REVIEW: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Still Image Boseman Ma Rainey
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ Still Image — Photo: David Lee / Netflix.

Directed by George C. Wolfe — Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Based on the August Wilson play of the same name, George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom primarily takes place in a recording studio in Chicago back in the 1920s. Here Ma Rainey (played by Viola Davis), lovingly dubbed the ‘Mother of the Blues,’ is planning to record several songs with her band. Rainey arrives fashionably late and is ready and able to throw her weight around, whereas the ambitious, animated, and flirty Levee (played by Chadwick Boseman), a young and talented trumpeter, is preparing his next move towards stardom while practicing with the rest of the band. While Rainey battles with both her manager and a producer for the purpose of having some control of her own career, Levee’s ambitious attitude doesn’t sit right with Ma or his bandmates (played by Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts). Continue reading “REVIEW: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)”

Wakanda Forever

Chadwick Boseman as Stormin’ Norman in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ – Netflix

The following article is a tribute to Chadwick Boseman.

On the 28th of August 2020, Chadwick Boseman’s family announced that Boseman had passed away as a result of complications related to colon cancer, which he had been diagnosed with in 2016. Since I woke up to that announcement the following day, I have been trying to figure out a way to pay tribute to an actor, who I, and many others, had become a huge fan of in the previous decade. In this article, I have tried to put into words how gifted he was and how special he was. At the end of August 2020, we said goodbye to a king whose strength was greater than any of us ever imagined. Continue reading “Wakanda Forever”

REVIEW: Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a review of Da 5 Bloods — A Spike Lee Joint.

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a war film about the lasting effects of the Vietnam War on four African-American war veterans — Eddie (played by Norm Lewis), Otis (played by Clarke Peters), Melvin (played by Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), and Paul (played by Delroy Lindo) — collectively known as the ‘Bloods.’ Now, decades after the war has ended, the Bloods have returned to Vietnam to retrieve what they left behind in the jungle. They claim to only be back to retrieve the body of their squad leader, Stormin’ Norman (played by Chadwick Boseman), but they also want to find the precious gold bars that they had to leave behind when they were young men. Continue reading “REVIEW: Da 5 Bloods (2020)”

REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)

Theatrical Release Poster – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The following is a review of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther — Directed by Ryan Coogler.

We’ve seen plenty of superhero films before. We’ve seen superhero films with social commentary before. We’ve had people of color as the leads of comic book films before — you need only look at the forgotten Blade-trilogy, which definitely deserves a rewatch, to figure that out. Continue reading “REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)”

REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Civil War Poster
Theatrical Release Poster – Marvel Studios – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The following is a spoiler-free review of Captain America: Civil War, a Anthony & Joe Russo film. The reviewed film was seen in IMAX 3D.

This is a spoiler-free review, and the review thus won’t go into anything else than what is in the trailers. If, however, I need to mention a location, plot-point, or a character that could spoil something in the film, then I’ll only hint at it.

I’ve wanted to see this story on the big screen for a very, very long time. It’s the one story I’ve always wanted them to make into a film, ever since I first read the comic book crossover from 2007 (Mark Millar’s Civil War). But to be perfectly honest with you, Captain America: Civil War is so much better than the comic book.

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Marvelous Monday #46 – First Trailer Review: Captain America – Civil War

Last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans revealed the new poster and trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which, essentially, is Avengers 2.5 centered around two friendships and the Sokovia Accord. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest shots from the new trailer! Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #46 – First Trailer Review: Captain America – Civil War”

Marvelous Monday #33 – Phase Three’s Missing Directors (Pt. 2 of 2)

I'm Jeffrey Rex's Marvelous Monday

Marvel Studios’ first two phases are over, and now we wait for the beginning of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three, which begins with Captain America: Civil War. I suggested some directors for two of Marvel’s Phase Three films (Thor: Ragnarok & Black Panther) on last week’s Marvelous Monday. This week I focus on Captain Marvel and Inhumans – let’s try to fill those director’s chairs! Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #33 – Phase Three’s Missing Directors (Pt. 2 of 2)”

Marvelous Monday #32 – Phase Three’s Missing Directors (Pt. 1 of 2)

I'm Jeffrey Rex's Marvelous Monday

Marvel Studios’ first two phases are over, and now we wait for the beginning of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three, which begins with Captain America: Civil War. But we are yet to hear from Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios about a crucial position in the production of a number of films: Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans. Let’s try to fill those director’s chairs! Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #32 – Phase Three’s Missing Directors (Pt. 1 of 2)”