‘Samaritan’ Actually Was Much Better Than I Expected

Last night I watched Sylvester Stallone’s newest film, Samaritan, with my family and I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I was ready to not like this movie but as the story continued I found myself invested in the characters and the drama that was unfolding.

The worst thing about this movie was the film’s villain who looked like a near carbon copy of the vampire David from The Lost Boys. His presence in the film was really distracting because of how bad the script was surrounding the antagonist and the actor who portrayed him so terribly.

All in all, Samaritan isn’t a brilliant film but it is an enjoyable matinee movie that I think is worth watching for roughly two hours. And the plot twist in this film was legitimately gasp-inducing.

I’m giving it 87 out of 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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My Weekly Short Story: The Sunlight Through the Trees

When Pil tried to remember her years as a toddler there weren’t many memories to grasp onto…except for one.

It was small and seemingly insignificant. A memory laced with laughter and smiles, the occasional huff of a horse, the incessant creaking of rolling carriage wheels, the soothing sound of her father’s warm voice, the comforting touch of her mother’s soft hands, and a bright yet distant light.

This dappled light seeped through the trees that rushed overhead like promises from a fairy; a glowing warmth that kissed Pil’s small round face and made her believe anything was possible.

This memory seemed insignificant but for Pil, now seventeen years old, it was a treasure to hold onto for the rest of her life.

‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ Disappointed Me This Week

I want to love this show and this character and this new chapter being built in the MCU but that second episode just made me pump on the praise brakes. Why? Three reasons.

  1. Despite this show being billed as a comedy, it wasn’t very funny this week. I saw the jokes coming from a mile away and when most of the jokes didn’t land that well.
  2. The fourth-wall breaking felt shoehorned this week rather than feeling natural which was another major denomination to this show’s quality.
  3. It was too short.

The MCU, in order to continue surprising and bringing in new fans, has turned to more genres for their shows and movies to keep viewers interested. And while She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has the chance to be a funny, fun series by its conclusion that second episode made me fear the worst (that it’s actually going to be as underwhelming as my gut first told me when I saw the trailer.)

Jennifer Walters’ dynamic with Bruce Banner in the first episode was delightful but now that they’re no longer together I’m starting to miss that aspect of the show quickly. Hopefully, next week’s episode will restore my faith in this series and remind me why I love She-Hulk.

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Disney+ Day Is Going To Be Awesome This Year!

For the past couple of years, Disney+ has had Disney+ Day. It’s a celebration for the streaming service that offers us great new content, and this Disney+ Day, which drops on September 8, is the best yet.

First up, we have the long-awaited behind-the-scenes look at the making of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’ve been waiting for this for months because Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen’s return to the franchise was one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

This show was not only a chance to see Kenobi and Darth Vader again but it was a perfect story, inserting an extra chapter into the narrative that feels like necessary viewing. I can’t wait to see this.

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I Watched a Bunch of Indian Movies Recently…and Now I Have To Rank All of Them

I’ve watched a lot of movies in my time but I had never seen a single Indian film. And then there was this movie I kept hearing about called RRR. The film was being claimed as the best action movie of the year and considering the fact that we got a movie as good as Top Gun: Maverick this year I had to see what the hubbub was about.

Sure enough, I watched RRR and suddenly a whole new world of cinema had been opened to me. In the last week, I have binge-watched lots of Indian movies and each film that I’ve chosen to watch has seemed better than the last. So, I figured I might as well share a ranking of the movies I’ve seen so far. Here we go.

8. Bahubali 2: The Conclusion

This was like Endgame in India when it came out in 2017 because it ended up becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Directed by S.S Rajmouli, a man who’s known for bringing incredible epics to the big screen, this film has all of the trappings of an epic film. Unfortunately, the story seems to drag on forever and because most of it is a flashback there’s something about it that feels less impactful than it should.

Plus, the final showdown felt just a bit too ridiculous at times. Other than that, it was enjoyable.

4 out of 5 stars

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My Weekly Short Story: Her Tiny Breaths

Mestra Galerunner would’ve never thought she’d be a mother. As a young elven girl, she flitted about the Asrana Forest after running away from home, getting into trouble, and causing her elders endless grief. As an adult, she learned the ways of the assassin, choosing to exist as a solitary being and elude companionship. And then one day, on a stormy night, she found Pil and everything changed.

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