By Paul Anthony
We are in the era of full women rights and rightful so, god made us all equals therefore we should get paid equal. If you are good at what you do you should be paid well regardless if you are an man or woman now it is something different if you just suck at what you do. But we know or some of us know that a company’s revenue is very important because that revenue helps pay for people’s income. Now this is very true for sports leagues. Revenue from fans showing up and buying clothes and jerseys helps keep a sports league in great shape for years to come. Now the part that is fun for Athletes in these leagues is the money they can get with little to no education, sounds like i am being harsh but I am not. Just think you are in debt from college making maybe 50 to 70k starting out. Some of these people make 300K with no debts from college, so when I say I am not trying mean I am really not. that high number Just mention is for men not women sadly, their case is much different, but as they fight for equal pay the truth is they may never get it but who is to blame for that? Well if you are sports fan then look no further then at yourself.
Leagues live on their revenue that is no secret and it comes from the fans, just look at the NFL which makes billions upon billions which they can give their plays millions per year and not think twice about it. I know you heard the saying called the big four leagues which are the biggest leagues in North America in terms of revenue, they are NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL. Then you have two more leagues behind them which are MLS and the CFL. All are of course Men leagues. So how do these leagues make then? NFL makes about 13 billion, MLB makes about 9.5 billion, NBA makes about 5.2 billion, MLS makes .9 billion and CFL makes about .2 billion. Some high numbers right.
Now you may be wondering where do the women leagues stack up against these numbers? truth is they don’t at all. Let’s look at the biggest Woman’s league and that is the WNBA, but they wouldn’t have stuck around had it not been for the NBA giving them money, about 11 million dollars per year for most of its time here just so they can remain a float, now just for a few years only half of the league’s teams reported a profit and that comes with not enough people watching them shine.
This topic become a hot topic thanks to the US Women National team winning the World Cup for the second time and four of the 8 world cups and while the men failed to qualify for the world cup. Now people only seemed to be interested in these world games for National pride rather then being a hardcore fan of the sports because those hardcore fans are far in between Just ask yourself which game would you attend a NBA game or WNBA game and then you’ll understand why they don’t get paid that much.
I would like to say one day this could change but it won’t change until the right action is taken and what is the right action? Well one solution is the men Leagues buy the Women’s leagues and fund them that which could clearly boost the pay for the women but that could also mean less profits for the big four leagues are they willing to accept 12 billion instead of 13 billion, I would say no because they would have already done this. I wish the women Athletes the best of luck and keep fighting for higher pay!
Dave Bautista last few years have been catching my eye, in fact even before he started getting movie roles, he’s last few months full time in WWE were probably his best and you just saw a star being born and then his big time role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and in the Avengers films. Since then I have been curious to see his performances going forward and when I saw the preview for this film I could tell this film might not be the big film of the year far from it in fact so what did I think of the film?
Well Let’s start with the casting and acting. As I mention before I am big fan of Bautista now him and Kumail Nanjiani as Stu to me was the highlights among the acting well the only highlight. Now I know KuMail has been around but mostly been doing a lot of voice work and that will continue going into next year when he is the film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Now back to the film, Most of the other characters seem like they were only making cameos so it was hard to even make it seem like they were threat. Actually the movie made it seem like Bautista character Vic’s eye sight issues were the only real realize to why the bad guys were winning for most of the film and soon as his eyes got he got the upper hand it was pretty much over.
Because of that the character development was on the weak side of things because half the time I forgot who the bad guys were and didn’t really care for them which I felt like it did hurt the film and the epic fight fell felt to me. Yes this is a comedy but any good R Rated comedy needs a lot of other things to carry it and just didn’t have it outside of the main two good guys.
Now let’s talk about the idea here because this was something new and Yes buddy cop films are nothing new but using Uber is new and that has value to me. So in the end how I rate this film? I give this film a C it had moments but it just that moment and nothing will jump out at you but wasn’t a bad ride either. The numbers aren’t out yet but I would assume you would see this film somewhere in the top 5!
By Paul Anthony
Well I think this time I am truly getting tired of bad films thinking they are good, I often catch myself wondering when is funny no longer funny anymore, I get my answer when I was any new movie that Adam Sandler is in. Few years back we all know the story Adam Sandler’s production company signed a contract with Netflix to produce a number films, all signs point to the fact that the contract was for 8 films and this film marks the 7th film in the contract. I’ll be honest this deal needs to end fast.
I know Netflix at first was getting a lot of views on this film which, I am going to guess people were expecting something great and comedy gold when you have Jennifer Aniston in it but when you think about that you also have to realize that Adam Sandler is in it as well. Let’s get to this review of this film This movie fell flat to me and I am being nice, this film was built as a comedy and I don’t think I even laughed once. The cast did what they could and you had some good names in this film, for starters you had Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans and Terence Stamp, though his role was more of an cameo rather then the main cast. Jennifer has been in a few good comedies the last few years. Now We know she was on friends and that was a sitcom, but with that being said I don’t find her funny on her own but give her a good cast and script and she will make you laugh, however she couldn’t in this film but that is no fault of her own. Adam’s job was to bring the laughs the problem is his style grew old like him and instead of changing it up he just keeps playing the same character and that gets old.
