Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Review

by Aiyonna White, Contributor

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an innovative take on superhero movies, coming of age stories and animation. This is one of the best comings of age stories of the year, and one of Marvel’s best movies ever. If you love Spider-Man, or Stan Lee, or comics, this is a film you have to see. 100% not optional.

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind “Lego Movie” and some of your other favorites, this movie could not fail. It’s already getting Oscar buzz and a Golden Globe nomination, and it deserves them.

We follow a young Miles Morales through his first day at his new boarding school in Brooklyn for super smart kids. Morales hates his new school, and while tagging an abandoned train station he got, you guessed it, bit by a radioactive spider. Then he meets Peter Parker (three times) and more spider people. 

This is one of the few comic book movies that made me want to start reading comics again. This movie is sweet and endearing and better than the hype it’s getting. I’m not going to spoil anything because I really really want you to see it. In 3D. It’s worth the money. I’m going to see it at least two more times before the year is over.

Here are a few of my (Spoiler-free!) highlights from the movie in no particular order.

  • The animation. It’s incredible. It makes the movie so much more engaging. I didn’t pick up my phone once during this movie, which is very impressive.
  • Into the Spider-Verse is legitimately laugh out loud funny. It manages to have realistic humor while dealing with some not so realistic plot points.
  • It’s also very sad. In my opinion, it’s too sad to be considered a children’s movie. I cried from 10 minutes in until after the credits.
  • Speaking of the credits, stay for the after-credit scene! I know you know this, but this is my favorite after-credit scene of all time.
  • The diversity. NYC looks like New York City. Miles, his mother, and his friends speak Spanish several times in the film.
  • John Mulaney as Peter Porker. He already earned his well deserved Emmy and now he’s coming for his Oscar.
  • Spider-Gwen. She’s effortlessly cool. This is the character I wanted to learn more about, and it looks like I’m not alone.
  • The other spider people. They’re hilarious shoutouts to everything that comics (and manga!) can be. But as an audience, we are never laughing at these characters. The movie respects them, and respects comics, which is something we need more of in comic book movies.
  • Lily Tomlin as Aunt May. She’s awesome. Watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix.

In order to keep this review “objective”, here are some of my least favorite parts of the movie.

  • Some of the music. I’m not a fan of the new genre of emo rap music.
  • I love the animation, but it can get a bit overwhelming.

This movie is incredible. If you’re not convinced by now, look at what other people are saying. This is a must-see for the holiday season.

For more hot takes, follow my Twitter where I talk about comics and cover comic book conventions but mostly retweet Teen Vogue articles. 

Follow Me Through Los Angeles Comic Con

by Aiyonna White, Contributor

If you still don’t follow my Twitter and missed out in all the fun, don’t worry! I’ve compiled all my tweets here for your convenience. You’re welcome.

If this hasn’t convinced you to follow my Twitter (@aiyoncee) I don’t know what will. 

Keep an eye out for Con coverage and more!

It’s all about giving with Fat Sal’s!

It’s the holiday season and to kick it off Fat Sal’s is putting a smile on people’s faces! This Sunday, November 18th at 3PM Fat Sal’s will be feeding families and handing out turkeys at Hubble Studio’s in Los Angeles (545 S. Clarence Street, Los Angeles, CA). 

If you miss out on Sunday don’t despair fellow Thanksgiving Orphans for a limited time you can grab the Fat Pilgrim Sandwich for $12.99 with all the trimmings! So you can chomp in one bite fresh oven roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato fries, mayo and all on a one <cough> two hand worthy hero! But you have to save room for the Pumpkin Cheesecake Fat Shake with vanilla ice cream, graham cracker crumbs, whipped cream, sprinkles of cinnamon AND a entire slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake! I can’t wait to enjoy all my holiday favorites without having to cook myself!

Trina’s Kids Foundation empowers underprivileged youth through charitable donations to well established youth development programs and group homes.  Trina’s Kids Foundation has a mission to promote healthy and positive experiences by collaborating with already-existing organizations that focus on today’s urban youth.

About Fat Sal’s Deli: With locations in Hollywood, Westwood, San Diego, Austin, and Encino, Fat Sal’s does everything with the intention of putting our customers first. We are committed to bringing America’s discerning, hungry and service savvy citizens quality, over-the-top quick service built from only the freshest and best ingredients…all in a fun, inviting and hip environment. For more information, please visit www.fatsalsdeli.com.

