Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Are You An Imagine Dragons Fan?

Imagine Dragons

Do you love music? What is your favorite song? Who is your favorite musician?

I love music because music comes in all forms. Music can be small, big, and a medium. In Starbucks terminology, it can be Venti. You see music is like coffee.

You can consume music in many ways. In what ways do you listen to music? Maybe, you wear Beats by Dre headphones or earplugs to consume your tastes of expression.

Moreover, music sparks your imagination. I believe your brain activates after gazing at a work of art. Plus, I feel your mind listens to a great audio work of art.

Let’s use our imagination. Albert Einstein said imagination is more important than knowledge. George R.R. Martin used his imagination to create a language called Valyrian in the Game of Thrones. When you combine Albert Einstein and George R.R. Martin with music, you get Imagine Dragons.

Have you heard of Imagine Dragons? Lately, the Las Vegas rock band has been gaining in popularity. What Game of Thrones is to cable TV, Imagine Dragons is to premium music.

If you have Imagine Dragons on your playlist, consider yourself privileged. Their music is amazing. Their lyrics are transformative.

Furthermore, Imagine Dragons are like the particle physicists of sound. You see these musicians pay attention to every detail while recording music in the studio booth. 

While watching the AMAs on TV, I first came across an Imagine Dragons performance. I’m looking forward to watching more of the band’s performances in the future. The band members connected with the spirit.

Finally, who can deny the creativity of the Imagine Dragons? Like Carlos Santana, the rock band creates creative sounds for a living. Plus, they generate electric music like Calvin Harris.

Are you an Imagine Dragons fan? What is your favorite Imagine Dragons song? Chime in your comments.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

How Star Wars Characters Give Us Life


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How Star Wars Characters Give Us Life

What do you like most about the Star Wars franchise? Who are your favorite characters? I believe the best part of Star Wars are the characters. The characters give life and meaning to American popular and World culture.

Ever since I can remember, Luke Skywalker has been a hero in the Star Wars universe. Do you remember playing with Yoda and Darth Vader action figures? Remember when every girl wanted to be Princess Leia for Halloween. The characters were so dynamic and they are amazingly evolving to this day.

And so the story goes, George Lucas sold his film rights to Disney and a series of new Star Wars movies emerged. It began with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 directed by J.J. Abrams. Do you remember how the Force Awakens broke every box office record in the book.

And the next one, simply marketed as A Star Wars Story, was Rogue One starring Felicity Jones. The film received critical praise and collected over $1 billion from movie goers.

On December 15, Star Wars: the Last Jedi debuts in theaters around the world. Fans are excited to see Mark Hamil reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. I'm looking forward to seeing the Last Jedi. It has a great trailer which aired for the first time during the World Series yesterday.

Through the years I've come to love science fiction and fantasy movies. I'm drawn by the mystery and suspense. These are my favorite science fiction and fantasy actresses.

Have you ever wanted to compare Star Wars and Star Trek? Check out this cool comparison of Star Wars Vs. Star Trek. I'll do a Stardust story some time soon if you're interested.

I say all this to say that the Star Wars series is as American as the World Series (baseball). The Star Wars franchise is here to stay. Plus, it is the characters that give us life.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Emmys 2017 Recap


Did you watch the Emmys last night? The 2017 Emmys was exciting. All the stars gathered on the red carpet and then on stage.
It was truly a wonderful time. Are you going to watch the post show? In the meantime, read this recap.

Did you check out the fashion and styles? Who was the best dressed in your opinion? Some say Zoe Kravitz was the most fashionable. Apparently, risque is in and safe is out.

To begin with, glitz and glamor obviously filled the concert hall. Along with excitement, there was also a lot of humor in the room. However, Jimmy Fallon was noticeably absent. Still, there was so much comedy to behold.

The Emmys celebrate TV at its best. It is important to acknowledge the contributions of writers, actors, directors, producers and the crew. Making great television is a concerted effort.

The 69th PrimeTime Emmy collected talent like bottle caps. Did you see the opening montage? Stephen Colbert began the night singing and dancing like he was on a Broadway musical.

