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what I see in the smoke-light

Fancy flouncing cigarette, your poised two finger hold – coughed up gold – like an ocean’s tide onto washed up dreams 

Chipped nails painted black, you; a careless flick onto frozen concrete, the catcher of flames that roar inside my stomach, you – my charcoal knight in amour, the only one I want to kiss.

I bum one off a boy who tells me not to smoke so much. “These things aren’t meant for the candlelight like your smile,” Like my body’s melted wax for him to shape, like I’m a waiting wick and he’s the lighter that can start the burning inside my bones.

Pretty little wax, the wall decorations – vanilla smelling scent washing through his bedroom door – you’d like that wouldn’t you? Contained little starlight, ready to blow, put out on your time.

My light can’t stop once it disintegrates. I demolish and bite edges of your fingertips; I’ll scoop off my wax and burn the house down, hope you got a fire alarm – I’ll choke you in the smoke and won’t feel a thing.

Gray stained lungs turned outlook on life, dirty filter to the mind. I signed a contact in second grade; promised puffs of nicotine would never leave my lips. Now it’s all I know how to breathe.

“It’ll kill you,” warned my mother, when she catches the scent swirls in the fabric of my composure. And I don’t tell her I’m banking on it.

Swaying dusty air, the last love I believe in, black little cancer draped in pretty paper white. I fashioned my body into a cigarette one day, and time’s been charring at my ribcage since.

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Written by apromptaday in portal Fiction
what I see in the smoke-light
Fancy flouncing cigarette, your poised two finger hold – coughed up gold – like an ocean’s tide onto washed up dreams 

Chipped nails painted black, you; a careless flick onto frozen concrete, the catcher of flames that roar inside my stomach, you – my charcoal knight in amour, the only one I want to kiss.

I bum one off a boy who tells me not to smoke so much. “These things aren’t meant for the candlelight like your smile,” Like my body’s melted wax for him to shape, like I’m a waiting wick and he’s the lighter that can start the burning inside my bones.

Pretty little wax, the wall decorations – vanilla smelling scent washing through his bedroom door – you’d like that wouldn’t you? Contained little starlight, ready to blow, put out on your time.

My light can’t stop once it disintegrates. I demolish and bite edges of your fingertips; I’ll scoop off my wax and burn the house down, hope you got a fire alarm – I’ll choke you in the smoke and won’t feel a thing.

Gray stained lungs turned outlook on life, dirty filter to the mind. I signed a contact in second grade; promised puffs of nicotine would never leave my lips. Now it’s all I know how to breathe.

“It’ll kill you,” warned my mother, when she catches the scent swirls in the fabric of my composure. And I don’t tell her I’m banking on it.

Swaying dusty air, the last love I believe in, black little cancer draped in pretty paper white. I fashioned my body into a cigarette one day, and time’s been charring at my ribcage since.
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Harry Situation Reviews: Dunkirk

War... war never changes.

Dunkirk is the World War 2 drama film directed by one of my all-time favorites Christopher Nolan, best known for directing The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar. The story centers around the Dunkirk evacuation, where tens of thousands British and French soldiers are trapped by the surrounding Nazi forces and are desperately trying to survive. The story is told in three different perspectives–land, air, and sea–yet they all connect to each other in one way or another.

I've been a big fan of Christopher Nolan and his movies for a long time. I was definitely interested to see what he could do for this film. After viewing it I think only two words sum it up: HOLY SHIT.

This movie is two hours of a nonstop, nail-biting, white-knuckling, edge of your seat action sequence that gives you barely little time to breathe until the very end. This movie is incredible. Just fucking incredible.

The best way I can compare this movie to is the film Zulu. You're there from the beginning and to the end, and the action and suspense seems to be relentless. But to call it an action film would be a lie. This is clearly a suspenseful thriller. The intensity never lets up and it'l grab your attention until the end. 

Most of my praise is given by how realistic this movie is made. Everything from the ships, the planes, the soldier uniforms, and onward is 100% practical and genuine. This film was made to put the audience in that moment of the war, and make you feel the fear the soldiers felt.

The second thing to praise is Hans Zimmer's score. My god, the music really helped carry the suspense of the film. I don't know how he does it, but he DID it in this film. I only wish I could find the soundtrack on YouTube or Itunes or something just to listen to it again. 

The editing and directing done by Nolan is also amazing. While I get the feeling that some audience members might get confused to some sequences and why they are place there, but trust me it all makes sense.

The acting, while good, also leads to probably the film's biggest problem. The film lacks any characterization for any of the characters. Yet the more I thought about it this is a minor gripe against the movie. Ever notice how in all other war movies that some soldiers share have a moment to share their backstories to each other. This film doesn't have those moments, and that actually works in its favor. The soldiers are there to get the fuck out of dodge. They don't have time to share anything with anyone. They are in this to survive, and survival is critical. While I much prefer with I got something to connect with the characters, I think I felt connected when I was thrust into this war zone along with them thanks to Nolan's stunning direction.

