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10 Movies That Need A Female Reboot

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Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson’s The Hustle is the latest all-female reboot of a male-oriented movie, gender-swapping the classic Michael Caine/Steve Martin comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With the success of movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, it won’t be long before women can simply lead their own movies without being tied to earlier properties starring men. But until then, while actresses gain the kind of influence in Hollywood that they’re long overdue, more female reboots of older movies starring men will be on the way. So, with that in mind, here are 10 Movies That Need A Female Reboot.


THE USUAL SUSPECTS

The-Usual-Suspects-castIt’s rare that women get to play gangsters in movies. The crime genre is one of the most male-dominated categorizations in Hollywood. But there are female criminals out there and they’re underrepresented on the big screen. The premise of The Usual Suspects is that a bunch of criminals meet in a police lineup, pull off a heist, and then have their story twisted by an unreliable narrator reading names and locations from around the room. That could easily be swapped to an all-female cast, with the police lineup simply revolving around a female suspect instead of a male one. It would make a great ensemble piece, too, like Ocean’s 8, a chance to get a bunch of awesome women on-screen together.


BOYHOOD

Boyhood.jpgRichard Linklater shot his coming-of-age opus Boyhood over a decade or so, in order to capture his lead actor growing up. It’s a grand, sweeping movie about growing up – but it’s about growing up male. Only boys can relate to Mason’s story. A female remake titled Girlhood could give young girls a character they can relate to. It would mean another child actor growing up with a film crew stopping by every couple of years to shoot some more scenes of the movie she’s in, but as Boyhood has shown us, the rewards of this unique kind of filmmaking are obvious.


RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Indiana-Jones-in-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark.jpgAs long as the Tomb Raider movies continue to screw up the female version of Indiana Jones that we already have, a female reboot of the Indiana Jonesfranchise sounds like a good idea. Steven Spielberg seemed open to a Raidersreboot with a female Indiana Jones, even if his wording was a little clunky: “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan, and there would be nothing wrong with that.”

Jones is the last name, so it would be weird to leave a female version of the character with a male first name and a female first name instead of a surname. Still, Spielberg’s open to a female Indy, so it could happen.


FIGHT CLUB

Fight-Club.jpgAs possibly the most masculine, male-focused movie ever made, nothing is screaming out for a female reboot louder than Fight Club. Melissa McCarthy suggested “female Fight Club” as a bridal shower as a joke in Bridesmaids, but it’s not a bad idea. With Netflix’s GLOW, Charlize Theron’s visceral action movies, and more and more female superheroes making it to the screen, audiences are getting used to women fighting on-screen. The female Fight Club wouldn’t follow exactly the same plot, since everyone knows the twist by now, but it could have the same anarchist message and black-comic tone. “I am Jane’s dream of a female reboot of Fight Club.”


TRADING PLACES

Trading-Places-Poster.jpgTrading Places is a classic comedy, but it’s also an interesting study of the class divide. Dan Aykroyd plays a wealthy businessman and Eddie Murphy plays a streetwise grifter. They both think they’d be better off in the other one’s shoes, so like it says on the tin, they trade places. In the same way that Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a two-hander whose male leads were replaced by women in The Hustle, Trading Places is a two-hander that would work just as well – if not better, with an even more socially conscious plot revolving around women in the workplace – with female leads instead of male ones.


 

THE EXPENDABLES

The-Expendables-Cast-1.jpgThe point of The Expendables franchise was to bring all the old-school, muscle-bound action movie stars from the ‘80s together in one movie. So, why not do the same for all the female action movie stars? The Expendablesfranchise has a great cast, but they’re all male. The third one brought in Ronda Rousey, but that was too little too late. An all-female Expendables movie called The ExpendaBelles (seriously) has actually been in the works for a few years, but it’s time it actually got off the ground. Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Uma Thurman, Zoe Saldana, Demi Moore – the casting possibilities are endless.


TAKEN

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We’ve seen what happens when a male ex-CIA agent’s daughter goes missing overseas and he flies over there to track her down. Now, let’s see what happens when the same circumstances befall a female ex-CIA agent instead. To keep the gender-swapping consistent, the daughter could even be swapped for a son to subvert the trope of the damsel in distress.

It wouldn’t need to be a straight remake of Taken. Instead of Paris, it could be a different major European city – or a different continent entirely. Instead of being sex-trafficked, the kid could be sold off as a drug mule.


THIS IS THE END

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Apart from a couple of cameos by Rihanna and Emma Watson (the latter of whom reappeared for one scene later on before fleeing with all the food), the star-studded apocalypse comedy This is the End was very male-oriented. The 2013 original starred Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and everyone else for their comedy clique as the worst versions of themselves. Let’s see the Bridesmaids gang play themselves and tackle the same apocalypse from the other side of Los Angeles from a female perspective: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper etc., all playing themselves. It would make a pretty awesome movie.


TRAINING DAY

Training-Day2.jpgThe Heat proved that women could lead a buddy cop movie, so there’s no reason why they couldn’t lead a grittier, more dramatic cop movie. Training Daywould be a prime candidate for this, as its premise is simple and character-driven, and therefore easy to rewrite for a female cast. It stars Denzel Washington as a veteran cop who takes rookie Ethan Hawke out on his first day. As the day progresses, Hawke realizes Washington is dirty and tries to expose him. Washington went on to win an Academy Award for his performance in the movie. A female reboot of Training Day could grace the screen with a new iconic duo with fantastic chemistry.


THE AVENGERS

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We got a taste of what an all-female Avengers movie might look like in one scene in Endgame, and it was awesome. Captain Marvel, Valkyrie, Shuri, the Wasp, Gamora, Nebula, Mantis, and every other badass female superhero from the MCU fighting alongside each other was such an incredible sight that it warranted more – like a whole movie of it. Brie Larson has already said she’d be open to an all-female Avengers movie, and she just proved that a female-led MCU film can be a huge box office smash with her $1 billion-grossing solo movie, so there’s no reason not to do this.

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The 15 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Tear through all these beach reads by Labor Day.

Book enthusiasts know summer is high season for juicy fiction and gripping tell-alls. This year, several household names are back with new work — Elizabeth Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, and My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. See these and many more titles readers can’t wait to dive into.

We couldn’t get enough of Helen Hoang’s debut novel, The Kiss Quotient, so it’s no surprise her second book is at the top of our list. This time, we’re following the story of Khai Diep, a man who doesn’t think he’s capable of having feelings. He’s still unconvinced when his family tries to assure him that his autism makes him process emotions differently, and his mom sets out to find him the perfect bride in Vietnam. 

