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Strangers’ Inspiration

Once within a midday dream
I heard a man began to sing
In his song, he sang of woe
Against an old, midnight foe
The man knew not the truth behind
The walls he built and doors sublime
But in his heart, he remembered true
A life once known before splitview
So in his mind, he made a song
A story to right every one of those wrongs
But still, his doom continued on
For the night was sent to end that dawn
And the man whose life extended past two
Began with force the truth to construe

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Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Free Review

For those of you who have already seen the shocking Avengers: Infinity War movie, I know what you’re thinking. How in the possible f–k could I give a spoiler-free review on a movie so massive and full of game-changing events? Well, that’s a very good question. And one I certainly will endeavor to answer. For those of you who have not seen the massive team-up event, do not worry, for not a single spoiler I shall breathe. But for those of who have seen the film, I probably will be posting a spoiler review within the next week or so. Now that we’ve flung the formalities to the side, let’s jump right into why Infinity War was a downright amazing movie.

Yes, you read correctly. I thought Avengers: Infinity War was absolutely fantastic. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I saw it twice; in IMAX! Now for some of you, that seems like a breeze, a walk in the park, something that you do not once, not twice, but thrice! But, for me, personally, I do not like the theater. I prefer to watch films from the comfort of my own home where I can laugh as loud as I want, cry as hard as I please, and scream in protest tossing bottles at the screen when heartbreaking moments occur. The only scenario in which I typically attend the theater is when I wish to see a film so desperately that I simply cannot wait for it to stream or hit DVD or Bluray. And I’m happy to say that Avengers: Infinity War was one of those films that I was utterly and compulsively desperate to see. And why shouldn’t I be? It’s the ten-year culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it features way over thirty huge characters! However, despite this load of awesomeness, there were three main things that I enjoyed most about the film.

1. The Balance Of Characters
It’s safe to say that crossover events can easily go wrong. We’ve all seen it happen, and many times, this is due to the fact that there’s simply too much going on and instead of an awe-inspiring team-up, it feels like one giant mess. However, directors Joe and Anthony Russo were able to juggle over thirty top-notch, well-developed characters and what’s more, were able to tell a compelling story that didn’t feel chaotic or messy. With characters like Thor and the Guardians Of The Galaxy meeting up, I was nervous before seeing the film that the story might be stretched too tight with so many things going on. However, by the end of the film, all the characters tied together quite nicely for the final climactic moments. The humor didn’t seem forced or overdone and never once did the story lag because of any of the character’s development. All in all, I found the character’s interaction to be both funny and heartwarming.

2. Staying True To The Comics
I’ll admit it. I’m not a big comic book reader. Or at least I wasn’t until the past couple of months. Recently, I began reading Spawn comic books and it’s safe to say that I’m in love. But in luck, I was able to get my hands on a digital version of Infinity Gauntlet which for those of you who don’t know, is one of Avengers: Infinity War’s greatest inspirations. After completing all six issues of the series, I was blown away by the artful imagery and dialogue and was even more interested in seeing the film. My first time around watching the film (in fabulous IMAX, if I may say again), I was simply blown away at how comic book accurate the film was. Some scenes were literal takeaways from the comics. Not only this, but the film just felt like reading one big comic book. It almost felt as if the directors and writers had simply taken the source material and plastered to a screen for our enjoyment. I was amazed and happy to see that the original creators’ work inspired something so mesmerizing.

3. Actual Stakes
Alright, let’s be honest. Previous Marvel films have been, well… let’s just say slightly anti-climatic. While I still love the previous movies a whole heck of a lot, I knew each time that the heroes would win and the bad guy would lose. It was inevitable. I simply came to expect it and let’s face it, this did make the Marvel Cinematic Universe just the least bit predictable. However, Infinity War completely changed the game by raising the stakes dizzyingly high and setting the heroes against a villain that was truly terrifying. Now I won’t say anything more just so you can enjoy the film for yourself, but I swear to you, the ending of the film was so shocking that the theater remained silent for the entire last half hour of the film. And to me, this finally showed that Marvel Studios was willing to do what it takes in order to bring their cinematic universe to a whole new level.

And that just about wraps that up. For those of you who have not seen the film, I have one thing to say… go see that f—-g movie! And for those of you who have… go see that f—-g movie again! And that’s it. As usual, if there’s something you’d like me to write about or a film or a show you’d like me to review, feel free to let me know in the comments below. And of course, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can receive email updates on my latest posts. But until next time, though, Ceives Out!

