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The fuck happened?

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Updates/Gen. Info

It has been significantly longer than I’d care to admit to with this blog.  I still love this blog.  I think about this blog a lot.  It’s shitty to not have the time.

So, where have I been?

To the few loyal people who have stuck around – I thank you.  To the new followers – I thank you even more, because I am basically the WordPress blog version of Batman, except way less cooler and definitely not as famous, and you still came on board anyway.  I thank you for seeing my potential even when, in my opinion, my potential has been dead in the water, floating like a lifeless body. That’s oddly graphic, I apologize.

I always give explanation as to where I’ve been, though.  So, where have I been?

Busting my ass.

I hate to say that, because you wouldn’t think so.  You truly would not, because this blog is dead, and I hate myself for it (I mean, I don’t actually, but you get it).  It sucks this is not something I’ve made time for.  Please bear in mind, I have barely ate or slept the last six months.  Aside from the usual health problems, I took 21 credits and worked three jobs, one of which was seasonal.  21 credits.  three jobs.  Maybe a meal if I’m lucky.  A few hours of sleep at best.  I’m hoping to jump back into it now because I’m taking a paltry 16 credits.  I’m not happy.  I need to re-find my footing. I still want to publish my own creations.  I still want this blog to be the absolute biggest it can be.

 

But, two degrees will do that to you.

I’m going to just make out with my screen now.

I have missed this blog more than you have missed your extended family at Christmas.  I have missed this blog more than *my* extended family at Christmas.

What gives?

Well, the truth is, I am dating somebody.  While you have no business in knowing anything else, just know that blogging was really hard between school, two jobs (one seasonal, but getting another), a significant other, a dying cat (my cat died), and a fish tank that needed weekly changes.

Some things have changed.  My desire to blog, however, has not.  I wrote that bitchy post because I needed to break facade on why I haven’t been here.

Now.  I’m going to go month by month like last time and go through the movies.  I’m going to primarily focus on Superhero movies, but I may do a separate post for other movies.

DEADPOOL

Marvel is basically kicking off 2016 with Deadpool.  So many people, myself included, have been pining for the release of this movie back before it was even considered to be made.  Now, here we are, perhaps a little more than a month away from seeing Deadpool on the big screen, complete with Ryan Reynolds, breaking the 4th wall, and all the not-so-lovely (but lovely) things associated with Deadpool.  I’m not sure if I ever put this on my blog, but I really happened to like that Deadpool starts off sickly, and becoming Deadpool is his trade off to stay alive.  As a person who is chronically (though not terminally) ill, I can really appreciate the sick humor in this film.  For example, Captain America, who is sickly and just wants a chance to prove himself, becomes a goodie-two shoes.  Deadpool makes disturbing jokes from the beginning – as I often do about myself.  He doesn’t become a goodie-two-shoes. He becomes an antihero.  He doesn’t suddenly start trying to do right in the world like Captain America.  Nope.  He’s still sarcastic, still snarky, and perhaps a bit more brutal after all the events, and doesn’t become a villain.  And I like that.  Because just as doctors have a dark sense of humor because of the amount of awful crap they see, often times people who have health problems can also have a really dark, sick sense of humor.  The way he becomes Deadpool really appeals to that sense of humor (I have a very dark sense of humor).  I did not have such a dark sense of humor prior to my diagnoses.  After I got them, though, sarcasm literally became a second language, and I didn’t exactly hate everyone (aka, not like a villain).

I’ve been excited for Deadpool since Day 1.   After all the hoopla it’s experienced with being rated R, having sex scenes, breaking the 4th wall, and plot possibilities, I’d say this is going to be in the top 3 superhero films of 2016.  He sounds so much like the comic Deadpool and the fight for Reynolds to renew being Deadpool was well worth it.  And now, after all this time, we aren’t that far away from this Deadpool being the Deadpool to remember – not the Wolverine one.  Everything looks great – the acting, the character of Deadpool, the CGI.  I think this movie will be one of those where there’s lines everyone remembers.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

I want to apologize in advance.

