October 2001
Week of Oct 19th thru Oct 26th

FILM

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Training Day Is In Session
Denzel Washington. What does that name mean to you? To me it means a man that has defined the fine art of film & stage acting for more than a decade. It is also no secret amongst my friends that I am still peeved that he didn’t win an Oscar for his gut- wrenching performance in “Hurricane.”

Reviewed by Shelby J. Jones

Two Can Play That Game
Mark Brown’s “Two Can Play That Game” in many ways could be dubbed the African American Cats versus Dogs or Battle of the Sexes. The fact is, in many ways this blanket statement highlights the next installment into the middle-class, bourgeoisie (bougie) African-American world.

Reviewed by Midas

O
The latest Shakespeare play to be adapted to the screen is “O,” short for Othello. The film is set in today’s era in a high school environment. Because of the horrific incident that occurred a few years ago at Columbine High School in Colorado, the powers-that-be held the film back for two years.

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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SOUNDTRACKS

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Baby Boy - Close but not good enough
Rarely does the infamous “younger generation” recognize where samples for the most popular hip-hop song originated. This is the compelling undercurrent surrounding the “Baby Boy” Soundtrack.

Reviewed by Midas

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CABLE

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SHOWTIME'S ANNUAL BLACK FILMMAKER SHOWCASE - Accepting Entries for 2002 Competition
As part of The Black Experience, SHOWTIME is proud to provide the opportunity for young African-American filmmakers to express themselves through its annual Black Filmmaker Showcase.
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INDIE

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What would you do if honesty might kill you?
What she tells him is every man or woman’s worst nightmare: he may have been exposed to the AIDS virus and must get tested. The results won’t be in for one week - the day of his wedding.

Reviewed by Kellye Whitney

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One Shots

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The Score
“The Score” is a film where the acting is solid and the story is simple, with a twist...

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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DVD

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Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
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.

Reviewed by Daos Boonma

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VIDEO VAULT

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Sparkle : Giving You Something You Can Feel
For three sisters in 1958, this journey would lead to more than they ever imagined. Released in 1976, “Sparkle” is regarded by many as a modern black classic. It stars Irene Cara as the shy Sparkle, youngest of the talented Williams sisters, Lonette Mckee as Sister, the sassy oldest, and Dwan Smith as Delores, the headstrong middle child.

Reviewed by Nasser Metcalfe

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