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About that time, gang.

But first, here’s Aaron delivering his Director Statement on ‘Trojan War.’

Fight On!


Coming Soon – ‘Creed’






Ryan and Mike teaming up again? I’m in.

And ‘Rocky Balboa’ was one of the better movies in the Rocky series in my opinion.  If they keep that general tone…

Young King


In case you missed it, here’s the full essay from my future movie son Michael B. Jordan to the people who have a problem with him portraying a popular fictional character.


Get em Young Man!

Fruitvale Station


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Finally got to see Fruitvale Station tonight.  Taking one last deep breath before I start this one.

The film is based on the real life story of Oscar Grant, who a few years back was killed at the BART station in San Francisco this film is named after.  As directed by Ryan Coogler, we follow Oscar (as played by Michael B. Jordan) on his last day.  The beauty of how the story is told, is that, starting with the real life cell phone footage of Oscar’s murder, we as the audience know this is Oscar’s last day.  So (like all of us) you see the different roles and contradictions within him as he interacts with his girlfriend, his daughter, his mother, random people he meets.  When the cops show up at the train station for what should be a fairly routine ‘everybody settle down’ call, the chills go down your spine.  Again I credit Coogler here, but even the murder itself doesn’t come across as overtly malicious.  But the bottom line is he’s dead.  As Biggie famously said, ‘Death, there ain’t no coming back from that.’  Octavia Spencer plays Oscar’s mother in the film, and she may be a bigger lock for an Oscar nomination than anyone else in the film.  The tears were flowing in the screening I was in, and I know it was far from the first time.

Michael B. Jordan came out for a quick Q&A after the screening and talked about the making of the film and his own (still very young) career progress.  He’ll always be Wallace to me so it was nice to hear him talk a little about taking acting as a serious craft while on the Wire, and he talked about his own ‘7-11 diet’ (whcih I might have to steal) before you hit that turning point where ‘overnight’ you’re pegged as the next Guy.  He came across as very genuine and grateful for the whole process, which did nothing to diminish my hope the kid gets to build whatever type of long term career he wants to have.

One way or another, I’m sure we’ll be talking about this film again early next year, so I’ll go in deeper again at that point.



Hope everyone had a nice holiday.  I’m still on my ‘Eight Days a Week’ kick; probably my life for the forseeable future, so I’ve come to accept it.

I did however, find a couple hours to see what my people on Twitter renamed ‘Star Trek Into Darkness starring the Prince of Gotham.’  As someone with no knowledge beyond Abrams’ first movie, I thought it was another solid popcorn flick.  There was one plot point I found to be very ‘ehhhhh’, so I can at least understand why my friends who are Trekkies have continuity/Universe problems with it.

I’m guessing everyone is looking forward to Man of Steel next.  I make playful jokes with Superman fans, but if the last trailer is any indication, the possibility of a very interesting, modern angle seems to be in play now.  And even though he’s only the Godfather/executive producer here, with the work he did in telling my life story, of course I’m giving Chris Nolan (and by extension Zack Snyder) the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.  Not the film I’m most looking forward to…

My film geek cup runneth over quite a bit at the moment processing the end of Scandal,  a getting better again Mad Men, and a soon to be returning Breaking Bad all demanding my complete attention (to detail) as a viewer.  So I’m slightly surprised to say I kind of want to see This Is the End, the new James Franco/Seth Rogen stoner flick.  Sometimes you need that junk food where you just don’t have to think at all for a couple hours, what can I say?  But even that’s not the film I’m looking forward to the most coming up.

It’s Fruitvale Station.  The picture above is of Oscar Grant, do a quick Google search if you want to know his story.  You couple that with the continued rise of Michael B. Jordan, who a lot of us have watched grow up, both literally and as an actor on The Wire and Friday Night Lights.  I know in this game (as in life) you can’t really make somebody want what you think they can have (hear me out people), but I know I’m one of many who wants to see this kid get his shot at a long career.  

Anyway, here’s the trailer for Fruitvale Station: