Love…

Love is like a fire in my chest, it spreads wildly and free, terrifying love is, for I feel afraid. Afraid of my own heart, every beat sinks me, the rush of blood turns me red, my eyes cannot look away, something merely natural but powerful. Thousands, if not millions of souls walk by and my gaze is attracted to one.  Destroys and it creates, so why does my heart take the chance? Love? A curse but yet a blessing, it distracts me from life, from people, from everything, one soul causes chaos, one soul who I may feel comfortable around. The feeling is beyond reason, explanation, it cannot be defined, only felt. Not even words can express this reaction, for it is too powerful. The heart speaks in its own language, in a beautiful and intimidating tone. Why do I feel this way? Why are people so easy to fall for? Why are specific souls attracted to me and why do I float towards them?

Feeling love is like wondering through a forest, the sight so majestic, gorgeous but yet I feel lost. It is natural, it creates intimacy, becoming one with nature, feeling love for another life, another soul. Driving me insane, at the same time bringing me harmony, killing and yet healing me. Beautiful nature is, and this soul is as natural as I am, there maybe flaws, mistakes, stress, but my heart goes beyond that, it looks deeper within, in search of beauty that this soul may not see in itself. Love opens up a path, a path that two may take. If the bond is strong, the path will never end, two in loved souls will never reach a destination. My heart searches to heal, to love and though not many can return the favor, my heart will beat endlessly and find another to whom it can share this feeling with.

Life is precious

Mind racing,I keep replacing my thoughts of you with my daily needs.I can no longer remember of a time i sit to ponder why the matters of the heart never really work out  when it seems it is meant to be.In my youth, I intend to be great.I will exceed the goals and expectations I have set up for myself.And I will never forget to love – to love me. I will never forget that life can turn upside down in a matter of less than a second.

And for that life is precious.As soon as a moment is gone, you can’t take it back.It is both a blessing and a curse.You live and let go as you keep on going.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a book about Guy Montag, a fireman in the sense that he starts fires.In this dystopian society books aren’t allowed.He is a married men with no children.One afternoon, he meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl named Clarisse McClellan whose free-spirited and curious mind sparks an interest that is no longer allowed:to read books.

After he ransacks an elderly lady’s house for books and she refuses to get rid of them, she lights herself on fire and this affects Montag. How are books so important that you would give up your life protecting them?

He keeps a book hidden and when Mildred, his apathetic wife finds out, she freaks out thinking they will be found out soon,and she is right. His captain Beatty visits his home and is extremely suspicious.

This book is a good read for anyone who is horrified at the thought of such a dystopian society.Getting rid of books is getting rid of free thought, of freedom of expression, of knowledge.

 

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is based on World War I.The main character,Fredric Henry is an American fighting with the Italian Army in the ambulance corps.The book is divided into 5 sections.

Fredric falls in love with an English nurse named Catherine Barkley.At first he did not want a serious relationship with the conservative lady, but his feelings start to develop.As much as he tries to stay in the hospital where she works, he is forced to the front lines.

They fall in love, she becomes pregnant, he escapes the army and go live in Switzerland.There , she gives birth to a stillborn and suffer complications and dies leaving Fredric all alone.

This book is based on his own experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during world war I.

5 Gripes About DC Movies That Totally Miss The Point

5. “They Need More Jokes, Like The Marvel Movies!”

I don’t think the tone of the DC movies so far has been what’s doomed them. Nonsensical plot points, scenes that start something and proceed to go nowhere, and pacing that allows them to wallow in their own shit for an hour before suddenly ramping the narrative through a building — that’s what’s turned these things from “movies” into “collections of half-formed ideas barely held together by themes that the characters constantly shout at each other.” And when that complaint was put through the I Need To Get This Down To 140 Characters Or Less Translator, it apparently came out as “Needs more jokes!”

The Marvel movies can be pretty funny. Ant Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and every line from Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War are all humorous without feeling like someone went through the scripts with a red-tipped pen to make sure that these costume parades got some ha ha’s. And that feeling is super important, because it at least gives off the illusion that once we enter the theater, we’re being put into the hands of competent filmmakers who know how to manage a mood, and not the wallets of executive overlords screaming “GET ROBERT DOWNEY JR. FOR A CAMEO, YOU FUCK!” at every opportunity.

But adding lightheartedness to a movie is not a tonal Band-Aid. We already saw that applied to Suicide Squad, and that thing ended up seeming like a tug of war between two totally different Suicide Squads. Batman v. Superman would not have benefited from some sprinkling of whimsy. To create a movie that can handle a mess of jokes, you have to rebuild it as such from the ground up. You might hate a Superman that is a 50/50 split on frowns and punches, but “fixing” him by dribbling random pleasantness from his super-orifices is like finishing an algebra test by including a five-paragraph analysis of the works of Charles Dickens.

