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27751781_1518335821617461_7981197048031549814_nJust recently, I had a very interesting conversation with a fellow blogger a few days ago about the notion of…why does it feel like all the movies dealing with people of color or women are in a bidden war?! Since the release of Black Panther in February, T’Challa and all of Wakanda have been ruling the box office — making over 1 billion dollars internationally and in under a month. It’s one of the fastest rated movies to hit a billion. Now, since its release so many more movies were set in place to be in theaters a few weeks later, for instance, A Wrinkle In Time, Annihilation (which I believe came out before Black panther), Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim Uprising (which is in theaters today) and also Ready Player one which comes out next weekend. The question is, why are so many people putting these movies up against each other when they’re all in different genres and categories?

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I’m not saying that this is a “black vs. white thing” so you can un-tighten your face and exhale. No, I’m saying…why are these movies seen as box office competitors rather than just movies. Each movie brings something different to the table. It all depends on who the audience is and what people are looking to go see. Many people only choose movies based off of word of mouth, ratings, advertisements, and if they’re genuinely interested in going to see it. There’s a small percentage of people who go to a movie that they may not like.

Let’s talk about these films and why I feel they may be worth checking out. FYI, I haven’t seen all of the movies I mentioned, but I just want to share my thoughts.

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Let’s Go, Solo!

 

Haven’t you always wanted to know about Han Solo’s history? Like where his ne’er-do-well, bad-boy persona originated? Or the true details of the Kessel Run? You know—that amazing feat of myth that’s as ubiquitous a story in the Star Wars Universe as the bad aim of a Stormtrooper? And what about how he became the owner of the Millennium Falcon—wouldn’t you love to see that card game?

Me too!

And now we can! It’ll be extremely interesting to see Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon in their prime. Lando Calrissian too, for that matter. To see the whole gang when they were young and [not] dumb will be fascinating to say the least. And there are some new faces among the crowd that will certainly make this a movie worth watching.

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Black Lightning and Grown-ish: The Evolution of Black Television

As we all know, February is Black History Month and it started off pretty well, if you ask me. But something else has come to my attention recently. Two amazing shows that I’m about to talk about, Black Lightning and Grown-ish. Both of these shows were kind of on everyone’s “If I have time I’ll watch it” list. Now, they have become “I want to tune in every week” shows. Black Lightning and Grown-ish have also earned an achievement most tv shows have not. They both have the highest viewer rate on a premiere date from the CW and Freeform. What makes these shows so special? And why are so many people tuning in weekly now? Each show has a diverse cast and they also hit on major issues in almost every episode, which I will explain in a few.

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The Thing About Phasma

The lights glint against her armor

And now no man or beast can harm her

She carries herself within her armor with purpose

And now no one will ever see beneath the surface

She aims with deadly precision

And now you’re out of commission

Warrior of the Scyre

With circumstances so dire

The only one willing to take a stand

I am yours to command

-D. Quinn

SPOILERALERT

This article reveals details about The Last Jedi and the book, Phasma . You have been warned.

I’m a huge fan of Phasma. I was a fan of her when I found out that she was being portrayed by the illustrious Brienne of Tarth, a.k.a. Gwendoline Christie. I was even more excited when I found out that Christie literally begged for that role. I had such high hopes for this character. And the epitome of my love for her was reached when I read the book “Phasma” by Delilah S. Dawson. The narrative is an in-depth telling of the history behind Captain Phasma—one of the most faceless faces in the Star Wars Universe. Yes, Phasma is her real name. It’s not a code name or a name given to her by the First Order. It is indeed the name she was given at the time of her birth.

If you’re like me, you had a million and two questions about this character—where is she from? How old is she? What does she do for fun? Most of these questions are answered in the book.

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A Review From A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Written by D. Quinn

SPOILERALERTSo, before we get started I simply want to say that I enjoyed Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That being said, I expected a lot more. I heard someone say that this movie was better than Empire Strikes Back. If you agree with that, then to you I say this: you need to reevaluate your life choices. There will be spoilers in this so if you have NOT watched The Last Jedi…then you should NOT read this review.

Prepare for a jump to hyperspace.

