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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thor - Movie Review by Stevie Mack

Just saw the movie Thor at the Rave Cinema in Westchester. Didn’t see it in 3D and didn’t have to. This movie offered all the bang for my buck in regular D, or 2 D. It had all the villains and science fiction special fx along with a good plot.  The cast was packed with good actors and the cg was typical for a big Hollywood Sci-fi, but giving in to the willful suspension of disbelief is easy because you want to be carried away by the fantasy of this comic book come to life.

It’s always funny to see what will take our hero over the edge, what are the fighting words that will get him so riled up that he will battle to the death? Watch the movie and come back and tell me what those words were. I’m sure that If you watch the movie after having read this review you will chuckle when the moment of truth  occurs.

Chris Hemsworth did an excellent job as the lead, he was funny, romantic and inviting. He carried his role well and was a larger than life image on the screen, which is definitely needed when portraying Thor, the God of Thunder. Always a pleasure to see Sir Anthony Hopkins  get a good role in anything these days, we just love him and don’t want Hannibal the cannibal to be the only epithet defining his career.

I was really glad to see Idris Elba  play a major role as Heimdall, the gate keeper to the bridge of Asgard. Being a Black man myself, I am always looking to see if there’s any Brothas in the flick. I guess every American minority race does that, we gotta’ see if we are represented in the movie, and of so, is it  a good part? And in this case It is.

Stan Lee has his usual and often looked for cameo; bravo to Stan Lee! It’s amazing how all his work has found a new life in the blockbuster movie franchise and merchandising realm. This new round of success is breathing new life into his characters and introducing them to people the world over who may have never picked up a comic book.

There are tons of moments in the movie where you get to laugh, guffaw, and cheer, rooting for the heroes and and against the villains. If you’re a big sci-fi/comic book fan like me you are sure to enjoy this movie and all the trailers that precede it. Thanks to a heads up from my friend Apollonia Kotero, no she’s not in this movie, she starred in Purple Rain  with Prince, but she posted on Facebook to stay until all the credits were fished, because there’s something waiting for you there too, don’t leave until you see that!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Leimert Park Art Walk 04 24 2011

The Village has come alive once again!

(Photo by: Stevie Mack)

(Photo by: Stevie Mack)
The Leimert Pak Art Walk is in full effect on the last Sunday of every month and I’m a proud established fixture, bringing the comedy and performance art to life.

Stevie Mack bringing the funny at Leimert Park Art Walk
(Photo by: Feliz McInnis)
I’m very happy to be a part of revitalizing the village after so many years. This is where I got my start in comedy and this is where so much Black culture is home grown and exported.

Stevie Mack Break Dancing at Leimert Park Art Walk

(Photo by: Feliz McInnis)
There are a great number of things t partake in and consume during the Leimert Park Art Walk; drum circle, children’s arts and crafts, art gallery displays, live hip hop and RnB performances, dance, jazz, reggae, food, folks and fun!
(Photo by: Stevie Mack)
(Photo by: Stevie Mack)

Entertainment and Dining Returns to Maverick’s Flat

Stevie Mack and Cuba Gooding Sr. at Maverick’s Flat
(Photo by: Tim Keenan)

Maverick’s Flat on Crenshaw Blvd was thee spot for urban comedy back in the 90’s. It was one of the first places I got to perform in front a real urban audience. Def Jam Comedy recruiter would scout talent there and hold auditions and the show back then was produced by Rico a hot DJ at KJLH Radio station, one of the most popular stations here in Los Angeles, CA.

Built in 1966 by John Daniels, Maverick's Flat hosted many groups including the Temptations who named their first album Psychedelic Shack in honor of Maverick's Flat where they often played in the sixties Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was thee ultimate destination for anybody who was somebody! Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, The Dramatics, Chaka Khan and more! They all played at Maverick’s Flat and everybody clamored to get in to be on the scene.

For a decade the building went dark. It stood there on Crenshaw like a broken down dancer, a reminder of what used to be hot.

Now, it has been renovated by the new owner Curtis Fralin, a friend of John Daniels who has restored the downstairs music club and added a fine dining room and cigar lounge upstairs. The new look and feel rivals any place I’ve been to in Beverly Hills, Hollywood or the Marina!

The Marquee is again filled with entertainment
(Photo by: Raymond C. Ward Jr.)
The neon lit front brings this historical land mark back to life.
(Photo by: Tim Keenan)

Extra Lounge. There are many luxurious lounge areas
(Photo by: Tim Keenan)

Second Level, 1st floor. There’s many levels of seating and two stories, complete
with elevator, fine dining, cigar patio and various bars and TV’s throughout.
(Photo by: Tim Keenan)
 Comedy is back at Maverick’s Flat as well! Kevin Williams of Un-Cut Entertainment has been producing the shows on Tuesday night and the stars have been coming out to get their laugh and mingle on! 

Stevie Mack bringing the funny at Maverick’s Flat
(Photo by: Raymond C. Ward Jr.)
I was a featured comic there this week and had the crowd in stitches! It’s always a pleasure to perform in front of an audience who has been pampered by great staff and seated in classy, pleasant surroundings. The show this week was hosted by the hilarious Luenell and Co-Hosted by the ever funny Skillz Hudson. The normal host, Melanie Comarcho is currently on tour with Martin Lawrence and will return after making all that money from all that funny.

You gotta' get down to Maverick’s Flat and support the venue, eat that delicious food as well as get a bar of the best entertainment in the world! The comedy show may move to Wednesday nights, however, there’s jazz, R&B, Funk and fine dining as well. 

For more info visit their website or call 323-295-4179
Stevie Mack performing Comedy at Maverick’s Flat
(Photo by: Raymond C. Ward Jr.)