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On The Walking Dead, an Allegory of White Supremacy

Outrage over the hit AMC series The Walking Dead has fractured its audience into faithfuls, hate-watchers, and deserters; and at the root of this outrage is the demise of most of its black characters. The death rate of black people in Robert Kirkman’s survival horror story reminds many black Americans of the real-world situation in […]

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MDM’s Top 15 Vampire Movies Since 1985

Horror fans never hesitate to air grievances when the mainstream disrespectfully co-opts their most cherished subgenres. And considering how often the entertainment industry compromises quality for safe-bet trends, those grievances are justified. For example, the liberties taken by properties such as Twilight and Being Human call into question whether the minds behind them value vampire […]

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C. LeMar McLean Reflects On WWE Divas and Heroism 4CRWrestling.com [link]

Will the Real “Joan Cena” Please Stand Up? PLEASE! addresses the void of principled heroism among female talent in WWE. Thanks to Billy Carpenter of 4 Corners Radio for his interest in the piece and his hard work to post it and promote it. If you like it, I urge you to spread the word. […]

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Does Tyler Perry Know Women Better Than They Know Themselves? A preview of “The Single Moms Club”

Anyone willing to acknowledge an opinion not their own would agree that Tyler Perry has been a polarizing figure since he broke into the broader public sphere with his Madea series. More prolific than Jim Varney’s Ernest character, Perry’s down-home granny won over a large enough audience to afford him his own creative empire, a […]

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Viva La Boomers: Why Your Parents Love Liam Neeson Way More Than Key & Peele Do

Patriarchy has been reinforced through media since before the dawn of western civilization. And as it concerns this Eurocentric world—of which the United States is a major part—the action movie genre serves to deify the heroism of white men when confronted with a world on the brink of collapse. Clint Eastwood’s portrayal of “Dirty Harry” […]

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Could “Repentance” Show Hollywood The Error of Its Ways?

With this year’s Academy Awards has come the seasonal uptick in conversations about whether racial diversity will be celebrated this Sunday. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave represents the color buzz of this year’s ceremony, and black Americans have thus endowed the film with the power to restore hope in an industry that typically marginalizes […]

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RoboCop Remake All Engineering, No Chemistry

It’s official, Humanoids: I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7. Seeing the visual upgrades on other people’s phones was enough for me to hold out for as long as I could. And now that I have crossed over, in the interest of protecting my credit card information, my displeasure with the new operating system has […]

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Richen’s “The New Black” Chips Away the Monolith, Whether Black People Like It Or Not

When America elected Barack Obama president, an accepted truth was that the majority of black Americans rallied behind him if only for the historical importance of his victory. In that moment in 2008, despite how many ideological differences we had, many black people agreed that Obama was the ‘right one’ to support for everyone’s best […]

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9 Walking Dead Season 4 Predictions…If The Walking Dead Were Real

Last we left the gang, our favorite survivors of the South scattered their separate ways after the siege on their home base rendered it inhabitable. Lovers have been separated, families broken up, and the fate of the Walking Dead characters hangs in the balance after they proved time and again that unity is what has […]

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8 Super Bowl Headlines That You Missed During Your Hangover

Well, Humanoids, the Big Game has come and gone. You survived the hangover, the half-hearted conversations about commercials that you half-remember, and a game the Denver Broncos would rather forget altogether. And in the wake of the drug-induced demise of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the offerings from Monday’s newsfeeds kept your glazed-over eyes company after […]

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“Best Night Ever:” A pH-Balanced “Hangover” That Looks Like It Still Stinks

In HBO’s battle of the sexes, neither gender could claim superiority when Entourage picked up where Sex and the City left off in 2004. The diametric opposition of these series created a subjective détente allowing men to live vicariously through Vincent Chase’s high school fantasy life after women spent 6 seasons reveling in whatever adventures […]

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The WrestleMania Railroad: How WWE Has Outpaced The Mainstream in Intra-racial Diversity

Race and ethnicity have influenced promotion in professional wrestling since long before it became a billion-dollar industry being broadcast worldwide. Back when the ability to put asses in seats was the only source of revenue, promoters had to cast their shows based on talent with whom the local audience would culturally identify. Living legend Bruno […]

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With “Her,” Spike Jonze Restores ‘Us’