I want to start by saying Wonder Woman has been horribly miscast.  I feel like the only reason they cast the person they did is because she was in the military and she’s skinny and cute.  Sorry – saying this from a perspective of a woman who works out quite a bit.  In fact, truthfully, I at one point had bigger biceps than the current actress.  I understand the rationale behind casting a woman who was in the military, but as someone who knows quite a bit about exercising and the human body, I can tell you being in the military five years ago might not mean much in terms of how fast someone deconditions.  Deconditioning is the gradual loss of muscle and ability of organs to perform (ie, running for 2 minutes or 20).  So while she may be disciplined to follow a rigorous exercise plan, that isn’t exactly the point of movies.  Movies don’t make men get buff, they just pick the muscles that make them look buff and exercise those, or just shape the muscles themselves without doing weight training (if anyone knows better than me, let me know, this is just what I know).  They exercise the biceps, the pectorals, and probably the trapezius on men.  Women don’t usually need to get buff for roles (let’s face it – Michael Bay is not doing women in action flicks any justice), so there might even be a lack of knowledge about how women gain muscle vs. how men gain muscle and how our physical anatomy might slightly differ.  This actress does not fit the role at all in my opinion, and her body type, in my opinion, does not match that of Wonder Woman’s.  And please do not say it’s because comics make people bigger than they realistically can be – which is true.  However:

 

 

The fact that I just posted three buff men on this blog is proving a bigger point than they’re all incredibly good looking.  Yes, the characters they portray are bigger than normal humans, but especially with Chris Evans in that photo, it wasn’t too hard for anybody to at least attempt getting as close as they could to an accurate physical representation.  Why am I arguing this?  Because I think Wonder Woman was cast for her looks, and not because she might resemble Wonder Woman.  There are physically better options out there, because Wonder Woman standing next to these three guys – she looks tiny and looks like she can’t hold her own.  Wonder Woman’s shoulders are broad, and her upper body torso is clearly toned by muscle/shape.  I’m sorry, but, the actress doesn’t have that.  And don’t tell me I’m being nitpicky or superficial or “just be happy a woman is involved”, because:

 

Unless you wanted Captain America to look like this the entire movie, too, you should stop talking.

Otherwise the movie looks very explosive, and I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing.  Sometimes the CGI looks a little iffy, like a video game.  The plot looks like it’s two buff guys fighting to figure out who’s better than each other and the entire city is their schoolyard (ironically destroying things among the people who worship/hate them).  Maybe I am wrong.  Maybe I will be completely blown away (by everything other than Wonder Woman).  And please, don’t show us his parents dying again – please… please.

Because we already have enough characters in this.  Apparently, Cyborg, Aquaman, and of course Lex Luthor are all in this too.  It feels like they’re trying to plan for the Justice League while also trying to cash in on everyone who has ever said “What if Batman and Superman got into a fight?”.  I don’t particularly like Lex Luthor either, for many of the same reasons I don’t like Wonder Woman, but I’ll give him a pass on creative expression on part for the movie makers. For the record, I do like Affleck as a Batman (nobody will ever be Bale), I just think the circumstances he’s in isn’t ideal.  Also for the record I love Batman and somewhat prefer DC characters to Marvel characters, but just.. their movies.. someone fell asleep at the wheel…

Still one of the three in the top 3, though.

ONWARD!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

At first, for this movie, I was concerned about it getting stuffed.  And it still is.  The problem is, it still has the Avengers 2.5 feel.

Give Cap his own movie.  You’ve managed to renew the love of Cap in the public sphere.  Why would you include that many people?  I mean, yes, it will make a good movie, and I’m going to say this is my second choice for the top 3 of 2016 of superhero movies.  But give Cap his own spotlight.  Bucky, Black Widow, Falcon, and even Iron Man all get a pass from me (although I don’t think BW is necessary).  But Cap should get his own movie without so many others stealing his spotlight.  I understand the plot mostly centers around what he refuses to do – hence it being a Cap movie – but what kind of screen time does he get?