This is probably one of the best movies I've seen this year. It goes up there with Logan, Wonder Woman, and War for the Planet of the Apes. I honestly wouldn't mind going to see it a second or third time because it is that good. I highly recommend seeing this movie before the summer is over. I was blown away by it, and I think you will be too. 

                             Positives:                                 Negatives:

                            -Intensely powerful                 -Lack of characterization

                            -Nonstop suspense

                            -Amazing direction

                            -Good acting

                            -Hans Zimmer's score

                            -Editing

Final Grade: A+

So there's my review for contender for Best Movie of the Year. Have you seen this? What were your thoughts? Got any favorite movies set in WW2? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews here on Prose.com!

Best Quote:

Commander Bolton: "You can practically see it from here."

Captain Winnant: "What?"

Commander Bolton: "Home."

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Harry Situation Reviews: Dunkirk
War... war never changes.

Dunkirk is the World War 2 drama film directed by one of my all-time favorites Christopher Nolan, best known for directing The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar. The story centers around the Dunkirk evacuation, where tens of thousands British and French soldiers are trapped by the surrounding Nazi forces and are desperately trying to survive. The story is told in three different perspectives–land, air, and sea–yet they all connect to each other in one way or another.

I've been a big fan of Christopher Nolan and his movies for a long time. I was definitely interested to see what he could do for this film. After viewing it I think only two words sum it up: HOLY SHIT.

This movie is two hours of a nonstop, nail-biting, white-knuckling, edge of your seat action sequence that gives you barely little time to breathe until the very end. This movie is incredible. Just fucking incredible.

The best way I can compare this movie to is the film Zulu. You're there from the beginning and to the end, and the action and suspense seems to be relentless. But to call it an action film would be a lie. This is clearly a suspenseful thriller. The intensity never lets up and it'l grab your attention until the end. 

Most of my praise is given by how realistic this movie is made. Everything from the ships, the planes, the soldier uniforms, and onward is 100% practical and genuine. This film was made to put the audience in that moment of the war, and make you feel the fear the soldiers felt.

The second thing to praise is Hans Zimmer's score. My god, the music really helped carry the suspense of the film. I don't know how he does it, but he DID it in this film. I only wish I could find the soundtrack on YouTube or Itunes or something just to listen to it again. 

The editing and directing done by Nolan is also amazing. While I get the feeling that some audience members might get confused to some sequences and why they are place there, but trust me it all makes sense.

The acting, while good, also leads to probably the film's biggest problem. The film lacks any characterization for any of the characters. Yet the more I thought about it this is a minor gripe against the movie. Ever notice how in all other war movies that some soldiers share have a moment to share their backstories to each other. This film doesn't have those moments, and that actually works in its favor. The soldiers are there to get the fuck out of dodge. They don't have time to share anything with anyone. They are in this to survive, and survival is critical. While I much prefer with I got something to connect with the characters, I think I felt connected when I was thrust into this war zone along with them thanks to Nolan's stunning direction.

This is probably one of the best movies I've seen this year. It goes up there with Logan, Wonder Woman, and War for the Planet of the Apes. I honestly wouldn't mind going to see it a second or third time because it is that good. I highly recommend seeing this movie before the summer is over. I was blown away by it, and I think you will be too. 

                             Positives:                                 Negatives:
                            -Intensely powerful                 -Lack of characterization
                            -Nonstop suspense
                            -Amazing direction
                            -Good acting
                            -Hans Zimmer's score
                            -Editing

Final Grade: A+

So there's my review for contender for Best Movie of the Year. Have you seen this? What were your thoughts? Got any favorite movies set in WW2? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews here on Prose.com!

Best Quote:
Commander Bolton: "You can practically see it from here."
Captain Winnant: "What?"
Commander Bolton: "Home."
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Harry Situation Reviews: Night of the Living Dead

With the passing of legendary film director George A. Romero, I figured it would be fitting to honor his memory by writing a short review of his most famous film, Night of the Living Dead.

Night of the Living Dead was a black and white horror film released in 1968, and is worldly regarded as the film that put zombies in the spotlight for Hollywood. The story follows characters Ben (played by Duane Jones), Barbra (played by Judith O'Dea), and five others trapped in a rural farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania, which is attacked by a large and growing group of undead monsters.

The film was significant for three things:

1) Paving the way for zombies to become one of the most well known monsters in cinema history. I mean zombies are everywhere nowadays. In movies, television shows, video games. You name it, there's zombies in it.

