Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Oh my! When this movie was released back in April of this year, I couldn’t wait to see it. After that, like everybody else who knows better, I had to contain myself from spilling the secret of what happened. Like the movie ‘Black Panther’ it was an experience.
Okay, Thanos won. The villain won, alright. Had the creators of the film left it with the original title, ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1′ it would have been obvious. People were so mad/disappointed in the theater, even the after credit scenes where we see Thanos’ power eliminating anticipated enemies. There are so many spoof videos I keep tripping over on Youtube, with opinions about how the film should have ended to making fun of it & I bet this will STILL go on till we see the next Avengers movie, because the content, like ‘Black Panther’ leaves one with a lot to think & talk about.

Oh where do I start. I’m going to be all over the place with this. Some people prefer to see the movie as a simple comic form come to life with an entertaining storyline. Many films though, tend to have other meaning behind it, so if you are into conspiracy, supernatural stuff, then one can see the movie in those terms. First off, you will have to decide whether our villain, Thanos had his head chakra open already with the possession of 1 infinity stone at the start of the film, or whether his head chakra opened after he possessed the other 5. He’s a giant alien being form the planet Titan seeking to be a god. Now……in biblical times there were giants on the Earth brought about through the copulation of Angels & Humans. Their offspring were called Nephilim. The bible said they were great in the land, ruling over humans. Archaeologists have found evidence of the biblical story being true in the form of skeletons, writings, & stone imagery but our society today don’t bring it up much in any of the  mainstream media. So with Thanos, I got the sense that he was lacking something, lost something, or cut off from something. In the Marvel comics world, he was not someone I followed since I had other favorites including these two: The Mandarin (who battles Iron Man & The Avengers at times) & Galactus (who “owns” the Silver Surfer as his Herald), both of whom Thanos should remind you of. Now, I loved watching his progress as he intelligently & relentlessly went around the Universe getting those stones. He had a competent team dedicated to helping him. I particularly liked Ebony Maw, that ugly gray alien with all the powers who’s a member of the Black Order. He was soooo effective until he got frozen drifting in space. I hope he’s brought back in action in Part 2. The dude had a mission that was personal & did not allow Superheroes to stand in his way. While the good guys were making jokes about nonsense, standing there deliberating shit, Thanos was thinking about quickly acquiring POWER.

 

TO BE CONT’D ~ (I HAVE ALOT TO SAY) ………………………………………………………………

~ Lhisa Mrklon

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Raping Olympic Kids

American Women in sports are still battling the industry rape crisis. This years Espy awards aired Wednesday July 18, 2018 where the Women Gymnasts, about 141 on stage were featured at the end of the show winning the Arthur Ashe award for courage. It’s a shame that when you are an athlete regardless of gender, the people around training you fail to protect you. When a parent sends a child off to these programs to represent the country in an international competition & win, you expect the proper protections in place & bureaucracy governing the enforcement of it in such an institution. This sexual abuse thing was a problem that the people handling it should have foreseen & prevented. It’s disheartening to hear that these little kids were around some sexual predator professionally disguised as a doctor with legal access to raping them in whatever manner using the excuse of being a physician & the silence of other professionals acting as Enablers. You mean to tell me that you can’t use common sense to identify a depraved lurker, a man in lust, a looney tune eyeballing a kid & you’re suppose to be the Guardian? They need to be convicted too. You can’t be this standby person knowing in your heart of hearts that something wrong like that is going on between persons around you & turn a blind eye to it. What a national disgrace. So these kids are just property to you, a commodity. And for some reason, this Larry Nassar guy was given a comfortable job with the freedom to invasively examine female patients apparently with no female Nurse in the room. And this went on for over a decade even though there were victim complaints over the years. How could you just sweep that under the rug like that. What Officials condoned that? This is a rape system & there are other industries like it. You can’t just punish the sexual predator alone, the people surrounding it are arguably more guilty. They knew about it & didn’t have the conscience to do something to stop it, either out of fear of losing their job or also sharing the same depravity. I could never keep a job like that, ETHICS, would be an issue. Sometimes, YOU might be the one to stop something. We are not in warfare, dark or uncertain times when all kinds of debauchery, threats, & victimization runs rampant until a hero/heroine or some new power system shows up & stabilizes everything. We are already living in a system with sound Law & Order. You can’t just be doing something over here & it goes unnoticed. So what’s going on are people choosing to part-take in the iniquity (even vicariously) & not expose it.

