Deadpool 2, and how to do a sequel right

Just my opinion but…

Deadpool 2 manages to do what few franchises can, and that’s to make a sequel that is just as good, if not better than, their first movie. I know that Marvel often knocks it out of the park, but even if you compare their movies against one another, the 2nd films are often weaker than the first. Thor Dark World, not as good (IMO) as the first one. Same with Iron Man. Same with Age of Ultron vs the first Avengers flick. I think the only exception is Captain America, but that might just be my personal opinion. I thought Winter Soldier was way better than the first movie but I’m getting off track here.

At any rate, Deadpool 2 does it right, and it does so because it doesn’t do what Hollywood so often does in it’s sequels. What do I mean by that? Well let’s take Guardians of the Galaxy for example. The first one was amazing. One thing everyone loved about the movie: baby Groot at the end.  OMG how cute was he right? I loved him. You loved him. He was just the the most precious thing ever. So what does Hollywood interpret that as? Let’s add 150% MORE baby Groot! If they liked a little, Hollywood says, then obviously they’ll like a whole butt-load more! Pile on the Groot!

But Hollywood, you’d be wrong. Just because I liked a little bit of baby Groot doesn’t mean I’ll like a lot of it. In fact a little goes a long way sometimes. And Deadpool 2, well it manages to not give us too much baby Groot. I mean, it doesn’t give us any, obviously (though technically they COULD but again, that’s getting off track), but when I say that I mean it doesn’t overdo what it did well in the first film. It changed things. It shook things up. It added new characters. I removed some old characters. It gave me a new movie, not just a rehash of the same old jokes or stories from the first one.

Another win for Deadpool 2 is that the trailer doesn’t give everything away. Or at least not any of the ones that I saw. Maybe I just live under a rock, but I went and saw the movie on Saturday and had such a pleasant surprise that I literally squealed in the movie theater. Out loud. Like a school girl. Marketing department, please take note! When I see a trailer I want to be gently teased; caressed by that titillating lack of detail. I don’t want to be knocked over the head and dragged into a back room where all the best scenes of the movie–and maybe even the ending–are violently shoved down my throat. Wait. That was vulgar. Sorry about that. I get passionate about these things. At any rate, you get my point. Please stop spoiling movies for me Hollywood. I hate it, and I’m sure I can’t be the only one.

So yeah, did I enjoy Deadpool 2? You’re damn right I did. I won’t give any spoilers, but it’s worth watching if you liked the first one.

But again, that’s just my opinion.

I’m not a professional critic.

Monday it is then; it was a Strange weekend

Right. Well since this seems to be becoming a bit of a bad habit, I guess Monday is the new blog day (officially unofficially). Unlike last weekend though, I do have some slightly good excuses for why I’m late on this post. I’ll list first, and then get into some details. I’m late because:

  1. I spent six hours in a car on Saturday to go get shoes for somebody else.
  2. Somebody I care about was roofied on Saturday evening.
  3. I spent all of Sunday binge watching Stranger Things 2.

And that was my weekend.

So the shoe thing wasn’t a big deal. It took forever, but overall wasn’t that bad. I don’t want to get into details about item number two, but needless to say as scary as the event was, nothing else awful happened after the fact. It just goes to show however that you should NEVER leave your drink unattended, even if you’ve been chatting with the person beside you for hours. DO. NOT. LEAVE. YOUR. DRINK. Not ever.

After this happened I heard stories from other people in my life having similar experience with equally fortunate outcomes. It just highlights how scary life can be sometimes, whether you are a man or a woman. When somebody wants to take advantage of you, it doesn’t matter how big or strong you are, once you’ve been drugged the odds are not in your favor. I’m just thankful that the person I care about made it home safely with no injuries to body or pocketbook.

At any rate, on Sunday I decided to hammer out season 2 of Stranger Things because I was tired of avoiding all social media in my quest to keep away from all spoilers. I didn’t even watch the trailer cause I’d rather go in blind when it’s something I love and already intend to watch. I won’t go into spoiler territory, but while the second season was pretty different from the first, I still enjoyed it thoroughly nonetheless. Acting was great; some very emotional scenes, and as before, the story itself was very exciting. They closed the season up nicely and left openings for the next season – and this is JUST how I like it.

Nothing sucks more than a season ending on a HUGE cliffhanger. Doubly so if they end it that way and then the fucking show gets cancelled. So thank you Netflix, you did good. Keep it up and for god’s sake keep those writers and directors happy and healthy.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to November. I’m going to try my hardest at participating in NaNoWriMo, so hopefully by the end of next month I’ll have a finished rough draft. This latest Stranger Things season has made me consider a few things for my own WIP, so I’m excited to jump into that.

Next week’s post will fall in November, so I should have an update at that point with regards to my progress.

Happy Halloween!

Please stay safe!

Scrivener

So I’ve had Scrivener for well over a year now and haven’t used it once. Why? Mostly because I bought it while I was already in the midst of a 4th draft being handled in Word, while my next project was steeped deeply in Google Docs. I had actually forgotten about the program altogether, and it wasn’t until yesterday (2 chapters into this new project), that I remembered it.

Thus began the great migration! (extremely exaggerated)

I copy/pasted all my stuff into Scrivener, so for the duration of this WIP I’ll use it and see what I think. Hopefully it’s as amazing as it sounded upon purchase, but after I’ve used it for a bit I’ll leave a more in depth review on how I feel about. It’ll be interesting to see if it can knock good old Word off the pedestal. Google Docs might have done so if not for the following:

  1. Holy crap does it lag when you have over 100k words!
  2. Less customization.
  3. And while this is Google Sheets related versus Docs, I still count it, and Sheets has nothing on Excel. What does Excel possibly have to do with writing you ask (or not)? It’s fantastic for outlining is what! Maybe I’ll share a picture of one of my more complex ones sometime…

At any rate, fingers crossed! I’m looking forward to seeing if it’ll be my new favorite tool or not.

#AlienCovenant – My thoughts

I went and saw Alien Covenant last night, and honestly I didn’t dislike it.

I’ve heard mixed reviews on the movie, but overall I found it quite enjoyable. Visually there were several stunning scenes, the characters were fine, Michael Fassbender knocked it out of the park, and there was definitely some amazing gore.

As the movie hit the midway mark though I started wondering: was this what Ridley Scott originally had in mind as he was making Prometheus?

For all it’s oddities, I enjoyed Prometheus. Sure there were a couple of notably dumb scientists, but over all I thought the movie was pretty great. The acting was amazing, that c-section scene couldn’t have been more perfect, and really the whole mythos surrounding the Engineers and humanity was an intriguing concept. I liked that it only had tenuous connections to the original Alien franchise, and I didn’t need more than that. I also thought that all 3 movies Ridley Scott had in mind were supposed to maintain that ‘distant’ connection.

Then comes Alien Covenant.

For the first half of the movie this was exactly what I thought we were getting. A Prometheus sequel, and not an Alien prequel, but…

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