Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” a spellbindingly good time

first_imgReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) TAGSphotosvideo + posts Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) Chris Garcia Chris Garcia Chris Garcia print“Doctor Strange” Review from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.The newest entry in the already extensive Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange” serves as a strong origin story and a gateway for what’s to come while standing out amongst the multitude of Marvel films already released.The film follows Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) on his journey to learn the mystic arts from the secretive Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and thwart the plans of the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).The plot serves as a straightforward origin story. While a bit rushed, the film manages to effectively follow Strange’s journey and helps to build the beginning of his character arc rather than try to complete it in a short amount of time. “Strange” also has some well-done segments that help to subvert the “punch the way to victory” type of plot that Marvel has gotten used to.This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” ( Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)The biggest problem with the plot is that there’s a lot to go through. It becomes apparent that while being an origin story, Strange is also setting up for future movies in Marvel’s “Phase 3”. This gives the audience little time to actually connect with the characters in the film and keeps the film from being as strong as it could have been.That said, “Strange” is one of the better solo films from Marvel, introducing new characters and another dimension to the already extensive cinematic universe. The action in “Strange” is also on par with the movies released so far. It is fun and visually interesting while having its own unique flair. This all makes “Strange” another strong entry in the Marvel franchise, even it if does feel a bit safe at times. The cast is strong, but Cumberbatch leads with a standout performance as Dr. Strange. He brings snark and a bit of playfulness to the Sorcerer Supreme. Chiwetel Ejiofor also gives a memorable performance as Strange’s mentor Baron Mordo.This leads to the biggest problem with “Strange”, however, which is relatively average characters. While the cast does a great job with what they have, almost everyone aside from Dr. Strange and Mordo feel somewhat underdeveloped. This is especially the case with Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius, whose backstory is stated outright in two sentences and ignored completely afterward, becoming yet another disappointing Marvel villain. While the biggest weakness in “Strange” is its characters, the film’s biggest strength lies in its incredible visuals. The film fully embraces the magic its characters use, using multiple dimensions, detailed magical symbols and “Inception”-esque world folding to create what is by far the most visually interesting Marvel movie to date. Even without the magic, the film looks great thanks to a combination of impressive cinematography and mind-bending shots.  Verdict:A fun and visually stunning journey into a new portion of the Marvel Universe, “Doctor Strange” is a magical experience that must be seen to be believed. 8/10center_img ReddIt Previous articleStudent admissions process changesNext articleTCU male student protests in front of Frog Fountain Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Chris Garcia This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” ( Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP) Twitter Twitter Facebook Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Chris Garcia read more

Teacher Grants Will Bring Creative Materials to PUSD Classrooms

first_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment DNA kits, sheet music, cookbooks and California native plants for an outdoor classroom are a few of the supplies that will be funded with Pasadena Educational Foundation Teacher Grants which were awarded Wednesday night  at a reception at the Western Justice grants were awarded to 57 outstanding proposals, representing 86 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) educators. Pasadena Educational Foundation has supplied $125 million toward teacher grants in their 43-year existence that has helped thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.A brand new award this year was presented in honor of Jarratt Brunson, one of the founders of the Pasadena Educational Foundation who was responsible for initiating the PEF Teacher Grant Program.“Jarratt lived it his entire life. He died almost a year ago, but throughout his life he was a PUSD teacher and principal. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met, he was generous with his time, he was a sweet man with crazy jokes He was always devoted to the students, and had a love for Jefferson and reading.”Kindergarten teacher Kaiulani Sallas of Jefferson Elementary received the first ever Jarratt Brunson Award for her 21st Century Leaners project that will teach her kindergartners how to use critical thinking skills with research books that meet their level. Sallas went to Jefferson and was inspired by Brunson when he was her principal.“Jarrett was my very first principal when I was five. He greeted each and every student by name every morning. His joy made an impact on me and has carried me throughout my education and still today in my classroom and I promise it will from now on with the kindergartners I teach everyday at Jefferson,” Sallas said.Her kindergartners are currently working on a butterfly project, so the grant money will be put toward research books about butterflies.Superintendent Jon Gundry gave “Kudos” to Pasadena Educational Foundation for keeping the working relationship with PUSD for 43 years. The teachers returned his kudos with applause after Gundry announced his efforts to build in better teacher collaboration time during the workday.“I’m really proud of the teachers embracing this effort. You’re the ones who see the kids everyday eye to eye. You’re in this because you want to do the best thing for kids,” Gundry said.Grant projects must be student centered, related to the curriculum, and must demonstrate how they will directly benefit students and enhance and improve student achievement. Many of the awarded grants focused in on common core elements, the newest state-wide curriculum that shapes students who think critically, communicate, collaborate, and create and innovate.A full list of the 2013-14 PEF Teacher Grants can be found online at Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff Herbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Education Teacher Grants Will Bring Creative Materials to PUSD Classrooms STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 3:49 pm Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more