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Film Review: Justice League

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!

 

image source: syfy.com

 

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Film Review: Annabelle Creation

Film Review: Annabelle Creation

August 14 / 17

Hello…hope everyone had a good and resting weekend. Saw Annabelle: Creation Saturday and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a prequel and better than the first Annabelle film.

Creation takes place twelve years, 1955 after a doll maker, Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Ester (Miranda Otto) lose their only child, a daughter named Annabelle ‘Bee’, to a horrible accident. They decided to open their home to a nun and several orphaned girls. Everything seems to go well, that is until one of the girls discover the dollmaker’s crafted dolls in a forbidden bedroom …..opening a sinister entity.

You shouldn’t be in that room……

Produced by James Wan (director of The Conjuring and Insidious films) and Peter Safran, director David F. Sandberg ( Lights Out) takes the lead in this prequel.  Of course this time we get the real story of how this creepy doll got its start.

What I like about this film and The Conjuring films is that you really don’t need a whole lot of blood, gore, and guts to make it scary. What makes a good horror film scary is the unknown. You know that feeling you get when you walk down a somewhat dark hallway, you feel the hairs standing on the back of your neck and on your arms, you get anxious….You get the picture. With this film, you get that sense.

Sandberg doesn’t disappoint with the whole gimmicks of what a good horror film needs. Does this film show too much? Nah, not really. The plot may be somewhat lacking, though. You’re trying to fill in the holes of the whole film, but again you get the backstory about the doll and how it all ties within The Conjuring universe.

The film topped the box office by $35 million. In all fairness, Annabelle: Creation is just what you need if you’re looking for a good scare. A really good scare.

Annabelle: Creation – B

 

 

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Film Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

Film Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

May 21 / 16

Hello again. I did promise a film review right? I just saw What Happened Miss Simone a few weeks ago. I saw it twice actually.

She was called the Priestess of Soul. Not only was Simone a singer, but also a very accomplished pianist, whose voice crossed to jazz, blues, folk, r&b, pop, and gospel. The biographical documentary film, directed by Liz Garbus, focuses on Simone’s early years, the ups and downs of her career and personal life. You see rare archival footage of her performances, interviews from her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, an actress and singer, close friends, and her former husband and manager, Andrew Stroud.

During an 1968 interview, Simone was asked what is free to her and she said that freedom to her is no fear…”If I could have that half of my life, no fear.”

Born Eunice Wayman in Tryon, North Carolina, she began playing the piano when she was three years old. She changed her name to Nina Simone, Nina” (from niña, meaning “little girl” in Spanish), and “Simone” was taken from the French actress Simone Signoret. The reason was so she wouldn’t be detected by her mother, a Methodist minister, wouldn’t approve of her daughter playing “the devil’s music.” We see Simone rising to success during the late fifties into the early sixties with hits like I Loves You, Porgy, Nobody Knows You When Your Down and Out, and I Put a Spell on You. It wasn’t until 1963 when the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the four young African-American girls were killed from the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama that Simone wrote the song Mississippi Goddamn, that changed Simone’s musical direction. She said the song was like throwing 10 bullets back at them. When I read the lyrics, it’s like Simone’s words just poured out from her, “Alabama’s got me so upset, Tennessee’s made me lose my rest, and everybody knows about Mississippi goddamn.” Not only was it turning point professionally, but personally.

We also see the turmoil in her marriage to Stroud, a former policeman who managed Simone’s career. Her daughter mentioned that her mother was Nina Simone 24 hours and that’s when it became a problem….”She was fighting her own demons. She was full of anger and rage. She couldn’t live with herself and that’s when everything fell apart.”

What I came away with after seeing this documentary was that, although she was a brilliant musician, she was also a tortured soul. In spite of all the lows, Simone lived her life the way she wanted. She was a brilliant, free spirit. That’s what this film said to me.

If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do. It’s still on Netflix, so you still have a chance. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be blessed.

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