2017 Summer Movies

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Donald Glover’s Atlanta Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To FX.

I am supposed to write a review about Atlanta, but, I feel like I should tell you a little more about the man that I have a creative crush on. Donald Glover. Here we go…

When I first heard Donald Glover was leaving Community, I didn’t bat an eyelash. I never really got into Community and thought Donald’s writing talent was being wasted. It was rumored Donald left Community to focus more on his rapping career. Glover expelled those rumors with the now infamous rant on hotel napkins through Instagram. I was still  a little unclear on why he left. But, nevertheless, I waited anxiously to see what Donald had in-stored for us. Later that year he dropped his second studio album, Because Of The Internet. Because Of The Internet received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album and was a commercial success. Donald was also seen on the big screen, with small parts in The Martian and Magic Mike. Soon after, it was announced, Donald Glover’s Atlanta was picked up by FX. This was very exciting for Donald Glover fans. He has a very loyal fan base.

Now on to the show, Atlanta. Atlanta is supposed to be about a young man named, Earn trying to make it in the music business with his rapper cousin, Paper Boi. But, it’s about much more than that. The show takes you on a comedic dark roller coaster that’s filled with uncomfortable and unforgettable scenes that will leave you wanting more. There isn’t a show to compare it to. It’s just as raw as a show can get. The characters are relatable and real. From the scene where Earn, played by Glover can’t afford to take the mother of his child to dinner to the very cringe worthy jail scene when a man finds out his ex girlfriend was born male by homophobic inmates. This show is a different take about growing up and making a living in the real world. We have seen a lot of shows about women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. I think Grace and Frankie are in their damn 70s. But, we have never seen a show about a young black man from a two parent household, trying to make ends meet. Atlanta was long over due and I am here for it.

Donald Glover plays the homeless, hopeless Earn. Earn is a down on his luck college drop out. When Earn isn’t struggling to help out financially to help raise his daughter, he’s trying to manage his  wannabe rapper cousin, Alfred. AKA, Paper Boi. Earn lives with his daughter’s mother Van, who seemingly has her shit together.

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My favorite character on the show is Darius. Darius is played by Keith Stanfield. You may recognize Stanfield from playing Snoop in Straight Outta Compton. Everyone knows a pothead like Darius. The insightful, positive, crafty, chill asf pothead. Everyone needs to smoke weed with a guy like Darius. He’s the friend that will have your back and will also tell you the truth when you need it.

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I don’t want to give too much away. If you haven’t seen Atlanta, please do yourself a huge favor and go watch it now! I promise it won’t disappoint. And if you don’t happen to like Atlanta, something is definitely wrong with you. You can catch Atlanta on Tuesday nights at 10PM on FX.

 

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How To Get Away With Murder, Season 1 Episode 3

A little tiny spoiler below.

Shonda Rhimes is on to something with “HTGAWM.” I hated Private Practice and loved Greys Anatomy right up to season 3. Scandal got ridiculous last season and I have yet to to watch a full episode this season. I am still not convinced that Viola Davis was the best choice as he lead for “HTGAWM.” I hate her lace front wigs and prefer if she just wore her real hair. But, with each episode she kind of wins me over and I love “How To Get Away With Murder.”

On ‘How To get Away With Murder’, we see Michaela struggle on making a decision to get past her fiance’s homosexual past. Was she angry that she had to find out from someone else or angry he was once with a man. I think it was a little of both. What would you do? Would you marry a man who had a homosexual past? I remember when I was dating someone who I thought was gay. I couldn’t get it out of my head. He told me he wasn’t but, all signs pointed towards him being gay. I broke up with him. He thinks it’s because of his porn addiction. It wasn’t. It was because I suspected he was very gay. I was also going to marry a man who told me he found Transexuals attractive and had fantasies of having sex with them. And then I think about Kendra Wilkinson from The Girls Next Door. Her husband had sex with a Transexual while she was pregnant. Does that mean he is gay? I have no idea. I just know that we live in a world where sexual orientation is not black or white. Soon, there will soon be no gay or straight. It’s limiting everyone, because there are layers. To some people, sex is just sex. I mean, you can’t help who and what you are sexual attracted to. I do know our government is trying really hard to put everyone in a box and I think as time progresses we will see that you can’t put anyone in a box. People change. As long as you are very honest with your partner, you should be okay. If someone can’t handle your honesty, then they aren’t the one for you.

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Mad Men Season 7

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The tone of Mad Men hasn’t been the same for years. Season 6 was so disjointed and all over the place, it was hard to stay interested. Season 7 premiered last night and I wasn’t impressed. Things  at SC&P has changed.  They have a new guy named Lou. Who is no Don Draper, but people seem to like him. Well, except Peggy. Lou  is making Peggy work hard for his praise. Ted has moved his family to California to get away from Peggy. Because he loved her too much. Hey, that’s kind of what he said. Pete is in California as well and he’s gone Hollywood. California is the type of place you have to embrace or you will hate it. Peter has embraced and made love to California.

