Avengers: Endgame (2019) (Review/Spoiler)

Song – Led Zeppelin’s ~ ‘Battle of Evermore’

Ferrum Homo, Vindex Quis Moritur ~||~ Iron Man, The Avenger Who Dies

Awh Man! I’ve got huge spoilers here. I believe I waited long enough to really say what I want, so if you didn’t see the film by now, turn away. Let me start by honoring the late great Stan Lee, who we still see a cameo appearance of in the film. His mind was so great in coming up with these Marvel characters. Okay so, personally, I preferred the first part of this 2-part movie; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was way better. For me, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ turned out to be what I hoped not to happen. When you set up a mythic problem because you outthought yourself, it becomes a monumental challenge to rethink something plausible. What do I mean, well……. they had setup a big conundrum where Thanos got all the Infinity Stones and now had the kind of power that would make him unstoppable. So we’re thinking about scenarios that might work to defeat him, and after I saw this film, I liked other peoples’ ideas better including my own. While people were busy thinking The Avengers were the only ones that could stop him, I was considering other notable heroes in The Marvel Universe. It would be an entirely different movie if you involved the X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc. since what Thanos did would affect them as well. Of course, there is a mystery being in The Universe people forgot about called The Beyonder, that would have seen the whole thing coming and could single-handedly stop it or just make an event of it using the noblest heroes, him already knowing how it would all end. Plus, I thought as much that the Writers, would need to scale down the might of Thanks’ character in a way so they can defeat him. None of it came off believable to me. The movie came off like how you would expect a corny good guy come-back. If you have all that power, I don’t think you would want to give it up. We are led to believe that Thanos had to destroy the stones to so that he saves himself from being destroyed by them, plus by destroying them, he and all he did prior is inevitable. Well, what’s wrong with this is that he absorbed the jolt of power originally being a Demi-god and was fine using it many times well into the film that our heroes have a way of clocking the last time he used the stones and can pinpoint where in the galaxy he is. So we see a humble looking Thanos living his hobbit-like life until The Avengers crash into him and Thor finally does what he failed to do the first time, aiming for his head. Big deal! Later we see the Mighty Thor being a potbelly, beer drinking couch potato bum. Thanos should not have ended like that. He’s supposed to be on his throne chillin’, but this is good guy must win nonsense when the first time around when it mattered they failed miserably. When the film opened with Iron Man and the camera focused too long on him, all up in his face with the emotional shots, I said to myself, ‘oh no, are you really going to make this about him’. Well, in the first film, Thanos tried to kill him successfully until Doctor Strange gave up his Infinity Stone to save his life. Now you can debate in your mind at what point with which stone or stones Thanos had at any given point of both movies, but for me, while watching the film, and thinking of the movie days after, I still have problems with it. THANOS, SHOULD NOT HAVE LOST! He had all the information to stop them at any point. He would have to voluntarily give up his power for the greater good, and we know that wouldn’t make sense for him. So as I watched this bullshit, I cringed. A quirk of fate, makes it possible for Antman, who was trapped in a storage unit, to escape and come up with the idea of going back in time the way he does, using quark nano-technology. So the Incredible Hulk uses his scientific brain to put together a time machine. Iron Man, who already has a new married family life he does not want to lose, eventually falls sway to the rest of the team to try to stop Thanos in the past. And we are to believe that they are able to do what the greatest scientific minds have been unable to do by precisely creating a time machine on such short notice to end up at precise moments in history and return to the present time safely. Well, even if they were such geniuses, Thanos, being able to see all future scenarios as well, would have seen that coming. The Writers only allowed a little mistake in there where no matter how smart the superheroes were, they neglected to think that a super android was dangerous to send back into the past because anything could go wrong. Nebula got captured and Thanos learned about the time stamp events from the future. Right there, the whole thing should have got shut down with just the couple stones he had, but here, he’s thinking like someone without the power playing games. This allowed Gamora and the future Nebula to teamup. We see a lot of female heroic action until Captain Marvel got punched in her face by Thanos. So to cut a long story short, the one move to save them all was Iron Man offering his life in that epic battle. He got the gauntlet off Thanos and did his own Infinity snap bringing back Black Panther (Ebombeh!), and other previously dead heroes. Then he used the power to get rid of Thanos and his dark legions. Listen man, Thanos did the decimation snap better. Like the Infinity Stones he so-called destroyed, the nano-particles are still in the universe, so you can’t completely eradicate evil. Then we see the funeral of Iron Man, his mortal body being destroyed by the power, and a briefcase filing away of the time machine technology. Ofcouse, Captain America was going to use it to have a romantic life with Agent Carter, why not, it was his only chance. And he gave away his super-action name to a Black guy to be the new Captain America. Hmmm, I would have preferred he had his own super identity. Iron Man didn’t have to die. This idea is coming from a concept of a sacrificed hero, well, it was possible to have done the whole thing where no one needed to die. The movie could have been done better. I remember the reaction the first time around at the end of Part 1 with movie-goers being sad and awe-struck at the end but in wonder and excitement to see Part 2. Now that we got the cookie-cut good-guy ending, the intrigue doesn’t feel the same. It was lacking something; that once and for all tone. If by any chance, I would like to see Thanos and Friends resurrect. Let’s have a proper battle. One with an outcome we can all agree with.

