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African American Cinema Challenge

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Post by flaiky » February 24th, 2018, 4:06 pm

Right I can finally join in!

1. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995, Carl Franklin)

I really enjoyed this one - maybe more than it deserves, I don't know, but it's good pulpy fun with a twisty story and racial undertones to give it weight.

2. LA 92 (2017, Daniel Lindsay + T.J. Martin)

This left me stunned. Holy moly. I've seen some footage of the riots before, of course, but I have to admit I never realised it got that bad. Seeing a civilised city descend into absolute lawlessness, effectively a war zone, is utterly bizarre and fascinating. The doc is made up entirely of archival footage, which some viewers may find limiting and frustrating, but I love the approach. It throws you right back in time to that reality and leaves you to answer questions yourself. The editing is so good.
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Post by India Istanbul » February 24th, 2018, 8:34 pm

Good Times: The Comedian and the Loan Sharks 26 minutes
Good Times: The Hustle 26 minutes
Good Times: Thelma's African Romance Part I 26 minutes
Good Times: Thelma’s African Romance Part II 26 minutes
Good Times: Willona's Surprise 26 minutes
Good Times: Friend In Need 26 minutes
Good Times: A Stormy Relationship 26 minutes

Total Points: 36 Points
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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
Good Times: Michael's Big Fall 26 minutes
Good Times: The Politicians 26 minutes
Good Times: Willona's Dilemma26 minutes 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida's Protest 26 minutes
Good Times: The Mural 26 minutes
Good Times: A Loss of Confidence 26 minutes
Good Times: Cousin Cleatus 26 minutes
Good Times: The Family Tree 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 1 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J.'s Fiancée: Part 2 26 minutes
Good Times: Sweet Daddy Williams 26 minutes
Good Times: The Investigation 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J. In Trouble 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida the Woman 26 minutes
Good Times: The Breakup 26 minutes
Good Times: The Rent Party 26 minutes
Good Times: The Big Move: Part 1 26 minutes
Good Times: The Big Move: Part 2 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J. and the Older Woman 26 minutes
Good Times: Michael the Warlord 26 minutes
Good Times: Michael's Great Romance 26 minutes
Good Times: Evans Versus Davis 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J.'s New Career: Part 1 26 minutes
Good Times: J.J.’s New Career: Part 2 26 minutes
Good Times: Grandpa's Visit 26 minutes
Good Times: Rich Is Better Than Poor...Maybe? 26 minutes
Good Times: Florida's Night Out 26 minutes
Good Times: The Judy Cohen Story 26 minutes
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 24th, 2018, 9:46 pm

So it literally just dawned on me that I haven't done Week 3 stats... and I'm not going to. The end of the month is close, and I have to attend to my wife on her birthday weekend. So I'll do the final stats at the end of the month.

@flaiky: You've talked me into watching LA 92.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 24th, 2018, 11:12 pm

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 23 2018, 11:46:47 PM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 23 2018, 05:16:41 PM wrote:52. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) George C. Wolfe / FTV / Rating: 8+
I read the book a number of years back (probably close to it's initial release) and found it to be really good.

To be honest I'm surprised it wasn't turned into a run of the mill daytime soap if your rating is anything to go by. Do you have any comments on it? Did you read the book?
I had not read the book and was not really familiar with the story but I am interested in reading it now. This was produced for HBO and was definitely a quality production (music by Branford Marsalis!) Oprah Winfrey was listed as Exec. Producer and her own Harpo Films was one of the credited companies behind it and she definitely has some pull when it comes to getting things done. It's also one of her best performances - ranking with The Color Purple and Beloved - she really does disappear into the role. The other actors are all very good too - particularly the ones playing Henrietta's family. In particular, the two adult sons were brought vividly to life. Both of them have key scenes that were real stand-outs - a couple of my favorite moments in the film.

A friend who had read the book asked me if it displayed what happened to Henrietta's children after she passed - and those disturbing events were dramatically portrayed without being overly graphic or overly sanitized. They carried a real power and were revealed at just the right moment in the screenplay.

There's a couple of moments that seemed a little over the top - when Henrietta is in the hospital and needs blood it shows a line of at least a dozen friends waiting to provide it. But that scene got me emotionally anyway.

My biggest fault with it is that I still wanted to know more about Henrietta - but given that her story is sketched primarily through her friends and children's memories maybe that is best.

It certainly holds its own against the recent Hollywood Black biopics I've been watching, like 12 Years a Slave, Marshall, Hidden Figures & Birth of a Nation.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 25th, 2018, 12:47 am

27. United Shades of America: Is It Cool to Be Hip? (2016)

This was not an episode I expected to qualify for this challenge, but it really did. In this one, Kamau Bell travels to Portland, OR and asks the obvious question of "Where are all the Black people?" The episode quickly turns into one that's less about hipsters and more about the gentrification of the city. And ends up being one of the better explanations of issues surrounding gentrification that I've seen.
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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)
18. Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
19. Hellbound Train (1930)
20. United Shades of America: Protect and Serve? (2016)
21. The Corner: Gary's Blues (2000)
22. The Corner: DeAndre's Blues (2000)
23. The Corner: Fran's Blues (2000)
24. The Corner: Dope Fiend Blues (2000)
25. The Corner: Corner Boy Blues (2000)
26. The Corner: Everyman's Blues (2000)
27. United Shades of America: Is It Cool to Be Hip? (2016)

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Post by Ivan0716 » February 25th, 2018, 1:22 am

2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - 7/10

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1. Django Unchained (2012)[Rewatch] - 7.5/10
2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - 7/10

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Post by Nathan Treadway » February 25th, 2018, 2:22 am

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 11 2018, 08:27:35 AM wrote:11) The Slender Thread (1965) Sydney Pollack [No better time to watch Nathan's 'promotional film' than now!]
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 25th, 2018, 2:52 am

54. Cleopatra Jones (1973) Jack Starrett / Rating: 7
55. Precious (2009) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 9
56a. From Push to Precious (2010) / FTV / Rating: 8 {15 min.}
56b. Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended (1974) / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
56c. Good Times: Sex and the Evans Family (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}

In the short doco, From Push to Precious, the author Sapphire talks about how when you see a film like Precious, "the them become the us." That has happened for me all month long - the cumulative effect of a white man watching a lot of African American cinema has been a greater understanding of Black culture, history and lives. And the months not over yet.

