A Love Letter to The Wire

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As someone who has watched movies and television for a long time, I should be inclined to tell you that I probably am an expert at understanding the art and brilliance of film and to a certain extent, television as well. But, to be honest, that’s all horseshit. Because, I haven’t seen even the greatest of the greats yet. As someone who just recently watched “The Wire”, I can safely say that I have watched what is in my opinion, the single greatest television show I have seen yet.

Watching “The Wire” as a 19 year old adult, I understood a lot of things that I didn’t the first time around (I tried to watch it when I was younger but couldn’t get around to it). But beyond that, the show also taught me a lot of things about the true nature of real life problems and where they stem from. As someone who is a simple minded fellow, there are things this show exposed me to that I needed to know about, such as the nature and workings of public affairs, police work, drugs, school systems and a lot more. Now, I don’t mean to say that what the show did was explain to me how it works, rather it showed me what the truth is and that not everything can be taken at face value. It showed me that the problem doesn’t have a single root, it has multiple roots. For a change to be made, you don’t just take out one guy, you have to change the system around it. All of this was done by telling the story through the eyes of the people of Baltimore and boy, what a journey it was.

If I had to put it in a word, I don’t think any other can justify it as well as “genius”. The Wire, simply put, was genius. Looking back on my other reviews, I don’t think I have used that word often (well, I have used ingenious, but that’s beside the point) and I believe that was for a reason. With these many characters, subplots and messages I have no earthly idea how it all came together, that too with such effortless grace.

Like, seriously, how did this happen?

Okay, Okay, I’ll move on with the review.

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The Wire was a television show that aired from 2002 to 2008. It takes place in the city of Baltimore and primarily deals with the inner workings of the police department and the drug cartels. As each season progresses, more of the systems’ inner workings are expanded upon (such as school, media, politics etc.), thus dealing with more issues regarding the city of Baltimore. As the creator David Simon put it, The Wire is “really about the American city, and about how we live together”.

So what are the many great things I love about this show? Well, let’s start from the basics. The writing and acting are two major standouts. When you talk about shows that have about 15-20 major characters and just as many recurring throughout each season, the writing needs to be comprehensible. It needs to move from one character to another purposefully and each scene needs to further the plot or develop a character. This is where the writing of the show really stands out. Never once did I feel that I was lost. Sure, at the beginning of each season, it takes a little time getting used to newer characters, but you completely used to soon enough. Even in great shows like ‘Game Of Thrones’, where characters are located in many different locations around the globe, each arc felt like another short story rather than one big story. When a scene shifted from one location to another, I knew that particular story had nothing to do with the scene before it, and that always took me out of it. With ‘The Wire’ though, I always knew the shift was part of the grand story of Baltimore.

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When acting is brought up in a lot of shows, there is always a standout performance or performances. There is always a Walter White, a Tyrion Lannister, a Tony Soprano. The great thing about the wire is, there are so many good performances from all of its actors that it never felt like there was anyone who was trying to upstage the other. I guess the fact that a lot of relatively unknown actors that were cast did help in the matter, but that’s beside the point. Not only that, every performance is subtle, genuine and realistic. Not one actor tries to oversell their performance. In a show that is this ambitious in storytelling, I have to commend the cast members for a job well done. It’s a shame that none of them were nominated for major awards like Emmys or Golden Globes, but then again that also is a good reminder that awards mean shit to me. Just to make a few shout outs, some of my favourites were Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Micheal K. Williams, Dominic West, Andre Royo, Clarke Peters and of course, Idris Elba. Also, can we just appreciate that we have a great show with a diverse cast and characters that have nothing to do with racism or slavery and are just good fictional characters. Like, I know that’s not a thing on TV, but I notice it so much in movies and sometimes TV, I just have to bring it up.

Now on to the more subtle nuances. One thing The Wire does that I haven’t seen many other shows do, is the absence of a score. Music is only played in a scene only when it takes place in an area where it can be played. For example, in a car or a bar. Even during any major dramatic moment, no background music or song of any kind is played at all, and for some reason, it works due to the standards of realism that the show has set. The only time it ever really plays music in the background is during the montages that appear at the end of each season (which are brilliant by the way due to the phenomenal song choices).  Also, the show rarely ends on any cliffhanger and ends like it’s the end of a chapter. When people say that The Wire is a visual novel, I totally get what they mean and in every sense of the word, it is.

