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Batman VS Superman

Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice, opened March 25th, 2016 with early showings March 24th. I saw this on the official opening date with a group of comic-geek loving friends. Since the movie was announced, people have been talking about it left and right. Criticism of actors chosen, to storylines, to villains. I was one of those people. I thought this movie would be terrible, and when the reviews started coming out, it seemed as if I was right, at least for my personal taste.

One aspect I did not like was the entire premise of the film with its title being Batman v Superman. They could have gone many different ways but chose to play off the VS. aspect to draw in the crowd. Batman v. Superman! Fight of the century! Etc., etc. Not my cup of tea. Most of the beginning of the film was slower than I would have liked. It took too long for Superman and Batman to come face to face. Yes it helped us see Bruce/Batman’s paranoia something that the character is known for, and see him do some detective work, however there were issues with that, for me. Others loved him but I did not. I had grievances.

My main grievance? Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. As you can see in this photo, Ben is dressed the part, however I did not once forget he was Ben, and not Bruce. For me a successful portrayal of a character, especially a well known character like Bruce Wayne/Batman, the actor has to make you forget who he is, and believe he is who he or she is playing. Affleck did not do as such. For me, he, and the slow start was the worst moments of the film. Plenty of people are now praising Affleck, while criticizing the script, and the portrayal of Superman.

Henry Cavil plays Superman very well, and convincingly so. I see Superman / Clark, not Henry.  However Zack Snyder made some crucial mistakes not only in this film, but in Man of Steel which furthers into this one. Snyder seems to destroy the Jonathan and Martha Kent as we know them, and turns them into selfish people. Martha telling Clark that “he doesn’t owe them (society) anything.” And in Man of Steel having Jonathan express that he never wanted Clark to be Superman. That is not who Jonathan and Martha were. In the film we see Clark struggle with how society is viewing him, both as a god, and as an unwelcomed alien that people want to see controlled and punished. While we saw his moral code destroyed in Man of Steel when he killed Zod, it is of no surprise that he is struggling with right and wrong, and what he should or should not do for mankind. A situation not helped by that of Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Lex Luthor.

Lex Luthor comes across as maniacal, and psychotic. Which yes one could argue Lex was crazy, however not in the way Eisenberg portrays him. Lex was smart, he managed to continue his evil plans and be a thorn in Superman’s side in many incarnations of Lex Luthor. Not seemingly be Superman’s Joker. Which is what he seemed like to me. One thing that I caught was the fact he mentioned his father’s name was on the building, not his. The building is LexCorp. Lex Luther’s father was not named Lex, but Lionel Luther and in another storyline Jules. So this makes me wonder if this is not the Lex we are familiar with (there may be a comic version of this I am not aware of), but perhaps a Jr. We will have to wait and see. Just like we will wait and see Wonder Woman which I think Gal Gadot pulled off wonderfully.

Gal Gadot seemed to steal the screen from the boys whenever she was on. There are many doubts going around the interwebs on the Wonder Woman movie, however I am looking forward to it.

The boys have had all the fun for too long.

Does this film have issues? Yes. Could this have been better with someone more familiar with the characters directing other than Snyder? Yes. Could it have been better with someone else as Bruce/Batman? For me, yes, very much so. Should you still go see the film? See how it plays out? Yes. Aside from the issues I think it has, I still enjoyed it for moments here and there. If you are a fan of DC, go see it and give it a shot. Some of you will be disappointed, and some of you will not. You can’t please everyone, so they are focusing on who they can please. The general population, over the comic/character fans. It is what it is.

Side note: Did you catch Jimmy? How about Robin? Damn Snyder.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

bfgw2My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 bares many resemblances to its predecessors, even the poster has the same format (see below). The movie debuted 14 years after the original, which for any movie, a sequel that far and in-between a huge red flag. I saw the original and enjoyed it, which made my decision going to see the sequel easy. The original centers around a Toula Portokalos a daughter in a large Greek family, a large loud in your business Greek family. The sequel however touches on the entire family but also focuses some on Toula and Ian Miller’s (Toula’s husband), Paris Miller. Now just as with Toula, Paris is often told she needs to find a nice Greek boy, so she can have a husband so she can have nice Greek babies. A bit of the same ‘ol bfgwfrom the first with Toula. The sequel may seem repetative if not for the included story line revolving around Toula’s parents Gus and Maria Portokalos who by some mix up were never actually married by the church, causing a rift between the couple because Maria would like to be proposed to again, correctly according to her, while Gus refuses stating he already did that years ago. Drama and laughter ensued. I for one thought that the movie stayed close to the original’s concept, yet still made room for new twists. You cannot watch this film without laughing (well if you do, there may be a certain bone broken in you…). I have not laughed through out an entire movie, as much as I did watching this one in a very long time. I would say give this a shot, for some light, fun laughter.