While talking to a friend over gchat this past Friday, something unexpected happened: the Google service stopped working. Upon being notified that I was “no longer signed in to chat,” I refreshed the page to speed up the process, as any experienced Internet user would. But a new page appeared upon the refresh, a page […]

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JCVD is BACK in “Enemies Closer.” Go Ahead and Laugh; He Doesn’t Care

Last night, I had a realization that was as surprising as it was reaffirming: Jean-Claude Van Damme was a presence throughout my childhood. From his uncredited appearance in Breakin’ to his barely-speaking role in No Retreat, No Surrender and into his run of hits that include Bloodsport, Kickboxer, and Timecop, JCVD rivaled Stallone and Schwarzenegger […]

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Spectacle, Substance The Real One-Two Punch in “Tyson vs. Ali”

The heated debates that ensue among men in barbershops are common to the black American experience. Most famously depicted in the 1988 comedy Coming to America, some such debates involve professional boxing. On the surface, the Frank Boudreaux play Tyson vs. Ali purports to answer the question of which of the titular champions would prevail […]

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3 Key Facts You Should Know About “Ride Along”

If you were born before this Christmas, then you know that the buddy comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Ride Along opens today. Since Ice Cube has already proven his ability as the straight man in several comedies, and Hart is the most famous standup comic turned movie star since Eddie Murphy, Ride Along […]

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Do Black Androids Dream of Electric Racists? – A Preview of FOX’s “Almost Human”

Hollywood Midas J.J. Abrams’s body of work has made him an invaluable asset in giving mainstream entertainment an edge. Moving from romantic dramas like Felicity and What About Brian to thrillers such as Lost and Fringe, Abrams has been the industry bridge between gun-shy network executives and increasingly savvy audiences. And in joining forces with […]

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The Real “Sexy” Halloween Costumes of 2013

It’s that time of year again, Humanoids, when legions of young ladies take to the streets looking like rookie sex workers. It is the day women revoke their own licenses of self-respect in exchange for copious amounts of cheap booze and even cheaper costumes, when men are allowed to call women ‘slutty’ when they would […]

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“Machete Kills”…The Need For More Machete

The 2010 Robert Rodriguez film Machete quenched an audience thirst for mindless violent entertainment that began during Grindhouse, the 2007 double feature that Rodriguez split with fellow director Quentin Tarantino. Among the intermission reel of trailers for movies that did not exist beyond their previews, the resounding consensus was that Danny Trejo should be the […]

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“Baggage Claim” Assumes No Responsibility For Lost Sanity

Humanoids, I made a decision on Friday that may shock some of you, and I am feeling the effects of that decision. That decision…was to go to a theater…alone…and see the romantic comedy Baggage Claim. Some readers of Marz Daily Media might wonder why the hell I saw Baggage Claim in the first place. Admittedly, […]

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It Takes Two: Cable TV’s Most Compelling Couples

Sam and Diane, Ross and Rachel, Jack and Kate. Television audiences have formed deep connections with certain shows because of their riveting pairs. Usually the subject of ‘Will they or won’t they?’ speculation, would-be couples on TV continue to consume the attention of viewers more than any Sweeps Week stunt. And this trend goes beyond […]

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Besson’s “The Family” Needed a Fifth Element…and a Second, Third, and Fourth

When a filmmaker has the chance to build around a cast including Robert Deniro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, many moviegoers would consider that a promising core. Alas, in the case of Luc Besson‘s The Family, the strengths do not go far past the nuclear stage. Besson’s adapted tale of an American family in […]

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Less is Much More in “Riddick”

No Judi Dench, no problem. After leaving fans hanging for about 10 years, writer/director David Twohy proved the wait worth it with Riddick. The third installment of the series that was launched with Pitch Black in 2000, Riddick returns to the series’ original form using the familiar ‘man versus strange beast’ sci-fi premise. In Riddick, […]

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The American Dream or The American Deception? A “Ray Donovan” Review

Reinvention: an integral theme to the American experience. In a world where upward mobility comes at the expense of the weak, Showtime’s Ray Donovan depicts the myriad conditions under which we as Americans chase the Dream, compromising our selves in the process. The titular character and his father Mickey provide the thematic nucleus for the […]

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Hart Shows Black Comedians How It’s Done in “Let Me Explain”

When Russell Simmons’s Def Comedy Jam premiered on HBO in 1992, it showed Americans a generation of talented black comedians that would have otherwise been relegated to obscurity. The weekly series launched the careers of stars, including Chris Tucker and Bernie Mac, and informed the template with which most aspiring black comedians developed their styles. […]

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VH1 To Sign Heat Forward Andersen To TV Deal?

