Author Archives: Zydan, Ezra

Doctor Strange – A Fallen Feather Review

We know that Marvel has found a formulaic pattern to go with the releases of each of their films, but they seem to have stepped their game up with the introduction of the mystic arts into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Enter Doctor Strange.

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Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely NAILS the role of Dr. Stephen Strange. I had always seen him as Tony Stark for the mystical side of Marvel’s vast universe, and that was pretty much confirmed with the way that Cumberbatch did his splendid American accent. The origin story for Doctor Strange was probably difficult to put into visual adaptation in less than two hours’ time, but I’m glad that #TeamMarvel did manage to do it. And they did it with finesse. In a world where the comic book universes continue to grow more and more, you’d expect these stories to become stale after a certain point in time. I’ve seen reviews where it begins, “In a world tired of comic book films…” Such is not the case when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because each and every wheel is in motion when it comes to forwarding the story arc, and doing it well. Tilda Swinton, although not Asian made a wonderfully adept Ancient One, much to my, and apparently everyone else’s surprise. She fit almost seamlessly into the role, and while I feel for minute amount of representation in the Asian community, I think she did wonderfully for the time that she was given. Chiwetel Ejiofor will be a man you’re going to see a lot in the future, as his role as Mordo (and previously acclaimed role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave) is cementing his depth as an actor. More success to that man, that’s my wish. Benedict Wong as Wong was stellar as well. You almost forget how important supporting characters can be in a story, and Wong was completely changed from the original comic book character, but the change was for the better, as the director wanted to lay waste to the stereotypical, tea carrying manservant that Wong was initially created to be. The most unexpected surprise was that Dormammu (who Benedict Cumberbatch played himself) actually made a full-on appearance, Galactus style, in the film. While he is a major entity, his appearance (visually) was not all that great. He looked like a giant cosmic smog (or a smoky Groot for some reason) and that just kinda detracted away from the despair that the character is supposed to cause. On a lighter note, it was great to see Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the Master of Mystic Arts that breaks away from the Ancient One. He may have been a minor character, but that man delivered in the best way to bring out Dormammu.

All in all, Doctor Strange did everything to the best of its ability, and it paid off for them in the end.

Also, did you see the cut scenes mid- and post-credits? If not, you really missed out on more ties to Infinity War (not going to spoil what they are, just in case). Is Doctor Strange worth watching? Hell yes. Would you potentially need an ibuprofen after all of the kaleidoscopic twists and turns through this episode in the MCCU? Depends on how often you experience vertigo, really, but the story? Great. The entire cast? Awesome. The tie-ins? Even freakin’ better. Just how will Doctor Strange fit into this bizarrely constructed universe? Stay tuned to find out.

9/10

Big ups to Smaug and the ability to shapeshift into any role he sees fit.

Sexuality and Trust.

I don’t talk about this enough because I originally just saw sexuality as a small piece of an entire person. Humanity is complicated, each person unique in their own way, with one trait that varies over a spectrum: Sexuality.

If one thinks that being gay is a behavioural thing, that statistics are the reason that people are homosexual, then there’s a possibility that the person in question has a real problem.  I can attest from personal experience that I didn’t wake up one day and decide that I would be whatever sexuality I am. There’s a reason that people are more comfortable with coming out as gay in this day and age rather than say, fifty years ago.

Fifty years ago, there were people being beaten to death for things much smaller than being homosexual, like skin colour, fashion choices, and much, much more. People saw this world back then, and the things like this that made them keep secret that part of their lives, because they were afraid that they’d be next.

So no, it’s not that statistics made homosexuality increase, it’s the fact that humanity is more docile, and accepting of it that they feel okay with coming out. That doesn’t mean that everyone who’s everyone has/will come out as homosexual. There are still people afraid of this one minute facet of their life becoming the bane of their existence because of how unfairly the homosexuals that they know are being treated just for being who they are.

