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Post by maxwelldeux » February 12th, 2018, 8:04 pm

15. Katt Williams: It's Pimpin' Pimpin' (2008)

I had never found Katt Williams all that funny, but (to be self-critical) I'm not sure if that's because I genuinely didn't enjoy his humor, or if it was because it was largely Black humor and delivery. So I thought this would be the perfect time to watch some Katt Williams, and I was pretty happy with it. The delivery is definitely something I'm not used to, but that's more on me, and I started to "get it" as the special went on. The humor was solid stuff, and a lot more enjoyable than I would have guessed. A lot of the political humor is pretty dated, but the jokes worked now in a weirdly cyclical manner where we have the benefit of hindsight.
February is Black History MonthShow
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
2. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976)
4. Within Our Gates (1920)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6a. The Mayor: Mama Rose Best (2017)
6b. The Mayor: The Lockdown (2017)
6c. Darktown Revue (1931)
7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8. The Great White Hope (1970)
9. United Shades of America: The New KKK (2016)
10. Roots: Part I (1977)
11. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
12. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (2017)
13. Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)
14. Veiled Aristocrats (1932)
15. Katt Williams: It's Pimpin' Pimpin' (2008)

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Post by hurluberlu » February 12th, 2018, 10:42 pm

7. No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950) 6+/10
Sydney Poitiers and the fighting scene are quite something. I am more reserved with the casting of Richard Widmark and the dated, didactical dialogues .

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1. The Intruder (Roger Corman, 1962) 8-/10
The manipulation story is confusing a bit the anti-segregation message I thought but Old South setting and performances are very convincing.

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2. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles, 1971) 7/10
I liked the visual surimpressions and the funky soundtrack really helped stirring up my interest in the too many weak moments of the plot development.

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3. Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017) 7/10
I enjoyed the mystery building on racial tensions of the first half but then it is just moving to full comedy less subtly and with a twist that looks too much like
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to be anything really new.

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4. The Wire S1E4: (Clement Virgo, 2002) 7+/10

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5. The Wire S1E5: The Pager (Clark Johnson, 2002) 7+/10

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6. Mudbound (Dee Rees, 2017) 6+/10
It looks good and all the scenaristic elements are nicely built up, letting hope for a high intensity drama until it turns very predictable and ultimately boring.

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#JeSuisCharlie Liberté, Liberté chérie !

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 13th, 2018, 8:27 pm

16. Precious (2009)

I had heard a lot about this from the Oscar buzz back in the day, but this was my first watch of it. The unimaginable cruelty of that is haunting, made even worse by the fact that she doesn't know, because it's just normal to her.

17. United Shades of America: Behind These Walls (2016)

Another solid entry from Kamau Bell. This episode went to San Quentin prison, and talked with a lot of inmates (nearly all Black) about what got them there, what they've learned, and how they're trying to be better people. It made the shocking assertion that prisoners are, in fact, human beings. Though focused on the prison plot line, race was a powerful subtext.
February is Black History MonthShow
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
2. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976)
4. Within Our Gates (1920)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6a. The Mayor: Mama Rose Best (2017)
6b. The Mayor: The Lockdown (2017)
6c. Darktown Revue (1931)
7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8. The Great White Hope (1970)
9. United Shades of America: The New KKK (2016)
10. Roots: Part I (1977)
11. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
12. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (2017)
13. Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)
14. Veiled Aristocrats (1932)
15. Katt Williams: It's Pimpin' Pimpin' (2008)
16. Precious (2009)
17. United Shades of America: Behind These Walls (2016)

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#124

Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 14th, 2018, 1:14 am

New Total: 37

28. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer / Rating: 9
29. Brother John (1971) James Goldstone / FTV / Rating: 6
30. Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 7
32. Man and Boy (1971) E.W. Swackhamer / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7+
34. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979) Georg Stanford Brown / Rating: 8
35. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979) Lloyd Richards / Rating: 7+
36. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 8+
37a. Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
37b. Big Timers (1945) Bud Pollard / FTV / Rating: 5 {36 min.}

My Sidney Poitier festival continues. GWCTD still holds me in it's spell. The situation seems almost unbelievable today, but the cast brings it to life and makes it matter. For me, Brother John mostly spun it's wheels, but I was interested to note that both it and Buck and the Preacher were written by Ernest Kinoy who was also head writer on Roots: the Next Generations. Kinoy was not Black but contributed to a number of other significant African American films in the 70's as well.

Buck and the Preacher also kicked off a trilogy of black westerns for me - and was the best of the bunch. As director, Poitier allows Henry Belafonte to upstage his own performance and is generous with the other actors as well - delivering close-ups to capture their best moments. It's an exciting, nuanced work. The other two westerns were more standard fare - although both are entertaining.

Roots: the Next Gen. builds to a great conclusion that neatly makes the epic journey begun in Roots feel complete. For television, this depiction of the various types of racism performed against Blacks over a 200 year period while depicting the generations of a single family is powerful stuff. Sometimes mired in soap opera but overall very effective.

