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My Review of Logan

Logan has been out on Digital and Blu-Ray for several weeks now and I’ve been waiting to finally see it. Leading up to its premiere in theaters I was excited about it. The first trailer was amazing and always gave me chills when I watched it. And then as it got closer to the movie coming out I was hoping it would be good. I didn’t end up getting to see it in the movies but I wanted to see it at home. Now, unfortunately, I had already learned that (Spoiler Alert! Do not read any further if you don’t want to know what happens in this movie) Logan ended up dying in the film which was shocking considering that Jack Hughman had been playing the character, Wolverine since I think 2000. That made me want to see the movie even more.

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Wonder Woman Is The New Hero of the DC Universe

It’s been twelve days since Wonder Woman hit theaters and eight days since I saw it last Tuesday. Last week I wrote a spoiler-free post about the movie. Now that it’s been out for nearly two weeks I think that’s it time for me to truly speak my opinion about the movie, spoilers and all. And so if you haven’t watched the movie I must warn you, there will be major spoilers throughout this post. I hope you enjoy.

My Favorite Moments of the Movie

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One of the reasons I loved this movie so much is because of the incredible action. Wonder Woman already let her presence be known in Batman vs. Superman but this movie really displayed her power and sweet moves. My first favorite scene was when all of the female Amazonian warriors led by Diana’s aunt fought the invaders of Themyscira on the beach. It was breathtakingly incredible. The sight of seeing an all female, strong army was like something out of a dream. And even though there was so much slow motion I didn’t even care. In fact it slightly enhanced the action scenes. When it was over I was already blown away by the movie, and it wasn’t even close to over!

The next scene that blew me away was when Diana Prince crossed No Man’s Land. It was such a powerful moment seeing a woman be in that heroic position instead of a man as always that I was literally almost in tears. And then the action coupled with her fun theme music was epic! I was watching with a stunned expression because it was just so incredible. I already liked Wonder Woman but now I love Wonder Woman.

My Least Favorite Moment

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As good as this movie was there were some mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes was the romance between Steve Trevor and Diana Prince. Now I’m okay with them having a love story but it led to one of the biggest flaws to the entire movie, the final battle between Wonder Woman and the god Ares. Now I loved the surprise factor they provided with the senator actually being the villain but that’s not what was wrong with the fight between the god and goddess. The battle led up to Wonder Woman being helpess and not powerful enough to defeat Ares for the worst twist of the movie to happen. It all came down to Steve Trevor blowing himself up in a plane stuffed with explosives for Diana to be strong enough to beat Ares. That’s not how I imagined Diana becoming the stern, powerful hero she is in Batman vs. Superman. It was actually kind of devestating to find out it took a man for her to be who she is. That completely contradicts with the whole purpose of the movie. That meant Steve was really the hero because if it wasn’t for him she might’ve given in to Ares’ evil wishes. And that is clearly a huge flaw of the entire movie.

Did I get a little teary when it did the small flashback and Steve told Diana he loved her, yes? It still was an unneccesary twist of the movie I didn’t appreciate. And here’s the perfect example to truly show how they could’ve done things differently.

When Rey faced Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens did she need to see Finn get hurt for her to find the inner strength to defeat him? No. She found a way, by herself, to beat Kylo Ren. And that’s why she is such an incredible character and role model to girls. She didn’t need a man to make her strong.

The Things The Movie Did Get Right

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First of all this was the first DC film to actually incorporate humor into the movie successfully. One of the reasons Marvel is such a success is because of the humor in their movies. Now Ant-Man took the humorous aspect a little too far for me but lots of people liked it. Batman vs. Superman and Man of Steel were bashed however for being too dour and people didn’t like it. I found myself chuckling a lot throughout Wonder Woman yet it never waned from being an epic movie.

I also really loved the message it sent, that love is stronger than hate. It was beautiful, especially in this day and age when so many terrible things happen on a daily basis. If more people could hear that message maybe the world could be a better place.

And the cinematography was great. Patty Jenkins did a superb job and kept the look epic throughout the entire movie. I’m so happy a female directed movie about a female superhero is now the best film in the DC Universe so far.

The movie, from a scale of 1 to 100, is a 93. If you haven’t watched it I highly urge you to go see it. You will not be dissapointed in the slightest, even with its few flaws.

Well that’s my post. It’s been a blast to write and I thank you for reading it. Now the next superhero film is Spider-Man: Homecoming and I’m excited to see it this July. I’m hoping it will be as good as this one.

