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Movie Review: Netflix’s Birdbox

Bird Box is the latest new Netflix horror-thriller based on a novel by Josh Malerman and directed by Susanne Bier. In this post-apocalyptic world, to take the blindfolds off would be to risk insanity and even death. The cast for the film included, Sandra Bullock, and co-star Trevante Rhodes. Joining Bullock and Rhodes in Bird Box’s ensemble were Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, BD Wong, John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly, Tom Hollander, David Dastmalchian, Danielle Macdonald, Jacki Weaver and Lil Rel Howery.

Now like many I was drawn to the film after seeing a host of responses about how amazing this film was. As a movie lover and lover of horror-thriller movies myself, I felt it was time to turn off the lights and cuddle up to watch this film.

I won’t spoil the film by giving you all the massive details of every scene because I want viewers to at least watch the film to gather their own opinion of the movie.

After seeing this movie, I felt the film was a bit rushed and that the story-line could have been better, especially with a 19.8 million dollar budget.

You have this amazing cast and yet the story line is moving so fast with not enough details. There’s this unseen being that the victims see and it manifests as their worst fear, then they kill themselves immediately.

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There is never any full information on how to defeat whatever it is they are witnessing other than to simply blindfold themselves.

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Bird Box, Sandra Bullock

We don’t even know where this thing came from, it just appears to be jumping across the nation. The movie ends up coming off as a bit predictable, comical and even disappointing.

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You have this group of people who have managed to survive this unseen being and they are gathered in a house and then there comes a scene where suddenly one guy is able to kill just about everyone in the home. Not the unseen being…but one guy who has suddenly been taken over after desiring to see whatever it is that takes over the mind. The problem I have with that is, how is he suddenly able to avoid committing suicide like everyone else who has seen this “being”?

The movie portrays the thought that if you see this “being”…you lose your mind and immediately commit suicide. Yet this one guy is able to walk around the house after seeing it and aides in helping to kill the remaining people in the home, with the only survivors being Bullock and Rhodes.

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Netflix’s Birdbox, Trevante Rhodes and Sandra Bullock

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The movie then speeds up and years have gone by and suddenly the two are in love and raising two kids and learning to survive. There is also a group who are just like the guy in the past scene who can walk around normal after seeing this “being” and then down goes Rhodes in the film.

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Scene from Netflix’s BirdBox

Bullock is now left to survive with the two kids and travel down a river to a location for safety and survival from this unseen being. Upon arrival, the movie is pretty much over.

So what’s next for the survivors in this protected place? They basically just live with birds tweeting around them and this “being” still on the loose. The movie almost reminds me of “The Quiet Place”, even though we were at least able to see what they were afraid of.

I truly expected more from this film because of the amazing cast and with a title like BirdBox, I suppose I was expecting to see maybe attacks from birds or maybe a disease from the birds that was causing people to go insane. The only thing we casually discover in the film is that the birds make a lot of noise when the being is nearby.

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Netflix’s Birdbox

I was not thrilled or amazed by this film at all. The entire time I was desperately waiting for more to emerge from the scenes. I honestly would love to see someone remake this film as it seems it has much potential to be a great film with the right story-line.

 

Share your thoughts on the movie in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Steven Spielberg Doesn’t Think Netflix Movies Deserve Oscars

Since Netflix began distributing movies, the industry has been rife with contention about whether such films deserve the same recognition as traditional, theatrically released films, particularly when it comes to the Academy Awards.

Via Variety:

Evidently, legendary director Steven Spielberg is firmly of the mind that they do not. “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he told ITV News. “You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Netflix recently started gaining awards recognition for films like Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” which received a one-week theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles, and Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” which did not release in theaters and was nominated for best documentary feature at the 2016 Academy Awards.

“Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan has also weighed in on Netflix, calling the streaming giant’s release plans “bizarre” and “mindless.” He later apologized to chief content officer Ted Sarandos, however, calling his remarks “undiplomatic.”

