Sunday, May 20, 2018
Brothascomics is back with our Blackity Black Podcast. We say RIP to Margot Kidder and Prince Harry's bachelorhood. 1 Gotta Go got us fighting over french fries. In the Box office report, we review Deadpool 2 and debate Infinity War with Female Perspective. In the Blackity Black portion of the podcast we talk the Bad Boys franchise news, Lando being Pansexual, Our Kentucky Derby Black horse names, calling the police on Black people for living, and the This is America video from Childish Gambino.
Lots of laughs in this podcast from Big Hutch, Female Perspective, The Sandman, and the Producer from Brothascomics
Podcast is available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and other streaming apps. Just search @brothascomics
Blackity Black Podcast Ep 3
Friday, May 18, 2018
I took the day off from work today so I could relax. I got up, got my kids off to school and sat down to watch Rogue One. As I am watching the movie, I checked my Twitter( @brothascomics) and see this article from the Mary Sue concerning Lando and his sexuality. I paused my movie and read the article and now I am furious on my day off.
Screenwriter of the Solo, ( really this is a Lando movie as no one even cares about the actor playing Han Solo) Jonathan Kasdan stated in an interview that Lando is pansexual and that the portrayal by both Donald Glove and Billy Dee Williams belies as such.
Lando is Pansexual
Now alot of straight, cis Black Men are going to go off today when they see and read that article and qoute. Their primary reasoning being their perceived perception of the femiminzation of Black males in media. And maybe there is a discussion to be had about that, but its not the bigger issues with Lando being pansexual.
To me the biggest issue is that Empire Strikes Back and this Solo don't really show any real evidence to the fact of Lando being Pansexual. Sure there is a line in the movie where a droid tells Lando to stop flirting with Han and he calls Han adorable but word? That's it? We gonna make this leap that Lando is Pansexual based on two lines? But even bigger than that, why not make it explicit that he is Pansexual and not tell us after the movie has premiered in an interview to promote that movie?
There have been 10 Star Wars movies now and in this galaxy far far away, there has never been an explicity queer character. It was hinted and implied that Chirrut and Baze were lovers but they never really said it until after the movie came out. So the Star Wars Universe can have humans, Jawas, Ewoks, Mandalorians, Jedi's and Sith and Droids with human personality, but nobody can be Queer until after the movie comes out? That seems kinda suspect on Disney's part.
Plus, to say nothing of the fact that in the past when people asked about Luke's sexuality, the Star Wars people were never forthcoming about his Luke's sexuality. But, one of the few Black men in the entire universe- "oh no, that nigga he is definitely Pansexual" playing into a racial stereotype of Black men being overly sexual people.
I am all for more representation on all levels of sci-fi and fantasy. Its long overdue! And I am totally fine with Lando being Pansexual in this movie and potentially his solo movie that is rumored to be in the works. But for the love of Pete, allow him to be Pansexual. Let him say he is Pansexual don't just play semantics with his words after the movie comes out. Show that shit and say that shit IN THE MOVIE!
Thursday, May 17, 2018
More and more news keeps coming out about the delayed, X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie. As stories from earlier in the spring moved the release date and talk of massive 3rd act re-shoots, news is still trickling out about what may be the last Fox X-Men movie before Disney buys back the rights to their characters.
Today's new bit came from director Simon Kinberg who is making the rounds with the Deadpool 2 release. In giving up an update on his directorial debut, he seems to be talking out both sides of his mouth.
On one hand, he is saying the movie is not at operatic and more grounded than previous X-movies. But also saying the movie has an intergalactic twist to it- something all the previous X-movies avoided.
Look, I am not sure if you can make a worse movie than X3. It was bad on many levels and took and flushed away all the positive momentum the X-franchise had coming out of X2. When they relaunched the movies and forced fed Phoenix into the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, it seemed unnecessary at the time and now this movie feels rushed and pointless as everyone knows these movies are gonna be long forgotten with the Disney take over.
