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FILM REVIEW: JUAN OF THE DEAD

I enjoyed the film known as Juan of the Dead. It depicts a forty year old man in Cuba who has dedicated his life to doing absolutely nothing and he has a band of sidekicks and misfits who were just as lazy as he was. When the zombie apocalypse comes to Cuba, Juan and his merry men set a zombie killing business with the slogan, “Juan of the Dead. We kill your loved ones. How can we help you?” The film was super funny with good humor as a former slacker finds his purpose in life.

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THE GENOCIDE OF THANOS

After watching Avengers: Infinity War, I got a powerful sense of what the characters felt as they witnessed the aftermath of Thanos’s master plan. After activating the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos became omnipotent and wiped out half of all life in the entire universe. Soon after Thanos retreated, we watched as many of our favorite characters were turning to dust and how the survivors reacted.

With Thor, he came to realize that all of his efforts to kill Thanos and avenge his people were in vain and regrets not taking a head shot when he had the chance. With Captain America, we witnessed Bucky Barnes, who was his oldest and best friend since the Great Depression, vanish before his eyes. Considering how attached he was to Bucky, Cap must have felt as though a large chunk of his past and identity was ripped away from him. For the people of Wakanda, they watched helplessly as half of their countrymen disappeared, people they have known their entire lives. In particular, Okoye, captain of the Black Panther’s guard, watched as her beloved king turned to ash and there was nothing she could do to stop it. For Rocket Raccoon, he watched as Groot, who has been his most faithful friend and surrogate son, fade away in front of him. With War Machine, he called out to Falcon, unaware that his friend was already gone. With Scarlet Witch, she probably welcomed her fate because the man she loved, Vision, was gone along with her reason for living.

In the other side of the galaxy, Tony Stark and Nebula watched as their comrades disintegrate before them. Mantis, who as innocent as she was compassionate, died never to bond with anyone again. Drax, who was cheated of his chance to avenge his family, never got to see that vengeance fulfilled. Star-Lord, not only lost the woman he loved but lost his life on the same day. Doctor Strange clearly knew this was the only way they would defeat Thanos in the long run and left the other heroes to finish the war. Easily the most heartbreaking death would be Peter Parker, a kid of just 16 years old with his whole life ahead of him, died without every seeing his hopes and dreams fulfilled.

For Tony Stark, seeing his companions die one by one was severely nerve racking. Despite all of his preparations for Thanos’s inevitable appearance, Tony Stark had to face the fact that all of his efforts were in vain. The death of Peter Parker was particularly devastating for Tony Stark because he saw him as the son he never had. As he told Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, “If you had died, that would have been on me.” After Peter Parker vanished, Tony Stark briefly looked at his hands, thinking he would fade too. When it became clear that he was not going anywhere, Stark was left alone with the grim reality of his folly. Nebula, who had spent many years trying to stop and kill Thanos, was embittered that she was unable to achieve her goal and is now more hellbent on killing him than ever.

In the end, the Avengers had to accept the new reality Thanos had imposed on the universe. For the first time since Civil War, they had failed to stop the villain. All the friends and loved ones were gone and they were crushed by the finality of their ultimate failure. The question remains, “Will they be able to undo what Thanos has done?” With a new Spider-Man on the way, it is obvious that the Avengers succeed in defeating Thanos once and for all, but at what cost? Some say that the Avengers will sacrifice themselves in defeating Thanos and bringing balance back to the universe. If that is the case, a new generation of heroes must rise to seize the Avengers’ mantle as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

FILM REVIEW: KRULL

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One of my favorite science fantasy films would be Krull. Even though the film lacked a cohesive plot in some areas, it was still enjoyable and engaging. In some ways, this film reminded me of King Arthur. The main character, Prince Colwyn, is obviously based on King Arthur and gains a magical weapon called the Glaive, which may represent Excalibur. The Old One, the Emerald Seer, and Ergo the Magnificent are either magicians or wise men who could represent Merlin. The robbers were apparent references to the Knights of the Round Table. Overall, Krull depicts a classical mixture between the damsel in distress and fantasy quest story. A princess gets kidnapped by a Dark Lord known as the Beast and his Slayer minions then her betrothed and his band go on a quest to rescue her. I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of the fantasy and science fiction genres. It makes a great cult film!

