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Reflecting On Hip Hop Legend Tupac Shakur On the 21st Anniversary of His Death

“I am not a gangster and never have been.  I’m not the thief who grabs your purse.  I’m not the guy who jacks your car.  I’m not down with people who steal and hurt others.  I’m just a brother who fights back.  I’m not some violent closet psycho.  I’ve got a job.  I’m an artist.” — Tupac Shakur

Prophet.  Poet.  Gangster.  Thug.  Hip hop icon.  During the life and times of Tupac Shakur, he was labeled many things, but after his death, the polarizing, legendary rap artist was universally accepted as an extraordinary and influential talent.  Personally, whenever someone asks me about Tupac Shakur, the immediate thought that comes to mind is “tortured soul.”

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Film Review: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Was Pure Sci-Fi Bliss

What’s up guys?  Ralph a.k.a. the “Perennial Aesthete” is here.  It’s been awhile, but I hope you’re all in the best of health and happiness.  Speaking of being happy, to describe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to Marvel’s 2014 swash-buckling science-fiction adventure, I’d have to say it was pure euphoric bliss.  It brought back memories from my childhood when I used to sit in my room drawing comic book characters and reading my favorite comics such as Iron Man, the Avengers, Spider-Man and the Mighty Thor. Continue reading “Film Review: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Was Pure Sci-Fi Bliss”

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: The Ape King Makes A Gargantuan Return – But Kong Is Not The Only King

If you’ve already watched Kong: Skull Island and you stayed past the end credits, you should be clear on one thing—that Kong is not the only king.  You should also know that the ‘Toho Initiative’ is a go.  That’s just a mere reference to Nick Fury’s (Samuel Jackson) visit to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Marvel Studio’s 2008 film, Iron Man, in which Fury informs Stark that he’s putting together a team of superheroes.  In this case, Kong: Skull Island, is the next chapter of Legendary Picture’s “MonsterVerse,” a new cinematic universe that’s highly anticipated to reach a pinnacle in a Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020.

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‘Split’ Movie Review: James McAvoy Delivers in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unhinged Return to Form

By now, many of you probably heard about Split, the latest offering from M. Night Shyamalan which had it’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX last year in September 2016.  The festival is the largest genre film showcase in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and other fantastic movies from all around the world.  With that being said, it’s safe to say that Shyamalan has returned to form in full force in his latest and quite unnerving psychological thriller, Split.

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The New Trailer For ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Boldly Goes Where No… Well, You Know The Rest

Hey Trekkies!  In case you got stuck in the wrong galaxy… Director Justin Lin and Co. recently dropped the second trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the thirteenth film in the long-running sci-fi film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series after Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).  The movie, which is set to hit theaters this summer, finds the crew of the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, are attacked by a seemingly Continue reading “The New Trailer For ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Boldly Goes Where No… Well, You Know The Rest”

Review: Love it? Hate it? The Maelstrom of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

SPOILER WARNING:  The following post contains minor spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  If you haven’t seen the film yet, and don’t wish to be denied the thrill of discovering any of the plot points, please click away to another one of my thought-provoking posts.  Still here?  Alright, let’s do this…

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Oscars 2016: How Will We Reverse The ‘Systematic Failures’ In Film Diversity?

First and foremost, congratulations to all of last night’s Oscars winners!  I thought Chris Rock killed it!  He was sharp, unapologetic and brutally honest.  The theme of the show was tailor-made for him.  I think the biggest question of the Oscars was how Chris Rock and affiliated movie stars would handle the issue of diversity and the infamous #OscarsSoWhite controversy.  The second most preeminent question was whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio would win that ever-elusive first Oscar, in which he finally won best actor for his work in The Revenant, during last night’s 88th Academy Awards.

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‘The Witch’ Perfectly Blends Old-world Horror With Modern Feminist Ideas

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Photo Credit:  A24 Films

When horror maestro Stephen King speaks about a movie that “scared the hell” out of him, you have to take notice.  From King’s Twitter:

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Thoughts? Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Awards To Honor Snubbed Movies

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Photo Credit:  Rob Latour/Variety/Rex Shutterstock

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, who created the multi-platform hip hop and youth culture brand – All Def Digital (ADD), will hold it’s first ever All Def Digital Awards show.

“In 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made, and what stars get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally,” Simmons said in his statement, “The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars but they could be. This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.”

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