 

Every black sheep needs to bring this read on their next vacation. Even as a renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Trisha Raje can’t seem to please her strict family. She wants redemption from breaking her parents’ rules, and finds a way when she crosses paths with a chef named DJ. 

 

OUT MAY 28

We’ve heard what Karen and Georgia have to say in their popular podcast My Favorite Murder, but now they’re expressing themselves using a different medium. They share personal stories, recommendations for advocating for yourself, and more in their debut novel. 

OUT JUNE 4

We watched the protagonist jump into new adventures in Eat, Pray, Love, but the latest novel by Elizabeth Gilbert takes a look back at the past. Vivian, a now-95-year-old woman, finally shares her love story from the 1940s. A combination of lust, scandal, and fun, this is another novel you won’t be able to put down. 

 

Top 20 Major Heros In The MCU Officially Ranked From Weakest To Strongest

Over the last 10 years, Marvel Studios has been responsible for introducing several live-action versions of popular comic book characters. It started its venture in 2008 by introducing Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, but since then it has introduced dozens of other superheroes and villains. Some of these characters are well known in the comic book world, while others are more unusual characters that many people haven’t heard of.

With the 20 movies that currently make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are too many characters to count, but some heroes are stronger than others. Sometimes the movies make the heroes weaker than they appear in the comics, but this list will be ranking the heroes based on their skills that have been established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of these characters are simply humans with fancy gadgets, others have actual superpowers, while others have powers equivalent to the gods.

Since many of these characters haven’t squared off on screen before, it can be hard to determine who exactly would be declared the definitive winner in a fight, but certain heroes have a clear advantage over others. This list also doesn’t take into account which heroes survived Thanos’ snap since those who survived were completely chosen at random.

And sorry about all of the MCU posts…I had all of these scheduled around the time Endgame came out, and I was on vacation around that time, so just bare with me 🙂

MANTIS

Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, made her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. She was introduced as Ego’s servant, but became a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy after Ego’s downfall. Unfortunately, Mantis just isn’t that strong of a player.

She has the ability to sense people’s feelings by touching them, but this is basically just a parlor trick as compared to other heroes. She can sometimes alter people’s emotions and was able to keep Thanos docile for a short period of time, but Mantis just doesn’t stack up compared to other heroes. 

FALCON

Played by Anthony Mackie, Falcon has been included in a handful of the MCU movies. First appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Samuel Thomas Wilson quickly became a trusted ally of Captain America.

He formally served in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, but his military training doesn’t add much when being compared to other heroes. Falcon may be good with a gun, has the ability to fly, and has proven himself as an adequate fighter, but even weaker heroes like Ant-Man were able to take him down.

DRAX

Drax is no doubt a powerful fighter, but he unfortunately is the least powerful member on the original Guardians of the Galaxy team. Each member of the team is powerful for their own reasons, but Drax mainly relies on his brute strength to get jobs done.

Even though he is used for comedic relief in the movies, Drax is often seen as oblivious and at times, just downright dumb. With that in mind, he does have superhuman strength and durability, while also being skilled at hand to hand combat, so that counts for something. 

WAR MACHINE

James Rhodes has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning of the franchise, although Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard after the first Iron Man. Rhodes may have not been an incredibly powerful character early on in the series, but by Iron Man 2, the character had become War Machine.

Rhodey is lucky enough to battle alongside his best friend in one of his Iron Man suits, but Rhodey just isn’t as skilled with a suit as Tony is. With that in mind, his use of the War Machine armor with his military training does put him a bit higher up on the list. 

BLACK WIDOW

Many people debate over who is more powerful between Hawkeye and Black Widow, and they truly are pretty evenly matched. That being said, Natasha Romanoff has been trained as a lethal assassin and talented spy from a very young age.

When she was introduced in Iron Man 2, it was joked that she was simply eye candy for characters like Tony Stark and Happy Hogan, but she quickly proved herself as an incredibly brutal fighter. Black Widow fights with no remorse and full force and while she may just be a regular human, she fights just as well as some of the other genetically enhanced superheroes on this list. 

STAR-LORD

Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, may be the most comedic member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he can still pack a punch. Not only is Peter Quill talented in close-quarters combat, but he is also half-Celestial.

His powers were developed a lot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when he met Ego, but unfortunately, after he destroyed his father, his powers faded. Since then, Star-Lord is still an expert thief, marksman, and pilot, but he often lets his emotions cloud his judgments. 

ANT-MAN

Scott Lang may just be a regular human without his Ant-Man suit, but his most powerful ability with the suit is size manipulation. Using tech developed by Hank Pym, Scott can alter his size, which allows him to compress force and energy, redistributing it at his enemy. Lang can shrink down to the size of an ant, which allows him to sneak past guards and through small cracks, but can also grow up to 65 feet.

After being trained by Hope van Dyne, Scott became a formidable fighter, and can also control insects by using an EMP Communication Device. Ant-Man is no doubt powerful, but he can also be clumsy at times. 

BUCKY BARNES

Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, is a childhood friend of Steve Rogers. Barnes became a prisoner of war during World War II, and as a result, was experimented on by Arnim Zola in an attempt to recreate Cap’s super-soldier serum. This allowed Bucky to survive into the present day, where he continues to develop his skills.

In Captain America: Civil War, Bucky helped Captain America defeat Iron Man, and even battled Tony without the help of Cap. Bucky is an incredible fighter, but became he even more powerful when he received a Vibranium arm while recovering on Wakanda.

NEBULA

Originally, Nebula was seen as a villain, but in recent movies, she has grown to become a hero in her own way. If Nebula would have grown up with a normal childhood, she probably would have been lower on this list, but she became incredibly powerful since Thanos took her at a young age.

Thanos crafted her into the fighter she is today, while constantly upgrading her with cybernetic enhancements. Due to her bionic enhancements, she is able to repair herself if she is severely injured, and has a much higher physical capability than the average fighter. 

GAMORA

Gamora and Nebula are almost on the same page when it comes to combat. Both Gamora and Nebula were trained by their adoptive father Thanos, but Gamora would always win against her sister. Gamora may not be able to heal herself like Nebula can after a fight, but Gamora has proven time and time again to be the superior fighter over Nebula.

When compared to other heroes, Gamora has a big advantage when it comes to combat thanks to Thanos. Gamora’s hatred for Thanos allows her to fighter harder and stronger, especially when she has a sword by her side. 

