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Sometimes in April (2005)
one of the deepest films I've seen in a long time
I meant to comment on this film some time ago, particularly back in March when I had first seen this film, as I looked forward to it. The film stars Idris Elba, an actor I've grown to respect after watching him disappear into the role of drug dealing Stringer Bell in HBO's The Wire. I say disappear because I am well aware of the fact that he is a brit and he also disappears into his role in this film as well. Sometimes In April is very in-depth as far as the time period and holds nothing back. I really respected the fact that the writers make the viewer realize that this tragedy was overlooked by the suicide of Kurt Cobain and the beginning of the strike in Major League Baseball. Another thing that earned this movie points was the fact that Raoul Peck was bold enough to film this in the actual home of the genocide in Rwanda, a country that seems to get lost in the middle of the Dark Continent. The movie speaks out loud what an ugly thing black-on-black violence really is as is the interracial prejudice that drove one group of people to kill another, weaker group of people of the same color and of the same continent and of the same nationality. The understory is also just as powerful as we see a family divided by this futile war. The tone of the film really makes you feel sorry for these people caught in this quagmire and you really pray that they make it out...
Brooklyn Bound (2004)
a breath of fresh air...
I just watched Brooklyn Bound for the first time about half-hour ago and this film doesn't waste a minute of the film as every scene of this film are shot very well. The cinematography was great, it's meant for a film like this. the guy doing it clearly had the right idea and it works very well for low-budget. All of the acting was good - Jamie Hector(Paid In Full, HBO's The Wire) is VERY effective in his role as is the scarce Dean Winters(HBO's Oz) w/ some strong acting. After watching the Brooklynite Jamie Hector play out his part as the strong and silent Marlo opposite Wood Harris in The Wire, It was the straw that broke the camel's back in making me consider this movie even though I was pretty sold on the title itself. The film itself shows the hard times in Brooklyn and it shows the cultural diversity which makes the film so meticulous and the scenes in the projects can be compared to the likes of New Jersey Drive and Clockers only they used actual Brooklyn n!&&@s for the film. What I really loved about the movie was the fact that REAL NEW YORK STREET SLANG IS USED CORRECTLY!!! The film itself doesn't pull any punches and keeps it very real and for that I recommend this film to anyone who likes urban film - Brooklyn Bound is a gem under the radar....
prolific blend of horror and action in blue tint
Sure, in a sense Underworld is a bit of a ripoff of Blade however it is that kind of ripoff that makes this appealing. The movie is mostly in a blue color to fit the dark mood of the film about the war between the Lycans/Werewolves and Vampires. *sp* The movie itself had some really good special effects, particularly the part when one of the head vampires is awaken - some of this part is blatantly ripped from Blade 1 *sp*.
The human character caught in the middle of the war when he's attacked by a lycan is the one that stands out the most in this whole movie. Basically he goes through three phases in the film w/ the third phase leaving goldmines for the next in this series.
Yeah, it's action blended w/ horror and its own folklore of the two "species" which holds its own foundation and does so in good fashion
The Wood (1999)
Not only a warming comedy but a great, realistic and positive 'childhood to manhood' story
The Wood starring Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, Sean Nelson, Melinda Williams, De' Aundre Bonds and Antwon Tanner was a perfect positive black film that deserves alot of credit. Unlike The Best Man, it doesn't have a boring pre-wedding story - actually it's a lot of fun as the three friends talk about their fun childhood in 'The Wood' a.k.a Inglewood, California. The flashback scenes are done so nicely and the characters are written in detailed fashion and come across very realistically.
When I first seen the trailer I was like it would probably be an O.K. movie but it was alot better than I could possibly expect and turns out to be a big winner, this is a sleeper for 1999
not good but more fortunate than part 2
From Dusk Till Dawn 3 wasn't a particularly good movie but it's not 100% bullcrap neither. The film tries to re-do the first film's intro but uses a 19th century backdrop which makes the first part of the movie a Western. Of course they use the religious family formula again but it's done pretty differently which was interesting. The gore in this movie isn't bad but still reminds me of the fake, thick blood used in 'Bones' w/ Snoop.
The movie is fortunate to be better than the second one, but then again From Dusk Till Dawn 2 was a pretty bad movie so it doesn't really say much...