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1. Within Our Gates (1920) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 8
2. Body and Soul (1925) Oscar Micheaux / Rating: 7+
3. Sounder (1972) Martin Ritt / FTV / Rating: 8+
4. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) Fred Williamson / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Swing! (1938) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 6
6. Fences (2016) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 8+
7. Lady Cocoa (1975) Matt Cimber / Rating: 7+
8a. Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7 {11 min.}
8b. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Rare Coin (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {25 min.}
8c. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Turkey Dinner (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
9. Fat Albert (2004) Joel Zwick / FTV / Rating: 3
10. The Great Debaters (2007) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 9
11. Death of a Prophet (1981) Woodie King Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
12. Lying Lips (1939) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 5
13. Get On the Bus (1996) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. 4 Little Girls (1997) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 9
15. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 6
16. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 6
17. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7
18. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 7+
19a. The Cosby Show: A Shirt Story (1984) / FTV / Rating: 6+
19b. The Cosby Show: Happy Anniversary (1985) / FTV / Rating: 6
19c. The Cosby Show: Theo’s Holiday (1986) / FTV / Rating: 7
20a. The Cosby Show: Say Hello To a Good Bye (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6+
20b. The Cosby Show: I Know That You Know (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6
20c. The Cosby Show: Call of the Wild (1987) / FTV / Rating: 4
21. Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Spencer Williams / FTV / Rating: 6
22. Lilies of the Field (1963) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 8+
23. I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) Leo Penn / FTV / Rating: 7
24a. The Black Network (1936) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
24b. St. Louis Blues (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 7 {16 min.}
24c. Black and Tan (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
24d. A Bundle of Blues (1933) Fred Weller / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
25. I Spy: The Loser (1965) Mark Rydell / FTV / Rating: 8
26. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Daniel Petrie / FTV / Rating: 8
27. I Spy: The Tiger (1966) Paul Wendkos / FTV / Rating: 7
28. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer / Rating: 9
29. Brother John (1971) James Goldstone / FTV / Rating: 6
30. Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 7
32. Man and Boy (1971) E.W. Swackhamer / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7+
34. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979) Georg Stanford Brown / Rating: 8
35. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979) Lloyd Richards / Rating: 7+
36. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 8+
37a. Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
37b. Big Timers (1945) Bud Pollard / FTV / Rating: 5 {36 min.}

Total: 37

"The longing of black men must have respect. The rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to themselves in these days that try their souls, the chance to soar in the dim blue air above smoke is to their finer spirits boon and guerdon for what they lose on earth by being black."
from W.E.B. Du Bois' Of the Training of Black Men (1903)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 14th, 2018, 4:27 am

And one more collection of short programs:

38a. Sanford and Son: Happy Birthday, Pop (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
38b. Sanford and Son: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
38c. Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho (1934) Fred Waller / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}

Total: 38

Cinema Soul Food Already Ingested:
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1. Within Our Gates (1920) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 8
2. Body and Soul (1925) Oscar Micheaux / Rating: 7+
3. Sounder (1972) Martin Ritt / FTV / Rating: 8+
4. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) Fred Williamson / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Swing! (1938) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 6
6. Fences (2016) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 8+
7. Lady Cocoa (1975) Matt Cimber / Rating: 7+
8a. Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7 {11 min.}
8b. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Rare Coin (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {25 min.}
8c. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Turkey Dinner (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
9. Fat Albert (2004) Joel Zwick / FTV / Rating: 3
10. The Great Debaters (2007) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 9
11. Death of a Prophet (1981) Woodie King Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
12. Lying Lips (1939) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 5
13. Get On the Bus (1996) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. 4 Little Girls (1997) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 9
15. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 6
16. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 6
17. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7
18. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 7+
19a. The Cosby Show: A Shirt Story (1984) / FTV / Rating: 6+
19b. The Cosby Show: Happy Anniversary (1985) / FTV / Rating: 6
19c. The Cosby Show: Theo’s Holiday (1986) / FTV / Rating: 7
20a. The Cosby Show: Say Hello To a Good Bye (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6+
20b. The Cosby Show: I Know That You Know (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6
20c. The Cosby Show: Call of the Wild (1987) / FTV / Rating: 4
21. Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Spencer Williams / FTV / Rating: 6
22. Lilies of the Field (1963) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 8+
23. I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) Leo Penn / FTV / Rating: 7
24a. The Black Network (1936) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
24b. St. Louis Blues (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 7 {16 min.}
24c. Black and Tan (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
24d. A Bundle of Blues (1933) Fred Weller / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
25. I Spy: The Loser (1965) Mark Rydell / FTV / Rating: 8
26. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Daniel Petrie / FTV / Rating: 8
27. I Spy: The Tiger (1966) Paul Wendkos / FTV / Rating: 7
28. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer / Rating: 9
29. Brother John (1971) James Goldstone / FTV / Rating: 6
30. Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 7
32. Man and Boy (1971) E.W. Swackhamer / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7+
34. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979) Georg Stanford Brown / Rating: 8
35. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979) Lloyd Richards / Rating: 7+
36. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 8+
37a. Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
37b. Big Timers (1945) Bud Pollard / FTV / Rating: 5 {36 min.}
38a. Sanford and Son: Happy Birthday, Pop (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
38b. Sanford and Son: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
38c. Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho (1934) Fred Waller / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}

Total: 38

"The longing of black men must have respect. The rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to themselves in these days that try their souls, the chance to soar in the dim blue air above smoke is to their finer spirits boon and guerdon for what they lose on earth by being black."
from W.E.B. Du Bois' Of the Training of Black Men (1903)