SPIDER-MAN

Several versions of Spider-Man have been seen over the years, but the current version of the character is being played by Tom Holland. Peter Parker in the MCU is still in high school, but has already proven his strength as a superhero. He was not only able to become a successful crime fighter with a homemade Spidey-suit, but he was also able to become an even better fighter with the suits Tony Stark provided him.

Parker gained many superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider, including wall-crawling, a Spidey-sense, and a regenerative healing factor. As his character further develops he will likely become stronger, but the famous web-slinger is stuck near the middle since his character is still developing. 

IRON MAN

Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe ten years ago when Iron Man hit theaters in 2008. Tony Stark has been a crucial character in all of the Avengers movies to date, and seemingly gets more powerful with each movie. The source of Tony’s strength is no doubt his Iron Man armors.

Without his suit, Tony is an average fighter, but his armors give him protection, allow him to fly, and give him an array of weapons with incredible strength. Iron Man has taken down many enemies throughout the last ten years, and even put up a fair fight against Captain America. 

BLACK PANTHER

One of the newer characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is T’Challa, aka Black Panther. T’Challa is a skilled fighter even without his Black Panther suit, but the advanced technology of Wakanda give him a huge advantage over his enemies, and other heroes on this list.

The Black Panther suit is made out of Vibranium, which can absorb kinetic energy and store it in order to attack enemies later on. Besides the clear advantage Black Panther has with technology, he is also skilled at creating strategies and tactics for battle. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Another one of the original Avengers who comes higher up on the list is Captain America. Captain America has many advantages over his opponents, but among his greatest source of strength is the super soldier serum that was developed by scientist Abraham Erskine. Captain America’s shield is also made out of Vibranium, which allows him to adequately protect himself while also using his shield as a weapon.

As if his enhanced speed, stamina, and agility weren’t enough, Steve Rogers is known for being incredibly loyal and determined. While that may not make him physically stronger, never giving up is likely what will help him overcome the odds of beating Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. 

HULK

Hulk is often considered one of the strongest superheroes in existence, and people aren’t wrong. The biggest advantage Hulk has is his absolute brute strength. Hulk is by far one of the strongest Avengers, and his alter ego Bruce Banner is also incredibly powerful.

When Bruce Banner returns to his human form, he has a genius-level intellect and is often considered one of the smartest human beings in the world. Unfortunately, when he transforms into the Hulk, his brains go out the window, as Hulk has a very rudimentary form of communication. 

SCARLET WITCH

Unlike her brother Pietro, Wanda Maximoff is by far one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlet Witch has an array of superpowers, all of which are incredibly powerful. Wanda can project energy in the form of blasts and waves, has telekinesis, and can form a psionic force-field.

She is also skilled in telepathy, can manipulate people’s minds, and can also use her powers to levitate. Scarlet Witch and her lover, Vision, are pretty evenly matched, but the only thing that puts her below Vision is that she sometimes struggles to control her powers. 

VISION

Vision started out as Tony Stark’s personal A.I. named J.A.R.V.I.S. but was given a synthetic Vibranium body in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vision has all of the common superhero traits like superhuman strength and durability, but he has so many more powers that set him apart from his fellow heroes.

Vision can manipulate his density, phase through objects, fly, and has a genius-level intellect since he is a form of A.I.. Vision has proven to be invaluable during a fight and was one of the few characters with the ability to lift Thor’s hammer. Vision was powered by the Mind Stone, which has since been ripped out of his head. 

DOCTOR STRANGE

Stephen Strange started out as an arrogant neurosurgeon, but has since grown to become an incredibly powerful sorcerer and a member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts. Strange can create weapons and shields out of energy using magic, use his Sling Ring to travel between dimensions, and can fly using the Cloak of Levitation.

Strange was formerly able to manipulate time with the use of the Eye of Agamotto (which held the Time Stone), but Thanos of course obtained that in Avengers: Infinity War. Doctor Strange has proven himself to not only be a master of the Mystic Arts, but was even able to outwit Dormammu and battle Thanos one on one. 

THOR

Thor was one of the six original Avengers, and is by far one of strongest heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As an Asgardian, Thor is naturally strong and an adequate fighter, but his powers have only grown since his first appearance. In Thor: Ragnarok, it was discovered that Mjolnir isn’t the source of his power, and that he can manipulate weather and electricity at will.

In Avengers: Infinity War, he survived the full blast of a star to form Stormbreaker, which he was able to use to nearly defeat Thanos. Thanos is often considered one of the most powerful beings in the entire MCU, and Thor nearly defeated him in one hit.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

While it may seem premature to include Captain Marvel on this list, she will more than likely be introduced as the most powerful hero of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The trailers have already showcased her incredible cosmic powers, which include superhuman strength, energy manipulation, and energy absorption. This means that she can blast her enemies with hyper-charged photons, while absorbing other energy to make her more powerful.

Carol Danvers is also a skilled pilot, who served time in the United States Airforce. While she hasn’t been seen on the big screen yet, she is widely believed to be the strongest hero in the MCU, and the key to undoing Thanos’ destruction.

STAN LEE

No list ranking powerful heroes could be complete without Stan Lee. There is a popular fan theory that Lee is actually playing one of the Watchers; an ancient race that simply watches over the events that unfold across the universe.

While he has appeared in every MCU movie to date, Lee is more than just a powerful hero in the movies. Stan Lee was a real-life hero to many of his fans around the world and his work in the comic book industry has no doubt been a crucial part of the development of the MCU. Needless to say, Lee will never be forgotten and will always be considered a true superhero.

Fear of flying over water?

We all know a lot of people are scared of flying. It’s a remarkably common fear. I give a lot of tips for fearful flyers on this website in the hopes of helping. But, like any other phobia, a fear of flying has many different faucets and faces. It’s not fair to claim each person’s underlying anxiety is identical.

As such, this post will particularly focus on if you have a fear of flying over water, and the different ways you can address this specific anxiety until (hopefully!) it’s long gone.

Honestly, for me, night flights over the Atlantic Ocean are the worst. I don’t know if it’s due to the fact that I suddenly became scared to fly on a transatlantic international flight or if water is just … scary.

I don’t think I’m alone in this apprehensiveness either. I mean, oceans are big, man. Shudder.

Honestly, if international travel is a lifelong dream for you, you’re going to have to fly over water, probably an entire ocean.

I know. I know. It’s an intense thought. Sometimes the mere thought of flying over an ocean is scarier than the actual experience of boarding a plane and gritting your teeth.

But I have faith you will complete your journey.