2) This is one of the very few films to feature an African-American as the main hero for the story. At the time, it was unheard of and considered controversial. So good for the crew for taking a bold step.

3) No studio wanted to release this film. Romero tried to pitch it to numerous studios, but no one bought it. In the end, the film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally, which made it one of the most successful independent films of all time.

There's a lot to enjoy about this movie. The scares are good and genuine. The extras acting as zombies is entertaining.

Though of course this being a horror film back in the 60s, it comes off as cheesy. I mean some of the acting is over the top, especially coming from Judith O'Dea. And the makeup for the zombies is laughable, considering how much gory effects we can add to zombies now. I've even caught notice when Duane Jones is making it look as though he's bashing a zombie's head in, he's smacking a pipe or whatever above the guy's head. It just makes is so hilarious to watch.

However it's better to look at this film and appreciate at what it stood out for. It wanted to be a different film and it was. It wanted to feature a new breed of monsters and it did. It wanted to be a creepy gore-filled action adventure and it was.

I can see why this film is often considered a classic film. There's so much attention to detail and atmosphere that helps build the world the characters are in as well as the growing fear of being killed by these zombies. Without this film we couldn't have The Walking Dead, or Zombieland, or any zombie feature. I enjoy this film for all the right reasons, and I think this is one for everyone to check out.

No grading scale this time.

Final Grade: A+

In memory of George A. Romero. So that's my brief tribute. Have you seen this movie? What are your thoughts? What's your favorite movie featuring zombies? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews.

Best Quote:

Johnny: "They're coming to get you, Barbra."

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Harry Situation Reviews: Night of the Living Dead
With the passing of legendary film director George A. Romero, I figured it would be fitting to honor his memory by writing a short review of his most famous film, Night of the Living Dead.

Night of the Living Dead was a black and white horror film released in 1968, and is worldly regarded as the film that put zombies in the spotlight for Hollywood. The story follows characters Ben (played by Duane Jones), Barbra (played by Judith O'Dea), and five others trapped in a rural farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania, which is attacked by a large and growing group of undead monsters.

The film was significant for three things:

1) Paving the way for zombies to become one of the most well known monsters in cinema history. I mean zombies are everywhere nowadays. In movies, television shows, video games. You name it, there's zombies in it.

2) This is one of the very few films to feature an African-American as the main hero for the story. At the time, it was unheard of and considered controversial. So good for the crew for taking a bold step.

3) No studio wanted to release this film. Romero tried to pitch it to numerous studios, but no one bought it. In the end, the film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally, which made it one of the most successful independent films of all time.

There's a lot to enjoy about this movie. The scares are good and genuine. The extras acting as zombies is entertaining.

Though of course this being a horror film back in the 60s, it comes off as cheesy. I mean some of the acting is over the top, especially coming from Judith O'Dea. And the makeup for the zombies is laughable, considering how much gory effects we can add to zombies now. I've even caught notice when Duane Jones is making it look as though he's bashing a zombie's head in, he's smacking a pipe or whatever above the guy's head. It just makes is so hilarious to watch.

However it's better to look at this film and appreciate at what it stood out for. It wanted to be a different film and it was. It wanted to feature a new breed of monsters and it did. It wanted to be a creepy gore-filled action adventure and it was.

I can see why this film is often considered a classic film. There's so much attention to detail and atmosphere that helps build the world the characters are in as well as the growing fear of being killed by these zombies. Without this film we couldn't have The Walking Dead, or Zombieland, or any zombie feature. I enjoy this film for all the right reasons, and I think this is one for everyone to check out.

No grading scale this time.

Final Grade: A+

In memory of George A. Romero. So that's my brief tribute. Have you seen this movie? What are your thoughts? What's your favorite movie featuring zombies? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews.

Best Quote:
Johnny: "They're coming to get you, Barbra."
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Diagnosis Man-baby

I understand why you don't trust easily. She broke you, she left you, she crumbled your fragile heart and now you keep it hidden from the world. After 18 months of being friends I'm starting to wonder if you'll ever open up completely at all? Are you that damaged that you can't let anyone in? If so, I'm not your girl. So go now, before my heart gets more attached.

Occasionally you show your empathy, your deep emotion. Your compassion for others and ability to drop what you're doing to help shines bright. But it's all on the surface. If there is a question too personal, you back down. You shut down and run away. Conflict isn't your friend, and compromises aren't easily obtainable.

I'm many things, but a therapist isn't on the list of things I am... especially when I don't see a happy end game. So here's to you working your shit out on your own, because from now on my counseling and advising services are closed. Please tell your new life advisor about your issues up front, so they don't get overly invested like I did. You disguise that shit well, but when it comes out it's like a festering wound.

