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  1. utzworld

    A Black Thing

    Considering the climax - which, by the way, was even bigger in the original book - it makes sense that Spielberg chose to "choke the screen with purple". The resolution of Celie's story was definitely the most awesome display of God's majesty she'd ever seen. On the other hand, defending the author's complaint about Spielberg inserting unnecessary big scenes, the big "God's Trying To Tell You Somethin'" scene comes to mind. For the uninitiated, it's the scene when Shug goes from Jukejoint to Jubilee at the drop of a hat. That wasn't in the book at all. Black folk swear by that scene in the film, but I never thought that this scene really "fit" into the story.
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    A Black Thing

    I "rediscovered" The Color Purple a couple of weekends ago. Believe it or not, it was the first time I watched the film from start to finish in 20 years. Here are some random thoughts: 11 Oscar nods and zero wins. 21 years later, that is still mind boggling to me. Whoopi definitely should have won Best Actress. Oprah should have won Best Supporting Actress. One of the reasons why I avoided watching the film from the opening over the last 2 decades is because of the earlier scenes showing Mister's cruelty. All through my teenage years and beyond, I started the film from the point where . But I endured those cruel and vicious scenes - with a deeper sense of understanding this time. Mister was a cruel bastard, but, like Billy Bob Thorton's prison guard in "Monster's Ball", his cruelty was more hereditary than anything else. The whole darn story is a textbook example of hope and faith overcoming all. As I consider Sophia's "death" and "resurrection", Shug's struggle for peace, and Celie's life as shown in this film, it's a true and genuine faith story. It's amazing when you realize that, in the midst of all Celie's suffering, she was still surrounded by all those purple flowers - symbols of God's majesty - which prompted Shug's line about God's perceived anger at those who fail to acknowledge that color in their presence. Dang...that helps me even better explain the "curse" Celie put on Mister In the annals of African American Cinema, this is the equivalent of "Gone With The Wind".
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  4. utzworld

    A Black Thing

    Smiling...grinning...etc.
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    A Black Thing

    My wife and I watched it (me for the 2nd time - she for the 1st) last Saturday. She was cheesing the whole time...and, of course, thinking about her "sisters".
  6. N'Awlins 101, y'all! Hopefully Spike closed out this flick (I haven't seen it yet) with a good ole fashioned Second Line strut down the French Quarter - umbrellas and all!
  7. I don't have HBO and I'm dying to see this. I mentioned this on another thread, but one of the 3 Black Chicks lost just about everything at the hands of Katrina. Here's her story. I dare anyone to cast a haughty eye of judgement on what this voice has to say.
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    A Black Thing

    In one of the most boneheaded decisions I ever made, I did not keep copies of any of my college papers - including that one. I wrote that paper 11 years ago, FWIW. Nardis said: I assume you meant after Blake passed the 100-year mark. Sadly, Gregory Hines never lived that long. As I said before, I didn't know a "Brother" wrote that song till 1995 when I wrote my paper. Blew me away.
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    A Black Thing

    Reminds me of a 20+ page term paper I wrote in college regarding the origins of Black Musical Theatre - where I found out that quite of few of those crazy songs that Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck used to sing in Looney Tunes cartoons originated from Black musicals. For example: I remember a cartoon where Daffy Duck did an over the top, bombastic version of a song called "I'm Just Wild About Harry". Doing my research for this paper, I found out that this particular song was culled from the 1920's Black musical "Shuffle Along". My jaw hit the floor when I found that out. Looks like the practice of "borrowing" from Black artists/culture to produce "new" works didn't just start with suburban hip-hop fans after all.
  10. My Interview With Greg Wright In this interview, we talk about his time and achievements at HJ, the factors guiding his decision to leave, and his plans for the future.
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    A Black Thing