There were so many highlights of the show. What did you like the best? Maybe, you enjoyed every minute of it. Was this the best award show or what?

My favorite moment was the coming together of TV rivals James Corden and Seth Meyers. I also enjoyed the Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel drinking segment. They were “sore” losers. Again, where was Jimmy Fallon? How amazing would it be to get every last one of them in the same room at the same time?

More emphasis should be placed on the red carpet and after party. The Emmys should be shortened to make way for the red carpet and post show. Anyway, the presenters did a fantastic job.

And the Winners Are...

HBO, ABC, Netflix and Hulu were big winners. John Lithgow received the first award. Veep and Atlanta won multiple times. Sterling K. Brown won for This Is Us. Plus, Elisabeth Moss took home a statute for Handmaid's Tale

Overall, it was Handmaid's Tale's night. It is unfortunate that TV's number one show was ineligible for nomination. In fact, no Game of Thrones' cast members were in attendance. Who was your favorite winner? Were your favorite shows nominated?

To wrap it up, next year will be even more exciting.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

What's New? TV Shows


What's New? TV Shows

Do you watch enough TV? Nowadays, it is impossible to watch too much TV. So don't feel guilty about binge-watching. You have so many options. You can literally binge-watch seasons upon seasons of your favorite TV shows.

With Netflix, Amazon, and good old fashioned NBC, you can't go wrong. Oh yeah, don't forget about ABC, HBO, Fox, and Starz. You may get creative and choose Hulu from time to time too. Whatever your preferences, always choose the best in entertainment because life is too short to watch crap.

Luckily, TV is changing for the better. With all these changes, new things popup all the time. People like new stuff. This is natural.You want a new car, don't you?

Fall is right around the corner. And that means new TV shows are upon us. This article provides a list of new TV shows. In total, there are 20. Chime in your comments at the end. Enjoy!

Star Trek: Discovery
The Orville
The Mayor
The Good Doctor
Young Sheldon
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
The Deuce
The Gifted
Me, Myself & I
The Brave
Marvel's Inhumans
L.A. To Vegas
Good Girls

What TV shows are you looking forward to seeing the most? I want to see the Good Doctor and Star Trek: Discovery the most. These two shows will probably receive the highest ratings. I'm also interested in The Orville and Ghosted. Some of these shows I listed won't make it to the second season though.

You know great TV is all about the ratings. That's why you've gotta make your numbers count. The good news is all these TV shows have a good chance at renewal. At the end of the day, all you can ask for is a fighting chance.

I am Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy Birthday! Liam Payne

Liam Payne

Once upon a time, there was One Direction (1D) and Directioners. It seems like such a long time ago, but it really has only been 1 year and 8 months since One Direction broke up for good. Were you a Directioner? Remember how big of a deal it was when Zayn Malik went solo. Now, look at the bigger picture. Everybody has gone solo.

Say it isn't true? It seems Fifth Harmony will break up too if my sources are correct. So much for staying the course. Who thought the group was going to add another member? Maybe, One Direction will reunite someday as will Fifth Harmony.

And so, you know the story of 1D and Liam Payne. The kind and likable Liam Payne established himself in a mean and nasty music industry. Liam Payne and the establishment are one in the same because he is elite.

What ever happened to true Fandom? Why did the Beatles have to breakup? If you are an artist you've gotta build your fan base like One Direction. That's why there are Katycats, Lovatics, and Beliebers because individuals had the foresight to establish themselves. Are you a Swiftie? Well then, check out the Urban Legend of Taylor Swift and Who's Really Hotter Taylor Swift Vs. Katy Perry?

Lately, Taylor Swift has been dominating the news. Right now, it is time to give a shout out to Liam Payne. Today is literally his birthday. He turns 24 years old. Wish him a happy birthday @IamGuruJay and @LiamPayne.

