10 Of My Favorite Opening Sequences

Here’s a list of some of my favorite opening scenes. The opening scene of a film will often establish a plot, introduce the characters, setting, mood, or theme of the film. Outside of the trailer, its a movie’s first impression. I love all kinds of movies, so don’t be too surprised that there are no Horror movies on this list.

X-Men/X2

This opening scene from the second X-Men film is action packed, visually stunning, introduces the basic plot, and also a new character, and the rest of the movie isn’t a disappointment either.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I wanted to put these two movies upfront. This is also an establishing scene of a new character, and just as visually stunning as the first movie on this list. It drops slightly behind it though, because without the theme or plot, its just a gorgeous opening action sequence. Also, the rest of this movie isn’t as good as this opening scene, and this isn’t one of my favorite characters, although this entire sequence says a lot about what type of person he is, is just loads of fun, and makes me wish I had this superpower.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

You would think that this would be a great opening scene for the rest of this movie’s characters, and themes, but no. This opening has almost nothing to do with the plot or themes of the film. Its simply an introduction to the setting we’ll be visiting for the next two hours, which is fine, because this is yet another visually arresting film, but I thought it was lacking in character development, which for me, is one of the more important aspects of getting into such a fantastical film. This opening is a favorite of mine, because I’m both a huge David Bowie fan, a movie extraterrestrial fan, and a Science Fiction fan, and I feel this song was perfectly chosen for this scene.

Bladerunner

Here is yet another sequence that introduces the audience to a very specific setting. We know all we need to know about this world, from the opening, and what type of movie we’re dealing with: SciFi Noir. This is a dark world, full of gray characters, scuttling through this rainy, urban, corporate hellscape of auditory and visual noise, or flying through it in cars. This is America’s dystopic future.

It also introduces two important characters, and sets the plot in motion, as it’s the death of the interviewer in this scene, that requires that another Bladerunner be called in. Upon first seeing this movie, these things are all a mystery, but you later learn that all of the primary components of the rest of the plot are present, like the Voight-Kampff Test, the Bladerunner, the speed and power of the Replicant, and just why they’re banned from coming to Earth.

Goodfellas

I love this opening. It introduces the three primary characters, the basic plot, and the theme: Regret. This is the autobiographical story of a mobster wannabee, his rise, and eventual decline. This is the scene just after the protagonist and his two friends kill an actual mobster, a Made Man named Billy Batts, and now need to hide the body. Contrast the protagonist’s final statement in this scene, with the look on his face. That is the face of a man who is wishing he were anywhere but where he is….

The Matrix

Sometimes I get a feeling about a movie just from watching the trailer, and I have almost never been wrong when i got that feeling. Even with movies that didn’t do particularly well at the Box Office, when they were released, if it was one where I got that feeling, it would eventually go on to become a Classic, or Iconic film. I had that feeling when I first saw the trailers for Alien, The Thing, and Bladerunner. And I had that feeling for this trailer, too. Not that I’ve never been wrong, but even at a very young age, I knew what movies I was gonna love!

I remember walking out of the theater, after watching this movie, and my brain had to take a few minutes to readjust to reality. I had the unsettling thought that the “real” world wasn’t real. And I guess, I’m not the only person who felt that way.

The Grandmaster

I chose this opening scene, not becasue it’s particularly special, or well done, (although it is), but because I’ve seen a number of scenes like this in other films, and I’ve always loved them. So, when a martial arts movie starts off with some watery ass kicking, its always loads of fun for me. Martial arts movies love to do these types of scenes, because it’s a very easy way to convince the audience that the fighting is real, and that those arms and legs are actually connecting with faces and bodies! Its also a great way to make the scene feel dramatic, and important to the rest of the movie, although really, this is just a scene from earlier in the film, showcasing the lead character’s skills.

Below, is another one of my favorite movies, and of course, the opening scene looks uncomfortably wet. Slow motion ballet fight scene? Check! Fight scene in a tavern? Check! Gruesome fight ending? Check!