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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+
43. Friday (1995) F. Gary Gray / FTV / Rating: 7
44. 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen / FTV / Rating: 8
45. Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker / FTV / Rating: 8+
46. Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
47. Shaft (1971) Gordon Parks / Rating: 7+
48. If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968) Charles Martin / Rating: 7+
49. Claudine (1974) John Berry / FTV / Rating: 8+
50a. Good Times: Getting Up the Rent (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50b. Good Times: God’s Business is Good Business (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50c. Jungle Jitters (1938) Friz Freleng / FTV / Rating: 7 {8 min.}
51a. Sanford and Son: The Copper Caper (1972) / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
51b. Sanford and Son: Matter of Life and Breath (1972) / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
51c. The Early Worm Gets the Bird (1940) Tex Avery / FTV / Rating: 5 {9 min.}
52. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) George C. Wolfe / FTV / Rating: 8+
53. Hidden Figures (2016) Theodore Melfi / FTV / Rating: 8+
54. Cleopatra Jones (1973) Jack Starrett / Rating: 7
55. Precious (2009) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 9
56a. From Push to Precious (2010) / FTV / Rating: 8 {15 min.}
56b. Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended (1974) / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
56c. Good Times: Sex and the Evans Family (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}

Total: 56

"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 Mate_cosido » February 25th, 2018, 4:40 am

18. Hollywood Shuffle (1987, Robert Townsend) 7/10

19. Ashes and Embers (1982, Haile Gerima) 8/10

20. "L.A Rebellion" Project One Student Short Films [70'33"]

a. Daydream Therapy (1977, Bernard Nicolas) 8.5/10 [8'11"]

b. Hidden Memories (1977, Jacqueline Frazier) 5.5/10 [10'14"]

c. Hour Glass (1971, Haile Gerima) 6.5/10 [13'39"]

d. The Kitchen (1975, Alile Sharon Larkin) 6/10 [6'39"]

e. Medea (1973, Ben Caldwell) 6.5/10 [6'50"]

f. Rain (1978, Melvonna Ballenger) 5.5/10 [15'56"]

g. Ujamii Uhuru Schule Community Freedom School (1974, Don Amis) 6.5/10 [9'04"]

21. To Sleep with Anger (1990, Charles Burnett) 9/10

22. Bush Mama (1979, Haile Gerima) 8.5/10

23. Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash) 8/10

24. Black Roots (1970, Lionel Rogosin) 9.5/10
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1. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, Raoul Peck) 7.5/10

2. Killer of Sheep (1978, Charles Burnett) 7.5/10

3. She's Gotta Have It (1986, Spike Lee) 8/10

4. The Harder They Come (1972, Perry Henzell) 8.5/10

5 - 10. The Corner (2000, Charles S. Dutton) 8.5/10

11. Within Our Gates (1920, Oscar Micheaux) 6.5/10

12. Ethnic Notions (1986, Marlon Riggs) 6/10

13. Sounder (1972, Martin Ritt) 6/10

14. 13th (2016, Ava DuVernay) 7.5/10

15. Super Fly (1972, Gordon Parks Jr.) 8/10

16. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, Ivan Dixon) 7/10

17. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971, Melvin Van Peebles) 6/10

18. Hollywood Shuffle (1987, Robert Townsend) 7/10

19. Ashes and Embers (1982, Haile Gerima) 8/10

20. "L.A Rebellion" Project One Student Short Films [70'33"]

a. Daydream Therapy (1977, Bernard Nicolas) 8.5/10 [8'11"]

b. Hidden Memories (1977, Jacqueline Frazier) 5.5/10 [10'14"]

c. Hour Glass (1971, Haile Gerima) 6.5/10 [13'39"]

d. The Kitchen (1975, Alile Sharon Larkin) 6/10 [6'39"]

e. Medea (1973, Ben Caldwell) 6.5/10 [6'50"]

f. Rain (1978, Melvonna Ballenger) 5.5/10 [15'56"]

g. Ujamii Uhuru Schule Community Freedom School (1974, Don Amis) 6.5/10 [9'04"]

21. To Sleep with Anger (1990, Charles Burnett) 9/10

22. Bush Mama (1979, Haile Gerima) 8.5/10

23. Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash) 8/10

24. Black Roots (1970, Lionel Rogosin) 9.5/10

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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » February 25th, 2018, 9:36 am

Nathan Treadway on Feb 24 2018, 07:22:44 PM wrote:
Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 11 2018, 08:27:35 AM wrote:11) The Slender Thread (1965) Sydney Pollack [No better time to watch Nathan's 'promotional film' than now!]
:cheers: Do you have one you'd like me to see? Message me either on here or on iCM!
Well, ok then, since we're in this thread I recommend you watch Take a Giant Step (1959), my favourite so far of the films I've watched for this challenge.

