Just 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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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I haven’t written anything in a while, so I felt it was necessary. I write about everything I’ve watched and what I feel about it. Lately, TV has been so blah with the exception of “Game of Thrones” which just had it’s Season 7 finale, and might I add that this was one of the best seasons of Game of Thrones. The finale could’ve been better, aside from those last few minutes. Also, sad day for sci-fi fans. My favorite show “Dark Matter” just ended it’s third season and the SyFy channel has officially decided to cancel it. Since then, Dark Matter fans have been going crazy with petitions and fan art. Hopefully someone picks up the show (crosses fingers). With major network TV shows taking a backseat for the summer, Netflix has taken the liberty to entice us with some new shows and seasons of our favorites.
So everyone was anticipating Netflix “Marvel’s The Defenders”, but two shows that came out of left field and caught everyone off guard was “Voltron The Legendary Defender” Season 3 and also “Narcos” Season 3. It seems like you forgot that Narcos and Voltron were scheduled to come out between these last two months. I for one was on tumblr and saw a gif set of Voltron of scenes I’ve never seen before and on the bottom it said Season 3 August 4th. I jumped up and headed straight to twitter to see if this was real. Same thing with Narcos. I legit knew about the new season but didn’t know the release date until maybe 2 to 3 weeks prior. I’ve been slacking, but these shows and the exception of a few others definitely got me through the summer.
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It has been nearly a month since the new Black Panther movie teaser trailer was released, and it has nearly 9 million views and that was just in the first 2 weeks. But also the day before the first Black Panther movie poster was released. Some people liked it other people felt Marvel went too cheap or maybe his mask and a panther should’ve been added. Other people thought the poster was “too black” as it was being compared to Co Founder of The Black Panther Party Huey P. Newton and his famous picture of him sitting in the chair with the staff and gun. I personally loved the picture, I didn’t see a lot of resemblance to Huey Newton, because T’Challa aka Black panther is a King in the comic books, I more so saw it as a King on his Throne then relating to The Black Panther Party of the 60s and I am a big fan of both. Some people even criticized the teaser trailer, when that trailer was probably one of the most smooth and well put together teasers I’ve seen in a while that made me want to watch it over and over, it’s very rare for me to want to watch a trailer over and over and get hyped every time I see it.
Now the Reason I am writing this piece is because lately I have seen many people say the mask should’ve been added, there should’ve been more to the poster for Black Panther. Well guys it’s the first poster so how Samuel L. Jackson says in Jurassic Park “Hold on to your butts”. But I feel that people are trying to downplay the idea the person behind the mask and not appreciate who T’Challa really is and why other black superheroes like Blade or Spawn seem more acceptable to the white audience per say. I mean for many of us we already knew T’Challa and that he is the Prince soon to be King of Wakanda, and also seeing him in Captain America’s Civil War film especially the iconic scene of when he removes his helmet. I want to examine why thus subject or idea of a hero like Black Panther makes not just white people uncomfortable, but even other races.
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It has almost nearly been a week since the season finale of the newly fan crazed show everyone is talking about American Gods. Now people like myself who had no idea what this show was going to be about I looked at the trailer and I said to myself maybe this is gonna be a horror show, and maybe I won’t get into it that much or maybe this will be another Sci Fi show and as you all know if you don’t know I love Sci Fi. Before the April 30th premiere date, the opening credits of the show was leaked, and many people got there first taste of kind of the tone of the show. In my opinion the open credits can sometimes make or break the way you might feel about show unless you truly are a trooper and say I’m still going to watch this regardless of how this looks. On the flip side the opening credits of this show are amazing and spooky and eerie almost, but give you that kind of futuristic vibe. Every time I see the credits it reminds me of a movie I can never remember the name of until later on in the day. I cannot lie one of the reasons I was on broad wit this show from the jump because of Ricky Wittle, I have become a fan of him after being a fan of the show The 100 and he has done an amazing job in that show, and I couldn’t wait to see what he would do in this.
Now after seeing this trailer I got a little more hyped because of the actors in this show, but I think I was still skeptical of how this would turn out. But I was also watching so many shows on sundays between Veep, Silicon Valley, Into The Badlands, Bobs burgers, but I was on twitter the night the first episode premiered and everyone was going crazy, it definitely made me want to see what all t he hype was about, I was going to check the show out regardless, but seeing how everyone was stunned but what was going on. And I rarely ever really go about everyone’s opinions because everyone could hate it, but then I’ll love it and vice versa, but this I loved it and enjoyed it.
