Out of all the projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the Thor films had to be my least favorite. They are most likely everyone’s least favorite. By the looks of this trailer, Thor: Ragnarok will not only be my favorite Thor film but most likely my favorite film of the MCU. It probably will be yours too…..
2016 is over, finally, and although the year was universally crummy it did produce some outstanding television. Film and TV, as frequent viewers here may know, is a form of escapism for me. A way to leave whatever troubles me in the real world and get lost in some fictitious ones. This year there were a couple of shows, both new and returning, that I would return to week after week, or day after day if they were on Netflix, to get my dose of immersion. Going in fresh into 2017 I wanted to reflect on these shows and write about what I loved so much about them. So here are my favorite shows of 2016 (unranked)!
Having already watched two Jean-Luc Godard films, Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot le Fou, I already knew that Vivre sa Vie was going to be special. No Google search or Hulu synopsis can clearly represent the story of the film or capture its tone (this probably won’t either).
The very first frame of Vivre sa Vie is engulfed by our protagonist Nana, wonderfully played by Anna Karina, showing a side profile of her face automatically included with a gloomy score. The music begins to fade, and we gaze at her profile for what seems like decades. Now the camera shifts showing us the front of Nana’s face and the music returns. She gazes ahead past the camera, past whatever may be in front of her and breaks right through the barrier which separates film and reality and looks right at us, the audience. The camera shifts once more, continuing to show us Nana’s face similar to how it’d appear as a mug shot, and the screen cuts to black. It’s a Godard film so I expected a connection between film and film watcher, but having this happen in the opening sequences revealed that Vivre sa Vie was going to be a much more personal experience than Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot Le Fou were, and indeed it was.
Television has evolved into a fantastic platform where the viewing of our favorite shows are no longer at the hands of the network of origin but at the hands of the people. Through the existence of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and other streaming sites, viewers are able to access all the episodes of almost every season of nearly any television series. We can all catch up with a show that we may have fell behind on, watch that series that we always wanted to or watch that old show that that everyone was obsessed with a couple of years back. The God-like ability to watch whatever, whenever has promoted the popular “binge-watching” habit, or the complete viewing of an entire season or at times an entire show.
***Supergirl is Kara
The popularity of superhero movies has grown significantly in the past 5 years and, so far, there is no sign of them slowing down anytime soon. The genre has done justice, occasionally, to some of the most beloved comic book characters and has invited newcomers to the universes of Marvel and DC. The CW’s Flash has certainly dominated the small screen and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has certainly etched their mark on the big screen. One of the latest superheroes, in fact heroines, to join the family is DC’s Supergirl. Unfortunately, this show has earned mixed reviews from critics, fans and causal viewers. Critic’s reviews often suggest that the show is too quirky with a weak plot. Fans urge that Supergirl’s writers have not done justice to the comics and criticize its upbeat, jolly tone. The causal viewer has often, of course, argued that the show is “stupid” or “sooo stupid” to emphasize its senselessness. These reviews, all of which are harsh, are what stopped me from watching this show’s pilot and the succeeding episodes. But a feeling in my gut, as a comic book fan, told me to give it a chance. What do I think about it so far? I think this show is great and if haters disagree, please let me defend my belief.