Movie Review – “Project Power” (Spoiler-free!!!)

Netflix ‘s newest original movie “Project Power” stars Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback. Check out my review of the movie on TheOriginalChatman.com.

“What’s your power?

Despite a global pandemic (among other things), it’s a nice distraction to wrap yourself up within a entertaining movie or TV series. Netflix has held us down with some heat for summer 2020. No, not literal heat! I’m referring to the variety of original content they’ve released —and will continue to release—throughout these next few months.

Project Power, Netflix’s latest original movie, claims an interesting take on the superhero genre. Set in New Orleans, a disgruntled city cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a very determined ex-soldier (Jamie Foxx), and a troubled teenager (Dominique Fishback) join forces to track down the organization behind Power, a drug that allows its victims to experience a flash of random superpowers for five minutes. Check out TheOriginalChatman’s review below:

First and foremost, I need to say something. Jamie Foxx’s acting range is unmatched! His role as Art, a man-on-a-mission/ex-soldier, is highly believable from the moment you see Foxx on the screen. Through a series of unfortunate events, he purposely ends up meeting Robin, a teen Power dealer striving to make ends meet for her diabetic mother. Foxx’s role of Art is the classic “bad guy doing good things” type.

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Art (Jamie Foxx) and Robin (Dominique Fishback) from a scene in Netflix’s “Project Power.”

I could continue to praise Foxx’s performance; however, the real star of the movie is Fishback’s Robin character. Tough, street smart and book smart. Fearless. More than another strong (black) female lead, Robin shows the layered truth of wanting to do more with your life while feeling stuck under life’s circumstances. While Art and Robin navigate the seedy underworld of New Orleans, throughout the movie, Art asks Robin the same question: “What’s your power?”

Robin is a gifted lyricist, but doesn’t share her talent with the world until Art puts her on the spot. Not quite a father-daughter dynamic, Art and Robin are two people making the best out of bad decisions. Based on their dynamic in the movie, I’d take Art and Robin versus Batman and Robin any day!

Lastly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s cop character Frank seems out of place. His performance seemed very lackluster. The grizzled “it’s my city and I do what i must to protect others” cop role just didn’t seem very convincing to me.

Overall, if you’re looking for a story that flips the superhero genre around, lovable characters, and a great story behind them, Netflix’s Project Power is a must see.

Weekly Wrap-Up [July 30th. 6th-Aug. 5th]

Drake drops the video for the song of the summer, “In My Feelings”– meanwhile YG and Big Sean step on the neck of EA, the publisher of “NFL” Madden 19″ for good reason. More at TheOriginalChatman.com!

 

Hol up, wait a minute…. *Meek Mill voice* Can y’all believe it’s really August!?

We’re really in August, which is practically the Sunday of the summer.

Not gonna lie…I stole that joke from the Internet and have no shame in it! Anyways…check out this past week’s trending topics, brought to you by TheOriginalChatman.com.

-TheOriginalChatman

Mon.  7/30

1.  Sony unveils a new trailer for the standalone “Venom” movie.

  • “The World Has Enough Superheroes” flashes thru out the second official trailer of Sony’s standalone Spider-man film, Venom. In this trailer, we see more of what Venom looks like.
  • The film follows journalist Eddie Brock (played by Tom Hardy) uncovering the truth behind an evil scientist releasing alien symbiotes on unsuspecting everyday citizens.
  • Venom looks to be extremely darker compared to previous Spider-man entries. Check out the trailer below!

Wed. 8/1

2. Colin Kaepernick’s name is bleeped out on a song from Madden 19;  YG and Big Sean react to the news; meanwhile EA, the company responsible for Madden games issue an “apology.”

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  • Imagine having a person’s name–not a curse word!— bleeped out from a rap song in a video game. Who does that!?
  • This was the case when the Internet caught wind of EA’s slip-up within “Madden NFL 19”.
  • The error occurs halfway thru Big Sean‘s verse on YG‘s song “Big Bank.” Sean raps, “I lead the pack and sh-t/you boys all cap, I’m like Colin Kaepernick.” 
  • EA issued an apology with: “We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.” For the full apology, read it here.

