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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Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Theory: Quincy’s Revenge

By Jeremy Carden

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After “Benny Beat Down” Number 2, I think that Quincy has finally had enough!

My faithful readers, I am letting you know that you had better strap yourselves in for a wild ride.

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Make sure that the seat belt on your sofa or computer chair is secure (unlike Quincy’s was in the truck…). This blog is going to be a knockout, and I do not want you to be caught off guard by the impact.

In one of my more recent HAHN blogs, I wrote about Benny setting up Quincy for a fall that would result in him going to prison for a very long time.

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Turns out that my theory was correct about Benny’s intentions! There is nothing better than putting work into one of these blogs, and it turns out to be 100% correct!

Considering that Quincy found refuge behind a bush that was a few feet away from the scene of the accident, I think it is safe to assume that we have not seen the last of him.

First off, I am shocked that some of the characters on the HAHN still have their job!

I’m not a cop, but based off of other T.V. shows and real life events that I’ve either seen or heard about; the cops on this show aren’t very good at their job…

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I understand that only a couple of cars arrived at the scene because Benny (posing as Quincy) did not give a location of the accident, but shouldn’t the cops have at least checked the area before calling back to the station?

After arriving on the scene, finding the flipped truck (without any license plates), the bag of crystal meth (that Benny planted on Q) and “a lot of blood” the cops called into the station reporting what they had found and said that the culprit(s) involved were long gone.

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If they had bothered to search the area not even 12 feet away they would have found Quincy bleeding out behind a bush.

Not to mention that if there was a lot of blood wouldn’t Q have left a trail of blood from the highway to the bush that he was hiding behind? I know most of his bleeding was around his head, but still it should have been dripping or something.

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As the late Robin Harris would say while joking about men with Jeri curls; “You’d better not ever commit a crime! The police would have no trouble finding you! All they’d have to do is follow the drip, follow the drip!”

I doubt that he ran behind the bush and just hid there like a runaway slave. Something tells me that he had to crawl or limp in order to get there.

For someone to call into a police station and report that they think they are dying, shouldn’t there have been at least one ambulance on the scene? I mean what about the drug hounds?

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Those cops are just as bad as the psychiatrist that came to talk to Amanda to see if she was ok, and after a brief session told the Cryers that their daughter was fine but just needed sleep. We all know how that turned out…

Seriously, he asked her about 3 or 4 questions that she put on her “sane face” in order to answer in a way that would convince him that she was alright.

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At this point, the question is when Quincy will come back on the scene for revenge. We do know that it might not occur until either the end of Season 3, or he might return in Season 4. There are only 7 more episodes left in Season 3, and Season 4 will be starting up in January of 2016. It has been said that Season 4 had an order of 23 episodes.

How do I know about the episode count? Let’s just say that I have my sources…

Back to the matter at hand, we can assume that Quincy is coming back. One thing to wonder about is who will be his first target when he makes his return to the show?

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Based on the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like Melissa is now the owner of Jeffrey’s apartment! Well technically it was never Jeffrey’s to begin with since Veronica was the one paying for it.

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Remember that in Season 2 when Veronica cut him off, Jeffrey had no choice but to live with Candace and Amanda at their apartment.

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If this is the case in the next episode, I have a feeling that Jeffrey will confront Melissa in “her” apartment, and then leave her alone in it. This is very similar to David leaving Veronica alone in their mansion to go stay at the Sarandon Hotel.

Where could Jeffrey go aside from the Sarandon Hotel?

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Candace DID invite him to go to Atlanta, GA with her when she said she was moving there in Season 2. Just recently, she invited him to move in with her because she has now bought 2 houses! Jeffrey was invited to move into the house that she had purchased for herself.

It would not surprise me if he does because he really doesn’t have many options at this point.

Now if Melissa runs her mouth and talks down to Jeffrey next week then I have no mercy for her because I’m willing to bet money that when Quincy eventually heals and comes back for revenge; one of the FIRST places that he might go is Jeffery’s apartment.

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However, it will be Melissa who he comes in contact with, and things are not going to go well. Remember that after David left Veronica alone in their house, Quincy ended up in Veronica’s bed!

