Batman: The Killing Joke (written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland) is highly regarded as one of the best Batman stories ever written. It is hugely popular and fanboys the world over embrace it like it is some sort of geek bible. It tells the origin story of the Joker and gives us […]
As my wife puts this movie, ” It was everything I wanted.” With that being said, Wonder Woman is a damn good movie. It was surly the best thing DC and Warner Bros has done together in the last ten or so years. The only thing that bothered me a little was the cliche slow motion fight scenes, I felt that it was a tad bit over done. The movie did also feel a bit familiar, like Captain America: The Fist Avenger(2011). Which isn’t a bad thing, since that movie was great in its own right.
Gal Gadot is great, not to mention that she’s very attractive as well. Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor and these two fine actors have chemistry. I feel that is something that helps get the view invested emotionally with what happens with their individual character arcs. Lucy Davis plays Etta, Steve’s secretary, and she is a joy in every scene she’s in. She almost stole the show.
The setting is WWI, and I think that was a great way to go, since WWII always seems just a bit played out. The scenes are great, the costumes are stunning, and the Lasso of Truth glows. Part of the fun is seeing all the Easter Eggs that are in there. They tie the DCEU all together in a nice pretty package. I’m trying not to spoil anything here, because this movie is truly a pleasure to experience, just say that DC seems to have Marvel’s problem with under developed villains.
Now that I’ve given a spoiler free review….I hope, I have something that I feel needs to be addressed about the importance of this movie. For all things about equality, this is a female superhero movie, directed by a female director. See studios? Women can do it too. Had this been a disaster, everyone would be bad mouthing DC even more, and probably blame Zack Snyder for ruining the DC brand. Wonder Woman did exceedingly well, and I think that all the companies either doing, or considering doing movies benefits from this. I’ve seen and heard people complain about the lack of female heroes in the movies. Well, Jessica Jones(2016) did very well on Netflix, and Wonder Woman being a success means that the movie watchers are ready for the female superhero movies. I think that studios should pay attention to this. We could have a successful Black Widow movie, or a Spider-Gwen. We could even do with a Black Canary movie. I think the possibilities are exciting.
The only disappointment I have about what I heard was that males complained about an all-women showing of Wonder Woman. I mean really? It seems that most things tend to be geared towards the male population as it is, and somebody doesn’t have enough chill to be cool with something not geared towards the male ego? I think it was a great publicity stunt, and there is a female section that has grown up with Wonder Woman as the only role model that they’ve had.
Parting words: If you’ve seen it, I hoped you like it. If you haven’t I recommend seeing it, because it is good. Have a good night, and until next time.
As I get closer to graduating from Los Angeles Film School, I want to take the time to thank everyone for their support. I’ve also had a chance to hear from people saying that I’ve been an inspiration, and I also appreciate that as well. I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact on those around me. The journey that I’m on is full of uncertainty, but I’m looking forward to the challenge that it presents me.
Now that I’ve said thank you, let me also ask a favor from everyone. If you watch my stuff, or read my stuff(I know some do both), then my favor is this, I’m trying to get exposure, and I want to have a more active interaction on the things I do. You like a video, comment on what you liked about it, hell tell me what you think could be improved, but if you do think it’s good, feel free to share, and tell people about my work. I want to make everyone feel as welcome as I’ve felt supported and loved. There will be plenty of things coming out in various forms of media. Watch and see the creative outlet explode.
Last week I went in for a series of tests. They did an EKG, checked out my arms and legs for blood clots, did an ultrasound of my stomach and heart. Wednesday night I had a sleep study, and Thursday morning, I had a Endoscopy. It was an experience that I won’t forget. When they took a scan of my sinuses, I felt like Bill Bixby in The Incredible Hulk(1978) television series.
So now that I’m well on my way to actually doing this, I feel that I have to get my butt in gear and actually start getting a bit of exercise. I’m currently focusing only dual class schedule at the moment, but I’ve got a good momentum going that I think I will take a hike this weekend.
