The Top 6 Craziest Things That Happened In Avengers: Infinity War

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Wow, that was one hell of a movie. I’ll be honest, Superhero fatigue had already set in by the time I sat down in the Theater, but by the time the credits rolled it had been replaced by not only a new respect for the MCU, but also a bunch of new reasons to visit my therapist.

The culmination of ten years of post credit scenes, Avengers: Infinity War finally smashed its way into cinemas last week; earning the praise of both critics and nerds alike. I had the pleasure of seeing it over the weekend, and honestly can’t stop thinking about all of the crazy stuff that happened over the course of its two hour and forty minute runtime. So without further ado, here are the top six wackiest things that happened in Avengers: Infinity War. Why six? The six infinity stones of course! (And because i’m lazy.)

*Spoilers ahead in case that wasn’t clear enough*

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Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment To Produce ‘Black Panther: The Album’

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2017 was easily a successful year for Top Dawg Entertainment.

With SZA’s rise to stardom with her debut album “CTRL” that as an album, showcased a woman’s growth throughout to becoming an individual that is more independent and requiring less validation from others. Many of the songs did very well on the charts and SZA is now on the forefront for the label with great potential to be a great artist. Also with legendary artist: Kendrick Lamar dropping his 4th LP: “DAMN.” that solidified the artist’s ability to delivery from all forefronts of Hip-Hop. “DAMN.” was easily his most successful album in terms of sales to date with many tracks such as DNA, LOVE, and HUMBLE charting very high on the Billboard Hot 100. The way Kendrick was able to appeal to a more mainstream audience without sacrificing his quality of music was incredible.

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Prepare Thineself, Mortal, For It Is Star Wars Season

 

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Rey’s light saber is super big now Photo courtesy of imdb.com

Call me a plebeian. Call me a shameless consumer. Call me just another small cog in the corporate machine. I’ll take all of it, really. I don’t care. What am I referring to? The only thing worth referring too of course; this year’s new addition to the Star Wars film catalog, The Last Jedi.  

I don’t hide my shamelessness. When Disney announced a few years back that it would be releasing Star Wars films until the end of time itself, I was as happy as Luke Sky-walker during that one scene in Empire Strikes Back where he unknowingly makes out with his sister.

While some had concerns that Disney, the franchise’s new owner, would strip the property of all of its cool stuff and replace it with musical numbers and cars voiced by Owen Wilson, I had faith that the extra galactic spider people that secretly ran the company would handle this most sacred of franchises with the care and finesse of a sloth climbing down from a tree.  

And for the most part, they really have. The company’s first two entries; The Force Awakens, and Rogue One, were both for the most part both very well made and well received films, and judging by the trailers, it looks like The Last Jedi is going to maintain that same level of quality.

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Jonah Fights the City Part 4 – Yes, There’s A Fourth Part

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The dust had settled, and in the end; it had been proven that Jonah and Owen were talent-less hacks. Despite Owen’s valiant efforts, and Jonah’s ability to breathe; they had lost. Now they must return home in shame. That being said, the real losers are the ones who have been keeping up with this awful, horribly written, and woefully unfunny series of articles. You truly have no taste.

“It’s an honor just to be nominated.”

While normally used by spiteful celebrities who had lost out on a shiny new paperweight, this time it was being used by someone who genuinely meant it.

That someone was a guy sitting in the seat behind us on the bus ride back to Times Square. While I for the most part agreed with what he said, (humility is a virtue, all art has value, bleh bleh bleh) I hesitate to use the word “honor”.

I feel like considering what we were up against, using the word, “honor”, implies that we were on an even playing field with our competition and that it was a fair fight. When I think ,“honor”, I think of a contest between two burly Vikings with hairy chests and years of bloodshed behind their backs, not what was essentially a piece of 4th grade macaroni art that was accidentally framed next to a couple of Van Goghs.

I feel like the word “miracle” might work a little better. It’s a miracle that they even considered our film, let alone the fact that they thought it had enough merit to be made a finalist.

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What You Miss During the Credits

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For those of you who may not know, I work at a movie theater. And one of my many tasks there is to ush, meaning I clean the theaters after a show gets out.  Not glamorous, I know, but all that loose change and forgotten candy bars in the cup holders is a pretty even trade-off.

Yesterday while I was sweeping up spilled popcorn, I realized something: I really like listening to ending credits music.  Every song on a movie soundtrack is carefully selected for a reason, and most people don’t care to sit through credits to listen to all of them.

Because I have no choice, I hear every song.  If I never ushed, then I never would have discovered “Silhouettes” by Of Monsters and Men off the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack:

Or Demi Lovato’s belt-out hit “Let It Go” in “Frozen:”

Moral of the story here? Good music comes to those who annoyingly watch every last name that rolls across the screen.

You know what else? Every moment you’re not listening to UIC Radio, you’re leaving even more amazing music undiscovered.  Tune in, listen up, and chill out. An opportunity missed is another new song not added to your playlist.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack

If you’re a fan of the book series or the previous film of The Hunger Games, I’m sure you have or are looking forward to seeing its newly released sequel. I was fortunate enough to get a peek at it this past weekend but I promise no spoilers!

It was a great movie, mostly true to its original storyline in the book (or so I’ve heard) but I’d like to focus more on its soundtrack that was released earlier this month. With a total of fifteen songs, this record has songs sung by artists like Sia, The Weeknd, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Lorde, and Christina Anguilera. I’ve pinpointed my favorite three as “Atlas” by Coldplay, “Gale Song” by the Lumineers, and “Elastic Heart” by Sia featuring The Weeknd & Diplo.

With the intention of creating a powerful soundtrack, “Atlas” is an original composition for the new film that addresses the film’s major themes.

“Gale Song” seems to refer to the strained and complicated relationship between Katniss and Gale. This was one of my absolute favorites of the soundtrack. I’ve always liked the Lumineers and this song definitely lived up to my expectations.

My final favorite was “Elastic Heart” by Sia featuring The Weeknd & Diplo. This song called my attention because it was so distinctly different from the others on the Soundtrack. The repetition has me hooked for sure, but it’s the unique combination of sounds and vocals that really interests me.

For lots of spoilers and comparisons to the book, here’s MTV’s score of the soundtrack and the film.