Your diagnosis for the time being is Man-baby with bruised ego and inability to express true feelings. I don't mind meaningless sex, but I do mind it with my best friend. So I'm out. (That includes the sex, too).

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Diagnosis Man-baby
I understand why you don't trust easily. She broke you, she left you, she crumbled your fragile heart and now you keep it hidden from the world. After 18 months of being friends I'm starting to wonder if you'll ever open up completely at all? Are you that damaged that you can't let anyone in? If so, I'm not your girl. So go now, before my heart gets more attached.

Occasionally you show your empathy, your deep emotion. Your compassion for others and ability to drop what you're doing to help shines bright. But it's all on the surface. If there is a question too personal, you back down. You shut down and run away. Conflict isn't your friend, and compromises aren't easily obtainable.

I'm many things, but a therapist isn't on the list of things I am... especially when I don't see a happy end game. So here's to you working your shit out on your own, because from now on my counseling and advising services are closed. Please tell your new life advisor about your issues up front, so they don't get overly invested like I did. You disguise that shit well, but when it comes out it's like a festering wound.

Your diagnosis for the time being is Man-baby with bruised ego and inability to express true feelings. I don't mind meaningless sex, but I do mind it with my best friend. So I'm out. (That includes the sex, too).
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Imagination

It is not as beautiful as it used to be, holding hands, gazing into your eyes for the fun of it, we are friends who have found a deeper interpretation of friendship outside love and lust.

The unusual play mate I always wanted and the willingness to be available at odd times is all that matters, I was just a lonelier who really did not have anything to offer but then you ran into my life and stole the loneliness and made us a companion without love and fear of attachments.

There is no missing rib as good as the one you broke for me to share. Oh! How beautiful your smile is, and when you walked in you change everything I knew in the time past, you are a friend who is an outright definition of love.

You are special and this is one I ain't giving up on.

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Imagination
It is not as beautiful as it used to be, holding hands, gazing into your eyes for the fun of it, we are friends who have found a deeper interpretation of friendship outside love and lust.
The unusual play mate I always wanted and the willingness to be available at odd times is all that matters, I was just a lonelier who really did not have anything to offer but then you ran into my life and stole the loneliness and made us a companion without love and fear of attachments.
There is no missing rib as good as the one you broke for me to share. Oh! How beautiful your smile is, and when you walked in you change everything I knew in the time past, you are a friend who is an outright definition of love.

You are special and this is one I ain't giving up on.

@rubenkells
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Harry Situation Reviews: War for the Planet of the Apes

You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you all to hell... 

...Is what I would say if this movie sucked, but luckily it didn't!

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final installment in the reboot/prequel Planet of the Ape film series, and hands down one of the best conclusions to a trilogy. Apes and humans are at war now. Caesar (played and motion-captured by the legendary Andy Serkis) must battle for his species against a tyrannical leader (played by Woody Harrelson). Who will come up on top? Humans or apes? Who will become the dominant species.

I'm a huge fan of Planet of the Apes. It's one of my favorite film series to date. Sure some are corny but they're enjoyable, except the shitty Tim Burton remake. But lately this new series has been raking in the dough with a film series that is down to earth and action packed. 

First of all the motion capture for these films always seems to get better after each movie, and this one is no exception. The apes look alive. I didn't see actors or computer generated images. I saw real apes.

But that helps when you have talented actors behind the apes. Andy Serkis, man. He's the freaking king of motion capture performances. Give that man an Oscar already. Not only that he helps portray Caesar, in this film, as a flawed hero. Ultimately he's out on a quest for revenge, and that revenge and hate consumes him to a point that he is blinded by it. In fact he starts becoming more like Koba, the main evil ape, from the last film.

Woody Harrelson was also freaking amazing as the main antagonist of this film. Out of all the human characters in each film there weren't too many that were considered interesting. That is until Woody Harrelson. You kinda get where he's coming from, but at the same time you see him as the Darwinist madman that he is. 

I loved the throwbacks to the original films too. They made it feel that the film came full circle. I love it when a movie does that. I won't spoil one of the biggest throwbacks because it actually ties into the original films, and I thought that was very clever how that was set up.

To label this as an action film would be misleading. There are only a couple of small action sequences in this movie, but overall this movie is drama centered. The drama is played pretty well. When Caesar finds the human camp and finds a bunch of apes as prisoners, it sorta resembles something from the Holocaust. It turns to be a very dark film.

Overall pretty awesome movie! The only complaints that I felt I had was that it felt a little short to me. I don't know, I wouldn't mind if the film was a little longer but the run time didn't hurt the movie in any way. 

Prosers, this is one helluva conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. The directing, done by Matt Reeves, is great. The writing, acting, visuals are all great. If you're a fan of Planet of the Apes, or just want to check it out, definitely check it out!