If I can sit on a plane, one soaring high over the sea, then you will be able to do it too. Have confidence in yourself.

1. CHOOSE AN AISLE SEAT OR CLOSE THE WINDOW SHADE.

Honestly, if flying over water freaks you out, then you don’t want to have visual reminders of its bloody existence. You know what they say … Out of sight, out of mind.

Therefore, put that damn water far out of your mind!

In order to accomplish this task, you need to take control of your seat as soon as you book your airline ticket. Most airlines, especially major ones, will let you choose your seat online during the booking process.

You want to select an aisle seat. No windows, no reminders of the ocean. You can pretend you’re riding the bus in your hometown if you want. Now let’s say you get stuck in the window seat. Close the shade and keep it closed. I don’t care if you annoy your seat mates either. Your comfort takes priority.

Now I understand some airlines are super annoying about prices, and thus, they’ll charge an unseemly fee for selecting a specific seat ahead of time, but you need to determine if you’re willing to fork over cash in order to be comfortable. If you are, great! Then do it!

2. OCEANIC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL EXISTS.

You might be thinking it is impossible to track airplanes over the ocean. You’re remote. Gone. No hope.

Well … that’s not 100% true.

Air traffic control is more than capable of tracking planes over the ocean. Two examples of oceanic air traffic control are Gander Center located in Newfoundland, Canada and Shanwick Center in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Say whaaaat? Yes, it’s true. For instance, Shanwick monitors the area of international airspace located in the northeast portion of the Atlantic Ocean. This is some awesome news for you. Why? Well, a huge chunk of flights coming from the United States and Canada will fly through this area. Meaning, it’s okay, the pilots are communicating with other highly trained individuals, all of them promising to get you safely to your final destination.

At the end of the day, you’re never too far from oceanic air traffic control. Planet earth is smaller than we think, yeah?

3. REMEMBER ALL THE FLIGHTS SUCCESSFUL COMPLETED OVER WATER.

Seriously, if you try to actually do this task, you won’t be able to count all the routes without dedicating a significant amount of time. I’ve tried it, haha.

Now I know it’s super easy to pretend that your little plane is alllllll alone over the big scary ocean. But this simply isn’t the case. We’re all well connected. You’re on the same route as many other pilots and planes.

I want you to think about the gigantic number of airliners soaring over water every single day.

How many of these planes have ever crashed? … … Not many. At all. The odds are in your favor, as they say.

Not to mention, these pilots are always in frequent contact with one another and monitoring conditions. You’re not all alone over the scary ocean, I promise.

4. PILOTS ARE AWARE OF ALL PRIMARY ALTERNATE AIRPORTS (DUH!).

Okay, there’s no law in the books stating that planes are only allowed to land at the airports printed on the tickets. Common sense, I know, but I still feel like it needs to be written plain and clear.

At the end of the day, a commercial jet is never all that far away from an alternate airport should an emergency occur over the ocean.

Let’s go back to the United States – Europe route example. Reachable diversion airports include Bangor International, Gander Airport, CFB Goose Bay, Halifax Stanfield International, Keflavík International, Shannon, Bermuda, and Lajes (Azores), just to name a few.

Need more airports to relax your fears? What if you’re flying over the Pacific Ocean? Indian Ocean? The Polar Route?

At the end of the day, the odds are you’ll probably be flying a route where an airport isn’t incredibly distant. So breath.

5. PLANES HAVE SO MANY BACK UP SYSTEMS THAT IT’S WILD.

Man, I wish my adorable Honda had as many back up systems as a commercial jet! It’s really remarkable when you think about it.

Now I know some of you are probably aware of this fact, but I still think it bears repeating, especially if you have a deep fear of flying over water.

A Boeing 777 is not just going to fall out of the sky into the ocean. It just isn’t.

Am I making a bold claim? I don’t think so.

There are redundant systems for all critical systems on an airplane. Landing gear? There’s a back up. Flaps? Back up. Engines? You bet.

Even if a system fails over the ocean, your plane is equipped to deal with it. Crazily enough, planes can even glide for very long distances with no engines at all.

And keep in mind a plane is a multi-million dollar piece of engineering equipment. It is in everyone’s financial interests to keep the physical plane itself safe and sound.

6. REMEMBER THOSE BLOODY STATISTICS AND HOLD THEM CLOSE!

I know, I know. You’re probably already rolling my eyes at what I am about to write, but please hear me out.

I get it. At this point, we fearful flyers have all heard about the safety statistics regarding commercial air travel. But still, the numbers are comforting.

For example, according to estimates, you have a 1 in 7,000,000 chance of perishing on a US-based airline. For comparison, you have a 1 in 14,000 chance of dying in a coast-to-coast car trip.

You likely have a better chance of winning the lottery than perishing in a flight over water. Numbers and science are both firmly on your side. See them as allies.

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Australian Slang

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When you learn English you’re taught how to speak and write ‘proper’ English. Then you visit an English speaking country and start hearing some very strange slang terms.

Like I’ve said in my last post,  have a friend here from Aussie and I thought it would be fun to list some Australian slang that I have never heard before, some of it I have heard, but most of it is certainly ‘interesting’!

Although Australia is an English speaking country, arriving into the country with little knowledge of the most popular Aussie slang words may just get you into a few awkward situations. It’s worth noting that Aussies have a tendency to shorten most words in the English vocabulary as well. You will soon become accustomed to this! Here are a list of some common slang words (some found in other English speaking countries) that should help you get by…


A Cold One – Beer

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Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian band ACDC

Ankle Biter – Child

Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)

Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies

Avo – Avocado

Bail – To cancel plans. ‘Bruce bailed’ = Bruce isn’t going to turn up.

Barbie – Barbecue

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Bathers – Swimsuit

Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”

Billabong – A pond in a dry riverbed

Billy – Teapot (In the Outback on the fire)

Bloody – Very. Used to extenuate a point

Bloody oath – yes or its true. “You right mate?”… “Bloody Oath”

Bludger – Someone who’s lazy, generally also who relies on others (when it’s someone who relies on the state they’re often called a ‘dole bludger’)

Bogan – This word is used for people who are, well let’s say, rednecks. Or, if you like, just call your friends a bogan when they are acting weird.

Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers

Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, basically a place to buy alcohol

Brekky – Breakfast

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Brolly – Umbrella

Bruce – An Aussie Bloke

Budgie Smugglers – Speedos

Bush – “Out in the bush” – “he’s gone bush” In the countryside away from civilisation

Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cactus – Dead, Broken

Choc A Bloc – Full

Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit

Chook – Chicken

Chrissie – Christmas

Ciggy – a Cigarette

Clucky – feeling maternal

Cobber – Very good friend. ‘Alright me ‘ol cobber’.

