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    'The Outsider' Review: Episode 1 - I Talk Sh*t and Read #4

    'The Outsider' Review: Episode 1 - I Talk Sh*t and Read #4

    January 12th marked the premier of HBO's adaptation of Stephen King novel The Outsider.  The show's executive produced and written by HBO veteran Richard Price.

    The Outsider is a supernatural procedural as only King would decide to do it. There's murder, mayhem, small town upheaval, and a boogeyman. Stephen King novels are at the height of popularity once again after big film adaptations Dr. Sleep, It (Part I and II), Shudder's Creepshow and Hulu's Castle Rock.  It was only a matter of time before HBO threw it's hat in the ring. HBO's on a roll and it seemed like a good idea to keep up. 

    Ro and Toya, two among the many horror fans on the MTR Network, decided The Outsider was perfect for a read-along as they watch. Despite it's size (560 pages), this particular King story is a steady-building supernatural suspense story (or listen) that's easy to follow and digest. It shoves the weird directly in the middle of a police procedural and keeps you questioning. The show, however, reorders information for maximum use and plays with all the cards face up on the table.

    From the very start, it's best to brace because it's easy to miss something. 



    The Premise

    Cheerokee City's on the hunt for a vicious killer. A young boy's been found violated and mutilated in the woods and all the evidence points to favorite son, Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman). Everyone trusts Terry. He's been coaching Little League and Pop Warner football for years. Convinced they have an air tight case, Maitland police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) stages a public arrest. Anderson has Terry taken into custody in front of the entire town during the big Little League game. 

    HBO's The Outsider features a stellar cast all who bring depth and grit to a believable investigation happening under unbelievable circumstances. It's edgy and intense yet balanced with facts that keep you invested in both the investigation and the people. The Outsider's always had a contemporary feel but Richard Price brings an extra layer of authenticity to the game and it's ensured we're in for all ten episodes ride. 

    HBO released episode 1 and 2 back to back on the 12th. So, we'll be doing the show discussion in batches. Trust me, you'll definitely want the time to think about all the interlocking narratives before moving on. 

    This first review is general Stephen King discussion and our few of our favorite King novels and then we dig into the books themes and how the show kicks things off in episode one. The next review will cover episode 2 and 3. Then we'll take the show in batches (with hopefully some other folks from the network joining in the discussions) from there. 

    If you want to read along (or just pick up The Outsider) shop indie and thwart our would-be corporate overlords. 









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    The Photograph

    The Photograph

     

    This Valentine's Day, The Photograph throws back to the days of Love Jones and Hav Plenty (without the side of fuckboy) to showcase Black life and real relationship dilemmas without once feeling dated. And as if that isn't enough, the thoroughly sublime score comes courtesy of Robert Glasper. 

    Written and directed by Stella Meghie, The Photograph is 106 minutes of what really happens after the meet-cute moment in a rom-com. The pace is smooth - which is to be expected with a Glasper produced score - the cast stellar, and the story the type that needs to be normalized. These relationships, past and present, are emotionally rich without once relying on trauma or toxic dynamics to build dimension or set the mood. 

    The  Photograph is an Old Fashion Love Story...the Good Kind  



    The Photograph weaves its story around a man searching for something more and a woman working on being herself. It invites the audience into their lives deepening character development with necessary moments with family and friends. It's a fresh take on how (not) to carry one's baggage from relationship to relationship. 

    Love is hard even when if it's clear that the connection is one of the soul. The Photograph is romance and reality perfectly set to music. It's sexy, stirring and restrained in a way that disarms and charms despite any flaws. 

    Tentative Love

    Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield) is a veteran journalist for a New York newspaper. He's working on a profile of Issac (Rob Morgan), a Louisiana fisherman in the aftermath Katrina and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Issac shows Michael pictures while talking about his Gulf  experiences and life in Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana. One particular black and white photo of a woman he calls Christina leads to a discussion of "the one" that got away. Recognizing the name, Block adds a search for more Eames photos to his research once back in New York. 

    Famed photographer Christina Eames died unexpectedly leaving her daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) - and husband (Courtney B. Vance) - to confront the secrets left in a safe deposit box. Mae and her mother had an uneasy relationship. Christina leaves a heartfelt letter and one of the few photographs taken of her behind with answers to unasked questions. When Michael reaches out asking if her mother had any other photos of her hometown, the pair meet at the museum where she's a curator, and Michael's immediately captivated by Mae.



    Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield star in The Photograph from Universal Pictures



     

     

     

    The onscreen energy between Stanfield and Rae simmers. It's subtle and multi-flavored; never once feeling inauthentic or forced. It's an portrayal infrequently chosen for onscreen love affairs particularly those centering dark-skinned Black people. There are moments when the couple's energy falters but even those set a more realistic tone of a new relationship. 

    Visuals That Add to the Story

    There's a shifting discomfort between the pair that makes for a compelling counterbalance that keeps you from ever checking out of the story. Coupled with golden-edged visuals (Cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard) that make the most of shadow and light playing beautifully across brown skin, The Photograph is a stylish modern romance between equals.

    The Photograph and Legacy

    The Photograph is a generational story. Meghie uses a shifting narrative to guide Mae towards love and understanding; both of herself and her mother. A single photograph anchors an explanation of a mother's shortcomings. As the audience watches Mae and Michael inch ever-closer to one another, her mother's letter turns back time to the days of Christina (Chanté Adams) and Issac (Y’lan Noel) and a love that couldn't survive Christina's unwavering need to do better ...

