Friday, July 7, 2017

Spider-man! Spider-man! Does whatever a....MCU Movie Can? #NoSpoilers

Do you remember a few years back when they made the exciting announcement that Spiderman would be appearing in Captain America: Civil War? It was kind of bittersweet, first, Spidey was coming home to the MCU. Yet at the same time, they were recasting Andrew Garfield. I was kinda of bummed, mostly because while I liked the first two Tobey Maguire movies, I had really liked Andrew Garfield in the role.

That said, the second Garfield movie was fantastic to me until the very last five minutes and those left me cringing. The last minutes with the Rhino face-off just neutered the film for me. Still, I was willing to trust the MCU because with only one exception for me, they hadn't let me down.

After Civil War? I was sold on their portrayal of Spidey, but did we seriously need another Spider-man movie? Spidey and Batman are like the Marvel and DC movie universe staples. They remake them over and over and over again. Like the Batman origin story, Spidey's is part of our zeitgeist.

Did we really need to do it all over again?

I got to see Spider-Man: Homecoming last night, and I have to say, yep, we needed this Spiderman movie. It was hands down, the best Spider-man movie I've seen in the last twenty years.

Here's my quick spoiler-free rundown on why. (As always these are just my opinion.)

1. Not an origin story. I repeat: Not. An. Origin. Story.
2. Not the same set of villains on wash, rinse, repeat. Look, Green Goblin is a signature Spidey villain, just like Joker is a signature Batman guy. If you do Batman v. Joker all the time or Spidey v. Green Goblin, half the time you just compare it to the one that came before.
3. When the story is about the hero with and without his mask.
4. When you laugh, you cry, and you brace yourself because the film hits the rights beats and you burst into spontaneous applause with the rest of the audience.
5. The MCU created a multi-nuanced villain in Vulture which goes above and beyond anything they've done before.
6. Cameos that fit and are not shoe-horned in.
7. A supporting cast that hits the right notes.
8. Aunt May. Aunt May is to Spiderman what Alfred is to Batman. Nailed it.
9. Michael Giacchino is becoming on of my favorite film composers! From the opening song to the closing notes...sooo good.
10. When you have that fist pump moment not once, but three times and you leave the theater laughing and giddy...yeah...exactly.

Spider-Man: Homecoming--welcome home, Spidey. We're so damn glad you're here!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy #4thofJuly Everyone!

"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest." - The American President

"Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" - Independence Day

"I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves - something no hero will ever defeat. And now I know... that only love can truly save the world. So I stay. I fight, and I give... for the world I know can be. This is my mission now. Forever." - Wonder Woman

Monday, July 3, 2017

Are you ready for this? #MotivationMonday

When you work from home, Mondays don't always mean the same thing to us they mean to folks who work in an office or a school or—pretty much any reason that means you have to leave the house. 

So what does Monday mean for me?
  • All the two-legged distractions toddle off to their own tasks whether it's a job at an office, volunteer work, or education.
  • All the emails I've been waiting on answers to, will come in. 
  • All the blogs I keep meaning to write, will get written. 
  • Bills I waited to pay over the weekend need to be paid.
  • Oh...and all the words need to be written.
Working at home means I never really leave my office, and I never leave home. There's always something to do whether it's chores, current projects or family needs, I am never away either. The stress is always there and as a writer, you can't switch inspiration on and off like a switch. You're not entering data into a spreadsheet or responding to a questionnaire. You have to be able to take that step aside from LIFE to delve int the world within you're creating within the pages.

I rely on routine to help me access that part, and when all else fails, I grab a coffee, crank up the music, and remember always that:
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. - Richard Bach