Avengers: Endgame- Movie Review

No Spoilers!

Avengers: Endgame is the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War and the 22nd film in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Just like the previous installment, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the entire franchise and offers payoff to a narrative that has been developing over the course of the previous films.

This film was a huge risk like its predecessor, but Marvel once again succeeds in delivering an entertaining and emotionally driven spectacle that is sure to please fans and general audiences. Unlike most Marvel movies which have been more light-hearted, this film explores the devastating effects that the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War had on the heroes and the people around them. A common complaint of the MCU movies has been that they’re often formulaic and repetitive. While this is a legitimate criticism, Avengers: Endgame goes in a very unpredictable direction that audiences won’t see coming.

This film also contains the standard Marvel humor that gives audiences relief from the more darker and emotional scenes that the film has. I think the film does sometimes rely too much on comedic relief as humor is placed in certain scenes that could’ve benefitted from a more serious tone. Some have argued that a disadvantage of the film is that it requires audiences to have seen the previous films in order to understand the plot. While I would say that the film’s experience is greatly enhanced for Marvel fans who are well-versed in the franchise’s history, I don’t consider this a negative as its expected with any long-running film franchises.

Overall, while the MCU is far from over, Avengers: Endgame does give audiences a satisfying conclusion to a franchise that has been building up since Iron Man in 2008. While the MCU has its flaws, they’ve accomplished something that many would have never thought possible. Because of the impact that Marvel films have had on pop culture, Avengers: Endgame is possibly one of the most significant films of this generation.

 

Today is the day

I am getting ready for my third time directing and I got to tell you I’m still nervous but I we differently know what we are doing now and this will be a good shoot.  I didn’t expect to take the spot of director and then producer and editor of this project but I’m hoping I do it well.  I’m assuming I will because I already looked at the footage for “What a Dream” a few weeks ago and we did a good job so far so adding an intro and outro shouldn’t be anything to worry about if we focus.  So wish me luck and here’s to a great shoot tonight (knock on wood)

3 days til Endgame

Last year, Avengers: Infinity War has broke box office success for it’s release. To me, property one of the best Marvel films of the century. The story was driven, excited and well play. Present day, it has been over a year. Many of the trailers have got fans excited. I will go watch Endgame. Many questions will be answer. What will happen? Who’s going to die? What are the critics going to say?  I know there will be in ending to somebody. Just not me.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote-Movie Review

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the newest film to be released from visionary director Terry Gilliam. The film tells the story of an advertising director named Toby Grisoni who returns to a small Spanish town where he made a student film about Don Quixote. The humble cobbler who played Quixote in the film now seems to actually believe he is the fictional character. He also believes Toby is his squire Sancho Panza, this misunderstanding leads to a strange and humorous journey that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

This film has been in the mind of Terry Gilliam for more than 25 years and has underwent several different treatments and casting changes. In 2000, it seemed like Gilliam’s vision for Don Quixote was finally being made a reality. However, due to several delays such as devastating weather and the main actor suffering from health complications, production on the film was shut down. Over the years, the film would go through several more treatments and Gilliam was constantly struggling to obtain funding for the film. Despite all of the hardships Gilliam went through, he finally brought his vision for Don Quixote to the big screen in 2019.

The film stars Adam Driver as Toby and Jonathan Pryce (who starred in Gilliam’s acclaimed film Brazil) as Don Quixote. Both of the film’s leads give exceptional performances, Pryce nearly steals the show as Quixote. The film also displays Gilliam’s unique visual style, sense of humor, and recurring themes of dreams vs. reality. While the film is mostly entertaining, it does occasionally drag and the plot is a little messy. Despite these issues, there is still plenty to enjoy about this film. The fact that it was finally made despite its grueling production history is something to be admired and a great motivator to never give up.

Boom on Set

The first day of shooting The Painting. My first time volunteering as the boom operator. My responsibility of the boom operator is to record sound with a microphone. Mostly, to aim and hold the microphone as close to the actors. Next to me is audio. To hear and make sure the audio is great. Throughout the day, it was great experience. I got to learn new positions of holding the mic. I wear audio headphones to know what the mic picks up. I did very great job. Everyone did great as well. I guess it was “booooming”.

The Painting

Had a great time helping with the production on the short film The Painting. It was really a good experience working as a gaffer. Every one worked together and knew how to handle their role and it made for a very successful production.

A long road ahead.

I’ve posted a lot these past few months, I have thought about a lot of what I’ve learned and grown up from but today I had a talk with one of my friends in my Single Cam class and had a talk with her about how she is going to quit production for awhile.

I’m not going to lie to you, this isn’t surprising especially since my class had a very few amount of people who really wanted into this line of work and the rest just kind of skated by. I won’t go into details but it was an experience I didn’t know I’d recover from because it honestly made me question rather I’m going down the right path.

 

Anyway my friend letting me know she would be quitting production means that now I am Director, Producer and Editor of my current project, honestly that’s for the best because it gives me a chance to have people from 4381 productions involved in this music video, which gives me a chance to share the load and create something great out of this project.  I’m a little bummed that yet another person from my class has dropped out of production but it’s their decision and its better for them to take care of themselves instead of pretending to want something they don’t.

 

I on the other hand will continue my journey down this path and see where it takes me, I am proud of my progress and I hope to find more who want the same goals as me down the road.

Episode IX

The teaser trailer for episode IX of Star Wars has just been released and fans everywhere have begun speculating on what will happen in the final installment. The official title for episode IX is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which also invites speculation on what its meaning is much like the previous installments. The trailer gives fans the return of popular original trilogy character Lando Calrissian played once again by Billy Dee Williams. We also see General Leia played posthumously by Carrie Fisher through the use of unused footage from the previous two installments. Mark Hamill is also back as Luke Skywalker, his voice is heard throughout the trailer guiding Rey through the impending conflict that she and her allies face. The most exciting moment of the trailer is the last few seconds which hints at the possible return of an iconic villain. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I am very excited to see this film in theaters and I can’t wait to see how the Skywalker saga will conclude.

What A Dream

I’m working on a music video called “What A Dream” I’ve been working on it since the start of the semester and oddly enough its been going pretty good so I started getting others in 4381 productions to join in, this is a first time I feel confident in directing and I realized I enjoy working with talent.  With that said I still have things to learn like how to talk with my crew and be better at communicating. So I’m going to work on that this time and make sure my pre production of this goes smoothly. I’ve finished the rap portions of the video so now its just the intro to do now, I’m looking forward to finishing this up and showing it off.  So please look forward to it!