Gone, But Not Forgotten: A Heartfelt Thank You To ‘Movie Pilot’

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This holiday weekend brought me a lot of joy, because it was the first Thanksgiving in quite some time where I had the privilege to spend time with my family. There’s a lot to be thankful for, but I want to write a special thank you to Movie Pilot and what they have accomplished over the years. What turned into a hobby of mine, became something so much more. Many writers have their own stories to tell. Here is mine…

My Journey To Movie Pilot

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I’ll never forget the time when I first came across this website. About four years ago, I was working at a gas station and I stumbled upon a site called Movie Pilot. I always admired the art of film making and noticed that this was a website that showed a passion for all things movie related. As I was reading through all of the articles, I realized a constant trend that I found rather odd; nearly every one of the articles was by a different writer.

I found most of the articles very interesting and thought provoking. As I constantly read through all of the pieces I came across, I noticed a common thread. I realized that this was a website that anyone could write just about anything related to movies. I had just started my own movie blog, and decided to give Movie Pilot a try. After posting a couple of articles on the site, I noticed people giving me their thoughts about a piece of work myself wrote. It was the greatest feeling in the world and I have continued to write for Movie Pilot to this day.

Opportunities Came And Doors Opened

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After writing for the site for roughly 1.5 years, an amazing opportunity came. Movie Pilot began a program where you could sign up to become a paid writer or what they refer to as a “Verified Creator.” I was fortunate enough and proud to have been one of the original Verified Creators. We could write as little or as much as we wanted. It was very relaxed and allowed me to think of topics to write or speculate on. The program also allowed us to have our own personal editor who would help us become better writers and to improve on the work that we have written.

Not only did the program help me invest in a new laptop in which I currently use to write my articles on, but I have since become a better writer. Movie Pilot has allowed me to take all of my writing from college to a whole new level. Its given me the opportunity to write about something I love and voice my opinion to the world.

What I Enjoyed Most About Movie Pilot

Movie Pilot is known for the great content that they have published, but its the writers that deserve all of the credit. The site has brought out the best in all of us and all creators and the editors should be very proud of themselves. Though Movie Pilot has a distinct look to their site, it has since stayed fresh with all of the diverse writing styles provided by the Creators.

Movie Pilot isn’t just a website of collective writers. It’s also a community of people who are passionate about film and who express their thoughts no matter what others think or say. While there’s always going to be competition no matter what site you write for, Movie Pilot has helped bring out the best in all of us and taught us to work as a tightly-knit community. That’s the beauty of it. I’ve never once had an issue with another Creator because we are all that close. Thousands of fans from around the world have helped bring this community together and what a journey it has been for all of us.

My Visit To One of Movie Pilot’s Headquarters 

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A few months ago I took a much needed vacation to Los Angeles, California. Thanks to one of my wonderful editors Alisha Grauso, I had the opportunity to visit the Movie Pilot office. I was given the grand tour and met many of the amazing people who helped establish this site from the very beginning. It was a moment that certainly had me feeling a great deal of appreciation and gratitude to those who have brought Movie Pilot to life.

What’s Next?

As of right now, I’m not sure what the future holds. I do know one thing; I will not stop writing. Movie Pilot has gotten me this far, so there’s no reason for me to quit now. I wanted to take this time to express my appreciation for everything Movie Pilot has done for me. Last year I was given the amazing opportunity to attend a VIP treatment to Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and I had a blast. I was also given many opportunities to attend a couple of press screenings for certain films.

As the site comes to a close I wanted to give special thanks to a few people who have inspired and helped me on this incredible journey. I want to thank Andrew Marco and Dana Abeln for giving me all those cool gifts and t-shirts along with the press screenings you helped set up. I also want to thanks my original editor Eileen Holmes who helped bring out the best in my writing. I spent countless amount of hours rewriting and reshaping all of my work. But in the end it was all worth it and it has certainly helped me become a more improved writer.

I’d also like to thank a few others who I’ve gotten to know better over years; Marty Beckerman and Alisha Grauso. Thank you both for putting up with my very long and detailed oriented articles. Thank you for helping me shape my articles to what they should be. I have certainly learned from you both that less is more even when I sometimes get carried away in my piece. This is another attribute that I will continue to work on as I still feel that the best days are ahead of me.

I also want to thank all of the other Creators for the site who I’ve spoken to. You all have done an amazing job with your work and you should all be proud of yourselves. I’d like to wish you all the best of luck as all your writing careers are just getting started.



What DC Villains Should Lex Luthor Recruit For His ‘Legion of Doom?’

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Justice League spoilers ahead!

Whether you enjoyed Justice League or not, you have to admit that those end credit scenes were stellar. I never thought I’d see the day when Superman would face off against the Flash in a sequence taken straight out of the comics. The second post credit scene however was much different and could help turn the tide of the DC cinematic universe.  Continue reading

Scenes From The ‘Justice League’ Trailers That Were Not In The Movie

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Though Justice League made only $96 million on opening weekend, fans and critics seem to praise the team dynamic stating that the film is fun on its own merits. While the trailers looked fantastic for this movie, the marketing team faltered on giving us more on the story for those who aren’t as invested in the comic book lore.  Continue reading

5 Major Changes That Could Have Greatly Improved ‘Justice League’

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This piece contains spoilers for Justice League. Please read at your own discretion. 

