Five Podcasts To Check Out!


Podcasts are a great source of entertainment when you’re driving through Sacramento traffic, on public transport, walking around campus, cleaning your room, or even going to the gym. I find myself listening to podcasts more than music on most days. If you’re a n00b when it comes to podcasts, fear not! Here are five to start off with:

My Brother, My Brother, and Me:
The premise of this show is three brothers, Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, give unqualified advice…and go on many a tangent along the way. This is my all-time favorite podcast. The brothers are hilarious together and their witty banter makes up for the fact they almost never give actual advice. I listen to these sweet, sweet boys pretty much everyday, and have received a lot of strange looks from bursting out in laughter at the gym. If you need more convincing, here’s a small clip of one of their fun bits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR0Ubck0IRA

Gilmore Guys:
This podcast is a little more niche. Friends Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe (who is also a comedian and television writer) watch an episode of Gilmore Girls prior to recording, and then discuss the episode together on the podcast. While Kevin is a super-fan of GG, Demi had never seen it before. I myself am a big fan of the Gilmores and after the revival left an empty hole where my heart should be, this podcast has filled it right back up. The co-hosts are equally hilarious, and sometimes invite guests to discuss an episode with them as well.

My Dad Wrote a Porno:
From the title, you can probably guess this one is NSFW. However, it is an absolute riot. Each episode Jamie Morton reads a god-awful chapter from the erotic novel his father wrote, while his two friends, Alice Levine and James Cooper, make fun of it! The premise is brilliant, the hosts are so quick-witted, and their British accents make even the dirtiest phrases sound eloquent.

Welcome To Night Vale:
This is a fun one. This podcast is presented as a radio show in the fictional town of Night Vale, where really weird, spooky things happen. This show is part mystery, part satire, part paranormal horror, and all comedy. Each episode also features an artist singing an original song. It’s a very charming podcast, and three books have already been released based off of it.

The Good Place:
For fans of the hit show The Good Place (currently in it’s last season), boy do I have a podcast for you. It’s hosted by Marc Evan Jackson (the actor who plays Shawn) and features special guests each week, ranging from other actors to writers of the show. If you can barely wait for that new episode each Thursday night, enjoy a spoiler-free episode of the podcast in-between

BONUS PODCAST: I Suffer For My Art!
This is a Sac State Student run podcast featuring two actors from the theatre department! One of them is ME!, and the other is my good friend, Quinn Russell. We interview fellow theatre majors from the department, plus local actors around Sacramento, asking them about all the weird, messed-up things they’ve done for the sake of art! If you’re interested in being a guest on our show, or know a suffering actor who is, have them direct message us @sufferformyart on Instagram.

Spooky Movies!


                                                                                  Pennywise from It (1990)

‘Tis the season to be spooky! Halloween is just around the corner which means your window to watch some seriously scary movies is closing!!! (I mean technically you can watch these films anytime you’d like but that’s beside the point). Here are some horror-ish movies I recommend…and one that I not-so recommend.

I saw Joker It: Chapter 2 last weekend, and it was disappointing! The jump scares were pretty good, sure, but for a three hour movie? I was expecting more than just Bill Hader making jokes every ten minutes, or the clown always being where? Oh yeah, right behind you. Normally, I’d encourage everyone to see the movie and form their own opinion. This time I suggest you save your money and wait for it to hit Netflix.

Speaking of Netflix! The streaming site has a few gems when it comes to the genre of horror. Hush definitely deserves a watch. The film is about a young woman, Maddie, who is a deaf writer living in a secluded cabin in the woods. We get some brief exposition with a neighbor about who Maddie is at the top of the film, but then it’s straight-up tension for the next 80 minutes. Maddie is suddenly the target of a serial killer, but she’s not going down without a fight. Think A Quiet Place but instead of scary monsters it’s a scary dude with a bow and arrow.

It Follows is an indie horror film that’s been known for being a PSA against unprotected sex. The movie’s protagonist, Jay, hooks up with this nice guy she started dating (spoiler alert: he ain’t nice!). He then informs her that she now has it . No, not the scary clown I was talking about earlier, but something that will take shape of different people and follow her wherever she goes. If it gets to her? She dies. The only way to get rid of it is to pass it along to somebody else. The plot of the film sounds silly, I know, but I swear it’s a serious movie. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the scariness of the film isn’t dependent on jump scares–but just a sense of dread that follows you until the movie ends.