The original Phoenix/Dark Phoenix story is a Claremont classic that goes from Earth to space and back again and mixes in a myriad of mutants and intergalactic creatures to build this world that X-fans love to come back and visit. These X-Men movies- especially this most recent group has struggled to establish a team that you can root for and is cast bound to Magneto and Mystique who have no real place in the Dark Phoenix saga.
Word on the street is the stars of the movie love the movie, but really what else are they gonna say at this point. I'd like to say I am excited about this movie but I am not going to lie to you. This movie seemed doomed from the beginning and every bit of news coming from Fox makes me even more concerned.
Batman Origins with a Booster Gold Twist
As I was checking out some comic book news, I ran across this recap about what is happening in the current run of Batman. First off, let me just say, I am not a Batman fan so to speak. I get why people like him and why he is the face of the new DC. He is cool and the anti-hero and people flock to characters like that now. its why he has passed Superman as the flagship for DC fans for the last 20 plus years.
I did read the Snyder- Capulo run on Batman because the art was amazing and the story was somewhat fresh for me.
On the Marvel Hacks we did a review of the most recent relaunch and I was pretty much out because the writers of Batman have just gotten to this point where anything is possible for Batman( even given enough time). I have called it that Batman Bullshit. And in issue 1, he is on top of a plane steering it in between high rise buildings and meets Gotham Man and Gotham Girl. I was out and really have not paid much attention since then.
Well, it seems that I may not have been too far off staying away from the book. And the article in Dan of Geek reaffirmed that. First off, no matter what anyone tells you, Booster Gold is an ass cheeks, terrible character. So him being in the book is already a problem. And to compound this problem, DC allows him to go back in time and in a convoluted way, cause shenanigans with Batman's origin story regarding his parents. I am not gonna spoil it because you can read the article yourself, but I will say this- why mess with his origin story? Plus, all they are going to do(already did) was retcon it anyway.
I swear, the DC people love to torture Batman and Bruce Wayne and Bat fans love to see him be tortured. Its an abusive relationship at this point as his character has not evolved as much as he as devolved. Sure he has a son now( who is an asshole) and he is getting married which seems like stunt casting that will end sooner than later- but the essence of the character is troubled Bruce and Batman without him being able to grow past his torturous origin which they keep fucking with.
So good luck Bat fans watching and reading this mess. I am sure we will discuss this on the Marvel Hacks- Big Hutch loves him some Booster Gold. But, man let that poor (Bat) man have some peace.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At work on Friday, April 20, I am sitting in my office in between lunch periods really just waiting for the day to end. If you follow me on social media, you know I work in education at a high school and 4/20 day is not an easy day for schools. Between the national walk out day and the 4/20 Smoke Out Day, it had been somewhat stressful on administration.
I come into my office and pull out my phone to check my email at brothascomics and I see a message from Jamie Broadnax- the head of Black Girl Nerds- one of the most influential sites in Blerd culture. I have never met Jamie and was kinda puzzled as to why I was getting an email directly from her. So I opened it and saw that Universal Fan Con had been postponed and I was stunned. FanCon was to be the next weekend and the event was being cancelled a week out. I immediately went to Twitter to see if maybe I( or they) had been spammed. In my mind, I thought there was no real way they were gonna cancel this event so close to the actual opening. Twitter was initially silent about it which made me think it was spam. I tweeted a couple of people I know and trust on Twitter and they had not heard anything either.
Maybe an hour or so later, the floodgates burst and all the tea just began spilling out about the Fan Con debacle. It seems all that Kickstarter money, whatever money they had made from pre-sales, merchandise, etc was not enough to cover and pay for the event that weekend. People were shook and still are. Reading the tweets and information that came out during and after has sent a ripple effects through the Blerd Community. People have lost trust, jobs, money, and friendships over this. And really for what? Pride, ego, and hubris.