The controversy has also spread to question the place of Netflix films at festivals, with the premiere of Netflix’s “Okja” at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival being met with boos as the Netflix logo displayed on the screen. Cannes established a rule after last year’s festival that in the future, any films that are selected for competition must also commit to a theatrical distribution.

In a recent interview with Variety, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said that Netflix and Amazon do represent “something important,” and that “we will eventually come up with a good agreement. Because in order for a film to become part of history, it must go through theaters, box office, the critics, the passion of cinephiles, awards campaigns, books, directories, filmographies. All this is part of a tradition on which the history of film is based.”

Netflix Films No Longer Allowed to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

The director of the Cannes Film Festival said movies distributed by Netflix are no longer eligible to compete in future festivals.

Via NYDN:

“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours,” Thierry Fremaux said in an interview translated by The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix will still be allowed to screen movies, but the films are unable to score any awards, like the coveted Palm d’Or.

Cannes faced backlash last year after including “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” in its line-up, despite the fact that both films — which streamed exclusively on Netflix — received critical acclaim.

Fremaux — who also banned red carpet selfies from the festival — said he hoped he’d be able to show Netflix the error of its ways and get the platform to play by the rules for 2018, but had no such luck.

“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” he said.

According to THR, Netflix attempted to screen the films in France for a few days ahead of the festival, but were unable to due to the country’s “strict chronology laws.”

After the disagreement, Cannes now requires movies to have some sort of theatrical release in France, barring Netflix from eligibility.

“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple,” Fremaux said. “(But) Cinema (still) triumphs everywhere even in this golden age of series. The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”

Cannes isn’t the only one to give Netflix the cold shoulder as of late.

In a recent interview, Steven Spielberg brushed off the streaming service, saying its films should not be Oscar contenders, as they have made their television bed and now must lie in it.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” he told ITV News. “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Marlon Wayans Is Hilarious In His New Comedy Special ‘Woke-ish’

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Marlon Wayans is a laugh riot in his new stand-up ‘Woke-ish’

I have always enjoyed watching Marlon Wayans for a while now. Every since he was on In Living Color he has always managed to make me laugh. His roles in movies like, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood”, “White Chicks”,“Senseless”, and more are just a few of my favorites!

He continued to make me laugh on The Wayans Brothers. He has grown so much as a comedian since then, but he is still very funny. When I heard he was doing a new stand-up special on Netflix called ‘Woke-ish’, I already knew it was going to be funny because of his personality and interesting just off of the title!

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Netflix: Marlon Wayans

“Comedian and actor Marlon Wayans brings down the house in his honest, energetic and animated debut Netflix Original stand-up comedy special, Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish. Filmed at MGM National Harbor’s The Theater in Washington D.C. in front of a packed audience, Wayans doesn’t miss a beat as he opens people’s eyes about the White House feeling like a reality show, jokes about rappers aging with their music, addresses the blatant racism in America, and reflects on the conversations he’s had with his teenage children.”

What I enjoyed about this special is that Marlon Wayans made us laugh while also bringing some much needed honest attention to matters going on in the White House, community, music industry and even with us as a black community!

I must admit that this special is among the best and if you haven’t already watched this on Netflix then you seriously need to check it out!

Watch the Trailer below and click HERE to watch the comedy special Woke-Ish now by Marlon Wayans!

 

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Mo’Nique Goes Head-to-Head with Charlamagne Over Netflix Boycott [Video]

Mo’Nique has been quite busy in the media these days!

After a brief match with Whoopi Goldberg during her appearance on ‘The View,’ Mo’Nique stopped by ‘The Breakfast Club’ and continued her Netflix boycott tour.

 

via Page Six:

“When I heard you say that you wanted us to boycott [Netflix] because of racial and gender bias … I wanted to know why did you feel like you should have gotten whatever Chris Rock got, whatever Dave Chappelle got, whatever Amy Schumer got … We all know Mo’Nique is a legend, but we also know that those deals that Netflix are giving out are based on recent stand-up shows,” he told the comedian during her appearance on “The Breakfast Club”Friday.