A Spoiler-Free Review of Wonder Woman

I have just recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie and I’m proud to say…it was awesome!!! Now as a young woman for years I have had to watch men be the heroes. Yeah, there were a few women around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but they weren’t the ones to save the day. They were just part of the team and would probably never get their own movie. That’s why Star Wars has been so much fun to watch. When the galaxy needed saving I had the pleasure watching Jyn and Rey kick butt, take care of themselves, and be important role models to everyone around the world. In the superhero world, there weren’t any super powerful women. And even though Wonder Woman appeared briefly in Batman vs. Superman she still was just a sidekick, a part of a team. Well, she isn’t anymore. She is now front and center and is the new hero of superhero movies throughout Marvel and DC Comics.

I have to say, I was a little skeptical. When I saw all of the raving reviews I was excited but not convinced. What if these reviewers were saying it was good but really it was actually kind of terrible? What if was good to some people but I wouldn’t like it? I’m so happy that wasn’t the case. From the very beginning, I was engaged.

Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira was breathtakingly serene and gorgeous. The story was engaging. And the Amazonians were amazing. They were diverse, strong, beautiful women who were ready to fight and defend themselves at any moment. It was amazing looking around the fictional world and seeing only women. There weren’t any men anywhere! I was beaming inside.

Then Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, showed up and everything took a turn for the worse (and I don’t mean that in a bad way.) There was an epic battle upon the beach of Themyscira full of butt-kicking women, bows and arrows, and horses. Did I say it was epic? After the action sequence, Diana began to follow her destiny and her story truly began.

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There were many awe-inspiring moments. One, in fact, was when she had to face a battalion of soldiers and it was so incredible it nearly brought me to tears. The visuals of seeing a woman be that powerful and that heroic is something I have never seen before in a movie. She jumped into the fray against all odds, her male companions had to follow her advance, it truly was a beautiful sight. And the choreography was very impressive. It was so fluid and perfect that I just have to applause Patty Jenkins for the incredible job that she did. I can tell she really put her heart and soul into this movie.

I enjoyed the fact that there was actually humor in the film. DC has been getting a lot of backlash for having overly serious, dour movies. I was glad to see them incorporate humor without it feeling forced or worse, for the movie to actually not be funny.

Now the movie isn’t perfect. There were a lot of cliches and slightly predictable moments. One of my least favorite aspects of the movie was the romance between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor.

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Yes, I understand they’re supposed to have a love story and I know every DC Comics movie has one but I just felt that it was a little forced. The relationship between her and Steve didn’t seem realistic, it slightly dampened the strength of Diana, and if felt kind of unnecessary at times. Take Rogue One, for example, Jyn and Cassian could’ve easily had a love story but there wasn’t one because it would’ve been unnecessary and would’ve felt forced. That’s why when they died at the end of the film it was actually sad because they had literally just realized they liked each other. When Steve and Diana’s relationship comes to a crossroads I didn’t really care. I had no empathy for the two and was actually very glad about how things turned out. And I am a very sappy person. I’m a fan of love stories so when you mess up one I definitely feel a little offended.

The message the movie sent, however, was very profound and very important to the world we live in now. After all of these terrorist attacks and just crazy things happening it’s nice to go watch a movie that refills you with the hope that there’s something good in this world. And what mother or father doesn’t want to take their daughter to an empowering movie about a powerful woman overcoming some of the greatest odds.

Now if you’re wondering whether it’s appropriate for your children it totally is. There is an awkward conversation about procreation between Diana and Steve, Chris Pine is nude at one point, and there is an intimate kissing scene but besides that, the movie is perfectly okay.

And I’m happy to say there is a plot twist in the movie. One thing I love is when I try to figure out how a movie is going to end and something entirely different happens.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable film that you should definitely take the time to see. Out of a 100, I’ll give it a 93. It’s only because there were some considerable flaws that just couldn’t be overshadowed by the epicness of Wonder Woman in action. It’s undoubtedly the best DC movie so far, without question. And it is the best DC film since The Dark Knight. I’m definitely going to get it on Digital HD when it’s available just to at least watch the action scene on the beach and Wonder Woman in action on loop.

Well, that’s my post. I hope when you watch it you’ll enjoy as much as I did. And to all women and girls, Girl Power!

 

My Review of The Great Wall

As you probably have noticed from my site I love movies. There are some films however that I happen to miss when they come out in the movie theaters and I have to wait until they’re available on Digital or Blu-Ray. Well, this was one of those movies.

When it debuted its first trailer last year it was met with a ton of backlash, and deservingly so. The trailer portrayed that this was going to be a movie about a Caucasian man played by Matt Damon of all people who, somehow, was on the Great Wall and was obviously the savior of the entire Asian race. It was a very bad way to advertise the movie and ended up killing any chances of the movie becoming profitable. It was so bad that I don’t think I saw any heavy advertising for the movie until a couple of weeks before the movie came out. And Matt Damon seemed to be very absent. He was barely on any late night shows and he was definitely not in any entertainment magazines. When the movie was coming out I had no desire to watch it. I instead wanted to see The Lego Batman Movie which ended up being a very dry, very boring, not-that-funny hour and thirty minutes movie that felt like it was taking forever to finish.

