. :P So, the numbers are in a figuratively-speaking way.

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9. Tony Stark from The Iron Man Trilogy and The Avengers. Of course he’s in the top nine, are you kidding me! I love Tony and I have to really bite my tongue when I see people hate on him because he’s ‘superficial’ or ‘flashy’. They’re either a) trying hard not to see that he actually does grow throughout four movies or b) they’ve not watched those movies and therefore have not even given him a shot (and no, you can’t just watch The Avengers–you need to see all his movies to make a fair judgement to his character.) Tony Stark has some great character development; yes, he’s extremely superficial to start out. But that’s okay because you can’t grow unless you have problems to deal with. By Iron Man 3 he shows so much deep growth in his core character, like what’s most important to him, that it’s pretty much impossible argue that he’s not made some huge improvements on how he lives in, say, Iron Man 2. Tony Stark is one of my heroes because he manages to work past some of his flaws and learns to put others ahead of himself, which is the true mark of a hero. And he’s Iron Man. How can you not like him.

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8. Obi-Wan Kenobi from The Star Wars Saga. Obi-Wan was my favorite part of Star Wars prequels. What I liked about him was that he was honorable, patient, willing to learn, willing to teach; you could see how he turned out to be such a wise, good man later on. Anakin should have been more like Obi-Wan in AOTC in my opinion; I would have sympathized way way more in his fall if he had been. So, to me, Obi Wan is a great example of a noble hero.

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7. Han Solo from The Star Wars Trilogy. Who’s not going to have Han Solo amongst their heroes? Do I even need to go into detail with him? He’s tough, he’s smart, he’s funny and he’s grows through the three movies into quite an honorable character. He learns to think outside of himself and do things for others! What more do I need to say?

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6. The Doctor from BBC’s Doctor Who Reboot. This is the only alien to make it on this list. ;) I have only seen the Ninth and Tenth versions of The Doctor but I love them both. Besides saving the world a million times (seriously, it’s, like, what he does for a living,) he’s also just a great being with heroic attributes. He sees value in everything, he’s supportive, he understands freedom, and he doesn’t run away when enemies or problems arise; he tackles them instead. He believes in people when they don’t believe in themselves and is an excellent motivator. And he gives great hugs. :)

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5. Luke Skywalker from The Star Wars Trilogy. Luke is that classic character to rise from nothing and achieves greatness. He’s my hero because he had the courage to fight tyranny, aid those in need, and learn from others and then learn from his mistakes. He faced horrible truth without becoming bitter about it (that is very hard thing to do, people, I personally know.) He’s also a great friend, putting himself at risk to help his friends when they’re in trouble. He’s the classic Star Wars hero and no, he is not whiny. I’m sorry, but I need to say this: he whined one line to my memory and whining once doesn’t make you a ‘whiner’. Why don’t you come and tell you’ve never whined once in your life: if you haven’t out loud then you have in your head. People get over yourselves and start appreciating the greatness in this character. (Okay, I’ll stop spouting now. :P)

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4. Rocky Balboa from The Rocky Saga. In some ways, I feel like not a lot of people take Rocky seriously. But I really can’t repeat enough times how much Rocky showed me what a real man’s man is–sorry, I want to go into some details here so you know where I’m coming from; sit tight for me, okay?

I come from a certain church background of six years where certain guys judged other guys, both real and fictional,  if they were quiet or not beefy (real example I know was used: Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon): and immediately stereotyped them as those who have ‘let society turn them into wimps’, who needed to stop playing video games,, who needed to ‘man-up’. Without regard to the fact that God make’s men in all sorts of different body types and personalities. Not all men are naturally loud or naturally physically strong–and that’s completely okay! And the attitude I felt coming from certain men who promoted this idea left a bad taste in my mouth. Being tough and judgmental of other people does not make you a man. It just makes you into a shrimp.

So I was so happy and hopeful when I discovered Rocky. Because here was a guy who was tough, strong, able to take a punch and give one too, but was naturally quiet. He was a gentle guy when off the boxing mat. He was kind, protective of others, a gentlemen to the ladies, and even repentant when he learned he had been wrong about something. Rocky is my hero because he’s what a real man should be like on the inside. And I wish I could have seen this idea come from someone other than a fictional character. But hey, I’ll take it from where I find it.

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3. Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. He’s my rough redneck who turned out to have a heart of gold. He became my hero by watching his character build through struggles and separation from a poisonous influence in his life (aka his older brother); and y’all should know by now that I’m a real sucker for characters with great development. Daryl is my hero because he’s now a noble protector who’s passionate about saving and keeping lives safe, is now respectful of people, and understands that a true family is made of those who build you up and not those who tear you down. He’s a role model to me because he represents that you can survive a bad past, leave behind the shell of who you once were and move on in life with hope. This is something I really need to see as I’ve come out of poisonous relationships myself, so I connect with him to different degrees.

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2. Steve Rogers from Captain America and The Avengers. YOU ALL KNEW HE WAS COMING, DIDN’T YOU! Steve’s my hero for his heart. He has a pure heart. He stands up for others and he has a strong sense of humility that makes him so endearing. That was one of the things that really made him such a huge favorite of mine, was the humility. Like with what I was talking about with Rocky, I’ve gotten tired hearing lot of Christian guys talk pridefully–about anything! And Steve is a breath of fresh air when it comes to not patting himself on the back or becoming full of himself. He has a sense of honor and nobility that is extremely rare in this age. It’s good to see a character like him shining smack in the middle of Hollywood!

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1. Sherlock Holmes (from the original stories, Basil Rathbone’s films and BBC’s Sherlock). Sherlock Holmes is piece of complicated fictional material, in a sense. He’s a flawed character with tendencies to be more like a machine than a human. However, Sherlock Holmes has been one of my biggest heroes for most of my teen life. What are some thing I like about this guy?First, if we’re talking about the original version of Sherlock from the stories, I also love how kind he is towards women. While he has no desire for romance (STOP GIVING HIM ROMANTIC PARTNERS IN THE MOVIES RIGHT NOW IT’S SO NOT IN HIS CHARACTER HOLLYWOOD SOMETIMES YOU DRIVE ME INSANE) his original character was very, very kind and gracious to the fairer sex, and I appreciate that about him a lot. I also like that he is flawed. Near perfect heroes are awesome (CAPTAIN AMERICA) but I like a flawed character too; Sherlock fails on a lot of levels, he’s inconsiderate, he’s does drugs, I mean his really screwed up and I don’t excuse those bad traits. But in a sense they make him a well-rounded character and that’s a good thing. The thing I like most about him, though, is that he lends his gifts to helping others; he doesn’t have too, but he does. And that’s all it takes to be a hero, in my book.

That’s why we can be heroes too; no matter how ordinary or flawed or under-confident we might feel about ourselves compared to the people on the big screen, we can be heroes just like them. The only time it is hard to be a hero is when you are too busy being caught up in yourself.

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I have lots of cinematic heroes; here are some that made it to the honorable mentions. They include Phil Coulson, Thor, Merlin, Nolan Ross, Rick Grimes, Batman, John Watson, Nick Burkhardt and Spider-Man (I’m fairly confident that after I watch a bit more Supernatural, Dean and Sam will easily soar into honorable mentions and one of them might jump into the top nine!)

The only other ‘list/tag’ post I have planned is the Non-Disney animation one but I have a few more movies to watch before I’ll be ready to start doing that one, so we’ll see if I come up with anything else in-between. :)

~Jamie