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Bird Box Review

By Paul Anthony

Over the last few months, I have heard so much about the Netflix film Bird Box. There was the movie itself and the stupid Bird Box challenge that was beyond dangerous. I kept pushing off the idea for a review of the film until now. I know it is a little late but I wanted to see this film and due to it still being popular I watched it. Now I have formed my opinion of the film and let me take a deep breath.

As I watched the film I started to be torn in half on how I actually felt about the film. There were parts of the film that blew it out of the park then parts there were parts that just hurt the film. For an example lets look at the cast. The cast was strong with some big names like Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich and B.D. Wong however they then have Machine Gun Kelly as a pointless character called Felix, Now Kelly can’t act and honestly looks like he was just busy himself which hurt the film because even when he spoke it just was bad lets put it that way.

With a movie like this in my mind when you add pointless characters added by people who can’t act, it really does hurt the film luckily his character wasn’t in the film long. Next part that I did like is the jump in time which if done right we know can help the plot which doesn’t seem to drag the story out and in this case they do a good job. We Sandra Character with kids by herself going down a river. What we don’t know how she came to be alone with the kids, the time jump helps explains why she is alone. The biggest thing I have heard about this film was it was a rip off of A Quiet Place and yes there was parts that are the same but there are parts that were different. These two films were no where a like with how Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down.

Overall we knew she would be alone but the Mass Suicide Sides were a great twisted touch. Now it was a cool touch to have the crazies as they call them to see these entities and live only to pass their message to the people the downfall was that this felt so random. The crazies weren’t in a lot of scenes, they little explain their reasons and besides that wasn’t around much.

With everything being up and down this Horror movie sits in the middle of the pack so with that being said i give it three out of five stars and would say if you have time and want something to watch then watch it!

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Dance Moms Set To Return

By Paul Anthony

Can you believe Dance Moms is coming back to Lifetime! Okay Okay I know what you are thinking, you want to tell me to calm down. We can’t deny the show became a big hit in the first seven years to the point I am talking about it and I am not a fan of the Lifetime channel but when a show reaches the top the only thing it can do is go down and that is exactly what happen.

When a show gets to the top, the stars get to the top as well and that becomes a problem because the stars in this case were the dancers on the team that the show is based around. They have other talents and decided to explore that and that was step one of the down fall. The show made stars out of Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and the Sparky JOJO not to mention NiA as well. The show also belongs to the mothers of the dancers hence the title of the show is Dance Moms which these moms used their children talent to recapture their youth since they do nothing else but “manage their children”. We love to hate them to say the very least. But there is also another star of the show and that is Abby Lee Miller.

In season 7 Abby started to become distance and seemed frustrated even beyond the normal. Then we learn she was going to prison for bankruptcy fraud and it only got worse from there. After prison she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphona then had emergency back Surgey and just last June she has Spinal Surgey and had to learn how to walk again.

It seemed like the show was over and then we got a shocker and that shocker was that after all this Abby lee Miller annouced that she would start filming season 8 at the end of january and the season will start on june 4th!

We know that there will be 8 new dancers which means 8 new moms which also means the same old drama but Abby lee also said she wants to get back to basics which I guess it means she wants the show to focus on the dancing and not the drama. However that may hurt the ratings which I don’t think Lifetime wants to see happen. However we are still a few months away so if your fan of the show then I bet you can’t wait to see what happens in this new season!

Captain Marvel: Review

By Paul Anthony

D.C. first big hit was Wonder Woman for their DCEU and Ironically enough Marvel released their first woman led heroine film. Which marks the first film for Marvel Studios. Let’s disregard the Marvel film Elektra since it was a Fox’s film which completely bombed and in my eyes hurt the heroine genre but now we know things have changed since then.

We knew going into Avengers: EndGame that Captain Marvel would be the X-factor to fight Thanos, well at least that is what marvel seems to be making us believe. If that is truly the case which I believe is the case, they needed to build her up, which would make sense to have her film come out way beforehand instead of 7 weeks before Endgame. With that being said they needed this film to be good and lets say Marvel didn’t disappoint us.

