Black Panther

Hopefully, in the future I will be able to grow the team here at The Burrow Reviews. That would mean that news articles would drop whenever news breaks. However, in the meantime we are going to try this: a news round-up that I will write whenever I believe there is sufficient news to cover or there is a topic I would like to discuss. This could occur weekly or multiple times in one week. We would also like to cover more topics including music, games, and other various things; again, we would need a dedicated team. More to come on that in the near future!

Black Panther’s Rave Reviews

It’s really no surprise that Black Panther is currently sitting at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 53 critic reviews. When you gauge the initial excitement of audiences everywhere with the reactions following critic screenings and the cultural significance, it’s clear to see that this film is packing a hefty punch.

A critic from Variety had this to say about the movie:

“While far more mainstream — and by extension, kid-friendly — than such blaxploitation classics as ‘Foxy Brown’ and ‘Cleopatra Jones,’ ‘Black Panther’ upholds the same tradition of celebrating strong, assertive black women,” Peter Debruge wrote. “At the end of a big rhinoceros battle, a male character submits to Gurira in the film’s single most iconic shot, while an earlier scene in which she tosses aside a bad wig ranks as the most gay-friendly Marvel moment to date.”

How excited are you for the film’s release next week? I can tell you it’s in my most anticipated film releases of 2018 which will be available to patrons sometime at the end of this week and on YouTube at the beginning of next week.

Comcast Topping Disney’s Bid on Fox?

I’m audibly sighing right now. In December of 2017, Disney bought Fox for $52.4 billion dollars. Now, in a report by CNBC, Comcast has expressed interest in out-bidding Disney for the Fox properties. Initially, Fox wasn’t going to accept Comcast’s bid on their property because of the delay in acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T.

While I don’t believe monopolies are good for the movie industry, I would like to either see the Disney-Fox deal pass through the judicial stage or the whole deal fail in general. The latter is unlikely to happen because of the rise of digital media and streaming platforms. Fox is likely to be trailing companies like Netflix and Disney when they release their streaming platform, so it only makes sense that Fox sell it’s properties to ensure money is made and not lost.

Disney is said to likely counter Comcast’s offer, if they follow through with one. In my opinion, Disney has this deal in the bag if the Justice Department doesn’t block it. There are so many acquisitions occurring in such a limited time-frame that its hard to keep up with the knows and hows. Hopefully this issue is resolved for the sake of our sanity.

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators to Write, Produce New Star Wars Series

It was announced today that the creators of the popular HBO show Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are writing and producing a new series in the Star Wars universe separate from the Skywalker saga and the Rian Johnson trilogy.

This news is music to my ears as Game of Thrones has some high quality writing, among the best in television if you ask me. Of course, no release date was mentioned for the new series but it will take place after the final season of Game of Thrones wraps on HBO in 2019. Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, had to say:

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” she continued, “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

A Rian Johnson trilogy and a new series from these writers? The Disney streaming service might have just mugged my money. Here’s to more coming in the future!

Quentin Tarantino Opens Up on Recent Headlines

I’ll explain the recent story revolving Uma Thurman and Tarantino before expressing my own opinions.

During the production of Kill Bill, Uma was pressured into driving a car which had been converted from a stick to an automatic. She didn’t feel comfortable and when she expressed her mistrust in the vehicle, Tarantino apparently shrugged it off. You can read the full article here; and watch the shocking video of the crash. Now, in a recent interview with Deadline, Quentin had this to say:

“It’s the biggest regret of my life, getting her to do that stunt,” Tarantino explained. “As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see.” He continued: “Me and Uma had our issues about the crash. She blamed me for the crash and she had a right to blame me for the crash. I didn’t mean to do it. I talked her into getting in the car, I assured her the road was safe. And it wasn’t.”

Not everyone has the same feeling about Tarantino, though. Diane Kruger came to his defense saying this:

“In light of the recent allegations made by Uma Thurman against Harvey Weinstein and her terrifying work experience on ‘Kill Bill,’ my name has been mentioned in numerous articles in regards to the choking scene in ‘Inglourious Basterds,'” Continuing, “This is an important moment in time and my heart goes out to Uma and anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and abuse. I stand with you.” She continued: “For the record however, I would like to say that my work experience with Quentin Tarantino was pure joy,” she continued. “He treated me with utter respect and never abused his power or forced me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. With love, D xoxo.”

Sorry for the long quotes, but I feel as if it’s important to take from quotations rather than headlines. The main reason I wanted to address this was because there is a growing concern that the film and television industry abuses their actors. We have seen this on sets like The Walking Dead, where a stuntman recently died, or the show Riverdale, where star K.J. Apa fell asleep while driving home after a 16 hour work day. Or take to Uma’s recollection about the car scene in Kill Bill.

Here’s the thing: no one on any set should be forced to do something against their will or that will put their lives in jeopardy. The release date can be pushed back and you can re-shoot a scene in order to keep every cast and crew member on that production safe and healthy. I’m glad Tarantino recognizes his fault in the matter and he deserves to be criticized for that. I understand the article’s intention in drawing a comparison between Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein, but that’s drawing Tarantino in another light. A viewpoint which Diane Kruger was defending in her statement; and I understand where she is coming from too.

The moral of the story is that we are all human. Actors that work 16 hours in a day are no different than theatre managers that work 16 hours in a day or anyone else. It’s exhausting work in its own regard and they deserve fair labor just like the rest of us.

Anyways, I hope you have enjoyed the round up of several stories and I will continue to do this more often to cover more stories. Be on the lookout for our The Cloverfield Paradox video and written review in the next day!