From what it sounds like, the people running FanCon wanted the first year of this event to be a big, special event celebrating diversity within nerd culture. No one disputes that POC, LGBTQ, women, et all are all underrepresented in the culture of comics, sci fi, gaming, etc. FanCon was to help bridge that gap. But piecing together information that has come out, it looks like in all this planning, no one had the big picture involved. It seems that organizers wanted to stunt to make this event about themselves and how it was gonna help their brand- forgetting all about the fans who bought into the purpose of FanCon,
Info from affiliates and those who are being transparent show that the con was in serious trouble in early February. There was talks that maybe the event should be scaled back or even at that time, postponed. For whatever reason, which I am sure will come out eventually, the organizers decided to push through and the thing collapsed around their feet leaving in its wake pissed off fans and creatives who put their money and heart into FanCon.
Now what? Brands have been severely damaged. Peoples names is being dragged all over the place and, trust in starting or funding a Kickstarter for similar events or projects is now trashed. If the founders of FanCon run that money to all the people, that would be a start. If people came out and said" yeah, I fucked up". That would also help but early in this crisis has been a lot of hiding and passing the buck with very little accountability. As of writing this, many women writers from Black Girl Nerds have resigned as did the founder and President, Jamie Broadnax.
This has been alot for me- no matter how many jokes you seen me get off on Twitter. As a Blerd who has a very small imprint in our community, FanCon did mean something to me. I was an original Kickstarter backer. I didn't donate much, but I did put some money down. I had originally planned to go to the event, but had to back out because of financial constraint brought on by a medical situation with my mom. But Brothascomics was still gonna represent with one of our supporters being there for the weekend.
Its a shame because the idea behind FanCon and its purpose still hold true and strong. Marginalized people are still underrepresented in this genre and having a safe place for that is needed. We just put our faith in the wrong people.
I am going to kinda, sort of, a little bit, go against the grain here about this trailer. The first teaser trailer where we did not see the symbiote, people ran that one because if you have a movie called Venom, people want to see Venom. And I get that. Now with this new trailer, you get the full reveal and people is mad because Venom looks like a pinata.
Overall, besides the reveal, the movie looks kinda, sort of interesting. I do love the idea of an evil corporation using the symbiotes for evil purposes. The CGI, besides Venom, looked okay. I think overall people just don't like the idea of Sony messing with Venom after shitting on the character so hard in Spider-Man 3. And that skepticism is fully justified.
Will I see it in theaters, tho and pay my hard earned money? I don't know about all of that!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
As a lifelong educator- with many of those years spent in elementary school, I have seen the cover for the book Wonder for many years. In Georgia, Wonder was one of the literacy books for 5th grade that every 5th grader would need to read. For some reason, when my son was in 5th grade, they chose a different book while he was in 5th grade so he never got to read it. Then when we moved to Florida, they did not have a 5th grade book requirement and my daughter didn't read it either.
I heard about the movie coming out, but I didn't have any real desire to see it. Honestly, a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson is kryptonite to me. I had no thought of seeing it. But then my daughter, as she is known to do, convinced me to rent the movie at Redbox.
And surprisingly, even with those 2 actors, the movie is very good. It tells the story of Augie, a very bright young man who was born with a genetic defect that makes him look different. Often times he wears a mask or a space helmet to hide his face from others. Even though his family loves him, they are super protective of him as well and when the family makes a decision to send him to public school after years of being home schooled, there is rightful sense of fear.
And Augie's first few days are rough, he has a hard time making friends and some of the so called friends he has are not to be trusted. The movie gives a fair look at all the people who inhabit the orbit around Augie: his parents, his sister, and even his "friends" at school.
Honestly the movie is wonderful. So Wonderful, I went out and bought the book for my daughter so she could compare the similarities and differences between the two. Plus, Wonder has several books related to the main book which my daughter is also reading.
So is it worth a Redbox? Absolutely! A great family film with a lesson about being kind to others- something we all can be better at.