Lhisa Mrklon,
Emissary of Fate

I, Tonya (2017 Film)

I, Tonya……..now on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). The 2017 Movie, ‘I Tonya’ was great & the subject matter is relatable played by award-winning actresses Margot Robbie (Tonya) & Allison Janney (The Mother). Looking back at the time period of this story, I was in my graduating year in High School & Nancy Kerrigan was the skater almost everyone was rooting for….., but side opinions count. Some people liked Tonya & her hardship all the way to The Olympics representing America as well. It was fucked up what happened to her career. There are people that can relate to her story. Not everyone fits a mold for certain industries. Does this mean that you CAN’T compete? She was breaking a lot of rules. She didn’t let poverty get in the way, nor having the standard Ice Princess look or breeding hamper her chance at success & fame. And for THAT, she was punished. She was a victim of prejudice amongst HER OWN people. They loved Nancy Kerrigan. The dark-haired beauty could do no wrong. She had the judges in her favor even if she made a mistake on the ice, as long as it was not too bad, her marks were still high. Oh well…..you poor blond bitch, we don’t care about your scrapper way of getting here to our ivy league sport, you don’t belong & we don’t like you, so we’re gonna score you a little bit lower even though you were the ONLY American Woman to land the Triple Axel in 1991 in our International sport. THAT was the general attitude that poor child had to deal with even though she had A RIGHT to be there representing not only The U.S.A, but the downtrodden & disenfranchised rest of us. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG ONE FATEFUL DAY. The asshole/loser she married to get away from her loud-mouth & funny, but abusive mother, couldn’t leave the skating politics alone & conspired with his friend to have a cohort go to where Nancy Kerrigan was practicing & whack her on the knee, where she famously screamed out, “WHY!” It injured her ability to do well in general, in an effort for Tonya to win Olympic gold ofcourse. There are those despite the old news reports & trial in the mid to late 90s, & now the current movie 23 years later partly told from Tonya’s perspective, who still doubt her innocence. The case was federally investigated & Tonya got banned professionally from the sport & competing nationally & internationally. So now for the first time ever in public, we’re seeing her at 47 years old (still able to land a triple axel while ice-skating privately) on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competing for the Mirabal trophy along other respected athletes. But going back to that tragic event from the past, arguably the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was not necessary at all, since Tonya WAS the better skater if you look back at the old footage. The real problem here was the skating committee/judges who discriminated against her for being poor & rock n’ roll. She liked skating to heavy metal music, she looked like a hard rock chic in her outfits & I was into that stuff too & thought at the time watching her on TV, how refreshing to see someone different out there on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan was nice skating to the classical/contemporary themes, but she looked too much like the cookie-cut standard model with how she was carefully packaged. And the people in charge of the whole thing who could have made a difference, were too ignorant & blind to that. THEY are the real ones responsible, because had Tonya been treated more fairly,…..none of it would have happened.

More on the film……..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Tonya
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/movies/i-tonya-review-margot-robbie.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/awards

~ Lhisa Mrklon

The Movie Get Out (2017) ~ (Critique)

A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.

~ Lhisa Mrklon