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Well… It’s no news that we now live in an age where the world revolves around really mundane things like who gives a f**k (excuse my French) about how Kendall Jenner looked at the golden globes or how long Selena’s and Justin’s rekindled relationship is gonna last, I can picture you asking yourself the same question . Well don’t be shocked apparently lots of people do, yeah came as a huge surprise to me too, people are really jobless these days.Pop culture is the opium of a new age, everyone’s addicted to it, people literally live for tabloid gossips,students don’t even pay attention at classes anymore(funny I should mention that ’cause I am one of them) Everyone is living in their fantasy world and make believe world about how they are some kind of fancy superstar living the american dream. People are starving for news, tidbits, anything. In this age we live in, almost everyone is addicted. So here at blank thots what we do is supply you with enough dosage of pop-culture to keep you going for a while ’cause apparently we are also hooked on this shit (funny right😂😂😂) albeit in a more sarcastic and fun manner. I can see you wondering why the name “blank thots”, the name’s kinda cool and mysterious right?it should have a lot of significance attached to it. Well we thought so too that’s why we chose it 😁😁😁 .We were kinda blank at the moment. So enough with that for now, just kick your feet back and relax, it’s gonna be a really long ride or maybe not(maybe we are just a couple of college kids who are tripping) 😎😎. Just remember, we are your go-to suppliers and dealers of anything pop-culture, anytime you wanna get high, just hit us up @blankthots.wordpress.com

P. S: Don’t tell the po-po, snitches get stitches😒😒(Yeah that’s my parting remark, you got a problem with it)

So that’s it guys, I gotta fly. Till we meet again, my name is Olamide. 

Best Fall TV Shows of 2018

Its September guys! The ninth month of the year with nine letters. September is known for a couple of things: The official end of summer; beginning of a new school year (OAU students cannot relate); for us football people, UCL kicks off sometimes this month; and most important of all, the start of a new TV year (Yeah baby!). In this part of the world, it is also the month you wash your clothes and expect it to dry 3 days later cos rain won’t let you shine. Oh! I also learnt September is the month the world changed from Julian to Gregorian calendar, apparently, we’re 11 days short.

Anyways, for us TV fans, this is a special month as some of our favourite series returns after a long hiatus and girl are there many returning series I’ve missed (I see you, This is Us). We also have to decide which new shows to start watching, believe me, this is no small task cos we have to select from the hundreds of amazing shows that would premiere (we should get paid for this) and as we’re not jobless people, we have to forgo a lot of great shows. It’s impossible to watch the amount of series that’s been churned out every year and maintain a healthy relationship, sleeping routines or even maintain your sanity.

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However, in the spirit of the new month, blankthots is gonna make your lives easy this year. We’ve gone through the pro bono work of choosing the 10 best series we (I) think you should look forward to this year. Without further ado, in no particular order, here is a list of the 10 best series you should catch when it prermieres:

 

Mayans M.C (September 4)

If you were a fan of Sons of Anarchy, then this spin-off is for you but this time it’s based on the Mayans Motorcycle Club, rivals-turned-allies of the Sons. Oh, and it features a mostly Latino cast, so yeah, diversity.

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The First (September 14)

From the creator of House of Cards, this series stars Academy award winner Sean Penn, in his first ever lead role in a TV series, as Tom Hagerty who embarks on the first manned trip to Mars. It focuses on the drama and science surrounding humanity’s next greatest expedition (We want to escape this fucked up planet to fuck up another?). Other cast members include Keiko Agena, Melissa George, Oded Fehr and Anna Jacoby-Heron.

PS: I really must commend Hulu. They have some dope original programming coming up. They’ve stepped their game to challenge Netflix and Amazon. I mean, they have one of the best TV show currently in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Maniac (September 21)

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Combine the talents of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, directed by Cary Fukunaga under the TV streaming giant that is Netflix and you have a potential Emmy-winning series. Based on a Norwegian television series of the same name, the series follows to strangers drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial to fix their ‘broken minds’. From the trailer, it is weird and trippy AF! Based on the cast alone, this is one series I am looking forward to and you should too.

Manifest (September 24)

This upcoming series has been described as “Lost, but without the island”. It follows a flight that that presumably lands a few hours after a turbulent but routine flight, only to learn they’ve been missing for 5 years (Plane ride gone wrong). Starring Melissa Roxburgh (Star Trek Beyond) and Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time) and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis, this is sure to be an interesting watch. According to WatchMojo.com, this is the most anticipated fall series, let’s hope it’s great.

A Million Little Things (September 26)

This is ABC’s version of This is Us, I guess. But rather than family, it involves friends, showing that friendship can be as deep as family, sometimes deeper. The drama centres on a group of friends that tries to deal with the loss of one their friend through suicide. If your heart isn’t just a pile of rocks, this should make you cry your eyes out or at least make you emotional.

