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The Official African American/Blaxploitation Challenge (february 2020)

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Post by jeroeno » February 24th, 2020, 8:03 pm

12. Harlem Nights (1989)

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 25th, 2020, 5:44 am

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1. Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (2011)
2. Bad Boys II (2003)
3. Birthright (1939) Bonus: Oscar Micheaux
4. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) Bonus: Ruby Dee
5. Dolemite (1975) Bonus: Rudy Ray Moore
6. 16 Shots (2019)
7. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001) Best Doc Feature [win]
8. Ali (2001)
9. Who Killed Malcolm X? Marked Man (2020)
10. Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020)
11. Who Killed Malcolm X? Straight Man in a Crooked Game (2020)
12. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
13-16. Who Killed Malcolm X? episodes 3-6 (2020)
17. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017)

Watched for ICMFF programming, so comments there. Doc told by a White filmmaker who discovered his great grandfather murdered a Black man and got away with it. Includes the context that allowed that to happen.

Also, any chance of an OP update before the challenge ends?

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Post by cinephage » February 25th, 2020, 11:11 am

05. Queen and Slim, by Melina Matsoukas (2019) 8/10

An abridged version of Bonnie & Clyde in the world of Black Lives Matter. The cast is very charismatic, and the direction quite inspired. I strongly recommend it.

06. Shaft, by Gordon Parks (1971) 7/10 Bonus Richard Roundtree 3/15

A very classic police story... The main difference is the main character is black, and cool. Of course the score is fantastic.
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01. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, de Melvin van Peebles (1971) 8/10 Bonus - Melvin van Peebles 1/15
02. Blacula, by Willam Crain (1972) 7,5/10
03. Mandingo, by Richard Fleischer (1975) 8/10
04. Scream Blacula Scream, by Bob Kelljan (1973) 7,5/10

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Post by blocho » February 25th, 2020, 2:36 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
February 25th, 2020, 5:44 am

Watched for ICMFF programming, so comments there. Doc told by a White filmmaker who discovered his great grandfather murdered a Black man and got away with it. Includes the context that allowed that to happen.
This is by the guy who did An Injury to One, which of among my favorite docs. I hope it makes the festival.

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Post by sol » February 25th, 2020, 4:03 pm

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

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This action comedy has some very decent action set pieces (particularly an indoor bungee jump) and the Shaft style theme song helps writer/director Keenen Ivory Wayans to create a bit of a blaxploitation vibe. As a comedy though, the project leaves a lot to be desired. Jada Pinkett is more abrasive than she ever is funny as a sassy sidechick and there is a lot of anti-Mexican and homophobic humour in the mix, most of which is pretty unfunny.
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Post by albajos » February 26th, 2020, 12:08 am

I'm having a visit from exterminators today. Apparently the apartment complex do have some bugs. (Not dangerous, just a chore to get rid of). I don't have them, but they are spraying every apartment to stop them from moving around.

I think it's this one if you wonder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish

So the last few days I have just cleaned so the work crew don't get shocked.

But after that is done I should be able to come back and update everything here.

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#207

Post by weirdboy » February 26th, 2020, 12:11 am

It's been a very busy month, but I have watched one movie that qualifies for this challenge when I was on a flight.

1. Us (2019) - Jordan Peele 6/10

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 26th, 2020, 5:12 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 3:06 pm


6. Cobra nero / Black Cobra (Stelvio Massi, 1987)

By this point in his career Fred Williamson was very far from the peak he reached in the early to mid 70s when he was one of the top black stars and was starting his directing career. I don't know if it was the drying up of the blaxploitation genre, an inability or disinterest in changing his screen persona, bad luck or personal issues, but he has never gotten back to where he was early in his career and apart from a few supporting roles in better films, most of what he's done since 1977 or so has ranged from mediocre and predictable schlock to bottom-of-the-barrel crap. This is in the latter category unfortunately, a quickie shot in Italy like a lot of his work in the 80s, at a time when the Italian genre industry itself was deeply fallen on hard times. So you get a washed up American star in a washed-up low-budget industry, you're not going to get much. Williamson is Malone, the one tough Dirty Harry-type cop in the nameless city's police force who has to protect a photographer who snapped a pic of a biker/drug gang leader. One decent car chase near the end, a fair amount of pretty poorly shot gun and hand-to-hand violence, absolutely horrible dubbing (though Williamson does dub himself thankfully). And a horrible muddy transfer, at least in the copy I saw - judging from a couple of reviews and screenshots I've seen there's nothing better unfortunately. I definitely admire the Italian genre factory as much as most people, but from what I've seen they sure didn't do well with blaxploitation and this is no exception to that observation, in fact it's among the worst I've seen.

I agree with you about Black Cobra - mediocre at best - and yet they made two sequels! :lol: I watched all three of them for the Italian Challenge in December and they are all about the same. The few good moments are provided when Williamson actually seems to make an effort, and most of those moments are based on scenes from other films (ie Willaimson's scenes with his cat are a riff on Elliott Gould and the cat in The Long Goodbye.)

