Monday, February 29, 2016
Malcolm X . Dir. Spike Lee.
Perf. Denzel Washington (Malcolm Little/
Malcolm X), Spike Lee (Shorty), Angela
Basset (Betty), Delroy Lindo
For a Spike Lee joint, "Malcolm X" was a pretty tame film. Besides the signature shot and the inclusion of himself in the cast, this could have been produced by any director due to the powerful subject matter given by the life of the film protagonist, Malcolm Little. The film showcases the life of "Malcolm X" from his traumatic childhood to his possibly conspired death. The film is mainly based on true events so I won't give Spike Lee much credit for a compelling story but, he definitely deserves praise for his casting choices. The dream team of Angela Bassett playing the role of Betty Shabazz and Denzel Washington playing Malcolm X accurately portray their characters and add a highly entertaining layer of emotion over African American history. If I had to give this film a score, I would rate it a 9.5/10. Even though I complained about the lack of elements from Spike Lee's signature style, my butt was glued to the seat the entire time and I don't know how anyone would be able to have a creative flair while still staying historically accurate.Even with some tiny gripes, this film is still awesome.
Mark, let's see what you got Malcolm X PLEASE
perf. Denzel Washington (Malcolm Little/Malcolm X), Spike Lee (shorty), Angela Basset (Betty)
The film begins with Malcolm X in Boston and Harlem along with his friend Shorty and their involvement in burglary, drug dealing and prostitution.
Malcolm's father was killed by the KKK, and his mother was sent to a mental center. As a result Malcolm was separated from his siblings.
This was one of the best movies I have seen so far. To me Malcolm X had so much power in that time era when segregation was going on. This movie shows that no dream is too big for anybody. At childhood Malcolm wanted to become a president [lawyer] when he was little and his [white] teacher [played by David Patrick Kelly] told him that he couldn't do it. now he's the most popular Muslim ever.
Friday, February 26, 2016
He then got out of jail after a long time (although originally sentenced to eight to ten years; he was released after six years) because he didn't act very good like in jail [Is this true? Jay, can you provide examples?]. Then he became a Muslim preacher. He did that for a long time until he realized he was basically being used so he quit doing that and did regular preaching [Jay, although he split from the NOI, he remained a Muslim, one might say he actually became a true believer in the Islamic faith, converting to Sunnism].
Prior to leaving the NOI, Malcolm is introduced to Sister Betty Shabazz. After having some kids and being threatened for a long time, he got shot with a shotgun and then some random crazy guy with a pistol who shot him like 10 times because he wanted to [Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a sermon at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, NYC on February 22, 1965]. Then that was basically the end except for the random children that kept saying I am Malcom X [What about Ossie Davis's eulogy? What about the cameo by Nelson Mandela?]. I enjoyed the movie because it reminds me of the excellence of the Black [what?], and it makes me feel powerful [Good].
Malcolm X is a 1992 autobiography about the actual life of Malcolm Little. Malcolm X was a great movie that contained lots of interesting facts about his actual life and had lots of comedy parts to make viewers laugh. At the beginning of this movie it portrays the his troubled life along with his right hand man Shorty. Malcolm's father was killed by the KKK when he was at a young age even though police reports consider his death as a suicide. His mother on the other hand, was sent to a mental center. He was also separated from his siblings. Malcolm X was one of the most important human rights leaders and was an extremely gifted speaker. What I had found most interesting about his story is how he had completely changed his entire lifestyle from a typical "nigger" into having one of the most influential voices in America at the time. This is interesting to me because he had received the respect from these people after getting out of prison. Malcolm X had contained a type of perspective on situations that makes you enter his mindset and start to think just like him.
I would recommend this movie to anybody who would be interested in learning about Malcolm X. Honestly, I knew who Malcolm X was but I didn't know much about his lifestyle and what he had done before becoming an inspirational speaker. After this movie I think I would actually like to know more about the real life of Malcolm X, not just the Hollywood version.
Eventually they wind up opening up to each other and we find out who everyone is and what kind of character they are. Later on in the film, some of their more hidden traits come out. For instance, Bender becomes softer and is a bit more friendly towards the group (as opposed to him being a complete dickhead before) Hell, Claire kisses him! Andrew winds up becoming interested in Allison after Claire gives her a makeover.
At the end of the film, the group finally does the essay and signs it as "The Breakfast Club" and leave it for Mr. Vernon to read. There were two similar but different letters in the beginning and end. It shifted from antagonizing to the letter realizing that the group is similar in their own ways.
I personally enjoyed this film, it's rather funny.
Release date: February 15, 1985
five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Fruitvale Station is a american biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler This movie was based off of a young African american man name Oscar Grant ( played by Micheael B. Jordan ) who is trying very hard to support his girlfriend Sophina and daughter Tatianna . In his last days Oscar and his friends took the train to San Francisco to watch the fireworks on New Years Eve and as Oscar and his friend was headed back home An old inmate he knew try to assault him on the train and when that happen that started a whole disturbance. When they got off the train the police searched everyone. While trying to obtain Grant with him laying face down the officer has him in his possession and threatens him with his gun to the back of his head , While arguing the officer finger slipped and he fired a shot into his back. Grant was rushed to the hospital , but later died .
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Directed by: Spike Lee
Performers: Denzel Washington(Malcolm X/Little), Spike Lee (Shorty), Angela Bassett (Betty), Delroy Lindo (West Indian Archie), et al with appearances by Reverend So Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.
40 acres and a Mule/Warner Bros, 1992
Instead of sitting around and preaching about going back to the land of your origin, get up and leave. If that's how you feel. By all means, no one is going to stop you.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
All in all, this is a comedy/ parody or spoof that consists of many comedic devices to create enjoyment amongst viewers. I know I certainly had a great laugh while watching this film and can affirm that I wouldn’t mind watching another Steve Martin vehicle where he writes and stars.