Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is the last movie you would think of if you were asked your favorite superhero movie. Not because it is a bad movie, but because you do not think of “hero” when you hear these names, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Diablo, and Slipknot. The team is also joined by Katana, Rick Flag and the enchantress ran by Amanda Waller.

Almost a year after the tragic death of the beloved Superman, Amanda Waller decides to put together “Task Force X” a secret government group of villains. In the eyes of the government they are disposable people. Since they are high risk people they have nanite bombs implanted in their necks only used if a member tries to escape leading them to their own deaths. When brought together these troublesome group of anti-heroes are tasked to defeat one of their own.

One of Wallers intended recruits, The Enchantress, embodies Colonel Rick Flag’s girlfriend Dr. June Moone. When the Enchantress turns on Rick and fully takes over Dr. Moone’s body Task Force X is called in to handle the job. The team is assigned to take down the Enchantress and her brother Incubus. They turn the city into a horde of monsters and an oasis of nothing.

While all of this is happening The Joker is plotting his way back to his queen, Harley Quinn. Even though Joker has his elaborate scenes every now and then, he is not seen as much as I thought he would have been. They advertised it as though he would have a bigger role than what he did. Many people have a love for the Joker’s personality so I think that was a let down for most people looking for that cynical smile. If the writer of this film would have found more ways to include Joker into the plot more this would not have left as much as a bad taste in my mouth as it did.

A character that deserves so much more recognition and a backstory movie is El Diablo. Chato Santana/El Diablo is played by the loveable Jay Hernandez. When you watch the scene when Ms. Waller is giving a fellow government agent a debriefing on all the recruits backstories, you get a chance to see how Diablo was taken into custody. The man turned himself in because he took lives he never wanted to take. People he loved and cherished in life. He killed people important to him so he swore to never hurt anyone else. He is the prime example of the theory “there is a good guy in every bad guy.”

Though this movie did get quite a few bad reviews I think it sheds a new light on the lives of the villains. Instead of seeing a villain for a total of 10 minutes out of a two and a half hour superhero movie, you got to see them in a vulnerable state. They are human, abilities or not they have a soul and a they have people they love(ed). When people are put in a situation they are not familiar with they tend to act different and I think that’s why people did not like it. They were expecting one type of person but they get something totally different and it let them down in a way. I think they just need to look at it in a different light.

-Rayna Chichester

Exploring Music

The use of music, sound, and silence in films it critical. Music helps the audience feel the right emotion. When one is watching a scary movie, be prepared for suspenseful music or dead silence. The director adds sound to films to make it easier to understand the plot. All movies have some type of music behind at least one scene in it but musicals… they take it to another level. Also who doesn’t love a good soundtrack?

A classic musical that tells an interesting story is Mamma Mia! The soundtrack to this film has several different covers to ABBA songs. Not a lot of movies do this so it has to be judged in its own category. Taking classic songs and turning it into a movie about a girl who wants her father at her wedding but she doesn’t know who he is, sounds a little difficult.

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), is a young, free spirited girl on her way to the married life. She feels as though she is missing a part of herself because she doesn’t have a father to give her away on her wedding. On her quest to find this missing piece she finds three potential men her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), had summer flings with. Sophie then secretly invites them to the Greek Island her and her mother live on so they could attend her wedding. From there she forms bonds with each of them.

The songs chosen for this movie fit perfectly with the plot. For example, Our Last Summer describes the summer Donna met Harry, Bill, and Sam. Each of the men told Sophie what it was like being with her mom and how free spirited she was. Slipping Through My Fingers is Donna expressing her sadness that Sophie is all grown up and won’t need her much longer. Most of the songs in this film are very fast paced and up beat. Occasionally there will be a melancholy song but soon after it there is another happy moment. This movie is a feel good movie so it is expected to have plenty of joyful songs.

The music chosen for this film gives it the the texture and character it needs to give the right feeling when watching it. the songs aren’t meaningless song, each song has a message behind it. Sophie expresses her feelings through these songs, Donna gains her power through these songs, Harry, Sam, and Bill bond through these songs, so they all mean something to each character. I liked seeing Donna go from a closed shell to being open to love. It shows that a woman can be completely independent with a man in her life. In Money, Money, Money, you hear how Donna has to pay all the bills by herself so she never has time or money for herself. She sounds like she wants a rich man but after the song her friends ask her if she really does need money. She then tells them she is good on her own. She likes being able to handle the work without the assistance for a man. I think that was good for Sophie growing up. She saw how you do not NEED a man to get through life. Even though Sophie does find someone she loves and would like to marry, she knows that living a full life is so much more important than hurrying up to settle down.

-Rayna Chichester

Baby Girl, Sugarland

They say this town
The stars stay up all night
Don’t know, can’t see ’em
For the glow of the neon lights
And it’s a long way from here
To the place where the home fires burn
Well, it’s two thousand miles and one left turn

Dear Mom and Dad,
Please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
I don’t need much just enough to get me through.
Please don’t worry cause I’m alright
I’m playing here at the bar tonight.
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true
Well I love you more than anything in the world.
Love,
Your baby girl

Black top, blue sky
Big town full of little white lies
Everybody’s your friend, you can never be sure
They promise fancy cars and diamond rings
All sorts of shiny things
Girl, you’ll remember what your knees are for

Dear Mom and Dad,
Please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
I don’t need much just enough to get me through.
Please don’t worry cause I’m alright
I’m playing here at the bar tonight.
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true
Well I love you more than anything in the world.
Love,
Your baby girl

I know that I’m on my way
I can tell every time I play
And I know it’s worth all the dues I pay
When I can write to you and say