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Post by India Istanbul » February 26th, 2020, 7:39 pm

8. - 12. OJ: Made in America (2016) 5 parts = 5 points
13. - 22. The People vs. OJ Simpson (2016)10 episodes = 10 points
23. Night School (2018)
24. Death at the Funeral (2010)
25. Soul Food Junkies (2012)
26. - 29. When the Levees Broke (2006) 4 parts= 4 points

Total: 29 points
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1. Chi-raq (2015)
2. Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
3. Barbershop (2002)
4. Black Panther (2018)
5. Chris Rock Bring the Pain (1996)
6. Chris Rock Bigger and Blacker (1999)
7. Chris Rock Never Scared (2004)
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Post by allisoncm » February 26th, 2020, 10:43 pm

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1. Lackawanna Blues (2005) 7/10 Great cast.
2. Boys on the Side (1995) 8/10 Whoopi Goldberg is a central character in this, representing what it’s like to be a black and lesbian woman.
3. Race (2016) 7/10 Jesse Owens goes to pre-war Germany in 1936 and faces discrimination there and in the USA despite his record-breaking accomplishments.
4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 2020 Directed by Cathy Yan 5/10 Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, an African American woman that still faces discrimination despite her singing talent. Luckily, she has ultra cool moves and awesome outfits to silence any naysayers.
5. Poetic Justice (1993) [bonus:Singleton] 8/10 Janet Jackson plays an African American poet and hairdresser. The film is filled with appearances from important African Americans such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, and Maya Angelou. A beautiful piece marred by the fact that Singleton, Angelou, and Shakur are no longer with us.
6. The Photograph (2020) 8/10
7. Sidewalk Stories (1989) 6/10
8. Lone Star (1995) REWATCH 8/10 (First rating 7/10) Several prominent characters are African American.
9. FTA (1972) 8/10 A variety of people protest the Vietnam war including Paul Mooney and Rita Martinson, both incredible African American singers. (Rita Martinson was at our Q&A for the film)
10. Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) 8/10
11. The Invisible Man (2020) 7/10 An African American man (Aldis Hodge) plays an important role as a friend and cop. His daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid), also is a central character.
12. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) 7/10

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Post by flavo5000 » February 27th, 2020, 12:38 am

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February 26th, 2020, 10:43 pm

11. The Invisible Man (2020) 7/10 An African American man (Aldis Hodge) plays an important role as a friend and cop. His daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid), also is a central character.
I've heard good things about this one. Hoping I can go see it Friday. It seems obvious but it has taken over 80 years to make an Invisible Man movie where the victim is the lead protagonist rather than the crazy asshole titular character.

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Post by flavo5000 » February 27th, 2020, 12:54 am

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33. 'Round Midnight (1986)
Legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays a musician loosely based on Bud Powell who strikes up a new creative partnership with a Frenchman. While the plot is a little on the meandering side without much forward momentum, the real show here is the music which is fantastic. With a score by Herbie Hancock and other jazz legends like Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams making appearances and performances, this one should be on any jazz lover's list to watch.

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34. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
This low-budget blaxploitation effort from Matt Cimber, who started his career with a string of faux-educational porn films like Man & Wife and The Sexually Liberated Female before discovering cashing in on the black audience boom and directing the minor horror masterpiece The Witch Who Came From The Sea, is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino's, and it's easy to see why. It's a gritty, trashy, sleazy and brisk story of a pimp getting dealing with all kinds of trouble. It's a pretty fun movie as long as you don't take it too seriously.

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35. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
Dave Chappelle is once again in top hilarious form in another Netflix special. This one doubles down on his transgender comments that offended some in a previous special as well as getting political with his thoughts on Trump which while still dated in some ways is generally stronger and more even-handed than many comedians I've seen. It's easy to see why he's considered one of the best modern comedians.
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1. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee, 2015)
2. Mr. Mean (Fred Williamson, 1977)
3. Harriet (Kasi Lemmons, 2019)
4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994)
7. Hallelujah (1929)
8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
10. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. The Human Tornado (1976)
13. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
14. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
15. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
16. Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)
17. Blackenstein (1973)
18. Beyond the Lights (2014)
19. Get on Up (2014)
20. A Soldier's Story (!984)
21. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017)
22. Purple Rain (1984)
23. W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018)
24. Sounder (!972)
25. Bone (1972)
26. Harlem Nights (1989)
27. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)
28. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
29. Slam (1998)
30. Michael Che Matters (2016)
31. Hit! (1973)
32. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
33. 'Round Midnight (1986)
34. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
35. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)

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Post by OldAle1 » February 27th, 2020, 2:07 pm

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 5:12 pm
OldAle1 wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 3:06 pm