Honorable Mention

Baby Driver

This has to be, hands down, one of the most awesome car chase scenes in movie history. I love everything about it, from the introduction of the lead character, and getaway driver: Baby. To the music: Bellbottoms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! (which I used to listen to a long time ago.) To the cutely mediocre compact car with the great gas mileage: The red 2007 Subaru Impreza!

This entire scene just slaps!

Raging Bull

And back down to Earth, with the Intermezzo from The Cavalleria rusticana, by Mascagni, and the opening theme from Martin Scorceses’ 1980 Raging Bull, which is now considered a modern Classic. I was just a kid when it was released, so I didn’t see this until I was an adult, long after I knew this theme from other movies. There’s not a lot going on here, but from this, you know its going to be a somber tragedy, about the rise and fall of a Boxing career. This is way down here at the bottom of my list, although most of these are not in any particular order, because its really upsetting for me to watch family dramas, and I generally hate them. But I liked this intro.

R.I.P. Olympia Dukakis ~ June 20, 1931 – May 1, 2021 — By Hook Or By Book

Award winning activist, stage, and screen star, Olympia Dukakis, passed away today at age 89. Here is the New York Times obituary. Most of us are not real eager to grow, myself included. We try to be happy by staying in the status quo. But if we’re not willing to be honest with ourselves about […]

R.I.P. Olympia Dukakis ~ June 20, 1931 – May 1, 2021 — By Hook Or By Book

Facing Backlash For Anti-Racism… It’s More Common Than You’d Think — Stitch’s Media Mix

When people of color talk about racism in a given space, we are always met with a truly disproportionate amount of anger. We are harassed, made into harassers, and essentially “policed” into silence, often by people who are publicly progressive at some level. Back when I was working on #StitchProcesses Blackface, one of the things […]

Facing Backlash For Anti-Racism… It’s More Common Than You’d Think — Stitch’s Media Mix

More about the racist backlash women of color receive, when they dare to speak out about racism for their jobs.

I Am Captain America: Get Used to It — The Nerds of Color

by Thaddeus Howze While Marvel Comics has never allowed Sam Wilson to remain Captain America, it is good to see they have decided to allow him to hold the title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, they engineered an excuse for him to become Captain America and when they were done with the…

I Am Captain America: Get Used to It — The Nerds of Color

My Favorite YouTube Subscriptions

As a general rule, I do not go to Youtube for the minimum. At least not most of the time. I’m usually watching very specific stuff, and its usually long form. I do, on occasion, have some fluffy stuff I might look at for a few minutes at a time, but most of the things I watch on YouTube are more than ten minutes long, and I make playlists of videos to watch later. Right now my subscription count stands at 67 ,which is a modest number of channels to subscribe to, and most of those are movie commentary channels. Here is a short list of some of my favorites.

Humor

I don’t subscribe to a lot of channels dedicated just to talking about or doing funny stuff, mostly because I have a lot of funny stuff recc’d to me on my front page, and I just watch that. But here are the three channels I consistently find hilarious. Sometimes there is a wee bit of overlap between funny, and political, or funny and pop culture, though.

penguinz0

This is one of the few humor channels I subscribe to, that’s by an American white guy. Generally, my humor and theirs don’t usually match up very well, as far too much of white male humor involves being physically and emotional harmful to people for shits and giggles, and I’m not necessarily into that. But Charlie, despite his fascination with rubber dildos, is surprisingly wholesome, with a lot of his videos consisting of him and his friends having weird contests involving the dildos, attempting to churn butter, trying to make french fries with a tennis racket, and ranking weird things, like garbage trucks, and fruit. Here he is talking about a toy that makes unicorn poop…

Sir Stevo Timothy

I always look forward to these short videos of Sir Stevo, hollering at Kathleen in his car, about perfectly innocuous things, that he has completely misunderstood, like Black men not living in Ireland, gay people not actually being real, and soccer. When I first came across these videos, I didn’t like them much, until I figured out they were parodies. Parody and reality are difficult roads to walk sometimes, and one can easily be mistaken for the other. Here, he is trying to “gently” let Kathleen know that she’s gotten fat…

Nicque Marina

I just ran across this person by accident, when I was looking for reviews of the television series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, by Black reviewers, after it became obvious to me that most of the white commentators simply did not have the range to be able to discuss this show, in a way that was actually illuminating, and I found, what is hands down, the most hilarious MCU critic on YouTube.

