78 posts categorized "Biopic"

April 17, 2022

THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comRobert Young’s filmic adaptation of Américo Paredes’s 1958 book “With His Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero” represents the centerpiece of Chicano Cinema.

Although criminally unseen, due largely to the misdeeds of film distributor Larry Sugar, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” is essential viewing for its innovative storytelling form. Not the least of this unforgettable picture’s many strengths rests with Edward James Olmos’s pitch-perfect portrayal of America’s first Latino hero, Gregorio Cortez, a Mexican-American farmer who set off the biggest man-hunt in American history prior to 1901.

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This film informed the Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, John Sayles, Gregor Nava, and Luis Valdez, among others. The United States Historical Society proclaimed it the most authentic Western ever made in American film history.

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This 1982 movie is an indisputable masterpiece. Criterion’s 2K restoration finally gives “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” the respect it deserves.  

Rated PG. 105 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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