6. Cobra nero / Black Cobra (Stelvio Massi, 1987)

By this point in his career Fred Williamson was very far from the peak he reached in the early to mid 70s when he was one of the top black stars and was starting his directing career. I don't know if it was the drying up of the blaxploitation genre, an inability or disinterest in changing his screen persona, bad luck or personal issues, but he has never gotten back to where he was early in his career and apart from a few supporting roles in better films, most of what he's done since 1977 or so has ranged from mediocre and predictable schlock to bottom-of-the-barrel crap. This is in the latter category unfortunately, a quickie shot in Italy like a lot of his work in the 80s, at a time when the Italian genre industry itself was deeply fallen on hard times. So you get a washed up American star in a washed-up low-budget industry, you're not going to get much. Williamson is Malone, the one tough Dirty Harry-type cop in the nameless city's police force who has to protect a photographer who snapped a pic of a biker/drug gang leader. One decent car chase near the end, a fair amount of pretty poorly shot gun and hand-to-hand violence, absolutely horrible dubbing (though Williamson does dub himself thankfully). And a horrible muddy transfer, at least in the copy I saw - judging from a couple of reviews and screenshots I've seen there's nothing better unfortunately. I definitely admire the Italian genre factory as much as most people, but from what I've seen they sure didn't do well with blaxploitation and this is no exception to that observation, in fact it's among the worst I've seen.

I agree with you about Black Cobra - mediocre at best - and yet they made two sequels! :lol: I watched all three of them for the Italian Challenge in December and they are all about the same. The few good moments are provided when Williamson actually seems to make an effort, and most of those moments are based on scenes from other films (ie Willaimson's scenes with his cat are a riff on Elliott Gould and the cat in The Long Goodbye.)
Normally I like to watch a series - particularly a short one - all in one go, but this was so bad and that combined with the atrocious print and hard-to-hear dialogue...nope. Maybe next year.

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Post by OldAle1 » February 27th, 2020, 2:26 pm

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1. The Black Gestapo (Lee Frost, 1975)
2. Darktown Strutters (William Witney, 1975)
3. Willie Dynamite (Gilbert Moses, 1974)
4. Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders, 2009) (re-watch)
5. Gordon's War (Ossie Davis, 1973)
6. Cobra nero / Black Cobra (Stelvio Massi, 1987)
7. That Man Bolt (Henry Levin/David Lowell Rich, 1973)
8. Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982)

Currently listed as the first (in an icm comment) or second (on IMDb) feature directed by a black woman; my guess is it's neither, but given how many obscure independent films - especially those directed by women or minorities - fall through the cracks, we can never be certain; I hope, and I think there is plenty of reason to have that hope, that there is a lot of other stuff out there waiting for rediscovery. This story of a professor of logic (Seret Scott) becoming somewhat unraveled in her precise, mannered way of thinking and acting when she starts to act in an amateur film production, in part to show something to her free spirit painter husband (Bill Gunn) isn't necessarily the most original, and the acting - particularly that of Scott - is problematic and amateurish at times, but it's very much a heartfelt piece where feminism and racial issues are rarely on the surface but always simmering. Duane Jones - known almost entirely for his lead role in Night of the Living Dead - plays the middle-aged washed-out actor who is ultimately a big part of why Scott joins the film production, and Bill Gunn, who directed Jones in Ganja & Hess, is the bohemian husband character. Really beautiful use of color as befitting a film partly about a painter; overall the amateurishness of Scott's acting and some other elements of the film production certainly hurt it and IMO keep it more on the level of "historically important" than anything else, but it was certainly watchable enough, not boring to me, and I think I'd appreciate any film that offers a logic professor as the main character. I suspect this was shot very quickly and with very little money, and had there been more of both it might have ended up being something really special. Even Scott who I haven't praised has one really good scene, with her mother, so I think more rehearsals and takes might well have smoothed out a lot of the rough patches.

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Post by jdidaco » February 27th, 2020, 5:21 pm

(Screenshots from 'The Blood of Jesus' & 'Personal Problems'),

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31. Something Good - Negro Kiss (William Nicholas Selig, 1898) 9/10 (1 min), A Minor Altercation (Jacqueline Shearer, 1977) 8/10 (30 min), Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams (Thom Andersen, 2015) 10/10 (RV) (29min) (Total: 60 min)
32. The Blood of Jesus (Spencer Williams, 1941) 8/10
33. Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (Spencer Williams, 1946) 7/10
34. Melinda (Hugh A. Robertson, 1972) 7.5/10
35. Georgia, Georgia (Stig Björkman, 1972) 8/10
36. Uomini duri/Tough Guys (Duccio Tessari, 1974) 7/10
37. Personal Problems (Bill Gunn, 1980) 9/10
38. Naz & Maalik (Jay Dockendorf, 2015) 7/10

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That's it for me! Thanks again for hosting what turned out to be an amazing challenge for me (Christopher St. John's incendiary 'Top of the Heap' the biggest revelation)!