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The way it treated the sexuality of the characters is worth talking about as well. In a show about cops and drug dealers, we have two well rounded lesbian/gay characters that treat their sexual orientation like it’s a normal thing. For a show to not make that its selling point was something that I really admired. In so many shows and movies now a days, we get this dumb, stupid way to attract audiences by saying, “Oh, hey we have a bland stereotypical gay character, he/she’s in it for 2 scenes, we’re progressive!!!”. Like, here we actually have well rounded characters, and their sexual preference is just another thing. It’s not like the show just brings it up once and never touches on it again, it’s a part of their character and sometimes it brings out great character moments from them because of it. Thank You.The last thing I would like to bring up is the way the show used symbolism. I really liked how they used it without ever sacrificing the story for it. If you don’t get the symbolism don’t worry, it isn’t shoved down your throat like a Zack Snyder movie. It’s done in a subtle and ingenious way, it’s almost like an Easter egg. It makes for great rewatchability and further analysis in a show that already does more than enough.

If I had to bring up any flaws, the only ones that I can think of have nothing to do with the show itself. It has more to do with the demands it asks from the viewers. From the start, the show lets you know that this isn’t a regular drama where eventful things happen every episode. You have to be patient and observant. More than that, this isn’t an instant hooker, in fact it took me 6-7 episodes to understand why this show was so great. Another thing that might be a turn off is the dialect that the characters speak in, it’s faithful to that of the people of Baltimore, so it can be a little hard to get what is being conveyed. All of these things aren’t flaws, they are more of “reasons” why people may not find The Wire engaging enough to warrant a complete viewing, and that sucks because I want more people to watch this show even though it has gained a considerable audience since its conclusion.

Sure, it takes some time getting accustomed to, but once you get past that, what you have here is true gem and a masterpiece of storytelling. This is entertainment at its highest possible form. I honestly don’t think I will ever see a show that is this good, and maybe that’s a special thing. It’s what makes shows like The Wire unique and I love it for exactly that. Guys, there is a lot I can say about The Wire. I can talk about my favourite moments, my favourite characters, how powerful it was from start to finish. But saying more would do nothing more than spoil it and I don’t want to do that, because I know there are people out there that still haven’t experienced this show. Hell, I only got around to it in 2016 and I should have seen it long ago. So if you’re someone who is still unsure about watching The Wire, go see it.

NOW

Rating: 10/10 (it’s fucking obvious at this point)

Review – Daredevil Season 2

Well, I am back again to finally review something new, and apologies for being rather inconsistent in my article submissions as of late. I have been incredibly busy with college and it seems as though college life has taken a pretty big toll on me. But enough with the nonsense, let’s talk Daredevil. Don’t worry, I haven’t spoiled anything major.

The first season of Daredevil was a major surprise for me. I never knew much about Daredevil as a comic book character, so when I first heard that Netflix was doing a comic book series, I didn’t really expect much due to less than warm receptions of Marvel’s other TV properties such as Agents of Shield ( I hear that show is getting better too!). When I heard the things that I was hearing, I gave it a shot and I loved it. It was everything that I loved about the MCU and it improved on whatever the Marvel movies couldn’t manage to handle well (such as the villains). The performances were phenomenal (Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio in particular), it was well written, the premise was interesting and the execution of the story, while it did stumble a bit during the last few episodes, was well handled. There was a great understanding of the characters, particularly with our protagonist and antagonist and let’s not forget, the action was nothing less than perfect.

So, moving on to the second season. I seemed quite adamant not to compare this to the first, because I didn’t want to. It would seem too unfair and harsh, considering what a lightening in the bottle the first season was. And after watching it, I know I have done the right thing. It’s in people’s nature to compare and contrast, and I can’t blame them. But I am willing to bet, most of the criticisms people have against this season will be with direct comparisons to the first, and that’s not something I want to do.

Daredevil Season 2 was a great season for me. It was remarkably different from the first season in many ways and it never once felt like a rehash. The change of showrunners certainly helped that, and after the torch being passed on from Steven S. DeKnight, I have to say that the new showrunners certainly didn’t half-ass this one.

