Movie Review: The First Purge (SPOILERS)

The film franchise The Purge started out as a different and interesting crime film idea. Initially the purge was supposed to be a concept of all out crime that was legal. It has now turned into a piss poor political statement film attempting to prove corruption in government for the United States of America. There were obvious bashes to the current Trump administration in office with “grab them by the p***y” references, shooting up a church, white crack dialogue, and other innuendos. Now I could personally careless about politics in film. That does not make a film improve or lack more than before. If a film has a political statement but portrays it in a fascinating way through the film I would be more likely to bite. But The First Purge just throws it out there in hopes of success. The worst part is, the film uses the political statements as the foundation of the film, but uses them in such a way where it is dry and bony. Therefore the film’s starting point was weak from the get go. If the film had taken a story centered drive with political statements throughout, the film could have been spectacular. Everything seems to fall short.

The most recent installment of the franchise takes place prior to the first three films as an experiment for the first purge. It is a supposedly health and social experiment that turns into a strictly political experiment to kill off the unemployed, the poor, the low income housing ghetto’s, and potential criminals. The biggest issue is the film opens up to a world of awful character build, corny script, plot holes, poor framing/lighting, and lower quality that is all unforgivable. The film dives right into all these character that we know nothing about and does not explain anything about their lifestyles, their personality, or a solid character background. I found myself realizing that the story line of the majority of the characters was an absolute waste of time. The only reason a character was introduced was to show an aspect on the political spectrum. The character Nya (Lex Scott Davis) and Isaiah (Joivan Wade) were absolutely pointless and irrelevant the majority of the film. Then there were a bunch of secondary characters that were thrown into the mix of things that made no sense at all.

The adding of the crazy maniac Skeletor who was going around killing people showed me that the initial thoughts of this film was to have everyone go crazy and kill people but then the director must have backed out of that decision. The director decided to go with a political stance where individuals did not want to partake in the purge. The issue was, they kept the psychopath Skeletor in, I guess as an antagonist for our pointless character story lines stated above. But that character being in the film, made the whole non participation concept void when individuals were clearly participating.

Each participant in this purge is dehumanized in the lab by a new political party called the NFFA, which is trying to show how the U.S. is dehumanizing people of color through racism. Nearly the entire film built on the premise of black lives matter and a political statement. Even putting this statement on the forefront, The First Purge still comes up empty when attempting to show the real issues in a political manner.

The 4.3 I gave The First Purge during the podcast was forgiving. After more of an analysis of the film (And seeing it a second time) it was awful. I should have given this film a 3.7 out of 10. This film falls short in nearly every aspect. It’s only saving grace was two things…

1. The scene where Dr. Updale questions the political authority, then the NFFA put her on the island to kill her. To me, this scene explained corrupt politics to the finest. Offing people to gain power and then swiping it under the rug. It was real, the way it was visualized, and the powerful part of the script.

2. Was the films main character follow Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) who may have a potential future in acting if he sticks with it. I recognized he was not bad, especially with an empty script with hollow material that he had to create a character from. He found a way to portray his character Dmitri in such a manner it seemed believable at times (others I just laughed). But the overall action scenes he was in, were believable fight sequences even though they were ridiculous at times.

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Movie Review: The First Purge (NO SPOILERS)

What has started of as a unique crime film idea four films ago has turned into a piss poor political statement film attempting to prove corruption in government for the United States of America. The most recent installment takes place prior to the first three films as an experiment for the first Purge. It is a supposedly health and social experiment that turns into a strictly political experiment to kill off the unemployed, the poor, the low income housing ghetto’s, and potential criminals. This movie falls short in every aspect on the big screen. None of the film’s plot holes, poor framing/lighting, and lower quality production is forgivable either.

Each participant in this purge is dehumanized in the lab by a new political party called the NFFA, which is trying to show how the U.S. is dehumanizing people of color through racism. Nearly the entire film built on the premise of black lives matter and a political statement. Even putting this statement on the forefront, The First Purge still comes up empty when attempting to show the real issues in a political manner.