Not only that, but her perspective on the show is really interesting, as she is also a military veteran, who comments on the military issues, and plausibility, of what’s happening in the show, but in a completely humorous way. Lately, she’s been doing recaps, which are hilariously accurate, especially her interpretations of Tony Stark and Baron Zemo…

Politics

I don’t have cable television anymore. I mostly watch things on my Firestick, so I have to get my news elsewhere. Outside of Breaking News online, I listen to these people, in the absence of mainstream media, and still manage to stay relatively informed. No. They aren’t all Liberal or Progressive, but they are definitely not on the Right. Jesse Dollemore used to be Right wing, but left the Conservative movement, a few years ago. I don’t even know how to classify Beau of the Fifth Column, except to say he is very level headed, reassuring, and intelligent and I can say the same thing for Tyler. Dollemore uses a lot more humor, and insults, and usually discusses specific political figures, with his current favorite being Tucker Carlson. I do watch a lot of political stuff that’s not listed here, that’s relatively neutral, like The White House Press Briefings with Jen Psaki. I didn’t provide videos for some of these people as they make serious in-depth videos, that are never less than 30 minutes long.

Stand Up w/Pete Dickinson

This is a podcast, with interviews of social, comedy, and political figures, along with short recaps of major news events. None of Dickinson’s interviews clock in at less than an hour, and he usually interviews two people per show. He is a comedian though, so you have to expect a certain level of silliness, from both him, and sometimes his guests.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8foguc8nT-bvRo7HEsn-ZA

Brian Tyler Cohen

Largely consists of commentary on political activities, figures, and issues, along with some livestream interviews with the major political figures of the day. Brian has a little bit of snark in him, when it comes to discussing the day’s issues, but is usually all business, when it comes to his interviews and live-stream events.

For Harriet

You’ll notice there aren’t a whole lot of Black women on this list. I do subscribe to several, but since they tend to talk about everything, including politics, pop culture, feminist issues, and the intersection of all three, its difficult to classify some of them. For Harriet discusses everything from the most trivial, to the major political.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCilNETwoyWx5lJTmzE4p7HQ

Here’s a short list of some of the Black female Youtubers I like:

Tee Noir, Sensei Yamashita, Kat Blaque, Nappy-Headed Jojoba, Jouelzy

And a recent personal favorite:

Intelexual Media

Beau of the Fifth Column

I don’t know a whole lot about Beau, beyond some cursory googling, but he’s the first person I look to when some disturbing political event has happened. He always explains the meaning of whatever happened in a way that any layman can understand. I know he’s somewhere to the Left of the American political spectrum, (possibly anarchist), but probably doesn’t actually classify as anything in particular. He is a strong proponent of the idea of Community Networks, where Americans take care of each other, rather than relying on the American government to do it. He also teaches some light bush training, and self sufficiency, on his other channel The Roads.

Jesse Dollemore

This channel is mostly devoted to commentary on the most current political events, and people. I came across Dollemore when he was roasting Tomika Lohren. Dollemore also has a podcast which he runs with his wife. The two of them are hilarious together, btw.

LGBTQIA+

I subscribe to several YouTubers from the LGBTQ community, that I stumbled across, either because they were recommended to me from other YouTubers, or because I was looking up movie reviews from people in the community. One sure fire way to find other Youtubers,who are like the ones you like, is to look at their Channel page, to see who they subscribe to. So, if you’re looking for Progressive news channels, for example, you’ll find that they subscribe to people a lot like themselves. Please support these content providers, as quite afew of them make their whole living off their videos.

Jessie Gender

I found this YouTuber, kind of accidentally, because, like me, she is a huge Star Trek fan. She talks about a lot of things, but I especially love her discussions on the intersection of transgender identity, and pop culture.

