Twenty days ago I started a near three-week enduring The Lord of the Rings marathon where I slowly but surely watched all three Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In short, I had a blast. But that led me to want to watch The Hobbit just to remind myself why The Hobbit Trilogy wasn’t as good as The Lord of the Rings films. Of course, I wasn’t going to torture myself and watch all three Hobbit movies. Instead, I went straight to the best installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it was a blaring realization why these movies weren’t nearly as good.
First off, how come we have much better technology nowadays than Hollywood had in the early 2000s’ and yet the CGI looks way worse? Like George Lucas, Peter Jackson got a tad bit lazy and didn’t want to work as hard on the practical effects, electing to rely heavily on CGI. While that is perfectly fine it can be disastrous if the CGI isn’t good–and The Hobbit Trilogy‘s CGI is mediocre–it leaves the film looking terribly artificial. Continue reading The Reasons Why ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t As Good as ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Pop. Pop. Pop. Those were the sounds of gunshots at the private event taking place in Sternberg Palace. Attendants went running for their lives screaming while the harbingers of chaos walked through the museum nonchalantly. Continue reading Captain America: Secret War (EIGHT)
New York City was alive and buzzing in the wee hours of the night as taxi cabs constantly honked up and down the streets and people walked to their various destinations.
Using forged IDs and cash provided by Sharon’s only friend at Deputy Task Force, a man named Baker, she, Steve, and Sam were able to get themselves two rooms in a simple boutique within Downtown New York City.
The day had been long and hectic, as expected, and Sharon Carter should’ve been asleep. Instead, she lied awake in bed gazing at the ceiling, the presence of the vacant space beside her growing stronger. Continue reading Captain America: Secret War (FOUR)
When The Hunger Games train arrived a few years ago I happened to miss it. I didn’t see a single film or read one of the books but today I finally got a chance to see The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I was excited. I knew the movies and books had become somewhat a cultural phenomenon and I wanted to finally know what the hype was all about.
I turned The Hunger Games on, kind of expecting it to be a disappointing movie experience and immediately I was riveted. There was something about the movie that drew me in and got me invested in these characters that I didn’t know but immediately wanted to know.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) was the type of heroine that I love to read in YA novels. She was fierce, unafraid to speak her mind, and unsurprisingly tough and efficient. I immediately liked her.
Peeta was a great character that I grew to like over the course of the movie. He was sweet and kind and I actually started to care about him.
By the time The Hunger Games arrived, I was just as afraid as Katniss at the very thought of the brutal competition. Like I said before, the movie was riveting. It made me cry, it made me gasp, but most importantly it made me happy. I felt relieved to finally see The Hunger Games and to learn that it was actually good.
I’ll give the film a 92 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it that much.
Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: I’ve Seen Half of ‘The Hunger Games’ Series and I’ve Got Mixed Feelings
Ben Solo was in Snoke’s throne room, bowing before the gnarled Supreme Leader with his head bowed.
“You have done well, my apprentice,” Snoke spoke, his booming voice rolling over Ben like a cloak of shadow.
Ben thanked Snoke but his mind was questioning what he was thanking Snoke for. Until he heard the doors to the throne room open behind him and the several pairs of heavy footsteps traipsing in. He stood, turning to see who had entered the premises, and found none other than his Knights of Ren holding Rey between them. They threw her bloodied and battered body to the floor. Ben’s eyes widened.
Rey was still alive, but barely.
“Now, heir of Lord Vader, end her miserable life. Only then will you truly be a master of the Dark Side.”
Ben’s lightsaber ignited and he stepped forward, nearing Rey. She looked up at him, her face swollen and bruised.
“Ben?” she uttered weakly.
His arm rose and fell downward.
Continue reading The Chosen One: Chapter Sixteen