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So a few weeks ago The Great Wall was available to watch on Google Play and craving a new movie I decided to rent it and see if it was good or not. I came into the movie thinking it was going to be just a tad bit more enjoyable than Assassin’s Creed which would mean it would be a pretty awful movie. As soon as the movie started I immediately noticed the cinematography was extremely impressive. It grasped my attention because it was so beautiful. I still was watching the movie however with the notion that it was going to be terrible and would annoy me somewhere down the road. Well, to my great surprise, it didn’t.

First of all Matt Damon’s character William and his rascally friend (I can’t remember his friend’s name) were men looking for gunpowder. That’s why they were all the way over at the Great Wall. I wish they had advertised that when the movie had been coming out because it would’ve made people a little less upset.

Secondly, the movie was gorgeous. It was so beautiful that all I could do was watch the film in stunned awe. Let me give you a mental picture of one of the early sequences in the movie. Think of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the epic battle between the humans and uruk-hai at Helms Deep near the end of the movie. If you have watched the incredible fantasy flick you will remember how the elves and men waited upon the wall before the battle began. Well, think of that epic setting except there aren’t elves. It’s instead a beautiful array of colorfully segmented squads in the Chinese army who have different objectives in battle. And their armor is stunning. Long capes, beautifully engraved armor, striking helmets and wonderfully designed weapons. I was shocked.

Thirdly the story wasn’t bad. It was predictable, yes, but it was enjoyable. Matt Damon was, of course, the main hero but it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. You could say he was really a co-star alongside the powerful, very awesome female warrior Commander Lin. I have no idea why more people didn’t talk about her character. At a time when people want more diversity and leadership roles for women in movies, I’m surprised no one didn’t praise the movie for at least that much. And (there’s a minor spoiler alert ahead) she ended up becoming General of the army due to some unfortunate circumstances. It’s really sad that no one said anything about her and her very important role in the movie.

Was this the best movie I’ve ever seen? Of course not. It was however much better than I anticipated and I think if you’re bored and you want a movie to watch this is one to see. In fact, I’m giving the movie a B+, that’s how consistent and fun the movie was to watch. I even watched it for a second time the next day because there were things I wanted to see again.

I’ll be writing a review about the new Wonder Woman movie within the week and you won’t want to miss it. Until then thank you for reading my post and have a wonderful day.

 

 

My Introduction to the ALIEN Franchise

A couple of weeks ago ALIEN: Covenant entered theaters and because of this I became very curious about the movie that started this frightening franchise. Now my first encounter with the horrific specimen wasn’t in the form of the movie. It instead was because of a game. A few years ago I obtained Mortal Combat X for my wonderful XBOX One. Through the months the game introduced new characters and one of them happened to be Alien. Now when I saw this terrifying creature I was excited. It was a new character to play on the fighting game and I am proud to say I am very good at him. I had no idea I was playing with a character that sparked sci-fi minds around the world and inspired a generation of creators who want to make anything remotely scary with aliens whether it be a movie or a game. When I found out it was a movie character I was definitely intrigued but I wasn’t completely interested in watching the film. Then I saw this new ALIEN flick coming out this May and my curiosity began to boil.

I didn’t want to see the new one because it didn’t excite me but I really wanted to see the original. I was told it was scary but I didn’t know it was going to be just as frightening as it was. When the movie came on I have to admit I was starting to get a little sleepy. The futuristic music and the quiet of the movie were very soothing. Even when they got to the planet I was still a little tired in the eyes. And then…that thing jumped on that guy’s face! After that, the movie captured me with its very disturbing and disgusting and horrific situations. I can’t tell you how much that alien parasite freaked me out. If I see any bug with creepy legs like that I’m going to be messed up. It’s going to take a while for the image of that parasite on that man’s face to get out of my mind.

Because this truly was a horror/sci-fi film things had to get worse. I watched that movie in wide-eyed terror. The crew was dropping like flies, the scientist Ash was an evil robot which was horrifying, and the ALIEN just kept showing up!

When that movie ended I understood why Sigourney Weaver is an icon still to this day. Her character, Ripley, is one of the bravest, toughest women I’ve ever seen in movies. She was afraid because who wouldn’t be. She was sane enough though to take command when everyone else was freaking out and strong enough to fight the Alien when it threatened her life.

The special effects for the 1979 film were stupendous. It’s 2017 and it still looks great. Yes a few things didn’t look real but nearly everything looked better than some stuff you’ll see in movies today (like Fantastic Beasts.)

