Nappily Ever After Trailer

Any woman will tell you that our hair is a big deal. Linked so tightly to the concept of femininity, it is something most women use as a way of expressing themselves. For Black women, our hair (yes the chick writing this has an Afro) is even more closely linked to our identity and sadly our natural hair is still something many women struggle with. Portrayed in media as unattractive, unprofessional and something that can literally hold us back. Many women with Afro hair feel the overwhelming pressure to change their appearance to a more euro-centric look. In the new Netflix original movie Nappily Ever After, we meet a woman whose lifelong struggle with her own hair, finally gets the better of her.

Nappily Ever After introduces us to Violet Jones, a woman who has always aimed to be perfect. From a young age she began to ‘fix’ her hair and strived for constant perfection. When the night she believes her boyfriend is going to propose to her ends differently, Violent begins to lose her usual level of control. One night, she does the unthinkable while drunk and cuts off her hair. Now without her long hair to hide behind Violent must look at the emphasis she places on her hair and really learn to just be herself.

The film is based on the best selling book by Trisha R. Thomas of the same name. The film is another example of Netflix creating more diverse content and with a cast that includes Ernie Hudson, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle and Lyriq Bent. With the movement for Black women to embrace their natural hair at an all time high, the film will be a welcomed and relevant story to many. To those not in the curl club, just watch for the cute female empowerment feels.

The film will be released on Netflix this September.

11-11: Memories Retold Story Trailer

Aardman Animation may be known for their Claymation creations, but to mark the one-hundred year anniversary of the end to the First World War, the studio have ventured into games. In conjunction with DigixArt and presented by Bandai Namco, the first story trailer for 11-11: Memories Retold has launched.

Released on the 9th of November, the game aims to bring to life both sides of the War through two central characters. Kurt, a German Soldier looking for his son who is missing in action. As well as Harry, a Canadian photographer who soon realises the harsh realities of life inside the trenches. The two characters are voiced by Sebastian Koch and Elijah Wood respectively. The plot revolves around the two playable leading characters and how they their lives and those around them are effected by their encounter.

The trailer looks to have more of an emotional narrative feel than your run of the mill game release. If those hearing Aardman’s name were expecting funny creatures, they will be disappointed. The CGI visuals of the trailer and game reflect those of a textured painting. Gamers will feels as if their characters are ripped straight from a canvas.

The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 9th. What do you think of the trailer?

Blindspotting – Brand New Trailers & Clips!

Since his excellent performance in Hamilton, Daveed Diggs has been on the rise. Now he’s leading an amazing indie film.

Blindspotting revolves around Collin, who is trying to survive his final three days of probation, alongside his trouble-making best friend Miles. With their friendship tested, the pair grapple with their identity and change in reality.

Directed By Carlos López Estrada, this look to be incredible. What do you think?

 

 

  


Blindspotting is out 5th October! 

Unpopped Kernels: Chi-Raq (2018)

I like to believe that Spike Lee is one of the most important directors of our time but he has made some uneasy choices of late (notably Oldboy but we dare not breathe it’s name.)  Sure enough, throughout the early nineties, Lee depicted many emotional veins that burnt with racial tension that rampaged in New York City. He astutely gave colour to a generally white Hollywood and wasn’t afraid to speak out about it. His work such as Do The Right Thing or Jungle Fever (plus many more) reached high acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Though he slipped recently, he is back on form with the original mixture of the lyrical, the satirical, the visceral, and the sexual.

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Pulling the story from Greek play Lysistrata, Chi-Raq tackles escalating gun violence in the city of Chicago and the impact it has on it’s communities. When a young girl is murdered due to the warfare between the Trojans and the Greek, the act send shockwaves through the women who have lost too many people due to guns. Lysistrata leads a protest; women will not have sex with their partners until they declare peace. With tensions already mounting, and the strike unifiying women on both sides of the battle, can the men see sense before they break?

Chi-Raq is one of those movies of this year that really muddles in your brain. Despite it’s undoubted critical acclaim, there has already been a great divide in public favour. Between the rhymes that slip off the character’s tongue in regular speech, the dance sequences, and regular fourth-wall breaking moments, the fervent disarray of tone can discombobulate. For fans of crazed cult films, and tonal subjective films, the batty execution of Chi-Raq may be one of it’s feverishly enjoyable moments.

Within it’s core themes, Chi-Raq finds a place. Looking at the film with a feminist eye, the movie does teeter between treating the women as objects, particularly at the beginning. But the intellectual side of the movie unravels to showcase the agency and female power that women have, even when they can flirt and be sexual. This aspect of women holding back sex, based on a classic Greek play, is interesting to delve into and shows how men can be uphold for different elements of violence they rampage upon this earth. There’s also a similar theme with gun and gang culture in inner-cities and not only portrays them unwaveringly, it weaves equally the reasons and the consequences of shooting a bullet without thought, just anger, prejudice, and rage.

Thought nugget: The best combination of these two themes is when Lysistrata decides to infiltrate a racist general’s home but swindles him because of his hidden desires. It’s interesting to muse upon, this desire he’s locked up in hate..

Performances are fantastic. In particular highlight are Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett as two generations of greiving mother. But Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) as Lysistrata portrays a superb, head-strong, emotive character who is a being capable of different facets and flows through them in greatness. Lysistrata is a leader, a partner, sensitive, and a woman – it’s a fantastic combination. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson is a colourful (in crazy attire) narrator linking parts of the epic together.  If that doesn’t sell you the film, then I don’t know what will.

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Towards the end of the film, the premise and the narrative does seemingly fall into lunacy and I still haven’t entirely decided whether I liked the direction or not. Regardless, you cannot deny that Chi-Raq is a different movie comparatively to the garb we’ve had of 2016, with an insasitable soundtrack to boot. Funny when it is supposed to be whilst poignant and upsetting when it wants to be, Lee’s work is an angry and rage filled attack on gang and gun culture as it charms you with rhymic dialogue and comedy. Satire at it’s finest, there is absolutely no movie like Chi-Raq that leaves it’s wounds long after watching.

A thoughtful yet fun experiment into violent cultures and relationships that has a powerful message, Lee storms back with an inventive movie.


Chi-Raq is available to watch on Amazon Prime!