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Attend our Race & Community Screening of Do The Right Thing + #Blacklivesmatter Panel Discussion

 

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Kush ‘Film Boutique’ – The UK’s No 1 Exhibition Platform for Urban Films
Presents a Special ‘Race & Community’ Film Screening Event
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Kush Films presents a special cinematic event focussing on race and community on Thursday 11th August.  Its 26 years since the release of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed comedy/drama ‘Do The Right Thing’, we revisit this important film and its contentious racial storyline. Following the screening will be a special #BlackLivesMatter panel debate with invited guest speakers focusing on the relevance of Do The Right Thing today and how the BLM social movement can unite supporters in the US and UK and progressively move positively forward; bringing about tangible lasting change which better alters community relations with law enforcement and unites black communities both home and abroad economically.

Join us for networking and music in the bar prior to film.
Date: Thursday 11th Aug
Time: 7.30pm (music/networking in bar) for 8.30pm film start

Guest Panel: George Ruddock (Editor – The Voice Newspaper), Lee Jasper (Social Justice Activist), Temi Mwale (Founder 4Front Project), Kayza Rose (Blackoutlnd) & others attending representing Blacklivesmatter.

Hosted by: Livingston Gilchrist

Tickets: Early Bird Sale: just £6 up to 5th Aug & then thereafter £15 (students, OAP’s reduced prices)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings: www.regentstreetcinema.com / Tel: 0207 911 5050

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Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece–maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the “right thing.”

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Richard Edson, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn, Paul Benjamin, Rosie Perez, Robin Harris, Frankie Faison, Frank Vincent, Steve White, Leonard L. Thomas, Samuel L. Jackson, Joie Lee, John Savage, Miguel Sandoval, Rick Aiello, Roger Guenveur Smith & Martin Lawrence.




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Tarantino back with Western ‘Hateful Eight’: Hits UK 07.01.16

Kush News
06.08.15
Updated: 21.12.15

 

 

 

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Director Quentin Tarantino’s Western ‘The Hateful Eight’  is not released yet but still currently doing battle (of sorts) with Star Wars in the US. Upset Quentin and the Weinstein Brothers have been fighting just to get cinema screens which have been swamped by the mammoth ‘The Force Awakens’ and it will probably stay so over the next 4 weeks.

In a move that should please Quentin Tarantino fans across the country, The Weinstein Company has moved up the nationwide release of “The Hateful Eight” from its previously announced January 8 date to New Year’s Day. The movie will open wide on January 1 with its 35mm digital print version. The movie will still open on Christmas Day at select theaters capable of playing the movie on 70mm film.

The Hateful Eight is in the mould of classic spagetti westerns and hits UK screens fully on the 8th January 2016, the film which will also be released old-skool grand hollywood style in 70mm Ultra-Panavision (the widest release in this format for 20 years using the exact panavision lens used to make the classic Ben Hur film) and also launched via a roadshow city-to-city tour style at selected viable cinemas that can support the 70mm format over Christmas; similiar to classic big Hollywood film releases of the 50’s, 60’s. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Masden and Bruce Dern amongst others.

The soundtrack is composed by legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone (The Good The Bad and The Ugly, For A Few Dollars More, Wild Bunch).

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Kurt Russel and Samuel Jackson in Hateful Eight

Set in post-civil war Wyoming, the film follows bounty hunters who are trying to find shelter during a blizzard and become embroiled in a plot of betrayal and deception. ‘The Hateful Eight’ is Tarantino’s eighth feature film and will be released on 25th December 2015 and follows the Oscar winning ‘Django Unchained’ which grossed more than $425 million worldwide.
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In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.

Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.

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We for one can’t wait to checkout Hateful Eight, even though some reviews already have highlighted the Tarantino/Jackson collaborative use of the “N” word – it seems once again they are defying the previous criticism and sticking to their guns! We will have to wait and see what context the word once again is continuously used! Sort it out – Quentin and even more so you; Samuel Jackson who seems to relish using the derogatory and demeaning word.

Checkout the trailer and featurette’s below:

 

Spike Lee receives Honorary Award at the 2015 Governors Awards

Courtesy of: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact
Written by Tambay A Obenson
15th Nov 2015

 

 

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Last night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Honorary Oscars to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, as well as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

All three awards were presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards last night, Saturday, November 14 – an event that apparently wasn’t nationally televised.

Thankfully the Academy has already made footage of the night’s highlights available online via YouTube, and I’ve embedded the tribute to Spike (which included Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, and Denzel Washington, and was 12 minutes long) as well as Spike’s lengthy (18 minutes long), poignant, and at times hilarious acceptance speech. He took his time and it was great, getting all his industry hooks and jabs in. This was his long-coming Oscar moment (albeit an honorary Oscar) and he was going to make the absolute most of it, and I don’t blame him!

Spike joins a growing list of other talents who have never been recognized by Oscar for individual performances, and were later given Honorary Awards – James Earl Jones being one of them (nominated for Best Actor in 1970 for “The Great White Hope” but didn’t win; and in 2012, a long 42 years later, was celebrated with an Honorary Award).

So first watch the rollicking tribute with Snipes, Jackson and Washington; and then, underneath it, watch Spike’s acceptance speech. Good stuff all-around!

Denzil Washingtion, Samuel Jackson and Wesley Snipes honour Spike Lee (hilarious!)

Spike Lee acceptance speech:

Movie News Round-Up August 2015

Written By Cheryl Rock
Kushfilms.com
21.08.15

 

 

Here is a round-up of film news we found circuling cyberspace that we thought you may wanna know about so do your thing and enjoy!

 

Fifty Shades of Black
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Starring Marlon Wayans, Mike Epps & Jane Seymour. It is of course a tribute to the popular Fifty Shades of Grey. But Marlon, doesn’t want it to be called spoof. He tells Entertainment Weekly; “I don’t look at these movies like spoofs, as much as comedic remixes. I just approach it as its own original movie, with its own plot and its own characters, and just take them through a similar journey. I just find the jokes where the dramas didn’t.”

He also states; “Like Fifty Shades of Grey if Christian Grey was black and he was rich, but we don’t know exactly how he got his money, he’s a little shady, and he’s a really bad lover….?”

Filming at the moment, the release date is set to hit our screens January 2016.

 


Let’s be Cops 2?
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Keeping it in the Wayans family, will Lets be Cops 2 be in production anytime soon? Well not according to Damon Wayans Jr. He states he won’t be involved, until real officers are held accountable. The first film grossed over $80 million in the box office. There has been talk of making a sequel. But Damon will have no part of it until something is done about police brutality in America.

In a radio interview with Sway in the Morning, a caller dialled in and asked if Damon was down for the sequel, he replied, “I don’t think we’ll make another ’til they stop smoking Black dudes. You know? Until they fix the police brutality. I personally don’t want to make another one because I feel like I would be betraying my people,”



The Hateful Eight
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Never one to disappoint his loyal fans, the man behind “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino has now unleashed the first trailer for “The Hateful Eight.” It is about bounty hunters trying to find shelter in a blizzard, in post-civil war, Wyoming.

The film is produced by the Weinstein Company, and the cast includes Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Lee. The so called blood spattered Western due date is December this year and January 2016 in the UK

Watch the trailer here:


 

The Perfect Guy
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Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. Great career and loving long-time boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut). However Leah is now wanting to take it to the next level of marriage and family, and Dave isn’t so sure. He has concerns, and things lead to a painful break-up.

Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Their relationship quickly progresses, and while it seems she has met the perfect guy. A dark personality begins to surface, and what started out as something amazing, soon sadistically goes very, very wrong. In order to escape, she will have to dig deep and find a way out. UK release date 20th November 2015.

Watch the trailer here:


 

Jack Reacher 2:
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It is rumoured that Paramount are eager to keep Tom Cruise busy, especially after the box-office success of the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise and want to start work on Jack Reacher 2. The original was a modest success at U.S box office. Possible female lead name is Cobie Smulders from Marvel’s The Avengers.

Based on the popular novels by Lee Child, its sequel is currently set for late 2016.


 

Independence Day: Resurgence
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Due for release in June 2016, it stars Liam Hemsworth (Thor, Blackhat), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park) and once again Vivica Fox (Kill Bill II) & Bill Pullman along with Maika Munroe. With a few of the originals returning, a few eyebrows were raised when Mae Whitman, who portrayed the president’s daughter Patricia Whitmore, aged 8, in 1996’s Independence Day, was announced as not coming back to reprise her role in the sequel, instead Maika will be playing the part, twenty years on. And of course, Will Smith.

