As I'm sure a lot of you know the American holiday of Thanksgiving is coming up this Thursday. While I won't be doing any extensive traveling I will not be sitting around on my computer. So for this Thursday and probably Friday as well don't expect the usual litany of articles and posts like usual. I'll try to do what I did before my North Carolina trip and set up at least a trailer or two to go up on the two days. I won't promise anything outright however just because my focus should be on the holiday and not Screened, at least for those few days.
I will most likely be spending my time either eating good food or playing lots of video games since I'll have some chances to dive into these new consoles. If you want to feel free to add me on either PS4 or Xbox One by looking me up as FinalDasa. Please include a message so I know who it is!
What are some of your plans this holiday weekend? Is Thanksgiving a foreign concept to you? Or do you have to drag yourself cross country to spend time with family and good?
I started working on Screened last March and since then haven't truly taken time off. I have snagged a day or two right before or after a holiday but multiple days away from that all seeing eye in the top left hasn't happened. Until now. Next week, Wednesday to be specific, I'll be away from home until the following Sunday. This means Oct. 9th, 10th, and 11th will have little to no content going up. I will do my best to ensure a video, a trailer, or some articles get placed onto the site but I make no promises. Also, I will be checking in with the site, my twitter, and my email but not with the regularity I do during a typical work week.
For those curious I'll but road tripping to North Carolina, from Florida, for a friend's wedding. My roommate and I have purposefully given ourselves extra time in the state both to expand our drinking potential but to hopefully see more of either Raleigh, where we'll be staying, or the areas nearby. If anyone has suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! So far my plans are to bar hop downtown and maybe visit a museum.
If you have any questions about what this means in terms of the site feel free to ask? Or really ask anything, I'll do my best to answer honestly and openly.
And if there are some Screened Pups near or in Raleigh I would be down for a meetup!
The following is my thoughts about Iron Man 3 and WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. This is meant to open discussion about the movie, the franchise, Marvel, and where this is all going. I will openly discuss plot, characters, and anything and everything that happened in Iron Man 3. If you wish to see Iron Man 3 with fresh eyes, which I encourage, then stop reading and go see it already. I reiterate, the following CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Strange to think that is had just been over one year since the last Marvel release, Avengers. Iron Man 3 kicks off the summer movie season for 2013 but also starts a new phase for Marvel movies, getting past the "can we really do this" phase and getting into phase 2. What phase 2 will be, what it will look like, what stories it will tell, and if it will be successful all comes down to the movies Marvel can put out. In phase 1 the pack of films we got (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man 2, and Avengers) weren't exactly the cream of the crop. If phase 2 proves to miss the mark in key areas will we still care about an Avengers 2, or a phase 3 for that matter?
A lot of these questions can begin to be answered in Iron Man 3 which is a big achievement as it's own franchise. Unlike the other Marvel movie franchises under their control, Iron Man has already gotten to the third film in the series and some could argue is growing long in the tooth. Some of the fatigue might come from the reviews of Iron Man 2 but it has come down to the third film to set everything back right.
Iron Man 3 kicks off talking about demons and with someone like Tony Stark you have to imagine his demons run deep. We look back at the drinking heavily, womanizing, and too smart for his own good Tony Stark. This one night in Cern will end up haunting Tony years later even after he has cleaned up his act. As the terrorist Mandarin starts bombing various sites in the US and around the world Tony quickly becomes the target of the Mandarin's wrath. All the while AIM is doing their best to convince Stark Industries to work with them on enhancing humans for possible weapons contracts.
The plot, along with the tone in my opinion, feels scattered for the beginning half of the film which serves the plot in the second half. Soon we figure it all out. The woman from Cern so many nights ago called the geeky scientist who was so eager to talk to Tony he stood out in the cold for hours. Her work trying to heal humans has turned them into walking, nearly indestructible, bombs who have been used in a master plan by AIM to take over the country. As for the Mandarin, the master terrorist who has power rings and arguably Stark's greatest enemy, well he is just an actor hired by AIM to take the fall and be the face of fear. It all feels like an updated 21st century plot that fits into our current world we live in rather than a comic book one.
It all ends with Tony beating the bad guys, rescuing Pepper, blowing up all his Iron Man suits, and removing the shrapnel from his chest that is the source of all that has occurred. The credits claim Tony Stark will return, and probably be Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers 2 but after that who knows, so for sure this isn't the end of everything but it was a nice tough to see Stark frustrated with the demons he has been literally creating.
What does it all set up though? Does the shot of Mandarin walking into the jail realizing all the cameras are on him set up another villain? Does the introduction of AIM mean we get MODOK? After struggling so much with the events in Avengers 1 will Tony even want to hang out with fellow superheroes in Avengers 2? The movie really put some things in odd positions and it will be interesting to see if Marvel directly addresses these issues or simply avoids the complicated messy story they could create. What did the absence of anything Shield mean?
So what are your thoughts? Where did the movie leaves thing for Iron Man? Was it an easy out for RDJ or an interesting set up for the Stark character? Did this make you more excited for the next Thor and Captain America films?
Just wanted to write up a quick thanks for everyone's patience and support. Look's like I've gotten through my first week as Community Manager without breaking everything!
I know there are a few things I still need to get better at. I'd prefer to have more posts per day including What To Watch at least a couple times a week and I'd prefer to space more posts out throughout the day so they don't only come out in the afternoon my time.
Hopefully each week I can get better at this. I'm hoping to start new features like a user review roundup and get back to posting some videos rather than text only articles. As with my introduction post I'd like to welcome any constructive suggestions about features you'd like to see, kinds of articles you want written, and generally anything on the site (that I can change).
Thanks again for all your help and support, hopefully I can keep this a website you keep coming to and participating in for a long time.
Since it's being discussed both as a possible award winner and as one of the best movies of 2012 right here on Screened I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook last night. These were my thoughts and feelings shortly after watching the movie:
It would be difficult for me to write a traditional review for Silver Linings Playbook. To be honest I could barely make it all the way through the film. I found myself standing up during some scenes, wrapping my arms around my knees in others, all in an attempt to cope with what turned out to be a very honest movie. I went into Silver Linings first believing it to be a romantic comedy about a sports crazed family, or that’s what the initial trailers had me believing. Then as award season geared up I heard bits and pieces more and finally gave into seeing the film. Instead I was shown portrayal of mental illnesses more as they occur in the real world.
Unlike Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro in the film my own mental illness was never as bad. Years ago I suffered from depression during my first year in college and even to this day battle it’s effect, symptoms, and causes. Watching Silver Linings only reminded me of behaviors I recognized all too well. Paranoia, the sense of utter defeat, and an overall inability to deal with the reality of my situation and ignoring those who were offering their help. As if somehow a sheer force of will and internal determination could fix everything.
Thankfully my depression was treated through the help from friends and professionals. And that's what is best about Silver Linings in the end. It treats mental illness both as something as serious that they put you in a hospital in but also something that just affects you, everyday. You struggle with it, conquer it, make progress, and fall behind. Each day can be a hardship or a victory and for some the first come more often than the latter.
We all probably know people who are close to us who suffer even if they aren't what we think of when we hear the words mental illness. The friend with OCD, the family member who is easy to anger, or even the day or two when we feel down ourselves. Silver Linings shines a bright light on a dark and forgotten subject that should be talked about more and shared more. Hopefully it will encourage those who are suffering or struggling to seek help from friends, family, and even from therapists. No one is perfect and life doesn't hand you a perfect deck of cards. That doesn't mean we have to go on pretending we're always winning.