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Hudlin TV / AppleTV ďThe BankerĒ
« 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.

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Hudlin TV / Re: (Netflix) Self-Made: Madame C.J. Walker series
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:29:11 pm »
Saw this one weeks ago and was underwhelmed by the narratives against Black men and actually a lot of what it portrayed for Walker wasnít even true.

Somewhat of a disappointment because it fails to make Walker into the dynamic women she was and falsely portrayed her life with her daughter who actually did have children and was not a lesbian.  Haddish was also miscast in the role she played.


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Hudlin TV / Re: First look at CW's Black Lightning
« on: April 03, 2020, 07:06:44 pm »
Agree after watching all 3 seasons- make Black Lightning front and center again and stop with all the over the top and annoying woke stuff especially with his eldest daughter.  Jefferson should definitely be the focal point each season and then bring his daughters in to support him- not challenge his authority.

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If that were true, that would be Unfortunate. There needs to be a separation, not more connection to Coates run

Just read Giant Sized XMen featuring Storm and it does place her front and center and clearly in support of The Black Panther down to her soul.  Sets up a different angle for how committed she is to Wakanda and will definitely set up new tensions with UXM and their new home Krakoa.

Hickman has thrown a dynamic plot twist into the Black Panther/ Storm relationship and pulled in Cyclops, Jean Grey, Emma Frost and Wolverine for full effect.  Didnít see this one coming and excited to see it play out!

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Latest Flicks / Re: The Photograph
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:26:56 pm »
Love and Basketball was good too- like a coming of age type movie whereas Love Jones was purely adult oriented with a lot of nuances and thematic.

Like Issa Raye’s Character in the film and her romance with Keith’s character was grounded, funny and believable.  Liked the twist too- good character moments and good representation of Black love for a change.  Willing to see it again!

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Latest Flicks / Re: Invisible Man
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:14:13 pm »
Actually it was inferred that Aldis Hodge played a character who was a childhood friend to Moss and I respected the fact this movie did not force a swirling agenda and he could be a male friend in one of the best thriller movies around- not that many are this good.

Moss basically carried most scenes and gave a tour de force performance.

And look - real actors dominate with nuances.

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Black Panther / Re: COATES' RUN ENDS IN JUNE
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:47:49 am »
Priest should return as writer of The Black Panther- he is the one with the skills, knowledge of Black Panther and a name in the comic industry that brings old readers back and with marketing it can bring new ones.

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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.

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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 thatís 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 arenít 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.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Doctor Sleep
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:20:41 am »
Saw this one months ago and it was very good and obviously a sequel to The Shining with Jack Nicholson.  Hard to beat the thriller aspects of the first one however this movie is more science fiction and action and has its own clear motives that make it unique and similar to more modern day action movies.

Good acting, solid screenplay and good directing!

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Black Panther / Re: The moderator Marvelous has died
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:58:04 am »
Rest in power.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Chadwick Boseman/Russo Brothers film
« on: November 28, 2019, 09:31:38 am »
Saw 21 Bridges and thought it was good with impressive acting, directing and a solid plot.  Chadwick is a good lead and everyone shines in this thriller/action project.


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Honestly no other group or race would allow a miscarriage of justice that is this propaganda filled Harriet film.  Kassi Lemmons should be ashamed to whitewash the horror of chattel slavery in any way and itís inexcusable when she directly belittles the heroic Harriet Tubman with her co signage on this project. 

All to appease Comcast who financed this mess?  They are actually seeking to destroy the legacy of Harriet Tubman by lessening the original Civil Rights Act of 1866 - how ironic.

So her producer openly stated recently she didnít want to make a slave movie or show the truth about how violent and terrifying it truly was - then why do a movie about Harriet Tubman- a true warrior?????

https://youtu.be/aHTW8GlaGCg

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I have not seen the film but look forward to it.

I"m so sick of black people whining about not getting movies like this made and when they do, they attack them with a viciousness they never apply to any other films. 

I don't think most of the people attacking this film have seen it.  They read an attack by someone and then co-sign it without seeing it. 

Part of the reaction is our ambivalence with our relationship to the history of American slavery...and the typical disappointment people have with films about the subject. 

Meanwhile the Jewish community continues to make films about the Holocaust and support them every time.

There is a wide enough range of depictions of black life for black folks to take the chip off their shoulder and deal with our legacy. And the movies about slavery are so much better than ever. 

The ADOS argument is retarded beyond belief.  Malcolm X, WEB DuBois and every other great black intellectual giant has supported Pan Africanism. A bunch of non achieving jealous scrum bums making jealous complaints about Black Brits and/or Africans achieving in America is a dismissible punk move.

As for the movie itself, I don't talk about things I haven't seen.  But I know the producer and director, and they are people of great integrity.

Well with all due respect - disagree with your points here.

Saw the film and speak from experience on it and others who researched Harriet Tubman deeper than I like Dr. Claude Anderson - another true mentor and hero who wrote ďBlack Labor, White WealthĒ and more has similar negative things to say about this horrible film.  Harriet Tubman herself would not be happy with this mockery of her life - with good reasons.

Furthermore, Samuel Jackson  -possibly the most successful Black actor here in America stated publicly that ADOS or Black Americans should have played the lead in Get Out and other films because we bring a nuance and skill to our history here that other so called Blacks cannot understand or embody - we are not all one tribe or nation.  Hard facts.  Malcolm X understood ADOS before this era and Harriet risked her life for us specifically to be free - we still donít know we are often house slaves.

Honestly this movie insulted any so called Black who is politically conscious or has read the authorized biography of Harriet Tubman.  It is propaganda and given the fact that so called Blacks in Nigeria and Ghana sold us to Caucasians and also owe us raparations.  Really  not surprised that house slaves made this shameful mockery of a movie.  No passes here.

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Saw the film last night and really disliked several things- first there is no documented proof that Black slave catchers or bounty hunters dominated the hunt for Harriet yet this movie demonizes Black men as the main villain. This false narrative is problematic and reason enough not to see this film.

Second, like most Hollywood film this one has a Caucasian savior who is the slave owner.  This is another false narrative and dangerous.  No different than the insulting play about slaves wanting to romance their demonic slave owners who see them as people to exploit, dehumanize and destroy.

This movie lacks the ability to take us deep into Harriet and her physical struggles when she initially escaped her captives- would have been more gritty had we seen her outsmart animals in her 100 mile journey on foot.  And it could connect more to this true Black super hero. In a way it avoids showing any animals lurking for more romanticized modern narratives that make this biopic seem like propaganda.

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