Coldie – Beer. ‘Come over for a few coldie’s mate.’

Coppers – Policemen

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Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something

Crikey – an expression of surprise

Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’

C*nt, the “C” word – Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member. If someone calls you the “C” word in Australia (and you haven’t done anything to make them angry), then breathe a sigh of relief… it means you have entered the mate zone.

Dag – Someone who’s a bit of a nerd or geek.

Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)

Dardy – meaning “cool”, is used amongst South West Australian Aboriginal peoples and has also been adopted by non-indigenous teens. – source

Deadset – True

Defo – Definitely

Devo – Devastated

Drongo – a Fool, ‘Don’t be a drongo mate’

Dunny – Toilet

Durry – Cigarette

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Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (usually beers)

Facey – Facebook

Fair Dinkum – ‘Fair Dinkum?’ … ‘Fair Dinkum!’ = Honestly? … Yeah honestly!

Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt

Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking” – As busy as a bee

Footy – Football (AFL / Aussie Rules)

Frothy – Beer

F*ck Me Dead – that’s unfortunate, that surprises me

Furphy – rumours or stories that are improbable or absurd

G’day – Hello

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Galah – an Australian cockatoo with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person.

Gnarly – awesome – often used by surfers

Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”

Good On Ya – Good work

Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. Goon is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.

Hard yakka – Hard work

Heaps – loads, lots, many

Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)

Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable

Knickers – female underwear

Lappy – Laptop

Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster

Legless – Someone who is really drunk

Lollies – Sweets

Maccas – McDonalds

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Manchester – Sheets / Linen etc. If you’re from England, finding a department within a shop called Manchester could seriously confuse you.

Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit of a dick

Mozzie – Mosquito

No Drama – No problem / it’s ok

No Worries – No problem / it’s ok

No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’

Nuddy – Naked

Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”

Pash – to kiss

Piece of Piss – easy

Piss Off – go away, get lost

Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions

Piss – (To Piss) to urinate

Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk

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Pissed Off – Annoyed

Rack Off – The less offensive way to tell someone to ‘F Off’!

Rapt – Very happy

Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’

Rellie / Rello – Relatives

 

There are so many more, but I didn’t want this post to be too long. Reviewing all the good Aussie words and phrases, I noticed how easily each of them sticks in my mind right from the first time. Perhaps, it can be explained by the uniqueness of the Australian expressionsbecause each saying contains the people’s fondness and respect for own language.

 

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My Favorite Movies from Every Year I’ve Been Alive

Here is my top movie from every year I’ve been alive (1988-Current). I’ve been alive for some pretty awesome movies! How many have you seen? (holy shit this was hard)

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1988

Die Hard

1989

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

1990

GoodFellas

1991

New Jack City

1992

Aladdin

1993

Jurassic Park

1994

Speed

1995

Bad Boys

1996

Twister

1997

Scream 2

1998

Can't Hardly Wait

1999

The Mummy

2000

Bring It On

2001

Training Day

2002

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

2003

Elf

2004

The Day After Tomorrow

2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

2006

The Devil Wears Prada

2007

American Gangster

2008

The Dark Knight

2009

Avatar

2010

The Town

2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2012

The Avengers

2013

The Heat

2014

Whiplash

2015

Southpaw

2016

Sausage Party

2017

It

2018

Black Panther

2019

Well It’s only March and I’ve ony seen 1 movie so far this year. I will come back in December to tell you my favorite movie of the year. 

This list was really really hard. 

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10 Easy Things You Can Do for a Mental Recharge

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We all have one those days — the ones that feel never-ending, like everything that could possibly go wrong has, and that leave us wondering how on earth we’re supposed to get up and do it all again tomorrow.

When that happens, sometimes a good night’s sleep is enough to recharge us enough to conquer the next day — but sometimes not and a little more TLC is required.

Doing certain things can help you unwind and give yourself the recharge you need to get back on track. No matter what your situation, these are things — both big and small — that you can do when you’re in the market for a much-deserved mental recharge.


Read a book you enjoy

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I always have a book with me at all times. Make a habit of keeping a book on hand that you can step back and read a chapter of whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. It will allow you to escape from reality for a few minutes, and can give those of us who work on our computers all day a break from the constant screen time. By book I mean a paperback or hard cover book, not kindle. 


Allow yourself to do something fun

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If you’re a workaholic who has a hard time letting yourself take a break and say yes to plans, set aside a time that you do something non-work-related, exclusively to have fun. Whether it be getting drinks with friends or having a staycation for the weekend in your town, take the time to log out of your work accounts and step away from stress. this really helps. I live blocks from the beach and In the summer, its awesome to go and get away


Get a journal

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We often preach the wonders of journaling, and for good reason. Taking even five minutes to be alone and write down some of your thoughts — no matter what they are — before bed (instead of scrolling through your phone) can help you feel at ease and sleep more soundly. I started doing this a few years ago. There where a few tragic moments in the last 5 years that writing it down helped me. 


Set a time that you take a break during your work day

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No human being on this earth can work for eight hours straight without taking a step back to get their head on straight. In our office, we’re all about 2pm walks to get coffee — some fresh air in the middle of the day always gets us ready to conquer the rest of our afternoon. Whether you work in an office or from your home, set a time that you’ll hold yourself to for taking a break every day.


Give yourself a week of easy nights

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It’s always borderline impossible to resist after-work drinks with your coworkers, but giving yourself a week of obligation-free nights can leave you feeling your fullest. After work every night, make yourself dinner, watch an episode of your favorite show, and get to bed early. Getting the additional rest is enough to make you feel like a new person on its own. This is hard in my household, I don’t have kids yet but we have so many visiters and people coming and going its hard to have time to yourself. 


Drink a cup of coffee or tea

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Don’t gulp it down on your morning commute like you usually do — make your favorite coffee or tea, and sit and give yourself some time to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest guilt-free.


Give yourself a spa night

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We know a face mask won’t cure all our problems like we hope they will, but that doesn’t mean they won’t help us feel a little better. Turn off your phone, fill up a bubble bath, light some candles, and sit in peace for a while. Taking a full break from your phone while doing something just for you can give your batteries some much-needed juice. I’ll leave this one because I cant sit still enough to go to the spa, but I might give it a try one of these days.


