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Post by nimimerkillinen » February 7th, 2018, 10:24 am

nimimerkillinen on Feb 3 2018, 07:52:14 AM wrote: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

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Post by sol » February 7th, 2018, 12:13 pm

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1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)

Perfectly adequate drama, but hard to believe that this was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in its day. I was also quite surprised to discover just how a small a role the dog plays in the plot given that the film is named after him.
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Post by Simba63 » February 7th, 2018, 7:39 pm

04. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914) - 6/10

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Post by OldAle1 » February 7th, 2018, 8:30 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)

Not really sure why I passed on this when it came out; it wasn't a huge hit, but it did play everywhere for a little while and I was living in a big city then anyway. I guess I didn't stick with Spike after Malcolm X disappointed me, and I've been catching up only belatedly. Didn't have a lot of expectations for this but I ended up really liking it, even as I see it's flaws pretty clearly. First it must be said that at 140 minutes it feels too long for an intimate story of a few working-class Italian-American 20somethings just going about their daily lives, scoring drugs, working shit jobs, cheating on each other...but at the same time, in trying to weave a tapestry of the New York experience, or at least the Brooklyn experience, in the summer of 1977 with the eponymous killer stalking the streets, a near-unprecedented heatwave, an overall high level of violence, and the rise of punk music and it's "war" with disco, it also feels too short. A sprawling potpourri of the intimate and the larger, national, cultural issues in other words that doesn't quite gel into a perfect whole but is hugely entertaining and often thought-provoking throughout. Spike's films always look great and this is nice even by his standards, with the saturated summer-bright colors having an almost metallic feel to them and some really dynamic camerawork, pans across alleys and parking lots and over tenements; it really feels like the New York I've known from a few visits, or like other big cities (Chicago, Montreal, Minneapolis) that I know better. Not many filmmakers get the density of the big city right as well as Spike Lee. The performances are uniformly good at the least but special credit to John Leguizamo as the central character Vinny, simultaneously sympathetic and asinine as hairdresser on the make who can be a dick to everybody but is always standing up for best friend Ritchie (Adrien Brody, also great) even when everybody else thinks the worst of him.

This is Spike's first feature predominantly about white people - he has a small role himself as a reporter, and there's another small role for Roger Guenveur Smith, a Lee regular, as a detective, but most of the characters are Italian-Americans and most of them played by Italian-American actors from New York. But race, or at least prejudice, is nevertheless one of the central concerns here, in this case it's anti-gay prejudice directed at Ritchie and even more obviously anti-punk prejudice, the fear of the unknown and the radical on the part of these basically culturally conservative working-class kids who can accept the flash and shallowness of disco but can't deal with the anger and resentment and politics that often fuel punk and some of punk's roots, specifically The Who. Next to Do the Right Thing this strikes me as offering the best use of music in a Lee film, with the twin and opposed popular 70s visions of ABBA ("Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen") and The Who ("Baba O'Reilly" "Won't Get Fooled Again") taking center stage during some of the most important sequences.

Not, after one viewing, something I can call a "great" film, but something I will definitely return to and that I expect to get more out of on a second go.

6. She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1984) (re-watch)

Not sure when I first saw this or how; I think it may have been in the cinema, perhaps in a double-feature with Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop. At any rate it was a long time ago, probably in the early 90s, and I didn't remember much of it plot-wise, not that there's much to the plot really: Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns) gotta have it, in the form of three main boyfriends - Jamie (Tommy Redmond Hicks) the stable poetry reading nice guy, Greer (John Canada Terrell) the narcissistic overachiever, and Mars, the unemployed bike-riding sports-mad buffoon played by, you guessed it, the director. There's also an aggressive lesbian (Raye Dowell) and a onetime best friend (Joie Lee) and a few others, but mostly it's a very sexy romantic comedy just as much or more about promiscuity - not necessarily treated as a negative - as it is about Finding The Right Guy, mostly b/w apart from a really striking and gorgeous bright dance sequence. The acting is somewhat limited for sure and it's probably not surprising that most of these folks didn't go on to huge careers, but it's not as bad as I remembered it, the camerawork by Ernest Dickerson is striking, Bill Lee's music is as pretty as always, and the ending is definitely more interesting than most of your standard rom-coms offer. All in all it's a pretty good commercial debut and definitely shows some of Spike's race and especially class-conscious attitudes in an interesting nascent form. I'm not entirely sure as to how progressive the attitudes about women's sexuality are, but give the guy credit for putting some effort into trying to figure them out.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 7th, 2018, 9:54 pm

22. Lilies of the Field (1963) Ralph Nelson / Rating: 8+

This has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it on TV as a child. It's the film that Poitier won an Oscar for and it probably is my favorite of his roles (In The Heat of the Night & The Defiant Ones are close competition). I have a few of his films that I haven't seen that I hope to catch before the month is over.