If this were an Avengers movie, that complaint would not be there.  And that is a big complaint for such a little section.  A Captain America movie should be about Captain America.

Otherwise, everyone looks good.  The movie looks solid.

… And all like, 34 characters.  Still will be in the top 3.  I just think they will need to give us some Cap later on to compensate for this.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

 

What some might love about this movie – and some may hate – is Wolverine not being there.  I have to say this movie couldn’t have came at a better time as Hugh Jackman is getting ready to hang up his metal claws.  It’ll get us used to life without Wolverine for a little bit, because there’s no way he’s immediately going to be recasted right after Jackman retires.  It’ll spell it’s own failure, if they do, in my opinion, just because Jackman has become Wolverine.  He was even in a cameo in another movie as Wolverine (Believe it was a Night at the Museum).  When I see Hugh Jackman, I think Wolverine.  It’s going to take time and a good recasting to get me to think of another actor and see Wolverine in them.  That’s why this movie is such a breath of fresh air – we can reconnect with the other X-Men.  A lot of the X-Men movies have a heavy Wolverine presence.  Regardless if you love or hate it, Wolverine is going to go now.  It’s time for us to reconnect with the other X-Men.

And what better way to do that, is making them all young again without Wolverine?

I absolutely adore Michael Fassbender Magneto.  Ian McKellen is great, but Fassbender Magneto is a certain intensity I haven’t felt from a villain since The Joker in The Dark Knight.  He is electrifying.  Ian McKellen is very, very charismatic, while Fassbender makes you go “oh ****”.

I’m interested in seeing Cyclops and Jean Gray’s past as well as Magneto and Mystique if they touch on it, but I just hope it doesn’t overtake the film like another superhero movie I can recall…

This feels like the Civil War version of X-Men. But what I did like is that instead of hordes of armies like in Days of Future Past, we literally get natural disaster images that would, maybe, accompany the end of the world.  Apocalypse seems utterly terrifying, and evoking religious images or references would normally get a “guys, what the hell” sort of response.  But Egypt in itself is a nod to religion, and seeing him talk about religious references is a bit on the creepy side, as well as the dying worship he gets.  I don’t know too much about these characters otherwise, so this section might be short.  Either way I’m happy Apocalypse isn’t a big bumblefuck of CGI, and I’m happy they’re introducing us to different X-Men.  I’m also glad Magneto isn’t the main villain.

SUICIDE SQUAD

I, personally, am excited about this movie.  However, I know it’s going to receive flak for a lot of the characters looking a bit different than what we would consider traditional, especially since it has already.  What I originally said about this movie is coming true – the “villains” are technically the heroes, waiting to be the government’s scapegoat.  There isn’t totally too much to say about it other than I’m not yet impressed with the Joker, but I can’t judge yet because I haven’t seen him in action.  I remember somebody else by the name of Heath Ledger we wrote off, but I have a feeling about this guy that I won’t like him – and not because he’s not Heath Ledger. I understand people like the tattoos, but you don’t need tattoos to be a fucking maniac, so let’s see if they put as much detail into his personality as they have into his looks, regardless if you like it or not. Otherwise I’m excited for Harley probably the most.

 

Doctor Strange and Gambit will warrant their own post, I am slowly losing my sanity as I am trying to type this with two kittens who currently have the attention span of a squirrel.  No kittens were harmed in the making of this post, however, a cooling pad gave it’s life at the paws of kittens and my power adapter now is at 80% health.

Godspeed.

Updates

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Updates/Gen. Info
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Hello all,

I did not forget about you.  I am currently drowning in final papers.  I’ve written 30 pages with another 10 on the way between tomorrow and Monday in less than two weeks.  I will be writing another review Thursday night, and it will be of big hero 6 simply because I need something short and lighthearted after this much stress.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to getting back in the groove.

Also, Agent Carter. That is all.

FP

TV Talk.