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1. Bone (Larry Cohen, 1972) 8/10
2. Lord Shango (Ray Marsh, 1975) 6.5/10
3. Mahogany (Berry Gordy & Tony Richardson, 1975) 6.5/10
4. A Different Image (Alile Sharon Larkin, 1982) 8/10
5. Hollywood Shuffle (Robert Townsend, 1987) 7.5/10
6. Black Is... Black Ain't (Marlon Riggs, 1994) 8.5/10
7. Baadasssss Cinema (Isaac Julien, 2002) 7.5/10
8. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) 7.5/10
9-10. I Am Somebody (Madeline Anderson, 1970) 8/10 (30 min), Medea (Ben Caldwell, 1973) 8/10 (7 min), The Kitchen (Alile Sharon Larkin, 1975) 6.5/10 (7 min), Diary of an African Nun (Julie Dash, 1977) 9/10 (14 min), Rain (Melvonna Ballenger, 1978) 7/10 (16 min), The Pocketbook (Billy Woodberry, 1980) 7.5/10 (12 min), Dark Exodus (Iverson White, 1985) 7/10 (28 min), Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry & Everett Downing Jr. & Bruce W. Smith, 2019) 7/10 (7 min) (Total: 121 min)
11. Trick Baby (Larry Yust, 1972) 8/10
12. Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack & Alan Elliott, 1972/2018) 9/10
13. Lady Cocoa (Matt Cimber, 1975) 7/10
14. Emma Mae (Jamaa Fanaka, 1976) 9/10
15. Sidewalk Stories (Charles Lane, 1989) 8/10
16. Def by Temptation (James Bond III, 1990) 6/10
17. Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff, 1995) 8/10
18. Compensation (Zeinabu irene Davis, 1999) 8/10
19. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Charles Burnett, 2003) 9.5/10
20. Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 7.5/10
21. J.T. (Robert M. Young, 1969) 8/10
22. Right On! (Herbert Danska, 1970) 9/10
23. Top of the Heap (Christopher St. John, 1972) 9.5/10 (l)
24. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon, 1973) 8/10
25. Wattstax (Mel Stuart, 1973) 9/10
26. Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (Dennis McGuire, 1974) 8/10
27. Darktown Strutters (William Witney, 1975) 6/10
28. Brotherhood of Death (Bill Berry, 1976) 7/10
29. Bush Mama (Haile Gerima, 1979) 9.5/10 (l)
30. Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 1981/2000) 8/10

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Post by jeroeno » February 28th, 2020, 5:11 am

13. The Butler (2013)

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Post by allisoncm » February 28th, 2020, 5:27 am

flavo5000 wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 12:38 am
allisoncm wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 10:43 pm

11. The Invisible Man (2020) 7/10 An African American man (Aldis Hodge) plays an important role as a friend and cop. His daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid), also is a central character.
I've heard good things about this one. Hoping I can go see it Friday. It seems obvious but it has taken over 80 years to make an Invisible Man movie where the victim is the lead protagonist rather than the crazy asshole titular character.
Yeah, at least it's another take, because I was seriously wondering why they were making another Invisible Man movie (before I saw it). :lol:

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Post by albajos » February 28th, 2020, 5:34 am

Well, it has long been in the works because of the Dark Universe. The probably left that idea but they still have all these properties in queue that only need a slight rewrite.

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Post by flavo5000 » February 28th, 2020, 1:35 pm

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36-39. Atlanta Season 2 E1-11 (2018)
I was really impressed with this season and thought it was even better than the first. After a couple episodes of table setting that still have some great stuff in them, we get to Oktoberfest which is hilarious but also full of great character moments followed by Barbershop which is just non-stop funny from beginning to end. And to follow up those two comedy-heavy episodes? They bring LaKeith Stanfield to the forefront and plunk him into a straight=up horror movie courtesy of "Tedd Perkins", which was just amazing. The rest of the season is full of great stuff as well with a visit to Drake's mansion and his Mexican abuelo in the basement, a hang at a southern frat, a fake FUBU blast from the past and the frenzied final episode where's Earn's future is uncertain and nobody seems to be prepared for a big European tour. Really good stuff. Also it's 4 points because the Teddy Perkins episode is nearly 40 minutes, essentially only needing one extra episode instead of two to get over 60 min.

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40. Pariah (2011) BONUS: Dee Rees
This was an excellent, heartfelt drama from Dee Rees about a female black teenager struggling with her sexual identity amidst family pressure to "be normal" and pressure from a friend to dive headfirst into a sub-culture she may not be prepared for. The acting, directing and script are all top notch with mostly very nuanced performances that give the movie a very realistic and multi-dimensional feel. Regardless, I think this would make an excellent companion piece to Moonlight actually.

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41. No Way Back (1976)
Here we have another of Fred Williamson's actor/writer/director efforts with him once again an action lead role in a kind of neo-noir blaxploitation hybrid. While the movie kind of drags in places, I did find it interesting that Williamson plays his private detective character as a pretty amoral guy that really seems to only care about money, all the way up to the end, to the point that I laughed out loud at the denouement just because you rarely see such a "I don't give a shit" kind of attitude in a leading man type.
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1. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee, 2015)
2. Mr. Mean (Fred Williamson, 1977)
3. Harriet (Kasi Lemmons, 2019)
4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994)
7. Hallelujah (1929)
8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
10. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. The Human Tornado (1976)
13. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
14. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
15. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
16. Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)
17. Blackenstein (1973)
18. Beyond the Lights (2014)
19. Get on Up (2014)
20. A Soldier's Story (!984)
21. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017)
22. Purple Rain (1984)
23. W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018)
24. Sounder (!972)
25. Bone (1972)
26. Harlem Nights (1989)
27. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)
28. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
29. Slam (1998)
30. Michael Che Matters (2016)
31. Hit! (1973)
32. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
33. 'Round Midnight (1986)
34. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
35. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
36-39. Atlanta Season 2 E1-11 (2018)
40. Pariah (2011)
41. No Way Back (1976)