APES! TOGETHER! STRONG!

                                  Positives:                          Negatives:

                                -Andy Serkis                     -Felt a little short

                                -Outstanding effects          

                                -Directing

                                -Drama driven

                                -Throwbacks

                                -Powerful conclusion

Final Grade: A

What made watching this film even better was that I got to see it with my dad. My dad and I have pretty much made it a tradition seeing each Planet of the Apes movie since Rise back in 2011.

So there's my review of War for the Planet of the Apes. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more Harry Situation Reviews!

Best Quote:

The Colonel: "All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose... it will be a Planet of Apes."

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Harry Situation Reviews: War for the Planet of the Apes
You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you all to hell... 

...Is what I would say if this movie sucked, but luckily it didn't!

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final installment in the reboot/prequel Planet of the Ape film series, and hands down one of the best conclusions to a trilogy. Apes and humans are at war now. Caesar (played and motion-captured by the legendary Andy Serkis) must battle for his species against a tyrannical leader (played by Woody Harrelson). Who will come up on top? Humans or apes? Who will become the dominant species.

I'm a huge fan of Planet of the Apes. It's one of my favorite film series to date. Sure some are corny but they're enjoyable, except the shitty Tim Burton remake. But lately this new series has been raking in the dough with a film series that is down to earth and action packed. 

First of all the motion capture for these films always seems to get better after each movie, and this one is no exception. The apes look alive. I didn't see actors or computer generated images. I saw real apes.

But that helps when you have talented actors behind the apes. Andy Serkis, man. He's the freaking king of motion capture performances. Give that man an Oscar already. Not only that he helps portray Caesar, in this film, as a flawed hero. Ultimately he's out on a quest for revenge, and that revenge and hate consumes him to a point that he is blinded by it. In fact he starts becoming more like Koba, the main evil ape, from the last film.

Woody Harrelson was also freaking amazing as the main antagonist of this film. Out of all the human characters in each film there weren't too many that were considered interesting. That is until Woody Harrelson. You kinda get where he's coming from, but at the same time you see him as the Darwinist madman that he is. 

I loved the throwbacks to the original films too. They made it feel that the film came full circle. I love it when a movie does that. I won't spoil one of the biggest throwbacks because it actually ties into the original films, and I thought that was very clever how that was set up.

To label this as an action film would be misleading. There are only a couple of small action sequences in this movie, but overall this movie is drama centered. The drama is played pretty well. When Caesar finds the human camp and finds a bunch of apes as prisoners, it sorta resembles something from the Holocaust. It turns to be a very dark film.

Overall pretty awesome movie! The only complaints that I felt I had was that it felt a little short to me. I don't know, I wouldn't mind if the film was a little longer but the run time didn't hurt the movie in any way. 

Prosers, this is one helluva conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. The directing, done by Matt Reeves, is great. The writing, acting, visuals are all great. If you're a fan of Planet of the Apes, or just want to check it out, definitely check it out!

APES! TOGETHER! STRONG!

                                  Positives:                          Negatives:
                                -Andy Serkis                     -Felt a little short
                                -Outstanding effects          
                                -Directing
                                -Drama driven
                                -Throwbacks
                                -Powerful conclusion

Final Grade: A

What made watching this film even better was that I got to see it with my dad. My dad and I have pretty much made it a tradition seeing each Planet of the Apes movie since Rise back in 2011.

So there's my review of War for the Planet of the Apes. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more Harry Situation Reviews!

Best Quote:
The Colonel: "All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose... it will be a Planet of Apes."
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My DAY!

Today has been a crazy day. So in case you don't want to read through all the details, here is a short sentence telling you what made my day crazy: a person I met online showed up at my door today. He lives 200+ from me. 

Here are the details below:

I didn't sleep last night. Well, not for most it at least. I woke up at around 7 and at 8 my mom went out to get Starbucks. I went over to pet my dog who was sitting by the window. I looked out and saw three Latino boys who looked my age holding skateboards across the street. They could obviously see me looking at them and were looking back at me. I didn't recognize any of them because they were too far away for me to identify them. I just assumed they were going to skate down the block because people tend to do that (which is really annoying and loud.)  Then the tallest one in the group crossed the street and started walking up our stairs. I was freaking out cause I thought they were mad at me for looking at them. The guy then proceeded to knock the door once and stood there. I didn't answer the door because I had no clue who he was. Then my mom came back a few minutes later and started to talk to him to figure out why he was up by our door. It was only then that I recognized him as this guy I had met on this app called Anomo and had texted for a couple months. But then I got annoyed with him and blocked him on everything (which I now realize was super immature and would never do now.) Anyways, my mom had figured out that I had met him online (which she was understandably upset about because I had lied to her telling her I wasn't doing that anymore) and that he was here for a concert and had found my address through iMessage. I was really shocked so I had her tell him that I had just woken up and to text me. My family ended up deciding that I should talk to him since he had come more than 200 miles and would probably be satisfied by meeting once. So I went down to the Starbucks a couple blocks away and talked to him for an hour. It was super awkward and all I could do was space out and fidget with my cup. He walked me home but then texted me five minutes later that he forgot that he wanted to take a picture so I did that then walked back home by myself even though he offered multiple times to walk me back. My mom's overall impression of him was that he was a little dorky but a gentleman. I agree but I still don't like that he came to my house without my permission. It really freaked me out. I'm happy he lives so far away, but he knows where I live now :(

