Thursday, November 17, 2016

male vs. Man

Being a male and a Man is not mutually inclusive. As you go through life it is important to realize you are born male, but must earn the title of Man. This is done through actions.

A Man keeps his cool in the face of adversity. A male allows anger to dictate. When a Man falls down, he faces failure head on. Eyes bright with determination, he stands up in spite of the odds and tries again. A male sits in the dirt and says, “It wasn’t worth the effort anyway”. A Man risks his heart, life, and wealth on opportunities that come his way. A male flees from risk and grips his wealth with white-knuckles. A Man is kind to all, yet commands respect from the most powerful people. A male looks down on those beneath him and does anything for those above him. A Man remains strong and healthy physically and mentally, keeping his body and mind prepared for anything that may come his way. A male becomes sedentary and complacent, lazy in both body and mind. A male is unprepared when life knocks him to the ground. A Man walks to his side, looks down, and extends a helping hand.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Poem: Election

Image result for donkey vs elephant

Two bulls in a china shop
Locking their horns
Duking it out as they bray
One squeals like an ass
The other’s a rat, but
An elephant’s what he’s today
She kicks and she bites
He stomps and he fights
As porcelain shatters and cracks
A culture so fragile
Unwilling to haggle

Now there is no turning back

Review: Marvel's Dr. Strange [NO SPOILERS]

If you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, superheroes, acid flashbacks, or all three then go see Dr. Strange. This is not your average Marvel origin story. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) takes us on a psychedelic trip into the kaleidoscopic abstraction of the multi-verse. 

While we still have the arrogant, egotistical protagonist suddenly and not-so-unexpectedly thrust into circumstances of extreme loss forced to seek help in questionable places, Derrickson makes us care with his graphic depictions of Strange’s injuries and subsequent corrective surgeries. Furthermore, the doctor’s descent to desperation is emphasized by his brutal alienation of his love interest, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). His cruel dismissal of her unconditional support truly show a man hopelessly consumed by loss and frustration. All that to say, Dr. Stephen Strange is not your average superhero. Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays a complex, dynamic protagonist, ascending to his highest points and spiraling to his lowest, giving the audience an appreciation for Dr. Strange as a fallible human and as a hero figure. 

The plot of the film is equally dynamic. It’s not the most unique, nor the most inventive arch to ever have graced the big screen, but it is intelligent and it is interesting. The antagonist is unique in that the source of Strange’s power is linked to the darkness he must battle. The primary conflict does seem a bit Avengers-esque (interdimensional beings coming to destroy/take over planet Earth) but the plot is resolved almost humorously through a loophole in the antagonist’s logic. Personally, I don’t think the resolution matches the tone of the rest of the film but I ultimately appreciate it because, for once, a superhero takes the smartest course of action instead of defeating the enemy through a well-placed nuke, a narrow escape, or an ultra-stylized fight sequence.

Overall, Dr. Strange is cool as shit. Scott Derrickson combines insane visuals, well-developed characters, and a compelling plot to bring us a truly unique hero story. I have a feeling that Dr. Stephen Strange stands to become a seriously pivotal character within the Marvel Universe as the search for the Infinity Stones reaches critical mass.




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Friday, November 4, 2016

I've been thinking . . .

The older I get the more I realize how little I know. But that doesn't mean that I don't know anything. Or maybe I just don't yet know how much I don't know about the things I think I do. Regardless, I've been thinking a lot about a lot of things and I think I'd like to start sharing those things with anyone interested in reading them.

I created this blog to do exactly that. Ideally, I want readers to engage with the columns I write in the comment section on Facebook where I will be sharing links to the site. Let me know what you think about the things I think. I'll respond. Lets have a conversation. 

I think this thing could be cool. My name is Steele Stephens. Welcome to my digital soapbox.