~ Lhisa Mrklon

Some Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Nassar

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2018/07/18/espys-2018-all-winners/798871002/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/larry-nassar-latest-victims-settlement-us-athletics-doctor-sexual-assault-how-much-a8354681.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/24/sports/larry-nassar-victims.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42894833

http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-7-women-and-girls-testifying-against-larry-nassar-friday

Permanent Changes To The Miss America Pageant

The Misguided Feminists are on the attack again. This time bashing a conventional symbol of feminism in an effort to carry on being a damn slob everyday. How can a man respect your feminine value in a cheap competition? One of the people responsible on the Board for this position is former Miss America Gretchen Carlson 1989. We remember her from raising the sexual harassment complaint about her former boss Roger Ailes, who was a major Fox 5 TV Executive. She won her lawsuit against him & he eventually died of bad health. That “Me Too” & “Times Up” move was her own personal win & a win for other women who were subject to that predicament, but now she’s reached over to a beauty competition that she won nearly 30 years ago & attacked it with an agenda. How sad, especially when she benefitted from it. She’s a part of the decision to erode the standards by getting rid of the Swimsuit & Evening Gown sections. The dismantling of showing a woman’s beauty is all an effort to just make it a plain competition. It will no longer hold women to a shapely health standard or the regal divinity. A heavyset woman with no grooming or polish, can just enter the competition, be a beer slugging slob on TV with a filthy mouth, & expect a young man to value that in her. She can basically be uncouth doing some kind of trick talent, without the worry of being seen out of shape & perceived as un-elegant, nor fear being judged for it. You could win the crown now for just being mediocre & men must just accept that & be proud of you for just being a low-quality you. THIS IS AMERICA! This is what the women have descended to & it started with ratchet Reality TV. ZERO aspiration to being “proper” & a person with beauty & strength to look up to, yet they wonder why their men are looking at foreign women. The typical American Broad looks like a dude & so she’s handled like one. No respect. Even the sportish looking foreign girl still looks feminine & fit. I’m a foreign Black Woman who is constantly receiving attention from all kinds of men in general & a lot of that has to do with being different. I might be the oldest female in the room at times, but I still look younger. The actual young female there has a problem out-running or out-swimming me. They also get angry when they realize how smart I am. WHY? Well when you are from certain parts in the world where you are expected to MEET A STANDARD, people notice. Because in these places around the globe it is still a practice. A Noble man can basically venture to common parts & still find a respectable poor girl to fall in love with & marry, who can fit into his preppy world since she holds the same interests & values. There is a quiet running joke amongst foreigners everywhere about the low-caliber of Americans & this is proven when they make moves like this. I wasn’t surprised to hear it, but saddened that the standards are getting even lower & how much stranger I might look to people out here still holding to mine.

~ Lhisa Mrklon

Some Links
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Ailes

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/business/miss-america-swimsuit.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/06/05/miss-america-made-welcome-change-but-pageants-arent-problem/673819002/

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/miss-america-scrapping-swimsuit-competition-longer-judge-based/story?id=55638426

 

Bachelorettes JoJo, Rachel & Becca (2016, 2017 & 2018)

Here we go again………’The Bachelorette’ currently airing on ABC with the new bachelorette trying to find love. Back in 2016 we were introduced to JOJO (Joelle Fletcher) from Season 12, who was a runner-up love interest from Season 20, ‘The Bachelor’, rejected by Ben Higgins, but eventually found love with Jordan Rodgers, whom she is still with. Her season was filled with humor, fun, romance & issues.

