Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Death Didn't Part

A woman walks up a steep hill.
She does it twice every day before
she eats breakfast
and before she goes to sleep.

Her journey is long,
the air is hard to breath,
and without her cane
her muscles would give out halfway.

The hill is a high steep incline,
with rocks in certain locations.
If she were to lose her footing
then she would surely be killed.

She has never missed a day
and the weather is never a factor.
The clouds don’t control her desire
to make it up the hill.

She has struggled through
rain, wind, thunder, and snow.
She has crawled through
ice, mud and has never slipped.

She doesn’t forget the danger,
she knows all the risks
even at her old age.
It doesn’t stop her from her desire.

She goes when she has a cold,
when her temperature boils,
 and her arthritis is in effect.
What’s up that hill is her heart.

A cross that’s been there for a decade.
Underneath it, is the person
who gave his heart to her
and made a vow she broke.

They swore till death do them part
but she hasn’t left him
even after he left.
She lives, as if he still does.

She puts on a pot of coffee,
she goes up that hill,
kisses the cross
and says, “Good morning.”

During the day.
She keeps their chairs together,
 she’s watches their shows,
and tend to daily events.

She connects with his family and
shows his picture to the new generation.
She does what she can,
to keep his spirit alive.

At the end of the day.
She’ll put on a pot of soup
and go back up that hill
to kiss it and say something.

The one thing that death can’t control.
“I’ll see you tomorrow my love.”

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Games and Doctors

The internet nearly broke today with the news today that the long-anticipated doctor for the series Dr. Who is in fact, a woman. Jodie Whittaker, who is best known or her work in BBC’s show Broadchurch has been cast as the first female to take on the iconic role. This news has sparked more controversy for the show than anything before that has split fans down the middle. Some love it because it’s different, others hate it because she’s a woman, and others just wished it was someone more well known. Some have gone as far as to say that they will never watch the show again after today.

Some have speculated that this may happen as the doctor’s nemesis, The Master, regenerated into a woman three seasons ago. This opened the possibility that the doctor might have the potential to become one as well and open the door to many who would welcome the change. She will be taking over when Peter Capaldi regenerates in the Christmas Special coming at the end of this year. Michelle Gomez did a fantastic job as The Master, so why not give Jodie a chance? Let’s all wait until she debuts with her style and new look as The Doctor before we start deciding if we hate or love it.

Speaking of iconic shows that we can’t get enough of, Game of Thrones has kicked off, and it started off in spectacular fashion. If you haven’t caught up, then I’ll do my best to keep spoilers to a minimum. Arya is continuing to quench her bloodlust for revenge by going after the last person on her list, Cersei. Jon Snow is preparing for the war to come with the undead that’s marching across the North. Daenerys returns home and begins to start plotting her war to conquer King’s landing.

Cersei and Daenerys have the least amount of airtime during the episode, but it feels like they’ll soon be the focus of the season. There’s plenty of blood to go around early at the beginning, but then it becomes more dialogue than anything else. The episode also feels as though the story is being rushed; possibly because this season will only have eight episodes instead of ten. Overall, it was a good introduction to this season that clearly foreshadows the ending of everything we love about the series. Many have speculated, but it’s clear that one or more of the main characters will be dead by the end of the season.

Personally, I just don’t want anything to happen to Jon Snow or Daenerys, but I have a feeling that this will be the end of Jamie and Cersei. Many believe that this may also be the end of Tyrion, Sansa, and Arya. We’ll find out in eight weeks, so back and enjoy because it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a season. It’s been an interesting day for two shows that have become cash cows for their networks. The only difference is Jodie Whittaker is the beginning of a new era for Doctor Who, and it’s the beginning of the end for Game of Thrones.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Spider-Man is Home!


Spider-Man is arguably the most popular character of Marvel next to Iron-Man, Captain America and Hulk. Unfortunately, he’s been absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe because the movie rights for the character belong to Sony. Sony acquired the rights from Marvel when the company became financially unstable, so Marvel sold the movie rights of several characters to different companies. This lead to Sony’s attempt to bring the web-head to life with the help of Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire. It would go on to become a trilogy and lead to a reboot with Andrew Garfield that failed in the sequel.



Marvel has grown since then to become the leading film studio for superhero films by smashing box office records since Iron-Man (2008). One thing has been missing from Marvel for the past nine years, and that’s the web-head’s return. Many thought they would never see it coming with Sony owning the rights, but a surprise announcement came during the development of Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man would be joining Marvel Studios after a deal was reached, and that’s what leads us to Spider-Man: Homecoming. This film gives fans everything they’ve been wanting to see on the big screen.



Tom Holland fit the character perfectly by reflecting the universal stages that teenagers go through and bringing in the constant sarcasm that Peter Parker has been known for having. Fans get to see the classic version of the suit, but with a few upgrades by Tony Stark. Fans will find these upgrades to deliver hilarious comedic relief. There’s great character development as Peter is trying to discover what kind of hero he is, and what he could be while trying to balance both his lives. Marisa Tomei is terrific as Aunt May with being the wise, caring mother figure in Peter’s life; she’s probably the most popular since Sally Field’s portrayal in The Amazing Spider-Man.



There are some elements missing that fans won’t see and that may cause a problem with traditionalists. There’s no mention of the Daily Bugle or the cynical cigar smoking J. Jonah Jameson. No real origin story or backstory on Peter Parker but he does mention how he got his powers in one sentence. No mention of Norman or Harry Osborn, so don’t expect anything about the Green Goblin. The biggest change will be with a certain love interest in Peter’s life and that’s all that will be said.



Now we get to the main antagonist in the film, The Vulture, who is played by Michael Keaton (Batman). The Vulture is explained with a backstory that takes place sometime after The Avengers and Michael Keaton delivers just as good as a villain as he does as a hero by being brilliant, brutal and methodical. The motivation behind Vulture’s suit is more simplistic and industrial rather than using it to regain his youth. Marvel took a more human approach with him rather than copying the comic and it works out in this film.  



Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun, entertaining ride for everyone to see and it lives up to the standards that Marvel Studios has been known for creating. It’s going to be no surprise that this film will bring in the cash and the critics have been raving non-stop. There’s two different end credit scenes: one is in the middle and teases a possible sequel, the other is just a video featuring a cameo and it’s hilarious. This film gets an 8 out of 10 because it’s a great reboot of a beloved comic book character, but if you’re a traditionalist, then you may have a problem with this film. The web slinger will be in Avengers: Infinity War, so a solo film won’t be coming for a while, but it will be highly anticipated when a date is announced.