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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » February 25th, 2018, 3:30 pm

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 21 2018, 07:39:45 AM wrote:
Films Watched AlreadyShow
1) Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) Philip Leacock
2) Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Robert Wise
3) Anna Lucasta (1958) Arnold Laven
4 - 8) The Get Down (2016/17) Episodes 7 - 11
9) Countryman (1982) Dickie Jobson [This is Jamaican so I assume it counts as it is not a part of Latin America.
10) Sweet Love, Bitter (1967) Herbert Danska [I only watched (and heard of) this because JD mentioned it in the 60's challenge thread. Pretty darn snazzy little film]
11) The Slender Thread (1965) Sydney Pollack [No better time to watch Nathan's 'promotional film' than now!
12) To Sleep with Anger 1990) Charles Burnett
13) Take a Giant Step (1959) Philip Leacock
14) Gone Are the Days! (1963) Nicholas Webster
15) Dutchman (1966) Anthony Harvey
16) Teacher, Teacher (1969) Fielder Cook
17) The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) John Badham
18) Putney Swope (1969) Robert Downey Sr.
19) The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977) Gilbert Moses
20) The Learning Tree (1969) Gordon Parks
21) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979) Fielder Cook
22) Booker (1984) Stan Lathan - On IMDB the running time is 40 minutes, however the available copy is around 53 minutes in length.
23) Uptight (1968) Jules Dassin
24) Nothing But a Man (1964) Michael Roemer - Even better on a re-watch.
25) Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) Melvin Van Peebles - The music was great, the film not so much. It did remind me of a film I watched that I can't remember that must have been partly inspired by this as the character also had a very special 'gift'.
26) Space Is the Place (1974) John Coney
27) Claudine (1974) John Berry - This has one of my favourite lines of all time and I didn't know it was from this movie. It's played at the beginning of a Hip-Hop song though I can't remember which one at the moment and that's where I heard it dozens upon dozens of times.
28) Miracle in Harlem (1948) Jack Kemp
29) Bright Road (1953) Gerald Mayer
30) Boarding House Blues (1948) Josh Binney - Pretty terrible movie but it has some good singers, dancers and musicians in the show.
31) Stormy Weather (1943) Andrew L. Stone
32) The Connection (1961) Shirley Clarke
33) The Cool World (1963) Shirley Clarke
34) The Harder They Come (1972) Perry Henzell
35) The Brother from Another Planet (1984) John Sayles
36) Killer of Sheep (1978) Charles Burnett

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Post by sol » February 25th, 2018, 4:21 pm

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1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6. Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
7. Don't Be a Menace to South Central..... (1996)
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
9. Tongues Untied (1989)

Refreshingly different sort of documentary (mostly a series of poetic ramblings) about what it is like to be both black and gay in America. There are several interesting bits and pieces, such as the editing of Eddie Murphy stand-up footage against interviewee reaction shots, but much of the film is repetitive (same things chanted again and again) and even at a mere 55 minutes, the experience feels a little on the long side.
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Post by jdidaco » February 25th, 2018, 11:08 pm

A collection of shorts,

9. St. Louis Blues (Dudley Murphy, 1929) 8/10 (16 min), Tin Pan Alley Cats (Robert Clampett, 1943) 7/10 (7 min), Jammin’ the Blues (Gjon Mili, 1944) 9/10 (10 min), Naughty Nurse (Paul Bartel, 1969) 8.5/10 (9 min), Daydream Therapy (Bernard Nicolas, 1977) 8.5/10 (8 min), When It Rains (Charles Burnett, 1995) 8/10 (13 min) (Total: 63 min)

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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
5. Hurry Sundown (Otto Preminger, 1967) 7/10
6. The Learning Tree (Gordon Parks, 1969) 8/10
7. Shanty Tramp (Joseph P. Mawra, 1967) 7/10
8. Change of Mind (Robert Stevens, 1969) 7/10

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Post by Ivan0716 » February 26th, 2018, 12:09 am

3. Get Out (2017) - 6/10
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1. Django Unchained (2012)[Rewatch] - 7.5/10
2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - 7/10

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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » February 26th, 2018, 10:04 am

This is the quote from Claudine if anyone is interested.

"You men have some crazy ideas about bein' a man, fighting, beating up on somebody, that makes you a man right? Screwing all the broads and making babies, that makes you a man, big man, nobody's gonna tell Robert B. Marshall how to spend his shitty dollars."

The whole movie is full of really quotable material.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 26th, 2018, 11:05 am

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 26 2018, 03:04:15 AM wrote:This is the quote from Claudine if anyone is interested.

"You men have some crazy ideas about bein' a man, fighting, beating up on somebody, that makes you a man right? Screwing all the broads and making babies, that makes you a man, big man, nobody's gonna tell Robert B. Marshall how to spend his shitty dollars."

The whole movie is full of really quotable material.
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Post by sol » February 26th, 2018, 12:30 pm

Already SeenShow
1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6. Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
7. Don't Be a Menace to South Central..... (1996)
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
9. Tongues Untied (1989)
10. Precious (2009)

It looked sappy and sentimental at the time, so I avoided seeing this theatrically, but it is actually a very solid drama. Curiously enough, the film's best feature is the editing design, not so much for the fantasies themselves, but the seamless nature of her whole existence, dissolve fades etc. as she lives in this blur. I also really liked the narration - captures well how much she has to say underneath despite (as an introvert) showing so little on the outside.
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Post by cinephage » February 26th, 2018, 1:02 pm

01. The Black Panther, by Ryan Coogler (2018) 6/10

Mainstream blaxpoitation...
I wish I'd participated to this challenge with a better movie. I'll try to catch up for this one. :lol:

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Post by sol » February 26th, 2018, 3:28 pm

Already SeenShow
1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6. Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
7. Don't Be a Menace to South Central..... (1996)
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
9. Tongues Untied (1989)
10. Precious (2009)
11. The Toy (1982)

