Category Archives: Movies

So I Went To See Annabelle:Creation….

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This is will be a mix of my thoughts on the movie and my experience in the theater. I tried to see the Annabelle: Creation Saturday night but due to a power outage in the theater, that plan was a no go. The next day, I decided to try my luck again and I swear on everything that I love in this big wide universe, I wished that I stayed in my apartment. People wonder why I’ve developed a small disdain for human beings over the years well, yesterday would’ve answered every last one of those inquiries. Continue reading

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“Atomic Blonde” is GREAT!!!

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What an awesome action thriller! I went into the theater prepared for something wild and that’s exactly what I received; Atomic Blonde is the battle royale of the summer. Atomic Blonde is based on the 2012 graphic novel titled The Coldest City by Antony Johnston And Sam Hart. Shameless plug but shout out to my favorite comic book store Brave New Worlds in Old City for ordering me a copy of the Coldest City but I digress. Atomic Blonde is set in 1989 Berlin around the time of the Berlin Wall’s collapse and the film superbly captured the bleakness and political dissension. Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI-6 spy that’s thrown into a perilous mission in a city where no one can be trusted. Her encounters with Berlin station chief David Percival, played by James McAvoy, and the beautiful undercover french agent Delphine Lasalle (Sofia Boutella) makes this tale of entrapment so complex that you can’t blinking because you may miss out on a double cross or two. Atomic Blonde is THAT good. Continue reading

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GREAT!!! War for the Planet of the Apes

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Ever since I watched a gorilla throw barrels at Mario as he tried to climb up neon pink platforms to save a damsel in distress, I KNEW that apes weren’t anything to play with. War for the Planet of the Apes was everything that I’d hoped it be and I’m sure that it will not disappoint the rest of you. When it comes to reboots of movie franchises, you can never be super confident that the newer films will measure up to the originals, but this run of The Planet of the Apes series has improved with each installment. The key to making good sequels has to be keeping familiar characters and settings fresh. One too many times have we watched Hollywood milk an idea to death by stretching out a franchise to the point of it being cheapened real estate. Thankfully, War for the Planet of the Apes got the job done. Continue reading

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Spider-Man Homecoming… I “Seent” It!

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Last night, I hit my local movie theater to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest film from the Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Before seeing the film, I swear that I saw at least 10 previews but I finally got to see the Black Panther trailer and that’s going to be absolute fire when it’s released. I’ve seen every Spider-Man movie with the exception of the very last one with Jamie Foxx as the bad-haired, crooked mouthed villain Electro and from what I’ve been told I didn’t miss much. For starters, the new approach to the Spider-Man universe gives new breath to the character and Tom Holland (check him out in The City of Z) was the perfect choice to don the web slinger’s uniform. Homecoming has the right amount of adventure, action, comedic moments, and most importantly an engaging storyline that allows the watcher to connect to the main characters, yes, even the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, an actor that’s no stranger to comic book flicks. Continue reading

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Why I Love Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It

A few days ago, it was revealed that Spike Lee’s classic 1986 film She’s Gotta Have It would find new life as 10-episode Netflix series set for a Thanksgiving 2017 release. I’m pretty excited for it since I am a huge fan of the original movie and I’m hopeful that will be a standout show. But there’s something special about that Spike Lee joint and 31 years later, it’s still relevant. The characters and the storyline in which they find life are so relatable that it’s hard to separate fiction from reality. Continue reading

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Pablo Larrain’s NERUDA!!! Check it out!

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Foreign films require concentration. Not only am I taking time to read the subtitles, I’m also paying attention to the actors and their environments. Pablo Larraín’s NERUDA brought it’s viewers into the world of poet Pablo Neruda and the chaos of Chile in the late 1940s. The film is more just a look at Neruda’s political persecution but more of a fantastical look into a world that he could’ve created. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Miss Sharon Jones!

Flashback to Cue’s Records circa 2007-2008, I’m walking close to the CD aisle and I spotted 100 Days, 100 Nights by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings in the newer releases section. It had an vintage album cover design and I knew that it had to be funk/soul album of some kind but at the time, I wasn’t interested since I never heard of her before. Don’t get it twisted, I’m always welcoming of new music, but in that instance, I probably had my sights on any and everything by Flying Lotus or Floyd Da LocksmifContinue reading

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Thoughts on I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

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This isn’t a think piece. Neither is this a dissertation nor some kind of overdone academic analysis to make myself seem smarter than I am. What this is, is merely a more than a few words about a phenomenal documentary. James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro is a must see film for EVERYBODY. As informed as I am about the Civil Rights movement and the leaders that faced adversity and ultimately sacrificed their lives for the greater good, Baldwin’s documentary presented the proper insight into the world of his era.  Continue reading

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DOPE!!! Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson”

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There’s a reason why Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors EVER! He knows how to tell a story. Plain and simple. His films aren’t like other cinematic tales of triumph and woe. The characters in his movies are always funky, eccentric, and unapologetically human. “Paterson” provided a landscape where life was the focal point and the details that we may not take as seriously took precedence throughout the film. Adam Driver plays Paterson, a bus driver and secret poet that lives in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife, Laura, a vivid woman of dreams that constantly tries to push her limits. Though they may appear to complete opposites, they love each other unconditionally. While watching this movie in the Ritz Bourse theater downtown, I said to myself, “Damn, I hope that I find a love like that for myself!” What’s also pretty cool is how Jim Jarmusch turned the city of Paterson into a living breathing component of the film as well. You could feel the city’s breath in each scene. I loved this movie!

AND… I won’t spoil it but the cameo appearance surprised the hell out of me  Continue reading

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I Thought About It: Straight Outta Compton

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By now, the movie’s been seen worldwide and there are countless reviews and “think pieces” strewn throughout cyberspace detailing all kinds of interesting (and some unoriginal) perspectives. The trailer was like a cool party that your friends went on and on about but you wouldn’t give in to the hype until you saw it for yourself. Luckily, Straight Outta Compton became a smash at the box office and there were even murmurs (according to the net, of course) about it being Oscar worthy. Continue reading

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