The Problems With The Get Out Script

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Jordan Peele is the toast of Hollywood right now. I have mixed feelings about this. I am glad he is doing well but is he a good writer? He won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Get Out. Here are the reasons I don’t think Get Out deserved the best screenplay.

Plot Holes

Spoilers ahead, if you don’t want to know any spoilers, leave now.

Some things don’t make sense in the screenplay. How does Chris get the cotton in his ears with his hands strapped down? How did Chris’s friend find him? Chris suspected the family of being racist, but not his girlfriend (the families’ daughter) wasn’t? There are so many plot holes in the script I could drive a semi-truck through them.

The Characters Are Dumb

More Spoilers ahead. Don’t blame me if the movie is ruined for you.

Gee, I am a young man of color. I go to my girlfriend’s house to meet my future in-laws, some black servants are working there. The light bulb should’ve gone off in his head. He didn’t think Rose didn’t know about it? When he saw the pictures of her with all of the others, why didn’t he go for help? Some of the decisions the characters made in this movie made the teenagers in Friday the 13th movies look smart.

It Doesn’t Add Up

This wealthy family held all these POC against their will, but Chris and Rocky were able to outsmart them and the police? Why didn’t the police come and arrest Chris? How was Chris going to explain this? If this family had so much power? Why didn’t they call for help when Chris started to get the upper-hand? Hollywood Elsewhere did a brilliant critique of the screenplay to Get Out, so some of this is from his article.

http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2017/02/absurdly-overpraised-get-boasts-intriguing-concept-turns-minor-league/

Final Thoughts

The only reason Jodan Peele won the best screenplay is Hollywood doesn’t want people to think they’re racist.
A lot of POC directors and writers ignored over the years. One award doesn’t make you pro POC Hollywood. Giving a mediocre screenplay best screenplay doesn’t make you woke. It makes your racism more obvious. 

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/get-out-hypnosis-scene-sunken-place/547409/

Favorite Movies of All Time Part 8

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

We are getting into the big guns now. I am on part 8 of my favorite movies of all time.

30: Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of Miyazaki’s best movies. Anyone who thinks Anime serializes all women needs to watch this charming classic. The humor is adorable, the characters will charm the pants off of you, and the story will melt your heart.

Rating: 4 Stars.

29: Alien/Aliens. Two of my favorite movies ever. Sigourney Weaver shines as Ellen Ripley, one of the greatest female heroines of all time. I like the second Alien movie better thanks to the heartwarming relationship between Ripley and Newt. One of the best mother/daughter relationships put in a movie.

4 Stars

28: Amelie. Audrey Tautou became a household name after this charmer became a worldwide hit. Amelie has a simple story, relatable characters, and an uplifting message. If you’re in a bad mood, watch Amelie. It will put a smile on your face.

4 Stars.

27: Terminator and Terminator 2. I love James Cameron movies. It was the original Terminator that put him on the map. Unique cinematography, fast-paced action, and great storytelling make both Terminator movies classics. They are often imitated but never duplicated.

Grade: 4 Stars

26: Wolf Children. A timeless Anime that will make you laugh and cry in a matter of seconds. One of the best brother and sister duos you’ll ever see in any movie. You feel their conflict and pain with each other. How protective they get and how much they ultimately care about each other. Give this movie a chance, you will love it.

Grade: 4 Stars

25: Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly own the screen in this Hitchcock classic. Everything from the directing, to the screenplay, is done with care, attention to detail, and crafted to perfection. The last ten minutes are so intense, and the characters are smart. That’s a nice change of pace.

Grade: 4 Stars

24: GoldFinger. My favorite James Bond movie is Goldfinger. Goldfinger is a classic that never ages. Great action that is there to tell a story, not just blow things up for no reason. The humor is witty, and the story is classic Bond. The third entry in the Bond series is still my favorite.

Grade: 4 Stars

23: Hidden Fortress. Akira Kurosawa’s classic that influenced Star Wars still holds up. Kurosawa put so much love in his movies, and it shows. Hidden Fortress is a great movie to start with if you are new to Kurosawa. Hidden Fortress has a simple story and is easy to follow. A classic that hasn’t aged.

Grade: 4 Stars

22: Gravity. An incredible sci-fi marvel. Sandra Bullock is incredible. She makes you feel for her character. The movie avoids cliches by focusing on her inner thoughts. Tight directing and gorgeous cinematography are icing on the cake.

Grade: 4 Stars

21: Frozen 1 and 2. I love Frozen 1 and 2 now. The songs are catchy, the characters are memorable, and the animation is breathtaking. You will fall in love with both movies. I like the second one better myself. I thought it had a better story, and the girl power theme was stronger in the second movie.

Grade: 4 Stars

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-cvnmtWu4

NFL Teams That Could Be The Next Dynasty

It’s safe to say that the New England Patriot’s run is over. With a new decade comes new teams that could be the next Patriots, Cowboys, 49ers or Steelers. Let’s get to cracking. These picks are in no particular order.

Tennessee Titans. The Titans have an incredible defense, a great running game, and offensive line. They have a lot of the tools to win two or three Super Bowls. The big question mark for the Titans is their quarterback.