Also, we’ve already ragged on DC for copying Marvel’s Expanded Cinematic Universe idea. If DC suddenly decides to start creating the kind of movies that Marvel is making in terms of how funny they are, we’re just going to give DC hell for that too. I don’t want every film that they come out with to have a tone like Batman v. Superman, which can best be described as “slow motion tears fall during slow motion rain drops.” But I also don’t want a series of movies that decapitate their own worth because of a misguided WHAT ABOUT THE FUNNY? campaign.

4. “They Need To Stop Taking Such Dumb Chances!”

Suicide Squad was the third movie that DC made in their new universe. Rather than go the route of establishing more legitimate heroes, they decided, four-and-a-half hours into their existence, that audiences would much rather see a collection of B-List villains, with Batman showing up for three 90-second segments. Many said that it was DC’s attempt to replicate Guardians Of The Galaxy, but it feels less like that and more like a comic book Devil’s Rejects. They’re mass murderers and generally the worst people on the planet, but hey, they’re always busting each other’s balls, so they must be alright!

And while this paid off in the box office, the reviews added it to the ever-growing pile of Stuff That DC Has Done Totally Wrong. I rewatched all three of these movies before I wrote this column, and I don’t hate them anymore. There’s stuff that I really like about some of them, but Suicide Squad is painfully grating at its worst. Now That’s What I Call Supervillains, Volume 1 is an incoherent screech into the winds of relevance, but the concept behind it? Sign me up for a dozen more.

The release of Suicide Squad as their third film shows me that DC is willing to take chances that are so unmeasured that they’re borderline blind. And that is infinitely more interesting than the approach of “We’ll release movies about the big-name superheroes first, and when they’re all proven to succeed, we’ll go down the list until we eventually reach Leather Boy: A Netflix Original Series.”

The release of one supervillain-themed disaster does not mean that we need to scrap the concept and focus solely on figuring out how to get more than two people into the audience of a Green Lantern movie. Marvel is creating a stronger and stronger built-in audience. People will go to see these just to check them off the list. DC, with all of its backlash, doesn’t have that yet. Batman does, but DC as a whole does not. And they will always be playing catch-up until they provide an alternative to Marvel. And if that alternative is batshit lunacy, I’m down. As a fan, I really appreciate Marvel’s consistency. But I’m way more interested in Suicide Squad 2: Fuck It, We’re Doing It.

3. “They Need To Really UNDERSTAND The Characters!”

After the release of Man Of Steel and Batman v. Superman, it was clear that the director, Zack Snyder, had some weird inclinations when it came to how classic characters should be portrayed. The immediate reaction to this discovery was “Well, Zack Snyder just doesn’t understand certain characters.” And because these two movies mostly dealt with the internal turmoil and external explosions of a piece of eye laser Americana, this was boiled down to “Zack Snyder hates Superman.”

I get that. In Man Of Steel, Clark Kent spends the first two acts moping around the globe, trying to gain an ounce of purpose. And in the last act, when he discovers that his purpose is “Property Damage,” he beats the villains through every populated building that he can find. This provided an interesting backdrop for Batman v. Superman: That dude is supposed to be the world’s greatest hero, so how is he going to handle having inadvertently killed thousands? And we probably would’ve seen an answer to this question, had Ben Affleck’s rippling trapezius not been in the way.

But Zack Snyder does not hate Superman. And he does not have a loathing for do-gooder superhero characters. In fact, what Zack Snyder does not get is the same thing that we don’t get: How do you make people like Superman again?

I often fall into thinking that understanding characters and presenting them in their truest comic-book-friendly form will equal massive box office numbers, critical success, and probably a handjob in a public restroom. But would turning Superman into an unfailing Boy Scout, or totally leaning into the skid of “He’s a lost god on a planet that he doesn’t have a mutual understanding with” make people dig him? The first trailer for Man Of Steel played before The Dark Knight Rises. In my theater, after the inspiring music and washed-out shots of the kid in the cape, a guy yelled “BATMAN’S BETTER, THOUGH!” and the audience applauded as if he had just discovered the cure for death.

And that’s the public perception of Superman. You can throw as many metaphors or classic-ness at them, but the unanimous response is a piercing “BATMAN’S BETTER, THOUGH!” The reason Batman has been the most popular character of the past three decades, and why we have to struggle to even get people to consider Superman as a valid anything, is that Batman inspires discussion. “What’s the best portrayal of Batman?” “Should he kill?” “Should he not kill?” “Is it right for him to quit being Batman, or does that betray his character?” “During sex, does he let the ‘I’m Batman’ voice slip out a little bit just to show Catwoman that she’s special?”

Superman’s discussion is “Oh, do you like Superman? I don’t.”

