Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Joker’

I’ve heard the hype since the Venice Film Festival when a screening of Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation by the critics at the film’s conclusion. I saw the scintillating reviews and the words of praise directed to the movie. I saw the trailers and commercials which painted a riveting picture of a film that would, in detail, describe Arthur Fleck’s descent into further madness and the eventual alter-ego that he would become, Joker.

After the film garnered two Golden Globes for Best Original Score and Best Actor my family and I decided to finally watch it. Believe the hype because this movie is really good.

Is it the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen? No. That honor still stands with The Dark Knight. But it is, undoubtedly, one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen in recent years and promising development for where comic book movies can go in the coming decade. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Joker’

The Stormtroopers: Part 27

The elevator door opened. FN-3043 gulped.

A simple room sat before him with dark walls and dim lights that gave the space an almost gloomy nature. He stepped out of the elevator and as the elevator door slid closed behind him it was only then that he truly felt the weight of this moment.

A small walkway lined with tiny circular lights led to a throne where Supreme Leader Kylo Ren sat quietly facing him. His loyal subjects, the Knights of Ren, stood behind his throne like silent statues cloaked in darkness. Every nerve in his body was screaming for him to run but his mind forced him to stay absolutely still.

“Come forth, FN-3043,” Kylo Ren commanded, his deep voice reverberating off of the walls.

3043 was taken aback. How did the Supreme Leader know his name? He did as Kylo Ren commanded, walking forward rigidly. His heartbeat pounded in his ears and the back of his neck was sweating but he kept a stern yet confident countenance.

He stopped before the throne and knelt to one knee.

“Supreme Leader, I am humbled by this audience,” he said.

Kylo Ren silently gazed at him.

The hair on the back of his neck stood as it seemed that Kylo Ren’s dark eyes were staring straight through him.

“You can rise, FN-3043.”

And that’s what the trooper did. As he gazed at the Supreme Leader his hands began to quiver, forcing him to clench them into fists.

“I have summoned you here today because you did something very extraordinary FN-3043.”

“And what was that my lord?” FN-3043 asked.

Kylo Ren leaned forward.

“You killed what was the last remnant of an ancient power I had been trying to find. I thought I could contain that power. My lofty goals backfired. You did what neither I or my Knights could. And you didn’t have to. You could’ve fled like normal stormtroopers would but you stayed.”

FN-3043 dipped his head.

“I was only doing what I thought was right.”

Kylo’s full lips quirked into a slight smile.

“And…you saved the lives of many that day, maybe even including me. I do not pretend to believe that things couldn’t have gone terribly wrong if it wasn’t for you.”

FN-3043 gazed upward at the Supreme Leader, his mouth gaping in astonishment. Was this really happening? Was Kylo Ren really complimenting him? It felt like a scene out of the best dream he could ever have.

“You are not a typical stormtrooper, FN-3043,” Kylo Ren continued. “You are much more. And that’s why I’m rising your rank to Captain.”

3043’s jaw dropped.

“You’ll also need a name suitable for a captain as well. All will now know you as Captain Spere.”

3043 couldn’t contain the smile that lit up his features. Kylo Ren sat back in his throne, his expression turning stoic once more.

“Now go before I remember that you violated the stormtroopers’ code by trailing me that night and I decide to change my mind…violently,” Kylo Ren said.

FN-3043’s smile vanished and his heart nearly skipped a beat at the Supreme Leader’s horrifying threat. He bowed.

“Thank you, my lord,” 3043 said.

He calmly but hurriedly made his way back to the elevator where the doors slid open for him exactly when he reached them. As he entered the elevator and the doors closed he began to laugh.

Laughed with an elation he had never felt before. He couldn’t wait to tell his friends the good news.

Fan Art Wednesday

It’s Fan Art Wednesday and you know what that means, I’m going to share at least two of my sister’s incredible pieces from the past week and boy am I excited. So, with no further delay, let’s do this!

