Yup, I will go to the movies, watch this, and cry. #takemymoneynow
I’m so excited for this movie! Not only because it’s filmed in my hometown (PHILLY WHAT?!), but it’s a spinoff of the “Rocky franchise, features Michael B. Jordan, who consistently continues to pick wonderful projects to perform in, and directed by Ryan Coogler, whose “Fruitvale Station” has undeniably etched itself into my mind for all time.
I’m going to pretend that I haven’t been away in say, oh, just about five months. In blog time, those months equal years. My excuse is that life caught up with me, in the form of a new job and new responsibilities. I found myself writing blog posts in my head that never came around to being realized here. But maybe taking a hiatus was what I needed to avoid total, ultimate burnout. Exhaustion is REAL ladies and gentlemen.
So, in the interim I reported on issues of diversity in the media and entertainment, caught up on all sorts of Netflix goodness (I was late on the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” train, but I hopped on and won’t undo), sat in darkened movie theatres, and drummed up business ideas while listening to Purity Ring, Tame Impala, and Interpol stuck on repeat. I ran in the park, read Gillan Flynn novels on the subway (TWO WORDS: SHARP OBJECTS), and somehow survived Winter. Now I can come back with a renewed sense of purpose.
So, what tickles me in the world of film, television, music and digital these days? Well, “Game of Thrones” is on fire. It’s one of the few television series these days that can leave me disgusted one moment and then shouting for joy the next. I really wish I had my own dragon children…
Then there’s “Pretty Little Liars”, which after the latest episode has left me with one crucial thought: Is Charles DiLaurentis reppin’ hard for MGTOW? Seriously. If so, then this show just went from 100 to 1000.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a movie on my “absolute you must-see” list for the summer. It was a more enjoyable, thrilling viewing experience compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron for the action alone. There are a slew of other movies I can’t wait for including “Dope”, “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl”, Gaspar Noe’s “Love”, “Paper Towns”, “Southpaw”, “Train Wreck”, and “Heaven Knows What” (I’m checking this out today- my body and soul are ready). Plus new Foals and Maccabees music are on the horizon and the third and final series of “My Mad Fat Diary” premieres in less than two weeks, along with the second season of “True Detective” on Father’s Day. The second half of 2015 is shaping up to be magical….
So… I’m back! Now go and binge-watch Season 3 of Orange is the New Black.
Julianne Moore is terrific in EVERY MOVIE she is a part of. After watching her in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1” as President Alma Coin, I wondered, yet again, why this woman has not yet received a Best Actress Oscar award. I mean, Moore and Leonardo DiCaprio combined are starting to look like the Susan Luccis of the film world, pre-1998. In 1999, Lucci finally won an Emmy. Maybe with “Still Alice“, which looks heartwrenching, Moore will win an Oscar once and for all.
I recently penned an essay for Madame Noire about the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic set to air in January of 2015 and so far, judging from the official trailer, I can say that the movie looks promising! Seeing the actors in motion, especially Yaya DaCosta, and Arlen Escarpeta is giving me hope! Also, the casting for Clive Davis is SPOT ON! Major props to Victoria Thomas for that decision. (Her casting director portfolio is very impressive- “Top Five”! “Everybody Hates Chris”! “Lords of Dogtown”! “High Fidelity”! “The Hateful Eight”!)