Spoiler talk of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition and is it better than the theatrical version of the film? There is an added 30 minutes that makes this more coherent and a lot more fluid. Not just in character motivations, but emotional depth.
Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is flushed out more and logic gaps are filled within the extra half-hour just by extending scenes and re-ordering them. There is more of the Clark Kent story line as well. He researches and reports news, primarily focused on Batman which is shown in the trailer.
The Neon Demon shows the ugly side of the beauty industry. Elle Fanning plays Jesse, a 16 year-old who recently moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Georgia with hopes of being the next op model. She befriends a makeup artist named Ruby, Jena Malone and that is when the change in Jesse starts.
While watching this movie, it is apparent that director Nicolas Winding Refn used color to portray mood and emotion. Visually, it is well shot and well edited with a healthy variation of shot lengths. The overall pacing of the film was relatively even to the point it was over fairly quickly for a near two-hour piece.
The best performance goes to Malone, because she was the most intriguing character. The small bit of well-placed comedy goes to Keanu Reeves’ Hank the motel manager. Although his character was not always funny, his moments of meathead sarcasm and pettiness were spot on.
Big picture review, The Neon Demon is mirroring statement piece with think-piece elements and intense religious symbols. Refn wipes off the makeup to show the blemishes of an industry in a dark and vibrant way, juxtaposing a dark tone in story with vibrant visuals.
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Howard University and PBS started the first and only black-owned broadcast television station and it might be up for sale. This sale, if approved by the Federal Communications Commission will leave African-Americans without a broadcast television station. Although broadcast media has declined exponentially, it is still viable for a large audience. WHUT has a historical value for a marginalized group of the American populous. The sale will assist Howard in covering some expenses, but it will undoubtedly damage the student body as projects may no longer be available to control, let alone produce.
However, there is a possibility for a teachable moment. HU students and Black America may learn about the economics of the business and to revert their attention to streaming content. It will be interesting to see if this purchase actually occurs and who will be the buyer. To retain the history, an African-American with affluence or capital needs to take hold of the station. The selling price ranges between $185-$500 million.
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I discuss the tragic massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and how religion and the religious are accountable. This mass shooting has sparked debates on different fronts. President Obama has used this incident to reiterate and potentially sign an executive order for more gun control. As it pertains to the LGBT community, it is a horrific event and a reminder for the rest of the United States that there is still a lack of acceptance all over the world.