Single Parents (September 26)

Any show starring Leighton Meester you know I’m gonna watch and it’s definitely gonna make any list I create, and it’s a comedy no less (The trailer is hilarious). There’s no need to talk too much about what this series is about really, the name gives it away.

The Romanoffs (October 12)

This upcoming Amazon Prime anthological drama series is about eight people who believe they are descents of the royal, Russian Romanov family. Created by Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner and features a bunch of Mad Men alums in Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and Jay R. Ferguson (Phewww!). Other cast include Diane Lane, Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Ari Parker,……Can we just give this series the award for best ensemble cast already?

Charmed (October 14)

This reboot of this beloved ‘witchy’ series has been met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike but I didn’t watch the original, so I’m looking forward to this with mild optimism.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (October 26): Set in the larger Riverdale universe, the series focuses on Sabrina Spellman (not weird at all) portrayed by Kiernan Shipka (Legend of Korra), as she tries to balance her half-witch, half-mortal nature. While set in the Riverdale universe, both series have been confirmed to be kept separate for now and of course executive produced by Greg Berlanti. Riverdale fans, this is for you.

Homecoming (November 2)

Julia Roberts on TV??? Of course it’s gonna be awesome.

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Honourable mentions include:

  • Murphy Brown (September 27)
  • All American (October 10)
  • Star Wars Resistance (October 7)
  • All American (October 10)
  • DC’s Titans (October 12)
  • Legacies (October 25)

 

There you have it folks, these are the set of series you should consider this new year. In my continuous philanthropic self, I’ll also drop a list of the top returning series soon, so if there’s a returning series on the list you haven’t seen, then you should binge watch before the new season starts.

Do you agree with my list? Drop your comment below and let’s know the new series you most look forward to.

A Non-partisan View on the Movie, Acrimony

ACRIMONY: WHO IS TO BLAME?

Acrimony is a typical example of a ‘troubled movie’, it was bashed by critics, loved by the general public -on and off social media- and is sure to be a trendy conversation for a long time.

Almost five months after its release, Acrimony is still very much trending. Twitter is agog with various opinions of who gets to be blamed. Acrimony depicts what happens in practically all relationships. It tells the story of a faithful and hardworking wife, Melinda Gayle, who for eighteen years supported her husband Robert, an engineer and convicted felon who for the duration of their marriage paid more attention to his dream invention than her wants.

Opinions were and are still formed because of the following highpoints in the movie.

– Melinda met Robert in the University and against the wishes and advice of her sisters, she insisted on dating him.

– Robert cheated on Melinda who enraged, rammed her car into Robert’s RV. The incident led to the surgical removal of her uterus and it ultimately, it cost her the ability to bear a child.

– Robert apologies and despite objections from her sisters she forgives him and they eventually get married. She mortgaged the house she inherited from her mother so Robert can continue working on a prototype of the battery he had been working on for years.

– Robert never really tried to get a job despite Melinda’s insistence because he believed he could make his invention work. He however had tried to set up a meeting with Prescott, an investor, without much progress.

– Two decades after the cheating episode, Robert finds out that Diana, the lady he cheated on Melinda with is Prescott’s new assistant. After several attempts, he finally convinces her to set up a meeting with Prescott.

– Robert and Prescott couldn’t reach an agreement because Robert was more interested in licensing his invention to Prescott but Prescott would rather have Robert sell it to him for $800,000.

– On finding Diana’s purse in Robert’s truck, Melinda’s sisters convinced her of Robert’s infidelity. She seethes for his cheating and refusal to sell his technology to Prescott at the offered amount.

– She insisted on divorcing Robert. She loses the house right after the divorce, moves in with her sister and starts dating her ex-boyfriend, Devon. At this point, Robert was living in a shelter and when Diana found out about it, she invited him to move in with her.

– Prescott reconsiders and offers Robert $76 million dollars for his technology. Robert gets to keep intellectual property.

–  Robert pays Melinda a visit at work, offered her $10 million dollars, buys her house back and thanked her for her support.

– A seething Melinda blames her sisters for leading her astray. She pays Robert a visit in his penthouse and tries to seduce him only to find out that he is engaged to Diana.

– It led to Melinda’s anger and insane obsession with Robert and Diana. She sued them, destroyed their photos as well as Diana’s wedding gown. She gets filed with a restraining order and is compelled to take part in a court-mandated therapy.

– Melinda dies while trying to hit Robert with an ax.

I decided to join the conversation because the word, Acrimony is what most people are talking about. A few sampled opinions from female friends and acquaintances revealed that they believed no guy is worth going crazy over. They would take the $10 million dollars in a heartbeat and bid Robert adios.

