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SH S5E10: A Wrinkle in Time Review

SH S5E10: A Wrinkle in Time Review
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With special guest, John from Worst Comic Podcast EVER, we review A Wrinkle in Time! But first, it’s our news segment. This week we touch on more Shazam costume detail, the new Fantastic Beasts trailer, and Nick Cage being cast in the upcoming Teen Titans Go movie. Weird, right? Maybe not so much.

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SH S5E10: A Wrinkle in Time Review

The Martian – Review

 The Martian, I can safely say, satisfied a hunger in me that I have had for some time. I long for films and shows when space travel and exploration was seen as something good and to strive for regardless of the danger. The Martian, following astronaut Mark Watney as he is left stranded on the surface of Mars, deals with powerful thematic elements such as survival in the face of incredible odds and the perseverance to tread on even when it seems all hope is lost.

martian-potatoesWithout spoiling anything not known from the trailer, The Martian follows Mark Watney, a astronaut/botanist, who is accidentally left for dead on the surface of Mars after a sandstorm forces the rest of the astronaut team to prematurely begin their long journey home. Watney, played by Matt Damon, is forced to realize that he will have to survive on Mars with nothing but what supplies were left behind and his intelligence to make it through his ordeal. Knowing that another manned Mars mission will be coming in a few years, he begins the long process of setting up a suitable camp and finding ways to keep himself alive, which due to his exceptional botany skills, meant making a makeshift garden using Martian soil. The rest of the movie follows Watney’s struggle to stay alive but also NASA’s job of finding a suitable way to rescue him with their limited time frame.

I found this film to be both funny, due to Damon’s character always finding ways to make a situation humorous, but also very intense due to the massive odds stacked against him. One criticism that could be laid against the realism of this film is how Watney doesn’t appear to be suffering from any sort of mental breakdown from both the stress and loneliness. However, I saw this as a testament to Watney’s abilities and perseverance. He doesn’t let the gravity of his situation break him. He faces it head-on with zeal and shows Mars that he will survive…as humorously indicated by the credit’s song.

Another commendable aspect of The Martian is how space exploration is always seen as a good thing. To explore the unknown without fear and with a positive attitude is something that child in all of us wants to believe in and this film hit that point hard. Several times, the NASA officials are afraid to reveal information regarding Watney’s situation, due to the possibility of losing hope and therefore public support, but each time, they overcome their fear and in kind, everyone overcomes their own fears in order to do the right thing.martian-gallery2-gallery-image_0

The Martian presents a powerful story depicting how fear should not factor into how we explore. Humanity’s efforts into space exploration has always been a prerogative of going where no one has gone before. In order to understand the positive aspects and optimistic feel of The Martian, I urge those who view this film to remember the words of John F. Kennedy in his famous 1962 Moon Speech: “Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

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Did you catch The Martian opening weekend? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

The Martian – Review

MCU Ranking – Where Does Ant-Man Land?

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A few weeks ago, we ranked all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We had some people agree and disagree with us, but have stuck by our rankings.  Since then, the release of Ant-Man has come and gone (you can check out our Ant-Man review here) and now the time has come for it to take its place among our ranked films.

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For those of you who have missed it, our list prior to Ant-Man was as follows (you can see the full article here):

11. Iron Man 2
10. Incredible Hulk
9. Iron Man 3
8. Thor: The Dark World
7. Captain America: The First Avenger
6. Thor
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
4. Iron Man
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
1. Avengers

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It was a close call, but Ant-Man has officially taken the number 5 spot!

The film was a solid addition the MCU as a whole and brought to the table what Avengers: Age of Ultron just couldn’t, heart.  Paul Rudd brought such an endearing humor to the character, Scott Lang, that should cause both positive and negative ripples in the Avengers as a whole. The parallels between Hank Pym and Scott Lang were well done without being in your face.  The romance between Hope and Scott wasn’t necessarily inevitable, but it worked.  How great was Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket? The man was out of his mind! And Michael Pena stole the show as Luis. The film was missing some of the charm that the made Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man such big hits (I blame it on them not letting Hope suit up too), but Ant-Man’s future in the MUC is looking bright!

Overall rating: 5 brave trips to the Quantum Realm

MCU Ranking, Now with more Ant-Man

ant-man-bullet-poster12. Iron Man 2
11. Incredible Hulk
10. Iron Man 3
9. Thor: The Dark World
8. Captain America: The First Avenger
7. Thor
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
5. Ant-Man
4. Iron Man
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
1. Avengers

What do you think of our placement of Ant-Man? Should it be higher? Lower? Let us know!

 

MCU Ranking – Where Does Ant-Man Land?