The plot was basic, for starters it was about a Marry couple who after 15 years of marriages seems to be falling apart because of laziness on Adam’s character to part. To spice it up he plans a last minute trip to Europe and there they get tangled into a rich family fighting for the billions of dollars, in the end they are set up to look like the killers in which case they must prove that they didn’t do it. Sounds like a fun idea for a movie but the writing was just weak and you kind of saw who was the guilty party.
Yes I am bashing this movie because, I hardly ever watched a comedy that didn’t make me laugh just a little, with that being said I am giving this film an E, they had a good idea but they just didn’t deliver good on the idea, this film could have been better but this is what is expected from an Adam Sandler movie these days and trust it is sad. We know now this was film 7 in the 8 film contract so this deal is coming to an end which may not be a bad thing for Netflix.
By Paul Anthony
Its a new month and we using a tier system to rank our movies, so before we get started let me explain a little about this tier system. we will be using letters to give our rating, think about it like being in school, S will be used as the top of the top movies in this case S will be Super or 100plus percentage next will A or Awesome like 90 to 100 percent rating, B will be Basic or 80 or 90 percent rating, next will be C for careful which will be 70 to 80 percent. Then we got the Letter D for Drool or 60 to 70 percent. Now we are really getting low here now we Have E for effort which is 50 to 60 percent, and now we have the lowest rating which is F which is failure which is 0-50 percent. Now that we got that out of the way let’s get to the review!
Since Marvel took over Spider-Man he has been getting many positive reviews despite there being so many films with Spider-Man since 2002, but this is Marvel second solo Spider-Man film and trust me they did deliver! For starters I am giving the film the rating of A right around 95 percent. Tom Holland continues to grow as Spider-Man and Peter Parker, its important to note that despite the two being one a key to a secret identity is being different from your alter ego. Tom Holland does a great job at growing into both roles. In Here we now seem him going through the idea of him not wanting to be the big hero yet still being a hero and wanting a normal life with his friends which makes sense because he is only 16 and been through tons. These films set a good tone with decent humor but also let Holland shine with showing how much he misses Tony, which is a good touch because Tony did want he did for Peter.
Now I am not the biggest fan of Jake Gyllenhaal but he did do a good job at Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, The trailers made it seem like he was going to be a hero pretty much every trailer made him look like a hero now not spoiling for anyone here but he is a Master of Trickery and Illusion and Marvel can’t stress that enough.
Another thing that I did like was in this film we saw more of Peter Parker rather then Spider-Man and like I said before we needed this because we saw more of Spider-Man the last few films. Usually I would knock it for that but it made sense to do that. They also explain the aftermath of the snap and explain that it is called “The Blip” and explain those who faded and came back had to start where they were before they faded so if you had a younger brother he would basically be your older brother now. Let’s get to the post credit scenes more importantly the first. We know j. Jonah Jameson is big in the Spider-Man universe and people really loved him after J.K. Simmons portray him from 2002 to 2008 in the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man with reboots we know there will be new actors for roles but then Marvel and Sony gave us a treat With J.K Simmons reprising the role! Yes its a spoiler but who cares this was just such an awesome thing to get this treat! Either Please go see the movie, the movie budget is 150 million and just in two days according the stats it has already made 130 million not bad!
By Paul Anthony
Let’s ask ourselves how much we would spend on a Jersey? Now Imagine that jersey being from a legend an baseball god. Recently Babe Ruth’s jersey that he wore with the Yankees from 1928 to 1930. Someone bought the jersey and your mind will be Blown away when I tell you for how much!
Try spending over five million dollars on a jersey that you will never wear in your life. Crazy I know right, just think if you had five million dollars how would you spent it? I don’t know buy a nice house and new cars, have the kids college funds taken care of. However if you have 5 million to spend then you have plenty of money then but still over million is a lot for a small item. Now I get Babe Ruth was a god in the baseball world, his stats rank nearly number 1 for nearly 50 years and so forth, there may never be another player like him in anyone life time. He did things that the other home run kings never did. So it makes sense that his jersey would be auctioned off at a high price which crushed the previous record which was over 4 million dollars, oh by the way that jersey was his jersey as well when he played for the Boston Red Soxs in 1920.
I am a Baseball fan, I really am but I still think that amount of money is crazy to spend on just a jersey, but hey if you take good care of it and the older it gets then the more money it will be worth. Who knows you might even get ten million for it. Then again it can be difficult to give something up that you bought because you do love it.