Like many first movies in what will be a series, it was a origin movie of sorts. This may be played out, so Marvel had to make it interesting and they did exactly that. We get carol with her powers already and on the StarForce team, what we don’t see how she got her powers and joined the team. This created a little of a Mystery which helped the plot of the film. Now instead of wasting a whole film they made it into one scene it worked out well.

The acting was on par with the other Marvel film, they do a great job with casting, Brie Larson fits the mold and made the role all hers. She spent time getting into the shape and with the sarcasm and good heart it felt different but she wasn’t the only cast member to stand out, we had Samuel L. Jackson as a young Fury and Jude law and let’s not forget a rookie Agent Coulson played by Clark Gregg.

As I watched this film it did feel like Captain Marvel and Captain America were the same person and film both were weak but had the will to keep fighting the good fight and in the end the hard work paid off. If Captain Marvel is the X-Factor this film needed to show her off what she is fully capable of. They exactly did that, from the start she was not afraid of using her powers and as the movie went on she only got stronger and more confident. The effects for her power was spot on and even the hand to hand combat was good.

We knew this movie was going to be a hit and barely a week in the movie has gross over 450 million dollars and the numbers will continue to go up though April is looking like a tough month, so the film will need to make its money this month. In the end I am giving it four stars and recommend everyone to go see it!

The R. Kelly Reign of Terror

By Paul Anthony

I don’t know what it is like to have women throw themselves at you, nor do I want to but I do know one thing messing with Underage women is wrong, the problem is R. Kelly does not. R. Kelly is famous for two things, one which is his music which shot him to stardom and for having sexual relationship with young women who are more like girls then women because of their age which the rumor is that the youngest one could be as young as 13.

As we know R. Kelly landed in jail last month when Chicago Prosecutors charged him with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse which three of the four victims are in fact under age. If you don’t pay much attention to him, you may think this is something new but in fact it is not. Let’s go back to 1994 when Kelly who was 27 at the time wrote and collaborated with a new R and B singer called Aaliyah who was only 15 at the time, the song was called Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, which seems to be Kelly slogan. Working together is one thing, sleeping together is another. Kelly was accused of forging a marriage certificate to make Aaliyah 18 so they could get married though they got divorced months later, Kelly claimed he never had sex with her, okay but yet you still married a little girl.

Aaliyah was the most famous one but that doesn’t mean she was the only one because she was there was countless of other girls who accused him of abusing them. Yet this was going on he mange to avoid trouble and work on his career which continue to grow and he became a bigger and bigger name in the music industry, things really came crashing on him in 2002, when he was charged with child pornography, it took six years for everything to end when he was acquitted of all charges. Still his career was going strong he was still producing hits and no one thought twice.

However we are now in a era where people can’t get away with the things he did or being accused of, in the 90’s he got away with it but now it’s different because fame can’t even save him, after being acquitted you would thing he would stop but now we know that’s not the case. Kelly got in trouble this time when someone in his camp turned a tape into police and the video shows Kelly with a 14 year old girl which during the video she refers to her private areas as 14 year old p****several times.

We know Kelly was abused as a child and we know victims offended become abusers themselves, this might be the case for him as well but it still doesn’t make it right or give him an excuse because now he is denying everything and blaming it on the families of the alleged victims. It’s one thing to deny but another to put blame on other people. We know this process will be a long one we can only hope that this is the end of his terror for good.

Oh Jussie

By Paul Anthony

When you are in show Biz, you realize that it is hard work to make it in Hollywood and sometimes the hard work is just not good enough. Recently a star of a hit show called Empire which is on Fox decided just to throw it all away. We don’t know why this person decided to do this but whatever the reason is we know that it wasn’t worth. Empire been on air since 2105 and Jussie Smollett has been apart of that show ever since it started. So if you live under a rock I will explain what he did and why it might have just ruin his career.

