May 2001
Week of May 25th thru June 1st

The Representin' Top 20

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official beginning of summer for blockbuster films replete with marquee stars, overwrought special effects, and computer-generated animation. Summer 2001 is no exception; science fiction comedies & dramas, action-adventure heists, sequels and remakes lead the pack of studio “tentpoles” expected to gross at least $100 million per film in domestic ticket sales. 

Given the major $$$ at stake for the Super Seven (Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, Universal, DreamWorks, Columbia and MGM), it seems only fitting to take inventory of these lucrative gigs to see just how well black Hollywood is faring in this year’s line-up... more

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May 25th thru June 1st


[All Reviews]

Our Song - New 5/25 !
In today's world, movies of all genres never surprise the audience.  Most plots are contrived to fool us or to get our attention.  Currently, in the teenage market, all films carry the same plots; romance and lots of tomfoolery - never dramatic...
by Wilson Morales (New York)


Angel Eyes - New 5/17 !
In the last few years, there have been a few actors who have multi-talented skills such as Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez. Both have appeared on TV shows and both are singers. Their fan base stretches farther than the film community. Lopez has a new movie called “Angel Eyes,” which is being marketed in the wrong direction and may leave her fans disappointed.
by Wilson Morales (New York)
Time and Tide - New 5/11 !
With "Time and Tide", Tsui Hark has returned to the roots that made him the "Sam Peckingpah of Hollywood".
by Wilson Morales (New York)
It’s “Charlie’s Angels” – with a sci-fi twist! What if there were four “Angels” instead of three – give ‘em sketchy back stories, complex motivations, and a dash of cyberpunk.
By Daos Boonma (Los Angeles)

Now comes a newly formed company aimed at distributing so called "risky" films - Urbanworld Films. They want to show films that have a sense of realism. Its first feature is "The Visit" and it deserves to be seen for its story is powerful and cast is wonderfully played out to perfection.


[All Features]

It’s Kellye Time! I’m back with the latest addition of “Film Duds.” Current fashion accessory of the moment: The BDL - Best Dressed List.
by Kellye Whitney (Chicago)


Being British - New 5/17 !
I've decided I want to become British. And, for me, the final straw was TOM GREEN.
by Scott Southard (Los Angeles)

"Film Duds" is a testament to my love of film and fashion. This column is meant to be humorous commentary on the ever-changing and frequently wild relationship between clothes and movies, celebrities and designers. Fashion and film are intrinsically intertwined. You'll see.
by Kellye Whitney (Chicago)


[All Features]
"Hear Freddy's been at it again," laughed ma, pouring glasses of Yargo sangria. "I don't know what's worse, him messing with those young girls, who are taking his money or all the cash he owns Big Daddy...
by Michael A. Gonzales


Filmmaker John Singleton addresses fellow USC alumni and guests Critically-acclaimed filmmaker John Singleton, writer / director / producer of the much anticipated summer film, “Baby Boy” took time from his demanding soundtrack production schedule to toast student scholars and awardees as Honorary Chairman of the 23rd Annual USC Black Alumni Association (BAA) Scholarship Gala 2001...

 By Roslyn J. Bradford (Los Angeles)

The winter moon was a yellow stain across the sky, softly illuminating the countless storefronts lining the sidewalk. Coming outta The Oasis after going to pick-up some loot from mommy, I could still hear Red Jackson talking in his bellowing Little Caesar/James Cagney voice, stirring stardust echoes in my head...
by Michael A. Gonzales
The Acapulco Black Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic work of Black filmmakers and artists. The ABFF offers a competitive showcase of independent Black cinema from around the world....
[All Features]

"When I read the script I was really caught up in the emotion of the storytelling. And that’s what this movie is about. " ...
Interviewed by Habiba

CARL BRASHEAR has the kind of story that lends itself to legend.
Interviewed by Sekou


Did you know Kasi Lemmons, the writer/director of EVE's BAYOU and the director of CAVEMAN's VALENTINE, started out as an actress? She's lensed 18 flicks and 5 TV guest spots that have ranged all over the creative spectrum. She got her big break as a director by convincing Samuel Jackson to attach his name to EVE's BAYOU. If it hadn't been for his involvement the movie never would have been made.


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