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Updates/Gen. Info
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I don’t have the time to write a post about a movie review today unfortunately.  I have 5 papers due in about a week and a half.  It’s going to be a rough week so I’m trying to give myself as much time as possible.

However.

I don’t watch many of he tv shows other people do.  I don’t watch agents of SHIELD, Gotham, Arrow or the Flash although I want to watch the Flash.  As you might imagine – it’s sort of from lack of time. 

So I’m really curious – who of my followers either on WordPress or Twitter watches these shows?  What do you think of them?  What TV shows, superheroes or otherwise, do you recommend?

Sound off in the comments below.

As some Twitter followers may know (twitter.com/FictionalPlanet) I plan on releasing my own comic book.  This was posted on my blog while it was on Blogger.  I have decided to repost it here:

Without further adieu:

Q: so… What’s his name?
A: not going to give you that just yet!

Q: Give us something! What is his character like?
A: you are using how many social profiles right now? Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr?
This character is a play on the world we live in.  He’s a play on various aspects of society that are hotly debated (like SOPA).  He is a very political character and he is very relevant to society.

Q: hero or villain?
A: neither.

Q: anti hero or anti villain?
A: honestly, not even that is too clear cut but I’d lean on anti hero.

Q: so any other heroes?
A: what’s good about this character is that I don’t need to make him the only hero in whatever universe he is in.  Truthfully, no other heroes want to actually interact with him because they don’t trust him.  He isn’t innately bad or a villain.  He just makes you question morality, good and bad, the basics of what make us human.

Q: Did any work influence you?
A: George Orwell, 1984.

Q: how about villains?
A: you’ll fine out in time.

I’m not spamming!  I’m actually an established blogger at FictionalPlanet.blogspot.com.  I’m making the big switch to WordPress!

Nice to meet you!

Thanks,
FP

So, Cap: TFA.   I did a story in the earlier Captain America: The Winter Soldier review, so no story this time.

So basically the premise is – this is Captain America’s origin story.  The Captain introduces us to himself, and he does become the Captain.

Don’t doubt this guy.

We see Cap kick ass.  We see Cap rescue the people nobody wants to.  We see Cap decide he’s not some guy in a Star-Spangled-Spandex-Suit.  We see Cap decide it’s up to him to do his own mission – nobody will help him and people will only stand in his way.  We see him still help the people who stand in his way.  We see him do amazing things – and happily so.  This movie really does Cap’s good nature and past justice.

But really, the entire movie has a very upbeat tone.  Once again, Marvel dazzles us with their usual superhero formula. Marvel pretty much makes everything be sort of the same while being different with their superhero origin stories.  Everyone sort of overcomes some kind of personal challenge.  It was a good way to introduce us to Captain America.  As a once member of the general audience, especially when I first saw this movie, it was a good way to set the stage for The Winter Soldier and also introduce us to Captain America.  Overall, it felt like it was about time we got a serious film about a character that is basically known because he exists.  I mean, it was only fair to assume America would enjoy a movie about a guy named, I don’t know, Captain America.

The movie, unlike a lot of superhero movies, had a very light tone to it.  I mean, we see this scrawny sickly kid trying to get into the army with his best friend urging him to forget it.  I mean, obviously, we know he’s going to get in even if you’re unaware of him being a living science project.  We all know he was in the military even before it needs to be said.  I guess I liked that about it – that it was lighthearted.  Nothing was imminent to blow up, nothing was like really crazy tense and dark.  I guess it was a step back from what we usually see – The Dark Knight was dark, The Winter Soldier was dark, the entire Batman trilogy was dark, and Superman even was dark.  Captain America gave us a break.  If everything is dark, it just eventually get’s old.  It feels like everything is always going to be in ruins.  And I like Captain America for giving us a break.

