Endgame, a deep(er) dive

Endgame, a deep(er) dive

You’ve read my spoiler free review, and now I have to bless you with my real THOUGHTS and yes this post is full of spoilers so you’ve been warned famo.

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Avengers Endgame shocked me

Avengers Endgame shocked me

Yes this movies been out for a week and Yes I finally saw it last Wednesday. It shocked me in several ways, instead of wasting your time, I will break down 3 reasons this movie shocked me:

  1. Action: I don’t follow the MCU but I follow action movies, this film had HELLA action from start to finish. I’ve seen previous Avenger films and was shocked by the amount of ACTION the Russo brothers packed in this 3 hour feature. Let me tell y’all one thing…the final battle is LEGENDARY.
  2. Acting: With my reviews I TRASH actors, because most actors ain’t good at their craft but this one had AMAZING acting. Folks will be quick to say Robert Downey Jr was the best actor but that’s cap. Performances from Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson stood out. Acting was a major upside of this film.
  3. The Plot: I can’t front: this movie is WAY TOO LONG. If they cut 30-45 minutes, the message and vibe would have been in tact. I must admit the plot was perfect. I was entertained throughout.

Final thoughts: Y’all have already seen this movie but if you haven’t I want you to save those 11$ and get your bum to Cineplex. The casual viewers like myself don’t care about the pandering, the long long run time, the confusing plot or the over the top corny ish, we care about a fun movie EXPERIENCE. And that is what Endgame is, an experience that is worth your time and money

 

4.5/5 <– Final review (issa must watch)

Us was so damn good I bought tickets to watch it again next week

Us was so damn good I bought tickets to watch it again next week

Yup you read that title, this movie was so good I had to buy tickets for next week. Yes Jordan Peele take my money, I don’t care! Here are 3 reasons I loved this move.

  1. Creepy as Hell: Throughout the whole movie you feel goose bumps because this movie is so damn creepy. From the opening shot of rabbits to the last shot of _____ you are Creeped tf out! I was on the bus this morning and I got terrified when I saw a kid with a mask around Blair station, keep in mind Nothing scares me. But this movie was so damn creepy…just makes your skin crawl. In my mind being Creeped out is worse than fear.
  2. Acting: One of my few issues with Get Out was the acting. It was good but not Great. Us takes acting to a new level! Everyone talks about Lupita’s and I agree she is in Academy Award territory but when it comes to the small subtle facial expressions of Madison Curry and Ashley McKoy (child versions of Adelaide) and Elizabeth Moth’s character during the mirror make up scene…family I was SHOOK! Whoever did the casting for this movie deserves a RAISE. PAY THE MAN (or Woman #equality).
  3. The Message: I won’t give you spoilers and I won’t explain to y’all the ending. I won’t explain the Rabbits, the Tunnels, the Chain of humans, the gloves, the scissors, the cloning, the Amusement park, the passage, the inequality, the colorism, the privilege, the religious elements this movie talks about, nah I won’t. But to put all these messages and symbols in a 1h 30min feature tells you how DEEP this movie is.

Have you read the title fam? Have you read anything above this sentence? Do you have 15$ and 2 hours of life? Are you dumb? Go on Cineplex.com and buy your ticket right NOW.

Final Score 4.9/5

Since nothing in this world is perfect, my only gripe with the movie is that it could have addressed more race related issues but I believe that Peele is going to tie this in with his next feature. Get Out and US are in the same universe. Can’t wait for the 3rd.

p.s. I plan to write a “Deep Dive” on this movie about the symbolism and theories I have. Stay tuned for that. Cr

American Meme is the documentary about you but it isn’t about you

American Meme is the documentary about you but it isn’t about you

I LOVE Documentarys so damn much…y’all have no idea! I love Memes (lowkey) and some of you know that. Overall I LOVE The American Meme (on Netflix) and have some thoughts…this is spoiler free, read up.

The Pros

The Cons

  • It’s TOO Modern: It gets TOO meme-ish , Yes I said it, It has TOO MANY MEMES. If the director focused on a consistent narrative the message would have been perfect.

Final Thoughts

Deep down this movie is about or generation and how our relationship with social media will end us or make us. Are you bored? Do you like smoking drugs? Are you a deep thinker? Do you like memes? Are you bored? Are you between 15-28?

4.1/5 (Final Review)

 

Bird box is the thriller we NEED to watch

Bird box is the thriller we NEED to watch

If you haven’t watched Bird box on Netflix you have serious issues. The last movie that had me this suspenseful was the Will Smith classic I Am Legend, here are 3 reasons I loved this film.