San Francisco Forty-Niners. They’ve had one dynasty, and this group of young stars looks like they could be another. Nick Bosa is a future HOF, Garoppolo is a good quarterback, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers. Also, Kittle is not an elite tight end. They have a great shot, but they got to fill in a few spots before they can do it.

Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have a great defense, offensive line, and a great running game. What the Vikings don’t have is a top tier QB. If the Vikings had someone like Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, they would be a dynasty.

Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have a great QB, running game and offensive line. They don’t have an elite defense though to complete the package. The Chiefs are close to being a dynasty.

Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Allen. That’s all I need to say. Allen is on his way to being the best defensive player the NFL has seen in decades. He had nearly eleven sacks, forty-two tackles, and two forced fumbles. He is a rookie, that’s the scary part. If the Jags can get an elite QB, and some great receivers, they will win two or three Super Bowls. Allen is that good.

The Baltimore Ravens. They’re a safe pick, but a great pick. The Ravens have everything a team needs to be a dynasty. A play-making QB, a great running game, and defense give them a great chance to be a dynasty. Their biggest flaw is their wide receivers who are average at best. The teams who beat Baltimore shut Jackson down to force the Ravens to win by using their wide receivers. Jackson is an elite talent who deserves better receivers. The Ravens would be a dynasty if they had better wide-outs.

The Cincinnati Bengals. Don’t laugh at this pick. They have the best tight end in the league Tyler Eifert, Geno Atkins is one of the best DTs in the league and AJ Green who is arguably the best wide receiver when he is healthy. The Bengals need to fix their offensive line, they need a middle linebacker, and they need to draft a QB. If the Bengals draft Joe Burrows, that could tip the scale in their favor to be the next great dynasty. The Bengals could win three or four Super Bowls.

Do you agree? Who do you think could be the NFL’s next great dynasty?

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/which-nfl-team-could-become-the-next-patriots-style-dynasty-here-are-the-most-likely-candidates/

Defending the Star Wars Prequels

I love Star Wars. I loved the original trilogy, AND I love the prequels! You heard me! I love Episodes 1, 2, and 3. This blog is centered on what the prequels did right, why they are great and why you should watch them.

Unique Worlds 

Mustafar and Naboo are incredible worlds. Both of them are brimming with unique creatures and gorgeous vistas. I loved the underwater city of Otoh Gunga, home of the Gungans. Mustafar scared me with scorching lava and terrifying creatures. I loved episodes seven, eight, and nine, but none of their worlds could touch the wonder of the worlds that I saw in the prequels.

Jar Jar Binks 

At me, you come bro! That’s right, I said it. Do you have a problem with this? Jar Jar is such a unique character. No one talks like him, look like him or act like him. He got so much unnecessary hate. He bought so much innocence and joy to the screen. I have watched Episode one over twenty times, and he is one of the main reasons I keep coming back. He made me laugh and look at life with joy instead of cynicism. 

The Best Light-saber Duels 

The crackling of the blades never felt so intense. The acrobatics, verity, and intensity of these battles outdo the sequels in every way shape and form. Getting to see Yoda in a light-saber duel alone, is worth the price of admission. Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fight will break your heart. Nothing in the sequels comes close to these fights. 

More Palpatine 

You can never have enough Palpatine! One of the greatest screen villains ever. Palpatine becomes a fully realized character in the prequels. He’s not a one-note evil politician. He wants to end the conflict and bring order to the galaxy. Seeing his point of view makes him relatable. He thinks he is doing the right thing, even if we know better. 

Deeper Mythology 

The prequels expanded on what happened to the republic. How Palpatine got control of the government and how powerful the Jedi were. It showed how the Jedi let their overconfidence cloud their judgment. The Jedi didn’t think the Sith would come into power again. The prequels also dealt with the governing side of the Star Wars universe. The prequels helped the Star Wars universe become richer and more diverse mythology.

The Clone Wars TV Show

I don’t need to say anything else. The best-animated show, ever. “This is the animated show you’ve been looking for.”

Final Thoughts 

From fan-favorite new characters, legendary scenes, and a grad conclusion, the prequels are not bad movies. They do a great job of world-building an already rich universe. Two of the best Star Wars products were made, (The Clone Wars and Rebels) and the prequels introduced us to some of the best worlds I’ve ever seen in any form of media. I know the prequels are not perfect, but I think you should give them a chance. Don’t listen to the haters, open your mind, and explore wondrous worlds with fantastic characters. May the force be with you, always. 

Photo Courtesy of: https://revengeofthefans.com/2019/05/20/looking-back-on-star-wars-prequel-trilogy/

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

I loved the first Wonder Woman movie, so I was excited to hear about the upcoming WW 1984. The trailer dropped today, so let’s get to it.

Action

Whoa Nelly is there action. Slow motion bullets, check. Wonder Woman flipping a semi truck in the air. Double check. Wonder Woman using the lasso of truth to swing from one lighting bolt to another, che….WHAT? WHOA! That’s insane. This trailer is jam packed full of great action moments.

