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Bird Box Review – A catchy plot, Executed in a lazy style

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Bird Box Review – A catchy plot, Executed in a lazy style

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich, Lil Rel Howery

Director: Susanne Bier

Network: Netflix

If ‘A Quiet Place’ ever had a sequel, then its new plot could have been exactly similar to what Netflix’s latest movie Bird Box has. The only difference is that A Quiet Place’s sequel would have turned out to be much much better at presenting it, meaningfully.

That’s the thing about ‘Bird Box’ that says it all. It’s a half-baked cake, with a taste that fades away very early than thought.

Netflix’s drama/thriller about a monstrous and mysterious entity that decimates people who see it, had a vast potential to be a fantastic horror flick, but it just didn’t land as expectedly. Actress Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, who’s a mother of two and on a deadly journey to reach to a safer place, protected from the mysterious force that kills anyone who sees it, keeping the eyes open. So she puts a blindfold on her eyes and her children’s too.

The plot is so catchy and interesting that at first the movie pulls you in very easily and makes a kind-of promise that you’re in for a breathtaking and mindboggling struggle for survival by the main protagonist from an unknown, fatal monstrous entity. But just the moment it could gain that strength, it looses it all. Despite having a similarity of the plot with Paramount Pictures’s ‘A Quiet Place’, it was still appearing to be a ‘solid story’, which, it couldn’t achieve to be, at all.

Another reason is the lack of strong supporting characters. Yes, there are some but they don’t serve the purpose here. And some characters just feel so void that they felt out-of-the-story since it would have been the same scenario even if they were not there.

Irrelevant elements distress you from the ongoing struggle and tension, every time, and which ultimately makes this flick an over 2-hour drama, that could’ve easily been a 1 hour and 30 minute gripping plot. And the real ‘thing’ about which this flick tries to tell you the survival story of its character, actually remains unseen, even till the end! Seriously?
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Director Susanne Bier should’ve kept it more basic and intact as far as the actual, key components of Bird Box are concerned, which are the mother, and her two children, and how they deal with finishing off their dangerous journey to a hopeful destiny. Adding ‘even a few’ things in-between just didn’t fit into it, rightly. In a survival story like this, where there’s the end of the world and all you’ve got is to make yourself the last living person, the objective must be to just stay close to the plot – no moving here and there. And ‘A Quiet Place’ is a perfect example of following this principle.

Despite all this, the film is a one-time watch since the photography looks amazing and attractive, making you feel that atmosphere of an apocalyptic situation. Some really engaging sequences make you interested but leave no impact. But the scenes, going through the river are great to watch.

There’s no other actor or actress in this movie who you can remember for leaving an impression since there’s ‘no connect’ you can make with them, whatsoever.

Bird Box had a lot of things going for it yet it didn’t keep it simple and straight and tried to be a bit extra from what it should’ve been. It makes you want to be involved in it, but you realize very soon that it’s not worth it in ‘that way’. The ending is what it shouldn’t be. And that’s what really ruins this flick, seriously. Because you are left wondering about the danger and how the characters just managed to save themselves from it! The director could’ve tried to make it more understandable and deeper.

Many of the questions remain unanswered which leads to utter disinterest. And it just continues.

These days, there are a lot of talented filmmakers who come up with exceptional horror or survival dramas, so when there’s a weak entry like this, viewers leave no chance of comparison and analyzing too. They are intelligent now.

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RIP: Virgil Abloh Dead at 41 after private battle with cancer

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Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh died Sunday in Chicago, Ill, after a private 2-year battle with cancer. He was 41.

In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with malignant primary cardiac angiosarcoma, an extremely rare tumor of the heart.

His death was announced in a tweet by luxury group LVMH and the Off-White label on Sunday.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH said in a statement.

The designer was the first Black man to head a major European fashion house when Louis Vuitton named him as menswear designer in 2018.

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Abloh graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He received his Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006.

He first gained fame in the mid-2000s through his affiliation with rap producer Ye, formerly Kanye West, after the two met at a Chicago print shop where Abloh worked.

