Empress means Independence, Power, and Respect

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by Isle Squared Comics and Cruel Productions

 

Empress is six issues of a comic series I got to review. It has a very strong flavor, great noir visuals, and a strong story. Please check out my review at http://moviepilot.com/posts/3764841. Thank you.

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Star Wars: Twice Excited

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by Wiki Erudito

 

I’d seen Star Wars, The Force Awakens, two different times. It took me a long time to consider how I felt about it. The film was not by George Lucas. No matter how much I tried to see it, it was a very different movie. It had some great shots, nice computer graphic work, strong alien concepts, diverse worlds, and a solid story. The characters in this movie, whether it was Rey, Daisy Ridley, Finn, John Boyega, or Kylo Ren, Adam Driver, were strong. You immediately understood the balance of Rey in the film. John Boyega’s character, for me, was someone to watch for in the films going forward. I loved the split within Adam Driver’s character. How could I forget Poe Dameron’s, Oscar Isaac’s, purpose in the story?

 

In the end, I hope these writers create arcs for all of these characters that are uplifting, but can and will pull the rug from under everyone’s feet. I enjoyed how the film felt very much like after the war. It was very much like after a World War, if it were in space. Though many compared the film to Star Wars, Episode 4, this film used the similar backdrop very well and established a different way in this universe. The surprise in the film seemed obvious when it arrived. When” it” happened, it was sad. The characters’ reactions were even better. There could be some solid foreshadowing because of it.

 

I loved the light saber fight scene, at the end, but wondered about one element in part of that scene. One character was not what they seemed. However, it begged a question. The definition of light saber, highlighted in Wikipedia, defined it as a weapon used by Jedi and Sith, who are skilled, and use it for combat and defense. A major character handled one, but I wondered what their part was going to be in this film series. It might not be anything. Different rules are could be applied in this universe. However, it would be cool if something more could be made of the character. Star Wars, The Force Awakens, is solid. It just needed to be solid.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Not The Avengers…In Space

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It is a story in its own skin. That is what Guardians of the Galaxy represents. I look at Bradley Cooper, who played Rocket, in the film. The actor came in and took on a feral character, with a mad man’s tendency, and plays it to enjoy it, and create depth. The idea that he could play, or might be up for, a part in the Indiana Jones films, in the future, is exciting.

Though, if Indiana Jones passes the torch, to a different character, in Indiana Jones’ world, that Bradley Cooper can play, as his own role, with stories and adventures, it might be really great. Indiana Jones is his own character and shares parts of his story in the cinema. A Bradley Cooper adventurer could do the same. It is, after all, about the character, and those differences, that make entertainment.

Guardians of the Galaxy is solid. The characters, from Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana, as Gamora, Bradley Cooper, as Rocket, Dave Bautista, as Drax and Vin Diesel, as Groot, work in the galaxy, as a close-knit group, and tell the story of five individuals, who combine their causes, in order to save the universe. Each actor, and actress, along with supporting characters, play and enjoy their parts.

It is this aspect of the film, just in space, that makes it better. It seems routine. While some characters, and aliens, look peculiar, the movie does the job and tells the story of the five individuals who rise to the call of a great threat. It is fun. It is unique. It is epic, but usual. The action in the film is good. The comedy in the film is above, and over, what you would expect. I really like this movie, however dread what it represents.

There are two concerns. One concern is more copycat films, in space, may come out of Hollywood. I mean the bad copycat, but look; it is like your movie experience previously. I hope it is clear Guardians of the Galaxy is not a remake. It is an experience for those actors, actresses, and for the cinema, at the time. Move on to the next picture.  

It also represents more of what Hollywood needs in bigger movies. This movie is in space. It does not apologize for it, but embraces it. It has characters with complex lives, which also mirrors the different aspects of every individual. The story plays, the adventure roles forward and nothing is too extreme. It is just what people need to see.

I see this movie and I go back to what Green Lantern, as a movie, represents. It is great because it is the first Green Lantern film on the big screen. It is also a series of three-dimensional tests and almost opportunities in both character, and style. Guardians of the Galaxy plays, is fun, does not change what it says, and asks the audience to sit back and enjoy a movie for what the content represents, a good story from the comic book world.

The Blood Fluctuates Within the Star Wars Universe

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I had come to see the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie is cool. I found it interesting that the evil infestation, in this movie, had come from within a “decent” organization and corruption, of the whole, creates a new path for all those it affects.

In an initial movie, Captain America fights evil with a specific intent to create, an initiate, a new peaceful world. The reality is Captain America will fight, and fight, but will only beat back this evil, temporarily. The evil will exist forever. The evil will redefine itself, turn it over and rise to counter good and get to its own outcome, a new world of evil hope. The reality of evil is good will forever fight the evil.

In a galaxy far, far away, the reactions to the Emperor’s fall into a reactor shaft, on the Death Star, sets a possible end to the reign of the Empire, the end of evil. There is some relief at the end of Return of the Jedi. It is finally over. The man with the power-driven talons is gone. What excites me is just what could spark a new Sith arrival. The fear of not punishing, and not stopping evil, creeps up our spines. New youthful faces, and wiser, past characters will draw new lines in the sand. It’s not done?

The relationships and emotions, in these films, will drive many viewers to connect, or not, to a new era of good versus evil. Sith might battle the Jedi.

The actors will work hard, the screenplay will flow, and the film direction will drive everyone to see these new Star Wars films as just simple pieces or new classics. It is bad to want it, but the Sith, the dark side, might come back, even harder, to remind everyone peace is a privilege. I love the idea this is happening. Everyone who loves Star Wars does.

It is rewritten. The acting happens as we speak. Light sabers might clash. The creatures come to life. The droids ignite. The worlds come to life. There is something about this time and space. The right motives, or wrong motives, will write this story. Characters will take a stand.

Come December 2015, the movie screen will be ready, the story will play out, a hand, in the dark, and one in the light, will shock the universe. The peanut butter, chocolate and other sweet treats will enlighten out senses, the buttery popcorn will warm our hands, and cold drinks will quench our thirst and emphasize our real chills. Star Wars is back.

Star Wars Starts Again

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A next generation Star Wars prepares to come to life. J.J. Abrams has all the elements in place to start either a new generation of Star Wars lore or more critical analysis of this generation’s take on just what Star Wars means to them.

This is what the next Star Wars will stand against. It is a new interpretation of experiences in film and Star Wars experiences to create a new Star Wars legacy.

The question is can people simply reduce expectations and experiences in order to slip into a simpler skin? When George Lucas first made Star Wars, it was not a hit. It was an experiment. It was a new exploration of space. It was a fresh story. It lets millions imagine, invest, in so much merchandise, and see “…a galaxy far, far away”.

Get the popcorn; get candy and the speakers calibrated. A movie will come out, in the next year, that will be in space, will have light sabers, ray guns, droids and many aliens. The movie will not be George Lucas’s take as much as a different perspective that should be interesting.

Hope Is Necessary

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I wrote an article on Superman a while ago. I understand the existence of a Superman adds hope. The symbol stands for hope. I believe though the character should pass on for the sake of history.

A new Superman, offspring or some force should redirect the concept of Superman, drive the idea of hope and just what it means to be “Super” to another level and beyond Clark Kent.

Overall, the concept of hope is very important. What would be the absence of hope? If you imagine it, it will materialize. What would it matter? Accept hope and use it as a catalyst to take on new tasks, accept setbacks and continue to tackle those tasks until the job is done?

If there is no driving force, there is no driving. Struggles, within reason, are only temporary. The hope to move beyond it is very real.