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Hudlin TV / AppleTV “The Banker”
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:40:18 pm »
Just saw this one and was impressed with solid performances from Anthony Mackie and Nia Long about smart Black men who created opportunities in real estate and banking using their wits.

Samuel Jackson brought some star power and comedy in every scene.  Worth the long wait to see this project.

Good script, solid directing and memorable performances.

Latest Flicks / Invisible Man
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:32:17 am »
One of the very best thriller movies released in a while- unexpected.  A remake that is easily the best movie this year thus far from mainstream. Top notch acting, superior directing skills, tight screenplay, good editing and good cinematography.

A must see movie if you love staying on the edge of your seat- a few jarring scenes.  This one hits on all four cylinders from start to finish like an old Hitchcock film.

Latest Flicks / The Photograph
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:26:48 am »
Thought this movie was a departure from most Black movies recently released and that’s a positive thing.  Better than the majority of film in mainstream with very good performances from all involved, solid script and good directing skills.

Would compare this movie to Love Jones from the 90s because most Black romance films just aren’t this satisfying or intellectually sound.  Comedy drove a few scenes and possibly some ad libbing to a better effect overall.  Pleasantly surprised here and would see this one a second time. Rare.

Latest Flicks / Parasite- international Film
« on: October 23, 2019, 03:35:01 pm »
Excellent presentation here with a big story with equal parts filled with humor and tragedy with deeper messages throughout this epic film.  It does have sub titles but the overall subject matter and execution is worth every minute because this film almost feels like something from decades past in American cinema when movies featured powerful actors, stronger scripts and top notch directors. 

Possibly the best movie of 2019.

Latest Flicks / The Mule by Clint Eastwood
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:39:39 am »
Top notch screenplay and directing from Eastwood who is 88 years old!  This is an old school tale that slides in with a few surprises and even social commentary.  A dynamic cast delivers on all fronts and a timely story that many won't see coming.  Mr. Eastwood is a master at the game and a bonafide actor/director.

Latest Flicks / The Mule
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:20:52 am »
Excellent work from Clint Eastwood here both as Director and actor with gritty, realistic tones and subject matter revolving around crime, race, family dynamics and politics.  Again, Eastwood sets the bar for this genre as he has done throughout his career.

It doesn't get any better than Eastwood!

Latest Flicks / Whitney Houston Documentary
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:57:39 am »
Saw this one weeks ago and was so saddened by her life as told by Cissy Houston, her brothers, Bobby Brown and others.  Hardcore facts about her molestation by a family member were shocking and the open admission of her homosexuality and drug usage.

Most shocking was her reaction to Blacks booing her when she went straight pop- remember that time and could understand the audience because I felt the same in 87 to 88.  She knew she was trying to appeal to Whites with “I Want To Dance With Somebody”- no question.  Also Bobby defended her legacy and proved to be much better than what many were lead to believe.

An insightful film on a pop icon.

Latest Flicks / Denzel in “The Equalizer” II
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:41:42 am »
First sequel ever for one of the best actors in America brings more depth to the main character snd adds a few twists to a summer movie.  Mr Washington does his usual top notch delivery with a surprise tussle in the car convincingly played out to deadly results and a fantastic scene where the title character reconfigures the scene of the crime to full effect.

Arguably better than the first movie and definitely has more diversity, quiet political moments and nuance.

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