While it looks like he won’t be feature. The director Roland Emmerich admitted that the studio was actually developing two distinct versions of the script, one being prepped in case the actor decided to return, the other written just in case he said no.


 

Ghostbusters
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Ghost fighting team are back, only this time it’s all women. Starring Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, directed by Paul Feig.

Emma Stone turned down a role as she felt it was too much of a big commitment. While she felt the script was very funny, she decided that being part of another franchise would be too much right now.

The film is due to be released July 2016.

Top 5 Highest Grossing Female led Comedy Movies

Will Ghostbusters be a hit and make its mark as one of the highest grossing female led comedy movies. Below is the top 5, and well it will have to go some to beat what is number 1. However Having Melissa McCarthy featuring may just help it along its way.

  1. – Sex & City: $415.2 million (Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon,  2008)
  2. – My Big Fat Greek Wedding: $368.7 million (Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, 2002)
  3. – Bridesmaids: $288.4 million (Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, 2011)
  4. – Spy: $233.1 million (Melissa McCarthy & Jude Law, 2015)
  5. – The Heat: $229.9 million (Starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, 2013)

(According to FemaleFirst.co.uk)

Film Review: Avengers Age Of Ultron

Written by Graeme Wood
03.05.15

 

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Joss Whedon set the bar of expectation high with the first Avengers film in 2012 and the sequel employs a similar palette with a satisfying if mixed results. Presented with a number of seemingly impossible boxes to tick, from pleasing fans, children and adults, introducing new characters, joss-whedonprogressing the threads of Marvel’s TV franchise, pointing the way ahead for character’s individual movies and ensuring some decent action figures along the way you’d be surprised if Whedon didn’t drop the ball somewhere along the line. However, Whedon is a writer who is always able to find a lighter moment to punctuate what could otherwise be a po-faced affair and in the midst of skull crushing and building destruction he’ll add a knowing gag or character beat that reminds us these are (mostly) human heroes not without their flaws. If some of the plot doesn’t necessarily pass rigorous inspection, the sheer momentum of the movie ensures it sails through its lengthy running time like a breeze. It’s never boring, always restless with ideas and frequently thrilling. In contrast to almost every other superhero movie it is perfectly paced too.

We open with the Avengers in full effect and for those who have followed the Marvel characters on AgentsOfShield_Marvelboth small and big screen events tie in neatly with the current story from TVs Agents of Shield, though for those who haven’t been watching both this doesn’t take away from a standalone story in this film.

Here we see what is likely to become the film’s renowned signature shot an especially impressive slow-mo tableau of our heroes united and all leaping in to battle the hordes of Hydra soldiers. The team are attempting to recover Loki’s staff from the first film, having been stolen by Hydra following the collapse of SHIELD in the second Captain America film -The Winter Soldier. With the staff back in their possession its revealed properties open up an intriguing possibility for inventor Tony Stark who driven by a sense of failure wants to protect his friends and more importantly the world.

Stark has always seemed less of a team player and though he comes through in the end there is a sense that he is dismissive of others and always far too pleased with himself. As played by Robert Downey Jr, always a captivating screen presence, this has been a hard act to match though this film sees a more even spread. Stark’s pursuit of a laudable-but impossible-goal drives him to set in motion the creation of a new nemesis in the form of Ultron. It may have a moniker suggesting a 70s floor cleaner but this super adaptable artificial intelligence becomes the most dangerous foe the team has faced because, as one character put it, he is everywhere. Not just a series ofUltron_avengers interconnected and constantly evolving robots but living inside the Internet too. Voiced with casual menace and sardonic pleasure by James Spader Ultron’s intent is to realise Stark’s idealistic vision of a totally peaceful world by wiping out everyone and forcing mankind to evolve over. Not exactly what you might expect a super intelligence to come up with but the parallel here is with Stark who has also evolved himself by creating the Iron Man armour. Cleverly, Whedon uses the mind controlling powers of new arrival the Scarlet Witch to shorthand the fears, doubts and inner feelings of our team so we never have to second guess their motivations.

Conceptually Ulton’s plan may be a stretch and his powers do ebb and flow dependent on the demands of the narrative yet Spader’s fruity vocals and an effectively expressive CGI are sufficient to render it convincingly powerful.

