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Dope:A movie review[very few spoilers

What I heard?

So this movie recently put on Netflix .I had seen one previous review,but honestly all I can remember hearing about it is that it was a movie about 90’s Hip-Hop geeks.

The story-line.

So let’s talk about the movie.Without actually spoiling it for you.

Though we have three main characters it focuses on a senior in high school named, Malcolm. He and his friends are 90’s geeks , from Game Boy pocket,to old school Hip-Hop albums on cassettes, to their clothes they are hard core ,and have even started their own band.They live in the “Bottoms” in Inglewood California,a dangerous neighborhood.Now let’s just say being at the wrong place at the wrong time leads him unto a series of unfortunate events.But Malcolm takes all the bad and throws it back at people ten times harder, switching this whole situation around.

What I loved.

Ket’s talk about what I like about this movie.I like that this movie is about black geekdom .The movie starts off by telling us about the area that our characters live in, and how they are always getting ridiculed for being into white *ish(not my words but the narrators). Such as skateboards, manga , Donald Glover and listening to Trash talk on the radio,and doing white *ish like getting  good grades and applying to get into college.

This is the life of a black nerd.

I don’t know a single blerd that in some way or the other hasn’t experienced this.Our dialect,our dress,oh my gosh and don’t be seen playing any card game like Yu-Gi-Oh! or a Nintendo. And I hate to say that this is worse when you go to a more urban school,but it is.For some reason you doing what you like is somehow equated to you trying to be white.I’m not quite sure how that equation totally works,but I’ve gotten those looks and words all my life.

I like underdog movies especially those revolving around young people of color that can’t dribble ball and whose dreams aren’t about becoming famous via their voice. I’ve seen that narrative,and that is often the only narratives young people of color get, other than the white savior narrative.Now don’t get me wrong their band is dope.But it’s there smarts and character that the story revolves around.I like nerds that aren’t Urkels or Carltons. Now don’t get me wrong both prototype of blackness exist and we don’t get a lot of either.But just because you’re smart doesn’t mean that you’re socially awkward or preppy(middle class).Malcolm counselor makes a point of telling him all your good grades don’t mean a lot from a school like this,and man…that’s real life,for anyone going to an urban school.Yeah you have A’s, but it’s that harsh realization that your grades(especially when you go to a underfunded or a under-preforming school) don’t mean a lot in the real world.

It also reveals a very real life lesson about people through something as small as a designer purse.The movie makes a good point about the way people perceive you via your background.That regardless if the purse is a knockoff or not people will use your background as a way to decide what you have on your arm.A bootlegger in the movie, made a good point of saying how many of his clients are rich and could afford to pay full price for the bag but don’t.No one is going to question it it’s real or not because of where they come from.Where as someone from the Bottoms with a real version bag will be seen as having a fake bag just because where they came from.

This is a spoiler,but an epic one.

But I love most is his college statement by stating there are two students:

Student A:

Is from a middle class home,with straight A’s,who skateboard with his friend and has a punk band.He’s a ninety Hip-Hop Geek and likes Game of Thrones.

Student B:

Goes to an underfunded school full of teachers who would much rather not be there, who teach kids who don’t care.He lives with his single mother,doesn’t know his father and has[ REDACTED spoiler]

He leaves you to guess which one he is, the geek or the menace.He talks about the way most people are conflicted by people perceptions of him vs who he truly is.Which is an in-between a person who can’t fit in.And maybe just maybe, that isn’t the worst thing ever,it forces you to look at life in a way that others can’t.

What I didn’t like?

Maybe some of the stuff was to real for me I guess.There are some aspects of people personal private life I just don’t want to see*cough*.I’m also not a fan of topless scenes. Didn’t really like the language but I do recognize that that’s just real life for a lot of people.

Overall:A real enjoyable movie,just not one to take the kids to see.

Sorry this was so long,

BlerdLikeMe

 

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WonderCon Summer 2015: Review

Never heard of it,I was like that till a couple of weeks ago .I would totally have said the same thing, but turns out it one of the biggest anime conventions in Japan.I feel like I lost my otaku card when I was told about this convention,but it turns out I have epic timing, so I was able to go while on my trip.

First off this isn’t like an American convention at all nor is it like a Korean convention .I find that well the Asian conventions I’ve been to, really center around manga and doujinshins(original manga by independent artist) and fan art of those artist.This conventions is one that centers around figurine artist rather than manga ones.People bring their own original figurines and art to sell.Major companies also are selling their best stuff there too,many pieces sold are limited edition.So if you get there too late,you miss your opportunity to buy them,many figurines where sold out. Let me not forget to tell you the price of some of these figurines are ridiculous, many selling for 20,000 yen or higher(That’s 200 US for one piece).Did I mention the sheer amount of Gundapla here.What’s that you ask.Model gundams that you build yourself,I’m a big fan of it personally and bought two while I was there.I’m super stoked to put them together.There were three main floor room.The first floor consisted of  many models from Neon Genesis Evangelion which seemed to be one of the themed manga/anime of this convention.There were also many steampunk things on this floor as well.But what really surprised me where the dolls.I didn’t realize that it was something that many adults were interested in.Second room seems a bit more like an advertisement room, complete with a stage,contest winners,mini photo shoots,and a ridiculous amount of cars,did I mention a R-Rated figurine set room.I didn’t go inside,but you should know this convention isn’t for children,some figurines were in very….lewd poises.It is the first convention I’ve been to where it has been complete adult clientele.There was also an event happening, people doing stuff on stage,but being the fact that my Japanese has winded down to almost nil, I didn’t really spend time in that room a lot.The third room was my favorite though no steampunk things like the first.The last room was more like a vendor room,selling so much stuff I spent most of my time there,I went over it a couple of times,and in my looking I managed to find a Studio Ghibli Gupla for 500 yen,that’s five dollars.It was totally my favorite room,although it was lacking the steampunk awesomeness of the first…

