For each day of Kwanzaa, the African-American cultural holiday that eschews the typical commercialism of the holiday season, we will be highlighting a person or persons from the past year who exemplifies the principle of the day. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 to and uplift a sense of community through the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith—all things which have helped us to survive since we were dropped on these shores some 400 years ago. For today, Dec. 27, the principle is Kujichagulia, or “self-determination.” To practice Kujichagulia (pronounced koo-gee-cha-guu-leeah), arguably the most difficult of the Kwanzaa tenets to say, is to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. The person who best exemplified that is none other than professional football player Marshawn Terrell Lynch, who remains as determined as ever to define and speak … [Read more...] about Habari Gani?! Kujichagulia! Marshawn ‘Light That Blunt Anywhere’ Lynch Goes Beast Mode for Self-Determination in 2018
Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller Sicario opens with the discovery of a house of horrors, an apt metaphor for the journey of its heroine, adept FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), and for the film’s view of the Mexican drug cartels as a rhetorical evil. A raid on an Arizona tract home uncovers plastic-wrapped bodies in the drywall, a deadly booby trap explodes in the backyard: The house of the cartels is built on corpses, and the further one digs, the worse it gets. The bad feelings persist as Macer is drawn into a task force headed by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), a government “consultant” in cargo shorts and flip-flops; the introduction of Matt’s star operative, the mysterious and ambiguous Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), hints at their real mission. The unshakable tension, dread, and nausea (at decapitated bodies, corpses hung from Juarez overpasses, blown-off limbs) curdles into horror, then existential despair. Not that there’s any of … [Read more...] about Emily Blunt isn’t all that’s missing from the needless
What is Doctor Who about? It has been around for so long, changed into so many things, that sometimes it’s hard to say. Even “It’s about time”—its current tagline—can feel not quite right. But last night’s powerfully forthright episode took the series back to a definition it started with over 50 years ago. Back in 1963 (just eight years after Rosa Parks’ protest and arrest that fateful December night in Montgomery, Alabama), when Doctor Who was in its earliest days, it was intended to be an educational show for families as much as it was a sci-fi drama. It’s why the first companions to the Doctor—Susan, Ian, and Barbara—were a young schoolgirl, a science teacher, and a history teacher. The time travel ability of the TARDIS was less for visiting alien worlds than it was getting a window into human history—Doctor Who’s very first story is a journey back to 100,000 BC, after all, and not an alien planet. … [Read more...] about A Blunt Episode of
Here’s one of those big tentpole films whose marketing begins so far in advance of release that you feel like you’ve already seen it twice in theaters, bought it on DVD, watched it again, and forgot you owned it by the time it actually opens. Mary Poppins Returns, the direct sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins, has a full trailer. And we finally sort of maybe know what it’s about: Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) has, ahem, returned to take care of the Banks children (now adults, one of whom is played by Hugh Dancy) after one of them suffers a tragedy. She looks the same because good witches don’t age? I guess? Lin-Manuel Miranda is also there. “The magic always returns,” reads one bit of copy the moment Poppins’ first song begins. Like the trailer itself, the line is almost alarmingly confident. Here is a brand-new sequel to a 54-year-old film that helped launched Julie Andrews’ film career, was famously loathed by the creator of its main … [Read more...] about Mary Poppins Returns and Hasn’t Aged a Day in Trailer Starring Emily Blunt
Disney’s sequel to the classic story of a magical nanny will be in theaters next year, but now we have our first look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. And she’s filling the big shoes that Julie Andrews left pretty well. Here’s the full look at Blunt: And here’s Julie Andrews: There’s a lot more color in the new costume, and a lot fewer flowers, but the classic silhouette is all there. It’s a pretty good way to update the ensemble, actually, and not force Blunt into a position where she has to wear a recreation and generate expectations about how similar she is to the previous Mary Poppins. It’s a good look and one which does its job in making me curious to see where it goes. Here’s part of the official description from Disney: The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane … [Read more...] about How Does Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Compare to the Original?