Film Review: Alien: Covenant

May 22 / 17


And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Percy Bysshe Shelley 

It’s been ten years after the events of Prometheus….the year is 2104, a colony ship, the Covenant, carrying 2,000 colonists plus a thousand embryos, are heading to Origae-6. The ship suffers some major mishaps, but they continue to stick with the mission. That changes when they pick up a signal from an unknown planet. Acting captain, Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) decides to investigate, thinking that this planet could be better than Origae-6, but Daniels (Elizabeth Waterston), thinks that’s a bad idea. A group of people, including Oram, Daniels, and Walter, an upgraded synthetic android (Michael Fassbender) lead a group to explore the planet. Once they land, they find David, also played by Fassbender, the lone survivor of the doomed ship Prometheus and face unimaginable horror.

The horror begins….


I don’t know where to begin, but I will say that Alien: Covenant is a true sci-fi horror film. Ridley Scott took his gloves off for this one. Remember, this a sequel to Prometheus and the one question we were asking is did Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) ever reach her destination to find the Engineer’s home? You get that answer in Alien: Covenant. We explore a bit more about the evolution of the infamous alien Xenomorph, which looks even more menacing, along with a new even deadlier creature. You want gore? Scott gives you just that. It really brings me back to 1979’s Alien. We’ve been on this ride before, but the film gives you a few twists. While Prometheus was a bit of a failure, this film isn’t.

The characters were pretty well written, including that of Daniels, but Waterston’s portrayal of the character is a far cry from Ripley. Like Ripley, she wants to blasts those parasites into space. Fassbender has double duty with androids Walter and David. He never fails to bring a character to life and he does it with ease.

Walter (Michael Fassbender) land to explore an uncharted planet.


After seeing all the Alien films, I’ve noticed a continuing theme. Creation and destruction…the consequences of that creation. In Alien: Covenant, not only you see the monster, but who the real monster is and I think it’s something of a subject for Scott. He still has a few more tricks up his sleeves and hopefully, we will come full circle

The crew of the Covenant….ready to head to a new home……


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Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!






































































featured images: slash film, avp galaxy, scified, and 20th Century Fox

@ The Event: Palm Springs, CA

May 19 / 17

Hello and Happy Friday! This month is going by quickly, maybe too quick. Anyway, our next stop is Palm Springs, California. This desert oasis has lots of things to do. What’s out there in Palm Springs? Here are some events that are taken place today.


MAY 2017

Groundbreaking Exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism

May 18, 2017 – May 28, 2017; Sun, Mon, Tue, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu & Fri 12-9 p.m.; Closed Wed

Palm Springs Art Museum presents On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert

May 18, 2017 – May 22, 2017


Bargain Hunter: Architecture & Design Center waives admission

May 18, 2017


May 18, 2017


Free Thursday Nights

May 18, 2017

West Elm Palm Springs Book Signing with Christopher Kennedy

May 18, 2017

The Congo Room presents Roger Best Classic Country

May 18, 2017

Wang’s presents “Thirsty Thursday’s with DJG”

May 18, 2017

Tonga Hut Art & Mai Tais

May 18, 2017

Purple Room presents Prime Rib Thursday & the amazing Sharon Sills

May 18, 2017


Palm Canyon Theatre presents “Rock of Ages”

May 18, 2017

Villagefest Street Festival

May 18, 2017










featured image: WallpaperSafari

Cool: Alien: Covenant / “In Utero” A 360 Virtual Reality Experience | 20th Century FOX

May 16 / 17

Alien: Covenant is coming to theaters this Friday. I’m sure some of you have seen this video for 20th Century Fox. “In Utero” A 360 Virtual Reality Experience gets a very close-up look at one of the alien organisms being born…but as always, not in the most beautiful way. At the top left corner, you will see where you can maneuver the video. This is pretty graphic, just thought I warn you on that!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be blessed!



















featured image: 20th Century Fox

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 16 / 17

It’s been awhile for a film review, but I’ve been waiting to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel has shoveled film after film, sticking to the Second Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Vin Diesel have returned to pick up where the Guardians left off.

