55 posts categorized "African American Cinema"

April 23, 2022

BODY AND SOUL — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comWriter-director Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 silent melodrama comes alive with a modern musical score by Paul D. Miller.

Add to this Jim Crow-era film’s inventive time-flipping structure, interracial familial underpinnings, a pair of identical twins (played by Paul Robeson), and you’ve got a hefty social study told from a visionary African-American filmmaker.

Paul Robeson gives a larger than life performance.

Wow.

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The hard-luck story speaks to societal problems that still face America in the 21st century.

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"Body and Soul" is not a small cinematic gem; it is a magnificent diamond. 

Not Rated. 102 mins.

5 Stars

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March 23, 2022

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

ColeSmithey.comCraig Brewer's biopic valentine to the great Rudy Ray Moore is a romping hoot.

Eddie Murphy gives a joyful portrayal of the colorful quadruple threat actor, stand-up comic, singer, and film producer, Mr. Rudy Ray Moore (March 17, 1927 to October 19, 2008).

If only all biopics were half this much fun.

Kicks.

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Whether or not you're familiar with Rudy Ray Moore, you'll have a great time discovering his inventive path to personal glory.

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Rudy was one "mean motor-scooter."

Here's your proof sucka.

Rated R. 118 mins.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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March 20, 2022

KING RICHARD

COLE SMITHEY

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THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO WILL SMITH'S INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOR AT THE OSCARS.

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To the ever-professional Chris Rock — Respect Lion.

WILL SMITH SHOULD NEVER WORK IN HOLLYWOOD AGAIN.

PERSONA NON GRATA IN PERPETUITY.

UNHINGED NARCISSIST AT LARGE.

Will Smith ruined the 2022 Oscars for everyone involved, and for the millions of people watching it all over the world.

As for the negligent security team at the Oscars, Carrot Top has better stage security.

The Academy security should have escorted Will Smith off of the premises immediately after he assaulted Chris Rock, and Smith should have been arrested and hauled off to the pokey.

What the fuck. (That's not a question).

The least the Academy can do now is to strip Will Smith of his Best Actor trophy.

As for every reprobate in the audience who participated in giving Will Smith a slap-condoning standing ovation after Smith won the Best Actor Oscar, and "slapped the shit out of Chris Rock" remember this, "awards are like hemorrhoids, sooner or later every asshole gets one."

You are all accountable. Where are your apologies?

Personally, I vow to never watch or review another Will Smith movie.

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