Snowden “Film Review/Analysis”

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This of course begins as a story about a normal man, with exuberant and one could argue exacerbated fantasy’s. Of what he see’s as the world he wants to believe in, yet as it follows as our man begins to slowly drip away like a damp rag. Which is funny because, you don’t really expect it from him of all people. Yet as much of a prodigy as Snowden clearly is, he is so much more than that under the surface. He simply wants to do the right thing, no matter the cost. Which is what we all want right? I already was fully aware of how great Joseph Gordon Levitt is, but this shows just how impenetrable he is as an actor. He is charming, and yet distant which is what you’d think a guy like Snowden would be.

The thing that makes this so good, is he’s just as vulnerable as you or I would be. It didn’t necessarily glorify him, as this sort of God like figure. Why in the world would you need to do that? But what it did do for his case, is simply put it in your face clear as day. This was a man on a mission, and he was willing to lose it all to make a difference in the world today. In the world of mass surveillance, he didn’t have to do this!! In fact, he could have just kept his trap shut like so many I am sure demanded of him. But he didn’t, and if you can’t grasp why that’s so heroic in itself. I feel genuinely sorry for you, and realize that most probably would never want to be in his position. Snowden did what others refused to do, because he knew it needed to be done.

I would recommend you see this, if for no other reason than to try and understand what he was trying to accomplish. I get it, I have since it happened. It requires critical thinking to comprehend it, in which I’m sorry to say some don’t really possess in our world. I can’t say whether or not it had an impact, but what I can say is Snowden did what he thought was right. Did it put us at risk? As opposed to any other time in history in comparison? No, I really don’t think so not in retrospect. As he said many times, we have to hold our officials accountable. They either work for you, or they don’t. Some of us have lost sight of that, because we’d rather stay safe and secure. That’s not what this country was founded on, is he a traitor? In my opinion, no not in the least bit. But then again, I’m not the deciding factor. It was a great movie, and showed you how difficult the journey was to get where he is today. 8/10 One of the best films of the year, bar none!!!

Contributor- Chris Ballenger

The Fragile In The Mindless

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These fragile words, are harmful to the wavering souls of the magistery. Three steps too far from the staircase, enthralled in dangerous overcompensation.  You feel threatening glances, peering into your eyes as black as the night skies. Cloaks found their way to your homestead, overlapping the rooftops and caverns that lashed from within. They cursed you with judgement, your guilt found in words without meaning. Those old monsters, who are creeping within your bed chambers. Candles lit within your soul, hoping to finally cast those shadows away from your hearts contentment. They find you wanting  less, your desire for nourishment ceases to come to pass. Hideous and winding fists, wreak havoc on your non existent wounds. Do you find it pleasurable, finding a sort of satisfaction in the fear of fortune.

Contribute- Chris Ballenger

Puzzles Inside Portraits

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What’s the route inside my head, did you feel that curse inside the bed. Wonderous like a thunder clapping in a rain storm. Fuddled for the fixture, bleak and covert in the brains  and horrible mainstream. Portraits outright in the canvas, sliding forth inward and kindness in the doorway. You search for the exit, but it is no where to be found. Outlines and mazes intrap your eyes from the new puzzles of madness.  Which of these final areas will you cross into make a way for your panicked kin. Your kilts manged to dampen the hole with temporary measure. These taxes clamped your freedom, with a rhythm of choice not found inside this doubt. Does it bring out the worst in us all, or can we fight with our hands callously struggling for a purpose.

Contributor- Chris Ballenger

5 Things You Do Not Say to Batman v Superman Fans

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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  1. This movie borrows way too much from Frank Miller, the worst writer for Batman ever.
  2. That ain’t Batman! That’s a murdering thug in a stupid-looking armor suit!
  3. That ain’t Superman! That’s a moody emo with more angst than Harry Potter!
  4. The Ultimate Cut is most ridiculous thing I ever heard of! Whoever heard of an R-rated comic book movie? I mean, seriously?
  5. The voice actor who played Scar in The Lion King is Alfred? I wonder if he complained about being “surrounded by idiots” after reading the script.

 

Next month: 5 Things You Do Not Say to Suicide Squad Fans

Note: This list is satire only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the writer. Anyone who takes this seriously is condemned to a one-on-one match with Doomsday.

