Fifty Shades of Black

I worked an exhausting shift and had a slice of pizza before going to the laundromat to do my laundry.  I bought some groceries and sat down to watch the Supergirl episode about the Medusa virus, and then I watched the Blu-ray disc of “Fifty Shades of Black.”  I was not expecting anything good.  The parody seemed unnecessary because the original was so ridiculous in the first place.  It was almost like doing a parody of “Showgirls.”  I don’t know how people felt about Florence Henderson’s scene with its Whiplash dialogue, but I thought it was painful to see it less than a week after her death.  Like a lot of the jokes in this movie, it went on for too long.  It’s a shame that this had to be her last movie appearance.  Fred Willard and Jane Seymour were in the cast, but they couldn’t add much to this movie.  There was a moment of seriousness about racism and sexism, but I couldn’t take it seriously, as this entire movie felt so empty.  It would have been better just to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” again than to see this one.  I would say that it was not as bad as “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” though.  I thought that Seth Rogen has been doing a better job at the raunchy comedy with “Neighbors 2” and “Sausage Party,” even though those two weren’t masterpieces.  Marlon Wayans is 44 years old.  I would have thought he had more ideas to put into “Fifty Shades of Black.”  I guess he is going to be in a White Chicks sequel in the future.  I’m not really looking forward to it.  I read that “Fifty Shades Darker” is set to be released on February 10, 2017, and “Fifty Shades Freed” on February 9, 2018.  Some of the people who died on November 29 include Giacomo Puccini (1924), Godfrey Cambridge (1976), Natalie Wood (1981), Cary Grant (1986), Ralph Bellamy (1991), Gene Rayburn (1999), George Harrison (2001), and John Knowles (2001).  Today is a birthday for Don Cheadle (52), Howie Mandel (61), Jerry Lawler (67), and Vin Scully (89).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for November 29, the Elvis Presley movie “Roustabout” was Number One at the box office in 1964.  In 1970, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” with Barbra Streisand and George Segal, was Number One at the box office.  In 1999, Gene Rayburn died of congestive heart failure at age 81 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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