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#126

Post by jeroeno » February 14th, 2018, 9:40 am

8. Major Payne (1995) *Retwatch*

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Post by Gorro » February 14th, 2018, 11:47 am

3. Marshall (2017) 6.7/10
4. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) 6.4/10
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1. Abar, The First Black Superman (1977) 2.6/10
2. Girls Trip (2017) 5.1/10

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Post by OldAle1 » February 14th, 2018, 7:40 pm

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1. The Symbol of the Unconquered (Oscar Micheaux, 1920)
2. Super Fly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972)

3. SHORTS: a-d are froom the Pioneers of African-American Cinema set - I'm taking the timings from the set as IMDb's aren't correct on b & c
a) Two Knights of Vaudeville (unknown, 1915) 11 m
b) Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (R.W. Phillips, 1918) 13 m
c) A Reckless Rover (C.N. David, 1918) 14 m
d) The Films of Oscar Micheaux (no director listed, 2016) 9 m
e) St. Louis Blues (Dudley Murphy, 1929) 16m

total run time 63 minutes

4. Velvet Smooth (Michael Fink, 1976)

Spike Lee double feature

5. Summer of Sam (Spike Lee, 1999)
6. She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1984) (re-watch)
7. Women in Cages (Gerardo de Leon, 1971)

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OK I'll admit this is borderline; a mostly Filipino production, with Filipino crew and secondary cast, and only one major black presence - but that black presence is Pam Grier in only her second starring role, after the same year's other women in prison epic The Big Doll House. And she does dominate this, as the butch lesbian guard who runs a nasty women's prison that seems mostly filled with Asian women but for the small group of characters we follow, white women generally tricked or coerced into crimes or behavior that got them unjustly placed here. A fair amount of nudity on offer, not all that much violence apart from some non-explicit sadistic torture and whipping; generally unpleasant, poorly acted, and not all that interesting although I have to agree with noted feminist Quentin Tarantino that the last shot is pretty powerful. Still not enough for me to ever want to bother with this again.

8. The Cool World (Shirley Clarke, 1963)

If there's an actual quality copy of this film floating around, I'd love to see it. I know that Clarke's work is in the process of being restored and transferred to quality BD/DVD by Milestone, but this one hasn't shown up yet* and the copy I had was very dark, with poor sound and burned-in French subs. While it was watchable (moreso by my standards of 25 years ago; I'm not used to seeing stuff that looks like this now so much) I definitely feel like I missed some things both visually and aurally, and it's a testament to the power of the filmmaking, music, locations, and the devastating despair that pervades the film that I loved it regardless of the flaws. The voiceovers and non-sync-ed sound of the opening reminded me of Jean Rouch's Moi, un noir - an ethnographic fiction if you will taking place in slum areas of a large city in what is now the Ivory Coast - and so I was starting to think of this in the same light, but after the credits it becomes more of an American Los olvidados, a low-rent crime story and study in poverty and squalor and hopelessness that is clearly meant to move and enrage. I don't know how much it did; our culture of violence and the obsession with guns and machismo as a way of "being a man" are certainly still present; rarely have they been viewed so critically and at the same time compassionately as they are here, in New York, in the ghetto, among teenaged boys wanting to be men the only way they know how: through gang violence.

* It's apparently owned by Frederick Wiseman, it's producer, and I have no idea if he's cooperating with the "Project Shirley" folks on getting this out.

Probably a masterpiece but I'll wait to see a better copy - hopefully sooner and not in 10 or 20 years - before I can say for sure.

9. Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964)

Another hard, clear-eyed view of the black condition in America from a New York-based Jewish director, Roemer's film is set in Alabama but filmed in New Jersey with a cast of mostly professional actors, and one thing that's noticeable right away is that none of the black actors have southern accents while most if not all of the white actors do. I suspect this was done deliberately to make a jarring distinction between the races as they saw themselves, and as they promoted themselves to be. It's off-putting and in some sense detracts from the realism, but it ultimately doesn't matter much. The portrait of fairly smart but uneducated, rational but temperamental and proud Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon in the best performance and role of his film career) struggling to find and keep work when he can't keep silent about injustice, and also struggling to be the man his father wasn't, the man he has no role models for, a stable husband and father. Abbey Lincoln is also great as Josie, the preacher's daughter who marries him, and look for a young Yaphet Kotto as one of Duff's buddies on the railway that he works for at the beginning of the film. What probably struck me most, something I haven't seen shown in this way very often, is the very casual sort of putting down the black man that we see over and over here - white men who are (theoretically) equals who badger and press Duff and others into smiling or conversing over and over when they don't want to, this obsession that the whites have of controlling the very conversation and emotional registers of all the black people around them. Over and over there's an implicit threat of violence, jail, losing a job, being run out of town - rather than the more obvious and overt violence of the KKK or lynch mobs; we're told early on that the last lynching in this town was 8 years ago, nobody did anything about it, and sure, things are a little better...but clearly black people are still living at the sufferance of the whites. Tolerated if they act like whipped dogs. And the whole film's underlying narrative is one of Duff trying to somehow live as a man of honor and self-respect under these conditions.

