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Maleficent Review

Villains are always an interesting subject to tackle, especially when they originate from less complex source material like fairy tales. Many of these older villains and villainesses are just plain evil, and thats what we like about them. They are just evil for evil’s sake, and there is something incredibly interesting about that. Which is why it doesn’t always work when the story is flipped…

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Mini-Reviews (5/28/14)

What I’m Watching
Parks and Recreation
I like sitcoms, short 30 minute episodes of funny. So when I finished Rules of Engagement a few weeks ago I scrolled through Netflix to find my next session of binge watching, and I decided to check out Parks and Recreation. Mainly I wanted to see more of Chris Pratt before he stars in Guardians of the Galaxy in August, which is my most anticipated summer…

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Spoiled by Hype

In the post credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we see a young Apocalypse in ancient Egypt, building one of the great pyramids while his followers and four horsemen look on. This scene was pretty cool, but do you know what would have made it even cooler? If it hadn’t been revealed a year that Apocalypse would be the villain of the next movie by the movies own director. This has been…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Comics are weird. I’m just gonna go ahead and put that out there right now. Comics are very weird. But that’s kinda what you get after decades and decades of storytelling from so many different writers and artist and editors and colorists and inkers and letterists. There are a lot of people working on any given comic you may pick up, and each wants to leave their stamp on the product you are…

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Mini-Reviews (5/21/14)

What I’m Reading
Saga
I really like epic storytelling. Large cast of characters, giant storylines, giant changes to the world, I love it all. So recently the most epic thing I’ve found in comics is Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughn. Saga starts out as Star Wars meets Game of Thrones meets Romeo and Juliet, and soon becomes so much more. The series is narrated by the future version of a character…

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Your Main Character is not Your Protagonist

As a writer I spend a lot of time thinking about stories and their structures, and one of the more interesting discussion topics that seem to always come up is the difference between the protagonist and the main character. Back in high school we are taught that the main character is the protagonist because most of the time it is true, but once you start to look at more and more complex stories…

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Godzilla Review

Everyone has a different scale on how they judge movies. Some judge movies on how intellectual they are, some judge on how many explosions and hot women are in the movie, some judge it on how much they laugh or smile, but I judge movies on how well they achieve the goal of the film. If it’s a comedy I think first on how much and how hard I laughed, if it’s a drama I think about how much of an…

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Everything You Need to Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past

Most people think of the X-Men as one of Marvel’s biggest properties, even before the new age of superhero movies. Wolverine, the X-Men’s most famous character, is one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes, second only to Spiderman. Yet for the first few years of the book the X-Men never really sold well. Even written by Stan “The Man” Lee the X-Men was one of Marvel’s least popular superhero…

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Mini-Reviews (5/14/14)

What I’m Reading
Batman Eternal
I’m gonna be honest, I’m a little sick of Batman. With all the movies and shows and comics and games, I’m kinda over Batman. Yes he’s still cool, and yes he’s one of DC’s best heroes, but you can always have too much of a good thing. So when I saw that there was going to be yet another Batman book in DC’s lineup I sighed and said ok. The one thing that did get me…

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Why I’m a Writer

When I was really little I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to go and explore and find new planets and aliens and have grand adventures. However as I got older and saw that most space exploration had become much less hands on that dream slowly died, but my thirst for adventure never did. Instead I turned to theatre and acting and playing out a story, but since theatre tends to lean towards…

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Everything You Need to Know About Godzilla

Before getting into the usual explanations in these types of blogs I feel I need to put up a disclaimer. I am not a fan of Godzilla, its not that I hate it, its just that until just before writing thing (which was last night if you’re reading this the day it was posted) I have never seen a Godzilla movie (including the 1998 American version, which I know doesn’t count anyway). Like the pre-Daniel…

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Mini-Reviews (5/7/14)

Comic
Black Widow
I don’t think I’ve met someone who likes the Avengers and doesn’t think that Black Widow should get her own solo movie, but until movie producers finally get the balls to make a big budget action movie with a female lead we have to stick to the comics. The current series of Black Widow is a great spy thriller, with plenty of action, stealth, and fun gadgets. In this series we get…

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The Four Superhero Universes, Past, Present, and Future

In the summer of 2008 a movie came out that would change the landscape of the film industry, this film was Iron Man. Although the movie itself was not all that groundbreaking or revolutionary, there was a short scene added on just after the credits that threw down the gauntlet to every other movie studio that own a superhero property. With three words, “the Avengers Initiative”, and an awesome…

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The Amazing Spiderman 2

When you have characters who have been around as long as most superheroes these characters start to represent a theme. The X-Men are about facing discrimination, Captain America is about duty and honor, the Hulk is about self-control. Each of these themes are the backbone of what they represent and what their stories should be about. Spiderman’s theme, which was spelt out in his first ever comic…

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