Baseball has been around for a very long time, well 150 years and a Babe Ruth Jersey from that era is rare since in that time frame many people didn’t care about the jerseys and I can Imagine no body thought someone’s jersey would be worth that much money, so I’m guessing they didn’t want to take good care of them. Just think Babe Ruth played for 21 seasons and we are only hearing about two jerseys. When or if more jerseys of his pop up in auctions I am sure they will sell for even more. Just think if someone had his rookie jersey and they wanted to sell it. I would think that jersey would be over ten million but who knows we will just have to wait and see!
By Paul Anthony
Are you a Bond fan? Of course you are who isn’t? When News broke that Daniel Craig would be returning as James Bond after years of rumors that he was done with Bond and rumors of people set to replace him. That all went away when filming began and he showed up to play James Bond. I admit I was excited to hear the good news since I believe him to be the best Bond in recent history and verdict is still out if he is the best Bond ever, though I know some fans will disagree with me but just look at the body of work he has done with the character.
It’s sad that we went through the drama of film rights and what not which put this movie on ice until everything was settled. Just as filming begun something and that was a big something, and that was Craig was injured during a running scene and first it just seemed like it was no big deal but that was until reports came out and said that he was flown back to the states. At this point the fan base was on pins and needles. Sadly we learned that he would have ankle surgery. Yikes not the type of news we wanted to hear. But we also know Craig does his own stunts and when you do your own stunts this is part of the job, which he understands.
Well there is good news and that news is recently Daniel himself posted a picture that he was back at the gym and working out, but there was bad news as well. If look at the rest of photo you will see he is in a big boot and you can guess that when someone wearing a boot normally is down and out for 6 to 8 weeks which means the release date for Bond 25 is put on hold.
As of right now Bond 25 which has yet to be given an title was set to come out in April of 2020, with this set back I would almost assume that the film will be pushed back until the fall of 2020 at the earliest. This will be bittersweet in some ways because Craig did say this would be his last Bond film. And now with the wait even longer. I can hope that this film will be worth it. I am digging the plot with him being out of active service, we can only hope the final film will be a good one!
By Paul Anthony
I know there was a lot of hype when this movie was announced, the hype was weird because Netflix just made two awesome films that brought the franchise back from the dead when the Seed of Chucky was released. When people announce a reboot they generally don’t want the former cast and crew involved, by now we should realize this because this is nothing new yet people will still boo woo, so here is some advice go see the product when it comes out so they won’t reboot it then. Now this film was labeled as a reboot, the intent is to reboot the series if this was a standalone film it was clear this would be reimagination because it is a twist to a old story.
Now let’s get to the movie shall we, now there are some things they did right and other things they did wrong so let’s get to what they did right. For starters casting Mark Hamill for the voice of this new Chucky was a great idea. Replacing Brad Dourif was no easy task but then again Mark Hamill is just as good. Adding a computer program as the issue instead of voodoo was another thing that I did enjoy, we are now in the age of films where people want to actually believe it could happen and we all know how computers can be.
Now Here are the things that weren’t bad but wasn’t good either and that is Andy’s age in this one I just find it hard to believe that a 13 year old kid would want a doll to play with unlike a much younger kid, yet it was workable. Here is what I don’t like the characters in this movie seemed to be rushed. One minute Andy doesn’t have friends and the next minute he does and shortly after things his friends turn their back him. I get kids are like that but still there should be more to it and was it sad that I had no love for the mother and didn’t care if she died. The chucky doll design did look fake and cheesy compared to what the original had going for it.
Though the character development was weak I still have to praise the film for being better then I thought. I believe this film could be good enough to spawn a sequel which based on how it ended I think they intend to make a part but we all know money talks so if the film fails to make it big then it ends there, in the end I get it 3.8 stars and hope for a part two!
By Paul Anthony
Some people just can’t behave and they show that age doesn’t always mean you become wise. There is a saying and that saying is once a cheater always a cheater. Now there are different forms of that saying but today we all going to use the form of Once a Criminal always a Criminal. The person that I am speaking of course is O.J Simpson who finally on Twitter and some of the stuff will blow your mind. Now to the young fans who may not know why this old guy is famous I will break it down for you.
O.J Simpson was a great running back in the 70’s where he played for 11 seasons and though it was only 11 years, he proved to be the best back in his time. However by the the time the 90’s came around he became even more famous when he murdered his wife who was cheating on him, He also killed her boyfriend as well. He took police on a low speed chase that was televised in his white Bronco. The trial came and he had gotten a dream team of lawyers, who actually made sure he got off and became a free man. After that the rest of the decade proved that Simpson’s second chance of life was nothing more then a joke to him because he would fight drug charges and not paying his taxes.
