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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.

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Girl

This poem is a letter
A single, knowledge setter
The words within will not abetter
They will not free your legs from fetters
That being said
And you being warned
I shall now fall dead
Into a time I once mourned
I shall open this letter
This single, knowledge setter
With an instance in which I was scorned
“No!” Said a man, with anger and rage
“You will not love, you will obey!”
“But what of this girl?” I asked in dismay
For this girl was one I adored
“No!” Said the man.
“No!” He would say
And further, my heart would implore
But the man’s heart was dead
And his head filled with dread
So I whispered to my heart “No more.”
And the beat of it fled
As it fell, torn to shreds
Scattered like dust on the floor
But a hope brought life
As my heart, it revived
Causing my body to soar
This girl, she was right
And her smile, it would light
The gloom of a doomed postwar
Together we walked
And together we talked
Briefly free of the chains on our feet
Together we sought
A life free of fraught
And in secret, we’d secretly meet
Then with a fright
I looked with my sight
At a horizon now made obsolute
I looked to my side
Where she once would abide
My happiness no longer replete
Gone away like the bird
Leaving a winter unheard
She had left, ran away on her feet
And as a wind made of were
Swept me away with a slur
I forgot what I once would recite
So in haste, I renewed
The love I’d subdued
Prepping my light to make bright
But in my stomach, I knew
Her love was askew
That destiny had decided this plight
So I laid it all down
And buried it in the ground
A fate with which I was alright
For my heart, it was healed
As much as it’d yield
And eventually, it would end this fight
And the girl, she would wield
A courage revealed
A courage stronger then might
For in leaving, she sealed
A strength like a shield
That coupled with a sword made of light
And I, now alone
Lived unatoned
For the times I had cried in the night
For these tears made of blood
Would flow like a flood
If my mouth these words not repeat
That I’m sorry, my dear
For the words that once seared
Through your spirit, neat and petite
No longer may I
No matter the why
Say “Hello.” with a nice friendly tweet
For our past is now closed
And we’re now opposed
On the points we once used to greet
Take no offense
I mean you no harm
So please make your anger disarmed
No matter our lies
I see with my eyes
That the world is lost and alarmed
So in closing, I say
On this now saddened day
That I wish through this mess you may find your way
For what we once had
Is withered and done
And this alright, though sad
And though you are brighter then the moon and the sun
I must say goodbye, comrade
Goodbye, Girl
Hello…

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Why Marvel Beats DC Comics

Marvel and DC Comics have been rivals since what seems like the beginning of time. The two alone have been responsible for priceless and iconic parts of our American culture and have even helped to shape our childhoods in countless ways. Nearly everyone has heard of Spiderman and or Batman and nowadays, nearly everyone has seen at least one superhero film. With huge projects such as Avengers: Infinity War coming up and the recently released Justice League, it seems like the rivalry between Marvel and DC is more intense than ever. However, with some of DC Comics’ latest films bombing out, some are starting to question if there even is a competition between Marvel and DC anymore. With films like Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther being as wild of a success as they’ve been, Marvel Studios seems to have quite a plan for success while DC Comics’ future seems to be a little shaky. Although some of their single films have been very successful (Man Of Steel and Wonder Woman), their team-ups have been received with mixed reactions. With this in mind, here are two main reasons for why Marvel seems to be winning over DC Comics.

Flawed Characters
The first and foremost reason would be Marvel’s seemingly infinite library of flawed characters. When writing and developing comic book characters, both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby put a strong emphasis on creating characters that were flawed in nature, hence making them more interesting and relatable. Characters such as Wolverine and Iron Man clearly have strong emotional issues and because of this, we as viewers are more inclined to connect with the character on screen. While some of DC Comics’ characters are flawed in nature such as Batman, the Flash, Superman, and the Joker, the rest of their characters seem to be nothing more than one-dimensional super-powered individuals. On the other hand, nearly every one of Marvel’s characters has a specific emotionally driving point that determines their every decision. The loss of Tony Stark’s parents, the death of Peter Quill’s mother, a seventy-year time gap for Steve Rogers, the betrayal of a brother, the death of a father, and loss of an eye for Thor. Each of these characters and more has been bruised and beaten, yet through this, they battle on which in turn makes their triumph all the more rewardable.

The Catchup Game
The second and probably final reason would be Marvel’s “in it for the long haul” attitude. Since the first Iron Man film, Marvel has clearly been developing and executing a long-term strategy for their cinematic universe. With each new film, they lay another brick atop the already amazing studio and gain new success and fans. Avengers: Infinity War, for example, has taken almost a decade to become a reality while DC Comics attempted to replicate this with Justice League in just under five years. As a result of this, Justice League was more of a mess of heroes facing a villain of absolutely no interest rather than an awe-inspiring superhero team-up. On the other hand, their single superhero films such as Man Of Steel and Wonder Woman seem to be doing just fine. Why? Because in each of these films, the audience was able to develop a relationship with a singular character along with a supporting cast instead of wondering whether or not they liked a character that was just introduced five minutes ago. Through Marvel Studios’ long-term plan, they’ve created a roster of characters who are well developed and well connected. By the time a two and a half hour superhero team-up rolls around, audiences are already prepared and are neither underwhelmed or overwhelmed.

And there you have it. The two main reasons for Marvel Studios’ wild success over DC Comics. However, if there’s another reason you can think of, or you simply want to share your own opinions, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below! I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Avengers: Infinity War releases on April 27, 2018, while DC Comics’ Aquaman will be released sometime later in the same year.