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new blade runner movie: replicants revisited

The whole ‘dystopia universe’ concept was first introduced to me by the book, Brave New World (English class circa high school years). I like seeing worlds where there’s little room for grey area and most of the citizens are policed in every aspect of their lives. Whether paper or film, these characters tend to have the types of personalities born in a world of extremes. The rulers are driven by an ‘irrefutable’ law and the detractors (because they ALWAYS exist and tend to drive the conflict of the story) picture a better world than their own and are subsequently ruled by a desire to break from the status quo of their own reality.

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner came out a few years before I was born and still another 15+ years before I would eventually see this cult classic and (more or less) enjoy it. I won’t pretend that my original response to seeing the movie was anything but luke-warm at best, but by the time my second viewing came around and I was able to appreciate certain aspects of the movie I felt…well….pretty much the same. It’s not a boring movie by any means, but when I hear ‘cult classic’ it automatically makes me think I’ll LOVE the movie (I may go ahead and blame that on my semi-elitist desire to like/understand things that most other people dismissed already).

I’m sure you’ve already heard they’re remaking the movie. Great. Hollywood needs more remakes. Today’s moviegoer doesn’t want fully original content, we want something we used to love remade into something else. Whether any of what I just wrote is true or not is a debate for another post. But the remake of Blade Runner is real, it’s happening. I read an article over the weekend, which was appropriately titled, “5 Ways to Ensure the New Blade Runner Doesn’t Suck“.

Harrison Ford....will (probably) NOT be in the remake.

The ‘way’ I can most agree with: Please God, Not Another Origin Story! Origin stories are tricky territory and when done all wrong, they tend to rewrite the original history fans fell in love with. We probably won’t see this movie on the big screen until 2013/2014, so it’s still early enough to form an opinion about the movie….forget it’s being made…see a trailer….form another opinion….get super excited/become completely disinterested….all before opening day.

Update: Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have big plans for the Blade Runner remake

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new bane pics from the dark knight rises

There’s more than a few reasons I’m excited to see the newest Batman installment, but after seeing the newly released close-up pictures of Bane, I’d have to say he will not be one of them. Christopher Nolan has had a few hits and misses in his directorial efforts (earning cheers and jeers from fan boys and comic book enthusiasts) thus far….I’ll let you decide which category this falls under. Check out the full story at Shockya.com

 

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music to my eyes

[Editor’s Note: You may think to your self, this post is more ‘music’ than ‘movie’. You’re correct. We here at TVDM appreciate the interconnectedness of entertainment and subsequently appreciate this post. We won’t often veer to far away from our TV/movie focus, so when we do make expectations your job is to read and critique, but NOT to judge us….although we understand if you do. And by ‘we’ I just mean me…Will & Marcus promise to be thoroughly pissed at any and all judging. -Nicole ]

I would like to pose a question to you. What ever happened to (memorable) soundtracks accompanying popular Black movies? Do The Right Thing, Boomerang, Deep Cover, Love Jones, Soul Food…all popular Black movies that had critically acclaimed soundtracks. In my opinion, the disappearance of Black movie soundtracks can be credited to:

Lack of quality Black artists that can carry the weight of a critically acclaimed film

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Rapidly decreasing rate of Black movie releases.

Black movie soundtracks have been around since the 1960s. Legendary soul singers like Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch and The Staples Singers provided timeless anthems to accompany legendary Blaxploitation films (Superfly, Shaft, Foxy Brown and Let’s Do It Again).  Anytime “Pusherman” or “Let’s Do It Again” is played in a room full of 40+ year old Black people, you can count down the seconds until all hands are in the air, lyrics are belted out in unison and all feet (and usually hips) are moving from side-to-side.

I wasn’t born in the 1970s.  I am an 80’s baby and grew up/adopted the hip-hop culture as my way of life.  Even still, I can tell you where I was when I saw Deep Cover and heard the title theme or how the Crooklyn soundtrack stayed in my cassette player everyday during my walk to school. I miss that. Unfortunately, I believe Black music has come to a point of no return.  During my adolescence, I had the luxury of seeing an ENTERTAINING Black film and have LEGENDARY music from the likes of Public Enemy, OutKast, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Refugee All-Stars, Toni Braxton and countless other artists.

To be fair, Jay-Z released a full-length album in commemoration of “The Frank Lucas Story”, aka “American Gangster”.  However, I still have trouble giving that album full “soundtrack” credit because, as Mr. Watch The Throne stated himself, it’s a concept album.  Nice try, Jay-Hova.

I won’t end on a Tyler Perry bashing note, but I will offer some constructive criticism. Mr. Perry has (unfortunately) had the Black movie game on lock for some years now. Millions of Black Americans rush to the theaters and pay to see his “blockbusters”.  He could use his movies as a platform to bring strong, memorable Black soundtracks to the forefront. Had a “Why Did I Get Married (The Soundtrack)” come to fruition, it could have been one of the best R&B collaborative studio albums of all time. Although a scary thought, the next Perry film could be a catalyst for finally getting Jodeci back in the studio. Imagine the possibilities….

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that’ll be one for Glee 3D, please!

During my high school years the last thing I wanted to think about during my summer vacation was the beginning of a new school year. But now all I can think about is the a cappella + beatboxing musings of the Warblers of Dalton Academy and the, mostly, angst driven stylings of William H. McKinley’s New Directions.

If anyone had forgotten how brilliantly narcissistic Rachel (Lea Michele) was or how much of a tool Puck (Mark Salling) can be or even how much more talented and sexy Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) is than the whole cast combined then Glee 3D is the ideal refresher course. Prior to the concert movie experience I thought I was going to be smothered with selections from Rachel & Finn (Cory Monteith), Finn & Rachel, Finn singing about Rachel, Rachel singing about Finn and so on…I was never happier being wrong in my life! Every character, with the exception of Lauren (Ashley Fink), was given a feature performance.

My personal favorites were Santana’s (Naya Rivera) rendition of the Zutons song “Valerie” – most recently covered by the late Amy Winehouse, Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) soul-filled “Ain’t No Way” performance would have made Aretha proud, and Brittany(S. Pierce) being Britney(Spears) made me feel inappropriate during a PG film for the first time. The only performance that, surprisingly, underwhelmed was that of fan-favorite Kurt (Chris Colfer) who got tied into singing “Happy Days Are Here Again”/ “Get Happy” with Rachel and then a very dry version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. And as long as Britney and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) are in the forefront – or anywhere on stage for that matter – dancing their respective hearts out even “Franken-Finn” and “Ms. Zizes” can’t botch the overall choreography.

The “Glee story” is the story of the underdog, the overlooked and the socially unacceptable; so the insertion of three young fans of the show whose actual lives were mirrored or benefited by the storyline were well-placed correlation pieces. A star cheerleader, who happened to be a dwarf, running for Prom Princess. A homosexual male who was “outed” during high school in a very insensitive and immature way. And a girl diagnosed with a socially debilitating disease who used the show to bond with others. These may be from the more extreme side of the spectrum but the fanbase has proven to be demographically diverse.

The timing for the theatrical debut could not have been any better. Just enough time to boost morale for the upcoming season and giving the highly-touted original cast a grand stage to solidify their mark as a pop-culture phenomenon. With the inevitable “shuffling of the deck” that happens when shows are placed in a high school setting on the horizon, I can’t help but be anxious about what is ahead. Oh summer…

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