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DVD Review: “Madea Goes to Jail”

October 18, 2009

madea_goes_to_jailHow in the world can we be a black film review site and have NO Tyler Perry movies up for review? Even when other critics refuse to review and, much less WATCH his films, here I am.

I’ve been back in L.A. for about three months and I’ve had several random networking encounters where I tell people I’m a filmmaker and they tell me, as a black female director, that I should “hit up Tyler Perry.” Because it’s a first encounter and I don’t want to sound super bourgeois, I say “Oh …yeah” and then they proceed to tell me how great he is for black film and how great it is that he’s shown Hollywood that he doesn’t need their approval and blahblahblah.

NOW, he’s producing, directing and adapting one of the greatest, most influential pieces of female theatre in history and THAT is just a travesty. My writing partner got her hands on the script and she is absolutely devastated by what he’s done to it. BUT … I digress … Read more…

Movies Revisted…CB4

October 17, 2009

Aaaannnddd we’re back!

Do you remember a time when people still wore Jheri Curls? When women loved Allen Payne with a passion? When Chris Rock had his original teeth and crack body, and looked like he had 15 cents to his name? When Stoney Jackson was still occasionally working (Theresa Randle too)? When Charlie Murphy was not even close to being as funny as Eddie? When Khandi Alexander looked 20 years older than she does now? When no one knew who Deezer D was (nothing’s changed on that one, btw)? Read more…

DVD Review: Kiss And Tail

August 10, 2009

OK. Some housekeeping issues–please forgive the lack of posting, cause Issa Rae is in Africa (go girl!) and has been gone for 3 weeks and will be back in about two. As for yours truly, I am moving to Los Angeles again, and being a typical diva I have waaaaay too much sh*t, and it has required my full attention.

Anyhoo—on my other blog I said I was about to review “Panther”, which I still will, but I took a little detour off on the DVD “Kiss And Tail”, which starts off being about video girls and groupies for about 15 minutes, then veers off into a bombardment against Superhead, aka Karrine Steffans, author of “Confessions of a Video Vixen” and “The Vixen Diaries”.

I want to make it clear that I have ZERO love for Karrine, and it’s not because of her sexual exploits. It is because of her as of late consistent ‘holier than thou attitude’ that I have read about and seen in interviews. I also have no respect for those who want to be famous and known at any cost whatsoever. Read more…

DVD Review: A Day In The Life

July 14, 2009


Is it possible to do a review when you haven’t watched the whole movie? I don’t know, but that’s exactly what I’m doing.

While looking at the new releases on another site, I decided to pick up “A Day In The Life“, mostly because of the cast. We have a round-up here of many urban drama staples; Omar Epps, Mekhi Phifer, Sticky Fingaz (who wrote and directed), Fredro Starr, Faison Love (Big Worm from Friday), Bokeem Woodbine, Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire), Wee-Bay from The Wire, Micheal Rapaport, Clarence Williams III, Tyrin Turner (Caine from Menace II Society; where’s he been?) and Ray J (!!).

With a cast like that I settled in to see some real hood rat stuff. Even if it wasn’t good, at least it would be interesting to see what the cast is lookin’ like, I thought. Read more…

TV Watchin’: Vampire in Brooklyn

July 10, 2009


While watching “Rotten Tomatoes”,  a TV show about movies that I always watch but don’t really like that much (I know, stupid right?) they had a countdown of Eddie Murphy’s worst 5 films. For some reason that is completely unfathomable to me, “Meet Dave” and “Daddy Daycare” were not on that list, but this one was.

I’m not saying that this is a great film by any means, but on the list of Eddie’s nuclear bombs I don’t think “Vampire in Brooklyn” should be counted in the wreckage. For one, it had an interesting premise–Eddie as a vampire named Maximilian who comes to New York looking for a mate or he will die. Why a vampire’s life is in peril without a wooden stake, I don’t know, but we’ll leave it at that.

It also stars Angela Bassett, and was written by Eddie and his brother Charlie Murphy, who we all know can be a funny dude sometimes. It was directed by  horror film great Wes Craven, and set in one of the best cities to shoot a film. With all of these elements one would think that at the very least you would have a film that would hold your attention for 2 hours right? Read more…

Movies Revisted: Why Do Fools Fall In Love

July 5, 2009


Sorry about the lack of posting. Sis-Star Issa Rae is moving from East Coast to West, and my laptop went kablooey. I know my excuse is not that great, but for some reason I detest blogging on a desktop. My delivery isn’t until tomorrow, but I didn’t want another day to go by without a post. See the sacrifices I make for art? lol

It was a bit of a sacrifice initially to watch the 1998 film “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” as well, cause I didn’t remember it fondly. This is another film from the 90’s that I saw, but only remembered sketchy details. I think part of why I took a while to rewatch it is because of Lorenz Tate. Tho he seems like a pretty affable guy in real life, I usually have a big problem with the way he is cast. He just looks like a little kid, no matter what. It makes it hard to take him seriously. He is earnest about his acting, no doubt, but I feel that he was a major flaw in two films; “Dead Presidents” and “Love Jones”. Love Jones is a perennial community favorite, but I could never buy him as a sexy, romantic figure, and think it would have miles away been a better film with someone else in the lead. The same with Dead Presidents.

