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Reflections: Be Thankful

Reflections: Be Thankful

November 30 / 17

 

 

Enjoy your Thursday, be blessed.

 

 

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Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

November 30 / 17

With the third installment of Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, Marvel, and DC are busy whipping up superhero films left and right….well, Marvel is. DC is just catching up. You have people who love DC, like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and then there are those who love Marvel, such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, and the Hulk. Me? I simply love both Marvel and DC. Yeah, I said it. Why? Well….

Both Have Created Complex Heroes

DC has their god-like superheroes with their fair share of problems. Let’s look at Superman. For at least the past several decades this Kryptonian has become the fixture your typical boy scout hero, with the power to destroy Earth, but he chooses to not to. Even though he’s forbidden to get involved with Earth’s affairs, he chooses to do the opposite. He wants to be the solution instead of the problem. While people embraced him, some have not. Even though he has his adoptive mother, Martha Kent and the love of his life, Lois Lane, he still feels alone. You have to remember this man is an alien from another planet, while just trying to do right in the world. Batman, Bruce Wayne, is just your average regular guy, well, a very wealthy guy I might add, who decides to fight crime in the city of Gotham. We all know how his parents died and who is responsible. I think he hasn’t fully healed from that tragedy in his life. It’s an open wound, almost a reminder of why he does the job anyway. Which reminds me of a scene from Justice League. How much longer can Bruce continue as the Dark Knight? He’s not like Superman or even Wonder Woman. Diana, Princess of Thymescra, knows the ways of the Amazons, but she also had to learn the world of men.

While DC has their complex heroes, Marvel has them also. Stephen Rodgers, the man behind Captain America is a man out of his time. He’s adjusting to a world different from the one he left behind. Like Superman, Rodgers is always up to the challenge to do the right thing. I always think that Rodgers is one of those guys who always have morals and sticks to them. That’s why people respect him. Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the Hulk, is a man I have sympathy for. Banner, who was exposed to gamma rays during an experiment, becomes the Hulk in emotional distress or sometimes against his will. When you really think about it, the Hulk represents an almost dark psyche persona of Banner.

The thing is these heroes have their share of problems no matter how super or tough they are.

Both Have Crazy Cool Villains

With every protagonist, there is an antagonist. That is the staple of a great comic or graphic novel right? Both Marvel and DC have given us plenty of that. You got the Joker, Catwoman, Lex Luther, Thanos, Ultron, Loki….I can only say that these villains have reasons for what they do, but they are just as complex or more as the heroes.  You know their bad, but you want to root for them, well some of them. Lex Luther, that one foe of Superman…a man with a plan. He hates what Superman stands for yet, he’s intrigued by what makes the Man of Steel who he is. Joker, on the other hand, he’s just plain crazy. The polar opposite of Batman, both were created from tragic events. He’s unpredictable, almost one step ahead of the game and downright dangerous. You really don’t want to mess with him or his main squeeze Harley Quinn. Shes just as crazy as he his, a psychopath really, but she does have a heart, in her own crazy way.

Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki has issues…deep-seated issues, daddy issues. He craves love and attention. Magneto, a survivor of the horrors of Auschwitz and Nazi Germany, is willing to use force to protect mutant kind. Thanos, well he’s just dangerous and threatening. Sometimes you just can’t place a finger on to why these guys are just crazy cool. They just are. You do sympathize as to why they do the most despicable things. There is always a reason to the madness.

 

The Best of Both

To sum it up, the world of DC and Marvel have created a universe that will continue to new generations of fans. DC fans, Marvel fans, or both. I’ve followed both from a very early age. Wonder Woman has always been my favorite so to see her on the big screen was a great thrill. I’m expecting the same for Captain Marvel.

Marvel has up the ante with the whole Cinematic Universe. Now that Avengers: Infinity War trailer has arrived, the expectations are high! We waited a good long while for this didn’t we? The solo films of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and Captain America gave us an introduction to the characters. I can’t wait to see Black Panther and let’s hope that Black Widow gets her own solo film. I don’t know how many more films Marvel has planned, but we’ll see how far they can go.

DC has a lot of catching up to do. I was very excited about Justice League. While I thorouly enjoyed the film, I was disappointed that some scenes were left out. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I wanted to know a little more about the Flash and Cyborg, but I can only hope that a director’s cut will be available when it hits digital and Blu-Ray. Again, DC has some catching up do to. The DC Extended Universe still has some bugs, but I’m positive that we can still see some great storyline and character developments coming soon.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as DC vs Marvel. Nope, there is room for all.

 

 

 

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Wednz Scene: Day for Night 2017

Wednz Scene: Day for Night 2017

November 29 / 17

Hello….Day for Night 2017 is coming in the next several weeks. I’m not sure if you guys have heard of this yearly festival, but I’m going to let you get a bit familiar with it.