One thing this season did far better than the last was actually using the 13 episode format. My main issue with the first season of Daredevil and Jessica Jones was that the stories told in those shows could easily have been done in 8 or 10 episodes. But this season of Daredevil certainly had a lot of subplots that simply could not have been done in a fewer number of them. We have The Punisher arc, the Elektra arc, The Trial with The Punisher arc, The Hand and a lot more, and what’s even better is that they managed to make this Matt Murdock’s story.

This season also improved in scope, the action scenes look better, the choreography is just fantastic. You have ninjas, gangs, mobs, Punisher, Elektra, etc. The fight scenes sure are a plenty and my god, do they work. There was just so many things that were bigger than last season that were going on here and I praise the showrunners for not shying away from trying. It gets a lot darker (I mean, you have the Punisher), a lot bloodier and a lot more complex.

The performances are great. The characters are still great. The casting of Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung are just flawless choices as The Punisher and Elektra. To be honest though, I need to shed some light on Charlie Cox, who seems to be getting almost no recognition for playing Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Each scene he is in is just filled with raw emotion. He adds so much to Matt’s humanity. Every time he wants to believe in the better part of the society, it comes across as genuine, not naïve. When he begs the Punisher not to kill, or convincing Elektra not be crazy or convincing Foggy that he won’t be in danger or he won’t screw up or convincing a jury that Frank Castle is a good man, these are scenes that just add to Matt’s humanity and Charlie Cox delivered on every single note. What a fine performance, one that seriously gets overlooked immensely. The supporting characters too have a lot to offer. I loved Foggy and Karen this season, I don’t get why there is so much hate for these characters but regardless, the writers certainly knew what to do with them this season and Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Hensen were certainly up for the job and Rosario Dawson still manages to be one of my favourite characters of this show as Claire Temple.

Also, I loved that in the conversations between The Punisher and Daredevil, the show never really took sides to come up to a conclusion of what’s right or what’s wrong. It just showcased the ideologies of these characters and left it to us to decide who was right. It also wasn’t afraid to showcase the reaction of the public. Little things like this, make this show truly sensational. Sure, it may come across as gimmicky to some, but I like to believe that the show is a lot smarter than people give it credit for. The relationship between Elekta and Matt was also a highlight, I found myself enjoying them together very much. The chemistry was just…….sexy. Yeah, I am going there. It was a pure delight to see them on screen together, even if I barely knew about these characters beforehand. Another thing that this show did well was it’s ties to season 1, it was smart with certain characters returning at the right moment with the right amount of screen time. They never felt shoehorned in and were still integral to the story and again, the writers did a really good job with that.

Where this season falters unfortunately, is with the arc involving the Hand. While I enjoyed the ninja fights as well as the arc in general. It seems as though the series is trying to dodge the questions about the supernatural and while I like the approach of show, not tell, it doesn’t work always. Don’t get me wrong it is a well done arc, but I think that it ultimately left a few too many questions unanswered. But, the good thing is that the focus was on our characters and that is what is most essential. Another issue that I had this season was that the story with The Punisher right after episode 9, felt like a different show altogether. Again, the story was well told and it’s not bad, in fact it’s great. What I am getting at is that it just didn’t mesh well with the show’s main storyline, at least not as well as it could have.

But again, when I think about the fact that this season has had so many arcs, so many subplots and so many characters. I honestly consider my criticisms nit-picks. You can’t tell so many stories and do all of them right. With that said, I also admire the fact that this season took a lot of risks by doing so many things and for the most part, it worked big time. Season 1 felt a lot like a 13 hour movie that was about a rivalry, but Season 2 felt more like a TV show, where there are multiple threads, all connected to each other and I liked that they took a chance with the format. It allowed the show to go in depth with Matt’s difficulties of being a superhero and I loved it.

So, with all that, do I think it is better than Season 1? I honestly cannot say and I don’t want to. I loved the show then and I love it now. I don’t care what people have to say in this matter. For me personally, I am glad that Daredevil is still as good as it was. That’s all that matters to me. It has everything you loved from Season 1 and it was riveting all the way until the very end, making the binge watching a lot more effortless for me. With all that said, I give this season a solid 9.

