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Every episode Edward Adams and Sharronda Williams discuss all things cinematic through a Black cultural perspective. Ed is a veteran entertainment reporter; prolific writer, and mentor who brings his passion, knowledge, and humor to the mic. Sharronda is the Editor in Chief at PayorWait.com and producer of her own video reviews on her 'Pay or Wait' YouTube channel. Her no nonsense take on movies is honest, and always lively.
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In this episode Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams take a look at two films: "Joker" and "Gemini Man," both now in theaters. "Joker" is a standalone DC film that follows Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) as persona and circumstances transform him into his new ego - the Joker. The film is co-written and directed by Todd Phillips who is most well known for "The Hangover" film franchise and other comedies. Joker also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen. In "Gemini Man," Will Smith plays opposite himself as a retired assassin that is fighting for his life against a younger clone of himself. The film was directed by Ang Lee who won awards for "Life of Pi", and "Brokeback Mountain." Lee has done other CGI-inspired films in the past, most notably "Hulk" in 2003. The film also starts Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.Joker: 4.5 out of 5 starsGemini Man: 3 out of 5 stars
In this episode of the podcast hosts Edward Adams and Sharronda Williams do a little inner reflection as they discuss to pinpoint films: "Ad Astra" and "Judy.""Ad Astra" is Brad Pitts' futuristic space odyssey that stars himself as astronaut Roy McBride, a quiet, introverted man who undergoes a mission to stop a doomsday device that could destroy the universe as we know it. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga. "Judy" sees the return of Renée Zellweger to the screen as the legendary Judy Garland. Based on the stage play "End of the Rainbow," the film chronicles Garland's attempted comeback during a sold-out concert series in London in 1968. The film also stars Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, and Royce Pierreson. Ad Astra: 3.5 starsJudy: 3 stars
This week Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams catch up about their festival activities and then dive into David Oyelowo's latest film, "Don't Let Go." In the film Oyelowo plays a L.A. detective trying to solve the death of his family with the help of his deceased niece. Don't Let Go: 3 out of 5 stars
Episode 29 - Hobbs and Shaw

