Posted in Media/Pop Culture

Daredevil (2003)

Part of my Marvel watch-through.

The Daredevil movie was enjoyable but had a variety of dilemmas. For starters, Elektra dies in this movie despite just being introduced. Like, in her first fight she gets stabbed with her own sword. But yet they keep Bullseye alive. What’s with the lack of his origin as well? They just jump right in with no backstory on the bad guy.

The actual Daredevil is very well put together though and I think the Kingpin is also a very good actor choice for this movie.

Despite the movie being good, I feel like how useless Daredevil is gets overlooked. Like yes ok he’s a blind vigilante but he only patrols one section of New York City? If it happens outside of Hell’s Kitchen just he just say “yea call Spider-Man, I only handle this neighborhood”.

The Stan Lee cameo is quick and right at the beginning. When Daredevil is walking around blind, he stops Stan Lee from crossing the busy street while reading a newspaper.

Posted in Media/Pop Culture

End of Summer Update- Media/Pop Culture

If you’ve been following or randomly reading my blog you’ll see that most of my posts have been in this category.

I am continuing with my Marvel watch-through and I hope to watch Daredevil (2003) within the next few days. With college starting yesterday it’s difficult for me to keep on my Summer schedule of activities. Also in the movie category my girlfriend and I have been taking turns picking a movie series to watch and with this time being my choice I went with Lord of the Rings.

Video games have been less than active recently. I barely played over the Summer and now I’m definitely too busy to play. If I do I normally go with Civilization VI or if a friend is over I’ll go with Injustice: Gods Among Us or Call of Duty: Ghosts- Extinction.

I can’t seem to find the end of the Yugioh original series. I am about 15 episodes away and I am extremely disappointed with this final story arc. I highly enjoyed most of the series but I realize that many of the story-lines are very unnecessary. I am also in season 10 of Family Guy on Netflix. This has been going very smoothly but at this point I am starting to see a decline in the quality of jokes and I am ready to finish and move on. With just about 4 seasons left it’s going to be difficult. My girlfriend and I are watching Last Man Standing and I absolutely love that show. I can’t figure out why it was cancelled or why they switched the actress for the oldest daughter after season 1.

Finally we come to books. I have really increased my reading intake this Summer and it’s a habit that I would like to keep up with. I posted about when I finished the new Lorien Legacies book. I was also able to finish a book called Everything Is A Metaphor that was written by my jiu jitsu instructor, Leo Lefay. The beginning is all about jiu jitsu and it includes some great ways to look at the sport and the back of the book is a series of letters written to his oldest son about advice for different parts of life. Currently I am finishing my LSAT For Dummies book and will take a second pre-test before I take the actual LSAT (in 18 days). From there I will trade that book in for the book entitled Fluent in 3 Months, which was the start of the language learning program that I’ve been following. I’m hoping to really get a jump on my French after I am past the LSAT. I am also reading 1984 which I absolutely love and see frightening similarities within our own world governments today. Who could read 1984 without reading Animal Farm though? I finished Animal Farm a few nights ago and I very much enjoyed most of the book but I was very disappointed in the ending. I watched the CIA produced animated film many times when I was younger and it also had a different ending (that one was more satisfactory). The biggest reading challenge that I have taken on though is reading Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours. It’s the original (French) version of Around the World in 80 Days. This is so that I can boost my French reading comprehension but it takes me a long time to read even one paragraph.

Posted in Religion

End of Summer Update- Religion

Now this category is not one that is updated that often. About mid to early Summer I finished my book on Buddhism. Now I am reading through the Qur’an and I am still making progress in the Bible.

In the Bible I am in the books of Psalms. They’re okay but I prefer the stories of the Old Testament to these songs. The book of Job was not very enjoyable either. When you hear that story it doesn’t seem that bad but the book is mostly just him complaining about his life with his friends. At the end it seems kind of rushed that God gave him back everything. There was some mentionings of a Leviathan, which ended up being described as a dragon and I feel like that is extremely overlooked.

The Qur’an so far has been decently surprising. It only calls for violence so far if they are being persecuted and talks a lot about giving to charity and learning the Qur’an. The biggest downside that I have seen is the belief that all religions are stems of Islam, just misinterpreted by various prophets and that it blatantly states that women are not equal to men.

Posted in Academic/Professional

End of Summer Update- Academic/Professional

I’m not sure if I ever posted this but I graduated with my Bachelors degree this past May. This has put me in an interesting place with about one year left on my National Guard contract plus one more year for my girlfriend to finish her Bachelors. I have already let everybody know that I plan on going to law school. So what should I do in my gap year?

Well, I decided to go back to school. This time for a certification in Paralegal. This way I can gain knowledge of the workings of the law and still work in the legal field regardless of law school.

This Summer I have studied for the LSAT daily, which is more than I’ve ever studied for any other test in my entire life.

Outside of that though I have been reading a lot more (I’ll post about that in my Media/Pop Culture section) and recently I have started watching a TED talk a day. This started because the polyglot whose method I’m following for language learning, Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months, was featured on a few and now I watch a variety of them. Regardless of if its language learning, travel, self-improvement, passive income, etc, I enjoy hearing their stories and gaining ideas that I can implement in my life.

