BLACK PANTHER (2018)

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …

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Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.

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CREED (2015)

Creed

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson

Here it is they went back to the old formula of the first rocky but instead now Rocky is on the side line and an other boxer will take his place and follow his father’s legacy . There is also the famous boxer who gives our hero the boxing match chance of a lifetime. With these elements, “Creed” then manipulates them differently by playing on our expectations before occasionally surprising us. It is a crowd-pleaser that takes the time to tell and develop the characters as in the first Rocky. Yes there is a quietly effective moments as there are stand-up-and-cheer moments is a matter a fact a woman sitting next to me jump up and cheer (seriously) and they are handle with skills on both side of the camera not an easy thing to do. Ok the film is predictable but pay attention to Stallone giving the right director the dude is a wonderful actor here.

Adonis Johnson an orphan  is visited in juvenile hall by Apollo Creed’s widow, Mary Anne ( Phylicia Rashad). Mary Anne adopts the young man. Mary Anne raises him as her own, Donnie’s resentment about being in the shadow of a famous man he never knew that never goes away. Donnie here has learned how to fight by himself and fighting in Mexico for money on the week end. He is not interested in the white collar job where he go a good education and a great job to secure his future but instead he wants to fights. He goes to Philadelphia to find Rocky to see if he can train him. Coogler here turn the tables here is a rich kid who want to go boxing never in real life there is been a rich man who got into boxing that I know so far. Of course there is a love interest in our story the beloved Bianca who is a singer / composer. The film is well written here and is as good as the first Rocky and yes ladies and gentlemen Sylvester Stallone can act even through  in emotion in the mix. Here he plays the mentor and trainer of the kid. Coogler has gave us a new hero wonderfully played by Micheal  B. Jordan. Check out the end of the film and you will go ok then but I knew where that was going the only logical ending there and what a beautiful end for a film.

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FRUITVALE STATION (2013)

Fruitvale station

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer 

Oscar Grant III (Micheal B. Jordan) a 22-year-old Bay Area resident in Oakland gets up in the morning in December 31 2009. Tried to get his old job back because he got fired for being late. In the process it is his mom’s birthday and he has to buy crabs for dinner tonight. He struggle to see if he should sell the last of his dope to a friend of his and in a form of a flashback you see him in jail getting ready to see his mom visiting. Later after celebrating his mother’s birthday his goes out with his friends and takes the train to New York. On the way  back an incident happens in the train and all hell breaks loose.

First this film has a documentary feel to it, a day in the life of Oscar Grant III on the last of the years of 2009. I remember one of my boss at work telling me about what happen in Oakland county in 2009 i forgot to follow up the story but I heard that there has been a riot in Oakland. The beginning of this film starts with footage of cell phone filming the incident Bay Area Rapid Transit cops beating Oscar and his friends on a subway platform ends with a gunshot. the rest of the film starts at the day the 24th December 1999 in a life of Oscar Grant III.  Oscar was struggling with his life he got out of jail for selling drugs and was trying got a job which he got fired for been late too many times but his boss won’t have it and does not get him back. Being black in America is not easy if you are getting out of jail and trying to get a job. Oscar was trying to make a go of it , he had people who loved him and wanted him to succeed and it got all taking away from him within seconds. Is a matter of fact the director Ryan Coogler was there at the time it happened. You see Oscar dresses like a home boy ride his car listening the radio loudly but he is not a thug like most people would think. Micheal B. Jordan understood Oscar and played him right on target. The res tof the actors Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer did a great job on this film they out done themselves. This film will make you think twice. The sad part is that Oscar left behind his family especially is daughter. This shouldn’t have happened.

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