Is Justice League Yet Another DC Flop?

Thor: Ragnarok has already come out and taken the superhero world by storm and tomorrow DC will be debuting its second movie of the year, Justice League, but critics have already started telling their opinions of the next Avengers-style flick and the feedback is simply brutal.

Entertainment Weekly gave Justice League a C+,  uh-oh! Vanity Fair basically said the movie was pretty awful and a waste of time, and another magazine out of the UK gave the movie 1 out of 5 stars! Ouch. So why is DC still not getting the formula right? I can tell you why: It’s because they’re trying to make their movies based off of the Marvel’s formula.

DC and Marvel are two completely different beasts. Marvel’s heroes are way more down to Earth and relatable while DC’s heroes are literally SUPER heroes. You’ve got a goddess, that’s Wonder Woman, a nearly invincible Kryptonian, Superman, an underwater breathing lord of the sea, Aquaman, and I could go on and on and on but the point I’m trying to make is this: DC heroes are epic which means their movies SHOULD be epic, like The Dark Knight trilogy. You can’t make a DC movie like Marvel because the superheroes are just totally different. If you try to fashion DC’s incredible goliaths after characters that aren’t nearly as powerful then you end up with countless flops?

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It’s Only One Month Until The Last Jedi!

It is literally November 15! Yes everyone, the time has come. We are finally in the last month until The Last Jedi premieres and I am as ecstatic as I could possibly be. Since December 18 way back in 2015 I have been waiting for this movie. Rogue One was the intermission film, and it was very, very enjoyable, but this is the movie that I couldn’t wait to see. I remember back in January of this year when I found out this film was going to be called The Last Jedi I totally lost it. That was an exciting milestone. Then in April the first teaser debuted and once again I went a little bonkers for about a month or so. Then a month ago the official trailer debuted during Monday Night Football and it’s been a fabulous ride ever since.

Now it’s a month until the highly anticipated day and I just can’t believe it. Time moves so fast. It feels like yesterday when I was waiting for this day to come and now it’s here. So to celebrate this incredible milestone a special IMAX poster appeared on starwars.com  and I am glad to show it to you. Here it is:

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This is a simply gorgeous poster. I love the red and white, I love how Rey’s cloak is bathed in that intense red, I love that they put that gleam on Phasma’s suit because, yes, she is that shiny. I mean, it’s just a really, really good poster. Can I get any more excited?

Well, this is my post celebrating the one month mark. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Where Does Hela Rank Among The Marvel Villains?

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spewed entertaining movies for the past nine years most of the films have shared one nagging problem; the villains have been very lackluster. So much work has gone into the development of the heroes that the villains are just annoying baddies. They’re not complex, they’re not scary, they’re just…the bad guys. And that does make sense because most of the villains didn’t make it through more than one film but after nine years you begin to get tired of the constant trend of boring antagonists. Well, lately the villains have been a little better and after Hela debuted in Thor: Ragnarok there was no way I wasn’t going to write a post determining where she stands amidst the other villains throughout all seventeen films. Enjoy!

1. The Vulture

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I didn’t really know anything about Michael Keaton except that he was the first epic Batman but after Spider-Man: Homecoming I am an even bigger fan of the fantastic actor. Part of the reason why Spider-Man: Homecoming was such a marvelous movie is that the villain was just as complex as the hero. Mr. Toomes was a simple blue collar man who provided for his family with his wreckage cleanup business but Tony Stark ripped the floor out from underneath him by taking over the duty of cleaning up after the Avengers. It was this heartless move that turned Toomes into a weapon dealer for the black market and can you blame him? I mean if you look at it from a different point of view you can say that Iron Man and Spider-Man were the villains and that Mr. Toomes was the real hero of the film. We of course root for Spider-Man though because how can you not but it’s still an interesting observation.

And not only did he have a complex and believable story in the movie but his Vulture suit was also rather cool. And the best thing about it, he didn’t die, and a post-credits scene has already hinted at him returning to the MCU…with the help of a mysterious friend. That’s even more exciting and I can’t wait to see him again.

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My Favorite New Black Panther Posters

Now that Thor: Ragnarok has come out the Marvel Cinematic Universe can now turn their full attention to their next installment, Black Panther, which I am so glad is coming out in February. This past weekend a whole bunch of awesome Black Panther posters surfaced online and I am here to talk about my favorite ones. Enjoy!

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The first one I found was really great is this poster featuring Killmonger and I have to say, it’s pretty marvelous. The two weapons, the downcast head, I mean it’s a perfect poster and it really showcases Killmonger not so much as the movie’s villain but as a man who didn’t get the opportunities that others might have obtained. He’s broken and he wants revenge, that’s what this poster speaks to me.

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The Force Is Strong With The Future of Star Wars

Last Thursday it was announced during an event with Disney CEO Bob Iger that there were some big projects ahead for LucasFilm and I am so excited to share them with you.

First of all, you might have heard that Disney is making their own streaming service. Well, in 2019 Disney’s streaming service will be getting their own live-action Star Wars show. Yes, I said it, we’re finally getting the equivalent of Marvel’s Agents of Shield or even Luke Cage on Netflix in a form of Star Wars on a streaming service in only a couple of years. This is beyond exciting news.

I loved watching The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network and even though I haven’t watched a single episode of Star Wars: Rebels I’m sure that’s doing just as well. To think that Disney is going to make a live-action show makes me want to jump and down with joy. Now here are the show concepts that I would love to see.

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My Complete Review of Thor: Ragnarok

It’s been a week since Thor: Ragnarok came out and now I believe it’s time to talk about the movie in its full detail. SPOILER ALERT! If you still haven’t watched Thor: Ragnarok yet then I advise you to discontinue reading this if you don’t want to know what happens in this film. Okay now that that’s out of the way, enjoy!