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My DAY!
Today has been a crazy day. So in case you don't want to read through all the details, here is a short sentence telling you what made my day crazy: a person I met online showed up at my door today. He lives 200+ from me. 

Here are the details below:
I didn't sleep last night. Well, not for most it at least. I woke up at around 7 and at 8 my mom went out to get Starbucks. I went over to pet my dog who was sitting by the window. I looked out and saw three Latino boys who looked my age holding skateboards across the street. They could obviously see me looking at them and were looking back at me. I didn't recognize any of them because they were too far away for me to identify them. I just assumed they were going to skate down the block because people tend to do that (which is really annoying and loud.)  Then the tallest one in the group crossed the street and started walking up our stairs. I was freaking out cause I thought they were mad at me for looking at them. The guy then proceeded to knock the door once and stood there. I didn't answer the door because I had no clue who he was. Then my mom came back a few minutes later and started to talk to him to figure out why he was up by our door. It was only then that I recognized him as this guy I had met on this app called Anomo and had texted for a couple months. But then I got annoyed with him and blocked him on everything (which I now realize was super immature and would never do now.) Anyways, my mom had figured out that I had met him online (which she was understandably upset about because I had lied to her telling her I wasn't doing that anymore) and that he was here for a concert and had found my address through iMessage. I was really shocked so I had her tell him that I had just woken up and to text me. My family ended up deciding that I should talk to him since he had come more than 200 miles and would probably be satisfied by meeting once. So I went down to the Starbucks a couple blocks away and talked to him for an hour. It was super awkward and all I could do was space out and fidget with my cup. He walked me home but then texted me five minutes later that he forgot that he wanted to take a picture so I did that then walked back home by myself even though he offered multiple times to walk me back. My mom's overall impression of him was that he was a little dorky but a gentleman. I agree but I still don't like that he came to my house without my permission. It really freaked me out. I'm happy he lives so far away, but he knows where I live now :(
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Motion of Time

What am I if not the sum of my parts?

What are my parts if not moments with you?

Memories replayed to the point that the reality died, many, many years ago.

Loss is a mentor in the cruel motion of time.

Time is an egoless pit scratching the life from your heart.

Joy is the echo of a sunlit day warming the cave left gashed in my mind.

Minds are a thing best left to die.

Try not to delve into their workings.

Try not to work with their company, alone.

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Motion of Time
What am I if not the sum of my parts?
What are my parts if not moments with you?
Memories replayed to the point that the reality died, many, many years ago.
Loss is a mentor in the cruel motion of time.
Time is an egoless pit scratching the life from your heart.
Joy is the echo of a sunlit day warming the cave left gashed in my mind.
Minds are a thing best left to die.
Try not to delve into their workings.
Try not to work with their company, alone.
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Harry Situation Reviews: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever Marvel can...

Spider-Man returns as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland reprises as everyone's favorite web-head as he tackles his high school life with his superhero life. I know it sounds repetitive but it works better in this film than it did in the other films. More on that later. So on top of balancing his life, he's gotta prove to Tony Stark/Iron Man (played again by Robert Downey Jr.) that he's got what it takes to be a hero while also battling a new criminal dubbed the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton).

I think it's safe to say that this was a fun and awesome Spider-Man movie, and definitely unlike any Spider-Man movie that came before. This is basically Spider-Man's first running as a superhero and he's still young and trying to get the hang of things, which is something that works in this film's favor. It's like an origin story, but a whole different kind of origin story.

You see Peter Parker's struggles in high school; and that's something I really want to highlight. The fact that Spider-Man is still a kid. He's only fifteen years old. This is what made the character so relatable after all these years. I think, to me, the biggest different between DC and Marvel comes down to their heroes. DC makes heroes you aspire to be while Marvel makes heroes you can relate to; and I think this film hit the nail on that.

