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Call Me by Your Name – Twitter Book Review

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Read “Call Me by Your Name” and I was frustrated. At the start it was just another gay romance being about how characters don’t even get to enjoy the romance.

I did a live-tweet reaction to the book which I will post here:

After finish reading Call Me By Your Name, I realized that it was a beautiful piece of text. Plot got iffy in the middle but the way it was written was beautiful.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experienced.

Loved the touch of melancholy and “the better to have loved and lost than never loved at all” thing was sweet. I still am tired of this type of narrative though…where all queer men just get unhappy endings but Aciman gets a pass because the story that he told was beautifully done.

At least no one died for the romance to end. It was just life.

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Film adaptation review: http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/call-me-by-your-name-review-1201966646/

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Power Rangers – Movie Review

Plot: Five teens unwittingly find themselves tasked with defending the universe when they inadvertently unlock the powers of a spaceship buried for thirty five million years.

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Review:

Go Go Power Rangers! Talk about a Mighty Morphing time had at the movies.
I was fortunate enough to attend the press screening, and I say fortunate because my scheduled so packed that day that it was miracle that I got to the screening.
The new Power Rangers film is better than it had any right to be, and it is such a fun experience.
I was a big fan of the Power Rangers when I was younger and I tried to watch it as often as what I could. Unfortunately I missed out a few seasons, but whenever it was on, I would repeatedly find myself sitting in front of the TV getting caught up in the action, the angst and difficulty in being teenage superheroes.

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The new movie hits on all of those notes, but does so in a modern way.
The new era of Power Rangers aren’t goody two shoes, but rather good-hearted kids who make mistakes and aren’t always perfect. They make mistakes and have challenging home lives or facing challenges that they can’t speak openly about.
By removing the squeaky clean image of what we knew about the Power Rangers, it automatically gave the writers the ability to craft three dimensional characters, and for them to have done that with almost all of the Rangers in such a short time is a massive achievement.

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The film took risks in terms of character portrayals, and plot points, and witnessing that was exciting as a viewer as it gave the film a sense of individuality.
What I really enjoyed about the film is that when the Rangers do come together initially, it’s a coincidence, and felt natural. These are a group of teenagers who have detention together, and forcing them to become friends and bond too soon would have felt ingenuous but instead the movie uses that as a plot point.trinipowerrangers

Also what added to my enjoyment of the film was the use of a diverse cast, which was really something to behold. So many young children will get to see themselves represented as heroes on the screen and that is so exciting.

Not only that, but also children who differ from the norm. I would go into more details here, but I don’t want to reveal anything because part of the fun was discovering it for the first time on the screen without it being spoiled.

Elizabeth Banks was so good as Rita Repulsa, and I will confirm the theory that she was originally the green who then went bad.

This fact is revealed within the first few minutes of the film, and honestly it adds a wonderful dimension to her villain knowing that she used to be one of the good guys.

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POWER RANGERS (2017) Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) and Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks)

Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader were really entertaining as Zordon and Alpha 5 respectfully. While Hader’s character is for comedic effect, Cranston’s character, Zordon, is a little more serious.

His character was originally this wise advice giving computer in the series however in the movie he is far more interesting with a intricate back-story. His motives are not without thought.

One of the reasons the movie is so good is because it knows how silly and outlandish the plot is, and doesn’t try to take itself too serious. The film knows exactly what it is, and in doing so, it allows itself to really play up its cheesy aspects.

The comedy in the film works so well. It really helps the movie not get too bogged down in the seriousness.

The movie isn’t without its flaws – the look of Goldar was seen within the trailer isn’t perfect with the monster that the rangers have to battle being a faceless villain.

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Also the scenes where the rangers are battling Rita’s Putty’s for the first time use a lot of CGI, and my only gripe is that the fighting scenes could have been made to look more practical.

Given that fight scenes in films are evolving and we’re getting better action, it means that we often now judge action scenes while having seen better. While not bad, they could have put in more effort.

If you’ve seen the gritty fan film, then you will also notice a few similarities which aren’t a bad thing. It definitely gives better understanding as to why there were plans for a lawsuit against that film.

