Sunday, October 1, 2017
Two Part Phoenix Story
News broke last week from Olivia Munn, that the new X-Men Phoenix Movie is going to be a two part movie? Werd? Really? First off, they not telling Olivia Munn too many secrets to the franchise. Her bit role in Apocalypse was easily forgotten and her even being in the next movie is a sad state of affairs. Secondly, X-Men movie producers have already stated that the movie is not going off world. So that means no Shi'ar, no Imperial Guard, and probably no Lilandra. If the movie is set on earth, going from Phoenix to Dark Phoenix is not gonna make
At the end of Apocalypse, Jean already has dispaled the power of the Phoenix. A story about where that power came from, would make sense and you could even use Magneto in this movie since Fasbender is already involved. You could maybe tie in the story of Mutant X, AKA Proteus on Muir Island. There is some potential there if you plan to stay on Earth.
But, if it stays on Earth and never even touches on the intergalactic portion of Phoenix and the Phoenix Force's threat to the galaxy, then its just another story- no different than the Last Stand. The X-Men movie franchise has been so dead set on not making their world/universe bigger to give the characters more depth. We keep getting fed the same people over and over- without letting any of the younger characters shine.
So, #FoxGonnaFox will continue. I have no real desire to see this movie at all and the fact they may drag it out over two movies makes me even sadder.
In the days before being able to stream( steal) content from the Internet, the only way for you to see something that you didn't already pay for was to: Go to a friends house; or get a bootleg. Black folks in my hood are no stranger to bootlegs, or booters. I had several bootleg music tapes and movies growing up. Usually a young entrepreneur would be set up at the barbershop or on a random street corner with goods to sell at a discounted rated. You may get ganked and the Dana Dane tape you buy is a blank of the copy of Krush Groove was in Spanish... but that its the chance you take with buying booters. Its on some Forrest Gump shit... you really never know what you was gonna get!
However, as technology got better and brothas got a bit of money, things weren't such a crapshoot. My family ain't have HBO money tho, so whenever I wanted to see Wimbledon or anything that was HBO exclusive, I had to go to somebody house. Now when Def Comedy Jam came on in 1992, I was in college. In a white college, where finding booters was not a possibility. And since we was all broke, nobody had HBO. Shit you was flossin' if you actually had cable.
So I missed out on Def Jam for the most part. I'd hear people talking about it, but I had really never seen it. Then when I did come home, my moms ain't have HBO money so I was back looking for booters. When I finlly caught a good booter of Def Comedy Jam, I was kinda knocked backed. The language, the energy, the crowd losing they shit... it was like nothing I had ever seen before. You gotta remember, this part of the 90's was owned by Cosby, so to see Black folks embracing they culture this way was shocking in a sense. But funny! Like, really, pain in your guts funny. Like crying funny! Martin hosted it and the comics brung it! I was hooked for sure on the likes of comedians you just had never seen before.
So as time has gone by, many of those Def Jam comics went onto huge things from tv shows, movies... Def Jam spawned an empire of rich, Black comics. So, when I heard about Netflix doing a 25th anniversary show, I was with it. I really wanted to see what Earthquake and Hamburger was up to.
But you didn't really get that... I mean you did, but it was more retrospective on how the show came about and all the come ups that people received from the show. Martin, who was such a huge part of the success of the show, really only has a bit part, and much of the show focuses on some of the comedians who DIDN'T get a huge come up from the show. Even tho he came through with a video, Rock wasn't there and I am pretty sure Chris Tucker dont fuck with any of these niggas anymore.
Overall, it was ok! Some laughs here and there, but nothing major! And just FYI, don't book Dave Chappelle on any comedy show uness you want him to take it over. His pressence is that big right now! He outshines and eclipses anyone you attempt to put on stage with him and when he is not there, you can feel it!
So check it out!
Control-Atl-Delete.... for many of us older computer users, we know that sequence of buttons, pressed together, will restart your computer and get you back to the beginning to open up Windows or whatever operating system you use. Its helpful when your program gets stuck or wont respond properly and the restart or reboot, sets things back to "normal" so you can begin again.
Well, Marvel and DC for that matter love hitting Control- Alt- Delete with their comic book properties. In fact, its really become so mainstream now, comic book companies really build around their reboots as a way to get fans excited about a potential cross-over or new line of titles that will bring in new readers. Its bullshit! Old readers know this and even tho we keep falling for it, we fully recognize that Marvel and DC is just trying to line they pockets with money off the backs of their fans.