Perhaps the ending is
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but that caveat aside, brilliant stuff. A double feature of this and The Cool World is probably as good as any three hours of narrative to give one a primer on black life in America just before the Civil Rights Act.
Here's to the fools who dream.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 15th, 2018, 4:53 am

39. A Patch of Blue (1965) Guy Green / FTV / Rating: 8
40. The Blood of Jesus (1941) Spencer Williams / Rating: 7
41a. Good Times: Too Old Blues (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41b. Good Times: Black Jesus (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41c. Little Black Sambo (1935) Ub Iwerks / FTV / Rating: 6 {8 min.}

Total: 41

Cinema Soul Food Already Ingested:
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1. Within Our Gates (1920) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 8
2. Body and Soul (1925) Oscar Micheaux / Rating: 7+
3. Sounder (1972) Martin Ritt / FTV / Rating: 8+
4. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) Fred Williamson / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Swing! (1938) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 6
6. Fences (2016) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 8+
7. Lady Cocoa (1975) Matt Cimber / Rating: 7+
8a. Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7 {11 min.}
8b. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Rare Coin (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {25 min.}
8c. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Turkey Dinner (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
9. Fat Albert (2004) Joel Zwick / FTV / Rating: 3
10. The Great Debaters (2007) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 9
11. Death of a Prophet (1981) Woodie King Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
12. Lying Lips (1939) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 5
13. Get On the Bus (1996) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. 4 Little Girls (1997) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 9
15. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 6
16. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 6
17. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7
18. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 7+
19a. The Cosby Show: A Shirt Story (1984) / FTV / Rating: 6+
19b. The Cosby Show: Happy Anniversary (1985) / FTV / Rating: 6
19c. The Cosby Show: Theo’s Holiday (1986) / FTV / Rating: 7
20a. The Cosby Show: Say Hello To a Good Bye (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6+
20b. The Cosby Show: I Know That You Know (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6
20c. The Cosby Show: Call of the Wild (1987) / FTV / Rating: 4
21. Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Spencer Williams / FTV / Rating: 6
22. Lilies of the Field (1963) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 8+
23. I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) Leo Penn / FTV / Rating: 7
24a. The Black Network (1936) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
24b. St. Louis Blues (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 7 {16 min.}
24c. Black and Tan (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
24d. A Bundle of Blues (1933) Fred Weller / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
25. I Spy: The Loser (1965) Mark Rydell / FTV / Rating: 8
26. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Daniel Petrie / FTV / Rating: 8
27. I Spy: The Tiger (1966) Paul Wendkos / FTV / Rating: 7
28. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer / Rating: 9
29. Brother John (1971) James Goldstone / FTV / Rating: 6
30. Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 7
32. Man and Boy (1971) E.W. Swackhamer / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7+
34. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979) Georg Stanford Brown / Rating: 8
35. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979) Lloyd Richards / Rating: 7+
36. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 8+
37a. Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
37b. Big Timers (1945) Bud Pollard / FTV / Rating: 5 {36 min.}
38a. Sanford and Son: Happy Birthday, Pop (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
38b. Sanford and Son: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
38c. Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho (1934) Fred Waller / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
39. A Patch of Blue (1965) Guy Green / FTV / Rating: 8
40. The Blood of Jesus (1941) Spencer Williams / Rating: 7
41a. Good Times: Too Old Blues (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41b. Good Times: Black Jesus (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41c. Little Black Sambo (1935) Ub Iwerks / FTV / Rating: 6 {8 min.}


Total: 41

"The longing of black men must have respect. The rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to themselves in these days that try their souls, the chance to soar in the dim blue air above smoke is to their finer spirits boon and guerdon for what they lose on earth by being black."
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Post by sol » February 15th, 2018, 12:09 pm

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1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

OK neo-noir with slick visuals and witty narration. The racial cards adds some extra dimensional as Denzel's character is a proud home owner and will take any job offered since it will help pay the mortgage on his house and make him seem successful in an atmosphere of extreme racial prejudice. The police brutality scenes are pretty graphic and memorable too. The basic noir plot though is incredibly routine; corruption, bribery, blackmail and a woman gone missing, the film had me yearning for more once I got over the African American noir protagonist novelty element.
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 15th, 2018, 10:22 pm

Week 2(ish) Stats and Challenge Update

Users
Through the 2nd week of February, we've had 17 participants in the African-American Cinema Challenge, and we'd love to have more. psychotronicbeatnik is still off to a fast start and in the lead with 41 watches. maxwelldeux is in 2nd place with 17 watches, and Eve-Lang-El-Coup, sebby, and Mate_cosideo are tied for third with 11 watches each.

Leader board is up-to-date and maintained in the first post.

Years
Films watched so far have ranged from 1914 to 2017, covering 65 unique years in film. 2016 is the most-watched year with 15 watches, followed by 2000, 2017, and 1979, which have 13, 12, and 11 watches, respectively. It's nice to see decent representation throughout cinema history, especially during the silent years. Here's a list of watch count by decade:

Decades List
DecadeCount
1910 4
1920 8
1930 10
1940 3
1950 5
1960 21
1970 40
1980 12
1990 12
2000 23
2010 30