Episode 29 - Hobbs and Shaw

2019-08-0601:03:26

This episode Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams dive into the first spinoff of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." The film produced by and starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham brings their characters previously seen in previous F&F sequels into their own paralleled storyline. In the film, lawman Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Statham) form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain, Brixton (Idris Elba) threatens the future of humanity.Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: 3 out of 5 stars
This episode Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams break down Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, his love letter to the Hollywood that inspired him in "Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood."  The film follow Rick Dalton (Leonardo Di Caprio), a dimming star of Hollywood's golden age grapling with the new era that is on the horizon. The film stars Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. 
Well, its finally here the long-anticipated remake of Disney's "The Lion King." Done almost entirely in CGI, this film once again takes us to Pride Rock, to follow the epic journey of Simba (Donald Glover) as he ascends the take his place as the king of the jungle. The film is directed by Jon Favreau who among other acting and directing projects won acclaim for his first enhanced animated project - "The Jungle Book." "The Lion King" features the voices of James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Beyonce, and Donald GloverThe Lion King: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This week Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams discuss the footnote of phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Spider-Man: Far From Home." The film takes place after "Avengers: Endgame." And helps explain what happened while half the population was blipped away. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jon Favreau.Spider-Man: Far From Home: 4 out of 5 stars
On the 25th episode (Whoo-whoo!) we take a dive into alternate realities with the release of "Yesterday," and we catch up on the dystopian country of Gilead in season three of "The Handmaid's Tale." In "Yesterday," it is an event like no other - a nobody musician is struck by a bus during a world-wide blackout. When he comes to, he discovers he is the only person who remembers the most iconic band in music history, The Beatles. The film stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Ed Sheeran, and Kate McKinnon. Now in its third season, "The Handmaid's Tale" takes further into Gilead through the eyes and machinations of June (Elisabeth Moss). With baby Nicole safely in Canada, the Waterfords feel the absence that is causing ripples, both good and bad, for everyone affecting by this coup. Halfway through the season, we get a glimpse in the power and influence Gilead has over the world and how this power is being weld. "The Handmaid's Tale" stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonnne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagvenie, Samira While, Bradley Whitford and is currently streaming on Hulu.Yesterday: 3 out of 5 StarsThe Handmaid's Tale - Season 3: 3 out of 5 stars (so far)
This episodes hosts Edward Adams and Sharronda Williams have breakdown three films currently in theaters or streaming. First up, we talk about Disney's "Toy Story 4," the latest installment in the franchise. In the latest tale Woody (Tom Hanks) and the toys are out to protect and save Forky (Tony Hale). Toy Story 4: 4 StarsChild's Play: 2.5 StarsBeats: 3.5 Stars
This episode we try to make sense of the final chapter of 20th Century Fox's X-Men saga, "Dark Phoenix." With so many rewrites, reshoots, and bad press, can this Phoenix rise above the naysayers and give a fitting finale to the franchise? We also discuss season five of Netflix's dark anthology series, "Black Mirror." With only three episodes, does the series provide the same terrifying cautionary tales of technology or have they reached a new plateau in storytelling. Dark Phoenix - 2 starsBlack Mirror (Season 5) - 3.5 stars
This episode Sharronda Williams and co-host Ed Adams discuss "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" the long-awaited sequel to the 2014 release and the jump start of Warner Bros' "Monster-verse." The film is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Aisha Hinds. We also discuss "Rocketman," the fanciful, music-fueled biopic of Elton John's career and challenges with drug, alcohol, and sex addiction. The film is directed by veteran actor Dexter Fletcher and stars Targon Egerton as Elton, and Jamie Bell as his long time collaborator Bernie Taupin. 
On this episode, Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams discuss Ava Duvernay's latest project - "When They See Us" a four-part miniseries about five young, men of color: Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Kharey Wise who became infamously known as the Central Park Five. The case which dominated the national news and New York City in the late '90s became a story of how the criminal justice system and the media convicted five innocent teenagers after a horrific rape of a jogger in Central Park. The series, conceived, written, and directed by Ava Duverney is currently available on Netflix. 
In this episode, Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams deep dive into three films to kick off the Summer movie season: Aladdin; John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, and Brightburn. With director Guy Ritchie in the driver's seat, was Will Smith able to take on the Genie, or is he still too much of a Fresh Prince? John Wick is back and doing what he does best - racking up an impressive body count. Does the new installment deliver the goods, or a misfire? Superman's origin story is reimagined as a horror story in Brightburn. Is this the origin story horror fans have been waiting for or is it just not as "bright" as people hoped. Aladdin - 3 starsJohn Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum - 4 starsBrightburn 2 stars
This episode, hosts Edward Adams and Sharronda Williams discuss  "Poms" and "Pokémon Detective Pikachu." Sharronda was still a bit under the weather but chimed in on what works with Zara Hayes' new film "Pom" starring Diane Keaton, and Jacki Weaver. We also discuss the much anticipated "Detective Pikachu" starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith. Ed's burning question for the week - do humans in the Poke-verse eat Pokémon? Is there such thing as a BLT in Ryme city?Poms: 2.75 starsPokémon Detective Pikachu: 2.75 stars
Episode 18: Shazam!

Episode 18: Shazam!

2019-04-0942:30

On this episode, Sharronda and Ed find out they have more in common than they realize when Ed reveals he bought a flute on a drunken, midnight shopping spree. And we review the latest addition to the DC Extended Universe, the original Captain Marvel who by the powers of attorneys, not the gods, is forever now known as "Shazam!" starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and  Djimon Hounsou.
This week Ed Adams and Sharronda Williams discuss Jordan Peele's latest social horror film, "Us." As with his first critically-acclaimed film, "Get Out," there are layers upon layers of social commentary, cultural references, and introspect that we dedicated an entire show to try to unpack the film a bit. The film follows the Wilson Family during their summer vacation when their world is shattered with another family that looks like them invades their home. "Us" stars Lupita N'Yongo, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, and Tim Heldecker.
This week the trio devote the entire show to Marvel’s first entry for 2019 and another score for Women’s History Month, Captain Marvel. Will the MCU’s first (and currently only) female led film in a decade reach its full binary potential? Find out why Captain Marvel scored a 3.5 and where Sharronda is going next week!
March is Women’s History Month and this week the trio discuss two women led projects: “Greta," starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz currently in theaters, and “Russian Doll," Amy Poehler's latest comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett currently streaming on Netflix. Did the creepy thriller snag us or did the deadly, timey-wimey comedy win our hearts? It’s a shorter episode this week because we’re leaving room for next week’s dessert, “Captain Marvel”.RatingsGreta: 2 out of 5 starsRussian Doll: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Welcome back movie buffs! This week on the podcast we Discuss “The Umbrella Academy”, “Fighting With My Family”, and the end of a trilogy - “How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World”How we rated them: Umbrella Academy - 4 starsHow To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World - 4 starsFighting With My Family - 4 stars
In this episode (yeah its a bit tardy for the party) we discuss Taraji P. Henson's latest film, "What Men Want" and ask do we really know what audiences want. Ed and Maria review "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."
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