The True Lesson from Wakanda

I promise if you have not seen the film this will not spoil it for you, but overall it will give you the true message from Wakanda.

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The turnout for Black Panther has been astronomical with support for Wakanda setting box office opening weekend records ($201.8 million). Chadwick Boseman does a great job capturing the essence of T’Challa as he must deal with the sins of the past with his pivotal battle with Erik Killmonger (Micheal B. Jordan). The film establishes many themes, but the overall theme that captured my attention is one that is quite relevant and applicable to every minority in the world. There is strength in numbers.

The African American population has shown tremendous support for this film, and there is nothing wrong with that we surely have never been represented on this stage without the film having a negative connotation. No one was smoking weed, selling drugs, or committing domestic violence. The film showed us that their are strength in numbers and with a sense of community and unification the world can change.

Wakanda symbolizes the change we should see in America if African Americans banned together showing the same fierce determination that was used when going to see the film. If we put the same enthusiasm that we placed in seeing this film into taking time out with our families, and not letting social media raise the youth,  while stressing the importance of education, and self-education the world can change. True enough vibranium does not exist and was a thriving resource in the movie, but it is never the resource but how you go about using the resources. The truth is we have more resources than we give ourselves credit for simply because we can endure the struggles that are placed in front of us.

One of the most magnificent things this film did for me was after the film. My fiancee, and I wanted to take a picture with the promo sign, but before hand their was this little African American kid, and he posed by promo board flashing the Wakanda forever symbol. The glow on this young man was marvelous. Then I got to thinking that this kid had just saw a film where the hero was a reflection of the young king that was in him. For once a kid was able to see a representation of a black male that wasn’t about to be in the system. That moment honestly brought me joy…#WakandaForever

You’ll Float Too. (It Review)

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The original It a mini-series back in 1990’s was quite horrifying for me as a child. The resounding image of a maniacal bloodthirsty clown who’s name I never knew in my youth because unlike the losers’ club I was far too afraid to face It. Fast-forward enter adulthood. The 2017 adaptation of It achieves what most horror films don’t by taking risk.  Director Andy Muschietti and writer Stephen King embed the use of technology with a crafty blind of special effects, and classic camera work establishing It as prominent force throughout the film. Pennywise the dancing clown delivers a performance fit for the big screen.

 

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Bill, Ben, Bev, Richie, Eddie, Mike, and Stan are a group of social misfits who simply do not belong. Derry, Maine appears as a small quaint town on the surface, but circumstances create a unification between misfits forming “the losers club”. Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieerher) seeks revenge when his younger brother, Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), goes missing. Bill’s love creates the foundation for an intricate plot. It delivers a gripping journey where losers become winners, and children grow up fast.  The foul mouth of Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) builds a sense of comradery amongst friends while facing their individual fears together.

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It leaves fans wanting more, and hopefully we get it in the future, but until then let’s remember that we are facing Pennywise the dancing clown daily…. No, I haven’t lost my mind after viewing a horror movie about a psychotic demonic clown, but we do face are fears daily, or succumb to them. This film for me was a perfect ten out of ten, because it achieved its purpose of entertainment, while making me ponder larger questions outside of the theater. Pennywise the dancing clown symbolized any fear I have ever face or will face. Once you realize there truly is nothing to fear, only then will you float too.

Hella Shook (Insecure Review)


Lawrence is lost. Issa is the new Molly, and Molly is still craving stabiltiy when will it end? Stop surely we don’t want it to end. Insecure keeps hitting its mark generating a relevant comedy that showcases a dominant African American cast.

Lawrence is finally realizing that mistakes are a part of relationships. The scene with Derek shows that Derek is a realiable friend. Lawrence lost Issa with his lack of working for two years. In many ways Issa is justified with her actions. Lawrence is still struggling with accepting responsibilities for his actions; he has reached the stage of denial, and continues to deny his role that lead to Issa cheating. I personally can’t see them getting back together, and to the shows credit it’s actually making a better show. 

Issa has began an evolution. In the first season she was somewhat devoted to Lawrence, but now she’s entered the hoemosphere. This new Issa is exploring her sexuality by creating a team of men honestly she’s doing what most men do as a form of defense. During the show I do not even notice Issa validate her feelings that she misses Lawrence. Once Molly told Issa that Lawerence was done she began to change; validation for this change came in when Issa let’s Daniel know that they are only having sex which literally reduces Daniel to Issa’s snack.  The intricate subplots are creating a greater conflict.