Council/Breakroom of Geeks

This YouTuber covers much of the same subjects as Jessie Gender, but with more of an emphasis on movies, and Doctor Who. Note: She has two channels, one called The Council, and the other is The Break Room, which touch on slightly different topics, but are all pop culture related.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHWINIVcwZFdVXe3U-vSCcA

AdrienXpression

Adrien is a delightfully silly person, so be prepared for a lot of jokes and laughter, regarding political issues and pop culture. Like For Harriet, he will talk about anything, and everything,and always seems to be delighted by his own humor, which s sassy, but never mean spirited. Don’t let the laughter fool you, though, AdrienExpression knows how to make a point, too.

BlackGayComicGeek

Here is an openly gay, Black, comic book, geek who mostly talks about movies and shows. He is so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and excited about these topics, that he’s a a lot of fun to listen to. He is currently covering Falcon and the Winter Soldier, (mostly because Anthony Mackie is foine! and Seb Stan ain’t too bad either!)

JamesSomerton

Does some deep intensive examinations of Pop culture and media based on Queer Theory. Expect to set aside some time, when going to this channel, because he goes in-depth on an issue. I;m not going to put one of his videos here, as none of them clock in at less than 45 minutes, so here’s a link to his page. Please like and subscribe.

https://www.youtube.com/user/dreamline88

Pop Culture/Commentary

These are channels that talk almost exclusively about how Pop Culture, social issues, and politics interact with each other, in ways I sometimes miss. I’m much better at seeing historical patterns, in Pop culture, of a particular era. I’m not so good with the current events stuff. These Youtubers help to fill in that gap.

Renegade Cut

From the channel: Renegade Cut is a leftist video essay series about the politics, philosophies, and culture, that informs popular media. he used to make videos exclusively about movies, but in the past few years, has branched out into political discourse. In this video, it seems he must be talking about Lil Nas’ last video, bu this is actually a discussion of how the images of Christian mythology are used in popular culture.

The Vile Eye

The Vile Eye is a channel totally dedicated to the philosophical examination of evil characters in movies, with the occasional foray into real life figures.

CinemaWins

I really appreciate this channel, because the public has gotten the idea that criticizing a movie means finding something negative to say about it, and that’s not exactly what that means. Critiquing something is just stating your feelings about it, and why, and how the movie supports those feelings, analyzing what you think the movie means, or what you believe the filmmaker is attempting to say ,and how the film supports that. CinemaWins does a little bit of both. He talks about why he loves a particular film, and then goes into detail about why, and what he thinks the movie is trying to say, and I’m here for that kind of positivity. There are too many critics who only talk about stuff they hate. It’s good to meet a critic who only wants to talk about the movies he loves.

SCP Channels

I don’t get all my SCP information from these sights, but they do inspire me to look up other stories and SCPs on the actual website. I like the Eastside Show for the narrator’s voice acting. They just have a very soothing voice, although most of the SCPs they talk about are already known to me, through The Volgun and The Exploring Series. The Volgun and The Exploring Series are the two most professional, and in depth channels for SCPs. Thye both specialize in the long form SCPs that are largely stories about the different objects and events. The Volgun does exclusively SCP videos, while TES goes into other topics like gaming with its Final Fantasy, and Dungeons and Dragons series, and some literary subjects, with its Lovecraft series.

Eastside Show

The Volgun

The Exploring Series

Relaxation

These video channels don’t have any deeper meaning, they’re not especially philosophical or anything. They’re just fun and relaxing. TkViper makes videos of himself walking through the streets and parks of Japan in the rain. These videos are great for falling asleep, or if you just need some relaxing background noise. I initially started watching them because the videos were like taking a personal tour of Japan. Little Adventures is just cute little images of this young ladie’s collection of Guinea Pigs. TabiEats is a gay couple, Satoshi, Shinichi, and their little doggie, from Japan, who showcase different fast foods from convenience stores around Japan, or snacks sent to them by their followers. I don’t know why I find International snack foods so interesting….