Films
So far this month, we have watched 146 unique films. She's Gotta Have It (1986) and Within Our Gates (1920) are tops with three watches each. Eighteen other films have been watched by two people. A full list of films watched in this challenge is under the spoiler below.
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4 Little Girls (1997)
A Bundle of Blues (1933)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
A Reckless Rover (1918)
Abar, The First Black Superman (1977)
Anna Lucasta (1958)
Big Timers (1975)
Black and Tan (1929)
Blacula (1972)
Body and Soul (1925)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Brother John (1971)
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
Bush Mama (1979)
Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (1934)
Countryman (1982)
Darktown Revue (1931)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (2017)
Death of a Prophet (1981)
Detroit (2017)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946)
Django Unchained (2012)
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Fat Albert (2004)
Fences (2016)
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots e1 (2010)
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots e2 (2010)
Friday (1995)
Get On the Bus (1996)
Get Out (2017)
Girls Trip (2017)
Gone are the days! (1963)
Good Times: Black Jesus (1974)
Good Times: Too Old Blues (1974)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Hellbound Train (1930)
Hidden Figures (2016)
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965)
I Spy: The Loser (1965)
I Spy: The Tiger (1966)
Inside Man (2006)
Jazz — Portrait d’une âme oubliée de Détroit (2017)
Katt Williams: It's Pimpin' Pimpin' (2008)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Lady Cocoa (1975)
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Little Black Sambo (1935)
Losing Ground (1982)
Lying Lips (1939)
Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
Major Payne (1995)
Man and Boy (1971)
Marshall (2017)
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918)
Moonlight (2016)
Mudbound (2017)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
No Way Out (1950)
Nothing But a Man (1964)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932)
Precious (2009)
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Roots: Part I (1977)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979)
Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972)
Sanford and Son: Happy Birthday, Pop (1972)
Sanford and Son: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972)
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Shaft (1971)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Slam (1998)
Slaves (1969)
Sounder (1972)
Space is the Place (1974)
St. Louis Blues (1929)
Summer of Sam (1999)
Super Fly (1972)
Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Swing! (1938)
The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Rare Coin (1951)
The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Turkey Dinner (1951)
The Black Network (1936)
The Blind Side (2009)
The Blood of Jesus (1941)
The Connection (1961)
The Cool World (1963)
The Corner: e1 (2000)
The Corner: e2 (2000)
The Corner: e3 (2000)
The Corner: e4 (2000)
The Corner: e5 (2000)
The Corner: e6 (2000)
The Cosby Show – A Shirt Story (1984)
The Cosby Show – Call of the Wild (1987)
The Cosby Show – Happy Anniversary (1985)
The Cosby Show – I Know That You Know (1987)
The Cosby Show – Say Hello To a Good Bye (1987)
The Cosby Show – Theo’s Holiday (1986)
The Family That Preys (2008)
The Films of Oscar Micheaux (2016)
The Get Down e10 (2016)
The Get Down e11 (2016)
The Get Down e7 (2016)
The Get Down e8 (2016)
The Get Down e9 (2016)
The Great Debaters (2007)
The Great White Hope (1970)
The Great White Hype (1996)
The Harder They Come (1972)
The Intruder (1962)
The Mayor: Mama Rose Best (2017)
The Mayor: The Lockdown (2017)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
The Slender Thread (1965)
The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
The Wire S1E4 (2002)
The Wire S1E5: The Pager (2002)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Two Knights of Vaudeville (1915)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976)
United Shades of America: Behind These Walls (2016)
United Shades of America: The New KKK (2016)
Veiled Aristocrats (1932)
Velvet Smooth (1976)
Within Our Gates (1920)
Women in Cages (1971)

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Post by sebby » February 15th, 2018, 10:35 pm

[font=courier]12. The Great Debaters (2007) - 6/10
13. To Sleep With Anger (1990) - 5/10
14. Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) - 6.5/10

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[font=courier]01. Slam (1998) - 6/10
02. Losing Ground (1982) - 7.5/10
03. Bush Mama (1979) - 5.5/10
04. Detroit (2017) - 6.5/10
05-10. The Corner (2009) - 9.5/10
11. Hidden Figures (2016) - 6/10
12. The Great Debaters (2007) - 6/10
13. To Sleep With Anger (1990) - 5/10
14. Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) - 6.5/10
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 16th, 2018, 12:11 am

sebby on Feb 15 2018, 03:35:45 PM wrote:12. The Great Debaters (2007) - 6/10
What'd you think of this? I used to debate back in high school, and this intrigued me, though I haven't gotten around to watching it yet...

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Post by sebby » February 16th, 2018, 2:44 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 15 2018, 05:11:55 PM wrote:
sebby on Feb 15 2018, 03:35:45 PM wrote:12. The Great Debaters (2007) - 6/10
What'd you think of this? I used to debate back in high school, and this intrigued me, though I haven't gotten around to watching it yet...
Enjoyable, but predictable and filled with cliches. And I thought twisting their opponent from USC (historically accurate) to Harvard (pure fiction) reeked of some strange sense of insecurity. As if the accomplishment wasn't enough and needed more oomph or something, I don't know.

But yeah, I enjoyed it well enough. It won't make anyone's list of best films ever made, but it passes the time without much aggravation.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 16th, 2018, 4:18 am

42. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison / Rating: 9+

This film just gets better every time I see it.

I'll be away for a few days but I'll be back to post by Wednesday.

