Logan Smashes Box Office, Superhero Movie Expectations

Logan Smashes Box Office, Superhero Movie Expectations

"Logan, you still have time..."
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To be completely honest, I haven’t followed the X-men movies very much. Compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve always preferred a canon that was clear-cut. But the trailers for Logan piqued my imagination. A punished Wolverine, trapped in an emotional odyssey, trying to escape his past? That sounds better than most superhero movies of late. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the occasional burst of action and effects, but it’s clear that James Mangold’s vision of Logan is attempting something more substantial.

It’s clear from the outset of the film that this is the finale for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character, whom he’s played for almost 18 years. As the exposition forms in the first few minutes, we get a sense of how desperate things have turned in the near-future setting of this film. The X-men are all but disbanded, mutants haven’t been born in years, and Logan is eking out a living as a taxi driver – using his little pay to buy medication for Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart).

A little side note here: Logan is an incredible tribute to Hugh Jackman’s work as Wolverine, but I’ve got to give Stewart credit for how well he’s revisited the Xavier character. This is not the Charles Xavier we’ve known: he’s heavily medicated, his mind is falling apart, and it’s nigh-impossible not to feel an immense amount of sympathy for the man. There’s a great scene in the film where Xavier suddenly recalls a traumatic past event that his mind had kept from him, and I applaud the director’s choice to not actually include a flashback scene. The abstraction of that trauma felt incredibly authentic.

Of course, that’s what much of Logan is: brutal, hard-hitting realizations that this movie isn’t like the comic books. Things aren’t sugar-coated here: people die, the past is full of ghosts, and there’s no guarantee that things will turn out okay. Instead, we’re presented with a redemption arc as Logan travels with Laura (played by Dafne Keen) and attempts to bring her safely across the Canadian border. There is no doubt an allusion made here to current political events related to immigration, but it’s done very skillfully. The universe presented in Logan feels very developed and plausible, while still capturing some of the magic of the X-men franchise.

I do have to minor critiques of the film, though. The first was the soundtrack, which personally didn’t do the movie much justice. I appreciated the original scoring, but to be honest, I think the film would have been better off with some of the voicing used in the trailer (Cash songs, American folk, etc.) to really capture the Americana mood of this cross-country journey. The climactic battle was where I really felt the soundtrack was so disjointed and distracting from what was happening on-screen. Likewise, I felt like the movie ended a little too late: the introduction of several new characters in the last half-hour made it difficult to value their contributions to the overall arc, and I think could have been done without them.

Regardless of the slight missteps, Logan does an exceptional job of bringing drama and emotion to a previously less-dimensional character. I have a whole new appreciation for Hugh Jackman’s work with the character now. It’s now-playing in the theaters, so go check it out.

Cover Image Credit: Screen Rant

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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