Recommended #22

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Film Theory: How Game of Thrones SHOULD End! (Game of Thrones Season 8) by The Film Theorists

Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network)

Bumblebee

Blog Posts

“The Truth About Gyms” by The Travellothoner

“Raindrops” by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

“Let’s Stop Passing as Non-disabled” by Jenna B. Neece (writer)

Books/Stories

“Endurance” from How To Get Away With Murder (In Under 250 Words) by Hafferby

Jazz, Monster Collector in: Crash Down (Season one, Episode One) by RyFT Brand

Brian’s Last Ride by Marianne Curtis

Podcasts/News

Kid Friendly Joke of the Day – Episode 260 – Falcon by Kid Friendly Joke Of The Day

678 – Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather by Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Episode 5: Mario – Yo’ster’s Story by Hidden Pixels Podcast

Comics

Green Lantern #30 (New 52) by DC Comics

Back in Time | Superman #10 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Shazam! (2018-) #1 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Game Theory: How to WIN the Mr Beast $100,000 Challenge! by The Game Theorists

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – Part 4 – The Tinkerer Boss Fight! by Blitzwinger

Dreams – Dream Surfing – Cats + Dogs (Early Access) by stampylonghead

Recommended #21

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Blogs

I Am An Artist Because… by Cristian Mihai (irevuo)

A Forest Walk by Literary Titan

Taking A Breather by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

Books/Stories

“My Secrets” from PENNED DOWN by Masquerade (Shreya_VA)

The hidden Playground With Mr. X Dreams & Raggedy Anzy by Madame Raven

“Whispers from the Closet” from Dreamer of Death by violetsintherain

Podcast/News

TMNT Updates! NEW Shredder In Rise?! Batman TMNT 3 Comic In May! by THE OLD TURTLE DEN

Dirk Manning on working with publishers and an independent creator by Dreamer Comics

David Putnam invades the Corner! by Authors On The Air Radio

Movies

Welcome to Marwen

Green Book

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Official Teaser Trailer (2019) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega by IGN

Comics

The Heroverse | Dial H for Hero #1 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The Flash # 1 (DC Rebirth) by DC Comics

Earth 2: World’s End #5 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 59 – HERMIT NEWS by Grian via @YouTube

Our First I Love You by It’s Alex Clark

The Extinction That Caused The Dinosaurs (And If It Never Happened) by AlternateHistoryHub

Recommended #20

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Books

The Boy in the Woods by Katherine A. Ganzel

Beach by Ghettoceratops by Madame Raven

Movies

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – Opening Scene by IGN

Netflix’s The Silence – Exclusive Official Trailer by IGN

Comics

Trouble In Time | Heroes In Crisis #7 by Caped-Joel

Greatest Detectives | Detective Comics #1000 (80 Year Anniversary Issue) by Caped-Joel

Blog Posts

Rocksbox Review: Is It Worth The Money? by Roses + Rouge

A Forest Walk by Literary Titan

Taking A Breather by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

Mother’s Day 2019 is fast approaching, here’s my gift guide for food lovers by Segilola Salami

Podcast/News

Terry Huddleston on marketing at comic cons by Dreamer Comics Highlights

Dirk Manning on Tales of Mr. Rhee comics and board games by Dreamer Comics Highlights

Is Bigfoot Real? Monster Myths with Kephen Sting episode 1: Bigfoot -The Urban Legend Revealed by Kephen Sting

Say My Name | SHAZAM! Review

Reviews are my opinion. Spoiler alert.

Holy Moly! The SHAZAM! movie is finally out, and it was awesome.

I do have to agree with other reviews that the beginning was kind of slow and awkward. If you know the origins of Shazam, the opening can be a little long; but if you don’t, you might see it as more interesting. But once Billy get’s on the subway train…heh, heh, the fun begins.

They did a really good job balancing the movie. It wasn’t too dark/serious and not too comical/silly. You had some serious, emotional moments–and some intense moments–layered with some humor.

The Shazam costume looked a lot like it does it in the comics. It almost looked like it was taken right off the page. I mean, there were some differences but not enough to really matter. I liked how they went with the bright red instead of trying to make it a dark red or muted red.

The acting was well done. The actors seemed to get along; they seemed to know their character and how they would react. Nothing seemed forced or unnatural. Zachary Levi did an excellent job of pretending to be a 14-year-old in an adult’s body. Sometimes when they have those “age shift” movies, the actor acts too silly and comes off as acting younger than the age they are supposed to be. For instance, they are supposed to be a 14-year-old but the adult actor acts more like a 6-year-old.