A few others including an interesting character I witnessed earlier today went berserk a few minutes into the movie. I’m sure she would have killed Robert if she had been in Melinda’s shoes. She informed me that she would arrange boys from her ‘area’ to tie him up and beat him senseless before employing the help of her village people to make all of Robert’s money disappear.

Truth be told, had Robert made reasonable efforts, he could have secured a job. Jailtojob.com specifically addresses this issue. The other factors that drove Melinda to the edge were the flaunting of Diana’s pregnancy, naming of the boat after Diana, a name she felt was supposed to be hers and Diana getting the ring Robert promised her when he proposed.

All of these begs the question, who deserves to be blamed? Honestly, blame Tyler Perry. He wrote a brilliant movie and got us all talking.

 

About the Author

Taiye Salami is a writer, a libertarian, a farmer, a poet and most importantly an AIESECer. He regularly lives in his head and is an avid stargazer. He is open to writing about anything, himself inclusive. He is working on his first breakthrough and is in love with the ‘wolf lady.’

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May 2018 Tv Series

The month of May is one that signifies the end of two important things to me (and people like myself); the football season and the end of most of the fall series from the previous year after completing their full season arc. The end of these series ushers in the summer series.

Some of the best series which dropped fall of 2017 didn’t have the complete 22 episode arc. Why? It seems the shorter the better and it absolutely works. The stand out series for me this TV year was definitely This is Us; every episode was good and always packed lots of emotional punch.

I think we can all agree that excluding the ridiculously impressive Legends of Tomorrow, the Arrowverse shows have really been disappointing (FYI, Black Lightening is not part of that universe yet).

I must say, the line-up for this month is not so great, mostly cos I didn’t watch most of the returning shows and most of the new series don’t have a particularly exciting premise.

 

Cobra Kai: Season 1 (May 2)

Cobra Kai is based on the Karate Kid film series and takes place 34 years after the original film. Is it necessary? We would soon find out.

Colony: Season 3 (May 2)

Colony stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) as Will and Katie Bowman. It follows the family and its extended family as they try to survive an oppressive alien rule, sort of. The third season picks up after the events of season two.

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The Rain: Season 1 (May 4)

If you’re a fan of watching foreign language movies and reading subtitles then this post-apocalyptic Netflix original series is for you. The premise is pretty simple and like most post-apocalyptic series; virus outbreak, some group of survivors trying to find a new place to live in…….and it won’t be surprising if we find out later in the season that the government or some mega corporation caused this virus outbreak. I would love to follow this series cos it’s my type but I struggle to watch anything that doesn’t have English as its primary language (They speak Danish in this one). Irrespective of what I think, this is a bingable series.

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Dear White People: Season 2 (May 4)

For me, this was one of the best new series of 2017. It is based on the 2014 movie of the same name. It deals with the social injustice faced by black students in a fictional Ivy League institution called Winchester University. What made this series even better was how often the characters broke the fourth wall, it was like they were aware of their audience and credits must go to the creator Justin Simien for this. The second season premieres in a few days and I can already feel in my bones it gon’ be great.

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I’m Dying Up Here: Season 2 (May 6)

The series is an American dramedy executive produced by Jim Carrey; it explores the Los Angeles stand-up scene of the early 70s. It stars Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Ari Graynor and more. The second season drops early May.

Sweetbitter: Season 1 (May 6)

Based on Stephanie Danler’s novel of the same name, the drama series explores the life of a young woman (Ella Purnell) who is immediately hired in a fancy New York restaurant.

Vida: Season 1 (May 6)

There are a lot of new series this month and based on a lot of things, they look uninspiring and makes me feel like not writing this article. Vida is another new series that focuses on two wildly different Mexican-American sisters who returns to L.A after their mother’s death (How does this make me interested abeg?). It is created by Tanya Saracho; that’s a good thing, more female showrunners please!

Keeping Faith (May 7)

Wife searching for missing husband, we’ve seen something similar before. Give us something else.

SuperMansion: Season 3 (May 7)

It’s weird that I don’t watch more animated tv series……man cannot be watching everything. This beloved stop-motion animated series features a lot of star power; Bryan Cranston, Chris Pine, Yvette Nicole Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and more. Jordan Peele is set to guest star in the new season.

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Safe: Season 1 (May 10)

Another Netflix series (these guys never tire). I read somewhere that Netflix drops about 700 new stuffs yearly which I think is impossible but y’all can verify for me. Starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), it is based on a book by crime author Harlan Coben who is also the show’s creator. It focuses on Tom, a paediatrician grieving the loss of his wife from cancer.  After his older daughter goes missing, he ends up knowing all the secrets of those close to him. 

Patrick Melrose (May 12)

Anything that has Benedict Cumberbatch has to be good and for this new miniseries, I don’t expect less. This 5-part limited series is based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Cast members also include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Anna Madeley and Allison Williams (Pretty impressive).