A Portrait of Padme in Blue

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This portrait of Padme in what is undoubtedly my favorite outfit of hers is utterly beautiful. There’s something almost magical about this picture that features Padme Amidala that feels both original to the character yet retains that sense Natalie Portman brings to the character.

I’m in love with this portrait. Continue reading Fan Art Wednesday

The Stormtroopers: Part 26

FN-3043 walked down the polished halls of the Star Destroyer. His heart was racing. His forehead was sweating. His breathing was hurried. An audience with the Supreme Leader was never a light occasion. And for most, it didn’t end well.

He was a simple stormtrooper. A cog in the Supreme Leader’s powerful machine. What reason would Kylo Ren have to see him?

He was trying to remain calm. To think good thoughts. But the odds of his survival weren’t stacked in his favor.

“Are you okay?” the droid asked, startling him from his thoughts.

He nodded rapidly. “Yes, I’m fine.”

“You don’t look fine.”

The black droid’s eyes narrowed into amber slits.

“In fact, you look dreadful. My diagnosis says you are suffering from anxiety.”

FN-3043 looked at the droid.

“And you’re not helping,” he said.

“I am a medical droid. My sole job is to help my patients in any way that I can.”

“I don’t think you can help me,” FN-3043 said.

The droid made a sound that resembled a laugh.

“Of course I can help you. I have been programmed with 5,763,891 different cures to aid my patients.”

FN-3043’s eyebrows rose. “That’s impressive.”

“My diagnosis is that you simply need someone to talk to.”

3043 smiled. “Talking would help.”

They turned a corner.

The droid cocked its head. “So, what would you like to talk about?”

FN-3043 looked at the droid.

“Well for starters, what’s your name?”

“T4-79,” the droid said with a hint of pride in its robotic voice.

“I’m FN-3043 but my friends call me Double Three.”

“Double Three?”

“I have two threes in my name.”

“Oh,” T4-79 drawled.

“Us stormtroopers, we give each other nicknames. It’s our way of standing out so that we can feel like individuals rather than…”

“Droids,” T4-79 finished.

FN-3043 nodded.

“Why wouldn’t you want to be a droid? Droids are the smartest beings in the universe. We are given a purpose and we fulfill it in the best way possible. You don’t see it as a compliment to be considered a droid?”

3043 laughed. “You know, I never thought it about like that. I’ve always seen stormtroopers as nothing more than pawns which are thrown into battle just to die.”

“You may be pawns,” T4-79 tapped his shoulder, “but you are important. The First Order would not thrive if it weren’t for its stormtroopers. You are the foundation that keeps this organization moving.”

FN-3043 smiled. “Thank you, T4-79. That actually made me feel a bit better.”

“My diagnosis never fails.”

They suddenly came to an abrupt halt as they stopped before an elevator which sat at the end of the hallway like a dead end. That meant there was only one for him to go and that was up.

“Supreme Leader Kylo Ren will be waiting for you,” T4-79 said as the elevator door opened.

FN-3043 took a deep breath before stepping into the circular elevator. He gave T4-79 one last look before the elevator doors closed and it lifted him to his imminent audience with the Supreme Leader.

 

Movie Review Flashback: My Favorite Portion of the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Teaser Trailer

Three days ago Marvel Studios surprised everyone with a sudden debut of the Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer. It was absolutely incredible and still makes me happy every time I see it. I’ve seen a lot of trailers in my time but this one was really epic. Here’s another look at it.

Anyway, the teaser was Marvel-ous and I’m here to talk about my favorite portion of the trailer because this teaser was so good I couldn’t just pick one clip. So, I’m going to talk about the clips that really stood out in the last half of this trailer. Enjoy!

The Hulk-Buster Returns!

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First, I loved this Iron Man suit in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s really one of the only things that can actually defeat The Hulk in a one on one fight. Two, it’s the beginning of the phase of the trailer that’s just beyond epic. The music, when the Hulk-Buster appears, sounds so amazing it gives me chills every time.

Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: My Favorite Portion of the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Teaser Trailer

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