Follow the two-minute rule

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The two-minute rule states that if a task is going to take less than two minutes, to do it straight away — whether it be responding to an email or calling to refill a prescription. This way, the small tasks you’re procrastinating won’t weigh on you throughout the day, and you can focus all of your time and energy on the big things you need to tackle.


Take a yoga class

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I’ve only recently hopped on the yoga bandwagon (Why do I need to go sit, breathe, and stretch for an hour? Who has the time?), but going to an actual class where you’re held captive and required to do those things is vital to those of us who are used to going 100 mph every second of our lives. Being in a dark room and having no distractions does wonders for your mind. Shutting off and allowing your mind to escape to a stress-free place leaves you feeling more serene and at ease than you can imagine — it’s like hitting a restart button on your brain. Although you don’t have to go to a class, you can do it in your house or apartment. I did this before I went to a class, so I didn’t look like a newbie. I still did though


Go for a walk or run outside

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This is a tough option when it’s minus 30 degrees outside, but even a quick walk around the block with your dog to get some fresh air can help clear your head. If you live near a walking or hiking trail, more power to you — spending some time on a walk or run outside is a totally different feeling than going on one on a stuffy gym treadmill. In whatever capacity you can, get outside.

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Top Super Hero Movies

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I love Superhero movies. I just seen Captian Marvel in the theaters 2 hours ago and It is fresh in my mind. There are 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU is the shared universe put out by Marvel Studios based on the #Marvel comic books. It started with Iron Man (2008) and the next film will be Avengers Endgame!

In honor of Captain Marvel and Stan Lee, I decided to list my top 10 MCU movies. 

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Black Panther

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Black Panther is definitely a great movie and a must watch for superhero fans as well as marvel fans. I don’t understand all the negative reviews, its obvious some are just DC fans hating on the movie and some people are just nitpicking very small things, but of course the movie does have flaws. I am a big Marvel fan and a very big fan of the MCU, when I go to see movies in theaters I normally have high expectations as many people do, with Black Panther I did as well. What makes a movie good is different between every single person though i have very high expectations as long as the movie has a good plot, great fight scenes and characters I will be impressed whether i have high expectations or not.

Black Panther had a good plot, it does not bore you and keeps you interested but it isn’t unique it can be predictable and a bit cliche but throughout the movie i was very interested and wanted to carry on watching . The whole idea of “Wakanda” is great and is different from normal superhero movies.


Captain America The Winter Soldier

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Went into the movie not expecting much as I felt that the first Captain America was one of the weaker movies in Phase one of the Avengers. However, this movie was one of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First off, the action and fight scenes in the movie are just awesome and there is plenty of action to keep you entertained throughout the entire movie. There is also enough humour to balance all this. The characters all had their own amazing moments and the acting is decent as well. You get to see more of Nick Fury, and he was awesome in this. Black Widow is used much more in this movie and as well as being badass, she brings out more of the Captain’s story. Sam Wilson (the Falcon) is great and is involved in some great action scenes. The villains in this movie were awesome as well.

Quite enjoyed the story as well. There were a few twists; some unexpected, some expected. And the reveal of the unexpected twists in the final third were epic. The story is not just about Captain America and the Winter Soldier, there are darker forces at play and causes the Captain to ask dangerous questions.

This movie is very entertaining, the story is decent, the ending is awesome and satisfying and I would recommend watching this. Makes for a decent political thriller as well. This will easily be one of my favourite movies.


Captain America Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War is without a doubt the best of the Captain America trilogy. Steve Rogers’s arc in the MCU comes to a major head in this film, making him doubt his role in society more than ever. Add that to a fierce showdown between former allies, a great villain, some entertaining new characters, and you’ve got yourself a winner. The Russo brothers should be proud, since they take the reins for Infinity War.

After mass casualties in The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron and during the opening fight scene, there are calls to hold the Avengers accountable for collateral damage; this leads to the passing of the Sokovia Accords, which keeps the Avengers from acting unless otherwise ordered by the government. Each of the members of the team are divided on this issue, none more so than Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. This issue becomes even more troublesome when Bucky Barnes is framed for murder, and Rogers needs to prove Bucky’s innocence while risking all-out war within the Avengers.

One of the things that make this movie so great is how it makes the main conflict so believable. It falls back on several MCU movies building up the body counts and developing these characters so that when we see them make their decisions on the side they take, we believe those choices and understand why they make them.

Civil War you get a 9/10.


Dr. Strange

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Acting (10/10): This cast is amazing! They embody their characters instead of trying to act like the character. Benedict as Dr. Strange was a portrayal right out of the comics! Tilda as the ancient one killed it!

Action (10/10): Wow! I could argue the action in this movie being on par with the scenes in civil war. It was so incredible watching this scenes with million pieces moving yet focus sing on the main characters. Wide angles, long shots and great choreography. what else do you want?

Story(8/10) : This movie had a solid story and you believed what, how and why things were going on! Villain was good and actually a memorable one for once(stab, you’re welcome dc fans). It was not flawless though. The pace kind of slows down before the final act which was unnecessary!

Cinematography/VFX 10/10: The images in this film blew my mind! There is a scene in the beginning where the ancient one shows Dr strange “the magic” and it is great! Some serious mind-bending stuff combined with great visuals to let it manifest itself to the audience. Most artistic movie yet of marvel.

Overall, i’d give this movie an 8.5. Though this isn’t THE best marvel movie, it is truly one of best out there. After the disappointing Jason borne, jack reach er etc. we finally have a movie that lives up to the hype! GO Watch this movie in Max 3d if possible, because it is worth it for once!


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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My main criticism was that I don’t feel like you needed to have seen the previous movie to really get/enjoy this one. You would have missed out on the bonding of the team and the backstory of Nebula and Gamora, but overall you’d be fine.

Overall, though it was a great movie, it felt more like a side story in the many adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy and less like an actual continuation of their main story. Why? Well, we did have that wonderful cameo of great actors who portrayed the original Guardians. We had our Stan Lee cameo. And, we had Peter Quill’s backstory explained. Other then that, I don’t yet see how any of this advanced the main plot of Thanos or of any big threat to the Galaxy.


Thor: Ragnarok

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This movie is one hell of a journey! The story is truly serious and great, the fun moments are tons! The cinematography of action scenes is just unrealistic good. Hela is one of the best MCU villain so far! Cate Blanchett just killing in it in this role. She looks sexy, furious and also got her arc in the movie, which is big step, thinking about previous Thor movies. Hulk got so many epic moments, that I just can’t count. Valkyrie fits perfectly in the ne “Revengers” team such a good actress. Loki is fan favourite again! Every moment with Tom Hiddleston on screen is awesome.