Total: 42

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1. Within Our Gates (1920) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 8
2. Body and Soul (1925) Oscar Micheaux / Rating: 7+
3. Sounder (1972) Martin Ritt / FTV / Rating: 8+
4. Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) Fred Williamson / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Swing! (1938) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 6
6. Fences (2016) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 8+
7. Lady Cocoa (1975) Matt Cimber / Rating: 7+
8a. Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7 {11 min.}
8b. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Rare Coin (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {25 min.}
8c. The Amos ‘n Andy Show: The Turkey Dinner (1951) Charles Barton / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
9. Fat Albert (2004) Joel Zwick / FTV / Rating: 3
10. The Great Debaters (2007) Denzel Washington / FTV / Rating: 9
11. Death of a Prophet (1981) Woodie King Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
12. Lying Lips (1939) Oscar Micheaux / FTV / Rating: 5
13. Get On the Bus (1996) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 8+
14. 4 Little Girls (1997) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 9
15. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Spike Lee / FTV / Rating: 6
16. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 6
17. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7
18. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 7+
19a. The Cosby Show: A Shirt Story (1984) / FTV / Rating: 6+
19b. The Cosby Show: Happy Anniversary (1985) / FTV / Rating: 6
19c. The Cosby Show: Theo’s Holiday (1986) / FTV / Rating: 7
20a. The Cosby Show: Say Hello To a Good Bye (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6+
20b. The Cosby Show: I Know That You Know (1987) / FTV / Rating: 6
20c. The Cosby Show: Call of the Wild (1987) / FTV / Rating: 4
21. Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Spencer Williams / FTV / Rating: 6
22. Lilies of the Field (1963) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 8+
23. I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) Leo Penn / FTV / Rating: 7
24a. The Black Network (1936) Roy Mack / FTV / Rating: 7+ {21 min.}
24b. St. Louis Blues (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 7 {16 min.}
24c. Black and Tan (1929) Dudley Murphy / FTV / Rating: 8 {19 min.}
24d. A Bundle of Blues (1933) Fred Weller / FTV / Rating: 7+ {9 min.}
25. I Spy: The Loser (1965) Mark Rydell / FTV / Rating: 8
26. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Daniel Petrie / FTV / Rating: 8
27. I Spy: The Tiger (1966) Paul Wendkos / FTV / Rating: 7
28. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Stanley Kramer / Rating: 9
29. Brother John (1971) James Goldstone / FTV / Rating: 6
30. Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier / FTV / Rating: 8
31. Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 7
32. Man and Boy (1971) E.W. Swackhamer / FTV / Rating: 7
33. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 4 (1979) Charles S. Dubin / Rating: 7+
34. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 5 (1979) Georg Stanford Brown / Rating: 8
35. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 6 (1979) Lloyd Richards / Rating: 7+
36. Roots: The Next Generations – episode 7 (1979) John Erman / Rating: 8+
37a. Sanford and Son: Crossed Swords (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
37b. Big Timers (1945) Bud Pollard / FTV / Rating: 5 {36 min.}
38a. Sanford and Son: Happy Birthday, Pop (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
38b. Sanford and Son: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride (1972) Bud Yorkin / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
38c. Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho (1934) Fred Waller / Rating: 7+ {10 min.}
39. A Patch of Blue (1965) Guy Green / FTV / Rating: 8
40. The Blood of Jesus (1941) Spencer Williams / Rating: 7
41a. Good Times: Too Old Blues (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41b. Good Times: Black Jesus (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
41c. Little Black Sambo (1935) Ub Iwerks / FTV / Rating: 6 {8 min.}
42. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison / Rating: 9+

Total: 42

"The longing of black men must have respect. The rich and bitter depth of their experience, the unknown treasures of their inner life, the strange rendings of nature they have seen, may give the world new points of view and make their loving, living, and doing precious to all human hearts. And to themselves in these days that try their souls, the chance to soar in the dim blue air above smoke is to their finer spirits boon and guerdon for what they lose on earth by being black."
from W.E.B. Du Bois' Of the Training of Black Men (1903)

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 16th, 2018, 8:02 am

psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 15 2018, 09:18:11 PM wrote:42. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison / Rating: 9+

This film just gets better every time I see it.
That's interesting to hear. I have fond memories of it, and rated it a strong 7/10 the first time. I should circle back to it one of these days.

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Post by jeroeno » February 16th, 2018, 10:15 am

maxwelldeux, I should be on 8 not 7:

1. Friday (1995) *rewatch*
2. 4 Little Girls (1997)
3. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
4. The Great White Hype (1996) *rewatch*
5. Bush Mama (1979)
6. Space is the Place (1974)
7. Bad Boys II (2003) *rewatch*
8. Major Payne (1995) *Retwatch*

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Post by VincentPrice » February 16th, 2018, 5:02 pm

5. The Cookout-2004: 5/10
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1. Blacula-1972: 7/10 (Rewatch)
2. Scream Blacula Scream-1973: 7/10 (Rewatch)
3. Madea's Family Reunion-2006: 5/10
4. The Family That Preys-2008: 4/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 16th, 2018, 7:42 pm

jeroeno on Feb 16 2018, 03:15:18 AM wrote:maxwelldeux, I should be on 8 not 7
Made the fix (I missed the edit to your post earlier - which is sad, because I have a weird affection for the Bad Boys films).

