Highlight of the Week

This week was my first time voting for a presidential candidate in the New York primary.  To be honest, it really wasn’t hard to decide whom I was gonna vote for. The only candidate who seems to be looking out for the interest of my generation and myself, but all people as well is Bernie Sanders, probably the only honest candidate in the race. Among other things I could discuss in greater detail, he is simply becoming my favorite candidate and politician. It’s a shame he lost New York though but I don’t see it as the end for his campaign nor do I see it as the end for him to keep pushing for the nomination. Don’t entirely feel like talking much in depth on it right now but that’s more so the highlight of my week. Seeing there’s a politician I can actually get excited about if he won.

Batman v Superman (spoilers)

Well yes, many fan’s ears and eyes probably have from just the beginning scene of this movie alone from sheer frustration and popping a vein trying to comprehend what is going on. As a DC fan myself, I have to say I was rather dissapointed in what was seen from this movie. Before I get into that though, lemme go into the actual positives before I start ripping into what made this a rather silly film.

The atmosphere for the world of DC, dark and gritty, I think this is a strong thing to have. I think it really separates the MCU and DCCU in terms of how the movie plays out, for better or worse. Many may argue that’s a bad thing since Marvel is so successful, but the same formula is not going to work for everything and it’s silly that people would even try saying “OH, MARVEL IS BETTER. UR MOVIES SUCK. DC SUCKS. X’D” Well one, if memory serves, Marvel ‘borrowed’ a lot of content from DC so many of the fan favorite heroes and storylines would never be a thing if not for DC’s inspiration. So trying to hold a candle to Marvel and DC in that regard is just..ironic. Two, Marvel has been in the game for years in movies for superheroes.  They’ve had success, yes but trying to compare a film franchise to one in it’s crib is just bluntly idiotic. Marvel has had it’s faults and bad movies too..like Iron Man 3 or Incredible Hulk. Or even Avengers 2, was frankly a mess but not here to talk about Marvel. Here to talk about DC and what they have on the table.

Ben Afflack is perhaps probably the greatest live-action Batman I’ve seen yet. He has the dark, gritty and passion that Bruce Wayne/Batman should have especially at this point in time, being that he is now the Dark Knight. He gets the role perfectly and I would not mind to see this new script he made for the newer solo Batman movie. Because he clearly knows the character far more than he is given credit for. The acting in this movie overall frankly is good except a couple of bad castings like Alexander Luthor who is played by Jesse Eisenberg or Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Now that’s not to say these are two bad actors. They just..Well Alexander is basically the Joker or, Jesse Eisenberg so you don’t really get that feeling that he is Luthor but more so Joker without face paint. Then you got Lois Lane is basically helpless, doing dumb things throughout the movie, saying silly things, it just hurts overall people actually liking these characters. Especially since Lex was never like the Joker and Lois Lane..was never this stupid or helpless or just overall afraid.

I think this is a good segway to go from good to bad. But it had good casting (for the most part), great cinematography, great atmosphere..but that’s kinda where it ends..Then you get to the story, the transitions, the ending, the pacing, and a bit more. Let’s start with the story. It’s a silly mess of an origin story to the Justice League and reintroducing Batman to the series since the Dark Knight trilogy is apparently canon and then it includes something which was to be for the fans to lead to Batman and Superman fighting (and btw, that fight was amazing. Not the best I’ve seen from the two but it was definitely a really good one for live-action film) which was batman’s ending story and then Superman’s ending story being The Dark Knight Returns and Superman Doomsday. Which as you can imagine with that many stuff jammed into it, it’s rather a mess. It doesn’t help they shoved all of this into the story and then each scene transitions will either go by really fast or really slow, but mainly they go by fast that it’s hard for one with a lower attention span to keep up with what’s going on. It was even hard for me to follow along sometimes. And then you had this side story with Batman which was just there for merely showing what happens in Batman’s mind. His dreams which at times, and especially in the intro, can confuse people when is this stuff actually happening or is it just a dream. I get the intention but with everything else in the story, it adds up to an already jumbled and poorly put together mess.