You would have to know me pretty well to know how much I loved UTFO back in the 80's. For those of you under the age of 30, UTFO stands for Untouchable Force Organization. These rappers consisting of the Kangol Kid, Dr Ice, The Educated Rapper( RIP) and their DJ Mix Master Ice were a staple of my hip hop diet in 1984. The blew up in 1984 with a record called Roxanne Roxanne- a story of unrequited love between the rappers and a neighborhood girl. It was their biggest hit and spawned so many copy cat records and disss records to respond- we could do a whole article on them.
Who was the real Roxanne that UTFO was speaking about? Well the Netflix movie Roxanne Roxanne does not answer that question. This movie is about the young girl who would grow up to become Roxanne Shante and her life growing up in the Queens Bridge Projects.
As the story goes, Roxanne, played by Chante Adams, was a great rapper already in Queens Bridge and would battle rap all comers- even if they didn't wan to battle a girl. As her friend would say, " The Champ is here" and her freestyle was known throughout Queens.
However, if you have ever listened to any New York based hip hop, The Queens Bridge Projects aint exactly the best place to raise children, and Roxanne's mom recognizes that and does her best to scrape and save all her money to get her, her man, and her 3 girls out of Queens Bridge. Sadly, her man, steals their house down payment money and runs off and the family is stuck in the projects. The mother, played by Nia Long, devolves into alcohol and depression and this fractures her relationship with her daughter. There is physical violence, but more emotional abuse than a 13 year old girl should have to endure.
From moving out and back in, Roxanne still raps and one day while doing the laundry, a local DJ has her come in a cut a rap over the beat for Roxanne Roxanne and the song becomes a hit and with her now taking the name Roxanne Shante. This new found fame leads to signings, cars, clothes, and the hopes of money. But as Q-Tip told us a few years later, the record business is shady and those shady dealings leave Roxanne with a hit record with nothing really to show for it.
During this time, she also meets up with local, hood legend, Cross, played by Mahershala Ali, who is twice her age and a terrible influence on Roxanne. In between the physical abuse, they have a child together and its the only thing holding her there as the fame and no fortune begin to fade.
Without spoiling too much, the movie is well acted. Check for some Easter Eggs by some of your favorite 80's and 90's rappers and the soundtrack is bumping for any old school hip hop fan.
Overall a fun movie about a time in hip hop long forgotten.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
The article by Heroic Hollywood about Shazam being the jumping on point for DC Extended Universe is pure click bait by those guys and you can read it if you want to. But no matter what BS they pull out of their ass, Shazam cannot be DC's jumping off point. He has been and always will be a third teir, Superman knock off. That's what he is and even his most stringent fans see and recognize that.
DC has eroded so much of their fans enthusiasm over the last 3 years with middling movies and attempting to give a push to a middling character to reinvigorate the franchise is foolhardy at best. DC would do best to just go ahead and do a soft reboot- starting with Wonder Woman 2. Do not feel rushed to put out any other movies and build out from there. They do not need to recast Batman or Superman; although the case can be made to get rid of them both to rid the stink. Let Wonder Woman be the flagship of the movie universe and build out from Diana. Stop focusing on Batman and let her build the League and gather new members like Shazam and bring them into the fold... slowly- Not by giving them their own damn movies up front.
I love Zach Levy. He is one of my favorite actors and is a true geek icon, but this movie is not going to build back hope and trust from the comic book movie fanbase that is skeptical of all things DC right now.
The folks over at Heroic Hollywood posted this tidbit from Simon Pegg about the different direction director Rain Johnson took with Rey's parents. To recap( spoiler alert), Ben Solo tells Rey that her parents really weren't shit. Just a couple of losers from Jakku which really messes up many fans narratives about who they thought her parents were.
In the article, Pegg says director JJ Abrams had a totally different take. Feel free to the read the article in the link above.
I'll just say this... it was kinda a letdown to learn that her parents were not going to figure prominently in her history, BUT I kinda though the move by Kylo was more of a swerve to get Rey to join him in his conquest to rule the galaxy. I figured in episode 9 we would learn the real truth and maybe we will since JJ Abrams is back to close this trilogy of movies in 2019.