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Movies I’m Looking Forward To in 2018

Anyone who hasn’t been living underneath a rock for the past several decades knows that movies are an unbelievably huge part of our American culture. They helped to shape and form many of our childhoods and are still influencing our lives today whether we realize it or not. Every year, new movies come out that redefine or raise the standards of storytelling, and 2018 is no different. With highly anticipated films such as Avengers: Infinity War or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom coming soon, I thought I’d take a look at the movies I’m looking forward to most in 2018. Before we get started, don’t forget to follow me so you can receive email updates of my latest blogs.

1. A Quiet Place – April 6
While I am aware that “A Quiet Place” was released a little over a week ago, I still felt it deserved to be mentioned on this list. I’ve only seen the trailers for it, and everything that I’ve seen so far makes it look like an absolute thrill-ride. The premise of the movie is that this family lives in a post-apocalyptic world in which they must be completely silent in order to hide from super-sonic monsters. The story was by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and was helped brought to life by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The movie itself looks absolutely terrifying which is saying a lot because I don’t typically like horror movies.

2. Avengers: Infinity War – April 27
Avengers: Infinity War is the ten-year culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As if you don’t already know, it promises to feature over seventy characters which should make for some very light-hearted comedy. The film synopsis is as follows;

“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.”

Honestly, you don’t have to say anything else in order to get me anymore hyped up, so I’ll definitely be in the theaters the day this comes out.

3. Deadpool 2 – May 18
The first Deadpool was a huge success bringing in almost 800 million dollars. Now usually I’m not a big fan of R-rated movies mainly because they often depend on profanity and violence to tell their story, and to me, that just doesn’t make a very good movie. However, I was happily surprised with the first installment of the wise-cracking franchise. While there was a rather large amount of profanity, violence, and sexual content, the film first and foremost relied upon its story and character development to get its point across. And to me, that makes a very good movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m equally looking forward to the coming sequel that will be released on May 18.

4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – June 22
There really isn’t much to say when it comes to Jurassic World. It’s Jurassic World with big scary dinosaurs and little scary dinosaurs and all sorts of scary dinosaurs. What else would you want in a movie? For Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Chris Pratt returns to his role along with Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum. The film is directed by J. A. Bayona who is a Spanish film director, so I’m definitely interested to see what kind of an interesting flavor he’ll give the film.

5. Antman & the Wasp – July 6
The first Antman was a huge hit when it first came out and when the trailer for the second installment of the mini-sized superhero hit the internet, I was completely caught-off-guard because I had forgotten that a sequel was even in the works. That being said, I’m still very much looking forward to the film that will be released on July 6.

6. Venom – October 5
Now I’ll probably get some flack for this one, but I’m not mentioning this for popularity’s sake. I’m mentioning this because it genuinely looks like an interesting film. While it may end up slaughtering the comic book character in a big way (which I’m totally against), as a standalone film, it may actually be good. If you’re not looking at this through the lens of a comic book fan and only through the lens of a movie-lover, the movie actually looks rather good especially because it seems to be taking on more of a psychological approach to the character, and I can’t help it if love those types of movies.

There are several other movies coming out this year, but these are the only six that I’m truly interested in. As usual, if there’s something that you’d like to see me write about on the blog, feel free to shoot me an email at twistyceives@gmail.com or contact me on my Facebook or my Twitter. And if there are any films that you’re looking forward to this year that wasn’t mentioned on this list, feel free to let me know what they are in the comments below.

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Just One Day Might

“Please!” She begged and screamed
As I split and broke and died
“Can’t this just be a dream?”
She spoke with eyes that cried
“This isn’t what it seems.”
As my hands her eyes did dry
But in the deepest things
I knew my soul was right
Out of this was birthed a body
A body of sound mind
Out of this was birthed a vision
A vision with hate intertwined
Out of this came an understanding
A thing that made me realize
Out of this came an expanding
Of the place I built from demise
Out of this was birthed a world
A world of truth and lies
A world that broke the premise
A world with love and spies
Out of this, this thing, this hope
I learned the final why
I learned the what and when
Of why I could not fly
I learned in all these secrets
The ones we privatize
That hate, and love, and genius
Are nothing but a prize
The rewards with which we give
The ones we idolize
Is nothing but to relive
A past to which we’re tied
So don’t walk that road so lonely
Don’t live to make one snide
For the monster you water like weeds
Just one day might come to life

