Working on Music and Getting Warmed Up

Let me clarify something: Not one song on the player above is new as in "I wrote it in the past few weeks." The newest song is "Waste My Time," and I wrote that about two months ago. The other songs are re-releases of items I wrote in 2018, 2010, 2009, etc. Right now, I'm only working on music tracks. I won't be singing anything for a few more weeks, lol. Thank you.

"Queen & Slim" Movie: A Comedy and a Tragedy

I had been hyped up to see "Queen & Slim" ever since I saw the previews. I couldn't wait for the opening night to come. I didn't actually get to see it on opening night, but I still couldn't wait for it to come, lol. I almost didn't get in the next night either because my movie buddy underestimated its popularity. By the time it was time to reserve the seats, only four were left in the entire theater. We made it though, and everything worked out just fine. 

The Storyline

The movie was about a couple who met on Tinder (online dating site/mobile app). They went out to dinner for their first date, and they exchanged small talk and got to know each other. They didn't seem to click very well, so Slim was just going to drop Queen off at home. Perhaps they'd have never seen each other again. 

Unfortunately, a cop pulled them over on the drive home and did the typical "harass the black man" nonsense. Things got out of hand very quickly, and the cop ended up dead. The event left Queen and Slim bound to each other as they journeyed toward freedom and ran from the law. 

What I Liked

I liked this movie because it pulled off mixing comedy, tragedy, drama, and action. No one expected Bokeem Woodbine (Uncle Earl) and his "female friends" to deliver such lighthearted and jovial performances. The audience laughed hard several times, and so did I. It was refreshing to have that burst of humor amid such a horrible situation. They weren't the only ones who brought some funny to the table, though. A little boy and his dad had us laughing about 20 minutes earlier. There was also an interesting character toward the end who was funny as crap. 

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith both gave amazing performances as the love-budding fugitives. Their dynamic was a cross between an old married couple, a black Bonnie and Clyde, and Romeo and Juliet. They knew their chances of survival were slim, so they wanted to live their lives to the fullest while they had the chance. They didn't let the fact that they were fugitives stop them from enjoying the beauties of the world. They didn't let it stop them from breathing in nature, loving each other, or believing in God. I loved their spirits!

I loved the support that Queen and Slim got from some of the people in the movie, as well. There were actually some good folks who understood the truth about what happened and helped them. The audience cheered them on every time.

What I Didn't Like 

There was a scene in the movie that might as well have been X-rated. They went to great lengths to show just about everything that was going on. I felt that it was unnecessary and kind of raunchy for it to be so graphic. It took some of the beauty out of their romance, and it disappointed me. I think I closed my eyes during most of the scene because I didn't need to be seeing that. Hmmm, well I guess we can add porn to the list of genres that this movie crossed!

I did not like the end of the movie at all. I can't say too much about it without dropping spoilers, but I can say with great passion that I hated it. It left me angry, dissatisfied, disgusted, and eager to use acronyms such as WTF and WTH.

My Rating

I can only give this movie three stars out of five. Even though I was mindblown by the romanticism, comic relief, ingenious genre mixing, and "power to the people" energy, I still couldn't forgive the ending. Don't get me wrong. The movie is entertaining and worth every bit of $12 or so. But don't buy any popcorn because the underwhelming final scenes might nauseate you.

"Terminator: Dark Fate" Review: No Flop Here

This week's movie choice for me was "Terminator: Dark Fate." I'm one of the old heads who saw the original "The Terminator" movie and "Terminator: Judgment Day," so the trailer piqued my interest. What made me watch it was that they revived Linda Hamilton and put her in as a kick-ass terminator hunter. I always love the concept of courageous women who can throw down. This woman was no slouch at 63 years old either! She came out kicking butts and taking names! I loved it!

I also liked seeing Governor Schwarzenegger (72) resume his role as the protective Terminator machine. He gave an outstanding performance as well, although the writers put a bit of a cheesy twist to his personality and lifestyle this time. Married with children? Yeah, no. 

Now let's talk about the new terminator models and the girl everyone fought to protect. Natalia Reyes played the target, Dani Ramos, a young and fearful Mexican girl who had no idea that she would be a legend in the future... if she survived the hunt. I liked her character because she started innocent, compassionate, and sweet and blossomed into a fight-or-die young woman of strength. Gabriel Luna played the Rev-9 android assassin sent to terminate Dani, and Mackenzie Davis played the **gender confusing and cybernetically enhanced soldier sent to protect Dani. All of their performances were great, but Linda Hamilton (Sara Connor) was the one who made the movie for me. 

The movie started with lots of action and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The storyline wasn't difficult to understand as they scratched the concepts from all the movies after "Judgement Day" and replaced them with a new one. There was never a dull moment the whole time I watched. All the performances were stellar, and the graphics were quite good. It would have been really awesome in 3D, but it was still amazing on a regular screen. 

The Rev-9 was a complex machine that had the ability to split into two entities, hack databases, and reliquify itself back together after an extreme arse whooping. He was no joke, and it seemed as if he was unbeatable. 

Grace had massive strength, but she wasn't a full machine. Her weakness was that she was only designed for short spurts of action. After that, she needed to take certain medications like benzos and insulin to live. Thus, we had Hollywood's first diabetic (?) Terminator. It was interesting to see her interact with her fully human allies against the Rev-9 machine.

I felt that the writers and producers redeemed themselves and made up for the multiple lackluster sequels of the past. I appreciated the hella heroines concept, and I loved that they brought some of the original characters back. This movie was no flop to me. I'd pay to watch another one if it follows this particular storyline, and I'd love to see Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger come back in their 80s to kick some more butt, ha-ha-ha. I'll give it four stars out of five. The missing star is for the confusion it caused me in the beginning, lol.    

**I thought Grace was kind of a cute male at the beginning of the movie. Turns out he identifies as a woman. Oops. Never mind.