Captain Marvel Movie Review

I saw Marvel’s latest superhero film Captain Marvel yesterday and was totally thrilled. I give this one 10/10 because I was enraptured the whole time and could not have wished for anything more. A perfect package with splashes of humour, female power and a unique 90s tone that made the MCU feel fresh again.

This movie is a perfect gateway to the Avengers Endgame in just few months. In the end credits we see… well, I won’t tell what we see 😉 But this is will likely be a scene in the Avengers movie itself.

I will do a quick squee of the highlights of the film to me.

– Brie Larson’s acting. She is an Oscar winner for a reason.

– the Stan Lee tribute in the beginning. And we get a cameo, yay!

– the chemistry between Vers/Carol and her mentor Yon-Rogg, played by always delicious Jude Law. Alas, it won’t come to anything but a girl can dream. Le sigh.

– Vers kicking ass with her hands tied up

– the hilarity of announcing herself as to earthen people as a space woman and them thinking she’s a total loonie

– hitting the grandma in the train (this was in the trailer) and the battle that ensues

– the cat! (will be the coolest later on but mentionted here so the next bit won’t be so confusing)

– young Nick Fury. Much less motherf*cking but still badass. And much petting the cute pussy. The cat, that is 😉 Total Save the Cat moments. And the first appearance of rookie Coulson who bucks the rules to do the right thing. We also get to see how exactly Fury lost his eye.

– alien autopsy

– the wonderful relationship between Carol, Marie Rambeau and Marie’s daughter Monica. Who in the comics became a superhero called Spectrum (or even Captain Marvel herself after Carol). Definately passes the Bechdel test. I loved the daughter calling out on mom wanting to stay back and stay with her as showing a bad rolemodel to her daughter.

– the cool 90s soundtrack. I jammed to the sound of Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage, Waterfalls by TLC and Just a Girl by No Doubt.

– the hilarity of bad 90s tech. The loading times and crappy internet were pain indeed. And no Google yet.

– the twist with the skrulls. Nope, my lips are sealed on this one. You need to see  it yourself. But I’d totally become a ping pong master in that time too.

– the montage of Carol being pushed down by men. Grrr. But of course she prevailed, got back on her two feet and kept on fighting.

– Carol p0wning in the end and Ronan the Accuser being totally impressed with her

So yeah, it rocked. Go see it already.

Are you a fan of superhero movies? If so, what has been your favourite one? And what do you think of 90s music? Any favourite songs (they don’t have to be 90s ones)? Post a comment below.

Link Feast For Writers vol. 9

Writing blogs are a great way to learn about the craft and marketing our work. Enjoy the posts I’ve hoarded, some older, some recent.


On Writing

How Do You Know If You’re Good At Writing? by Sarah Hoyt

How To Go From Writing 2000 Words a Day To 10 000 Words a Day by Rachel Aaron

What Kind Of A Story Is it? (And What’s Similar) by Alexandra Sokoloff

Developing Your Plot Idea by Elizabeth S. Craig

How To Plot a Novel In 5 Steps by Rachel Aaron

Stuck With a Story? A List Of Favourite Elements Comes To Rescue by Alexandra Sokoloff

Visual Storytelling by Alexandra Sokoloff

Making Characters Memorable: MFA Symposium Panel by Kourtney Heintz

Iron Man Disassembled: Breaking Down The Would Be Hero by Cynric Whitaker

A Hero’s Strongest Ally Is His Worst Enemy by Cynric Whitaker

The First 50 Pages: Insights From Jeff Gerke’s Workshop
(by Kourtney Heintz)

4 Ways To Hook Your Readers & Keep Them Wanting More by Jody Hedlund

Motivation Reaction Units For Pacing by Lori Devoti

Put The Pope In The Pool or Adding Fun To Boring Information by Lori Devoti

When Arguments Are a Good Thing: Conflict In Dialogue by K.M. Weiland

A Steaming Pile Of Should by Cathy at Rock Your Writing

Cliche Guilt – What If I Just Like Reading This Stuff by Gerard Houarner

Why the Hell Did All The Cool Stuff Happen In Your Setting 1000 Years Ago?