tkviper

Little Adventures

TabiEats

Love Death + Robots Volume 2 Trailer is (Officially) Up — Whatever

I saw that it had leaked over the weekend but now it’s up on the Netflix YouTube account, so: Here you go. I think it looks pretty cool, myself. Also: It’s a quantum physics universe and technically anything can or indeed already could have happened, or not https://t.co/Qh5mStGfsj— John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 19, 2021— JS

Love Death + Robots Volume 2 Trailer is (Officially) Up — Whatever

I do remember how I felt about the first anthology ,and I hope that there’s a little more “love” and a lot less sexual violence in this one. I will be watching this, because John Scalzi’s name is attached to it, he’s one of my favorite Scifi authors, and I really liked his two sillier stories, in the first film, about sentient yogurt , and the many alternate world deaths of Hitler.

Geeking Out About It

Hi!

Here’s a short list of the movies and shows I’m most excited about in the next few weeks!

I’ve been away from here for a quick minute, because …well a lot of shit happened in the past month! My mom had a quick little heart surgery, (she’s doing fine, now), her dog died, (its alright, he was a little old man, at about 80 in dog years), I got the first part of my vaccination, and lost the use of my right arm for 24 hours, my car started worrying me, (its fine now), my stove broke, (I have since bought a new one, thanks to having extra money in the bank), and then there’s all the outside problems like police brutality and mass shootings…I’ve had a very emotional thirty days!

So! I am very happy to talk about some trivial stuff that’s making me happy right now, like…

Army of the Dead


I have five good reasons for loving this trailer, and this movie better live up to it.
  1. The Gambler theme song!
  2. Dave Bautisita as a Special Forces Operative, wearing glasses!
  3. Zack Snyder
  4. Tig Notaro, outchere looking hot as f***, and smoking a cigar!
  5. Zombie tiger!

Despite my disagreement with the politics in some of his movies (like the fascism in 300), I actually think Zack Snyder is an okay, but kinda depressing filmmaker. I do prefer when he does the zombie thing, though, because, that movie seemed just a tad more upbeat than his superhero films, and I greatly enjoyed the first zombie movie, the remake of the Dawn of the Dead.

I’m excited to watch this. I hope its good.

Yasuke

I was really hoping someone would grab ahold of this story of the Black Samurai. Right before Chadwick Boseman passed, I’d heard he was to be involved in a live action version of this story, but of course that movie got canceled, and this was the outcome, and will have to do. Lakeith Stanfield has taken over the voice work, in Chadwick’s place, and I’m okay with that.

Yasuke’s origin story is kind of mysterious, so there are plenty of gaps that can be filled in with mystical, magical content, which is what I think is happening here, and I’m here for it. This is from the same animators of The Boondocks, and Cannon Busters, with that same clean, open style. It also doesn’t stint on the racial aspects of the story either, as Yasuke would have been a novelty to the Japanese, back then. I greatly enjoyed Cannon Busters, too, and its still playing on Netflix, if y’all want to check it out, becasue it’s a lot of fun!

I’m not a person who watches a ton of anime, (and I almost never watch any of it with the idea of shipping anybody). I am starting to get a little more into it though, as long as whatever’s being recommended to me does not contain squealing little girls in miniskirts. Fortunately, I didn’t see much of that in this trailer.

Shang Chi

I have two words for this trailer!

Awwww Shit!

Guys, its about to go down! I would almost prefer this to be a TV show, though, so we could get a little more in-depth, but Simu Liu, the special effects, and the fight scenes, all look pretty solid, so I’m here for it! I prefer smaller, more intimate stories, about superheroes, and this looks okay. The world-saving stuff can come in a later film.

The Water Man

This looks like a semi-typical, childhood, fantasy adventure movie, and I’m here for it. Black people are often asking for movies like this, where Black characters get to go on adventures, and have fun, and defeat monsters, and none of it has to do with fighting racism.

I’m not against stories about combating racism, I just think we need other kinds of stories too, less we suffer from trauma fatigue, and this one looks mysterious enough to be intriguing to me. It also heavily reminds me of the movie, I Kill Giants, which I thought was pretty good.

