For Watcher’s: Spiral (Preview) !!!

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I am fangirling so hard over the new Spiral trailer. I’m sure there is someone who enjoys horror/suspense more than me, but I don’t know them. The trailer itself which doesn’t photogrid_15815226513712382943988515069987.jpgreadily give itself away as a SAW movie shows a very serious looking Chris Rock and a slightly crazier Samuel L. Jackson hunting down a serial killer targeting cops.

Spiral will serve as the ninth installment in the Saw spiral9033353652739804275.jpgfranchise and was actually written by Chris Rock after a chance encounter with the head of Lionsgate at a friend’s wedding.

It was later adapted by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. Spiral: From the Book of Saw will exist in the same canon as the previous eight films, and will not be a reboot, nor will it be a direct sequel to Jigsaw. Spiral is scheduled to be released on May 15, 2020 in the United States by Lionsgate.

 

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Movie Mondays: If Beale Street Could Talk

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It’s Monday again! So of course I’m back with another #MovieMondays post. For those of you new to Blu Moon Fiction, Movie Mondays is a series I started to pay special homage to my two loves, Books and Film. Each week we discuss a new movie that was adapted from or inspired by a work of literature first. In previous weeks, we’ve discussed Lionsgate’s upcoming horror/thriller, Antebellum. This week’s post is brought to you all courtesy of Mama Bleu.

My mother has a bit of a shopping problem. She buys DVDs and now Blu Rays just because they are sitting in the New Release section. Yesterday, she calls me to tell me that I can borrow her copy of If Beale Street Could Talk. She says she didn’t care for it much and later, having 1e4f33c40ad4450cb7d6aa0e30d228b17490071535662542664.jpgrealized it was based on the James Baldwin novel, decided to let me borrow it.  

I won’t pretend to be well-versed in Baldwin. The titles i’m looking at while writing this post are being added to my TBR s we speak.  I can only recall reading a handful of essays for high school and maybe college, but, I do recall hearing a lot of buzz about Beale Street around awards season. 

Originally published in 1974, If Beale Street Could Talk, was Baldwin’s fifth published novel.  It’s the love-story of Tish, a nineteen -year- old girl and Fonny, an aspiring artist and father to her child. Set in Harlem in the early 70’s, Tish and Fonny’s plans to be married are put on hold when Fonny is falsely If Beale Street Could Talk Castaccused and unjustly incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. The two must endure uncertainty over their futures while fighting to clear his name. 

The film adaptation of Baldwin’s book was released in 2018, has won awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The 2019 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Adaptation and the NAACP  Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. The cast featured; Regina King, KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Michael Beach and  Teyonah Parris. 

Check Out the Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk below!

 

 

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More Than Basketball: Kobe Bryant: The Author & Filmmaker

fd88f45b864b174c887a160f6d60992e1710479935580106781.jpgI’ve never done a tribute post on the blog before. I’ve done author spotlights, on known writers, who’ve long since shuffled off this mortal coil. Yet, never before has a reason presented itself to halt my planned writing and create something new. Something to commemorate the literary achievements of an individuals who’s light was dimmed too soon. 

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say at first. In the time it takes me to write this blog post billions of media outlets everywhere will have broken the story and shared the sad news. We frequently look at our entertainers and athletes as unbreakable.  In fact my fiancée often jokes that today’s athletes are the modern day superheroes we should show homage to.

Yet here only 48 hours removed from the news about the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the life of retired basketball great Kobe Bryant and his teenaged daughter Gianna. We are all still reeling.

I could spend this post rehashing the tragedy, or chronicling the many stats about his sports career. But, this is Blu Moon Fiction and here we talk about books. So this post istextgram_15807350178752127303591187710.png dedicated to Kobe Bryant, the author, filmmaker and podcast producer. Who walked off of the court a basketball legend and entered the arena where his entrepreneurial spirit could really shine.

His first book was the Mamba Mentality, Mamba the nickname he’d earned on the court has become a mantra he’d lived by. Bryant’s personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game can be found in those pages. 

