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Jungle Fever (1991)
In True Spike Form! --*SPOILERS*--
I am a big Spike Lee fan and I like almost all the movies that he does. I don't care for what people have to say about him being a racist or whatever, because those things don'tmatter to me. I wish people would get past that stuff and when they watch his movies just take them for what they are instead of bringing what his outside feelings are into his films because he does make some really great movies. I love Jungle Fever and it is one of my favorites next to School Days, and Bamboozled. I think this movie really speaks to the way people feel on this subject. It makes you aware that wether you condone it or not that there is a lot more to this subject than just being a Black/White issue. I think that the Ossie Davis's speech at the dinner table was excellent and was what really made me want to keep coming back to this movie and watch it again and again. I also, think that scene where all the women were togther in Snipes wifes house talking about what they think of interracial dating was a powerful scene because it gave light all sides and hit almost every view.
The only troubling thing about this movie to me was how Snipes character was so willing to jepoardize his family for some white woman and go through all of what he went trough knowing that it could never be anything more than what it was because he made it clear when she told the cops that he was her boyfriend that he never wanted that to get out. And maybe it's because I am not a man where I can't see how someone in their right mind would go through all of that for some curiosity. However, but in being a woman I can't understand why she took him back so easily after he had gotten all of that out of his system. I mean he threw away their family for an affair and she takes him back because he says he is done with it. I would have made that man suffer.
also like the whole story of Gator and the family as well. I thought that this made a great contrast to the interracial thing by addressing much bigger problems that are also going on in the world. The part when the father shoots Gator rang a lot like what had happened between Marvin Gaye and his father with his whole drug problem. The ending of this movie went great with the normal Spike Lee end by giving us all a wake up call and telling us that these things must stop. I know that some people are confused as to what he was trying to say and that was simply that we need to help get rid of this drug problem. That is also, what he was trying to tell his daughter when we were first introduced to Halle Berry's character is that we need to end this and it starts with our youth and educating them. I think this movie is great and gives great insight to how and why people feel the way they do about interracial dating. Plus, it also gives you insight to others views and why they also feel the way they do. Spike makes no one opinion better than the other in this movie you have to decide for yourself and that is why I like Spike. He gives you all sides and lets you take your own stance! Go see this movie!
Underrated Gangster Film !
I think that Hoodlum is a great gangster film and is extremely underrated. I think that this movie can definitely hang up there with all the other movies that get praise for being good crime dramas. What I like about the film is the way it really portrays the actual characters in real life. Lawrence Fishburne and Tim Roth give great performances that really bring this movie alive. Also, Andy Garcia does a good job portraying Lucky Luciano. I think that this movie had all the elements of a good movie but it just got shafted a little. I'm not saying it's Goodfellas, but if you like that movie then there is no reason why you would not like this one. I love the story behind this movie and the subplot of his relationship with Vanessa Williams. and I must admit that I do like this movie because I love crime family dramas and it is nice to see one with black people starring in it showing what part they played in that world back in that time frame. I would suggest to anyone who likes gangster and mafia movies to go see this one. If you want to learn about the history of organized crime back in the 20's and 30's then this is a great way to get a feel for that time! This movie gets nothing but rave reviews from me :)
Jackie Brown (1997)
I love this movie!
I just wanted to say that I have seen this movie a million times and I love it more and more everytime I see it. I think the plot of this movie is well written and Tarentino really made it come alive on the screen. I think that this is one of Sam Jacksons best films. He really did a great job of playing Ordell. I also, think that the whole cast really acted well, eventhough I would have liked to see Tarentino use De Niro a bit more. However, I can't say enough about this movie so I will quit while I am ahead. Go watch it!