On an Avengers: Infinity War High!

Superheroes galore! Oh joy!

I’ve never been someone who has been particularly into the whole Marvel Universe. I’m not filled to the brim with knowledge when it comes to Marvel’s superheroes, comic books or films. I am aware enough that I can identify the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or the ever popular Spiderman, but question me on the intricate plot details of the Marvel Universe and I would be at a loss.

When I first encountered the trailer for Avengers: Infinity war, I was most drawn to the inclusion of the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. I have watched a few Marvel films. However, when I watched Guardians of the Galaxy, I fell inlove with the characters who were both funny and lovable, each with their own set of quirks that really brought the film to life. I love that these bunch of misfits could come together to save the universe and become a family in the process. I’d only really decided to give the film a try because the lead actor was Chris Pratt, one of the main protagonists in the blockbuster Jurassic World. (Jurassic Park is my favourite film, like, ever!)

With a familiarity and fondness for the Guardians of the Galaxy characters, I was intrigued to see their involvement in the third Avengers. Whilst I enjoyed the first Avengers, I wasn’t among those anticipating the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron to prepare for the film itself, although I knew Infinity War was ultimately a culmination of 10 years of Marvel films.

Anyway, I didn’t exactly know what to expect from this film or if it would be any good. I’d read positive reviews about the film online, averting my eyes to spoilers along the way. Three weeks later I was in the movie theatre with my Mum, hot dog in hand, ready to watch the movie that everyone had been talking about. I had my doubts. Would I be able to understand what was going on, having not watched so many of the other films in the Marvel Universe? Without this prior knowledge, was it possible for me to enjoy this film? To be able to grasp the story that they were trying to tell? What about the characters? Would I need to understand their background before watching this film? So many questions. 

This film was epic. EPIC. Amazing. Inspiring. Just, magical. While there were definitely elements of the film that baffled me, or had no context because of my lack of knowledge, I simply loved this film! Oh my. My Mum loved it too and she had even less knowledge than me, since she had never watched any of the films. I won’t spoil it. All I’ll say is that there are so many little, funny moments and a bundle of action! One scene in particular gave me goosebumps. Two scenes actually. As for the ending….it was shocking. This was one of those films that was worth my money and the only film that me and my Mum loved so much that we went to see it for a second time. We have never done that before. Even when we have loved a film and had nothing but positive things to say, we have still not returned back for a second viewing. You know a film’s good when you get that urge to watch it again.

Watching Avengers: Infinity war has definitely inspired both me and my Mum to catch up on other Marvel films. As of this moment we have watched the first and second Avengers (Mum absolutely loved the first Avengers) and all 3 Thor movies. We are working our way through the other films, with Captain America being our next target.

And how epic is the Avengers theme? It makes me want to save the world!

My verdict: Avengers Infinity War is an epic movie that has begun my love for the movie franchise. I must watch them all!

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The Woes of Being an Introvert

This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately. Sometimes, usually when listening to music, I become absorbed in my own little world, reflecting on past times, situations and general experiences that have happened to me. Following these thoughts come mistakes and regrets, regrets so deep it can be painful. If I could go back in time to correct my past mistakes and inaction, it is most certainly a chance I would take.

It all comes back to introversion, my personality trait. Since I was young, going all the way back to nursery years, I have been introverted. I’d had crippling shyness back then too. I could barely speak to people I didn’t know. My hands would shake uncontrollably in close proximity to strangers. If someone asked me a question, I’d nod my head for yes or shake my head for no. If questions didn’t require a yes or no response, I’d give one word answers, keeping my eyes firmly on the ground. This affected me well into my teens, perhaps until I was about 18 or so. Even so, introversion has stayed with me my whole life.

At University I’d taken a radio broadcasting course. Even before my three year degree, I’d volunteered at an online radio station for a year. One of my biggest hindrances has been my confidence and presenting my own radio show helped with that. Undertaking radio was a way to fight my introverted urges and to be like ‘the rest of society’. In this world where extroverted beings shine above the rest, it’s difficult not to feel like you don’t belong and it’s beyond easy to be misunderstood by those around you. Being an introvert has meant that people have mistaken me for unfriendly or rude, making a judgement of dislike for me before even speaking to me, often never uttering one word to me in the whole time of knowing one another. I’ve been hated simply for choosing to ignore individuals and conflict and knowing this has greatly affected me at times. Verbally I do not express myself well, but emotionally, my heart and soul aches for the misunderstandings that can be caused by my personality type.

I saw being an introvert as a negative thing. I still do in a way. It is because of my introversion that my feelings are easily mistaken or overlooked, possible relationships have passed me by, friendships have wiltered, and opportunities lost its way in the wilderness.

But… being an introvert is not all bad. If it wasn’t for my introverted traits, I wouldn’t have been so drawn to the writing world and in particular, the art of storytelling. My ultimate dream is to be an author, to write fiction for a living. Where I lack in verbal communication, I make up for in words and writing is my way of expressing myself. For so long, I have blamed introversion for my mistakes. ‘If only I was more outgoing and confident and assertive! I’d have more going for me!’ 

What I have to accept is that I was made differently. I must embrace who I am and use my introversion as a strength instead of a weakness. In time, I hope it will be the making of me.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to follow me on twitter @TallyTails for updates on blog posts!

 

 

Travel Goals for The Next Two Years

Doctor, I’ve got a case of the travelling bug! It’s like this itch inside of me that needs to be scratched, attended to, nurtured, massaged, yada yada yada. If money fell from trees or the skies above and I gathered enough funds, let’s just say I know what I would do with my newfound money. Hint; TRAVEL THE WORLD! Muahaha.