Think about if she tells Quincy that she is Jeffrey’s girlfriend or baby’s mama; Quincy does not know Jeffrey is gay and might try to get to him through her.

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If Quincy does come by the apartment, Melissa might think that he is gay because he’s a man who is coming to Jeffrey’s apartment looking for him! That would be an interesting twist like it was when Jeffrey thought that Benny was a gay man that Candace sent over to visit him.

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Remember that Jeffrey thought the man lying on his bed after he came from the Cryer Mansion (it was Quincy) was someone Candace sent over.

There are a number of things that could happen to Melissa if Q shows up to “her” apartment looking for Jeffrey. I mean the guy lied to him about Candace’s location, busted him in the back of the head with a wine bottle and he told Veronica that after killing her son; he was coming to rape her next.

Here’s what could happen:

  • Melissa is killed by Quincy (also eliminating her child by Jeffrey)
  • Quincy rapes Melissa (he’s tried it with Veronica and Amanda)
  • Quincy abducts Melissa for ransom or tries to use her to get to Jeffrey (like Candace did to Jim for extortion); jokes on Q since Jeffrey can’t stand her!

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I mean Quincy was involved with Amanda (who was possibly carrying a child by Professor Cannon), and she ended up dead! Let me put it this way; if Melissa comes into contact with Q, things are NOT bound to end up well for her.

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Another possible route that their encounter could take is Q seducing Melissa somehow and those two plotting together against Jeffrey and Veronica for revenge. However, there are some major holes in that theory, but it was still worthy of making mention about. I am not sure that Melissa would do anything against Veronica since without the money for her father’s medication; she’d have gotten pregnant for nothing!

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Again, there are so many routes that this particular encounter could take, and in most of those scenarios it is Melissa who will finally get what has been coming to her. Originally, it would have been best for her to believe Jeffrey and Candace when they told her that having a baby would not be enough and that Veronica would not keep up her end of their bargain. They could have somehow worked together in order to solve the problem at hand instead of going at each other’s throats.

I still have my qualms about Melissa really being pregnant with Jeffrey’s baby, but that is another blog for another time.

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Veronica would be his first point of contact, but that would only be if he came to her for the funds for a secret medical recovery from the accident and beating that Benny gave him. However, I doubt that he would literally come crawling to Veronica for help. He is one dog that she no longer has on the chain.

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Quincy knows that Benny has gone to his sister’s house to take his nephew back to Hanna’s house.

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Hanna was right in the preview about Quincy eventually coming back in order to take his son back with him even if it means taking the Youngs out of the picture.

He told Candace and Benny that he’d kill their whole family, and that the only way to stop him would be to kill him (he told Benny this as he was pounding him into the pavement).

I think that it is clear that when Quincy comes back he will be a lot smarter than he was before. Benny might get in a tight spot, and he will finally need Warlock’s help directly instead of using him as a point of contact for Quincy’s whereabouts.

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Even though I think that this will occur, things will begin to fall apart for the Youngs. I think that Warlock will eventually find out about Candace lying to him about only getting $400,000 from Jim. This might tarnish his trust in her, and she will be without her hired muscle.

Not to mention that Benny will find out that Candace was lying to him about her job and how she came across the funds for fancy new clothes, the hotel, the towing company and her big surprise (the two houses that she purchased).

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Things will come around full circle because it all goes back to the day that Maggie handed the papers to Veronica in order to get Quincy out of jail to shut down Candace. I still say that Maggie did this not only to get Candace out of the way of the campaign, but to also get David closer to her and away from Veronica.

I think Veronica will get shut down because if something happens to Melissa then it will come out about her evil plan to get her to have Jeffrey’s child. David will finally have his eyes open and leave her.

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Veronica will try to turn to Katheryn for help, but she is mad with her because she lied about not knowing where Jeffrey’s car was.

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Everything will literally crumble underneath the Ice Queen’s feet, and she will not have anything to stand on! Though I do think her mother will eventually come into the show to set her daughter straight!