You’re Next is a great black comedy/slasher film that isn’t too bloody for anybody faint of heart. It’s about a woman, Erin, whose rich boyfriend invites her over for a family dinner. She expects tension between the siblings, naturally, but what she doesn’t expect is a group of killers in animal masks who attempt to murder the family one by one! What the killers don’t expect is that Erin is really good killing people too. Like, weirdly good.

Hoo boy! Three creepy, crawly movies for you to enjoy after you nail those midterms. Happy Halloween!

2018 NBA All-Star weekend


*This article was written prior to the event*

The 68th annual NBA All-Star game will take place this Sunday Feb. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina when Team Lebron will take on Team Giannis.

The starting line-up for Team Lebron consists of: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden. The starters for Team Giannis are: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker.

When I was watching the All-Star draft, it honestly shocked me that James was able to get this good of a team. The All-Star game is a game where little defense is played, so you need to get top scorers. The starting lineup for Team Lebron averages 141.4 points per game while Team Giannis averages 136.8.

The difference comes down to one man, James Harden, who is currently averaging 36.5 points per game this season and has 30 consecutive games of scoring at least 30 points. In 16 of those games, he went for over 40. You need a prolific scorer like Harden if you are to come away victorious in the All-Star game. Expect him to get the ball a lot and have a big game.

So what about the bench players? Once again Team Lebron dominates on this front with players such as Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal. The only person on the reserves for Team Giannis who I believe will have an impact is Russell Westbrook. With that being said, I personally believe that Team Lebron will not only win, they will dominate Team Giannis in this game and emerge victorious by at least 15 points.

Not only will All-Star weekend consist of the game on Sunday, on Saturday there will be the traditional dunk contest and 3 point shootout. I’m not a huge fan of the dunk contest and haven’t found the last two contests to be even remotely exciting. The last time it was entertaining was when Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon went head-to-head in 2016.

This years’ competition consists of: Dennis Smith Jr., Miles Bridges, Hamidou Diallo and John Collins. I feel like this is going to flop once again which is why I don’t even plan to watch this event live.

The 3 point shootout has always been my favorite event of the weekend. To me, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a guy find his groove and make five, six, even seven or more shots in a row. The competition this year consists of: Devin Booker, Stephen Curry, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Joe Harris, Damian Lillard, Buddy Hield, Khris Middleton, Kemba Walker and Dirk Nowitzki.

Booker won the 2018 competition after scoring 28 points in the championship round. Expect this to be the best competition of All-Star weekend as eight of the ten participants have made over 120 3-point shots and four have averaged over 40% from outside the arc. As much as I would love to see this come down to a brother vs brother shootout with Stephen facing Seth in the championship round, my prediction is Hield will emerge victorious.

Overall, the 2019 All-Star weekend is something I am looking forward to. Hopefully, everyone can deliver a great performance for the fans.

What’s My Opinion on NBA All-Star Weekend?


I have not watched sports often, but I heard about the NBA All-Star weekend and I had to watch it. Especially when I heard that LeBron James and Steph Curry were going to play against each other. However, I found out that Steph Curry was not the leader of the team playing against LeBron James, the leader of the other team was Giannis Antetokounmpo. I was interested in seeing the outcome of the game.

When the game began I was not entertained. It did not seem as if any of the players were putting effort into making points. I finally saw Giannis do a lay up and I told myself, “The warm up for this game is going to be slow.” I was disappointed because Giannis continued to do lay ups and dunks, and I wanted to see something new. I was ready for the first half of the game to be over to finally watch the second half. I was willing to wait for the second half of the game to see some action happen between the two teams. Thank goodness I did wait because the second half had more action than the first half.

The third quarter is when everything changed. Giannis’ team was winning but LeBron’s team was catching up. It was not until the end of the third quarter when LeBron’s team finally caught up. That is when everything became intense to me. I wanted to go for Giannis’ team because Steph Curry was on it, also, I wanted LeBron’s team to win. This was the intensity that I was looking forward to ever since the first half of the game began. I was kind of disappointed that it took three half’s in order for me to entertained. I was curious about what other fans were thinking during this half of the game. When the fourth quarter ended LeBron’s team won and of course Kevin Durant was the all star.

A twist to me was the ending of the game. When LeBron’s team won there were two groups of children who received money. I did not realize until that moment that the game was a fundraiser game. That is a great idea to raise money for a good cause. Let me remind all of you, this is my first time watching this game in a while. However, I was excited when both basketball teams were playing for a group of children. It did not matter who team won both groups of children received fundraiser money. This is a great lesson to children that no one is a loser, in the end we are all winners, as long as we do good things for others.

All in all, the game was not as entertaining as I thought it would be, but it was for a good cause in the end, so I can respect the reasoning for this game.

I was curious about other individual’s opinions about this game. There were happy and upset responses to the game. Some individuals were excited about the game. Some individuals said that the game was too boring or slow-paced to watch because no one was putting effort into the game. I agree with both responses.

The game was worth watching, and I am excited for March Madness.

2019 WWE Elimination Chamber review


World Wrestling Entertainment put on its tenth annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view Sunday, an engaging event that ended with an instant classic.

There were seven matches on the card, five of which I found entertaining.

Kickoff Show   

Before the main show began, the kickoff show featured cruiserweight champion Buddy Murphy defending his title against challenger Akira Tozawa.

The first half of the match lacked in action, picking up in the second half as Tozawa hit multiple high-flying moves. Tozawa attempted to lock Murphy into a submission, but he got out of it, hitting back with his finishing move, the “Murphy’s Law slam,” for the win.

This was a very solid match to get fans amped up for the main show.

Sasha Banks and Bayley win the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship   

The main show began with the first of the two Elimination Chamber matches and featured strong showings from multiple tag teams.

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, also known as The IIconics, entered the match fourth and eliminated the team of Carmella and Naomi before getting eliminated themselves after the team of Nia Jax and Tamina each delivered a “Samoan drop” to pin them for the three count.

The match ended with the two teams who started — Sasha Banks and Bayley versus Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.

Banks ended with her Banks Statement crossface submission move, forcing Deville to tap out. After the match, the crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston was chanting “You deserve it” to the new champions.

The Usos defeat Shane McMahon and The Miz to win the Smackdown Tag Team Championship   

The next match on the card presented many aerial maneuvers. McMahon hit a coast-to-coast leap from one side of the ring to the other on Jimmy Uso, but got superkicked when he tried it on his brother Jay.

Jay hit a splash from the top rope and Miz came in to break up the pin. Once McMahon regained his composure later in the match, he hit a diving elbow drop on Jay through the announcer’s table, taking himself out in the process.

Miz later hit his finisher, the skull-crushing finale, on Jimmy. However, Jimmy kicked out and rolled up Miz for the victory, making him and Jay six-time champions.

Finn Balor defeats Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in handicap match to win the Intercontinental Championship    

Lashley and Rush tormented Balor throughout the bout until an unexpected tag in by Rush changed the match. After taking down both men outside the ring, Balor brought Rush back in to perform the diving stomp Coup de Grace for the victory, leaving Balor to once again get a run as champion.

Ronda Rousey defeats Ruby Riott to retain the Raw Women’s Championship   

During what felt like the definition of a squash match, Riott spent ample time outside the ring looking anxious to go inside the ropes. Rousey made quick work hitting her signature Piper’s Pit maneuver and then submitting Riott with the armbar for the victory.

After the match, Charlotte Flair was watching the contest at ringside and came in and stared down her Wrestlemania opponent. It was at this time both women noticed an injured Becky Lynch on crutches making her way down to the squared circle.

Lynch took down both women with her crutches before being taken away by security. Lynch is currently undergoing a storyline 60-day suspension and was replaced by Flair last Monday as Rousey’s opponent for her title at Wrestlemania.

Baron Corbin defeats Braun Strowman in No Disqualification match   

In the only boring match on the card, Lashley and Drew McIntyre interfered, helping Corbin assault Strowman The men would triple powerbomb the so called “monster among men” through two stacked tables to help give Corbin the victory.

Daniel Bryan retains the WWE Championship

In the best contest of the night, AJ Styles entered the match fourth and hit his phenomenal forearm finishing move on Samoa Joe to score the first elimination.

Later in the match, Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy with a running knee after Hardy performed a swanton bomb dive to Styles off the top of the pod. Styles was next eliminated after Randy Orton hit him with an RKO off the top rope.

Orton tried the same with Kofi Kingston, who countered and hit his finisher, the Trouble in Paradise kick, to eliminate Orton. Kingston, who replaced an injured Mustafa Ali in the match, was now in the final two and had champion Bryan in his sights.

Both men hit their respective finishers and kicked out, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Bryan hit the running knee once more, retaining his title.

This was the most exciting Elimination Chamber match since 2010, when Shawn Michaels took out the Undertaker. The 2019 match brought me back to the past and got me genuinely excited, even though I would have preferred Kingston to come away with the victory.

