The Thinking Man's Idiot

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Tag Archives: Black cinema Black film Black movies

No Soul, No Glo: ‘Coming 2 America’

Everyone involved in this should be ashamed. EVERYONE.

Friday, 5 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

Okay, at best: ‘Una Great Movie’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Jennifer Sharp’s Hollywood satire is two interesting films that make up a single uneven film.

Friday, 19 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Not Worth the Silver: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

The gripping true story of Fred Hampton’s final days gets a dull adaptation that does the story no justice.

Thursday, 11 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

A Great Undertaking: ‘The Passing On’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

This fascinating hour-long documentary highlights the art (and necessity) of being an independent Black mortician in an increasingly gentrified world.

Thursday, 11 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Still Rockin’ after All these Years: ‘The Story of Lovers Rock’ (2011) at NY ADIFF

Not the Steve McQueen film, but the 2011 documentary that first brought the Black British genre to light.

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Too Many Half-Notes: ‘Sylvie’s Love’

Writer-director Eugene Ashe is far too in love with his own style to create any real love between his two leads.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

Belated Praise of Pre-Quarantine Black Romance: ‘The Photograph’

The last film I saw before lockdown was one of the best Black romance films I’ve seen in nearly 20+ years.

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 · 3 Comments

Christmas Movie Round-Up 2019

A Christmas screen-hop features Black Power, White romance, and Sci-Fi. Guess which one I loved?

Friday, 27 December, 2019 · 2 Comments

Xmas Triple-Feature: ‘Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Creed 2’, ‘BumbleBee’

2018’s holiday haul included a sweet Spidey spin-off, a great non-Rocky sequel, and a Bay-free bot-flick.

Saturday, 2 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

And what a Lovely Tale it is: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Barry Jenkins uses James Baldwin’s classic novel to create one of the best films of 2018.

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 · 3 Comments