Final Rating: 9/10

Room (2015) Review

Room is the kind of film that makes me begrudgingly love the Oscars. I doubt I would have known about it if it hadn’t been nominated. Every year, there is always that one gem that just grabs my attention at the nick of time and I am so glad to say that it was this movie.

Going into Room, I had no idea what to expect and by that I mean literally, I had NO IDEA. I hadn’t seen a single trailer, I didn’t know who the director was and I didn’t know what it was about. All my pre-existing knowledge can be summed up in one word, ‘poster’. Can you believe that? In today’s day and age, I can still go into a movie completely blind. Just that feeling is so surprising and uplifting.

Okay, so with all the descriptions of how I felt going into the movie let’s get into the review. Room is a drama directed by Lenny Abrahamson that stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film is about a mother and son who have been living in a garden shed (or what they refer to as ‘room’). The mother has lived there for 7 years and the boy was born and brought up there (It begins with his 5th birthday). As far as the plot goes, that is all I am going to say. Needless to say, the subject matter is dark and quite uncomfortable to watch at times.

The first thing that obviously comes to mind when I think about this movie is the performances. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay offer powerhouse performances, and that is not a description that I allow myself to use very often. Brie Larson won the Oscar and deservedly so. She portrays a caring mother who suffers from serious trauma and depression, and she never oversells it. Each scene she was in felt genuine, sad and heart breaking at times and the same needs to be said for Jacob Tremblay. As far as child performances go, this is certainly one of the best I have seen in a very long time. To be honest, I thought he stole the show. What Jacob Tremblay did so well is that he portrayed a child who experiences things for the first time in a very genuine way. He felt like a 5 year old. In today’s films where young adults try to act like adults, it’s nice to see a film that portrays children faithfully, they are sensitive, caring, short-tempered, annoying and all that. Jacob Tremblay portrayed that perfectly and like Brie Larson, each scene he was in felt genuine and heartfelt. When I saw people in this movie, I never saw actors acting, I saw real people. When actors can achieve that feat, you know you have seen great performances.

Something that I also loved about this film is that it chose to tell the story from the child’s point of view. We see the story unfold from his perspective, which is why I believe that the film warranted itself to be a bit lighter in tone, considering the dark subject matter that it is dealing with. The film looks great, thanks to the cinematography, as each shot is filled with childlike wonderment even in the most mundane of things. The screenplay (which was written by the author of the book) was also very well written, the dialogue feels natural, and in a film like this that is what you really need.

Credit where it is due, this a very well-directed film. Down to the performances, editing, cinematography, a film needs a good director to pull this off and Lenny Abrahamson was up for the job. I honestly don’t know how he managed to do it, but he did. Whether it came down to choosing the right actors or the score or the cinematographer, he really brought the best out of everyone involved and for that, I am pretty excited to see what he will do next.

Guys, I think I have said my piece. Room is a rare gem that you have to allow yourself to experience, it is a great film that offers some of the best performances, directing and writing I have ever had the pleasure of viewing and for those reasons alone, I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4.5/5

A Look-Back: My Journey at MoviepilotU

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Yeah, that’s me

Well, hi there (again). My name is Manas Rai, and this is my last article you will ever read… EVER….!

Haha… Just kidding (it was a bad joke, okay)

I am a sarcastic git who has a truly horrendous sense of humor (you know, that probably explains why I actually like Superhero Movie), but that’s beside the point, in my previous article, I talked about the stuff I have learned from MoviepilotU and I always knew that if I ever made it to the very end, this article would be the way I would conclude the course

Today, I want to talk about this course in a little more detail. Don’t worry, it won’t cross 1000 words, hopefully. So, here we go.

I started this course around the same time I moved to college as a freshman. So, I was a bit worried with the fact that I would not be able to keep up, but I loved writing on this site and I wanted a reason to keep writing-so I decided to join it anyway and I started the same week I got into college.

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From there on, we were supposed to write 5 articles each week, based on the topic that given in the videos posted in on our Facebook group. Each video wasn’t specific to a particular subject matter or genre. I won’t reveal the topics as I am not entirely sure whether I am allowed to do so. But, let me put it this way, these videos were more about how to write rather than what to write. How did they pull this off?

