Not Dead.

In a previous article, I said that I would announce if I was going on a hiatus before I did.

Hah, hah, hah…sorry bout that.

Big changes a big move are the reasons why I’ve been M.I.A. But, on the brighter side, the changes mean more content, a more consistent production schedule and maybe even…a new name for the site! (probably not).

So AreteWritings returns officially on Monday and is here to stay. Have a great weekend everybody!

The Best Fan Films (You can See for Free!)

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There a few things that I love above all others:

1. Free Things

2. Avatar the Last Airbender

3. Good Art

Now, while none of the following have combined all three satsifyingly (one day…), they’ve done a pretty good job of being free good art. So, open youtube in your browser and enjoy:

TOP FIVE FAN FILMS YOU CAN WATCH RIGHT NOW

5. THE OMEN CHRONICLES-HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE

Run Time: 13 minutes

Watch if: You like Harry Potter, Fantasy, Fun Special Effects

What It’s About: We bring the Harry Potter universe over to America with the reveal of a new magical item that the good guys want to hide and the bad guys want to use for mysterious purposes. Harry is directly involved in the plot, but his omission does not subtract from this fun film. What makes this worth the watch? Two reasons. One: American wizards and witches! Two: I think they did great things with their special effects on a presumably low budget. With an ominous tone, magical fights and a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more, this one’s good for fans or non-fans alike.

4. BATMAN PUPPET MASTER

Run Time: 15:18

Watch if: You like Batman, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Crime Shows

What It’s About: This Batman tale takes place in between the Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. Instead of having the focusĀ  mainly on Batman, we focus on a new enemy looking to make his mark in Gotham-and his plan to take down the Bat. Now, there are tons of Batman fan films out there. What makes this stand out are the costumes, 3 Batman villains (and unlike Batman and Robin, this works!) and its commitment to the Dark Knight universe. There a few fun twists in this film too, so if you like crime thrillers, this one’s for you.

3. TRUTH IN JOURNALISM

Run Time: 17:08

Watch If: You like Spiderman, Venom, Mockumentaries

What It’s About: This tale completely omits Spider-man to focus on Eddie Brock, a discredited news reporter. We follow him around as he tries to redeem himself to a French camera crew and regain his former reputation. There is a lot to love in this story. The actor who plays Eddie Brock is full of charisma and is exciting to watch. The film is shot entirely in black and white “film”, giving it a unique lens. And let’s say the last scene is something that would satisfy any Venom fan. Whether you’re on your toes waiting for the next Spiderman film to be announced or like original ideas and concepts, this film is a must-see.

2. CROFT

Run Time: 19:57

Watch if: You like Tomb Raider, Strong Female Leads, Action Scenes

What It’s About: A group is held hostage on an island by a group of mercenaries. All hope seems lost…until a lone woman decides to fight back. Right away, let me tell you that the action scenes are excellent. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the choreography. The acting is fantastic, the settings make you feel like you’re in the game and the pacing of the story is perfect. And beyond all that, there is a great twist that you have to watch to truly appreciate. Whether you like strong female leads or you’re a fan of Lara Croft, this is a must-see.

1. PUNISHER: DIRTY LAUNDRY

Run Time: 10:15

Watch if: You like Punisher, Daredevil, Or Really Good Films

What It’s About: The Punisher is doing his laundry.

Seriously. Oh, in typical punisher fashion, there happens to be a gang terrorizing some people nearby and the Punisher has to decide whether to intervene or let it be. This film almost lost out to Croft, but it had three major points in the corner:

1. It’s got the original actor who played Frank Castle: Thomas Jane, and a guest starring role from Ron freakin’ Perlman. (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy)

2. The tone is absolutely perfect. It almost feels as if you’re watching a deleted scene from the first move.

3. The length is perfect for a quick watch with friends. And out of any others on this list, it feels like a completed story.

Enjoy these free fan films! If you’ve seen any great ones lately, let me know! I’d love to add more to my free collection.

Messy Haired Girl

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Messy-haired Girl

I’d like to meet a messy-haired girl

Whose character is hidden beneath her curls

She can be a little unsure of herself

And look different from all the barbies on the world’s shelf

It’s a bonus if the messy-haired girl reads for fun

Then we’ll always dine on good conversation

She’d have a radiant mind shining strong and bright

It wouldn’t just be drenched in Twilight

If the messy haired girl also practices an art

Her life is definitely one I’d want to be a part

Tattoos, sports, piercings, don’t care if she has those things

Well, maybe I’d still have to get over mechanical tanning…

Anyway, if your hair so happens to be straight and dyed

But you still have a messy-haired girl inside,

I’d like to meet her right from the start

Because I’m really a messy haired boy at heart.