This sounded liked a great idea for a social satire: rich white man buys black man as a temporary toy for his son during the greedy 80s; in actuality, the film is merely a frothy comedy of the pratfall-heavy variety that digs nowhere near as deep into African American subjugation as one might hope.
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Post by nimimerkillinen » February 26th, 2018, 8:29 pm

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1. Shaft - boring 1+/10
2. Selma - quite nicely shot 2½/10
3. Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation - maybe just two chuckles or so 1+/10
4. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
5. The Blind Side
6. Black Panther - watchable
7. Putney Swope between meh and watchable
8. The Help - Ditto

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 26th, 2018, 9:03 pm

28. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Wife and I both struggled through this one. Part of it was the utterly ridiculous premise - I'm sorry, but I'm 35, and if I brought home a 23 year old I met 10 days ago and said "we're going to get married and leave for Europe tomorrow", there are going to be a lot of weird conversations going on, and race is pretty far down the list. This also seemed to tackle a single social issue (interracial marriage), but left some troubling other aspects in there (e.g., it's the men who get to approve this relationship). OldAle's review of Lillies of the Field actually hit this on the head, so I'm going to quote him:
OldAle1 on wrote:I can't argue with Poitier's performance, he's always magnetic and entertaining, but this is exactly the kind of "black" film from the 60s that I have a hard time with, the "let's make our black character(s) so noble that no white person could possibly object", all the while ignoring the real issues of the day.
29. The Color Purple (1985)

I have not read the book and was pretty unfamiliar with the story going on, but I loved this. I think Whoopee Goldberg put on an acting clinic in this - she didn't say a word in that first scene in the juke joint, but conveyed so many feelings. Going in, I thought she might have been miscast, as I didn't think she could pull off playing someone so small, but she nailed it, and you could just watch her character grow throughout the film.
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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)
18. Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
19. Hellbound Train (1930)
20. United Shades of America: Protect and Serve? (2016)
21. The Corner: Gary's Blues (2000)
22. The Corner: DeAndre's Blues (2000)
23. The Corner: Fran's Blues (2000)
24. The Corner: Dope Fiend Blues (2000)
25. The Corner: Corner Boy Blues (2000)
26. The Corner: Everyman's Blues (2000)
27. United Shades of America: Is It Cool to Be Hip? (2016)
28. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
29. The Color Purple (1985)

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 27th, 2018, 10:20 am

30-36. Roots: Parts 2-8 (1977)

I've been working on this most of the month, and finally finished it tonight. (Minor annoyance - it was originally released in 8 parts, which was a much better choice, but came out in 6 episodes in UK and on DVD.) I have mixed feelings on this. While it's an undeniably powerful story (I really wish I had known it was based on a true story), there was a lot of clunky directing that detracted from the enjoyment of it. The story arcing over several generations, showing the family in different aspects of life as a slave was informative and powerful; but casting people who don't really look alike as the same character and using stage-quality make up was distracting. I spent the first episode or two trying to figure out the language thing, because they insisted on using English for the African languages. There are a lot of aspects to this film/mini-series that I have complaints about, but I can't overstate its importance to the American cultural zeitgeist. I knew from an early age (despite never seeing it) that Roots was an amazing phenomenon and important explication of the African American experience. Having seen it now, I definitely agree. Roots was hugely effective in striking a balance between mass appeal and storytelling, but to accomplish that, some film quality aspects suffered.
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)
18. Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)
19. Hellbound Train (1930)
20. United Shades of America: Protect and Serve? (2016)
21. The Corner: Gary's Blues (2000)
22. The Corner: DeAndre's Blues (2000)
23. The Corner: Fran's Blues (2000)
24. The Corner: Dope Fiend Blues (2000)
25. The Corner: Corner Boy Blues (2000)
26. The Corner: Everyman's Blues (2000)
27. United Shades of America: Is It Cool to Be Hip? (2016)
28. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
29. The Color Purple (1985)
30-36. Roots: Parts 2-8 (1977)

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Post by sebby » February 27th, 2018, 10:27 am

[font=courier]22. Ashes and Embers (1982) - 7/10

Amazing what you'll find stuck in Netflix's couch cushions from time to time. LA Rebellion? Really? Sweet.

23. The Force (2017) - 6/10

Doc crew follows urban police force for a few years. Turns out said police force was behaving very, very badly despite promising new community-friendly philosophy. I AM SHOCKED.

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2018 Black Cinema ChallengeShow
[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
15. Fresh (1994) - 7/10
16. Underground - S1E01 (2016) - 5/10
17. Underground - S1E02 (2016) - 6/10
18. Eyes on the Prize - Part 11 - 7/10
19. Eyes on the Prize - Part 12 - 8/10
20. Four Little Girls (1997) - 6/10
21. Amistad (1997) - 3.5/10
22. Ashes and Embers (1982) - 7/10
23. The Force (2017) - 6/10
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Post by sol » February 27th, 2018, 4:32 pm

Already SeenShow
1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6. Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
7. Don't Be a Menace to South Central..... (1996)
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
9. Tongues Untied (1989)
10. Precious (2009)
11. The Toy (1982)
12. Friday (1995)

Unfortunately this film did very little for me. Oh, it is not without its good moments, but much of the humour (smelly bowel movements; oversized cleavage) is extremely juvenile and Chris Tucker annoyed the hell out of me as the protagonist's best friend who never shuts ups and begins to act like a cooped up pigeon when high (at least in flashback).
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Post by OldAle1 » February 27th, 2018, 5:15 pm

Always Bet on BlackShow
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)
8. The Cool World (Shirley Clarke, 1963)
9. Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964)
10. Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, 1963)
11. Friday (F. Gary Gray, 1995)
12. Next Friday (Steve Carr, 2000)

Or, Friday in the suburbs. Mediocre sequel finds Craig (Ice Cube, who also wrote and produced) hiding out from recently-escaped-from-prison Deebo (Tiny Lister) in the McMansion belonging to his Uncle Elroy (Don D.C. Curry) and inhabited by slacker son Day-Day (Mike Epps, basically subbing for Chris Tucker in the crazy stoned friend role). Next door to Elroy is a Hispanic family of 3 brothers and a sister (I think - the relationships weren't really clear) and there's a rivalry and juvenile fighting between them, as well as drug stuff and Craig's attempts to get with the beautiful sister (Lisa Rodriguez). This just isn't as funny or as well-made as the first film on any level, though it still has it's moments and the ending is kind of amusing; I think Cube still felt more at home with the South Central vibe at the time though he certainly was familiar with this new environment. More satire about the newly rich and less potty and drug humor might have made for something a little more interesting. Meh.