Overall, Elimination Chamber 2019 was a solid pay-per-view. For a show that isn’t even advertised as one of the biggest of the year, this event was very enjoyable and is definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

NBA All-Star Weekend, What About It?


With the NBA All-Star Weekend behind us, I thought I’d share my opinion on the annual All-star weekend.

Now let me start off by saying that I don’t consider my self an NBA fan. I watch NBA for pure entertainment value. I grew up tuning into All-star weekend for the side events, specifically, the Slam Dunk Contest.

This years dunk contest was more hype than last year. Hamidou Diallo jumping over Shaquille O’Neal, to dunk elbow deep in the rim before revealing a Superman logo under his jersey was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. Mind you Shaq’ is 7′ 1″!

However, with only 4 participants I think the league should expand to at lease 7 each year. Not to say that the dunk contest is stale, but for a casual fan like myself, I’d be more entertaining to watch a variety of different dunks being showcased.

While I didn’t care much for the skills competition, I found the 3-point shot contest entertaining. Granted I didn’t know every single player during  this segment of the All-star break, it was still fun to watch.

Overall, I could see why the die-hard fans of the NBA can appreciate the All-star break. It’s seen as a celebration for all of the talent in the NBA, as well as a break for the athletes. I also think that across all professional sports, having an All-star break is healthy for their respective leagues.

On the flip side of things, I fallow Esports pretty heavily. The League Of Legends Championship league specifically. Their version of All-stars is typically heavy catered to the fans.  Fans vote in their favorite players to represent their country and participate in a number of special games modes. I think it’s interesting when Esports titles try to replicate traditional sports broadcasts but that’s a discussion for another day.

Let’s Talk About Hip Hop


When fans of music talk about Hip Hop and Rap, most people will start to think about who’s the hottest rapper, or who has the best selling records on the charts. Hip Hop fans can also be quick to tell you their opinion on the newest sneaker releases and juicy celebrity gossip in the scene.

Many popular social media outlets that look to bring hip hop culture to a more mainstream audience, like New York-based Complex, never really seem to talk about the essence of Hip Hop culture.

The Zulu Nation along with Afrika Bambaattaa were one of the original pioneers to ever speak about the four elements of hip hop culture. I would be surprised if the generation of today’s hip hop fans can name the 4 elements that make up hip hop culture that date back the the early 90’s, so I’ll list them here for you:

DJing

Image courtesy of DJ AM

Any club-goer, or hip hop fan would know that DJs are responsible for keeping the crowd moving. That’s done either by playing a set before a rapper comes on to perform, or maintaining the pace while rappers take stage like the legendary DJ A-trak, who toured with Kanye West during the early 2000’s. Another great example is the famous DJ Adam Goldstein, best known as DJ AM, who was one of the first pioneers to bring celebrity status to the DJs of today.

MCing

Otherwise known as rapping, is one of the clearest elements of hip hop culture in today’s age of the culture. Who can forget the line; “Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f**k with!”, as well the timeless track of “Rapper’s Delight” when thinking about the early emergence of hip hop music. Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is arguably the first rap song to ever be recognized as a hit when it hit Billboard’s Hot 100, and peaked at No. 36 in 1980.

Image courtesy of SHG

Graffiti 

The overall aesthetic of the culture can be highlighted through graffiti murals. Graffiti culture is one of the most “slept on” aspects of hip hop culture. Back then, tt wasn’t just about vandalizing subway cars in New York; It was about self-expression and rebellion against cultural norms during the emergence of the sub-culture. Though graffiti is responsible for much national revenue being spent on cleaning trains and billboards, I still believe that graffiti and its art style is one of the most ignored elements. Its influence still lives on today through streetwear brands like Stussy, and The Hundreds.

Image courtesy of Stussy

Break dancing (Also referred to as, breaking)

Break dancing was a huge movement in the early days of hip hop. Music videos during the 80s almost always featured break dancing. Fast forward to the 90s and into the early 2000s and dancers became one of the highlights of music videos on MTV. When MTV launched America’s Best Dance Crew it was a huge deal both in the break dance world and the urban dance community.

Image courtesy of Red Bull

Overall, I feel like hip hop has finally made its mark on mainstream culture. With the rise of Soundcloud too, it is becoming easier for independent artists to display their talents to the world. The sneaker culture has also seen a rebirth and is making its way into the mainstream media as more celebrities are seen wearing the latest Jordan and Yeezy brand sneakers. Hip hop is here to stay, if you like or not. I just hope that as we move forward, we can appreciate its roots.

