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#BlackPanther – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Black Panther – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 14 minutes

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After watching his father T’Chaka die at the U.N. conference, Prince T’Challa isn’t worried about becoming the king.  He is saddened to do it without his father.  However, his mother Ramonda tells T’Challa his father has been looking forward to the day his son would take the throne.  However, before he can take the throne, other royals from other tribes are allowed to challenge him to a fight.  Stripped of his Black Panther powers, T’Challa is challenged by a member of the Jabari tribe.  In a battle of strength and wit, T’Challa wins.  He is graced with the Black Panther power again starts his rule.  His rule’s first threat is the theft of one of their vibranium relics by Ulysses Klaue.  Decades ago with the help of T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu, Klaue snuck into Wakanda.  Klaue stole a large stash of vibranium and set off a bomb that killed many Wakandans.  T’Challa and the Wakandans have been looking for him and feel this is their chance to make him pay for his crimes.  T’Challa, Nakia (his ex), Okoye (his general), and Shuri (his sister and technical designer) go undercover to find the relic and Klaue before he can sell it to an American buyer.  After a long fought battle on the streets of South Korea, they believe they have Klaue in their clutches.  But he is aided in an escape by a masked man.  T’Challa notices something special about this man, he is wearing the same royal ring T’Challa wears.  This masked man will bring chaos to Wakanda with the hope of world domination. But it’s the masked man’s history that will leave T’Challa questioning everything he knows about his father, their history, and Wakanda’s place in the world.

Wow.  Just Wow.  The attention to detail in each costume, makeup, and scenes will leave you in awe.  This complex storyline will leave you choosing sides like Professor X and Magneto.  Both men want Wakanda to thrive but have different paths on how it should develop.  One man believes the tradition of keeping Wakanda’s abilities a secret because the world can not handle it, should continue.  He wants to help by defending other nations when needed but always in secret.  The other man wants Wakanda to thrive by sharing its knowledge, those who don’t yield will be broken.  This movie covers issues of colonization, self-help, and community/global involvement.  While 3D is not needed to enjoy this film, Dolby is a must.  With everything to love about this movie, the beginning felt extremely rushed.  It when through Wakanda’s history and Erik’s motivation in 10 minutes.  It was a lot to absorb.  10 more minutes to allow the viewers to delve into deeper should have been granted.  This should go without saying but stay past the end credits. And don’t worry, Stan Lee makes the party along with Eric Killmonger’s mask.  Also, if you miss the first 10 minutes of the movie, you will miss everything.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

This never gets old – Black Panther

Show him who you are – Ramonda

Naw, I’m just feeling it – Erik

For Wakanda, without question – Okoye

A father who has not prepared their child to go on without him has failed as a father – T’Chaka

This corset is tight. Let’s say with get this over with – Shuri

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#BlackPanther – Movie Review

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Black Panther – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 14 minutes

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Black Panther
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After watching his father T’Chaka die at the U.N. conference, Prince T’Challa isn’t worried about becoming the king.  He is saddened to do it without his father.  However, his mother Ramonda tells T’Challa his father has been looking forward to the day his son would take the throne.  However, before he can take the throne, other royals from other tribes are allowed to challenge him to a fight.  Stripped of his Black Panther powers, T’Challa is challenged by a member of the Jabari tribe.  In a battle of strength and wit, T’Challa wins.  He is graced with the Black Panther power again starts his rule.  His rule’s first threat is the theft of one of their vibranium relics by Ulysses Klaue.  Decades ago with the help of T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu, Klaue snuck into Wakanda.  Klaue stole a large stash of vibranium and set off a bomb that killed many Wakandans.  T’Challa and the Wakandans have been looking for him and feel this is their chance to make him pay for his crimes.  T’Challa, Nakia (his ex), Okoye (his general), and Shuri (his sister and technical designer) go undercover to find the relic and Klaue before he can sell it to an American buyer.  After a long fought battle on the streets of South Korea, they believe they have Klaue in their clutches.  But he is aided in an escape by a masked man.  T’Challa notices something special about this man, he is wearing the same royal ring T’Challa wears.  This masked man will bring chaos to Wakanda with the hope of world domination. But it’s the masked man’s history that will leave T’Challa questioning everything he knows about his father, their history, and Wakanda’s place in the world.

