I’ve Finally Watched, CAPTAIN MARVEL!

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I’ve Finally Watched…is back again with my review of…

CAPTAIN MARVEL!
I had to fit this in before next week. I’m ashamed, being a Marvelite, that I took so long. But it’s done and I LOVED it. The movie is a tale of good vs evil. The Kree are hunting shapeshifters called the Skrull. Vers, Carol Danvers, was adopted by the Kree when she landed in their hands six year ago with no memory.

This movie is a flashback film and it clears up a few things that I’ve been wondering ‘how did that happen’ since movie one.

But back to Vers, she is impulsive and emotional, something frowned upon by the. The problem is, as I’ve stated before and you’ve seen in the trailers, she isn’t Kree. Vers’ fight with the Skree lands her on earth and with Mr. Fury and that’s when the magic happens.

I enjoyed the film. I will admit, I thought when I first saw the trailer that Brie was a bit stiff and a little too cute and innocent looking to be Captain Marvel. But I was so wrong. She kicked ass and her humor was endearing. Another surprise is how the Skree commander, Talos, was hilarious in a, Feeling Cute, maybe I want to end you…kind of way.

I loved seeing the young versions of Fury, Phil Coulson, Korath, and my honey, Ronan (my second Marvel bad boy love). It was interesting to see the politics of this story, and no, I didn’t see the twist right out but I did see something before the train fight and suspected something was amiss. Oh well, I can’t call them all. I wonder if you saw?

As usual, Marvel kept it old school and we get lessons, love, laughs, and precursors. I really did love this movie! I can’t wait for Endgame! The women in this film…kicked ass. And I can’t wait to see what Marvel does with Maria, Danver’s old best friend and awesome pilot, and her beautiful daughter, Monica. We know that Marvel doesn’t waste any characters.

Look of the film: 5
Plot: 5
Character Development: 5
Overall Movie: 5

Did you see Captain Marvel
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I’ve Finally Watched…is back again with my review of….LITTLE!

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Jordan, a beautiful and successful tech mogul, bullies EVERYONE. So much so, that she has managed to alienate her employees, her neighbors, and her lover. But when she bullies a young girl, she finds herself cursed to be the thirteen year old she once was. That wasn’t a good time for Jordan then and and isn’t now.

This movie… I laughed my arse off the whole time. Jordan, Regina Hall, is a nasty human. She tortures with no remorse and I enjoyed every insult, hit and threat she dished out. She had me crying while laughing.

April, Issa Ray, was perfect. Her timing and wit made this film epic. She compliments Jordan and shines in all her gorgeous glory in this film.

The young diva, Marsai Martin, tied it all together. This adorable young woman played young Jordan so well. Her mannerisms were even scary at times. Scary funny.

This movie is so full of laughs and lessons. I loved every minute of it and hope to see them together again in the future. I knew I wanted to see this when I saw the first trailer and I was thoroughly pleased.

Note: I flipping loved what they did with Jordan’s boyfriend. It was surprising and refreshing! Great Job!

Look of the film: 5
Pace: 4
Plot: 4
Character Development: 5
Overall Movie: 4.5

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I’ve Finally Watched…is back again with my review of….US with SPOILERS

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US…ahhhh…so many questions.

The movie is written, produced, and directed by Jordan Peele. The film follows an America Family living the “American Dream”.

Once Upon A Time, a little girl scampers off and finds her doppelganger. The incident is so traumatic that she is affected on a mental level.

Fast forward some years and the doppelganger comes back. So, the film in all was entertaining. I love Lupita Nyong’o character who is strong and loving. Her husband, played by Winston Duke, is refreshing and comedic. The children are awesome.

As for the film, I enjoyed it. It was easy to follow and honestly, I called the twist within the first ten minutes. I can admit I was scared going into the film. I had my hands up and ready to cover my eyes. And yet, I didn’t find the film scary at all. When the doppelgangers first appear, they were frightening and that’s were the scary ends. I kept waiting. With Get Out, I was very uncomfortable and freaked completely out. This film, I was able to watch with ease.

I heard talk of this movie and I think I was expecting too much. I also think that the explanation in the main bad twin’s monologue filled me with more questions than answers. I believe giving any explanation was unnecessary because now my mind is trying to decide between the reasoning. The story would have you believe the film is scientific but the premise seems more paranormal. Science can be proven and worked out. There is no working out this reasoning. One of my biggest issues is, (SPOILER ALERT) why not just walk the fuck out of the tunnel and go the hell home.

Aside from my need for answers when given half ones, I was entertained. Also…I must have missed all the subliminal messages that mocks our current state of affairs. I guess I’m slow so if you got them, please share with me.