His ode to basketball, a poem titled, “Dear Basketball” which later became an Oscar -award winning short film,  was a bittersweet chronicle of his childhood passion for the sport while also serving as his farewell as his body was no longer to support his desire to 77a8f9555fb859e96e7ef7c25eb425551840022950490357012.jpgplay.  The short-film adaptation is still known as the best-known effort by Bryant’s production company, Granity Studios.

“Don’t think about handling finances. Don’t think about going into business. Don’t think that you want to be a writer — that’s cute. I got that a lot.”

Bryant was met with a lot of skepticism when deciding to leave sports and venture into other markets. He’d never let the doubters hinder his success. Partnering with Alibaba Group, a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology,  he released his 2015 documentary “Muse” in China. 

Kobe founded Granity, formerly Kobe Studios, his objective was on creating projects that screenshot_20200203-160909_chrome1186532426579637927.jpgmarried his love of storytelling and sports. Those who worked with him during that time, recalled the inspiration he drew from brilliant minds like; Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and J.K. Rowling.

Other projects from Granity, included the ESPN Plus sports analysis series “Detail,” written, produced and hosted by Bryant. He also produced “The Punies,” a podcast featuring fictional stories about a group of youths chasing big dreams in sports, and collaborated with author Wesley King on the Wizenard Series, a young-adult franchise that combined fantasy and sports.

Wizenard tells the story of the, West Bottom Badgers. Lowest-ranked basketball team in their league, living in the poorest neighborhood in Dren. New coach, Professor Wizenard arrives on the first day of training camp, promising to change things.  Every player experiences unique and strange visions,  challenging  everything they thought they knew about basketball, their lives and their secrets off the court. 

I do prefer to keep my books and my sports separate,  because of this, I would never have known this series even existed if he hadn’t passed away. Before his untimely passing, Kobe had been working on another project with famed Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, who wrote Bryant’s favorite book, “The Alchemist.” The loss of his writing partner caused Coelho to tweet, 

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There is so much more that could be said about the award winning- athlete and entrepreneur, whose spirit and motivation served as a catalyst and even as a testament to others. His passing will be felt worldwide, but the mark he made on not just the world of sports but the world in generation will be a legacy no one could forget. 

 

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Movie Mondays: A Fall From Grace (My Netflix Addiction)

I am a big fan of Tyler Perry’s work. The Madea franchise was the backdrop for my teenage years. The Haves and The Have Nots back when I had cable was one of my favorite shows. So when I saw that Netflix was trending, A Fall From Grace, I was super excited. When I saw the cast, (all of the stars from Tyler Perry’s TV shows) I was thrilled to see what was happening. 

My love affair with Tyler Perry films has been on the downswing lately. The Madea franchise for me has fizzled out and there are only but so many Christian themed films I can watch, where the matriarch is dying thus bringing the family together, before I lose my mind.  I even allowed his recent video discussing how he is the only person who writes his scripts to lure me into a false sense of security regarding  this movie. 

I.WAS. WRONG.

Despite the social media buzz this movie generated I was not a fan at all.  I even let my homie from Florida suggest when we watched it since she saw the ending and wanted to watch 102c82ff6629ac42eb394b7ab72f364e2460398002016005849.jpgfrom the beginning.

This movie had me looking at her sideways and vowing to never let her choose another title again. There were so many plot holes.  The acting was subpar, and I found myself wondering, How Long Is This Movie Again?

Why hadn’t she sought legal assistance or counsel after finding herself victim to the wiles of a con-man especially for the felony?

Why would she not just divorce him? How was his behavior not considered a form of psychological or emotional abuse?

How were there no resources available to her? How does a woman that age even allow herself to put up with that especially after a divorce. 

The more questions I asked the more I got irritated by the movie, it’s many plummeting plot holes. The weak storyline held together with chewing gum. The piss poor acting job done by all of the cast, despite several of them being so talented. The movie failed on so many levels for me it’s hard to pickf0a07d38acba3a1894977a555f69d8345284428940055181309.jpg something I did like. 

The character of Grace was just unrealistic, I don’t care how old or lonely you are no one is going to sit there and put up with that especially after they’ve already been divorced once. 