And then we get to Superman..Superman is merely a plot device in this film. If you think he isn’t, well think about it: He’s there to be an antagonist for Batman to lead to the fight for the movie, he’s there for Doomsday and Lex to be introduced to the story, he’s there to be a segway for the Justice League and his death (yes, he does die in this movie. Well..’die’) is a means to continue Lois Lane and everyone else’s story. The fact that he has to have reasons to further these stories and is merely used as a plot device for the majority of the movie rather than fleshing out his character or providing any real development. And even if there’s a little amount of development, it’s outweighed by the amount he’s only used to further the plot. This is something you just don’t do with a main character. You don’t just use them as a plot device alone. That’s beyond silly and just shows you already have a bias half-way into the movie of who’s the real main character here. Superman will likely return but they used him as a plot device, killed him off and added an unnecessary scenario which should’ve come later. Superman: Doomsday should’ve been saved for another movie, not pumped out in the first movie as it’s the last part of the storyline.

Now to be fair, I think one reason these inconsistencies take place in this is because they’re leading to the Injustice storyline, an alternate universe of the primary storyline where Superman is a malevolent dictator of the planet earth and turns it into a police world. The reason I believe this is cause one, the events are out of order. Two, Joker is either already dead or will die if Superman really does come back. The only thing that really makes it questioned if that’s what they’re doing is the fact that Flash appears out of an anomaly that forms near Batman in one scene. Flash is in this movie of course but the one in this universe comes later. Because he doesn’t have his suit and is obviously unaware of Batman and Superman. Except the Flash that comes to him earlier is obviously in his suit, and from the future, which this is an ability Barry Allen’s Flash figures out later on as he’s more experienced with his powers. This to me tells me they’re not the same Flash and clearly there is more at play here than just Darkseid being added into the mix. Which is another thing…

Darkseid. Darkseid is essentially the Thanos of this universe as Thanos is to Marvel. The ultimate bad guy. The Titan of strength and in many ways, a literal god. Darkseid to be introduced in name this far early into the beginning of the DCCU is painful to watch as it shows clearly how desperate they are to catch up to Marvel, whom is now in phase 3 of their movies. DC is trying to compete with a franchise already years into the making and basically trying to rival it already very early on. When you’re including the main bad guy to your universe so early on, you know someone is definitely desperate for attention and is not at all productive to see this franchise continue on in a good way.

Overall, it’s simply a mess. The entirety of this movie is a desperate attempt to catch up with Marvel, cash in on the super hero hype and they really could’ve done better with this movie. Is it worth paying money to see in theaters? Not really. Find it online frankly because that would be better for you in the long run. Spending money on this movie would be rather a waste of your money and time. If you like action and want to see DC’s poster boys smack each other around and who wins a pretty good fight, go and see the movie. Because it’s pretty awesome in the regard of fights. But for story and everything else, far from it. I’ll save my money for Suicide Squad as it looks more promising. This show is simply a nice art show. If you want a good story, you’ll be dissapointed.

Xbox/Playstation Network Merge

The main thing I wanted to talk about this week is something I was hearing roaming around for the past couple of days and have been reading about from various numerous different articles. Apparently the ‘console wars’ might as well be over as Microsoft bowed it’s head to Sony as clearly their console getting more coverage, more publicly-considered ‘better’ games and exclusives, making tons of more money than Microsoft in the console department. Microsoft recently gave Sony a deal detailing that they wanted to merge their networks which would mean if you have a playstation and you wanted to play with someone on an Xbox or vice versa, you most certainly can whenever this is put out. What does that mean for Playstation and Xbox?

Well one, I can certainly say it’s shocking as these companies were competitors in the console department for years now. It’s always been the debate for video gamers for awhile as to which is better. In a way, I see Sony as the victor in this situation. Xbox isn’t making this business deal because why not, but it’s because they know they’re losing to the Playstation in a financial sense across the board. Which would make sense as Playstation and the companies that make games exclusively for the Playstation have prospered just from that venture alone. Since Xbox one’s release, there has not been a single title that has made as much money as any of the Playstation exclusive’s games alone. Which as unfortunate as that is, it clearly shows that the Playstation has been entirely successful  and it makes sense then to share the profit in that, plus you’d be making gamer’s happy.

