First of all, The name in of itself is a holy name is the Traditional Japanese religion. In fact, many aspects of Wakandan culture are  Japanese — or East Asian in origin.

Their shooting part of the flick in South Korea looks like a non sequitur, but the structure of their society is a mix of cultural elements. The structure of their city is East Asian if it is anything.


No one has stated this, so I will.

"Shuri Castle (首里城 Shuri-jō, Okinawan: Sui Gushiku[1]) is a Ryukyuan gusuku in Shuri, Okinawa. Between 1429 and 1879, it was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before becoming largely neglected. "


There is this fascination with martial arts in Wakandan culture. The first recording assembly of fighters practicing was in Spanish cave paintings, but modern Eastern martial arts have their roots in China and India.

That said the fight scenes were really a lot of capoeira and Brazilian jujitsu to my mind.

"Capoeira was born as a simple method of survival. It was a tool with which an escaped slave, completely unequipped, could survive in the hostile, unknown land and face the hunt of the capitães-do-mato, the armed and mounted colonial agents who were charged with finding and capturing escapees,"




They told what was going to happen in a funny way when Shuri challenged her brother which was funny in terms of the movie. In terms of the comic, the comedic angle is lost because Shuri is as good a fighter as her brother in the real MCU.

Is there any member of a royal blood who wishes to challenge for the throne?"
"This corset is really uncomfortable, so could we all just wrap it up and go home?"(Zuri and Shuri exchange from the 2018 BP movie)

In the comics, the stage is set early for Shuri to become the Black Panther. She defeats Klaue and his army upon their attempt to invade Wakanda.

In the comic, her power actually surpasses her brother's power due to spending time in Djalia.




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Ready Player One Review

Ready Player One Review

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is a sci-fi adventure film based on Ernest Cline's best-selling 2011 novel that takes place 27 years from now in dismal 2045.

The world is overpopulated and most of the world’s population centers have become slum-like cities while it’s not clearly stated why it went this way.

In the attempt to escape the desolation of the real-world and gloomy reality, humans choose to plug themselves into a virtual reality world called OASIS where anything is possible.

The story follows Wade Watts who is an orphaned teenager who lives in the Stacks, a shanty poor neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.

For the past five years, Wade and millions of other gamers have been obsessed over a competition which was announced by James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS who, before he died, launched a competition to find his Easter egg hidden in the game's code.

To find it gamers must first find the three keys which are hidden somewhere in the virtual world and pass through the three gates where their skills will be tested. The first to find all three keys will receive Halliday's trillion-dollar fortune and control over the OASIS.

Wade’s real life is lonely and scary and it’s only in the oasis that he has a sort of a social life where Wade's avatar, Parzival is his virtual friend.

When Parzival, Wade's avatar, finds the first key, followed quickly by four other top gunters he considers friends, he's quickly threatened by a Nolan Sorrento the CEO of a rival software company called Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a global corporation that hires professional gamers (called "Sixers") to work on their behalf in the hunt for the keys.

His evil plans include making as much money as possible, even if it means forcing players who have lost their virtual money to work in labor camps called Loyalty Centers in the real-life debtors’ prison.

Steven Spielberg has captured in a lovingly way the spirit of '80s nostalgia in this adventure mixed with his own spectacular style.  At the same time, Ready Player One can’t help but feel ephemeral as a by-product of a culture that has already reached its peak.

The dozens or maybe hundreds of pop references built into “Ready Player One” make the movie both a pleasure and a distraction for the simple reason that they are immediately pointed out by a character to be recognizable for the viewer.

This is hardly Spielberg’s most creative genre work and can easily turn into one of his most controversial projects.

While “Ready Player One” celebrates the power of pop iconography, it also recognizes the simple truth that branding has become more important than creativity.

Spielberg definitely elevates the material, but then, that’s just because he helped write the American blockbuster rulebook in the first place.