Vol. 2 follows the Guardians as they are hired by the Sovereign, a powerful alien, but rather stuck up race of beings, to protect their batteries from invaders. That goes south when Rocket steals those very same batteries. While the Sovereign are busy plotting revenge, the gang gets sidetracked when Peter Quill’s father shows up.

Kirk Russell is Ego, who is some sort of Celestia being. Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, who has empathic abilties and is raised by Ego, is a newcomer to the gang. He invites them to his home planet so he can get to know his son better, but things aren’t always what they seem….James Gunn is back in the director’s chair. Back in August 2014, he stated, “There are general ideas for what the sequel is and where it goes and who’s involved and what happens and what we find out about our characters.”

Vol. 2 is better than the first and the soundtrack just keeps getting better. From Electric Light Orchestra‘s Mr. Blue Sky to Cat Steven‘s Father and Son, it makes the film just even cooler. Let’s not forget about Baby Groot, he’s just too darn cute right?

So like the first, Vol. 2 is a great space ride. Never boring, just funny and heartwarming at the same time. Can’t wait for Vol. 3.

Baby Groot….how precious!




























featured image: Andy Park, other image: Maxim

Shadow Spotlight: Mario Testino

May 15 / 17

Hello, hello…It’s time for Shadow Spotlight and this month we’re focusing on photographer Mario Testino.

The Observer Aaron Hicklin said that Testino is “the world’s most prolific magazine and fashion trade photographer.” He’s right about that!

Testino’s career as a fashion and portrait photographer has spoken volumes about his work. He’s worked with Kate Moss and other celebrities, but I’ll always remember the photos he took of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Testino’s portfolio of works has been featured in magazines such as Allure, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Vogue. He has also worked with fashion name brands like Burberry, Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Michael Kors, along with make-up giants Lancome, and Estee Lauder.

My favorite photo of the late Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino.

Born in Peru, to an upper-class Catholic family, as a child Testino wanted to be a priest. He studied Economics at Universidad del Pacifico, followed by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru and then the University of San Diego. By 1976, Testino decided not to pursue international affairs and economics, he decided to study photography. During his apprenticeships with John Vickers and  Paul Nugent, Testino began taking his first step into the world of photography. During those early years, he supported himself by taking a job as a waiter.

1983 was the year Testino’s first work appeared in an issue of Vogue and his career has been on the go ever since. In over 40 years, Testino has worked with A-List celebrities, published over 20 books, solo exhibitions, and has received awards and accolades. He’s also worked as a creative director, museum founder, guest editor, art collector/ collaborator and entrepreneur.

Testino has worked with charitable organizations and non-profit causes. He was appointed The Grand Cross Order of Merit in his native country of Peru and in 2014, became a President of the Board of World Monuments Fund Peru.  He’s a man of many talents and his work will continue to inspire other photographers.

You can find more of his work at his website at

You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Hope you guys have a great Monday, be blessed.


Kate Moss by Mario Testino



Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino










William and Kate, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge by Mario Testino






















All photography by Mario Testino, featured image by Clios

New Music May 2017

May 10 / 17

Almost forgot…It’s New Music for the month of May, courtesy of Metacritic.