    There are others. But they haven't spoken yet. Until they do, be ready for more of "Utzworld's Black Cinema Highlights" What are you waiting on? Start a new thread. Blame my age for that. I'm just a shade under 34 years old. I came in on the Blaxploitation bus and came of age when Spike Lee uplifted the race. I wasn't just trying to talk about these films on a critical level...but on a personal level. Prime example: When others speak about "Do The Right Thing", they're just talking about the movie. When I speak about it, it's just like when Old Rose talked her experience on the Titanic...or when Jesse Jackson speaks about a dinner conversation he had with MLK. Catch my drift? As I said before, what are you waiting on? An even better discussion: Why is it so hard for indie films by black folks to get an audience - Black or White!
  12. Heh...we said the same thing about E.T. in 1982.
  13. Now I'm interested in seeing this. If, for no other reason, to rightfully judge it's "authenticity".
  14. utzworld

    A Black Thing

    You're the choir, Ellen. I wasn't exactly preaching to you. I didn't take offense to your comments. The only reason why this discussion is monolithic is because only 4 of us are (regularly) talking - yourself, Rich, BethR, and Angry Man. Hopefully reopening the discussion - and even hearing dissenting voices against the films I love so much - will broaden the spectrum of all this.
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    A Black Thing

    If I may, please allow me to clear a huge misconception about this thread. Although I (sometimes proudly) wear the rep of "The Angry Black Man" around here, that does not, I repeat, THAT DOES NOT include this thread. It is/was my intention that there would be serious and intelligent though and discussion about African American cinema in this thread. I encourage you all to give this thread another chance. Feel free to watch those films mentioned here that may be unfamiliar. Don't hesitate to ask questions about them - as well as the films you have seen. African American cinema is rich in historical, entertainment and spiritual value and is worthy of a platform here at A&F. Would you agree?
  16. So, at this point, #2 of all time (Domestic) is a given ($460 Million by the original "Star Wars"). Even though I hated the movie, it's astounding box office has me wondering if "Titanic" is reachable. Any thoughts?
  17. The Fall of 04 (when "In Good Company" was released) was the first time that the entire HJ team (once again, outside of David Bruce & Greg Wright) started getting invites to junkets. In fact, IIRC, it wasn't until Summer 04 when David started asking us if we would be available to attend junkets. FWIW, I've only been writing at HJ for almost 3 years now myself (seems a whole lot longer than that!).
  18. 1. All those (besides me) who know the expression "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" is not to be taken literally, please raise your hand. Maybe I should have done a "Monkey" disclaimer similar to Kevin Smith's "Platypus" disclaimer on "Dogma". Jeff, I did not call you a monkey. I used (what I thought was) a fairly understood slang phrase that, apparently, has blown up in my face. I am sorry that you interpreted that phrase as an insult. That was not my intention. 2. (Showing my ignorance...perhaps I should have done this sooner) I still don't understand why, just because two of GH's owners are now co-owners of HJ, this is perceived as a conflict of interest. Maybe I'm not as savvy as the rest of you in terms of ethics in the film industry, but I just don't get it. As was said a long time ago, nobody sweats Time Warner because they own Warner Bros and Entertainment Weekly. What's the difference between that situation and the HJ/GH thing? 3. To clarify on the press junket thing, before (approximately) the summer of 2003, the only HJ staffers going on junkets were the Wrights and David Bruce. No one else that I know got to go on any. If it wasn't for GH, we probably never would go to any. 4. I agree with all: we should move on. All I ask is that, as HJ moves on into the future, if any of you suspect that the integrity of our writing has been diminished due to the recent changes at the site, do not hesitate to call us out (US: the writer of the piece, the editor of the site, or an HJ staffer) DIRECTLY at the HJ Fourms. No blogs. No lengthy, heated blogs at A&F. Please go directly to the sources. THEN share the results of your discussion here and at your blogs. Wishful thinking, I know, but give it a shot. 5. I'm still angry. But since my anger is (obviously) pushing everyone away and causing every word I say to get misinterpreted, perhaps this is not the battle I should be fighting. All the best as we continue to bridge the gap between film and faith.
  19. I (mocking the Killer Elite) said: Jeff's reply: Shall I waste y'all time going back through this thread to share what you and your pack of elitists think about HJ editors and writers not named Darrel or Greg? Jeff later said: And guess who they've to interview them for an upcoming HJ article explaining their decision? Yep. Mr. Angry himself. The record will yet be set straight after all. 8O If a movie was in theatres, 90% of the time an HJ staffer reviewed it. It's always been that way. Once again, to imply that GH is somehow influencing what it is we write is not only ignorant, but goes to show that the folks who accuse us aren't regular visitors to the site anyway. FWIW, we reviewd Pirates, too. A bunch of us did. Y'all really wanna know the benefits of our partnership with GH? Because of them we (now) get into (some) press junkets. We never got into ANY junkets before (IIRC) 2003. Missing in just about every point of discussion thus far: Christians are not (!) our target audience. And that's coming straight from the Hat's mouth (1. I wouldn't dare call David Bruce a horse. 2. His hat is part of his signature, as far as I'm concerned.) Either way, that's his beef. One monkey (on our backs) don't stop our show. If Jeff (or anyone else) doesn't like it, kick us to the curb. Since when has his (or anyone else's in the - CONFIRMED BY KEN - A&F Elite's) approval mattered? Heck...all of us old school staffers know A&F exists...yet only a couple of us were crazy enough to board this train and stick around. I wonder why? I love you, Ken. You're my hero! ::w00t:: Ashamed or proud Elitist, at least you came forth to admit what is true. For that, you have my utmost respect. Lastly, regarding the hissyfit over Superman banners and stuff. HJ has had banners for films since its inception. Many of those films' banners had links to pastoral/sermon resources just like Superman? I don't get the hater-ism. Could it be jealousy I see as I Look Closer at the situation???
  20. You're the only one who gives a darn. I don't care. I just write (at least I did before changing diapers became my new favorite pastime). I still don't understand the fuss about "conflict of interest". All we are are subpar/inferior writers who use bad grammar any-friggin-way. It's not like people actually READ our site (to paraphrase the comments of many of the A&F Elite).
  21. Get your panties outta their respective bunch. The banners on the site haven't been updated since the relaunch. The "Cars" banner is still up there too. Why aren't you making a fuss about that? Here's a tip: try clicking on the "Movies" link.
  22. utzworld