Now his tax issues must have been why he decided to rob a person in Las Vegas that had his sports memorabilia at gun point. That’s right he decided to commit Armed Robbery. Once again he was back in jail this time he actually served prison time just nine years for everything he has done. I guess some time is better then no time. Now he is in his 70’s and like I said before he decided to join twitter and let me just say OH BOY.
In O.J. first tweet he decides to make a video and in this video it starts off pretty basic and him just saying this is his real account but then he adds “Now I got some getting even to do”. Now I know things can be taken out of context but he knows what he was doing and so do we. However he began to tweet other stuff like I just stabbed my wife I didn’t kill her and then posted a photo of black gloves and said I hope they fit.
Now Once again he could be just saying that because he wants the attention and he knows he became even more famous for what he had done. We all know social media can make stars out of people and for O.J. who is broke I would think, I am sure he needs money. Now Those are just some his tweets that I mention go check out the rest because he is very entertaining and it should make twitter fun at the very least!
By Paul Anthony
This week we got to crown two team champions from two different leagues and they are both first time champions! That is right the NHL season is over and so is the NBA season. Your champions are the ST. Louis Blues and the Toronto Raptors both are first time champions in franchise history. First before we get started lets say congrats to both teams for winning. The Blues needed 7 games to win and the Raptors needed six games and few injuries to do it but nonetheless became the world champs.
First let’s start with the Blues, very rare you go from being the worse team in a certain month of the season then by the end of season winning it all however they had some good motivation in doing so. The Blues caught the news that they had a young super fan named Laila Anderson who is only 11 years old but sadly is battling a life threatening autoimmune disease, its a disease that only a hand full of children get and it was her wish to see the Blues win the cup and sure enough they fought for her to the end and then the best part was, she was there at game 7 and even went on the ice to touch the cup, so good for her, it is one of those feel good moments that you just don’t get often. Now Boston took the loss and trust me they might be crying but the Boston area sport fans have been spoiled with championships.
With Championships Golden State Warriors have been reigning kings in the NBA, this year has been no different except they had to finish second instead of first. The biggest story to come out of this year finals was the Toronto Raptors fans. the team right now is celebrating the first championship in franchise history with bunch of throw away players but the fans stole the show but not in a good way.
There has been an unwritten rule in sports that you just don’t do and that is cheer at someone who just got injured, now I get you sometimes you can get caught up in the moment after all this was the championship but when Kevin Durant went down you knew something wasn’t right. There was no denying the cheers from crowds were loud when Toronto scored but then there was a pause and when the crowd saw Kevin down they got even louder then when their own team scored. At that moment we didn’t know what injury he had, considering he just came back from a calf injury, many thought he was rushed back but even Kevin said he made the choice to come back, we now know that he actually ruptured his Achilles which for what he does, this alter his career.
In the end this just didn’t look good for anyone and you know it is bad when the players on your team tells you to calm it down, even if they try to deny that, it was clear they were unhappy by there fans. At the end as well this is just a game and we have to understand that and the people that we root for and boo are people as well and Basketball like many other sports are just games. I am sure this black eye on the fan base will be a learning experience in which we will have to wait and see next season!
By Paul Anthony
After 7 films in the main series the X-Men films have come to an end and with that being said it did not end in with a bang in fact it fell flat.Some things made sense others did not but as the final film I believe this was the worse film of the series. X-Men films have been on the down fall recently but this was it. Who would have thought that doing a storyline twice would be worse then the first at least with the first time around they had Wolverine but we know Hugh Jackman retired from the role.
This movie opening weekend was the worse of any film and I kid you not, was the film a complete waste of time no, but it was pretty bad. First the crew was back and this time they had to deal with Jean Grey becoming the phoenix now in time film they make you believe it was a power from outer space however they must have forgotten about the ending of the previous film, where the film ends and makes it clear the phoenix power was in Jean Grey all along. Now another plot hole that I found and has been around was the characters ages. Magneto and Professor X should being looking the old guys that they are but instead they look the same as they did in the 60’s, these are big time plot holes that hurt the film.
Another thing that I was disappointed was that the fact that Quicksilver didn’t have one of his fun fast scenes that we were use to seeing, in fact he was hardly in the film except for a few and I do mean a few one liners. Now let’s talk about the action and the action came in the final twenty minutes of the film and when you have a two hour long movie that is suppose to be an action film but instead we got a bunch of running around with a story that was very thin as it was and to have no action to go along with it just made it a snooze fest.
Now as much as it seems like I am bashing this film, there were some good moments, when Jean grey got to use her powers it was a fun ride to see how powerful she truly was and even the performances of many of the cast were on par but hers really did stand out and I am truly sad not to see Sophie Turner do more X-Men films, Who knows maybe Disney will keep her when they reboot the series down the road. I am big Marvel fan and it breaks my heart to give this film a 2 star rating, it wasn’t bad and it had some good moments honestly I would say go see it on discount days and that is HOW X-Men ends!