Bad Movie Review: Suicide Squad (Because someone has to)

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First off, the premise in itself seems broken. The United States experiences an inhuman entity that is posing a threat to the American people. So they’re solution to this problem is to hire people who had been locked in prison, and one crocodile man who lives in the sewer, for posing a threat to the American people.

Besides Diablo, who is basically the Human Torch from Fantactic Four, everyone else’s skills seem to include being psychologically unsound, having no allegiance to anyone, punching people, and the ability to shoot guns. The reason the government would contract these characters instead of the military in a supernatural situation such as this just vanishes. Like Captain Boomerang when given the chance to leave the mission (he later comes back with no motivation or reason to).

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The intros the the characters make it feel like the screenwriter spent too much time introducing Harley Quinn and Deadshot, realized it was taking up too much time, and then gave each of the other characters like 30 seconds to show who they were.

We are given further details as to who these people are and why they are locked away in a scene that takes place over dinner between the Chief Intelligence Officer and another agent. We are then given the exact same speech about who these people are and why they were locked up in the next scene. In which she is debriefing her colleges on the plan to use criminals as superheros. There is also one character that has basically no introduction or backstory, as she is thrown in half way through the film. That character is Katana. I guess the idea was, “It would be cool to have a completely personality-less mystery women to help out in this battle.”

The Joker is one of the most disappointing parts of this entire movie. Jared Leto, the man who played him, had said that there was enough footage shot to make an entire film about him and Harley Quinn. What audiences got were just about enough snippets of that footage to keep him in as a character. He never really added to the main story line whatsoever, and half way through the movie the viewer is lead to believe he dies in a helicopter crash. (He later comes back from the dead to save Harley.) They also designed his charterer to have ridiculously on the nose tattoos. He’s damaged so they tattooed the word itself on his forehead. He hates Batman so they tattooed a bat symbol with a sword through it on his arm. This is the exact opposite of The Dark Knight. Where they took mass amounts of screen time to develop the character. This, to me, is just poor character development on a character that has previously been developed multiple times.

Finally, the color grading of this film is extremely dull. Shots have no color and seem muddy at most times. The majority of the film is done at night, in the dark, so that doesn’t help the look either. Unless they go into “Comic Book” mode. Which is like watching a Jackson Pollock painting and comes on abruptly to show how edgy the film is.

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I could talk about the editing but all I have to say really is that the entire film was edited by a tailor house. People who are experts ate making things look cool but seem to have no idea what they are doing when cutting together full scenes, editing with continuity, and keeping any sort of flow in a film.

 

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Critical Review 3: PREY

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Prey is a first person shooter game that was released in May of 2017 for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox One. The game puts players in control of Morgan Yu (male or female), a scientist who is about to start work at TranStar, a prestigious scientific institution. The institution has taken ownership and control over a government-run research effort on a space station called Talos 1. It exists in an alternate reality and is based in the year 2025.

The research being conducted is the development of something called Neuromods. They are implants that are injected into the eye of the subject in order to allow individuals to instantly learn new things. Anything, New languages, vocational skills, subjects, the ability to play instruments, and more. Greater skills can also be integrated with just one injection. The research team are to carry out tests for problem-solving with different abilities, seeing if the human mind can quickly adapt and utilize the new information that was introduced through Neuromod installation.

We later discover that these Neuromods are using cells extracted from an alien species that the government found called Typhon. As the game progresses, we learn the negative effects of not only messing with Typhon, but the negative effects of installing neuromods in general. We learn that, if the neuromods are removed, subjects can not remember anything past the point that the neuromods were installed. Also, when the Typhon break containment, we learn that they can control those with neuromods already installed, which is most of the crew.

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The aesthetic qualities of this game are simply astounding. every part of the game is greatly detailed and i believe it is one of the most realistic games that has been produced thus far in the gaming industry. I can say from personal experience that the amount of detail alone is enough to draw the player in and keep them immersed.

Once the player realizes what is really going on, as one of the scientists facilitating the tests if attacked by a mimic (a Typhon disguised as an everyday object), he is able to escape his testing and get outside of the simulated world they have built for him. From there you are given objectives as to what to do next. Sometimes these objectives are not time sensitive, giving the player time to roam a GIANT space station, and discover different sections that have been completely destroyed by Typhon. While exploring, Mimics will appears from nowhere. Being that the Typhon can mimic the size and shape of any object, one could come at you at any second. And the only weapon you have to defend yourself is a pipe wrench at first. Later on, as you progress through the game and figure out how to manufacture weapons, you get bigger guns that can freeze them or kill them instantly.