The movie it’s so colourful and extraordinary, so you can watch it again and again and again! The score of the movie, the intense scenes, I mean I really love this movie. Is the best one among all of the three Thor movies. Firstly because it feels like whole new story telling, and secondly it’s also one of the best MCU movies.

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives us truly great movies, and like a die hard MARVEL fan I appreciate that.

I will not reveal the plot or some big details of the movie, I want you to enjoy yourself first, but you’ll not be disappointed at all! Hela is epic, Odin got his role in Ragnarok and there are some HUGE details that’ll lead to Infinity War and you’ll lose your mind when you see them.


Marvel’s The Avengers

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The Avengers changed the game forever. Four years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies centered around the individual Avengers members made us care about the characters before bringing them all together for the first time. Add that to a great villain, a smart script, and plenty of action scenes, and you’ve got yourself a movie for the ages.

In this movie, Loki plots to invade the Earth using the power of the Tesseract and an army called the Chitauri, and Nick Fury must bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they can become something more, so when we need them, they can fight the battles that we never could.

As an MCU film, this movie is filled to the brim with seeds planted throughout each of the prior five solo films. Captain America’s Tesseract, Thor’s villain, Iron Man’s tech, and Hulk’s “issues,” and they all come together in one pretty package.

This movie has a fairly straightforward “save the planet” plot, but Whedon manages to make it work using the characters and their relationships with one another. There are several interesting pairings in this movie: Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man and Bruce Banner, and the brotherly relationship between Thor and Loki is explored a little more as well. Of course, a team like this has several strong personalities, and they often come to blows at several points; namely, Tony and Steve have some pretty fundamental disagreements on dealing with the enemy. This won’t be the last time they quarrel like this, but I’ll leave that for you viewers to watch for yourself. 😉

The action scenes are a lot of fun. It’s a blast watching the various team members work together and kill aliens and save civilians. There’s even ample room for comedy at several points, two of which involve the Hulk that’s sure to make you laugh and want to see again. And all the CGI is flawless, colors pop, and the shots of space are great to see.

Of course, like all MCU films, this movie plants the seeds for future adventures with our heroes. For one thing, it sets up the next Thor movie, featuring both Asgardians. It also sets up a major arc for Tony Stark that ends up carrying over into the next several years. And it plants seeds of distrust of the government in Steve, crucial to understanding his actions in later Captain America films. And there’s also the hint of a bigger, even worse threat than Loki out there among the stars….

The Avengers: my favorite MCU Phase 1 movie, and a movie that I’ll be coming back to for a long time. Very highly recommended.


Avengers: Infinity War

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This movie has made me feel things that I haven’t about a movie in a very long time. If you are anything like me you will definitely feel a sense of “everything is gonna be alright” because of the generous sprinkling of light humour that makes the situation feel less serious than it actually is. The emotional roller coaster that begins right at the beginning of the movie to the very end has you feeling more and more frustrated and on edge as it goes on. Don’t get me wrong this movie is absolutely stunning and amazing and a cliffhanger at the end has you wanting more and more. I’m definitely very excited to see how this storyline will carry out in the next Avengers movie.


Captain Marvel

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The movie was fun. Though it’s far from being the best MCU movie. Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel had been promoted as the most powerfull super hero, and indeed the movie reveals her to be very powerfull. The supporting cast especially Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury has done a great job. The visuals were great, humor was well placed, and twists were good too. Overall its was an entertaining and fun movie. One issue which I found with the movie was that the character of Captain Marvel didn’t get a challenging opponent through which she could grow.

I really hope that Marvel doesn’t endup making the same mistake DC did in Justice League, where our superheroes struggled hard to beat the villain without much success until Superman showed up and with ease, defeated the bad guys.

Though Captain Marvel is extremely powerful, she should act as a surplus for the surviving heroes in their battle against Thanos, and not the star of the show who just comes and takes down the mighty Thanos just to earn the title of being most powerfull. It should not become her movie, she can be the a very powerful supporting character, but not the key to defeat Thanos. My rating for Captain Marvel is 3.5 it of 5 stars. And for me, the show stealer is Goose The Cat!


Ant-Man

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For a few brief moments, the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) looked like it was about to grind to a halt with Ant-Man.

As with all the other films and television shows in Marvel’s burgeoning media empire, the cast of Ant-Man is pitch-perfect. Rudd puts his goofy and amiably sexy charisma to excellent use as Scott, allowing us to believe that this one man can be as silly as he is strong, and as serious as he is funny. Lilly gets the big-screen role she richly deserves in Hope, who’s acknowledged at every point in the film as being better, stronger, and more capable than the men around her think she is. Douglas plays a far more palatable version of Dr. Pym and does so with his trademark charm and magnetism.

Ant-Man may not edge out the other films that make up Phase Two of the MCU in a straw poll – it does, after all, face some pretty serious competition in what has been an unbroken run of truly excellent superhero films. But it’s an incredibly solid effort: smart, rich, deep and funny, teeming with ideas, genres and the potential for so much more. Now if that doesn’t make for a great superhero movie, what does?


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Stereotypes About Americans

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Ohhhhh Beautiful…..I don’t know the rest of the words. I love America, besides this is the only country I know. First let me admit America is not the most perfect country in the world (then again we are not the worst either). As a country we are very judgemental, don’t get me wrong. I love watching videos where people from other countries were interviewed about what they think about Americans, America, and what they think American stereotypes are. I’m going to keep it real, I sometimes get mad when I watch those videos. I know they are supposed to be lighthearted but it gets under my skin for some reason. 

It was so interesting to see what people would actually say. We noticed after watching the videos featuring people from several different countries that a lot of people said the same things, but that they also see Americans in relation to their own culture and character traits.

I thought it would be fun tell you some of the stereotypes that came up multiple times by people from several different countries, and respond to the stereotypes, and also see what any of my international readers have to say! American or not, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic and some of these specific stereotypes.

I will post the 20 (yes 20) common ones that I seen online and heard. 


All of us are fat or obese

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This is so not true, we are very mixed overall. Some of us are natural super small, a little chubby, or built with a lot of muscle that is not entirly toned. If there’s anywhere to start, it’s right here. Our expanding waistlines have been the subject of global ridicule for decades


Americans are rude.

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This stereotype has likely stemmed from open-mouth laughing or public nose blowing, the product of culturally unaware American travelers. But while these actions seem ‘rude’ to foreigners, Americans are in fact quite polite.We are more likely to smile at, help, or acknowledge a stranger; they don’t wait for introductions and will happily chat with someone in the elevator.