I hope to expand on each of these elements throughout the month and share with you all why hip hop means so much to me. Each of these elements have played an important role in my life through the roughest and happiest times. Stay tuned! ‘Till then, be easy.

-MiggySB

Royal Rumble 2019 Review


World Wrestling Entertainment put on the 32nd annual Royal Rumble on Sunday January 27, an event that didn’t live up to my expectations.

Before the main show began, there were three matches on the kickoff show in which I only found one to be entertaining. This match was a fatal four way match for the Cruiserweight Championship that finished with the champion Buddy Murphy retaining his title. The crowd at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t seem too excited However, if this match were put in front of an NXT or 205 Live audience it would have been the best match on the show.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Asuka (C) defeats Becky Lynch   

The main show began with what was one of the best matches of the night and it featured many great moves. Lynch hit an exploder suplex off of the top rope while Asuka delivered a swinging neckbreaker to the floor on the outside of the ring. After multiple submission attempts, Asuka submitted Lynch with a modified version of the Asuka lock for the win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: Shane McMahon and The Miz defeat The Bar (C)

The next match was for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship between the challengers Shane McMahon and The Miz taking on The Bar(Sheamus and Cesaro). This contest was quite boring for the most part until the finish which featured a shooting star press diving body drop by 49-year-old McMahon onto Cesaro for the pinfall thus crowning new champions.

Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (C) defeats Sasha Banks

The third bout on the main show was between Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship and I found this to be the best match of the night. Rousey hurt her arm early in the contest when she unintentionally hit the ring post. Banks took advantage of this, however, it wasn’t enough as even after multiple submission maneuvers it was Rousey retaining her title after hitting Banks with the Piper’s Pit slam.

Becky Lynch wins the 30-women Royal Rumble match

The first of two Royal Rumble matches of the night I found lacked action and dragged on a bit too long. Still, the ending of the match was phenomenal as Lynch replaced an injured Lana and won the match last eliminating Charlotte Flair. This will give Lynch a title match at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7, 2019. Due to the crowd reaction of Lynch’s victory, I believe this match should’ve gone on last.

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (C) defeats AJ Styles

The finish of this match was terrible, which is unfortunate since the action in this bout was tremendous. Styles delivered the Styles Clash to Bryan and would’ve likely won if it weren’t for a returning Erick Rowan interfering and chokeslamming Styles. Bryan then pinned Styles for the victory.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (C) defeats Finn Balor

The last championship match of the night was for the Universal title between champion Brock Lesnar taking on Finn Balor and while I was glad this wasn’t a quick squash match like ones we have seen from Lesnar in the past, the finish was still a disappointment. Balor hit his finishing move, the diving stomp Coup de Grace, on Lesnar and when it looked as if the title was going to change hands, Lesnar kicked out and put Balor in a Kimura lock submitting him for the victory. This was a great bout, however, with how Balor has been booked as of late they could have made him look a bit stronger.

Seth Rollins wins the 30-man Royal Rumble match

In a match that typically features a number of surprise entrants and returns, it was only Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle that fit into those categories.

The lowlight of the match was when Nia Jax took out R-Truth and entered herself into the match at number 30. Some may have found this entertaining, but I for one did not. The Women’s Division has been booked so strong in today’s WWE and I found it unnecessary and quite honestly tasteless from the booking side of things.

The contest ended when Seth Rollins eliminated Braun Strowman after curb stomping him off the apron. Rollins will get a title shot at Wrestlemania 35.

Overall, Royal Rumble 2019 was a bit of a mixed bag. There were highs and lows in each the men’s and women’s matches, but there are moments that are definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review


THIS IS SPARTA! That’s right, the newest edition of Assassin’s Creed has been out for a while and people have been kick-flailing all about it and for good reason (you know… besides working out those thy muscles). I couldn’t help but find myself contractually obligated to produce a magnificent review of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, or what I like to call, the “Revenge of Leonidas’ Kick.”


AAAahhhhhhhhhh!
Now some of you may be asking, “what’s with all of the 300 movie references Adonis?… You beautiful man you…” To that I say: First, the commonalities are many, and second… it’s nice to be called beautiful every once in a while (men need to feel pretty too).