The Power Rangers movie knows exactly when to pay homage to its original history with the theme song and catch phrases being used are moments when they can pack the biggest punch, and have those of us who grew up with the Power Rangers geeking out.

The new Power Rangers movie is a definite must see, it is fun, humorous and tells a story worth being seen, especially if you are a fan of the original series.

There is a mid-credits scene which is worth sticking around for, and it definitely sets up the introduction for the sequel, which I hope there will be. This movie is really fun and enjoyable that it deserves a sequel.

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Lionsgate/Summit took the time to properly setup the first film, and with alleged six film movie plan in place, it makes sense. So long as they keep taking risks and pushing the story into new territory without going overboard like the Transformer movie series did, then I’m certainly going to be coming back and repeatedly watch these films.

Theo. Over and Out

REVIEW: Doctor Strange

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Plot:

After his hands are destroyed in a car accident, a talented surgeon travels to Nepal in order to receive healing from a mystical sect led by the immortal Ancient One. After joining their ranks, Strange learns he’s now on the front lines of a battle that spans dimensions and time itself.

Review:

The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived and boy does it take on a very strange topic, at least a strange one to the established cinematic universe. Magic.chvem5suuaad36b

Director, Scott Derrickson who is known for his horror films delivers a solid and necessary entry that continues to serve the larger plan Marvel has in the pipeline. The entire film is dripping in his visual style. The beginning of
Strange’ story could’ve definitely used more breathing room and time to develop, you eyes are still given a treat.

After watching the film in 2D, I highly recommend that you go view it in 3D or IMAX if possible only because the aesthetic of the film is so wonderful.

The comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Inception are bound to be made because of the visuals, but thankfully the film is far enough from it to establish it as its own story and style.

A colleague of mine who I attended the screening with voiced a complaint afterwards that he did not enjoy how the film explained the magic away with science, but I feel like Marvel did this to appease fans because leaving something so important to understanding the film unexplained would cause an outcry. Given that Marvel is building towards interconnected films, they unfortunately do have to set up parameters for this new universe given that it will come into play.

Because of this, the film is exposition heavy, lots of exposition to take it, but I really didn’t notice it as mtumblr_o6v0dnwarf1sozqj6o7_400uch. These are general critiques that I read which I disagreed with. In a world like Dr Strange, you are introducing new concepts to an audience and inhabiting a new world so explanation and education is a necessary part of the process.

Dr Strange isn’t a perfect Marvel movie, but it a wonderful visual fest told with an excellent cast.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect Dr Strange, portraying the Sorcerer Supreme with the right amount of arrogance and charm. In a another critique of the film that I stumbled across, some believed that he doesn’t have the right amount charisma that Robert Downey Jnr. has as Tony Stark, but as similar as their personalities are, they needed to have a difference in temperament which is something that Cumberbatch managed to achieve.

This only excites me for future interactions between the characters in which we will have two Sherlock Holmes’ butting heads.

Marvel still have a villain problem in their films that they can’t seem to fix. Mads  Mikkelsen does an excellent job, but he does feel underused…especially in light of his Hannibal role where you know he can deliver as a villainous character. I really hope that Marvel swiftly get the hang of their villains and give them legitimate reasons to do what they are doing, otherwise more and more fans will depart.

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There was the casting controversy surrounding Tilda Swinton as the ancient one, and no one can deny that Tilda Swinton took the role and delivered. There was a very interesting dynamic to her character that was quite enjoyable to watch play out, and it helped that she built that relationship with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Part of the reason why I assume Marvel change her character from comic to movie is because otherwise there would have only been one female character for the whole film.

Marvel did an excellent job in casting a wide variety of ethnic characters in roles for this film. People of colour and non-white characters are effortless sprinkled into the story, and only enrich the viewing experience, especially as a person of colour.

The signature Marvel humour is there, with enjoyable actions sequences, most notably the climatic end battle is wonderful to watch because it is the complete opposite of destruction. I would elaborate but I don’t want to spoil what happens.

Dr Strange is a quite the strange affair, but my is it a lot of fun.

Rating:  7.5/1o