Both Official Spider-Man Homecoming Trailers!!

Beautiful footage that can only make us want more. This trailer radiator steam!

And here’s the international with even more amazing footage. Spider-Man may just win 2017 for the people!

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Doctor Strange Movie Review Podcast

Doctor Strange has officially made it past opening weekend and there is plenty of buzz surrounding how good this film really is. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it one of Marvel’s best? Find out here as this guy reviews one of the hottest comic book films of 2016!!! Disagree? Agree? Drop some comments. Let’s Talk!

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Creative Space: A Letter to the Ambitious Creative

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Deep down inside of you there is a fire that burns and from the outside looking in, that fire may seem like it is out of control. Wild, even. But you know exactly what it burns for. You may not know why, but it is the source by which you create and create well. Your parents probably hate that you do not care about the medical field as much as you do for your passions, but to you, that does not really matter because you are a creative, you know it, and you will not allow that to be taken from you.

As a creative, you realize that you have a lot to give and you feel the weight of people not quite appreciating that. It is not a complaint, just awareness, so you work harder and harder to get people to notice your work and your talent. You have put your time and effort into what you have made and wish that others could see that instead of picking it apart because it is a little bit different than the standard. Sometimes that makes you wonder if being a creative is worth the comments you get from people when it comes to your art.

As a creative, you fall into a niche that many claim, but not many are a part of. You are in love with art, genuinely, and not just yours. You write, but can see the abstract techniques that a dancer uses while in their element. Or you sing, but love how a cinematographer can create a tone that makes a film go from good on paper to great on-screen. Or You might draw. You might be a print-maker. You might blow glass. Whatever it is, it reminds you to be grateful for the demographic you fall in and all that comes with it.

You know there is a reason for this. The same feeling you get when your hands have made something is the same feeling you get when watching another creative excel in their craft. It is an atmosphere produced that you cannot fully explain. There is an undrainable energy birthed by either your craft or another’s. And there is a reason.

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God has given us all something that can be called creative space. It goes beyond this imaginary “box” that most people say we do or do not need to be inside of. This creative space is not something that is necessarily a box at all or any shape at that matter. It is literally a space. It is a place that resembles the proverbial “lane” made specifically for us, but unlike a lane, there are not only two directions we can go and it often overlaps with another’s.

And though our creative spaces are different, they all intertwine in some way, hence the exuberance you feel when a work of art that you have had no part in can touch you inside your soul unlike anything else. No matter what we create, we cannot do it entirely alone nor were we meant to. Embrace that. That is a gift that is unlike any other. Though some people will not understand it or try to suppress it, you are an artist, and you create based on the passion for art that lies within you. THAT is your space. It is a part of you because God wanted YOU to be the creative you are at this very moment. Your creative space makes you unique. You were given YOUR mind and YOUR hands and YOUR innermost desires because there were things meant for you to create now. You may not even know what that even means for you, but that should not stop you.

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Being a creative is hard. Sometimes it does not pay well if at all (in some cases). Sometimes it takes years for you to come to grips with the fact that something more technical is not a part of your purpose. That is incredibly uncomfortable, but the sooner we understand that it is coherent with our destiny, the more of who we really are and what makes our heart beat can be found in the things that we create.

So for you, the creative, who may be discouraged or simply tired of not fitting into the world’s standards of who you should be or what you should be doing, remember this. You were given a creative space and blessed with the opportunity to be a creative in this age because God intended you to create in a time such as this one. Keep your head up and do not stop creating. It is what you were made for.

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To Hoechlin Or Not To Hoechlin?

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Ladies and Gentleman, the CW has given us our new television Superman! Clark Kent will come to life thanks to Tyler Hoechlin, a relative unknown except for that time that he starred in Teen Wolf. His casting announcement was followed by one important question: to Hoechlin or not to Hoechlin?

There is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding this news as Smallville, which featured the last television version of Superman (also on the same network), left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans. Now Hoechlin has big boots to fill, literally, due to the great expectations many place on this role.

The swirl of comments flooding this announcement is very similar to this guy’s: 

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Remember him? Remember how the internet broke when the world learned that this Glee cast member was being casted as the beloved Barry Allen/Flash? Now, with Grant Gustin at the helm of The Flash, it has become THE best superhero themed television show to exist and arguably, ever. Supergirl and our new Superman deserve the same chance to be great. They have found their way on a network that is now known for its comic book themed television. And yes, it is scary to give such an iconic role to someone who is unproven to most to portray the Superman character and do it justice, but as stated before, Grant took the role of Barry Allen and ran with it (no pun intended) and made it great.

