Over the last two years Marvel Studios, the division of Marvel Entertainment Inc. which is responsible for film and television productions, have set the stage for the second Avengers film with the latest round of Marvel sequels. Iron Man 3, saw Tony Stark deal with his near death encounter at the climax of The Avengers while Thor: The Dark World portrayed the aftermath of Loki’s betrayal of the Asgards at the end of Thor and his imprisonment after his arrest for the crimes committed on Earth during The Avengers. This cycle comes to the fore with Captain America: The Winter Solider.
It’s a Marlon Wayne’s movie what do want me to say? It was bleeping hilarious. Literally as soon as the movie started the theatre was roaring in laughter and I’m not even exaggerating. The opening scene was arguably the most funny (actually during the Q&A after the screening an audience member said it was his favorite part). Co-star Affion Crokett is one of the first characters you’re reintroduced to and he had my stomach hurting early. I’m going to just say that I would’ve liked to see more of him in the film. Hey, Marlon told us to be honest in our critiques. With that said though, the film still surpassed the expectations of a sequel.
For me, I went into the theatre not really knowing what to expect. Yes, some football, hopefully some excitement. What I was not expecting was a real life rendition of how crazy, intense and nerve racking that 24 hours before the first pick on draft day can be. I felt like I was there, in the small crevasses of a real NFL draft day. My nerves were just as rattled as the characters’ seemed to be. Oh, and it helped that New York Giants wide receiver, Mario Manningham, who hosted the screening, sat directly in front of me.
Many writers unknowingly included references and motifs in their works to the content that influenced their own development as writers. For instance, the original Star Trek series, which aired from 1996 to 1969, was once described by Gene Roddenberry as Horatio Hornblower in space. In 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered and revived the Star Trek Franchise. In the third season several young and talented writers became members of the shows writing staff. These writers had grown up with the original Star Trek series and included deliberate callbacks to the original series in their scripts.
A Band Called Death is a 2012 documentary about a 1970s punk rock band, Death, formed by three brothers (Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney and David Hackney) from Detroit Michigan. It tells the story of how these three started out as the traditional R&B band coming out of Detroit during the time period but after attending a rock concert, they decide to change their style. The band was a vision of David’s. Even though this is a documentary, I don’t want to give anything away other than saying that sadly, stereotypes played a heavily role in these guys’ careers. It is heart-warming to see that after all these years, they are finally getting noticed with recognition.