Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates Director: Norman Jewison There's a murder of a wealthy white man in a small Southern town. The local cops arrest a black man they come across who seems suspicious. He's not doing anything wrong, but he's black and he has money in his wallet, which is enough evidence… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson Director: Steven Spielberg The concept of freedom of the press and a sense of political accountability is such a hot button topic lately. So is the role of women moving into positions of power. This film looks at both of these things, in a film that puts Meryl… Continue reading The Post (2017)
There are quite a few films coming out about race in America right now. Although quite a few of them are really good, and very moving, I think this is perhaps the most powerful, intense and confronting of them all. I walked out of the cinema feeling a bit emotional and shaken. And that’s exactly as it should be.
I Am Not Your Negro was one of the nominees this year for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category. Narrated by the warm tones of Samuel L Jackson, it is based on an unpublished and unfinished book written by James Baldwin, about race in America, the civil rights movement, and most importantly his memories of three men who were leaders of the movement: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Three men who were assassinated for their belief in rights for black citizens.
Stylistically, the film feels…
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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kerry Russell, Mahershala Ali Director: Gary Ross An interesting film, which Empire really didn't rate this month, and that I really loved. This film tells the tale of a man and a place that held out against the unfairness of oppression. It's a little complicated to put it into a… Continue reading Free State Of Jones (2016)
Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonell, Graham Greene Director: Kevin Costner Lt John Dunbar is a man of fine sensibilities and a civil war hero, who requests a post on the frontier, which he finds is deserted. Whilst he stays, waiting for more relief to be sent, he starts to commune with nature, befriending a local… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Dances With Wolves (1990)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Director: Steven Spielberg, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt With a huge cast, and it's wonderful evocation of a bygone era, Lincoln focuses on the beloved president at a point during the American Civil War when both sides were looking for peace and an end to suffering, but the bill that would… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Lincoln (2012)
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch Director: Steve McQueen Chilling true story of Solomon Northrup, a black man kidnapped from the North and sold into slavery in the South, and the 12 years it took to free himself. Beautifully shot, and well paced, two key performances stand out.… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
In the 1700's, three native men come to the aid of two daughters of a colonel when they get caught in the crossfire of the war between the French and the British armies. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Director: Michael Mann Those of you who know Michael Mann's work as a director will know… Continue reading The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)