Prepare For Long Apprenticeship by John Yeoman

Short Stories As A Marketing Tool by Monica Valentinelli

7 Reasons To Get an Editor by Sarah Baughman

Dear Editor: Will You Marry My Manuscript? by Julie Hedlund

Top 10 Things To Do At a Writing Conference by Julie Glover

Best Writing Tools: My “How To Write” Bookshelf by Kathy Steffen


Your Author Platform

How To Find The Perfect Audience For Your Book & Sell It To Them by Nick Thacker

How to Get Guest Posts On Big Name Blogs by Ollin Morales at Writer Unboxed

We Are Not Alone: Do You Have These 3 Peeps In Your Team? (reviving a Kristen Lamb series from October 2011)

Everything You Need To Know About Word Of Mouth Marketing (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Plan Your Word of Mouth Campaign: The 5 T’s (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Talker Profiles: Why Would People Talk About Your Book? (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Topics Brainstorming Exercise: Give Your Talkers Something To Share (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Monthly Marketing To Do List For Writers by Rob Eagar

Reviews Can Create a Besteller by Aggie Villa Nueva

A Writer’s Guide To Book Blogger Etiquette by Linda Poitevin

5 Ways To Get More Book Reviews by Monica Valentinelli

How To Go Offline For a While & Not Kill Your Site by Monica Valentinelli



Top 10 Blogs For Bloggers 2012 Winners at A-List Blogging Bootcamps (check them out and see what you can learn)

7 Out Of The Box Blogging Ideas by Shari Stauch at Writer Unboxed

10 Lessons Learned in 10 Months Of Blogging by Carrie Mumford

5 Ways To Improve Your New WordPress Blog by Carrie Mumford

Engaging Readers (Not Other Writers) With Your Blog by Linda Adams

13 Blog Ideas For Novelists by Michael Hyatt

Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post by Michael Hyatt

12 Things To Do After You’ve Written a New Blog Post by Oli Gardner

7 Tips For Turning Your Blog Into A Book (Writer’s Digest)


Social Media

6 Social Media Platforms: Which Is The Best For You? by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Develop a Social Media Conversation Topic Calendar by Debbie Williams

Triberr, Using the Power of Friends To Promote Your Blog by Lori Devoti

5 Secrets of Highly Effective Twitter Users by Minda Zetlin

2 Technology Hacks For Dealing With Twitter Spam by Linda Adams

5 Successful Twitter Campaigns (Yeah, done by big companies with big budgets but the ideas are wonderfully creative. What creative things YOU could do in Twitter?)

20 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers (Web SEO Analytics)

How To Promote Your Books on Goodreads by Edie Ramer

10 Tips For Optimizing Your YouTube Videos (Web SEO Analytics)

7 Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest Marketing by Kim Garst


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (May 19th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S.Craig (May 20th)

5 Time Managament Links for Writers by Linda Adams


Deep Stuff

The Beast Within: What Vampires & Werewolves Say About Human Nature by Cynric Whitaker

Leaning Into the Leap by Coleen Patrick

Real Women by  T.J. Brumfield

Deep stuff behind our thoughts (how do these apply to your characters?)

Invisible Scripts: Why You Act The Way You Do In Relationships
by Ashley Arn

Icarus & My Fear Of The Sun by Marcy Kennedy

Female Character Agency by Ana & Thea from The Book Smugglers review site

Don’t Fear The Unicorn (are fantasy books too soft and girly?) by N.K. Jemisin


Fun Stuff

Random Thoughts Upon a Graduation Ceremony by Sarah Hoyt (I love her voice)

20 Ways to Make a Geek Hate You by Ellie Ann Soderstrom

Behind The Scenes: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook by Marcy Kennedy

Female Protagonist Reactions To Getting Dumped (Bella Swan vs. Hermione, Princess Leia & Zoe from Firefly etc.)

Women in SF&F: Underloved Authors by Fantasy Book Cafe (I would add Holly Lisle to this list. Her books are awesome but I had never heard of them until I read her writing advice)

Must Read Sci-fi Novels Written by Women by Shara from Calico Reaction review site

Women in SF&F: Resources (great sites helping you to find more books written by women in these genres)

We Are The Authors Lyrics (sung to the tune of Queen’s We Are The Champions) by Monica Valentinelli

Level Me Up: Gamification of Your Life & Writing by Day Al-Mohamed


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