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As you kill Typhon around the base, you can salvage what is left from them and use it to create more weapons as well as other items in crafting machines located throughout the map to help you along your journey. These items are stored in an inventory, like most games. Inside the inventory the player can also use Typhon matter to add to his or her own Neuromod. This makes it easier to track and fight the Typhon taking over the ship.

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The overwhelming theme of secrecy is placed throughout the story line of this game. But who is keeping the secrets? Why? And as you progress further through the game, you begin to learn why you began in a virtual/fake world in the first place. Clearly you were a test subject, but why? It is made known from the very beginning that your brother is the head of the “prestigious” company that is conducting all of these experiments in secret on a space station. So why would he make you go through everything you are being subjected to. The immediate quest in the game is to stop the Typhon and save the ship. But the quest quickly becomes, “Find out what exactly is going on.” This throws all other values into question. Do we have any place in this universe to mess with other organisms then own in order to benefit our personal skill sets? What exactly does being a brother mean if you can’t protect on another or tell each other the truth?

Unique aspects of this game are everywhere. From simple on the surface things such as enemies who can disguise themselves and literally anything, to the broad scale idea of a corporation conducting unknown experiments in the sky, completely unmonitored and unregulated by the people of earth.

The ending of this game is truly surprising, and is it worth every penny to go experience it. It has become my favorite game so far. As far as story, mystery, and thought provoking undertones throughout.

Critical Review 2: The Shining

The Shining is a film masterpiece directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is a Dramatic/Thriller film in which a writer named Jack Torrence, who is experiencing writers block, gets an offer to become a winter caretaker for an overlook hotel in Colorado. He moves in with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing never goes anywhere and Danny’s visions become more vivid and disturbing, Jack begins changing the way he’s acting and begins obsessing over things in the hotel. He begins acting weirdly and doing things to pass the time, as his writer’s block has not subsided. After a time he begins to go insane, and obsess over killing his own family.

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When Jack goes off the handle, lighting and angle are used to convey emotion. In the screen cap above, the picture you are seeing is after a long zooming shot that pulled the frame closer and closer to his face. His face is well lit, accenting the crazed look in his eyes. The same can be said for the next screen cap.

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The same technique is used here, lighting Jack’s down-turned face and wild look in order to accent the amount of aggression and insanity that they family is experiencing.

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Here Jack is overtaking the frame. We feel his overwhelming power and drive to get out of the pantry he is locked in. His face is red and so is his jacket. The color red in films usually signifies death or harm in the coming scenes. Much like this next picture.

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During chase sequences, the camera follows in an smooth, centered, and equidistant manner. Making the viewer feel almost as if they are a ghost idling following and watching as events unfold.

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The hotel in itself is designed like a maze. There is even a comment about it’s complexity and it’s size when they are being welcomed on their first day. Follow shots in the rest of the film are just the same as chase scenes, but are slower so the viewer can get a grasp of the surrounding area. Chase scenes speed this up, and leave the viewer feeling just as hopeless as the character involved.

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The cinematography of the film is excellent. In the very first shot, we are flying over a river that shows an island in the first five seconds of the film. The significance of the island is mute but the idea of it is spread throughout the film. An isolated place that’s hard to get to, where anything could happen. This parallels with the idea of the hotel itself. In the winter, it is extremely hard to get to, and no ones exactly knows about what goes in there during that time. That is, except the man who hired Jack.

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In the same helicopter shot we are shown the vast landscape surrounding a small yellow car in the distance. The camera then comes in close to the car and shows how insignificant it is compares to the barren nature surrounding it. This immediately helps show how truly isolated the family is and how long it must have taken them just to get to the location of the hotel.

The story structure of the film is based on creating suspense for the viewer. Early promotional posters for the film alluded to a terrifying horror film that was sure to be a sight to see. It was made by Stanley Kubrick, who had already been more then established in the world of film production with many box office hits. So audiences were expecting to be scared going in. Nothing scary happens in the first half of the film, only things that come off as slightly unnerving or odd. As the film progresses however, the audience has no idea what could happen next, there in lies the suspense. The shear unsettling nature of the film also adds to it’s suspense as it is unlike and “horror’ movie made at the time.

