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Messages - stanleyballard

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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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Believe 100% that reparations are due to ADOS and long overdue as an honest subject for us given the promised but never paid 40 acres and a mule from slavery here.  No one is perfect in their presentation or discourse on reparations but perhaps all can agree slavery completely destroyed Black people economically, decimated our languages, we were murdered, we collectively lost our identity, we were kidnapped, we were raped and even worse. 

At the very least we are owed raparations which is monetary, land, tax free, formal apology and more.  Many of us donít understand the ramifications of chattel slavery but Dr. Claude Anderson can articulate this subject matter better than most.

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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.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Joker
« on: October 04, 2019, 05:05:32 pm »
Just saw this one yesterday and it was dark, moody, had several really good lines, excellent acting, tight screenplay and an unexpected ending.

Put this version of Joker equal to Heath Ledger -that says a lot about Phoenix.

This movie has strong messaging about our society, culpability from society, uncivil people who create chaos, everyday monsters who create more destruction and more.  One of the best films to come out of the comic book genre.

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Other Comics / Re: Jonathan Hickman's X-Men
« on: October 02, 2019, 09:24:37 am »
Have read most of the series and admit itís a better story than what has been the last 20 years of XMen but also slightly convoluted.  Will have to read it a second time after all issues are out to give a full review.

Still miss the era when you could take 7 years to tell a story which culminated in Uncanny XMen #137 where Jean Grey committed suicide to defeat Phoenix.  That was and still is the best comic saga ever.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Joker
« on: October 02, 2019, 09:19:39 am »

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Latest Flicks / Re: Spider-Man: Far From Home
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:29:07 pm »
Just saw this overhyped movie and thought it was better than the last one but it lacked enough originality to really stand as the best when Spider Man II with Maguire had a top notch story with a much better villain - Doc Oc!

Best part was both post credit scenes - Mysterio is just too cheesy overall with that damn fishbowl.

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Latest Flicks / Re: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:24:29 pm »
Saw it once and thought it was terrible- worse than The Last Stand and Kinsburg should pay Fox because he should never direct another film.  He has no understanding of The Dark Phoenix saga or any true love for XMen as a whole.

Everything was emotionally flat with mediocre acting and death scenes that had no impact and horrible continuity from previous movie where Phoenix force popped up but Kinsburg forgot or simply didnít care.  Trash.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Captain Marvel
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:45:17 pm »
Interesting commentary on Monica Rambeau as original Captain Marvel!

https://youtu.be/gryP5Y1Oe5g

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The film version of Black Panther is really problematic - he is passive, his intelligence is really low key, he didn't successfully complete his mission to capture Klaw, he sided against the plight of African Americans, etc.  He made me like Killmonger in the movie which never happened in the comic.  So how is the movie a better version of King T'Challa??????

The best representation of BP on film has been in the Captain America movie "Civil War".  Seems like a different character now.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Captain Marvel
« on: March 11, 2019, 03:03:39 pm »
Actually liked this movie and despite all the butt hurt comic geeks speaking against this movie most of the people going to movies don't care about the microcosm that is the comic book world with its shrinking audience. 

Brie Larson is an award winning actress and brings her own audience and perspective to the film just like Annette Benning and Samuel Jackson.  The acting from all is good and a stand out is the newcomer who plays a very young Monica Rambeau aka Photon in the 90s!  Think Larson as CM was told to display very little emotion and to use humor throughout the film - probably from the Directors and Feige himself.

Captain Marvel reminded me of her time in Uncanny XMen way back in issues 164 to 166 where she was there during the original Brood saga and they tried to implant a brood egg in her but only she, Storm and Wolverine were powerful enough to kill the embryos.  She became Binary during that storyline and that is similar to the film when she changes to her well known costume and starts to fully use her powers.  Was rooting for Carol like back in the day when Rogue stole her powers and she was trying to come back by joining the XMen!

Movie fits right in with Captain America, Iron Man and Thor - can see this being the next phase of Avengers going into space and encountering new villains.


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Feel The Funk / Re: Cardi B on Tomi Lahren
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:53:38 am »
Sad that we have allowed other races to take over all our music (jazz, rock and roll, blues, r & b, etc) and we think mulatto people are on our side when most times in our long history going beyond America they hated us.  Check our history in "The Destruction of Black Civilization" by Chancellor Williams to know more facts and even in the history here in early America in the 1700s mulatto people clearly hated Blacks and purposely sought to exterminate us.

In the Haitian revolution with Louverture if the leader under him had not removed the mulatto people and house negroes first then there would not have been a revolution - research the information.

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Have enjoyed the intergalactic version of Black Panther and Coates got his job because he has a noticeable following and sold large quantities of Black Panther and is the first to take the character to #1 in sales over all other titles ever.  Something no one else was able to accomplish so that alone is reason to see why he has his job.  Also, it didn't hurt that the movie has won several major awards and made over a billion dollars worldwide.

Think the film plans to take Black Panther to space so Coates is probably following what is in the wings with future Avengers film - a good move.

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