All the actors do an amazing job in their portrayals. I think Tom Holland is probably the best Spider-Man to date. He nails everything about the character. He's smart, he's quippy, and he never gives up. Misty Lee was fun as Aunt May. RDJ is still awesome as Iron Man, no surprises there. There's a couple of side characters that were fun, but I think one played by a girl named... Zendaya? The hell? Is that her real name? Is that her only name? Whatever, she shows up and has some funny moments, but as time went on and she started randomly showing up more I started getting really bothered by her to a point that she became more annoying than funny.

You know how people tend to complain about Marvel never having memorable or interesting villains since Loki or Ultron. Well that can finally stop thanks to Michael Keaton's performance as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture. Vulture was an awesome villain. Funny how this was once the guy who played Batman two decades ago. I guess Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight was right. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. 

I like how down to earth Vulture actually is. He's not somebody who's out to get revenge or a superpowered being. No, he's just a guy who got screwed over in life and now he's just doing what needs to be done to provide for his family. That's what makes Spidey's villains stand out, you can sympathize for them. Also his overall look is pretty badass.

I should also mention that this is the funniest Spider-Man movie to date. So many funny jokes and so many good quips. I thought I was going to die laughing. The writing was great. Actually there was even one great twist in the movie that I did not see coming and it made me scream, "OH SHIT!" right in the middle of the movie and the audience was laughing pretty hard at that. 

The action is pretty cool. You feel the intensity of what Spider-Man is going through when he's trying to save people and fight the bad guy. However I will say that one down side is that some of the action, specifically the one in the climax, didn't quite feel as epic as compared to the last several films. That's kinda a bummer.

Also I couldn't help but be a Spider-Man purist while watching the movie. There's a guy named Flash Thompson in the movie, and anyone who knows who that character is he's Parker's bully from high school. To make my point in this film he's some prep student that's also smart and has a huge rivalry with Peter. I'm was like, is that suppose to be Flash? No that can't be. Flash is a jock, not a joke.

And there's this high school girl named Betty Brant. Like Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant? WTF? And I have to ask: where's Mary Jane? Where's Harry Osborn? Where's Norman Osborn? Where's OsCorp? Where's Uncle Ben? Oh wait he's dead. Never mind. 

Come on, I know Sony has a bunch of sticks up their asses but they gotta let loose some characters that we know and love.

Overall, this was a fun movie and a great addition to the MCU. This film was definitely made for you Marvel fans. I highly recommend checking this one out.

                               Positives:                           Negatives:

                              -They got Spider-Man       -Climax not as epic

                              -All cast members              -Me being a Spider-Man purist

                              -Hilarious dialogue

                              -Great villain

                              -Cool action scenes

                              -All out fun

Final Grade: B+

I wasn't looking for a perfect movie. I just wanted it to be fun, and I got exactly that. So there's my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thank you all for joining me on my Spider-Man countdown reviews. 

Have you seen this movie? What were your thoughts? Any ideas what Marvel could do for a sequel? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews here on Prose!

Best Quote:

Peter Parker/Spider-Man: "I just wanted to be like you."

Tony Stark/Iron Man: "And I wanted you to be better."

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Harry Situation Reviews: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever Marvel can...

Spider-Man returns as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland reprises as everyone's favorite web-head as he tackles his high school life with his superhero life. I know it sounds repetitive but it works better in this film than it did in the other films. More on that later. So on top of balancing his life, he's gotta prove to Tony Stark/Iron Man (played again by Robert Downey Jr.) that he's got what it takes to be a hero while also battling a new criminal dubbed the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton).

I think it's safe to say that this was a fun and awesome Spider-Man movie, and definitely unlike any Spider-Man movie that came before. This is basically Spider-Man's first running as a superhero and he's still young and trying to get the hang of things, which is something that works in this film's favor. It's like an origin story, but a whole different kind of origin story.

You see Peter Parker's struggles in high school; and that's something I really want to highlight. The fact that Spider-Man is still a kid. He's only fifteen years old. This is what made the character so relatable after all these years. I think, to me, the biggest different between DC and Marvel comes down to their heroes. DC makes heroes you aspire to be while Marvel makes heroes you can relate to; and I think this film hit the nail on that.

All the actors do an amazing job in their portrayals. I think Tom Holland is probably the best Spider-Man to date. He nails everything about the character. He's smart, he's quippy, and he never gives up. Misty Lee was fun as Aunt May. RDJ is still awesome as Iron Man, no surprises there. There's a couple of side characters that were fun, but I think one played by a girl named... Zendaya? The hell? Is that her real name? Is that her only name? Whatever, she shows up and has some funny moments, but as time went on and she started randomly showing up more I started getting really bothered by her to a point that she became more annoying than funny.

You know how people tend to complain about Marvel never having memorable or interesting villains since Loki or Ultron. Well that can finally stop thanks to Michael Keaton's performance as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture. Vulture was an awesome villain. Funny how this was once the guy who played Batman two decades ago. I guess Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight was right. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. 