Whedon is also aware enough to second guess some of our doubts and address them in the narrative, there is no doubt that Ultron is a suitably big bad foe able to create divisions within the team an aspect that Whedon returns too never allowing the film to get lost amidst the increasingly big set pieces in the second half.
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Chris Evans’ Captain America proves to be the biggest beneficiary of this approach, his no frills moral stance putting him on a collision course with Stark’s ‘the end justifies the means’ ideals. The difference in their characters means their scenes together provide a cornerstone to the film and a signpost to what will unfold in Marvel’s Phase 3 movies.

Also pleasing is that Hawkeye and Black Widow, characters without their own showcase and who tended to become side-kicks in the first film are given much more satisfying and developed arcs this time around. Scarlett Johansson’s scenes with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner are touching and subtly played even if the Hulk itself is sometimes a sledgehammer too many. While Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton provides an unsuspecting humanity and heart at the centre of the film which grounds our characters and determines their mission.

Among the new arrivals we’re introduced to the Maximoff twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however due to the X-Men and Mutants belonging to Fox studios the twins are introduced here as AgeUltron_Quicksilverenhanced experiments rather than Magneto’s offspring. While their place in the plot is earned as individuals they fail to make much of an impact as interesting characters, particularly as the cast keeps growing. Making worthwhile cameos and even managing to expand their characters in the brief time on-screen are Don Cheadle (War Machine), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Idris Elba (Heimdal) and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) Marvel’s watchword – ‘It’s all connected’ – never ringing truer.

The final character to be introduced is a Paul Bettany as The Vision tipping the balance perhaps a little too much as his powers seem to conveniently mop up any gaps in the skills of the others and providing the key to defeating Ultron. Nonetheless the team rally into battle in the final act and the action is impressive. Whedon’s use of Italy, Bangladesh, Johanesburg and Seoul and locations provide a suitably refreshing and global feel to the proceedings which lifts the action sequences far above the norm.

Though the outcome of the battle is rarely in doubt Whedon ensures that it doesn’t come easily and it’s not without a cost, while the cinematography and direction ensures these scenes continue to hold our attention. By the film’s close we see some intriguing story threads laid for the next sequence of Marvel’s cinematic universe and a new team of Avengers ready to continue the good fight under the leadership of Captain America. However, one must wonder if subsequent Avengers movies helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo can possibly ever match the verve of the first because Whedon has ensured these are the cream of an increasingly overcrowded market.

Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Written by: Christine Eccelston-Craig
26.01.15

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“Do you like spy movies?”

Well, do you? If you’re not a huge fan of the classic spy movies such as James Bond 007 or From Russia With Love, I can guarantee that you’ll still enjoy this new take on spy movies starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine and of course Samuel L. Jackson. Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on a comic book written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons and is portrayed as a comedy spoof of old classic spy movies . Wearing classy suits and based in a tailor shop in Savile Row, the Kingsmen are an immaculate secret society of “modern day Knights” led by the one and only Michael Caine.

“I have a hard time understanding you people, ya’ll talk so funny”
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Now without giving away too much of the plot let’s take a quick look at Colin Firth’s character. I have to say, this is one of most enjoyable roles I’ve seen him in, I really loved watching him in action, from his suave and composed fighting skills (stunt double no doubt), to his even more conservative interrogation techniques. His mannerisms and attitude in this particular movie is absolutely memorizing, I don’t even think ‘Bond’ is that smooth! Compared to previous movies Mr Firth has been in such as Nanny McPhee or even Mamma Mia, this has to be his best role. He seriously put the bad in badass, this character suited him perfectly! Now, when it comes to his trusty sidekick Eggsy (Taron Egerton), who pretty much starts out as a troublesome delinquent, I found the stereotypes a bit overpowering.

However Taron did this character justice, from his youthful tone and slang words, to his body language which said “I don’t give a f***.” You can see where director Matthew Vaughn was going with his attempt to bring two opposite characters from two different worlds together to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from or how old you are, people of all types can still work together to overcome the looming shadow of evil.