Total: 22

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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+

Total: 22
FTV Total: 16

"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 3eyes » February 8th, 2018, 3:19 am

6. Daughters of the dust (91)
Fascinating look at a unique piece of African American cultural history (streaming on NF US). If you miss it this month, there's the Women Directors Challenge in March.
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1. Gone are the days! / Purlie Victorious (63) - rewatch
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)
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 8th, 2018, 3:34 am

And one more for today:

23. I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry. (1965) Leo Penn / FTV / Rating: 7

This show was notable as the first prime time drama to feature a black man as one of the co-stars. Robert Culp's name comes first in the credits (before Bill Cosby), but on the show itself they are treated more as equals. This first episode also featured Ivan Dixon and Cicely Tyson in the two key supporting roles. If this episode is indicative of the quality of this show then I suspect I will like it a lot.

Total: 23

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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


Total: 223 FTV Total: 17

"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 VincentPrice » February 8th, 2018, 6:26 am

3. Madea's Family Reunion-2006: 5/10
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1. Blacula-1972: 7/10 (Rewatch)
2. Scream Blacula Scream-1973: 7/10 (Rewatch)

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2018, 8:28 am

VincentPrice on Feb 7 2018, 11:26:07 PM wrote:3. Madea's Family Reunion-2006: 5/10
How are the Madea films? I've never seen one. I mean, I see your rating, but don't really know much about them

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2018, 8:57 am

Week 1(ish) Stats and Challenge Update

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Through the 1st week of February, we've had 15 participants in the African-American Cinema Challenge, and we'd love to have more. psychotronicbeatnik is off to a fast start and is in the lead with 23 watches. maxwelldeux is in 2nd place with 9 watches, and 3eyes and OldAle1 are tied for third with 6 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 50 unique years in film. 2016 is the most-watched year with 7 watches, followed by 1972 and 1979, which are tied with 5 watches each. 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 5
1930 5
1940 2
1950 3
1960 9
1970 22
1980 11
1990 5
2000 6
2010 12


Films
So far this month, we have watched 76 unique films. She's Gotta Have It (1986) is tops with three watches. Six 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 Reckless Rover (1918)
Abar, The First Black Superman (1977)
Blacula (1972)
Body and Soul (1925)
Bush Mama (1979)
Darktown Revue (1931)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Death of a Prophet (1981)
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946)
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)
Get On the Bus (1996)
Get Out (2017)
Gone are the days! (1963)
Hellbound Train (1930)
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
I Spy: So Long, Patrick Henry (1965)
Inside Man (2006)
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Lady Cocoa (1975)
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Losing Ground (1982)
Lying Lips (1939)
Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918)
Moonlight (2016)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
Pie, Pie Blackbird (1932)
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 1 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 2 (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations – episode 3 (1979)
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
Shaft (1971)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Slam (1998)
Slaves (1969)
Sounder (1972)
St. Louis Blues (1929)
Summer of Sam (1999)
Super Fly (1972)
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 Blood of Jesus (1941)
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 Films of Oscar Micheaux (2016)
The Great Debaters (2007)
The Great White Hope (1970)
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 Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
The Wire S1E4 (2002)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Two Knights of Vaudeville (1915)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976)
United Shades of America: The New KKK (2016)
Velvet Smooth (1976)
Within Our Gates (1920)

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Post by sebby » February 8th, 2018, 9:44 am

[font=courier]04. Detroit (2017) - 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
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Post by VincentPrice » February 8th, 2018, 11:23 am

maxwelldeux on Feb 8 2018, 01:28:35 AM wrote:
VincentPrice on Feb 7 2018, 11:26:07 PM wrote:3. Madea's Family Reunion-2006: 5/10
How are the Madea films? I've never seen one. I mean, I see your rating, but don't really know much about them
This was the first one I watched and...despite the rating, it wasn't as painful as I expected. I can certainly see why the target audience loves these movies, I'm just not that target.

