Make It Your Mission To Watch Searching

Have you ever watched a movie so damn good that you not only resonate with it on a deeply personal level, but you also just feel a kind of crazy desperation to have someone else watch it and appreciate it just as much as you do? You know the kind of movie that makes you beg for a time machine so that you could go back and experience it again for the first time?

That movie is Searching (2018) for me right now, a humble little thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho, also known as Kimball Cho from the TV series The Mentalist or as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu from the Star Trek trilogy.

Now I’d be pretty surprised if you know about this movie given how off-the-radar and unassuming it is, but I’d go as far as to say that it’s almost a crime that this movie is not more known than it is especially given how exceptionally relevant the subject matter is.

Nevertheless in an effort to correct the wrongs of the cruel universe I suggest that you gear up, gentlemen and gentleladies, for I’m about to tell you why you need to see this movie.

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The Best And Worst Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’ve been toying with this idea for some time now given that there are thirteen movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at present. In the wake of the recent release of Captain America: Civil War I thought now would be as good a time as any to take a look back at all the Marvel movies and compile a list of the best and worst ones according to my humble opinion.

After writing about my criticisms of Civil War on my blog, a movie that gravely disappointed me, I felt the urge to revisit the kind of movies in the MCU that I feel are vastly superior to it, as well as peek at those that were real Hulk smashes – and not in a good way at all. More than that I simply want to indulge in this behemoth of a movie world.

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Every Bullet Point Wrong With Captain America: Civil Cop Out

Captain America: Civil War has released to almost unanimous positive reception from critics and much hype from fans, which always makes it fun to be in the minority with an opinion. That’s exactly where I am: in the great minority as I disagree with the reception the movie has got.

While it may be a wonderful time to be alive to see movies like this, it’s an unfortunate reality that because of rampant fanboyism you have to be careful and make sure to ‘state your allegiances’ and whatever would-be agendas you have before offering any sort of opinion on anything.

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Don’t Hide Your Work From The World

I know a fair amount of writers. By that I don’t necessarily mean that these people write books, but they write. They’re a mix of journalists, passionate writers, bloggers, novelists and editors. It doesn’t really matter what the objective is. They’re writers. It’s as simple as that.

One of the most common problems I’ve found among said writers is a vice that to some degree many of us have buried down somewhere. It’s the fear of having our work exposed, critiqued, ridiculed or torn down by an outside party. It’s the vulnerability we face by putting our writing out there and having its fate rest in the hands of its beholders. It’s the fear of what you do and love to do leaving the safety of your mind. It’s the fear of judgement day.

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The Use Of Profanity In Writing

Profanity is an interesting topic to me because of people’s vastly different reactions to it both in real life and literature. Some people cringe and can’t take swear words at all, others aren’t bothered by them in the slightest and some people consider them only to be effective when used in a good context. You even get those who feel profanity is a crutch for the inarticulate.

I don’t quite fall on any particular side in this debate because I’m totally an advocate for freedom in writing and creating art with as little rules as possible. But I do like to entertain all sides of the discussion.

My desire to talk about the topic arose recently when out of interest I checked the ‘fuck’ count in my upcoming book, The Black Glass Killer, and discovered that the word appeared a whopping 150 times in the novel so far, and that number can go up or down during the editing process.

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Crafting A Psychopath

In case you’re thinking it this isn’t actually my personal origin story. Insert Bane quote here about you merely adopting psychopathic tendencies while I was born with them. However I do have to take a few steps back to briefly mention that when I finally published my first book, The Sorrow, two years ago it was intended to be a deconstruction of a hero. I wanted to take a sort of clichéd premise and write something interesting with it.

While I’m happy with the result despite an average-ish opinion of it from me, numerous shortcomings and things I would absolutely do differently given a second chance (and that’s the beauty of writing), I always felt that my goal with my next book would be to better capture my own voice and identity as a writer, and ultimately differentiate myself.

That’s part of what attracted me to the idea of reversing core themes in my first book to create something darkly written – excuse the pun – and closer to the kind of thing people have expected of me over the years.

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The Quantum Break Conundrum: Games Don’t Need To Be Movies

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a truly divisive game crop up. You know, the kind of game where you can’t gouge whether it’s the second coming of JC or Satan’s hand at work. Enter Quantum Break, a sci-fi time-powered story driven game from beloved developers Remedy Entertainment.

Depending on who you ask it may be one of the best games of the year or one of the most tragic missteps and a broken mess. I’m not interested in choosing a side on that business since I have yet to play the game. But fear not because I’m not talking about the game’s quality. I want to discuss what it attempted to do by merging crafted live-action television episodes with the video game itself to tell a different kind of story.

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