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Abloh interned at Fendi in the same class as Ye in 2009. He worked in Fendi’s Rome, Italy office, where he and Ye began to collaborate on designs.

In 2010, Ye appointed Abloh as creative director of his DONDA agency. In 2011, Ye hired Abloh as the artistic director for his and Jay Z‘s album Watch the Throne.

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Abloh founded his second fashion house Off-White in 2013. He launched Off-White’s women’s wear line in 2014.

In 2018, Abloh designed a custom Off-White gown and veil for Hailey Bieber‘s wedding day. On the veil, he included his famous quotation marks design around the words “till death do us part”.

In 2019, LVMH reported a 20% growth in sales attributed in part to Abloh’s appointment as artistic director.

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In July 2021, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced it acquired a 60% stake in Off-White, with Abloh retaining 40%.

Abloh leaves behind his wife, Shannon Sundberg, and their two children.

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N.C.’s Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says straight people are superior to LGBT+ people

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North Carolina’s Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson insists straight people are superior to LGBT+ people because heterosexuals can reproduce.

Robinson made the comments while speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on November 14.

Ron Baity, the church’s pastor, introduced Robinson to the congregation, saying he was “a breath of fresh air here in North Carolina.”

Robinson, who is running for N.C. governor in 2024, said homosexuals are “what the cows leave behind.”

He also referred to LGBT+ people as “maggots” and “flies” and he called homosexuality a sin.

Robinson told the congregation that homosexuality serves no purpose in God’s plan.

“If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing.”

Robinson made headlines earlier this year when he called homosexuals and transgenders “filth,” and said teaching LGBT+ curriculum in schools was “child abuse.”

He said “there’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality — any of that filth.”

“And yes, I called it filth, and if you don’t like that I called it filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you,” he said in a leaked video.

In response to the controversy, Robinson told the News & Observer:

“We are talking about this kind of filth being spread in our classrooms and being spread to our children… My personal beliefs and spiritual beliefs about homosexuality are not pertinent. I will fight for folks’ rights to be secure in their persons every day that I’m in this office. But we will not allow it to be spread to classrooms and to children.”

LGBT+ rights advocates protested outside Robinson’s office on Friday, and activists read a list of names of transgender people who were killed this year.
 

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No charges against married man who fatally shot his mistress’ ex-husband (Video)

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Officials in Lubbock, Texas have not charged a married man who fatally shot his mistress’ ex-husband during a child custody dispute.

Chad Read’s widow Jennifer Read released cell phone footage of the verbal altercation that led to Read’s fatal shooting.

In the video, 54-year-old father Chad Read is seen arguing with his ex-wife Christina Read’s new boyfriend Kyle Carruth.

Carruth is heard telling Read to “get off my property.”

Read was there to pick up a son he had with ex-wife Christina Read.

At one point, Carruth went inside the house to retrieve a rifle while Read continued arguing with Christina Read outside.

“Where’s my son at? I’ll go get him. I’m supposed to have him at 3:15,” Chad Read is heard telling Christina Read. “And you’re playing games telling me that I can pick him up at six? I’ve already got the cops on the way to your mom’s house… Because that’s probably where he is.”

Then, Carruth emerged from the house with the rifle and the two men briefly argued on the front porch.

Carruth fired a warning shot at Read’s feet before firing two shots into Read’s chest, killing him.

According to Jennifer Read, Carruth was angry that Read threatened to expose his extramarital affair to his wife, Judge Ann-Marie Carruth whose jurisdiction is the 72nd District Court in Crosby and Lubbock counties.

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Through her attorney, Jennifer Read released a statement along with her cell phone footage.

In an affidavit, Jennifer Read accused Christina Read and Kyle Carruth of engaging “in a conspiracy” to murder Chad Read to silence him.

In a Facebook post, Jennifer Read wrote:

“Please share. Make this go viral. Does this look like a man in fear of his life or the life of others? Look at that smile. He is a cold blooded murderer.”

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Accompanying her post is an image from her cell phone footage that shows Carruth smiling at Read before killing him.

Carruth’s attorney claims he shot Read in self-defense.

CAUTION: The video contains graphic violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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