30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 22



Day 22: A Movie You Feel Didn’t Live Up to the Hype


Guardians of the Galaxy


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Before everyone starts leaving hate comments, let me explain.

I didn’t see this movie until it had been released on DVD.  By then, everyone had been raving about how brilliant it is and how I HAVE to see it.  I thought, “OK, it must be pretty gosh darn amazing then!”

THAT was the hype it had to live up to.

I also looked forward to seeing the movie that made Karen Gillan shave her head.  Somewhere along the line of awaiting the movie, I was led to believe she would be the main villain.  Obviously, I was disappointed to find she wasn’t.

Karen Gillan, before and after shaving her head. Credit: telegraph.co.uk
Karen Gillan, before and after shaving her head.
Credit: telegraph.co.uk

I’d only seen one trailer, and knew nothing of the comics, so I couldn’t even think “well, at least it was true to canon.”

Lastly, I’ve only seen it the one time.

I fully acknowledge that my disappointment with Guardians of the Galaxy has nothing to do with the movie itself, but rather with what I was made to believe about the movie before I saw it.

And now it’s time I gave it another chance.


What movie do you feel didn’t live up to the hype?


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 20



Day 20: Last Movie You Saw In a Cinema


Captain America: Civil War


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Credit: blastr.com


Before this movie, I knew nothing about the civil war from the comics except that there were FAR more superheroes involved than in the movie.  I’d chosen to be #TeamIronMan, simply because he had more heroes on his side that I would consider favourites, haha.

While watching, I was understanding of both sides, so I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose a side.


*SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH* My only thing about Iron Man’s reason for not wanting to fight anymore was, in a way, negated in this fight.  There was still a lot of destruction being caused during the battle, even though there weren’t any people around.  The destruction during any superhero fight has always bothered me, though.


Anything I wasn’t thrilled about in the movie was partially made better by the fact that I do like this version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.  Also, this Aunt May didn’t seem agonisingly worried about her nephew.  Finally.

And Martin Freeman was in it (what little screen time he had).  That was just a little icing on the cake for this fangirl.


What’s the last movie you saw in a cinema?


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 19



Day 19: Favourite Subgenre


Super Heroes (Live Action)




We all know the real answer is disaster movies, so I figured I’d expand on something not-so-known.  Though the only comics I was ever able to get my hands on when I was younger was Archie and Friends, I devoured any knowledge I could find about Spider-Man.  I’m not really sure why I liked this hero so much over others when I hadn’t even read his (or any other super hero) comics.

I may not enjoy them all, and feel the sheer number that gets released more and more lessens my anticipation, but I’ve seen them all (the ones released this century).  Good and bad, Marvel and DC, Tobey and Andrew.

Let’s keep in mind that this is about movies, not TV shows.  The shows on the CW and Netflix don’t really pique my interest.  I quit Arrow at the end of season three (and only started watching it because several people told me I had to), and the rest don’t even intrigue me.  (Except Legends of Tomorrow, but I make myself enjoy watching it because of Arthur Darvill.)

But I digress.

While I may have only read a handful of Marvel comics, I have done a bit of reading about characters and storylines, and I’m so glad they’re making movies about them (and that they’re actually made with quality now).

Since X-Men: First Class and The Avengers is taken by another topic in this challenge, I’m going to choose Spider-Man 2 for today.  Sorry, Tobey haters.


What’s your favourite subgenre?


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 14



Day 14: A Movie You Could Watch On Repeat


X-Men: First Class


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Credit: thefilmstage.com

While watching this on repeat applies more to two or three years ago, I would still enjoy it today.

Marvel superheroes, an origin story to adore, and 1960’s fashion.  Erm, yes.


What movie could you watch on repeat?


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 4



Day 4: Favourite Disney Movie


Big Hero 6


I have several favourites, but the only reason this was easy was because I was able to pair my other favourite Disney movies with other topics on this 30 Day Movie Challenge.

As usual, I like each and every character for different reasons, but honestly, I want a Baymax.  My very own Baymax.  When I’m sick, he’ll know exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it.  He’d be my cuddle buddy — like a walking, talking teddy bear.  Et cetera.

I’ve admitted it before, but I’m glad that Disney bought Marvel.  We’ll cover that in another post.



What’s your favourite Disney movie?


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“My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy” (Two Book Reviews)

–This round of free books has ended.–

FREE COMIC BOOKS! (Keep reading for more information.)


I was first introduced to the Texan In Tokyo YouTube channel when they collaborated with another YouTuber I follow.  Both are American women married to Japanese men, and the video was about the cultural differences they’ve come across and had to work out.

