I watched a film that depicted a very interesting version of the DC Comics Universe, complete with its own versions of the DC Trinity (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman). Unlike most versions of the Justice League, who were the ideal superheroes, this Justice League is a trio of morally ambiguous anti-heroes who are willing to kill to get the job done. In addition to the DC Trinity, we also got to see alternate versions of other classic DC characters such as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, and countless others. I particularly like this version of Superman because he is so much different than the one we all know and love. While the traditional Superman is the son of Jor-El and raised by the Kents, this Superman is the son of General Zod and was raised by migrant workers. The rage and trauma of being persecuted as a migrant combined with being the son of a supervillain like General Zod is a dangerous mixture, which makes this Superman aggressive and morally flexible. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a new way of looking into the DC Comics Universe.
Because I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, I have been waiting for the next Incredibles for 14 years and it was well worth the wait. I loved Jack-Jack and how they explored more of his powers and when he had his first battle with a raccoon, which added comic relief. The relationship between Elastigirl and the villain reminded me of the relationship between Superman and Lex Luther. It was also fun to get a closer look at the everyday life of a superhuman family. It has been confirmed that a third film is already in the works and I am counting down the days. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Pixar and The Incredibles.
Normally, I am not a fan of Deadpool’s humor, but I rather enjoyed his new movie. I found the humor in this film better than the first and it was fun to see certain X-Men characters in a new light. What made me particularly giddy was seeing my favorite X-Man, Hope Summers, in her first live action appearance. I also hope she will appear with X-23 in a future film. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes Deadpool and good humor.
I liked Ant-Man and the Wasp because I got to see my favorite pint-sized superhero team on the big screen. In the previous film, I just saw Ant-Man, but in this one I got to see him with his famous partner the Wasp. The film was funny and easy to enjoy and it gave us some insight of where Ant-Man and the Wasp were during the Infinity War. I look forward to what future role Ant-Man will have in the next Avengers film and I would recommend this film to anyone who is seek good humor and action.
I waited to see the Infinity War for six years and it exceeded my expectations and I am in desperate need for more. Thanos was the ideal ultimate villain because he was insanely powerful, self-righteous, and slightly morally ambiguous. It was great to see every superhero we have seen so far from the Avengers to the Guardians of the Galaxy joining forces against the greatest threat the universe will ever see. In all the previous Marvel films, I saw all the individual Infinity Stones and was eager to see what they would do when all six were combined. In the comics, when all six Infinity Stones were together in the Infinity Gauntlet, whoever wielded them would be omnipotent with all the power in the universe literally at their fingertips. It was satisfactory to see that power on the big screen. The ending was heart-breaking, but as long as the Infinity Gauntlet exists, there is still a chance to undo what Thanos has done. Also, I was pleased to see the reference to Captain Marvel in the post-credits scene. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who is a die hard Marvel and superhero fan.
I watched my favorite silent movie recently, Metropolis by Fritz Lang. I liked its dystopian vibe, the early special effects and the sense of innocence one gains from watching it. It highlights the gap that separates the rich from the poor. The rich live in luxury while the poor do all of the work to keep the city running. Even though silent films are largely outdated, I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable story.
I saw an interesting film on Netflix called The Ritual. It is about four friends who venture into a forest in Sweden only to run into a group of pagans who worship a horrendous monster. This creature is said to be a bastard child of Loki, Norse God of Mischief. It is one of the most grotesque monsters I have ever seen, resembling a giant demonic elk and it had the most unusual head I have ever gazed upon (which is in the picture above). I must say that this is one of the most unholy interpretations of my ancestors’ gods I have ever seen. I loved the camaraderie the characters displayed in the film and the suspense was killing me. Because of its size and appearance, Loki’s bastard blended in with the trees, which leaves you constantly on the lookout and wondering where and when it will strike next. Overall, this was a scary and suspenseful film that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
One of my all-time favorite science fiction films was the 1998 TriStar version of Godzilla. I am among countless fans who regard the Kaiju in the film as Godzilla in name only and not a true Godzilla. This “Godzilla” is not invulnerable and has no atomic breath. Still, despite this, I thoroughly enjoy this film and the Kaiju in it. It was unique and interesting as its own character and Matthew Broderick was a fun actor. My all-time favorite parts were when the Kaiju arrived in New York and the entire city was reeling from their first encounter with a Kaiju. I would recommend this film to anyone who is seeking a good and epic monster movie.
Recently, I saw a film that I could really connect with, The Man Who Invented Christmas. It is about Charles Dickens when he wrote A Christmas Carol. The reason I could connect with this film so well is that Charles Dickens’ writing process was almost identical to mine. He drew inspiration from people in his life and from experiences he had. In addition, his characters had conversations with him and followed him wherever he went. Also, Charles Dickens also used vanity press publishers like I did with The Young Guardians. These factors pretty much mirror my own writing process so I felt a very personal connection with this film. Charles Dickens is famous for writing novels such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, but A Christmas Carol proved to be his ultimate legacy. Not only was A Christmas Carol one of the best selling books of all time, but it also became an integral part of modern Christmas to this day. A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite of Charles Dickens’ stories and it was fun to see how it was created. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to look inside a man’s wonderful imagination and ignite the Christmas spirit in your heart.
After much analysis, I have come to like the First Order as a villainous organization for Star Wars. When you consider their origins and history, you would understand why. After Emperor Palpatine died in Return of the Jedi, his protege Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax activated an insurance policy known as The Contingency. The purpose of the Contingency was to make sure the Galactic Empire died with Palpatine if he died prematurely. Apparently, Palpatine was so greedy and capricious that he did not want anyone ruling his Empire but him, not even his own apprentice Darth Vader. After reading the latest Star Wars books and comics, I discovered that the Contingency involved wiping out Imperial commanders that were deemed unworthy and purging prominent Imperial worlds, including Palpatine’s homeworld, Naboo. Eventually, the Contingency wiped out so many Imperial remnants that only a few fragments remained. The largest and most powerful of these remnants was stationed on Jakku and led by Palpatine’s protege, Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax. Eventually, the Contingency culminated to the Battle of Jakku, which resulted in the final defeat of the Galactic Empire and permanent end to the Galactic Civil War. However, even though the Empire was defeated and gone, Gallius Rax arranged for a select few Imperials to flee into the uncharted Unknown Regions onboard Palpatine’s flagship, The Eclipse. Over time, this handful of devout Imperials gave rise to the First Order. In a way, Palpatine’s Contingency was the best thing that could have happened to the Galactic Empire because it allowed Gallius Rax to exterminate all of the weak and useless Imperials and resources, leaving behind only the strongest and most efficient of the bunch. Among these strong Imperials was Commandant Brendol Hux, father of General Hux. Commandant Hux started a new training program for the Stormtrooper Corps in which soldiers are trained and indoctrinated from birth like the clone troopers were. This resulted in the First Order’s stormtroopers to be better trained and more lethal than the Empire’s. By the time of The Force Awakens, the First Order’s military was significantly smaller than the New Republic’s. In order to compensate for this, the First Order established a quality over quantity policy that allowed them to have better-trained soldiers and more technologically advanced weapons and warships. While the Galactic Empire was ruled by a bunch of pompous bureaucrats who felt nothing but arrogance, the First Order is run by determined and relentless zealots who know the odds are stacked against them yet cannot ignore the promise of a war. Because of their highly trained army, advanced arsenal and navy, and their blindly intense devotion to their cause, the First Order is going to be a much tougher enemy to overcome than the Galactic Empire ever was. Plus, if something happens to the First Order, it is likely that they will repeat the Contingency and rise even stronger and harder than before.