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(VIDEO) THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY MOVIE REVIEWS…LIVES UP TO THE HYPE!

‘The Best Man Holiday’ hit theatres this weekend to rave reviews.  Many questioned if it would live up to all the hype and let me tell you…it absolutely does.  It was shocking to realize the original film ‘The Best Man’ was released 15 years ago!

There is no question it was worth the wait and they actually got it better the second time around.  They took the long break to fine tune the character’s and clearly the actors have grown significantly over time.  It was funny to see how much they have all changed over the year’s and how much they have refined their craft.

There are no words to express the joy in seeing such great acting and a script which was realistic and well-balanced.  Will you laugh….absolutely.  Will you cry…for sure.  Will you leave feeling good…definitely.  Will you be glad you saw it…darn right!  Finally a movie worth my hard-earned money…after a year full of duds.

It has an all-star cast including; Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau , Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall.  Most of them can thank the original movie for launching very successful acting careers.

Since it is no fun watching a film after someone blows it by telling you the entire plot…I will leave you with the above trailer to wet your whistle.  But I will say that if you want to escape for a mere 120 minutes, go check it out!  I give it TWO TOES UP! (cannot use thumbs and risk being sued:)

Wait…did I say how HILARIOUS Terrance Howard was in this movie???  Well, he stole the show and was INCREDIBLE in this role!  And the handsome men doing their dance moves while “air singing” was worth an extra $10 bucks:).

On another note, I heard it is already breaking box office records.  The movie bumped “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” by raking in $10.7 million its first night!  Let’s hope Hollywood takes note… there really is a pent-up demand for GOOD black films.  Clearly we need more…maybe they will get the message. 

Just in case the director Malcolm D. Lee does not win an OSCAR…he is hereby nominated BEST DIRECTOR by my blog:).  Did you know he is the cousin of director Spike Lee?  Trivia for your mind!

DID YOU SEE THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY?  WHAT DID YOU THINK?  POST YOUR COMMENTS AND TAKE THE POLL BELOW!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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MOVIE CRITICS BASH BLACK FILMS UNFAIRLY; ‘BAGGAGE CLAIM’ TRUE MOVIE REVIEW

It has been a while since I blogged due to the busy real estate market.  However, this angered me enough to take time out from my busy schedule to share my thoughts.  This is about black films….and has me ticked off!  Why do critics bash black films? 

Recently, I wanted to see a good movie to take a quick break from my stressful work schedule. Since my time is limited, I decided to check the reviews on new releases to make sure to find a hit.  There were a few films on my list to see, including ”Baggage Claim”, starring Paula Patton (wife of Robin Thicke), Taye Diggs (one of my favs), Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, LaLa Anthony, Tia Mowry (she was FUNNY!)  Jennifer Lewis (HILARIOUS!) and directed by David E. Talbert.

Of course I did what most movie goers do….I checked the critic reviews on the internet.  Most, if not all of them, completely dissed the movie.  This left me feeling disappointed, since the trailer seemed really interesting.  So I passed and saw what the critics said was “good movie” and it was HORRIBLE (won’t even admit to seeing this stupid movie)!   The following week there were no good movies released, so I broke down and still saw Baggage Claim.  And guess what….it was AMAZING & ENTERTAINING!

It’s unfortunate that I almost missed supporting a well-acted, well-directed and really funny movie.  Boy was I mad, because this is not the first time it has happened.  In the past critics have given harsh reviews for Tyler Perry films as well, but I know to disregard those.

I’m not sure if mainstream critics are so out of touch with different types of ethnic humor, or if is a conspiracy against the success of black actors, producer’s and director’s.  How many times have they given GREAT REVIEWS to incredibly stupid “other films“?  It makes me sick and seems that we need a good BLACK critic to review black films.  Hate to say it, but having a black President does not seem to be enough.

If you have not yet seen Baggage Claim, I urge you to see it before it’s gone from theatres.  It may not win an Oscar, but it was extremely entertaining.  Another thing to note; David E. Talbert is the first person of color to write, direct and produce a film inspired by his own book…now that’s an accomplishment!  It is based on the adaptation of his Best-Selling novel with the same name.

Did I mention Talbert has also has written 14 plays, received 24 NAACP Image Award nominations and won Best Playwright of the Year? 

Maybe I should be come a movie critic…then the true reviews can be written when it comes to films released by different ethnic groups.  It’s bad enough we rarely win Academy Awards. This could be why.  HUMMMMM???

And no…this is NOT a paid announcement.  Just in case you were wondering.

