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David vs Ripley and What it Means for the Alien Franchise

I have to say I like the idea of David as the new main character of the Alien series. Unlike Shaw and Daniels, who I very much liked and who i originally thought might be the main characters of this prequel series, David is a completely different type of protagonist, largely because he isn’t one, at least not from a human’s perspective.

He’s not the bad-ass heroine with a heart of gold that will do anything to protect the ones she cares about. He’s not even human and his entire moral compass, though we may call it crazy, is so interesting and remarkable because it is “alien” to our own (no pun intended).

David is a character that still feels and emulates emotions so the audience can relate to him, but at the same time the audience can’t put their human feelings and opinions on to him because he is not human and does not abide by our rules.

This change has turned the Alien series from one of survival and the resilience of the human race to one of rebirth and evolution with far larger philosophical implications that I hope future films in the franchise explore.

The beauty of Covenant, at least in my mind, is that the humans are not the villains and are relate-able characters you don’t necessarily want to die, but it is made clear that there is a very large possibility that humanity’s time is up, or we’ll at the very least have to drastically evolve to continue with this new age. Yet despite this, the movie also succeeds in putting humans and the Xenomorphs on a level playing ground in a very interesting way. That is:

Neither are special.

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how disney should treat each of their neo-renaissance films

(just my opinions; feel free to add in your two cents if you want)

Princess and the Frog: Disney dropped countless of balls with this one. Because just imagine if they could expand on the film with a sequel or a TV series. Just from the setting and the period of time it was set in (New Orleans in the 1920s); you could do so much with the story considering that as well as introduce the culture of that time and place to those not familiar with them. Disney could also cookbooks in a way that they were written by Tiana to teach little ones how to cook wonderfully as she does. Or if The Lion King could have a musical, why not this movie? There’s a whole lot they could think of for Princess and the Frog, but they’re doing not much with it.

Tangled: See, I like the idea of it getting a TV show; I’m just wondering how they’re going to continue the story, since how it’s been left off with Tangled Ever After, it seems to have approached its happily ever after status. Though I think any continuation Tangled would work best in the form of animated shorts. This is also another movie suited to something like a musical.

Wreck-it Ralph: Okay. This is gonna be a whole lot. Because first off, this movie roots itself in the medium of video games. Already it’s opening itself to multiple possibilities. I mean, Ralph already made a cameo in a Sonic racing game and the Fix-it Felix game is already a thing (on portable devices, I believe); what’s to say there can’t be an actual Sugar Rush? Really, this is the video game medium; you’ve got plenty to work from. Regarding its possible sequel, again, there’s loads to explore in video game lore. They’ve so far only shown an arcade setting, but what if you went beyond that and looked into consoles and online gaming? And this is more of a personal thing, but I sort of want choose your own adventure books, Wreck-it Ralph style. “Can you survive 20 different endings of game jumping without meeting a grim end?” Really, the medium it places itself upon can be adapted in so many ways. I’ll leave you to think of more of them.

Frozen: And here we go. Okay, a sequel movie sounds okay. But I think Frozen works better as a series of shorts. To be very honest, there’s not much to go from outside the main characters since the worldbuilding with this movie kinda fell flat. It’d be nice if you could expand more on why the trolls should have a more important role or what Arendelle is like outside the snowy visage of the first movie. And to be honest, it’s not the two sisters who you can do a lot of characterization with. I think of Kristoff who deserves a little more work with his character. And Hans as well, I guess (but wasn’t there a book that recently came out that did a bit of that?) Really, if they spent more effort going into worldbuilding than making the songs as catchy as possible, you could do a lot more with Frozen.

Big Hero 6: Here’s another one very much open to building a bigger continuity to it. First of all, it’s a superhero-type story. Look at DC and Marvel. Look how many mediums they’ve adapted their superheroes to (video games, movies, TV series, and everything inbetween). And look at Big Hero 6. Why it’s not getting a TV show (when Disney has Marvel cartoons airing pretty often on here), book series (choose your own adventure stuff probably really suits it too, among other things; why can’t we have a book series based on this movie that’ll go for as long as series like Goosebumps or Nancy Drew?), or a sequel at that–when it definitely should. While it hasn’t been completely forgotten, it could and really, really, really should get better treatment. Disney, you technically own Marvel, so you know how vast your possible range is with BH6. And the biggest one for me, and I really want to see this, is that this world gets enough work put into it that there’ll be an entire multiverse dedicated to it. I think at this point, Wreck-it Ralph and Big Hero 6 tie for which movies can possibly spawn really big franchises.

Zootopia: Just because I can, why not include upcoming movies? Already from this I’m getting a lot of Looney Tunes vibes. So yeah, a TV series or some animated shorts with these characters would sound nice. But if the world itself is presented so interestingly that it lends more continuity to it, I’m all up for it.

Moana: Already I’m thinking they need to follow up on this once they release it because you’ve got a fascinating setting and culture with the premise of this movie. Disney can definitely do a whole lot with this.

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Top 5 movies!

  1. Lord Of The Rings
  2. Inception
  3. Star Trek: 2009
  4. Schindler’s list
  5. The Usual Suspects 

Best Songs of 2014:

1. “Flawless Remix” - Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj

“We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators. Of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”

OF COURSE SOMETIMES SHIT GO DOWN WHEN IT’S A BILLION DOLLARS ON AN ELEVATOR. Beyonce recruited the top rapper of the year just to remind you she woke up like this (***FLAWLESS).

2. “Rather Be” - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne

“We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea. But as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be.”

In creating probably the happiest song of the year (aside from Pharrell’s namesake of course), Clean Bandit have landed international fame (and a Coca-Cola commercial).

3. “Stay With Me” - Sam Smith

“These nights never seem to go to plan. I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?”

With Smith’s heartfelt voice and a drink in hand, the world mourned the loss of potential love (whether real or imaginary).

4. “All of Me” - John Legend

“Cause all of me loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.”

Surprise! John Legend and his magical piano wrote a moving love ballad and the radio played it all day and night. Shocking.

5. “Blank Space” - Taylor Swift

“Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I’ve got a blank space, baby, [pen click] and I’ll write your name.”

Swift takes to the song as the man-eating serial dater the media portrays her as and it sounds wicked.

6. “Take Me to Church” - Hozier

“I was born sick, but I love it. Command me to be well. Amen.”

This hauntingly beautiful look at love/sexuality and the Church unexpectedly took over the airwaves.

7. “Uptown Funk” - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

“Stop!…..Wait a minute. Fill my cup, put some liquor in it. Take a sip, sign a check. Julio! Get the stretch!”

Bruno Mars and his curler set take us back to the ‘70s on Mark Ronson’s funky new single.

8. “Chandelier” - Sia

“I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier. I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist.”

Don’t you just love a catchy pop anthem with lyrics that turn out to be deeply depressing? Obviously we do.

9. “Yellow Flicker Beat” - Lorde

“But I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison, and I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me.” 

While the Hunger Games: Mockingjay movie drew in waves of fans, the soundtrack also held its own leading with Lorde’s unique and dark take on electro-pop.

10. “Hot Boy” - Bobby Shmurda

“I swear to God, all I do is cash out. And if you ain’t a ho, get up out my trap house.

Okay, it’s certainly not the BEST song of 2014, but Bobby Shmurda definitely started a viral movement with the Shmoney dance.