Finally, I have added the Khan Academy app to my phone and I have done a lesson or video every night before I go to bed. This started because I felt the need to cut down on social media intake but now I love it because it is a refresher of things that I learned in high school that I have never used again but are still things that I feel would be useful to know, like physics or economics.

Just because it’s Summer break doesn’t mean you should stop learning, and if you’re out of school that also doesn’t mean you should be done learning. You should try to improve yourself and your mind everyday, starting by learning, or relearning, one new thing everyday.

Posted in Media/Pop Culture

Spider-Man (2002)

I have finally gotten to the point in my Marvel watch-through that most everybody knows and loves. The first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man. This movie I feel is very important not only to Marvel or Spider-Man but also to the idea of what a Marvel movie is today.

This is one of the better representations of how old Spidey should be and it includes the webs shooting directly out of his wrists, unlike all the other movies and unfortunately the comics too (until he fights the Spider Queen, but you’ll just have to read the comics for that).

The major downside of this movie is that it eliminates the original Green Goblin. The Green Goblin is supposed to be one of Spidey’s most notorious villains and they killed him in the first movie so it didn’t leave much room to expand.

Other than that it includes some major highlights such as the best portrayal I’ve seen of J. Jonah Jameson (the newspaper boss) and his famous “Get me pictures of Spider-Man!” this movie is also host to the ‘famous’ upside-down Spider-Man kiss. This is also parodied in Weird Al’s song Ode to A Superhero.

The most important part of this movie is the very short and very easily missed Stan Lee cameo where he pulls a kid to safety when the Goblin is attacking downtown during the big festival. It is the first appearance of Stan Lee in a Marvel movie.

Still no post credits scene though…

Posted in Health/Fitness

End of Summer Update- Fitness

This past month and a half has boosted my fitness significantly more than the rest of the Summer I believe. Running I have not been keeping up with, that part was better at the beginning of Summer. However, once I figure out my schedule for this semester I do plan on running everyday. My martial arts has significantly improved this Summer. I have been going to a lesson twice a day if possible. I have the first three Karate kata’s memorized and I also plan on testing for my blue belt in Jiu Jitsu in October. Outside of martial arts, I have been regularly improving my push-ups and sit-ups as well as my flexibility. My martial arts gym has added a Yoga class that I have started to attend. Over the school year I plan on regularly improving my squats and Karate kicks as well. A set of foam nun-chucks allows me to get a melee weapon practice without the fear of injuring myself, others, or things in my house.

Posted in Military/Politics

End of Summer Update- Military/Politics

Throughout the Summer I kept everybody updated on my biggest military happenings; mostly just Field Artillery school. I still serve as a human resources specialist however, and unlike previously thought I will not be getting a promotion because I don’t have enough time left on my contract. I was able to do some public relations for the National Guard earlier this week at a county fair, these are the events that I enjoy because people want to hear my experiences and want to share theirs.

On the 21st of this month I will only have one year left on my contract and from there I’m not sure if I’ll stay in the military or not- and if I do where at or doing what are also up in the air. I’m just going to finish this contract month by month and see where it takes me.

Politics, other than basic social media politics I haven’t been very active. Today’s events in Virginia have me worried though, especially with more and more people calling for a second Civil War (without thinking about any of the repercussions of such a thing). I’ll be interested to see how it goes and I’ll be sure to have discussions on here about different events that happen.

Posted in Language Learning/Travel

End of Summer Update- French

My Summer will end in exactly one week thanks to band camp and then college starting back up. I figured that I should give an update on how everything ended up going over the past three and a half months.

Writing this post in English doesn’t really prove that I’ve made much progress in French, however I wanted to write it in English so that I could articulate better.

Learning a language comes down to your ability in five different parts of that language: reading, writing, speaking (pronunciation), listening, and thinking.

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Posted in Media/Pop Culture

Blade II (2002)

The first sequel in my Marvel watch-through is Blade II, made only 4 years after the first one. This movie went like the first one in the sense that he’s not really a superhero, just more of a half-Vampire with a good alignment. However, this movie makes him team up with the Vampire council in order to eliminate a new breed of Vampire that is threatening Humans and Vampires alike.

So far I’m going to say that they’re not ‘good’ but definitely fall into the ‘ok’ category of movies; however they shouldn’t have been forgotten like they are because they are still enjoyable. This one having a little humor (and a lot of swearing).

The main problem I have here is how the movie begins. During the first film, Blade’s “sidekick”, Whistler, kills himself in order to not turn into a Vampire. However the beginning of this movie is Blade rescuing him from the Vampires because he did turn and then was kidnapped. I realize that he is an enjoyable character and definitely needed for the plot, but if you killed him you killed him. Bringing him back this way doesn’t make sense. They tried to connect it to the end of the first movie (which ends where he is hunting Vampires in Russia) by saying how Blade searched Russia and Romania and all over the globe looking for him, nice try, but I’m not buying it.

Now this may be something else that I overlooked, but I don’t think it was ever revealed how Blade became so good at well, using a sword. Like ok, he’s a half-Vampire which could explain heightened senses, but not that skill with a blade.

Overall I feel like this movie is underrated but wild. A pretty ok watch for sure- just don’t have your kids watch it with you.