And the director, Ridley Scott, is a genius. The way he moved the camera down the halls of that dark ship ever so slowly had me terrified. He truly captured the terrifying aspect of having a hostile alien life form on board a ship in the middle of space. I had watched some of his other movies like the Best Picture Winning Gladiator which is one of my favorite films and the Oscar-Nominated The Martian in 2015 but ALIEN was a whole other beast. It, to me, is his best work. What he did to the psyche was phenomenal. I can’t imagine the poor individuals in 1979 who went to go see it in the movies. I’m sure they had a long night.

ALIEN was so enjoyable I watched it again the next day because I was sure I had missed some information in the movie and it was still terrifying. It was actually kind of worse because I knew what was coming.

Because ALIEN was so good I decided I wanted to see the second one because I just wanted to know how they could possibly make another one. When I saw that the title was ALIENS I was already mortified. I watched the movie and I can say it was okay. I liked that it helped answer some questions I had from the first one and I liked the concept of the story. It was very obvious that Ridley Scott was no longer directing the movie. The mind behind the film was instead James Cameron, the director of fantastic movies such as Terminator, Rambo, and Avatar. And it was so apparent. It was a much more militaristic style film, there was more action than just suspenseful demises of unfortunate victims, and the look was much crisper and straightforward.

The movie was scary at times but it never reached the level of terror that the first one did. And it was very long. It felt like a rollercoaster that just doesn’t seem to end. It’s like when you go around that bend and you think the ride is over and then it tosses you somewhere else. That’s what ALIENS felt like by the end. I was ready for the movie to be over fifteen minutes before it was. It wasn’t terrible though. If I had to rank it from F to A+ I’d give it a B+. The first one is clearly a perfect film, it doesn’t need to be ranked. To truly understand the differences between the two films ALIEN was a horror/sci-fi film whereas ALIENS was a slightly scary action movie.

I’m so glad to say I’ve finally seen it. I loved that each movie was so good it didn’t need any inappropriate content. There was harsh language which is completely understandable and lots and lots of violence. And if ALIEN: Covenant happens to be good I’ll totally watch it when it’s available on Digital.

Thank you for reading my post and I hope you have a great day.

What I Think About the Bonus Features of Rogue One

I loved Rogue One. It was and still is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe. When I got it on DVD I immediately rushed to the bonus features because who doesn’t want to know how this beautiful movie was made? Some of the features were really fun to watch and gave me some incredible insight into how the movie was made while others were just okay. On that note let me talk about these features.

My Favorite Bonus Features

There were a few features that I really loved.

Visions Of Hope: The Look of Rogue One

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One of the reasons why Rogue One was such an amazing film was because of the visuals. From Krennic’s shuttle flying over the black sand beaches of the planet where the Ersos were hiding to the Death Star eclipsing the sun over Jedha. It was an incredibly stunning movie that still has me shaking my head in wide-eyed wonder so of course it comes as no surprise that this was my favorite feature. I loved learning the inspiration behind the movie’s gorgeous designs and how they created the classic Yavin 4 base.

The Princess and the Governor

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One of the biggest surprises of Rogue One was the CGI revival of Governor Tarkin and the digitalized young Princess Leia. Yes they weren’t perfect but they were good enough to pass as human around real people. It was fascinating learning how they digitally recreated these iconic characters. First of all, for Leia to have only one scene in the entire movie it took months of work for them to have her look perfect for the film. Secondly watching them CGI Tarkin’s face onto the actor’s face was jaw dropping. It’s truly amazing what people can do these days with computers. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a new era of boundaries for where these Star Wars stories can go.

The Empire

 

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The Empire are really frightening in this movie. This is the one Star Wars film that displays their incredible menace at the fullest. One thing behind their scary demeanor is their look. It was fun to learn how they came up with designs for the Death Troopers as well as other things. That was another interesting feature.

The Not-So-Great Features

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The seven other features were enjoyable but not memorable. I came away from the bonus features wishing I would’ve learned so much more such as how they created the Battle on Scarif. There was so much work that went into those final forty or so minutes of the movie there’s no way they didn’t have behind-the-scenes footage of it. I learned more on Flipboard about how they made Rogue One than the bonus features which is very unfortunate. And don’t get me started about the missing deleted or extended scenes.

In comparison The Force Awakens’ bonus features were wonderful. They gave a lot of information I would’ve never known. Their features were all over seven minutes long. They did have deleted scenes, all of which were really fun to watch. Their bonus features were so good in fact that I have watched them more than once and I’ll probably watch them again in the near future.

It still is nice to have Rogue One on DVD to watch over and over again. It’s a gorgeously made film that has raised the bar impressively high for any Star Wars stories that follow it. Whether or not the bonus features were that great you should still watch them. It’s an hour and two minutes of decent information that only makes the movie that much better.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. In a few days the Star Wars Celebration will start and the teaser for The Last Jedi will be released. I am so excited! Be sure to read my post about the new teaser trailer. You won’t want to miss it. Thank you and May the force be with you!