Well, a group of us were assigned a mentor, someone who was a part of the Moviepilot community. My mentor was Samuel James Harries, who was one of my first admirers. He was one of the first people to comment and appreciate my very first post on Moviepilot. (He didn’t go easy on me, btw). So, I am kind of glad that I got him as my mentor, plus I learned a lot from him, so that’s a good thing. Anyways, our mentors would check and annotate our articles with suggestions and corrections, which we would then apply to the post and publish.

But there were some rough days. Sometimes, I hit a wall. I didn’t know what to write about. Sometimes, I just developed some articles I wrote on my blog prior to joining Moviepilot (sorry Samuel!) and posted them when I had no idea what to write about. In fact, I am sure my mentor would have noticed that I wrote some articles clearly for the sake of it, or at least, he knew I wasn’t giving my best.

But then there were those days when I knew what I needed to write. I would sit on my laptop hours on end to write something because I was passionate about it and I cherished that feeling. Soon, I realized that ideas would come from interacting with people, not by forcing yourself to think, and that is something I loved doing once I cracked the method.

This is my last week on the course and this is my last article for it. After six weeks, I am really not sure what to say. My fellow MoviepilotU’ers, I will miss the new articles I was always excited to read. My mentor, Samuel, I love you man. Thanks for everything. You put up with so much and you still took the time to find the positive stuff in what we wrote and encouraged us to do more. I loved your closing notes, and I sure as hell am going to miss them the most. I am going to miss the times when I used to come back from my classes and think of what I had to write. And finally, I want to thank Moviepilot, for opening up such a wonderful platform for people like us who want to be heard. I know a single thanks from a guy like me doesn’t mean much, but it is what I can say at the moment.

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I…I didn’t mean to

Thank you so much for reading, it really means a lot. You readers are the reason we creators have a voice, and there is no thank you without you guys. You made our journey worthwhile. Oh, and in case your wondering whether you should join such a course in the future-believe me when I tell you “You Better”. Also, in case you are wondering…

Before MoviepilotU: Total Reads – Around 970-980

After Moviepilot: Total Reads – Around 7, 745 (as of now)

And with that I would like to announce that I will be on a hiatus for a while (don’t worry, not for too long). It’s just that I have reached a point where I need to focus on my studies a bit more. But, not to worry my dear friends for when I return, I shall be bigger, badder and better. So, until then…

Cheers….and take care

5 Things I Learned From MoviepilotU

Well, hi there. My name is Manas Rai. I recently joined the online course MoviepilotU and, I wanted to share something with you guys. you see, I was just some reviewer once upon a time who did all of this ‘reviewing’ as a hobby. But, as the weeks passed by, I realized that I loved doing this stuff. I learned that there was so much more I was supposed to do with what I have and I think you can too with what I am about to share with you. So, here are 5 major things I learned from MoviepilotU.

1) Learn to make your sentences short and to-the-point

This is one of the most important things that I learned here and if you are someone who has read my stuff, you would have noticed this change. In my earlier articles, I used to write paragraphs without having proper sentences. This was incredibly useful as it helped cater to a wider audience. Thanks MoviepilotU!

2) Never be too negative or condescending

Also a very important thing that I learned and this is something that I learned the hard way. Being too negative or judgmental doesn’t give you a good image to those who are reading your article. For example “This Sucks” would change to “This isn’t that good”. Try to be polite because being positive isn’t a bad thing at all.

3) The Title is Important

While this may seem like an obvious thing, the title is way more important than it may seem at first. Titles are your selling point. They provide the reader with a solid idea of what they are going to get when they read your article. While a title is certainly not everything, it is a great gateway to getting a good number of reads.

4) Read your article twice (at least)

Proof reading is a necessity when you want to write an article. You will have no idea how many mistakes my wonderful mentor was able to point out in my posts. In fact, you will be shocked with some of the mistakes you may have made. So yeah, proofreading is a necessity.

5) Be Interesting and write because you love to!

This is something I learned along the way. If you are writing an article for the sake of it, don’t. Do it because you are legitimately interested. Also, add your own angle to it. Try to show your end, not someone else’s. Even if your article is based off of someone else’s. Add memes and your your little punchlines, because they define your identity as a writer and in a community like Moviepilot, where there are tons of people writing and giving their spin on what they’ve written, it is an absolute must.

