In Theaters Now: Black Panther – Five Delightful Things

My auto-correct is trying inform me that Afrofuturism isn’t a word, and it’s wrong because it is and this movie is it.

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Last night I actually left the house and stayed up past my bedtime to go see Black Panther. Currently it sits at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, so you don’t need me to do an actual serious review of it when there are much better critics out there singing its praises.

However, here are five things I found absolutely delightful and wanted to share.

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Happy Friday! Here’s the Luke Cage Trailer

Still writing that Eddie Murphy post, when I’m not working on my novel or writing smut about Frankenstein’s monster, like all normal people do.

 

HERE. 

FOR. 

THIS. 

Read the Words To find Out the Stuff the Words Tell You Stuff About. 

I love how Marvel/Netflix keeps consistently topping themselves, and tell such multivaried stories.

The Avengers save the universe. We wanted to tell stories about characters who save the streets. – Jeph Loeb

That’s all I got for today. Still writing that Eddie Murphy post, when I’m not working on my novel or writing smut about Frankenstein’s monster, like all normal people do. Also I am re-reading Shelley’s Frankenstein – it’s SO much better than I remember!

What are YOU up to today? Got any weekend plans?

Apples and Oranges: The Jungle Book(s)

Welcome to Apples and Oranges! This is an occasional feature where I compare two things, related or not. Today we’re looking at the 1967 and 2016 versions of Disney’s The Jungle Book. In the interest of doing a really comprehensive comparison, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. 

After seeing the 2016 version in theaters last weekend (and loving it) I couldn’t help but compare the two versions and mull over what the remake did better, worse, or just plain differently. The 1967 version was a huge part of my childhood; I had a massive crush on Mowgli (first saw it when I was six, I think), and was so inspired by his clambering around the jungle with only his animal friends that I spent hours in my backyard, climbing trees and doing gymnastics. I even had a stuffed Bagheera.

So when the trailer came out last year, showing little Neel Sethi running through the steaming Indian jungles as an orchestral refrain of ‘The Bare Necessities’ swells in the background, I was BEYOND excited. Cynics might believe Disney is just cashing in on nostalgia with all these remakes, but honestly, The Jungle Book has been the best of them, with the most heart.
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