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Hudlin TV / Black Monday (Showtime)
« on: October 29, 2018, 04:14:18 am »
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Hudlin TV / Blackface: A cultural history (CBS segment)
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:00:52 pm »
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« on: July 27, 2018, 05:46:54 pm »
I checked this one out. While the film is good, don't believe the hype that it's the best of the Impossible films or that it's the best action film of all time. I saw a You Tube comment that the film reminded them of SPECTRE and I can see that. I mean the trailer-which I really liked and made Fallout the most anticipated movie this summer for me-did have a SPECTRE vibe, and similar to SPECTRE, Fallout did not live up to that trailer. That being said, I liked Fallout more than SPECTRE.

In this film, Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force team are trying to stop the sell of nuclear weapons to a shadowy group. The film is a sequel to Rogue Nation. It's not necessary to see Rogue Nation first, however if you have seen that movie it helps. Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin, both introduced in Rogue Nation return.
Spoiler (click to reveal)
So does that film's main villain, Solomon Lane.
New to the franchise are Angela Bassett's Sloan and Henry Cavill's Walker, who Sloan places on Hunt's team to help them get the weapons.

The action was solid, but there wasn't any major stunts or action sequences that could top what was seen in Ghost Protocol or Rogue Nation. Still, they were well made action scenes, but not anything much different than other action movies in terms of creativity, though likely better executed than many other action films. Cruise continues to be an iron man, breaking an ankle while filming, and that shot is in the film. There is some humor, and some character moments, though character development has never been a strong point for this franchise, and that remains so the character moments don't completely connect.

A big part of the promotion IMO is Cavill and I thought he did well as Walker. I'm not gushing about his performance. I still see that same stiffness there like in the DCEU films and in Man from UNCLE.

I thought the story was confusing, and the action wasn't wowing enough to make me ignore some of the issues I had with the story. The long run time didn't help either. If this had been a 90 minute or even two hour film it could've zipped by and perhaps I wouldn't have been thinking about what doesn't make sense even as much.

If you already like this franchise I think you'll like Fallout. If you are new to the franchise I would not start out with Fallout. I would start with Mission Impossible 3, which is my favorite, or Ghost Protocol because I feel Protocol, Rogue Nation, and Fallout look and feel more cohesive than the first three films, those had more distinctive styles and looks.

I didn't stay all the way to see if there was an end credits scene, but usually there aren't.

My rankings for this franchise:
Ghost Protocol
Rogue Nation

Latest Flicks / GLASS
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:49:20 pm »

Hudlin TV / DC's (Teen) Titans series
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:20:51 am »
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My take is that the trailer looks better than some of the earlier reveals of their costumes. I thought Robin, Hawk, and Dove had the best costumes from jump and that's still the case. Starfire doesn't look as bad in live action as she does in photo stills, though I still wish they had went another route with her costuming. She is dressed like a prostitute and there's a long, problematic history of depicting black women as hookers that DC should've avoided. I also think it might have been cheaper to just cast Anna Diop as Rocket or Power Girl. I had been considering Steel and Bumblebee but the FX for them might still be too much.

Overall I felt this trailer really said to me that this should've been a Nightwing or Robin solo series. The dark, perhaps over dark tone, doesn't work well for (Teen) Titans IMO. They've got a movie coming out soon for Teen Titans GO!. There was the now classic Teen Titans cartoon from a decade ago, and a Titans series should've been geared more toward families.

If they wanted to do a team, do the Outsiders (though they'll likely save them for Black Lightning) or maybe even a Young Justice live-action series. They could capture the rebellious spirit evoked by Robin's infamous line here than perhaps the Titans could. I also felt that this Robin is more Jason Todd, maybe even Tim Drake, than Dick Grayson.

Some You Tube discussion/reactions about the trailer and show:

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Latest Flicks / The First Purge
« on: July 04, 2018, 11:58:38 am »

I didn't know the director was black. I saw earlier today, and after reading this article I better understand some of the story choices made in the film. I might provide a more in-depth review later. Suffice it to say, I rank The First Purge second overall.

Purge: Anarchy
The First Purge
Purge: Election Year
The Purge

(Election Year and Purge are closer than it would seem. They should both be tied for third for me, however Election Year just has more action and is broader in focus so I got to put it above it).

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