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Post by OldAle1 » February 16th, 2018, 7:45 pm

maxwelldeux on Feb 16 2018, 12:42:43 PM wrote:which is sad, because I have a weird affection for the Bad Boys films).
That IS sad.
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Post by VincentPrice » February 16th, 2018, 10:48 pm

6. Taxi-2004: 5/10 (Rewatch)

Wasn't sure if I should include this, I did because Queen Latifah is the co-lead and it is directed by Tim Story so...yeah, if anyone has a problem with it I'll happily take it off the list.
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 16th, 2018, 10:49 pm

OldAle1 on Feb 16 2018, 12:45:27 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Feb 16 2018, 12:42:43 PM wrote:which is sad, because I have a weird affection for the Bad Boys films).
That IS sad.
It's a long story, but I grew up on action films, and tend to like them. Plus the Bad Boys films are funny.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 16th, 2018, 10:52 pm

VincentPrice on Feb 16 2018, 03:48:08 PM wrote:6. Taxi-2004: 5/10 (Rewatch)

Wasn't sure if I should include this, I did because Queen Latifah is the co-lead and it is directed by Tim Story so...yeah, if anyone has a problem with it I'll happily take it off the list.
I have no problems with this at all - I think it's generally a good thing to see Black people in prominent roles, if nothing else.

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Post by India Istanbul » February 17th, 2018, 2:06 am

Good Times: Too Old Blues 26 minutes
Good Times: Black Jesus 26 minutes
Good Times: Getting Up the Rent 26 minutes
Good Times: God’s Business is Good Business 26 minutes
Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended 26 minutes
Good Times: Sex and The Evans Family 26 minutes
Good Times: Junior Gets a Patron 26 minutes
Good Times: Junior the Senior 26 minutes
Good Times: The Visitor 26 minutes
Good Times: Springtime in the Ghetto 26 minutes
Good Times: The TV Commercial 26 minutes
Good Times: The Checkup 26 minutes
Good Times: My Son the Lover 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida Flips 26 minutes
Good Times: JJ Becomes a Man Part 1 26 minutes
Good Times: JJ Becomes a Man Part 2 26 minutes
Good Times: Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah 26 minutes
Good Times: The Man I Most Admire 26 minutes
Good Times: Thelma’s Young Man 26 minutes
Good Times: The IQ Test 26 minutes
Good Times: The Encyclopedia Hustle 26 minutes
Good Times: The Gang Part 1 26 minutes
Good Times: The Gang Part 2 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida, the Matchmaker 26 minutes
Good Times: The Windfall 26 minutes
Good Times: Sometimes There’s No Bottom in the Bottle 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida’s Big Gig 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida Goes to School 26 minutes
Good Times: The Nude 26 minutes
Good Times: The Family Business 26 minutes
Good Times: The Debutante Ball 26 minutes
Good Times: The Dinner Party 26 minutes
Good Times: The Houseguest 26 minutes
Good Times: My Girl Henrietta 26 minutes
Good Times: The Enlistment 26 minutes
Good Times: Thelma’s Scholarship 26 minutes
Good Times: The Lunch Money Rip Off 26 minutes
Good Times: A Real Cool Job 26 minutes
Good Times: The Family Gun 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida’s Operation 26 minutes
Good Times: Love in the Ghetto 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida’s Rich Cousin 26 minutes
Good Times: The Weekend 26 minutes
Good Times: The Baby 26 minutes
The Central Park 5 119 minutes
Friday 91 minutes
Total: 21 points

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Post by RBG » February 17th, 2018, 2:23 am

so who's going to see black panther :circle:
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Post by OldAle1 » February 17th, 2018, 2:45 am

RBG on Feb 16 2018, 07:23:00 PM wrote:so who's going to see black panther :circle:
I will be, in the cinema; I've seen most MCU films on the big screen actually and liked or enjoyed the majority of them (though I'm getting rather tired of it all now). But I won't see it opening weekend, you couldn't pay me to see any blockbuster opening weekend anymore. I'll probably see it near the end of the month.
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Post by OldAle1 » February 17th, 2018, 2:47 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 16 2018, 03:49:16 PM wrote:
OldAle1 on Feb 16 2018, 12:45:27 PM wrote:
maxwelldeux on Feb 16 2018, 12:42:43 PM wrote:which is sad, because I have a weird affection for the Bad Boys films).
That IS sad.
It's a long story, but I grew up on action films, and tend to like them. Plus the Bad Boys films are funny.
I like action films plenty myself, but Michael Bay stuff I can't deal with. That said, I'd probably be more likely to re-watch the BB films than anything else of his. I'll take almost anything from Emmerich over him any day though - and I don't really like Emmerich either. 70s-80s action kid here, with a few forays into the early 90s. The last 20-25 years have been extremely poor for the genre in America IMO.
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Post by jdidaco » February 17th, 2018, 3:23 am

5. Hurry Sundown (Otto Preminger, 1967) 7/10
6. The Learning Tree (Gordon Parks, 1969) 8/10

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1. One Potato, Two Potato (Larry Peerce, 1964) 8/10
2. Slaves (Herbert J. Biberman, 1969) 6.5/10
3. The Connection (Shirley Clarke, 1961) 9/10
4. Sweet Love, Bitter (Herbert Danska, 1967) 8/10

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Post by sebby » February 17th, 2018, 3:48 am

I will see Black Panther but with very low expectations, as it's the only way I can enjoy a superhero movie.

