Archive for April, 2018


 

thanos

Just through a coincidence, I watched ‘the Dark Knight’ last night.  Bias aside, still my favorite ‘film featuring characters who started in comic books.’

But ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ might be the best ‘comic book movie’ ever.

A few non spoiling thoughts…

  1. I was rolling over in my head the last time I sat in a theatre that was stunned into silence when the credits rolled.  COMPLETELY different genre obviously, but it was ’12 Years a Slave’.  Some (like me) where processing what just happened, and what comes next; some were legitimately emotionally shattered.  Some were pissed off.  So…well done, Marvel!!!!
  2. If I had to pick out a single thing I was most impressed by, it was the balancing act.  I’m not going to go back and count, but every headlining hero, and more than a few surprising supporting players from the past decade made appearances.  Three or four rotating arcs/locations, and I at least, never got tired.  Credit to the editing here for keeping the story going and always going somewhere else before the audience got restless.
  3. The template has been well set now: if your goal is to create a compelling villain in one of these movies, from Magneto to Killmonger to Thanos, the audience has to understand the logic and say, ‘but you’re going way too extreme to get what you want.’  Mass genocide is mass genocide, but Thanos is just empathetic enough…

Had time to do a little homework about where Infinity War: Part II goes…still have no idea?

But why on earth would you doubt that Marvel knows what it’s doing?

 

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migos

The weekend is upon us!

Sad to hear it confirmed (including tonight) only 3 new episodes of Atlanta left this run.

As good of a day as any to cede the Thursday spot to Migos.

Have a good one folks.  You probably know what movie review is coming Sunday night.

 

 

volume10

Spotify damn near put me in the hospital this week; this falls under the ‘automatic shares when it pops up on my playlist’.

For 4 minutes, I completely forget I’m not 19 years old anymore.

College days…

Enjoy!

 

 

Janelle-Monae-f

I know Homegirl was mentored by His Purple Highness obviously.  After a breakout ‘Hollywood’ year, this looks like the album (and tour) that will level her up to a higher level.

Digging what I’m seeing and hearing so far.

Enjoy!

 

onmyblock

I understand (kind of) that Netflix can’t promote the living heck out of every single project they put up.  I kept hearing about ‘On My Block’ by word of mouth, and I was only two episodes in before I started telling people around me, ‘You need to get involved with this,’ and now that I’ve finished season 1 (and I’ve heard Netflix has already greenlit season 2), I’m writing about it today.

The best pitch came from one of the homies who actually finished binging it before I did: ‘It’s one of those CW shows, but for us.’  Accurate.  ‘On My Block’ is an often hilarious, coming of age story centered around four teens: insecure, nerdy Ruben, trying to stay out of ‘the life’ Cesar, tomboy growing into a woman’s body Manse, and the resident goofball Jamal.  Following the kids entering the first year of high school, the series does a great job giving each member of the ensemble a relatable individual arc that doesn’t pull the overall tone too deeply into melodrama.

And it has to be said: young actors can be hit or miss, but the casting on this one is pitch perfect.  A lot of the fun of this series comes from how much we’re cheering for each of these characters and their quests.

Ten half hour episodes.  Quick and easy binge if you’re interested.

 

 

mack10

The weekend is here!

Getting things done, so one song this weekend.  It’s getting super beautiful, super quickly in Cali right now, so this feels right.

Have a good one folks!

 

‘Andre the Giant’

 

andre-the-giant

‘Andre the Giant’ is not one of the all time great sport docs (that’s become an increasingly hard club to break into the past ten years), but it’s a necessary watch for wrestling fans.

Featuring a ton of new footage and the approval of the WWE, the doc does well telling the story of one of the cornerstones of the pro wrestling industry as we know it.  Born in a small village in France, the film (wisely) parallels Andre’s story with the evolution of ‘the Business’.  The territory, video tape swapping days were perfect for an act to work for a few months before moving on to be a new attraction somewhere else.

That all changed of course when Vince McMahon came through with his plans for national domination.  Along with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Andre’s traveling partner Tim White, we get plenty of funny and not so funny stories that fill out the grey areas of what we didn’t know about the man behind the character.

Sad to hear it said he passed on treatment that would extend his life because he thought it would hurt his wrestling career.  There’s surely a very interesting thread there about the frequently short life spans of professional wrestlers.  But I also understand there’s no chance in hell WWE is going to co-produce that movie.

Still, worth checking out on HBO if you’re interested.

 

 

chingy

La weekend!

Been perfect cruising weather in LA the past couple of weekends so a summer tune to take us out of the week.

One of the great hooks in the ‘hip hop love song’ pantheon list as well.

Have a good weekend gang!

 

 

wutang

How about some music?

I already had this one earmarked for today, then a few more answers/solutions I have been seeking turned in my favor, and now it’s officially a mood.

Enjoy!

 

 

prt

Ramadan 2018 is within range.

I have a lot to say, but still a month to go, so for today, patience…

And we party walk…

Enjoy!