Friday, February 2, 2018

DCEU Fans Stay Being Awful




With Black Panther just a few weeks away from its theatrical release and with early viewings giving the movie great reviews, it seems DC fans are looking to sabotage the positive vibes coming out of the MCU's latest offering by attempting to drop the movies score on Rotten Tomato by negatively rating the movie.

First of all, there is nothing these DC fans or any other person can do to stop the moment that Black Panther has at this point.  Black comic book fans have been waiting for this movie since Wesley Snipes tried to get it made in the 90's.  After seeing Black Panther debit in Civil War and the respect and honor the MCU paid to the character, the anticipation for this movie has been fever pitched for over 2 years.  Nothing anyone does or says is gonna stop that.

Secondly, there is a undercurrent of racism to this campaign against Black Panther.  Whereas there has always been this Brand war between DC and Marvel, at no point in time had there been a moment where DC fans were actively looking to sabotage the success of a MCU movie. I don't remember this around Spider-Man Homecoming or Guardians 2.  It seems the excessive excitement of a MCU movie starring a Black characters has brought out all the Rediit and Make America White again racists to try and prevent this movie from being uber successful.

But lastly, I wish DCEU fans would use this energy to hold the makers of DC movies accountable fro the drek they keep producing.  Since the launch of Batman V Superman, which was awful, they have made one good movie in Wonder Woman- and calling that good is even a stretch.  Suicide Squad and Justice League were both terrible in their own special way and the rest of their extended universe is mirred in production issues( Flash and  Cyborg) or is Aqua man- a film starring a character nobody likes. And that does not even factor in the issues concerning the Batman reboot and if they will need to move on from Ben Affleck.

I really wish DCEU fans would just focus on their own house. Marvel fans aren't out here wanting your movies to fail... in fact its quite the opposite. We want the movies to thrive so this thing we call Comic Book Movies continues for years to come.  But DCEU gotta do their part to put out movies that fans and critics agree that are quality.  Until that happens, enjoy Suicide Squad 2 and please shut the fuck up!

The Producer



F Gary Gray to Reboot Men in Black



F Gary Gray to Direct MIB

This news dropped yesterday that famed director F Gary Gray was looking to head up a Men in Black reboot.   Its been six years since Men in Black 3, the last installment of the series and over 20 years since the original movie debuted in 1997.  Since all things old are new again, its no real surprise that MIB is on the slate to get rebooted.

Word is that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be involved in this project as the new movies look to explore the world around the MIB and not necessarily focusing on the actions of specific agents.  And that sounds good on paper, but when rubber hits the road and money needs to be spent, will the company be strong enough to not fall into the comfortable trope of having Will Smith star in the movie.  Because lets be frank, MIB 2 is a terrible movie no matter what anyone tells you and the fact they didn't have Linda Fiorentino in that  movie still burns me till this day.  MIB 3 was slightly better because of the performance by Josh Brolin,  but neither movie captured the freshness of the original and just became vehicles for Will Smith to be "Will Smith".  Possibly bringing in two new agents and focusing on world building would be a great way for the series to feel fresh again.

I love the original MIB and the cartoon that was on UPN short after the movie debuted.  A more serious tone movie that has more thrills than laughs could make for a refreshing start to a franchise that is really dead in the water at this point.

The Producer



Friday, January 26, 2018

I Know What You Did Last Winter: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things




We are back this week as we get introduced to two new characters: Holder and Sam Tarely.
The plots and schemes in the capital continue, Ned makes a huge discovery, and we get the history of where the Dragons went.  Plus Jon makes a new friend, Tyrion begins a list a long line of punk outs of Theon, and Lady Stark makes a decision that has long range consequences.


Podcast also available on ApplePodcast and Stitcher

https://soundcloud.com/brothas-hutchinson/got-cripples-bastards-and-broken-things


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kitty and Peter Make it Official









Marvel announced this past week that long time off and on couple, Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin- better known as Ariel/Sprite/Shadowcat and Colossus are going to get engaged in X-Men Gold #20.