13. The Split (Gordon Flemyng, 1968)

Fairly standard heist movie with an AMAZING cast - top-billed Jim Brown and Diahann Carroll who alas doesn't have as much of a role as that billing would imply, and...Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, James Whitmore, and Donald Sutherland, most of them near the beginnings of long careers - that goes into more interesting and darker territory in it's last act. Brown is the architect of a huge robbery at the Coliseum in LA during a pro football game - Borgnine, Harris, Hackman, Klugman, Oates and Sutherland are his accomplices, Carroll is his girlfriend who wants nothing to do with crime, Whitmore her sleazy and crazy landlord, and Hackman the cop who gets involved in the case. It's got a good LA vibe, the heist is reasonably exciting, and the denouement is somewhat unexpected, but all in all this is still fairly ordinary crime stuff, if reasonably well done.

14. Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement (Bestor Cram/Susan Gray, 2017)

An episode of the PBS series focusing on William Monroe Trotter, a largely forgotten early 20th century black writer and editor who led the fight to keep Birth of a Nation from showing in Boston. This is a fairly conventional PBS doc in the modern style, if you know it - most stuff on the channel has followed in Ken Burns' wake with lots of talking heads, brief re-enactments, period music, etc; but it's pretty well done and gives some insight into civil rights issues in this period that I certainly found new, and though it doesn't go into enough detail (it's only an hour) we do get some sense of how Griffith's film led directly into the resurgence of the KKK, the hardening of Jim Crow, and the epic levels of lynching and violence that afflicted black southerners in the first half of the last century. Spike Lee and Reginald Hudlin are the two significant filmmakers who are interviewed, along with many academics; Danny Glover narrates.

15. Girl 6 (Spike Lee, 1996) (re-watch)

I almost watched this for the low ratings challenge - it sits at a 5.0. A lot of Spike Lee films and for that matter a lot of African-American-focused films suffer from ratings-trolling (thanks IMDb! too bad getting rid of the forums didn't do anything about this phenomenon) and I think this is a prime example, but it must be said also that genuine dislike of this film is probably pretty common. Any film that starts off with Quentin Tarantino, playing himself, demanding that our heroine (Theresa Randle) remove her top if she wants to be considered for a role is going to piss off some people right from the start, and the film displays contentious attitudes about sex, sex work (Randle eventually becomes a phone sex worker with the title moniker) and a fairly obvious criticism of black male laziness and over-reliance on "their" women to keep things going that we see in most of Spike's early films (see She's Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing in particular). At the same time, Randle IS displayed like a sex object wearing an incredible number of revealing and provocative outfits throughout, and it's easy to see why the messages are going to get mixed or missed. For me the satire and social criticism works overall, and it's too bad Randle hasn't had a better career, she's really good in this - and you can't knock the Prince soundtrack - but it does run a little bit too long and male leads Isaiah Washington and the director are kind of tiresome. Not in Lee's top tier then but still worth a look or two - it definitely improved for me over 20 years.

16. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (Jeff Margolis, 1979)

While I like a lot of stand-up, and used to have several comedy albums when I was a kid (one or two Pryor and at least one each from Carlin and Steve Martin I think), it hasn't ever been a focus and I've watched very few full-length comedy concerts/routines; in fact this could well be the first one I've seen on DVD start-to-finish. And it was apparently the first one filmed live and then released in cinemas, so I guess it's a good starting point, even were it a less-great piece of comedy than it is. But it IS pretty great and for me it's something of a revelation; I've seen quite a few films with Pryor as an actor, and bits and pieces of his stand-up over the years (like the famous SNL job interview sketch with Chevy Chase) but it didn't really prepare me for the genius on display here. His talent for impersonations and characterizations seems almost unsurpassable, the way he slips into and out of human, animal, and inanimate objects - my favorite bit might be the one where he's talking about his pet monkeys, and how the big bad dog from next door jumps the fence to come over and comfort him in his loss - and his physical abilities, facial and body contortions, are just about as dynamic. A brilliant piece of work, nicely shot (even if the DVD is more than a little soft) - and I'll be checking out more Pryor live work soon I suspect.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 27th, 2018, 9:55 pm

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 26 2018, 03:04:15 AM wrote:This is the quote from Claudine if anyone is interested.

"You men have some crazy ideas about bein' a man, fighting, beating up on somebody, that makes you a man right? Screwing all the broads and making babies, that makes you a man, big man, nobody's gonna tell Robert B. Marshall how to spend his shitty dollars."

The whole movie is full of really quotable material.
I've enjoyed (or appreciated) a lot of what I watched this month but felt that Claudine was a real hidden gem. I was not really aware of it previously and was thoroughly entertained by it, as well as finding a lot of depth in its examination of relationships. It's a really interesting contrast to all the films featuring white couples with oversize families. It also features some stellar acting particularly James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll.

In short, great film!

