A Tale of Two Heroes in November

A Tale of Two Heroes in November

The age old argument of Marvel vs. DC.

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:


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.

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7 Famous Authors As Your Man Crush Monday

Ever wondered what Ernest Hemingway would be like if he has your #mcm?

Even though Mondays are literally the worst day of the week, they do have one thing going for them; Man Crush Monday! It is social media tradition to post your #mcm and usually it's either your significant other, or Jason Momoa, but what about... authors?

So here they are; your favorite authors as your #mcm.

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald as an #mcm can be good or bad. The good part is that you will be his muse, he'll write all his Facebook posts about you, and he will buy you copious amounts of absinthe. The bad news is that he will steal all your memes (and take credit) and he might low-key call you crazy to his bro, Ernest Hemingway.

Probably listens to EDM.

2. Ernest Hemingway

Okay, Ernest Hemingway as your Man Crush Monday is just a bad idea all around. First, he'll write vague tweets about his love for you. But then he won't like any of your posts, he'll leave your messages on "read," but at least you'll live in Paris. He is the tortured soul that listens to Twenty-One Pilots. Claims to be a hippie but really, I mean, really loves to hunt.

Oh yeah, and he probably looks at older women too.

3. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Most likely has an obsession with witches, don't ask him about his hometown OR family, and probably was a goth kid in middle school. Introvert rich kid that probably doesn't like social media too much, he won't be taking snaps of you all day but will want to watch horror movie marathons. 10/10 would recommend as #mcm.

4. Ray Bradbury

He'll take you on bookshop dates but you'll get stuck in the sci-fi section of Barnes and Noble. This #mcm is the one every parent loves, is an all-around nice guy, and gets sucked into subreddits for hours. Might have strong opinions on artificial intelligence and televisions sets but won't text other girls back.

5. Hunter S. Thompson

Is the type of #mcm that will pick you in a convertible, drive through the desert, and will probably get visited by aliens. Your parents won't appreciate his... recreational activities and Hell's Angels probably has beef with him as well. Definitely falls onto the bad boy section of the Man Crush spectrum.

6. John Steinbeck

Totally boyfriend material. Vacations in Russia, farmers market every Saturday, and will want to go record shopping. He has that '90s-grunge, lead singer look going for him and that's how he made this list. Loves talking about the Dust Bowl upon meeting your parents.

7. Edgar Allan Poe

PLOT TWIST. John Cusack version of Edgar Allan Poe. Hasn't outgrown his goth phase, will buy you roses and cognac, and texts you long poems every morning. Appears to be angry for no reason. And watch out for his cousin...

Cover Image Credit: Nerd League

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"The Greatest Showman" Is Truly The Greatest, And Here's Why

You should go watch it right now. Like RIGHT now. No seriously...now.

A new year brings a new musical, and you know how we all love musicals. "The Greatest Showman" outlines the life and times of circus legend Phineas T. Barnum and his band of sideshow acts. Containing a mixture of contemporary music and historical settings, this movie holds itself to an extremely high standard, and I might even dare to say it exceeds any expectations I could've had.

*Spoiler Alert* If you haven't watched "The Greatest Showman," and you want to, just know I'm going to spoil everything for you in the rest of this article.

The movie outlines P.T. Barnum's life -- from his poor, wretched childhood to his stardom and fame. He begins as a poor tailor's boy who finds himself in a lot of trouble with his father's client for distracting his daughter from her etiquette lessons.

Little did they know, the two would fall in love and move away from her life of luxury and his life of turmoil. They didn't have much, but they were happy. They shared a love and two beautiful daughters, and that's all they needed... until P.T. lost his job.

He ended up gambling property that he didn't even have to obtain a loan from the bank to buy estate in New York and set up his new museum. But customers were not biting at the prospect of wax figures, so he went out and found what we now know as sideshow acts to create a living, breathing show.

His performers finally felt accepted, loved, and appreciated. He even took on an apprentice, Phillip Carlisle, to help him run the show. And it worked at first, until unruly and judgmental townsfolk caught wind of the show and began to riot.

P.T. lost his way in the process -- through fortune and fame his ego began to grow and his acceptance for his performers began to dim. He and his performers were invited to Buckingham Palace to perform for Queen Victoria when he met superstar European singer, Jenny Lind, and took her for an American tour that would assure both him and her fame and prominence in the American theatre circuit.

This ended very badly when Jenny began to obtain feelings for P.T., and he did not reciprocate due to being married. She ruined him by kissing him on stage and tarnishing his reputation. Then the thugs burned down his building... it all starts going downhill from here.

P.T. finally comes to his senses and realizes that his performers are not just some sideshow acts that can be mistreated and thrown to the side. They gave him everything. He realizes this finally that they have become a family, and some have even fallen in love (cough cough Anne Wheeler and Phillip Carlisle).

Phillip and P.T. go in 50/50 on a new business venture, and begin the iconic tent circus on the beach that we all know and love.

The storyline is a real underdog tale -- coming from nothing to something. However, it shows the truth about how fame can go to your head. It shows how one can be swept up in wealth and fortune and forget about the people involved. I'm personally glad the film makers added this element into the story, so that viewers get the gist of how money can change a person.

And let me just say, the soundtrack is everything. Even though it's a more modern twist on music, it's show stopping. At first, I was turned off by the idea that such an old setting could be incorporated with new music, but it actually really works. The songs are heart wrenching, emotional, and beautiful. They work perfectly.

So basically, thank you to anyone involved in this beautiful musical. Your contributions have changed my life.

And Keala Settle is an underrated singer that needs more publicity, because what a powerhouse.

Cover Image Credit: IndieWire

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