Wow.  Just Wow.  The attention to detail in each costume, makeup, and scenes will leave you in awe.  This complex storyline will leave you choosing sides like Professor X and Magneto.  Both men want Wakanda to thrive but have different paths on how it should develop.  One man believes the tradition of keeping Wakanda’s abilities a secret because the world can not handle it, should continue.  He wants to help by defending other nations when needed but always in secret.  The other man wants Wakanda to thrive by sharing its knowledge, those who don’t yield will be broken.  This movie covers issues of colonization, self-help, and community/global involvement.  While 3D is not needed to enjoy this film, Dolby is a must.  With everything to love about this movie, the beginning felt extremely rushed.  It when through Wakanda’s history and Erik’s motivation in 10 minutes.  It was a lot to absorb.  10 more minutes to allow the viewers to delve into deeper should have been granted.  This should go without saying but stay past the end credits. And don’t worry, Stan Lee makes the party along with Eric Killmonger’s mask.  Also, if you miss the first 10 minutes of the movie, you will miss everything.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

This never gets old – Black Panther

Show him who you are – Ramonda

Naw, I’m just feeling it – Erik

For Wakanda, without question – Okoye

A father who has not prepared their child to go on without him has failed as a father – T’Chaka

This corset is tight. Let’s say with get this over with – Shuri

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#VampireInBrooklyn – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Vampire in Brooklyn – Budget of $20 million – 1 hour and 42 minutes

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Rita, a self-professed night owl, has come across a confusing case.  As a Brooklyn detective, she believes she has seen everything.  However, when a boat crashes into a dock with several dead bodies drained of blood, she knows it has to do with the supernatural.  Rita’s mother was a leader in Carribean supernatural studies.  She gave birth to Rita and went insane.  Rita has decided to go back to work even though she is still coping with the death of her mother 3 months ago.  Now Justice, Rita’s partner, believes the supernatural stuff is just outlandish.  He believes there is a natural born killer on the loose.  When they start to investigate, Rita meets Max and his driver Julius.  Rita doesn’t know that Max is a vampire looking for his mate so he can continue his reign of terror.  And with his new ghoul Julius assistance, Max plans on making Rita his.  Max believes that he and Rita will rule the night and take over the world.  She just has to give in to him.  But her partner Justice will do anything to stop him.

Following the classic formula of a vampire movie, Vampire in Brooklyn delivers the goods while allowing Eddie Murphy to play trademark roles.  With the magic of make-up, he becomes a preacher, a stick-up guy, and a fearsome vampire.  When watching this movie, remember that the times of make-up and CGI has changed significantly.  So, Max looks more like a Klingon than a vampire.  It’s the humor that sets this movie apart from other films.  There are some decent one-liners and a little scare here and there.  This movie follows Wes Craven’s (the director) tactics of letting you imagine the horror.  He knew your imagination could come up with a more horrible scenario then he could ever dream of in the studio.  This movie is worth watching at least once.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

A vampire alone is a vampire doomed – Max

I wouldn’t want to be you this week – Justice

Maybe I am going crazy – Rita

You need to lighten up. Standing there, looking all mean – Julius

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London Has Fallen – Review

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London Has Fallen – Budget of $60 million – 1 hour 39 minutes

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London Has Fallen
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With a baby just weeks a way from birth, Mike is questioning is retirement from the Secret Service. But his thoughts are put on hold when a British official dies. The President feels that it’s his duty to attend; and he wants Mike on the job. Mike assures his wife that he will only be gone for 3 days. And it is at this funeral that a choreographed attack on London takes place. Soon, Mike and the President are running for their lives.