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Post by OldAle1 » February 27th, 2018, 10:06 pm

psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 27 2018, 02:55:34 PM wrote:
Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 26 2018, 03:04:15 AM wrote:This is the quote from Claudine if anyone is interested.

"You men have some crazy ideas about bein' a man, fighting, beating up on somebody, that makes you a man right? Screwing all the broads and making babies, that makes you a man, big man, nobody's gonna tell Robert B. Marshall how to spend his shitty dollars."

The whole movie is full of really quotable material.
I've enjoyed (or appreciated) a lot of what I watched this month but felt that Claudine was a real hidden gem. I was not really aware of it previously and was thoroughly entertained by it, as well as finding a lot of depth in its examination of relationships. It's a really interesting contrast to all the films featuring white couples with oversize families. It also features some stellar acting particularly James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll.

In short, great film!

:cheers:
I saw Claudine about 2 1/2 years ago and I'll echo the responses. Really terrific, underseen film, and anything where James Earl Jones gets a lead role ought to be an automatic must-see for anybody that cares about acting.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 28th, 2018, 3:02 am

57. Super Fly (1972) Gordon Parks Jr. / Rating: 7+
58. The Butler (2013) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 7+
59. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Benh Zeitlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
60. Three the Hard Way (1974) Gordon Parks Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
61. Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins / FTV / Rating: 8+

Total: 61

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.}
42. In the Heat of the Night (1967) Norman Jewison / Rating: 9+
43. Friday (1995) F. Gary Gray / FTV / Rating: 7
44. 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen / FTV / Rating: 8
45. Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker / FTV / Rating: 8+
46. Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
47. Shaft (1971) Gordon Parks / Rating: 7+
48. If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968) Charles Martin / Rating: 7+
49. Claudine (1974) John Berry / FTV / Rating: 8+
50a. Good Times: Getting Up the Rent (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50b. Good Times: God’s Business is Good Business (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50c. Jungle Jitters (1938) Friz Freleng / FTV / Rating: 7 {8 min.}
51a. Sanford and Son: The Copper Caper (1972) / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
51b. Sanford and Son: Matter of Life and Breath (1972) / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
51c. The Early Worm Gets the Bird (1940) Tex Avery / FTV / Rating: 5 {9 min.}
52. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) George C. Wolfe / FTV / Rating: 8+
53. Hidden Figures (2016) Theodore Melfi / FTV / Rating: 8+
54. Cleopatra Jones (1973) Jack Starrett / Rating: 7
55. Precious (2009) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 9
56a. From Push to Precious (2010) / FTV / Rating: 8 {15 min.}
56b. Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended (1974) / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
56c. Good Times: Sex and the Evans Family (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
57. Super Fly (1972) Gordon Parks Jr. / Rating: 7+
58. The Butler (2013) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 7+
59. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Benh Zeitlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
60. Three the Hard Way (1974) Gordon Parks Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
61. Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins / FTV / Rating: 8+

Total: 61

"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 flavo5000 » February 28th, 2018, 5:33 am

I hadn't planned to participate but figured I'd log a couple that apply to the theme.

1. Malcolm X (1992)
"If the so-called Negro were American citizens we wouldn't have a race problem. If the Emancipation Proclamation was authentic, you wouldn't have a race problem. If the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution was authentic, you wouldn't have a race problem. If the Supreme Court desegregation decision was authentic, you wouldn't have a race problem. All of this is hypocrisy."

2. Mudbound (2017)
"What good is a deed? My grandfathers and great uncles, grandmothers and great aunts, father and mother, broke, tilled, thawed, planted, plucked, raised, burned, broke again. Worked this land all they life, this land that never would be theirs. They worked until they sweated. They sweated until they bled. They bled until they died. Died with the dirt of this same 200 acres under their fingernails. Died clawing at the hard, brown back that would never be theirs. All their deeds undone. Yet this man, this place, this law... say you need a deed. Not deeds."

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Post by allisoncm » February 28th, 2018, 6:39 am

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2. Medicine for Melancholy - Barry Jenkins - 2008 - Takes place in San Francisco when Myspace was still a thing. The characters are talky, which is fine, but I grew to like them less and less
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(the girl was cheating on her boyfriend that was paying for everything and the guy was okay with that).
3. Half Baked - 1998 - This was really Dave Chapelle’s show. Wasn’t so much about being an African American as it was being a stoner.
4. Space Is the Place - 1974 - well it counts if African Americans in space count. Well, it started off promising, but I didn’t like the direction it took.
5. Shorts I:
-Edith + Eddie - 2017 - 29 mins. - an aging interracial couple fight for their right to be together.
-DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 minutes; A woman in Atlanta, Georgia, talks down a killer.
-My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 2017, 20 minutes; based on a historical case in the South where an African American is taken in the night.
-Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes; Kobe Bryant talks about his love of basketball and retiring.

There was also Game Night which had an African American couple, but doesn’t really go into race and the characters are so minor, it seems the studio just put them in there to be politically correct without really giving thought to the characters.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 28th, 2018, 6:59 am

flavo5000 on Feb 27 2018, 10:33:01 PM wrote:I hadn't planned to participate but figured I'd log a couple that apply to the theme.
Heh. I didn't want to have to break it to you that you're slightly behind your 150 watches/challenge pace... :whistling:
allisoncm on Feb 27 2018, 11:39:09 PM wrote:3. Half Baked - 1998 - This was really Dave Chapelle’s show. Wasn’t so much about being an African American as it was being a stoner.
Weirdly, that's a movie I've always been intending to return to. I've watched it a handful of times sober, and it never seemed all that funny to me. But now that I'm living in a bona fide legal state, I feel as though I should give this one the proper attention it deserves. tehe

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Post by sebby » February 28th, 2018, 10:19 am

