The Founder Review

The film shows why capitalism doesn’t work fairly. It reminded me why I am closer to a democratic socialist and can’t stomach the idea of systematically destroying your opponent just to gain more for yourself. My only gripe with this film was the framing of the protagonist. I admit this film isn’t a Wolf of Wall Street style romp that shows his life as a conquering hero instead there leave it up to the audience to decide if what Ray Kroc did was worth it. I feel it could give others the wrong idea of feeling they could gain the wealth and access shown at the end ignoring the lives Kroc destroyed to get there.

VICE Review

This week I saw Adam McKay’s film VICE. Most known for his comedy classics Step Brothers, Anchorman & Talledega Nights he’s recently made a shift to bring his style to more serious topics. His film The Big Short earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This showed he could succeed out a Will Ferrell lead project and he’s continue to expand with his most recent film looking at Bush’s right hand man, Dick Cheney.

Reflections On Black Panther’s Killmonger

In Black Panther Killmonger has similar verbiage as his father in his motivation for wanting the throne of Wakanda, empower the oppressed with the resources Wakandans freely enjoy.

Martin Freeman’s character confidently proclaims repeatedly that Killmonger’s action are a direct result of training even going as far as saying “he’s one of us”.

Killmonger had a MIT schooling and went into the Navy Seals and an even more remote sect of that silently destabilizing regimes.

 

This felt like the perfect training to me and though Killmonger didn’t respect the traditions of the land and continued with violent outbursts the plan of liberating the oppressed sounded appealing to me.

A Look a Hip Hop and Cinema – From Colors to Black Panther The Album

I truly believe Death Row though fraught with controversy laid the groundwork that TDE now walks on as a $100M company with iconic artists making legendary music.

Now in the era of #NewLegends along with Drake and J Cole, Kendrick has a chokehold on the hip hop world and this film’s trust with TDE has paid off with the soundtrack about to hit #1 on Billboard 200 album charts.

Hip Hop is now Pop culture surpassing Rock & Roll as the most popular genre in the States.

With Eminem and Three Six Mafia each winning Academy Awards for their songs in films 8 Mile and Hustle and Flow it shows hip hop is here to stay and also that our soundtracks are just as valid as the dominant society.

Black Future Month: Black Panther and the Unveiling of the Afrofuturist Frontier [Contributor: John Isadore]

Black Panther is the perfect symbol of Black Future Month and Afrofuturism in a number of ways. While, yes, it was originally created by well-meaning Westerners, it has been adopted by Blacks as an aspirational, modern representation of us. It is a way for us to shed the trappings of European influence and build a superior society embracing African culture. Wakanda allows us to envision what might have been, or might even still be.  It is a future for us in a way that Star Wars and Star Trek, for their efforts, simply are not and cannot be. It is OUR science Fantasy.

500 Days of Ruby Sparks

I feel there needs to be separate distinction with the MPDG trope.

I feel in film there are two categories with Manic Pixie Dream Girls, those who fit the trope and those who turn it on its head.

 

Though often lumped in with works like Elizabethtown and Garden State I believe that 500 Days of Summer is actually the later.

Summer is a reflection of Tom's thoughts and with Ruby Sparks the protagonist is literally a writer creating the one he loves.