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Little Women (May 13)

Another miniseries, this one a 3-part series based on Louise May Alcott’s book of the same name. The show has already premiered in the UK and got positive reviews.

Cargo (May 18)

Well, three miniseries in a row! This one stars Martin Freeman (Yes, you know him) as a father with only a short time to live and has to find a home for his baby daughter.

The Split (May 23)

This show got me interested mostly cos it’s a British show and British shows are the best in terms of dialogues (You can jump off a bridge if you disagree). The show discusses the concepts of modern marriage and divorce through the eye of a family of female lawyers.

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Season 1 (May 25)

Based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 book of the same name, the series stars Natalie Dormer as Mrs Hester Appleyard. The period-set mystery series is about three schoolgirls and a teacher who disappear on Valentine’s Day in 1900. Oh, the series is Australian so expect some weird Aussie accent.

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Six: Season 2 (May 28)

Not to overstate this, but I don’t like procedural dramas or military based series or movies, that’s why I don’t watch Six. It is about Navy Seal Team 6 (Please how does this not bore everyone?). 

Queen Sugar: Season 3 (May 29)

I find it shocking that I somehow managed not to complete season 2 of this great series. I can’t explain it. I have a few weeks to rectify this. Great story, great acting, the dialogues are sweet and I love Ava DuVarney. Showrunner Kat Candler told the audience at PaleyFest that the third season of this fan favourite will cover the “journey of fatherhood.” Time for Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) to get some love.

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Animal Kingdom: Season 3 (May 29)

A series based on a family of criminals but it’s no Godfather.                                      

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 (May 30)

For lovers of this show, you should know Netflix is splitting this season in halves. How you deal with that info is none of my business.

 

I must say again, I’m not too optimistic about most of the new series debuting this month but I’ll let you be the judge of that. While it may seem like May might be a boring month for series fans based on the line-up, it’s not all gloomy. There are a lot of things to watch and follow this month and they include:

  • Deadpool 2 (May 18)
  • Harry and Megan’s Royal Wedding (May 19)
  • FA cup final (May 19)
  • Billboard Music Awards (May 20)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
  • Champions League Final (May 26)

If you’re a fan of formula 1 too, you can also catch some of the races too; The Spanish GP (13th May) and Monaco GP (27th May).  Thank me later for these info.

That’s it folks! For some reason, I struggled with this one but I sha got it done. Till next month.

No Spoilers Allowed…..

How do I do a review of Avengers: Infinity War without dropping spoilers? I don’t think its possible to discuss such glorious cinematic experience without spoilers cos i wouldn’t be able to help myself. So I’m just gonna say this; GET YOUR ASSES TO THE CINEMA AND WATCH IT!!!

Besides I need to watch it twice at least to wrap my head around it.

Ok Bye!

PS: I’ll leave the review and spoiling to Joe whenever he’s ready.

What are the Infinity Stones – and where are they???

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become a part of our lives over the past decade (If you’re a movie fan, that is). Who would have thought, back in 2008 when Iron Man was released, that the franchise would become what it is today?

Eighteen (18) movies later, the MCU is the highest-grossing franchise of all time with $14.8 billion. That is not to mention that the mother of all crossovers, Avengers: Infinity War is yet to drop. For the records, Avengers: Infinity War drops in about 2 weeks from now.

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Just in case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t in anyway come across any of the MCU movies, you have about ten days or so to catch up. It would only cost you some 38 hours of movie time and believe me, it would be worth it.

Cos I’m a nice guy like that, here’s the chronological order for watching;

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War is coming in as the 19th instalment in Marvel’s Universe which is the purpose of this article. Instead of focusing on everything that is set to happen in this flick though, I would rather we focus on the Infinity Stones for today.

These Infinity Stones are certain colourful and tiny stones that have popped up in different movies in the franchise which are undoubtedly a store of great power. This article is about reminding you, if you’ve been following, where each stone is and what it can do.

P.S: SPOILERS go plenty!!!

In Marvel’s Universe, the Infinity Stones are six (6) immensely powerful gems that are tied to different aspects of the universe (lemme not go too much into the history). As most of us know, the stone grants its bearer immense abilities and can only be wielded by celestial beings. However, humans being humans, found a way to harness its powers.

The Tesseract (a cube that holds one of the stones) was used to create weapons as used by HYDRA in Captain America: The First Avenger, then by Howard Stark’s character subsequently before Thor returned it to Asgard after the events of The Avengers.

Loki’s sceptre (given to him by Thanos – the big bad wolf in the upcoming movie) also has an Infinity Stone inside of it as shown in Age of Ultron. This was used to create super-powered humans e.g. Scarlet Witch, by Wolfgang von Strucker and it currently resides on Vision’s forehead.