Molly suffers from wanting the perfect relationshop. Even with all her brilliance as a successful lawyer she lacks common sense because nothing is perfect in the world. When Molly overhears that her father cheated on her mother years ago she can’t accept that perfection does not exist. Instead she begins her change. In the previous episode she contemplates sleeping with her long time friend Dro. When she realizes that no marriage is perfect and relationships have trials that the confirmation for her to sleep with Dro. This may have some interesting side effects as Dro and Molly’s friendship may actually create a unique love that Molly has been longing for all her life. How will Dro respond in the next episode? We all know they can’t just go back to being friends sense lines were crossed. Insecure is building its brand…next Sunday can’t come fast enough. 

Beyond the Wall


Beyond the Wall showcased a pretty good episode for Game of Thrones; however it was not great by a long shot. The two GOT episodes I will always hold to the highest of esteem are The Rains of Castamere (The Red Wedding) and Breaker of Chains. Both episodes left me wanting more, while Beyond the Wall only makes me await the biggest question who gets the iron throne?

The acquisition of gaining a dragon for the Night King’s army was instantly brought to my mind when I saw the dead bear attack Jon Snow and his companions. The night King displayed his fierce power as he hurled an ice spear fatally putting an end to Daenery’s beloved child, which brings me to Jon Snow. Jon Snow for does not embody the part of a hero although he does have leadership skills he still suffers from maintaining that Ned Stark honor. Jon cost Danny a dragon, as he puts himself in harms way for whatever reason. Even when the show ends, and he’s finally given his true lineage, which may even happen next week *fingers crossed* if the throne is presented to him he won’t take it. 

Jon has no desire to lead the seven kingdoms, but every desire to lead the North. Once Jon is told by Bran the secret that has plagued his entire life does he truly abandon the North? I don’t think Jon would leave just because of Targeryen heritage, which brings me to his new love interest Daenerys Targeryen (his aunt).

Daenerys is slowly becoming her father reincarnated as she no longer follows advice from the very people who got her this far. Tyrions ominous warning to do nothing foreshadowed the end of her dragon, and an apparent shift in power. The only thing that can save Daenerys from a similar reign as her father is Jon Snow, but she’s too reluctant to pursue anything with him in a romantic fashion because every man she’s ever loved has died. Perhaps things with her nephew will be a bit different.

 The Night King although he has a dragon does not present a huge threat after Jon discovers early on that killing a lieutenant of the Night King caused the white walkers in that group to die. This lead them to they theory that if the Night King falls the rest will die. 
Arya was justified in all her actions. I wish she had killed her sister, but she has bigger fish to fry. Cersei Lannister presents the greatest threat to everyone, and Arya must bring her to an end, or perhaps Jamie kills his sister, or Arya disguised as Jamie. The possibilities are endless. Arya further exposes Sansa for her cowardice during the execution of her father. The rift between the sisters is real with Little Finger uses it to his advantage. 

Overall Beyond the Wall was good, but it shows the show is slowly coming to an end. I remember a time in Game of Thrones where no character was safe. People died almost every week and as a viewer you become fearful to fall in love with particular characters, but now we have entered the era where Benjen Stark miraculously saves his “nephew” from the entire white walker army in an instance. Oh if only Robb Stark had been so lucky but I digress. 

Naked (Netflix Review)


Marlon Wayans showcases his talent yet again as both a screenplay writer and actor with his Netflix original movie, Naked. Naked in many ways for me was a Modern day Groundhogs Day, but with a predominantly black cast with issues fit for 2017. Viewers will find themselves sympathizing with the reoccurring theme of love simply because we’ve all been there before…true enough maybe not as many times as Rob Anderson, but we feel his pain.

You’ll find yourself rooting for the guy within the first 20 minutes of the film, and by 30 minutes in you won’t be able to turn away, and not necessarily because he’s running around nude, but because the plot establishes dominate shifts. There are times where Netflix misses the mark with films: however Naked misses the body while hitting the mark. 

In many ways the evolution of man takes place during the film. Repetition is utilized well with the scenes, but in such a way the repetition becomes new, which pushes the plot forward finally clothing the story, so if you have 96 minutes to spare I recommend you sit back, and enjoy this film.