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DAY FOR NIGHT 2017 

Day for Night is a current snapshot of popular music as well as a showcase for trailblazers who continue to cross over from the fringes to become influencers. Eschewing the idea of musical genres, Day for Night focuses instead on acts that specialize in an inventive and highly visual approach to performing. – from the website

The event will be held in Houston, Texas on December 15 – 17, 2017.

The Line up includes….

 

Go to dayfornight.io to get information on tickets, passes, and so forth. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

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Film Review: Justice League

Film Review: Justice League

November 20 / 17

Hey everyone! Internet acting a fool today, but the devil’s a lie! Anyway, I went to see Justice League over the weekend. Loved it, but I do have a few things to gripe about.

Yes, I loved Justice League. I grew up watching the cartoon as a kid and now seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the rest of the crew brought a happy smile to my face. I wasn’t sure if DC was going to bring Justice League to the big screen at all.

A few things to gripe about. Why in the world would DC cut some scenes that were in the trailer, but not in the film? Why? We don’t want to linger on each of the character’s origins, but at least give us a small glimpse as to how The Flash and Cyborg got their powers. I can only hope that when the film comes out on Blue-ray/DVD and digital, we can get an uncut look at the movie.

The villain, Steppenwolf was just weak. Ciaran Hinds did the character the justice (haha), but I wish they could’ve done more.

Seeing Gal Gadot back as Wonder Woman was pure joy. You could not have the Justice League without Wonder Woman. She’s pretty much the glue, the heartbeat of the team. She’s just as better in BVS and has the surefire spunk she brought to her own standalone film Wonder Woman. So there was no disappointment with that.

Ben, Ben, Ben….I think you may need to hang up the Batcape. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel Ben Affleck is not into Batman anymore. He’s trying to bless his heart. Just like Bruce, Ben doesn’t know how much longer he has until the time comes to walk away from it all.

Jason Momoa brings a really cool vibe as Aquaman and he’s not bad to look at either. He holds his own against the crew as the legendary Atlantian. You get the feeling you can hang out with this dude while drinking a few beers.

Ray Fisher is a newbie to the world of superheroes. Here is a man who is trying to navigate between being human while most of the time is just a machine. Meanwhile, Fisher is navigating on how to best represent this character. With a somewhat weak script, he is proving his own against the seasoned veterans. Hopefully, he can really stretch his acting chops when Cyborg gets his standalone film.

Henry Cavill, good to see you again. Did you think Superman was gonna stay dead? Really? Back as the red cape wonder, Cavill is not left out on the fun, but what’s going on with his face?

Ezra Miller‘s The Flash is a breath of comic air. Not only can he be serious, but he brings the funny in this most of the time dead serious superhero film. This hottie is just ready to join the group, ready to do good in his life, all the while making sure he’s proving his father innocence in the murder of his mother.

I’m disappointed, but not too disappointed. I expected an action-packed superhero film and I got it. So yes, I’m happy!

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little video of clips and things!

Justice League: ****

Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!

 

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Wknd Scene: Call to Photographers

Wknd Scene: Call to Photographers

November 18 / 17

Hey! I know this is a sort of kind of late post. To all photographers, amateur or experienced, take a look at these exhibitions and contests.


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Photowork ’18: 31st Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition

The Dutchess County Art Association & Barrett Art Center seek entries for a juried photography exhibition, February 10 – March 24, 2018, in Poughkeepsie, NY. $1,000 Juror Prize, $250 Second Prize; $125 Third Prize. Juror: Jason Wambsgans, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Photography. The show embraces reinvention, wherein artists provide a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting-edge practices in dynamic imagery. The show celebrates photography’s role as fine art and prescient social commentary. Winners in the past have spanned the gamut of photographic output from small to large format cameras, pinhole cameras, silver gelatin prints, pigment prints, chromogenic prints, and everything in between. $40 entry fee. Deadline: December 5, 2017More info. Contact: email or call 845-471-2550.

 

I’ll Be Your Mirror: Portrait Photography

1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, California seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, December 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018. Best In Show, 2nd Place and 3rd Place. Juror: Andrew Overtoom. Open to all photographers internationally. Approximately fifty pieces will be selected for the exhibition from submitted photographs. $35 for five images / $5 each additional imageDeadline: November 26, 2017More info. Contact: email

 

Framed: Landscape Photography

Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, January 1-20, 2018. Juror: Todd Johnson. 24 photographs will be selected by the juror for exhibitions at the gallery. An additional 30 photographs will be selected for an online exhibition. Open to all photographers. $35 entry fee. Deadline: December 7, 2017More info. Contact: email or call 503-804-5032.

 

Landscapes Photography Call for Entry

The Center for Fine Art Photography seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, May 18 – June 16, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Juror’s Award: $400, Director’s Award: $200, Honorable Mentions. Juror: Allie Haeusslein. Open to all photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to participate. Images of all sizes are eligible. Members: $24 for the first three images. Non-Members: $38 for the first three images. Deadline: December 13, 2017More info. Contact: email or call 970-224-1010.

 

Just click on the links above for more information. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed.

 

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