If your child has the nerve and gumption to come out to you, they’re putting their life in your hands. You can be the saving grace, or the finger pulling the trigger.

It’s all up to you, and it’s a MASSIVE thing if your child trusts you.

2016: The Apex of the Comic Book Nerd Era

So, today was the airing of the third (technically, yes) trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (which is basically Avengers 2.5). Check it out, because there’s a lot of new scenes in it, if you haven’t already:

I have to say, it legitimately made me disregard Batman v. Superman with that trailer.

Marvel may not be going Rated R, but Robert Downey Jr. will now and forever be my favourite actor, and if these awards ceremonies don’t start taking comic book films seriously as contenders, and only pandering to a certain demographic, I’m liable to begin lobbying for boycott of ALL awards ceremonies.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: 2016 is the year that being a comic book nerd becomes STANDARD.

This is the apex of a new era’s origin. These films may have started in the eighties, but now the momentum is so strong that it’s legitimately drawing in the entire world.

This is the kind of thing you can’t write. There’s no script for this beautiful transition.

Phoenix Rising

Once upon a time, I thought I was fine

That everything was alright, and I’d survive

Oh, once upon a time, all I did was cry

But never in your sight, I kept it locked up tight

Then you came in from nowhere trying to make things better

Yeah, you said they’d be better, after while

And goodness knows that I should have known better

Than to trust a devil in the guise of angel

 

Pull me under, let me drown in your lies

Because struggle as I might, I’m stuck in your eyes

Yeah, hold me under, let me drown in your strife

To never get a life, stuck in your eyes

But I will rise

 

The second time you shoved my face into the dirt

And I tried to make it work, but not anymore

So I push and I shove and I squirm to escape this fate

Pass through the demon’s gate

To stand on my own two feet again

But you struggle and pull me down back to a time before

Where I was a docile bore,

And I can’t go back there any more

 

But you pull me under and let me drown in your lies

Because struggle as I might, I’m stuck, stuck in your eyes

Yeah, hold me under and let me drown in your strife

To never get a life, stuck in your eyes

But I will rise

 

Above everything that you thought I should be

This life is mine, there was never a ‘we’

Let go of the past so that I can be me, me

 

So you pull me under and let me drown in your lies

And struggle as I might, I’ll escape the pain in your eyes

Try to hold me under and let me drown in your strife

But I will get a life, nevermore in your sight

And I will rise

 

[Life] In Progress

I keep waiting and waiting to update this, because I don’t think that consistently doing so would make for much in the way of news.

Currently entering my junior year of college. Nearing the end of my second novel. I’m writing lyrics and experimenting with music on the side because I want to be able to venture out further with confidence that I can do anything that I set my mind to. I may end changing my college major, though. I do enjoy foreign languages, but I don’t think it’s a job that I want to do for the rest of my life.

2015 has been pretty horrible to me; nothing but a bevy of injuries, missed opportunities and ruined friendships. I won’t put any expectations on 2016, though.

Let come what may, and I’ll handle it my way.

NaNoWriMo (and Contests For Writers)!

Alright, so I am currently trying to win the contest that’s happening athttps://tablo.io/ to gain a publishing contract. The contest is based on how many people go to Tablo and register (for free) and subscribe to my book, as well as read it. They measure the analytical aspects and the top three with the highest and best rated novel wins the chance to be picked up by a publishing company.
If you can only access it from mobile, there’s a mobile app called Tablo Reader, available for iOS and Android that you can download.
It’ only 3.07 MB and you can access the book from there too. It is also free.
All I ask is that you help me with this. I’ve never won anything a day in my life, and winning this (even if it is just this once) would make everything turn around.
You don’t have to pay for anything. All you have to do is read. Here’s what you do:
1. Go to Tablo.io
2. Sign up (again it’s free!)
3. Search for Ezra Zydan
4. Subscribe to the Tales of the Firewing novel, currently in progress
5. Keep up with the updates (I will post about those as soon as I update more)


That’s it, you’re in!