5 Reasons You Didn’t See Spike Lee’s Film – Oldboy

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  1. You’ve never heard of it. When I saw it there were only three other people in the theater!
  2. You didn’t know Spike Lee was the director or you did know and didn’t give a shit.
  3. You didn’t see Spike Lee’s interview with Oprah. Had you seen it there’s a possibility that you would of been interested. It’s what got me to the theater.
  4. You’re not a fan of Josh Brolin. I admit he was not the best choice for the lead, but he did well enough.
  5. You hate violence on the big screen. (sissy)

Oldboy is described as a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, but that description leaves out so many details. This movie has tons of twists and sick turns that will leave you mentally disturbed after watching. I describe it as a mindfuck!

Oldboy is also a remake of the 2003 South Korean film, Oldeuboi. I have not seen Oldeuboi, but since seeing Spike Lee’s version my interest in piqued. Spike’s version is catching hell from both critics and casual movie goers, but I loved it and I need to see it again to make sense of all the madness.


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Movie Review: Melancholia

Melancholia first came across my radar because of the hoopla surrounding Kirsten Dunst appearing nude in the film. I believe that was a ploy to get people interested in this under the radar film, but the plot is what interested me most. The first time I watched Melancholia the beginning slow motion sequence bored me to death, but as the movie went on I was in a trance as parts of the sequence began to make sense. I love this movie. I love the soundtrack. It’s a beautiful work of art. It’s a movie that will make you think and feel. Having said all that not everyone that sees this film will see it that way. Not just because we’re all different, but because this film is not typical or ordinary by Hollywood standards. The second time I watched it I was fully able to appreciate it without prejudice.

Melancholia is the name of a planet that has been hiding behind the sun and is now on a collision course to end life on earth. Melancholia plays a small yet volatile role in this film. Usually in films that deal with the end of the world the focus is on how everyone in the world is panacking or a plan to save the world. In this film the focus is on this family and their literal view of Melancholia as it heads towards earth.

I didn’t like Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård as a couple in this film, but their relationship is only valid during the first half of the movie, so I was thankful when they parted. I was also thankful because their relationship seemed to be forced upon them in the first place.  I also didn’t totally understand why Kirsten Dunst’s character has an American accent and her mother, father, and sister have English accents. But, I know that these things I’ve mentioned are part of the soul of the film and not having everything spelled out is part of what makes you think when watching this film. It’s also irrevelant when you consider the fact that the end of the world is near.

I love a movie with an unhappy ending. I’m definitely gonna buy this one!

Rating: 5 Out Of 5 stars!

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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 3

I give Paranormal Activity 3 two stars for the cool special effects and the creepy things that happened to the little girls. That’s it!

This needs to be the last installment of this film because it has worn out its welcome.

If they make a fourth, I am avoiding it like the plague.

Also, there are scenes that we are shown in the trailer to this film that go down in a totally different way when you see the film.

This is false advertising and I don’t like it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Movie Review: Red Tails

Red Tails is a very important film, one that almost never saw the light of day because Hollywood did not know how to market a film with an all Black cast. You market a film with all brown people the same way you would market any other action film. Hollywood is certainly not having a problem shoving a War Horse down our throats.

It still baffles me that Hollywood didn’t know what to do with Red Tails, but since Hollywood is enamered with remakes and bringing everything to the big screen in 3D, I am really not surprised. Hollywood, for the lack of a better word, sucks! To be honest, Red Tails is a film that I would not have much interest in if there was no connection to the African-American experience. I am not a fan of war films, but because the success of this film opening weekend will send a very strong message to Hollywood in terms of the power of Black films I was more than happy to see it.

It’s a very good film. I am always happy to see Black faces on the big screen because it means Black folks are working and are being represented! I’ve heard that some Black women are upset that one of the characters (Lightning) is in love with an Spanish speaking Italian woman. Well, guess what ladies, they are based in Italy. Is this really such a big deal or a big surprise??? Don’t get me wrong, I get where the frustrartion is coming from, but it is misplaced, and by holding that type of anger you miss the whole point of the film.

I appreciate that George Lucas made sure this film was made and that he took millions of dollars out of his own pocket to make it happen. Quite frankly, that is the least he could have done and I am sure that he will make it all back and then some. The only complaint I have is that there seemed to be something lacking in the sound of the film. I feel like the war scenes wern’t loud enough and the cinematography was a bit off, but it takes more than $58 million to produce a film with all the necessary bells and whistles.

George Lucas has said that if this film does well that there is a prequel and a sequel that will be much better, so please support this film so that we can see more sexy chocolate on the big screen. Eat your heart out, Hollywood!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: 30 Minutes or Less

It’s silly, it’s funny, it’s stupid! It’s exactly what you would expect from all the men featured in the movie poster, though the one with his thumb on the detonator kinda gets on my damn nerves. I literally LOL a few times and SMH as well. There’s really not much more to say other than you will enjoy going along for the  ride. Oh, and the soundtrack isn’t bad either…

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Movie Review: MOOZ-LUM


Mooz-lum is an independent film that was released on limited screens, but you can pick it up at your local Family Video. It stars Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny Glover, and was filmed entirely in Southeast Michigan. It follows the trials and tribulations of an African American Muslim family pre and post 9/11.

This film puts all the stereotypes and misconceptions about the Muslim religion and people on the table and wipes it clean. It’s a harsh but truthful look at how we judge people based on their religion and the inner turmoil that one faces with their religion when it is so closely linked to their identity.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Source Code

I didn’t expect to like this film because I had heard from a good friend that it sucked because it was the same thing happening over and over again. I’m glad I didn’t take their word for it.

Source Code is about a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He is sent back in time 8 minutes before the train explodes more than a few times to find the bomb and identify the bomber, but it is done in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

This film is deep and has quite a few unexpected twists and turns. You have to keep up with the storyline and the lingo because it does get a little confusing, but the end will blow your mind. I loved it! I wish I had seen it on the big screen.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Cowboys & Aliens

This film should have been titled Cowboys vs Aliens! It was OK, but not great. Much of it was predictable and silly, but it’s a pretty good film. There’s a dog that steals the show and receives the most screen time, so I was disappointed that it did not receive proper credit at the end of the film.

The aliens are bad ass and ugly as hell, and they have an obsession with gold. Harrison Ford plays a mean, racist old man very well. He may just have a new niche. Olivia Wildes’ character may get on your nerves appearing overly made up and very dramatic for the era, but once her “secret” is revealed it makes sense. Daniel Craig, well, he wears stolen chaps very well! Anyone know where I can get a pair?

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Movie Review: Sucker Punch

A sucker punch is described as an unexpected blow. Sucker Punch, the film, is all about women giving men unexpected blows (no pun intended. Really!), but the film also seems to be an excuse for women to be sexy badasses. I’m not mad about that fact, but other than that and the exciting visual effects this film doesn’t have much else to offer.

The lead character, played by Emily Browning, is forced into a mental institution by her abusive stepfather. She and the other women all imagine they are in this stripper fantasy, video game like world as a way of coping while they defeat the bad guys and various creatures. What they do in this fantasy world helps them to defeat the real world BS that they are experiencing in the mental institution. Oh! The catch is that Babydoll (Emily Browning), has to perform a sexy and captivating dance that puts everyone who watches in a trance. However, we never get to see an actual dance, but it’s implied several times throughout the film . I got where they were going with this one, but it was just too much.

Sucker Punch does attempt to teach us a lesson about sacrifice and something else important about self worth that I can’t quite recall, but most of you men/boys will be content with all the T&A on display that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, and Jamie Chung. Use water based lube and enjoy!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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