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FILM REVIEW: GODZILLA (1998)

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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.

FILM REVIEW: THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

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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.

STAR WARS: FIRST ORDER ANALYSIS

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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.

FILM REVIEW: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

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I just saw a rather interesting John Carpenter film, In the Mouth of Madness. I enjoyed this film because it depicted my favorite theme as an author: what if whatever a writer writes becomes real? This film demonstrated what could happen if a horror novelist’s imagination becomes real. It gave me chills because what if the darkest corners of my imagination came to life? Also, it gives you the psychological perspective of a book character, who are unaware that they are fictional. In addition, the film illuminated an undeniable fact about writers: in the real world we are as mortal as everyone else, but in our imaginations we are Gods. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes horror, adrenaline thrill rides, and complex mysteries.

FILM REVIEW: EQUILIBRIUM

I wish to do a review on a dystopian scifi film called Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale. I liked the overall concept of this dystopian world because it provided us with an idea of what society would be like if their was no human emotion. It was a fascist regime where being able to feel human emotion was punishable by death. Christian Bale’s character demonstrated how efficient and deadly someone would be if they had no emotions to cloud their judgment. However, we eventually see what happens when an emotionless person experiences emotions for the first time in their lives. I liked that from a psychological perspective. The film had a anime-like feel to it, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes dystopias and hardcore actions sequences.

FILM REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN

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Before seeing the new Wonder Woman film, I kind of expected it to be just as bad as Batman V Superman. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the film first hand. I would say that this is the best film DC has made since The Dark Knight Trilogy. I loved Gal Gadot’s performance as the Princess of the Amazons because she perfectly portrayed Diana’s initial innocence and idealism when first exposed to the outside world. Unlike Batman V Superman, which stuffed way too many comic book references and not enough original story, this film achieved a perfect balance between comic book references and original story. For example, the film referred to both Wonder Woman’s original origin story and her New 52 origin story. Also, the actor who plays Ares the god of war was brilliant and gave the character a kind of gentlemanly demeanor that I have not seen in the character before. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who is a Wonder Woman and general superhero fan. It is worth seeing and more than redeems DC’s mistakes with Batman V Superman.

FILM REVIEW: LIFE (2017)

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I saw the alien science fiction film known as Life, which was like a combination between The Blob and Alien. A group of astronauts on the International Space Station are tasked with studying a sample from Mars. When the sample contained a dormant alien life form, all hell breaks lose. The creature reminded me in many ways to the real-life water bear in that it remained dormant for a very long time, started out microscopic, and was virtually indestructible. As the creature grew and evolved, it started out as a single-celled organism, then a starfish-like creature, then an octopus, and finally a stingray-sized monster that had tentacles, fin-like wings, and a head that resembled a rattlesnake skull. The ending of the film is not what you would expect. Overall, I recommend this film to anyone who is a scifi nut and loves scary thrills.

FILM REVIEW: POWER RANGERS (2017)

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I watched the new Power Rangers film and it was an enjoyable visit to my childhood. When I was a kid I used to watch their show all the time. My favorite Ranger was the Red Ranger because red is my favorite color and his Zord was a Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is my favorite dinosaur. As for the movie itself, they made a few changes to the Blue and Yellow Rangers by making one autistic and the other a lesbian. I thought this was a great idea because it made the Rangers more relatable to a new generation of Rangers fans. I myself felt an instant connection with the autistic Blue Ranger because I have autism. The Rangers themselves were great and I loved the designs of their suits and Zords. They started out as a ragtag band of teenage misfits, but they band together when the world needed them most like true superheroes. In a mid-credits scene, you get a clear hint at the coming of the Green Ranger, who was my second favorite Ranger because his Zord was a dragon, which is my favorite mythical beast. Overall, if you are a Power Rangers fan and wish to visit your childhood as well as experience this brilliant reimagining of the franchise then this is the film for you.

FILM REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

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Revenge of the Fallen was quite possibly one of the absolute worst films ever conceived by mankind. It was all special effects and no plot. A good film needs to have an equilibrium between a plot and special effects. Otherwise, the special effects are wasted without a good plot to back them up. Also, many people believe Megan Fox is a good actress, but in my opinion, she is the hottest, but worst actress in the history of film. I mean she has looks, but that’s it. No talent. Why do they even bother hiring her to be part of their films? Also, the lighting made everyone seem tan all the time. Did everyone go to a tanning spa before filming or what? Basically, everything in this film was absolute crap and a complete waste of film, time, and money. Are you listening, Paramount Pictures? Get it right next time!

FILM REVIEW: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

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I saw the new King Kong film and I have mixed feelings regarding it. While I did enjoy the creature designs, setting, and special effects, I feel the story moved too fast for my liking. Still, I enjoyed what I could catch and was pleased with what waited for me at the end of the credits. After the credits was a clear hint that famous Kaiju such as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are going to appear together in a future film. This further elaborates on the plan of having Godzilla and King Kong go toe-to-toe for the first time since 1962. If you are looking for thrills and monster fights, then this is the film for you.