Category Archives: Movies

Pablo Larrain’s NERUDA!!! Check it out!

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Foreign films require concentration. Not only am I taking time to read the subtitles, I’m also paying attention to the actors and their environments. Pablo Larraín’s NERUDA brought it’s viewers into the world of poet Pablo Neruda and the chaos of Chile in the late 1940s. The film is more just a look at Neruda’s political persecution but more of a fantastical look into a world that he could’ve created. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Miss Sharon Jones!

Flashback to Cue’s Records circa 2007-2008, I’m walking close to the CD aisle and I spotted 100 Days, 100 Nights by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings in the newer releases section. It had an vintage album cover design and I knew that it had to be funk/soul album of some kind but at the time, I wasn’t interested since I never heard of her before. Don’t get it twisted, I’m always welcoming of new music, but in that instance, I probably had my sights on any and everything by Flying Lotus or Floyd Da LocksmifContinue reading

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Thoughts on I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

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This isn’t a think piece. Neither is this a dissertation nor some kind of overdone academic analysis to make myself seem smarter than I am. What this is, is merely a more than a few words about a phenomenal documentary. James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro is a must see film for EVERYBODY. As informed as I am about the Civil Rights movement and the leaders that faced adversity and ultimately sacrificed their lives for the greater good, Baldwin’s documentary presented the proper insight into the world of his era.  Continue reading

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DOPE!!! Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson”

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There’s a reason why Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors EVER! He knows how to tell a story. Plain and simple. His films aren’t like other cinematic tales of triumph and woe. The characters in his movies are always funky, eccentric, and unapologetically human. “Paterson” provided a landscape where life was the focal point and the details that we may not take as seriously took precedence throughout the film. Adam Driver plays Paterson, a bus driver and secret poet that lives in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife, Laura, a vivid woman of dreams that constantly tries to push her limits. Though they may appear to complete opposites, they love each other unconditionally. While watching this movie in the Ritz Bourse theater downtown, I said to myself, “Damn, I hope that I find a love like that for myself!” What’s also pretty cool is how Jim Jarmusch turned the city of Paterson into a living breathing component of the film as well. You could feel the city’s breath in each scene. I loved this movie!

AND… I won’t spoil it but the cameo appearance surprised the hell out of me  Continue reading

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I Thought About It: Straight Outta Compton

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By now, the movie’s been seen worldwide and there are countless reviews and “think pieces” strewn throughout cyberspace detailing all kinds of interesting (and some unoriginal) perspectives. The trailer was like a cool party that your friends went on and on about but you wouldn’t give in to the hype until you saw it for yourself. Luckily, Straight Outta Compton became a smash at the box office and there were even murmurs (according to the net, of course) about it being Oscar worthy. Continue reading

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Can’t Wait!!! Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” Trailer

Quentin Tarantino returns to the western genre with his 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Starring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson (and a hell of a lot more of Hollywood’s known faces), The Hateful Eight is set in the Wyoming a decade after the Civil War during a crazy blizzard. At first glance, it looks like a “who’s who” kind of thriller but I’m sure Tarantino’s twist will make this flick worth our whiles. It will be released on Christmas Day in 70mm and comes out worldwide on January 8th 2016.

Via Collider

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AMY: Thoughts and Reactions

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I won’t watch it again. I can’t sit in a chair or lay on a couch in good conscience as this plays on screen in my living space. Don’t bother inviting me over with friends to sit around and relive these moments either. Once is enough. In six months to a year, I probably won’t be as adverse to the idea but still, I’d avoid it like it’s one of those green hot dogs that they tried to serve us during Middle School lunch. I know how the story ended. Amy died. Some of you saw it coming but I remained hopeful, dare I say naive. AMY, as a documentary excelled at giving us all an in depth look into the rise and inexorable fall of the songstress that electrified the world with her smoky, warm and soulful voice. Continue reading

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Dope!!! The Revenant (Trailer)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the director of Birdman (one of my favorite films) has a new movie opening in theaters on Christmas Day and it looks serious! The Revenant is a period piece starring Leonardo DiCaprio as explorer Hugh Glass and Tom Hardy as friend turned foe John Fitzgerald. The story is reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey o as we see Hugh Glass, like Odysseus, being left for dead and having to fight and push against all kinds of antagonists (man, nature, and himself) to return to his family. Leo is a dope actor and though he’s recognized as such, I hope that this film brings him closer to winning an Oscar.

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Definitely Going To See This… Black Mass!!!

Anything that Johnny Depp does, I’m always down to watch and just by watching the trailer and seeing his portrayal of Whitey Bulger, I’m sure that this movie will be out of this world. When I looked at Johnny while he spoke, I only  saw and heard Whitey and that’s when you know that it’s going to be a serious film… POW! Continue reading

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Seen It All: SELMA

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I’d like to begin by saying that if you have the opportunity to see SELMA, go see SELMA! It’s truly a powerful film and it offered a different yet very poignant perspective on a story that I THOUGHT that I knew. The Ava DuVernay directed film tells the story of the historic march on Selma that led to the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Before the movie, I associated that momentous event with Dr. King but I was unaware of the contributions made by his constituents and the other events leading up to the march. David Oyelowo’s portrayal of MLK had depth and their was a humanity shown without the Hollywood glorification. We see a man burdened by the tumultuous civil rights movement on his shoulders all while trying to be a husband, father, and a pillar of strength of his community. King’s dealings with Lyndon B. Johnson over the conception of the Voting Act gave an inside look at how progress seemed to move at a tortoise’s pace. SELMA did great by not making MLK out to be a “superman” but an individual that wanted more for his people than himself. The dynamic between Martin and his wife Coretta (played Carmen Ejogo who actually played her in 2001’a Boycott) showed how their relationship endured during the most strenuous of times and she truly deserved all of the respect in world. Continue reading

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