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[REVIEW] YOU WILL CRY! “Avengers: Endgame” (@Avengers)–THE EPIC CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE!

Iron Man…Thor…Captain America…Black Widow…Hawkeye…Hulk…War Machine…Rocket Raccoon…Nebula. These are the Avengers who are giving you the cinematic experience of your life! It was nearly a year ago (in our universe) we watched as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” The Avengers, and The Guardians of The Galaxy fail to save Earth, and the universe at large from Thanos’s mission to wipe out half of life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only did he succeed, but half of our heroes were literally swept away in the wind; as “with a snap” they were all turned to dust. Needless to say the remaining Avengers, and a powerful newcomer, prove to be tenacious as ever in their determination to avenge the fallen and take down The Mad Titan that took their loved ones and the world as we know it in Avengers: Endgame!

Avengers: Endgame is easily the most highly anticipated film of the last decade bringing to an end story lines and fantastic tales that have spanned over twenty-two films! This is far from a film, or even your regular superhero blockbuster, as the array of emotions you “true believers” will feel spans from grief and intrigue to righteous fury and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Earth’s home team, with a little extraterrestrial help, bring him the gold. For the rest of your days whether you hum it in your head, profess it from your mouth, or vibe it through your soul, “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE,” will be your new war cry! Hey Marvel Studios, what’s next?!

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Iron Man…Thor…Captain America…Black Widow…Hawkeye…Hulk…War Machine…Rocket Raccoon…Nebula. These are the Avengers who are giving you the cinematic experience of your life! It was nearly a year ago (in our universe) we watched as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” The Avengers, and The Guardians of The Galaxy fail to save Earth, and the universe at large from Thanos’s mission to wipe out half of life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only did he succeed, but half of our heroes were literally swept away in the wind; as “with a snap” they were all turned to dust. Needless to say the remaining Avengers, and a powerful newcomer, prove to be tenacious as ever in their determination to avenge the fallen and take down The Mad Titan that took their loved ones and the world as we know it in Avengers: Endgame!

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Avengers: Endgame is easily the most highly anticipated film of the last decade bringing to an end story lines and fantastic tales that have spanned over twenty-two films! This is far from a film, or even your regular superhero blockbuster, as the array of emotions you “true believers” will feel spans from grief and intrigue to righteous fury and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Earth’s home team, with a little extraterrestrial help, bring him the gold. For the rest of your days whether you hum it in your head, profess it from your mouth, or vibe it through your soul, “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE,” will be your new war cry! Hey Marvel Studios, what’s next?!

GRADE: A+

WARNING: Spoilers–PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

What We Liked

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-The expanded line up of Avengers and remaining Guardians of The Galaxy joining forces to avenge the universe. Earth is still a big place, and even with the heavy losses both teams took they know they’re stronger together to protect what remains of life as they know it.

Captain Marvel’s timeliness and updated look. The girl knows how to make an entrance, and proves her mettle as perhaps the mightiest of the Avengers. Oh, and her comics’ accurate haircut isn’t bad either.

-The involvement of time travel to not only fix Thanos’s cosmic level genocide, but revisit some pretty awesome moments from previous Marvel Studios films that were near and dear to our heart. Somehow each of our characters get the closure, assurance, or peace they need to get the job done.

-Gamora’s heroism! No matter what time line she comes from, she proves she’s a hero. Her demise in the previous film is more than avenged in Endgame.

-The fury of the Scarlet Witch knows no bounds! She hurt Thanos like we have never seen, forcing him to fire on his own troops to save his life and temporarily stop the Avengers from winning.

-Seeing The Ancient One take down Hulk with a single blow, and finally doing what was best to save the universe. Yet again, no one could take a stone from a Sorcerer Supreme.

-Earth being the home of New Asgard and Thor joining the Guardians of The Galaxy!

What We Loved

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-The girl power of this film! Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, Rescue (Pepper Potts), Okoye, Wasp, Nebula, Mantis, and Gamora are one helluva line of offense when it came to getting Spider-Man to his destination.

-The final, epic battle to defeat Thanos and forces. Never before, and maybe never again, have the Avengers Assembled in the thousands with the combined might of every Guardian of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange and the other wizards, Black Panther and The Wakandan Army, and the revived Avengers, save Vision and Black Widow! It was the battle of a lifetime and worth every moment of waiting.