Dear Mom and Dad,
I’ll send money, I’m so rich that it ain’t funny
It ought ta be more than enough to get you through
Please don’t worry cause I’m alright
I’m staying here at the Ritz tonight
What ta ya know we made our dreams come true!
And there are fancy cars and diamond rings
But you know that they don’t mean a thing
They all add up to nothing compared to you
Well, remember me in ribbons and curls
I still love you more than anything in the world.
Love,
Your baby girl
Baby girl
Baby girl

  1. Characters: A young singer
  2. Inciting incident: This young singer is trying to make it in show business.
  3. Setting : A big city like New York, or Los Angeles.
  4. Conflict/crisis: A young girl has gained the courage to try to make a name for herself. At the moment she is very broke and needs a little money to keep her on her feet. She often writes to her mom and dad. She begins to tell them that she needs little money but not much, she wants them to know that she is okay and she is happy just in a difficult position.
  5. Resolution: As the song goes on she states that one day she won’t need the money, she will be super rich and give her parents as much money as they need whenever.
  6. If this were made into a film, would it be a comedy, drama, action, horror, animated film? Why?: If this were a movie it would most definitely be a drama. It would show the difficulties of living on your own in an expensive city with very little income.

If is were to be an actual movie I would most definitely think Anne Hathaway would be a great option for this role. She has a very persistent, confident, hard working attitude. I think that would be perfect for this movie.

What Film Baggage means to me and why.

When I think of my favorite movies I often find myself thinking of movie that are connected to me early childhood. I was maybe 4 when I was introduced to the beauty of musicals. My favorite musical has always been my favorite and it is Hairspray. No not the phony Hairspray live from 2016 but the 2007 one with John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, and many more perfectly casted actors.

Hairspray 2007

This film means more to me than just the fun music and bright colors. I think the lesson behind it is beautiful and I created a bond with my grandmother through this movie. We would watch it all the time and she would explain to me why some of white characters were treating the colored characters bad. She told me that in the time this was set there was still segregation happening. I learned that just because someone looks different than you does not mean they do not have a good heart and good intentions. In this movie there is a song that is sung by Motormouth Maybelle, ( Queen Latifah ) it is call “I Know Where I’ve Been.” In this scene she is protesting the end of “Negro Day” she sings this as they peacefully walk around the town with signs expressing how they feel about it. This movie all around is just a beautiful masterpiece.

Movies that have deep meanings behind them are my favorite to watch. I want to be taught a lesson about why something matters. I love it when children’s movies have good lives lessons in them. For example Brave. In this movie you’ll find a young princess named Merida trying to show herself as an independent woman. Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is trying to show her country and mainly mother that she has no interest in any male. She goes to extreme measures to ensure her future the way she wants and eventually turns her own mother into a bear. She has to work against the clock to try to change her mother back to normal. Crazy plot I know. But this journey allows her to learn her true bravery and teachers her proper courage. Her mother sees that she really doesnt need anyone there to help her run the country.

I am not going to lie. I will engage in a funny movie regardless if it has meaning or not. I also enjoy scary movies. There are tons of funny scary movies one of my favorites is Scream starring the 90’s stars Skeet Ulrich as the iconic Billy, Neve Campbell as the damsel in distress Sydney, and many many more. I love the suspense and i love how it will make you laugh out of nowhere. The classic like “Aw man my mom and dad are going to be so mad at me” cracks me up every single time. In my opinion the 90s had the best scary movies come out of it. There are some good ones that came out in the 2000s like Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

Basically, all movies are unique in their own ways. I have a love for movies that bring back a certain memory. I am a sucker for musicals and meaningful children’s films. I love a good comedy mixed with horror. I love classic actors and classic stories.

What Film Means to Me

What is it about a movie that pulls you in? What kind of movie would make you want to sit in one spot for hours? For me it is a movie that has a strong meaning behind it. I want a to watch something that is going to make me think about why it was made. I would not want to watch a film with poor acting and low quality editing. The stories behind movies is such a pleasing thought. I enjoy wondering what motivated the writer to come up with a beautiful concept and what made them give it to someone else then create an actual movie about it.

Growing up movies is what gathered my family. If it were a rainy day and we did not have the money to go anywhere we would put on a timeless movie we all enjoyed. Most of the time they were comedy films, more specifically a spoof of another movie. We often watched movies like Spaceballs, or UHF. On days where it was just kids watching, animated films were the way to go. We loved Pixar movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars, and Monsters Inc. But one of my favorite movies we ever watched was The Princess Bride. I could, and still can, quote iconic Andre the Giant lines or Wallace Shawn lines. We all have those little memories about our childhood favorite movie. I vividly remember sitting in front of the TV eating ramen noodles and drinking “Ponyo tea” while watching Ponyo, a movie about a little female fish that turns into a human girl. She is trying to run away from her father and a little boy named Sosuke helps her live a normal life.

Even though the movie process fascinates me. not every movie is my kind of movie. I find a lot of movies to be boring if I have to sit in one spot for a while I want to be indulged in the movie. I don’t like movies with a slow plot or a weak lead. Documentaries are not my “cup of tea” if you would. They are anything but interesting to me. I am not a big fan of old movies. Sometimes 90s movies appeal to me but not always. I do not like old animated movies like Disney Princess movies. I never watched them as a kid and never caught on to them.

The magic behind it all just amazes me as well. Once the movie is over you can just sit back and think about the countless hours the actors and actresses worked trying to get the scene perfect. How many people worked behind the camera to make the effects more believable. To just think about the crew members and give them the recognition they deserve is something they do not think you would do. ┬áThe movie would not be as amazing as it is without every single person behind it. Everyone who works on lighting and props have to make sure there isn’t a thing out of place. The assistant that made sure the directors coffee was actually caffinsted so they could shoot one more scene before they called it a night. It is a teams work.