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The long awaited second season of Attack On Titan has finally entered into the stratosphere, but as soon as it landed, it felt like it left us so quickly. This past Saturday was the season finale of Attack on Titan, now fans of this anime have been waiting nearly almost 2 years for the release of this second season, and all of us wondered why did it take so long? Was it production? was it not enough content in the episodes? were they trying to make every little detail perfect so critics wouldn’t have anything bad to say about the long wait. As the years went by I did not know so many people watched this show, but the more time went by, the more you found secret anime watchers, or if you even mentioned the name Attack on Titan people popped up like Meer Kats in the sand. But Everyone was wondering as soon as Season was announced we all thought this was just a joke especially with the premiere episode landing on April 1st, and in America April 1st is commonly known as April Fools Day. This only made fans of this show more skeptical; everyone said I won’t believe until that first episodes pops up, and it sure did right on crunchyroll.
Now with this newly Season of Attack on Titan we did not get a full 20 or so episodes, but this go around we were given 12 episodes, mixed with a lot of action leaving us excited for the next episode, especially with how a lot of these episodes ended. The show runners left us with a lot of unanswered questions that I feel we need answers, and even subtle things that they slightly touched on that left you guessing what is that? or who is that. I have condensed a short list of things I believe we need in Attack on Titan Season, and yes ladies and Gentlemen, Season 3 has recently just been announced for the upcoming year of 2018.
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These last few weeks have been big for the DC Universe, you had Arrow, The Flash, and Super girl all have there season finales, and Gotham having its season finale this week. But we can not forget this past week The Wonder Woman finally hit theaters, and has been a big hit far and wide all over. Diana aka Wonder Woman has been on everyone’s social media feeds, all over TV and just think about it, this movie barely got any marketing until these last few weeks. You barely saw any Wonder woman posters or TV spots. Then the big controversy of the Women’s only movie screening for this movie that had many men screaming in annoying agony of the screening. I not only want to share my thoughts on the movie after seeing it Thursday night before the worldwide premiere, but I also want to share my thoughts on Arrow, The Flash and Super girl how there season finales will change the course of the new seasons that are to come.
Before going to see Wonder Woman, everyone questioned whether or not this movie could save the DC cinematic universe, some believed it because they’ve been long term fans of this character, some people like me who loved Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman believed she would do excellent, and there’s other people who still had a big question mark on this movie. For one something happened that we rarely have seen in the past with movie screenings, an all woman screening. After this announcement and hearing men couldn’t even at least sit in the theater, they took to twitter and all social media outlets to voice their opinions. To me I think this was great advertisement not because of the men getting pissed, but the simple fact how many people men and women wanted to see this movie. I mean even for a Thursday night when I went to see the movie I did not expect to see as many men in the theater or even that packed to say the least. I knew going into this movie, I would not see any montages to the old 70’s wonder woman; the theme playing in my head as I bought my ticket… “All The world is waiting for you, and the power you possess” but I knew I was excited for something that was long awaited.
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Happy 38th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam!! April 7th aka Gundam Day marked the anniversary of this worldwide franchise. I myself a huge Gundam fan just found this out, like why am I so late on this I didn’t even know so it makes it even more right to share this with you. Just Recently this past Sunday Mobile Suit Gundam’s newest branch Iron Blooded Orphans just had it’s Second Season finale and what also appears to be the end of all ends for this new branch. I myself have only recently got into this anime when I binged watched all of first season last year. Iron Blooded Orphans is the 14th installment in the long history of Gundam franchise and was first released in June 2015 and the first ended in March 2016. Then we were issued with a second season in October 2016 all the way up until now.
Iron Blooded Orphans takes place 300 years after the Calamity War, where the use of Gundams is only being used by military forces if necessary. We meet a group of young Orphans on Mars who all are made to clean up this facility, almost child labor in a since, but they are treated poorly and are called “Human Debris” this name comes from an experiment which was done to most of them early on called Alaya Vijnana which allows Gundam pilots to be able have more control over their Gundam and be more connected into the system. The procedure is very dangerous and only a handful of children survived. We meet, Orga a strong leader of the group, and we also meet Mikazuki the strong silent type, who is willing to fight at any cost.
