July 2001
Week of July 7th thru July 13th

It's a 'Scary' Summer …

Remember when your grandma once told you to be careful of things you ask for 'cause you just may get them?  Well, that may be the case with the Wayans brothers and Scary Movie 2.  Based on the financial success of the original Scary Movie, the highest grossing urban film of all-time, Scary Movie 2 was rushed to the screen.  Believe it or not, last year Scary Movie took in almost $157 mil at the box-office (that's only domestic box-office and does not include int'l or even home video/DVD sales).  It's the highest grossing "R" rated film in Miramax history.  Unfortunately, the sophomore jinx is at work on the sequel.  Was it funny?  Of course you will laugh.  Was it as funny as the first one?  No way.  Will there be a Scary Movie 3?  Who cares!

This summer let's show Hollywood that while we'll definitely support the work of Marlon, Shawn & Keenan, we still "want" and "need" other images of us on the big screen.  We finally have some choices this summer, Dr. Dolittle 2, Baby Boy, and Scary Movie 2 just to name a few.  Let's go represent.

Till Next Week

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REVIEWS

[All Reviews]
Scary Movie 2 - New 7/7 !  
The Wayans do it again, and with a quickness. For those of us who laughed and cringed at the first “Scary Movie,” get ready for another hilarious yet still outlandish ninety-minute ride with “Scary Movie 2.”
by Alberlynne “Abby” Harris

 
"For every player out there who has numerous kids, but still lives at home, this film serves as a wake up call."
by Wilson Morales

"Sequels are never easy to direct. They are set up to become franchises for some studios. After the financial success of the first film, so much pressure is put on to double the box office gross.
by Wilson Morales
 
What amazes is that the Newton we see is not cloaked in nostalgia. He is very much alive, transitioning smoothly between riffs on J. Edgar Hoover and quoting from the rhymes of Biggie Smalls. The film triumphs because it is an introduction to Newton as a microcosm of ourselves, our culture, our struggle. And the revolution rages on.

by Rae Wilson


 

“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)


 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

[All Features]
 
"LUMUMBA should win an Oscar for something so tell me how it didn't win the award for Best International Film?"
by Brandi Smith


 
"In a community where homophobia still plays a major role socially, "One Week" comes direct in it's dealings with an epidemic that is affecting young African-Americans at an alarming rate."
by Neil Hodges

 
Unfortunately, my own gangster boogie moves were slightly more awkward, having already banged Jodie in the head with my elbow when Hell Up in Harlem was playing...
by Michael A. Gonzales

 

 

 
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
[All Features]

In 1991, John Singleton was nominated for best director for his first feature film, “Boyz in the Hood”. Since then, he has had a string of hits and misses.

by Wilson Morales


I like television because you get to stay with the people for a longer period of time and you create a bond. In "Dr. Dolittle 2", I created a bond with my little sister, and although we still have it, I don’t get to see her every day like I did, and I miss her. But with "Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper", I saw them for four years, and it’s just a tighter bond.

by Roslyn J. Bradford


Don Cheadle first caught out attention playing "Mouse" in "Devil in a Blue Dress." It’s a role he should have been nominated for, but that’s another story. Since then, he has been blessed with lots of good parts including last year’s role as a cop in the widely acclaimed film "Traffic." Now he’s back playing yet another cop in "Swordfish".

by Wilson Morales


 

Melvin James was chosen to direct "Honeybee" based on his skills and experience. He shares his thoughts with blackfilm.com

by Wilson Morales




Halle Berry has been around for years, but it is the Dorothy Dandridge film that made Hollywood eyes open up. With the acclaim of that film and her new marriage to singer Eric Benet, Halle is ready to take on life and career with a new direction.

by Wilson Morales

 
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)

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