Two, here’s why this would make gamer’s happy. Because over the years, you have players who have separate opinions on which is the better consoles and with this merge of networks, this means it doesn’t matter what system you have and actually means you can have your personal preference of whichever console between the two and still be able to play a game that is multi-consoled and play with people who play on an entirely different system. It adds a lot more variety to players and more importantly, it increases the size of servers with how many people are on them. Of course, this means many games for multiplayer will have to probably go through optimization changes and what not to make it entirely work. But I think it’s more valuable for the industry and the players. I personally think it benefits everyone if they can actually get this to work.

Even though it’s wishful thinking, this might lead to the end of exclusive games, as at some point with this merge, one might have to ask the question what is the point of exclusives that are heavy on multiplayer play-ability? Because exclusive will just mean it’s bound to one console, which in the end with the merge will mean less players to play the actual game with, and the people with the other console will be without a game. Basically, this may lead to a new way of general thinking for console games and how games are produced for consoles. And I’m completely okay with this.

This is just my general opinion based upon what I’ve heard. And while these are not the entirety of the full details, this is the general gist of it. If you got an opinion on it, feel free to share it. Ik I couldn’t be more happier to hear this being worked on.

#MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain

I’m not generally one for hashtags, but I also don’t want a giant name-calling child and serial trash talker like Mr. Donald Drumpf as my president. So with that, watch John Oliver’s video on him. Share it, tweet it, let people know about it. It’s hilarious, it’s informative and it’ll make one see why voting for Donald Drumpf is not at all beneficial for the USA’s future.

Deadpool review (Spoilers)

Deadpool Review:

What can I say really about this movie? Well it’s based on a comic book anti-hero who is beloved by all sorts of fans around the world, whether or not they’re Marvel or DC fans or neither of the sort. Even simply his design is very iconic. So when people heard this movie was coming out, fans of the merc with the mouth were excited for him coming to the big screen. And as people were a bit on the fence for it’s rating and how much money this may make too, it was a big success for Marvel’s first rated R movie. It broke box office records and probably made the most so far out of all the X-Men movies, selling out in most theaters before the movie even came out.

Surprisingly, this movie did something that most fail to do. When one generally hears of superhero adaptations, the general consensus of audiences who know the character’s lore are for the most part, put off when they see their favorite hero’s origin change. Sometimes differently to the point if you wonder if it’s actually the same character. Now few execute it beautifully, the majority who’ve attempted this generally fall flat on their delivery and receive tons of backlash from die-hard fans or people who just simply think the origin story is just..well, idiotic. However in Deadpool, they did change a big part of Deadpool’s lore which is that Deadpool is the product of the Weapon X program, the same program that X-Men hero, Wolverine is a part of. Ajax (the villain of the movie) also is a scientist  who works for Weapon X, but in this movie, they completely glossed over Weapon X, not even acknowledging it’s existence in the slightest. Even after changing the important parts of his origins except they left in him having cancer and what not, they made his new origins in a way where it A. still worked for the character and actually kept a consistent flow that allowed him to basically stay the same except for a few details that seem minor. B. It did this without actually alienating fans of Deadpool.

The movie follows Wade Wilson, a mercenary/bounty hunter type whom discovers he has final stage terminal cancer. Shocked by this, he goes down to his local bar where he meets a man who gives him the chance to cure his cancer but to also give him powers that would make him quote on quote: “A superhero.” Wilson decides to go through with it, leaving his fiancee behind to cure himself for her. Ajax, the doctor whom is overseeing Wilson’s procedure and is ultimately fed up after being mocked by him, unlocks the mutant gene within Wade and it ends up keeping the cancer at bay with the mutant genes attacking the cancer cells faster than they can replicate but it leaves him scarred and deformed as his skin literally starts to break down and stays in a state of decay. The rest that ensues after, I will let you see the movie yourself to see the rest of the story. But the gist of the plot is essentially a man going out for revenge in a way to fix his deformity to be with a woman he ultimately loves, as he is afraid she’ll see him as some form of monster.