Look of the film: 4
Plot: 3
Character Development: 3
Overall Movie: 3.5 because of Lupita and Winston

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New Excerpt, Romance

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New WIP from Shea Swain
Excerpt/unedited
Title: (place holder) Demetrius
Genre: Adult Romance
Time: 10 years before the story takes place

𝗚𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟭
𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁
𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳

Giselle felt the hairs on her neck prickle again. The sensation caused her to look up from her class assignment and look around the room. Most of the class was busy writing with their heads down or looking off into space as if thinking of what to write next.

𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵…

Looking over her shoulder, Giselle met Demetrius’ gaze. His unflinching brown eyes had specks of light amber in them. She knew because the one and only time she was close enough to see them, she committed the hue to memory.

It was about a month ago when she was at his house for some kind of party. She wasn’t sure what the party was for but Demetrius’ father liked to throw them often. This particular party was during the day on a Saturday and tame enough to allow the children of his friends and business associates.

Most of Mr. Carrion’s parties weren’t tame, she’d heard.

Giselle wore her new bikini, a one shoulder design with a cut-out bodice with side high polished chain accents. It was revealing in all the right places but covered her up enough for her parents to allow it. And like now, Demetrius watched her. But not for a few seconds here and there. Every time she looked at him, he was looking at her.

Well, that was her goal. It was why she searched for weeks for the perfect swimsuit.

Later that day, when she was coming out of the pool house bathroom, Demetrius was in the hallway, waiting. At first, Giselle thought he was waiting for the bathroom. 𝘉𝘶𝘵…

“Royal blue is my favorite color,” he’d told her.

Giselle remembered being so nervous that it was hard to swallow. “I know,” she’d whispered.

That was when Demetrius closed the space between them, stepping so close that she was able to see the light amber flecks in his eyes. “Angel,” he said, so close to her that his breath caressed her lips, “you don’t want my attention.”

Her heart literally stopped beating. She was stunned silent and though her brain was screaming to say something, she couldn’t form the words. Giselle wanted to bang her head against a door as she watched Demetrius smirk then walk away.

Then…she recovered but was it too late?

“Maybe,” she managed to force out. She’d said it so low she didn’t think he’d heard her but he pivoted and looked back at her. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, Giselle, she told herself as she pushed her shoulders back and her chest out. “I said, Maybe I do.”

That day, Demetrius just smiled at her as he shook his head and walked away. For the rest of the party, she didn’t see him. Maybe he left or went to his room. Whatever the case, she felt like a total spaz.

Now, she often caught Demetrius looking at her. If she were bold, she’d wink or pucker her lips and kiss at him. She’d seen Marcy Keen flirt with him like that. Giselle saw all kinds of girls flirt with him at Laure Preparatory. Yet, he didn’t seem interested in any of them, in her opinion. Maybe she was reading him wrong but it seemed to her that the only girl he bothered with was his cousin, Krysta Carrion. For all she knew, he could be screwing all of those girls who flirted with him.

Only, he seemed focused on his studies which were odd because he was rough through and through. Unlike the people here, who were on his jock because of the rumors that were swirling around, Giselle knew the truth of them. She’d seen his darkness and it was scary. But she’d also seen him when he didn’t think no one was watching. She saw a glimpse of how his actions affected him.

“Alright,” Mrs. Howard said, causing Giselle to face forward. “Hand in the worksheet before you leave.” She paused when the bell rang, signaling the end of class. “Read chapters ten through fifteen for homework.”

“Giselle,” Rachel called from her seat three desks in front of her, “I have to get to gym early and talk with Ms. Warren.”

“Alright,” Giselle waved to her friend as she stood. She packed up her stuff. As she made her way to Mrs. Howard’s desk to place her worksheet in the classwork bin, Giselle looked over her shoulder. Demetrius was already gone and Cassandra was collecting his worksheet off his desk to hand in for him.

Giselle felt an odd sense of disappointment when she stepped into the hallway. She walked through the halls half focused on what was going on around her and thinking about the way Demetrius was looking at her in class. She thought for sure that this time, she saw something different in his eyes. Something other than him inspecting her like she was some kind of poisonous plant.

She changed for gym on autopilot. Giselle heard the conversation around her and even nodded and smiled when someone who was talking looked at her but her mind was still on Demetrius and what he thought of her. So, she was a bit surprised when looking up to find she was in the locker room alone.

Giselle closed her locker and jogged out of the locker room and headed to the field. The class was running track again today. Track wasn’t her favorite sport but she welcomed it today knowing her focus was shot.

She was just jogging past the bleachers when she saw Demetrius step out from under them. Giselle stumbled to a stop before running into him. Confused, she just looked at him. It wasn’t until she was moving that she realized he’d taken her by the hand and was pulling her under the bleachers.

