All Posts By Kemberlie Spivey

Why You Should Be Watching Good Trouble

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Good Trouble, FreeForm’s spinoff of The Fosters, takes you into the life of Callie and Mariana’s new home away from home. The new series tells the story of how the Adam-Fosters sisters decided to move to Los Angeles after graduating from college. Callie secured a job as clerk for a conservative judge, while Mariana works at a top engineering company. Here are five reasons why you should be watching Good Trouble.

 

Roommates.

Just when Callie and Mariana think they get their new apartment to themselves, Mariana forgot to mention to Callie that they are sharing the place with six other people. You get to see the lives of all the different types of people the sisters live with and they quickly grow on you. From a beauty influencer to a striving artist, there is an adventure with everyone you encounter each week.

 

Sexuality.

The first two episodes tackle the sexuality of Callie and Mariana’s roommate, Gael, who is bisexual. Callie first encounters Gael on the first night she arrived and quickly slept with him, before learning Mariana has a crush on him. After telling her about the night they shared, you quickly learn that Gael is bisexual. It is different from what you see on typical young adult shows, since we never see a guy have both women and men as sexual partners. It delves deeper into the ways a girl deals with the situation and what makes her comfortable.

 

Political Issues

Good Trouble explores racial injustice right from the beginning. Callie’s conservative judge boss is the lead judge on the case involving a police shooting of a young black man. Callie quickly becomes involved after her roommate, Malika, is an activist for Black Lives Matter. It becomes a little tricky not being to discuss the case with Malika and others, especially if the case gets dismissed by the judge. It will be very interesting to see how this all works out on the show and how it affects the people around Callie.

 

Work Space

Right away, Mariana deals with her dreams fading away when she learned her job is not what she expected. Mariana is the only woman in her tech department and realizes that the other three guys she works with don’t like working with her. You see the struggle of Mariana trying to get along with her co-workers and making herself known in the workplace. Also, Callie struggles with her co-workers when it comes to working on cases. Her two co-workers are always competing to get the best case from the judge. Each week, you have the opportunity to see their struggles and triumphs in order to make through the week.

 

Sisterhood

Callie and Mariana may struggles with the relationships at time but they always have each other back. It’s great to see how far the sisters have come along and it represents the spirit of having a family. I like the idea of seeing the sisters bond with each other more and see how they support each other dreams. As each episode happens, their relationship becomes stronger and makes the heart of the show.

 

Good Trouble showcases the troubled backgrounds that Callie and Mariana come from, but also how they do their best to create something amid the trouble. This show is mature, sexy, and heart-wrenching, creating a memorable moment of TV for an hour each week. Good Trouble premieres every Tuesday at 8pm on FreeForm.

 

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What Men Want Review

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What Men Want is far from What Women Want in the best way. Taraji P. Henson gives an fantastic performance that shows her creative and fun side in a new way. What Men Want is hilarious, inspiring, and must-watch for women everywhere.

 

Taraji P. Henson’s character Ali Davis is an successful sports agent who wants to make partner at the all-boys sports company. After learning from her boss that she doesn’t relate to men and needs to stay in her lane, Davis is determined to land the newest sports star. When visiting a psychic played by Erykah Badu at her friend bachelorette party, Ali comes across physic abilities which makes her read men’s thoughts.

 

Tracy Morgan and Taraji P. Henson shared a lot of laughs on screen as this duo are willing to do whatever is best for their star basketball player. Tracy Morgan plays Joe “Dollar” Barry, father to the superstar basketball player Jamal Barry. Brandon Wallace, played by Josh Brender, steals the show as Ali’s personal assistant wanting to become a sports agent someday. He never backs down and makes sure Ali is mutual about her decisions when it comes to reading men minds.

 

There is a bit of romance in Ali’s world, especially after Will, a bartender played by Aldis Hodge, and his son becomes a part of Ali’s untruthful lie in order to impress the Barry family by showing she is a family women. At the end, Ali Davis realizes that she has to accept herself and learn to think what she wants instead of what men want.

 

What Men Want is a perfect movie for you and your girlfriends to watch. It explores the side of what men think but also shows that women don’t need approve from a man to succeed. If you want a good laugh and great time at the movies, then check out What Men Want.

 

 

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The Upside Review

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The Upside was heart-warming, funny, and uplifting, getting 2019 off to a great start for movies. Kevin Hart delivers a performance that definitely showcases his more vulnerable side like never before. He had natural chemistry with Bryan Cranston, which helped bring the movie to life.

A remake of the 2011 French comedy The Intouchables, The Upside stars Hart as Dell, a ex-con looking for a job, who accidentally applies for a position as a caretaker of a physically disabled author named Phillip, played by Cranston. Phillip is a quadriplegic ready to die after a horrible accident in which his wife died. When Dell comes along, Phillip’s outlook on life begins to change, making him feel like living again.

Nicole Kidman played Yvonne, an overprotective business manager of Phillip who is very skeptical of Dell in the beginning. Eventually, she starts to see the friendship between Philip and Dell, making her realize that Dell being there brought Phillip back to his old self from before the accident.

I admired Hart and Cranston’s performances in the movie. It really came through that even though you are a quadriplegic, you can still live life to the fullest. Hart showed his sensitive side when it came to Dell re-connecting with his son, trying to help his ex, and beginning to realize that it is okay to helps others besides himself.

The Upside shares true life lessons and power of second chances, with a message that is truly inspiring. As usual Kevin Hart is funny, but he’s turning into a phenomenal actor. I recommend you go see it.

 

 

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5 Favorite Christmas Movies of All Time

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We’ve made a list and checked it twice and we are leaving the office in the North Pole to deliver  5 Favorite Christmas Movies of All Time. All of these movies have brought cheerfulness and happiness to all of our lives throughout the holiday seasons. Christmas represents different things to people over the years, and these movies reflect that in every way. These seasonal movies bring back what Christmas is truly all about. As the holidays comes to an end, spend time with your families and enjoy these all time favorite Christmas movies. 

    

The Polar Express

When a young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonder of life never goes away for those who believe.  This movie is a magical adventure for all ages filled with heart-warming and feel-good moments. 

   

Home Alone 

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister must protect his house from two burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Home Alone shows the funny side of a little kid wanting to have fun on Christmas without his family. The way Kevin outsmarts the burglars is classic and laugh-out loud hilarious. 

    

Elf 

Will Ferrell’s character Buddy was unknowingly brought to the North Pole as a baby and raised by one of Santa’s elves. Entering adulthood, he decides to travel to New York to search for his real father. This movie is a spirited, laugh-out loud, and great family comedy for all ages. Will Ferrell performance is charming and funny as Santa’s biggest helpers.  

    

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas 

The Grinch decides to rob Whoville during Christmas, but his heart is melted into kindness once he hears the Whos singing and realizes that Christmas is about more than the decorations and presents. This movie honors a classic holiday story and becomes a tradition of its own.

    

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

A retelling of classic Dickens tale with Disney’s classic characters. Disney characters bring warmth and fun to the story. One of the best Mickey Mouse movies, faithful to the original story and charming with a lot of Disney magic. It timeless and still is remembered after a few decades. 

   

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5 Favorite Christmas Movies of All Time. Image Credits: Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Disney

Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching New Amsterdam

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NBC’s new Fall show New Amsterdam is shaking things in the medical world. Taking place in the oldest public hospital in the country, New Amsterdam addresses the medical system and its broken state. Here are our top 5 reasons you should be watching New Amsterdam.

 

Not your Average Medical Show

This show is different from other medical dramas based on the first episode alone. When a new medical director, Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Egggold) comes to New Amsterdam, he shakes up the hospital in a new way. Max fires half of his staff and plans to improve the hospital by giving the doctors everything they want. It adds a new spin on how doctors and nurses operate and do whatever it takes to save their patient. But Dr. Max Goodwin has a secret of his own…cancer.

 

Dr. Max Goodwin

As stated before, Dr. Max Goodwin is the new medical director of New Amsterdam. Dr. Goodwin wastes no time tearing up the red tape keeping patients from the best care possible. Max is faced with one real problem after another and tries his best to save everyone that comes through the hospital. While trying to save his patients, Max needs to save himself when he comes to learn that he has cancer. Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) constantly gives advice to him about treatment and you began to see a bond created between the two of them.

 

Patients

So far this season, there has been interesting patients that have come to New Amsterdam. The hospital takes on unique and emotional patients every episode like treating Ebola patients, prisoners, and the President of the United States all in one roof. There is wonderful interaction between the characters, and as the story weaves in and out of its various narratives, they all feel interconnected.

 

Real-life Issues

The caring psych boss Dr. Iggy Frome makes sure every one of his patients problems are solved every episode. Dr. Frome helps so many patients with issues from dealing with depression to finding a place to stay for foster children. He gets really invested in seeking help for others while trying to deal with his own personal problems when it comes to his partner and children. Every person somehow can relate to some of the issues that Dr. Forme and his patients face.

 

Romance

There is a romance in the hospital as Dr. Goodwin tries to win his pregnant wife back. From the first episode, Dr. Goodwin does everything in his power to get his family back together all while trying to deal with cancer. It’s a bit of a love triangle with Dr. Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery) and Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) who romance takes various turns. Dr. Reynolds lets Dr. Bloom know that he sees a future with a black women. This creates a divide in their friendship as Dr.Bloom decides to introduce Dr. Reynolds to Evie (Margot Bingham). It will be interesting to see how all their relationship play out this season.

 

New Amsterdam takes a look at healthcare in a new way. There is still more to explore as the series has yet to discuss the exorbitant cost of certain medications, among other issues facing patients. It will be interesting to watch and see how and if that plot is probed further as the season progresses. New Amsterdam premieres Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, following This Is Us.

 

 

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Creed 2 Review

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*This review contains spoilers for the film*

 

Creed 2 stars Michael B Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of the great Apollo Creed. He faces his biggest challenge when facing off against Viktor Drago, son of the Russian boxer who killed his father. Creed 2 is a soaring, gripping, pulse-pounding, heartfelt triumph of a movie.

Michael B. Jordan gives an excellent performance from beginning to end with many emotional moments concerning family ties. In every scene, Jordan gave a passionate and heartfelt performance, and there were certainly tears in your eyes. The chemistry between him and Tessa Thompson was extraordinary on so many levels, especially when their little girl arrived. Yes, you heard correctly, a baby. What I enjoy most was seeing Creed’s vulnerable side more when becoming a father.

Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, and Creed’s relationship is tested when Drago issues a challenge to Creed for his belt. Rocky tries to discourage the situation at hand but Creed feels up for the challenge, creating a divide in their relationship with each other. Rocky was concerned about Creed accepting the fight against Viktor Drago because of the history between their families, given the fact that his father died in a match with Viktor’s dad (as seen in the film Rocky IV). Viktor Drago hurts Creed really bad and was disqualified for hitting Creed after the referee yelled stopped in their first fight.

My favorite part of the movie was Creed’s intense training for his second fight with Drago while he figured out the reason he wanted to fight. Against all odds, Creed finally beats Drago in Russia and holds his boxing title.

What was different in this movie from the first Creed was seeing Rocky’s complicated relationship with his son (Milo Ventimiglia) play out this time around. He finally wants to make an effort to talk to his son but seemed to be afraid to make the first move. After many years of no contact with his son, Rocky reunites with his son and granddaughter which he has never seen. This movie gives a realistic meaning of family and learning who is in your corner through the tough times.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should be Watching The Flash Season 5

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Season 5 of the highly rated show The Flash has begun and it is schway.

The CW show, based on the DC Comics character, follows the story of Barry Allen, who becomes the title superhero when he’s struck by lighting one night in his lab after the explosion of a particle accelerator. Even after four season, the show still delivers and is a must-watch. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should be watching The Flash season 5.

 

Family

This season we are getting back to the some of the roots of the show which are legacy and heart. As Nora West-Allen invades the West-Allen family household this season, Barry and Iris have to balance being parents to an adult. This tests how strong of a marriage Barry and Iris have and what they will do to help Nora.

 

Nora

Jessica Parker Kennedy’s character Nora is a bubbly, determined kid who wants to impress her father. She is the same as the Barry Allen we used to see in Season 1. As we saw in the first episode, 25 years after Flash vanishes, he is still missing and Nora is determined to change the future. Nora’s energy makes you realize why we all fell in love with this show in the first place. Plus, Nora’s casting is phenomenal, she looks like she could be Grant Gustin and Candice Patton’s real-life daughter.

 

Killer Frost

We finally get to explore the family dynamic of Caitlin Snow and how she became Killer Frost at a young age. As we saw, Caitlin’s father faked his death so now with the help of her friends, we can explore why her father disappeared for so long. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

 

Less S.T.A.R. Labs

For the last four years, it seemed like Barry Allen and his friends were always at Star Labs. Now, it’s beginning to look like Team Flash is spending less time huddled up around the cortex and actually have more time to explore different places. I’m excited to see more scenes of everyone living their lives outside of S.T.A.R. Labs.

 

Cicada

This year’s big bad seems to be a little different because the villain revealed himself early this year. For the last four years, the villain is introduced to the team a little later throughout the season and doesn’t reveal himself until episode 7. While Season 5 decided to showcase the villain in episode 2 with him killing a metahuman right in front of the team. Thrilled to see how Nora fits into all of this as displayed by her reaction to seeing Cicada.

 

The show seems to be balancing story as the season started with showing everyone’s journey this season. With Nora staying around the team, I’m interested in learning how her being here disrupts the timeline. Plus the big bad, Cicada, appears to not care about metahumans and killing them from the first episode. Now I’m excited to see what happens with his character and if he will scare Team Flash like never before. The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW at 8/7 central.

 

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Top 5 Reasons Black Lighting is Different from Other Superhero Shows

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Black Lighting has returned to the small screen with season two and if you are not watching… you need to!

 

This extraordinary series, based on the DC Comics character, is so much more than a superhero show. Black Lighting focus on the Pierce family and the community of Freeland. Here are five reasons why Black Lighting is different than other superhero shows.

Family ties.

It is very rare to see a beautiful black family depicted as well as the Pierce family. While they are not perfect, they tend to bring real life reactions to situations that many of us can relate to. The dynamic of sisterly love between Jennifer (China McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams) shows up on screen every Tuesday night. The chemistry between the parents, Jefferson (Cress Williams) and Lynn (Christine Adams) makes it hard to believe that are not married in real life.

Black Love.

With creators like Mara Brock Akil and her husband, we can experience the triumph of marriage and dealing with divorce. Although Lynn and Jefferson are divorced, their chemistry is so remarkable that we hope they can get back together officially this season. The way they handle co-parenting is amazing, especially when you rarely see that on television.

Social Issues.

The first episode of season two details the issue of racial profiling. Aside from racial profiling, the show will highlight bigger issues that are in today’s headlines such as teenage drug abuse and kids being detained by the government.

Sexuality.

Not only is Anissa the first black female superhero, she is the first one who is a strong proud lesbian. She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t let a relationship stop her from being on the streets fighting bad guys. This season I hope to see more of Thunder in her suit.

Colorful.

It is not too often that you see a majority black cast that are superheroes on television today. They are amusing to their audience and a piece of ourselves is depicted in each one of them. The show illustrates the importance of a black man’s belief of education for all students.

It is an enjoyable show for everyone. It keeps you on your feet from beginning to end. The different music the show uses in every episode highlights the culture of each generation. Black Lighting demonstrates the importance of a caring supporting father and a family who is invested in saving their community.

 

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Night School Review

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Night School stars Kevin Hart as Teddy, a man who had dropped out of high school because of a learning disability. Unfortunately, when he loses his job years later, he needs to attend Night School in order to get his GED, which would help him get a new, better job.

 

In one scene where Teddy and his girlfriend are at his job, he tries to open a bottle of champagne and the cork hits a propane tank. An explosion occurs and Teddy is thrown from the building onto his car. This was pretty funny; it showed Kevin Hart’s talent as a comedian. I liked Tiffany Haddish’s character Carrie because, while previous roles she’s played were sometimes inappropriate to me, in this film she combined her comedic side and her acting ability into a mellow role, and I liked seeing a different side of her. Though there was a scene that was a little over dramatic where Carrie whooped Teddy with a belt in an effort to get him to return to Night School, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish did have such an amazing chemistry as a comic duo. Another Night School student, Jaylen (played by Romany Malco), was funny when he introduced himself to the class. I could not understand what he was talking about, and when he mentioned his wife and aliens all together, it made no sense but was funny to me.

 

The comedy in this movie was alright. There were some laugh out moments, but it didn’t have me laughing throughout the entire movie. Usually whenever I’m at Kevin Hart movie, I’m laughing from beginning to the end, but I didn’t feel that way when watching this movie.

 

The whole message to me was about if you don’t succeed the first time, don’t give up.  I appreciated Kevin Hart making a movie that teaches young adults that you’re never too old to get your diploma or degree. As a person who has struggled during testing, it was nice to see the movie acknowledge the learning disability problems some people struggle with when taking tests, while combining that with comedy.  I think we should look deep into the movie and its highlighting of many people who are not testing well to see why they struggle with processing information.

 

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