Tyler Hoechlin has the tools and the look to be a good Superman on television. He definitely has the look. He is absolutely YOKED. It is an unsaid requirement that Superman has to be that way. Tyler YOKElin certainly fits the bill:

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Aside from that, he has the acting ability and onscreen presence to sell both Clark Kent and Superman as men with completely different roles that share the same life. IF you have seen any Teen Wolf, there should be no doubt that he can split roles. And with the campy and lighthearted feel that Supergirl tends to have and with CW heading up production, Hoechlin has the ability to take this role under their direction and bring a character that has lacked a lot of depth and give it layers. Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen has exceeded expectations. Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen has exceeded expectations. We have to believe that the current trend of CW establishing main comic book characters will continue with Tyler Hoechlin’s interpretation of Clark Kent.

Before freaking out, let’s give Hoechlin a chance. He may just surprise us all.

 

Batman: The Killing Joke – The Good and the Ugly Review.

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For years, people have been clamoring for Alan Moore’s (writer) and Brian Bolland’s (artist) classic story The Killing Joke to come to life on film. This iconic and classic tale solidifies what many believe is the first definitive origin story for Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker. DC pulled out all the stops as they casted Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to reprise their former roles as Batman and the Joker, the two characters they made famous in what is known as one of the best animated adaptions of Batman to exist, Batman: The Animated Series. Tara Strong and Ray Wise pull up the rear as they voice the daughter-father tandem of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and Commissioner Gordon.

This film has received nothing short of mixed reactions, but the fact remains, it has earned the indecisiveness of its viewers as they were met with interesting creative choices that literally split this film in half. Here is where we review the good and the ugly:

Good: Voice Talent

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It is absolutely undeniable that the vocal acting was the real star of this film. Regardless of the feelings that accompanied certain areas of this movie, most scenes were driven by strong actors. Mark Hamill is the real MVP of The Killing Joke. He, like we expected, took control of every scene he was in and made the most of it despite how short his time in the film seemed to be. For those of us who have read the graphic novel, it was incredible to witness Mark Hamill’s dialogue lift every monologue off of the screen and into a place where the viewer could feel his emotion, all of it, whether it was in his origin story or his last moments of the film. He once again showed why he is legendary. Ray Wise, who played Commissioner Gordon, also kept up with bigger names as he had a large part to play sharing space with the likes of Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong. Kevin Conroy seemed a bit sleepy at times, but overall, the vocal talent was a shining plus.

Ugly: The Prologue

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At this point, it is cliché to even mention the prologue as a downside to this movie,  but it has to be discussed. The prologue was a creative choice that did not quite work out, for several reasons. Tara Strong did the best she could with her material, but it was not her performance that caused this to backfire. In a way, Batgirl seemed incompetent. She was poised against a two-bit, one-dimensional villain with a ridiculous name, one she could barely handle, which ultimately made her look absolutely average. It played up to the “woman need big man” caveman-esque philosophy that really hurt the depth of this character, no matter how complicated she was portrayed to be. With the understanding that Batgirl needed to be given some source material in order to not seem like a standard plot device, they ended up making her seem rather childish, needy, and weak especially when looking at the man that she shared an onscreen relationship with. It set a relatively stereotypical image that many heroic women characters have been able to stray away from as of late.

Good: The Last Half of the Movie

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Near the middle of the movie, The Killing Joke really begins as the film people were raving to see finally arrives. This movie stops feeling like Batgirl: The Killing Joke, and gets a full head of steam. The Joker makes his way into the movie and the energy instantly shifts. The graphic novel takes shape in cinema form thus becoming a word-for-word adaption until the very end. After having to wait far too long, the extra exposition is over and fans can begin hearing the voices behind what they could only imagine for years. The Killing Joke attacks this story hard and with passion, regaining its identity once again as the cult-classic many comic fans have known it to be. Not much really has to be said as the last half of this movie stand on its own two feet and with authority. This half of the movie separates itself from first half making one consider the idea that it would have been better off by itself.