-Iron Man finally learned to love in the form of his daughter with Pepper, Morgan Stark. The playboy finally took off all that emotional baggage and daddy issues he was using as armor to make the greater good happen. Tony Stark, you really are a hero.

-Captain America’s swan song–Captain America is truly worthy, ask Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer)! His one on one with Thanos was one for the ages. A man armed with a mystic war hammer and a nigh unbreakable shield versus a being with godlike strength is quite the spectacle to see! We hate he’s officially retiring, but we just know this new Captain America is going to do some amazing things.

-The familial bond between Black Widow and Hawkeye. Their “fight” with one another to sacrifice themselves for one another and to get the Soul Stone is endearing and tragic, then again what’s love without tragedy?

-Pepper Potts in he “Rescue” armor! She literally stood by her “Iron Man.”

What We Hated

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-This was Stan Lee’s final cameo in any Marvel movies…RIP Stan, you’re a true hero and we miss you more than ever. Thanks for being a true superhero from all of us true believers.

-Black Widow and Iron Man’s demises. We knew there would be casualties in this war, but not these two heroes. Rest in peace? There’s got to be a way to bring them back.

-A “smart Hulk.” Hulk’s “Dr. Banner” persona is not what we need in a battle like this. An angry Hulk is a powerful and we were owed and epic battle between he and Thanos so he could reclaim his title of being “The strongest there is!”

-No post credit scenes! Really Marvel? We need some kind of sneak peek for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You seem to be unwittingly pitching “Young Avengers?” We’ll see!

 

 

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Warner Bros. Drops Ava DuVernay’s “New Gods” Film from Roster

In a surprising turn of events, Warner Bros. has opted to cancel Ava DuVernay’s “New Gods” film and the Aquaman spinoff movie, “The Trench.”

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In a surprising turn of events, Warner Bros. has opted to cancel Ava DuVernay’s “New Gods” film and the Aquaman spinoff movie, “The Trench.”

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The New Gods

“New Gods” is based off a race of fictional characters of the same name created by Jack Kirby. These “New Gods” are beings from an alternate universe, The Fourth World, dominated by two planets, New Genesis and Apokolips, who are constantly at war. The latter world has a number of heroes and villains who have been both allies and enemies to DC Comics’ superheroes. The New God, Steppenwolf, was the primary antagonist of Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder’s versions of “The Justice League” movie.

As aforementioned, “The Trench” is a spinoff of Warner Bros.’ highly successful “Aquaman” film, set in an area of the Earth’s oceans haunted by Atlanteans who became monsters, warped from their time trapped there for generations. In the Aquaman film it was the place the titular character’s mother, Atlanna, was imprisoned for having him.

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Monsters from “The Trench” in Aquaman

This news comes on the heels of the company going through a complete overhaul of its DC Comics based superhero properties in film, streaming on HBO Max, and its television series on The CW, dubbed the “Arrowverse” (an interconnected series of shows including Arrow, The Flash, Black Lightning, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Stargirl).

Warner Bros. and DC Comics released a statement concerning the cancellations, “As part of our DC slate, some legacy  development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”

Ava DuVernay would have been the first African-American woman to lead a superhero film for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Ava has not released an official statement concerning her film’s cancellation but did tweet the following:

Although Ava will not be doing “New Gods” for the foreseeable future. However, she will still be at the helm of The CW’s latest superhero series, “Naomi,” set to debut this fall.

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Lanking Films’ “The Black Love Project” is Black, Bold, & BEAUTIFUL

There are times when we feel like we have seen ten million documentaries that cover the same things when it comes from the Black LGBTQ community of Atlanta. We often wonder what’s new, riveting, or inspiring. (Please not another influencer, “socialite,” or obnoxious reality personality) Well, recently we were afforded a glimpse at something BEAUTIFUL–Lanking Films “The Black Love Project.”

Grade: A+

“The Black Love Project,” created by Lando King, is a documentary showcasing ten Black Gay Couples as they discuss their relationships and love in a candid and vulnerable set of interviews.