The 4.3 I gave this movie during the podcast was forgiving. After more of an analysis of the film (And seeing it a second time) it was awful. I would have to give this a 3.7 out of 10. This film falls short in nearly every aspect. It’s only saving grace was the films main character follow Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) who may have a potential future in acting if he sticks with it. I recognized he was not bad, especially with an empty script with hollow material. He found a way to portray his character Dmitri in such a manner it seemed believable at times (others I just laughed).

Emmy Nomination List Release

The Emmy Award Nomination list has been released. Netflix took over this years awards with 112 nominations beating out past years leaders HBO (108 noms) and NBC (78 noms). Netflix is clearly pushing to succeed in future years recently announcing their budget increase over doubling their spending costs on content. What was initially $6 billion is now up to $13 billion.  “Game of Thrones” scored the highest nominations of any series with 22. “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” came with in with a close second with 21 each. The Emmy Award show will occur on Monday September 17, 2018.  Below is the full list of nominees plus category winner predictions from Nerd Chamber’s writer Sam Rita…

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Limited Series

“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Television Movie

“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

Movie Review: Incredibles 2 (Spoilers)

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

Incredibles 1 set up for a second film to be inserted in the franchise perfectly with a huge cliffhanger. At the end of one, people were introduced who was supposed to be the next films enemy (The Underminer). The Underminer appeared in several things after Incredibles 1 including a full video game The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer and a couple of comic book story ark series. This indicated that the Underminer would be scheduled as the main villain in the second film. people were so pleased. So everyone was super pumped to see how this cliffhanger would play out. Finally, 14 years later, we get a film to fix our incredible needs. But we ended up just finding out that our initial villain, the Underminer, escapes right in the beginning. Obviously the villain was going to escape or else there would not have been a plot within the film. But there is the catch… Our heroes, The Incredible Family, seems to be perfectly ok with the fact that the Underminer has escaped. Actually, they never even refer to the Underminer again. Oh, he escaped so I guess we just have to move on. I personally have never seen any hero react in such a way when a villain escapes. Later on in the film, Mrs. Incredible becomes upset that the ScreenSlaver is still out there and that she did not catch her. That shows the true hero, but then what happened to the Underminer in her mind? The writing off of the Underminer allowed the introduction of the films actual antagonist, the ScreenSlaver. The ScreenSlaver quite literally saved the film. The villain was cool enough to enable the audience to forgive and forget about the Underminer. The psychedelic ideology of the ScreenSlaver taking control of others through hypnotism was awesome and unique. More so, the ScreenSlaver shows modern day issues proving the attachment to screens can be a major problem in our world today.

Outside of a few plot holes the film is fantastic. Incredibles 2 finds a way to appeal to literally everyone; male, female, below 10 years of age, above 65, and everything in between. I found myself laughing at jokes directed toward adults but also at silly children jokes. The way it appeals to everyone is finding a joke, story, or issue that is focused toward a specific audience. For example, the common core math jokes that are spread out within the film for Dashes homework. Obviously the older generation hates common core switching math (therefore would find this funny).

Mrs. Incredible shows off her successful flexibility and stunts! She takes over the head of the household view in Incredibles 2. The director came out stating that the issues they would like to cover were, “exploring the roles of men and women, the importance of fathers participating, the importance of allowing women to also express themselves through work and they are just as viable as men are and there’s aspects of being controlled by screens, there’s feelings about the difficulties of parenthood, that parenting is a heroic act.” Mr. Incredible inspires fathers within the film! He takes his three children and initially shows fatigue while parenting, but toward the end begins to get the hang of it. Dash and Violet are not as touched on when it came to their super powers until it was toward the end of the film. Initially the film focuses on their personal lives, Violet and her boyfriend and Dash with schoolwork. Obviously in the end, we see the whole family come together again and work as one unit. The kids go to save their parents from the ScreenSlaver who took over with mind control. Finally, there is Jack Jack. He is the most adorable character in the entire movie. He is always smiling (Even in beast form) and seems to bring a sense of comic relief to the table. One specific spot he shines in was his duel with the raccoon. He begins to use all of his super powers to take care of danger and problems (In the Incredibles 2, his villain is the raccoon).

