Monday, August 27, 2012

Movie Review: Premium Rush

Who is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and why will he be in 3 feature films in as many months? He’s written his own name on my favorite actors list with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Premium Rush’ in theaters with ‘Looper’ coming to the big screen in September. I know it’s a lot to consider someone among favorites when you just heard of them, but I’ve enjoyed the roles he’s played this summer.

Forget all that.

The real reason I checked out Premium Rush was Dania Ramirez, mmm mmm mmmmmmm. If it wasn’t for her I would have likely passed on Premium Rush so Joseph Gordon-Levitt would still only be ‘Robin’ to me, and my favorite actor list would still be intact. Joseph, you have Dania Ramirez to thank because I whole heartedly enjoyed Premium Rush and got 1 helluva movie at matinee price.

Second Look: All Things Fall Apart (2011)

So just when I thought I had seen it all in a motion picture I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up All Things Fall Apart starting Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as a Heisman hopeful who suddenly falls ill and has his entire world destroyed.  In the first 15 minutes, I wasn't sure what to expect as 50's character Deon presented himself as an ego driven jock running a rampage on a college campus.  I quickly found myself detesting Deon and his interactions with his younger brother reinforced my disdain for his personality.  Then, Just as I was about to check out and look for another movie, a turn for the worst was made and I was pulled back in.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong - One Small Step...

As a general rule, I don't usually get too bent out of shape when people pass away regardless of whether they are family or celebrities that I'll never get a chance to interact with.  A lot of it has to do mostly with my spiritual beliefs and simply the fact that I prefer to celebrate the lives of others in their passing.  I am the person that will tell a friend I love them or reach out to somebody I haven't spoken to in a while.  We'll catch up, laugh, share a few jokes and know deep down what our friendship means.

So that said, the passing of Neil Armstrong today didn't take me to a sad place.  In fact, I was actually delighted to some degree because I know somewhere there are Armstrong family members looking at each other and saying, "WOW!  What a legacy!"  I would love to be a fly on the wall during any of Neil's memorials and his actual funeral, because I know his family have every reason to celebrate his life and contributions to the world.

Steve and J TV: Apple, Mr. Marcus and Lance Armstrong

In this webcast, Steve and J share their unique perspective on Apple's court victory, adult entertainer Mr. Marcus and cyclist Lance Armstrong.  J makes a bold prediction and Steve picks sides in the debate.  Let us know what you think with comments on our Youtube page, on this blog post and on out twitter account. 

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Disclaimer: I’m an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.

Steve and J TV: Welcome

In our first ever video webcast, Steve and J share their vision for www.SteveAndJ.TV as well as personal goals.  We look forward to your support and will continue to work towards providing you with quality mental stimulation.

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Disclaimer: I’m an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Batman Maybe: Parody Song

Sometimes you just run across people that have too much time on their hands - kinda like the minds behind Steve and J TV.  As such, the Internet is full of dud videos and there are times when people simply try too hard to be funny.  Then, there are times when something is created that should officially be added to the list of the Internet's greatest moments.  This little gem of a video qualifies as one such moment - well, at least to Steve and J TV.

Movie Review: Sparkle (2012)

I can think of all sorts of excuses about how I ended up seeing Sparkle [2012]: My mom wanted to see it, Expendables 2 was sold out, it's Black people's version of The Dark Knight etc. But truth be told, I needed "Sparkle" punched on my Black Card. Nope, I didn't see the original despite the hundreds of Sunday afternoons channel surfing right by it but oh, sweet redemption.

Even without not seeing the original, I know Sparkle really doesn't need any introduction but if you didn't know; Sparkle is the tale of a girl with dreams of singing in the limelight but her fear causes her to hide her talent behind her oldest sister, affectionately called "Sister" (Carmen Ejogo). So Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) lives vicariously through Sister performing her songs until she meets Stix (Derek Luke) who encourages her to follow her dream and embrace her talent. Sparkle and Sister enlist Dee (Tika Sumpter) their youngest sister to round out the trio and despite their mother, Emma's (Whitney Houston) warning, the girls pursue singing, each with a different motivation.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Second Look: Kidulthood

So, the London Olympics 2012 are over, the United States represented and all is well in the world.  Still riding the buzz from the pageantry of the games and beauty of the competition sites, I decided to show my appreciation for the city of London by watching a movie from abroad featuring English actors.  Boy was I in for a surprise when I loaded up the 2006 flick Kidulthood on Netflix.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Second Look: Alphas, Season 1

I have to admit, I was heartbroken when Heros was cancelled and have been searching for my superhero fix ever since.  Actually, I enjoyed watching every episode of Heros on Netflix and even though I knew the ride was over, it still stung watching the series finale on Netflix just as much as when it originally aired.

