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“avengers: endgame”–no ewoks, just awesome

*mild spoilers ahead* If last year’s Avengers: Infinity War was The Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (because, man, did it feel just as dark and brutal as Empire), then Avengers: Endgame is The Return of the Jedi, … Continue reading

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doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 2)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

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“infinity war” is hell

*mild spoilers ahead* If you’re looking for a light-hearted superhero romp, I suggest you hold out for Deadpool 2, debuting in May, or–for more family-friendly fun–Ant-Man and the Wasp, coming later this summer. Avengers: Infinity War is not “light-hearted.”  It … Continue reading

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“justice league” vs. “thor”–who wins?

This past weekend, I saw Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok back-to-back.  So how did they compare?  Let’s take a look at several elements and see which movie did them better.   ***Some spoilers ahead*** Story.  JL is the DC Extended Universe’s … Continue reading

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“miss peregrine” soars

I wasn’t expecting much from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, released in the U.S. last Friday.  That’s because: 1) the premise–a household of misfit children with extraordinary powers sounded too much like Marvel Comics’ X-Men or New Mutants; and … Continue reading

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“suicide squad” is this year’s “guardians”…

…In that, when I first heard of Suicide Squad, I had no interest in seeing a film about a rag-tag group of D-list comic book characters–just as I had with Guardians of the Galaxy.  But once I saw the trailers, … Continue reading

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awesome con is exactly that

I work in Washington, DC and live about an hour away, but this year was the first that I went to Awesome Con this past weekend.  I was only there for one day (Saturday, June 4), but I was blown … Continue reading

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farewell, goblin king

I was shocked this morning to learn that David Bowie, one of my favorite singers, had passed away from cancer.  But tragic though that may be, why mention it here?  Because many of the younger visitors may have never heard … Continue reading

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“empire” or “awakens”–which is the best?

Some have said on this blog that The Force Awakens is the best Star Wars movie yet, but some readers objected, holding up The Empire Strikes Back as still being superior. I agree that Empire is an excellent movie, and before … Continue reading

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the amazing “mockingjay”

The Hunger Games—Mockingjay, Part 2  is the movie you might have kept hoping Part 1 would be—engaging, and gripping, suspenseful and spectacular even if you’ve already read the book(s).  Which, for the purpose of this review, I’m going to assume … Continue reading

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