3 Years Back In Time…

So, I had been laid off work twice this year… one from a job I hated, and one from a job I enjoyed. Where am I now? I am back at a place I never wanted to be again, that I got laid off from 3 years ago. I worked hard, went to school, had no life, to better myself to find somewhere better than that job, and now I am there again. I needed the work, need to earn a paycheck. The guys who work there are good guys, it was probably the reason I agreed to go back. It’s just the work itself that sucks. It’s a call centerish type job. People suck. People can be stupid, ignorant, impatient, and just plain UGH. The people who call in… the clients we have… that is what stressed me out last time I worked there, that is what made me sick constantly. I am back there now, although part time only.

I am not looking forward to this job. Just being back there for the first time again today was rough. All those stressful feelings, and that damn ringing… I hated that noise, that tone…

Sigh. Such a personal failure for myself right now.

It’s been a while…

It has been a long while since I’ve “blogged.” The term seems so outdated and silly. Who blogs still? Unless it’s a genre, or new source, or something of that nature. I don’t think there is a “blog” scene anymore. But with that being said, I don’t really care. I will blog if I feel fit to, and have something on my mind. That is what this was for to begin with, a place to vent, to express, and to just try and deal.

Since my last post I have been trying to do just that. Deal. I’ve done well in some areas, but not so well in others. Things have happened that have brought me down to levels I never knew I had. And that is saying a lot if you’ve read past posts, especially posts regarding one of my sisters. Thing’s have changed. Thing’s are different now. Thing’s are not better.

While I can’t say what has happened specifically, it’s a home wrecking, family splitting, never ending nightmare. built with lies and malice. That is my stance on the issue, that is what I believe.

I was never one for the holidays, but the small things I enjoyed doing, have even been taken away. I start to have anxiety/panic attacks thinking of what has happened, of certain people, of things that will never be. I can’t think of things of what was, and not hurt. It’s been about a year and a half since the biggest thing happened. It’s been a year and a half in which I’ve not been able to talk about things, to process, to heal… because you can’t heal from this. I can’t. I have tried. I’ve tried to ignore, to block things, but I can’t. I let myself believe I had, that I was dealing, but I wasn’t. I’m starting to feel like I did when it just happened.

I’m drowning inside myself and I can’t get out of the water. I’m running out of air.

I don’t want to hurt anymore.


Stuck on a boat…

Have you ever have a day that you realize was like the day before? And the day before that? And so on for a couple of days? An entire week? Maybe even longer? That’s been my week so far. I’ll have good moments and then I’ll just feel like crap. Like I’m waiting for something that’s never going to happen. As if I’m stuck and I can’t move, can’t go forward and all I have is that current moment and the memories of my past. Memories you don’t even want to look at because they will make you remember what used to be, and will never be again? You miss things, people, moments, because what you have now? Yeah… Like you’re stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere, no oars, no engine, just drifting afloat, nowhere to go. You can’t go back, but you can’t go forward towards land because you don’t have anything to direct the boat with. You’re at its mercy, drifting, and having to sit there and deal with the painful reality that you are not in control, and you can’t do anything about it but pretend like you’re ok, because if not, you’ll start to melt down, rock the boat, and fall over…

The Man of Steel (2013) Starring Henry Cavill

I got home a little over an hour ago from watching the midnight release of The Man of Steel, the new Superman movie starring Henry Cavill. Now from the start, I wasn’t too hyped about seeing this movie, because lets face it, Superman movies never do that good. Unlike DC’s other major hitter, Batman, Superman has fallen short. The most recent to miss hitting the nail on the Head was Bryan Singer and Brandon Roth’s 2006 Superman Returns which supposedly takes place after the last Christopher Reeves Superman movie. That was a mistake from the start… trying to continue a storyline that began in the 70’s!