What do you think?
Sunday, March 4, 2018
As Black Panther continues to dominate the box office domestically and world wide, studio's still need to offer up counter programming for people who have no interest in seeing a super hero movie or those who have seen the movies 3 times ( me). Warner Brothers jumps into the fray with Game Night-comedy counter programing starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple who met at trivia night, fell in love, got married, and are looking to have a baby. The problem, and this is quite a stretch in terms of plot, Bateman's characters sperm is having a hard time and his Dr and his wife link this to his unhealthy sibling rivalry he has with his brother, played by Kyle Chandler.
The movie plays out on a game night hosted by Chandler's uber successful character as he attempts to take Game Night to a whole new level. Gone is the idea of charades, Scrabble, or Pictionary- no he hosts a Game Night in which a real life kidnapping will happen and each couple will need to figure out how to rescue the kidnapped person.
Of course, shenanigans reign supreme as Chandler's character is actually involved in some shaky business deals and is legitimately kidnapped and its up to Bateman and McAdams to solve the mystery and rescue his brother. There are many B plots surrounding the other couples on Game Night, there is a creepy neighbor/cop, and the movie tests your limits on who is in on the game and who is not. The movie borrows heavily from Date Night, the 2012 movie starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell as a couple who gets themselves overly involved in something criminally unexpected.
Overall, a fun date night/ Game Night movie. I would probably reserve it more for a Redbox rental than an actual date night, tho.
My interview with Greg Land at Comic Con Revolution in West Palm Beach, Florida. He talks his upbringing in comics and he breaks X-Men comic book news... you heard it hear first!
Friday, February 2, 2018
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!
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.
Friday, January 26, 2018
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
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
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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....
Friday, January 5, 2018
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!
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!
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!
Thursday, January 4, 2018
The Last Jedi has been in theaters for a few weeks already and I forgot to write my review of the movies that are upcoming.
I saw The Last Jedi at my local Regal Cinema and these are the movies coming soon to a theater near you!
Tomb Raider( 2018)
I fell in love with Alicia Vikander from Ex Machina and a Man from U.N.C.L.E and when I heard she was gonna be the new Lara Croft I was kinda of intrigued. The original Tomb Raider movies with Angelina Jolie were ass cheeks to me so a reboot is not surprising but from the looks of this trailer, the streak of bad video game adaptations will continue. Thumbs down for me!
The announcement of a Miles Morales Spider-Man movie threw Black comic book fans into a frenzy. Of course Marvel tho would not give us a live action movie. We get this Spider Verse movie with an animated twist on Miles Morales. The movie looks gorgeous tho and I am intrigued with the handling of Spider-Man and the potential appearances of other versions of Spider-Man. I'll be there opening night!
A Quiet Place
My Regal always drops in a horror movie even tho we are there for a family friendly movies like The Last Jedi. If you have read or listened to anything I have done, you know I don't mess with horror movies at all.... But this one has me intrigued. I am so curious as to the background of the movie and the characters. I'm just not sure if I can actually sit through this movie, tho! I want to see this tho!
Jurassic World 2
I was out on Jurassic Park after the 2nd one. I did see Jurassic World and I sort of enjoyed it. Seeing that it made all that money, you knew a sequel was coming and it looks like it suffers from all sequel tropes- including bringing little kids into the dangers of Jurrasic World. Ugh... plus the idea people are headed back to the island to save the dinosaurs... ninja please! Full Pass!
The Greatest Showman
I have been saying for a while that we have not seen the last of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine because his non Wolverine movies have not always been successful at the box office. This movie will continue the streak. Musicals are a tough sell and the bio of PT Barnum... no one was asking for this tripe. I am sure my wife will see this, tho. Not me!
A Wrinkle in Time
This Ava Duvernay movie has been anticipated for a few months now and this trailer is not much different from the teaser. Either way, I am super excited for this movie! I am going to read the book with my daughter to be fully ready when this drops! Thumbs way up!!