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Firsttimer Poli

Once upon a time
I spoke out some things
I committed their crime
As I hung from some strings
I forgot how to cry
So I clipped my wings
It was then that I lost
My spot in the court of kings
Many of us have walked
Down a slope unsavory
And though we have talked
Of ending our slavery
We continue on down
Into the pits of our own
In which we will drown
Mere skin and mere bones
Those of us alive
We tell our stories
We fight and we strive
To escape territory
We pretend we’re alive
To strengthen allegory
When in truth, we continue
Into a place unholy
Alas, it is true
Of one road we partake
There are no two paths
There is simply heartache
None of us are different
We are all alike
In the fact that we hate and we love and we fight
Some stand within
A room of bounty
While others vomit in
A place unsoundly
And yet there are those
Who lived unopposed
Feasting on the division
We wear as our clothes
Them and their jesters
Juggle us on strings
While in deep submission
We clip our own wings
We live as the party, the joke, and the fraud
So a few men can laugh and pretend they are god
But once upon a time
I spoke out some things
This was in the days
When I knew I could sing
I yelled and I jabbered
I burned the circus ring
But the world would not listen
To the lie, they would cling
Perhaps there are a few
Who for truth, they do strive
Perhaps that is you
Who by honor abides
Perhaps, just maybe
You see not with eyes
Perhaps, just maybe
You live to never die
Perhaps in this world
There are those who hate lies
Perhaps there are those
Who enjoy the sunrise
Maybe in luck, there are those who don’t suck
But from what I have seen, they don’t give a fuck

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Why I Disliked Black Panther

Those of you who enjoyed Marvel Studios’ Black Panther are probably wondering what I, a Marvel fan, disliked about your probably new favorite superhero film. Even though the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made over one billion dollars worldwide and has dominated the box office for what seems like forever, I am among the few people who actually did not find the movie to be that entertaining. And honestly, there are only a couple reasons. So without any hesitation, do keep in mind that the following review will contain spoilers.

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While director Ryan Coogler’s different approach to the superhero genre was refreshing and exciting to see, I found the film plot itself to be disappointing and boring. Within the first half of the movie, you know exactly who Kilmonger is and what his intentions are. You are aware of what he plans to do and frankly, the consequences of his oncoming actions were not that terrifying. While the world being brought under Wakandan rule with Kilmonger in the lead certainly created high stakes, the stakes, for me, just weren’t high enough. The only point in which I was genuinely on the edge of my seat was when Kilmonger killed T’Challa. But again, this happened within the first half of the movie. Also, I wasn’t that concerned because Marvel had already released two trailers for the latest Avengers movie in which Black Panther is shown, alive, well, and King. The many threats presented in this film were immediately disarmed because, and I hate to repeat myself here, I had already seen the two trailers for Avengers: Infinity War. Before the movie even started, I was completely expectant of Black Panther’s victory and the only thing that threw me a little off balance was T’Challa’s “death”. One of the few things that kept my interest was Kilmonger’s identity. Yet, within the first half of the movie, his identity is revealed and his intentions understood. For the rest of this supposedly epic adventure, there was just a series of things happening as a result of character’s previous actions. And at the end, Black Panther wins and Kilmonger dies. An ending I saw coming all too soon. Because of this, there seemed to be a missing arch. Something that truly gave the story meaning and definition. Walking away from the theater, literally the only thing you gain is Wakanda emerging from the shadows. And for this reason, I found the plot of the film to be boring and disappointing.

Although, as usual, the special effects and action sequences were larger than life and thrilling, those things equal to nothing if not properly motivated by a good story. Yes, the writing was fantastic as was the actor’s portrayal of the characters. Ryan Coogler took a very different approach, and clearly, it’s paying off. But for me, personally, acting, writing, special effects, directing, and action sequences mean nothing if I’m not caught up in the narrative. And to put it bluntly, I just wasn’t.

One of the few good things I took away from the movie was the unbelievably immersive world of Wakanda. I was so thrilled to finally see a completely different culture on-screen. The dimension and depth of this new civilization was in my opinion, barely explored in the film. And for this reason, I can’t wait for Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther’s upcoming sequel. Finally seeing an all black edition to the MCU’s library of films really tipped the scales in a lot of ways. To me, there simply aren’t enough movies that do justice to that part of our world. So until Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters or Black Panther 2 drops a hot new trailer, I’ll be sitting here eager and hungry for more (hopefully, there’ll be more of an exciting storyline next time).

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27.