Needless to say that the 2006 film fell short on many different areas. I mean, am I the only one who wanted to pull Roth’s little curl? It was annoying! But aside from that, Roth’s Superman didn’t embody what Superman should.

This years film with Cavill hit the mark from the start in terms of casting the Man of Steel. Once clean and shaven, Cavill really embodies Superman, and in a way is a nice similarity to Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Cavill LOOKS like Superman, or as he should in my head.

The suit… I still wish they’d leave it red and stop with this use of Maroon, however it was MUCH better than Roth’s.

While many of us Smallville fan’s would have loved to see Tom Welling, those of us who grew up in the 90s, grew up with Tom Welling as our Clark Kent. We can’t say he was our Superman because until the end, he didn’t don the suit. He was through and through our Clark, but I think Henry Cavill could take that place, he can be this generations Superman, as Reeve’s was the 70’s and 80’s, and Dean cain was the Superman/Clark for the 90’s.

This is also the first Superman to show a darker less cheesy Superman, in my opinion. At the end of the film, it really comes though, as he does something that goes against all of Superman’s beliefs. I won’t say what, but you’ll know when you see it. You will also see at times a resemblance between Welling and Cavill when Cavill is dressed as Clark, especially when he don’s the glasses.

If film history Batman has always done better at the box office, while Superman did better on TV, starting with the 1950’s George Reeve’s TV Show. We’ve not had a Batman TV show in a long time, and I think we should get it. We’re getting a SHIELD TV show, why not Batman? Why not see Bruce as a younge 20’s guy battling with himself being the playboy and the man in the cape? We saw this with a young Dean Cain on Lois & Clark. We got to see Clark & Superman in tandem here, unlike in Smallville, which we only had Clark.

But back to Superman…

The special effects in this film are also top notch. The way he moves, fly’s, and everything else, was done very nice. Unlike some of the effects in the 2006 film. To be honest Smallville had much better effects than the 2006 film as well. With a Superman movie there are four major things that can go wrong, casting Superman, casting Lois, the Suit, and the special effects. I think The Man of Steel did well in all four. However it did take me watching the film to accept the suit.

In this film, we get I think for once, what we should in a Superman movie in current time. There’s no having to suspend belief… after the initial, he’s an alien… ha! It’s set in realistic time, much as The Avengers and Iron Man are. In terms of that if IT WAS too happen, we could believe it. Unlike the 90’s Batman movies with a penguin… and such. We get a Lois who isn’t over the top, or desperate. We don’t get a stupid story line that tries to continue after 20 or so years. We get a fresh start, what Singer and Roth’s should have been, but wasn’t. I also feel that while there has always been a stigma with playing Superman, which some say are reasons Welling had in his contract no tights, no flights. I do not think Cavill will fall to this Hollywood  curse. I don’t think it will hurt his career, or typecast him. He plays it in such a way that, well, it works really, really well.

If you’re on the fence about seeing this, go ahead. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Especially with the young Clark’s as they were cast I think, also very well.

For now, this is all I will say until people have a chance to see it. Then I’ll go into more on what happen’s and the plot. So go on and see it!

Amy´s Baking Company… STAY AWAY

While I never say someone should stay away form someplace I have not been to personally… this place makes me forgo that. Amy´s Baking Company was featured on Kitchen Nightmares this week, season 6, episode 16. Never… NEVER in this show’s history have I seen a Chef/Owner so delusional as Amy. There are not even words… I mean… wow… she’s off her crack pipe or something. If you are not a fan of the show, or have ever seen it… if you live in Arizona, and might one day find yourself in Scottsdale, I implore you, beg you… stay away from there. Unless you want to be attacked by the owner, by the chef, because their food sucked. I also suggest you hit up and watch the episode, that should be available now for Hulu Plus members, or wait until May 17th, 2013 when it should be available to anyone with a free Hulu account.