Wonder Woman Salary Controversy

First of all, Wonder Woman is a work of cinematic genius. I originally was going to refrain from seeing it, but a little bird made me see it. I was mad hesitant to see it. I avoided seeing the movie when it first came out, but I try nowadays to keep an open mind. I was blown away. It was really something. I was still thinking about it on the drive home and the score was superb.
The thing is, we worry too much about the wrong things in the West.
In the US, for example, we don't mind it when the government lost 6.5 trillion dollars at the Pentagon. Supposedly, the State Dept. lost money as well. Was it really lost? Ho-hum is the response. You can hear crickets when you ask the hard questions. That's a big deal. That's a lot of the taxpayers' money. The corruption would be laughable if it weren't so genuinely sad.
The first controversy concerned Wonder Woman's origins. Wonder Woman was invented by a man. Her skimpy attire was deemed sexist-- nevermind the fact that Moulton invented the polygraph and many other things. The link between Wonder Woman's lasso and the polygraph is crystal clear. Then, there was this whole controversy about all-woman showings of the movie. Next, there was all this shock and awe that Gal Gadot was a combat veteran. I can't for the life of me fathom how that controversy came about. Military service is compulsory in Israel for both men and women.
The newest one was Gal Gadot's salary. It was a paltry 300,000 dollars-- more than most people on the actual planet can conceive of making in a year. I think that Gal Gadot was being genuine when she said she was grateful. I don't think she was blowing smoke up people's asses. She has thought of "quitting acting". She signed a three picture deal. Worse case scenario she would make 900, 000 before taxes. Let's be honest though. If Justice League makes a lot of money (it will), they will make more Justice League flicks. So bare minimum, she would be making 1.2 million before taxes for four movies. Many foreign actors let alone American actors do not get to be in successful blockbusters that size-- let alone what may soon be one of the biggest movies of all time. "I'm done with it" (Fences).
The controversy nobody ever talks about is how Hollywood studios finance their pictures. They have already made hundreds of millions of dollars of profit before the movie gets released on any platform. Many movies do not get made if everyone does not get paid first. That's why Hollywood favors sequels and blockbusters. Blockbusters are so much easier to finance than small art films. They sell the rights to foreign investors and buy the rights back cheaply. Usually, Hollywood studios operate in countries like Germany or New Zealand where the tax laws are laxer than in the U.S. It's all legal, but the big studios have already made profit way before we have ever heard of the movie in question. The actors are paid out of the studios' cut. Why are movie tickets so expensive? Why are refreshments almost as pricey as a decent meal at a restaurant? That's the real controversy. The house always wins. Just like with everything else, people focus on the small stuff. Don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff. Check out this old Slate article that expounds on movie banking.

Here's an excerpt from the article that breaks down what happens:


The Hollywood studio starts by arranging on paper to sell the film's copyright to a German company. Then, they immediately lease the movie back—with an option to repurchase it later. At this point, a German company appears to own the movie. The Germans then sign a "production service agreement" and a "distribution service agreement" with the studio that limits their responsibility to token—and temporary—ownership.

For the privilege of fake ownership, the Germans pay the studio about 10 percent more than they'll eventually get back in lease and option payments. For the studio, that extra 10 percent is instant profit. It is truly, as one Paramount executive told me, "money for nothing." In the case of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Paramount sold the copyright to a group of German investors for $94 million through Tele-München Gruppe, a company headed by German mogul Herbert Kloiber. Paramount then repurchased the film for $83.8 million in lease and option payments. The studio's $10.2 million windfall paid the salaries of star Angelina Jolie ($7.5 million) and the rest of the principal cast.  "

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman fight scene"Masterful".


I left the theater and had to turn off my phone. I was literally speechless.The score still echoed in my head the whole way home.

I don't know what I expected when I saw this. I hadn't wanted to see it, but a little bird told me to. I'd been pretty much working and learning every chance I get most of the last three weeks. I'd planned to go home and work until 2 am. I may still do so.

Don't worry this is no spoiler blog or post. The movie is worth seeing and is one of the best movies I've seen this year-- if not the best. It has me stoked to see Justice League in November and it's much more than the CGI. The acting was crazy and the score was amazing.

Besides that, Director Malick did a good job of creating a place where faith in humanity might restored. It's like I told fam, "Yo, you got to see Wonder Woman". I followed it up with some texts and it was meant to be. The score is still in my head as I write this and I took so much away.

"I believe".