Avengers Infinity War: Stalling Versus Setting Up

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It’s all been leading to this. All the Marvel movies, all the hype, everything. Avengers Infinity War is finally here.

One of the largest recurring Marvel flaws has been its ‘filler’ movies. It’s clear when one just exists to stall, building excitement for next big crossover. But what’s bigger than Infinity War? Isn’t this the culmination of everything? Well, yes, but…

SPOILERS AHEAD.

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The Greatest Showman: Happiness in Fiction

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I managed to catch The Greatest Showman in a cheap theater near my house, and I’m so glad I saw it on the big screen- one with great, surround sound speakers. It’s a wonderful, fun spectacle, and you should see it if you haven’t already.

I loved how happy of a movie it was. P.T. Barnum’s goal (when he was focused), was to make audiences smile. The movie itself never got too dark. And it wasn’t just a fluffy story, either. The point of it was that happiness can be meaningful- it’s not lesser than more serious works.

Spoilers ahead.

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Black Panther: A Fresh Take on the ‘King Struggle’

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Black Panther is wonderful, from the cinematography to the character motivations to the plot development. It’s one of the few Marvel movies that keeps the balance between being a standalone movie and being relevant to the larger universe.

T’Challa is such an excellent character to add to the ever-expanding Marvel cast, and the country of Wakanda adds so much to that world. But Black Panther is a great movie by itself, too. It takes one of the classic struggles of a character assuming power and puts a fresh spin on it.

Spoilers ahead.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi- Complementary Characters

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The newest Star Wars is here! *plays theme song on repeat*

I can’t say I like everything about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, but there’s enough to love that I’m happy with it. I especially enjoy how well Rey and Kylo Ren complement one another. Their arcs are almost exactly opposite of each other, and yet the characters are much more similar than I’d originally though.

Spoilers ahead. You are warned.

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The Sixth Sense: Symbolism

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It’s that time of year! Pull out the scary movies!

If you’re not big on horror but still want a pleasant scare, The Sixth Sense is a great movie choice. It has its share of spine-tingling moments, but it’s also a clever ‘puzzle’ movie where the end reveal changes everything that came before (after all, it is directed by M. Night Shyamalan). It also employs a great use of symbolism, one that isn’t clear until a rewatch.

Spoilers ahead.

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Spiderman Homecoming: Staying Self-Aware

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I have an irrational fondness for the Toby Maguire Spiderman trilogy. After all, Spiderman 3 was the first superhero movie I watched. It holds a special place in my heart. I forgive its flaws (you know what I’m talking about). But despite my loyalty, I have to say that Homecoming is my favorite Spiderman movie.

There’s so much I love about it. I love Tony Stark as the mentor, I love all the supporting characters (I mean ALL), and I love how young Peter is. But from a technical standpoint, one thing in particular stands out. Homecoming is delightfully self-aware, without taking you out of the world.

(Spoilers ahead)

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Hacksaw Ridge: Violence in Media

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There’s always a lot of talk of violence in media, media like movies or videogames or even books. In general, people caution against viewing violence in entertainment because it can desensitize you to violence in real life.

I completely agree that we should be careful about what we watch or read. If I didn’t believe that media could influence people, why would I bother spending so much time writing?

The assumption that goes along with these views, though, is that less violence and gore makes a movie less desensitizing and therefore healthier. But sometimes, less violence can be more desensitizing, and it took an extremely brutal movie for me to realize that.

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Logan: Ending a Story

Logan: Ending a Story

It’s no secret that it’s hard to end a story. Just look at the number of sequels that are released. Why complete a story when you don’t want to let go of the characters? When you still have more ideas for it? …When you could keep making money off it? Maintaining quality, that’s why.

Logan is the first real ‘end’ in the superhero franchises, excluding standalone trilogies like The Dark Knight and Spiderman. There’s a lot to learn from its willingness to let go of such a popular storyline.

(Spoilers ahead)

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