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Individually, these stones grant immense abilities but when brought together by a super-glove known as the Infinity Gauntlet, the stones gives the user the power to shape reality with the snap of their fingers (Damn!!!). From, the Infinity War trailer, Thanos wants to destroy half of humanity and rule the other half. How crazy can one get?

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So, where are these powerful gems in our fictional universe? In order of appearance in the MCU, here are the locations of the stones.

Once again, Spoilers Alert!

The Space Stone

This is probably the most popular of the Infinity Stones as it has appeared in several movies. It is blue in colour and is housed in a cube known as The Tesseract.

It first appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, then it was recovered by Howard Stark after which S.H.I.E.L.D took control. After a lengthy change of ownership, Loki got possession of it and used the stone to open the portal that brought the Chitauri army to New York in The Avengers. Thor eventually returned the Space Stone to Asgard for safekeeping where it remained until Thor: Ragnarok.

There, Loki seemingly stole it while recovering the skull of Surtur. It appears he did as a shot from the Infinity War trailer shows him offering it to someone, presumably Thanos. We’ll have to wait to find out.

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This stone allows its user to exist in any location. At full potential, it grants its user omnipresence.

The Mind Stone

It made its first appearance in The Avengers but unknowingly, we thought it was only Loki’s sceptre. It was a gift from Thanos to lead his Chitauri Army to Earth for battle which as you know (or will soon find out) was an epic fail. It was confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D and later by HYDRA after the fall of the former in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was used by Wolfgang von Strucker to experiment on humans, giving them supernatural abilities.

Tony Stark and Bruce Banner used the sceptre to create the artificial intelligence, Ultron who discovered the stone inside the sceptre. He/ It (Ultron is an AI, I don’t know if I can refer to him/ it gender-wise) attempted to use the stone to create a body for himself/ itself but the Avengers recovered the body before he/ it could insert his/ its consciousness into the said body.  Thor then did some magic stuff that brought Vision to life. Long story short, the Mind Stone currently resides on Vision’s forehead.

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The mind stone is yellow and enhances its user’s mental and psionic ability. At full potential, it grants the user omniscience.

The Reality Stone

The red reality stone has only appeared in Thor: The Dark World. It is also known as Aether and is the only stone that is fluid and ever-changing.

The was used as a weapon by the Dark Elf Reality Stone Malekith. At the end of the film, the Asgardians seized the stone and gave it to the Collector, Taneleer Tivan in Knowhere, for safekeeping. This was because they already had the Tesseract in their collection and thought it was bad to have such powerful stones in close proximity.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Collector’s ‘shop’ was destroyed but it is assumed the stone is still in his possession.

The Reality Stone allows its user create alternate realities. At full potential, the bearer can alter reality on a universal scale.

The Power Stone

Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 1 had its plot centred on this purple gem. Star-Lord found the stone in the planet Morag. The stone was sought by the Collector, who wanted to add it to his collection (remember he’s already in possession of the reality stone) and Ronan the Accuser, a Kree whom Thanos sent to recover the stone.

Ronan wanted the stone for himself but in the end, Peter Quill (Star-Lord) and his team were able to possess the stone and destroy Ronan. The Guardians gave the stone to Xander’s Nova Corps for safekeeping and it remains there… or so we think.

It looks very much like Thanos has already destroyed the Corps and is now in possession of the stone. This is something we will have to wait and find out.

The bearer of this stone can access and manipulate all forms of energy and enhance physical strength. At full potential, it grants omnipotence.

The Time Stone

The time stone is contained in the Eye of Agamotto and featured in Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange used the stone to control time and defeat Dormammu. Even a powerful being like Dormammu could not escape the influence of the time stone (Imagine!).

Only celestial beings can wield the stone but powerful magicians like Doctor Strange can control the stone. At the end, Doctor Strange returned the eye to Kamar-Taj in Nepal and it likely still resides there. With Thanos, we can never be too sure of things.

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The time stone is a green gem that allows its user to see into the past and future, time travel and everything that involves playing with time that you can imagine. At full potential, it grants its user omniscience.

The Soul Stone

Everything about this stone is relatively unknown but from Guardians of the Galaxy, it was revealed that the stone is orange. According to Womg’s ancient text, the stone could prove to be the greatest threat of all the Infinity Stones.

The stone is yet to appear in the MCU but it has to show up in Infinity Wars somehow. Maybe Thanos already possesses the stone sef. Who knows anything at this point?

According to the comics, the stone allows the user to steal, manipulate and alter living and dead souls. At full potential, it grants the user control over all life in the universe (DAMN!!!).

How can things so small hold so much power? But that’s the concept of Infinity Stones for you. Would Earth’s Mightiest Heroes be able to stop the mad titan, Thanos from acquiring all six stones and prevent destruction of half of humanity? Find out when Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas across Nigeria April 27th.

All images courtesy of Marvel Studios.