The values of the film seem to include occupational success, or the willingness to work hard. Also, for the first half of the film, family. Jack seems to value hard work over his family, and has even at times been a drunk. So the family value is there, but tested at all points in time. The film also values isolation. Jack and his family use it as a way to “get away from it all”, with Jack hoping to cure his writers block, and Wendy hoping to repair their marriage.

The portrayal of women in the film is based on Wendy, Jack’s wife. She serves as a caretaker for Danny and somewhat of a servant for Jack as he “writes”. As we go deeper into the film however, we are shown how strong she can be when confronted by her crazed husband. She hits his over the head with a bat when he first comes after her, and ends up being able to lock him in the pantry. Later, after he gets out of the pantry for unknown reasons, she is stuck in a bathroom with Danny, running from Jack who has obtained an axe.

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She cuts his hand and he backs off. Then he is distracted by someone pulling up outside.

In conclusion, I could write about this movie for hours. There are so many perfectly executed match cuts, scenes, and little secrets hidden within the film. Which has actually made it my favorite film thus far.

Critical Essay- Preacher Ep 1.

Preacher is a relatively new show that airs on AMC. The show is about a man named Jesse Custer, whose father was killed in front of him when he was young outside of their church. After this took place, Jesse joined up with girlfriend tulip and become outlaws. Convinced that the entire concept of god and religion is a sham. During their highly illegal rampage, the couple become the victims of a setup and both end up in prison. When Jesse gets out, he decides to leave his life of crime and fulfill his promise to his father. The first episode begins with Jesse’s return, and the following combination of the reaction of the town, and Jesse’s reaction to returning to his old stomping grounds lays the framework for the rest of the episode. There are deeply troubled people in Anvil, the desert town in Texas in which the show is set. There have been failed murders that have resulted in disfigurement for both involved, and pedophiles that stay within the town, hoping to blend in. After very unenthusiastic sermon, Jesse immediately begins to “remedy” these indecencies. As the new preacher of Anvil, he is given low esteem as the people in town seem to know of his past. Until he shows what he can do and uses this to his advantage.

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The production value of this show is very high. With high end special effects and audio mastering, it deeply enthralls the viewer. Most of the framing inside of the small church (Which has nothing around it for miles) is symbolic, putting Jesse in front of Christian idols, looking bewildered.

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Most shots have a dusty/beige look to them, every shot feels just a bit dirty, but no one in the town seems to care. The color has a monotonic look to it in most shots, and the scenes where color is accented are usually darker ones.

There is very little music in this show, unless it is coming directly from something like a radio in the room, which is usually then shut off. However, when the preacher uses his new power to convince a character to stand up to his mother, the audio changes entirely. Jesse’s voice becomes deeper and seems to fill the area, as if to consume his free will.

The story is told by masking the past of the characters entirely and letting it bleed out through their reactions to certain situations. You can tell that Jesses is trying to forget what he had done in the past and become a better person, but something about the way he reacts when he’s asked to hurt the father of a child that thinks he is beating his mom says he enjoyed being an outlaw. Sometime flashbacks are used, but it’s only once or twice in this episode, coming through as a few second long clips. There are extremely violent parts of the show that seem unwarranted, until you find out later that they were. Most parts that involve violence In this show are dark and not very well lit or defined. Though there is a scene in which a man on the plane (who is not identified) kills everyone onboard. The scene is well lit ad uncharacteristic as it also has background music.

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When it comes to values, the show seems to have none. As soon as the viewer is lead to believe that one character or another is about to believe in god, do something charitable, or good, something happens to flip that completely. There is an immense amount of blood and violence in the show, punctuated by the same man who committed the violence standing in front of church-goers delivering a sermon. The show includes prostitution, a massive amount of vulgar language, and the idea that religion is really just a sham. This is brought on by the existence of other beings in the show such as a vampire (The guy on the plane) and others further in the season

Women are shown in two very different lights in this show. Tulip comes across as a hardened criminal who doesn’t take any back talk from anyone. She stands he ground every time her opinion is challenged and never backs down. On the other hand, there are wives who are portrayed as calm and subservient to their husbands. Whatever the husband does, they follow. There are also female characters who you would come off as innocent but flip like a switch in harder times later in the series.