Not so with this film. For those of you that don’t know, Why Do Fools Fall In Love is the story of Frankie Lymon, a singer whose popularity reached it’s peak in the early 60’s. He was a kid when he hit, and died very young at the age of 25, a drug addict with his short height and baby face intact. For this reason Tate is made for for the role of Lymon. It seems like paperlight material, and it is to a certain degree, but it gets an added dimension that when Frankie died, he had 3 wives all claiming to still be married to him, all clamoring for a piece of his royalties. It was much more compelling to me this time around. Read more…

TV Watchin’: In Too Deep

June 24, 2009


There has been an influx of Black Cinema on cable recently, and I have taken full advantage of rewatching films, something I normally don’t do. A lot of these films are from the 90’s, and I marvel at how spoiled we were then.  We were used to seeing Black films in the theatres, and weren’t so thirsty that mediocre Tyler Perry films would be the only game in town. Most of these films would do very well today in this market, and would definitely make more money and get better reviews than before. Unfortunately, 1999’s “In Too Deep” is not in that realm. Read more…

Movies Revisited: Mo Better Blues

June 19, 2009


Even though this movie was highly anticipated when it came out, and I did indeed see it then, there were only a few details I remembered…the beautiful clothes, how pretty everyone looked, slightly crushing on Wesley Snipes (long gone, of course). But watching it again brought me a bit past my original superficial thoughts on the film.

For those of you who don’t know, the plot synopsis is this (from IMDB–not a very good one, sorry):

Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band – The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek’s and Shadow’s friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet. Read more…

COMEDY CLASSIC: “Watermelon Man”

June 18, 2009
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Watermelon ManSo my friend told me about this movie the other day while we were discussing Blaxploitation flicks, and I hadn’t even heard of it. “You haven’t heard of Watermelon Man?” he said. “Aww man, you gotta watch it.” And so I did.

I was NOT ready.

Watermelon Man is about an obnoxious, racist white man who wakes up one morning to find that he is black. The film came out in 1970 and Melvin Van Peebles directed it; these two facts alone should give you a general idea of what to expect, but I shall continue.

First of all the actor, Godfrey Cambridge, was hilariously convincing as an obnoxious white man. You know the kind that even other white people despise? The overly comfortable, corny joke-telling, in your face, smart ass bigotty type. He’s married with two kids and his “liberal” white wife is essentially bored with their relationship. In other words, he has just enough going against him to make you anticipate his impending fate.

Because this film was directed by Melvin Van Peebles, it didn’t take the stereotypical turns that I would expect from say, a white director. The character is not originally WHITE in BLACKFACE. No. This isn’t Soul Man. And when Cambridge’s character turns black, his penis doesn’t magically enlarge, his accent doesn’t change and he doesn’t become a superstar athlete. No, Mr. Van Peebles wasn’t about to let us go out like that. In fact, the film plays more on white fear of blackness than anything else, which says a lot about the time during which it was made. Read more…

Throwback: Leonard Part 6

June 14, 2009
thank you jah that there was no 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5

thank you jah that there was no 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5

I debated on whether I should attend the Los Angeles Film Festival this year, but decided against it–I need to save my scrilla as I am moving back down to LA after my lease is up at the end of July, then I will be in film fest heaven all year round.

I was slightly bummed about not going, so to appease myself I have immersed myself in watching movies all weekend, both Black and YT. Since this blog is only about the Black kind, I’ll share with you the gem *cough* I saw yesterday on cable, the 1987  film “Leonard Part 6”, starring the must-have-been-drugged-and-beaten-to-do-this-movie, Dr. William H. Cosby, Jr. aka Bill Cosby.

You can best believe that a movie is going to be beyond a complete and total disaster when the star of it goes on national TV to tell you not to waste your time or money to go see it, which I read he actually did at the time. Why he even considered doing this project for even 10 seconds during a time when he ruled the world with the “Cosby Show” is a mystery parallel to the alien crop circles;  there is simply no rational or logical explanation. Maybe he was blackmailed by one of his many rumoured mistresses. Read more…