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Love, and its expressions, are not always grand or over the top. Sometimes a single photograph can encompass all the love and passion between two people. Here in lies the story of “The Photograph.” Directed by Will Packer and written by Stella Meghie, the film tells the story of two couples separated by time, but bound by blood.

Grade: B+

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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Y’lan Noel, left, and Chanté Adams in “The Photograph.” (Sabrina Lantos/Universal Pictures via AP)

The first couple is comprised of a fledgling photographer, Christine (Chante Adams), and her boyfriend, Isaac (Y’lan Noel), a small town fisherman content with his simple life. Christine dreams of escaping their small Louisiana town and moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. Eventually, with a (later understood) “nudge” from her mother she leaves her family, friends, and Isaac for New York. Years and decades pass and both live lives of regret, too proud to reconnect and explore what might have been.

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Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield as “Mae” and “Michael”

The second, and primary couple, is set in present day. It consists of Christine’s now adult daughter, Mae Morton (Issa Rae), a museum curator who is freshly mourning her death, and Michael (LaKeith Stanfield), a writer who is doing a posthumous article on Christine’s personal life and career. Michael, while researching Christine, meets Mae and sparks fly between them as they both rebound from relationships.

She gives him an old photograph of Isaac which he uses to track him down and interview him in Louisiana. He learns Isaac never stopped loving Christine, and ultimately learns the toll time and distance can take on two people who are seemingly meant to be. Meanwhile, Mae, who grew up feeling distant and unloved by her mother, receives two letters left to her–one explaining her love story with Isaac, and the other addressed to her father. Mae and Michael run into their own pitfalls when the latter gets a new job in London and Mae is not sure how they can make their increasingly complicated courtship work out while learning from Christine and Isaac’s mistakes.

“The Photograph” is a great movie in that it shows Black Love in a true, non-traumatizing form. The story is presented as a cautionary tale and how to ward off those “generational curses.” Mae has the opportunity to reconnect and learn from her late mother by being better at love than she was, and she takes it. However, the focus of the film really should have been on Christine and Isaac. This couple was highly relatable and earthy, reminding us of a time before social media, dating apps, and ghosting, when love and life were as simple as rural Louisiana. The ups and downs, push and pull between Christine and Isaac push the entire film and ultimately reincarnates itself between Mae and Michael. The chemistry in this couple was believable and flowed effortlessly, only because Chante and Y’lan are dynamic in their portrayals. Mae and Michael, however, were more awkard. We cannot help but see Issa Rae from “Insecure” (2016), or notice how emotionless and seemingly dry LaKeith’s portrayal of Michael was. With Isaac’s character we could tell he loved Christine, it was emoted and charming. You could actually see why Christine fell for him, and why it was so painful for her to move on and live her life without him. Mae, may be better off finding a man who can communicate better and show genuine affection beyond the bedroom.

Still, “The Photograph” is a film worth seeing for yourself. Shakespeare said it best in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Catch the movie in theaters everywhere on Valentine’s Day.

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No Recasting! WB Opts to Write “Cyborg” Out of Upcoming “Flash” Movie!

Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

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Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

via TheWrap.com

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“Justice League” actor Ray Fisher, who was offered a cameo role last June to appear as Cyborg in “The Flash” solo movie, publicly stated he did not want to be involved with the project via Twitter, hence the character of Cyborg has been written out of the screenplay and will not be recast, according to insiders with knowledge of the situation.

Fisher publicly resigned from the role last week in his continuing beef with DC Films President Walter Hamada, who is overseeing “The Flash.” The actor tweeted on Dec. 30, “Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler. He lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept. 4th hit-piece sought to undermine the very real issues of the Justice League investigation.”

Fisher added in his tweet, “I will not participate in any production associated with him.” Of note, Hamada did not oversee the “Justice League” production and was not the head of DC Films at the time, nor was he employed during the film’s initial release.

