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Weekly Roundup Episode 63; Girls and T’s

Welcome to another edition of Weekly Roundup!

You ever endure random thoughts, in which you want to acquire something that may seem a bit odd to own? I hope one day before I die, I’ll be able to own a T-Shirt with an image of girl I personally know. I don’t know what it is, but the idea of showing off or paying homage to women… Inspires me. When I put my energy on showing unconditional love to women, I suddenly become a much more secure and happier person… I feel completely lost when I don’t do so.

Birthday is in a few weeks, I feel there are more years ahead in this journey despite myself not looking forward to that idea… 25 years is enough, I’m exhausted, I don’t need another 25 more. But hopefully they’ll come a day in which I acquire a shirt, as I show off my significant other or just showing off a friend of mine… One Day.

Well it’s NFL Sunday, I’m not going to talk long because we all got a couch and a television screen to attend to… BEAR DOWN and LET’S TALK ABOUT MOVIES!

Summertime Grade: B

From director Carlos Lopez Estrada whom brought us an underrated gem with Blindspotting, comes an under the radar follow up with Summertime. I say under the radar because marketing wise… I’ve heard nothing about this film. If it wasn’t for Odie Henderson reviewing Summertime on the Roger Ebert website, I would’ve never known it’s existence. Which will be a damn shame for many film lovers, because Summertime… Is a dope experience.

Summertime is a tribute to Los Angeles, that features many characters in different scenarios, that many sequences heavily rely on Poetry. It caught me off guard in the beginning, especially when the only credits shown were “Poetry Performed and Written by” as many names appeared. What I thought was going to be just quick one and done poetry montages, turns out yes there is poetry heavily involved, however there is a moving narrative done within a whole day of LA in Summer of 2019.

Summertime delivers a unique original experience, the narrative is simply written however the poetry sequences really helps elevate this film up. Majority of the poetry sequences were well written, emotionally riveting, as you establish a close connection within the words the characters say. Many of the poetry sequences hit close to home on several occasions, it’s terrifically done including the fast food sequence and especially confronting your demons sequence.

The poetry takes on some personal subjects, what I loved about almost each and every sequence is it doesn’t ever get too preachy whatsoever, as it remained tamed and got to the point, where one can relate and comprehend which is extremely rare to achieve. I believe the bus sequence in the first act was the only one that got a bit too preachy for me, everything else however was a sure hit.

I also enjoyed how this film tend to be a bit playful. They’ll be some silly moments within this film, include the rappers whom are trying to achieve success or the Rap Therapist whom has a book teaching her patients how to write bars out of their problems… The silliness within this film actually works well, not only creating a genuine laugh but to also bring out the fun playful spirit of LA.

I really wish Summertime wasn’t so buried deep from the public, it’s such a wonderful little creation, as Carlos Lopez Estrada continues to go on this impressive run on his film making career, as he’s now 3/3.

Overall, Summertime was a dope film. I recommend checking this one out, make sure you spread the word after you finish watching, this film does need the support!

We Broke Up Grade: B

Breaking up is never easy… On the count I’ve never broken up with anyone, seeing a woman’s heartache and tears will be the death of me.

We Broke Up is a simply short sweet dramatic comedy film, about a couple whom has been together for 10 years, as they now realize they can’t continue on a relationship as they both have different desires. You have Lori (Aya Cash) whom is content with her average lifestyle of working at a coffee shop, living in an affordable apartment, and just being a girlfriend to Doug (William Jackson Hooper). Doug on the other hand wants more out of his life, than just being content with what he’s been used to. He wants to get married, start a family, buy a house… He’s looking far ahead with his own life, as you can sense this pair are heading into two entirely different directions.

This film does a fine job developing the heartache and emotion, of an unconditional love that’s been going on for a decade, suddenly ends because one wants more than just being content with what they already have. It also shows how if both aren’t on the same page in terms of looking ahead in their own relationship… It’s not worth trying to force yourself to stay in the relationship, as it’s better off to go on your separate ways.

I’m not too sure why people are complaining about, how the thought of marriage didn’t come about for either one after being together for a decade. I do believe the thought has come about, however don’t forget proposing to someone to spend the rest of your life with is a huge risk within itself. Plus this couple has been together since they were teenagers, so of course when you’re settled into a lifestyle you’ve been perfectly content with for many years… Sometimes you feel perfectly fine where you’re at.

Sometimes it’s best not to rush into marriage and actually getting to know someone over a long period of time, so that way you know you’re confident enough to know this is the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with. I know for a fact my parents whom rushed into marriage heavily regretted their decision, without giving enough time in their relationship to know for sure this is what they wanted… Some may question my criticism to their decision of marriage because without them I wouldn’t be born, however as I know first hand of their relationship… They would agree as well.

I guess my only criticism I could really make, is the whole Paul Bunyan wedding game shingig… I don’t know it didn’t fit the tone with this film, perhaps I preferred a bar hopping montage instead. We Broke Up is short, sweet, simple, straight forward, and gets to the point while doing so effectively.

Overall, We Broke Up is a solid film. I recommend checking this one out, can be found on HULU.

Till Death Grade: B

Till Death can compare to the likes of Geralds Game. Geralds Game is a bit slow as it slowly develops the relationship as a whole, while one struggles to get out of a handcuffed situation. Here in Till Death it’s a bit more fast paced, as it’s main focus is trying to escape being handcuffed while later on being in a completely dangerous situation.

Till Death was throughly entertaining, once the plot was introduced following a brief introduction on our main character Emma (Megan Fox). It was throughly intense and brutal to watch regarding the situations Emma was in, trying to escape this nightmare of being chained to a deceased person and a psychopath hunting her down. Megan Fox surprisingly delivers a pretty good performance, she was more than just a pretty face which of course is a selling point in most of her movies, but in this film… She brings her A-Game in her acting chops, as in crucial moments she delivers.

Flaws come with one character in mind and also some logic issues here and there. I understand the one character in mind in setting this whole thing up, to get back at Emma. However… I felt this was a bit extreme on his end, as wouldn’t be much easier to just continue on life and just leave a two weeks notice?! Some logic issues come from how Emma’s makeup is still flawless and also in one particular moment, why didn’t Emma attempt in breaking the flower vase, so she can get her hands on a sharp object that could’ve set her free? I also didn’t understand, why didn’t Emma and a character later on, did not flee the house sooner, as they wasted time just talking.

Overall, Till Death was a solid film. I recommend checking this one out, it’s a simple, quick, entertaining watch. -Mitch Smietana

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