Grace Mineta started blogging in university, and never stopped.  As she’s currently living in Japan, she has so much about which to blog.  Her blog (and her books) include everything from a comic about her coffee intake while blogging, to detailed information to help you have your best experience in a Japanese bath house.

Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of these books.  They mostly contain her comics (as they’re “comic books”), along with a few of her blog posts related to some of the comics.  It’s a fun way to learn a few intricate things about Japanese culture, especially to help “soften the blow” if you plan on visiting or moving there anytime soon.


I may have been on hiatus from blogging myself, but if you’ve been around awhile, you may remember that my posts usually appear on Tuesdays.  This one can’t wait.

My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I’m Crazy was officially released this Monday, and is for sale on Amazon.  (All links will be provided at the bottom of this post.)  Today, the author posted a YouTube video saying that for four days the Kindle versions of both of her books will be FREE!

If you want these e-books for free, the last day to do it is 21 February, so get moving!!

I still plan on buying a paperback version of the second book.  The first one is a bit lonely on my shelf…

Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/My-Japanese-Husband-Thinks-Crazy/dp/0990773604#

Book 2: http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Husband-STILL-Thinks-Crazy/dp/0990773698#

It’s Friday!


Sorry for my lack of posts recently.  A lot of stuff has happened to mess with my routine.  I actually started many posts, but I just haven’t finished them.  Now that things are more back to normal (minus the fact that I still have a dog — oh yeah, I have a dog now) I may start posting more again.  No promises, though.

Fluorescent Lights vs Kitty Power

What is it about him? Is it his chill nature?  His sarcasm?  The way he knocks his buddy around like a little brother?  The fact that he hates Mondays, loves to eat, and will stay curled up in his bed all hours of the day?  Why do we love him so much?

I am, of course, talking about Garfield; that fat, old, lazy cat schemed in the mind of Jim Davis.


I’ve always enjoyed the Garfield comic strip — almost like it was born in me.  I don’t even remember a time before I knew who was Garfield.  I do remember when I got a chance to really enjoy the comic.  It was at the library where I lived when I was a pre-teen; they had many books of Garfield comics.  I checked them all out (not all at once), and eventually “got to” keep one.  (It was lost for a long enough period of time that the overdue fines ended up paying for it.)  It made me so happy to read so many short (and some actually book-long) adventures with this lazy little cat (or do I mean “big”?) who does nothing but treat the world as would a half-grumpy old man.  (This was also when I started dotting my “I”s with circles like Jim Davis does.)  I even drew a couple of my own Garfield strips.  (Sorry, I can’t find them to share with you. I think my old art folder is still in a box I left in my parents’ attic…)

The evolution of Garfield

I had some things I could have done today, but when I saw the library I decided I could use a break. I went straight for the adult fiction section, to a book I’ve been considering reading by my favourite author, but not until I finish the series I started. After looking it over a bit, I instead decided I wanted to finish the last series book I have yet to read. I read the prologue and couldn’t continue. It’s a great series by a great author, but the low fluorescent lights in the building were already starting to bother me. So instead of continuing to read at the moment (I have the series at home, after all), I wandered around just to pass some more time.

Garfield laptop skin

I happened across a comic section, and in browsing it I found some Garfield books. Ah, memories. I decided on one to start looking at, but would probably take it home –where I don’t have fluorescent lights– to finish later. I sat in one of the “comfy” chairs, kept turning pages with laughs (quiet ones, of course) and ended up finishing the book. Yes, the lights still bothered me, but for some reason I was able to carry on easily through the book.

I grabbed a couple more to check out before I left to grab some actual sunlight.

The strip that was printed the day I was born. Reminds me of my pillow sometimes :oP

So, to answer the question at the beginning: I think we love him for all of those things. He says what we all want to say at times. “No, I don’t want to get out of bed today — now go make me a sandwich!” We would love to stay in bed all day, finish the entire lasagna, and smack into the table the face of anyone who comments on our weight. Since there are repercussions for such things in the real world, we’ll just watch our favourite orange, fat cat — *SMACK* *BLAT* Ow! Sorry, Garfield — do it for us.

(Andrew) Garfield, LOL



Happy Thor’s Day!

And this epic illustration of his father, Odin, just because it’s epic:


I got so excited one day when I was exploring IMDb, to find out that in Thor 2 (Thor: The Dark World) Christopher Eccleston will be playing Malekith! (Bad guy.) I’m so looking forward to it! Not because of Malekith, but because of Eccleston, of course! WHOO!!