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Avengers 2 : Age Of Ultron
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Joss Whedon
In Theaters: May 1, 2015 Wide Release
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann.
Official Synopsis: When Tony Stark jump-starts a dormant peace-keeping program things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.
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Why I Want To See It:

When you become the film version of a great marvel comic book team-up and become the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, you have a lot to live up to. One of the reasons The Avengers was so  good was the portrayal of the villain Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. His performance as the Asgardian version of the devil was strong enough to last from the Thor movies all the way into The Avengers. Sadly there is no Loki this time around, and I hope the movie doesn’t suffer because of it.

The film picks up right where Captain America : The Winter Soldier left off with the team joining together to retrieve one of the Infinity Gems in Loki’s septor at a HYDRA base in the snowy mountains. This time around, Earth Mightiest Heroes battle runaway artificial intelligence. You may know that’s one of my favorite topics, one that’s been explored recently in the movie Ex-Machina as well as in Transcendence with Johnny Depp. In that movie, Paul Bethany plays a man trying to stop world digital Armageddon. In Avengers 2 Bethany has graduated from just being the voice of Iron Man’s AI JARVIS to his own character The Vision. I loved that character in the comic books and was glad Marvel decided to introduce him into the movies. Comic fans will remember that the main story-line for Vision is his love affair with Scarlet Witch who we also get introduced to in the movie, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Her brother Quicksilver also shows up – recast from Evan Peters in X-Men Days of Future Past to Aaron Taylor.

In the Marvel movie universe Ultron is the creation of Tony Stark. Anyone familiar with the comics knows that Ultron was created by Henry Pym, who film-goers will be introduced to when Ant-Man hits theaters this July with Paul Rudd in the lead. Ultron is voiced by movie and television actor James Spader, fresh off NBC’s Blacklist. One of the biggest questions I have about this movie is; can he fill in the shoes of Hiddleston’s Loki?

The chemistry between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the rest of the team will be need to be at full boil for this sequel to have any chance of being as good as the first film. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is getting along within the team, especially in a romance with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) implied by recent trailers.

The Avengers 2 : Age Of Ultron is the next step leading up a whole host of new movies including Black Panther. I am defiantly hoping to see some hints at whats to come in Captian Americas : Civil War as well as other Marvel franchises planned in 2016 and beyond.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit." - Aristotle. A seasoned connoisseur of only the best things in life. The Fortune Five will help you not waste one of life's most valuable commodities, time.

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Review: Godzilla vs. Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong reminds me that I was an idiot as a child. I allowed the 4:30 Movie too significant a piece of my brain pie. I existed in a headspace where The Planet of the Apes and Gamera were more science than fiction. I was certain skyscraper-sized monsters lived in the woods a few blocks away, and that ghosts were under my bed. Somewhere in possibility-land, a black and white Lon Chaney slowly becomes a werewolf in a handful of dissolving frames.

Cut to my final form, and I can’t help but think these movies are just a total waste of time and resources. Sure, the effects can be impressive but often they have as much weight as a video game. Buildings smash into dust, an actor says a line against a green screen, then Kong sits on a throne like a stereotypical king. Ah doi!

Sure, the hollow Earth with upside-down mountains in the sky is cool – but where’s that sun coming from? The MechaGodzilla fight has some great effects, but you can watch those on Youtube without having to sit through a bunch of lines like “Kong bows to no one.”

Maybe I just can’t enjoy normal human things anymore.

 

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) 113min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 31 March 2021 (USA) Summary: The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.
Countries: USA, Australia, Canada, IndiaLanguages: English, American Sign Language

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran released his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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Now that Captain America is Black…

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Now that Captain America is Black

  1. Bucky Barnes will change his name to Summer Soldier Buckquan because “Nah son! we ain’t doing sh*t in the winter!”
  2. Fearing for their lives, Police officers will fire 751 shots at Cap in the 4th of many incidents to come.
  3. In a new altered timeline, Thanos will win due to Cap being detained by a routine traffic stop. “How can you afford Vibraniun on a government salary? Please step out of the vehicle sir.”
  4. Captain America will form a Rap group with Black Panther called “Black-America.” The group will not be received well but will eventually have all their intellectual property stolen for decades to come without any due repar… I mean royalties. #MESSAGE
  5. Racists will be utterly confused when they tell Captain America to “Go back to where you came from.” Equally confused, Cap will pack up all his belongings and stay put.
  6. Cap will be accused of stealing Thor’s hammer the next time he picks it up.
  7. Cap’s shield will be replaced with a Vibraniun PlayStation Controller since black men are more comfortable throwing that.
  8. The battle decree will officially be changed from “Avengers Assemble” to “Yerrrrr! It’s on sight!”
  9. After 40 years of service, Cap will travel back in time to 1998 to finally get that last dance with his true love, Laura Winslow. They will Cha Cha Slide to “Before I let Go” as the credits role.
  10. Upon retirement, those jaded with having an Af-Am do such an amazing job will appoint a failed real estate charlatan to take up the mantle. The New Cap will immediately try and grab Scarlet by her “Johansson” and declare himself the best Captain America that ever did it during his inauguration.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Chadwick Boseman Forever!!

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It is clear that Chadwick Boseman chose iconic roles like Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Black Panther with deliberate intent and for a specific purpose. In an age where positive roles for Black actors is often sparse, Chadwick managed to land and portray historical figures that made most respect his talents if not revel in his ability to transition effortlessly for one character to another. Even I had to give his African accent a solid B+ (It’s the highest grade the Nigerian Standards Bureau can give for an African accent to a non African FYI.)

Holding out and preparing for these dynamic roles came with both great frustration and incredible resolve I’m certain. Not to mention the taxing ordeal of battling Colon Cancer as the grueling scheduling of filming and increasing responsibility for positive representation loomed. Even under extreme duress, Chadwick’s commitment to others appeared to outweigh his own tribulations, unbeknownst to us all.

Black Panther may have been just a movie to some and that may be because some can easily rattle off 10 movies with a king of non Af-Am origin. It represented a lot more to others. Albeit imagined, imagery on cinema often accomplishes more to augment the social narrative and society itself than actual reality. If negative stereotypes influence perception then positive ones absolutely have the same converse effect.

Even in jest, the cultural misappropriation of raisins in potato salad on SNL skits directly spoke to the tampering of black culture to which T’challa championed, represented and aptly responded “Oh hell Nah Karen!”

If you don’t understand the relevance of representation, it’s probably because you are thoroughly represented. After all, no one is ever grateful for every breath they take until they are gasping for air.

R.I.P Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for breathing life into the possibility of Black excellence.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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