The reasons why he did what he did is still unclear but the biggest rumor has been the money, which Fox has denied which implies they believe everyone is getting paid the right amount and the fact no one else is complaining, but let’s start from the beginning Jussie Smollett reported to the Chicago Police that he was attacked by two light skin men who screamed MAGA, which stands for Make America Great Again which is the slogan President Trump uses. Part of the report also stated that, they threw a white Chemical substance on him during the attack. He also stated he was a target because he was black and gay. With this happening in Chicago where the racial tension is at a high which is the reports and nothing to truly back it up but in any case this didn’t help matters. The Police started the investigation and what they found was what no one was expecting. The “Attackers” weren’t light skin or white no, they were two African America men who are in fact friends with Smollett. After awhile they finally admitted that Smollett paid them 3500 dollars via check to staged an attack and that they are not racist by any means. Oh that chemical substance was nothing more than tyenol.

Since these are facts now Fox decided to cut Smollett character out the final three episodes of Empire this season and we are still waiting for them cut his character out all together which i am guessing they will do if he is truly convicted in this crime because he could face jail time in this case. This is one of those dramas that could follow him through his career if he still has one. Studios will think twice about casting him because of the fear of the blacklash they will get when they do cast him in a role.

I hope we do find out why he did what he did because he was willing to throw away everything he worked for. Did he want more money? Did he want a brealk from the show? These are the two biggest question of this whole situation. I never watched the show to be honest, I don’t know how big his character is or if he wanted more screen time and thought since he is gay, they were holding him, who knows but we will know soon enough.

What A Year

By Paul Anthony

Some would say going to the movies is the thing of the past here in the States. Well 2018 are in and the numbers proves that at least last year that was not the case. The numbers also prove that if you produce a good film people will go out to the movies and not do something else. Last year was one of those years where it seems like so many good movies came out and with that being said 2018 set a new record. Last Year Hollywood made 11.9 billion dollars, so I would say business is doing just fine.

In 2018 there were 140 films that made a difference, now within those films Disney released 13 films, Warner Bros released 49 films, Sony released 28 films, Universal released 38 films and then there is Fox with 17 films and Paramount releasing 12 films. Disney may have only released 13 films but they lead the way with 3.092 billion in the Domestic box office. Universal was close with 1.959.76 billion, Warner Bros was next at 1.940.69 billion. Then Sony at 1,283.72 billion and Paramount at a low 757 Billion.

If we think these numbers are just a fluke then guess again because these studios have some big titles coming out this year and could even top 2018. Disney has films like Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: EndGame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2 and Star Wars 9.  Warner Bros has titles like The Lego Movie 2, Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Mine Craft, Godzilla king of the Monsters, Shaft, IT 2, Joker and the gold Finch and another Conjuring film. Sony could have a great year as well with titles like Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Far from Home, ZombieLand 2 and a third Jumanji film. Universal might have an off year with small titles like US and Happy Death Day 2U but could rebound with titles like How to Train Your Dragon three and Hobbs and Shaw as well as The Secret Life of pets part two. This could Be Fox.s last year before they join Disney and they will ride the Marvel way with Dark Phoenix and New Mutants  and Alita. Paramount is banking on films like What Men What, Pet Sematary, A Terminator film, Rocket Man, Dora explorer and Sonic.

Now we know these titles sound good but could flop we can look at Alita right now though it open at number one the numbers haven’t been there just yet. But it is hard to believe with certain titles won’t do good or even great but in any case let’s sit back and enjoy the year.

91st Academy Award Recap!

By Paul Anthony

Last Night case you missed it was the 91st Academy Awards and unlike some years there wasn’t a clean sweep or anything like though we did have have some big winners with Green Book, Roma and Black Panther winning three awards and Bohemian Rhapsody winning four awards so let’s look at our winners

Best Picture went to Green Book.

Best Director went to Alfonso Cuaron for Roma.

Best Actor went to Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Best Actress went to Olivia Colman in The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor went Mahershala Ali in The Green Book.

Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk.

Best Original Screenplay went to Green Book.

Best Adapted Screenplay went to BlacKKKlansman.

Best Animated feature film went to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Best Foreign Language Film went Roma (Mexico).

Best Documentary Feature went to Free Solo.