Americans are loud and obnoxious.

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I’m not going to lie, I find this one funny. I agree with this…we are loud. When I go out with my family and fiends, we are loud. Americans are accustomed to this stereotype, a longstanding one of which many are reluctant to let go. This is partly due to the majority of young American students backpacking or studying abroad who have helped to perpetuate the reputation , But when it comes to day-to-day conversations, Americans aren’t a particularly loud group of people.


Americans don’t like to travel.

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Americans have a reputation for being lousy travelers, and the stereotype of the “ugly American” who loudly roam the streets of Europe looking for McDonalds are widely believed. Most Americans I know do love to travel, just domestically, since for most of us going on trips abroad cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. It’s far easier for, say, a Belgian to travel abroad than it would be for an American, simply because of geography. We are loud, though- I’ll admit that.


American food is lousy.

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I encountered many people abroad who erroneously assumed that ubiquitous fast food restaurants like KFC and Burger King accurately represented American food. I’d shake my head, tragically, thinking of how foreigners are missing out on things like BBQ in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City; “Mexican” food from California to Texas, lobster and clam chowder in New England, salmon in Alaska, deep dish pizza in Chicago, and on and on and on. San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are world-class restaurant cities with an almost unimaginable range of ethnic cuisine, some of which is the best in the world outside their home countries. I’m not saying American food is better than the food anywhere else, but if you’re not eating well in the United States it’s your own damn fault 🙂 It’s not all corn dogs and funnel cakes…but I do love a corn dog


Americans are dumb.

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This one hit me a little hard. Many people said they don’t think Americans are smart or intelligent. That we are dumb and stupid. It just makes me sad that this is what foreigners think the majority of Americans are like. Yes, we have people that aren’t smart, people that are naive, people that don’t think much beyond their town, state, country (as I’m sure every country has people like this) — but instead of foreigners associating Americans with all of the super smart people we have, their immediate reaction was that we are stupid.


Americans are all patriotic

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I would say this is true. I mean I have an american flag haning in my room. Americans have a reputation for being overly patriotic. Many first-time visitors to the US are surprised by the preponderance of American flags waving from our schools, offices, and homes, and it’s pretty common to hear Americans proclaim their country the greatest on Earth.


Freedom

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It was funny but people just said the word freedom. I thought it was great that they associate us with freedom. Goes back to the patriotic thing.


Americans are ignorant about the world

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I guess I can see how other people might think this. I think a lot of Americans just don’t really care to think outside of their own lives. We only border two countries unlike Europe. If your job or business has nothing to do with the global economy or learning about it isn’t a hobby I can see how some people wouldn’t know or care too much about it.

It’s an unfortunate reality that many Americans who travel lack knowledge of the culture and customs of the country they are visiting, and worse yet, sometimes they don’t seem to care enough to learn.

Americans can combat this stereotype by engaging with people from other cultures abroad and making an effort to see things from their perspective.


Americans love sports

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Well this is definitely true! Us Americans LOVE sports


Americans all carry guns

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This is probably the single most popular myth. Well, we don’t. Some of us have no interest in owning a gun, much less carrying one around. Some states forbid people from carrying a gun except for very under specific circumstances and for specific jobs.


Americans can only speak English

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The United States is notoriously monolingual, perhaps more than any other country in the world.

This reality might not hold up to scrutiny: An increasing number of Americans, especially young ones, are able to communicate in a language other than English.

Travelers can’t be expected to become fluent in the local language of every country they travel to, but learning a few key phrases can go a long way toward building relationships with people you meet and earning their trust.


Americans drive everywhere, creating massive pollution

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Ok, creating lots of pollution part is true entirely, I’ll give you that. Bur driving everywhere? Wrong, for the most part. People who live in crowded cities or live in a town center may not have to drive to get groceries or their workplace. But a lot of us Americans due have to drive, as living in big cities like Long Beach or NYC is incredibly expensive, as much as everyone fantasizes (myself included) about living there. Where I live, driving everywhere is a must, as everything is a five minute or longer drive, while walking this could take or hour or two


Everything in America is big. Tall buildings, tall people.

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This was just funny. I think for countries in Europe it has to do with space and our cities being newer. We don’t have a lot of super old small buildings and cobblestone streets everywhere. We have giant strip malls and Costco and parking lots and highways and SUVs.

And Americans do tend to be on the tall side. I wonder if this has to do with milk and other hormones in our food?


All Americans are rich

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One of the most common misconceptions I encountered abroad is that all Americans are wealthy — and everyone has multiple cars and a big house.

That misconception comes in part from America’s powerful global economic standing, I learned. But as plenty of Americans know, not all of that wealth makes its way into the hands of every citizen, and there are millions of Americans living in poverty.


Americans are lazy

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This kind of generalization could be applied to any nation. There are lazy Americans and then there are some serious hardworking Americans.


Americans are ENTITLED

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The perception that people from America feel a sense of entitlement likely comes from the interactions that the rest of the world has with them while they are visiting as tourists.

Many people feel that USA folk feel the rest of the world should conform to them when they are visiting their countries, but this is likely anecdotal.

For the most part, they tend to be very open to other cultures when traveling and do their best to follow the customs and languages of others, even if they initially go in unaware of much of it.


EVERYONE FROM AMERICA IS MATERIALISTIC

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I do love to shop. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of the world looks at the US and sees a country that is obsessed with material possessions. That perception likely stems from the wealth that is seen in America and the relatively nice lifestyle that the average person in the country is afforded.

But a decent lifestyle by the average citizen in the US does not necessarily equate to a materialistic approach in life. Although it is true that there are those who are in fact materialistic, it is also true that this mindset exists everywhere in the world as well.


Americans are CAREER OBSESSED

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This one goes back to the mostly true stereotype previously listed regarding USA folk being a hardworking people. With that mindset, it likely means that work is seen as a very important facet of life in the US which is mostly true.

But there is a fine line between being focused on getting ahead in work and being obsessed with one’s career. The former is more true in the US while the latter only pertains to a select group, much like with any other country in the world.


Americans don’t understand soccer

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For some, this is the worst American stereotype of them all. Somehow, despite soccer being the most popular sport in almost every country and having an estimated 4 billion fans worldwide, Americans have largely resisted its charm.

Despite soccer’s slowly growing popularity in the US, the general lack of interest in the sport in America came as a shock to many non-Americans I encountered while traveling.