That being said, Marvel hits reboot again, with Marvel Legacy. The next step/chapter in the Marvel comic universe after Secret Empire. Marvel has been bragging about this being a "return to traditional heroes". What this really is- a return to white, traditional heroes. Marvel took a swing for the fences after Secret Wars 3 and gave non traditional heroes a chance to run the company. Traditional white heroes were "replaced" with their Person of color counterparts... as we have come to call it, the Plessy V Ferguson heroes. This attempt to get new ( non white) readers interested in the books was met with massive white fan boy violence( well they beat the shit out of their keyboards, as least) and in some cases indifference by people of color over the titles. This tepid review of THAT reboot got Marvel to thinking very quick about returning the white dudes and Marvel Legacy gets us there. So even tho Iron Heart, Moon Girl, Sam Wilson Captain America, Lady Thor et al will still be around, they are definitely being placed in the background for their white counterparts.
Now this may seem like I am shitting on Legacy... I am not. I enjoyed the book but it really is just a "teaser trailer" as Brother Beavis called it. Yes, there is an underlying plot with the Celestials, but for the most part, the book is a check in/check out on our heroes. The Avengers founders- Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are all in certain places up upheaval, Ghost Rider is fighting an unknown foe, and of course we check in with for no real reason at all other than putting him in the book. There is also a final page reveal of the potential return of the Fantastic Four and of course,
like modern comics, there is a surprise return of a thought dead character- spoiler pictured below
The book was well written, paced, and drawn and for me, at least, I think this reboot could mean something if Marvel wants it to mean something. We love our traditional heroes, even tho we also have love for their replacements. Both can co-exist without shitting on the other. If Marvel can commit to the books being there own thing- not just vehicles to move the narrative with Marvel Cinematic, they can create to genres that are both strong and thriving.
So this was a thumbs up for me. You can listen to the podcast in the link below and see what the rest of the crew thought!
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Brothascomics Baltimore Comic-Con Review
My first comic book convention was in Dayton, Ohio back in my comic buying heyday. I don’t remember it having a fancy name or logo and I don’t remember having to pay to get in. I do remember it being a complete sausage fest with a bunch of comic book long boxes laid out on folding tables in a crappy ballroom. I was there with a list of missing back issues, looking through every one of those boxes hoping to fill in the gaps in my X Men collection. I haven’t been to a lot of conventions since those days, but I know comic book conventions have had a few upgrades since then.
My Baltimore convention experience is mostly as a spectator of the now departed Otacon, which left for DC this year. We would camp out in outdoor seating at one of the restaurants on Pratt Street – the main road between the convention center and the Inner Harbor - and watch the spectacle pass before us. In my crowd, I was the only one with any nerd cred, so I would be identifying (some of) the costumes and everyone else would be not caring. It was a lot of fun - after hearing one too many “these nerds/freaks” comments and having one too many beers, I would usually start ranting and irrationally criticizing my companions for their mainstream interests (“Why you drinking that water, water nerd?”). Good times.
I’ve known there was a Baltimore Comic-Con, but I never knew much about it. It’s always been on my, “Someday, I should …” list, and today was finally the day. I donned my Brothascomics t-shirt, suited up my daughter in her Batgirl gear and we hit the con with all the speed and endurance of a 7-year old girl – which is to say, not very fast and not for very long.
The Baltimore Convention center is pretty big, with a couple different buildings spread out over a couple blocks. Once we got inside, we had to go upstairs to register. I could have asked for directions at this point from the many people helping out, but I chose to follow people who looked like they knew where they were going. They didn’t. After actually reading the signs, we found the exhibit floor a level down in the basement. The exhibit floor was huge, with lots of vendors – way more than we could get to in the couple hours we were there. We made a point to stop by the Third Eye Comics booth, which is our local store in Annapolis. I was halfway motivated to look for a New Teen Titans trade, but my long box rifling skills are nowhere near what they were back in the day.
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Cosplay at the con was great. I have tremendous respect for cosplayers and the amount of passion and energy they put into their craft. As usual, there is that somebody you see right when you get there that you don’t get a picture of and then never see again – this time it was a dude in full Aqua-Bro cosplay. Looked great. I did get a picture of Gambit, one of Brothascomics most loved and hated X Men, and a great Medusa.
Overall, my experience with Baltimore Comic-Con left me wanting more. I could easily see making it a destination weekend. With all the elements of comics, sci-fi and fantasy making it into the mainstream, these conventions have changed – but Baltimore Comic-Con really did feel like an event for comic book fans, and I was glad to be in the midst of it sharing the experience with other fans – rather than just watching it go by on the street.
Cheers to Baltimore Comic-Con!!!
Monday, September 18, 2017
This wont come as a surprise to many, but I am not a real fan of the action movie-especially those made in the 80's and 90's. I have never seen a Rambo movie and many of the other action stars of that era, I passed over a lot of those, too. I saw the Die Hard 1 and 2, but after that I bailed on all of those. I never seen a Chuck Norris movie.... its just not my bag.
