June 2001
Week of June 1st thru June 7th

IT’S GOTTA HAVE SOUL!

From the technological marvel of the soul & hip-hop duet with the late, great Marvin Gaye and the green-eyed bandit, Eric Sermon, to blackfilm.com’s Representin’ Top 20 List of summer films, a great deal has changed in the world and Hollywood.  Yet at the same time, as we all know in black America, nothing has really changed.

This week, a report card was issued on TV diversity that once again blasted the nations Television networks for continually ignoring the representation of minorities specifically during prime time programming hours.  It appears that yet again, boycotts might be in order.  And this time, the Native American, Latino and Asian communities will be more involved in fighting this war.  It’s time for the networks and Hollywood to WAKE UP and look at America – it’s not 1951 – it’s 2001. Take the lead from the music industry and have some soul!

THIS WEEK ON BLACKFILM.COM - Wilson Morales dissects Martin Lawrence’s new film What’s The Worst That Could Happen?  Was this film the worst that could happen to the funnyman?  PART III OF BABIES & FOOLS -- We hope you have enjoyed Michael Gonzales’ work. His writing is so clean and clear that you will wish you grew up in Manhattan.  Enjoy.

Till Next Week

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The Representin’ Top 20  
June 1st thru June 7th

REVIEWS

[All Reviews]

“What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” is the answer to its own question. Martin Lawrence has had a string of good luck the last few years. His last two films, Big Momma’s House and Blue Streak, were hits. Alas, as some would say, “all good things must come to an end”.
by Wilson Morales (New York)
 

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)
 
BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 - New 5/11 !
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.

 

ARTICLES
[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)

 
IN THE SPOTLIGHT

[All Features]
Closing my eyes, I fantasized about the future Bomb Squad movie: its about these kids in Harlem who fight the man with aerosol cans as we spread the joy of Black Power with the fine art of graffiti. Of course at the end of the flick I would get the chick.
by Michael A. Gonzales

 

"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....
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
[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?
 

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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