  1. The Plot: to be blunt this movie plays with your feelings from the first action sequence your heart goes through every emotion possible. I laughed, nearly cried and checked my tampon 3 times to peep my mood!
  2. The Acting: Its easy to say Sandra Bullock killed it (she did) but what surprised me was the child actors. Acting in your 40s is easy but when your 5-7 years old displaying fear, sadness and shock is beyond rare. Even Machine Gun Kelly surprised me each actor in this film knew what they were doing, big ups to the casting director.
  3. The Pace: This film is what The Happening should have been, instead of following cliches Bird box paced itself properly, it wasn’t too fast, not too slow it was just right! It progressively makes you say WTFFFFF! My heart was traumatized and joyful by the end.

Final Thoughts

The pace, plot and acting make this movie a solid horror thriller with elements of surprise that actually build the plot instead of being gimmicks. This movie is too interesting to be a Netflix and Chill, this is a “pay attention and get in ya feelings” shmood! My only critique is that it could have been shorter. Why are you reading this blog? Go watch it now.

4.5/5 (Real Rating)

 

A deeper dive: The Hate U Give

A deeper dive: The Hate U Give

When I wrote the review for The Hate U Give I had to restrain myself for many reasons, the first being AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FA THAT! My goal with movie reviews is to let my loyal readers know if it’s worth your money or nah and part of that is restricting my words, getting straight to the point. But this movie reminds me of Black Panther because of the layers it presents and I couldn’t just skim through that. The reason I gave this flick a high rating is because it’s not preachy in it’s messaging and trust me there is a lot to unpack. Instead of looking at the whole film I’ll be pointing out specific scenes that made me think and analyze my own life as a black man in modern north american society.

Police Brutality : The driving force of this entire movie is the killing of Khalil by a police officer in front of Starr and the repercussions of this event. With references to Mike Brown and  Trayvon Martin this movie has a clear stance, Police Brutality is real and evil especially in low income areas. This movie is political and has no shame in it, I LOVE THAT! This movie brought back memories of Ferguson and the reports of unarmed black men dying at the hands of trigger happy cops, what made this film different was the fact that Starr’s uncle (a positive Black male role model) is a police man. Starr struggles with this because in her mind she was raised to aware of her blackness in American society but she has love and respect for her cop Uncle. Khalil becomes a hashtag, the driving force behind a movement against Police Brutality but to Starr he is a best friend and lover murdered by the same enemy she was raised to hate! She is not struggling with twitter rage she is crying from real pain at the hands of injustice. Throughout the movie Starr changes, Death has that effect on people. She sees the dark side of police she sees the dark side of activists, she is reminded of the evils of the word and the hate that surrounds her. She sees her father get arrested for protecting her family and that broke my heart because as a 23 year old black man in North America I’ve experienced forms of Police brutality (HULL AND QUEBEC IN GENERAL!!!) I related to this movie on a spiritual level.

Police Brutality

 

The Black Family: When you see a tragedy like Mike Brown or Trayvon on conservative networks they always talk about black on black crime and the black family. This movie does not shy away from that. The opening scene is powerful because it sets the tone, Starr’s father is a prominent Black Panther activist and former gang leader, Maverick Carter teaches Starr and her brother, Seven Carter, about the dangers of being black in America. Here we see something rare in the black community, a father who is present in the life of his kids. Since I was 5 years old my father was never in my life and I can say the same for about 90% of the black people I know, fathers who are cowards and chose to leave their family or in this specific movie, taken away by the Prison Industrial Complex. Russell Hornsby who plays Maverick Carter delivers a soulful performance always sticking up for his children and being the father that every child wishes to have: a protector, a provider and caretaker. But what stands out here is the fact that Mav can’t protect his children from the evils of racism and violence. Garden Heights is still a dangerous place and the black family is hurt by its own people, for example at the end of the movie his shop is burned down and his youngest son, Sekani Carter, pulls out a gun to shoot King the drug dealer kingpin of the neighborhood. This kills the narrative that the black family is the cure to violence in the inner city! Despite Mavs best efforts to shield his family from problems there is still violence, hatred and evil in the hood. The underlying message is that poverty is the causes of violence. Starr nearly gets shot, Seven gets kidnapped, Sekani turns to gun violence and even his wife Lisa Carter struggles with prospect of living in the hood of Garden Heights.

