Luke Cage

It’s finally on Netflix. I usually try to ignore news on release dates because you get so excited and it’s a year out. Two weeks ago I heard Luke Cage released September 30th! And then it released. It was fantastic.

I watched the first two episodes last night. It feels like I’m in the 70s and it’s an interesting commentary on Harlem and the culture. I’m excited to continue watching.

Luke Cage was probably my favorite part of Jessica Jones. He’s a strong hero with a lot of backstory, and though he’s a bit moping, he also seems to understand what he wants. Even if it’s wrong. I mean, he’s got super powers on par with the top heroes, and he’s a C lister?

Anyway, just a short endorsement on Luke Cage. I accidentally stayed up until 1:30 reading the rules of Tragedy Loopers so I could run a game today. Excited for that as well. Will write more about it after I play a few rounds, but to give you an idea, imagine those word problems where there are five items with five variations and five people, and you have to guess who has what items. But the players don’t know what the items are, someone is shifting them around to obscure them, and people are dying. You just really need people looking for a mental exercise.

Warcraft

 

Today I saw Warcraft. The critic reviews on Rotten Tomato were 27% as of this writing. The audience reviews were 83%. I was nervous. Could it be another Dungeons & Dragons debacle?

I already saw how they were working the CGI. The graphics wouldn’t be crisp how we know them, but they would have the slightly over sized, sort of cartoon feel that I remember from the games. Not World of Warcraft, but Warcraft III. I was not disappointed.

The story was entertaining, the dialogue was decent, the world was glorious. Overall I was highly entertained, I was enchanted by the vastness and magic of the world, and it had several call backs to Warcraft.

People harp on the story. It stuck to the game, it was entertaining, but I also wouldn’t say it’s the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen.

They go after the characters. I admit there were probably three or four I cared about. The rest I couldn’t pick out of a line up.

Despite the flaws, the short comings, I enjoyed it a great deal. The magic looked good. The battles looked good. The orcs looked good.

It does set up for a sequel. I hope it gets the chance. The chance better include more on elves and dwarves, but I’ll take what I can get for now.

If you like fun fantasy, go check it out. If you can’t put aside your inner critic to enjoy some entertainment, then move on and see something else that’s boring and no one cares about.

Why I love DP

Yum. Click bait.

You’re either here because you’re a bit sick, morbidly curios, or a really great Deadpool fan. I welcome all of you, though some of you will be disappointed. I’ll let you figure out if you’ll be disappointed or not yourself. Maybe you’ll even learn something new and exciting, a fresh passion to penetrate, plunging yourself into it, drilling the content for all it has to offer. Is the metaphor going too deep? Let’s move on.

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Inserted this image so it would help drive home the point

I’ve seen Deadpool twice now. I was afraid to enter the second time because often movies that were good the first go round aren’t as desirable on the second dip. The plot doesn’t seem as tight, the jokes shrivel with age, the dull and repetitive parts are simply more pronounced.

Deadpool didn’t let me down on the sloppy seconds.

I fell in love with the character Deadpool a few years back, before even the leaked footage. Why did I love him? He was sardonic, insane, and realized he was fictional.

My love for the movie began when Ryan Reynolds basically became Deadpool. Sure there were commercials, there were clips from the movie, but there were completely made up clips. There was a Christmas clip, one for Australia Day(which was because he claimed Wolverine was from Australia, which confused me at first since he’s from Canada, but then I realized Hugh Jackman was from Australia, and he wasn’t actually talking about Wolverine, but the actor playing Wolverine), Valentine’s Day, Cancer Awareness Month, and a few others.

In an E! interview, he killed Slater. He recognized Mario Lopez as Slater.

He was my hero. He brought Deadpool out of the movie and into the real world, where he belonged.

But now for the things which really made me love Deadpool and the movie.

1. Deadpool says what’s on his mind

My brother watched DP two times in a row, a Saturday and Sunday combo. He spoke freely, said things one doesn’t in public, and his retort was, “I should not watch that much Deadpool.”

Thing is, that’s just how I think. If you get me drinking it’s how I talk. There is so much witticism that is missed out on this world, so many puns and dirty jokes. Deadpool just says and does what’s on his mind. Sure he takes it further than I do, or anyone not in a nut house, but it’s refreshing to see.

2. He has feelings

Despite the hard exterior, the wiping out of the entire Marvel Universe and literary community, the jokes, and the immunity to death, Deadpool has emotions. He hides behind a tower of chimichangas to hide the emotional pain and desire to die that’s deep within him. That’s not evident as much in the movie because he gets the girl, but in the comics, he’s often left with nothing, and there are entire series dedicated to him trying to discover himself and his purpose. He is the perfect existential character. Heck, he killed the MU in an attempt to die by destroying any purpose for him to live.

3. He doesn’t take life seriously

The guy ran around with a Hello Kitty bag. My friend told me that when the DP Twitter account was first created, the only Twitter he was following was Hello Kitty. How classy is that?

Okay, this was a horrible list. It was a bad idea. But I loved Deadpool. What did you love about the movie? What do you love about the guy? Leave it in the comments. For those of you who didn’t go, spoiler alert! I mean, more than likely.

Snowpiercer and why it’s awesome

First, Chris Evans is in it. I think he’s amazing and then some.

Next, the beginning. Global warming is getting out of control, the world is saying they must do something about it, and so the government comes up with an agent to fix all the issues. When they spread it across the globe in order to help our ozone, it does such a great job it plunges us into an ice age.

That’s all I needed to fall in love with the movie. Similar to White Noise, whenever the government comes in with a solution to a problem, they always create a bigger problem. Good stuff.