Thoughtful Thursday: Fall/Winter Movies 2018

Thoughtful Thursday: Fall/Winter Movies 2018

Hey Friends! It’s Thursday and time for another Thoughtful Thursday post. I know I’m not the most consistent on posting but I’m working on it. My work schedule should be a little more consistent so that will help. This week’s topic is all about Movies. Specifically the movies I can’t wait for from now until December. We are getting into award season movies, so I’m really excited.

Image result for bohemian rhapsody movie poster                                                       → Release Date: November 2

I’m so beyond ready for this. I love Queen and Freddie Mercury. Plus Rami Malek is such a great actor, that I think this will be fantastic.

                                                       → Release Date: November 2

I’m the biggest Christmas fan, but the Nutcracker is one my favorite Christmas plays. The cinematography looks absolutely beautiful and it’s by the same people who did The Beauty and the Beast 🙂

Image result for widows movie poster                                                     → Release Date: November 16

I will watch anything with Viola Davis. I’m ready. Everyone in this cast is a powerhouse so I think this will be a great thriller/heist film.

Image result for robin hood movie poster                                                    → Release Date: November 21

Have you seen the Behind the Scenes video where Taron Egerton is practicing his archery. *swoons* I can’t wait. Seriously, I’m glad Taron is getting the spotlight he deserves. Kingsman: The Secret Service was the first step to this guy’s amazing career.

Image result for creed 2 movie poster                                                       → Release Date: November 21

I am still hella bitter Michael B. Jordan was nominated at the Golden Globes and the Oscars for his role. A damn shame. Creed was one of my favorite movies of 2015 so I expect great things for Creed II

Image result for aquaman movie poster                                                       → Release Date: December 14

Ya’ll know I’m a Marvel movie gal. And while I love DC comics, the DCEU needs to get it’s shit together. Justice League makes me angry thinking about it, Suicide Squad made absolutely no sense. Batman v Superman was just blah. Seriously, it’s a freaking mess. Wonder Woman was good. So while I love Jason Momoa and I’ll of course be going to see this movie, I’m keeping my expectations low. I will say I’m hoping Aquaman makes way more money than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald just so Amber Heard can get paid more than Johnny Depp.

Image result for spider man into the spider verse movie poster                                                       →  Release Date: December 14

I AM FREAKING EXCITED! 1. I love SpiderMan. 2. It’s my man Miles Morales movies 3. SPIDER-GWEN IS IN IT! 4. The voice cast is supreme. Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, John Mulaney, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, and Liev Schreiber. This is going to be lit, I can feel it.

                                                         →Release Date: December 19

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA IS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE! I saw Mary Poppins on Broadway, my senior year of high school, and I adore the movie. This will be a super fun movie and I can’t wait.

Image result for destroyer 2018 movie poster                                                         → Release Date: December 25

I mean I’d probably see it anyway. But like, Sebastian Stan is my favorite so I’m really going for him. But…. I did see the new trailer and Nicole Kidman looks like she’s about to kick some major ass.


Any movies you can’t wait for this year? Look out for some movie reviews when I see these great picks 🙂

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Thoughtful Thursday: The Music I listen to when I read

Thoughtful Thursday: The Music I listen to when I read

Happy Thursday Friends!! It’s time for another Thoughtful Thursday post and today I’m going to be talking about music. Music is honestly my favorite thing in the world. I listen to almost anything except for country and heavy metal. I literally listen to music all the time, when I shower, when I’m driving, cooking, any activity there is I’d probably be listening to music. Last year I listened to 83,088 minutes of music according to Spotify. I have three lyrical tattoos and have plans for more. Music has just always been a big part of my life.

One of the weirdest musical habits I have is listening to music while reading.  I know what you’re thinking, how do you concentrate on your books while listening to music? For me, it’s all about background noise. I just read better and faster if I’m listening to music. My mom thinks it’s the weirdest thing, but hey I love it. So I thought I would share some of the music I listen to while I’m reading. I do have a reading playlist on my Spotify and I’ll add a link to it if you ever felt like checking it out

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Henry Jackman

I know. Mel, you talk about this all the time, but it’s true. This is my favorite movie score probably of all time. The thing I love most is Jackman’s unique use of percussion. This is a movie with quiet moments but it also has some of the best fight scenes in a Marvel movie and this score really emphasizes the high risks of it all. I listen to this score at least once a day. I also use some of the more upbeat songs in my workout playlist.

Image result for game of thrones vinyl                                                Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi

“Light of the Seven” is a freaking masterpiece. The organ, the piano, the two soloists. Ugh, this is just so well done. Even if you don’t watch the show, you could appreciate this piece. I don’t listen to all of the scores for the show because most of the themes are similar. But the Daenerys pieces are fab and I absolutely love the score for the 7th season. I’m also really mad at myself for not buying a ticket to see the GOT concert experience.

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Legend of Korra by Jeremy Zuckerman

This soundtrack is so mellow and peaceful. Heavy strings in most of the songs, it’s always a great listen when I need a peaceful atmosphere while I’m reading. I wish there was more music for this show but alas, it’s only season 1 that’s out.

Image result for leon bridges album cover.                                                                    Leon Bridges

I don’t normally listen to music with words when I’m reading, but Leon Bridges is like listening to jazz so it’s always on my go to. His new album is more of a 70s vibe so the songs fit better when I’m listening while laying in bed reading.

Image result for josh groban album                                                                       Josh Groban

I remember being in 6th grade and disliking him immensely, but here we are. His voice is definitely something I can listen to in the background. Most of the songs are average around 115 bpm but his older stuff can get down to like 78 and that’s perfect for a reading experience.

