BLACK PANTHER IS ALL A SUPERHERO FLICK CAN BE, EVEN MORE

BLACK PANTHER IS ALL A SUPERHERO FLICK CAN BE, EVEN MORE

BLACK PANTHER IS ALL A SUPERHERO FLICK CAN BE, EVEN MORE WHAT SHOULD A superhero movie be? What can it be? At last, with Black Panther, we have an answer for all those time. In the last decade alone—where the promise of progress in Hollywood read first as fantasy, then as farce—America’s cathedral of heroes offered little access to depictions that fell outside the mechanisms of the industry. Batman and Iron Man, billionaires. Thor, a Norse god. Spider-Man was a…

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Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained

Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained

Black Panther’s Hype Circle Explained This banal comic-book blockbuster follows Democratic-party ‘politricks.’ The MCU first infantilizes its audience, then makes it banal, and, in the end, controls it via marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its insecurities about heritage, social prestige, and empowerment. Thus the studio’s brand new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther appeals to young dreams…

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Black Panther: What Kind Of Weapon Would You Choose? (Part 1)

Black Panther: What Kind Of Weapon Would You Choose? (Part 1)

Black Panther Movie: Weapons are metaphors. We use them in figures of speech (the pen is mightier than the sword) and as figures of speech (stick to your guns). The weapon-as-metaphor suffuses contemporary culture but it is perhaps nowhere more present than in the Marvel Universe. Thor’s boomerang hammer, Spider-Man’s sticky tech—they’re ripe with symbolism. In Black Panther, the MCU series’ new blockbuster flick, Ulysses Klaue, a South African arms dealer unzips his pants in the midst of a South…

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Black Panther wears that mantle with dignity, grace, and pride

Black Panther wears that mantle with dignity, grace, and pride

The King of Wakanda takes his rightful place at the forefront of the MCU in the brilliant Black Panther flick. Black Panther is unlike almost all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that have come before it. Director/writer Ryan Coogler (Creed) and co-writer Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story) have found just the right sweet spot to tell a story that is deeply Afro-centric and affirmatively political in its themes and concerns, while dressing it in some…

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Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Review: A thrilling, Afrofuturist superhero film

Black Panther Movie Review: Ryan Coogler’s astounding movie diverges from one tradition while honoring another, in the process becoming a uniquely poignant, political entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest big-screen superhero spectacle, Black Panther, from director Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, begins with a history lesson. A colourful animated sequence unravels the origins of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as told by a father to his son. Wakanda, the home of our…

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“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture

“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture

“Black Panther” is a major turning-point in the history of pop culture. Critic David Edelstein claims the new flick, starring a black superhero and “crazy-tough women,” is a nice departure from the Marvel’s traditional mold: Maybe you’re about to line up, maybe you’re in line for “Black Panther.” Good news — it’s worth the wait! I mean, Marvel superhero flicks are more similar than different from one another, and this one has a few sub-par CGI effects….

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Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther Review: Killmonger’s Anger Is The Sad Truth

Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger longed to raise a revolution around the globe that would help colored people fight back against their oppressors, and while I don’t agree with his methods, I understand where the anger comes from. I felt that same rage when I was 12 years old on a trip to Africa. In 1996, my family and I went to West Africa to a tiny nation named The Gambia. My parents were determined to…

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Black Panther: Long live the king!

Black Panther: Long live the king!

After the unfortunate death of his father, T’Challa (Boseman) is officially titled Wakanda’s ruler and super-powered protector. Shortly – as well as challenges to his style of rule – the new Black Panther is protecting his secretive, technologically advanced nation from a notorious arms dealer (Serkis) and an ex-soldier with a sketchy past (Jordan). To claim that Ryan Coogler’s features are extending both in scope and scale – increasingly ambitious, audacious and pyrotechnically mesmerizing each…

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Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 3)

We are very close to the final yet most interesting things about Black Panther. So please stick with us! The Portrayal of Africa as Its Own Superpower From the get go, what people were really excited to see was Wakanda. Part of the reason Black Panther is appealing is because here’s this superhero, who is from a country that is more technologically advanced than any other. And that country is in Africa. The vibranium in…

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Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 1)

Black Panther has taken over the world and here’s why! (Part 1)

Black Panther movie has taken over the world! It’s been perhaps the greatest pop culture moment in the last ten years, and the most highly anticipated movie in a long while. It’s finally here, and it has lived up to every piece of hype it has gotten. I’ve seen it twice so far, and will see it again. But I’ve been talking about it nonstop. It was hard to make up my mind about where…

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We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 1)

We Do Not Deserve The Black Panther! (Part 1)

Black Panther, the latest movie into the MCU, has been greeted with the crazily hyped anticipation that its arrival will no doubt Change Things. The movie features the leader of a fictional African country who has enough wealth to make Warren Buffet feel like a financial piker and enough technological capacity to rival advanced alien races. One thing that the film supposedly proclaimed is black empowerment to effectively go against racist narratives. This is a…

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Black Panther Review: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Black Panther Review: The wise build bridges, indeed.

Last week, I blasted the identity-politics-mongering cultural Left for driving a wedge between black Americans and white Americans coming together to participate in the cultural milestone that is “Black Panther” this weekend. I particularly rebuked their fanatical, destructive politicization of the film, and how it will only divide people during a time of unity. Their anti-social worldview became so toxic that The New York Times enlisted a professor to caution white Americans against having their children dress up as “Black Panther”…

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The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

The fun and ambitious Black Panther is one strange Marvel film

It’s been a decade and 18 movies, but the MCU has finally produced a superhero flick that seems like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book. Ditching the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s familiar roster of heroes together with many of the basics of the Marvel movie formula, Ryan Coogler has turned Black Panther into a highly personal crowd-pleaser in the vein of his last installment, the Rocky sequel Creed, yet with all the idiosyncrasies and thrills afforded by…

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Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment!

Black Panther is an anthem of female empowerment! My first experiences witnessing black women in movie are not that great. As a seven-year-old black girl, I’m watching Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. She is a lounge singer on the run, moonlighting as a sister in a convent. She is helping a group of tone-deaf white women become their best selves. I am delighted. Perhaps one day, I can also teach a group of aged white nuns…

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Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter

Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter

Black Panther: The film’s Hero is Donald Trump whereas the Baddie is Black Lives Matter There is a ton of thing to like about Marvel’s big-budget hit Black Panther, and almost as much not to like. For starters, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler does an A+ job of world building (more on this later). In addition, the soundtrack and score also deserve an A+. Plus, there are the actors, the greatest cast yet assembled in all of…

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