Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi Director: Gordon Parks Credited as being the film that started the craze for 70's blaxploitation films, Shaft is about a black private eye as cool as he is efficient. John Shaft (Roundtree) is tasked with finding the kidnapped daughter of a black drug dealer, but soon finds that… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Shaft (1971)
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 Narrated by the warm tones of Samuel L Jackson, it is based on an unpublished and unfinished book written by James Baldwin, about race in America, the civil rights movement, and most importantly his memories of three men who were leaders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: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirstin Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge. Director: Theodore Melfi I love movies, but rarely do they truly move me. I'm not easily impressed, in that sense, even though I enjoy a wide variety of them. But this film really got to me. I… Continue reading Preview: Hidden Figures (2016)
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: 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)