I had the pleasure of meeting comic book writer Tony Isabella in October 2017. Tony is the creator of the DC Comics first African American superhero Black Lightning.
During my time with Tony Isabella at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, I asked him what was his favorite comic book issue to work on. Without hesitation, he said Black Lightning Volume 2 Issue 5.
Tony went on to explain why he enjoyed the comic book so much. Black Lightning’s civilian identity is Jefferson Pierce, the principal at Garfield High School. Pierce dons the Black Lightning costume to protect his students from the gangsters who want to recruit them to their gangs and do them harm.
In the Black Lightning comic recommended by Tony Isabella, something goes wrong. Walter Kasko, a teacher at Garfield High School, tosses himself in front of a young student named Lamar as gangsters burst into the room Walter, Lamar, and Jefferson was. Walter was riddled with bullets and died. Jefferson was injured and spent time in the hospital. Read more...
My thought going into Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was “Do we really need another remake of a film?” The 1995 Jumanji starred Robin Williams as Alan Parrish (who gets a nod in the new Jumanji). Williams character was sucked into the world of Jumanji much like the characters in the new movie.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle tells the story of four students: Spencer (Alex Wolff), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), and Martha (Morgan Turner) as they follow the same path as Alan Parrish. While in detention, these four characters discover an old video game system with a Jumanji cartridge already inserted into the console.
They turn on the system, choose their avatars, and are suddenly transported into the video game. Welcome to the jungle, gang! Read more...
The Hitman’s Bodyguard contains Samuel L. Jackson (who played Nick Fury in the Avengers) and Ryan Reynolds (the man behind Deadpool). These two bring a fun air to the irreverent yet enjoyable new movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Ryan Reynold’s character Michael Bryce is tasked with protecting the successful hitman Darius Kincaid (played by Samuel L. Jackson) after Kincaid agrees to testify against a genocidal maniac. The laughs ensue. The action commences. And you have a hilarious movie waiting for you.
But to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should bring my leadership notebook to The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The movie is rated R and knowing the two main actors, I was expecting crass, vulgar, and inappropriateness to be shown.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard does deliver with crass humor and lots of vulgarity (though I’m not sure there was more than the comic-book movie Logan). Thankfully, there was very little sexualness to the movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard did deliver in one other area: Leadership lessons. Read more...
I can hardly believe Transformers 5 released this past weekend. Transformers: The Last Knight is Michael Bay’s last outing as the director of the Transformers series.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed seeing the giant transforming robots brought to the big screen. Even if the Transformers movies strayed from the 80’s cartoon I so fondly remember. Each new movie in the series brought out the little kid within me.
Transformers: The Last Knight did the same thing. I sat awed sitting in the second row staring up at the screen. Watching my favorite Transformers battling it out made my day.
I also some saw important leadership lessons in Transformers: The Last Knight. And I want to share those leadership lessons with you.
Caution: Transformers: The Last Knight spoilers below
Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Transformers: The Last Knight
Let’s be honest. Walt Disney Picture’s and Pixar’s Cars 2 was a disappoint. Cars 2 strayed far from what made the original Cars movie great. Thankfully, Cars 3 veers back on track.
Cars 3 tells the story of Lightning McQueen and his new competitor Jackson Storm (which is a great name. My nephew’s name is Jackson.). Jackson Storm is a rookie race car blazing the course. He’s leaving the old competitors in the dust. That means Lightning McQueen isn’t the fastest anymore.
Cars 3 is an entertaining tale. The movie brings back the feel of the original and sets us up for a continuation of the story. And, as usual, I’m here to bring you leadership lessons from Cars 3. Be ready, there’s plenty.