Spider-Man: Welcome Miles Morales

Spider-man, arguably one the most popular comic book character ever created, and fans were excited to finally see him on the big screen. When Sony acquired the rights to bring the web-head to theaters almost 17 years ago, they immediately jumped in with Sam Raimi’s version with Tobey Maguire starring. The film would lead to a trilogy that started out as a smash, then bombed critically with the third and final film. Things wouldn’t get any better with Andrew Garfield putting on the mask as the planned trilogy didn’t even get passed the second film. It was only until Sony allowed Disney/Marvel to use the character for three of their M.C.U. films did interests still show for the superhero.

 

Sony went ahead and decided to do a less costly version by doing a cartoon version and introducing a new spider-man. Miles Morales, a character that’s been introduced to fans via comics, cartoons and the recent Spider-Man game for PS4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse seeks to solidify Morales as a new fan favorite with fans with a film primarily focused on him. Miles Morales, much like Peter in the beginning, is a teenager growing up in Brooklyn with issues that most teenagers in today’s society face until history repeats itself. The only difference is a different tragedy strikes Miles that inspires him to dawn the mask, but not without difficulty.

 

It turns out that Kingpin, a villain mostly related with Daredevil, has a plan to open a door to other realities for a specific purpose. While Miles tries to come up with a plan in order to stop him, he’s aided by Spider-men from other realities. Some of them are fan favorites, others are well known, and one is mostly for comic relief.  It’s a fun rollercoaster ride that has plenty of action and comedy that you would expect to see from the famous webslinger. The film also does a good job at paying homage to films that came before it and has a touching moment with creator, Stan Lee, who passed away just a short time ago.

 

The film has great voice acting by some big-name celebrities such as Chris Pine, Nicholas Cage, Zoe Kravitz and Mahershala Ali. It’s got some dark tones but is overall a great family friendly film with a great soundtrack that gets the people going. The only problem I can say about the film is that it’s a little rough on the eyes with its use of animation. Some of the transitions are too fast to catch and the main boss fight is hard to follow because of the setting. Overall, it’s a risk that Sony took and I’m hoping that it’s going to pay off, so I give this film a nine out of ten.

 

As good as this film is, it’s got the unfortunate task of going up against upcoming blockbusters like Bumblebee and Aquaman in the following week. This film cost 90 million to make, so it shouldn’t be hard to make a profit from the film, but it needs to have a big opening week. I hope it succeeds because this was the fresh start that Sony needed for Spider-Man and Sony has been hot after the financial success of Venom. It would be great to see how Miles’s story plays out if it succeeds at the box office and there’s a touching tribute to Stan Lee mid-credits and a hilarious post credit scene. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a great way to kick off the holiday season with your family, so go see it and enjoy.

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Listen Not Hear

When music starts

the dancers follow the beats.

Finding motivations in the tempo

and being inspired by the tones.

 

Creating a rhythm that helps them sync.

The dancers begin a routine that can’t be seen

because it’s meant only for two.

A routine that is only natural to them.

 

A new motion starts when the strings are heard.

The dancers start slowly with small steps

and set the scene for their private show.

Then the drums are struck and go full speed.

 

With every strike of the percussion

they come closer to reaching the clouds.

Becoming numb after feeling intense vibrations

and losing all their strength over time.

 

Through a series of transitions

they create the bridges that get them closer

to the coda

and end a beautiful routine.

 

It’s a wonderful thing being a dancer

because it teaches you how to listen.

Dancers know how to listen to the music

while everyone else just hears it.

 

Keep Breathing

Feet planted firm.

Nails razor sharp.

Wounds healed

and skin hardened.

 

After months of

an onslaught of acid tears

and unforgiving winds.

She survived the storm.

 

Now pain is just a word.

The tears have run their course.

Her head is up

and vision looking forward.

 

The path was torture,

the heartache was an anchor,

but the chain is broken.

The weight of another is cut loose.

 

All it took was one breath

to get started.

She kept breathing,

now she has no shadow.

 

A broken heart

solidified in fire.

A damaged soul

refueled in faith.

 

To all that need to breathe

just look at her and see.

There’s always light to reach.

You just have to keep breathing.

Keep Breathing

Feet planted firm.

Nails razor sharp.

Wounds healed

and skin hardened.

 

After months of

an onslaught of acid tears

and unforgiving winds.

She survived the storm.

 

Now pain is just a word.

The tears have run their course.

Her head is up

and vision looking forward.

 

The path was torture,

the heartache was an anchor,

but the chain is broken.

The weight of another is cut loose.

 

All it took was one breath

to get started.

She kept breathing,

now she has no shadow.