Then we moved to someone name Rachel Lindsey, who looks a little like actress (Robin Givens) who was looking for love with Nick Viall, but ended up becoming the First Black Bachelorette in the history of the show & she represented well. Her season 13 presentation was humorous, colorful, romantic & racial at times. What some Black fans (& Whites) wanted to see was her choosing a nice Black guy, but she fell in love with a Hispanic chiropractor from Miami, named Bryan Abasolo, whom she’s still involved with.

NOW…….we move to BECCA! This girl came out of ‘The Bachelors’ Season 22, since the Producers decided to not use any of the men from Rachel’s Bachelorette season as the tradition of the show normally does. I guess too many strong Black men to choose from with the fear that they would keep it Black, so they reached back to 6 years ago & got Arie Luyendyk, Jr. who was in love with the then 8th Season Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, but she rejected him for Jeffrey Holm. And after watching his run being The Bachelor, people went from seeing him as someone to feel sorry for to…….WHAT A DICK! He ended up choosing Becca Kufrin to marry, the show ended, they were suppose to live their life together, till he had a change of plans & broke her heart to get with the other girl he rejected, Lauren Burnham, whom he is still with. So now we see Becca on TV looking for love……………………………..

Some Links
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bachelorette_(season_12)
http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorette/cast/rachel-lindsay
https://people.com/home/bachelorette-rachel-lindsay-and-fiance-bryan-abasolo-dallas-home-photos/
https://www.bustle.com/p/are-rachel-bryan-still-together-in-2018-the-bachelorette-pair-started-their-relationship-amongst-a-lot-of-drama-9201095
http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor

 

I, Tonya (2017 Film)

I, Tonya……..now on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). The 2017 Movie, ‘I Tonya’ was great & the subject matter is relatable played by award-winning actresses Margot Robbie (Tonya) & Allison Janney (The Mother). Looking back at the time period of this story, I was in my graduating year in High School & Nancy Kerrigan was the skater almost everyone was rooting for….., but side opinions count. Some people liked Tonya & her hardship all the way to The Olympics representing America as well. It was fucked up what happened to her career. There are people that can relate to her story. Not everyone fits a mold for certain industries. Does this mean that you CAN’T compete? She was breaking a lot of rules. She didn’t let poverty get in the way, nor having the standard Ice Princess look or breeding hamper her chance at success & fame. And for THAT, she was punished. She was a victim of prejudice amongst HER OWN people. They loved Nancy Kerrigan. The dark-haired beauty could do no wrong. She had the judges in her favor even if she made a mistake on the ice, as long as it was not too bad, her marks were still high. Oh well…..you poor blond bitch, we don’t care about your scrapper way of getting here to our ivy league sport, you don’t belong & we don’t like you, so we’re gonna score you a little bit lower even though you were the ONLY American Woman to land the Triple Axel in 1991 in our International sport. THAT was the general attitude that poor child had to deal with even though she had A RIGHT to be there representing not only The U.S.A, but the downtrodden & disenfranchised rest of us. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG ONE FATEFUL DAY. The asshole/loser she married to get away from her loud-mouth & funny, but abusive mother, couldn’t leave the skating politics alone & conspired with his friend to have a cohort go to where Nancy Kerrigan was practicing & whack her on the knee, where she famously screamed out, “WHY!” It injured her ability to do well in general, in an effort for Tonya to win Olympic gold ofcourse. There are those despite the old news reports & trial in the mid to late 90s, & now the current movie 23 years later partly told from Tonya’s perspective, who still doubt her innocence. The case was federally investigated & Tonya got banned professionally from the sport & competing nationally & internationally. So now for the first time ever in public, we’re seeing her at 47 years old (still able to land a triple axel while ice-skating privately) on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competing for the Mirabal trophy along other respected athletes. But going back to that tragic event from the past, arguably the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was not necessary at all, since Tonya WAS the better skater if you look back at the old footage. The real problem here was the skating committee/judges who discriminated against her for being poor & rock n’ roll. She liked skating to heavy metal music, she looked like a hard rock chic in her outfits & I was into that stuff too & thought at the time watching her on TV, how refreshing to see someone different out there on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan was nice skating to the classical/contemporary themes, but she looked too much like the cookie-cut standard model with how she was carefully packaged. And the people in charge of the whole thing who could have made a difference, were too ignorant & blind to that. THEY are the real ones responsible, because had Tonya been treated more fairly,…..none of it would have happened.