I believe my desire to travel started back in the year of 2013, when I was working in a small shoe store about a year after finishing college. I was searching gap years, since I’d taken a gap year after my course had ended, in which I came across an unpaid radio internship that took place in Perth, Australia. At the time I was volunteering at a radio station and interested in pursuing radio as a profession, so it was something that enticed me. After all, how easy would it be to land a radio placement in the city of London after interning abroad in a place that many wouldn’t think to go? Cue the daydreams and internal questions of how Australia must be as a place and how the possibilities are simply… endless. I became both possessed and obsessed of fulfilling a goal: to save enough money to travel to Australia and undertake a one month internship down under. The only thing was, the internship was over 2000 pounds and that wasn’t even counting the plane tickets or living expenses. It was obvious that this dream was a no go, but still the desire to travel stayed buried inside of me.

At university, I dabbled in the possibility of teaching English in Japan, a place I have wanted to go to for a long time (majorly inspired by video games like Shenmue and Final Fantasy X). I really saw this as something I could make happen, as long as I could survive university long enough to complete my three year degree. There’s just something about the thought of travelling to a foreign land with a different culture and lifestyle that’s so very exciting.

I graduated from university two months ago and now, as far as I am concerned these are now real options for me. There are places that I want and need to see before I get too old to do it or start a family if that’s where my path in life leads me. These are some of the places I am looking and hoping to travel to in the next two years, maybe more. If things go right, summer of next year is going to be very interesting!

Thailand

Thailand Island

I feel like Thailand is one of the people’s go to places for holidays, at least when it comes to beach vacations and I can certainly see why. Not only does Thailand boast of having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but it seems cheaper to travel to Thailand. A month holiday in Thailand is at least five hundred pounds cheaper than places like China, Japan and the USA.

China

Beijing Temple

To me, China is like a fantasy land. Though it is supposedly less western influenced than other places in Asia like Japan, China is a beautiful country with a deep cultural history. It would probably be one of the more difficult places to travel because of the language barrier and misguided views on foreigners, though perhaps this is not so much of an issue in big cities such as Beijing. It would be a great achievement for me to say that I travelled to a place like China.

 

New York, Las Vegas, LA etc

Las Vegas Sign

PARTY IN THE USAAAA (Thanks Miley). I particularly want to go to some of the touristy places like New York, Las Vegas and celeb land, starsville, yes, HOLLYWOOD. Obviously, these places’ influence on film, TV and music is what I think has given me the yearning to travel to these places. I hope to live to see the States in person, one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world. Long live ‘murcia.

Other notable places I would like to travel to in the future are Japan, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, with Japan being my number one priority. Out of all of these places, Japan is by far the most expensive. This is unfortunate because it is the place I’d most like to see. Looks like I’ll have to wait for those money growing trees.

What places would you like to travel to? Have you already been to some of these places? If you have, what was it like? Let me know in the comments!

Last but not least, thank you for reading! Be sure to follow me on my twitter page @TallyTails for updates on future blog posts!

 

GLOW – Short Review!

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Hello guys! I’ve recently finished season 1 of a relatively new series on Netflix called GLOW, which stands for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling! This is a show based on a wrestling promotion called GLOW back in the 1980’s and to be honest, I never knew it even existed!

I’d first heard about this series on twitter a couple of weeks ago when it popped up on my twitter feed and it immediately piqued my interest. As a fan of the WWE, I was excited to see a series about wrestling getting such a buzz online and especially the positive reviews I’d read it was receiving. Of course, I just had to check it out!

The main character of GLOW is Ruth Wilder, an actress trying to find work, when she comes across an opportunity to wrestle for a new wrestling promotion called GLOW where women wrestlers…..wrestle. Upon her initial audition, Ruth is joined by some unique personalities, all of which are actresses, models and others alike in the media industry. Ruth seizes this opportunity as a chance to show off her acting chops and dives into her role and character.

The show isn’t just about wrestling, also dealing with personal relationships. In the very first episode, Ruth sleeps with her best friend Debbie’s husband and we discover that she had been having an affair with him behind her BFF’s back. This comes back to bite her in the ass when Debbie whoops Ruth’s behind in the ring during her training session. Sam Sylvia, GLOW’s wrestling promotor sees massive potential in Debbie during the scrap as the face of GLOW, the all ‘American Girl’ and brings her in as part of the team. You can imagine how awkward this would be for Ruth after what she did and how difficult the prospect of working with Ruth would be for Debbie. That’s what you call a dilemma!

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Overall, I enjoyed watching GLOW and by the final episode I couldn’t wait for season 2. I felt like the first few episodes were a little shaky but the show grew into its own as the episodes went on, particularly once Ruth finds her wrestling character. I would have liked to have found out about the backgrounds of some of the characters, which I’m sure they’ll go more into in Season 2. How did they come to be in the position they’re in? What does wrestling mean to them? What conflict and drama is going on in their life? I think once these things are unravelled then I would start to form a deeper connection with the characters, which I think was missing. I do think that Debbie Eagen, played by Betty Gilpin is the star role and most likeable character as a woman juggling Motherhood, wrestling and her broken marriage. How can you not feel for her after being cheated on by her toe rag of a husband?

P.S, if you’re a wrestling fan then you’ll notice quite a few cameos in some of the episodes. I won’t spoil it for you, go watch it for yourself!

Have you seen GLOW? What did you think of it? Do you love it? Hate it? Meh? Let me know! Thanks for reading!