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  • Boo A Madea Halloween is the Scariest Movie of the Year

    first_img Forget Blair Witch. Forget Don’t Breathe. Forget any other horror flick that tries to claim it’s the scariest movie of 2016. Friends, there is only one objective choice for the year’s truly most frightening film, and this past weekend I saw it.That film is Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.Now that I’ve scared away all but the coolest readers, let’s first talk about the amazing ongoing enigma that is director/producer/actor/multimillionaire media mogul Tyler Perry.In one of the most obvious case studies of how a lack of diversity in entertainment leads to sub par material, Tyler Perry has made his name cranking out plays, movies, and TV shows of questionable quality to a primarily (southern) African-American audience for over a decade. As Hollywood continues to ignore that growing yet underserved market, Perry’s fame has only increased, to the point where Boo! made more money than Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in their shared opening weekend. He’s showing up in movies like Star Trek and Gone Girl and Alex Cross and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows now. He pals around with Oprah!It would be one thing if Perry was just cynically making bad movies for profit. I mean, he is doing that. But because his continued success has granted him such complete creative control, his films are more than just inept. They’re super fascinating windows into Perry’s warped psychology. He’s a wacko schlockmeister in the mold of Ed Wood or Tommy Wiseau, but with an even more shameless lack of artistic integrity.The insanity is dense enough to inspire academic work. I took a class on Perry in film school and wrote a thesis about the Why Did I Get Married? duology (featuring The Rock!). Birth Movies Death author Evan Saathoff wrote an incredible book on Perry’s entire oeuvre.There’s admittedly an element of “so bad it’s good” ironic appreciation going on here, but that’s reductive. It’s so much more than that. Plus, Perry’s outsized impact on modern Black cinema makes studying him especially personal to me. So I believe it’s my moral imperative to use whatever platform I have to educate people about what’s going on with this dude. And Boo! A Madea Halloween is as good a place to start as any.You’ve Been WarnedWhen sensitive single father Brian (Tyler Perry) wants to make sure his rebellious teenage daughter Tiffany stays away from the nearby frat house on Halloween night, he enlists his crotchety father Joe (Tyler Perry) and short-tempered, no-nonsense aunt Madea (Tyler Perry) to maintain order. Tiffany and the frat brothers think they can scare off the old folks and escape to have a good time, but they’ve never crossed paths with Madea.That’s a… fine premise for a family Halloween comedy. You can see how a normal movie might balance Scooby-Doo antics and touching father-daughter reconciliation. But an okay premise is all that most Perry movies have before they start derailing almost immediately. A lot of Boo!’s faults are just boring. The staging and camerawork are flat. The “scary” moments look like they were composed by someone with only the vaguest idea of what a horror movie is. Kudos to Perry for catching the killer clown zeitgeist, but there are no real supernatural elements like we thought there might be. That’s a real disappointment because a truly genre Madea movie could be a mind-blowing thing.Meanwhile, other parts of the movie legitimately work. Perry’s improv is barely coherent, sub-Adam McKay/Paul Feig stuff, but he does so much of it some can’t help but stick. And if you ignore how satisfied he is with himself, as he plays multiple characters laughing at his own jokes like Dr. Hibbert crossed with Jimmy Fallon, Madea can be very funny. There are great gags about stealing candy from children and marijuana jack-o’-lanterns. Even the central gimmick has the kernel of an interesting idea. Dropping untypical characters like Madea and her elderly cadre into typical horror scenarios leads to entertaining results, even if watching senile lower-class Black people get terrorized instead of sexy teenagers gets depressing. Still, I laughed a lot.This is what I (again, a literal Tyler Perry scholar) like to call a “Silver Age” Madea movie. After 2011’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Perry began to unshackle Madea’s pure comedy from the operatic and arguably offensive melodrama endemic to the rest of his movies. Seriously, if you want to get completely desensitized to child molestation through inane and insane twist endings check out those earlier movies. The new Madea movies are lighter, funnier, and at times nearly plotless, with scenes of endless and airless riffing to nowhere. They’re more mainstream. They attract broader audiences, bigger (rapper Tyga) and whiter (Disney starlet Bella Thorne) stars, and Chinese financiers.However, the comedy is insidious in how it belies that true moral nightmare at the horrifying heart of Boo! A Madea Halloween. Real talk, members of a certain older strain of the Black community romanticize the idea of beating children to keep them from getting into trouble. I empathize with them. Parents would rather beat their kids with love than helplessly watch a racist world kill their kids for slightly stepping out of line. But in my opinion the mindset has become an outdated pathology. Perry clearly disagrees.Beating kids is a frequent theme in Perry’s thoroughly old-school work, but at least the melodramatic movies acknowledge the practice’s dark side. In Boo! not only is child abuse played entirely for laughs, learning how and when to physically and verbally beat your children is essentially the point of the movie. The fourth(!) act is like Christmas for child disciplinarians.In that (surely unintentional) way, the film recalls slasher movies like Halloween or Friday the 13th that present the villains as avenging paternal forces punishing deviant teens. But there’s no fantastical distance here. It’s just scenes like Joe (Tyler Perry) laughing about how he dropped his son