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  1. How people can make a mountain out a molehill from a simple and innocuous tweet is beyond me. There's absolutely nothing wrong with what Olivia said. Why do people take others' words, twist them to suit their own interpretation while applying disingenuous context and then blame the "evil liberals/lefties"? That was rhetorical of course but we see this crap all the time from those who scream at the top of their lungs about the "left". They did it to Brie Larson's calls for more inclusitivity in the press junket/circuit before Captain Marvel premiered and they do it whenever they get even the slightest possible hint of someone possibly referencing the idea of representation and equality brought up in any medium of entertainment. Gets tiring having to explain that what someone has misinterpreted is not what was actually stated.
  2. If only this were opening weekend and we could summon Rth with sexy pics and gifs of hot dudes to get this thread back on track. Alas...
  3. $866 million domestic isn't happening though. $850 million is the ceiling. $835 million isn't out of the question as the floor.
  4. Yeah, it's looking like Endgame is going to finish in the 835-850 million range. Which is still, of course, fantastic. Some on here understandably were excited with the prospect of a billion after the OW and thought TFA was "locked". I was optimistic too but I figured that restraint and caution should have been exercised considering no movie had ever pulled in those types of numbers. Legs were always going to be a question mark considering the uncharted waters.
  5. With the Chinese market continuing to expand and Africa being a market that will boom in the future, not to mention inflation, I don't agree that $2.8 billion is the cap. Not even close.
  6. Considering people thought 300 million domestic was a reach before Black Panther released, does it really matter? It shattered every expectation and then some. Nothing takes away from the incredible box office run of that film. As a standalone original entry nonetheless which makes it even more remarkable. Decent hold for Endgame this weekend. If that Sunday hold for Pikachu transpires, solid outing for it as well.
  7. I'd be positively shocked if Endgame gets even a sniff of a Best Picture nomination. Agree that its late legs have the potential to be pretty solid though.
  8. Can't wait to watch this. The television spots have been knocked out of the park. $150m OW and $450m DOM total seems like a good ballpark to hedge bets on. Hope it can break $1 billion WW as well. And kudos to Brie for her important, accurate and relevant commentary. I hope she continues to be a voice that speaks up regardless of a very loud and vocal ignorant minority.
  9. The acting in Black Panther was one of the film's strongest suits, especially compared to the majority of MCU films. The deleted scene between Okoye and W'Kabi was particularly noteworthy and remains my favorite dialogue in any of the films. Letitia Wright was spectacular as Shuri though. She found the perfect balance and put some wonderful levity and charisma into the character.
  10. To me, this franchise is the greatest modern trilogy alongside the Rise/Dawn/War of/for the Planet of the Apes trilogy.
  11. Maybe because of the thematic elements it touched upon. Maybe because of its evocative narrative. Maybe because people were excited to see something different and see a new character in the MCU. Maybe because the word-of-mouth and critical acclaim that praised the writing, acting, production and design intrigued them. Maybe because Hollywood has never been progressive enough to take a chance on a film depicting AfroFuturism in an authentic and intriguing way. Maybe because it showed that Black Panther could elevate a genre that in the past has been prone to antiquated stigmas? Maybe because a film that became a cultural touchstone actually had depth and presence behind it instead of pandering. You know, the racist undertones are clearly obvious to me and many others here when tons of people come into this thread and shout from the rooftops about Black Panther only getting the critical acclaim and nominations it's received due to "political correctness" or "identity politics". Or that Infinity War (and others) were better. Or that Black Panther wasn't that good but congrats nonetheless even though the vast majority of the general audiences and critics vehemently disagree. It's backhanded and disingenuous congratulations that doesn't even try veiling itself. You can say that those who are calling it out are the problem or more vocal but on many corners of the internet, people who don't like Black Panther (which is fine in and of itself, every medium of entertainment is subjective and not everybody will like everything) are the ones posting 'overrated' gifs and saying that this is simply token appreciation for a shitty film that doesn't deserve any of the accolades it's received. Very rarely do I see people critiquing its artistic elements (other than CGI) or its thematic inferences/discussion, or its characterization and production etc. Black Panther is a great film to me. Is it the best comic book movie ever? I can't say that definitively, but personally speaking it's near the top in my book. What is so disheartening, and telling, is that comic book fans who are more well versed in the genre than I will ever be have been clamoring forever for representation on the biggest stages. Now that a film has come along whose achieved so much of what they wanted, there's not only disappointment, there's virulent hostility and hatred towards it. Because they can't identify with a hero and people who look and talk differently than them. Because it's a movie that tackles uncomfortable thematic elements that requires some intellectual honesty. Because it's a film that brought excitement and hope to an underrepresented portion of the movie-going population that has been ignored by Hollywood for too long or has only seen their existence through the lens of suffrage in films dealing with servitude. Black Panther is a Best Picture nominee. It's accomplished things the vast majority of people never thought it had a chance of accomplishing. Let's celebrate that. It doesn't mean we can't hope for even better movies in the future from the genre or compare it to others. Just appreciate it without adding the qualifications that it's only achieved what it achieved due to the basis of its thematic message and the representation there with-in. This shouldn't be hard. Be better. ------ edit - just wanted to add that I don't post that often and usually only lurk these fantastic boards. Used up my like quota the past couple days wading through the excellent posts other members of the forum have contributed. Shows just how great this community is compared to most other places on the internet.
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