In anticipation for the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I rewatched the entire MCU thus far (minus The Incredible Hulk, which is not cannon). Of course, now you have to watch the Disney+ series in order to fully understand what’s going on: WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, &, most recently, Moon Knight. I’ve already seen Multiverse of Madness, so I thought I’d do a superlative/ranking post for the films (too much to unpack in the shows). I’ll do this in timeline order, which is how I did my rewatch this year. For the most part, this works, aside from some of the mid- and post-credit scenes.
In just a few hours, we will know the winners of the 94th Academy Awards, airing at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. There are have been numerous controversies and complaints regarding The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), but I won’t get into that right now. Instead, I will do my best to make predictions for all of the 23 categories, which should be aired lived (OK, I guess I will get into it a little), along with possible spoilers and who/what I’d like to see win. Let’s see how I do!
I started blogging about my Bahamas trip while I was still there, and finished it when I returned.
I will post predictions and my own picks closer to the awards date (once I’ve seen every single nominee, or as many as possible), so for now here’s where/how you can watch all of the nominated films, listed here by streaming service or method of viewing:
I began 2022 with a bang, and enjoyed catching up with [much of] the cast and creators of one of my favorite franchises of all time, Harry Potter, with the reunion that was released on January 1st. Instead of writing lengthy reviews for the movies I’m watching, this year I’m going to stick to [mainly] brief reviews, and if I deign to write longer reviews, they’ll be on Letterboxd. In January, I watched 37 films — includes some short films — most of which were first-time watches.
Sanctuary Road Trip Day 2: October 15, 2021 This past Friday (one week ago), I did relatively little driving, as I spent a good portion of the day volunteering at Woodstock Sanctuary in High Falls, VT. It’s an amazing place that obviously has much better funding than some other, smaller Read More
First, I drove with my mom to pick up her car at the dealership, where it’d received some repairs and I transferred my stuff from my car to hers; I’d half-jokingly complained that it’d be a schlep to have to move my stuff twice, but of course there really isn’t that much of it.
Overall, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a solid solo film that manages to be entertaining, funny, and heartfelt. The emotional core of the movie was the most surprising element for me, and I’m excited to include it in my yearly MCU rewatch, and for Shang-Chi (and Awkwafina’s Kate) to appear in future installments.
Shawn Levy’s Free Guy is yet another film whose release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — well over a year, in fact. Its star, Ryan Reynolds, has been [seemingly] ceaselessly been promoting the movie on social media since the first trailer was released.
Last month was my four-year vegan anniversary (vegiversary?); I’m not sure of the exact date, just of the general circumstances that lead me to finally commit to veganism. It happened one day in late July in 2017, two months after my 30th birthday and after a fun trip to Thailand and then Iceland, wherein I ate vegetarian. I unsuccessfully attempted to be fully vegan twice before, so apparently the third time was the charm.