They could use some cash

My fellow hybridized African brethren Uchenna and Denis are in the process of trying to make their dream come true by writing, producing and directing a movie in Nigeria. Sadly they are out of cash and not done yet so I’m lending my support to the drive.

Anyone who feels like being generous can send cash by paypal to takestyle@hotmail.com. Otherwise you can leave a comment and we can work out alternate arrangements.

This is not bogus people. I wouldn’t ask except these two are trying to do something great and it needs a chance to grow. Don’t take my word for it. Check out their blogs and see what they have to say for themselves. Besides, how often will you get to say you legitimately sent money to Nigeria (Just jokes my naija people. Please don’t kill me)

PS. There’s a backlog of posts I need to get up. More coming soon

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins

I’ve seen this movie twice since opening day. Once by myself and again with the geek crew (two of my brother’s friends, both engineers and comic book geeks). I can honestly say its tied with Spider Man for best comic book movie. Then again, I’m biased.

Batman has always been my favourite comic book character, followed closely by Spider Man. Its really not that hard to understand why if you’ve ever met me. Batman has no powers. He’s just a normal man who has developed his mind and his body to the absolute best of their potential. Granted, he’s an emotional cripple, but he still represents the potential inherent in a trained, disciplined body and mind to accomplish great things. Kind of the reason I’ve always been a fan.

Sidenote: How many times is Morgan Freeman going to have to take a minor character and make him into someone memorable before hollywood gets the message that he deserves much bigger and better roles? Lucius Fox is a minor character at best in the comics. However, in the movie, he is transformed into someone as important to the story as Alfred, in no small part because of Mr. Freeman’s acting skills


Oscar observations

First off. Bravo to Morgan Freeman. The academy has owed that man an oscar for a looong time now. I’m glad to finally see him get it. I haven’t seen ‘Million Dollar Baby’ yet, It just opened at the local cinema about a week ago. I’ll try to catch a matinee this weekend.
Don Cheadle, on the other hand, is still waiting for his. My brother suspects that he’ll become the next Morgan Freeman. A man with an absolutely impressive body of work but little recognition.
Jamie Foxx, The next $20 million black actor. A much as I would have preferred for Don to take the oscar, Jamie was remarkable in Ray. He deserved it.
Clint Eastwood is someone who I’ve followed since the beginning of his career. I still remember the first time I saw ‘A Fistful of Dollars’. I actually have the Man With No Name trilogy on DVD. It was one of my first purchases when I got a DVD drive for my computer. He’s one of those people whose growth and evolution makes you realize that aging is something to be embraced, not feared.
Finally, Martin Scorsese. The number of times the academy has managed to avoid giving him an oscar he might as well be black. At this point, they just need to hand him a statue on his next project regardless of how good it is. He could direct the ugly stepchild of ‘Battlefield Earth’ and ‘Gigli’ and they would still owe him an oscar.

Apparently some black people were upset about Chris Rock’s Magic Johnson Theater skit because they felt it painted the average black moviegoer in a bad light. All I have to say is this. Considering the fact that someone in hollywood greenlighted ‘Soul Plane’ how much worse can it possibly get?

Sidenote: I need to look for a good indie theater. I lived within walking distance of one and a short drive of another when I was in Cleveland. $10 on a monday night would buy me a ticket, popcorn and a heineken. Good times.