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Post by 3eyes » February 17th, 2018, 4:29 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 16 2018, 01:02:33 AM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 15 2018, 09:18:11 PM wrote:42. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison / Rating: 9+

This film just gets better every time I see it.
That's interesting to hear. I have fond memories of it, and rated it a strong 7/10 the first time. I should circle back to it one of these days.
It's special to me because I saw it in a theater in Oslo and afterwards sat on the front stoop of a black NATO wife from Arkansas (I'd met her the day MLK was shot) and listened to her laughingly go over it scene by scene.
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2. Inside man (06)
3. Hellbound train (30)
4-5. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010, 232m/2 eps)
6. Daughters of the dust (91)
7. Hidden figures (16)
8. Marshall (17)
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Post by sebby » February 18th, 2018, 2:37 am

--. Black Panther - 2/10

Walked out after 45 mins.

Never again. Never again will I fall for the hype of these boring bullshit movies. Fuck marvel. Fuck Hollywood. Fuck the average moviegoer. Ugh.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 18th, 2018, 7:41 am

sebby on Feb 17 2018, 07:37:21 PM wrote:--. Black Panther - 2/10

Walked out after 45 mins.

Never again. Never again will I fall for the hype of these boring bullshit movies. Fuck marvel. Fuck Hollywood. Fuck the average moviegoer. Ugh.
I'm not great at subtlety, but I *think* you maybe weren't a huge fan of it... :whistling: :teehee:

I'm not counting it for this challenge? Or should I?


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Post by maxwelldeux » February 18th, 2018, 9:47 am

allisoncm on Feb 18 2018, 12:52:37 AM wrote:1. Black Panther
https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/b ... ther-2018/
I read your review, and I'm detecting that you liked it slightly better than sebby did... :whistling:

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Post by sebby » February 18th, 2018, 9:49 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 18 2018, 12:41:11 AM wrote:
sebby on Feb 17 2018, 07:37:21 PM wrote:--. Black Panther - 2/10

Walked out after 45 mins.

Never again. Never again will I fall for the hype of these boring bullshit movies. Fuck marvel. Fuck Hollywood. Fuck the average moviegoer. Ugh.
I'm not great at subtlety, but I *think* you maybe weren't a huge fan of it... :whistling: :teehee:

I'm not counting it for this challenge? Or should I?
Nah, don't count it.

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Post by sebby » February 18th, 2018, 10:29 am

[font=courier]15. Fresh (1994) - 7/10

A nice palette cleanser after Black Panther. The chess metaphor is a bit much, but it's nonetheless a pretty riveting and hard-hitting film.

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02. Losing Ground (1982) - 7.5/10
03. Bush Mama (1979) - 5.5/10
04. Detroit (2017) - 6.5/10
05-10. The Corner (2009) - 9.5/10
11. Hidden Figures (2016) - 6/10
12. The Great Debaters (2007) - 6/10
13. To Sleep With Anger (1990) - 5/10
14. Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) - 6.5/10
15. Fresh (1994) - 7/10
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Post by hurluberlu » February 18th, 2018, 11:20 am

8. The Wire S1E6: The Wire (Ed Bianchi, 2002) 7+/10

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1. The Intruder (Roger Corman, 1962) 8-/10
The manipulation story is confusing a bit the anti-segregation message I thought but Old South setting and performances are very convincing.

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2. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles, 1971) 7/10
I liked the visual surimpressions and the funky soundtrack really helped stirring up my interest in the too many weak moments of the plot development.

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3. Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017) 7/10
I enjoyed the mystery building on racial tensions of the first half but then it is just moving to full comedy less subtly and with a twist that looks too much like
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4. The Wire S1E4: (Clement Virgo, 2002) 7+/10

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5. The Wire S1E5: The Pager (Clark Johnson, 2002) 7+/10

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6. Mudbound (Dee Rees, 2017) 6+/10
It looks good and all the scenaristic elements are nicely built up, letting hope for a high intensity drama until it turns very predictable and ultimately boring.

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7. No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950) 6+/10
Sydney Poitiers and the fighting scene are quite something. I am more reserved with the casting of Richard Widmark and the dated, didactical dialogues .

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 18th, 2018, 11:39 am

hurluberlu on Feb 18 2018, 04:20:40 AM wrote:8. The Wire S1E6: The Wire (Ed Bianchi, 2002) 7+/10
Completely off topic, but I told my wife the other day that I wanted to name our next dog "Avon Barksdale." Thoughts?

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Post by hurluberlu » February 18th, 2018, 12:48 pm

maxwelldeux on Feb 18 2018, 04:39:44 AM wrote:
hurluberlu on Feb 18 2018, 04:20:40 AM wrote:8. The Wire S1E6: The Wire (Ed Bianchi, 2002) 7+/10
Completely off topic, but I told my wife the other day that I wanted to name our next dog "Avon Barksdale." Thoughts?
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just in doubt, let us see what the dog looks like...
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Post by allisoncm » February 18th, 2018, 7:48 pm

maxwelldeux on Feb 18 2018, 02:47:59 AM wrote:
allisoncm on Feb 18 2018, 12:52:37 AM wrote:1. Black Panther
https://letterboxd.com/allisoncm/film/b ... ther-2018/
I read your review, and I'm detecting that you liked it slightly better than sebby did... :whistling:
I was able to sit through it. :lol:

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