Both 300 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey take place in Ancient Greece. You play as a Spartan who loses their way after tragedy strikes early on in their life that leads you on an epic journey to find your mother. It’s basically the movies Home Alone meets 300. Speaking of mothers…


Battle of the Sexes
For the first time in Assassin’s Creed history, you are able to select what gender you will be (there’s another AC game where you got to play as both genders, but didn’t get to chose which for an entirety of the game.)

For the first time in a long while, I contemplated what gender to play as since I always play as male. I ended up choosing male anyway, but the fact that it arose in me that much deep/intellectual thought, still intrigues me.


So Many Cliffs… Too Little Time…
Now ask yourself, how does it feel to be on the wrong side of a flat-heeled sandal (being kicked off of a cliff)? If you are the remorse-kind, you just might save your arch supports for another day. One of the many new aspects introduced into the AC mix is the option of choice.

Though the easiest option might be to kick a higher-leveled foe off of the nearest cliff, AC Odyssey introduces dialog options where diplomacy and choice comes into play. Some of these options can get pretty complex and effect future game results.

For instance, one of the hardest choices I had was to either catch a baby murder who was going to escape or save a baby from a burning building… (Look below to see the end result).


Ladies, I’m Single…


Would you look who it is… My Old Nemesis…
AC Odyssey introduces the Nemesis system. Originally created by the developers of the “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” the nemesis system creates enemies at random who each have their own personalities, weapon types, strengths, and weaknesses. It

humanizes and brings importance to, what could’ve been, mundane enemies. It’s nice to know that the people you are kicking off cliffs will have a digital family that will never skip leg day again.


Kicking Solves Most of Your Problems… Almost…
Though my favorite move in the game might not work on everyone, it certainly is useful so when in doubt… kick it out! I give Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 8/10 Spartan Kicks. What did you think of the game?

Did you find yourself Spartan-Kicking your way out of a tough situation? Let us know below, and for all of your future reviews, keep it locked to KSSU.

Is Venom as bad as Critics Say?



Venom (2018) (Sony Pictures)
Black Panther Spider-Man.. I mean.. Venom, released October 5th, 2018 to a slaughter of critic scores in the cine-plex. At the time of this writing, Venom sits at a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes which makes it officially a certified load of crap, but does that translate across all boards? Could viewers disagree with critics? Rhetorical; the fact of the matter is that fans and the average viewer alike agree that Venom is a smash hit and here are my reasons for the divide:

A Story Lost to Madness (And Funniness?)
Venom is absurd (the character and the film) but that’s not a bad thing! Quite frankly, the film starts at a bad pace and really doesn’t pick up until the 2nd act with the introduction of Venom himself. The majority of major blockbuster films are now suffering from an interesting concept of “Marvel-it-up,” which translates to “make all movies funny.” What happens when you try to make more things funny? Critics get tired of the same-old, but the average movie goer who takes a trip to the movies once a month doesn’t experience the same fatigue of “Marvel-itis” (yes I made my own word, sue-itis me).

What Makes this Redeemable?
Tom Hardy, despite some of his questionable roles (I’m looking at you Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises), is quite the extraordinary actor and certainly gets to flex his acting chops in Venom as both his roles as Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote, which he provides voice over work for. The bread and butter of this film is churned through the character interactions between Brock and Venom

Where did Sony Stumble?
Sony (the movie studio) has a bad habit of showing too much in their movie
trailers and some could make an interesting case for this film’s trailers ruining all of the best action sequences in the film itself. The surprise is that, although it is an interested marketing strategy, it shouldn’t be a pejorative to movie goers. It isn’t and shouldn’t be the “end-all, be-all” for a film to have a questionable trailer production team, but yet here we sit talking about it’s importance (so… hint-hint Sony…).

Isn’t Venom a Bad Guy?
The Anti-Hero isn’t that much of a new frontier. It was done recently by DC and the like (à la Suicide Squad, Spawn, DeadPool, Wolverine, Ghost-Rider…), but where does Venom sit on the hero-scale spectrum? Without getting too much into spoiler territory, Venom becomes a person (symbiote) whom the audience can get behind. In their own individual spin-off movies, of course they’ll be the hero to their story!

Should you See it or Not? Who Do I Believe?
No one! Believe no one! I typically love to get my media reviews from famous YouTubers such as “Beyond the Trailer,” and “Angry Joe,” (all of whom I highly recommend, both for entertainment and astute critical analysis values, which are credited to different demographics) but I’ve even disagreed with their views on different products of media. The best way to form your own opinion is to form it yourself (and listen to me of course).

What are your thoughts on the Venom (2018) movie? Did it surpass your expectations?

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