Image result for john williams and hans zimmer                                                   John Williams and Hans Zimmer

The Godfathers of movie scores. You can never go wrong listening to any of these brilliant men albums. Some of the best movies had one of these guys as the composer.  I add my favorites to my Reading playlist but the “This is John Williams” or “This is Hans Zimmer” playlists is fab also.

Image result for how to train your dragon john powell                                          How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell

These scores are some of my favorites of all time. I have them on vinyl Test Drive is a Horn section’s dream. But seriously, without getting to music theory. The motifs in these two albums are amazing. I can’t wait to see how the music lends itself to the third movie. When I bawl my eyes out forever.

Image result for black panther soundtrack                                              Black Panther by Ludwig Goransson

I can’t believe this guy is newer to the movie composing world. Okay so if you didn’t know for the BP movie Goransson studied in Senegal to research traditional African music and the instruments used. Like what a dude. I freaking love this score. Ancestral Plane is fire. Seriously the violin section is superb. And it’s perfect for that scene in the movie. (It’s when T’Challa goes to talks to his father in the ancestral plane, hahaha)


So this is just some of the songs I listened to while reading. I also have two other playlists for different reading experiences, including my musical playlist. Do you listen to music when you read? I’m always looking for more songs to add. If you wanna check out my Spotify playlist for reading you can find it HERE.

Mel 🙂


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Thoughtful Thursday: Fave Marvel Characters

Hey friends! This week has been the best news in terms of movie/tv news. The Emmys happened, Captain Marvel’s trailer premiered and it blew me away, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender is going to reimagine Avatar for Netflix and Disney/Marvel Studios are going to have some Marvel superheroes TV shows (Another streaming service for my poor wallet).

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Since this has been such a fantastic nerd week for me. I’m going to be sharing some of my all-time favorite comic book characters for Marvel and DC. Sorry, this might be a long post, but the nerd cannot be stopped sometimes, so I’ll post it in two parts. This week will be all about Marvel! I have 2 marvel tattoos, and I plan on turning my right leg into a Marvel shrine. So this list was hard. Fun Fact: I’ve been to two Marvel Marathons and it was the best thing I ever did. The first was for the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron: 30-hour marathon. Slept only through some of Iron Man 3 and Thor2. The Second was the Captain America Marathon for Cap: Civil War: I think it was 15 hours.

 1. Black Panther: This shocks some people, but Black Panther is number 1. First Black Superhero, I have every single comic he’s ever been featured it. The Dora Milaje are everything. My ultimate wish list is to meet Chadwick Boseman for him to sign Fantastic Four #66 (July 1966) it’s BP first comic book appearance. I have a Black Panther tattoo that makes him look like a little lion king. Saw the movie 7 times in theaters (and cried), own most of the Funko for the series, missing the new ones. Wakanda Forever!

2. Captain America: Steve Rogers is too wonderful, I find Cap to be the Marvel equivalent to Superman, except he actually has flaws which are why I adore Cap. He’s an answer to Nazis and it works. While there are many variations of Cap, Steve Rogers is by far one of the best comic book characters ever. Chris Evans does a phenomenal job, and yeah he’s my favorite actor, but seriously he’s doing a fantastic job. I’ve got a Cap Shield tattoo, but I wanna get another one.

3. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier: I’ve mentioned before The Winter Soldier is my favorite MCU movie, but the character is actually fascinating. When he’s sidekick to Cap he is endangered numerous times, dies a few times. Is taken by Hydra to be turned into the Winter Soldier. He’s even Captain America for a period of time. Bucky Barnes in the Golden Age of Marvel is so freaking important to the Cap comics. In the MCU, he’s the reason why there are no sidekicks because he’s always endangered. Sebastian Stan did an unbelievable job of playing the Winter Soldier with just a small amount of lines, he had to use microexpressions. Seriously love. Read the WS comics from Ed Brubaker from 2005. Great stuff.

4. Spider-Gwen: This is a newer series that started in 2015, but it’s so fun. Gwen Stacy was always a great character in the Spider-verse, but I love her as “Spider-Woman” on Earth-65. A world where Peter Parker wasn’t bitten, instead Gwen is bitten. Now you have this teenage girl’s perspective of being a superhero.  10/10 would recommend reading this series. It’s still on the newer side there are not as many storylines to be confusing like Captain America or Spider-Man. Even cooler is many of the familiar faces from the Spider-Man Universe have different storylines and it’s so cool. I’m stoked for Marvel Rising.

5. Spider-Man: Everyone’s MVP. Spider-Man is great fun. While I’m a huge fan of Miles Morales, Peter Parker is the kid next door. He had the best villains and allies. He messes up constantly but he learns from it most of the time. Read Civil War for some serious Spider-Man nonsense.  Love Spider-Man TV shows and Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse looks like it will be a cool movie.

6. Storm: Ororo Munroe is the Queen, literally. I loved the marriage between Ororo and T’Challa. But Storm is easily my favorite X-Men. She’s level-headed, extremely powerful and just an all-around Queen. She literally beat Wonder-Woman in the DC vs. Marvel comic. And she’s another Black Superhero, so representation for my poor heart!

7. Scarlet Witch: House of M is my number 1 for favorite comic book series. Wanda Maximoff is one of the most powerful Marvel characters and I think she’s fascinating. Her powers have evolved through her comic history, but in House of M she has the power over reality warping and its amazing. Literally redesigned a whole universe. She started out as a villain, then becomes an X-Men and Avengers. I love Wanda’s entire history and her powers are fantastic. If I was to ever write a book, I’d probably base my MC off Scarlet Witch.



Some pics of my fangirl days. Anyway,  I hope everyone has a lovely Thursday! I’ll be posting my DC picks next week. What are some of your favorite Marvel Characters? What’s your favorite MCU movie or TV show?


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