We see Don arrive in California and he looks to be in great spirits. Megan is taking meetings and settling into her new home. Their sex life appears to have fizzled. But, Don is in good spirits through it all. He even turns down a young hot traveler on his plane back to New York. The old Don Draper would have took her in the bathroom and punched his miles high club card. Roger is being Roger. He has a young lady love that loves orgies. His daughter wants to reconnect. Probably for money. Joan is determined to make a name for herself at the agency.

I really didn’t find this episode interesting at all. So, I am going to spare you the rest. I hope the next episode is better than this one.

 

What did you think?

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Game Of Thrones Season 4, Episode 2: The Purple Wedding

Mild Spoilers Below:

This is the episode that everyone who has read the books have been waiting for. But, we will get to that later.

Ramsey Snow has trained Theon Greyjoy, who is now “Reek” to be his indentured servant. When Lord Bolton arrives, he sees what Theon has become and questions his bastard son Ramsey. Bolton was planning on trading a whole Theon, not a broken Theon. Bolton is informed the young Stark boys are indeed alive and it was the little orphan farm boys Theon burned and hung at Winterfell. And now, new plan is hatched.

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Stuff that was kind of weak:

Jamie Lannister is determined to learn to fight with his remaining hand. Bran is still looking for the 3 eyed crow. Yawn!  Lord Stannis and his red headed bimbo are sacrificing people for the “Lord Of Light” again.

Now on to the juice. This is what we have all been waiting for. The big wedding. Joffrey was in rare form tonight. He taunted his poor uncle Tyrion all through the reception. He hired dwarfs for the entertainment. He poured wine over  Tyrion’s head. He made Tyrion his cup barrier. Then he demanded Tyrion to “Kneel before Zod.” It was all a big spectacle. But,then the pie arrives. While King Joffery is wolfing down his pie with his new Queen, Margaery , Tyrion and his child bride Sansa has had a enough and tries to sneak out. Joffery urges them to stay as he needs some wine to wash down his pie. Tyrion obliges and gives Joffery a goblet of wine. Then the most glorious scene occurs. Joffery starts to choke. It was glorious! Not as good as the Red Wedding scene, but glorious. Ding Dong, The King Is Dead. All signs point toward Tyrion and he is arrested. That part wasn’t so glorious. Tyrion can’t catch a break. He can’t get any ass from his wife. He can’t get any ass from his whore. Can he live??? Let Tyrion be great!!!

Everyone pour a little liquor out for King Joffrey. Yes, he was evil. But, he made Game Of Thrones great.

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What do you guys think will happen to Tyrion?

Side Bar: I know people who read the books think they are superior to everyone who hasn’t, but I kind of wish I didn’t know Joffery was going to be poisoned. It took away that feeling I had when I hadn’t read the books and saw The Red Wedding. So don’t listen to the snobby geeks who make you feel like they are better than you for reading the books. If you love TV and movies like I do, you know what I mean.

 

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Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1

Mild spoiler alert.

Game Of Thrones has got to be one of the best TV shows of all time. Yea, I know, we have all said that about Breaking Bad. But, Breaking Bad is gone and well, Game Of Thrones has the throne now… literally. I think I’ve seen all the past episodes at least 3 or 4 times. It’s the only way I can keep up with all the characters. My favorite character is Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage. My friend and I were watching The Game Of Thrones marathon last weekend and we both admitted we thought Peter was very sexy and thought about having sexual relations with him, on different occasions. Don’t act like you don’t have those thoughts as well. It’s not just us!!

Let’s get to the episode, shall we? Well, Jamie is back at Kings Landing and they’ve crafted a Luke Skywalker type of hand for him to walk around with.  His father wants him to rule over Casterly Rock in his place. But, Jamie is determined to continue to be Hand Of The King. For some reason, acting as the King of Casterly Rock doesn’t interest him. He would rather continue screwing his sister and protecting his awful son/nephew. His sister/lover, Cersei seems indifferent towards him. When Jamie tries to have an intimate moment with Cersei, she denies him and tells him, “You left me all alone.” Jamie’s son/nephew, Joffery down plays his accomplishments and taunts him about getting captured and losing his hand. Not the warm welcome he was hoping for.

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Daenerys, ‘Mother Of Dragons’ has made yet another detour on her way to “reclaim the throne” at Kings Landing. She needs to stay focus!

Sansa is still pouting. She needs to follow Margery’s lead. Margery’s gay husband died. Do you Margery moping around Kings Landing? NO. Margery is planning a wedding to her new King. Sansa, we know your mother and brother died in a tragic way. But, you need to learn how to play the Game Of Thrones. You are losing. Your hand maiden is trying to seduce your husband right under your nose. You need to smack that bitch. Imp or no Imp, that’s your husband.

Jon Snow is back at Castle Black. He told The Nights Watch he killed The Halfhand and was chilling with the Wildlings while screwing one of their women. All is forgiven and he put back on his black fur. Secretly, Sam is jealous because he gots no ass during HIS venture.

