Infinity War is Excellent

It is also a true return to form for Marvel movies, which have, for the last couple years or so, been little more than drivel.

Take the last four. Guardians Vol. 2. Spooderman. Thor: the 80s. Generic, derivative schlock. I think Black Panther might be the best out of the bunch, and that’s only due to it taking itself a bit more seriously. Still, it remains your average, forgettable action film.

I honestly didn’t think I’d end up praising Infinity War. This movie is not only dark as fuck, but it also deals out a whole lot of death! Yes! Yes!! YES!!! How many times can stakes get higher with everyone returning home safely, before it all becomes a pandering mockery? “Up until this point,” it turns out. Sure, they may end up reversing a lot of this, but for now I’ll just enjoy it while it lasts.

Other than the quantity of sweet death, I won’t spoil anything else. Everyone gets something to do, and it’s honestly impressive to see it all come together.

I enjoyed the mainstays most. Iron man, Cap, Thor, they dragged us into this universe, and they carry most of this film. I despised Spidey and nearly the whole Guardians crew (with the exception of Gamora and Nebula), with Star-Lord being nearly unbearable. Dr. Strange is an example of a newcomer doing a great job, while Hulk/Banner is an example of an oldtimer doing an especially cringy job. The rest were mostly adequate, but as said before, everyone got a slice of the cake.

Oh yeah, we’ve got an actual interesting villain for a change. I never liked Thanos in the comic books, but here he somehow manages to be both threatening and interesting. Great job.

See it. The more successful this film is, the more actual good films Marvel/Disney is going to make. Vote with your wallet and discourage infantile, derivative crap.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

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Unimportant Stuff

It’s that time again. The part of the month where you come here seeking information on my next release, and I waste your time by listing media that interests me. Goodie.

Because I am writing, I’ve gone back to playing smaller, shorter stuff. Binding of Isaac, in this case. It’s disgusting and disturbing so yes, I love it. This is something I never got to play as much as I wanted. Let’s fix that.

The new God of War looks incredible. Too bad I don’t have a PS4. Maybe I should spend another piece of my next book’s budget and buy one. Then I could enjoy not having the time to play it.

There’s this show called Bojack Horseman. It is an existential nightmare and I think everyone should see it. It’s on Netflix. Enjoy.

Speaking of existential nightmares, I do love myself some Lyf hax.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Fun, And Not As Much Fun

My thoughts on the new Tomb Raider film can best be described by this guy, who currently more or less acts as a gateway into my mind.

To combat this assault of by-the-numbers boredom, I have taken to playing something wacky. In this case, that something is the BlazBlue series. I’ve only played the first one back when it came out, and will now proceed to play through the rest of the series. An interesting, eccentric story with unusual characters. Shields the mind from the onslaught of Hollywood stagnation.

As far as writing goes, I’m still far too slow. Too much going on in real life makes it difficult to get a good writing streak. Nothing to do about that. I write when I can and try to stay somewhat sane and functional.

That’s about it. Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Reporting In

Still alive. I’ve been everywhere, done everything.

I hung out, traveled to see one of my favorite bands ever, Rhapsody, on their farewell tour. This was likely my last shot at seeing them, and I don’t regret blowing a piece of my budget on the event. Easily the best concert of my life.

A band I’ve never seen or heard before opened for them. It is called Beast in Black, and it is actually really, really good. I need to hear more of them.

Other than that, I’ve played and beaten Pyre. Supergiant Games keeps shooting up. Great narrative, great characters, great music. Easily recommended to everyone.

I’ve barely written anything in the last week. I must fix this. Life and experiences are nothing when compared to the big picture. Fame or death. All in. Balls deep. No mercy. Etc. Etc.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Moving Along

I’ve been traveling, socializing, consuming media, and everything else. This has overall been a strong week.

I’ve divorced Warframe. At least for now. I don’t see any more point to it.

I’m still writing, and at a decent speed too. Especially considering how much other stuff I’m doing. I must make this my best book so far. Then I must do the same with the next one. And the next one. Repeat until death.

I’ve finished The Last Wish, or the first Witcher book. It’s actually really good. The quality shines even through the horrid translation. Maybe I should learn Polish. That seems like the best possible use of my time right now.

I’ve also jumped on the Gibson bandwagon and read Neuromancer. It’s… okay. Not a fan of his prose and the cheap sex, but the ideas are top notch. Not sure if I’m going to finish this trilogy. Still, Molly is love, Molly is life.

That’s it for now. Time to get to work.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Improvement

It’s still too early to say why, but I’ve re-read Risen in detail and am doing the same with Ascent. I’ve ironed out the odd little kinks, but what jumped at me the most is how much I’ve improved over the course of the series. I’m so much tighter, leaner, and more subtle it’s almost embarrassing to see how clunky I used to be in comparison.

It’s a bit tempting to edit Risen and polish it out, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that. That book was what it was back when I wrote it. Let my improvement as a writer be evident to the reader as they progress through my work.

What was, was. It made me who I am today.

Speaking of that, yes, I am working on my next book. I’m very much pleased with what I’m making, but what I’m not pleased with is my speed. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do on the side, which clashes with my decision to give the finger to the world.

Doesn’t the world see that I’m trying to work here?