It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »
Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »
Robert Downey Jr.,
Natasha Gregson Wagner
Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl ... See full summary »
Set in New York City, Black and White features several losely related stories centering on a pair of documentary filmmakers, Sam and her husband Terry, in following a group of caucasian teens, Raven, Charlie, Will, Marty, Wren and others who try to fit in with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd who include gangster rapper Rich Bower and his music partner Cigar in landing a recording gig, as well as college basketball player Dean who is conflicted on taking a fall on a game for shady gambler Mark Clear who has hidden agenda for Dean and Rich. Written by
so many parts, but they make up a pretty good whole
Black and White came and went from theaters in 2000, but my chance to see it came and I took it without really knowing anything about it save for some of its actors (Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jared Leto, Claudia Schiffer) and that it was a drama set in the world of hip-hop and sports. Now, having seen more of James Toback's films, I can look back at this film a little more fondly or with more of a knowledge of Toback's other films in context, than I did before. There's some solid performances (mostly by Downey and a rather subdued Stiller as a drug agent), and some memorable scenes and characters. If there's one memory about the film that sticks out though it's that it's a little all-over-the-place, which is a common thing in Toback's films. The structure is like that of a sketch-book where we see a lot of Toback's ideas and passions on the world of hip-hop and (especially) on sports and gambling, but only some of the time sticks (I also remember not having much of an opinion at all about Schiffer except as being pretty and out of place even as a girlfriend character). But it does have some interesting things to say, and there are some entertaining moments and solid dramatic beats (and it has Tyson doing a choke on Downey Jr, which is worth the price of the DVD alone).
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