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  1. Good movie. Best of the 3 films by far. Low box-office is completely & totally due to the great Cruise Wig-Out of 2005. I heard a bunch of film geeks boasting about how they were staying away from this due to Cruise's seemingly neverending proclamation of the gospel of Dianetics. A shame...a movie this good should have opened with 60 mil at least!
  2. ...and perhaps a bit of stark raven lunacy???
  3. The only beef I have with the "Jesus Camp" documentary is the fact that, according to the Reuters article, some of these adults are seemingly "pimping" the power of the Holy Spirit for political gain - much like those in the current US Presidential Administration. Praying to cardboard statues of Dubya??? Come on, now. I have no doubt that these kids are indeed moved and empowered by the Holy Spirit. But there's always trouble when people's personal ambitions (try to) get in the way of what Christ really wants to do in people's lives.
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    A Black Thing

    :spoilers: (since I assume some of y'all might not have ever seen this movie) Long before Moviefone & Fandango - let alone the internet - hit the mainstream, the Sunday paper was your best source to plan you moviegoing adventures for the following weekend. The Sunday before "Boyz" dropped, the LA Times noted that it was going to play at Mann's Chinese...not the legendary Chinese auditorium, but one of the 2 smaller theatres that adjoined it at the time. It didn't matter to me. Merely 2 years after my memorable first trip to Hollywood - and thanks to having my first car at age 18, I inc
  5. We already beat this dead horse in this year's Post-Oscar Wrapup. The short version: Judge the individual songs - not the past works of the artists who make the songs.
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    A Black Thing

    Damn the screenwriters! Damn the Starbucks involvement! That movie was the closest thing to my life story than any other movie I've ever seen (next to School Daze)! I can't even "review" this. I'll have to write a commentary instead. Friggin surreal! Check out The Chicks' review to understand the importance of this "formulaic" little film.
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    A Black Thing

    RUN, don't walk, but RUN to the nearest theatre, shell out your $7-10 bucks, see Akelah and the Bee and meet me back at this board. Lots to talk about! This means you, (Ellen) Nardis!!!
  8. Thankfully, the Laker game should be on at the same time. Bummer! ::w00t:: I'll only try to catch the pre and post movie comments. I suspect that they won't say anything that hasn't already been said.
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    A Black Thing

    What happened there?? It just dies in the middle of "suppressed." Same description as on the DVD box: "The filmmakers say it was surpressed by the government." As previously stated, I can fully understand why. Next paragraph: "Driven underground and available only on bootleg video, this controversial political thriller was nearly lost. Obsidian Home Entertainment was granted full access by the filmmakers to digitally restore the movie from the original camera negative which had been hidden in a Hollywood vault for 30 years."
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    A Black Thing

    Guess what came in the mail today??? Boy, did I botch up that description. The print of the film is pristine, the picture and sound quality is excellent, and the "no-name DVD company" is actually a division of an AA film & video company headed by Venus Flytrap himself, Tim Reid! Some may recall his show "Frank's Place" that aired almost 20 years ago. It was his attempt at showing an AA based dramedy. It got critical acclaim and low ratings...but inspired him to start his own film company. I'm currently rewatching the film. I can understand why the Feds tried to drag this fi
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    A Black Thing

    O.K. Not quite bootlegged...but here's a couple of key things to note: 1. It's released by some no name DVD company...which is probably because 2. Sony/MGM probably wants nothing to do with this movie for obvious reasons. Sony/MGM inheirited this film as a result of MGM's purchase of United Artists - the original distributor of the film - who probably was "forced" to disown the film. Legend has it that, even though it got good reviews and found an audience when it was initially released, "the powers that be" got this one shuffled in and out of the theatres ASAP. Why you ask? Here's the plo
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    A Black Thing

    I tried so hard not to say it...thanx 4 taking me off the hook. Seems like the whole first half of this series is dedicated to the days in which we were "niggrahs". ...most notably Dorothy Dandridge's OSCAR NOMINATED BEST ACTRESS performance! Dang...who scheduled this thing?!?! We'd be bleeped, edited, and shredded all over the cutting room floor just on Diva and I's arguing alone! Besides, they've got Donald Bogle who's good at calm and peaceful discussion - unlike Yours Truly. Maaan...that movie will scare the crap outta folks in the Red states!!! You wanna talk about revolu
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    A Black Thing

