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Unofficial 2021 Black History Month Challenge

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Post by ororama »

blocho wrote: February 27th, 2021, 11:22 pm
ororama wrote: February 27th, 2021, 7:38 pm Covid-19 made my participation this month much more limited than I expected. I was infected a few weeks ago, and I have't had severe illness, but instead of quarantine becoming a time when I couldn't do much else but watch movies, as you might expect, it made me lose focus. I think I'm finally coming out of that.
I'm glad you're feeling better.
maxwelldeux wrote: February 28th, 2021, 2:10 am And also glad you're coming out of the COVID fog OK.
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4. Hallelujah (1929) 100 min.
The Darktown Revue (1931) * 18 min.
Pie, Pie, Blackbird (1932) * 11 min.
The Black Network (1936) * 21 min.

The purpose of Hallelujah confounds me. The story is straight forward, the production and performances are solid and the the message would seem to be as acceptable to a white Protestant audience as a black Protestant audience (although as a Catholic, I am not a good judge of that). I can only think that MGM was testing the market for black films and that King Vidor wanted to make a serious movie about black life.

The Nicholas Brothers were the highlight of the month for me. I saw them in Orchestra Wives as well as Stormy Weather, Pie, Pie, Blackbird and
The Black Network.
1. Stormy Weather (1943) * 78 min.
2. I Think I Love My Wife (2007) * 94 min.
3. The Loving Story (2011) * 77 min.
*First time viewing.

maxwelldeux and adwest's watch of The Spook Who Sat by the Door reminded me that I have wanted to re-watch Nothing But a Man for a long time. I didn't get to it in February, but have it from the library and will write about it briefly here after i watch. Also, thanks for putting The Spook Who Sat by the Door on my radar, I didn't realize that it had been released on DVD.

Thanks for hosting, Max.
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Post by maxwelldeux »

Black Lives Matter
1. Like Cotton Twines (2016)
2. Englewood: The Growing Pains in Chicago (2014)
3. Playin' for Love (2013)
4. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2019)
5. Mike Epps: Only One Mike (2019)
6. Guess Who (2005)
7. Kiss the Girls (1997)
8. Malcolm X (1992)
9. Waiting to Exhale (1995)
10. He Got Game (1998)
11. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
12. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
13. Fruitvale Station (2013)
14. Super Fly (1972)
"15-18. United Shades of America, s5 (2020, 353m)
United Shades of America: Where do We Even Start with White Supremacy? (2020, 57m)
United Shades of America: All-American Family Farms (2020, 43m)
United Shades of America: Going to Public School (2020, 43m)
United Shades of America: The Gig Economy (2020, 42m)
United Shades of America: The Time for Reparations (2020, 42m)
United Shades of America: Venezuelans in Florida (2020, 42m)
United Shades of America: Iranian-Americans in New York (2020, 42m)
United Shades of America: The Homeless Crisis in LA (2020, 42m)
19. Crooklyn (1994)
20. TNT Jackson (1974)
21. Stormy Weather (1943)
22. The Blood of Jesus (1941)
23. Love & Basketball (2000)
24. She's Gotta Have It (1986)
25. Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
26. Candy (2017)
27. Portrait of Jason (1967)
28. Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
29. House Party (1990)
30. Pariah (2011)
31. Clemency (2019)
32. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
33. The Old Guard (2020)
34. Mo' Better Blues (1990)
35. The Learning Tree (1969)
36. Middle of Nowhere (2012)
37. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
38. Posse (1993)
39. Timbuktu (2014)
40. The Loving Story (2011)
41. Passion Fish (1992)
42. Action Jackson (1988)
This was a bit of ridiculous fun, though it didn't quite work for me. Overall, I think it tried to be just a few too many things, and just missed. The sped-up action sequences were the weirdest for me, as it didn't seem necessary and really took me out of the fantasy of the story. But Carl Weathers is always a badass.

43. The Little Things (2021)
This is new Denzel-led thriller about a former LA cop coming back to LA to try and solve an old case of his by helping to solve a new series of potentially-connected cases. Though the mystery is there, it's also about obsession, and how you, as a cop, have to be willing to let it go and not have it consume you. Pretty solid watch.
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Post by blocho »

ororama wrote: March 1st, 2021, 7:46 pm maxwelldeux and adwest's watch of The Spook Who Sat by the Door reminded me that I have wanted to re-watch Nothing But a Man for a long time.
Add my recommendation. It's a great movie.
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Post by adwest »

blocho wrote: February 28th, 2021, 4:54 pm
maxwelldeux wrote: February 28th, 2021, 4:06 pm 41. Passion Fish (1992) 7/10
On blocho's rec, we watched this, too. It was a sweet slow platonic love story. Alfre Woodard was fantastic. Really liked the Louisiana feel.
Yes, great acting and great character development which are two things I value most.
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Post by adwest »

ororama wrote: February 27th, 2021, 7:29 pm 3. The Loving Story (2011) * 77 min.

This one is personal for me. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, I was decades away from thinking about marrying, and my wife was months away from being born. However, our much later marriage was illegal in three states including Virginia prior to this decision, and illegal in Maryland prior to the U.S. Supreme Court taking this case, which caused Maryland to repeal its anti-miscegenation law. It appears that our marriage would have been illegal in at least 10 other states at some points in time according to wikipedia (it is difficult to be certain because of the variations in racial definitions and my wife's mixed ethnicity).

Our older son jokingly calls me a race traitor from time to time, but I've never told him about a co-worker who essentially said the same to me, although without the actual term "race traitor," which I doubt he knew in English.

Loving v. Virginia is long settled law after more than 5 decades, and the filmmakers made a historical documentary. I am sure that a Stephen Miller or a Steve King and many others would work to overturn Loving if they thought it would work and not make them (bigger) laughingstocks.
1. Stormy Weather (1943) * 78 min.
2. I Think I Love My Wife (2007) * 94 min.
*First time viewing.
Sorry I didn't get to this response until after the month ended, but thanks for sharing. It reminded me that this film has been on my list for awhile and Max and I finally got to it. I enjoyed learning more about this couple and the courageous thing they did in bringing this lawsuit forward.
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Nothing But a Man (1964) 91 min.

The documentary style in the early part of the movie (the church meeting, walking through the poverty of black Birmingham) nicely set up the drama of Duff's battle with racism that follows. Strong, low-key performances by Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln in the lead roles, and a lot of familiar faces from 1970s movies and TV including Yaphet Kotto and Julius Harris
(who is great in a small role as Duff's father). Glad I committed to watch this post challenge, I've been meaning to re-watch this for a long time.
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Post by 3eyes »

Well, if this challenge is still running - and I'd be happy if it were -
I just watched Bamboozled, and am having trouble sorting my reaction to it except it really grabbed me and has lots of layers.
:run: STILL the Gaffer!
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