Ugly: The R-Rating

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In order to spare the general public of a full-blown rant, I will just say this. The buzz surrounding the r-rating was costly and for lack of a better term, pointless. It soured people on what they actually got in the movie which was not THAT much, honestly, not compared to what an r-rating actually means for something expected to be graphic. There was that red stuff, a few cuss words, sexual innuendos, a little skin, and slight hinting of a sexual encounter. On paper, that really does seem like a lot, but visually, it was not. The movie would have been far better off with a lesser tv rating instead of the r-rating that began to seem more like a marketing campaign rather than a reality. The Killing Joke was not as brutal or as graphic as it was portrayed or marketed to be, enforcing why it was met with such mixed reactions and criticism in that regard.

Bonus Ugly: Batman/Batgirl Relationship

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Fifteen minutes into the film and the relationship between Bruce and Barbara is already weird. ALREADY. WEIRD. FIFTEEN MINUTES. Among the noticeable things that just felt wrong was the age gap. Love can be found in spite of age, but the combination of teacher/student and man/girl (not woman, but girl, for a reason) felt off. Them being from two different worlds did not help. It felt forced and pushed together just to make their relationship more complicated than it really had to be. And with Barbara being portrayed in way that made her feel very close to college, if not IN college and Bruce being portrayed in way that made him feel like he has been around well before her time, not to mention being good friends with her dad, their entire physical relationship was an awkward direction for them to go. (I know there is comic precedent for this, but this story is a stand-alone and does not make it less weird). It did have a deeper purpose which did help push the original story a little bit more which leads us to…

Bonus Good: Batman/Batgirl Relationship – The reason that this is included in the good section is because though this was a strange, this relationship made Batman’s connection to Joker that much stronger. His hunt for the Joker became much stronger because of how he felt toward Barbara (which was completely unaddressed, just implied). It adds another layer to the original story which makes Barbara’s injury more personal, and as stated before, not a plot device. It forced Batman’s fight to extend beyond people and the dangers of the Joker and made it for a person. An emotional quest that Batman rarely entertains and consistently separates himself from. It gave more substance to Batman’s quest and gave the viewer more reason to latch on to the climax of the story.

Super Ultra Bonus Ugly – Paris Franz though? I  mean did they even try?

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I do not know if I would advise paying hard-earned money to go see this…sorry DC, but if you want to see the classic graphic novel come to life, take the leap! Who knows, you may find it worth it!

Relax! Brie Larson Will Not Disappoint As Captain Marvel.

Rumors began to run rampant as Marvel seemed to hit its stride in casting announcements. Every role imagined was being filled except for one: Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Who would be playing her? Who was even worthy of playing her? Fans began talking and there was one name that was consistently coming up. Ronda Rousey was considered the leading lady by most as people went as far as to photoshop her essence into Captain Marvel attire and passionately petition for her to have the role.

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Marvel had other plans. News outlets started reporting that they had someone else in mind. Someone a little more obscure. Someone who had proven herself, but only to those who were literally paying close attention. At Comic-Con in San Diego, the truth was uncovered and Brie Larson took the stage and confirmed that her talks with Marvel were more than just talk. We can now call her “Cap” and get ready for her to bring that character to life in 2018, but WHO is Brie Larson? I know some of you are thinking, “Why does that name sound so familiar?”

Maybe this will jog your memory.

Envy Adams – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Molly – 21 Jump Street

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And for the real movie watchers, Joy – Room

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Brie Larson was not necessarily on the top of the list when people thought of Captain Marvel, but despite the reluctant acceptance of her new role, there is a reason we can all rest easy and relax in the casting system that Marvel has made a name off of.

I think that we can all agree that Marvel Studios has a track record for two things. One, they have become elite when it comes to matching actors with their hero doppelgänger. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are two shining examples of that. Without them, it is really hard to imagine anyone else playing those two roles, almost as if Tony Stark and Steve Rogers could not exist without the two. And two, Marvel has become elite in giving star power to relatively obscure actors in the mainstream world. Paul Rudd (obscure to millennials to say the very least) and Chris Pratt (obscure to anyone who isn’t a millennial and did not watch Parks and Recreation) prove that Marvel has a plan when they facilitate awkward castings. Because of them, Star Lord (Peter Quill) and Ant-Man (Scott Lang), two characters many never thought they would see on the silver screen have become household franchises in the superhero genre.