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

33. See You Yesterday (2019)

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This time travel film begins well with a fun Michael J. Fox cameo and some kooky garage spare parts technology. Eden Duncan-Smith is quite abrasive though as the main girl who recklessly decides to change the past only minutes after discussing the importance of not doing that. Her co-star fares a bit better but is a tad too meek and mild to make a mark. The movie also soon veers down a Black Lives Matter path that distracts from the pseudoscience.
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Post by sol » February 28th, 2020, 3:40 pm

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)

34. Lilies of the Field (1963)

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If hardly a career-best turn despite winning the Oscar, Sidney Poitier is expectedly solid here, but there is little else worth writing home about. The plot is incredibly simple and the nuns come off as exploitative rather than virtuous with the way they keep inducing Poitier to stay on and work for them free of charge. The nuns are a very interchangeable bunch too outside of the stubborn Mother Superior. It is fun seeing him teach them English though.
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Post by blueboybob » February 28th, 2020, 6:57 pm

9. Crossroads (2018)
10. Morningside 5 (2017)

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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 3:15 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)
34. Lilies of the Field (1963)

35. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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There are several memorable moments here and the teens interact very authentically with one another, yet the first half-hour of the film that focuses on them as a primary school aged kids is preferable with some a neat subversion of Stand by Me. Whatever the case, Laurence Fishburne is excellent throughout as the protagonist's young father, dedicated to ensuring that his son does not make the same mistakes as him and angry about the system.
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Post by sebby » February 29th, 2020, 3:17 am

Atlanta is the best thing on TV these days. Can't wait for season 3.

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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 5:09 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)
34. Lilies of the Field (1963)
35. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

36. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

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This is a lot like Coffy, but with the protagonist as a government agent here (not a vigilante), the dynamics are different. There is also more focus here on high octane action, with a five minute car chase through some inner city drains and a junkyard climax standing out in particular. While she brings a lot of spunk to the title role, Tamara Dobson nevertheless pales against Pam Grier and it is hard to know what to make of an OTT Shelley Winters.
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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 7:51 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)
34. Lilies of the Field (1963)
35. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
36. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

37. The Last Dragon (1985)

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The plot is pretty messy here, however, the film soars above its narrative weaknesses though by being an affectionate tribute to the legacy and impact of Bruce Lee as action star; at its best, a cinema screening of Enter the Dragon breaks out into a series of fights with all the action gloriously mirroring the fighting on screen. There is ample zaniness throughout too, from a piranha household pet to nifty "glow" special effects. Decent songs too.
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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 10:21 am

Doing the Right ThingShow
1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)
34. Lilies of the Field (1963)
35. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
36. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
37. The Last Dragon (1985)

38. Legacy (2000)

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Her brother killed in his youth, an African American teenager narrates the difficulties that she, her single mother and grandmother experienced as they tried move on in this Oscar nominated documentary. The agenda of the project feels all over the place as it rather randomly switches between the three women, while the teenager on/off narrates. The film works okay most of the time, with lots of intimate moments, but comes off as unfocused.
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Post by shugs » February 29th, 2020, 10:39 am

Managed to see one.

1. Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) - 6/10

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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 3:34 pm

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)
17. Classified X (1998)
18. The Brothers (2001)
19. Undefeated (2011)
20. The Equalizer (2014)
21. For Love of Ivy (1968)
22. Porgy and Bess (1959)
23. Within Our Gates (1920)
24. Universal Remote (2007)
25. The Black Gestapo (1975)
26. Tales from the Hood (1995)
27. Adam Clayton Powell (1989)
28. King: A Filmed Record (1970)
29. The Great White Hope (1970)
30. When We Were Kings (1996)
31. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
32. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
33. See You Yesterday (2019)
34. Lilies of the Field (1963)
35. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
36. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
37. The Last Dragon (1985)
38. Legacy (2000)

39. Marshall (2017)

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Chadwick Boseman has some decent moments as the title character with a lot of anger bubbling just beneath his polite exterior, yet the film is not so much about him, or his client, but rather Josh Gad as his associate who slowly learns to be a better lawyer over the course of the movie. Gad does admittedly have some interesting things to contend with as his reputation goes on the line with the case, but it is an odd focus for a film about bigotry.

And that's it for me. Thanks for putting your hand up to host, albajos. I know that you have had a busy month. I can help you tally up the final results if you need me to. I have a bit of extra free time this weekend due to a public holiday on Monday, so please let me know if you'd like a helping hand. B)
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Post by allisoncm » February 29th, 2020, 5:47 pm