The Prism Movement

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I watch this darker figure pursue me, beneath the crest of forethought. Figures in which you can’t see, but more sense they are present. These beings aren’t threatening, in fact they do not wish to be acknowledged at all. They are simply passing through as a formal energy as it were. This black air seeped through the vents of time, I brought to the texturized belief in a loved mixture. We imagine these things, as if we can comprehend them. But it isn’t as pure, in fact we made it fond of the unknown. Like writing words without a pen and paper weight. You find that pleasures are meaningless, funds that are sacred. Tossed in the wind, hoping to find truth in a boundless society.

Contributor- Chris Ballenger

 

 

The Mindful Tombstone

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The boy pressed his templet to the graveled chamber linked fence, moderators fell curious to the enriched cards in the deck of mankind’s perrel. Your issue chased you, it fought for the attention of the elders in a room filled with angst. Rumors of your demise spread throughout the land mines, founded boulders wrapped in chains. The war of wisdom is a test of vigorace planning, the mindful tombstone awaits your presence there. Those bridges you found in paralyzing agony. Horrors no man should ever witness, gravesites riddled with black paint. You disgrace the dead, you mock the living in between the worlds of a transgressive resurgence. Those people would never get back there respect, they would never again find peace for what you’ve done to them.

Contributor- Chris Ballenger

DC/WB Commentary

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Just some thoughts, its been awhile guys…..

What is part of Clark’s morose behavior, when it pertains to how he tends to act as a hero. Is simply due to his adolescence in gaining an awareness to his newly formed abilities. What if Superman is emotionally detached on purpose? What if these barriers were set in that regard, to keep him from his full potential because he wouldn’t be able to grasp the responsibility? Like for instance, he lashes out at Zod in sort of a childish like manner. Not really knowing his own strength at the time, still very unconscious to these powers. What if that was the intent, what if Jor El was like in previous incarnations fearful of what he’d do if he knew them all at once.

You know, as Jonathan said to him. You’ll be ready when the time is right, and maybe Clark’s death was a reminder that he will rise reborn. A new man, with death comes new life as it were. The Superman you knew before, no longer exists. What if this was Snyder’s plan all along? It most certainly wouldn’t surprise me, Clark doesn’t become fully aware of who and what he can do, until he is prepared to deal with those repercussions. He didn’t understand what they were, or why they were happening to him.

But now he will, and the barriers may in fact be lifted fully. I believe this was the intent all along, I believe he hasn’t even begun being what we all desire. And that’s the cool thing about guys, it took us 4 years to get here. It was an entire arc, that led us to this point in time. This transition was growing pains of a child into adulthood. He didn’t make that decision until the very last bit of Dawn Of Justice, he took all the burdens of the world and put it on his shoulders. And in that moment, he became what he was supposed to be. He wasn’t confident, its like you could actually see it play out that way. I mean think about it, you had a grizzled veteran in Batman. A war torn broken man, who was completely void of any sort of apathy.

And when these two meet, its like Clark is threatened by him, when we know for a fact that if he wanted to. With one punch to the chest, he could kill Batman in an instant. Some would say well “Chris, you know he was just holding back”. Ok, and yes while that might be true to a certain point. Why would he hold back, if he didn’t know what he could do in the first place? He killed Zod out of necessity, did he know he could? No, in fact he was physically outmatched in every single way.

He even looked at his hands in that particular scene, as if to say “Did I just do that”? Not that he wasn’t mourning a loss, he most certainly was. But he was shocked, that he held so much power in his hands. And maybe it was too dangerous, maybe he felt after that afraid to pursue any sort of Justice. Because he had done so many things, in such a short amount of time that were so extreme for even him. And Batman in the picture now? He recognized that these two pillars were not sustainable, going down the path they were both headed towards. Clark simply took a forceful step down, because Batman’s rage was far too much to handle. He needed to be the voice of reason, because if he channeled an equal amount of rage. Where would we be? I’ll tell you, we’d be without a Batman and Superman in this Universe!!!

Man Of Steel was the pain of loss, as well as being able to say “I can co exist with these people”. and finding some sort of limitation to the potentially dangerous abilities he had. Dawn Of Justice were those lessons from both of his Fathers revisited, Johnathan being the protector, and advisor of when it was time to reveal himself to the world so to speak. And Jor El being the more hands on, and pushing him into a more secure way of handling his abilities. It was an inner fight, he wasn’t just fighting with Batman!!! He was fighting with himself the entire time!!! Justice League, that will be about Clark embracing both of his Father’s lessons. He will finally merge into the Hero we know him to be, mark my words on this!!! =)

Contributor- Chris Ballenger