Brian (Tyler Perry) off a roof, a comedy scene bafflingly similar to the disturbing and dead-serious tragic climax of Perry’s own butchered adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls poems.The movie doesn’t even seem to recognize how Brian’s trauma (one of his testicles were maimed, hilarious!) might inform his more delicate parenting style. Nope, he has to learn how to beat that girl into behaving. At one point she honestly asks for it. To top it all off, the sequence features what might be the first use of the N-word in a Perry film, in the form of a chilling rebuke from Joe that elicited howls of laughter from the very mixed-race audience. Brian should be grateful his parents didn’t literally murder him. Luke Cage has nothing on this.That all may make it sound like I hate this movie. But what I just described is exactly the kind of fever dream lunacy I go to a Tyler Perry movie for. People think these are just bad Christian family comedies, and that’s kind of true. Tiffany’s best friend is a preacher’s daughter, played by some YouTuber, who acts like she’s 75 and goes to church in costume on Halloween night. But it’s the whirlwind of unaware immorality that really gives these movies their spark.Plus there’s the fun of trying to sort out the deeply complicated Madea-verse continuity, in which only some Perry movies exist. Ten years ago Brian’s(Tyler Perry) wife was a crackhead and his kids were totally different, but here she just cheated on him? Aunt Bam and her blunts are here but where are the Browns? There’s a character from Perry’s stage plays and TV shows, Miss Hattie, who makes her film debut here. It’s like watching Spider-Man swing into Captain America: Civil War.I’ve seen all but three of the 18 Tyler Perry movies, but the only other one I’ve seen in theaters is the serious but similarly nonsensical Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. There’s a real hallucinatory quality to the experience. Often, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and felt as if I was levitating out of the theater chair, my hands over my open mouth. But the thing is, this isn’t even close to his craziest film. It’s pretty standard for Perry, all things considered. So if you want to get existentially spooked to your very soul, go watch Boo! A Madea Halloween, in theaters now. 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  • Steven Seagals Bitcoin Knockoff Sounds Sketchy as Hell

    first_img“Celebrities and others are using social media networks to encourage the public to purchase stocks and other investments,” the statement reads. “These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement. Celebrities who endorse an investment often do not have sufficient expertise to ensure that the investment is appropriate and in compliance with federal securities laws. Conduct research before making investments, including in ICOs.”So yeah, probably don’t invest in this one, folks. I like Seagal well enough, but I have no faith in him as a financial… anything.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bitcoin is probably a scam. If you disagree, that’s cool, but it’s your money. And, if you strike it big, you can tell me off. But, with that said, this market is definitely starting to get… uh… weird?90s action star Steven Seagal is, apparently, working on the second generation of Bitcoin, dubbed, hilariously, Bitcoiin 2nd Generation. Seagal’s official twitter account said as much, and there was an accompanying press release, claiming that the system would be based on the Ethereum blockchain.Making matters worse, the account also offered up this image showing their affiliate payout schedule. I dunno about you, but that looks an awful lot like a pyramid scheme.So, to recap: there are two “i”s in the name, for some reason, 2nd gen BitCoin is ostensibly based on Etherum (why?), the fact that Seagal is involved at all (again, why?), and the attached affiliate chart is exactly a pyramid scheme.Credit: Steven SeagalIf this isn’t already sending off like a million alarm bells, then you might want to reread all that. And again. Until it sticks.The affiliate payouts will only be for the initial coin offering, or ICO — essentially one of the few times it’s not the absolute worst idea to buy into a new cryptocurrency. The problem, of course, is that with these sorts of deals, it’s easy to promise massive returns, but almost impossible to guarantee. If you throw in a few bucks you don’t mind losing, great. If you’re betting a lot more on it, though, you’re almost certainly being taken for a ride. Thankfully, this one is pretty transparent.“As a Buddhist, Zen teacher, and healer,” the attached press release reads, “Steven lives by the principles that the development of the physical self is essential to protect the spiritual man. He believes that what he does in his life is about leading people into contemplation to wake them up and enlighten them in some manner. These are precisely the objectives of the Bitcoiin2Gen to empower the community by providing a decentralized P2P payment system with its own wallet, mining ecosystem and robust blockchain platform without the need of any third party.”If that isn’t a buncha words that mean basically nothing, I don’t know what is.Of course, the internet is having a field day, making plenty of cracks, but this type of offering may well be illegal. The SEC, which is typically in charge of investigating insider trading and similar financial crimes, made a statement about celebrity endorsements of cryptocurrencies last year.What if there was a cryptographically secured distributed ledger for tracking roundhouse kicks to the face https://t.co/yHrFJfgZ1Y— Tom Gara (@tomgara) February 20, 2018 Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada Looks like the cryptocurrency market is…………Under Siege https://t.co/I6LQ2Q1h1X— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 19, 2018center_img Finally, the cryptocurrency endorsed by zen master and Russian diplomat Steven Seagal that we’ve all been waiting for https://t.co/OsXmW32fOW— max seddon (@maxseddon) February 19, 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more