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1. Lackawanna Blues (2005) 7/10 Great cast.
2. Boys on the Side (1995) 8/10 Whoopi Goldberg is a central character in this, representing what it’s like to be a black and lesbian woman.
3. Race (2016) 7/10 Jesse Owens goes to pre-war Germany in 1936 and faces discrimination there and in the USA despite his record-breaking accomplishments.
4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 2020 Directed by Cathy Yan 5/10 Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, an African American woman that still faces discrimination despite her singing talent. Luckily, she has ultra cool moves and awesome outfits to silence any naysayers.
5. Poetic Justice (1993) [bonus:Singleton] 8/10 Janet Jackson plays an African American poet and hairdresser. The film is filled with appearances from important African Americans such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, and Maya Angelou. A beautiful piece marred by the fact that Singleton, Angelou, and Shakur are no longer with us.
6. The Photograph (2020) 8/10
7. Sidewalk Stories (1989) 6/10
8. Lone Star (1995) REWATCH 8/10 (First rating 7/10) Several prominent characters are African American.
9. FTA (1972) 8/10 A variety of people protest the Vietnam war including Paul Mooney and Rita Martinson, both incredible African American singers. (Rita Martinson was at our Q&A for the film)
10. Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019) 8/10
11. The Invisible Man (2020) 7/10 An African American man (Aldis Hodge) plays an important role as a friend and cop. His daughter, Sydney (Storm Reid), also is a central character.
12. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) 7/10
13. Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020) 7/10
14. A Fall From Grace (2020, Tyler Perry) 8/10

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 29th, 2020, 6:15 pm

76. The Wiz (1978 / Sidney Lumet) 4/10 {134 m.}
77-79. Shorter TV {182 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S2, Ep.: Whiplash / Have Gun, Will Sell (1972) FTV 7+/10 {50 min. }
b. The Boondocks: S1, Ep. 4-9 (2005) FTV 7+/10 {132 min. }
80. Shaft (2000 / John Singleton) 8/10 {89 m.}
81. Shaft (2019 / Tim Story) FTV 8/10 111 m.}

And that's it for me. I've had a great time with this challenge and hope to see it return in the future - I still have so much left to see! Thanks for stepping up to the plate for this one, albajos. I know your "bugging out" in the last half wasn't intentional and you sure put together an interesting bonus. :cheers: Right on! Can you dig it?!

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1.Blackenstein (1973 / William A. Levey) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
2.Blacula (1972 / William Crain) 8/10 {93 m.}
3.Scream Blacula Scream (1973 / Bob Kelljan) 8/10 {96 m.} [Bonus: Grier]
4. Ten Minutes To Live (1932 / Oscar Micheaux) FTV 8+/10 {58 m.} [Bonus: Micheaux]
5. House Party (1990 / Reginald Hudlin) 8+/10 {100 m.}
6. Soul Plane (2004 / Jessy Terrero) 8/10 {86 m.}
7. Baby Boy (2001 / John Singleton) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.} [Bonus: Singleton]
8. Boyz n the Hood (1991 / John Singleton) 8+/10 {112 m.}
9. Sorry To Bother You (2018 / Boots Riley) FTV 8+/10 {112 m.}
10. Little (2019 / Tina Gordon) FTV 5/10 {109 m.}
11-16. Shorter TV {364 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 7-12 (1972) FTV 8-/10 {156 min. }
b. Good Times: S1, Ep. 9-13; S2, Ep. 1-3 (1974) FTV 8/10 {208 min. }
17. The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968 / Melvin Van Peebles) 9/10 {87 m.} [Bonus: Van Peebles]
18. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971 / Melvin Van Peebles) 8+/10 {97 m.}
19. Barbershop (2002 / Tim Story) FTV 8+/10 {102 m.}
20. Black Belt Jones (1974 / Robert Clouse) 7/10 {85 m.}
21. Three the Hard Way (1974 / Gordon Parks Jr.) 7/10 {89 m.} [Bonus: Williamson]
22. How To Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass; aka: Baadasssss! (2003 / Mario Van Peebles) FTV 8+/10 {109 m.}
23. How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005 / Joe Angio) FTV 8/10 {85 m.}
24. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004 / Kevin Rodney Sullivan) FTV 7/10 {106 m.}
25. Creed II (2018 / Steven Caple Jr.) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.}
26. Fruitvale Station (2013 / Ryan Coogler) FTV 9+/10 {85 m.} [Bonus: Spencer]
27. Kings (2017 / Deniz Gamze Erguven) FTV 7/10 {86 m.}
28. Pariah (2011 / Dee Rees) 8+/10 {86 m.} [Bonus: Rees]
29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}
30. Bessie (2015 / Dee Rees) FTV 8+/10 {115 m.}
31. Sparkle (2012 / Salim Akil) FTV 7/10 {116 m.} [Bonus: Mara Brock Akil – writer & producer]
32. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 / Paul Justman) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
33. The Hate U Give (2018 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 9/10 {133 m.}
34. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
35. Glory (1989 / Edward Zwick) 8/10 {122 m.} [Bonus: Washington]
36-39. Shorter TV {244 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 13-14; S2, Ep. 1-4 (1972) FTV 7+/10 {152 min. }
b. Good Times: S2, Ep. 4 (1974) FTV 7/10 {26 min. }
c. The Boondocks: S1, Ep. 1-3 (2005) FTV 7+/10 {66 min. }
40. Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016 / Malcolm D. Lee) FTV 7-/10 {111 m.}
41. Dolemite (1975 / D’Urville Martin) 7+/10 {90 m.} [Bonus: Moore]
42. Sleight (2016 / J.D. Dillard) FTV 7+/10 {89 m.}
43. Soul Men (2008 / Malcolm D. Lee) FTV 7-/10 {100 m.}
44. Canal Street (2018 / Rhyan LaMarr) FTV 5/10 {89 m.}
45. Hellbound Train (1930 / Eloyce & James Gist) FTV 7+/10 {60 m.}
46. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920 / Oscar Micheaux) FTV 7+/10 {60 m.}
47-51. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and an Epilogue (2006-2007 / Spike Lee) FTV 8+/10 {363 m.} [Bonus: Lee]
52. Shorter Films {60 min. total}
a. The Films of Oscar Micheaux (2016) FTV 7/10 {9 min. }
b. Verdict Not Guilty (1933 / Eloyce & James Gist) FTV 6+/10 {9 m.}
c. Heaven-Bound Traveler (1935 / Eloyce & James Gist) FTV 6/10 {15 m.}
d. An Introduction: Pioneers of African American Cinema (2016) FTV 7/10 {7 min. }
e. Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) FTV 7/10 {16 min. }
f. Zora Neale Hurston: Fieldwork Footage (1928) FTV 7/10 {4 min. }
53. The Bronze Buckaroo (1939 / Richard C. Kahn) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}
54. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950 / Alfred E. Green) FTV 7/10 {77 m.} [Bonus: Ruby Dee]
55. Eleven P.M. (1928 / Richard Maurice) FTV 9/10 {67 m.}
56. The Glass Shield (1994 / Charles Burnett) 9+/10 {109 m.} [Bonus: Burnett]
57. Shaft (1971 / Gordon Parks) 8+/10 {100 m.} [Bonus: Roundtree]
58. In the Heat of the Night (1967 / Norman Jewison) 10/10 {110 m.} [Bonus: Poitier]
59. Lilies of the Field (1963 / Ralph Nelson) 8+/10 {94 m.}
60-64. O.J.: Made in America (2016 / Ezra Edelman) FTV 9+/10 {467 m.}
65. Johnson Family Vacation (2004 / Christopher Erskin) FTV 6+/10 {97 m.}
66. The Real Great Debaters (2008 / Brad Osborne) FTV 7/10 {74 m.}
67. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967 / Stanley Kramer) 8/10 {108 m.}
68. Get Out (2017 / Jordan Peele) 8+/10 {104 m.}
69. Claudine (1974 / John Berry) 8+/10 {92 m.}
70-75. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (1987) FTV 8+/10 {342 m.}