Regarding the lawyer…

WORST.LAWYER.EVER. not even from a novice standpoint. The character of Jessica was a disgrace to her title and should’ve been disbarred. I don’t know a lawyer in the land who doesn’t understand you should cross – examine your witness, but to then get yourself thrown in jail for contempt when you’re supposed to be defending me? 

FIRED! and then I’m suing the law office from my cell. 

The best part about this movie was Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson. Not their characters or their performances, just the fact that Mr. Perry has been able to cultivate and nurture such great working relationships with these women, that they’ll happily join his projects no matter what. 

I’m over it, the credits have rolled and I’m on to the next. I hate to say it but after that movie, I’m looking forward to seeing the second season of YOU. The internet has been going crazy about that too but i’m not sure if I still trust ya’ll.

 

 

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Octavia’s Butler’s Kindred Lays The Foundation for Lionsgate Films’ Antebellum

If this is not your first time reading the blog then you know a year or so ago, I reviewed a book called Kindred for What We’re Reading. A few weeks ago someone commented on an old post I did promoting the book as well as the blog post and I have been floored. After a little bit of fact – checking I am proud to announce that.

KINDRED IS BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE!

OK, not technically….but, a movie heavily inspired by the plot and events from Kindred is currently in production from Lionsgate films.

Antebellum, as they have decided to name it, tells the story of successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish

reality (of the past) and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand, before it’s too late.

The story closely mirrors, Butler’s novel in that the main character, Dana is forced to travel from her time in 1976 to the antebellum south repeatedly at the call of a young boy named Rufus.

The book expertly drags the reader along for the ride as Dana spends the story trying to uncover how she and Rufus are connected while also trying not to succumb to the hopelessness of slavery.

The movie itself is being billed as horror/thriller somewhere in the neighborhood of “Get Out” and “Us” despite Jordan Peele having no parts of this movie.

The directorial and production team are the same minds who worked on those other movies

Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, both of whom worked on “Get Out” and “Us”. Antebellum is their directorial debut for Lionsgate films. The cast for Antebellum includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire), Eric Lange (Narcos), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Kiersey Clemons (Sweetheart), and Marque Richardson (Dear White People).

Kindred depicts Dana as being in a bi-racial relationship and details how both she and her partner Kevin Franklin endure the mysterious goings on between Dana and the past.

Though few details have been revealed I’m curious to see if Antebellum will be keeping that part of the story.

Antebellum is already in post-production and is slated to be released April 24, 2020.

 

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My Netflix Addiction: 13 Reasons (Season 2)

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Netflix is bring back all my favorites.

I hadn’t realized that I’ve been waiting for this to come back but it definitely is here with a season 2. I’ve made my speculations clear last year, Season 2 could always be 13 Reasons Tyler shoots up the school, 13 Reasons Bryce Walker became a rapist, or 13 Reasons Jessica ends up a teen mom, instead (to the credit of the writers) Season 2 of 139419853d73e67dbfaf6130e629298341-12012781997.jpg Reasons  was all about the bullying case Hannah’s mom started at the end of Season 1.

In season 2 we learn more about Hannah than we originally expected. As the novel 13 Reasons wasn’t a series I wasn’t really sure what to expect. A TV show dealing specifically with a toxic culture of bullying has several seasons in it waiting to be written. The writers behind this show are brilliant.

This season delves deeper into the lives of our 13 main characters while they prepare to testify in the trial of the year. As a mysterious assailant harasses those intended to testify for the prosecution, polaroids begin fb9589db74c7b808ee9ecd6a8d93480499788819.jpgappearing hinting at a deeper conspiracy no one was ready for.

Each of our characters find themselves forced to deal with their truths, a word that gets thrown around a lot considering no one really has the whole story. Klay may be having a psychotic break but Justin definitely has a bigger issue. Like the drug dealing stalker who’s after him and another monkey that seems to love jumping on his back.

Cliche’s aside there is quite a bit about the show that you can guess. Not sure what I mean re-read the intro paragraph. The end of this Season left Justin asking, “What do We do now?” and honestly after having watched it myself… I gotta say, I don’t know. But I definitely didn’t see that coming!