Space Jam

I have semi-fond memories of the original Space Jam, although, for me, it was not the generational juggernaut it became for a lot of Millennial fans. That’s okay. I can respect that they love the original and are looking forward to this remake with great excitement. I am not a fan of sports movies, but I can make an exception for LeBron James, and when it looks this funny.

Black Widow

After viewing this trailer, I’m a little more interested in seeing this. I was kind of indifferent before. I don’t like Black Widow, but I don’t dislike her either. Actually, its more that I don’t particularly care for Scarlett Johanssen, which is really weird, when you sort of like a character, but dislike the actor attached to them. I like the other actors in the movie more than I like her, and it looks like its fun, so I’m willing to check it out.

Loki

Loki is another of those characters I feel kind of diffident about. I don’t like him, but I don’t dislike him either. I really like Tom Hiddleston, however, the trailer looks interesting, and I like to see people get the best of Loki, from time to time.

[Thread Collection] Pro-Everything But Reading Comprehension, I see — Stitch’s Media Mix

Thread on my locked account from Jun 17, 2020. What I wrote: Black characters get a specific kind of racist fanwork where it’s clear that the author is using fandom and their fanworks to abuse and torture them into place. Those are clearly racist fanworks and exist to harm. This should be something we can […]

[Thread Collection] Pro-Everything But Reading Comprehension, I see — Stitch’s Media Mix

And my commentary:

To be honest, I’ve been questioning the abuse of fictional Black (and other men of color), characters, even in the source material. Marvel had a particular problem with this, especially in the TV series, that were on Netflix. The movies aren’t quite as bad, but there are still moments that make me cringe.

I mean Hollywood is largely made up of the fantasies of straight white men, so I certainly think they write a lot of marginalized characters (and women) the way they WISH people were in the real world, making them do things, and putting words in their mouths, that support white male patriarchy.

So, its not too far out of my wheelhouse to think that there are fans out there who are much less professional in their writing about marginalized identities, and especially Black people ,and yes, authorial intent, as regards fandom, needs to be talked about.

Note to Fandom:

Don’t come to this blog acting a fool. You will get blocked, and your comments will not be approved. If you want to argue, create your own space, and do it there. I do not tolerate fandom nonsense here, and will not subject my readers to it.

*SIGH*

This is where we are right now:

TheHill.com

Army officer sues police for pepper-spraying him, drawing guns during traffic stop

BY CELINE CASTRONUOVO – 04/10/21 10:21 AM EDT

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/547505-army-officer-sues-police-for-pepper-spraying-him-drawing-guns-during

RESOURCES

For those of you having trouble coping with all of this right now, on top of any personal issues you might also be dealing with, here are some resources:

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America

1-240-465-1001

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

1-800-950-NAMI (6254)

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

The Association of Black Psychologists

1-301-449-3082

There is no shame in not being able to cope with all of this. There is no shame in telling someone/anyone that you need help, and coping strategies, right now.

Just because someone looks like they got it all together, doesn’t mean they do. Its okay to ask if they’re alright.

The New ‘Loki’ Trailer is Burdened with Glorious Purpose! — The Nerds of Color

The god of mischief is back! The last we saw the lovable rogue, the 2012 version of him stole the tesseract and vanished into thin air during the events of Avengers Endgame. Now we get to see what happens next, as he’s pursued by the mysterious Time Variance Authority! And boy does it look like…

The New ‘Loki’ Trailer is Burdened with Glorious Purpose! — The Nerds of Color

Action-Filled ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot is Relatable for Asian Americans — The Nerds of Color

It has been almost 50 years since the premiere of 1972’s western martial arts series Kung Fu, which starred white actor David Carradine yellowfacing as a mixed Asian Shaolin monk. Back then, that was the norm for Asian character roles. But now, Kung Fu is getting a complete reboot/retelling of the story and righting the…

Action-Filled ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot is Relatable for Asian Americans — The Nerds of Color

Uh -oh! I’ve Been Watching YouTube

It’s pretty much all I have the energy for, since my allergies have been kicking my ass, for a couple of weeks now, and when I’m not asleep, I’m hopped up on Benadryl, and fizzy sugar water (gingerale). I haven’t knitted a darn thing. I haven’t read anything beyond Medium articles, and most of the time, I’m too tired to pay close attention to anything I’m watching.