Best Documentary Short Subject went to Period. End of Sentence.

Best Live Action Short Film went to Skin.

Best Animated Short Film went to Bao.

Best Original Score goes to Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther.

Best Original Song went to the song Shallow from A Star is Born.

Best Sound Editing went to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Best Sound Mixing also went to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Best Production design went to Black Panther.

Best Cinematography went to Roma.

Best make-up and Hairstyling goes to the film Vice.

Best Costume Design went to Black Panther .

Best Film Editing went to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Best Visual Effects went to the film First Man.

 

Elimination Chamber results and reaction

By Justin Hopkins

I’m not going to lie. Wasn’t the most excited for this PPV as I was for the rumble. Until the week leading up to it there wasn’t much to be that excited for outside of the women’s tag team title match. Yeah the rivalaries were set and going, but didn’t have that much hype that the PPV deserved to have. In the last few minutes I decided to tune in and while everything went kind of as expected, what they got right, was not only special, but spectacular. Going to start things off with the regular matches and save the chamber matches for later.

Starting off with the second match of the evening with Shane McMahon and The Miz lose the Smackdown Tag Titles to The Usos, which was a pretty decent match in itself. All four getting a chance to shine at some interval of the match. Nothing really special about it, but kind of expected more of a clear turn from either Miz or Shane to set up the Mania match these two seemed destined for. All in all there isn’t much to say about it though, Negative or positive. A solid match following the first chamber.

While I’m glad to see them finally put a title on Finn Balor, the 2 on 1 handicap match was such a dud. They really would have been better off just keeping it a singles match between Balor and Lashley because the constant tag in and outs with Lio Rush got old fast and continuously slowed the flow of the match. While a single match would have told a better story and still could have lead to the same place of Lio costing him the title in an distraction gone wrong and Lashley crushing him afterward. Since I am excited to see the Incontinental Title going on Finn Balor, someone who can consistently put on top tier matches more frequently though, I am perfectly fine with the end results which is far more then I can say for the next two matches on this list.

Ruby Riott is the biggest loser in this whole fiasco of a segment. She is a good talent who could have put on a really good match with Rhonda. Sure no one believed she had a chance going in, but they could have had a real match. The second Charlotte came out though, this match became a joke. The crowd left the whole match and changed for Becky immediately, and Ruby was a distant after thought. Becky finally getting a one up on the two at the end didn’t make up for how frustrating it was to see Ruby Riott get forgotten in this whole mess. She deserved so much better then this and hope they make it up to her in the near future.

You know is they Baron Corbin vs Braun Strowman down to three minutes, could have used the extra time for Ruby to have offense in her match since this ending did nothing and is going in an ugly direction. As much as I would love to saw this will come down to Drew McIntrye Vs Strowman at WrestleMania or Strowman vs Corbin rematch with a real ending. A three on one beat down to a Corbin win just seems like they are headed toward a six man tag match which is a wasted opportunity.

Alright, going to apologise for sounding like a crying fanboy now, and let’s delve into the good stuff, with the Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match and there was plenty of action to go along with this match up. The Icconics looked really good for the first time in a while and that roll-up combo they did to eliminate Naomi was so well orchestrated. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan had me really pulling for them for a while. Having the best showing of any of the teams in my opinion, and sad to see them eliminated. Delighted to see Nia and Tamina being knocked out fourth leaving it come down to Boss and Hug vs Fire and Desire. While it was kind of predictable that Baley and Sasha would pick up the win. Knowing the legacy and hard-working and times these two talented women have put on in their careers to get to this point, I am happy they are awarded the title First WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and sure they will put on tremendous matches going forward.

Now, the main event, which stole the show and then some. Everyone put on great moments and high spots and bravo to everyone but when Kofi knocked out Orton, and it was down to him vs Daniel Bryan, I truly believed in Kofi. I believed in him more then I have believed in anyone in a match, in a serious long while. Every pin fall he kicked out of had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath when he hit Bryan with an SOS and Trouble in paradise, hoping for the miracle of a lifetime. One that would not come but wow was it so thrilling. Right to the end these two wrestlers put on a masterpiece, in the form of Psychological story telling. Although Kofi came out on the losing end. For a time, he made believers out of us all and reminded us of how great these shows can be.