Who's waiting for Liam Payne's next album? Fresh off the One Direction (1D) boat, Liam recently released 2 singles: Strip That Down and Get Low. Strip That Down has went double platinum. I predict it will go triple platinum when it's all said and done. Who knows he could get a diamond in the future.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Who's Watching The Tick?


Who's Watching The Tick?

This Saturday I spent some time watching The Tick with family. We were looking for a fun comedy and came across the Amazon Prime series. I had a feeling it was going to be good.

I noticed #TheTick trending on Twitter. These days I find some of my best stories originate from Twitter. I'd love to hear your take on the new TV show. Here are my thoughts on the new Amazon Prime series.

First of all, the acting was over the top, borderline bad. I don't remember ever seeing the cartoon, but if I did it was probably better than this malarkey. I think it should have stayed a cartoon; at least in that format, I could better understand and excuse the plot holes and poor character developments.

As the Original Entertainment Guru, I value original entertainment. The Tick lacked creativity. You see I heard those jokes before already. I wanted them to say something new and different for a change. It didn't happen. Comedy is all about discovering new perspectives. At the end of the day, I saw the same ole perspective. I had high expectations for The Tick. Maybe, I set the bar too high.

On the bright side, the cinematography was fine. I think it was a good setting. Still, there wasn't enough excitement for me. It has potential in a parallel universe.

Overall, I gave it 2 stars out of 5. After watching the pilot and the second episode, we had to call it a day. It wasn't our cup of tea. It wasn't a total waste of time though, because I took a nap.

They tried to be like the Green Lantern, but failed. I haven't seen this much bad TV in a long time. I was disappointed. Who's watching The Tick? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

I am Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Why Halsey Is Music's Solar Eclipse


Why Halsey Is Music's Solar Eclipse

You have been living under a rock if you haven't heard about the solar eclipse. Also, if you don't know Halsey by now, allow me to introduce you to her. Halsey is music's solar eclipse.

Her type of music talent comes around once every 99 years, Halsey was born in 1994 in Washington, New Jersey. Her name is a derivative of a Brooklyn street sign. It is also an anagram of her real name Ashley.

Halsey hasn't always had it easy although she makes her work look effortless. She struggled in the beginning of her career. However, she didn't give up and look at her now.

Halsey is music's solar eclipse because her talent is rare. The Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Beyonce are a thing of the past. Out of nowhere, Halsey comes and makes a way.

I feel like Halsey falls somewhere between Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande as far as fame. Make no mistake, she is getting more famous. She has a bright future ahead of her.

She wasn't in Fifth Harmony or Little Mix, yet she has amassed as much star power as them. Halsey has sang duets with the Chainsmokers and Justin Bieber himself. It is amazing what she has accomplished in such a short span of time. Plus, she is only getting more famous and popular for the right reasons.

What is more, her music is making a claim on popular culture. New Americana is taking over American train of thought. Fans can't get enough of Now or Never. In fact, they expect to hear the song at concerts. Right now, you can find Halsey on tour. She is performing in Las Vegas, Connecticut and Boston. It is an exciting time for Halsey and her fans. What is your favorite Halsey song? Do you agree that she is music's solar eclipse?

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Are You Binge-Watching The Defenders?


Are You Binge-Watching The Defenders?

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I decided to binge-watch Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. The Defenders showcases 4 amazing talents. The series combines Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist into one. Let's start the discussion. Are you binge-watching the Defenders?

In this blog, I will analyze the first four episodes.I will tell you what I liked and what I didn't like. By the end, you'll see why they call me the Original Entertainment Guru.

I throughly enjoyed the first episode. The story begins in Cambodia with sword fighting and a ton of action. A dying man's last words were “the real war is in New York City.” As the Immortal Iron Fist flys back on his private plane, he experiences turbulence coupled with a nightmare about Cambodia. His girlfriend comforts him as he wakes up.

Then, it cuts to Jessica Jones. She's busy doing the usual- lifting cars and shit. Plus, Luke Cage gets out of jail. He doesn't have time for the man to un-cuff him, so he breaks the cuffs in half with all his might. Meanwhile, Daredevil wins a big case for $11 million.

