Looking Back: My Reaction to ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Six hours ago Avengers: Endgame ended. As the credits started rolling and I walked out of that theater I had to contain my composure and not break down balling as I left the theater. Yes, I was crying a waterfall of tears…literally. My eyes were so red from all of the crying I was doing that, according to my wonderful sister, they were about the same color as my red lipstick. No joking.

This movie got to my emotions so many times but literally the last scene, well, it was quite a doozy.

Avengers: Endgame is definitely a beautiful homage to all of the Marvel films that have come before in the MCU. If you’re not familiar with some of the movies in the MCU, Endgame is going to leave you baffled and a slight bit confused because there’s SO much going on. I mean, it was fan service at its finest.

Throughout the movie I found myself laughing, cheering, clapping, but most of all crying. There was a certain portion of the film that was so jaw-droppingly fantastic that I literally cried for I think two-three minutes straight. It was that awesome.

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My Review of ‘Doctor Zhivago’

I just watched Doctor Zhivago, another of David Lean’s (he directed Lawrence of Arabia) great works over the course of two nights, and as the film came to a resounding conclusion I felt, for the first time, absolutely confused. My emotions were in a roil, I didn’t know whether to cry or to be happy about what the film’s ending implied. All I knew was that I had seen another David Lean masterpiece.

Doctor Zhivago would ultimately lose Best Picture to The Sound of Music and I absolutely agree with that choice. Doctor Zhivago is an epic romance of two forbidden lovers who juggle their affection for one another through the throes of World War I and the October Revolution.

Unlike most movies that feature moments of joy and sometimes sadness, Doctor Zhivago never fully brightens. The story only gets worse and worse and worse until, by the end, you’re slightly depressed. Just slightly.

Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif and Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie really grab this story by the reins and help guide it to a place where you are intrigued in both of their stories rather than being bored with the various scenarios.

I’m so glad I watched this film and I’m very excited to see more David Lean movies in the future, namely The Bridge on the River Kwai which should be another great experience.

I’m giving this movie 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it definitely has its lovable qualities, namely David Lean’s extraordinary directorial vision which, after Doctor Zhivago, is personally one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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

What’s Your Favorite X-Men Movie?

I’ve, lately, been on a serious X-Men binge-watch session and with two of the recent X-Men titles dropping on Disney+, it seems that Disney is starting to highlight the heroic mutants and their stories in the vast universe that encompasses Marvel Studios, Star Wars, the Avatar franchise, and now even the Peter Jackson franchise.

There have been plenty of X-Men movies over the last two decades but of these films which is your favorite? Here’s the list.

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In 2000, the X-Men were brought to the big screen in rewarding fashion, delivering a story and ensemble cast that felt true to the characters and the comic book material. Plus, with Ian McKellen playing Magneto and Patrick Stewart playing Professor X, it was destined to be awesome. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite X-Men Movie?