All in all, Incredibles 2 was worth the wait and definitely worth the watch. On the big screen, all the effects were smooth, beautiful, and aesthetic. All in all, I would rate the the Incredibles 2 a 7.2 out of 10. The film has a fun great story line for kids. The plot holes are forgiving because the film makes up for the missed opportunities in other ways through funny dialogue and an action packed film.

7.2

Movie Review: Incredibles 2 (NO Spoilers)

The sentimental feels were real for this film. After Incredibles 1, people were so pleased. Everyone couldn’t wait for the second movie to be released especially with the first films huge cliffhanger. Finally, 14 years later, we get a film to fix our incredible needs. The film is fantastic. Incredibles 2 finds a way to appeal to literally everyone; male, female, below 10 years of age, above 65, and everything in between. I found myself laughing at jokes directed toward adults but also at silly children jokes.

Mrs. Incredible shows off her successful flexibility! Mr. Incredible inspires fathers within the film! Dash and Violet are not as touched on when it came to their super powers until it was toward the end of the film. Jack Jack was the most adorable character also bringing in a sense of comic relief into the film.

There are some spots where the movie does fall short on. For instance, the directors decided to just go a completely different way with the villains. Which in one way benefited them to make the villain more appealing, but at the same time made our heroes look weaker.

All in all, Incredibles 2 was worth the wait and definitely worth the watch. On the big screen, all the effects were smooth, beautiful, and aesthetic. All in all, I would rate the the Incredibles 2 a 7.2 out of 10. The film has a fun great story line for kids. The plot holes are forgiving because the film makes up for the missed opportunities in other ways through funny dialogue and an action packed film.
7.2

GuardianCon Update

GuardianCon 2018 main event is approaching quickly as Streamers have been working with them for the past week for donations. GuardianCon started in 2016 to help promote a long charity broadcast marathon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

View More: http://davidbley.pass.us/guardiancon2017

In 2016 there was $564,000 raised. GuardianCon over doubled that their second year in 2017 with raising $1.35 Million. This year their goal is to reach $2.4 million which is the daily operating cost of St. Jude. The main event is on July 13th and July 14th at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. It will be hosted by Gothalion, Professor Broman, Kmagic101, and OmniWaffle.

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Streamers have made a growing $1,860,000 since the start of the GuardianCon Charity Marathon Stream Schedule. Famous streamer TimTheTatman broke the donation record on a 8 to 12 morning stream with a whopping $106,000! The stream schedule closes July 12th with the World’s Number One streamer Ninja from 12 to 4. Below is the GuardianCon Marathon Stream Schedule…
GC-Marathon-Schedule

There are several content creators from multiple platforms and communities coming together to help raise money for St. Jude. This year, people will be given the opportunities to meet and greet their favorite entertainers, network with professionals, and hangout with people they may have never met before!

Meet-Greet-Sessions

Introduction

Hello Nerd Chamber community,

My name is Sam Rita. I am the newest addition to the Nerd Chambers operation.I am very excited to be joining the team. I have been great friends with both Brandon and Manny for about three years. They have been very welcoming to the idea of adding a new member! I can not wait to help the growth of the Nerd Chambers!
Here is a little bit about myself that you should know about me! I am from a small Northwest Chicago suburban town. I just finished my undergrad at the University of Dayton in Ohio. I am currently working towards my masters by May. I love watching sports and twitch, playing video games, going to the movies, and reading comics! My current favorite video game is Fortnite. I am a huge film buff. The most recent movie I have gone to see in theaters is Hereditary.
I am looking forward to writing, editing, filming, and producing some great content for The Nerd Chambers community. See you all soon!
Sam