Doctor Strange Movie Review Podcast Part 2

Doctor Strange is still making its rounds in theaters 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 the Outkasts of Podcasts (Joshua Dairen and Jordan Wright) review (part 2) 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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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