    “Sonic The Hedgehog” Proves To Be The Fast and The Furriest

    “Sonic The Hedgehog” Proves To Be The Fast and The Furriest

    Sonic Doesn't Suck

    And, that's probably all that matters given this project out the gate had to be forced by online fans to redesign their redesign of Sonic, a gaming staple who fans have been hand drawing on elementary school desktops since 1991.  Dated in even it's nostalgia -you'll be hard pressed to find anything done with the character in that last 30 years that could be considered revolutionary- Sega still managed to link up with the Fast and Furious production company (Original Film) to take on another speedy project. 

    Longtime Blue Devil worshipers can finally part praying palms and rest easy.  It's not a complete dumpster fire.  New fans however will either fall-in-like or fall asleep, and this goes for kids and parents.  Similar to Detective Pikachu, Sonic The Hedgehog is a blue blur of film adapted from a beloved gaming franchise that benefits from passable cgi, fun action, and ,despite no memorable moments, still manages to dodge enough plot holes to satisfy anyone excitedly plopping their butts down in the seats to see Big Blue.

    Speedy Summary

    The film opens with a cutely version we'll call Baby Blue racing through the his world.  These scenes are all animated stylized similar to Rise of the Guardian, where an owl from Legend of the Guardians, acts as Baby Blue's guardian.  Mama Owl drops some wise words of worry on Baby Blue who rebuffs while brushing his shoulders off, but then immediately is forced to make haste escaping pursuing threats in his world.  Cut some years into the future and our spunky hedge of a hog is chilling under a tree in his boy-cave rocking out to his favorite Wil Whedon playlists, reading comics, and stalking residents in the town of Green Hills, Montana.  He's bored and lonely in Montana -- understandably, there were better places to call home. 

    His favorite person is Sheriff Deputy Highway Patrolman Trooper Tom, whom he calls the Doughnut Lord.  Tom's wife is Maddie and both done bout had it up to their knees in horse droppings and small town slop-portunities.  Fast forward, heh, Tom gets a new job in the big city of San Francisco.  But, as he's leaving town Sonic alerts the whole world to his existence and the government puts Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura take on Dr. Robotnik on the case.  The film is about loneliness, family, finding your place in the world, and the absolute egregious government waste of our taxpayer dollars on maniacal Robo-incel drone projects.



    The Good Pace

    Lucky for you, like it's chat happy teenaged quickster, Sonic The Hedgehog hates the word "slow".  The pacing of the film doesn't give it's audience time to anything, which works in it's favor.  First you're here. Then you're there.  Then we're back.  And, it's over.  Sliiiiiide to the left.  James Marsden works well in live action and shoulders the film with a smile.  Tika Sumpter is cute.  Yay cute.  The town gets about as much time as it gets streets and hot news fresh off the wire.  Ben Schwartz does some great voice and MoCap work here making Sonic charismatic, kind, cool, and endearingly annoying. He even has a whole body Afro.  Which means he has a butt fro, and butt fros probably belong in The Bad Place.  Oh well.  Jim Carrey has his moments too, so if you've missed him here ya go.  Yay James.  Natasha Rothwell, feeling a little tied up, keeps it brief on screen for a short fun time!  I mean, it's Natasha Rothwell y'all, need more be said?

    The Bad Guise

    Ultimately, this film is not memorable.  It's a one and done, and probably never again.  All the running around is just bad on your knees.  Some where here lies a joke about Sonic not even being worthy of a Big Blu-ray.  Jim Carrey is doing way too much Carrey'ing on unfiltered and un-brokered.  The film needed more Crazy Karl, because the audience deserved more Crazy Karl, because come on guys it's Crazy

    Doctor Who S12 E3-5-My Doctor is Black

    Doctor Who S12 E3-5-My Doctor is Black

    OUR DOCTOR IS BLACK AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK!   You cannot take it away from us, no do-overs!  Can you imagine Jo Martin and Captain Jack traveling the Universe?  OMG it would be amazeballs!  We are back to discuss the disappointment that was Orphan 55, the delight that was Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror, and the mind bender that was Fugitive of the Judoon.  Does the Whoniverse have a multi-verse?  What precisely did the Master do to cause this (because we all know he had a hand in it)?  Take a listen!





     







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    Movie Review: The Lodge

    Movie Review: The Lodge

    In the words of the great Michael Jordan: Fuck them Kids

     

    Seriously, if you ever want to watch a movie that has you cheering for some kids to get exactly what they deserve, then The Lodge is for you. The Lodge is by no means perfect. It’s a little slow. And it doesn’t do a good enough job of hiding what’s really happening. But if you’re like us here at the MTR Network and like watching little brats who don’t know how to leave people alone, get what’s coming to them, then the end is the payoff you’re waiting for.

     

    The Lodge is another film that really challenges what we consider “horror”. It’s not really “scary” but definitely has some creepy (and well shot) moments. And when things start to take a turn, it does have more of a traditional horror feel.

     

    In the end we enjoyed this film despite some of its issues. We definitely recommend checking it out if it hits a theater near you.



     



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    Birds of Prey Review: Harley Quinn & 'em

    Birds of Prey Review: Harley Quinn & 'em

    The first thing to realize about Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is that it’s not a Birds of Prey film but a Harley Quinn film. And that’s okay. As long as you come in knowing that, this film works (for the most part). Margot Robbie is great as Harley Quinn and is backed up of a cast of women that are solid (if not limited) in their roles. Best of all, this film has some of the best action/fight scenes of all the DC films. It really shows what DC can make when they give their films to directors who care about making films that respect their characters instead of making self righteous b******t that claims to be “above” comic book films.



     

    The only real problem with this film is the complete disrespect of Cassandra Cain. But we’ll talk more about that in detail in the spoiler review that will release after opening weekend. For now, listen to our non-spoiler review then go out and see this film. This is DC's second best film (right after Shazam!) and this is the type of film that DC makes that should make a bunch of money but probably won't.



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