The ones I mostly did see were with Arnold Schwarzennegger; mostly because my college roommate, Jim loved the dude. As a body builder himself, he admired Arnold and he would make( force) me to watch Arnold movies... a lot. I have seen the Terminator so many times because of Jim! And I get the appeal of Arnold in the 80's and 90's. He was charming, built like a brick house, and his coming to America from Austria rags to riches story is appealing on many levels. So I sat through Predator with Jim( we even saw Predator in the theater), Running Man, True Lies, and of course Total Recall. And I cannot say I didn't enjoy the movies! They were fun, had action, and Total Recall is memorable for 3 things!
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After college, I have not seen too many Arnold movies. I missed the Last Action Hero, Twins, and I think the only movie I saw with Arnold was Jingle All the Way! He went onto become the Governor of California and his movies, as profitable as they were in the 80's and 90's, have spawned these horrible remakes in the 2000's and continuation of franchises that shoulda died when he became governor.
But Hollywood would never let that happen. There have been numerous Predator movies, Terminator is still churning out sequels( with Arnold dropping in like Kendrick drops in on peoples tracks), there was an awful Total Recall remake as well. Now news dropped this week that there is a True Lies pilot in the works at Fox( see full article below)
True Lies to Pilot at Fox
Can we just move on from Arnold and his movies already? He and his movies almost seem like a relic of a past era. Those movies worked BECAUSE of Arnold and the era in which they were produced! Attempting to recreate that magic is not gonna work now and Arnold is way too old to have anything to do with these movies or shows that would be significant. And on top of that, these young kids today could give a damn about who Arnold is! And what they do know, is probably not all that positive!
So can we let this era die, please? I mean make Expendables movies over and over again. There is an audience for those older action stars and movies. I am sure my boy Jim has seen and loved all the Expendable movies. And I am sure if I were around, he woulda drug me to see all of them. But unless the 3 boobed lady showed up, I don't think I have any real interest!
The Big Sick tells the mostly true life story of Kumal Nanjani and his wife Emily and how they actually met. Kumal is a Pakistani Muslim who came to the United States at 14 years old and hails from a traditional Pakistan family. His life in America has changed him tho and even tho he loves his family, he rejects much of the traditions of his culture- especially the one about arranged marriages.
Kumal is working as a stand up comedian in Chicago where one night he meets Emily, who heckles him from the audience. The couple meets, hooks up, and a relationship blossoms from that point. While they are dating, Kumal's mom is constantly bringing him to Sunday dinner to meet potential Pakistani wives for him to marry. All the while Kumal never tells Emily about this or brings him to meet his family. Kumal knows his family will reject him if he brings home a white girl. This all comes to a head and Kumal and Emily break up.
Shortly after their painful break-up, Emily gets sick and is forced to go into the hospital. Without spoiling too much, Emily's parents, played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, come to be with their very ill daughter and deal with Kumal who feels guilty and obligated to stay and help Emily recover.
I saw the trailers for this movie a while back and thought it looked interesting. The title and cover does not tell you much about the movie so I had no real idea what this movie was about. I found it very funny and heartfelt, tho and even tho I reject anything that has to do with Judd Apatow, director Michael Showalter allowed this story to flow in the 2 hours to a great conclusion. It helps that the movie was written by Kumal Nanjiani and allowed his family to be respected and not turned into racist caricatures. I appreciated that and could relate to them in a way that I did not expect.
Overall, a really good movie. Its definitely worth a Redbox rental!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
A study was done by some dude( you can read the article below) that basically said that negative ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes does not have a real affect on Box office! Some people like, Female Perspective and Big Hutch at Brothascomics, really give alot of weight to Rotten Tomatoes and the ratings that movies have. I have always taken these ratings with a grain of salt AND understand that the American movie goer LOVES CRAP! I mean LOVES IT.
Look, no matter what ranking or number a critic gives The Fast and the Furious or Transformers, or any other franchise movie, their fans are gonna see that movie. If they are truly entertained by that crap, they are gonna see that crap. In fact they will see it over and over and then purchase the Blue Ray. People like what they like and the words of a critic is not gonna dissuade them from liking or seeing that movie. Critic ratings may have a small affect on the average movie goer but even then, I have never heard a random person say they did not see a movie because of the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes!
So if you like that shit, like that shit! Just don't try and convince me that Batman V Superman was a good movie or it was "misunderstood"! That movie was shit and I didn't need a critic to tell me!
Full Link to Article
Rotten Tomatoes has no affect on Box Office
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