Annihilation: Evolving Very Slowly into Something Unique

Annihilation: Evolving Very Slowly into Something Unique

I mean what can I say about this movie? It’s one of those movies that when you have a spoiler discussion with someone – one person tends to say something along the lines, “You just didn’t get it”.

This makes it hard to critique it unless one feels the need to take a course in Annihilamonty and I. Don’t. Think. It’s. Worth. The. Effort.

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Black Panther is A Better Movement than Movie

Black Panther is A Better Movement than Movie

I know this is super, super late! I’ve had so many hours to ponder how I felt about the movie overall after watching nearly three weeks ago.

When the movie finished and the credits fluttered down once more after the after-credits -scene (…..After that), I couldn’t but help feel disappointed – oh not at the movie, but at the expectations I had of the movie. This is not a review by the way, rather an exploration of the phenomenon that is, Black Panther. If I was asked what I thought, I would say I really enjoyed the movie! It had such an interesting world and believable characters with identifying motivations. Needless to say, it failed to blow me away as a complete package the way the Winter Soldier did. Thanks to some questionable CG and horrible plot conveniences (I’m looking at you magical all-powerful Vibranium) it failed to be amazing, but Black Panther is providing something different than Winter Soldier so they tend to be separate conversations.

My reasoning for writing this post is to express a simple and obvious thought: Black Panther is a better movement than a movie.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Still Lacking (Let’s Talk Progression)

Okay so let’s talk Star Wars

The Last Jedi, rather more to the idea of what I got from it. First off, let’s start by saying I didn’t really care for the movie. It was a beautiful spectacle at times and visually appealing. However, when you get down to the core of story-telling, again I found the newly rebooted Star Wars universe to be making such odd decisions.

So If you recall, I made a post about my lack of excitement for this movie because of character motivations. During the movie, I found it disappointing that my concerns were at times, not addressed but at other times, addressed poorly. After the movie, I sat down in my car and my friends asked me what I thought of the movie. The best and most simplistic response I could come up with was, “things happened”. The new stars, Rey and Finn often tend to be going nowhere but then immediately progress in the most inorganic fashion. I’m going to go into spoilers right now because rather than a review I want to follow up on my previous post, so here we go!

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Why Justice League Was Okay… And That’s Not Okay

So Let’s Talk “Justice League” The Movie

Have you ever seen a group of siblings all varying in personalities? Most of them seem to be spoiled apples but then there’s that one kid who exceeds all expectations and goes forth to not only avoid the same path but create a greater, more amazing legacy of its own? Well, now we know who that sibling is in the DC family… Well, it’s still Wonder Woman but Justice League did manage to come behind and be a serviceable movie, nothing more. And… That’s kind of a problem.

This may prove fatal to many who were hoping Justice League was the movie to put the DC Universe on the same playing field with Marvel Studios. Truthfully, I own more DC comics than Marvel so I do wish for DC to get on a stable path, they just can’t seem to find their formula. Keep in mind, being an okay/good movie is not bad, at least it wouldn’t be until you realized the movie had a $300 million dollar budget. That accompanied with the opening week of around $96 million, it then stars to become ugly. Several months ago predictions of the movie making $130 million were considered being pessimistic and now look at where we are. Continue reading “Why Justice League Was Okay… And That’s Not Okay”

Thor Ragnarok: Fresh but Still Familiar (For the Good and Bad)

Hey everyone, so let’s Talk Thor! By the way, this is not a review…Just a talk:

I saw the movie yesterday and I didn’t want to write about it right when I got home because I was sprung off the sugar-like high of being in a theater full of fans. I will say I thoroughly enjoyed Thor and thought it was incredibly funny. Normally all the jokes that were put in Civil War, Avengers 2 and so on never hit with me. More often than not I would recognize that a joke was made but then just pray they moved pass it, which they usually do.Even Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is supposedly Marvel’s “funny, funny guy” had a lot more misses than hits for me. Thank goodness people like Bautista made a lot of his comedy feel just organically awkward.

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Thor Ragnarok gave me a jolt of something that I have forgotten in superhero movies and reminded also of its worst symptoms. One has to understand that this movie is a COMEDY movie with a side order of action. It uses beautiful imagery and bright colors to be eye-candy of course but to also remind others that this is overall a light-hearted movie despite the stakes.

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Why “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” does not interest me. (Let’s talk motivations)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be releasing in December and needless to say it will do very well. After following movie channels and blogs, there seems to be a much higher percentage of people whom are excited for this movie. I on the hand cannot even use the word, “intrigued” to describe how I feel about this upcoming sequel and here’s why.

Those who talk to me (regarding narration) will know that my investment lies in characters rather than story. The story must be proficient and I can always respect a strong story but it’s not the factor that moves me emotionally. People… Desires… Motivations… These are the meat of any story but since movies are a visual medium, that often can be substituted for spectacle.

So lets talk characters:

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Blade Runner 2049: We kissed, I Yawned, You Yelled in My Ear

So lets talk Blade Runner 2049; BD2049 is a quasi-sequel to the original Blade Runner that opened in 1942. The movie is a mass of stunning visuals and often superb sound but all the buzz words that I could muster does not ultimately prevent the movie being overall… boring.

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Valerian: The Movie of a Thousand Possibilities

Alright let’s talk Valerian,

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Here it is right here!

No, we’re talking about the movie, not the comic. Oh what’s that? You didn’t know it was based on a comic? Well take that bit of fun fact to your next trivia night with your friends right after you finish playing the Switch. I say that because you wont notice too much of anything that screams “comic book” at you during the movie. Continue reading “Valerian: The Movie of a Thousand Possibilities”

We’re Back! Again!?

Hey readers,

So it’s been a long time. I found myself separated from writing for a good portion of this year ( lets say all of it). I’m back with a new direction on where I want to take my writing. Truthfully I was not quite excited with what I wrote despite it being part of my beloved geek-culture. I will be changing my format from a “review” stance per-see to more of an critical thinking format. I enjoy writing as if I’m talking and I believe that will make my style my own so I can fully transition into a hobby feeling like a job that it’s a chore to wake up to. I have that already, haha!

So let’s rev up that engine again! So let’s sink or swim! 3.0 shall begin!