Now this premise I know we’ve all seen before and many are tired with it, but it takes a likable spin on that overused plot I think and starts to write itself as a romance, a comedy, an X-Men movie and in itself obviously, a Deadpool movie. The 4th wall jokes are never old and are used quite cleverly, the majority of the characters are likable and fit together well with their actors, the dialogue is witty and clever with tons of jokes that younger audiences will enjoy if seeing it with a family who likes Deadpool, and the adults will get the obvious sexual innuendos, jokes and references. All of which are extremely enjoyable but that is of course opinion. Ryan Renolds shows once again despite his few minutes in the last film that he can play the role of Deadpool well and that Fox could not have found a better and more talented and passionate actor to play the childhood hero he loves.

What I think is good about this movie too is that in itself, it says something. That some movies are deserving of second chances with the right people in-charge. As I said before, Ryan Renolds played the role of Deadpool once before this film, but it was in a perhaps arguably bad X-Men movie called X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Where he played the infamous merc with the mouth in the beginning without the suit, and was even a part of the Weapon X program. Everything went smoothly so far for the character…and then..

As you can see, the two look nothing alike. Especially seeing as how it’s ironic how his charm comes from his wit, his jokes, and the fact his nickname is the merc with the mouth…How exactly does that work if you close his mouth -SHUT-? And it’s like this for the parts of the movie he’s actually in minus the beginning, especially seeing as how his powers start to include mixes from other X-Men such as Cyclops’ laser eyes, teleportation, dual bladed poles that come out right from his wrists, none of which the actual anti-hero has. So back when that movie came out, they did him a great disservice. So call this Deadpool movie, Fox’s second chance on getting a live adaptation of the character actually right. This time around, I’d say they nailed it beautifully and actually even told Marvel to come out with rated R stuff as long as it’s done right.

Overall, I’d rate the movie a 9/10 and say it’s the best movie I’ve seen at the beginning of 2016. My only problem is with the villains, who in my opinion, Ajax and Angel (as his associate was called) were very weak in terms of actually being the villains for Deadpool. I don’t mean weak in terms of powers or anything like that, but I mean of actual character. Ajax is simply a discontent angry Brit and Angel is just a big strong woman whom I’m not saying is a bad thing at all, but there is no actual character much for her or Ajax. They just fall short on delivery and it hurts the movie a tad bit but only minimal and barely noticeable. But other than that, great movie and if the ending credits scene is to be believed, then I cannot wait for Deadpool 2 when that releases because, now I have faith for all movies Deadpool related as long as Ryan Renolds is involved in it. But for now, X-Men: Apocalypse is the next big X-Men movie coming out in May and I’ll write a review of that when it comes out. But if you’re a fan of the merc with the mouth and want a good laugh, feel free to see it. It’s a great movie and was well worth it to see over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Feburary 12th

I kinda spent the majority of the week working on my graduation project. A bit from home and a bit at school too but there wasn’t much eventful things going on here I’d say. But next week, I believe my next blog post will be a Deadpool review as I’m going to see this weekend. I bet it’s going to be great!

Feburary 5

I had worked a lot on my website a lot this week more so, especially my graduation project. Both of these have been going along well and I’m glad I’m managing to find the time to do both but as far as anything new, nothing much really I have to say. Was a pretty curious week though here at ALC, to say the least.

January 22

Not much going on. I did find out recently that Fox is making another X-Men movie after Apocalypse (for you X-Men movie fans.) It centers around Gambit and the details of it are not exactly out yet but should be around or after X-Men Apocalypse. That’s..kinda it really. lol

Pennies

So this week we talked about why pennies are useless in our currency and just in general. Or a few of us did at some point in the week. And funny enough, John Oliver did a segment on pennies and his own views of it that simply just reinforce just why they are useless. Rather funny. Mind you, Oliver is blunt and honest in his words if you don’t generally watch him, also curses. Just be aware if you don’t like that sort of thing.

January 8th, 2016

I don’t really have much at all to say this week. But it was a good week so far, despite a machine literally eating my metro-card and trying to find my way home downtown with that happening. Was not at all entertaining.