I like how down to earth Vulture actually is. He's not somebody who's out to get revenge or a superpowered being. No, he's just a guy who got screwed over in life and now he's just doing what needs to be done to provide for his family. That's what makes Spidey's villains stand out, you can sympathize for them. Also his overall look is pretty badass.

I should also mention that this is the funniest Spider-Man movie to date. So many funny jokes and so many good quips. I thought I was going to die laughing. The writing was great. Actually there was even one great twist in the movie that I did not see coming and it made me scream, "OH SHIT!" right in the middle of the movie and the audience was laughing pretty hard at that. 

The action is pretty cool. You feel the intensity of what Spider-Man is going through when he's trying to save people and fight the bad guy. However I will say that one down side is that some of the action, specifically the one in the climax, didn't quite feel as epic as compared to the last several films. That's kinda a bummer.

Also I couldn't help but be a Spider-Man purist while watching the movie. There's a guy named Flash Thompson in the movie, and anyone who knows who that character is he's Parker's bully from high school. To make my point in this film he's some prep student that's also smart and has a huge rivalry with Peter. I'm was like, is that suppose to be Flash? No that can't be. Flash is a jock, not a joke.

And there's this high school girl named Betty Brant. Like Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant? WTF? And I have to ask: where's Mary Jane? Where's Harry Osborn? Where's Norman Osborn? Where's OsCorp? Where's Uncle Ben? Oh wait he's dead. Never mind. 

Come on, I know Sony has a bunch of sticks up their asses but they gotta let loose some characters that we know and love.

Overall, this was a fun movie and a great addition to the MCU. This film was definitely made for you Marvel fans. I highly recommend checking this one out.

                               Positives:                           Negatives:
                              -They got Spider-Man       -Climax not as epic
                              -All cast members              -Me being a Spider-Man purist
                              -Hilarious dialogue
                              -Great villain
                              -Cool action scenes
                              -All out fun

Final Grade: B+

I wasn't looking for a perfect movie. I just wanted it to be fun, and I got exactly that. So there's my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thank you all for joining me on my Spider-Man countdown reviews. 

Have you seen this movie? What were your thoughts? Any ideas what Marvel could do for a sequel? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check back for more reviews here on Prose!

Best Quote:
Peter Parker/Spider-Man: "I just wanted to be like you."
Tony Stark/Iron Man: "And I wanted you to be better."
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A Note To The Reader (Or More Accurately a Disclaimer)

I recently read an article that stated that Stephen King wrote 2,000 words a day, and it got me thinking of myself. I know that at times I can become complacent in my writing, or go through writer's block when it comes to my more important projects which causes me to go days without writing. I realized by not writing daily, I was depriving myself of precious time practicing my craft. So I decided to start a project that I could see myself working on even on those days when I'm feeling uninspired. This is that project, less cohesive story with a cut-and-paste plot than meandering epic that travels wherever my mind takes it. I plan on making this a very experimental work, like a sandbox where I could throw any literary plaything in hopes that some stick. For this reason and others, I expect for most to bear some quarrel with what this project could become, but I will be much less bothered by that than harsh criticism on my other works because it's a stress-free project that I'm writing for practice more than anything else. That being said, as always, I'm extremely open to criticism of any kind or any length from anyone. I'm sure along the way the question of why I'm publishing this on Prose might come up and to that question, I answer thusly, "Because I can!" I hope that I, or any reader, is able to see my steady progression as a writer and maybe even able to derive some pleasure from reading what I have to write. 

If anyone makes it this far, happy reading!

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A Note To The Reader (Or More Accurately a Disclaimer)
I recently read an article that stated that Stephen King wrote 2,000 words a day, and it got me thinking of myself. I know that at times I can become complacent in my writing, or go through writer's block when it comes to my more important projects which causes me to go days without writing. I realized by not writing daily, I was depriving myself of precious time practicing my craft. So I decided to start a project that I could see myself working on even on those days when I'm feeling uninspired. This is that project, less cohesive story with a cut-and-paste plot than meandering epic that travels wherever my mind takes it. I plan on making this a very experimental work, like a sandbox where I could throw any literary plaything in hopes that some stick. For this reason and others, I expect for most to bear some quarrel with what this project could become, but I will be much less bothered by that than harsh criticism on my other works because it's a stress-free project that I'm writing for practice more than anything else. That being said, as always, I'm extremely open to criticism of any kind or any length from anyone. I'm sure along the way the question of why I'm publishing this on Prose might come up and to that question, I answer thusly, "Because I can!" I hope that I, or any reader, is able to see my steady progression as a writer and maybe even able to derive some pleasure from reading what I have to write. 

If anyone makes it this far, happy reading!
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