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As Ghost In the Shell ends a grin forms over my face as I hear the iconic music from the anime in the end credits. I was almost disappointed that I did not get to hear that song. Now before you jump down my throat I have so many things to talk about but first I would like to review this new box office thriller that everyone is talking about “Ghost In The Shell” This film is a reboot of the 1989 Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow and anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii which was released in 1995. This manga and anime are both iconic and was once people’s first glimpse into the world of anime, I know for me I used to watch Toonami late night growing up and would catch Ghost In The Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam and Tenchi Muyo. So it is only right that so many people would want the reboot to be represented in the best way possible. Ghost In the Shell is almost synonymous when anyone from nerds, to people who have only briefly scratched the surface of anime even talk about Manga’s or classic anime production, so what is the problem that everyone is having with this reboot. Check out the trailer below
Now to catch everyone up to speed, over the last year and some change and even all the way up to the premiere date of this movie on March 31st, their has been so much talk about Scarlett Johansson and the whitewashing of this film. Many fans and critics believe that the main character would’ve at least been played by an Asian actress, and that Hollywood is still not changing there minds about diversity and actually bringing forth new faces to the big screen. We have seen movies like Gods of Egypt which was a total flop and even I for one was happy it flopped, but examples like that show Blatant misrepresentations of a place like Egypt that’s in Africa for most people who did not know that. But Ghost In The Shell has driven a wedge between many people between what’s right and what’s wrong. I want to show my opinion on what I thought of the movie, but also the controversy behind not having Asian actors on the big screen.
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Yes you heard that right, “Logan” the movie is Hugh Jackman’s last stand as Wolverine and he went out with a bang. Hugh Jackman has been playing the role of Wolverine for over 17 years, 17 years wow that’s crazy, just let that sink in. Who do you know has played a longer character other than probably Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in mission impossible. From the moment Rogue saw Wolverine fighting in the cage match in the first X-men movie, we could not have asked for a better person to play this gritty, non heroic character who surprisingly is probably one of the most heroic when it comes down to backing the people he loves and cares for. We saw the transformation of Wolverine throughout the years of his trials and tribulations and Logan shows first hand how old age, and hardship of fighting and losing your friends can take a toll on the body.
There has been so many speculations over these last few months about would the movie be good, will we see flashbacks of the suit, all this stuff then Rotten Tomatoes hit with a 96 percent score for the movie. People lost their minds counting Rotten Tomatoes as the natural score all things good and also with an R rating many people were completely sold from hearing these few things and from the trailers that were released. I for one was extremely excited for many reasons, but I will share the first reason before I get further into this review. I am a huge Wolverine fan, and I saw the movie was coming out March 3rd no big deal right, but my birthday is March 5th, so that made me so happy like what are the odds one of my comic book characters comes out the weekend of my birthday.
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Just Recently Tom Hardy’s newest show “Taboo” has just finished it’s first season, now surrounding this show was a bit of controversy for some people. Tom hardy plays James Delaney an English man who is supposedly half black and half white, who was lost at sea and presumed dead. Many people were mad at the supposed rumors of the show and these were only rumors that I myself heard at the time, that Tom hardy was going be called “Nigger” and that he is nowhere near half black, many people felt this was whitewashing a character. When we know many slaves and children long ago were mulatto’s and treated very different. Before I watched this show I was very skeptical even though months prior when seeing the preview and even the simple fact Tom hardy decided to do a TV show had me very excited. Very few actors who are heavily in the film industry do not seem like TV series actors, especially with viewers and how someone can instantly say your show isn’t worth a watch, only 2 minutes in with no action.
Now as a Black man I am very opened minded, but also very conscious of what I feel is whitewashing, and also what I feel is good television and what is a good film compared to a lot of critics. Now watching this show I did have a lot of questions, but I wanted to see if what people said before even watching the show was true or if they watched pilot episodes and felt it just didn’t sit well with them. Even though I know Tom hardy himself probably wouldn’t do anything to truly jeopardize his fan base. These were only rumors and minor things I heard before even watching the show, so I would just like to give sort of an overview and also my review and thoughts on this new thriller.
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It has been almost over two weeks since I made my venture to the movie theaters to see the two anticipated movies of this month, Lego Batman Movie, and John Wick: Chapter 2. Now this is a very interesting story, my friend told me that both movies were out that day, I honestly did not know, I thought they were coming out that Friday, and my plan was going to be to sit down and write. Well my plans to write went down the toilet, and I had an off day, I went to the gym, and planned this great day for myself. Might I add I do go to the movies by myself, and I love it. Never be afraid to go to things by yourself and just enjoy your own company. I told myself if which ever movie I can see first then I’ll do that and watch the movie after if the times don’t collide and what to do you know my plan worked out perfect.
Now both Lego Batman and John Wick were special for me, because Batman is my favorite superhero and loved him in the Lego movie, so as soon as I heard this movie was coming out I knew I wanted to go see it. Now for John Wick Chapter 2, I kept hearing over the last year or so if you love action movies and want to see like some crazy and amazing gun and fight scenes watch John Wick. So Last year I finally watched John Wick the first one and loved it and literally 2 weeks later or a month later they said chapter 2 was starting to film. So I’ve been waiting for both of these movies for some time, I even got a snack and a soda, which I rarely do at the movie theater since prices are so high, but that’s for another time.
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