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Have a cookie…

Well, that’s that my dear friends. Thank you so much for reading an article that wasn’t about movies. I hope you may have something to gain by reading this my fellow creators. To those who aren’t, I humbly thank you for reading anyway. Ladies, Gentlemen and others, that will be all for me. Until then,

Cheers…..and take care

From Movies to T.V Shows: 5 Of The Greatest Rivalries Ever

What makes a movie, book or TV show more impactful than a rivalry between two characters, the answer is…….I don’t know!, but there is something about rivalries that brings us back to whatever it is that we are viewing. It adds to the intensity. When they are well done, its what we remember most about these films/t.v shows. So, with that in mind, here are 5 of my favorite rivalries in the realm of entertainment that I have experienced.

5) Gerald Lambeau and Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)

Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)
Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)

While not exactly a rivalry, the love-hate relationship between these two in the film was something that I could not ignore. You see, one of the major aspects to rivalries (particularly good ones) is the admiration and hatred the characters have for each other. This is something that is present in all of my personal favorite rivalries on this list.

What I love so much about their relationship is how inconsistent it is. One moment they are respecting each other, acting like adults and another moment, they are fighting each other like kids! You can see in their fights that they once cared for each other and still do. This is more apparent when they are arguing with each other about their ideals. Gerald wants to make Will a great mathematician, considering his potential while Sean wants him to do whatever he wishes and not to be manipulated into doing mathematics for the rest of his life. Each time they argue over this, it makes for some of the best written scenes in the film and for one of the best rivalries.

4) Professor X and Magneto (X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past)

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Profeesor X (left) and Magneto (right)

You all saw this coming, and this list couldn’t be complete without comic book rivalries. Professor X and Magneto is a prime example of a great rivalry. Like the previous spot on our list, what makes them work is the fact that they were friends once. It only makes their hatred for each other more impactful. But unlike the previous list, this rivalry isn’t one sided.

You can see both sides of the argument. Eric/Magneto hates humans and the motive behind it is pretty well explained. He experienced the Holocaust, that reason is good enough. Charles/Professor X is someone who, unlike Eric, is willing to see the bigger picture. He is willing to see what mutants and humans can achieve once they put aside their differences. This makes their rivalry work for me and was the best part about X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past.

3) The Bride and Bill (Kill Bill Vol. 2)

Bill (left) and The Bride (right)
Bill (left) and The Bride (right)

This is one that not many talk about. In fact it’s probably the most underrated rivalry ever (if there is one I guess). The Bride and Bill, two skilled assassins were once lovers. They cared for each other and their fallout led to two awesome revenge flicks (details of which I won’t spoil).

With their final showdown in Vol.2 and their rivalry coming to a close, I was rather pleased to find out that it wasn’t a hand to hand beat down. Rather, it was a conversation that led to confessions – each of them explaining to the other why they did what they did. Like other spots on this list, what the script does so well is hint at their past relationship. They seemed to truly love each other and that’s what makes the conclusion to their affair a bittersweet one and their rivalry a memorable one.

2) Batman and The Joker (The Dark Knight and all of the DC Animated Batman Movies)

You know who is who
You know who is who

Okay, this is as obvious as it comes. We all know this rivalry. Hell, people who don’t even have a clue about comic books know about Batman and Joker (at least I think they do).

The rivalry between Batman and Joker is the definition of a love-hate relationship. Batman and Joker have been arch enemies for years in comic books, movies and T.V shows and we just can’t get enough of these two. They are obstacles for each other, they test each other to their limits and will do anything to get their point across to each other – and that’s what makes it work.

Joker tests Batman’s rule of no killing and Batman tests the Joker by never giving in to his cruelty. In one way, they have this dark admiration for each other. It’s like they want to chase each other forever, despite the horrifying consequences. The Dark Knight, the animated feature The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 and the comic book The Killing Joke (It was the first comic book I ever read) are great examples. What can I say, this rivalry is a hell of a good one.