But sometimes, we get too much of a break.  The plot was decent, especially the juggle between origins and plot.  However, it really felt like it dragged.  I mean, I watched this movie with non-comic book people, and toward the end they just were pleading with me for the movie to end.  While I don’t consider it quite that bad, I think for the time it spent on the screen we could’ve gotten a bigger bang for what we sat through.  It did feel long.  The acting was great, especially Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, and Evans himself – but there were just some parts of it that felt like you were doing the army exercises yourself.  Loooooong.  The movie as a whole could’ve been paced better and I think part of that problem was trying to weave in all the information they were.  They were weaving in a plot, weaving in HYDRA information, weaving in Captain’s origins, weaving in Bucky, weaving in the future of Cap, weaving in Peggy, and so on and so on.  It was a lot to take on.  It felt a little bit jumbled to see all that stuff thrown in, and I think as a result, some things were lacking.

HYDRA.

HYDRA definitely came off more as a threat in The Winter Soldier.  It felt underdeveloped.  Red Skull was semi assumed to just know who he was, same with various other HYDRA officials.  It was just somewhat assumed that we know who they are.  Aside from that, they just didn’t get developed enough as a villain or villains.  A lot of it was Cap’s origin story, and Cap and Peggy.  At least, though, we learn something about them for their big debut in The Winter Soldier.  At least we get a taste of Bucky.  It’s hard to not view this film, solely, as the predecessor to The Winter Soldier.  As a standalone, it’s a little harder to appreciate this film for what it is.  I mean, yes, it’s still a fantastic film, infinitely better than The Amazing Spider-Man ever could have been, but when you do put it in perspective that this was truly the first of the trilogy, you sort of realize why HYDRA itself can’t be terribly developed.  Maybe Red Skull still could have used it, especially since he is such a harsh enemy toward Captain America, but not HYDRA, otherwise thunder would’ve been stolen from the sequel.  I generally like the plot, and the acting.  Out of all the films I’ve seen, I probably love the underdog tone the most in this movie.  It’s not hard to relate to a scrawny kid who can’t live his life’s dream.  I mean, maybe none of us are entering an Insta-Buff (TM) machine, but even so.  How many people do you know can’t do their dream job?  Whether it be illness, location, or just rejection, it’s an easy thing to relate to.

Especially if you happen to be a dermatologist.  You are screwed.

But, perhaps that’s what I love about this movie.

Even after Captain America get’s the Instant Buff treatment, he still is true to the character he was before.  Like, for example, being awkward around women.  He just doesn’t get it, despite the fact in the movie women are throwing themselves at him (the cheating scene).  I’m going to be honest.  I didn’t consider a lot of things memorable about this movie.  I mean in the sense of one liners or particularly really strong scenes.  But the part I will not forget about this movie – ever – is the tension and affection between Steve and Peggy.

I just loved it.

I wish I could explain why, but probably because in movies like The Dark Knight we see a slightly feeble Rachel be taken.  We see a Rachel split between Dent and Batman who obviously hides his identity. Gwen Stacy proves to be just as passive. I just loved seeing how strong of a character Peggy was.  Peggy shot at a super soldier.  And made him cower.

She’s a badass.

She’s the badass I needed in a movie.

And she’s not even a superhero.  She’s a love interest.

I needed that.

I don’t think we need absolute bombardment of women in media to get equality.  And I am a woman.  I don’t think we should make an All-Female version of Avengers (I don’t mean different female Avengers.  I mean a female Iron Man).  We need more like Peggy.  We need more like Black Widow.  We need more like Wonder Woman and Batgirl.  Peggy is totally aware of this whole spandex thing.  She doesn’t hide from it.  She’s so snarky even just when we first meet her.

The dynamics between them, for me, literally made the movie.  And it also made Captain America.  Captain America still managed to seem human despite being a technical superhuman.  Seriously, no other superhero than Captain America is so human.  Everything about him is so down to earth, like his “kid from Brooklyn” line.  Like rescuing the men they wanted to give up on.  I will say it again – Captain America is The Man (TM).

Overall, the music was good, the plot was good, the effects were great, but things needed improvement, especially Red Skull and his development.  Red Skull felt almost childish at some points.  Captain America, though, not only saves the day, but his movie from his villain.  And his relationship saves it too because it’s adorable.

