Archive for Black Movies

To Those Who’ve Gone Before…(The Harmless Guys)

Posted in Comedy, Movies, politics, random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by Rick

I am no Democrat and I’m no Republican. I would never vote for a guy just because we share ethnic heritage (but it helps). As I weigh the issues and wade through the partisan poop in search of the lesser evil, I can’t help but wonder what this country would look like under the leadership of a black Commander-In-Chief (even a half black one). To catch a glimpse of the possibilities I turn to one of my most beloved confidant…Hollywood!

What happens if the US President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are assassinated and the Vice-President is hopelessly invalid? Well, the president pro tempore of the US Senate is leader of “the most powerful nation in the world” (or some other arrogant cliche). This scenario played out in the movie The Man and somebody forgot to tell the assassins that the pres-pro-temp was a black man!

James Earl Jones as reluctant President Dilman

James "I-am-your-father" Earl Jones as reluctant President Dilman

While he was the most eloquent Head’s of State ever, his appointment didn’t sit well with America.

Deep Impact So a seven mile-wide asteroid hurls perilously towards the Earth, threatening the human race and whose sucky job is it to find a way to select one million Americans to be preserved in a cave and tell billions of others to duck-and-cover? Brother President Tom Beck.

Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck (Watch for falling objects)

Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck (Watch for falling objects)

Normally, Morgan’s characters assists random white people. As President, random white people assist him. That trend continues today which is why his wife wants a divorce (was that too far?).

Head of State Again someone had to die for a black man to get consideration, but neighborhood Alderman, Mays Gilliam, truly preps America for Obama because he has limited experience.

Chris Rock and Bernie Mac as Pres. and Veep hopefuls Mays and Mitch Gilliam

Chris Rock and Bernie Mac as Pres. and Veep hopefuls Mays and Mitch Gilliam

Ironically, I called Blockbuster Video in Juneau, Alaska and their only copy was rented by Sarah Palin. It seems she was inspired too.

If you wonder why America seems so poised to accept an African American as our next leader, don’t blame the current administration, but credit the producers of 24.

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Dennis Haysbert as 24's now deceased President Palmer

President Palmer’s warm baritone was enough to comfort any citizen, regardless of what color the terror alert was. And he makes me ask myself “Am I in good hands?”

Coming soon, Part 2…(The Scary Guys).

Black enough for ya?

Posted in Entertainment, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2008 by Rick

I love my brudnlaw* to death. We work together and often times he baits me into lively discussions to lighten the atmosphere after meetings. He has several fuses he periodically lights to get me going and I rarely let them fizzle out without at least a minor rumble. One of his guaranteed bulls-eyes is the ‘Kobe vs. Jordan’ contention. Let the record show that while I am a Kobe apologist, I am not foolish enough to compare Michael Jordan’s illustrious career with Bryant’s brilliant and still unfolding legacy. My brother-in-law calls Kobe NBA’s ‘Terrell Owens’ and a cancer on the league. I believe he secretly loves Kobe (nobody can live in LA for significant time and dislike Kobe). I digress. The most recent recurring barb ole bruh likes to toss is the ‘You don’t like black people’ dart. One day I expressed that I am not a Tyler Perry fan or fond of the 90’s sitcom ‘Martin’, which lead to me saying most black cinema is disappointing to me and he concluded ‘Rick doesn’t like black people.’ While nothing could be further from the truth, it is quite funny. The truth is I feel Tyler Perry capitalizes off of damaging stereotypes and slapstick humor in much of his stage and film work. He wastes no time with character development, he boasts thin plot-lines and resolves conflicts in shallow, unrealistic ways. Aside from that…Oh nevermind.

In my opinion, many, not nearly all, black filmmakers offer similar imitations of art instead of telling stories in creative ways and portraying black culture for the mosaic of experiences it is. Shout out to Spike Lee, The Hughes Brothers, Thomas Carter and John Singleton.

With that said I thought I’d list my top ten favorite black movies** in no specific order:

1.  Menace II Society

2. Malcolm X

3. The Wood

4. Love and Basketball

5. Jungle Fever

6. Get on the Bus

7. The Five Heartbeats

8. Above the Rim

9. Glory

10. Talk to Me

honorable mention: Brown Sugar, New Jack City, Friday, Hustle & Flow, Inside Man, City of God, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Catch A Fire, Do the Right Thing, The Wiz, Juice

My top ten favorite black (under-publicized) actors/actresses in alphabetical order:

Obba Babatunde, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar EppsVondie Curtis-Hall, Djimon Hounsou, Chi McBride, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington.

*slang for brother-in-law

**black movies: movies with black writers, producers, directors, lead and supporting cast, portray black culture or central characters or any combination of these elements. Don’t over think this. You know a black movie when you see one.

Judge Clarence Thomas I learned ethnic self-hatred from one of the best!

(Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas)