Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Theater Whore: Sorry To Bother You

Sorry To Bother You 10/10

I'm not even sure how to talk about this movie without spoiling everything so I am gonna be vague as all fuck. Even if you see the trailer for this you won't get a bit of what this movie is truly about. I saw this after Camille told me about seeing it and saying that even though she has not seen many movies this year this is the best one. I saw it this morning and was blown the hell away by it. The basic version is that this is a guy named Cassius Green played by Lakeith Stanfield (who was the best part of War Machine) that needs a job and gets one as a telemarketer. He is told by a coworker that he sounds too Black and he says that his Black friends tell him he sounds too White. He tries out a new voice and becomes extremely successful at work and is promoted. Shit gets stranger from there.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Review: Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country 9/10

As I watched Wild Wild Country on Netflix I just kept asking myself “How is this gonna go sideways?” I knew that at some point things had to go south because it is a cult and those things never work out well because someone wants to bone down all the money, steal money, or get a taste for the violence. Well, this group known collectively as Osho managed to get all three down in a shocking manner. With the way this started I knew it would go bad but I didn't think it would get so crazy. I'm also pissed that I'd never heard of this group.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Apathy Of Television

ap·a·thet·ic - showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

Apathy or feeling apathetic is something that plagues me far more often than I'd care to admit both personally and professionally. But this is not about that. This is about me experiencing this feeling regarding shows that I once cared about but no longer do. There are certain shows where I get straight up upset about and ones where it gets to a certain point and I just stop caring. I'll miss episodes for weeks or months telling myself that I'll binge watch eventually but never do.

Over the last four or five years I've watched more TV shows than movies when it used to be the other way around. I'm one of those people that when I like something I fucking love it. Allow me to use the Netflix series Luke Cage as an example. The first season had a good story, great characters, and cool music. The second season arrived last week and a few episodes in I could already feel my interest slipping. The story was sloppy. The directing was inconsistent. The music was overdone. By the time it was finished I hoped that they were not planning on doing a third season and wished that the one I'd just watched did not exist.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Review: Luke Cage Season 2

Luke Cage Season Two 2/10

There will be a bunch of spoilers. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. Season two of Luke Cage pisses me off not just because these Netflix series have been floundering when they get to the second season, but because it was not as if there were changes to the cast or anything. They just decided to take what you liked most about certain characters and flip them until they made no sense, dragged out the story (this could have easily been eight episodes), and tried way too hard to be cooler than the first season and failed super hard with that. I don't care how many musicians you have perform on the show. And why would these people want to even perform at a club that is owned by someone publicly known for being a criminal who deals in weapons and eventually drugs? And the songs were also too on the nose. If Cage is walking down the street the song would be like “Bulletproof Black man walking down the street, oh yeah...”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Had One Job: New Joker Movie

Last year I heard talks of a Joker movie being made rolled my eyes so hard that I went back in time to seeing his portrayal in Suicide Squad and passed out. Names have been thrown around playing him such as Jared Leto again, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Joaquin Phoenix. Just knowing that this is on the horizon is like walking a plank with swords to your back and a pile of shit at the end. I know I am taking this ridiculously hard but it is because I love the Joker so damned much. I've written about who should play him in the past and am mad that Adrian Brody has still not been mentioned to play him. People need to work with me. I got Doctor Strange right by casting Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Review: Ghost Shark

Ghost Shark WTF/10

I was watching something online an offhand this guy started laughing talking about a movie from 2014 called Ghost Shark. I know there are a lot of shark movies or whatever but a simple clip from this one made me stop what I was doing and watch this immediately. I can't even rate this like another movie because I knew it was gonna be cheeseballs. This is just a series of waiting to see this goddamn ghost shark kill people in the dumbest ways possible and I was too happy to oblige.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Pride And Entertainment: Sylvester

Allow me to preface this by saying that I'm a straight Black dude. I know you have to be careful when writing or talking about things especially when talking to people you don't know about things you aren't. I just wanna point out that this is Pride Month and talk about someone who I'm a fan of and a while ago read about and thought “Holy shit. This dude was bold as fuck.” And that person is Sylvester James Jr. better known as the singer Sylvester. If you don't know who Sylvester is then shame on you because he made some awesome ass songs.

Sylvester was born on September 6th, 1947 in Watts, California. Read that again and let it sink in. If you said he was born in Watts 1987 and you knew about Watts back then you'd go “Yeesh.” Sylvester sang at church growing up before leaving after a combination of the church being against his sexuality and a sexual relationship with an older member of the church. This was when he was 13 years old so it is now about 1960. In his early teens after not being able to get along with his mother and stepfather he left becoming homeless.