The first 2 episodes reintroduce all 4 characters in dramatic fashion. It was well written and the acting was terrific. Moreover, the director deserves credit for his vision.

I didn't like the second episode that much. The third episode was the best so far. It had an unforgettable ending. You gotta check it out and see what I mean. I've never seen a more powerful ending to an episode. The fourth episode takes place in a Chinese restaurant.

Overall, the series was well worth the wait. There is something for everybody. The show progressively gets better. In many ways, it is almost like a movie. The Defenders is great TV. I highly recommend binge-watching the Netflix Original series. You may want to watch Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil first.

I like what Netflix and Marvel are doing. Bringing 4 shows into one is brilliant, brilliant I tell you. If you are into comics, superheroes and the like, it is is a must-see. You receive premium entertainment value. I stopped my binge-watching at the 5th episode. I look forward to seeing the rest. Stay tuned for part II.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marlon & Naked Movie Review


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Yesterday Marlon Wayans returned to prime time TV. Who remembers the Wayans Brothers? His new sitcom is simply called Marlon. As expected, Marlon is hilarious like the man it is named after. 2 episodes aired back to back on NBC. So, families were rewarded with a full hour of funny. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Marlon goes wild. I've never seen a comedian more physical than him. Have you? He reminded me of Martin. I feel Marlon has gotten funnier over the years.

The other characters were great too. I got love for Essence Atkins and her portrayal of Marlon's ex wife. Plus, Bresha Webb had a nice role.

I want to see Marlon succeed. There are 8 shows already lined up; and I believe there's potential for more. If you want to literally laugh your ass off, then watch Marlon Wayans perform on Mondays.

In addition, Marlon Wayans has a new movie on Netflix called Naked. The movie was released on August 11th. I highly recommend seeing the movie. I watched it last night. You'll enjoy the film because it's original.

The film is about a substitute teacher (Marlon Wayans) marrying a doctor (Regina Hall). Her father thinks she could do a lot better. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because I want you to watch it. However, Marlon's character gets stuck in an elevator naked over and over again. I believe you'll like it.

Wayans plays the hell out of the character. Overall, Naked was well written. I gave it 5 stars because that's the highest rating you could give. Brian McKnight makes a noteworthy appearance. Does he get naked too? You got to watch and see.

Marlon Wayans isn't putting all his eggs into one basket. He is diversifying his talents. Moreover, he has mastered comedy.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who Is the Best James Bond?


Who Is the Best James Bond?

Daniel Craig confirmed that he will return to play James Bond in an upcoming film. At Guru Jay, we recognize the best. Which brings me to my question: Who is the best James Bond? Is Daniel Craig the best to ever play James Bond? I want to know your thoughts. Here are mine.

First of all, I don't believe Daniel Craig is the best. I thought the producers were trying to find a new James Bond. Didn't you think the same thing? What happened? Daniel Craig doesn't compare to Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan. I'm sorry. Now his movies are great but his acting is only good when compared to the legends. I don't think I'm being harsh. Maybe, I am but you want my honest opinion I'll give it to you.

Daniel Craig doesn't have charisma like Connery and Brosnan. There is a reason our grandmas love Sean Connery to a fault. And our mothers couldn't get enough of Brosnan back in the day. I don't want to knock Daniel Craig too much, but it's time for a new James Bond.

I believe the greatest actor to play James Bond is Sean Connery. However, I believe the best James Bond is Pierce Brosnan. Sean Connery is one of the greatest actors of all time, but he's not the essence of James Bond. Pierce Brosnan is the essence of James Bond. When James Bond comes to mind, I think of Piece Brosnan first.

What are your favorite James Bond movies? My favorite James Bond movie is Die Another Day. I enjoyed the Halle Berry iconic bikini beach scene. After you read this blog, I recommend you check out this interesting Wikipedia Page. You'll discover there has been a total of 13 James Bonds.

To conclude, the second best James Bond is Sean Connery. Daniel Craig is probably in the top five but Pierce Bronsan is the best James Bond unequivocally. Let's start the discussion.

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