“I don’t think Amy Schumer is funny, but she did sell out 50 arenas around the world, including MSG, and HBO wanted her as well, so she created a bidding war on those stats, so I assume that’s the reason her number was at that place,” he continued.

Mo’Nique, 50, cited her box office stats for “Almost Christmas” versus Schumer’s for “Snatched,” but grew irritated when Charlemagne pointed out that Schumer’s Netflix deal was signed before “Snatched” hit theaters.

 But the radio host, 39, wouldn’t budge. “I just don’t understand how you can justify making $13 million in 2018 for a stand-up special … Was there a bidding war between platforms? Do you do the numbers in ticket sales that Chris Rock does, that Dave Chappelle does, that Amy Schumer does? … Why can’t you and [husband] Sidney [Hicks] book arena tours?” he asked Mo’Nique. “Have you received other offers from other streaming services? Or other places period?”

Mo’Nique blamed her woes on “being blackballed.”

The Oscar winner ended her interview with her opinion of Charlamagne’s impact on the black community.

“When you hear this brother’s voice come over the air, he does not have a value on black women and women of color,” she said, adding, “Unless he knew all the information and he could back up his statements, but as we sit here and we did this interview, you begin to ask questions that you should have asked before you made the statements.”

Watch the full interview below.

The 4 Top Pieces of Life Advice from Chris Rock’s New Netflix Special

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Chris Rock: Netflix

Chris Rock’s first stand-up special in ten years, Tambourine; brings to light some very positive and useful information for handling life and the people around you. While many outlets have chosen to focus on the negative opinions of viewers about Rock’s jokes from his Netflix comedy special, I couldn’t help but notice the pieces of wisdom in between the punch lines.

Chris Rock has always been known for his edgy comedy that not only attracts a few laughs but also makes you think. His comedy is simply raw and uncut. When listening to Chris Rock, you have to avoid being sensitive because at the end of the day, it’s all just jokes.  In Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix special, he stated that it is hard to please people today in comedy because the world has become so sensitive to everything. So below I listed four of the best life tips that we were able to learn from Rock’s new comedy special, Tambourine.

                      

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Chris Rock: Netflix
  1. “Pressure Makes Diamonds, Not Hugs”

Chris Rock shared his thoughts about the anti-bullying sentiment that was being preached by school administrators. He stated that he felt these methods were not properly preparing kids for the real world. In a comical sense he stated that if there were no bullies in the schools, then how could kids be prepared to face bullies in the real world? He went on to talk about all the bullies you are going to face in the workforce and how learning early on how to handle them in school will teach you how to deal with them later in life. He used Bill Gates and Marc Zuckerberg as examples, stating that these successful entrepreneurs had possibly been bullied early on in life but used that negative to push them to become the best. He later added that “pressure makes diamonds, not hugs” and that we are not properly preparing kids to go into a world that is not a loving place. Of course I’m sure he doesn’t support bullying which has led to suicide in a sad massive amount among our youth, but I understand the point he is trying to make. He simply wants us to learn that we can’t protect our kids from everything in this world and that some things in life are simply just going to make them stronger.

 

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Chris Rock: Netflix
  1. Her success is your Success, and Your Success is Her Success”

“Stop competing,” Rock tells the audience. In the older era, men were the breadwinners and considered to be the kings of their homes – while women were just supposed to be content with whatever the husband brought home, and stick to cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. Of course times have changed and those roles have switched. More women are now part of the workforce and entrepreneurs, with some bringing in more money than their husbands. So Rock wants married couples to learn that just because you bring in the most money, doesn’t mean you should act more than the other. He shared brief thoughts about how he felt he was a bad husband and had a huge ego in his prior marriage because he made more money.

 

  1. “When you’re in a band, sometimes you’re on lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine.”