cred: metacritic

  1. Week of May 7, 2017

  2. Week of May 14, 2017

12 MAY 2017
B.o.B Ether
Danzig Black Laden Crown
Deb Talan Lucky Girl [Of The Weepies]
Dreamcar Dreamcar [AFI’s Davey Havok and No Doubt’s Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young]
Girlpool Powerplant
Harry Styles Harry Styles
Machine Gun Kelly Bloom
Paramore After Laughter
Paul Weller A Kind Revolution
Pwr Bttm Pageant
Seether Poison The Parish
Todd Rundgren White Knight
Warrant Louder Harder Faster
Zac Brown Band Welcome Home
19 MAY 2017
!!! [Chik Chik Chik] Shake the Shudder
(Sandy) Alex G. Rocket
Aldous Harding Party
Biters The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be
Chris Bathgate Dizzy Seas
Christopher Willits Horizon
Daniel Romano Modern Pressure
DragonForce Reaching Into Infinity
Erasure World Be Gone
Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G. The King & I
Jane Weaver Modern Kosmology
Land of Talk Life After Youth
Linkin Park One More Light
Nick Hakim Green Twins
Papa Roach Crooked Teeth
Pokey LaFarge Manic Revelations
Rascal Flatts Back To Us
Snoop Dogg Neva Left
The Mountain Goats Goths
Wavves You’re Welcome
26 MAY 2017
Justin Townes Earle Kids In The Street
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Lil Yachty Teenage Emotions
Martin Rev Demolition 9
New Order NOMC15 [Live]
Skye Steele All That Light
The Charlatans UK Different Days

Dates can are subject to change. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!


























featured image: Wallpaper Abyss

Music Festivals May 2017….

May 3 / 17

New month and lots of music festivals. Mark your May calendar for these dates….

cred: music wizard festival 

Middle of the Map Fest 2017 ♦ Kansas City, MO ♦ May 4-6, 2017


Beale Street Music Festival 2017 ♦ Memphis, TN ♦ May 5-7, 2017


New Orleans Jazz Festival 2017 ♦ New Orleans, LA ♦ April 28-May 7, 2017

Sunfest 2017 ♦ West Palm Beach, FL ♦ May 3-May 7, 2017


Shaky Beats Festival 2017 ♦ Atlanta, GA ♦ May 5-7, 2017


Carolina Rebellion 2017 ♦ Concord, NC ♦ May 5-7, 2017


Rolling Loud Festival 2017 ♦ Miami, FL ♦ May 5-7, 2017


Waking Windows 2017 ♦ Winooski, VT ♦ May 5-7, 2017


Upstream Music Fest 2017 ♦ Seattle, WA ♦ May 11-13, 2017

FORM Arcosanti Festival 2017 ♦ Arcosanti, AZ ♦ May 12-14, 2017

Shaky Knees Festival 2017 ♦ Atlanta, GA ♦ May 12-14, 2017

Northern Invasion 2017 ♦ Somerset, WI ♦ May 13-14, 2017

Project Pabst Denver 2017 ♦ Denver, CO ♦ May 20, 2017


May 19 2017Hangout Fest 2017Gulf Shores, AL ♦ May 19-21, 2017


Moogfest 2017 ♦ Durham, NC ♦ May 18-21, 2017


Rock on the Range 2017 ♦ Columbus, OH ♦ May 19-21, 2017

Joshua Tree Festival Spring 2017 ♦ Joshua Tree, CA ♦ May 18-21, 2017

Orange Blossom Jamboree 2017 ♦ Brooksville, FL ♦ May 18-21, 2017


River City Rockfest 2017 ♦ San Antonio, TX ♦ May 27, 2017


HoagieNation 2017 ♦ Philadelphia, PA ♦ May 27, 2017



Click on the blue for information on each of these festivals. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!





























featured images: music festival wizard & Wallpaper Abyss - Alpha Coders

Editor’s Note: May 2017

May 1 / 17

Vol. 5 / #5

The fifth month and already Shadowboxerinc is in motion. Not too much going on, but I’m getting ready for summer. New music, new films…well some old, new conferences, workshops…and so on and so on.

Updates on the 4 Heads Governor’s Island Art Fair 2017, Frieze New York, AWP Conference & Bookfair and a few others.

Shadowboxerinc has fashion on the brain. A few fashion designers or stylist will be featured in the Shadow Spotlight post.

@ The Event is headed to Palm Springs California for this month. I’m sure you notice a few changes here and there on the blog and there will be plenty more.

Goodbye April…Hello, May!

































featured image: We Heart It