    Superman Returns

    Oh my...Peter and I AGREE on something. I need a drink! 8O ::w00t::
  23. utzworld

    Superman Returns

    I've seen SR 3 times now (twice in IMAX 3D - good, but a bit too distracting...especially in the Space Shuttle/Airplane sequence). I loved it. Absolutely loved it! 1. Action sequences top notch 2. Routh made Kal-El/Clark/Superman his own. Definitely not a "wooden" performance. 3. Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was a bit too Gene Hackman for me. Lex should have been more of a badass and less of a spoiled brat. 4. Parker Posey as Kitty Kovalsky (sp) was Otis/Miss Teshmacher rolled into one. And that's not a good thing. 5. Recast Lois Lane for the next one. Bosworth is too young for this part. She and Routh have zero chemistry together. 6. Can't wait to see how Superman's son plays out in the next film. Overall, watching this took me back to 1978 when I saw "Superman The Movie". No it isn't perfect and yes there are flaws. But it's got something that Captain Jack and his merry band of Pirates ain't got: Heart & Soul. Let the world have their yo-ho-ho's & bottles of rum. I still Believe a Man Can Fly!
  24. I liked the new Disney logo...that's about it. Halfway through this, I was tempted to start playing video games on my cell phone. Total boredom. Quite possibly the (2nd) most overrated movie to gross over $300 Million dollars (heck, by the time this movie's done, it'll probably make close to $500 Million - and I will still be playa-hating).
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