Frost Fight!

Media Monday
Movie Review with minor spoilers
The Twelve Days of Christmas!!

First off: its for kids and its based on comics, so its gonna be super predictable, so I don’t mind sharing most of the plot with you. If that bothers you, I’ll see you later!


Frost Fight, for those of you not in the know, is a Marvel animated film – I believe it happens in the same universe as Avengers Assemble and The Ultimate Spiderman – about Loki trying to kidnap Santa Claus.

Yes, that Santa Claus.

I’ll let that sink in for a sec.

Now that its (hopefully) sunk in exactly what I’m talking about and how wild that is, I’ll let it get a bit more wild: Santa is like the most powerful dude ever and Loki wants his power to mess with spacetime (I think the ability to mess with space time basically makes him faster than Quicksilver). It gets weirder, too: While Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and most of the Avengers are off trying to save the world from Loki, Thor and Hulk are trying to come up with a plan of action in case they can’t save Christmas. So of course, they get some fake reindeer, tie them to a sled, and tie Thor to the front. That should work.

I am not making any of this up.

Characters

The entire thing is basically a continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means its got all the same characters. However, its not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it has more characters and seems to be closer to the comics in terms of costuming (except, oddly enough, Hawkeye).

Good Guys

  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Hulk
    • He’s always the Hulk, hes never Bruce Banner for some reason.
  • Black Widow
  • Hawkeye
    • As I mentioned, Hawkeye is not wearing his cool purple costume from the comics, instead its much closer to the one in the movies which is sad.
  • Captain Marvel
  • Thor
    • Thor is just having way to much fun.
  • Reptil
    • Don’t even talk to me about this guy. His super power is literally turning random parts of his body into random dinosaurs. He did a T-Rex head at one point and then pterodactyl arms.

Bad Guys

  • Loki
  • Ymir
    • Its the Frost Giant dude who is like, the father of all Frost Giants in Norse Mythology. And he still lets Loki boss him around.

Others

  • Groot
  • Rocket Racoon
  • Jolnir/Santa
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Some random Light Elves

Overall

It was actually much better than I was expecting, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Yes it was unbelievably weird and pretty stupid, but it was also hilariously funny and had a moral without that taking over the focus of the movie. It was much less cheesy than most children’s movies with morals (particularly Christmas ones) and focused more on the story telling aspect.

I think anyone who likes Marvel comics could and would enjoy this if they would just let themselves.

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Happy Halloween

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That’s me in the featured image! Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme! I made the entire costume myself (although, its not complete in that image, I left one of the belts at home by mistake) and you can read more about it on my crafting blog.

Halloween is hands down one of the best holidays of the year, and I always have a great deal of fun creating my costume and going to parties. I don’t trick-or-treat very often, its not very popular in my neighborhood, but I do get into the rest of it, like scary(ish) books and movies and eating candy!

What are you doing for halloween this year? Have you read any good spooky stories?

Favorited Haunted Books

The Asylum Series by Madeleine Roux

This is actually a series, which I have not read all of because it was too scary for me!! Don’t get me wrong, it is a great book, I’m just easy to scare. My mother, an avid Stephen King fan, has read the entire series and loves them!!

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

This is possibly my all-time favorite ghost story, and if you want a good movie, there’s an adaptation where the ghost is played by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart!!

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

This is set in China, and is a fascinating look into spirit marriages, a real custom (though rarely practiced) of marrying a living person to a spirit.

Read my review

Gilda Joyce Series by Jennifer Allison

This is a series for young readers, which I first read in middle school, but I recently read some of the later books and it still holds up. Its not exactly scary, but there are paranormal events, so if you want a ghost story, but don’t want to be terrified, check this!

The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee by Randy Russell & Janet Barnett

This is one of my books of real life ghost stories, because, yes I do believe in ghosts, I’ve seen them (more below). I got this while visiting Cades Cove, an area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its a really interesting book, if you’re into that kind of thing.

The Haunted Mysteries Series by Chris Grabenstein

Best haunted book series ever, hands down. Yes it is a bit scary – no where near as bad as Asylum, but more so than Gilda Joyce – and each book is progressively a bit more creepy than the last, but the humor and the writing style more than balances it out even for those who don’t like ghost stories.

Read my review of book one

The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

This is loosely based on a true story of a haunted plantation house, so if real ghosts are your thing, you should totally check this out!!

We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

This is based on the Fox Sisters, the two girls who single-handedly started Spiritualism (aka: visiting a medium to talk to the dead). Although they later admitted to faking it, many of the other mediums that they inspired have never been proven false. What do you think?

Read my review

The World’s Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com by Jeff Belanger

Yes I really love real-life hauntings. This one covers the most haunted places in the world, and its wonderful if you love wacky things. If you like sleeping at night, maybe not so much.

You believe in ghosts?

Yes, I’ve seen/interacted with three to date.

I saw a black woman dressed in civil war era clothes, holding a baby walking through a local cemetery, I thought she was a reenacting something at first, so I looked around to see if there were other people in costumes. When I realized she was the only one I looked back and she was gone.

I attended forensics class that used real

I saw my grandmother not long after she died. It was dark and we were at a playground; I was on the swing set and my mother was walking laps on the track. My grandmother used to walk with us sometimes, so when I looked over and saw a glowing, white figure walking with my mother I didn’t think twice. I’m not sure why I knew it was my grandmother, other than it was the right height, but I’ve never doubted it was her. I didn’t tell my mother about the event until months later, she was understandably a little freaked out that I saw something following her and didn’t tell her. My responce was that, why should I worry? It was just grandma.

I’m not sure what this counts as, so I didn’t count it in my total, but a friend of mine’s younger sister (she was three at the time) took a photo of a ghost that can only been seen on the preview of the image. If you open it to full size, the apparition vanishes. To make the story even stranger, the phone was locked and out of the toddler’s reach, but she still managed to get it and take the photo.

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Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day this year I wanted to do a special post where I talk about some of my favorite maternal figures in literature. Of course, none of them rival my own mother who is the best person in the entire world!! (Even my best friend calls her mom and usually announces her presence in our house by yelling “mom I’m home!”)

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Saint Patty’s Day

In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day why don’t you check out Barnes & Noble’s 5 Irish-Inspired reads? There’s also v by The New York Public Library and a Goodreads List of Best Irish Books. I’ve not read a lot of books about the Irish unfortunately, but several books on these lists are on my TBR. In fact, I wanted to do an Irish Book List of things I’ve read, but in my house I only found one: Kathleen: The Celtic Knot.

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a part of Women’s History Month. Today I’m kicking off a challenge for all of you, to post about your favorite fictional and real women. What women in fiction inspire you most of all? Post about them today, or some other day in March and include a note about the importance of Women’s History.

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