12 Reasons Why 12 Angry Men Should Be A Christmas Movie

By Jeremy Carden

Considering that Christmas is less than 10 days away, I found myself watching one of my favorite movies this past weekend. I did find it strange that despite it being December, I was watching a movie that was not related to Christmas. However, I began to rethink that notion…

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I watched “12 Angry Men” on December 16th while I was cleaning my apartment. I realized that the genius behind the movie is the fact that it was just a dozen men sitting in a room arguing back and forth for 99.8% of the film! There are not a lot of people that would find that kind of concept interesting enough to focus an entire movie around.

Now, the reason that I think this movie should be a Christmas film is because it truly relates to the experience of being around a lot of family members for an extended amount of time. Hear me out on this one, I am heading home for a few days this weekend for the holiday. Am I nervous? A little bit, but that feeling comes more from seeing my extended family rather than my parents and sister.

By extended family, I am referring to my aunts and cousins on my father’s side of the family. I think a lot of you will be able to relate to having family members that you cannot stand for one reason or another. There is a #ChristmasWithBlackFamilies and #GrowingUpBlack hashtag for a reason.

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Not to mention, the clapback memes are too accurate to not be funny!

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During the holiday season, you are likely to be around your family for about five or more days. Either by your own choice or being forced into it, you go to the family dinner where 20 or more people are packed into the same house for several hours. Not everyone there is going to be in a good mood, and you might have to sit across the table from someone you would not talk to if your life depended on it. This film is all that and more!

When I really thought about it, I realized that each of the 12 jurors in the movie represents a family member that we can all relate with on some level.

Don’t believe me? I think the 12 jurors can give us 12 reasons why you should think otherwise.

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  1. Juror #1

This is the relative who sits at the end of the table like the head of the family. He gets the conversation going, and is not against stepping in when necessary when things get out of hand.

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  1. Juror #2

The meek family member that is easily talked down to or talked over when trying to voice his opinion.

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  1. Juror #3

The loudmouth member of the family who explodes at the drop of a dime. He is willing to start a fight over the slightest thing with anyone who he feels stands against him.

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  1. Juror #4

The straightforward family member who is 100% serious 100% of the time. One might consider him a buzzkill though because his logic kills any joke that you try to tell him. However, he would be the best candidate to ask if you need to hold a few dollars because he has a successful business.

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  1. Juror #5

The relative that grew up in the ghetto, but climbed their way to middle-class status. However, they do not like it when anyone brings up the way they were raised. Even though they tried to leave their old lifestyle behind, they can show you a trick or two if you find yourself in a knife fight.

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  1. Juror #6

A relative that is not too nice or too mean. He is a happy medium in terms of demeanor, and is not too bad to have a conversation with. Most of his income comes from odd jobs that he does around the neighborhood. If you need a paint job around the house or some repairs, then this handyman will gladly do the job for the right price.

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  1. Juror #7

The out-of-town relative that has 1,000 different places that he’d rather be at than the family gathering, but your auntie made him come. He is always complaining because of how badly he wants to leave, or tells a joke every chance that he gets. However, only a few of his jokes stick because most of them are usually a jab at another family member. He does not throw any shade towards Juror #3 since he does not want to start a fight that he cannot finish because no one else would jump in to help.

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  1. Juror #8

If there is a heated topic being discussed, this is the one family member who has a different opinion from everyone else. At first, they are unsure where they stand. However, they will present hardcore evidence as to why they feel differently about the subject. Juror #3 is not his biggest fan, but #8 might end up changing the hearts and minds of everyone in the room.

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Even though he is the most level-headed person in the room, he is the only one in the family that carries around a pocketknife. Luckily, he jabs it into the dinner table or another piece of furniture rather than another family member.

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  1. Juror #9

The family elder that is as kind as they are old. Even though their kindness is refreshing in a room full of diverse people, they can sometimes lose their train of thought. Be prepared to repeat yourself several times when talking to this person because they may forget what you were talking about to begin with. Do not underestimate them because sometimes they notice things that no one else can!

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  1. Juror #10

The bigot in the family that always voices their opinion even if race or politics has nothing to do with the conversation that is happening at the time.

Do not start a conversation about politics, religion or race relations with this person because it will get very ugly very quickly.

No one has told them off for their way of voicing their opinion without a filter because Juror #1 wants to keep the peace, and Juror #9 is sitting too close to him to deal with any fighting.

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However, he will eventually say something so messed up that it causes most of the family to leave the table.

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  1. Juror #11

The one family member with an accent that sounds familiar, but you cannot identify it if your life depended on it. Could they be Hispanic? German? French? They could be from New York or New Jersey. It does not matter because they are well-mannered and just a joy to be around.

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  1. Juror #12

The annoying family member that will not shut up about work. They are constantly talking about how well their job is going even if you did not ask them about it.

Honorable Mention:

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The one member of the family that got arrested earlier that year, and the rest of the family cannot figure out how they did not go to jail. If you are nervous about some of your secrets being exposed at dinner, this family member will end up getting the most shade thrown at them.

After reading through the list, I bet you had at least six family members pop into your mind!

