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Khalil Johnson

  • Profile: Khalil Johnson is a is a lifelong fan of comics, movies, and tv. After endlessy laking about them for years, decided to put his passion into practice as a writer. Little known fact: Khalil is who Jor-El named his son after, but Jor-El spelled the name wrong. In addition to handling his day job, Khalil is a contributing writer to NerdBastards and a few other places. Follow him on twitter @alilreview for the latest updates.

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Ever since he debut in Captain America: Civil War, fans have been eagerly anticipating for T’Challa to have his own solo film. His character was fresh, fun, awesome, and had a great arc in last year’s superhero ensemble movie. With an upcoming movie on the way, and a kickass cast (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and more), Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most anticipated movies for next year.

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Any given day you can find some sort of argument online between DC and Marvel fanboys. The constant “Marvel vs DC” debate has been ongoing since before most of us were born, since Marvel and DC were young comic book publishers.  Now that there are cinematic universes surrounding DC and Marvel characters, the endless debates have continued to a new medium. Now, of course, we don’t have to pick a side. As comic fans, it’s perfectly OK to like both equally. In fact, many actors/producers/directors in both universes often offer praise to each other for the success of their films and many endlessly gave DC their props for Wonder Woman. Now, the heads of the Marvel and DC cinematic Universes joined together in praise of someone else.

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American Gods Vulcan and Wednesday

Last week on American Gods, we got our first real confrontation between the Old Gods and New Gods as Wednesday and Shadow came face to face with Mr. World. We got to see the full extent of his power as he literally has all the power of “the world.” Although he went to great lengths to ensure that Wednesday and Shadow could be in police custody for their meeting, he continued to reaffirm that the Old Gods were not the New Gods’ enemy (despite the Technical Boy wanting to kill Wednesday and Shadow), and they could help the Old Gods by way of rebranding. Despite the good intentions, the New Gods are not to be messed with as some sort of tree monster laid waste to all those in the police department, and even left a parting gift for Shadow.

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Wonder Woman

Now, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone, but this was pretty much Wonder Woman’s weekend. Given that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has been considered “curse,” and also the fact that many didn’t consider the film about the Amazonian princess to be marketed that much a little while ago, there was the possible fear that it would not be as successful as studio heads hoped. Rest assured, Wonder Woman was a powerhouse! The first DCEU film that was critically and commercially successful (scoring a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes: a tie with Iron Man and The Dark Knight), it cleaned up shop this weekend at the Box Office.

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Star Wars

Last week in preparation for the upcoming DCEU film Wonder Woman, the Alamo Drafthouse, stated that they would have a “ladies only” screening of the upcoming film. That set off a firestorm of coverage on the idea. Many males voiced their anger on their keyboards as they saw it as a form of “reverse-sexism” even if it was for a special occasion and only for one night. The Alamo Drafthouse didn’t budge, and even expanded the idea to their satellite theaters across the United States. It didn’t take long for those against the idea to come up with their own “guys night out.”

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American Gods

Last week on American Gods, we didn’t spend much time with Shadow, Wednesday or any of the Gods Old or New. But we did get a hell of exposition as it relates to Laura Moon, what she’s been doing before and after her fellatio-related auto accident. Thanks to Mad Sweeny’s coin, she’s now an undead super zombie, capable of destroying the Technical Boy’s drones with a flick of the wrist. Her death gave her a newfound appreciation for her “puppy” and she now wants to find him. Even though she’s back in the real world, the nothingness of death awaits her when her task is completed.

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Ever since the good old days of “Old School” NES, there has always been Castlevania. The tales of vampire hunter Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont Clan of vampire hunters as he uses his whip “Vampire Killer” to take on the forces of darkness. The popular series has more than 29 video game adaptations across many platforms from the Family Computer Disk System or FDS (yes, it’s that old) all the way to mobile phone games in the current age.

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Nowadays, it seems like everything has their own cinematic universe. You gotta give Marvel (and now DC) credit for fully implementing the idea of a coherent universe, spread across multiple films expanding the narrative for each of their films in the subsequent films. Of course, they weren’t the first ones to do it. Way back in the 1920s, Universal Studios made a series of films based on the classic monsters including: Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Invisible Man, and many others. Now, it looks like Universal is going back to the well with planned reboots of these monsters in their new shared universe: Dark Universe.

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Towards the end of last week’s episode of American Gods, Shadow came back where he ran into his presumably deceased ex-wife Laura sitting on his bed. She’s supposed to be dead after giving fellatio to his best friend Robbie and resulting in a car crash killing them both. This week on “Git Gone,” we get to see everything from Laura’s perspective.

Instead of having the usual “Coming to America” or “Departing America” theme we have come to expect from American Gods, we are instead thrust into a high flashback. We see her before she met her beloved, when she was a suicidal casino worker. After clocking out running the blackjack tables, she would spend her nights in her hot top breathing in insect repellent in her hot tub. While the insect repellent might give her some sort of high, it’s also fatal, and she knows it. Every time, she backs out of the death at the last minute, it shows that she’s living a lonely unfulfilled life, and she needs a change.  (more…)

Historically, films based on video games have been unsuccessful. For some reason, Hollywood has been unable to crack the code. A video game that has made hundreds of millions of dollars, might not do so well in their film adaptation (see: just about every video game adaptation in the movies). However, one franchise that has proven to be the exception to the rule has been the Resident Evil franchise. Although the films have taken a dramatic turn away from the video games, they are considered certified hits, generating more than $1.233 Billion at the box office through their 6 movies. Although the last film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was the last of that film series (hence the word “final”), Hollywood is not done with this series.

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