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My Netflix Addiction: Dear White People (Season 2)

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Are you guys ready for another semester at Winchester? 

By now we’ve all  marathon watched Season 2 of Dear White People and I’m thrilled… so we can all finally chat about the after math of the not-so-peaceful, peaceful protests. Season Two covers secret societies, the blending of dorms and even a mystery — Who burned down Davis Hall.

Despite that I spent most of season Two trying for the life of me to remember who in the hell Thain was, only to rewatch season one and remember (R.I.P.) Like most college shows we dealt with serious topics.

To abort or not abort my baby,  the discovery that the world doesn’t revolve around you and a student body coup. There was lots of sex this season and I had to ask myself, “Am I gonna vote for Troy?”

The emergence of a Black Illuminati, the recovery and culprits behind the disappearance of Sorbet and a serious death lets you know Season 3 is officially taking way too long to be written I need to know MORE!

 

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DeadPool 2: The F is for Family!

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Shortly after half the Marvel Universe disappeared with a snap of Thanos’s fingers, DeadPool returned to remind you that things could only get better from here. This time around my IMAX movie tickets were $4 courtesy of T-Mobile Tuesdays. 9616204ed86abea527355de6ede48bc31477448474.jpg

As expected the movie was phenomenal, all of the things a DeadPool movie should be, action-packed, snarky and entertaing af! They did not disappoint, and even found time to add some emotion into the movie.

As Wade explains at the beginning of the movie it may be OK to bring your kids, (if your kid is at least 12 years old) because the underlying theme of the movie is about family maybe not in the traditional bc8ba9efcf245f9df87b3e744ecb743a2052010457.jpgsense but that’s always been part of the franchises charm.

Big news of Josh Brolin made many drool, (all I kept thinking of is how he is winning 2018) and his rendition as Cable was better than I thought it could be (apparently he’s the son of Cyclops and the cloned Jean Grey). Ultimately the bad guy in the story is the very person they are trying to protect.

This movie was also hilarious! Just what I needed to wash the taste of Black Panther  turning to dust from my memory. Deadpool is as snarky as always and without spoiling too much Domino proves that Luck is most certainly a superpower.

 

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Now In Theatres – Avengers:Infinity War

Thursday Night I was perfectly seated center screen to watch Marvel’s Avengers:Infinity War. We went to Rave Cinema at 40th & Walnut St. where I snagged a collector’s edition cup with my beverage. Ordering my tickets from Fandango got me 1 of 5 free posters  img_20180427_134235_024779716803.jpgfrom the movie.Officially in Theaters April 27, opening night of course was Thursday, (Apr 26) and I was fortunate enough to get tickets before they were sold out. 

I absolutely loved the film, the graphics and special effects were amazing. I lost my mind throughout the fight scenes and everything looked very well put together. Much of what I’ve come to expect from Marvel movies.

Once again the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of people who i’m sure at this point would’ve loved to stay home in bed that day, but it seems that they may not succeed this time around. The Marvel Universe introduces one of the biggest bad guys they’ve come up against yet in Thanos, and Josh 65e6eddb91bf03a669d53240b200e1941378490278.jpgBrolin plays the role perfectly.

With such an amazing star-studded cast of course the acting was great. The relationship between Bruce Banner and The Hulk was one of the more comical situations and Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland etched their ways into my memory. It’s the moment Marvel Fans of all ages have been waiting for; if you’re familiar with the comics, the all-out life & death battle between all our heroes and Thanos.

A real race to retrieve or destroy the Infinity stones in order to prevent Thanos from acquiring them all wiping out half the universe. Thanos’s reasons are allegedly to save lives. The Avengers struggle to the very last seconds to win the conflict but there’s a part two so naturally things don’t go as planned.  

Coming Soon! Fahrenheit 451

One of my favorite novels by Ray Bradbury, and featuring my On – Screen husband (he don’t know it yet, but we’ve been dating since Creed and made it official after Black Panther) Fahrenheit 451 is coming to HBO! Check out the trailer!