More on the film……..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Tonya
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/movies/i-tonya-review-margot-robbie.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/awards

~ Lhisa Mrklon

The Movie Get Out (2017) ~ (Critique)

A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.

~ Lhisa Mrklon

 

Marvel’s Black Panther Movie 2018 (Review)

I LOVED THE MOVIE ~~~ It is true. By far the best Marvel Comics Movie Ever. The cinematography is like Star Wars/Star Trek meets any kind of African-based film. So I’ll try to tell you something without revealing TOO much if you didn’t see it yet because there are some surprises. FIRST, you must see the movie using the 3D glasses, you’ll cheapen the experience if you don’t. Oh, & I love the war cry of the Man-Ape Leader, M’Baku and his crew, The Jabari Tribe. And some territorial parts of the movie is reminiscent of the 80s cartoon Thundercats. The movie captures Blackness. There are comical moments breaking up the seriousness of the moment & everybody’s acting was impeccable.

Two familial rivals at war with one another in any fictional story doesn’t get old when these types of conflicts are real. I was feeling the character Erik Killmonger’s argument about using the advanced African technology to usurp the rest of the White controlled World, & it would have been interesting to see it pop off, but the traditions of a humble people retaining their culture in a quiet & secret enclave of the continent, is the other side of the preservation argument. What I got from the movie is a dialog between The African & The African-American. The tragic colonizing & slavery experience of Blacks by another people & how it affects us today & what to do about it. So we have a dead king named T’Chaka & his son T’Challa takes over as The Black Panther, & without revealing much, he’s poised with being a leader one expects in his region, keeping all that Wakanda technology private, or deciding whether or not to be concerned with other Blacks about the globe living in our present condition as a globally persecuted people & claim us. There are definite historical issues here discussed in the film between characters & it’s authentic. You’re not being schooled or talked down to, it’s just straight-up conversation between rival characters motivated by different things.

The film shows the power of Women. In history, African women battled White colonialists on the battle field & WON. The narrative in this movie deals with an Outsider, representing ‘The Black Experience’ of the African-American, who returns to Africa with a lot of anger & vengeance in his heart. While King T’Challa, is the authentic African at peace with himself, with all his wealth & culture intact. So what you have is a rivalry. The tribal divisions that was already in the land was still peaceful compared to the racial torture one lives, & the backstory of the injustice of one brother to another. So it causes greater division amongst the Blacks in Wakanda. Well, what do you expect? In real life it would. Who do you follow? As usual, there would be the presence of a government Agent, representing The White People, let’s be real BUT see how all that affects him in the movie.

A lot of people like the movie & interpret it their way, while others have a problem, I leave the experience to you. And let’s not forget the power of The Black Panthers of the 1960s as they fought for the rights of our people to be self-determined & we see glimpses of the Black Power fist in the movie in honor of them. The film could have been made way back in the day (the 1990s) when the actor Wesley Snipes was hot, but he ended up doing ‘Blade’. The timing of movies can be an art itself. A piece of movie magic happens when something pops up at the right time with the right cast amidst a period when people need to see it while history unfolds a certain way where it becomes more meaningful. ~~ Lhisa  Ungelis  Mrklon

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