[font=courier]24. Clockers (1995) - 5/10
25. Pariah (2011) - 6/10
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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
15. Fresh (1994) - 7/10
16. Underground - S1E01 (2016) - 5/10
17. Underground - S1E02 (2016) - 6/10
18. Eyes on the Prize - Part 11 - 7/10
19. Eyes on the Prize - Part 12 - 8/10
20. Four Little Girls (1997) - 6/10
21. Amistad (1997) - 3.5/10
22. Ashes and Embers (1982) - 7/10
23. The Force (2017) - 6/10
24. Clockers (1995) - 5/10
25. Pariah (2011) - 6/10
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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » February 28th, 2018, 2:54 pm

OldAle1 on Feb 27 2018, 03:06:06 PM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 27 2018, 02:55:34 PM wrote:
Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 26 2018, 03:04:15 AM wrote:This is the quote from Claudine if anyone is interested.

"You men have some crazy ideas about bein' a man, fighting, beating up on somebody, that makes you a man right? Screwing all the broads and making babies, that makes you a man, big man, nobody's gonna tell Robert B. Marshall how to spend his shitty dollars."

The whole movie is full of really quotable material.
I've enjoyed (or appreciated) a lot of what I watched this month but felt that Claudine was a real hidden gem. I was not really aware of it previously and was thoroughly entertained by it, as well as finding a lot of depth in its examination of relationships. It's a really interesting contrast to all the films featuring white couples with oversize families. It also features some stellar acting particularly James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll.

In short, great film!

:cheers:
I saw Claudine about 2 1/2 years ago and I'll echo the responses. Really terrific, underseen film, and anything where James Earl Jones gets a lead role ought to be an automatic must-see for anybody that cares about acting.
Yup yup, I thought it was splendid. Diahann Carroll hit it for a home run, really strong, fierce, fragile, expectant, humble, compassionate all in a matter of moments. James Earl Jones is very good too but a step down for me. The best thing was that it seemed honest and authentic, their relationship and even with the kids. The music was great too, but then what can you expect from Curtis Mayfield?

Have you seen The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) Oldale? I watched that for this challenge and it also stars James Earl Jones. It was amusing but I guess the humour wasn't for me, maybe you'd like it more.

Oh shoot, just realised I never ended up watching Cooley High!

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Post by sol » February 28th, 2018, 3:38 pm

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1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)
4. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
6. Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
7. Don't Be a Menace to South Central..... (1996)
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
9. Tongues Untied (1989)
10. Precious (2009)
11. The Toy (1982)
12. Friday (1995)
13. Get Out (2017)
14. Girls Trip (2017)

Get Out is a revision and would have been a much stronger film to end this challenge on than Girls Trip, but those are the breaks. It's approaching the end of the month my time, so that it's for a me, and with a couple of dozen titles that I would have liked to have gotten to but ran out of time for, I can only hope that this challenge is popular enough to be run again next year. Thanks for hosting, max!
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Post by OldAle1 » February 28th, 2018, 5:15 pm

Eve-Lang-El-Coup on Feb 28 2018, 07:54:21 AM wrote:
OldAle1 on Feb 27 2018, 03:06:06 PM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on Feb 27 2018, 02:55:34 PM wrote:I've enjoyed (or appreciated) a lot of what I watched this month but felt that Claudine was a real hidden gem. I was not really aware of it previously and was thoroughly entertained by it, as well as finding a lot of depth in its examination of relationships. It's a really interesting contrast to all the films featuring white couples with oversize families. It also features some stellar acting particularly James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll.

In short, great film!

:cheers:
I saw Claudine about 2 1/2 years ago and I'll echo the responses. Really terrific, underseen film, and anything where James Earl Jones gets a lead role ought to be an automatic must-see for anybody that cares about acting.
Yup yup, I thought it was splendid. Diahann Carroll hit it for a home run, really strong, fierce, fragile, expectant, humble, compassionate all in a matter of moments. James Earl Jones is very good too but a step down for me. The best thing was that it seemed honest and authentic, their relationship and even with the kids. The music was great too, but then what can you expect from Curtis Mayfield?

Have you seen The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) Oldale? I watched that for this challenge and it also stars James Earl Jones. It was amusing but I guess the humour wasn't for me, maybe you'd like it more.

Oh shoot, just realised I never ended up watching Cooley High!
Have not seen Bingo Long. I have a list of 100+ potential titles to watch for this challenge and would have liked to have devoted as much effort to it as I did to the bad movies & sci-fi challenges last month, but such was not to be. I can't pull that kind of commitment 2 months in a row, at least not in my current life. I'd also love to see Jones in King Lear; more than one person I trust has promoted it as the best performance in that role out there, and these were folks that really know filmed Shakespeare. Eh, someday...
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Post by flaiky » February 28th, 2018, 8:59 pm

3. Detroit (2017, Kathryn Bigelow)

4-7. When the Levees Broke, Parts 1-4 (2006, Spike Lee)
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Post by ChrisReynolds » March 1st, 2018, 3:04 am

I've been watching a few films that fit into this challenge.

