Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Whoo!

Merlin's Musings

That. Was. Fantastic!

I do not know if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is “Marvel’s best yet,” as some are saying, but I certainly see how the argument can be made. 🙂

Most obviously, the first Guardians movie is regarded by many, including myself, to be one of, if not the, greatest Marvel works and comic book movies ever, and Vol. 2 is a step up. It doesn’t feel “better than the first” so much as it feels like the natural progression upwards that comes when telling a single good story. We’ve already met and gotten to know these characters, and now we are delving into their depths and seeing them progress and grow.

That is one fair criticism of Guardians: the characters, hero and villain alike, can feel just a little bit shallow as we’re still meeting them even as they rush headlong into a climactic…

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Book Recommendation – Edgar Allen Poe (BLW Contributor)

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4/18/17 (soon after the coffee)

I grew up a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan – I think many young boys do the same after being introduced to his writing. I started reading Poe around the 3rd grade so I was a little ahead of the school-assigned reading that was to come.

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While so many have read his classic stories (“A Tale Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” etc) I  became a fan of his “deep cuts” so so speak – the titles that aren’t  normally included with school assignments.

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I recall quickly jumping from more common short stories like “The Black Cat” to more obscure ones like “The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Feather” or “A Predicament”

I also became increasingly curious about his actual life and history – what kind of man was he? How did he move about in society?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A forgettable experience

Treeman and the Gang

The first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars trailer is out and the Internet went totally wild about it. People coming up with praise for the trailer and enourmous speculation about what Skywalkers “it is time for the Jedi…to end” all means. Plenty of theories has already been written and talked about though most sensible people will probably recognize that he means that it is time for the old Jedi Order to end. So let’s just trash the whole “Skywalker is evil” or “Skywalker is Snoke, so he dresses up like an overgrown zombie-alien when he communicates with the First Order in front of a holo-camera.”
Let’s get it out: Yes, the new teaser trailer was pretty good because it sparked interest but it was also incredible forgettable. I had totally forgot it the day after its release because it shows us nothing execpt what we already would expect…

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[Review] The Fate of the Furious – Running out of ideas…WTF

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Director:  F. Gary Gray

Cast:  Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezCharlize Theron

Our Rating

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Fast & Furious franchise has minted money for anyone who has been associated with it for the last 17 years and truly it has been a roller coaster ride. With the unfortunate death of Paul Walker, it seemed like the franchise was in dwindles but introduction of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock actually saved the day. Coming over now, with the eighth installment of the franchise, it seems to be closer to calling it a day. I originally gave it a 2 star but then the action was pretty good so it earned another one star for itself.

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The story, as we have already seen and now pretty much know through other reviews and spoilers online, is about “Family”. Seriously, Vin Diesel has overused this word so much…

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5 things you need to know about GAME OF THRONES S07 


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Still on the wait,The seventh season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thronesis set to premiere on HBOon July 16, 2017. Winter is here, soGame Of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

However, to celebrate the release of GOT, filmfreakweb.wordpress.com has put together 5 facts you really need to know. keep reading to find out more…

  1. Cersei Lannister could have a new loverrehost201691393631a83-38d6-4a73-ada5-370fda2a0bf5Obviously we don’t know who the (un)lucky person could be, but thethe terrifying affair between siblings Jaime and Cersei Lannister may come to an end in…

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Netflix’s “Iron Fist”: a Symptom of Fatigue

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Super heroes have been dominating the movie industry for the last couple of years now and it has not spared the world of television. From shows like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, and a few others, there has been an increase in these comic book series that feature a hero from either DC or Marvel. However, network television is not the only one clued in on this phenomenon. Netflix also features its own Marvel shows, such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. The latest entry on Netflix being Iron Fist, which continues to develop the Defenders universe that has already been established by the other three shows.

Despite the success of all the prior super hero shows, however, Iron Fist stands out as the one with the lowest ratings among critics. This got me curious since I am not always…

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The Greater Brillance of Dave Chappelle

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If you do something right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. That is the greater brilliance of Dave Chappelle. He is a differentiated comic whose introspection and thoughtfulness open the door to a deeper meaning of comedy, if the viewer choses to engage it. With his incredible comedic range, from jokes about the vulgar to deep thoughts about the meaning of race relations and marriage in America, Chappelle can attract anyone with his magnetic and intimate style.

There are few 21st century pop culture figures as intriguing as Dave Chappelle. Of course you could take his act at face value, but I found that the more you try to dig in and understand who he really is you are left more questions than when you started. His mysterious persona is intertwined with his genius because as a viewer you are unable to tell who the real…

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When Freed From Its Past, Beauty and the Beast Has Its Own Brand of Magic

When Things Go Pop!

There is no real reason why a 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast should exist.

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The 1991 animated film is considered a masterpiece by many, the first of its kind to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The characters are iconic, the songs legendary, the artwork exquisite. Even those who find the plot troubling and outdated would be hard-pressed to find that landmark ballroom scene to be anything less than spell-binding. In other words, why watch a remake when you can just watch the cartoon? Disney, equal parts studio and relentless marketing behemoth, has banked on moviegoers ignoring the cynicism to get swept in the nostalgia of their tale as old as time.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a young woman living in a small town in 18th century France who longs for more than her provincial life. That life is upended when her father is…

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How to say I Love you in Sign Language with a Review of Arrival starring Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner

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SIMPLE LESSONS IN SIGN LANGUAGE

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WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE ON EARTH?


Throughout the years, many have wonder of what our “first contact” with extraterrestrial life (alien) will be like. Will they be friendly? Will they be hostile? How will they look like? How will the general public regard these celestial beings? Will they understand our language and accept our humanity? Such questions have always been asked amongst the masses from the average “Joe Everyman” to prolithic scientists to powerful world leaders. While Earth has yet to have alien visitors arrive to our planet, Hollywood (over the years) has offered plenty of cinematic sci-fi representation of such an event with feature films, including film adaptations H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds (there’s being several movie adaptations of this), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, District 9, The Day the Earth Stood Still (both the original and remake), and Independence Day just to name a few…

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My Dream City: CHI TOWN – Chicago (BLW Contributor)

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Every chance that I get to travel, I take it by the horns. Traveling is one of those things that really helps me ease my mind and relax me from the daily hustle.

Ever since I was a little girl I was very intrigued with Chicago. My parents actually worked there many years before I was born and the stories they told/tell me always intrigued me. It sounded so beautiful and like the perfect hub for all cultures. I especially used to love the fact that Lithuanians have a whole part of town where they group in order to keep our culture and customs alive, which can be hard when you move to a different country.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago. I am blessed to say the least. The weather was beyond beautiful and the activities were beyond exciting! The fall season is here…

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