Disclaimer: The following is a goofy pitch idea of my own conception. Therefore, I will consider any piece of work that resembles this pitch idea an inconsiderate rip-off. That is unless, of course, someone pays me handsomely for it. Fresh off the parade trail, outrageous Mohawk and colorful tattoos have made Miami Heat forward Chris […]

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Heart in an Idiot Box: How Marc Maron Has Become a Cultural Leader

Perhaps the revolution will be televised…on basic cable. Stand-up comedian Marc Maron has reached a new career plateau as his long-running podcast (WTF), his new book (Attempting Normal), and his self-titled IFC series combine to legitimize him as a bona fide brand in the industry that overlooked him for decades. And nearly midway through its […]

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Quarterfinals: The 1st Annual Rap-etology Classic

Now that the NCAA bracket fatigue has subsided, it’s time to get back to business. The pool of contenders for greatest rap territory has been cut in half after 16 squads did battle.  See below for more in-depth information about the match-ups in this year’s Rap-etology Elite 8. And ‘Like’ Marz Media on Facebook to […]

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Silva’s “Like Water” Reveals the Man Behind the Mask

As mixed martial arts continues its ascent into the mainstream, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been the premiere company in promoting this burgeoning style of competition. UFC capitalizes not only on its deep pool of talent, but also on the range of personalities these fighters emanate. But to UFC President Dana White’s chagrin, some of […]

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What I Learned at “Admission”

Do you remember your college interviews? Do you remember visiting campuses with your parents during weekends and breaks? Do you look back on that angst-ridden period and recognize how pointless the exhaustive enterprise turned out to be? Regardless of your answers, Paul Weitz’s Admission depicts that reality as the backdrop for what looks to be […]

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Round 1: The 1st Annual Rap-etology Classic

The bracket is set, and the real action is underway. The 1st Annual Rap-etology Classic promises compelling battles and controversial debates about which parts of the country reign supreme. Check below for matchup details and for the Marz Media Podcast, where LeMar, DeSalv, and (introducing) Kodi Shay speculate on outcomes on the Classic as well as […]

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The Biggest Loser: America

The season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser featured a 13-year-old boy named Biingo. He overcame obesity through determination and the support of his family. And when his ‘before’ segment ended, revealing the new and improved Biingo, his cheery disposition and disarming innocence could have won over even the most cynical viewer. But this account […]

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The 1st Annual Rap-etology Classic

The time has finally arrived, Humanoids. The teams have been selected and the matchups have been set. For the first time in history, the world will decide what corner of the planet can lay claim to the greatest rappers. In the spirit of March Madness, this tournament is likely to have upsets, landslides, and Cinderella […]

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A Breath of Froggy Fresh Air: How A YouTube Sensation Redefined “Keeping It Real”

Since the turn of the millennium, regional influences in rap music have shifted from its coastal beginnings to the American south. Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida have become breeding grounds for the most popular rappers of the past decade. And to the credit of these performers, their success stems just as much from unheard-before […]

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Bobcat Assassinates Stupidity with “God Bless America”

Between overly sensationalized news and the borderline worship of reality television, American citizens, regardless of their political or religious leanings, would agree that the nation’s dependence on the media has contributed to societal decay. Ironically, the devices that could unite Americans (television, the Internet, church, etc.) have exposed the ugly, more divisive side of humanity. […]

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“Chronicle” Keeps It Simple, Changes the Game

Chronicle follows the friendship of Andrew, Matt, and Steve: 3 high school seniors who develop supernatural abilities and, together, learn how to control them. The primary point of view in the story—from Matt, the most socially troubled of the group—destroys the filmic fourth wall since it comes through Matt’s video camera that they occasionally share, […]

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30 for 30 Doc “Run Ricky Run” Scores Defiantly

For sports fans interested in learning more about one of this generation’s more enigmatic athletes, Run Ricky Run fulfills the fall-from-grace/road-to-redemption plot that audiences have come to expect over the last millennia of storytelling. What people may not have expected (ESPN execs included) was this ‘30 for 30’ documentary exposing the predatory spirit that the […]

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Kanye West Documentary About Racism Headed to Cannes

“George Bush did not care about black people, and neither did John Hughes.” Music superstar and Chicago native Kanye West had an epiphany: the ’80s movies he grew up enjoying contained racial undertones that have been ignored by mainstream critics. So West accepted the self-assigned mission of visiting the suburbs north of Chicago, where director […]

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Early Richard Pryor Film Satirizes Today’s American Politics

The advent of television changed how Americans perceive politicians. Richard Nixon’s appearance during a televised debate with John F. Kennedy worked against him in 1960. And from then on, the element of aesthetics became a legitimate factor in deciding who would become the leader of the free world. In the 1968 film Wild in the […]

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“Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies:” Revisionist History or Indisputable Truth?