The Review: Creep

Creep 2/10

I checked out this movie on Netflix called Creep after watching a Youtube channel that listed some good horror films. This was not good to me. This is about a videographer named Aaron played by Patrick Brice that gets a gig from an online ad. He heads to the place which take a while and when he arrives the guy is not there. He arrives scaring the shit out of Aaron. His name is Josef played by Mark Duplass. He is a weird acting guy immediately and this is the biggest problem with this movie.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Review: Detroit Become Human

Detroit: Become Human 10/10

Well, this is a first. For those that don't know I watch people play video games on Youtube. People ask “Why would you watch other people play a video game?” which is a weird question to me considering I did it since I was a child. Just because video games were around when I was little didn't mean I always got to play them which meant I was just watching. These days I do not play video games anymore which is good because I was addicted to them years ago. What do I mean by that? I mean playing between 15-19 hours a day which is easy when I would work just about four hours a day and head home. I mostly watch H2ODelirious, Cartoonz, or Moo play games. I watch Game Grumps occasionally. Super Best Friends sparingly because they have shitty audio meaning they will blow my ears out shouting and I hate gamers that scream a lot. I like TheRadBrad but he plays way too cautiously and slow. For this game I watched Cartoonz play since he plays closest to how I'd play games if I still did.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Review: Black Lightning

Black Lighting 3/10

What a fitting number considering I only watched three episodes. To be myself, I was ready to be done halfway through the first episode but decided for some reason to watch a few more. I was hoping that it would get better and that the first episode was just the series Black Lightning getting its footing. It didn't three episodes in so I tapped out. They have this on Netflix so I checked it out and I wasn't disappointed because I had zero expectations for this. I don't watch any of the DC shows on CW anymore. I gave up on Flash years ago after it had been amazing and wanted another good series to check out. This was not it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Review: Anon

Anon 4/10

I checked this movie out on Netflix called Anon starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. This movie could have been so much better than it was but they seemed to want to save all the crazier shit until the end which would have benefited the middle of this even more. Sometime in the future there is zero privacy. This is some Black Mirror type shit and if this came out before that series it would have had more of an impact on me. Or even if it came out five years ago. There is a thing called Mind's Eye where you and everyone else is shown through your eyes as you walk down the street. Hell, even if you look at plants it is shown the type of them. It is pretty easy being a cop until someone is killed and the killer can't be seen.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Review: Train To Busan

Train To Busan 8/10

I just finished watching this zombie movie from the director of Psychokenisis called Train To Busan. I had seen it advertised on Netflix but never wanted to watch it until I saw his other movie. The same way that was Korea's first superhero film this was their first zombie movie and holy shit they did a really good job. Something I want to point out before I forget is that they do not fight zombies with guns. I know, it sounds crazy. There is not a gun seen until the last few minutes of this and American films need to take note. I love shooting movies as much as the next guy (Deadpool and John Wick are amazing) but in other films it becomes too easy to just shoot a problem away. Even with a detective show like Luther it is not gun heavy. I like that.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Theater Whore: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 – 10/10

You should only read this if you have already seen Deadpool 2 or have no desire to anytime soon and don't mind spoilers because I will be spoiling the shit out of this movie. There will be no things I didn't like because this was awesome as fuck and everyone involved needs to be proud of themselves for making a movie that forced me to contain my laughter. I loved the first movie and this one was better for me in every sense. From action, story, and humor. There were also a ton of surprises that I'll spoil the fuck out of so if you don't wanna know stop reading now.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Review: Cobra Kai

Cobra Kai 10/10

This was an amazing series! Cobra Kai is a show I never would have checked out if K.N Parker had not mentioned how good it was. Click here to check out and buy his awesome ass stories and convince him to grow his hair out. This is a Youtube Red series and the first two episodes are available free. They knew what they were doing because they hooked my ass after just the first one. I have to point out that I was not a huge fan of Karate Kid. I saw the first two one time and never watched the remakes. Culturally this is one of those movies that never went away and is quoted by people and series. “Wax on, wax off.” All that. I thought this series would be a straight up comedy sort of mocking the original movies, but it is not that at all.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Review: Psychokinesis

Psychokinesis 8/10

I just finished watching this crazy ass South Korean movie on Netflix called Psychokinesis. I enjoyed this so damned much. More than I thought I would. What I liked the most was that in a regular length movie they managed to create a superhero origin story, go into his past, and his attempts to be a hero to his daughter and redeem himself. It is such a simple story but people will find ways to over complicate things. This is about a guy named Shin Seok-heon that works as a security guard stealing things from the break room when he can and then getting drunk and passing out at home. One day while on a walk he stops for some water and takes a sip not knowing that a meteor had crashed and contaminated the drink he had. He later discovers that he has telekinetic powers.