With a film that had Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Superman, there’s no doubt in my mind that Justice League should have made at least $100 million at the box office. DC’s four previous films have each made over $100 million domestically on opening weekend. Unfortunately for Justice League, the expensive reshoots, Affleck casting doubt on continuing on as Batman, and the the negative critic reviews may have hurt this film at the opening box office.  Continue reading

4 Pop Culture Callbacks In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ You May Have Missed

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Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok had many great moments sprinkled in that it’s very possible fans may have missed some of the nods in this film. While there are many hilarious comic book references, there are also plenty of scenes that give a shout out to past films in such subtle ways. Some of these are easy to miss the first time you see the film so if you do go see Thor: Ragnarok a second time in theaters, be sure to keep a close eye on the following scenes:

1. The Grandmaster Is A Fan Of Willy Wonka

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This was definitely one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie. Shortly after Thor is captured on the garbage planet of Sakaar, he’s immediately taken by Valkyrie to Jeff Goldblum’s character, the Grandmaster. Unlike most villains, the Grandmaster has a special way of introducing himself. This villain enjoys giving prisoners a general overview of his home planet of Sakaar while also giving some much needed information on himself.

The way the Grandmaster goes about it is quite unique and certainly follows in the footsteps of Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka . #Thor is taken through what appears to be some sort of time portal as he sits on a moving chair. It’s very similar to the boat ride that Willy Wonka takes his guests on while touring his Chocolate Factory. You can even hear the tune of “Pure Imagination” playing in the background as Thor slowly makes his entrance towards the #Grandmaster. It’s a wonderful moment and one that certainly stands out in the film.

2. Helms Deep From ‘Lord of the Rings’

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In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, many of its citizens are hiding inside of a mountain before the massive attack from the Orcs. The people protect themselves from danger by gathering as much food and weapons as possible so that they may survive.

In Thor: Ragnarok, a similar situation takes place as this action/fantasy/sci-fi movie borrows a few ideas from Lord of the Rings lore. Heimdall (Idris Elba) takes its citizens to a hidden location inside the heart of #Asgard. The people here are momentarily safe until one of the people confess its hidden location to #Hela and Skurge. Everyone is forced to evacuate after Hela and Skurge locate their hideout as they head towards the Bifrost bridge.

3. Shady Acres 

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The name ‘Shady Acres’ has been a trend in Hollywood ever since its first appearance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In that movie, the location was a special care facility or a mental hospital that cared for such patients. It was actually named after the director of that movie Tom Shadyac and has since become a running joke in other films. It’s also the name of a popular production company founded by the director and continues to this day.

In #ThorRagnarok we learn that #Loki placed Odin inside a retirement home named Shady Acres in the middle of Manhattan. The building has since been demolished as Thor and Loki come across Doctor Strange who eventually helps them locate their father.

4. ‘Flash Gordon’s’ Vortex Is Like The Devil’s Anus

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This callback is one that heavily inspired the entire film. Director Taika Waititi made it known that #FlashGordon’s visuals and storytelling was what helped him bring Thor: Ragnarok to life. If there’s one film we can thank, its this one.

While some of the visuals are taken from Flash Gordon, there’s one particular scene that stands out among the rest. Immediately after the Revengers hijack one of the Grandmasters personal ships, the crew must make a gettaway run through a wormhole. Nicknamed the “Devils Anus,” the crew quickly pass out as the intense speed and gravity sucks the energy out of our heroes. This leaves the team in a comatose state as they make their way back towards Asgard.

The scene is a good similarity to the one seen below from Flash Gordon as the travelers make their way through a Vortex. You can check that out by clicking the video below!

So those are all the pop culture references I noticed from Thor: Ragnaork. Which nod was your personal favorite? Were there any others I might have missed? Sound off in the comment section below and leave me your thoughts! 

Star Wars Fans Rejoice! A Live Action TV Show Is Coming From A Galaxy Far Far Away

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Massive Star Wars news has just dropped as it was recently announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will be developing a brand new Star Wars trilogy that will stray away from the Skywalker saga. But that’s not the only major Star Wars news to drop today.

Thanks to a report from Variety, #Disney CEO Bob Iger has also announced that their upcoming streaming service will not only include the #StarWars movies and cartoon shows but will also include a live-action television series!

A Star Wars Television Series Coming To a Home Near You

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You heard that right Star Wars fans, Disney is developing a live-action series that will only be available on their streaming service. While its not clear as to what the show will ultimately be about, we can at least all get excited for what’s to come. Thus far, Star Wars has had only cartoon series including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Lego Star Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, and their brand new series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

Iger also made it very clear that Disney plans to develop four to five original movies each year in addition to the other announced television series. Iger also spoke of the price fans can expect each month as Netflix will likely have more content at least for now:

“The service will be substantially below Netflix’s $10.99 a month because the service will have less content overall. The price will reflect that. Our goal is to attract as many subs as possible starting out.”

The Star Wars Universe Continues To Grow

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The live-action television series will certainly add to a multitude of Star Wars lore that will continue to grow for generations to come. It’s an element that is at least worth trying. Star Wars has already expanded its universe through the movies, novels, video games, and television shows. This upcoming live-action series should be an interesting take on the Star Wars universe.

While the Marvel shows do not need a massive budget, Star Wars however is a different animal consisting of large ships, lightsaber battles, as well as ground and space battles. The use of CGI and makeup will also be of utmost importance as fans will certainly not want to see half-assed job on a brand like Star Wars. We’ve already seen the rushed and cheap attempt on Marvel’s Inhumans. We definitely do not want this to happen to a Star Wars show.

The streaming service is set to launch sometime during late 2019.

What are all your thoughts on the upcoming Star Wars live-action television series? Are you excited for the announcement? Go ahead and leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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