Ever since the release date of Marvel’s Black Panther, people worldwide have been giving the movie nothing but amazing reviews. From the cast themselves, to the soundtrack made by Kendrick Lamar, Marvel fans say this is the best MCU movie to date, while others who may not be Marvel, or comic book fans, are even going to see this movie for cultural purposes, and have said themselves that watching this movie has been an amazing experience. Personally I thought this was an amazing movie from the beginning. I’m already a comic book and MCU fan. I also came to see this movie from a cultural aspect. Since I always wanted to go to Africa, and see were I can connect with my ancestors, and how they all use to live their day to day lives in such a beautiful place. Black Panther is out in movie theaters right now!
By Joshua Winchester
This week marked a monumental occasion for the superhero movie genre. After 75 years, two of the great titans of superhero lore, Batman and Superman, have finally appeared on the big screen together in a loud, noisy, character and plot crowded film that almost clocks in at 3 hours in length. And the movie is nothing short of glorious.
The film adds a whole new level to the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe, especially with the various casting decisions for the film that are propelling the series towards the inevitable Justice League (slated for release in 2017)
Two of the strongest elements in the film are the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince).
Affleck’s performance as a older, more embittered Batman is superb. He steps into the role with all the dedication of any actor who has taken up the mantle of Batman and yet also adds something by playing a Batman who has (according to the dialogue setting up the character) spent 20 years fighting crime in his native Gotham City which explains his reactionary approach to dealing with the apparent threat that is Superman to the balance of the world. All in all, Affleck certainly lives up the hype that was surrounding his portrayal of Batman, and the same can be said for Gal Gadot in her role as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, the ultimate female warrior, blessed by the gods of Greek mythology and raised on an island of warrior Amazons, tasked with coming to man’s world to help make it right. This is a super-heroine who has been a strong example of the ultimate woman, and Gal Gadot steps into the role with clear conviction about how to play the character. Incidentally, this is Wonder Woman’s big screen debut. Wonder Woman is only seen in costume (and out of costume) in brief parts of the movie, but she steals these scenes and left me and the audience wanting more. Thankfully, her own movie is also slated to come out in 2017.
All in all, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice delivered big on the promise of a drag’em out, no holds barred superhero action film. The cast was amazing, stellar special effects and the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. This is a must-see movie for anyone, both fans of the comic books and average movie-goers alike.
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Science Fiction is a term that has gotten tossed around a lot these days. Seems everywhere you turn another movie is being cranked out that takes place with aliens threatening to destroy the planet in terrible hollywood fashion. I would like to take the opportunity to add what real science fiction is (or more appropriately) should be. It’s not about the big crazy guns or the gawdy CG aliens, its about the people. A major implementation of sci-fi is the presence of technology or a foreign entity from across the stars, and while all these previous things can present, the key to a good story is about humanity’s presence and place in the face of that technology or beings beyond themselves. It’s about looking inward and then outward. And I am hard pressed to find a better example of that this year than the movie “Looper”.
A hitman charged with killing targets sent to him from the future, Joe is tested when his older self is sent for him to kill and the stakes brought to new heights while both Joe’s (young and old) take stands for their past and future. The movie is a perfect example of my point that it uses technology as a tool to propel the story forward. And the soundtrack is nothing short of brilliant.
Composed by Nathan Johnson, He brings forth sounds of dread and tension that are not necessarily common for a sci-fi noir thriller but takes the listener by suprise. And it is easily my Sound Choice of the week.