I do remember watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and enjoying it, though. I watched Wandavision, but since everyone else was discussing it, I didn’t feel any pressing need to do it, although I liked it a lot. I’m currently managing to concentrate on Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is awesome, so far. When I get my mind back, I’ll talk about these things in greater depth, maybe.

But here’s what I saw on Youtube:

Suicide Squad

For the record, I was not one of the people who hated the first version of this movie. I thought it was stupid, but fun. Will Smith and Margot Robbie were the best things about it, and I thought the villain was thoroughly unimpressive. This new version is directed by one of my favorites, James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the writer of the Dawn of the Dead remake, and Slither. I have high hopes for this movie, based on his past work, and I really like the trailer. Is the movie any good? I have no idea, but I like the looks of this.

That said, I think the best way for the DCEU to differentiate itself from Marvel, is just to go hard on the craziest aspects of its universe. Yes, that is in fact, a giant man-shark, who is both hilarious and terrifying. The villain in this movie is Starro the Conqueror, which is a giant space-going starfish! In the comic books its the size of a building, and it spawns little starfish, that attach themselves to people like the facehuggers from Alien, so that the central mind of Starro can control their bodies. Yes, I just typed that! I mean this is a universe with psychic gorillas, and shit. Marvel tries to be semi-serious about its plots and characters, which are sort of grounded in reality. I say to the DCEU, just go buck wild, pull out all of the stops, and fully embrace the utter ridiculousness that is the superhero genre.

Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

The latest video from Lil Nas X is hilarious, and beautiful, and a pointed criticism to all the Christian homophobes, who bullied and terrorized him his whole life, and I’m okay with that. I personally don’t believe in Heaven and Hell, and I’ve never been homophobic, so this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. There’s also a surprising amount of depth, as he quotes Plato, and the bible, in several instances. Notice that all of the figures in the entire video are images of himself. There has been the predictable amount of peal clutching from the usual establishment figures, but as far as I’m concerned, Lil Nas X is following in the footsteps of a long line of controversial musicians, from David Bowie, Boy George, and Madonna, to Prince, NWA, and Tupac Shakur, so he’s in great company.

And yeah, I think the song slaps! It’s going on my phone this weekend

Rashid Alexander

How come nobody told me about this man? How come nobody ever told me that there were male bellydancers, although now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense, so why wouldn’t there be? Apparently, this guy is pretty famous in the world of bellydancing, and Youtube only chose this weekend to put these videos in my recommendations, despite that I have searched for bellydancing videos in the past.

I do not understand why YouTube can’t simply offer me more videos on the subjects I’ve actually searched for, and watched, rather than continually trying to get me to watch Conservative Fascism-lite videos, featuring Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson. I have never in my existence watched or searched for any of their videos, but Youtube keeps thinking, maybe I’ll change my mind.

Naw, You (dumbass)Tube, offer me more of this stuff!

Thousand Hand Boddhisatva

I remember watching this video some time ago and if finally ended up in my recommendations even though I had not been searching for any videos about dancing recently. Its very beautiful ,and from what I understand the dancers here are all deaf, and the musicians in the orchestra are blind, so now my brain is trying to figure out the logistics.

Morgan Bullock

I’ve always been fascinated with Irish dancing. I was a big Riverdance fan when it was hot at the time, although I could have done without Michael Flatley’s grandstanding. I even went out and bought the album. A few months ago a video of this lovely young Black girl, Irish dancing to Megan the Stallion’s Savage, surfaced on Youtube, and a lot of people’s heads blew up!

Of course there was some pushback against a Black girl doing Irish dancing, (most of it from racist Irish Americans), but the actual Irish people love her, and have fully embraced how she has fused these two cultures, Black and Irish, and is bringing Irish dancing back to the world’s attention again. If the Irish have no problem with what she’s doing, than neither do I.

I haven’t been posting as much as usual because of the above reason, and I may, or may not, post anymore this week. It all depends on if I have another lucid moment, I guess. We’ll find out.