In the show’s history, Gordon has never walked away and not helped. He’s been made angry enough to threaten to, and pretend like he has but never has he really left… he had no choice here. She (the “chef” and I put that in quotes because she is far, FAR from being anything near a chef) stated before he even got there that they had “haters” and “bloggers” who attack them and lie about them. She was under the assumption that when Gordon arrived, he’d tell the world how great their food was… FAT CHANCE.

Amy´s Baking Company

7366 East Shea Boulevard

Scottsdale, AZ 85260  (480) 607-0677

I know I should not give them any kind of attention… but I wanted to share just so you could stay the hell away from there. Or go and see for yourself how insane these people are. Oh, but don’t leave a tip… the tips go to the owners… not the staff… who they also snap at and fire for simply asking a question to be sure its the right table. DEFINITELY don’t expect them to care you don’t like their food, cause they won’t care, expect you to pay for it and put their hands on you when you refuse. All this happens BEFORE Chef Ramsey get’s there… seriously watch this episode.

Breaking Dawn 2 DVD/BluRay Release and #Spottedbreakingdawn

So this week I’ve been to 2 #spottedbreakingdawn events. You find them projecting onto a building the promo for the BD2 DVD/BluRay release and snap a pic and tweet it with the hash tag #spottedbreakingdawn and hope to win a prize… sadly I’ve not won anything. I’m heading out tonight to another one for another chance. Wish me luck.

I am also going to a midnight release party for the DVD/BluRay. While I’d like to get the Extended Version of BD1 AND BD2 I can’t… I rather get Targets with the extra 52 minutes of Extras. Love Extras!

Can’t wait to get it. But also a bit sad, this is the last Twilight related thing to go to… though I’ve never been to any cons and such for it as they were always too far and my ass is always broke… school, work, bills, *sigh* Anyways, just wanted to post about this, its been a while since I’ve posted anything.

Have fun any Twilighters who read this!

That time of year again? Really?

Well yeah so lets even forget about my New Years resolution to blog more… I try, I swear… but oh well, real life is a pain, work, school, life… eh… whatever.

Anyways, I cannot believe we’re at Christmas again… seriously… it don’t even feel like Christmas time… didn’t feel like Thanksgiving either. Odd, this year it just don’t feel like the “holidays.” Maybe cause the world is ending in a week? Ha. At least according to people and the Mayan Calendar…

BUT I’ll leave that to all the conspiracy theorists, and such.

What have I been up to?

Well I saw Breaking Dawn pt. 2… INSANE. The end battle had people screaming, sighing, gasping, almost passing out. I saw the Marathon with my sisters, and my sister’s guy. It was a very long day, I took a nap during New Moon AFTER Edward left, and made sure they woke me up before Edward came back on screen.. yeah.. and? Team Edward all the way.

It’s hard knowing that it’s over… I mean no more Twilight… no more Harry Potter… I mean geez thats like 10-11 years of having some sort of franchise to always look forward to. Now its gone… nothing.. oh wait! I got Fast and The Furious franchise left!!! YAY!!! Paul Walker and Vin Diesel make a awesome team.

Anyways, I am thinking of starting to write again. Not sure, we’ll see. I’ve been semi-inspired, or semi-lit on fire regarding my passion for writing. I’ve been reading  a lot of Twilight Fanfic to get me through the denial of no more Twilight movies. It’s gonna be hard.

I’ve read so many, but right now my favorite is written by SexyLexiCullen and you can find it here —> Quiet Storm (pt.1), and here —> Weather the Storm (pt.2), and the curent (last? I hope not!) Riders on the Storm <— there. The series is referred to as the “Storm Series.” It’s a Mobward fic, meaning it’s Edward and Bella in the mob… well Edward in the mob… that’s all I will say. The mob? You are thinking I’m out of my mind right? Honestly I had never read Twilight fanfic, hadn’t read any Fanfic in a long, long, looooong time but I decided why not. They of course are human, everyone, yes even the Cullen’s in this fic. It really is a great series. Give it a shot if it don’t sound like your thing, but ask yourself, guns, Edward, other Cullens, Money, cars, etc. etc. what is there not to like?

Well, I guess that is about it for now. I hope to keep up blogging more, but I know yeah I’ve said that before too. Oh well, nothing more I can do but to try and try I will.

Now if you haven’t seen Breaking Dawn pt. 2 then get the hell of the computer and go see it now!