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Music News…Exitmusic Returns & Sons of An Illustrious Father Live

February 24 / 18

Hey again…been a minute since I’ve dived into the music scene, well not really. One band makes a return from a five-year hiatus, while another band is performing live in NYC and Hollywood.

 

Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church of Exitmusic.

Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, the duo that is Exitmusic are back. We haven’t heard from them since their last 2012 album, Passage. Now after a five-year hiatus, the former couple has returned with a new single from their upcoming album, The Recognitions. The album is a reflection of their once fairy-tale relationship. Here is a snippet from the website Bandcamp:

While many couples can trace the real time rise and fall of their relationship back to social media feeds and harried phone calls, Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have channeled the highs and lows of their storybook courtship into something else entirely: the explosive, discomforting confessionals of Exitmusic. The mercurial project started the year they got married (2004) and all-but-imploded during their recent divorce, but not before the duo wrapped its most fully realized collection of beautifully damaged music yet titled ‘The Recognitions’

The first single from the album, ‘I’ll Never Know‘, describes how a great love comes crashing down. The music itself starts at a slow pace, gathering with Palladino’s beautifully haunting whispers, describing in detail about releasing and letting go the love you thought you had. This may be the final act for the duo.  The album will be released on April 20, 2018.  You can go to this link, exitmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-recognitions to pre-order the album.

 

 

 

 

 

Ezra Miller, Josh Aubin, and Lilah Larson. The trio that makes Sons of An Illustrious Father.

 

Another band on the radar is the Brooklyn trio Sons of An Illustrious Father. Josh Aubin, Lilah Larson, and actor Ezra Miller (Justice League) have already been on the music scene for a good while and are appearing live on stage in the month of March with three or more shows.

BardotHollywood, CA, US / Monday, March 12, 2018

C’mon EverybodyBrooklyn, NY, US / Wednesday, March 21, 2018

C’mon EverybodyBrooklyn, NY, US / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

You can listen to their music on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play.

www.sonsofanillustriousfather.com

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed.

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Creative Close-Up: DC Extended Universe is Not Dead

January 29 / 18

Question…Is the DC Extended Universe Dead? For some or most people yes, but for those like me, no. Not even. We eagerly waited for Justice League to hit theaters. We were giving the latest superhero film high hopes, but alas, that wasn’t’ the case.

I for one like the film. Don’t get me wrong, it had its share of great and funny moments. There were some scenes that we saw in the trailers didn’t make it to the film. Let’s not forget about Henry Cavill‘s CGI disastrous upper lip. My only complaint is how rushed the film was. Zack Snyder had to leave due to a personal tragedy, so Joss Wheadon finished where Snyder left off. Wheadon wrote the screenplay (along with Chris Terrio) for the film. With both director’s visions put together, what we got was a mess.

 

 

Justice League grossed $655 million worldwide, while domestically the total was $227 million. These figures are low. I would’ve expected more from both markets, but again, that’s not the case. According to Wikipedia, the film’s tone met a polarized reception. While some appreciated the lighter tone than previous DC films, others found it inconsistent. I felt the performances of all the cast were great. Then again, as I said before in my review of the film, Ben Affleck, although gave his best, I have a feeling he may not want to play the Dark Knight anytime soon.

According to another report I read by Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge, Warner Bros., and DC will minimize the interconnected DC Extended Universe for future films. Meaning that they will probably focus on stand-alone films. Wonder Woman was proof of that, but DC can do even more.

AS THE SAYING GOES…HASTE MAKES WASTE

Problem is that DC is playing catchup with Marvel. Marvel has been successful with how they handled their films. They took the time and energy to really build a roster of films that required a great deal of writing and character development. Meanwhile, DC rushed to get themselves noticed. Yes, it’s good to see what your competition is doing, but what worked for them, may not work for you. DC needs to stop worrying about Marvel is doing and focus on what they need to do. When I say focus, I mean they need to figure out what will work for them. How to create a franchise that will work for all is the task they need to focus on.

 

After the box office failure of Justice League, what’s next for DC?