 

A broken heart

solidified in fire.

A damaged soul

refueled in faith.

 

To all that need to breathe

just look at her and see.

There’s always light to reach.

You just have to keep breathing.

Business Poem

Another Someone

Everyone has a job to do

but someone doesn’t care.

So someone gets lazy

and another one has to do it.

 

Somebody says a thing to someone.

Trying so hard, just to get someone to do their job.

But Somebody has done everything that can be thought of.

But someone is unwilling to get involved.

 

Another one keeps picking up the slack,

hoping that it will lead to advancements.

But the commitment turns to handicapped.

Another one becomes too valuable to lose.

 

Instead of another one getting what they deserve,

they are crippled by the actions of someone.

Somebody won’t make their job worse

by losing another one and be left with someone.

 

Another one is getting tired of dealing with someone.

Someone ignores another one’s frustration.

Someone keeps doing the same routine

and another one has had enough.

 

So another one leaves with

hopes that someone will finish for once.

But someone remains lazy and useless

and Somebody just gets frustrated.

 

Instead of just getting rid of someone,

Somebody lost another one.

Now Somebody has nightmares of what happens

if Somebody hires another someone.

Thanksgiving Checklist (Parody)

Floors are swept and mopped,

mirrors drenched with glass cleaner,

furniture is wiped down with

citrus scented multi-surface.

Aunt Annie will be grateful

because of her damn sinuses.

 

The bathroom is cleaned

after being covered in foam.

Mints are in the tank,

the mats are washed and dried,

but the most important thing

is the toilet paper.

Paper rolling over, not under.

Otherwise I hear it from Uncle Ryan’s

insane, OCD, stuck up rear end.

 

The tables are set with plates

in the shape of pumpkins,

glasses for the chardonnay,

and seats spread far enough for everyone’s

wide arms and fat fingers to stretch.

The food is sitting on top of a white table cloth

with a pattern of red fall leaves.

Mom always loved it, so it’s a tradition.

 

Television is set to all the football games

so Dad won’t have a reason to interact.

Minnesota will be his appetizer,

Dallas will be the main entrée,

and Pittsburg will be dessert.

God forbid there’s a power out or

it’ll be Halloween all over again.

 

The turkey is in the oven

all thawed and basted,

the stuffing is in progress,

there’s plenty of pumpkin pie,

and four cans of whipped cream ready to go.

 

Time for the painkillers and shot of vodka

because it’s going to be a long dinner.

Thank you fore-fathers for this one day a year

we celebrate a great pre-genocidal dinner

that happened centuries ago.

 

A holiday that represents happiness

and gratitude

is replaced

by stress and high blood pressure.

The only turkey I want right now

comes from a bottle with a kick.

The door bell is ringing!

Time to enjoy hell!

Ode to Queen and Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Legacy

by Anthony Labson

 

Ay-oh!

Will you let me go?

I’ve got to go

and your life has just begun.

 

I’m tired of being under pressure,

so don’t stop me now.

Don’t believe radio gaga,

just go and want it all.

 

These are the days of your life

when you find somebody to love.

Then you two rock the world until it falls

and you shout, “We are the champions!”

 

I know there’ll be one day

when something kills the queen

and that’s when you’ll ask,

“Who wants to live forever?”

 

Keep yourself alive

for as long as you can,

then when you bite the dust

remember to say goodbye everybody.

 

You’re my best friend,

but I’ve got to break free

and be with the love of my life.

Love, what a wonderful kind of magic.

 

When you have a little crazy thing

called love

Hell turns to Heaven in a flash.

So don’t deny yourself.

 

I made my legacy,

and now I want you to make yours

my prince of the universe.

Goodbye darling.

 

Ode to Queen and Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Legacy

by Anthony Labson

 

Ay-oh!

Will you let me go?

I’ve got to go

and your life has just begun.

 

I’m tired of being under pressure,

so don’t stop me now.

Don’t believe radio gaga,

just go and want it all.

 

These are the days of your life

when you find somebody to love.

Then you two rock the world until it falls

and you shout, “We are the champions!”

 

I know there’ll be one day

when something kills the queen

and that’s when you’ll ask,

“Who wants to live forever?”

 

Keep yourself alive

for as long as you can,

then when you bite the dust

remember to say goodbye everybody.

 

You’re my best friend,

but I’ve got to break free

and be with the love of my life.

Love, what a wonderful kind of magic.

 

When you have a little crazy thing

called love

Hell turns to Heaven in a flash.

So don’t deny yourself.

 

I made my legacy,

and now I want you to make yours

my prince of the universe.

Goodbye darling.

 

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