4. The Family That Preys-2008: 4/10

2nd Tyler Perry movie I've seen aaaand, yeah, didn't like it nearly as much as Madea's Family Reunion. this just came off as a bloated soap opera.
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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

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Post by Ivan0716 » February 8th, 2018, 9:45 pm

1. Django Unchained (2012)[Rewatch] - 7.5/10

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Post by hurluberlu » February 8th, 2018, 11:07 pm

5. Jazz — Portrait d’une âme oubliée de Détroit (Arno Bitschy , 2017) 6/10
The confidences of a retired jazz singer living in Detroit poverty.

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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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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 9th, 2018, 4:16 am

New Total: 25

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

I like these early black / jazz shorts a lot. They provide a glimpse of musicians, singers and dancers doing their thing, often in somewhat surreal settings, and they usually have an entertaining story. I was particularly impressed with Black and Tan, one of the two 1929 shorts directed by Dudley Murphy highlighted on the 28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month list. The pairing of this with St. Louis Blues actually makes 29 films.

I Spy: The Loser features Eartha Kitt as a strung-out jazz singer under the thumb of a mobster in Hong Kong. She's terrific in a much more dramatic role than I've usually seen her in. This episode is amazingly bleak for prime time television.

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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

Total: 25 FTV Total: 20

"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 blocho » February 9th, 2018, 6:10 am

I might host a film screening for black history month at the high school where I teach. I have to pick a movie. Who wants to help?

Requirements:
- 2 hours or less
- Something that I can screen in a school without too many parents getting upset over prurient content (Sweet Sweetback might not work for this)
- Something relatively modern because kids these days have the attention span of a goldfish

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 9th, 2018, 6:59 am

blocho on Feb 8 2018, 11:10:38 PM wrote:I might host a film screening for black history month at the high school where I teach. I have to pick a movie. Who wants to help?

Requirements:
- 2 hours or less
- Something that I can screen in a school without too many parents getting upset over prurient content (Sweet Sweetback might not work for this)
- Something relatively modern because kids these days have the attention span of a goldfish
I mean, those aren't super strict requirements (though still kinda hard to meet, because everything I can think of is at least one of old, long, and nudity-laden)... I'm also assuming you're US.

Depends on what you want to go for - For documentary, either 13th or I Am Not Your Negro would be pretty awesome. I think 13th does a better job at explaining issues, but both are powerful. The Central Park Five (2012) also does a really good job at exploring the issues surrounding a pretty important criminal case of false conviction.

For Drama, Boyz n the Hood (1991) is always really highly rated. I have it borrowed from the library, but my wife won't let watch it without her, so I can't comment to it for another day or two. But it's under 2 hours, no nudity, and newish. The Great White Hope (1970) is a little old, but it's got James Earl Jones playing a badass, tells a cool and important story from the boxing world, and has just enough boxing in there to keep you interested.

For Action/Comedy, Friday (1995) is classic and meets the criteria, or (and hear me out on this) Bad Boys (1995), which has got fast action and a decent amount of humor, touches on race issues just enough to start a conversation, and features two Black men in the lead of an action movie that was marketed widely, which is important for role modeling and can continue that race conversation.

I can probably do better if I think about this more, and others can probably chime in with other/better suggestions. But that's what I got for now.

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Post by sebby » February 9th, 2018, 7:16 am

blocho on Feb 8 2018, 11:10:38 PM wrote:I might host a film screening for black history month at the high school where I teach. I have to pick a movie. Who wants to help?

Requirements:
- 2 hours or less
- Something that I can screen in a school without too many parents getting upset over prurient content (Sweet Sweetback might not work for this)
- Something relatively modern because kids these days have the attention span of a goldfish
Something like Hidden Figures or Marshall would probably be engaging enough for that sort of crowd without being excessively violent, sexual, etc.

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Post by sebby » February 9th, 2018, 10:44 am

[font=courier]05-10. The Corner (2000) - 9.5/10

Absolute masterpiece, equal to The Wire.

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Post by Gorro » February 9th, 2018, 10:52 am

2. Girls Trip (2017) 5.1/10
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Post by nimimerkillinen » February 9th, 2018, 11:01 am

nimimerkillinen on Feb 7 2018, 03:24:06 AM wrote:
nimimerkillinen on Feb 3 2018, 07:52:14 AM wrote: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

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Post by weirdboy » February 9th, 2018, 4:04 pm

blocho on Feb 8 2018, 11:10:38 PM wrote:I might host a film screening for black history month at the high school where I teach. I have to pick a movie. Who wants to help?