Hamada first joined DC Films back in 2018 and lead the division to the release of its highest-grossing film to date, 2018’s “Aquaman,” which banked over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. On Tuesday, it was announced that Hamada had reupped his deal as president until 2023. Fisher called the news “reactionary” in a tweet later that day.

We hate to see Ray Fisher leave the DCEU; but as fanboys we hate to see Cyborg will not be appearing in The Flash film. As we posted in a previous article there are a number of young Black actors who should have been recast for this role, even if it was just a cameo.

What do you think of these developments? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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WB Reportedly Recasting “Cyborg” for Future DCEU Movies!

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984, has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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As you may recall, Ray has been quite vocal with his distaste for the executives and directors over the superhero films at Warner Bros.; alleging racism, favortism, and non-professionalism.

There is no news yet in who they may be eyeing for Cyborg, but it will be necessary. The hero has come to prominence over the years as a mainstay of The Justice League and was set to have a standalone film in the coming years.

Superhero roles are quite coveted in Hollywood nowadays. Here is a short list of who we think would make a great candidate for Victor Stone/Cyborg:

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Daniel Ezra

Daniel Ezra plays “Spencer James” on The CW’s “All-American.” There he plays a gifted football player, something Victor Stone was before his accident spurred his father to save his life with cybernetics. Daniel definitely would bring some serious muscle to this hero.

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Da’Vinchi

Da’Vinchi is an amazing young actor with the looks and physique to play Cyborg. Like Daniel Ezra he too plays a gifted football, and on Freeform’s grown-ish he was basketball star, “Cash Mooney.” We stan for Da’Vinchi he’d be bring some rather suave and debonair qualities to Cyborg.

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Niles Fitch

Niles Fitch’s fame hails from being the teen and young adult version of “Randal Pearson” from NBC’s hit series, This Is Us. Niles has already played a superhero of sorts in Disney’s “Second Born Royals” and definitely can do all the athletic feats it requires to be Cyborg!

What do you think of our picks? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Some Kind of FUN! Davien Harlis’ “Some Kind Of Christmas” is DELIGHTFUL!

It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

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It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

Grade: A-

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Some Kind Of Christmas centers on Gary (Tomathan McGinnis), the VP of a successful pet crematorium, who opts to finally go home for Christmas to introduce his family to his boyfriend. His plans go awry when his boyfriend abruptly breaks up with him, leaving him spiraling. His best friend and coworker, steps in and hires him a “date” for Christmas on a dating app called “Ken.”

Gary and the Ken (also the alias of the date, played by Davien Harlis) get off to a rocky start when the latter thinks he may just be looking for sex. Ken soon learns, however, Gary’s family is anything but traditional. His parents are traditional and conservative, his older brother is rude and seen as The Golden Child, and his younger sister, is married to an elderly man and carries around a baby doll…

Ken presented as Gary’s friend, witnessing the ups, downs, of a seemingly nice family in need of some real healing and better communication across the board. It really is “Some Kind Of Christmas.”

We have to say we really loved this film! To learn that Davien gathered everything he needed for it in three months and filmed it in six days is a true testament to his abilities as a filmmaker and resourcefulness. The movie is heartwarming with family elements, but definitely spicy with its love scene (OH MY!)

The overall message of the film is togetherness and acceptance, something we can never learn enough about. These times are trying and we need to see family settling their differences and coming together for momentous events like the holidays.

We attended the 3 night premiere of “Some Kind Of Christmas” at CineVision Atlanta where a number of Atlanta’s Black and LGBT content creators and patrons gathered in support of Davien’s latest film. Many remember his first film, Red Carpet Hashtags & Heartbreak and were happy to see what is new with him. Noted attendees include Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Ebony Shinelle, Lyrik London, Brandon Karson Jordan, Alex Jante, JeTwahn of WeWereBorn, and Maurice Ravennah, CEO of U-Do TV.

You can catch “Some Kind Of Christmas” streaming now on www.SomeKindofChristmas.com!

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