P.S: Please go to the cinema to watch this movie. Don’t be an ass and wait for pirated copies. Say No to Piracy. Help Nigerian cinemas grow!

Top April 2018 TV Series

As of 2017, about 400 new series were released. Yes, 400! That is bonkers!

It’s becoming harder to keep up with all these series and even harder to find a really good one that you can commit to for however long it’s going to run. However, it is already established that having choices is one of the dilemma of being human, isn’t it?

Well, I decided to do something different. I’m gonna do a preview of new and returning series for the month of April and would continue this for the foreseeable future. As Nigerians, we know how we get our series (*winks*).

We gonna have to say good bye to series like The Originals as it enters its final season and say hello to some new ones that we hope are worth committing several years of our lives to.

Some of the series I don’t watch would be asterisked and a brief synopsis would be included (As I am not jobless to follow all on this list) while I would talk more on the ones I follow. Remember, the series listed here are limited cos an average of 20-35 series get released every month and it would be crazy to discuss all here.

Without further ado, here are some of the new and returning series this month:

 

Legion: Season 2 (April 3)

If you thought season 1 of Legion was great, season 2 is gonna be even “stranger and weirder.” Well according to star Dan Stevens. This series for me was a stand-out in a year that was packed with outstanding series.

Noah Hawley, alongside his creative directors, were able to bring the deranged David Haller to life. It also touched on the sensitive issue of mental illness which gave the show further depth.

Of course, Aubrey Plaza – who also happens to be the star of the show – will be returning. She killed every scene she was in (Check the crazy image below to confirm). We hope to see more of her in season 2. Quite frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t get any form of recognition from any of the major award shows.

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As we know, season 1 ended on a cliff-hanger and season 2 would kick off a year after the events of last year. Make sure you catch it when the new season premieres.

 

The Last OG: Season 1 (April 3)

This upcoming comedy series caught my attention for two reasons; it is created by award winning director of Get Out, Jordan Peele and it stars Tiffany Haddish.

The synopsis follows Tray (Tracy Morgan) who is released from prison after 15 years to return to his neighbourhood to find out his ex-girlfriend, Shay (Tiffany Haddish) is married to a white man and raising his twin children. Expect Peele’s unique writing style to stand out in this series.

 

*New Girl: Season 7 (April 10)

New girl is an American sitcom TV series on Fox that premiered in 2011. It stars Zooey Deschanel as Jess, revolving around her after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (How do you create 7 seasons of content based on this???).

The seventh season is going to serve as its final season and would contain just 8 episodes

 

*The Expanse: Season 3 (April 11)

The expanse is an American sci-fi TV series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby based on series of novels of the same name by Daniel Abraham and James S.A. Corey. It is set 200 years in the future where humans have colonised the Solar System (Interesting Plot, wonder why I don’t watch it?). It stars Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper and more.

 

Lost in Space: Season 1 (April 13)

Netflix has had a slow start to 2018. Some of their movies and series have gotten negative reviews (I used to think Netflix could never create a bad series). Maybe this could be the show that sort of jump starts their year.

This sci-fi series is based on the 1965 series of the same name. Not much is known about the series as Netflix in their usual style like to keep things hush-hush but it’s not expected to veer too far from its predecessor.

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*Bosch: Season 4 (April 13)

Procedural dramas, not a fan of them! But the world seems to love them which is why NCIS has been going on forever.

If you’re a fan of this genre, here’s something for you to binge before the fourth season premieres in like 2 weeks, good thing each season contains 10 episodes. It stars Titus Welliver, Amy Aquino, Jamie Hector and so on.

 

*Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 (April 15)

I started FTWD but unlike its parent series, The Walking Dead, it didn’t have enough gore and it was a slow burn so after one season I stopped. But it is in its 4th season and its ratings are pretty good (maybe I should have given it more time). If you’re amongst those that follow, watch out for this mid-April.

 

Supergirl: Season 3 cont’d (April 16)

Returning to take over the timeslot for Legends of Tomorrow (LOT) when it wraps up its third season is Supergirl. If there’s something that has plagued the Arrowverse series excluding LOT, it is inconsistency and Supergirl isn’t different.

One episode can be so good and the next 3 just makes you roll your eyes. My commitment to the Arrowverse series wears thin and they’re on my hit list for series to be scrapped in preparation for the 2018/2019 TV season.

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The Originals: Season 5 (April 20)

I can’t believe this is gonna be the final time we see the original family of vampires (I wish I had a crying emoji). The series finale is gonna hurt more than when the parent series, The Vampire Diaries, ended.

But all good things must end and I do hope CW gives it the end it deserves.

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Westworld: Season 2 (April 22)

I honestly don’t understand the hype behind this series. I watched one episode and was bored out of my mind, and so how it ranks as “the most watched first season for an HBO original series ever” is beyond me.