The Story

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Thor: Ragnarok was easily one of the funniest and most fun movies this year with its hilarious humor and wild visuals but there was one thing that this latest installment in Marvel was missing…a solid story.

The movie starts with Thor being suspended in the air as the god Ragnarok’s prisoner. Now at this point in time in the film, Thor’s mission is to stop Ragnarok from destroying his home world of Asgard from the face of the galaxy. When he does it seems like everything is going perfectly okay until….

He goes to Asgard and finds that Loki has become ruler and so he takes his brother to Earth to find their father, Odin. They end up, with the fantastic help of Doctor Strange finding Odin in Europe on the cusp of death. It is with his final words that he tells them of Hela’s inevitable return and then Odin dies.

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When Hela returned it was a frightening occurrence. She was light years more powerful than her two brothers, Thor and Loki, and every other Marvel villain so far. In the beginning of the movie I was really frightened for what was going to happen. This serious story line, however, was lost in the midst of the comedy bubble that the movie ended up becoming.

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The gladiatorial brawl between Thor and The Hulk wasn’t serious at all. It was a rather comical fight that was full of laughs, hilarious references to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and serious butt kicking.

After that though the story was even more lost in the comical aspects of the film. Having The Hulk talk was hilarious, the way Thor’s new team, The Revengers, was created was perfect, but there was no seriousness to the movie whatsoever.

And there were quite some plot holes in the film, like them not explaining why Thor was with The Hulk in his room or how The Hulk even got to Sakaar in the first place!

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And while the battle at the end of the film was fun to watch it didn’t really have any groundbreaking significance. No one died, except for Skurge as he turned into a last minute hero, but the greatest shocker was the fact that Thor literally lost his eye! Now while that was a surprise twist in the film it wasn’t anything half as surprising as Bucky being the murderer of Tony Stark’s parents or even finding out that The Vulture was the father of the girl Peter had a crush on in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s unfortunate because I like watching a movie and feeling like I came away from it with a jaw-dropping reveal. Thor losing his eye was not that groundbreaking.

And the movie was boringly predictable. There weren’t any shocking twists and yes it made sense that Ragnarok was brought back to destroy Hela at the end of the film I wasn’t surprised when that happened because like I said, it was predictable. Yes, Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie and one of my favorites of the year so far but there was way more comedy than actual storytelling which is kind of a shame.

My Conclusion of the Film

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It was also a perfect film because of its newest members.MV5BMTYxNTEzMjg4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzM2MTgwNDI@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,744_AL_ Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster at first seemed like a terrible idea when it was announced earlier this year but after watching the film I wouldn’t want anyone else to be the slightly psychotic ruler of the junk world Sakaar.

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Taika Waititi as the comical rock creature, Korg, was an absolute hilarious addition to the film. He was so great as a slight mentor to Thor in Sakaar as well as just a good friend throughout the movie. I hope he gets a little more time in the future because he was a pretty cool character that I would love to see more of.

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And then there was Valkyrie. If you’ve read any of my other posts about Thor: Ragnarok you would already know that she has become my favorite female superhero in Marvel so far. Tessa Thompson was the absolute perfect person to play this character. She’s tough and yet there’s a kindness to her underneath all of that steeliness that makes her character shine and makes her become part of the team, The Revengers. She’s also just very cool, simple as that. I’m really hoping she’ll at least have a small role in Avengers: Infinity War because it would kind of be ridiculous if she didn’t, especially that she’s now a part of Thor’s convoy. I also just want to see how she would react to characters like Tony Stark or even Ant-Man. I bet it would be hilarious.

All in all, I think Thor: Ragnarok is nearly a perfect movie if you just want to have fun. If you’re looking for a serious, story-based film then you pretty much would not enjoy this. I, however, love what Taika Waititi did. I love that he turned Thor into a kind of a joke and really brought out the comical side of the god of thunder. I also loved the retro feeling of the movie with its music and colors and visuals. If there is another Thor movie in the future I would love for him to direct it again. He did a great job.

I thank you for reading my review and I hope, if you’ve seen Thor: Ragnarok, that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend.

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition

Before I even knew I was watching it I was watching The Lord of the Rings as a toddler. When I was finally old enough to really appreciate the epic fantasy film I’ve absolutely loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy ever since. Peter Jackson is one of the greatest directors of all time because of his stunning job with those three films. And the casting was ultimately brilliant, Elijah Wood didn’t just play as Frodo, he became Frodo. Ian McKellen as the wise Gandalf, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, I mean I could go on and on about how great The Lord of the Rings is on all of its different levels but this post isn’t about that. It is instead about the wondrous discovery I found out just a few days ago.

Last week I was watching the extended version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which I enjoyed thoroughly by the way, and I found out that there were extended versions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Now, I enjoyed The Hobbit Trilogy, especially the second one, but I LOVE The Lord of the Rings. I mean, I know every single movie by heart, that’s how much I love these movies. So when I found out that there were extended versions of these films it was like discovering the Holy Grail.

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The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite installment in the trilogy because it’s so marvelously enjoyable. And it has the most emotional significance due to Gandalf’s “death”, Boromir’s death, and the fragmenting of the Fellowship by the end of the movie. It’s simply a great film, but it is 2 hours and 58 minutes long. It’s a very long movie. The extended version, however, is literally 3 hours and 48 minutes long. Can you believe that? It’s nearly an hour longer! That is unbelievable and exciting and so I had to watch it. I’m glad to say it was just as great as I hoped it would be.

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