The Last Jedi picks up where The Force Awakens left off. Rey, in the noblest of gestures, handing over her newly-found lightsaber to its original and rightful owner, Luke Skywalker. If his grim visage from the end of TFA is any indication, his reaction isn’t going to be good. So, what does he do? He chucks it. While I expected something along these lines, I still found it amusing.

After Rey located Luke, we find him living off the land …in exile. Doesn’t this sound a bit familiar? Wait…Luke found Yoda…in exile…

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You Are Now Entering The Twilight Zone

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It’s about that time of year again, where the Syfy channel does it’s annual Twilight Zone New Years Eve Marathon. This is one time of the year that I truly look forward to. I have seen most of these episodes over a million times, but I always find myself catching an episode I don’t remember or I have never seen. Thanks to my uncle for getting me into Twilight Zone many years ago. Whenever it was on, I always saw the title of the show but never knew what it was until I saw him sitting down and watching it. I never knew how many people actually watched the marathon since growing up none of my friends were ever really into this show, except for the occasional people that you would never expect. Now for all those who don’t know about the Twilight Zone, it is a series that started back in the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s with the amazing narrator Rod Serling. Each episode brings you into a different mystery of a different dimension, with strange and interesting things. Each episode is different from the other, and several celebrities have guest starred in a few of these episodes.

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Murder on The Orient Express: Do you know who did it?

So this past weekend has been nothing but crazy, from Thanksgiving, to black Friday, to a number of different shows popping up left and right. I finally had time to go and watch a movie I’ve kind of been anticipating to see “Murder on the Orient Express” I went to the movie theater this past weekend with my mom and aunt, yes ladies and gentlemen, my mom and aunt, and also the noisy guy in the background. Don’t get me wrong it’s ok to make noise in the movies we all do, but come on dude not everything needs to be commented on every two seconds, but luckily I tuned him out and enjoyed myself. I’ve been wanting to check out this movie a few months back when I first saw the trailer, it looked so interesting especially with so many actors I really enjoy. But I got so busy and just put off the movie and kind of just waited to see people’s reaction or see if my mom wanted to go, since she just finished the book.

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“Avengers: Infinity War Trailer” Thanos Has Arrived

Wow! Just wow! (plays back the trailer before writing this) The long awaited “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer is finally!!! finally!!! finally!! — didn’t I already say finally? — but FINALLY here!!! I mean, I don’t know if there’s ever been such a big anticipation for a comic book movie trailer like this one. Have you seen the trailer!? It is amazing. Fans have been waiting for this trailer since almost May or June. Then we heard that people at San Diego Comic Con got a glimpse of this trailer. Fans around the world heard this news and waited for one of the most anticipated movie trailers to drop, but were soon disappointed to find out Marvel was not releasing the trailer until later in the year. That sparked up many angry tweets, and then an unexpected leak of the trailer from comic-con. This only made Marvel mad, but it goes to show that fans want what the fans want.  Word was going around the internet that the Infinity War trailer was coming out, but many people thought it was just a joke until it kept popping up. Then Tom Holland went live with viewers and showed the new Avengers movie poster, and also stated the trailer comes out the next day.

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Justice League: Critics Should be Thrown in the Speed Force

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The DC Extended Universe strikes back again with one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year “Justice League”, only to be struck down by critics. Everyone was anticipating the early screening reactions from many viewers. People re-tweeted and scouted all over the internet to see what people were thinking of the film. Many of the reviews seemed pretty good in terms of what we saw last year from the critics with Batman v Superman. To me, a lot of the early reactions seemed all the same. Even though they can never fully go in depth, I still felt no one fully had a good grasp on what they were feeling towards the film. Only about 2 really felt honest. But the early screen reactions weren’t the problem, it was the critics who seem to always bash the DC Extended Universe and we have to wonder why this is. If you come right out and blame Zack Snyder you should turn right around and keep moving.

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RiceBall joins fellow nerds at NYCC! 

It’s that time of year again! New York Comic-con is upon us, bringing us fans the manys joys of the nerdverse. The RiceBall Team will be at New York Comic-con all 4 days!! Check out posts from our instagram and twitter accounts for photos and live updates from each day!

Hit us up!

Twitter: @feedmericeballs

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Also, if you see us in the crowd, stop by and say hello! We’d love to meet you.