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Quincy is the only person that Candace is truly afraid of. Benny and Quincy Jr. are her weak points.

Veronica (and Candace) both love to be in control, and if for one second things fall out of place; Veronica will begin to come off of her high horse. Currently, she is trying to get the Black Sedan from Benny’s new towing company in order to destroy evidence. Quincy cut the lease that she had him on, and now Maggie has a detective on her tail to bust her! Eventually Veronica WILL fall! She has proven capable of getting out of tight spots before, but this time she might finally be defeated.

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It seems to me that Quincy will be the one to unravel everything that has been done to keep things under wraps.

The sad part about this is that his anger towards Candace is most likely misguided because I still say that Veronica somehow made up documents that seemed like Candace did sign papers and dropped dime on Quincy.

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Ice Queen Veronica is really the one to blame, but Quincy will not know the truth until it is too late (if he ever knows the truth at all).

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I wonder if he will ever come into contact with Oscar because it was his idea for Candace to go see Quincy in jail, and he is currently “hitting his chick.”

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Will Quincy return to the series anytime soon, or will he be out of action longer than Professor Cannon was after he was stabbed in the back?

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Seriously, the man will finally be returning in the next episode, and he has been gone for a very long time!

Who will be his first target for revenge? Will it be Benny, Candace, Jeffrey, Veronica or someone else?

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You would think that Benny is the first victim in his mind because he literally left him out in the middle of the street like the Santa Claus robber from Friday After Next!

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Hopefully, if we see Benny and Quincy go into Round 3, it will be a “fair” fight. By fair, I mean that Quincy isn’t knocked out by some sort of car accident before taking a beating from Benny!

Before I bring this blog to a close, I think there is a subject that I should address once and for all. Many of my faithful readers have been asking me about a particular subject ever since my first HAHN blog. It has to do with whether or not I am a staff writer, ghostwriter or mystery writer for Tyler Perry Studios. 

I must admit that if I were a HAHN fan reading blogs like these from someone who can create such elaborate twists and plots for where the story will go, I would think that person was one of Tyler Perry’s writers myself!

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However, this is NOT the case about myself…

Do you know how badly I would love to write for a living whether it is for Tyler Perry, myself or any studio for that matter? I love writing with all of my heart, and to do it as a career would be amazing!

I graduated with my Master’s in Theological Studies from Liberty University in 2014, and I have been working as an Academic Advisor in the online department for the past year. Working in a call center teaches you how to deal with many types of people, and gives you a new appreciation for good customer service. It goes without saying that I sometimes have to deal with unruly students from time to time.

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Now if I were a writer for Mr. Perry on this hit show making good money, do you really think I would still be working in a call center? That is NOT a rhetorical question to throw off suspicion, or that my job in a call center is a cover up for me being a staff writer…

Most of the time, I have the same face as Candace while I am on the phone with someone being rude or unruly. However, I thank God for giving me the patience to help work through problems with angry students to come up with a positive solution instead of biting their head off like a Jim Cryer or Veronica Harrington.

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It all started when my mother and I caught the first episode of HAHN on OWN when it premiered back in 2013. From there, I discovered that 140 characters on a mere tweet was not enough to express our thoughts and theories. That was when I first began to write theory blogs for the show.

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Funny story, it was actually a tweet from Tika Sumpter/Candace that inspired me to do my very first blog. It had to do with the episode “Angry Sex” when Candace told Jim about how she feels no sympathy towards him because he has everything, but is willing to throw it all away because he is bored with it. I believe my question to her through a tweet had to do with Candace’s own issues. She responded that Candace knows that she is imperfect, but is secure with her own imperfections and that makes her who she is. Tika’s question was what did I think about that statement. Of course, I could not put my full thoughts into a single tweet, and that was how my first blog began. The topic was whether or not Jim was in love with Candace. The rest is history!

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Whether or not Mr. Perry has actually read one of my blogs is still a mystery to me. However, I have heard back from nearly EVERY character on the HAHN through Twitter and Facebook! It is such an amazing feeling to have cast members retweet, favor or tweet back to one of my tweets where I provide a link to my blog. It makes all of the time that I put into my blogs worth it.

Even if I never receive a thin dime from TP Studios for my writing, I still am happy to know that the cast members enjoy my work.

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Hopefully, this puts an end to the questions regarding my “position” with Tyler Perry Studios. I am not provided with any episode summaries, scripts or anything like that to use as material for my blogs. My mother and I practically talk about this show EVERY SINGLE DAY either in person or over the phone. We come up with theories based on previous episodes, and our own personal thoughts on where the story will go next. That explains where all of my theories for the new episodes comes from for each blog.

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My mother is convinced that the show itself is all going on in the mind of Katheryn Cryer due to her having a dream while in surgery for her breast cancer. This was way back in Season 1, and here is the blog that details our thoughts on that subject.

Like what you read? Then be sure to follow me on Twitter (@jccarden) because on Tuesday nights at 9 PM I’m on there tweeting during each new episode of the #HAHN! Also follow my blog so you can enjoy my new articles when they are posted. 

My Theme for 2014: Clarity

by Jeremy Carden

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Today is that time of year when everyone makes up a list of things that they want above all else! I’m not talking about writing up their Christmas List for Santa because that was last month…

Most people define New Years as a time of rebirth or a fresh start to set new goals for themselves. Everyone has something in their lives that they’d like to accomplish or obtain. Others use New Years to reflect on the old year and how they can make the New Year even better than the last one. If anything New Years is when people tell themselves and others (especially through social media) that this year will be a time when things are different.

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One of the most common resolutions made by people is the lose weight. It makes sense due to Thanksgiving and Christmas being a time when people throw out their healthy lifestyle in favor of huge dinners and endless desserts. As usual, the gym will be packed for the first couple of weeks in January before it is once again empty.

In my case, I decided NOT to write up a list of things like I did last year. Within the first 3 weeks of January, at least 5 of the things on my list literally fell through causing me to panic. It was like I was plotting out every little detail of how I wanted my life to go and not how God was going to see me through it. That was one of the biggest wake up calls of my life. About two weeks ago, I decided to take out the list I made for 2013 and read through it. Getting towards the end of my list I realized that I didn’t accomplish any of my self-centered goals, but I did get other important things crossed off my list.

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Back in May, I finally got my degrees from Liberty University. Last night, I took them out of my closet and for the first time since I got them in the mail…I just looked at them.

When I first got them I felt empty on the inside questioning what to do next. I did start graduate school in the fall and I’m going back in a couple of weeks. However, there is this dreary realization that my time is running out. The time that I have left in college is winding down, and the real world is waiting for me. 

Something that I want and need to stop doing is dwelling on the past and ignoring the things that I have already accomplished. Just because I am not where I want to be in life right now is no excuse for me not being thankful for what God has already helped me to achieve. Deep down I know that being more appreciative will help to make my life a little bit easier.

Also remaining humble is a positive trait to practice because I know the real world is a big world. I’ll be competing with people with the same degree(s) as me, and for the most part all of the accomplishments that people praise me for in college might not mean squat in the real world. From what I’ve seen during the internships that I’ve experienced, it is more about who you know and what you can do rather than what awards and degrees you have. 

Overall, the main thing that I hope to accomplish or obtain in 2014 is clarity. I’m going to try my best to have a more positive outlook on life and see what God is putting in front of me. That was one of my main issues in the past: not seeing what God has already put in front of me because I’m too distracted at what I want for myself.

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I’m not looking for God to show me the blueprints of my entire life and answer a lot of the questions I’m sure you are wondering about:

  1. Who am I supposed to marry?
  2. When will I meet the person that I’m supposed to marry?
  3. What job/career am I supposed to pursue?
  4. Will I get hired by my dream job this year?
  5. How will I pay off my student loans?
  6. Will I be able to afford to move into my own place this year?

And the list goes on and on and on…

My goal is to do my best at whatever I decide to pursue in 2014. I’m not sure what the future will bring, but I am sure about who holds my future.

I hope that this is a message for someone out there that is uncertain about what to do over the next 364 days. Here’s to a New Year of endless possibilities and experiences!