READ MORE ABOUT DAVID E. TALBERT HERE; http://www.davidetalbert.com/site.php

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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[MOVIE TRAILER] 2013: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER MOVIE REVIEW; OSCAR AWARD WORTHY FILM

This holiday weekend I finally saw the highly acclaimed Lee Daniels’ film ‘The Butler’ and it was 100% worth my time!  The film was inspired by the true story of Eugene Allen (aka Cecil Gaines) and although not entirely factual, it was very realistic and included actual events.  What made it most enjoyable is how well they told the story and in such a short timeframe!

It takes you on a journey back in history and offers a great blend of memorable moments in time.  This movie will hit all of your senses; you will be inspired, astounded, shed a few tears and have many belly laughs along the ride.  The cast is incredible and Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines), Cuba Gooding Jr, and many of the supporting cast should definitely be nominated for an Oscar.  It would not surprise me if Whitaker actually walks away with an Academy Award.   The movie should also hit the “Best Picture” category for 2013, along with a Lee Daniel nomination for “Best Director“.  If not, we certainly have not come a long way after all.

While many have criticized the film for being a bit too loosely based on facts, the meat of the story was true to form.  Racism was alive and kicking well throughout the 80’s and beyond, which is a reality check.  It was also a shocking reminder, that segregation of public establishments was not abolished (sort of) in the south until 1963.  Another surprising fact…it was only in the late 80’s, when the White House staff was finally able to receive raises and promotions!

Although Allen did not really have two sons and other facts were dramatized, this is expected since it is a movie.  And let me tell you the casting of his son’s (Elijah Kelley & David Oyelowo) was perfection…they both gave stand out performances!  Lee Daniel’s directing was on point and he even managed to make Oprah’s character seems realistic.  That was not an easy task…since we all know her as a talk show host.

If you have not yet seen the film, I urge you to do so.  It is something to remind us all how far we have come…but also how far we still need to go.

Did you see the movie?  If so, what did you think?  Remember to post your comments!  Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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2013: FRUITVALE STATION MOVIE REVIEWS; REQUIRED VIEWING IN HONOR OF TRAYVON MARTIN

As I sat in the theatre watching the new film Fruitvale Station, it was immediately clear that this is a “MUST SEE” movie for all races.  It is based on the true story of 22-year-old, Oscar Grant, who was shot in the subway back in 2009 by police officer, Johannes Mehserle, and later died.  It was extremely well-acted, but what made it compelling, is that the director took it one step further.

In a tragic and unfortunate turn of events, Oscar went from enjoying fireworks with his girlfriend and close friends on New Year’s Eve, to being shot in the back after riding the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California.  The chilling scene of the horrific incident left the audience in complete silence and tugged at your heartstrings…it was definitely a tissue moment.

The timing of this movie is impeccable, since the Trayvon Martin verdict is still on the minds of millions.  Fruitvale Station goes deeper than telling a story of a young black innocent man shot for absolutely no just cause.  In an impressive twist, it actually humanized him and showed his depth, leaving out the flashy hype scenes.  Many are so quick to forget that every young black male has a mother, a father, a girlfriend or children.  They are the same as any other race and have feelings and loved ones too.  It is so often that a crowd of black men are looked at as inhuman and without sensitivity.  But this film takes you there…it was a deep look into Oscar Grant’s life without the “hoodie”.  He is loving, respectful, decent, and yes flawed…but who isn’t?

Another thing became very apparent when sitting in the half empty suburban movie theatre….this film is required viewing for people around the nation. For every white person who has ever held their purse tight as they walked past a black male…it is required viewing.   For every suburbanite who has crossed the street when a crowd of black teens walked toward them….it is required viewing.  For every young black teen who is considering joining a gang or getting involved in drugs…it is required viewing. For every parent who is at a loss of words for what to tell their young black teen on how to react to police…it is required viewing. For every person who has rarely interacted with black males….it is required viewing.  For every black gang banger who kills another black male….it is required viewing. For every high school student in the suburbs and urban neighborhoods…it is required viewing.

In his first feature film debut, 27-year-old Ryan Coolgler nailed it as Director and Writer of this award-winning film.  During the 2013 Sundance Film Festival the film was honored with the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.  Coolgler clearly should also get an Oscar Award nomination for this incredible masterpiece.

What really made this movie work was the strong cast, including newcomer and lead actor; Michael B. Jordan.  His acting was so realistic, it was as though he literally channeled Oscar throughout the movie.  His girlfriend played by Melonie Diaz, was also outstanding.  She was raw and gave an emotional performance.  And as always, Octavia Spencer played his mom to perfection. The young actress, Ariana Neal, also held her own, playing the loving daughter (Tatiana).  Any one of them could receive an Oscar nomination…and each absolutely earned a spot on the list or even a win.

Some may ask why I say to view this film to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin.  Well, it’s because Oscar and Trayvon are a lot a like.  They both had family members who loved them, they both lived a “normal life“, but most importantly, they both were judged for the color of their skin and lost their lives unnecessarily.  Use their stories to open your mind and heart the next time you encounter a person of a different race…you may just be pleasantly surprised.