Do what you love with Special Guest App

If you are doing open mics trying to figure out how to make money doing what you love Damon Wayans, Jr. and Kristopher Jones have the app for you. It’s called ‘Special Guest’ app and it’s a game changer in the industry. It’s a booking app to make it simple to find talent for paid gigs.

Damon is part of the Wayan’s dynasty so has grown up in the entertainment industry. Damon has an agent, publicist and support team that a lot of people don’t have that allows him to be a paid successful actor/comic. But Damon still performs at open mics to work on his comedy routines and keep his skill for working in front of a live audience. Over the years he’s seen incredibly talented people at open mics who don’t have an agent so aren’t able to monetize their talent. He thought there has to be a better way and met up with Kristopher Jones to create an app that doesn’t charge the talent instead the booking agent pays.

It’s a platform that allows individuals and managed talent to create profiles with videos, description of skills and expertise with no fees to them. Instead Special Guest is an app to allow bookers/venues to easily find talent to perform. The app allows bookers to easily search for people with talents for events from painting faces at a school carnival, to comics to speak at a teambuilding event or cosplayer to order for opening night party all in one easy to navigate app for a fee.

You can hire @kidacemagic & hundreds of other talented performers on Special Guest.
You can hire @
and hundreds of other talented performers on Special Guest.

The app is still growing and they are concentrating on major markets. Currently they are concentrating on the Greater LA market with talent that travels to New York City, Nashville, and Atlanta. They are adding talent in select major metropolitan areas depending on demand. The database has a variety of live talent performers from photographers, comics, MCs, gymnasts, impersonators, singers, rappers and DJs to name a few.

I love Special Guest app it’s a great way for creative talented people to have the opportunity to be booked for a paid gig! Thanks to Damon Wayan Jr. and Kristopher Jones to creating an app open to all to follow the Hollywood dream!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 to sign up

L.A. Law reunion at NJ Chiller Theatre Expo in October

The original cast of L.A. Law is coming to the New Jersey Chiller Theatre Expo. It will be the first time since the Emmy winning series finale that cast members will be together to reminisce about the groundbreaking series with fans for autographs, photos and meet & greets. If you’ve never seen the NBC drama you may not realize how groundbreaking it was during it run in the 1980s-90s. This series focusing on the McKenzie Brackman law firms legal cases and soapy character drams was unlike any other series on at the time. Especially using cast members real life stories/relationships as the basis for ideas. It as part of NBC’s “Must Watch TV” that many networks tried to duplicate with a mix of family friendly shows and adult drama before the news. Of course this was before cable, streaming services, DVR and all the choices viewers now have today.

Corbin Bernsen, Susan Ruttan, Michele Greene, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker announced the reunion on CBS the Talk. The Chiller Theatre Expo takes place from Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Hilton Parsippany, One Hilton Court, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Hours are Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Complete ticket info at www.chillertheatre.com

The exclusive Chiller Theatre Expo event follows the first major nationally televised reunion of original L.A. LAW cast members on today’s edition of CBS’s The Talk.

Corbin Bernsen – Nominated for both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe Award® as Arnie Becker, the slick and shallow divorce lawyer, whose womanizing and opportunistic ways ironically epitomized the cases his character defended, often placing him in precarious situations his beleaguered secretary was left to protect.

Susan Ruttan – Ruttan earned four Emmy® Award nominations® as Roxanne Melman, the long-suffering secretary to Arnie Becker. Roxanne was gutsy enough to tell off her jerky boss while working humbly and ably in an office where greed was the creed.

Michele Greene – Emmy® nominated for her role of Abby Perkins, who morphed from a meek young lawyer to a self-confident legal dynamo over the first five seasons. In what was later revealed as a ratings publicity stunt, Greene’s character also made history for engaging in primetime TV’s first lesbian kiss (with Amanda Donohoe) on the show.

Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker –The real-life couple was already married over a decade when the show premiered, and their romance was converted to the small screen during the series’ run. As attorney Ann Kelsey, Eikenberry earned four Emmy® nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe® Award and became a symbol for women to be tough in their career pursuits. The show also gave her a forum for going public with her breast cancer via the primetime NBC documentary, Destined to Live. Tucker, as Stuart Markowitz, gathered three Emmy® nominations and two Golden Globe® nominations. Tucker’s character is known for learning the mysterious bedroom act “Venus Butterfly,” and using it on Ann, resulting in a bombardment of calls and letters from viewers seeking more details on the technique, which were never revealed.