So many changes are getting ready to happen, and while I’m excited, I’m also terrified with the fact that these changes are big. I found out from my sleep test that I might have sleep apnea, but I need to set up another test so that I can go down and sleep with a mask on( yay me). I will update you more later.
I’ve been looking at different jobs in the entertainment industry, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the things I’m working towards doing are going to help me gain the experience that I need to help me continue towards my future profession. Entertaining people has been a passion of mine since I was younger. It started with me cracking jokes to help cheer my friends up.
I’ve been looking forward to getting a few of the podcasts projects off the ground. I’ve been fascinated with the idea of doing a radio since I started listening to Mark and Brian, and I would love to bring out my thoughts on various subjects ranging from geek culture to politics. I even have ideas for a NSFW podcast that would allow me to discuss more adult content, and bring out my full force, uncensored, sense of humor.
As I move forward towards the end of school, I know that I’m going to be working on gaining a whole new level of experience. Yes, I am starting my own production company, and yes, I would love to work with others. As a person, I’ve learned that networking is key. I’ve been doing that for the last couple of years, and I think that it’s helped give me a chance to have better relationships with the people that I’ve gone on to network with.
Going through some life changing events of the last several years, I’ve grown quite a bit. I think that I’ve gotten my ego out of the way of my personal growth. I used to think that I was going to do whatever it was to make it on my own, and I would let things get in my way of trying to succeed. I’m now being a more positive person, not for anyone specifically, but myself. Those who might benefit from the energy that I try to emit, I’m always glad that it helps. Life it too short to dwell over the negative things, and we all need to enjoy life.
I just felt like I had to put something down tonight.
So, Sarah and I took our friend Alisa with us to a SCA event down in Dun Or, or Lancaster, Ca for people who aren’t into the medieval reenactment group. It was their 25th anniversary and Sarah’s second time being the youth activity officer. Alisa went to be her helper, and I went to support our local barony.
One of the things that I like about being a member of the Society is that I’ve made friends with some amazing people. This is also the most open minded group of people that I’ve ever been around. I’ve met several people who are like minded and enjoy the geeky things that I like. So, I was talking with my usual group of people at events, and I we had a great time. One of my friends, also introduced me to a long time friend, who helps run a geek internet radio station. She was happy to introduce us, because she wants to see my creative endeavors sprout up and become something bigger then it is.
As the event came to an end, my friend, her family, and my group of people went out and had dinner together. The best part was, that I realized that I enjoyed being around these people far more than I ever realized. They are good people, and also intelligent as well. So, dinner took way longer than it should have, and without having our kids with us, it was nice to spend time with adults that we share a passion for geeky and possibly crude humor. It was a wonderful night, and I look forward to actually hanging out more often now that we realize how much we enjoy each other’s company.
Wow! I sit here and reflect on the fact that I got this short completed. Everything from the writing of the script to the crazy filming, and finally too the experience of editing. I enjoyed doing the sound editing, but I also found it to be one of the most time consuming portions of this process. It’s funny that I think buying the rights to use two songs in this short was the most exciting part of my experience.
What I’ve learned through this whole process are lessons that I’ll continue to carry with me for the rest of my life. They’ll also help in making me a better story teller. The way this has gone, the most important lesson is that pre-production is the most important first step. I’ve learned that I need to work on organizing things better. The biggest part of filming-roomtone is key. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, it’s an unsung hero for the world of bringing film to life. Oh, and I can’t wait until we can start scoring and doing our own music. I think that will be a great experience.
I know that with the hardship that’s come with this picture, it will make everything that comes after seem like a piece of cake. It also makes me hungry to do more, and I wish that I could dedicate far more time to working on my craft. Plus having my new creative partner is going to be a wonderful experience to help get the ideas flowing.
As I’m writing this, I’m also sending links to the short so that people can tell me what they think. Here’s the link if you haven’t seen it: https://youtu.be/NrxkWYUDnD4. Enjoy, and leave a note. I take all comments into consideration. I know growth comes from criticism if people are willing to accept it. That was something my drama teacher always loved about me, was that I looked at it as a tool for improvement, and right now, I’m still a toddler in this filmmaking thing.