IGN looks at the top 50 James Bond moments in 007 minutes.
Damn Dr. Dre!!!! $112 million and no album?!?! I guess the headphone game really pays well. Well enough to put him at the same table with Oprah Winfrey who brought in over $165 million!! Who said we in a recession?
I recently took in The Dark Knight Rises as hundreds of thousands other Americans did this past weekend. And while it was a fantastic flick it got me to thinking about how time flies when you are waiting for a trilogy to finish. The Dark Knight trilogy started way back in 2005, seems like a long time ago doesn’t it? But what seems even longer was when Batman Begins came first came out and we knew we had at least 6 years before we got to the 3rd film. Hell when Batman Begins hit theaters we still had W in the oval office, now Kool Barack Ski is trying to reup. Time flies.
So let’s just assume that the average trilogy takes about 7 years to complete. Starting from today where do you see yourself in 7 years? Married with children, getting your Al Bundy on? Will you be the owner for the team you play for? Or will you still be stuck in that rut talking about how it is going to get sweeter later? It’s up to you, you are the sole controller of your destiny. Even though at times we lose sight of the big picture because we are focusing on the small details. It’s hard to see Mona Lisa when we are staring at a strand of her hair.
Life is like a Ferris Bueller quote , it moves so fast that if you don’t stop now and then to smell the roses you just might miss it. Whether it is relationships or what have you, we often times are not satisfied with where our life is. So what do we end up doing? Staying pat and blowing a few more precious years in the process. Before you know it, another trilogy has come and gone and we are still stuck in the same mud we were in when the first flick dropped. Almost feeling like quicksand.
But don’t lose hope Moguls. True, life is what happens when we are busy making other plans. But that detour we didn’t envision may just be the scenic route that’s needed to put your movement in perspective. Sometimes moments like that make us stronger and help us to appreciate the things that are right in our lives. No we can’t stop the hands of time no more than we can stop the rain from falling; but with careful and active participation when Avengers 3 drops we can be where we think we should be.
My girlfriend is a sucker for holiday movies. Every season she pops in the same dvd’s or watches the same Lifetime movies as she did the day before. I wouldn’t be surprised if she could provide the captions to some of the flicks. The other night she popped in the movie “This Christmas” with Chris Brown and them. While she sat there with her holiday mood in full swing, I kind of laughed to myself about how predictable the movie was. Not saying it was a bad movie, it actually hit the spot. But it reminded me of countless other Black movies made after Love Jones.
- Get A Rapper/Singer To Star In The Movie What better way to get the audience to come see the movie? Get the latest, hottest, greatest rapper/singer to lend their non-acting talents to the movie. Preferably a rapper/singer that has or is having legal problems. It will guarantee at least a $20 million opening weekend. The young ladies will swoon, and since the ladies is swooning the dudes will follow.
- Do The Soul Train Line While A Song From The Early 80′s Play In The Background I swear if I have seen one soul train line, I have seen a thousand. Is that the only way we know how to move? From wedding receptions, picnics, and Christmas specials, somewhere in the first hour you are guaranteed to see a family doing the soul train line. 9 times out 10 they are dancing to Zapp or the Gap Band!
- Have 2 Family Members With A Long Lasting Beef I have spent a many Christmas breaks with my family, and I have yet to see a fight. Yet in just about every black family movie you will see a fight. Either between 2 brothers fighting to get their dad’s respect, or 2 sisters who are jealous of each other. And the funny thing is after years of beef, the two family members usually make up before the end of the movie. Years of beef, resolved in 90 minutes!! Now that is family power.
- Get Mekhi Phifer To Star In It It seems as if Mekhi has been in every Black family movie that was ever made!In fact a movie ain’t a movie until Mekhi shows up. Even if he just walks thru the set and says “I’m here y’all!”, Mekhi is here. And don’t get me wrong I am down with him, Clockers and Paid In Full are two of my favorite movies, but if I never see him show up at another family reuion I will be happy.
- Interracial-Couple Anyone that knows Danny P, knows that I am cool with interracial loving. Black, white, red, tan, buttermilk, green, it doesn’t matter I love them all. But it kind of becomes predictable when every family movie has that one interracial couple that they joke about. Not funny and very tired. Would it be as funny if Jennifer Aniston showed up with her Djimon Hounsou and her family started making Shaka Zulu, and watermelon jokes?
The exodus from Netflix is in full-swing. Over 800,000 customers decided to take a hike this last quarter from the red envelope giant.
The company finished its third quarter with 23.79 million U.S. subscribers compared with the 24.59 million in had during its second quarter. In Q3, Netflix announced a 60% price increase, which went into effect in September. The company had predicted in a letter to shareholders that the impact of the price increase would be limited and the company would finish the Q3 with 25 million total subscribers. (The company lowered that estimate to 24 million in September, though.) Investors reacted by continued to punish Netflix’s already-battered stock, sending down 27% in after-hours trading.
So now the question is, how long will it take for Netflix to come back to us with their tail between their legs? At some point they will have to appease us, right?
I love Netflix. The ability to stream movies to my TV, phone, or computer is a thing of the gods. In this instant grits era we live in, nothing is better. Unless the movie you look for isn’t available for streaming, so now you have to look for the red envelope in the mailbox. But now those greedy dudes want to smash my cool.
For $9.99 we were able to stream an unlimited amount of video AND get one dvd at a time shipped to the house. That was the best deal going today. However, it looks like times have changed and now Netflix wants to up the cost. For $7.99 you can still stream videos, but in order to get a hard copy sent your way, you will have to fork over another $7.99. Bringing your grand total up to $15.98 per month. That is no longer living the Mogul life! Decisions have to be made.
The $7.99 unlimited movies streamed to the crib is still sweet, but the problem is not all content is available for streaming. Example, you can stream Friday, but the sequels are not available. That was where the one disc out at a time came in. It was a handy addition. But now for an extra $7.99 it doesn’t seem so sweet anymore. I can’t see paying over $10 per month for movies. The streaming option is still a deal, but Netflix will have to offer more movies. On the other hand, the dvd sent to the house option may end up getting canceled, because half the time the little red envelop just sits on my coffee table and collects dust. For $7.99 extra, that would be just a waste of money on Danny P’s part.
It looks like I will be doing a lot of dvd copying before the new pricing scheme goes into effect September 1st.
At the Edinburgh Film Festival this past weekend, Nokia held a screening for the eight finalists of its Nokia Shorts Competition. With more than 600 entries and a $10,000 grand prize on the line, the competition produced some surprising results. Nothing was quite as impressive, however, as the film shot by winner J.W. Griffiths. His two-and-a-half-minute short entitled “Splitscreen: A Love Story” was shot entirely on his Nokia N8 mobile smartphone, and takes viewers on a split-screen journey through two of the world’s most iconic and romantic cities. Watch for yourselves to see why Griffifths’ film took home the prize.