76. The Wiz (1978 / Sidney Lumet) 4/10 {134 m.}
77-79. Shorter TV {182 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S2, Ep.: Whiplash / Have Gun, Will Sell (1972) FTV 7+/10 {50 min. }
b. The Boondocks: S1, Ep. 4-9 (2005) FTV 7+/10 {132 min. }
80. Shaft (2000 / John Singleton) 8/10 {89 m.}
81. Shaft (2019 / Tim Story) FTV 8/10 111 m.}
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Post by hurluberlu » March 1st, 2020, 9:12 am

3. Basquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996) 7
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Post by flavo5000 » March 1st, 2020, 1:16 pm

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42. Crazy Like A Fox a.k.a. Black Diva (2009)
Well, this was awful. It looks like shot-on-video junk from the '80s with terrible acting and a dull soap opera plot regarding a rich woman who hatches a devious plot involving her maid and butler. It actually has a very similar vibe to the typical Nollywood movie I've seen. And of course, when I researched the director more, low and behold, he is indeed a director from Nigeria, just making a movie in the US with all the same trappings of low production values, overacting and cliche melodrama plot.

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43. The Return of Dolemite a.k.a. The Dolemite Explosion (2002)
And to finish off the challenge as a whole, we have the third (and so far) final chapter in the Dolemite saga. Unfortunately this one is a step down from The Human Tornado, discarding the mild competence that it embraced for an overall shoddier experience that has the feel of Rudy Ray Moore needing a paycheck. Still, there are some moments that almost rekindle that classic vibe and fans should probably check it out regardless.
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1. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee, 2015)
2. Mr. Mean (Fred Williamson, 1977)
3. Harriet (Kasi Lemmons, 2019)
4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994)
7. Hallelujah (1929)
8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
10. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. The Human Tornado (1976)
13. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
14. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
15. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
16. Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)
17. Blackenstein (1973)
18. Beyond the Lights (2014)
19. Get on Up (2014)
20. A Soldier's Story (!984)
21. Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017)
22. Purple Rain (1984)
23. W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018)
24. Sounder (!972)
25. Bone (1972)
26. Harlem Nights (1989)
27. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003)
28. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
29. Slam (1998)
30. Michael Che Matters (2016)
31. Hit! (1973)
32. The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)
33. 'Round Midnight (1986)
34. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
35. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017)
36-39. Atlanta Season 2 E1-11 (2018)
40. Pariah (2011)
41. No Way Back (1976)
42. Crazy Like A Fox a.k.a. Black Diva (2009)
43. The Return of Dolemite a.k.a. The Dolemite Explosion (2002)

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Post by ororama » March 1st, 2020, 1:40 pm

4. Ten Nights in a Barroom (1926) * 64 min.
5. American Playhouse: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the  Rainbow Is Enuf (1982) * 77 min.