Vaughn also directed both Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class, so within this movie you can almost notice the superhero element. Everything within this movie seems over the top and definitely out of tkingsman-secret-servicehe ordinary; even therefore unrealistic. But still watching it, you are taken in and start believing in this fantasy world, you even become part of it (that would be your imagination kicking in then). In addition, compared to other recent action-adventure spy movies such as Stormbreaker or Spy Kids where the comedy and production were a little more suitable for younger viewers, it’s important to remember that this movie is not at all like those other spy movies. Aside from the conventional plot of trying to take down a villain, this specific movie fuses comedy, violence and cheesy yet awkward one-liners together to produce this delightful adaptation of the spy film genre.

“I can’t stand the sight of blood, if I see it, that’s me done”

Let’s talk villains. After starting out in the 1980’s playing drug abusing convicts, Samuel L Jackson plays the billionaire villain who looks like he is going through a mid-life crisis. I can’t quite make out if Jackson_kingsman_SecretServicethat’s a turn for the worst or not, but every time he was in a scene there was nothing but laughter filling the room. His speech was like a 5 year old with missing front teeth and his clothing, well how do I even describe it? He looked like a cross between 1990’s youth rap duo Kris Kross and present day pop troublemaker Justin Bieber. That alone will have you amused and with his flexible right hand woman Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) whom, might I add has swords attached to her legs to literally slice her opponents with, the terrible two devise a plan to “save the world.”

Now this isn’t just any old plan, this is a plan that will cause world havoc; and unleashed so it does.

The film contains very graphic fighting scenes filled with blood and very enthralling and what can be best described as sharp cutting sound effects, it was quite unsettling and definitely has the intention of making you cringe (well us ladies anyway!). I can imagine watching this on IMAX in 3D, unfortunately press screenings don’t afford me that luxury. I had trouble erasing some of graphic images from my mind after. However despite all the dramatic noises of slashing knives and breaking bones, I’m sure you’ll find the fighting scenes just as exciting as I did. This film was nothing but pure, non- filtered comedy much of the time; with that been said I would absolutely recommend you go watch Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Kushfilms.com readers who like action-adventure spy movies won’t be disappointed!

Film Review: Captain America, The Winter Soldier

 

written by Michael Dequina
15/04/14

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While the second solo screen outing for stars-and-stripes super-soldier Captain America, The Winter Soldier is the first “real” franchise instalment, for the previous film, The First Avenger, with its entirely (save literally the closing minutes) WWII era setting was clearly conceived and executed as a back-story vehicle–not just for the character of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) but The Avengers film that immediately followed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe chronology.

In a way, that film can be somewhat seen as buying time, given that a square-jawed do-gooder icon of middle-of-the-road Americana doesn’t easily lend itself to a unique nor–to be perfectly honest–interesting solo series identity like fellow Avengers Iron Man, Thor, or the Hulk. But directors Joe and Anthony Russo and returning screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have cracked the code, which can be boiled down to two key decisions. First, they take a comparatively more reality-bound approach than Thor’s literal mythology, Iron Man’s techno-fantasias, and Hulk being Hulk; and second, crafting a hotbed of shifty motives and outright corruption around such a paragon of old school virtue.

The film recalls another old school vibe, that of paranoid thrillers of the ’70s, in how a routine S.H.I.E.L.D.-assigned rescue mission for Cap and Black Widow (a now-fully-settled Scarlett Johansson, her third time in the role indeed being the charm, literally and figuratively) opens the door to some shady and perhaps sinister goings-on within the espionage outfit. Traditional comic book action is certainly not in short supply as Cap, Black Widow, and a new comrade, soldier Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), gradually uncover the truths about a questionable new S.H.I.E.L.D. project as a masked assassin, the Winter Soldier of the title, goes after various targets, among them Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, getting a more active role this time); Wilson is, after all, better known to Marvel Comics fans under the moniker Falcon, and his literally high-flying derring-do makes for a nice complement to Cap’s shield-throwing and Black Widow’s gun and fight skills.

Anthony Mackie in Captain-America_But Mackie’s ease with Evans and seamless integration into the MCU ensemble speaks of how the Russos and the writers get a lot right on a nuts-and-bolts character level, lending a solid foundation to the visceral thrills and plot twists. Ironically enough, the turn involving the Winter Soldier is probably the film’s weakest element (inherited from the rather contrived retcon of a storyline from the comics) and doesn’t have quite the emotional payoff that was clearly intended.