The most anticipated Black film of the year! The trailer looks epic and we can only hope the movie is epic as well. I hope it can come close to the expectations we as fans have placed on it!
And speaking of anticipated trailers... this trailer which debuted at San Diego Comic Con in July is the most viewed trailer of all time. The site of all these heroes over the past 10 years fighting together against a villain introduced in the original Avengers.... just wow! It looks so good and the Russo's had best deliver! This movie is the Free Comic Book Day movie from Marvel and I'll be getting books in the AM and watching the Avengers in the PM.... great day! Already excited!
I have never been shy about my love for Jay and Silent Bob and Kevin Smith movies... well at least through Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. I actually enjoyed Jersey Girl, but all of his other offerings since then, I have not enjoyed or flat out have not seen. There is a point that I think I grew up and Kevin's movies didn't! And that is ok. Just because his current fare is not for me, does not take away from the movies I enjoyed in my youth.
I follow Kevin on Twitter and I was even able to visit Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash a couple of years ago! But I don't follow him like I used to. In the past, I would check out anything he did because I was a fan. I am not sure when that stopped- probably for the Porno movie. So even tho I know about Comic Book Men and about him directing Flash and Supergirl, I just don't follow like I used to.
But when I heard Jay and Silent Bob were gonna be at Tampa Bay MegaCon and doing their podcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, I was intrigued. Brothascomics was fortunate to have gotten media credentials for Tampa Bay MegaCon, but I wasn't sure if that extended to the Jay and Bob event. A quick email to my media person confirmed that media could cover their event and she placed three tickets for me at will call.
As someone who is in his mid-40's and enjoyed Kevin Smith movies in my 20's, I was curious as to how many people was still into his brand. I mean, granted older heads like me can reminisce about seeing Clerks on video and having to search to find copies of Mallrats on DVD. But these younger kids, would they have this fervor for Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes? Well color me surprised, the line for the event was long... like really long! VIP sections was full and us general admission folks were shuffled into a different holding pen. The show was running a bit late because Kevin was hosting an auction with Stan Lee before his show began.
|The non VIP Room|
I really did not know what to expect. I listen to many podcasts and had listened to some of Kevin Smith's older podcasts or when he has been a guest on someone else's podcast and as funny as he is, he is a grade a vulgarian and its hard to listen at work or in the car because I usually I have my kids.
The show started and the guys came out to raucous applause. A lady sitting in front of me I am sure had an orgasm when Jay came on the stage. And for the next hour or so, they told jokes in a very Regis and Kathy Lee like fashion about their lives and their families. And me not knowing about the format for Jay and Silent Bob get Old- I thought this was it. It was not! This was just the warm up, folks!
For the next 1.5 hours was the actual beginning of the podcast. You see I was not familiar with why they even do this podcast but Kevin Smith explained it plain and clear. This podcast is a way to keep Jay Mewes clean! What I know NOW, is that Jay and Silent Bob is really just a love gift between Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes. I had never listened to the podcast, but from listening, Kevin set this podcast up as a way to save his friend. You see, Jay Mewes had a huge drug and alcohol problem. The time around when they filed Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, his addiction was really bad. So bad in fact, there was even a moment where Kevin heard that Jay had died and Kevin was contacted by People Magazine to get his thoughts on his best friends death. Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast is a way for Kevin and all their fans to help keep Jay straight and sober. The bits and the jokes all a part to help Jay remember his past, but also look towards the future he has built for himself with his wife and his daughter. At the time of this review, Jay had been sober for over 7 years. And as a reward for his sobriety, Kevin has agreed to make another Jay and Silent Bob movie for Jay. This is true love and friendship!
That said, I probably wont see Jay and Silent Bob Rebooted. I think that chapter of my life has closed, but I am in full support of the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old Podcast now! What a wonderful show of love between hetero-life mates!
Check out a joke from the show