Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MARLEY documentary gets trailer

Director Kevin MacDonald brings us a documentary on one of the most hands down influential artists in history. MARLEY, a film dedicated to the one and only Jamaican born Robert Nester Marley is due to hit theaters April 20th but of course we have the trailer right here.  With interviews from his children, friends, fellow artists and acquaintances within the industry, this documentary is looking to be one of the more complete films about Mr. Marley's life and effect on not only reggae but music in general. Please tell us what you think and if you'll be checking it out come this spring.

Source: Screen Invasion

Horror 7500 provides trailer

Terror in the sky instead of the mile high club. Not exactly a flight that I would want to be a part of.  But the concept does spark my interest, to see other people in that situation of course. The trailer below does a good job of being spooky and curiously interesting at the same time. It also contains a couple of hotties to keep those of you who watch horror flicks for another reason altoghether to check it out. Let us know what you think of 7500 from director Takashi Schimizu (THE GRUDGE) which is set to hit theaters this summer.
"7500 follows a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight." Kwanten and Smart play "a married couple Brad and Pia Martin, who board Vista Pacific Flight 7500 with their two longtime friends for a trip to Japan." Bibb plays Laura Baxter, "a flight attendant on the transpacific liner, who is involved in a complicated and secret relationship." Chung plays Suzy Lee, "a newly-engaged flight attendant on Vista Pacific Flight 7500" while Serratos co-stars as Raquel Mendoza, "who boards the plane after sharing a secret with her boyfriend." Taylor-Compton plays Jacinta Beckett, who has "a unique perspective on death."

The movie stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Amy Smart (Crank), Leslie Bibb (Trick r' Treat), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Christian Serratos (Twilight), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween), Jerry Ferrara (Entourage), and Johnathan Schaech.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A History of Black Film

In the light and celebration of Black History Month, I’ve put together a small collection out of the vast library of highly-acclaimed African American films.  From Cicely Tyson to Denzel Washington to Spike Lee, I’ve included some of the classic films and mini-series that have come to contribute to my generation and others’ education of the struggles and contributions of Blacks in the past and present.  Now seeing as how there are tons of film to go over that fit rather easily into this category, this assemblage of titles are only a tip of the Black iceberg.

Native Son (1951)

Based on the novel written by Richard Wright this film focuses on a young black poverty stricken man living in 1930s Chicago. He takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up. It stars Wright himself and Gloria Madison.  It was later remade in 1986 starring Victor Love and Matt Dillon.

Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington continued his rise to fame by playing the title character of one the most influential and sometimes questionable civil rights leaders of our time. Directed by Spike Lee, the film also starred Angela Bassett and ran for 202 minutes.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Don Cheadle takes on the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who took it upon himself to house over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.  Sophie Okonedo and Joaquin Phoenix also stars.  The film really takes the audience deep into the goings on of brutal civil wars within Rwanda and opens its eyes as well to the awful genocide in other part of the African continent.