THere are many memorable holiday traditions that I love, but one of my favorites are the big blockbuster movies that come out around the holidays. Movies are one of my favorite things to do. And Marvel is one of my favorite movie franchises. It used to be Star Wars until they started doing so many sequels, prequels and spin-offs that it was hard to keep up. Also, I think they watered down the coolness of the franchise.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
I want to talk about movies in this blog. Let’s start with Black Panther: Wakanda forever.
I enjoy movies at home, snuggle up on the couch with my kids and dog, make fires in the fireplace and get popcorn, candy and soda that doesn’t cost a small fortune.
But nothing beats the giant screen and plush seats (some with heaters!) of a movie theater. My kids and I love it.
Black Panther and Black Widow are two of my favorite Avengers. Before I go any further, yes I know I’m 57, but since my kids have become Marvel fans, so am I. So yeah, I’m getting a little nerd.
It’s been four years since the first Black Panther film came out. I didn’t know anything about Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed The Black Panther, but I thought he would be a great actor in the film. I was saddened to hear of his death a few years ago and wondered how they would handle that in the script for the new one.
I won’t give you spoilers but I will say I give a thumbs up as they reflected on his character. The plot was interesting and the new villain was good. My eight year old daughter Angel also gave the film a thumbs up. We saw the very first showing at Circle Cinema on November 10th.
The next movie I want to talk about is Eleven. I have to admit it’s one I’ve never seen before. I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I didn’t have any kids when the movie came out, so it didn’t interest me at the time. Released in 2003, it was his first film after leaving Saturday Night Live.
When I heard they were showing the film at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with live accompaniment from the Tulsa Symphony, I was intrigued. My daughter and I both looked forward to it. She had never seen it either, so we both loved the experience. She is interested in taking violin lessons so I thought this might inspire her and it did! We even had a chance to chat with one of the symphony’s violinists. She was very nice and gave Angel some advice on learning the instrument during the break. In fact, she started taking classes when she was eight, how perfect! Angel got a big smile on her face when she told her that.
A Christmas Story Christmas
The next movie I want to talk about is A Christmas Story Christmas.
This movie came out this year and is the second sequel to one of my all time favorite movies, a Christmas Story. In 2012 a movie called came out a christmas story 2, but I didn’t see it because I felt like some movies don’t have a sequel or backstory or should be remade in any way and that’s a movie. I think it deserves that respect.
Also, I don’t think there was any of the main characters in the film, and it looked kind of silly to me.
However, this latest installment in the franchise stars the same actor as the original, Peter Billingsley. He’s a grown Ralphie who wants to give his kids the perfect Christmas celebration his dad always wanted for his family. No spoilers other than to say I loved this movie and I highly recommend it to you. I wouldn’t go into the movie thinking that you’re going to see absolutely memorable scenes like the original (“It’s stuck! It’s stuck!”), but give it a chance and stick with it to the end, you will I’m glad you did. I say this because I saw the movie was available to watch on my HBO Max app (or Paramount+ or whatever, I’m messing them all up) but refused to watch it for fear being disappointed and angry that I gave him a try but I absolutely wasn’t.
Side note: On Apple TV, the new Will Ferrell musical starring Ryan Reynolds (who’s also one of my favorites) Spirited is way better than i thought it would be.
Finally, like millions of others, I will be watching in the audience at a movie theater near you this weekend Avatar: The Way of Water.
Tell me your favorite vacation movies:
PS After It’s a beautiful life, they broke the mold of the Christmas movie. In my opinion