Requirements:
- 2 hours or less
- Something that I can screen in a school without too many parents getting upset over prurient content (Sweet Sweetback might not work for this)
- Something relatively modern because kids these days have the attention span of a goldfish
How about Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

I'm sure many of the students have seen Get Out but maybe would appreciate the cinematographic background for that.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 9th, 2018, 6:27 pm

sebby on Feb 9 2018, 03:44:02 AM wrote:[font=courier]05-10. The Corner (2000) - 9.5/10

Absolute masterpiece, equal to The Wire.[/font]
[font=courier]Oh hell. With a recommendation like that, I'm in.[/font]

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Post by jdidaco » February 9th, 2018, 11:01 pm

3. The Connection (Shirley Clarke, 1961) 9/10
4. Sweet Love, Bitter (Herbert Danska, 1967) 8/10

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 10th, 2018, 2:59 am

blocho on Feb 8 2018, 11:10:38 PM wrote:I might host a film screening for black history month at the high school where I teach. I have to pick a movie. Who wants to help?

Requirements:
- 2 hours or less
- Something that I can screen in a school without too many parents getting upset over prurient content (Sweet Sweetback might not work for this)
- Something relatively modern because kids these days have the attention span of a goldfish
The Great Debaters is 2 hours 6 min. - so it's a little long but otherwise would be an awesome choice.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 10th, 2018, 3:11 am

26. A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Daniel Petrie / FTV / Rating: 8
27. I Spy: The Tiger (1966) Paul Wendkos / FTV / Rating: 7

Total: 27

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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


Total: 27

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Post by 3eyes » February 10th, 2018, 3:57 am

7. Hidden figures (16)
Thoroughly enjoyed on several levels not only AA but history, science, feminism.
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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)
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Post by blocho » February 10th, 2018, 5:50 am

Thanks for the recommendations. I like the ideas of Great Debaters, the 13th, Central Park 5, and Marshall.

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Post by sebby » February 10th, 2018, 8:36 am

actually, Lemonade might be a pretty good pick for teenagers (though maybe it's too short?).

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Post by sebby » February 10th, 2018, 11:48 am

[font=courier]11. Hidden Figures (2016) - 6/10

Succeeds at being a feel-good crowd-pleaser filled with familiar faces, but its steadfast dedication to formula and archetype keep it from ever elevating to something more. Shocked to see that this earned a BP nom. Just a pleasant but unspectacular film, really.

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Post by jeroeno » February 10th, 2018, 4:25 pm

1. Friday (1995) *rewatch*
2. 4 Little Girls (1997)

A Spike Lee joint and a movie about joints. Ice Cube probably wrote the funniest comedy I've ever seen, I saw Friday at least 20 times and still I laugh out loud every time.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 10th, 2018, 9:44 pm

10. Roots: Part I (1977)

Huge cultural phenomenon, and I'm excited to continue on with this. The subject material is much more powerful than the film making quality, but it's enjoyable to see nonetheless.

11. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

I knew this was not going to be a happy story going in, but wow, I did not expect it to be that emotional. Extremely moving film, and a perfect capture of a time and place in cultural history. And Larry Fishburne handsomed the fuck out that movie.

12. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (2017)
13. Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017)

Chappelle has released 4 specials within the last year, and I thought I should rewatch them all. These two were the first two he released after his hiatus, and he's back to his form. What I like about him is that he weaves subtle cultural elements into his stories and jokes. Some of his best stuff was juxtaposing his interactions with the police as a Black man with his fame has Dave Chappelle.
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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)
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Post by hurluberlu » February 11th, 2018, 12:46 pm

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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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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Post by jeroeno » February 11th, 2018, 2:16 pm

3. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
4. The Great White Hype (1996) *rewatch*
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Post by Eve-Lang-El-Coup » February 11th, 2018, 3:27 pm

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!]

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 11th, 2018, 9:57 pm

14. Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

Cool premise, but the film was not well done. It was a talkie, but Michaeux hadn't yet figured out that you didn't have to make a talkie like a silent film, and the cards in between scenes were distracting.
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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)

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Post by jeroeno » February 11th, 2018, 10:06 pm

5. Bush Mama (1979)
6. Space is the Place (1974)
7. Bad Boys II (2003) *rewatch*
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Post by Mate_cosido » February 12th, 2018, 9:40 am

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

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

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Post by sol » February 12th, 2018, 3:00 pm

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1. Fences (2016)
2. Sounder (1972)
3. To Sleep with Anger (1990)

I don't know what exactly I was expecting of this film, but this would probably rate as a mild disappointment overall. The general theme is the presence of an old acquaintance having a negative impact on the family he is staying with, but as he never seems all that conniving or pleased by his mischief, it is hard to wonder whether he really is as bad a houseguest as the family he is staying with come to believe.
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