Meteor Man | The Forgotten Classic

Robert Townsend was well on his way to stardom after betting on himself big time with his satire Hollywood Shuffle, attacking racial stereotypes in Hollywood.  The film controversial issues brought Townsend to the forefront as his music odyssey the Five Heartbeats became a classic in its own rights and still a great film to watch today.  Townsend tackled the music industry and Hollywood, it was only in due time he would try the Superhero genre. In comes 1993 Meteor Man.  Townsend bet big on this film this was one of his biggest budget films at 30 million to make, he went to Marvel comics to help spawn a 6-issue series for his film; more importantly, he wrote, produced, and directed this film.  With a very star-studded cast (Hello Darth Vader/Mufasa and War Machine), Meteor Man had a lot riding on it.  Unfortunately, the critics hated it due to its constant tone switches (oddly enough some films with similar flaws cough ** Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ** cough receive praise by today’s critics).  As a result, Meteor Man flopped in the box office.

Being born in 1993, I never had the privilege of watching this in the theater; I was able to watch years later as a kid and loved it.  Revisiting this film, I still enjoy this film, and I love it more now.  To give a brief summary, Robert Townsend plays Jefferson Reed, a schoolteacher in Washington DC, which is flooded with gang violence most notably by the Golden Lords whose leader played by Roy Fegan as Simon Caine recruits children to become members.  The Golden Lords all dye their heads blonde, are militant and shoot to kill. Did I mention they have a damn pet tiger; yes, the Golden Lords are the shit.  Reed tries to rescues a woman from being assaulted by the Lords. During his flee to escape them; a meteor goes right into him in one of the most disgusting scenes I have seen in a film. Stan Winston could not make something that gross happen.  Despite the serve injuries, Townsend’s character wakes up completely fine the next day. When discovering his powers such as flight, x-ray/laser vision, superhuman strength, speed, and hearing, invulnerability, healing powers, the ability to absorb a book’s content by touch, super breath, telepathy with dog, he begins to help to take back the city from the Golden Lords as Meteor Man.

The very first thing I have to say about this (other James Earl Jones rocking a high-top fade asking women if they’re down with OPP yes, this fucking happened) is the heart in the film. Townsend and his supporting cast really love the city they are in and refuse to keep seeing get destroyed, but they have no hope in restoring their community which getting run down by the Golden Lords. Robert himself does a great job as Reed as someone who is ready to change DC for the better but also make human mistakes and some that cost him in the future of this film.  This film also incorporated musicians in a very fascinating way. Luther Vandross and Big Daddy Kane as villains check, Cypress Hill (who are Bloods) playing Crips interesting, Naughty by Nature as bloods. Interesting choices and something I also have issue with the film. There’s too many characters in this film to keep up. James Earl Jones and Sinbad’s characters were completely pointless in this film, and I haven’t got to Bill Cosby’s character yet. The film tried too hard to putting too many plot points that went nowhere and it hurt the film from a critical standpoint. However, that does not mean that this is a bad film, it is not by any means.  The film is actually solid with crop of actors who had a blast playing their roles.  Even with the issues from a critical standpoint, this a great casual viewing.   It’s honestly a shame this film did so horrible in the box office. This film deserved better and it’s a film worth watching.

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 213 | Good Tribes

An episode where Rob Lee and Dann D question tribal support, sexy Irish accents and the origins of “getting brain”.

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An episode where Rob Lee and Dann D recap news from tide pods, birthday’s and male sex robots.

Crown City Cooking | Episode 1

Doughnuts have been a staple of our times since before we were born. They’re a late night comfort food, the perfect breakfast for office folk and a ubiquitous wisecrack at law enforcement. With such a lengthy history, it’s no surprise to see the beloved dessert still thriving today. And with an onslaught of options, it can be hard choosing which among the many is the king of doughnuts. It’s my honor to inform you that the crown jewel of gourmet doughnuts can be found in a small shop in Fells Point.

Diablo Doughnuts has been a fixture in Baltimore for two years and have already made a name for themselves with unique, delicious doughnuts made from scratch Wednesday through Sunday. After following the Diablo Instagram for over a year now, I finally got the chance to visit the shop last weekend. Familiar with the wide variety of creative flavors, I went in with a game plan. I’d get a dozen, mostly smores but also a few strawberry cheesecakes, a crème brûlée and a blackberry lime. Unfortunately, by the time we got there (noonish) there was only a bakers dozen left to select from… so I bought the whole box!

Pictured above is that first wonderful box. Several Blackberry Lime, Chesapeake, Blueberry Basil and one loan maple bacon (all of which were destroyed by the end of the day). Throughout the week I tried writing a review that would do justice to how flavorful these magic doughnuts truly are, but it was impossible. I needed more for inspiration.

The very first day I had free, I grabbed my best friend and headed down to Fells Point as the sun rose above the city. And after a really great sit down with Ros, owner and creative genius at Diablo, I bought nine doughnuts and headed back home.

 

By far, my favorites were the Chesapeake, smores, blackberry lime and maple bacon. Even as a lifelong Baltimorean, I had my doubts about crab seasoning on a doughnut, but my god, the Chesapeake works perfectly! The smore doughnut is like a fluffy Boston creme, substituting the creme for a large toasted marshmallow on top. Which while we’re on the subject, the créme brûlée is delicious with a sugary hard top and a creme that I can only describe to you as smooth home made vanilla pudding. The blackberry lime is tart in a good way. I’m not ashamed to admit I licked the sugary remnants of blackberry off my fingertips. And the maple bacon is the perfect mix of sweet and savory, a combination that’s been done before but not on this level.

Diablo Doughnuts is a must have if you haven’t experienced gourmet doughnuts with originality and incredible taste. Their Fells Point location can be found at 717 S Broadway in Baltimore but they will soon open a brand new location in Federal Hill. I know I’ll be lining up with the rest of the foodie community at the grand opening and I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year from MTR The Network

Right on time

It’s been a great year for your friends here at MTR The Network. We’ve made friends, we’ve done live shows and we’ve continued to produce interesting, entertaining podcasts. We will continue to be bigger and better for 2018. Stay tuned.

Cheers,

Rob Lee

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Blackety Blackness In Film

Favorite Moments of Blaxploitation, according to Lord Lee

 

 

I appreciate blaxploitation especially when it’s done right.

 

1 – Lucius Fox doesn’t work for you, Clark!

<1>2 – Too hot to hold..I love how Bobby has a look on his face as if to say -” I’m sorry to bother you, Mr. Zeddmore.” 

3 – Inner City Drugs and hot dog vendors – I feel like we all have an uncle that IS this hot dog vendor.

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