In the end, the cop who shot the young victim received only 2 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.  Although Mehserle claims he mistakenly shot him thinking it was a Taser, he lost his job, but only spent 11 months of his sentence behind bars.

And yes…there were riots, but it has not seemed to end the racial tension in America.  Let’s be honest…much more work is still to be done.  Racism is alive and well….just hidden behind terms like “Politically Correct“.  It was easier when the bathrooms had signs…at least we knew where we stood.

Some have viewers have commented this film was low budget and made for Lifetime Movie Network.  Well, don’t let that stop you…the message is worth the ticket price.

ACTUAL RAW VIDEO FOOTAGE…WARNING EXTREMELY DISTURBING.  Thank goodness for video’s…can you imagine what would have happened without this footage?

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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STEVE HARVEY’S THINK LIKE A MAN; GREAT MOVIE FOR ALL MEN & WOMEN

This weekend I went to see the new movie “Think Like A Man” based the Steve Harvey best seller.  As I looked around the theater, it was great to see men and women of all races, ethnic groups and ages.  This was surprising, seeing that the majority of cast was african american and it was about dating.  But I guess when Oprah backs you, it opens many doors and offers added exposure.

The fact that seniors were also in the audience was truly amazing…you would think they would have relationships perfected by that age.  It just goes to show that when dealing in relationships, love has no color and your age does not mean a thing.  If you are naive when it comes to love and constantly put yourself in vulnerable situations, this lesson could last a lifetime.

The subject matter in the film was frank and realistic.  Kevin Hart definitely “made the movie”, adding humor to the sensitive topic of love and relationships.  It was a great cast and they were believable.

The storyline of men and woman with a variety of tendencies, portrayed just how universal relationships are throughout the world.  If you are the “player”, “dreamer”, “non-committed”, or actually enjoy a monogamous relationship, this movie is worth seeing.

Although it was fairly mellow and could have delved deeper, the overall message was easily understood.  Steve Harvey may have “spilled the beans”, but I am sure men will forgive him, and probably come up with some new tricks.   The best part about the film is that it brought everyone together on the topic of relationships, and it is truly relatable.

Hopefully anyone in a bad relationship, causing their loved ones frustration, or unsure of how the 90-day rule works, will take a moment to see this movie…it may just be life changing.

On another note, audience members stayed glued to their seats through the outtakes and credits so they clearly enjoyed the movie too. I hope this opens the door for more diversity when it comes to Tyler Perry movies. Maybe all races will also give his movies a chance, he is extremely talented.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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(VIDEO) SAMUEL L. JACKSON TOP GROSSING MOVIES; OVER 7.5 BILLION TO-DATE, HE IS A BAD MOTHER…SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

Everyone knows that Samuel L. Jackson is one of the best actors out there.  But to some peoples surprise, he is also the top grossing movie actor around.  His films have generated a whopping $7.5 billion in revenue to-date.  Not that he gets a huge cut of that cash, but he is doing pretty darn good!  In your face Tom Cruise!

Either he really knows how to pick-em or his star power draws in the crowds.  Let’s see, Jackson has appeared in over 100 films including; Jungle Feavor, Jurassic Park, Changing Lanes, Rules of Engagement, S.W.A.T., Coach Carter, The Negotiator, Do The Right Thing, Patriot Games, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The 51st State, Jackie Brown, Unbreakable, The Incredibles, Black Snake Moan, Shaft, Snakes on a Plane, as well as the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Iron Man I & II, and small roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Inglourious Basterds.

Well, we know it is not just luck with Samuel L., ask anyone what they think about him and it is ALL GOOD!  He will go down as a legend and one for the record books.   Let’s hope he makes movies until he 100 years old!  He is a bad mother….shut your mouth!

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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LIFETIME MOVIE “FIVE” INSPIRES; PROMOTES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

The LIFETIME original “Five” aired tonight bringing breast cancer awareness to light.  It is an inspiring movie which combines five short films, revolving around women with breast cancer, and how it affects their lives.

Director’s Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris did an incredible job bringing the characters to life. The writers, actors and producers get a standing ovation. They took the stories of these women and created memorable and inspiring moments which everyone can relate to.

It was well acted by amazing actors who captured your attention from the first moment they hit the screen.   Although it had touching scenes which tugged at your heart, spurts of humor kept it uplifting. The movie is inspiring for anyone who knows someone fighting through a tough battle with cancer or experiencing it themselves.

If you missed it, definitely check back for the replay because you will be glad you watched this amazing film. What a well-made movie and a great tribute to the survivors who fight through this horrific disease every day and to those who have lost the battle.

One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, so we are all certain to be affected by this disease at some point.  Perfect ending phrase…Learn from yesterday…Live for today…Hope for tomorrow.  

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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