Will You Help Me? (Annabelle Creation Review) 


Annabelle Creation meets its mark by submerging viewers into a creation story worth the price of addmisson. The movie sets the tone by introducing us to where it all began. The Mullings after a catastrophic turn of events open their home to a group of orphan girls, and from that instance the horror ensues. The audience will find themselves captivated at every turn as the cinematography creates suspension worthy of original horror classics such as “The Shining”. For me since I’m not that familiar with the Conjuring or the other Annabelle movies it created another fan of this popular cult horror figure. 

Now I’m fueled to go and watch the other installments of Annabelle. The consistent theme of grief illuminates the film further as I found myself trying to solve the mystery of Annabelle. What would cause the Mulling family to experience the horror that viewers have grown accustom to from the original films. This prequel does not miss its mark. If anything it revitalizes the franchise for future films.

I’ve never been a huge fan of dolls on the big screen since Charles Lee Ray bka Chucky, but Annabelle would surely give the lakeshore strangler a run for his soul, or perhaps she’d just take his soul all together. I wouldn’t mind seeing acrossover which pits Chucky with Annabelle. Now that would be a horror film for be ages, and it could possibly bring Chucky back from the depths of mediocrity.

“Annabelle Creation” proves that horror movies may actually be on the rise. You’ll find yourself bracing as the film takes you out of your element. The shifting shadows, and stoic patterns produce a world of fright. Perhaps “Annabelle Creation” sets the foundation for a “It” to be a hit in a few weeks…fingers crossed.

R.I.P Little Finger

 

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Game of Thrones continued to build suspense as characters were thrust into different directions. Samwell Tarly finally decided to grow a pair, and depart from the Citadel. Ironically as he finally decided to go off into the uncharted waters of bravery; Samwell’s father (Randyll Tarly and Dickon Tarly) were being executed by Daenerys Targaryen.  Daenerys has taken an interesting twist with her previous moniker, “breaker of chains” with her not following Tyrion Lannister’s advice of imprisoning the Tarly’s since they would be the last of their names; instead of imprisoning the Tarly Daenerys chooses execution by fires. The Game of Thrones is slowly changing Danny, but hopefully her council can save her before she enters the perpetual dark side.

Jon Snow showcased his leadership abilities at the end of the “Eastwatch” episode as he along with the Hound, Ser Jorah Mormont, the Hound, and the Lord of light followers are headed beyond the wall in hopes of capturing a white walker. Capturing the white walker may bring Cersei Lannister to their side while saving countless lives, but could this step of assimilating Cersei into the fold be the undoing for both Jon and Daenerys. The Lannister have been prevalent in the Game of Thornes since Jamie Lannister put an end to the Mad King. Perhaps allowing Cersei to get close to stop the Night King is her opportunity to destroy all who oppose the Lannister family. Keep in mind this is the only way Cersei stands a legit chance in the war. Jon Snow’s intimate moment with Drogon further establishes his Targeryen linage, but when will he truly know who his parents are? Gilly does a great job of dropping another bombshell to Johns Targaryen linage with the new information that Rahegar Targeryen and Lyanna Stark where secretly wed. I can just see Robert Baratheon rolling over in his grave. In that instance, I truly felt sad for Robert Baratheon because Lyanna Stark was truly the only woman he ever love, and I for one imagine Robert Baratheon being as noble and as Ned Stark in a world where Lyanna lived, but then again what would have caused her to run off with Rahegar; however everyone always speaks so highly of Rahegar whenever he is mentioned, which truly parallels Jon Snow.  Season 7 Episode 5 also revealed a promising moment between sisters.

Arya holds an interesting conversation with Sansa in their parent’s room. In the beginning Arya was going to spare her sister’s feelings as she has grown through her journey, but Sansa insists that she give it to her plan. Confronting Sansa about her always wanting nice things, and questioning her about what she was still thinking about even in that instance of confrontation. Now for me truly Sansa is the one true blood Stark that has never belonged in Winterfell. Even going back to the first season Cersei Lannister even stated that such a pretty flower shouldn’t be tucked away, which brings us to the note. During the end of the episode Little Finger is given a note, and the note is from a previous season; however, it is the only copy of the note. Little Finger after obtaining the note purely states, “Lady Sansa will be pleased”. Arya eventually goes into full stealth mode sneaking into the room finding the note which states:

“Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.”

This is either a ploy by Little Finger to create a rift between sisters, or Lady Sansa is trying to maintain her reputation in the North. Would this letter be incriminating against her leadership role as of now, or is this simply Little Finger being Little Finger?  If this is Little Finger being himself then I hope he finds himself on Arya’s list and eventually on his Needle. Quiet in the realm there are only few episodes left.