1. Vampire in Brooklyn (Craven, 1995)
For a time in the 80s Eddy Murphy was arguably the biggest star in the world, but when the 90s rolled around he seemed to have forgotten what made him great. This seemed like it was an attempt to broaden his range. Casting him as a smooth vampire and teaming him with Wes Craven seems like an inspired idea, but things went badly wrong somewhere. I suspect Charlie Murphy's script may have had something to do with it (he was also responsible for Norbit), but the horror and the comedy are starkly separated, with consecutive scenes having jarringly different tones, and the comedy is not funny.
3/10

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2. Posse (Peebles, 1993)
They're actually outlaws rather than a posse. Despite the novelty of a film about African-Americans in the Old West, this film doesn't do anything interesting.
3/10

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3. The Fate of the Furious (Gray, 2017)
A franchise juggernaut, whose success across demographics has been due to its racially diverse casting, with its two most prominent actors (Diesel and Johnson) having African-American heritage. This film also brings in an African-American director. As for the film, it's relatively weak, starting off promisingly with an enjoyable street race in Cuba, but eventually getting bogged down in overemphasised comedic moments and James Bond-style antics, including a car chase across a plain of ice that goes on for too long. Statham is the best part of this, although it seems absurd for the other characters forgive him for his actions in the previous film. Maybe the script writers just forgot.
4/10

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4. Black Panther (Coogler, 2018)
Groundbreaking in its almost entirely black cast in such a highly-budgeted film, with beautiful art direction and costume design. However the story is mainly formulaic, with the standard CGI-packed fight at the end that all Marvel movies end with, and Black Panther seems to lose and win as the script requires it. The best aspect is the character of Killmonger; he's interesting in that, although a villain, his need for vengeance and discovery of a heritage of superpowers mimic a traditional superhero origin arc, and he explicitly gives voice to a uniquely African-American anger. Unfortunately, he's not really introduced until about half-way through and he never gets enough screen time.
5/10

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5. Roots (1977) Episode 1
6. Roots (1977) Episode 2
7. Roots (1977) Episode 3
The classic epic drama. Enjoyable and interesting, doing a very good job tackling slavery for a family audience without sugar-coating it or caricaturing it. It's sometimes slow, but it excels in its deep characterisation and the detail put into even minor characters.
7/10

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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2018, 4:29 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 27 2018, 11:59:09 PM wrote:
flavo5000 on Feb 27 2018, 10:33:01 PM wrote:I hadn't planned to participate but figured I'd log a couple that apply to the theme.
Heh. I didn't want to have to break it to you that you're slightly behind your 150 watches/challenge pace... :whistling:
allisoncm on Feb 27 2018, 11:39:09 PM wrote:3. Half Baked - 1998 - This was really Dave Chapelle’s show. Wasn’t so much about being an African American as it was being a stoner.
Weirdly, that's a movie I've always been intending to return to. I've watched it a handful of times sober, and it never seemed all that funny to me. But now that I'm living in a bona fide legal state, I feel as though I should give this one the proper attention it deserves. tehe
I watched it with a crowd in the theater, so perhaps that helped. I ingested some CBD, but that doesn't really get me high. It mellows me out a little bit, though. It's stupid, but not as stupid as Up in Smoke as I recently found out.

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Post by weirdboy » March 1st, 2018, 4:46 am

I only ended up watching a few for this challenge this time around.

1. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? - 1967 - Stanley Kramer
2. Nothing But a Man - 1964 - Michael Roemer
3. The Intruder - 1962 - Roger Corman
4. A Patch of Blue - 1965 - Guy Green


The most interesting of those, to me, was Nothing But a Man, because in addition to presenting the "African American experience" it didn't try to present the main character as a saintly martyr. He had his own character flaws, and these flaws also influenced his experiences.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 1st, 2018, 5:15 am

And one final collection of shorts:
62a. Sanford and Son: We Were Robbed (1972) / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
62b. Good Times: Junior Gets a Patron (1974) / FTV / Rating: 6 {26 min.}
62c. Good Times: Junior the Senior (1974) / FTV / Rating: 6 {26 min.}

Total: 62

This has been a grand, eye-opening, terrific challenge. One of my favorites - here or elsewhere. Maxwell's fine intro changed the course I was planning to follow - expanding my sights far beyond Blaxplo and it was a much more enriching experience as a result. :cheers: to all my fellow Afro Explorers! I hope this one gets on the calendar again for next year.

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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+
43. Friday (1995) F. Gary Gray / FTV / Rating: 7
44. 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen / FTV / Rating: 8
45. Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker / FTV / Rating: 8+
46. Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
47. Shaft (1971) Gordon Parks / Rating: 7+
48. If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968) Charles Martin / Rating: 7+
49. Claudine (1974) John Berry / FTV / Rating: 8+
50a. Good Times: Getting Up the Rent (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50b. Good Times: God’s Business is Good Business (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
50c. Jungle Jitters (1938) Friz Freleng / FTV / Rating: 7 {8 min.}
51a. Sanford and Son: The Copper Caper (1972) / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
51b. Sanford and Son: Matter of Life and Breath (1972) / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
51c. The Early Worm Gets the Bird (1940) Tex Avery / FTV / Rating: 5 {9 min.}
52. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) George C. Wolfe / FTV / Rating: 8+
53. Hidden Figures (2016) Theodore Melfi / FTV / Rating: 8+
54. Cleopatra Jones (1973) Jack Starrett / Rating: 7
55. Precious (2009) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 9
56a. From Push to Precious (2010) / FTV / Rating: 8 {15 min.}
56b. Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended (1974) / FTV / Rating: 8 {26 min.}
56c. Good Times: Sex and the Evans Family (1974) / FTV / Rating: 7+ {26 min.}
57. Super Fly (1972) Gordon Parks Jr. / Rating: 7+
58. The Butler (2013) Lee Daniels / FTV / Rating: 7+
59. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Benh Zeitlin / FTV / Rating: 8+
60. Three the Hard Way (1974) Gordon Parks Jr. / FTV / Rating: 6
61. Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins / FTV / Rating: 8+
62a. Sanford and Son: We Were Robbed (1972) / Rating: 7 {26 min.}
62b. Good Times: Junior Gets a Patron (1974) / FTV / Rating: 6 {26 min.}
62c. Good Times: Junior the Senior (1974) / FTV / Rating: 6 {26 min.}

Total: 62

"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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