Alphas on the other hand is a fairly young show airing on SYFY and looks to be promising.  Oddly enough, the SYFY branding just didn't take and I never watched the series during its inaugural season.  So SYFY, I'm putting you on notice, step your game up before any more of your great programs risk low ratings.

Calling Out My People: Start Exploring

It's not for the weak
This has to be said.  Black people, it's time to get out of the black box and enjoy new experiences.  Ladies, just get over it.  You may sweat a little, but physical activity and new challenges are a great reason to jump on board the natural movement that is sweeping the hood by storm.  Fellas, you may talk a lot of crap playing Madden 13 online, but how about taking a few hits on a paintball field to test your manhood.  For those faithful to Groupon and Living Social, you already know where this is going.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

No Thanks, and You're Nasty

Anyone who knows me personally already knows where this is headed.  In fact, for family and close friends it was inevitable that I would eventually write an article based on this quirk of mine.  Actually, it goes back to a childhood full of misadventures in the kitchens of relatives and family friends.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NBA 2K13 to feature Dream Team Matchup - No Joke!

Dream Teams Collide in NBA 2K13 - IGN
2K Sports either read my mind or they faithfully follow www.SteveandJ.TV!  Either way, I am looking forward to the opportunity to finally play out a fantasy that has been debated in basketball since 1992.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Line Has Been Crossed: Thanks Ragu

There was once a time when television focused on family values and offenses such as profanity, adult situations and violence were heavily scrutinized. Fast forward to 2012 and I think I have officially seen it all in television. Over the years the FCC has been punked which has resulted in questionable antics in everything from Superbowl commercials to ESPN documentaries on hot-headed basketball coaches.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Is the Dream [Team] Still Alive?

20 years ago, I never thought there would be a day when I would be old enough to watch two generations of professional basketball players start and end their careers. Well technically, most of the greats from the 1996 NBA draft are still putting in work for their respective teams, but still, the end is near.
After watching the U.S. men's Olympic team fight tooth and nail with a very talented Spanish team to take the gold, I am convinced that the state of global basketball is more balanced than it has ever been. In fact, I believe that if a global league existed with at least a 50 game season, the stars and strips team wouldn't necessarily mop up the competition.

Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy opened this weekend in theaters with a new lead, Jeremy Renner who's quickly becoming one of my favorite action stars with movies like The Avengers, Mission Impossible, and The Town under his belt.
Renner also sharpened his acting chops in Neo Ned, alongside Gabrielle Union, in which he plays a good character role to actually -well-  act. So The Bourne Legacy was a double edged sword of anticipation with a new installment in the Bourne series with Renner as the lead but boy was I disappointed.

Movie Review: The Campaign

It’s election season in the United States and what better way to preamble the start of the presidential race than with Will Ferrell’s new comedy, The Campaign!
Will Ferrell teamed up with Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover” and “Due Date” fame as well as Jay Roach, director of Meet the Parents. It was interesting to learn that Jay Roach, director of other comedic movies such as the Austin Powers series, also directed politically themed movies such as Game Change (Sarah Palin’s run as VP with John McCain) and Recount (The 2004 Florida ballot controversy). With this potent combination of comedy and perspective I made sure to not turn off my brain while enjoying the movie.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Total Recall Review: A Walk Down Memory Lane

So the title of this review is pretty clich̩ and I can only imagine how many other movie critics will use similar phrasing to describe their Total Recall [2012] experience. For me, it is simple Рas a fan of the original Total Recall [1990], I, like many children of the 80's counted down the days to see what the remake had to offer.
To say it was an edge of my seat thrill ride is an understatement and ultimately, I also feel that the non-stop action seemed to spell doom for this particular flick.