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Meanwhile, Prince Oberyn has landed at Kings Landing and went straight to the brothel for some whores. Tyrion enters the brothel just in time to welcome Prince Oberyn to Kings Landing. Oberyn responds by saying, “Hello. My name is Prince Oberyn Martell. You killed my sister and her kids. Prepare to die.”  I mean, he didn’t quite say THAT, but something like that. Anyway, Lannisters, y’all in danger! Now, let’s get to the more important part of the episode, Tyrion’s side chick, Shae. Shae, it’s over! You are a whore. Tyrion’s married and trying to make his fragile new wife happy. Tyrion doesn’t have time to frolic around like he used to. Shae, you should have taken those coins Varys offered you and got on that boat and sailed away and found you a new man. A man that doesn’t know your whorish past. Women do that all the time. California is just filled with reformed hoes that get married. Leave Tyrion alone and find another lover.

This episode also featured Arya and The Hound. Arya and The Hound are on their way to their way to Arya’s aunt Lysa. You know, Caetlyn’s crazy sister from season one.

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Yup! Her ^^^^. The Hound is going to trade Arya for some money. On their way to crazy Aunt Lysa’s, they stop at a little cabin where they run into the Tickler. The Tickler is one of the names Ms. Arya whispers every night. The Tickler dumb ass, doesn’t recognize little Arya and doesn’t know he is on her list of people to kill.  The Tickler wants to trade chicken for Arya. The Hound isn’t trying to negotiate anything. All he wanted was some chicken and a nice adult beverage to wash that shit down. A big fight ensues and Arya gets her revenge. As for The Hound…….. he gets his chicken.

What did you guys think of the season premiere of Game Of Thrones?

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“BLUE JASMINE” MOVIEW REVIEW

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I think Blue Jasmine is my favorite Woody Allen film to date. No, I didn’t like Manhattan. Blue Jasmine is about a woman named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett).  Jasmine is a former New York socialite from Park Ave, who is down on her luck due to her husband’s shady business dealings. Think Bernie Madoff.  Jasmine decides to move in with her adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco to try to pull her life together. While working as a receptionist in a dentist office and going to school, Jasmine is determined to return to the life that she became accustomed to.

Cate Blanchett is amazing in this role. She plays a woman becoming undone beautifully. Hal, Jasmine’s husband is flawlessly played by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin is such a great actor. When I see he is attached to a film, I always know the film is going to be great. And if the movie isn’t great, I know Baldwin will steal a scene or two. It’s a Baldwin given. Andrew Dice Clay is great as Ginger’s unpolished, brut of a husband who gets sucked into Hal’s business schemes. I hope this opens the door for more roles for Clay. I would like to see more of him on the big screen. My boo, Louis C.K is in this. He sure is. And he is wonderful. Even as a slime ball.

Blue Jasmine is a good solid film all around and I was very pleased with all of the actors performances. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

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“AMERICAN HUSTLE” MOVIE REVIEW

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I’ve been wanting to see “American Hustle” for quite some time. The trailer just looked amazing. People walking slow to cool music. 70’s fashion. Everything you want in a trailer. Plus, there is Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. David O. Russell is the director and I LOVED “Silver Linings Playbook.” I am sold. I am all in.

The movie is about two con artists played by, Jennifer and Christian. They are forced to set up politicians and other criminals to avoid jail time and help a FBI agent move up in the ranks.

I want to acknowledge that AH is a cool film. But, was it great? No. I thought the rhythm was off. It didn’t flow. I thought Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Christian Bale’s wife (I’ma let that sink on in for a minute) performance was just okay and Amy Adams was great and better. Now, I really like Jennifer. I do. But, I felt like she was out of her acting league. She didn’t wow me and I don’t believe she deserves an oscar nod. I think Amy deserves recognition and the applause. I really liked Louis C.K.  I’ve recently watched C.K on Jerry Seinfield’s web series and I just fell in love. I am strangely attracted to him and I don’t know why. He just does it for me. He was great in this film and in Blue Jasmine. I hope, I can meet him one day and possibly go on a date.

American Hustle is worth seeing and paying money for. But, it’s not movie of the year or anything, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get to see it. 🙂

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BEN AFFLECK BATMAN BACKLASH

When I first saw that Ben Affleck would be the new Batman, I instantly hated it. He is definitely not what I had in mind. To be honest, I hadn’t had anyone in mind.  After Christian Bale, I kind of gave up on guesses and suggestions for Batman. I actually secretly hated Bale as Batman. But, I never told anyone. People seemed so satisfied with his performance. I think Heath Ledger had something to do with it. However, Christian Bale wasn’t the worst Batman. Val Kilmer always comes up when “the worst Batman” is discussed.

My favorite Batman was Michael Keaton.  When I was a little girl, I had a little crush on Michael Keaton. I think it started with “Night Shift” Or “Mr. Mom”. I just thought he had a sexy little something about him.

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After some consideration, I am now open to Ben playing the caped crusader. I hope he nails it and proves everyone wrong. If he sucks, it’s “Gigli” all over again and who knows if he’ll recover this time.

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