In the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twelve, motion picture director Richard Schenkman reenacted the untold battle waged by our nation’s greatest president against a legion of the undead. Common folk have passed down a flawed narrative of this event down through generations, claiming that Abraham Lincoln was the arch nemesis Count Dracula. But […]

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Dwight Howard To Star In New Sports Comedy

Disclaimer: The following is a goofy pitch idea of my own conception. Therefore, I will consider any piece of work that resembles this pitch idea an inconsiderate rip-off. That is unless, of course, someone pays me handsomely for it. Happy-go-lucky star center Dwayne ‘The Wall’ Showalter has been dazzling Chinese basketball fans since his off-the-court […]

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2006 Political Slasher Film “The Tripper” Flip-Flops

In his directorial debut, David Arquette tells the story of a man whose childhood exposure to President Reagan becomes obsessive, turning him into a hippie-hating axe murderer…or it’s the story of a young woman hoping to forget an abusive relationship by attending a music festival in the woods of northern California. Certainly these two plot […]

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The Real “Sexy” Costumes of Halloween

Ah, Halloween: the one day of the year when women test the fashion boundaries of “she was asking for it” without anyone believing that they actually are. It’s that magical night when willingly adopting an indiscriminately promiscuous exterior somehow won’t cancel out the respect women demand in hetero-social spaces every other day of the year. […]

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‘Snow on tha Bluff’ Keeps It Too Real…Hopefully

Since the mid-1990s, charges of glorifying violence have become virtually indefensible as rap artists and filmmakers continued to capitalize handsomely on it. And mixing this trend with gross displays of wealth and morally bankrupt depictions of women gave the entertainment industry an irresistible recipe for profit at the nonrefundable expense of spiritual and emotional decay […]

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“Red Hook Summer” Marks Lee’s Long-Awaited Big Screen Homecoming

“Hollywood didn’t want to make this movie…There are no super heroes, no capes, no s___ blowin’ up…” Immediately before the 10pm showing Red Hook Summer, director Spike Lee appeared before the sold out crowd to speak briefly about premiering the latest installment of his Chronicles of Brooklyn. The mellow intensity that helped make him one […]

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MDM Casts Garth Ennis’s “The Boys”

Over the past few decades, Hollywood studios have grown increasingly uncomfortable with taking chances on original screenplays. Instead, execs remain in charted territory for a safer return on their investment. Adaptations of novels and comic books, tend to get greenlit sooner than what could be the next Star Wars, Beverly Hills Cop, or Ghostbusters. But […]

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Miami Heat ’30 for 30′ in Pre-Pre-Pre-Production

Premiering in Summer 2015: They’ve stood face to face with glory…only to be turned away. They’ve battled the media…barely escaping with their egos. But when win the NBA Championship, finally achieving the goal they predicted over 5 years earlier, life off the court becomes the greatest test they’ve ever had. During the court trial for […]

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The 2011-2012 NBA: A Season In Review and A Nation In Peril

This NBA season has delivered in ways that the last lockout-shortened season did not. Players learned from their predecessors’ missteps in 1999 by arriving to training camp in relatively good shape. And although their rust showed well into the season, the storylines that ensued made fans believe that this season would be a worthy sequel […]

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How to Save the NBA: A plan to reboot an infuriating league

While NBA fan culture eagerly accommodates the free market fluidity of team rosters across the country, the flaws exposed in the current system call into question whether professional basketball will ever reach the global popularity that soccer has. Although the American basketball fan’s willingness to pledge loyalty regardless of team results echoes European notions of […]

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What I Learned At “The Avengers”

Considering Hollywood’s history of squandering potential, no one would be wrong to assume that even a proven cast of Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris Hemsworth could disappoint. In fairness, the challenge of negotiating focus among all these talents in one movie is hardly an […]

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