 

DC’S NEXT STRATEGY

Wonder Woman is the only film that did well. Insanely well. What made the film successful? For one thing Patty Jenkins in the director’s chair, screenwriter Allen Heinberg, with Synder, Heinberg, and Jason Fuchs with writing the story, plus the strong and vulnerable performance from Gal Gadot, the film became a box office hit in all the right places. It gave a fresh direction to a heroine icon. I was really happy when Diana was introduced in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gadot has said, 

“for a long time, people didn’t know how to approach the story. When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart.” Need I say more?

I think its’ safe to say that DC’s chances of getting this right are to focus on stand-alone films. Of course, they still have a few things to iron out. For example, The Flash. Loved Ezra Miller‘s take on Barry Allen. We now know that the film will be titled as Flashpoint. The script is ready, but there have been some hiccups, trying to find the right director for the project seemed almost impossible.  Seth Grahame-Smith was the first pick, then came Rick Famuiwa, but due to creative differences with the studio, both left the project. Just recently John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct. Let’s hope this turns out well. I can only hope the studio can step back and let these two guys, along with the screenwriters and story writer’s visions come to the screen. I can also hope that the film will come soon. If not 2019, maybe 2020. Maybe it’s time for Synder to remove himself from directing and focus more on storytelling and producing. That will be the best thing for the franchise.

Warner Bros. is slowly and surely setting their roster of more films to come. I really do think that standalone films can pull DC out of its funk make the franchise successful. The extended universe is not dead. They just need to fully put their time, focus, and effort on what they are doing.

Release dates for upcoming DC films:

Aquaman: December 21, 2018

Shazam: April 5, 2019

Wonder Woman: November 1, 2019

Cyborg: April 3, 2020

Image source: Flickering Myth, Nerdist, & Inverse

 

Film Review: Justice League

November 20 / 17

Hey everyone! Internet acting a fool today, but the devil’s a lie! Anyway, I went to see Justice League over the weekend. Loved it, but I do have a few things to gripe about.

Yes, I loved Justice League. I grew up watching the cartoon as a kid and now seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the rest of the crew brought a happy smile to my face. I wasn’t sure if DC was going to bring Justice League to the big screen at all.

A few things to gripe about. Why in the world would DC cut some scenes that were in the trailer, but not in the film? Why? We don’t want to linger on each of the character’s origins, but at least give us a small glimpse as to how The Flash and Cyborg got their powers. I can only hope that when the film comes out on Blue-ray/DVD and digital, we can get an uncut look at the movie.

The villain, Steppenwolf was just weak. Ciaran Hinds did the character the justice (haha), but I wish they could’ve done more.

Seeing Gal Gadot back as Wonder Woman was pure joy. You could not have the Justice League without Wonder Woman. She’s pretty much the glue, the heartbeat of the team. She’s just as better in BVS and has the surefire spunk she brought to her own standalone film Wonder Woman. So there was no disappointment with that.

Ben, Ben, Ben….I think you may need to hang up the Batcape. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel Ben Affleck is not into Batman anymore. He’s trying to bless his heart. Just like Bruce, Ben doesn’t know how much longer he has until the time comes to walk away from it all.

Jason Momoa brings a really cool vibe as Aquaman and he’s not bad to look at either. He holds his own against the crew as the legendary Atlantian. You get the feeling you can hang out with this dude while drinking a few beers.

Ray Fisher is a newbie to the world of superheroes. Here is a man who is trying to navigate between being human while most of the time is just a machine. Meanwhile, Fisher is navigating on how to best represent this character. With a somewhat weak script, he is proving his own against the seasoned veterans. Hopefully, he can really stretch his acting chops when Cyborg gets his standalone film.

Henry Cavill, good to see you again. Did you think Superman was gonna stay dead? Really? Back as the red cape wonder, Cavill is not left out on the fun, but what’s going on with his face?

Ezra Miller‘s The Flash is a breath of comic air. Not only can he be serious, but he brings the funny in this most of the time dead serious superhero film. This hottie is just ready to join the group, ready to do good in his life, all the while making sure he’s proving his father innocence in the murder of his mother.

I’m disappointed, but not too disappointed. I expected an action-packed superhero film and I got it. So yes, I’m happy!

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little video of clips and things!

Justice League: ****

Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!

 

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