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A MoveMe vs A Movie

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Self Improvement on September 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

FilmProjector_ReelTapeWhat’s the difference between a #MoveMe and a #Movie?
Everything.

Just because they are both excellent examples of #Reel does not make them the same.

Over the last 7-days I have patronized Harkins Theaters for two reasons: Queen of Katwe and Magnificent 7. One was a cool #Movie and one was a familial #MoveMe. I enjoyed them both. If you have not seen them but are planning to, you may want to stop reading here and resume once you’ve seen them.

I’m not going to delve in too deep, but let’s do mount the back of MAGNIFICENT 7 with Paullets  awesome lifetime beau, Denzel:

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☝🏾It’s a western
☝🏾it’s little longer than 1.5 hours
☝🏾it was dusty only by geography though wet in scripted situation.

Denzel plays the role of a US Marshal who would normally bounty hunt for justice recon but was contracted by a grieving widow to bring forth the man that who killed her husband in cold blood at the start of the film.

There are many shootings and killings along the way though the most compelling was when the Marshal found the murderer and began running off a list of personal grievances…

WHAT!?  The Marshal had a personal grievance with the “widow maker?” And like you wouldn’t you believe.

Have you seen it? It’s a Magnificent way to spend the better part of 2-hours.

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I’m a horse rider myself, I love to saddle and blaze the trail.
The journey that the Mag 7 blazed was dusty as hell

But the writing held us captive for a spell and time passed smooth.
I was into “the law” and his black stallion groove.

The widow reaped her due – the Marshal just opened the door.
MAGNIFICENT 7 was a reel dimensional score.

It was good to see Denzel in this piece. My God he is fine.
I’m Qui
Screening movies for thee and divvying the rewind.

The M7 #Movie is an awesome way to spend your time.

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QUEEN OF KATWE

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NEW COMER: Madina Nalwanga portrayed Phiona and Lupita portrayed her mother.

I mean what can I say? Life is a game that must be played
and if your going up against Phiona on chess – you’ll likely be slayed.

Remember the film FRESH from way back when?
Lil’ dude would skip school to give ‘old chess heads’ a spin?

Queen of Katwe connects  past reels and yields to mind
The strategy of game when all is on the line.

Disney picked a fine film to produce with this piece.
It offers tangible confidence in an otherwises dim release.

Uganda may not be flashy in the western worlds sight
But the mind of one young girl found F3 and took flight.

2007: She learned to play chess amidst social mockery and laughter.
Though by year 2012 she was celebrated as being a Chess Master.

Born in Ugandan slum, Phiona Mutesi was poor and her hygiene wreaked,
But the way she ‘spanked in chess’ made folks sit up and think.

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FRESH starred Samuel L. Jackson and Sean Nelson

This film is a champion of encouragement!
I saw a screening earlier this month and couldn’t wait to vent.

I absolutely DID cry in the theater.
This film wasn’t about any  glitz or glitter.

This film was about owning your destiny.
Lupita played Phiona’s mom. She reminded me of me.

Phiona’s mother is a fighter and she has shaped her child.
I saw myself in Phiona as well – I don’t mind the miles.

Phiona’s part was played by Madina Nalwanga – and WOW!
This young lady’s authentic talent is the cats meow!

Boom! pOW! I enjoyed her internal and external glow.
Queen of Katwe was an absolute refreshing show.

This is a #MoveMe, not just a movie.
The contents therein did groove me.

The life impact stays with you – long time.
I’m Qui
Keeping it reel with thee in the form of Griot chimes.

What have you got up this weekend? Doing anything extra groovy?
In the event your plans aren’t in cement –  grab a friend and catch a movie

And embrace the experience.
#Movie vs #MoveMe

Let’s go out to the movies…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, Theater on October 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

2 Cats at the moviesIt’s the weekend my friends – so let’s get it in!
Denzel gives THE EQUALIZER a reel ‘come again,’

At EQ’s first box office weekend it ranked 1st, the second week it was 2nd.
I’ve been trying to see it since day one – for a free moment, I’m beckonin’.

This weekends box office opening will include Boris Kudjoe in ADDICTED .
Which film do I see first? Good gracious, I am conflicted.

I think I will see them both. Two fine guys in one weekend? What a thriller.
I pray to see them both at one place, for Addicted opens in limited theaters.

Let’s go out to the movies. That’s where we’ll see all of the stars!
Another incentive to go the movies is the high caloric concession bar.

My kid and I went to the dollar movies, just the other day
Admission was just $3 bucks, but for the snacks, you will pay.

The kid was impressed with ticket prices. She thought the theater was dandy,
but she forfeited buying any popcorn, drinks, pretzels or even candy.

The cheapest snack on deck, was tallied at $4 dollars.
My 17-year old who’s newly employed, broke into a ‘laugh-hollar.’

Saying, “OMG! Are you kidding me? Those prices really hurt.
Had I known ahead of time, I’d have put candy in my purse.”

Oh isn’t she adorable? The concession prices were none the more loopy
than going to a regular priced theater and paying out the booty for a movie.
Ooo Wee. 🙂

I explained to her how it goes, the theater is just a hosting widget.
They have to hike the concession price – they get “little” off the ticket.