At least, it got people talking about Artificial Intelligence. I might sound like a Neanderthal but AI is a bad idea for humans (contact me to know my reason). It was also praised for its visuals (c’mon, it’s HBO!), story and performances. Anyways, let’s see if the 2nd season would get people talking as the first did when it premieres on the 22nd of this month.

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Into the Badlands: Season 3 (April 22)

One thing I love about this series is there are really no heroes or villains; everyone is just fighting for survival. This makes for fun watching.

If there’s one person close to being the villain of the series, it’s Quinn (Marton Csokas) and he has been dealt with by Sunny (Daniel Wu) in one of the epic battles of season 2. The fight scenes in this series are so unrealistic but in a funny way it’s really interesting to watch.

Season 3 would continue where the previous season ended on a cliff-hanger. Did Bajie (Nick Frost) succumb to his injuries (Of course not!)? Who was he trying to communicate with?  If the trailer is anything to go by, this is gonna be another epic season. Find out when the show returns April 22 with most of the regulars and some interesting new characters.

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*Genius: Picasso (April 24)

Genius is an American anthology period drama produced by National Geographic. The first season followed the life of Albert Einstein from his early years to his later years as a physicist.

The second season is set to delve into the life of another genius, Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of his time. Antonio Banderas is set to play Picasso and even though I didn’t follow the first season, I might be tempted to this time.

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The 100: Season 5 (April 24)

This is one series I don’t want to talk much about. Good show, great visuals, fantastic acting but I saw it as a 3-4 season series and now it’s getting a fifth season which I think is unnecessary but lemme not jump the gun and see how it goes.

The trailer was pretty interesting, I would give it that but I’ve never been a believer in using trailers to judge a movie or series. Especially not after what Batman V Superman did to me. Looking forward to seeing some new, hot faces, the CW casting department always does a great job there.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 (April 25)

Personally, I can’t believe it’s been a year since this ground-breaking series got everyone talking on gender issues. I daresay this was the show that woke Hollywood up and inspired the Time’s Up movement (Too much?). It also swept the awards seasons, winning 8 Primetime Emmys from 13 nominations including Best Actress in a Drama Series for the Outstanding Elisabeth Moss who plays the role of Offred/June.

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The trailer for the new season teases even more anguish for Offred/June in her quest to reunite with her husband and child. Let’s hope we see more ground-breaking story-telling from the writers.

 

*Quantico: Season 3 (April 26)

What attracted me to this series in the first place was Priyanka Chopra. I have never been a fan of procedural drama or any or any police drama for that matter so after one season of watching I got exhausted and stopped (you can only follow a beautiful woman for so long).

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If you’re not like me and still follow the series anticipate the 13-episode third season (I mean even ABC got exhausted thy had to reduce the season order from 22 to 13!).

 

*Good Witch: Season 4 (April 29)

Good Witch is an American/Canadian fantasy comedy-drama based on the 2008 made-for-TV movie series of the same name. It stars Catherine Bell who plays the titular character. The series deals with the ups and downs of Cassie Nightingale.

 

*Elementary: Season 6 (April 30)

Johnny Lee Miller brings a modern touch to the character Sherlock Holmes. The procedural drama series was created by Robert Doherty and premiered in 2012. The series has been well received by critics and viewers alike so it’s no surprise it’s gotten to its sixth season. I really don’t need to state the reason I don’t watch.

If you’ve been reading since, you go don sabi.

 

So that’s it! These are some of the popular series returning and premiering the month of April and the list looks good. So whatever interest you make sure you mark your calendars and follow religiously when it drops.

Drop your comments below if you think there’s a series I failed to mention. Ciao!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinemas in Nigeria……..Or Lack Thereof

Nigeria has a long history with cinema – from the golden era between the 60s & 80s to the video film era and now, the new age cinema. The new age cinema has seen the popularity of cinema brought to the forefront again but after my experience (more like struggle) to watch Black Panther 3 weeks ago, I have come to the conclusion that we need more cinemas in the country. By the way, Black Panther was fucking fantastic. If you’ve got some time, as you should for something as awesome as this movie, you can read Joseph’s review of the movie here.

While doing my research for this topic, I found out that there are about 29 cinema halls and 133 theatre screens in Nigeria. Most of these are, unsurprisingly, located in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. I know that if we were to take a poll right now, a lot of you would know the popular ones –  Silverbird, Filmhouse, Genesis and Ozone Cinemas.

While it is true that cinemas are dying due to the advent of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and so on, cinemas still make shit ton of money as Marvel and Star Wars make us realize every year (Disney AGAIN!!!). Despite this decline, we know Nigeria still has a long way before we move fully to streaming (Glo-users, how market?). So why aren’t there more cinemas in Nigeria?

