By Paul Anthony
Sorry for the delay for this week edition but this week we are reviewing Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh which stars Tony Todd as Candyman! Now Let’s talk about how we got to this film before I talk about the film. As a kid I use to be so afraid of the first one and that says a lot because I love horror films but it was something about Candyman that just truly scared me. Now here we are the film came out in 1992 and had a small budget so really not matter what it could make a profit and it sure did because it made 25 million which as famous as the movie is now you would think it made so much more money but it became a cult classic after its run. Now we all knew a sequel would come and so we did three years later and honestly what were they thinking?
Let’s talk about this film because they decided to change certain things about the Candyman. This felt like a reboot and I have no clue why they did that. Here the story takes place in New Orleans which involves the family members of Candyman, which are his great-great-great grandchildren, who are white try to solve the family history that they never knew they were connected to, after their father was killed which we assumed was by Candyman, after they learn that they are he’s family Annie sets out to stop him for good but learning that a source of his power which she learns that it is vanity mirror that is lodge in the wall of the slave house that is on their property. Needless to say Candyman shows up to stop her but in the end she breaks the mirror killing Candyman for good.
The story was good but the problem is they decided to alter the story of Candyman. In The first film he was always a free man and a painter but his interracial relationship with his wealthy lover caused him to get his hand cut off and stung to death in the Chicago area and his body was burned and his ashes were spread through that part of the town. This film however made it clear it he was born a slave in New Orleans and he was buried in New Orleans instead of being burned in Chicago. Sure the first film did leave gaps to the story but he haunts Chicago because that is where he was killed at.
If the film would have stayed with the first film it would have been better. The film could use the gaps from the first film to tell the whole story and not change the key elements would have help its caused. Now in the end I would give this film a passing grade I would say C for a grade. The film was average at best that they hope the things that they changed they would have gotten away with but the problem is the fans of the franchise caught these changes.
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.
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.