Brie Larson has legitimate acting chops and she has more than proven herself and the range that she has. Captain Marvel, for some reason, seems to hold the same place in the eyes of people in the comic book realm. Both may not be the most popular, but they definitely have their place and have the ability to push the average fan to appreciate their presence. Larson, as mentioned before, shows incredible range. Her portrayal as Envy in Scott Pilgrim shows an aggressive, but also quirky, captivating character that wields our attention immediately. Joy, in the independent film Room, shows that she has tremendous potential as a mainstay actor for many years to come. She delivers arguably her best performance as a young mother, trapped in an abusive relationship, away from the society she once knew all while trying to protect her son from the evils of the world and own personal life. The diversity in those roles alone should give any fan of the Marvel cinematic universe a reason to find comfort in her talents. [If you have the time, watch them. They are both great movies].

Captain Marvel is a character that needs diversity. It needs someone who can be serious and aggressive enough to don the mantle and command attention from her audience. It needs someone who can be zany and quirky enough to keep up with the likes of a person like Peter Quill. It needs someone who can be fun, charming, and relatable and not seem so out of touch with our reality. It needs someone who has already proven to show these traits in their actual life. These are all things we can pull from Larson so before we freak out and fill the internet and our conversations with worry, understand that Marvel knows exactly what they are doing. They have given us no reason to doubt them.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with Brie Larson and her films so you can see that we are in good hands and relax! She will not disappoint as Captain Marvel.

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3 Reasons Power Rangers Needs A Trailer…NOW!

In a season where constant movie news and trailers are being released, nowhere to be found is footage of any kind from Power Rangers.

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Power Rangers has played on the heart-strings of eager 80’s and 90’s babies. It is among the pinnacle of nostalgia for them, who grew up watching the then revolutionary television show and eventually, movies. Anyone can type in “Power Rangers” in google and see it littered with articles and pictures teasing its return. Despite that, bringing up Power Rangers now is met with tremendous moans and lengthy complaints because of one monumental element missing: a trailer and any sign of one coming soon. That is a bad, not just from the casual fans who watch movies on their own volition, but from those who righteously follow films of this nature. Interest is slipping quickly, and without anything for fans to lay their eyes on, here’s why:

No Trailer, No Buzz: Simply put, teasers and trailers are necessary for this reason alone – they keep people talking. Conversations about films, especially after the release of a teaser or a trailer, create an atmosphere around a product that remains intact even until the next trailer. They play a part in getting people excited about what’s to come. Word-of-mouth is still in the promotion business and still a staple in effective marketing to this day. When a movie like Power Rangers, which is quickly approaching its release date, still has nothing to show for itself except casting news and pictures, it begins to halt its own progress among fans and leaves them relatively unsatisfied with what they have. This lack of satisfaction from movie-goers can easily lead to contempt (happening as I speak) and even silence, which can make or break a film entirely.
Bottom of the totem pole: There are some major, highly anticipated films in the comic/fantasy genre scheduled for 2017. Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and Spider-Man are a few that take up that mantle. Many of them already have at least a principle teaser out or have taken major strides to keep fans invested and because of that, Power Rangers is at risk of being swept back to the furthest corner of entertainment and given the spot at the bottom of the totem pole. Power Rangers does have a lot of factors on its side. It’s a nostalgia based film. It has newness about it even as a remake and it is something that many were skeptical they would ever see again. The movie has given people a reason to care, but in this generation, it is not enough to just get people to care. They have to be invested for the long haul. Power Rangers is in need of a serious teaser because buzz is starting to die down and fans are becoming too impatient to care each day they have to imagine what this movie offers.
Concerns of Quality: For anyone who follows movies, a huge concern is for the production to not be consistent or timely. That can be costly. And fans want Power Rangers to be something that will give them reasons to leave the theaters satisfied. No one, not even me, wants them to put together poorly produced material for the sake of time, BUT if there was ever a moment to get something out, it is now. People are in a place where they are not sure if they should put too much energy into this film. For Unfortunately, there are questions being asked that are not getting answers. It’s creating a lot of doubt towards the worthiness of this film. Power Rangers is in crisis mode and needs to put something out that is good to let movie-goers know that there is nothing to worry about, that they are up to speed, and that they have everything under control.

Until a trailer of some sort is released, Power Rangers is going to be met with a lot of criticism and rightfully so. It desperately needs one if it intends to compete with the other blockbusters of 2017. While some believe this may be a clumsy attempt to capitalize on fans born in the 80’s and 90’s, this film could very well shape up to be a success and prove that there was a lot of care put into it. Hopefully there is a push for a trailer that will show us a clear indication as to where this movie is headed.Power-Rangers-2017-Movie-Logo-Header-Image-570x285