REPETITION SCENE

I remember something from my Screenwriting Class where we learned to write scenes that involve repetition. The example our instructor provided for us was this scene from the film known as Marathon Man. In this scene, Dustin Hoffman is being interrogated and having his teeth taken apart by a ex-Nazi and his thugs. Throughout this scene, the ex-Nazi constantly asked “Is it safe?” even when Dustin Hoffman gave an answer. For my new superhero series, I will be depicting a similar scene in which a torturer uses psychic powers such as telekinesis and telepathy to torment their target. They will be demanding their victim to repeat a certain phrase and even if their victim does as they are told, they would still be mutilated. Overall, this is going to be a suspenseful and messed up scene that will send chills down your spine.

GODZILLA 2019

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I got a closer look at Godzilla’s appearance for the new film and I am pleased with what I see. For the most part, Godzilla looks almost identical to his appearance in the 2014 film with the exception a several minor changes. The 2014 version of Godzilla was more faithful to the original design than the 1998 version. Now, Legendary has made their Godzilla even more faithful to the original design. Instead of the tree trunk legs from the 2014 film, Godzilla’s legs have proper feet with claws. The tip of his tail is now more rounded like the original design instead of pointed. His arms and claws are more developed and seem capable to properly grapple opponents such as King Ghidorah or King Kong. Godzilla also seems to have lost some weight since 2014 even though he is still somewhat pot-bellied. Most crucially of all, Godzilla’s dorsal spines now look like the ones he had in the original 1954 film, which is a nice homage. In the trailers, Godzilla’s atomic breath is larger and more powerful than it was in 2014, which promises an even more satisfying fight. Overall, I like this new and improved design of the almighty King of the Monsters!

RODAN 2019

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I never thought much about Rodan as a Kaiju, but I am loving his new look in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I have seen him emerge from a volcano before in King Ghidorah’s first movie. With this in mind, it is not entirely outrageous to see him crawl out of a volcano. Also, I am pleased to see that the filmmakers included Rodan’s ability to destroy everything he flies over. It is basic physics. Something that big moving that fast will blow away everything in its path. In addition to his classic abilities, I am pleased that Legendary has remained mostly faithful to Rodan’s appearance. Just as Godzilla’s roar was updated in the 2014 film, I hope Rodan’s roar gets updated in the upcoming film.

KING GHIDORAH 2019

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I am looking forward to seeing King Ghidorah’s new look for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Out of all of Godzilla’s numerous enemies, King Ghidorah is arguably his single greatest rival to his crown as King of the Monsters. Apart from a new minor changes, I am pleased that Legendary has been faithful in the appearance and design of the Planet Eater. Based on what I have seen in the trailers, King Ghidorah will retain his iconic gravitational beams that he shoots from his mouths. Also, to make him similar to Godzilla, the filmmakers have made his throats glow yellow when he is about to launch his energy breath. Godzilla does something similar when his dorsal spines glow blue before firing his atomic breath. Also, it looks like King Ghidorah’s twin tails can actually be used as weapons since their spikes act like switch blades. What makes this version of King Ghidorah even more frightening is the fact that his colossal wings create super storms strong enough to swallow up entire cities whenever he takes flight. I also like how the filmmakers are giving each of King Ghidorah’s heads their own unique personality with the center head being the alpha. Easily the most terrifying aspect of this King Ghidorah is the fact that Monarch described him as a living mass extinction event. In other words, if the meteor that killed the dinosaurs had a will of its own then that would best represent King Ghidorah. Apart from the anime King Ghidorah, I never got the feeling that the earlier versions of King Ghidorah truly had the power to destroy the planet. However, I am getting the vibe from this King Ghidorah that he truly does have the power to destroy us all, human and Kaiju alike. Overall, I think we are about to see the very best battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah yet and I look forward to see these two rival kings clash for the Monster Throne.