Editing

The editing is spot on. It is quick, fluid and keeps the action going. It looks better than the first one, which is a great thing. Showing off the great action, plus how good the character interaction is, that shows what kind of love went into this trailer alone.

Acting

The acting looks very good. Gal Gadot is so charming and strong as Diana, and it’s good to see Chris Pine back as Steve. The real scene stealer is Pedro Pascal, who tears every scene alive as Lord Maxwell. Fantastic.

Final Verdict

Great job Warner Bros. This trailer is gonna set up WW 1984 to be one of the biggest blockbusters next summer. If the rest of the movie is as good as the trailer, we are in for a treat.

Grade: An A 96.

Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM7_JLk-84

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.screengeek.net/2019/12/07/wonder-woman-1984-footage-teaser/

The Nintendo Switch Sold Great On Black Friday

The Nintendo Switch dominated black Friday sales. Call of Duty was the top selling game on Black Friday. The Nintendo Switch will outsell the Wii. With Pokemon Ss and Sh selling insane numbers, this should help the Switch sell more than the Wii by the time it’s done. I will link the article below.

Link: http://money.com/money/5664343/black-friday-deals-most-popular-toys-electronics/

Photo courtesy of: https://www.cnet.com/news/walmarts-2019-black-friday-ad-the-best-deals-starting-today-updated/

How Will Star Wars Rise of Skywalker Do?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Star Wars is not as big as it used to be. The thought of a Star Wars movie coming out, drove people up the wall with excitement. This one has a lot of people worried. Will JJ pull it off? Will it be a disaster? How well will it do? Let’s find out.

Critics

The Last Jedi got rave reviews, so critics weren’t the problem. The problem was fans who were split down the middle. Some thought TLJ was the best SW movie since Empire, while others thought it was a disaster. It is hard to say how this movie will do with critics. I am gonna take a guess and say an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie does look exciting, but I wonder how critics will receive the story? That’s the big question.

Box office

It will debut huge. This is the last of the Skywalker sage and there will be lots of people curious to see how it does. I think it will do around one billion and four hundred million. I don’t think it will do as well as the Force Awakens, but it could do better than TLJ.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/11/23/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-tv-spot-shows-the-knights-of-ren-kylo-rey-palpatine-episode-ix

The Video Game Awards Are A Joke Never Trust Them Again

Bootlick Standing got 10 award nominations, while much better games like Fire Emblem, Astral Chain, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening get hardly none. The western video game media is a joke. Any game that has a big eastern influence in it, will get overlooked. Fire Emblem Three Houses should’ve been the front runner for game of the year, but oh no. The Kojima bootlickers have to give Bootlick Stranding nominations it didn’t deserve. Best game? What a joke. Take Kojima’s name off that game and it would be at a 62 on Metacritic. Geoff Keighley, you and your award show are a joke.

It wasn’t just Death Stranding. Control, another game that should not have been nominated. A bizarre story, but the gameplay is so mediocre and uninspired. But, because the western video game media wants video games to be interactive movies, it gets tons of nominations. Do not trust these award shows. They are all a joke. That includes the Oscars, the Grammy’s and the Emmys. They aren’t good measures by what is good art and what isn’t.

I am glad there has been huge blow-back from video gamers who smell a rat. Gee, Kojima is on the board of the VGAs. Geoff Keighley and him are close buddies. Don’t expect Smash to win GOTY. Don’t count on it. Just sit Kojima up there and have Keighley lick his boots and the video game media to do the same. This is a disgrace and this horrible game doesn’t deserve the nominations it got. A lot better games got snubbed for captain narcissist to get his nominations.

I don’t need to watch the VGAs to see the great new games that will be there. Just keep your eye on You Tube and pages You Tubers like OJX, OBE1 and RGT 85. What little respect I had for the VGAs went out the door when they gave Bootlicker Stranding ten nominations. Do not watch this joke of a show. I will put reviews below showing critics bootlicking Kojima. No game can be boring, convoluted, a mess and tedious and be called a good game. Never trust the VGA or the video game media again.

Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/774781133/new-game-death-stranding-is-a-compelling-mess

https://www.jeuxactu.com/test-death-stranding-hideo-kojima-a-t-il-vraiment-reinvente-le-jeu-vid-119985.htm

https://www.levelup.com/PlayStation-4/juegos/380040/Death-Stranding/review

Photo Courtesy of: https://screenrant.com/game-awards-2019-goty-nominees-biggest-snubs/

NPD October 2019: Call of Duty, Outerworlds and Luigi’s Mansion 3 Lead A Packed Month

According to NPD, the Nintendo Switch dominated in hardware sales, with CODMW no1 on sales. Outerworlds was strong at no2 with Luigi’s Mansion at no3. Overwatch and Witcher 3 also did great on the Switch.

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-top-20-best-selling-games-in-the-u-s-luigis-mansion-3-in-the-top-five/

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-luigis-mansion-3-has-series-best-debut/

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-switch-was-the-best-selling-hardware-platform-still-the-best-selling-platform-of-2019/

Photo Courtesy of: https://nintendoeverything.com/october-2019-npd-luigis-mansion-3-has-series-best-debut/