[Source: ESPN]

Thurs. 8/2

3. Sanaa Lathan shares the first trailer for her Netflix-assisted film, Nappily Ever After.

  • The upcoming Netflix film Nappily Ever After mirrors the identity crisis of Violet Jones’ need to be in control over every aspect of her life–until one day she breaks down and decides to free herself by shaving her head. 
  • Nappily Ever After is a film adaptation of its literary predecessor by author Trisha R. Thomas starring Sanaa Lathan and others.
  • Lathan took the method acting approach and showed the world her shaved head in an Instagram video from late 2017.

[Source(s): Entertainment WeeklyAJC]

4. Drake finally unleashes the video for “In My Feelings.”

  • The video for the song of the summer (NON-debatable fact) is finally here! It features cameos from Shiggy (the Instagram sensation who started the #InMyFeelings challenge), LaLa Anthony, and the illustrious Phylicia Rashad.
  • No words for the video..just ENJOY it, because I deflee (word to Jess Hilarious) did!

Fri. + Sat. (8/3 and 8/4)

5. A tie worn by Randy Moss becomes the centerpiece of attention from the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Photo via Sports Illustrated Twitter (@SInow)

  • The Internet has a way of making things blow up or go downhill. Depending on the circumstance, public figures are unfortunately are caught in that crossfire when they trade a regular life for fame and fortune.
  • Over the weekend, former player Randy Moss wore a necktie to the Football Hall of Fame ceremony that represented the names of black men, women, and children who lost their lives to police brutality or while in police custody.
  • Moss explained his choice of neckwear after the ceremony ended on camera with this anecdote:

“What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone. I’m not here, you know, voicing, but by these names on my tie, and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame—there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country, and I just wanted to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”

[Source: SBNation]

6. Cardi B lists her favorite female MCs via her Twitter.

  • Seeing as nobody really cosigned Cardi when she came up, I’m sure it means a lot to her fellow female emcees that she is co-signing for them!

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Pablo Escobar’s Brother Is Suing Netflix Over ‘Narcos’ For $1 Billion!

Roberto Escobar vs. Netflix for the winning bid of $1 billion–will Netflix have to hand it over?

Imagine having one of the most popular shows on the biggest streaming service on the planet. Next, imagine someone wanting to short you out of one BILLION dollars because they ask you to put some respek! on their name.

Unfortunately, this is a real scenario with real people. Pablo Escobar’s brother Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria is threatening Netflix and their popular crime-drama series Narcos with a copyright claim for $1 billion—-that’s billion with a B!

According to documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter (feel free to glance it over for the specifics), Escobar’s brother filed a lawsuit demanding the large sum of money for using the Medellín cartel founder’s name and story without permission from himself or the family.

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Wagner Moura as ‘Narcos’ season 1 and 2 protagonist, Pablo Escobar. Photo image from official ‘Narcos’ Facebook page.

Being the boss that he is, or once was, Roberto claims “it is very dangerous” to film any movies in Colombia without the family’s blessing. Asking Netflix to ante up $1 billion is an extremely bold move. Not one to sell himself short, Escobar expressed that he wants the show to be closed down all together if he’s not awarded the $1 billion he’s asking for.

Do you think Roberto Escobar has a right to tell Netflix to pay up? Sound off in the comments below!

Source(s): VICEThe Hollywood Reporter

Netflix’s “The Get Down” Has Been Cancelled

Netflix’s “The Get Down” Has Been Cancelled! What are everyone’s thought about this?

For those of you who haven’t heard by now… the ground-breaking hip-hop origin storytelling series The Get Down has been cancelled!

Deadline was the first to report the news.

Baz Luhrmann, famous for 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’s Moulin Rouge, and 2013’s The Great Gatsby explained in a lengthy Facebook post why the series won’t be returning for a new season. Luhrmann confirmed the news when he expressed the show being “unlikely” to go back into production.

Although he poured a lot of love and energy into this project, he also reveals he had to be true to himself. “The simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life.”

Read the complete statement from Baz below.
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Just the entire first season of The Get Down, which was broken into two parts, was reportedly the most expensive Netflix show ever, totally around a flashy price of $120 million.

Sources: ComplexDeadline