Thank you for reading.

Black Panther Vs The Dark Knight

by Paul Anthony

Can you believe its been just over ten years since the Dark Knight came out and created a whole bunch of storylines. Most people thought this movie was ground breaking for the Comic book film genre. Some will even credit this film putting this genre of films on the next level, regardless what people will say we can again say this film was in a league of it’s own. The Story was different, the action was on point and so was the actually acting. With all of these elements and story lines, one thing it could not do was get Nominated for best picture at the Academy award and yet Black Panther was.

Sure The Dark Knight won a bunch of other awards including the academy award for best supporting Actor which Health Ledger won but sadly this was after he passed away which may have had a part in it which said to say but it is also true, yet it wasn’t even in their mind to nominate them for best picture. Now ten years later we another film making a big splash in the award season and that is of course Black Panther. Now in my eyes at a quick glance Black Panther was far below the greatness that The Dark Knight was and still is. Now don’t get it twisted I think Black Panther was a good film with some good acting and actors but nothing truly stood out compared to what the genre is putting out there. But yet they are nominated for best picture which even being nominated is such a high honor. Now Black Panther did change the culture of sorts in Hollywood. This film came out in a time where Hollywood is under fire a lot for White Washing which is a term they used when white people are cast in a non white role. SO yes it did make a impact big time but films are not rewarded for being a culture impact because then you would have to change everything about the award process.

What if Black Panther wins? This would be a billion dollar question and I am very curious to find out because if it does it would be the first comic book film to do so, which is such an high honor and I don’t think it deserves that. Many people will still hold The Dark Knight in high honors and still will call it the best even if Black Panther wins. I am big Marvel fan and would love to see this win go to them, so good luck  to Black Panther!

The Reboot and Sequels that got Our Attention

By Paul Anthony

Last Month we saw some big Movie News regarding two franchises and one that is becoming a franchise. Here is why these three films caught our attention, Final Destination is getting rebooted, GhostBusters 3 and Coming to America 2.

Let’s Dive into the reboot of Final destination, This was announced just a few weeks ago in which they officially announced that they would reboot rather then do a sequel. Warners Bros have been playing with this idea since part 5 came out in 2011. The Writing was on the wall for there to be a sixth film. The fifth film Made a decent profit. It grossed 157 million off of a 40 million dollar budget though only 42 million came from the States. Nonetheless the film made money. The numbers for the series have been up and down but each film made money. With the fifth being the highest reviewed film in the series at 62 percent. The series seems to be going strong but yet that was back in 2011 and rebooting a film can be tricking, by the time this film happens it could be ten years, can they recreate the magic or will this just be a waste of time. There is no doubt that this series does have a cult following because the idea was so new but now it is not. If they want to make it work then the film has to be done right and we know that is easier said then done.

In the 80’s and 90’s Eddie Murphy was all over the place, his movies were hits and his stand ups were on fire. Murphy was gold but nowadays he will do anything to keep his name out there. Back in 1988 Murphy starred in the hit comedy film Coming to America. Now new Broke that after thirty years they decided to make a part 2. Certain films shine because stories are a one off thing meaning its better to be one and done and times have changed. Audiences have changed and Murphy isn’t the same. Sure the entire cast is returning but that doesn’t always mean the charm and magic will. Sadly I believe this film won’t recapture the magic like the first film did.

Now the biggest news is the announcement of GhostBusters 3 and no this film won’t be the sequel to the 2016 film, no this is sequel to the first two. This film will have the original cast returning in more then a cameo of a different character, they will be returning as the characters we came to love. This film will act as a passing of the torch film, theam will also feature two boys and two girls learning from the old team. This is what I believe hurt the 2016 film, The women did nothing wriong and was great but it felt like a reboot that we never wanted and with that it underpreformmed and never will get a sequel, The old and new team will hit the theaters in 2020!