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There are times when we feel like we have seen ten million documentaries that cover the same things when it comes from the Black LGBTQ community of Atlanta. We often wonder what’s new, riveting, or inspiring. (Please not another influencer, “socialite,” or obnoxious reality personality) Well, recently we were afforded a glimpse at something BEAUTIFUL–Lanking Films “The Black Love Project.”

Grade: A+

“The Black Love Project,” created by Lando King, is a documentary showcasing ten Black Gay Couples as they discuss their relationships and love in a candid and vulnerable set of interviews.

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The couples involved range from popular OnlyFans adult content creators to indie artists and fashionistas. The scope of these participants is both noted and interesting.

For us, we have never Ryan “Rah Rah” Kennedy be so open or vulnerable in any relationship, and we were surprised to find Jaydee of Global Bros. is in a relationship. The questions we have concerning the inner workings of the latter are immense and interesting.

However, it is the relationship between Tramel and Kiid Fro we found to be the most relatable. You can tell these two make up for one another’s shortcomings in spirit, emotion, and love while also having a strong, growing, and seemingly unbreakable bond tethering them to one another. There’s is a love at work, we bow in understanding.

The spectrum of Black gay love showcased in this film was inspiring, evoking a type of hope that even the most jaded of hearts has to acknowledge. A screening was shown at Mixx Atlanta Nightclub on Valentine’s Day attended by noteworthy members of Atlanta’s Black LGBT community; Carl Levonzell, LaMarr Allen, Array, and Davien Harlis. 

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Kudos to Lando King and everyone in the production of this documentary. When is part two coming? The community needs it. Dare to do and be different guys, it is a great look!

You can click here to view “The Black Love Project”

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Zendaya & John David Washington Are Beautifully Toxic in Netflix’s “Malcolm & Marie!”

Netflix’s “Malcolm & Marie,” starring John David Washington and Zendaya, respectively, showcases a young couple in love and toxicity as they navigate the ups and down of their relationship and individual wins and failures.

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Netflix’s “Malcolm & Marie,” starring John David Washington and Zendaya, respectively, showcases a young couple in love and toxicity as they navigate the ups and down of their relationship and individual wins and failures.

Grade: B-

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The film begins with Malcolm on an emotional high as he returns home from the premiere of his latest film. He is confident that the critics will love it and finally see him as a powerhouse to be respected in Hollywood. His girlfriend, Marie, however, is bothered–and eventually vocal–about Malcolm forgetting to thank her in his acknowledgements at the premiere.

He sees her as selfish and negative. She, in turn, sees him as forgetful and a fraud for not only failing to acknowledge her; but in part using her battle with drug addiction as the story of his film. After a series of arguments and a dialogue that shows a relationship built around codependency and toxicity, you soon realize that the love between this couple is not enough to conquer their respective insecurities and demons.

The film, in black and white, is reminiscent of the simple settings used for many student films and plays recently formatted to film like Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Most of the film is set in Malcolm and Marie’s home or the yard surrounding it. While this is great for a play it tends to bore visual audiences who would love to see more of the world the characters live in. For insance, the two of them discuss a number of characters and instances in their pasts we would have loved to seen. This would have given us a fuller picture of just what kind of damage Malcolm and Marie are dealing with besides their reciprocated emotional abuse.

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MALCOLM & MARIE (L-R): ZENDAYA as MARIE, JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON as MALCOLM. NETFLIX © 2021

However, this film was shot in under two weeks and created during the height of the pandemic when Hollywood suspended production. Both actors did take a risk by continuing on with this film. Interestingly, the controversy surrounding the film comes from the age gap between John at 36 and Zendaya at 24, which she addressed recently in a BuzzFeed interview. “I’ve played a 16-year-old since I was 16,” she admits, “You have to remember people also grew up with me as a child…It’s like watching, I guess, your younger sibling — now they’re grown, and you’re not ready for it.””It’s hard for people to wrap [their heads] around the idea that I am grown in real life, even though I do play a teenager on television still.” John, however, is unruffled by the age gap backlash, in a recent interview with Variety he states he “wasn’t concerned about it.”

Malcolm & Marie is definitely worth watching, if for no other reason than to learn what NOT to say to your significant other and to see what verbal and emotional abuse look like. You can catch it streaming now on Netflix and in some independent or artistic theaters nationwide.

 

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