This relationship has been going on since the 1980's and each person has never really been able to get over the other.  Kitty Pryde even married StarLord and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy yet somehow found her way back to Peter


Look, if you have read or listened to anything we have done at Brothascomics in our almost 3 years of existence, you know that none of the founders of brothascomics is a fan of Kitty Pryde.  The character started off annoying and for some reason, the powers that be at Marvel keep pushing her to be something she is not.  From precocious teen, to Ninja, to all the name changes, to pet Dragons, to adult Kitty, to now leader of the X-Men, and now to once divorced woman, the character has never been interesting enough to carry my interest.








On top of that, there is even talk that Kitty Pryde may even get a solo movie by the people at Fox before the Disney overlords take over in 18 months.  Yep... you ready right... Kitty Pryde getting a solo movie before numerous other X-Men characters... most notably Storm.  It’s a joke, but it’s not funny at all.  I just don't understand it and maybe I am not meant to.  Maybe somewhere, deep in the tunnels of nerdom, there are people that are excited about this.  Maybe there are fans jumping up and down to see Kitty and Peter get married.  Or maybe, this is a big ass publicity stunt to sell some books.  And maybe her getting a movie treatment is further proof that Fox has no idea how powerful and popular Storm is......



So masoltov(sp) Kitty and Peter... Let me know what you want off your gift registry.  Hopefully that girl from the Secret World Planet don't come back to stop the wedding....


The Producer

Friday, January 5, 2018

Movie Review: I, Tonya











Lets take it all the way back to the Winter of 1994... the Producer from Brothascomics was in his last semester of undergrad, student teaching at a middle school full of racist children, and deep in a vow of celibacy that I will explain on a different podcast.




But alas, this was also the time of the Lillihammer Winter Olympics and I assure you, much like today, I am sure I didn't give a damn about it.  Except in 1994, an incident happened that captured the imagination of the entire world( well at least the United States).  In this time before the Olympics, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan had been attacked about 6 weeks before the games and it was speculated that her rival skater, Tonya Harding, was behind the attack.




This is the background of the movie, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding. I say this is the background because this movie really deals with all the shit that Harding grew up with before that fateful incident in 1994.  Harding grew up poor with a dad who left and a mother who was the absolute worse.  Verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive, her mom made her into a champion but hated her all the way doing it.  Tonya's rough upbringing, even tho she is a quality figure skater, does not make her embraced in the tempermental world of figure skating and this reflects in her scores and lack of admiration from those around figure skating.




As Tonya grows up, she meets a man named Jeff Gilooly, played by Sebastian Stan,  a local town man who really does not have much going for himself.  He works, hangs out with his best friend, Shawn Eckhart,  a man who is full on delusional about his self importance.  Jeff also continues the cycle of abuse with Tonya as their off and on relationship is volatile and physically abusive. 


In one of those good periods, Tonya has really reached her peak as a figure skater.  She becomes he first American woman to hit the triple axl and is now recognized as one of the best figure skaters in the world.  As the 1994 Olympics are coming, Gilooly and his band of idiots want to make sure Tonya wins and they concoct a plan to take out Kerrigan- who is considered her major competition to making the US Olympic team.




What started out as just some death threat  letters turns in the assault on Kerrigan and the 24 hour news cycle that led into it.  Really, 1994 is Ground Zero for the combination of celebrity and crime/events merging together to give us the version of the "news" we have today with much of it being speculation and hype over substance.




Not to spoil but Tonya's Olypmic dream does not work out- like at all and she suffers major consequences for her role in this sorrid affair.  To be honest, I was more interested in what happened to Tonya Harding AFTER all this went away.  How does a person who trained for one event their entire life have all that stripped away and become ridiculed by America- how does one person survive that?




Overall, this movie is excellent.  Margot Robbie plays this role well and really gives some depth and emotion to Tonya Harding.  Sebastian Stan also does a great job playing her husband and provides depth of character that I was not expecting.


Great movie!  It definitely deserves all the Golden Globe nominations it received!