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Even though this movie does not have a signal snowflake, I do recall there being a heatwave and a downpour of rain. This entire film was basically a family at the table having Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner while throwing shade and talking about some deep topics.

Are there any non-Christmas films out there that you feel could be labeled as one? Think about it carefully like I did with this film and you might surprise yourself with what you find!

Be sure to follow my blog for more interesting topics and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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CW’s The Flash | Why is Iris the Team Leader?

By Jeremy Carden

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Believe it or not, this is NOT I repeat this is NOT a hate post about Iris because we’ve seen enough of that (Even though the show keeps giving us fans fuel to that fire…), and also SPOILERS if you have not seen the mid-season finale.

I really wish the show would add more weight to the whole “Team Leader Iris” thing because I’m still not buying it. I love how Iris makes a “tough call” and get a kiss for it, but Barry makes a tough call (when he isn’t making selfish calls like in previous seasons) and 9 times out of 10 gets crap for it…

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Please give me some reasoning as to how she (the least experienced team member) is the leader. Heck even RALPH is more experienced in terms of detective work! Yes, he’d probably blow up STAR Labs in 5 minutes by accident, but still!

It really appears like the other more experienced members of Team Flash are “dumbed down” to make Iris have a moment of “Hey, I’m useful and I’m going to make the obvious/right choice that everyone is for some reason too blind to see!” 

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If anything, Cisco should have been the one having the moral dilemma of saving both of his best friends when really he should only focus one on problem at a time. Heck, then he and Harry could have a moment and then Ralph as well saying something like; “I think we’re STRETCHING ourselves too thin here…we need to figure out one thing at a time.” THAT would have been a great unity moment in my opinion.

Also, why give Ralph crap about running his mouth and having it be “his fault” Caitlin was captured?

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Remember Iris was the one who told Killer Frost to let “Bucket Lady” walk free instead of killing her a few episodes ago after clearly stating she’d be back for Frost…

I get the whole “no killing” but you could have at least put her in the pipeline…nice call Iris -_

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Then at the end, “I don’t know how long I can do this…making tough calls…” Then DON’T and leave it to someone else who can actually handle it! 

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I feel like the only reason she is leader is for her and Barry to be parallel to Thinker and Mechanic in terms of being “partners.”

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RANT: Piccolo’s Elimination | Dragon Ball Super

by Jeremy Carden

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I knew from the beginning that not all of Universe 7’s Team would make it to the finale of the Tournament of Power.
 
After tonight’s episode, their team is down to 6 fighters. When you really think about it, MOST of their remaining fighters still have a good deal of stamina.
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Androids 17 and 18 do not get exhausted, and 18’s hurt ankle is arguably the only ‘weakness’ within the Android Duo at the moment.
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Frieza has only been toying around with his prey, and has gone Golden twice if I’m not mistaken. He did once while playing a facade with Gohan against Frost, and then briefly to take out Super Saiyan 2 Cabba. Aside from that, he’s donated energy to Goku twice; once for the Spirit Bomb and again after he was depleted from fighting Jiren.
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Vegeta has been a key player in that he’s been pacing himself, taken out the most fighters in the tournament (right behind Goku by a couple of fighters) and the only time he has gone anywhere close to all-out was against Toppo, but that fight was constantly getting interrupted.
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According to Gohan, the ONLY time he has truly used his full power was against the Universe 6 Namekians. Yes, he did go Ultimate briefly against Frieza and Universe 10’s final fighter, but he stated FULL POWER was only used on the Nameks.
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And of course, we all know Goku has been exhausted yet pushing himself for quite sometime now.
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Now, we get to the fighters that HAVE been eliminated. In my opinion, Master Roshi was the only one of the four to have a decent elimination.
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-Krillin was “caught off guard” by Frost after he was cheering himself on AT THE EDGE OF THE RING after eliminating a fighter with a combo of his foot odor and a Kamehameha Wave.
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-Tien was eliminated by Universe 2’s sniper along with his clones instead of leaving at least one of ‘himself’ on the arena…
 

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-Piccolo was eliminated by the ‘invisible bug’ and then 17 points out that all of them focus too much on ki signature and energy readings instead of the more obvious things like sound.
 
That’s all well and good, but for PICCOLO to be eliminated because he failed to HEAR something is utter trash!
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Yes, I know this fact is non-canon that I’m about to mention but even in the original Broly film, Piccolo joked about hearing King Kai and Goku telepathically speaking about the threat in the Southern Galaxy, and Piccolo took one of Bulma’s spaceships to help out the gang. He even sarcastically said with ears as big as his that he could hear any conversation in the universe. Over-hyping his hearing but it should be acute indeed!
 
As someone who is mentioned by others and even himself about being one of the most tactical fighters and minds of Universe 7, I think this was one of the DUMBEST ways to eliminate Piccolo!
 
The only “good” that could come from Piccolo losing is that it pushes Gohan to fight on harder than ever before.
 
Episode 119 of Super was just awful in my opinion…
Let’s hope that any future eliminations of Team Universe 7 will get handled better than the awful three mentioned above.
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