Rating GuideI did have a problem with how when Billy was Billy he was serious and kind of mopey; but when he was Shazam, he was a little more immature and kid-like. It seemed like an awkward unexplained shift. I can kind of give it a pass because he is hanging out with Freddy. When you’re hanging out with friends, especially when you’ve been on your own like Billy had been, you let loose. Plus, as Shazam, he was a powerful adult thus probably feeling more like he could let down his defenses.

All the Easter Eggs also made the movie enjoyable, like the nod to the movie Big at the toy store or the Mr. Mind reveal. Also John Glover, who played Lex Luthor’s father on Smallville, plays Sivana’s father. In the Shazam! movie, Sivana’s father is a wealthy jerk…just like Lex’s father. Sivana is a bald genius. Lex is also a bald genius.

Finally, I liked that Freddy and Billy never came up with a superhero name. They go through hundreds of names but never settle on one. It was a nice nod to the comics where Billy’s hero name is a little unclear. Is it Captain Marvel? Is it Shazam? Is it just Billy?

I had a hard time finding things wrong with it. I’d really like to see it again and use more critical thinking. I don’t think it was a perfect movie, but it was pretty close. If DC can continue this balance of serious and humor–don’t have the movies be kiddy-goofy but also don’t make them apocalyptic-gloomy either, I think their movie future will be bright. 4.98/5

Other SHAZAM! related videos–contains spoilers.

Shazam! End Credits Scene Explained (SPOILERS!) by IGN

Shazam!’s Big DC Superhero Cameo Revealed by IGN


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Gotta Prank Fast

After watching the IGN video “The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Sounds Like Fanfiction – IGN Now,” it got me thinking about all the hate the Sonic movie has been getting. After a couple chili dogs, I came up with the theory that the movie developers are pranking us.

They are purposely releasing bad images and bad previews in order to punk everyone. It makes sense. Sonic is a wise-cracking hedgehog; it would make sense to have “him” prank us. Also, look at all the publicity the movie has gotten. People are chatting all over the place about the movie. It’s on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and so on. Pretty much everyone knows about the movie; and if they reveal that all this time it was a joke and the real movie is actually good, people will be talking about it even more.

The movie crew isn’t stupid (I hope). I’m sure they know about all the negative comments and reviews. Why aren’t they just scraping the project or even saying, “Maybe we should rethink this”?

Look at the stuff they have revealed. To me, it seems like they are revealing things but only to a point. It is like they are holding back, but not in a “we don’t want to spoil the movie” sort of way.

In the IGN video they go over the scenes revealed at a recent panel. The scenes sound fragmented and not thought out, almost as if they were half done–much like someone would half do a video or post in order to prank someone. They don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something that won’t even be in the movie.

IGN goes on to state how during the Sonic preview, Jim Carrey, as Dr. Robotnik, comes on stage to show a preview of the Robotnik movie…as a prank.

I am really hoping that when the film crew finally releases a trailer it shows a few seconds of a bad trailer than cuts to black only to have a really well done CGI Sonic appear and laugh at the camera and say, “I got ya! Tails, roll the real trailer.” And then we get a really awesome trailer. *crosses fingers*


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Just a Random Thought

Recently, I’ve noticed a pattern in the new Spider-Man movies: the titles. Spider-Man Homecoming. Spider-Man Far From Home. What’s the third Spidey movie going to be? Spider-Man Homeslice?

I could just see that one. Peter goes up to Tony and says, “Yo OS is so outdated even Captain America can use it.”

Anyway, sometimes I think about how different books or movies would be if they came out at a different time.

One of my favorites to ponder about is the Encyclopedia Brown series. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s about a boy who reads a lot and is very smart so he becomes a detective. To his friends he is like a walking encyclopedia.

So, I begin to wonder what the series would be like if it’d been created now. Would he be called Wikipedia Brown? Or would it be Google Brown? Would his friends be like, “No thanks, EB, we don’t need your help. OK Google, how can I prove Bugs Meany stole my bike?”

I then start thinking about some classic books, like The Time Machine.

When asked where the Time Traveler got his machine, instead of saying, “I built it,” would he say, “I got it on Amazon”?

And what about Around the World in 80 Days?

When Phileas Fogg says he’ll make it around the world in 80 days do the club members say, “We can do that in 80 hours with our private jets.” Or would it be, “Travel around the world? Ha, email can do that.”

How do you picture some older books or movies if they were created now?


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