The Producer

Movie Review: Jumanji (2017)












If you have listened to anything I have recorded on a podcast, you know that as much as I like the Rock as a person/personality/wrestler/entertainer, I have generally not been a fan of his movies.  I also tend to think he works "too much" (if that is a thing) and that being visible does not necessarily mean you are making quality work.


When I heard they were remaking Jumanji- and this was shortly after the death of Robin Williams, I was so against it.  Then when I heard the premise and the casting of Kevin Hart, I was even more against it.  Please believe me, I do not hold Robin Williams or the original Jumanji in that high of regard. I just didn't think that movie or many other movies need or warrant a remake- especially with the Rock AND Kevin Hart!


Alas, tho and Christmas break with children forces you to find stuff to do with them and I was off to the Cineplex to see Jumanji 2017. And to my surprise, this movie is actually very entertaining.  The plot revolves around a group of four high school students from diverse backgrounds( think Breakfast Club) who get sent to detention and discover the Jumanji video game adaptation and play it and get sucked into the game to play it to its conclusion.  Each of the main characters have to play out as their avatr-which of course is totally  opposite of their real life persona( MESSAGE).


The movie has all the Kevin Hart humor you could want and you get to see Jack Black do Jack Black things and Karen Gilliam is around to give you a bit of sexy.  But really, the movie is based around the Rock and his ability to charm playing the high school nerd turned tough guy in the game.  He plays the role well and of course crushes the action scenes.


There is a sub plot in the movie which is a throwback to the original but I will not spoil that!  Overall, a very good movie from the Rock et al.  This still doesn't mean I need or want to see Rampage, tho!


The Producer

Is it worth a Redbox: Ninjago







About five years ago, my son was real hot for Lego: Ninjago.  He watched the cartoon all the time and I spent a lot of money and time building Lego sets with him so he could really only play with the figures which is all he cared about anyway.  We even went to LEGOLAND: Orlando because they had opened a Ninjago ride and he was all about that life.  He even went dressed as one of them for Halloween( and he would straight murder me if I posted the pic #onhere) That was five years ago.


When we saw that they were making a Ninjago movie, I thought he would be down with this bit of nostalgia and make me take him.  He was like, "No thanks, Dad". I was kinda shocked.  I mean he really loved this show back then!  His thought process was that he outgrew it and he had no real desire to see the movie.  Then I thought- well I have not seen him play Ninjago recently and he for damn sure had not made me watch the tv show... I guess the Ninjago ship had sailed.


But Christmas breaks leads to many hours in front of the tv with my kids and its hard to find a show/movie that is appropriate for all of us- which leads us to watching the Ninjago movie.


For those who don't know, Ninjago is a Lego based show based around 6 ninja's looking for the Ultimate Weapon to unlock their special powers.  The Green Ninja, played by a kid named Lloyd is the most powerful Ninja of them all, but his father is actually the most evil person in Ninjago- Lord Garmadon.  The tv show is full on quirky and the jokes; although made for younger viewers, were layered so adults could enjoy the show too.  Each Ninja had his own personality and you could really find yourself in one of the Ninja's. The movie doesn't do that.


The movie focuses primarily on Lloyd and his role as the Green Ninja which is a secret to all people in Ninjao- even though everyone knows Lloyd is the son of Lord Garmadon- the villain of the movie who is constantly trying to take over Ninjago and who is constantly thwarted by the Ninja's. The extra focus on Lloyd and his relationship with his Dad pushes all the other Ninja;s to the back- taking away what made the show kinda awesome.  The movie plays out a little like the Lego Movie in a way of focusing on the one character and leaving everyone else in a supporting role of the heroes journey which is kind of a tired, old trope in my opinion.


Overall the movie is really just ok.  I was quite familiar with all the characters and their quirks from watching all the tv episodes with my son and even then, the jokes come off kind of stale and lame and it definitely does not have the biting humor of the Lego movie or the Batman Lego movie. 


Is it worth a Redbox: I guess... if you are really looking for something family oriented for younger kids( under 10) then this is your movie.  I can tell you tho, my 12 year old was not down at all!


The Producer