“You have my attention,” Demetrius said, stopping and facing her. “Now, what’re you going to do with it?”

COMING SOON
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I’ve Finally Watched…is back again with my review of…A Wrinkle In Time.

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Note: I did not read the book.
This was a random viewing.

This movie is about a family that seems perfect then the father disappears with no clues. Obviously there is a super galactic reason but we start out on how if affects his family.

The main character, Meg, has taken her father’s disappearance badly. She has negative emotions and apparently reactions that honestly, seems overblown and ignored by the adults in her life. No one comes to her aid…well, her brother (which they tell us he is adopted more than once) does, Charles Wallace.

I have to say that the repeating of this kid’s name, Charles Wallace, was so annoying for me. But…if this is the way it is meant to be, then alright.

So, the universe or agents of Light for the universe comes to Meg’s aid, to search for her father because of her brother or her father’s cry to the universe. We are told both but never see evidence of either, just the result.

Calvin, a classmate who shows interest in Meg when she defends herself, gets the call from the universe to join them. He is supposed to be a mediator of some kind…though, I dont recall a single moment of him making use of this ability. For me, he was cute teen eye candy who keeps reminding Meg of how wonderful she is. Because she needs reminding often.

The three, Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace, goes on a journey to find Alex, the father. Note…not once did anyone suspect foul play for this man’s disappearance. The consensus is he ran off…and no, these people have no evidence. Just gossip.

Alright, now that the set up is done…my review.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this film. It was a visual delight but I feel that the talent this film had was grossly wasted. As I said, I didn’t read the book but this film seemed rush and incomplete. I had more questions after than when it started.

The film depicts this child as angry and violent due to one act. None of the adults in this film act like adults and offer this child any options for her “issues”. Not even her brilliant mother. Her little brother is the one who come to her “rescue” and how…by reaching out to the Light. I think.

How? When?

We never find out. We are told Meg is the only one to save her father, that he, the father, called to the Light. Hmmm.

Meg’s and her co-helpers do absolutely nothing on this journey and it feels like when there was a win it was given vs earned. I’m was so disappointed in this gorgeous yet empty film. Add the oddly placed emotional depth Alex, the father, displayed seemed to weigh the film down in spots and left me somewhat uncomfortable. By the wrap up, we have what seems like a happy ending with little growth and no resolution with the problems, because there are some big ones, the kids face in the real world. I was also left confused about the Darkness, who is the film’s bad guy. Yeah, I just brought him up. Surprised? Well, his role felt like a throw in to me too.

Overall, the film is beautiful but for me it falls flat on so many levels.

Look of the film: 5
Plot: 2
Character Development: 2
Overall Movie: 2, I hold Disney to a high standard

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Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

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My review of Spiderman Into the Spiderverse.

When I saw the trailer of this I knew I wanted to see it. I was not disappointed. This movie was full of heart, spirit, love, determination, and loss. There is always loss in the super hero world and this one is no different.

We meet young intelligent Miles Morales. A typical teen who is well versed in sarcasm like most are these days, has a life changing situation when he is sent to a private school. He is finding it hard to make friends in his new school of kids just as smart as he is. Life with his father who is very loving and sometimes smothering to a teen, is taxing to him as well. Miles finds his uncle receptive. unlike his father, to his passion for art so their bond is tight.

During a tag (art session) he is bitten by a special spider and his life is change forever. He becomes Spiderman (teen) and his world and life is in danger. Kingpin is out to make himself happy but his use of a time space machine is going to ruin the world. The good thing is, Miles is not without help. He is accompanied by a few Spider-persons who want to end Kingpin’s mess as much as he does.

The thing is…Miles doesn’t get the usual learn as you go learning phrase. He is thrown in this major mess and has to adjust or sit off to the side and let the others sacrifice themselves for his world. Miles has to grow up NOW vs later and learn to take the hits to be who he wants to be.

If you haven’t seen this film please do. It was so amazing…pun intended.

Look of the film: 5
Plot: 5
Character Development: 5
Overall Movie: 5

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Ready Player One short review

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I finally queued up the DVR and watched Ready Player One.

This movie is a Pop Culture delight. I enjoyed all the references, the gamer experience, and even the minor romance.

It was bright and colorful. The characters were good enough to hold my interest. The Oasis was a character in itself and like most old school entertainment, there was a lesson.

I really like this movie. It was a nice refreshing break from the real world and if you haven’t seen Ready Player One…you should.

Look of the film: 5
Plot: 3.5
Character Development: 3.5
Overall Movie: 5

Did you see Ready Player One?
What did you think?