Thursday, March 30, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
A young, recently released and unpredictable ex-con with bad luck, and a sexy, listless girl-next-door with a troubled family, become trapped in a downward spiral of crime and obsessive love, as they try to ditch their dead-end town for a better life. Written by Anon (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
The possibilities the direction of this could have gone was the reason I viewed it. I am all for a redemptive story and this would be the perfect set up for that. Young man sent to prison for his crime and is set free after doing his time and meets the girl that will help him changes his ways. Another aspect that intrigued me about this film was the setting of “Dixieland” the south, or better yet the poor white south. All of these elements for me made for interesting and refreshing viewing taking me to a place I’ve never been. Upon viewing the film took on an ethereal feel that at first was a little jarring, but as I picked up the flow I was able to relate. My only question with the film was part storyline and who or whom the film was really about. From the start of the film we focused on one character only to switch to another’s point of view late in the film that seemed confusing and cheap. Overall I wouldn’t recommend DIXIELAND to a friend as there just isn’t enough there to make it something special. So for DIXIELAND I give it 3 stars.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
I don’t know if I’d ever be ready to live the reality of life depicted in the film BEASTS OF NO NATION. When it first appeared on Netflix I took notice as it starred Idris Alba and at that time I was watching episodes of LUTHER and enjoyed his performance there. Naturally as things played out I finally came back around and finally took the plunge into watching BEASTS OF NO NATION. Having heard of the strife and turmoil of that region and others from a friend who was from Serria Leone Africa and had his own terrifying stories to tell I felt prepared enough to understand and view this film. The story was very compelling and was in a way a coming of age type film. The performance of Abraham Attah, who played the main character, was as great as it gets. I truly feel I could recommend this film to a friend and hope they would enjoy this tragic story as much as I did. So for BEASTS OF NO NATION I give it 4 stars.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
In the years 1986 and 1998 three black children living in Mississippi deal with poverty, violence and abuse. Young Kari the main character is a talented pianist who hopes to pursue a career in it one day. Her sister Leigh is struggling to hide her lesbian relationship with her girlfriend, Paula. Their cousin Sammy is a star basketball player. Each child deals with their dysfunctional family, including gambling, alcoholism, and poverty. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
Having missed both FENCES and MOONLIGHT in theaters, granted it even came to my area, I was looking for a film that spoke to the black experience. Searching on Netflix I then found the film MISSISSIPPI DAMNED. Getting a grasp of the story line I had to work myself up and mentally prepare to see this film based on its intense and bleak subject matter plus it was based on a true story. Upon watching and to my surprise the film was very well made from storyline, actor performances, and direction. It did create some questions within me about the quality of life for black Americans and how might we change that for the future, which the film tries to give an explanation, but I was looking for more. This is a very well made film with some heavy subject matter so again to recommend it freely for everyone would be tough. Yet for MISSISSIPPI DAMNED I give it 4 stars.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
I had passed over this film on several occasions before finally making the decision to give it a view. I don’t even remember the trailer so my hopes for this film I’d have to say were not that high. Upon viewing I’d have to say that it was entertaining in the way that people flock to watch a fight break out or how people rubberneck when they see a car wreck. This story was just that a scene of unfortunate events that lead to a whole lot of disaster. At the center of this story is Leah, the white girl, who navigates her savage, sex crazed, and drug infused world in such a way that you both pity her and fear for her life. By the end of the film your glad she is alive, but at the same time you can’t believe she didn’t come out worse. Sensing this could be viewed as a cautionary film Leah’s love of life and naiveté show through her choices and make it hard for me to recommend this film to just anyone as they may be influenced by what they see. In the end I find WHITE GIRL to be an adventurously bold film that I give 3 ¾ stars.