1) Tom and Jerry

Now, let’s tone down a bit. Why is my favorite rivalry a comedic one? Well, because these guys and their rivalry basically defined my childhood. I loved them for as long as I can remember. I love the chases, which define ‘slapstick comedy’. Not to mention that, rivalries in comedies almost always tend to get the best laughs.

I love the bombs, the grenades, the woodpeckers, the dogs, the high speed chases, the flat faces and so on. This is what Tom and Jerry are known for. They love to hate each other and they admire each other. Of all the rivalries on this list, they are the ones that stay true to the love-hate factor. They hate each other like any cat and mouse would, yet they stick with each other like no other friend would and that’s exactly what makes their rivalry special to me.

So, that’s about it my dear friends. Thanks for reading! Tell me, which is your favorite rivalry? Give your personal favorite in the comment section below.

A Dream I Will Never Wake Up From – Fan Casting a Live Action Cowboy Bebop!

Cowboy Bebop is one of the my favorite anime of all time and I consider it to be one of the few anime that could actually have a good live action adaptation. The setting is perfect for a sci-fi futuristic western and would work well with Hollywood audiences. So here I am trying to do justice to the live action film that may happen someday by giving you my casting choices.

Jared Leto as Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)
Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)

Jared Leto is a great actor, I think a lot of us can agree on that. With his award winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club and a pretty promising take on The Joker, I think it is pretty apt to come to that conclusion.

Why Do I Think He Will Be A Great Spike?

His physique is perfect. He has the body which is built for the role, but not to a point where it is buffed. The green hair looks pretty good on him. Spike has green hair too (take a look at Joker if you don’t believe me). He is pretty dedicated to his roles, which is necessary when you are going to play a character like Spike.I mean, the guy is a goof, a sharp shooter, a martial arts expert and a cool, no-shit taking cowboy. He is a character that requires a man who is versatile and Jared Leto is someone who I think can pull it off.

Michelle Monaghan as Faye Valentine

Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)
Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)

Michelle Monaghan is one underrated actress. She is surprisingly very talented in my opinion. Her performances in True Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) are pretty good examples. So, that must beg the question…

Why do I think She would be a good Faye?

She can play damaged characters. Okay, I will be honest, she got to this list precisely because of her role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She was able to portray a damaged character who uses her cunning character to survive in the real world. Which is exactly who Faye Valentine is. Also, I can’t put this in any other words, so here it is……She is sexy!. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang also proved this and Faye is too.

Idris Elba as Jet Black

Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)
Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)

I think we are all on the same page I say that Idris Elba is an underused talent. The guy has proven time and time again that he can do almost anything. He played Mandela, a war general in Pacific Rim, a pilot of the spaceship in Prometheus, a drug lord in The Wire and was given a useless role in the Thor films, Let’s face it guys, playing a guy who is on screen for 10 minutes to hold a staff is not what Idris Elba should be doing. Anyways

Why Do I Think He can be a great Jet?

He can easily build up the physique. Also, seeing him play a father as well as a war general in Pacific Rim was great and Jet Black is the father figure and leader of the crew. Idris Elba can play damaged characters with a tragic past and guess what? Jet Black is a damaged character with a tragic past.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Edward Wong

Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)
Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)

Chloe Grace Moretz is one hell of an actress. She is without a doubt one of my celebrity crushes (mostly because of the fact that she and I are about the same age) and also one of the better younger actors around. She has played a vampire in Let Me In, and a badass heroin in Kick Ass. Yes, I am aware that she is older than what is intended for the role, but screw it. Its fan casting and it is a dream that I will never wake up from! Basically, I am going to assume she is young (probably around the age she was when she did Kick-Ass).

Why Do I Think She Is A Great Pick?

When I saw Kick-Ass, one thing that I noticed Chloe brought to the table as Hitgirl was being a tomboy, which is one of the main characteristics of Edward. Not only that, she played a vampire in Let Me In, and she was able to bring a variety of expressions, especially when she is killing someone or drinking blood. This is something that is necessary for the role of Edward, since she has a huge variety of expressions.

Well, hope that was interesting. It was fun, but it was hard to choose someone for Edward Wong. Regardless, this is my first fan cast lineup article I have ever done, so I hope you can forgive some weird choices I may have made. But, I want to ask you guys, Who do you think would be great to play these characters? Take over the comment section.

Cheers…and take care