Zack Snyder doesn’t go flaccid whenever he sees a red cape. Nor does he look at Superman rescuing a cat out of a tree and think, “Superman wouldn’t do that. Superman would eat that cat.” However, Zack Snyder does understand that the only way we’re going to get people invested in the trials of Clark Kent again is to get people talking about Clark Kent. And regardless of whether you like or dislike his version or Superman, it’s the only way to get people to stop thinking of Superman as the dumb hick cousin of the DC universe.

2. “They Need Action Scenes That Aren’t So Explosive!”

Christopher Nolan did a lot of cool things with the Batman character. But until The Dark Knight Rises, when Batman slugged it out with Bane, fight scenes that amounted to more than a blur of editing and short strikes were a distant a dream. Thus, in Batman v. Superman, when Batman Brock Lesnar’d his way through a warehouse full of goons, all I could think was “Finally.” And so many reviews had taken dumps on a decade of inadequate hand-to-hand bat combat, so I expected critics and fans to erupt in resounding high fives at the sight of a Batman who could readjust a bad guy’s skeleton from the outside of his body if he wanted to.

We’d clamored for better fight scenes since 1978, when Superman’s greatest physical threat was the tag team of Gene Hackman and Ned Beatty. That’s 35 years of “Hey! We want DC characters who can properly throw down!” Don’t just accept the stuff you don’t like when it comes to purely fictional characters. But if I’m Zack Snyder and I’m still the guy who directed stuff like 300, and all I’ve heard since I was 12 is that Superman needs to be able to do all of his Superman stuff, I’m gonna go nuts with it. And if I hear that you didn’t like Batman’s array of elbows and shin kicks, the next criminal that Batman sees is going to be nearly ripped in half, because goddammit, give the people what they ask for.

1. “They Needed To Do Solo Character Films First!”

Batman v. Superman featured a lot of characters showing up for the first time in this universe, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, and Jimmy Olsen. (RIP, BUDDY. YOU HAD MORE THAN ONE LINE IN THE ULTIMATE EDITION OF THE FILM, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU. POUR ONE OUT FOR JIMMY.) And while the introductions to half of them were clumsy, as they were mostly done through Wonder Woman watching security footage on a computer, I don’t think that giving each of them a solo film before Batman v. Superman was the answer to “How many showers can we give this turd?”

We’ve had five Batman solo films, and while they weren’t connected to Batman v. Superman, that doesn’t mean that Batman suddenly becomes a mystery to us. No, we get what Batman’s about. Oh, he’s old now and a little angrier? That’s not a foreign concept that we couldn’t possibly wrap our heads around without another movie of set up. Ben Affleck’s constant grimace is an effective one. It tells us that he’s a little pissed off and tortured, so giving him a solo film to set that depression up is simply doing what five combined films have done repeatedly.

We’re getting a Justice League movie later this year, in which hopefully all of Batman’s super pals will get some proper screen time. But thinking that the whole team should have gotten solo films to better set up a movie entitled BATMAN v. SUPERMAN is the equivalent of wishing you could eat all of the potatoes in the restaurant because it would make your steak taste better. What is making Flash more important beforehand going to do for that movie? Did we really need another guy to stand around and look sad about stuff? If there’s one thing that Batman v, Superman didn’t need, it’s more existential bro angst.

To Be Loved or To Be Feared

In College, I came across a book I had to buy. It is called Constructing a Life Philosophy by Opposing Viewpoints. It is divided in sections and those sections are: “The Importance of Choosing a Life Philosophy”, “What Reveals Life’s Ultimate Meaning?” ,”How do Religions Give Life Meaning? ”, What Motivates Moral Behavior? And “What Principles Should Guide Our Lives?”

My favorite section is “What Principal Should Guide Our Lives?”. In this section there are articles for instance from Thomas Jefferson and his “Develop an Honest Heart” or Nicolo Machiavelli’s “Develop a Devious Mind” and a few more. What caught my eye the most was Machiavelli’s “Develop a Devious Mind” because I have heard of his work The Prince from which this perspective is excerpted from.

In Constructing a Life Philosophy, to summarize what The Prince conveys, it says that “A powerful leader should seem good and honorable if it serves his purposes; he should also appear cruel and be willing to commit evil acts when the need arises”(203). The book also has some questions to reflect : do you think it is more important to be feared or loved as a leader? While the book says one should attempt at both, it is “safer” to be feared.Why ? “For love is held by a chain of obligation which ,men being selfish,is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails”(204).

Highly recommend this book for philosophical discussions as the book does not have its own point of view, but shares many types of points of view.

 

 

Top Ten Overpowered Anime Characters!

We all know the main character in every anime isn’t some ordinary high school student or daily life person, the main character in most anime’s turn out sometimes to be dramatically powerful. There are other characters whose powers don’t even have limits, characters such as Goku from Dragon Ball z go above their limit and evolve to gain impressive strengths, speed and other abilities. Villains, heroes, and other characters in anime have abilities and powers many might consider to be just too overpowered!

Here is a list of some of the most overpowered characters.