Pixar Movies 2 – A Bug’s Life

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Shortly after the release of Toy Story, Pixar began working on their second feature film, A Bug’s Life. Directed by John Lasseter, the film stars Flik, a misfit ant who is both inventive and clumsy. After he severely messes up, he searches for “tough warriors” to protect his ant colony from greedy gangster grasshoppers who force the ants to harvest food for them every year. Although Flik finds help much faster than anyone anticipated, it turns out that he grabbed a bunch of circus bugs instead. And they’re failures as circus bugs.

Right away, there’s potential for a story and lessons behind them. There’s the lesson of being honest, something that Flik fails at throughout the movie. There’s the lesson of being too traditional, which Flik’s colony is. It’s that traditionalism that not only holds them back from progress, but also allows the grasshoppers to take advantage of them. It’s a coming of age story for both Flik and Princess Atta, who both learn that they’re stronger than they think, and they grow closer together by the end of the movie. And of course, there’s a great balance between embracing creativity and realizing that there are potential risks with being recklessly creative. And for the most part, the movie handles these messages well without sacrificing its story.

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Witchblade 2 review

Last month’s debut issue of this new Witchblade series made it clear that this is a different iteration of the ancient artifact of power. It takes place in a different universe than the original Witchblade series. That in itself isn’t either good or bad, but I can say that two issues in, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this new interpretation. Ignoring that, there is a lot to like about this issue, but it’s not perfect.

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Detective Comics 972 review

There have been a number of story arcs in James Tynion IV’s Detective Comics run so far. There was the opening arc where Batman’s team took on an army based on Batman’s vigilante style, led by Batwoman’s father. There was the Victim Syndicate, a group of people who suffered as innocent bystanders in Batman’s various fights, and they want revenge on both sides of the conflict. Recently, a future version of Tim Drake showed up to kill Batwoman terminator style to prevent his future.

Now, all of that seems to be coming together.

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Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey 3 review

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We’re about half-way through the mini-series that sees the return of adult Jean Grey, who’s been dead in mainline continuity since 2003. Funny, as much as Jean Grey has this reputation of dying and coming back way too often, it’s only happened a handful of times at most. There are plenty of characters who have died and returned more than her.

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Comics of January 10, 2018

It’s the second Wednesday of the year. Because of what will hopefully be temporary financial setbacks, after this week I’ll be cutting back on the number of comics I’m picking up, with the intention to catch up on everything when I can, but this week I picked up all the titles I would normally pick up. As for non-comic reading, I’ve really been stepping up my gym workouts since Christmas to help achieve my physical goals. I also recently started my Pixar blogathon. I’m planning on reviewing at least 3 Pixar movies in the coming week.

As for my writing, I’m currently editing a book I first wrote in November of 2015. It’s been so long that I don’t even remember half of what happened in the book, so it’s more about fixing sentence structure, adding in explanations I didn’t include in the first draft and re-familiarizing myself with the story. I’m about half-way through the edit at this point. After this edit is done, I’ll need to actually write down notes on how to improve the overall structure.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey 3, Cable 153, She-Hulk 161, Witchblade 2, Supergirl 17, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 78, Detective Comics 972 and Action Comics 995. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted.

Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey 3 review

Detective Comics 972 review

Witchblade 2 review

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Pixar Movies 1 – Toy Story

Last year I decided that I wanted to talk more about movies on this blog, so I embarked on a massive project where I watched every Disney Animation Studios feature ever, in order of release. A lot of the movies from the 80’s and 90’s were directly impacted by what started off as a tiny computer animation studio called Pixar. They handled all of the digital effects in movies like The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under and even as far back as The Black Cauldron. All of those released before Beauty and the Beast. Pixar also created a couple short films here and there, but their first feature film finally released in 1995.

It’s time to begin my Pixar movie blogathon. With 19 movies, it’ll be much quicker than Disney Animation Studios’ massive 56 movie catalogue. But at the same time this won’t quite be a short marathon either. Unlike Disney where I had seen just over half of them going in, I’ve seen the vast majority of Pixar’s movies already. The only ones I haven’t seen are Cars 2, Monsters University and everything that’s released since Inside Out. Out of 19 movies, I’ve seen 13 and there are 4 I haven’t seen.

Just a heads up, this is going to be one of those posts where I talk a lot more about the movie’s background than the movie itself. Although for a movie like Toy Story that needs no introduction, that’s just fine.

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Star Wars 41 review + thoughts on Hawkeye 14

The rebels’ struggle on the dying world of Jedha continues. While the Empire is trying to harvest what’s left of the kyber crystals on the planet, the Rebels are teaming up with the followers of deceased extremist, Saw Gererra, to resist them. The last issue ended with Luke leaving the group temporarily to look at a temple along with a pilgrim to further learn about the force.

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