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Latest Flicks / The Mule by Clint Eastwood
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:39:39 am »
Top notch screenplay and directing from Eastwood who is 88 years old!  This is an old school tale that slides in with a few surprises and even social commentary.  A dynamic cast delivers on all fronts and a timely story that many won't see coming.  Mr. Eastwood is a master at the game and a bonafide actor/director.

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Latest Flicks / Re: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:35:44 am »
Honestly, this version of the Dark Phoenix story looks visually terrible in many places - where is her costume?  The other X Men look terrible in their costumes.  And most importantly the screenplay is terrible with Storm carrying an umbrella in one scene where she should easily be able to make the rain go around her and stay dry.  Mystique was not in this story (from the comic book saga) and Lawrence does nothing but make us miss the first actress who was so dynamic in the first two films.  There isn't enough character development between Cyclops and Jean (the two main stars of the Dark Phoenix story).  And Jessica Chastain's character was not in the original story and seemingly is bizarre in this one. 

They should not release this movie - seems like a sad way to go out.  The Dark Phoenix story by Claremont is their best story to date and probably will remain as the top tier one since the franchise is surviving off of fumes from the 80s.

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Hard Choices / Re: Hard Choices: Lauryn Hill v Mary J Blige
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:25:27 pm »
Agreed.  Worked for Lauryn Hill several years ago here in NYC metro (NJ side) and she was a class act so I stand by my choice from years ago!  Mary J Blige needs some singing lessons - she has improved and doesn't go off key as much but still.....

Lauryn refused to sell her soul like so many Black artists have done since this post was created- Whitney, Michael, Prince and more!

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Hard Choices / Re: Teddy Pendegrass OR Luther Vandross
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:19:05 pm »
Really a hard choice - love Luthor singing "Glow of Love" but Teddy got that deep voice that I want if blessed to sing!  Teddy is the slight winner of this hard choice here!

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Hard Choices / Re: John Wick or Robert McCall
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:16:37 pm »
Denzel is a phenomenal actor and his team gives him the best scripts, action scenes, direction, stunts, cinematography, etc.  There simply is no equal!

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Agree with Boots Riley - loved his art house film "Sorry To Bother You" and agree with his commentary.  Honestly it is very easy to go along to get along -side with the police despite how they have a history of killing Tamir Rice, Philandro Castille, Black Panthers and many others who are still nameless.  Part of the reason we came here as slaves is because some Blacks - as admitted by the King of Ghana himself several years back on video- co sign on it or act as coons.  Spike Lee has been accused of several things over the years and it's no surprise to see that he changed facts in history to make certain people who pay him feel comfortable with a new narrative.    Sadly I'm not surprised that Lee basically is a coon as many of "us" have co signed on our destruction.

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Latest Flicks / Re: BLACKKKANSMAN
« on: February 07, 2019, 03:51:42 pm »
Saw it on a flight days ago and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Washington shows his skills at building character and pulling the most from the script - solid all the way through and entertaining.  Spike Lee was a constant visionary throughout the entire project and consistent.  Driver gave an understated performance that worked perfectly.

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Feel The Funk / Re: KANYE
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:25:27 am »
Kanye West is an alien or house slave,,,,,,both walk around free in Amerikkka or have an illusion of privilege.

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Latest Flicks / Re: AQUAMAN
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:55:22 am »
Saw this one last year and it was solid-  better than Justice League but less than Wonder Woman.  The dialogue alone was cringe worthy in many places! Nicole Kidman gave a dynamic opening performance that was both dramatic and surprisingly kinetic.

Seems like they had too many cooks in this kitchen with too many underdeveloped characters with no arc like Arthur/Aqua Man and more time should have been given to develop Black Manta too.

The real superstar of this movie is James Wan who pulled the best out of his actors, production and mostly cgi!  One of the best Directors DC films has hired.

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Latest Flicks / Re: If Beale Street Could Talk
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:37:59 am »
Saw this one last year and was blown away by its authenticity, poetry and dynamic performances from Regina King and both leads.  Visually it is one of the best films out now with a commanding screenplay and good directing, production, acting.

Best film of 2018!

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Latest Flicks / Re: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:30:02 am »
Best Spiderman movie since Toby Maguire did Spiderman II.....the others weren't even close!

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Latest Flicks / Re: Green Book
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:27:38 am »
Saw it weeks ago but the subject matter underwhelmed me and both leads deserved better.  Ali is talented but should be in meatier roles than this one. More bark than bite and it was filled with potential that never quite delivered more so because of the screenplay.

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Latest Flicks / The Mule
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:20:52 am »
Excellent work from Clint Eastwood here both as Director and actor with gritty, realistic tones and subject matter revolving around crime, race, family dynamics and politics.  Again, Eastwood sets the bar for this genre as he has done throughout his career.

It doesn't get any better than Eastwood!

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Latest Flicks / Re: Superman vs. The Klan
« on: December 16, 2018, 01:12:29 pm »
This is the most intense, grand XMen story and it is the hardest to bring to the big screen because it is infinitely more complex than any comic movie has ever been- especially all of the mostly average (being nice) X movies to date.  This story was told over several years within UXM #98 to #137.

This movie and its director are so wrong to copy the horrible X3 in any way or form or thought.  Horrible movie and film adaptation- and this movie is jumping ahead to put the horse before the baby carriage.  Why is it that we barely know this version of Jean Grey???????  How is it that they changed the story already and made the Phoenix force part of her powers in the last X movie??  How is it that they don’t go into space to tell the story of how the Phoenix came to Jean as she was dying and save her????  Or the multiple other times she’s in space with major plot points of the original story happening off planet earth including the original ending where she committed suicide?????

Seems like another embarrassingly horrible X movie with bad casting, bad writing and the wrong director.

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Hard Choices / Re: Basketball or football?
« on: December 09, 2018, 11:06:04 am »
Basketball - specifically college basketball viewing is more exciting.  Hands down!

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