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1. Ol' King Cotton (1930) * 11 min.
A Rhapsody in Black and Blue (1932) * 10 min.
Black and Tan (1929) 19 min.
A Bundle of Blues (1933) * 9 min.
Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935) * 10 min.
Ain't Misbehavin' (1941) * 3 min.
2. Black Is... Black Ain't (1994) * 88 min.
3. Hollywood Shuffle (1987) * 81 min.

*First time viewing
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Post by sebby » March 1st, 2020, 8:55 pm

12 Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

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01 Black Mother (2018) 6/10
02 The Learning Tree (1969) 3/10
03 Daughters of the Dust (1991) 5/10
04 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) 5/10
05 Dolemite (1975) 5/10
06 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970) 8/10
07 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) 6/10
08 Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001) 5/10
09 Undefeated (2011) 5.5/10
10 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) 5/10
11 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 7.5/10
12 Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

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Post by albajos » March 1st, 2020, 9:55 pm

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Can you dig it?!
Would you say that The Warriors would fit this challenge? It is a melting pot movie, and Warriors themselves are very including. They really wanted everyone to come out and play...

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Post by blocho » March 1st, 2020, 10:44 pm

14. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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Post by OldAle1 » March 1st, 2020, 11:17 pm

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1. The Black Gestapo (Lee Frost, 1975)
2. Darktown Strutters (William Witney, 1975)
3. Willie Dynamite (Gilbert Moses, 1974)
4. Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders, 2009) (re-watch)
5. Gordon's War (Ossie Davis, 1973)
6. Cobra nero / Black Cobra (Stelvio Massi, 1987)
7. That Man Bolt (Henry Levin/David Lowell Rich, 1973)
8. Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982)
9. Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1989)

I thought this would be an OK film - even a more fun film - to watch after a few beers, and too much food, while my bro and I were on a little trip, staying in a motel. And it was certainly easy to watch but I do feel I missed some of the nuances and deeper social commentary in this story of real-life con artist extraordinaire William Douglas Street, played by writer/director Harris who - what the fuck has happened to this guy? Based on this film he should have had a bigger career than he's had, even accounting for the fact that he's black and that the racism you see throughout this film has certainly continued to exist. Plenty of other black filmmakers got their starts in the 80s and some have thrived; not sure why Harris didn't. Anyway he's the perfect person to play Street, just oozing charisma and with the smoothest voice this side of Alan Rickman, and I for one would probably be willing to believe he was who he said he was - a doctor, lawyer, reporter for Time etc; and let's not forget the extremely facile intelligence and adeptness at learning new things - he actually teaches himself to perform surgery and in the film does a hysterectomy, successfully. There's a very subtle ironic tone throughout Harris' narration here too, a suggestion that Street gets away with these things in part because so many white folks are a) surprised to see a black man so competent and smart, and b) afraid to be seen as racist if they question him. Really a terrific film all in all and I'll try to watch it more attentively next time.

10. Devil's Express / Gang Wars (Barry Rosen, 1976)

This mishmash of blaxploiation-martial arts-police procedural-monster/serial killer film on the other hand I probably could have watched after a 40 or two of St. Ives and not missed much of importance. It's not quite terrible - there's enough goofy charm to the whole premise (dumb martial artist student Rodan takes mystical pendant that is keeping a terrible monster at bay while on trip to Hong Kong, brings it back to New York where the monster proceeds to start chewing up subway riders, until student's master Luke (the wonderfully named Warhawk Tanzania) is called on to stop it. The martial arts are fairly mediocre, the acting uniformly bad, the music a strange mix of funk and Muzak, and at just over 80 minutes it feels a little too long.

That's all for me, thanks albajos!

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 2nd, 2020, 10:07 am

(Screenshots from 'Pimp', 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' and 'Blek end uayt')

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11. 'Shaft' / 1971, Gordon Parks / 7/10
12. 'Malcolm X' / 1992, Spike Lee / 8.5/10
13. 'Breaking In' / 2018, James McTeigue / 4/10
14. 'Pimp' / 2018, Christine Crokos / 7.5/10
15. 'Throwback Holiday' / 2018, Trey Haley / 4/10
16. 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' / 2019, Joe Talbot / 8/10

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17.
'The Melancholy Dame' / 1929, Arvid E. Gillstrom / 7/10 / 21 minutes
'Blek end uayt' / 'Black and White' / 1932, Leonid Amalrik, Ivan Ivanov-Vano / 8/10 / 7 minutes
'With No One to Help Us' / 1967, Eugene Marner, Carol Marner / 8/10 / 22 minutes
'A Johnson for Mrs. Johnson' / 2019, no director credited / 5/10 / 23 minutes
(73 minutes in total)

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Thanks for hosting, albajos. It was a fun challenge.

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That's all, folks!

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Post by flavo5000 » March 2nd, 2020, 1:12 pm

albajos wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 9:55 pm
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Can you dig it?!
Would you say that The Warriors would fit this challenge? It is a melting pot movie, and Warriors themselves are very including. They really wanted everyone to come out and play...
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