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Welcome to Marwen

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It is a RARE thing to encounter a unique story coming from the machine that is Hollywood, but in Welcome to Marwen we have exactly that! This is a touching story of a man having to deal with the brutally of severe memory loss by way of a savage beating.


In Mark’s world we see a man obsessed with the theater of WWII. He sets up amazing scenarios using figurines, and other props tell the story of his wartime alter ego. An unabashedly heroic and charming fellow surrounded by the women of his life here in figurine form. During the film there are a number of scenes that involve things that hint to what happened that fateful night.

Mark suffers from PTSD and cannot remember his life prior to the attack. All he has are these elaborate scenes that he sets up and photographs. It is in this way that we see his connection to his former artistic past. In the film however we see how, in his mind, these scene play out like a miniature film, and this is where things get very interesting.
The animation is some of the most unique animation I have ever seen, bringing to “life” these action figures, including the incorporation of the usual action figure joints. It was amazing!

During the film we are privey to the growth of Mark and how he learns to adapt the troubles that he must face, things like a court appearance and a gala event in his honor.
There are so many exciting, and incredible elements of action and deep storytelling in this film
There is so much real human connection going on here. Mark encounters attraction, friendship, and healing through the course of this film. Honestly, there is so much going on with this film that it makes it difficult to describe it here. I would say experience it your self. Go see this one! I could not recommend it mo

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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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