This obviously has to do with our movie watching culture. Since the decline of the Golden age of cinema in the 80s (mostly due to military rule), lack of finance and moving to Video film format, we have become used to the idea of buying VCRs, CDs (Do people still use DVDs?) that costs 200 naira and usually contain about 16 movies. It was either that or spending anywhere between #1000 – #2000 for a movie in the cinema.

I know, when you do the maths, it is obvious what the masses would go for. However, you should know that buying a CD with 16 movies is piracy and shouldn’t be condoned. On top of that, I am of the opinion that everyone deserves the cinema experience.

Also, while Google tells me there are about 29 cinemas in the country (which is ridiculous by the way), some of these cinemas aren’t functioning at full capacity. Like I have earlier mentioned, the cinemas are not evenly distributed across states and regions. A heat map of them all would reveal the active ones in locations such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Owerri, Calabar, Akure and so on. Don’t even get me started on how much that makes me pissed as an OAU student.

Taking Lagos as a case study, off the top of my head, I can think of about 8 cinemas serving the whole city. Eight cinemas serving a city with a population of approximately 25 million people is far from ‘good enough.’ Of these eight, four (4) are located on Lagos Island while Mainland areas like Ikorodu, Oshodi, have none serving them.

While watching Black Panther was fantastic, the experience before entering wasn’t fun. It was impossible to book the ticket in advance online. We – myself and the distinguished league of viewers – were told we had to come down to the cinema to book in advance (WTF!).

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On getting to the cinema, tickets for 7:00pm were already sold out. We had no choice but to buy the 10:00pm tickets because we had to go to Wakanda at all costs. For 3 hours, we just roamed round Lagos like headless chickens, all in the name of whiling away time, nitori film. When 10pm reach, to enter cinema na war.

After the movie ended around 1:00am, I was shocked to find that there were people waiting to enter for the next viewing (Early Sunday morning…. I wii not say anything). What this experience made me realize was that, Nigerians now believe that cinema-going is a form of entertainment and more cinemas must be created in other areas of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole to satisfy our movie thirst. Especially in areas with high population of students like Ogun state.

While there has been an increase in the cinema-going audience, there are still a lot of people that aren’t interested. If you ask them, they usually have a ready excuse about how it’s too expensive.

Well, here’s a shocker – according to screendaily.com, the average cost of cinemas in UK is between £7 and £8, these figures can rise for blockbuster movies up to £10-£15 (Y’all can do the conversion to naira). Bringing the figures closer to home, the average cost of tickets in Nigeria is between #1500 – #2500, with these figures being lower during weekdays and several promos done just to encourage people to watch more. I know the standard of living between Nigeria and UK is different but this is just to put in perspective how much these people have to pay for movies.

So, what can we do to improve our situation? Like I said earlier, more cinemas should be built across Nigeria. I must commend FilmHouse Cinema for the good work they’ve been doing. They have 9 cinemas across 6 Nigerian cities which is the best geographical spread of all cinema chains in the country. To better the deal, they are even looking to expand further.

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FilmHouse also own the only IMAX cinema in West Africa among other interests. When they are not busy giving us the cinematic experience that we so deserve, they make use of their FilmOne Distributions outfit to circulate over 45% of all movies in Nigeria. If you must know, they were the distributors of major Nigerian hits such as The Wedding Party, October 1, Fifty and so on.

That said, expansion is needed from the current popular cinemas in Nigeria. Another welcome development is the emergence of new competitors. We all know entertainment is probably the only industry in Nigeria doing quite well and with a good plan, one can succeed.

Imagine if we had over 100 cinemas in Nigeria working and Wedding Party 2(the highest grossing Nigerian movie with about 500m), showing in all, the movie would probably have made more than double what it made as its gross.

We also need to deal with the menace that is piracy. Every Nigerian has at a time or another bought or shared a pirated movie. If we find a way to eradicate this, this would encourage more people to go to the cinema to enjoy their favourite movies (In Joe’s voice, ‘Who wants to watch those cataract-inducing movies anyway’?). The support of the government is needed to achieve this.

There is no doubt that cinema culture is finding its way back to the consciousness of Nigerians, but the low number of cinemas in the country is slowing down its growth. Moses Babatope, Group Executive Director of FilmHouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production said ‘I think the future of cinemas in Nigeria will be the development and proliferation of community cinemas for the low-end mass-market crowd who are huge consumers of local content’.

I totally agree with him. If cinemas are only located in high-class areas, we would be losing a huge market and inclusion is the way to get the cinema industry in Nigeria to fulfil its potential. At least, till we can move on to streaming like the rest of the world.

So, what do you guys think? Do we really need more cinemas? How can our cinema experience in Nigeria be improved? What’s your view on piracy? Drop your comments below.

PS: I realized I mentioned CD a couple of times. I use that to mean Compact Disc and not the other one. Get your mind outta the gutter!