Ret’s Review: Black Panther

So after all that, now we’ve got the movie, which essentially acknowledges “Hey, I’ve got a life and a country to run outside of your weekly superhero slapfights.”

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So I’m an Asian dude reviewing a movie about fictional Africans originally created by a white guy. Nope, don’t see how this could possibly go wrong!

But yeah, Black Panther was pretty good. And let’s tell the internet and Social Justice to shut up and listen for a minute: Yeah, it was good because it was good.

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Sidekicks: Kids Stop The Darnedest Crimes

In other words, Robin goes where Lois Lane can’t.

Holy Marketing Scheme, Batman! Looks like we’re trying to appeal to the youth demographic!

But wait, that can’t be right! Everyone knows comics are made for 20-to-30 somethings with massive feelings of entitlement about their theories and perceptions!

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Speculative Fiction: Alternate Universe Time Travel

After all, it’s kind of hard to sustain a villain of the week when your victory could accidentally erase a country.

Leeeeet’s do the tiiiiiime waaaaaaarp agaaaaaaiiiiiiiin!

Fun fact: This post will be written and posted at a point that will be in your past!

Fun fact: That fact was not fun at all.

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Hulk: The Jolly Green Giant Who Gains

Or, he’ll do that anime thing where he powers up spontaneously with his emotions.

He’s green. He’s mean. He’ll rupture your spleen. He’s powered by gamma rays, he’s got pecs for days. When he walks the earth will tremble, roadkill his enemies will resemble, everyone clench your buttcheeks and prepare for:

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Wrong Hulk, or RIGHT Hulk?

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Hope: An Audience’s Odyssey

After all, Charming Orphan Annie singing her way to a family is more optimistic than Malnourished Orphan Annie decrying the wealth gap created by the capitalist system.

Last week, I expressed the heretical opinion that Logan is excellent but miserable, a one-view-only masterpiece that is bereft of hope. This week, I thought I’d elaborate a bit more on just what hope means.

That’s a tall order, of course, just like it’s hard to express something that’s so subjective, as well as being a fundamental word, like trying to describe “hot” or “soft” without using those words. But perhaps there’s a way to narrow it down. Perhaps by grasping to explain, I can clear up the picture and feelings behind it for others. Just what IS hope in stories?

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Logan: Les Miserables Masterpiece

I don’t feel hopeful that they’ll beat the odds and succeed; I feel resigned to their deaths, and think it’d be nice if they met it with dignity.

Logan does a lot right. Well-paced, good balance of action and emotion, very elegant conservation of information that is transmitted smoothly in a plot-relevant way, all of which are difficult to achieve in any film, let alone an action-fantasy. Does a lot for the comic book movie genre to bring more mature storylines to light, along with all the other ‘serious fan’ pontifications. Proves that good writing can transcend genres and categories, surpassing supposed restrictions with creative execution.

In fact, there’s only one thing it fails to do: Make me happy.

…WHAT? How can I be UNHAPPY with Logan? That’s like saying I enjoyed the Star Wars prequels! …Except wait, I DID enjoy the Star Wars prequels…

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Love-to-Hate Relationships

We’re talking Scooby-Doo, villain-of-the-week, “tear down the orphanage and build a toxic pollution factory because I love the tears of children” levels of motivation.

Today I’ll be talking about characters you love to hate! Or is that characters you should hate but love? The answer, my readers, is: Yes.

So, everyone knows their own reasons for liking a characters. Could be personality, abilities, design. Could be a snappy one-liner or an achievement you really loved. There are characters we love wholeheartedly, and ones we despise and want to see dead.

But somewhere out there, some characters occupy a sweet spot, a mix of antagonism and admiration. Whatever it is, they share one thing with the characters that matter to you: You enjoy watching them.

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