BlackFamilyTHUG

Political Activism: Throughout this movie we see Starr in pain after the loss of her friend Khalil but we also see the evils of Political Activism. When Black Lives Matter was trending a few years ago I was skeptical of the cause for one specific reason, it seemed fake. The same people making hashtags were doing nothing for the cause, they used it as an excuse to look “woke” when in reality they didn’t care. Starr is faced with this exact situation when she finds out her best friends Hailey is fake. Hailey is the stereotypical white person that has one black friend and believes to be woke when in reality they are ignorant to the black struggle. They are sheep clothed in the warmth of “progressive” when in reality they’re wolves who give no fucks about the real pain black people feel. One scene that stands out, when Starr is watching news coverage about the trail for Khalil’s murder and she sympathizes with the cop. Starr gets mad and slams Hailey for her ignorance, instead of trying to understand Starr’s pain Hailey stands in her racism. This hit close to home because I go to uOttawa and the same white people who claim to woke are Hailey they don’t care about us, they just want to look progressive when in reality they don’t care. Another scene that stands out is when Hailey uses the Khalil protest as an excuse to skip her math test. This is common among white activists, a lot of them are fake! The Hate U Give also looks at the shallow aspect of Black Lives Matter especially with Issa Rae’s character April Ofrah who is an opportunist. Throughout the movie it seems like she has the right intentions but at the same time it is clear that she doesn’t care about Starr, she endangers her by putting her on a national news network when she’s clearly traumatized by the murder of her friend. Activists like her piss me off, they use the spotlight to boost their own aspirations, these are the Al Sharptons of the world. They care more about the “Look” and “Optics” than the people suffering, its fuckig pathetic. I remember in 2015-2016 when black folks would #BlackLivesMatter and never do anything else, go to zero meetings, never donate to community projects and literally do nothing to progress black people. Those people piss me off more than the Hailey’s of the world, they care more about their “look” than real solutions.

April THUG

Interracial Relationships: In recent memory I haven’t seen a movie that addresses interracial relationships between black women and white men, this one does. Starr is dating Chris, a white boy who claims to be down for the cause. We see this in every predominately white institution, the white boy that claims to be down for the culture and it comes off as fake. But it was a pleasant surprise that Chris is real! He is the opposite of Hailey, he actually cars for Starr and her struggles being a black women in modern society especially a white prep school. I can’t imagine how life is for a black woman, where being a woman and black puts you at a disadvantage in all categories. Starr and Chris struggle with being together, Chris wants to meet Starr’s family but she’s ashamed to introduce him to Mav. Starr struggles with being a minority in her school and white girls being jealous of her relationship. Interracial relationships are usually seen as black man and white woman but this shows a new perspective, it leads us to the same conclusion though, if the love is real things will work out. In a society that forgets black women, where love is hard to find (studies show that BW rarely get swiped right on tinder and other dating sites) and they are often neglected, it’s beautiful to see Starr find love regardless of race!

Star and Chris

Final Thoughts: If you made it this far I salute you LMAO! I could keep writing in this Starbucks table but I want to wrap this up with this small conclusion: The Hate U Give is more than just a movie it is a lesson. This is one of those films that should be shown in Sociology courses to analyze the impact of Police brutality on the black community. With themes and lessons that are everlasting this movie will stand out in my mind for a long time because of it’s bravery. Leaving 0 punches and knocking me out with knowledge!

Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you.

 

The Hate U Give is an instant classic watch it right now!

The Hate U Give is an instant classic watch it right now!

I don’t know what’s in the air these days but Black folks are putting out amazing movies! From Spike Lee’s Blackkk Klansman to the classic Marvel Black Panther we are in renaissance of black film. This feels like the 90s and I LOVE IT!

The Good

  • The Hate U Give is not afraid, it has balls why? Because it attacks everybody, Racist cops, Black Lives Matter activists, Social Justice Warriors, Thugs, the Black family, Modern Families and white feminism. I could dive deeper but not today cause Chileeeeeee y’all would be reading a 5000 word essay.
  • The Acting by Amandla Stenberg (yeah Rue from Hunger Games) as Starr and her father Mav played by Russell Hornsby steal every scene. I don’t cry in movies but both of em had me tearing up. They toe the line of intense drama and laugh out loud blackness, one of them deserves an Oscar.
  • It’s not a Cinderella story and I love that, often when we watch “conscious” movies especially with black folk we leave with a happy ending. Hell Nah and I like this, because the black experience is not always a happy ending, life is not a Cinderella story ain’t no glass shoes bih!

The Bad

  • The pace was quick and I’m sure they went over A LOT of parts because this was a 200+ page book. But I don’t care, it hit the core of the issue.

The Bottom Line

  • Did you read my title? or the first sentence? 5/5 I loved this movie and I recommend it to anyone.

*will be writing an Analysis and Spoiler review of this movie this week, stay up*