And once we were clear, we had a fantastic time together at the movies,
I’m Qui
Looking forward to Denzel and Kudjoe while dining on water and tutti frutti‘s.

If you like it – Put a DATE on it

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Theater on May 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

put a date on itBeyonce once said to all of the SINGLE LADIES that if a man likes you enough – he should put a ring on it, well recently Denzel Washington said something similar in an impromptu speech he gave to budding thespians after reviewing their craft. His advice is strong, it’s direct, and it’s the ‘game changer‘ ingredient:


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Life is tricky, still you can have whatever you want.
God gave you vision through dreams, and it’s okay to flaunt
that you have passion inside. Sometimes you want to shout it!
But the vision is just a dream, if you do nothing about it.

Everything in life is attainable. Open your heart so that you can receive it.
Think you need additional mental support? I suggest you read THE SECRET.

Life. She can be tricky but once Denzel W. hits the stage,
even the universe pays attention and moves right out of the way.

It’s not just a skill Mr. Washington has – he’s encouraging you to hone it,
I’m Qui
and Dreams really do cone true, but first, you have to Put a DATE on it!

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He’s a bad mother…

In Communication, Movies, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Theater on May 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

LaTanya calls him Sam.

LaTanya calls him Sam.

Samuel L. Jackson is a bad mother — and he will never shut his mouth. The multibillion dollar man takes aim at President Obama and Hollywood, and dares you to say something. Kevin Powell [Ebony Magazine] reports:

“Say, man, my wife said you called her. What’s up with that?”

Samuel L. Jackson barks at me, sternly, his almond-colored deep set eyes weighted with history, mythology and Black folktales, scanning me quickly, methodically, as I respond, feebly, “Uh, my friend, the visual artist Radcliffe Bailey said to call…”

Before I could finish, Jackson strips the tension with a devilish smile, shakes my hand and returns to posing for the photo shoot

As Pandora spits a soul medley of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone, there is Sam, forever in his beloved Armani, firing up smoke, flames dancing from the cigar and the match thisclose to burning his finger. There is Sam tossing hats at the photographer’s lens, his bald head bobbing and weaving with each flick. There is Sam, much taller than I expected — about 6-feet-2 — so at home in his 64-year-old lean and battle tested body that he nonchalantly peels off one set of clothes, down to his white boxers, before changing into a new outfit. With no one batting an eye because this is Sam’s world.

Yes, it is mad corny, at this stage, to call Jackson “cool.” He is way past cool. he is chill, like the chilled ice in a sweet tea on that steamy Chattanooga, Tenn., porch where he inhaled the words and wisdom of his mama, his auntie, his grandmama, his granddaddy, his uncles, the men of his ‘hood. So chill, in fact, that even Sam’s being proclaimed by The Guinness World Records the top-grossing movie actor of all time, with nearly $7.5 billion in ticket sales, leads to a yawning response: “Yeah, I’ve done a couple of popular movies.”

An understatement, clearly a box office total that will balloon with his and Robert Downey Jr.’s star in the wake of Marvel Studios-produced The Avengers (which grossed $204 million dollars in its opening weekend). WOW! But Samuel L. is not just in this game for money or fame, although he readily admits, “The coolest thing about being famous is the free shit.”

This is Samuel L. Jackson’s version of the American Dream, remixed to include everything from his current role of Martin Luther King Jr. on Broadway (with Angela Bassett) in Katori Hall’s play The Mountaintop; to his (crack) smoking away his first shot at Broadway in August Wilson’s masterpiece The Piano Lesson (Charles S. Dutton got the part instead and Jackson was relegated to understudy), to his boyhood Saturday morning trips to the movies and roles in the plays of his schoolteacher auntie; to his lifelong love affair with books that lead him, initially, to oceanography, then to the revolutionary politics of the Black Power era, then to street theater and the power of the spoken word.

No doubt Jackson is the kind of man, the kind of Black man, who is relishing all he has witnessed since the days of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. As a student at Atlanta’s famed Moorehouse College, Sam was an usher at Dr. Kings funeral. Today he gets to freely portray King, very human faults and all, in a play at the same time a Black president is sitting in the White House, no less.

If there is one American Actor who embodies the seismic changes in American politics and popular culture in the years between Dr. King’s death and Barack Obama’s election and has also been a full participant along the way in the best and worst of who we have been — and are — it is Samuel L. Jackson.

“Life is,”
he says inside his tiny Mountaintop dressing room during a quieter moment,
“longer than I thought it would be.”

Especially when, in one lifetime, you’ve survived a ghetto filled with alcohol, drugs, violence and houses of prostitution on both corners of your block; Vietnam War and an extended Black militant period with friends name Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown; getting suspended from college for holding the White trustees of Moorehouse College hostage (along with Black advisors including Dr. King’s father) a year after King’s assassination; and a massive addiction to crack cocaine that not only nearly killed you, but also became the source of your role as Gator in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, (he remains the only performer ever given a special supporting actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for that portrayal).

Jackson smiles a mischievous grin as he reflects upon Jungle Fever and his sudden fame after years of watching peers such as Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes achieve success: “People in Hollywood were suddenly like, ‘Hmmm, whoa! Oh, who’s that nigga?'”
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