Overall, it’s just a good movie. It’s just one of those movies you just sit and decide to watch because you can.

And where is the fun in anything else?

About.

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Updates/Gen. Info

So I said I would write a post about how I got into this whole thing.

Initially, I was going to write a long-winded post, but I am deciding to do a form of a Q&A instead.  It will just be easier to get the point across. I can publish a long winded “About” section shortly.

Q: Are you a guy or girl?

A:  Girl.

Q:  How did you get into comic books?

A:  The initial beginning didn’t start with comic books, actually.  It just started with Raimi’s Spider-Man.  I watched his Spider-Man movies (I think my parents introduced me to it), and I wasn’t that into it initially, but as I re-watched the first movie more and more the interest eventually started gaining momentum.  After that I lost interest again, and then someone told me to go see The Dark Knight… after that someone told me to watch Avengers and the Captain America movies, and here I am.

Q: Is Spider-Man still your favorite character now?

A: No.  He still holds a special place, but not my favorite.  Catwoman, Batman, Black Widow, and Captain America now hold that title in no particular order.  I’ll update it if I think of any more.

Q:  Anything that stood out once you realized the interest?

A:  Yeah.  I lost interest partly because it wasn’t totally socially acceptable for a girl to like comics then, and I wanted a girl superhero costume for Halloween *every year* and I looked *every year*.  I never found my girl superhero costume when I was a kid.  I wanted Catwoman, not Batman, or a Batman-turned-girl ripoff costume.  I wanted an original costume.  Not that I have anything against a female Darth Vader costume or Batwoman or the Batgirls – it just wasn’t my style. Yes, I want to cosplay as Catwoman and Black Widow.  And I love Peggy.

Q:  Huh.  No Superman or Wonder Woman?

A:  I like them, but they’re not my style of characters.  I have nothing against them, but I felt like Wonder Woman was my only option for a girl costume back then – it’s kinda stuck with me all this time.  I still think she’s very important, though.

Q:  Anything else you do in your spare time?

A:  I am a lover of all random things.  I keep fish tanks, forecast the weather as a hobbyist (ECMWF/GFS/NAM, CIN, Helicity, EHI, etc!!), have another blog I update sporadically that is philosophy/psychology/sociology related, moderate a Jurassic Park forum, draw, photography, create art with GIMP/Photoshop and Terragen (Terragen was featured in Man of Steel, it was like watching my child graduate kindergarten!  You’ve made it to the big screen, Terragen! NOTE:  I didn’t create Terragen the program or those renders, I just have used the program since the beginning).  I literally extend myself as much as I can, and the best part is when all of those interests meld together – because they do, sometimes.

Q: What do you read now (comic books)?

A:  I am playing catch up in comic history right now, but I’m getting started on the Black Widow series because I love her. I’ve read a variety of things all before, though, including Batman/Spidey/Green Lantern/X-Men/Avengers.. etc.  If you have a suggestion I am open to it, so don’t hesitate.

Q:  Anyone who helped you along the way?

A:  ComicUno gave me a push to actually get this movie review blog going (even though she suggested a YouTube channel and I am not brave enough), Mulder64329674 (I don’t know how he remembers all those numbers), and a few others without Twitter accounts.

Q:  Favorite movie?

A:  I hate these questions.. How about this, let me review, read, and you will find out because I am terribly indecisive..

Q:  Favorite villain ever?

A:  Depends if you count Catwoman as a villain.  Otherwise, tie between Magneto and Joker.  They are too different to possibly compare and pick just one, which I am not doing!  Honorable mention Ultron and Mr. Freeze.

Q:  Favorite franchise?

A:  I hold Jurassic Park fairly close, definitely X-Men despite their goofs.

Q: Favorite superhero movie?

A: The Dark Knight, Cap: The Winter Soldier. The Dark Knight helped re-ignite the interest.

Q: You want your own comic book published… who are your characters?

A:  In due time, young grasshopper. I have put so much work into them, just be patient for me!

Any other questions feel free to post in the comments.  Will be happy to answer!