    I concur...they should have had the b@lls to at least counterprogram Birth with DTRT...or even Bamboozled! That would have made for a helluva discussion! I concur again. The biggest problem is their choice of scheduling the films in order of release date as opposed to their relevance. Looking at those titles, I have a subtitle of my own for this series that I won't even post here because it's too "inflamatory". And why...Why...WHY is Rocky III on this list?!?!
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    A Black Thing

    Interesting...they don't start showing any post Civil Rights era flicks till the end of the month. Not surprising...
  15. Sorry...I couldn't resist. Especially after hearing sentiments like that one all my friggin' life! 8O
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    A Black Thing

    It's later... As 1990 rolled into view, AA cinema was on the verge of an explosion. Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy (to a certain extent) and others lit the fuse in the 80's. The two most significant fuse burners of 1990 were: House Party: This small film with a paltry budget of $2.5 million bucks snuck in under the radar and grossed $25 million (including probably $15 bucks in matinee pricing from my own pockets). It was a simple, universal plot: a kid tries to sneak out of his house to attend "the party of the year" thrown by his best friend. When the dust settled, the Hudlin Brothers (who d
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    A Black Thing

    Celie and Shug getting busy was the only clue you got of that fact??? ::w00t:: Be thankful you only saw the movie. Spielberg toned things down A WHOLE LOT! The book went MUCH MUCH MUCH deeper into their relationship.
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    A Black Thing

    Thanks...? ::w00t:: While it's on my mind, other notable 1980's AA (directed or themed) films: The Color Purple (the book was better, but Spielberg did a heckuva job. Here's a fun game to play: Count the "Color Purple" references in modern day AA cinema. Madea quoted one of Sophia/Oprah's lines in "Madea's Family Reunion" that darn near tore the roof off the multiplex!) Coming To America: Eddie Murphy exploded onto the scene in the 80's with "48 Hrs", "Trading Places", "Beverly Hills Cop" and a host of other films. But this one is one his 2 most underrated films...arguably, his best m
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    A Black Thing

    The Classic has always been (until 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina) in New Orleans at the Superdome. The 2006 game is scheduled to return there. I doubt that I'll go, though... BTW...what is "The Big House"? Many critics had dismissed School Daze affixing the "sophomore jinx" label at Spike upon release. It's barely mentioned when analyzing his body of work. But that film is a significant part of my life personally and helped to shape some major decisions and choices in my life. Therefore the superlatives are not dueling - one is decidedly personal while the other (Do The Right T
  20. Bishop T.D. Jakes just signed a production deal with Sony Pictures to produce more Christian based films. A step in the right direction? I think so.
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    A Black Thing

    In the Fall months, Black Entertainment Television usually shows Black College Football games on Saturday afternoons where they do indeed show the halftime show. NBC always shows the halftime show during their annual airing of "The Bayou Classic" pitting Southen University :evil: vs. the one and only Grambling State University ::bow:: I don't have any halftime shows on tape, though. I watched that stuff every Saturday for 5 Fall Semesters. Video replays are unnecessary! 8O
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    A Black Thing

    It is, to this day, the only Criterion Collection DVD that is in my library. The only thing wrong with it is that Universal/Criterion didn't give the film a 5.1 surround sound remaster. Bummer! I want my walls to shake when "Fight The Power" comes on! Oh well... As a member of the 1995 graduating class of Grambling State University, I (and just about all 500 of my classmates) can vouch for the accuracy of School Daze! Heck...a lot of us probably chose Historically Black Colleges & Universities because of the exposure generated from that movie - and also The Cosby Show spinoff "A Di
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    A Black Thing

    DING DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!! In the history of African American cinema, Do The Right Thing is the masterpiece, the standard. Spike Lee didn't simply set a standard, he created a whole new standard that has yet to be matched. John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood, the Hughes Brothers' Menace II Society, and Spike's own Malcolm X came close. But this is the pinnacle, the apex, the Magna Carta of Black cinema. I dare ANYONE to challenge my assertions. So much has been said about it from a critical standpoint. I will now speak from a personal standpoint. In 1989 I had lived in Sou
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    A Black Thing

    Answers and corrections: 1. The lack of resolution was Spike's intention. He didn't want the film to dot all the "i"'s, cross all the "t"'s and answer all the questions for the audience. He just presented the situation and left audiences with some hefty and hearty food for thought - which is why he chose to end the film with a quote from MLK and one from Malcolm X. Your "hit nerves" were all a part of his big game plan. Which is why the film got shunned initially by the Hollywood establishment - and almost 20 years later, all the "haters" are now its biggest defenders. It's funny that fo
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