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FANTASIA DINOSAURS

I have revisited something from my childhood: the dinosaur segment of Disney’s Fantasia. This was the first time I was introduced to dinosaurs and I was in awe of the size, power, and majesty of these titans time forgot. When the Tyrannosaurus Rex took down a Stegosaurus, that was the first time I was introduced to the harsh reality of the predator/prey relationship. The extinction scene also broke my heart as I watched these beautiful giants slowly died out from thirst and starvation. As a prehistory buff, I must point out that this segment was completely scientifically inaccurate. It featured dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts from different time periods all living together, which would have been impossible because many of these creatures would not have met in real life since they were separated by millions of years of evolution. Also, the extinction scene was closer in nature to the Permian Mass Extinction, which predated the dinosaur extinction and was due to extreme climate change and constant drought. It should be noted that the segment was made decades before the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was discovered. Still, even though the segment was not scientifically accurate, it was enjoyable to watch.

DUNE 2020 FILM: SANDWORMS

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As the 2020 adaptation of Dune draws closer, I begin to think about the book’s most iconic creature: the sandworms of Arrakis! In the 1984 film, the special effects made the sandworms look underwhelming. The sandworms in the miniseries version of Dune looked even better. Now, I have been keeping tabs on the sandworms in the 2020 movie. It looks like the filmmakers have been focusing a lot on attention to detail regarding both the sandworms and the film as a whole. It comforts me to know that the filmmakers are truly trying their best to be as faithful as possible to the original story. They have spent over a year coming up with the right design for the sandworms. Based on recent news, the sandworms in the 2020 film will look more prehistoric than in previous versions. Essentially, the sandworms of Arrakis will be like colossal serpentine dinosaurs the size of the Empire State Building! WOW!!!

DUNE 2020 FILM

I have received splendid news! It looks like there will be a remake of Dune later this year! I have read the book and watched the 1984 film and the 2000 miniseries. I certainly hope they will be using the script that was made by Alejandro Jodorowsky. That script was never filmed, but it was said to surpass Star Wars if it was ever filmed. That would make Jodorowsky’s version of Dune the greatest science fiction film never made. My life and overall existence as a scifi fan would be complete if this is when the Jodorowsky script finally gets filmed!

As for the forthcoming 2020 version, we received leaked images from the set as well as reveals on who will be in the cast:

Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides AKA Muad’Dib AKA Usul AKA the Kwisatz Haderach

Oscar Issac as Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul Atreides

Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Bene Gesserit mother of Paul and concubine of Leto

Josh Brolin as Gurney Hallek, weapons master of House Atreides

Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, sworn enemy of House Atreides and head of House Harkonnen

Zendaya as Chani, Fremen concubine of Paul Atreides

Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, swordmaster of House Atreides

Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Suk doctor of House Atreides

Overall, this version of Dune has an ensemble cast full of wise choices. I look forward to seeing this film on the big screen. Hopefully, the pandemic will end so it can be released on schedule.

UPCOMING FILM: THE KING

Next month, a new film will be released on Netflix called The King, which depicts the life and reign of King Henry V of England. Henry V is most famous for defeating the French in the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years War despite being outnumbered five to one. It looks like we will see the Battle of Agincourt in all its epic glory. Also, we will get to see a new version of Sir John Falstaff, who was Henry V’s famous companion in Shakespeare plays. Overall, I look forward to seeing this interpretation of this famous warrior king and I hope they do a modern version of the Saint Crispin’s Day speech, the best battlefield speech ever.

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (REV – 9)

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I have always been a fan of the Terminator franchise and I am looking forward to the new film Dark Fate. In this film, we are introduced to a new villainous Terminator known as the REV-9. Based on the trailer, the REV-9 is essentially a fusion between the robotic endoskeleton of the T-800 and the liquid metal coating of the T-1000. This makes it similar to the TX from Rise of the Machines, but unlike the TX, the endoskeleton and the liquid metal can operate independently from one another. This way, you get two Terminator units in one, which makes it twice as deadly as previous models and will mean double the trouble the heroes will go through. I look forward to seeing what other nasty surprises this new Terminator unit has up its metallic sleeves. One thing is certain; I don’t want to be terminated by this thing.

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.

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.