This movie tries to be action pack and funny. However, the movie’s action scenes are nothing new and only a few one liners will really make you laugh. You can even predict who will die next. The predictability of this movie makes it hard to watch and a snooze fest. The only saving grace of this movie is the last 5 minutes of action. This is a RedBox/Netflix movie.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Bourbon and poor choices – Mike

I never thought you would out live me – Lynn

Have I ever told you, I hate funerals – Mike

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Chi-Raq – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Chi-Raq – Budget of $15 million – 1 hour 58 minutes

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Chi-Raq is rapping on stage, with fellow Spartan gang members and their girls, including Lysistrata, looking and singing along.  Then shots ring out and a member of the Spartans, wearing purple, and the Trojans, wearing orange, are shot.  Even with all the choas, this is normal life for those living in Chicago … or as they call it Chi-Raq (like the rapper’s name).   But after a 10 year old girl get shot and no one comes forward, Lysistrata’s guilt takes over when she is singled out by the girl’s grieving mother.  She meets with Miss Helen, who tells Lysistrata to Google Leymah Gbowee.  A Liberian woman who organized a sex strike to end the violence.  This gives Lysistrata the idea to start a sex strike of her own.  She gathers women from both gangs and the work together to get the wives, girlfriends, thots, strippers, and prostitutes to all go on strike, until the gangs make peace.  Only time will tell if giving No Piece will force Peace

Spike Lee’s telling of Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata is wonderfully done.  Lee goes way from the normal prose of his scripts and keeps the rhythmic flow of Aristophanes’ poetry.  Even with this movie’s painful facts, Lee provides laughs to help ease the tension.  It did take a minute to buy Nick Cannon, playing Chi-Raq, as a gangster, but his supporting cast makes it more believable.  Teyonah Parris, playing Lysistrata, carries the roles with poise, strength, and true beauty.  And your narrator, played by Samuel L. Jackson, will not be forgotten.  The opening intro is a little long, but Lee’s master story telling shines through in each moment of this film.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Nothing, absolutely nothing  – Miss Helen

Even though we live in terror town, we deserve respect – Lysistrata

What makes someone a target is not the shooter.  What makes someone a target is the community that surrenders to fear – Fr. Mike Corridan

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Chi-Raq – Review

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Chi-Raq – Budget of $15 million – 1 hour 58 minutes

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Chi-Raq
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Chi-Raq is rapping on stage, with fellow Spartan gang members and their girls, including Lysistrata, looking and singing along.  Then shots ring out and a member of the Spartans, wearing purple, and the Trojans, wearing orange, are shot.  Even with all the choas, this is normal life for those living in Chicago … or as they call it Chi-Raq (like the rapper’s name).   But after a 10 year old girl get shot and no one comes forward, Lysistrata’s guilt takes over when she is singled out by the girl’s grieving mother.  She meets with Miss Helen, who tells Lysistrata to Google Leymah Gbowee.  A Liberian woman who organized a sex strike to end the violence.  This gives Lysistrata the idea to start a sex strike of her own.  She gathers women from both gangs and the work together to get the wives, girlfriends, thots, strippers, and prostitutes to all go on strike, until the gangs make peace.  Only time will tell if giving No Piece will force Peace

Spike Lee’s telling of Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata is wonderfully done.  Lee goes way from the normal prose of his scripts and keeps the rhythmic flow of Aristophanes’ poetry.  Even with this movie’s painful facts, Lee provides laughs to help ease the tension.  It did take a minute to buy Nick Cannon, playing Chi-Raq, as a gangster, but his supporting cast makes it more believable.  Teyonah Parris, playing Lysistrata, carries the roles with poise, strength, and true beauty.  And your narrator, played by Samuel L. Jackson, will not be forgotten.  The opening intro is a little long, but Lee’s master story telling shines through in each moment of this film.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Nothing, absolutely nothing  – Miss Helen

Even though we live in terror town, we deserve respect – Lysistrata

What makes someone a target is not the shooter.  What makes someone a target is the community that surrenders to fear – Fr. Mike Corridan

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