Also this convention cost 2,000 yen,that’s about 20 USD and instead of getting a ticket you get a guide a book that tell you about every vendor there,enjoy the pictures of the con.

Here’s a picture of the ticket(actually a book full of all the vendors names,position numbers and websites)

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Pictures of just some of the awesome things I saw….

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Because steampunk things are awesome

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Dolls I don’t really get but to each his own.    

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Yeah that does say that if you’re under 18 you can’t go in.

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For 2,000 yen they would mail you everything you bought,that fits in a box.Yes some people did buy that much….

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You’re given a scene you set it up and do with it what you will.
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It defintely on my list of favorite conventions.I would so recommend it.

Ranking

7 out 7 dragonballs

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Swallowtail Cafe (Butler Cafe):A review(in-depth)

I just got back from my vacation in Japan.So I wanted to start with my favorite experience and go from there.

So you’ve probably heard of Japanese maid cafes, because they’re like everywhere in Japan, but there are only two Butler cafes and Swallowtail (the one I went to) is one of a kind.

First thing you should know is that it’s a little hard to get a ticket, you have to book two weeks in advance, and you still might not get the time and table you want.Also I have no pictures of the inside, because you can’t take them inside.

So let me give you my experience.

So you walk down into it.There is a butler waiting.You tell him when your reservation is,he tells you to wait a second and then invites you inside.And they welcome you back(no I hadn’t been there before that’s just the way they do things).When you go inside you meet the head butler and your butler for the night.They introduce themselves fully(in Japanese of course) but they did give me a mini-intro in English, and told me their names and that they were butlers(LOL). They immediately take your bags (you’re a lady why should you be carrying your own bags).They escort you to your table and pull out your chair for you.Next they put a napkin on your lap. Even though there were two of us, we had a four person table (all the two chair tables ones were booked) they put our bags in the seats beside us….Next he(our main butler) bought us water glasses and poured it,and laid out our silverware.He gave us a menu, it’s a Victorian styled menu.I could have had tea and sandwiches but I decided on the beef stew.Why,first off I was hungry secondly because they only serve so many per day(they make one batch everyday).I also decided on my tea, they have so many, I just choose their personal tea,swallowtail.He brought us beautiful china and poured our tea.Now everyone has their own teapot.After pouring it he puts a cover over it.Somewhere during all of this the napkin slipped off of my lap before i could reach down and get it,my butler whisked it away and brought me another.The tea was great, once I added some spoonfuls of sugar off course, and then I got my meal.Well I’ve got to say it was the best food I had on my trip.The beef was tender,like fall to pieces when your fork touches it,tender,it came along with bread and butter.The broth was great,….my mouth waters just looking at it….Next I decided to have a desert platter on top of it.Mouse,Jello,and a tart.I enjoyed it immensely.The tart was covered in fruit,and it was delicious.Oh but that wasn’t everything,my meal came with a chocolate tart.We finished with just enough time to spare.

 

Why is it so special?

 

Well it’s the atmosphere that makes it so wonderful I guess.It’s the fact that while you’re there, you’re a lady, and they never let you forget that,not for a second.Your tea is poured,your bag is held,your chair is pulled out for you.Not to mention the beauty of the restaurant(it’s not really a cafe) two giant chandeliers,poised a certain type of English elegance you don’t expect to see just anywhere,at least not in this day and time.Gives the place a magical feel.Also you will realize once you’re there it is filled to the brim with women.What girl doesn’t want to feel like a princess, even if only for the evening.It’s the fact that their dressed to the T,as is everyone,well almost everyone.It’s a place you go dressed up.Did I mention that each table has a bell that you ring when you need service….

…Sidenote it’s also a place where you could be wearing anything and still be treated as much of a lady as a woman in a $1,000 dress.There’s no dress code,though most girls do come dressed up it’s actually not a requirement.Everyone is treated the same.

You can only stay there for a eighty minutes, and someone asked me what did you do during that time,is it like a maid cafe’s, where they chat with you.The answer is no, I spent my time talking with the person I came with and eating.You aren’t the only table your butler has, and yet, sometimes if you watch, you can see them waiting for you to ring for them,or like when my napkin fell, he was there so quickly.The person I was with called it a fantasy cafe….

BUT I DON’T KNOW

I’ve always seen myself as a lady ,so it’s nice to have others acknowledge that.

P.S.You get a membership card before you leave, but it can only be redeemed on your next visit.

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This was the different time tables for that day yes,ladies and gentleman booked solid,and has been for at least two weeks before that day.Smartly booked so that no guest comes at the same time.

 

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Dragon Ball Rating: 7 out of 7 dragon balls

 

~BlerdLikeMe