A Tale of Two Heroes in November

A Tale of Two Heroes in November

The age old argument of Marvel vs. DC.
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Marvel vs. DC. It's a constant fight amongst many-a-nerd (pretty sure that's not a really word) and this month it felt as if this fight was put to the test when both properties released a film this November. I had the pleasure of viewing both films in the same week and felt almost as if I had to talk about the major differences between them and in the end choose a favorite(hint hint: It's not DC)

Justice League


I remember when I first saw The Avengers and was practically shaking with excitement as I watched it in disbelief at how this was all actually happening. Well let's just say that I had the same thoughts while watching Justice League but it was a different kind of disbelief where I was thinking "this is all actually happening!". I'll start off with the things I did like: for one there was a lot more relaxed humor then we are used to in a DC film, then there was Wonder Woman(who should've been the real star of the film),

and Aquaman chugging whiskey before plunging into the ocean

(This was me and my friend in the theater during that scene)

That's not to say that I hated it though, the film overall just felt underwhelming and rushed. Possibly in better terms, it felt like a very long and expensive Six Flags stunt show. It was entertaining but you know it could've been so much better.

With the inclusion of new characters such as Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash you know there was a lot to be done to give us everything we wanted out of the film with only so little time, yet it still felt like a miss. Honestly if we took away that ridiculous villain and just had them do a simple team up with character bonding here and there, like one we would see in a CW crossover, that would have been so much better. I don't think I should be watching a Justice League film and keep thinking, man this would be so much better if Batman and Superman weren't included, they're kind of a drag. Plus I think I should be able to recall what happened in the ending as well, and I can't.

Again it's flawed but still not the worst, aka not as bad as:

Thor:Ragnarok

I will start with the obvious...Chris Hemsworth is a hunky dreamboat.

There we go, I've said it! Now I can actually talk about the film.

From the start I kind of have always been a fan of the Thor films. I always feel like he is the forgotten Avenger and with the third installment in his story, our a little God of Thunder finally got the movie he deserved. Right from the beginning I had a smile on my face at the light humor strewn throughout the film, which was quite similar to the director's previous work What We Do in the Shadows. I don't know if you have parents who have forced their '70s-'80s childhood entertainment choices on you, but I did and I can say that Thor:Ragnarok is very reminiscent of that film style. It was kind of like a modern version of Flash Gordon.

Oh yeah look at that cheesy '80sness

Not to mention we also got to see more candid/natural interactions amongst the characters, especially Thor and Loki. Instead of the usual dramatic soap opera interactions they have had in previous films, you can believe that they are actually brothers.

My only complaint would be that they somehow made Norway, a real place that you can go and film in (if you didn't know), look really fake and green screened? And the story did get slow in a couple parts. However, it still completely held my interest.

The inclusion of the new female character, Valkyrie, was nice to see and didn't feel forced to show that Natalie Portman was no longer in the films. I'm very excited to see more of her character in Avengers:Infinity War.

Plus, the usage of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" made some scenes completely badass.

In the words of Thor himself here is my reaction to the film-


And the winner is......

If you couldn't guess, it's Thor:Ragnarok!

Probably it's because I have a better connection with the character, but mostly it's due to the fact that it had a slower pace and richer story to tell. I was invested and delighted the whole time.

Cover Image Credit: Wallup

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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5 Things English Majors Are Tired Of Hearing

No I didn’t just go to college to party

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When telling people you're an English major, you'll always get mixed reactions. Some are supportive, while others act as though you told them their cat died.

1. “Are you English Education?” 

To many people, English majors are only seen as future educators, but in reality, our major is so diverse and versatile. We are lawyers, editors, journalists, and even sometimes doctors. We are not limited to the realm of education and deserve to treated with the same respect as stem majors.

2. “You’re not going to make a decent living” 

Oh no! I had no idea humanities and arts majors were underpaid and underappreciated in today's society. Thanks for the advice, but I'm not choosing my major on how much money I'll make. Call me a starving artist or whatever, but this is where my happiness lies.

3. “You’re so smart; why don’t you do STEM?” 

First off, English is no joke. From analyzing texts to reading Shakespeare plays, my major is more than set answers and numbers. We may not be researching how to cure cancer, but we're just as relevant to society. Imagine going a day without art, music, TV, etc.

4. Finding a job will be hard

Okay, so if you're not an English major yourself then how would you know? Like I said before, an English degree is worth much more than people think. Everything we do is communicated through writings and words. So basically, I have faith that we'll be around for a while.

5. Can you edit my papers? (For free?)

Just because I am an English major does not mean I'm your personal spellcheck and grammar police. If you want me to edit a paper I'd happy to, but I need compensation for my time and energy. Please and thank you.

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