But between the lively Evans-Johansson byplay (who knew we’d ever see The Nanny Diaries co-stars re-team as a buddy action duo?), high class cast (in addition to Mackie, no less than Robert Redford joins the mix as a S.H.I.E.L.D. head), and impressively mounted action set pieces, this is a solid example of meat-and-potatoes popcorn filmmaking–befitting that most meat-and-potatoes of comic book heroes.

Michael Dequina
http://themoviereport.com

 

Turmoil as Michael B Jordan Given Role of Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot

Written by Lamar Fergus-Palmer
03.03.14


Michael B Jordan is Johnny Blaze in Fantastic Four Reboot.

MICHAEL-B-JORDAN_HUMAN-TORCH_JOHNNY-STORM_FANTASTIC-FOUR_It’s a story that has continued to rumble on since it was announced, and one that has caused uproar among die-hard comic book, superhero movie fanatics.

The news that has caused controversy is that Michael B Jordan, previously known for his roles as Wallace on The Wire, Alex in Parenthood and Steve Montgomery in the 2012 supernatural movie Chronicles has been handed the role of Johnny Blaze (aka the Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four reboot, which is due to be released in 2015.Fantastic-Four-marvel-comics-5205641-1280-960-650x400

But what has caused the uproar? Is it that because up until this point Michael B Jordan hasn’t had many film roles? Is it that he’s only 27? No, what’s causing an issue among die hard comic book fans is that Michael B Jordon is African-American, and Johnny Blaze (The Human Torch) has always been played by white actors he is also white in the comic books.

So with the above in mind, is an African-American actor cast into a role that was previously seen as a Caucasian role, good news or bad news for the fans of the comic books?

Should the race of the Human Torch matter at all? White, Black, Asian, Hispanic; well I don’t think it should matter at all, after all isn’t this all fiction – in the world of fiction anything can happen cant it?

What’s the real issue for fans?

Die-hard fans of the F4 series are arguing the following:

·         The Human Torch has always been a white character, so why change now?

·         Audiences might be confused by the change.

·         But the ‘main’ point that is being argued; is that with a black Johnny Blaze, you cannot have a fantastic-FF-18R_fwhite Sue Storm (who has already been cast as Kate Mara in the new reboot, a white actress) as the two are historically brother and sister.

Of course, the counter-argument to all the above points is:

·         Many films have made the same change without any issues. For instance, Heimdall, the fictional character, based on the Norse god Heimdallr has been portrayed stoically excellently by Idris Elba in the Thor movies.

·         Furthermore, the family argument makes it sound like there isn’t a mixed-race family in existence? There has never been white & black twins born to the same mother, it’s just impossible by any means. Even more so when you take into account that the film is about four people who go into space and gain superhuman abilities, isn’t everything possible!

Therefore, when logic is applied to the arguments, the change should cause no issues at all. However, that would be far too simple for some.

On the other side of the coin…black super hero fans have finally seen….

The rise of black characters as superheroes and the transformation of original black comic book heroes onto the big screen in recent years.

There have been a number of previously white roles cast to black superheroes over the past few years.

Samuel L Jackson portrays Nick Fury brilliantly.
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Don Cheadle has a lead role in Ironman. In fact, for a short time in Ironman 2, he wore the suit and engaged in the action. Anthony Mackie is soon to be seen as Falcon, the sidekick to Captain America in the new Winter Soldier movie due for release on 28th March 2014. Perry White is played brilliantly by Laurence Fishburne in the Superman reboot.

Last but not least, Jamie Foxx spider-man-2-electrowill be Max Dillon/Electro in the new Spiderman 2 reboot, which is due to be released in April 2014.

Even with the above characters and several others, many comic book and superhero film fans are arguing that there are still; not enough black characters in superhero/comic book adaptations on the big screen.

Ultimately, with any movie role, not just in this genre, colour shouldn’t be a controlling factor. Still we understand that black superhero fans may not be too happy to see the Black Panther cast as a Caucasian superhero, but with all the recent changes could black comic-book fans still complain – probably!

As with any film role it should always be that the man or woman cast into a role; should be the person best suited to play that role as chosen by casting, regardless of their race.

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This is why there is no doubt in our minds (at Kush Films) that Michael B Jordan will make a fantastic Human Torch, and hopefully he will spur on a new generation of black superhero movie characters for the future.

We here they are looking at making a movie version of the Black Panther, which has been discussed for a number of years and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

 

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Anthony Mackie as Falcon