Movie Review: Our Idiot Brother


Not funny or worth seeing at all. The casting sucked, the plot sucked, I didn’t laugh once, though I may have smiled a teeny bit. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The only mildly likable thing about this film is a dog named Willie Nelson that connects with a dog named Dolly Parton. Spare yourself the agony of this one. Avoid it!

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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Movie Review: Conan The Barbarian


I’m really not sure why Hollywood felt the need to remake this one because it wasn’t earth shattering or anything very special about it. Lots of killing and blood, of course, but other than that it was just OK. I thought the plot (finding scattered bone pieces) was ridiculous because they should have been destroyed in the first place. Yea, I know, it’s a movie, common sense does not always apply.

Jason Momoa is very sexy as Conan and I am very happy that there was a sex scene, but I prefer the Arnold Schwarzenegger versions with Grace Jones and James Earl Jones. The older versions had better plots and cooler characters. The new Conan seems very cold and way too blood thirsty! But hey, he is a Barbarian…

I was also very shocked to see Rose McGowan in this film. It’s a huge departure from the roles she usually plays, so good for her. I am also happy that the new Conan has some ethnic flair. Lisa Bonet is a lucky woman!

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: MOOZ-LUM


Mooz-lum is an independent film that was released on limited screens, but you can pick it up at your local Family Video. It stars Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny Glover, and was filmed entirely in Southeast Michigan. It follows the trials and tribulations of an African American Muslim family pre and post 9/11.

This film puts all the stereotypes and misconceptions about the Muslim religion and people on the table and wipes it clean. It’s a harsh but truthful look at how we judge people based on their religion and the inner turmoil that one faces with their religion when it is so closely linked to their identity.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Twilight – Breaking Dawn Part 1


As I type this I am still marinating on how I really feel about this film as I have just seen it less than an hour ago. Breaking Dawn starts the day before Edward and Bella are to be married and follows through their honeymoon, to the birth of their child, and ends with the death and rebirth of Bella as a vampire.

If you have not seen the previous films in the Twilight series do not see this film unless you do so. Breaking Dawn is filled with angst and conflict. As I sat in the crowded theatre, in my seat that was too close to the screen, I felt a swarm of emotions in response to what each character was going through. I also began to think that Bella has to be the most unlucky woman in the world. In each Twilight film thus far she has been in danger of dying of being killed.

Bella's HOT wedding heels!

On the fashion side of things, in the beginning of the film these bad ass pair of heels that Bella was struggling to walk in to prepare for her walk down the isle caught my eye. Yes, I am a shoe whore, and these are beautiful, especially from the side view. I didn’t hang around to watch the credits to find out who designed them, but I’m sure they are out of my price range anyway.

As usual Edward was hot and so was Jacob, but his shirt only comes off once in this film at the very beginning so don’t blink! I hope we don’t have to wait very long for part 2.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Jack and Jill

This is the first time that I have seen an Adam Sandler film in theatres. It was OK, some funny parts, many goofy ass parts. My mom thought it was hilarious! Al Pacino‘s role was ridiculous and the cameos by Johnny Depp and David Spade were equally ridiculous. I also liked the message of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” that this movie is trying to convey.

Over the past year I have heard many in the African American community argue that men dressing as women in films is something that seems to be exclusive to Black comedians over the years as a way to emasculate them. Well, those same people in the African American community can quit crying because Adam Sandler, a Jewish man, has joined the ranks of cross dressing for laughs.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Real Steel


Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as an ex fighter, deadbeat dad, and all around asshole. I loved it! I was vehemently against seeing this film at first, but then I said…what the hell! Real Steel takes place in the future when robots instead of humans compete inside the ring. Hugh Jackman’s character has fallen on hard times and owes money for lost fights with his robot. His son, who he hasn’t seen since he was an infant, is back in his life because his mother died. A fully working robot (Atom) the son finds while they are stealing old robot parts changes their lives.

I loved this film because it deals with the serious issue of deadbeat dads. It made me look at the non-custodial side of things and it also seemed to point out that if more deadbeat dads were to just spend a little time with their children that they would never want to be apart from them again. It is indeed a parents loss when they choose not to be involved in their childrens life.

Real Steel was shot in Michigan and there is a Flint connection to this film. Wendel Millstead, who I have worked with before on two Anarchy Productions projects, appears in this film as a lead extra. He’s the bald white guy that works on Zeus’s team as security.

Spoiler alert: I also loved the way this film ended. Atom didn’t win the fight, but he is the champion. I had to throw my fist in the air and cheer! Yea, I know I’m corny. So what! This is a great family film. Take the kids and enjoy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Thor

I didn’t really dig this film at all, and I knew I wouldn’t. I think I became disinterested when I realized at the very beginning that this movie was going to take place in two different realms. For me, this made things very corny, especially when people from the Asgard realm were on earth in their ridiculous costumes and speaking in their over the top tongue. I also found the name of Thor‘s realm, Asgard, to be hilarious because each time someone says it aloud it sounds like Ass God. I was also tickled that the bridge in the film was referred to as The Rainbow Bridge. I couldn’t help but think of My Little Pony.

There were a few powerhouses in the cast, such as, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, but Natalie Portman, who I like very much, didn’t fit well in this film. Also, for me, the Thor character is not very likable. I guess a person really needs to be into comics and all Marvel films as a whole to fully enjoy this film.

The special effects and plot were cool, and that’s where my two stars come from.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Movie Review: Captain America


This is one of the many comic book character movies that I wanted to see because it didn’t look corny or like a cartoon come alive. I loved this film! I especially love how it made fun of itself, the storyline was perfect and the ending I absolutely loved.

Because I am not into comic books, I did not understand the character that peeled off his face to reveal a red skeleton, which was amazing by the way. I was also upset that I was able to tell that certain scenes were created using special effects, but that’s to be expected.

The casting is perfect in this film and I can’t wait to see what happens to Captain America next when he joins The Avengers cast in May of 2012. I guess this means I have to rent Thor now.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Water For Elephants

This film stars Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame and Reese Witherspoon. I was happily surprised at how touching and great this movie was. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’d have to say it’s a combination of The Notebook, Titanic, and Michael Jackson’s Neverland all rolled into one!

I have to admit that Reese Witherspoon was not very convincing as a circus act, but she did her best. I am also happy to see that Robert Pattinson’s range can go beyond a blood sucking vampire, but there’s this thing he does with his mouth that drives me nuts; in a bad way.

Water For Elephants deals with loss, love, pain, abuse, karma, and The Greatest Show on Earth. You won’t look at the circus the same after watching!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour – A Review

If you’ve never seen Michael Jackson live in concert, or even if you have, this show is a wonderful and touching substitute. It felt great being in the company of thousands of others who love Michael and his music.  As I watched and enjoyed the show, I spent a lot of time ignoring what was happening on stage and instead focused on images of Michael when he appeared on the big screen.

I cried at the beginning of the show as a routine was performed to Childhood. There were other times when I got a lil’ teary eyed, but I held it together. The show highlighted songs throughout the span of his career and most were songs about unity, peace, and love. It’s amazing how Michael and his brothers kept that message constant in their music for over 40 years.

I really enjoyed this show and wanted even more when the 3 hour show was over! There are too many highlights and stand out moments to mention, but watch the video below for a few of them. I do plan to see it again if I get the chance. Great job Cirque du Soleil and thank you!

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