‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 6

Black Widow has gone from being a sidekick Avenger like Hawkeye to becoming an integral part of this story in her own right. We will eventually get to see her take charge in her standalone film featuring but for now, we must analyze her story that is currently available to us.

Avengers: Endgame shocked the world when we were forced to watch Black Widow sacrifice herself for the Soul Stone and while some were peeved by this decision for the writers and directors to kill off the only female Original Avenger it was actually perfect for her storyline, or her redemptive arc, which this series is focusing on. So, with no further delay, let’s look at her beautiful story of redemption. Enjoy! Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 6

Throwback Friday: I’ve Discovered a Potential Connection Between Finn and Leia’s Outfits

While doing my Who’s Your Favorite? series which featured an analysis of Leia’s several outfits throughout her time in this franchise I noticed something that blew my mind.

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The three major characters of this sequel trilogy have been compared to the trio of the original trilogy which of course consisted of Luke, Han, and Leia, but it seems that J.J Abrams is playing to that similarity more closely than you might imagine.

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Throughout most of the original trilogy, we saw Leia in white but when she returned for Return of the Jedi they gave her a different style.

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In Return of the Jedi, she is given a rebel outfit that is completely different than the styles she had before that time.

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And like Leia, Finn’s outfit in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was very basic, with both looks holding onto the Poe Dameron jacket.

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But if you look at Finn’s new outfit it’s a straight homage to Leia’s look. The brown long-sleeved shirt, the blue pants, the vest, it’s slightly different but it’s totally reminiscent of Leia’s Return of the Jedi look, which is absolutely fascinating!

This was an observation that I just had to share and I thank you for reading. Have a great day and May the Force be with you.

‘The Artist’: A Beautifully Made Best Picture

As you may know, I am currently on a mission to watch every Best Picture winner (well, at least, almost every Best Picture winner.) There are several Best Picture winners that I have been putting off for a couple of weeks now but while browsing through Netflix I ran into The Artist, the movie that would take home the Oscar for Best Picture in 2012 over movies like War Horse and Hugo.

I was intrigued about a film I knew nothing about and after watching the film, I can say I’m glad I saw it. The Artist is a true work of art, hailing back to the age of silent films and using that practice to create an entire movie in near-silence, except for the powerful musical score that helps add emotion to each scene.

Being the first silent movie I had ever seen, it was really interesting seeing how well I could follow the story and the buildup of the drama. French actor Jean Dujardin would win Best Actor for portraying the lead character, George Valentin, and rightfully so. From the moment he appeared on the screen he exuded character and an unforgettable persona that is often hard to find. He sucked me along with his charming smile for an hour and forty minutes as we watch George Valentin’s story slowly spiral downward into a pit of nothingness.

By the end, it was very clear that I had watched a work of art and that, if I felt like it, I could try to root out the deeper meaning behind the story. I didn’t feel like it, of course, but I did understand that writer/director Michael Hazanavicius was really going for something different in this modern age of Hollywood and I appreciate that.

Is The Artist the best movie I’ve ever seen? No. But it was much better than I expected. I’m giving this movie a solid 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. If by chance you’re looking for something to watch on a boring evening I’d recommend this.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 5

Thor has lost a lot over the years. First, he was banished from Asgard and had Mjolnir taken away from him. Secondly, he lost his brother, Loki only to find out that he had lived and was now on a hellbent mission to take over Earth and be “king.” Then he lost his mother to a secret attack from some dark elves. Then he thought he lost Loki yet again in the fight against Malekith! Then he lost his father, Odin, who finally got weak and died which followed him officially losing Mjolnir as his super-evil sister Hela destroyed it. He was forced to watch his home, Asgard, get destroyed. He lost half of his people, watched his best friend, Heimdall die, and watched for the last and final time his brother Loki die. (Oh, and Jane dumped him.)

Thor’s story has not been easy but despite all of this loss he still remained a hero which this post will highlight. Enjoy!

“You Should’ve Gone for the Head.”

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To understand the full scope of Thor’s depression in Avengers: Endgame we have to go back to the end of Infinity War when Thor nearly killed Thanos. He thought he had saved the day, that Thanos had been finished, but his aim wasn’t true, and Thanos would end half of all life despite his greatest efforts.

The guilt and regret that ate away at his very being sent Thor into a downward spiral of deep depression but just when it seems Thor’s fall from glory is absolute he finds a way to pick himself back up and be the hero that we all know him to be. Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 5

Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

Could Jannah and Her Fellow Stormtroopers Have the Force?

A few years ago we were introduced to a character unlike any other in the Star Wars movies, a stormtrooper who became a rebel. Not only was he different than most characters in the franchise but he would wield a lightsaber into battle and have some serious Force-sensitive tendencies.

Since 2016 after having watched The Force Awakens quite a few times I began to wonder, is Finn Force-sensitive? Sure enough, it was confirmed to be the case in The Rise of Skywalker. Now I’m beginning to ask another question; are Jannah and her fellow rebellious stormtroopers also one with the Force? Continue reading Could Jannah and Her Fellow Stormtroopers Have the Force?