Crime Partners (2003)
utmost disrespect to us fans of Donny Goines
Wow, this was as bad as it was made out to be... I must agree that Donald Goines would be turning over in his grave because of this garbage. Tyrin Turner really messes up bad here and makes his previous lead performance in Menace II Society look better than it already is(which was godlike). Clifton Powell also from Menace II Society appears the same way Mekhi Phifer did in 8-Mile, with a locks wig on his head and sorry to say he's truly wasted in this film. The film had no help from the writers and filmmakers and took a wicked fall. I love Goines but this is disrespectfully bad, the film at least - the book is good. This is just a terrible film adaptation. since it's highly likely that DMX's film company has all the rights to the Goines' novel, I'm hoping this is remade w/ respect the way 'Never Die Alone' was - if not f*ck it... I'm just glad 'Never Die Alone' was in the right hands same way the upcoming 'Daddy Cool' is in the right hands...
5 stops, 5 stars
Once again, Michael Mann proves what a genius he is with his latest effort 'Collateral' starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith and a cameo from Jason Statham. The film starts with a slick intro as to what's going on without giving anything away w/ introductions to the three main characters. Tom Cruise is the anti-hero of the movie, Vincent, a smooth criminal whose line of work requires a straight-to-the-point attitude as well as a 'whatever' type attitude. Tom Cruise brings the traits neccessary to Vincent - cold and calculating - even his VICTIMS shape out what Vince is all about. Jada Pinkett-Smith, with the little screen time she has, is a pivotal character in the film. It would seem like she wasn't really drawn out much but as the story goes on, you see that she plays a big part for a role so small. Jamie Foxx, as Max, damn near almost steals the show from Tom Cruise as an unassuming taxi driver. The situation he's put in thanks to Vincent is like a blessing in disguise type - Even though he is an accidental accomplice, while he is with Vincent - he learns things about himself he never thought was in him [sp]such as the scene when Vincent insists that Max goes to visit his mother[/sp]....
reading some of the comments, I see that some people were able to guess the ending but I honestly didn't try to guess as the movie itself was really unpredictable in between the five stops...
though these tow characters are morally conflicted, there is a big connection. The rest of the supporting cast do their respective jobs but it's the two who were supposed to shine the brightest who really stand out - I remember when Jamie Foxx used to be on in Living Color, and after many years, we get to see how talented he truly is even though I knew he was a good singer as well. he's truly come a long way to land a role with someone as established as Tom Cruise...
Collateral is not to be missed at all
The Sopranos (1999)
It's good to know that this show is five seasons strong with a lot of life left in it
Man, this show literally kept me guessing what would happen every season. I like how this show not only goes into the racketeering business of the fictious Soprano crime family and the family life of not only Tony's family but the relationships within the ring. This is one show deserving of heavy respect and attention that has used various talents of the past and future. It's not a show where the violence smiles or frowns in your face but it shows the life of a mobster and how they live like normal people despite the line of work they do...
Along w/ shows like Entourage, Def Poets, Oz and The Wire, this is a show that I have no problem taking the time out to watch...
let's see how far this show goes after the fifth season
The Bourne Identity (2002)
I didn't expect it to be that good...
At first when I glimpsed at this, I wasn't so sure about seeing Matt Damon in this kind of role. But when I finally saw the film, I realized I was just paranoid as it's a very good action film that uses the european car chase formula and does it in a respectable fashion. And there's a fight scene that was cleared for a PG-13 movie when it possibly passes for an R. I see how this even resembles The Italian Job in a sense but I am aware that this came out first - but anyway it's not like it's a bad thing.
Matt Damon does surprisingly well in his fight scenes which are shot from many angles to take the burden off of the choreographer. Matter fact he pulls it off so well that I tend to forget he's not even a martial artist as he had to gone through serious training for this role. For a PG-13 film, it is relatively graphic at times
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
shaky photography but still worth the time...
I have never read the books from Robert Ludlum, but The Bourne Supremacy is a good upgrade to its predecessor with good car chases in foreign areas such as Russia and India and good fight scenes including a beatdown with a rolled up magazine. Amazingly Matt Damon is able to pull off a role that I really couldn't picture him doing and I was saying the same thing about the first one after I watched it. The only problem was the photography which sometimes doesn't seem like it can keep up with Matt Damon but the film delivers good scenery of cities outside of America. Many of the surprising twists fit the story and helped it make a lot of sense particularly one in the beginning that sets off the whole thing.
Even though the photography looked like it was done by a drunken cameraman at times, the film fairs pretty well...