Blast from the past

Childish Gambino on film


You know this man. You’ve seen him in many different places. On TV (with Community and Atlanta), on SNL, he’s probably one of your favorite music artists, one of your favorite stand-up comedians, and you’ve probably seen him on the big screen too. If you haven’t… What’s the matter with you?

He’s versatile and multi-talented individual that’s for sure. He goes by many names (mcDJ, Childish Gambino for instance) but you probably know him as Donald Glover. He’s come a long way from being a writer for Tina Fey’s 30 Rock and he’s here to stay.

Just yesterday he published the music video for This is America, his latest single, and is yet to present Solo- A Star Wars story… The long awaited and much anticipated Star Wars spin off. He plays Lando Calrissian in the Ron Howard directed movie, and my guess is that he’s going to be the only thing that is worth watching in this movie. Me and my fiancée are huge fans of Childish Gambino and Donald Glover but….

Speaking of movies…. Yes, I’m very well aware that he’s best known for his TV work and his music but the talented Mr. Glover has some awesome films too. You don’t believe me? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Mystery Team (2009)

Director: Dan Eckman
Stars: Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson, Dominic Dierkes…
Fun fact about the movie: During the strip club scene, in the background you can hear an early version of Childish Gambino’s (Donald Glover’s) song “Retro [Rough]” from his Kauai EP released in 2014.

The To Do List (2013)

Director: Maggie Carey
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader…
Fun fact about the movie: All the teenagers in the film are played by adults for comedic purposes. Most of them are over the age of 25.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould…
Fun fact about the movie: The plot is very similar to that of Liar Liar (1997). A boy makes a wish and the wish comes true. Bad things happen to those who were wished upon. The difference is one is a family and one is a husband.

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

Director: David Gelb
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters…
Fun fact about the movie: Olivia Wilde and Evan Peters appeared together in Season 5, Episode 9 of House (2004).

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Director: Gregory Jacobs
Stars: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer…
Fun fact about the movie: A kiss between Jada Pinkett Smith and Elizabeth Banks was filmed, but didn’t make the final cut.

The Martian (2015)

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig…
Fun fact about the movie: Ridley Scott claimed that one of the most difficult scenes to direct was how to explain to the audience the hexadecimal system Watney uses as a code to communicate with Earth, which Scott admitted was hard for himself to understand.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director: Jon Watts
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr….
Fun fact about the movie: Tom Holland is the youngest actor (at nineteen) to be cast as Peter Parker. His predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, were twenty-five and twenty-six, respectively, when they were cast.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany…
Fun fact about the movie: Paul Bettany and Donald Glover both play comic book characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paul plays Vision while Glover plays Aaron Davis who appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).


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