For those curious why Chris Rock names his comedy special after a musical instrument, he explains that, “when you’re in a band, sometimes you’re on lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine. And if you’re on tambourine, play it right. Play it with smile, because no one wants to see a mad tambourine player.” From this you can pretty much learn how to accept your role in life and do it well. No matter where you are in life, make the best of it. If you are in the front then shine and even if you are in the background, still shine just as if you were in the front.

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Chris Rock: Netflix
  1. “A Woman Can Leave You Mentally”

 

In this segment, Rock shares that men should do right by their wives because a woman can leave them mentally before she ever goes anywhere physically. He joked stating, “Some of your wives only came for the tickets, she is not here with you, she is mentally here with me”. Many assume that cheating is simply a physical act. However, Rock points out that a mental checkout is equally as damaging. The technical term for what he describes is an, “emotional affair.” The O’Jays had a song that said, “Your body’s here with me, but your mind is on the other side of town.”

 

Chris Rock may have ruffled some feathers with his raw comedy special but we can definitely take some positive information from the show. Be sure to check out Tambourine, now available on Netflix.

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Starrdom100’s ‘Bright’ Review: If You Love Fantasy Then It’s Worth Watching!

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Will Smith, Joel Edgerton 

Bright, is about an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything. The movie released today, December 22 on Netflix, created on a 90 million budget, and of course some bad reviews about the movie instantly filled media sites. 

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Credit: Netflix ‘Bright’

The movie was directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) and stars Will Smith (Ward, a human) and  Joel Edgerton (Jakoby, an orc). Critics have claimed the movie to be a waste however after watching the movie I have discovered a very opposite look at the movie.

For one, I love the whole idea of fantasy mixed with action and this sci-fi thriller was able to hold my attention. Seeing Will Smith in this role reminded me of him in the popular movie, “Men In Black” where he played a police officer who joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth. Here he is yet again in a similar role yet in a world where all of these creatures from the fantasy world we have read about in books, exist.

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Credit: Netflix ‘Bright’

The start of the movie reminds me of the opening to the film, Independence Day where Smith is seen greeting his family, and then there is a crazy scene where he has to kill a fairy. I will admit there are some odd parts in the script but it just makes for a few good laughs along the way. The partnership between Smith and Edgerton is quite amusing and watching them interact as they discover that they are now destined to fulfill a long awaited prophecy is quite interesting.  Honestly you would have to love fantasy and enjoy how the director brings this movie into a modern day action thriller.

I saw all the bad reviews and I had to check this movie out for myself to see why it was getting so many bad reviews. I’m glad that I watched the movie.

The movie also displayed some strong messages, where you see the cruel treatment towards the orc played by Joel Edgerton, who decides to become a police officer. To me, it displayed the harsh reality of racism today in the workforce when you are different from others. The orcs in the movie are considered to be corrupt and bad guys and there is even a scene where the police are seen beating a bunch of orcs and Smith ask’s him whether he is an orc or an officer. Makes you think of what some of a different race have to deal with on today’s police force or society period.  The elves are a bunch of rich fancy people with nice cars living in a separate division from the others, so go figure on who would be presumed as the elves in our world today.  The fairies are far from anything special because people want them killed as if they are the rodents of the society. Sorry Tinker Bell fans because the fairies are not the good guys or gals in this movie.

Yet with all of the crazy plots of the movie, you manage to see two officers set aside their differences and come together to do something positive for the world. They also learn more about themselves and their purpose through near death experiences and the discovery of a magic they never knew existed.

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are hilarious in the movie, and regardless of a few twists in the storyline that take it away from being perfect in the eyes of major critics, I believe the message was never to display a perfect movie because the world they reside in is far from perfect. It’s interesting, it is fantasy, and it gets five stars in my book and I’m looking forward to a sequel from Netflix, which sources state that one has already been ordered.

So go watch the movie & enjoy!

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