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This is one entertaining movie! Great script. Great dialogues. Great acting. Some surprises. Awesome shots. Brilliant balance between drama and humor. Funny social commentary. Intriguing characters. And an excellent end. Any best picture award is well-deserved!

The trailer isn’t that representative of the movie though. It’s not that funny. And it’s not that kind of detective story. It’s just a look at how an angry woman deals with the inability of a police force to find the rapist and murderer of her daughter.

Go see it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/

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This series is great !

Two awkward kids (check the trailer) hang out and go on a Bonny & Clyde like adventurous road trip! They are wild and just don’t give a sh*t. But they are still kids, yearning to be loved. By each other, but also by others.

It’s a fun series. The humor is dark. Pitch-dark. Marlon Wayans: watch this and cry. THIS is humor. Up until the last scene, the series keeps you intrigued. Not only by these two protagonists or their runaway story, but by all the other characters that you get to meet. It’s like each one of them can have a spin-off series. It’s quite a 2017 series. In a positive way. I hope there’s no sequel to it. It ends the way a series should end.

Watch it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6257970

Gone Too Far – *

Posted: January 7, 2018 in 2013, Comedy, NIgeria, UK, X

There seems to be a beef between black people from the Caribbean (Jamaica, Barbados) and black people from Africa (Nigeria, Ghana). In London that is. It’s the running joke/comment of this low budget comedy about two brothers who are united after being separated for a long time (one grew up in England, the other in Nigeria). The old brother arrives from Africa and wants his little brother to show him around, but he’s too ashamed of his ‘African’ behavior.  He’s more interested in a girl from the block, who’s a real bitch and has no eyes for him because he’s Nigerian and she’s Jamaican. She just flirts with him to get her ex boyfriend jealous and that works.

The idea is okay and it’s cool that the story takes place within 24 hours. But the jokes are lame, the characters are weak and the acting is silly.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2451550

Two ‘netflix’ specials by comedian Dave Chappelle, who was on a break for several years and is now back with all kinds of material. Equanimity is a stand up comedy show with really funny stuff. Recorded in Chicago for a mixed crowd. The best joke is where he disses rappers Jay-Z and Nas for assuming life in the hood was worse than his life in middle class white america. “In the hood everyone is poor. There is no discrimination. Where I grew up, I was the only poor black kid. That’s much tougher.” The jokes work. That’s why they are used in the trailer! He’s a very amiable guy. Sometimes it’s edgy. He’s not really transphobic, but they are the butt of a lot of jokes. Some good, most bad. The weird thing is that he’s already apologizing for offending them. The Bird Revelation is more of a sit down storytelling bit. It’s very political and he’s not funny trying to be serious. His depiction of gay people is a bit backward. As if all of them are effeminate. But he’s not really homophobic. The latter show got some backlash because of the fact that he makes jokes about the whole #metoo issues. Some are on point though. What the latter show is missing is repetition. It’s like there were no tryouts for that show. It’s nice that it looks improvised, but it’s just not as funny as other stuff Chappelle does. 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7807952

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7808620

 

Master of None Season 1 – ***

Posted: January 2, 2018 in 2015, Comedy, USA, XXX

This was very enjoyable. A bit goofy, but real. It’s so cool to have a main character be normal for a change. With normal behavior. Normal doubts. Normal thoughts. Normal is a difficult word. Because what’s normal right? Make it ‘honest’. It’s an honest character and truthful. The kind of people you actually meet in NYC, rather than the fictionalized characters you see in NY shows. You never meet the girl from She’s Gotta Have It, but you do meet the guy from Master Of None. Yeah. It’s cool to see a ‘struggling’ actor live from doing commercials hang out with his quirky friends and discuss live.

Aziz Ansari is cool as the main character Dev. In fact, if it wasn’t for the name change, you’d think this is a show about Aziz himself. It all feels very autobiographical. Especially since his real parents play his onscreen parents! But it works. Each short episode has some kind of theme. It’s not all well scripted, but some of the ideas are super creative. It’s also a very positive show without being moralizing and being all too politically correct. But the social commenting is great. Worth recommending!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4635276/ 

She’s Gotta Have It – **

Posted: December 30, 2017 in 1986, Drama, Dramedy, USA, XX

After watching the tv series, you might as well experience the original Spike Lee movie too.  It’s a low-budget black and white movie that still feels unique and fresh. The jazzy soundtrack (by Spike Lee’s dad) is excellent. This debut is creative and has humor. It has some daring sex scenes for its time. That one scene in color is a gem. But the acting is mediocre (Spike Lee himself gives the best performance – which says a lot) and the editing isn’t so good. (the ideas are great, but the execution is poor). The story isn’t all that strong either. It’s very similar to the series of course. An independent woman is having three lovers and seems to think she can get away with it. In the movie, unlike the series, the men meet each other quite early on into the story. There’s no mention of her being an ambitious artist. Nor do you get to know much about her friends, neighbours and family (a great thing about the series). Some scenes have the exact same dialogue though. Which is weird. And the aggression in the movie is much more aggressive than in the series. The outcome is also very much 1986 and totally different from the 2017 version. But that’s why a remake was necessary.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091939

Nola Darling is a bitch. There you go. She’s terrible. The sort of neo-feminist, who wears sexy dresses and then gets upset when men react to it in a way that she doesn’t like. Bitch, please. Either be sexy and realize that some men can’t deal with independent strong women. Or try not to be sexy. She tries so hard to be that independent strong women who doesn’t give a shit, but she’s constantly bothered with how other people perceive her to be. She wants to be loved and adored, but hates being criticized. Well, sorry, but that’s not how it works. Compared to this character, Madonna is the ultimate feminist.

Nola Darling is entertaining though. She’s an artist living in Brooklyn, in the hip Fort Green area. She has three boyfriends. Just because she can.  One is a married business man, some kind of sugar daddy who ‘sponsors’ her art. The other is a nerdy bike delivery guy who’s not the smartest kid on the block, but who makes her laugh. And the third is a narcissistic photographer who puts her on a pedestal almost as high as his own. They all know that they are not exclusive in her life as she sets rules before she dates men. It’s a luxury life. Living cheap in Brooklyn (the landlord is her godmother who gives her a low rent), adored and loved by many (friends, family, neighbors), and talented on top of all that. The perfect life! Yet, having three boyfriends does take his toll at one point. And that rent still needs to be paid, especially when nobody seems to buy her art. Moreover, one event really freaks her out and messes up her mind. Walking back home, she gets harassed by a man, who doesn’t take no for an answer. He grabs her by the arm and insults her. It’s 2017, so that’s as bad as being raped. She needs to go to the shrink and confronts her boyfriends with macho behavior. In the mean time it inspires her to make anonymous street art that seems to be getting more credit than the pieces she exposes in galleries.

It’s an interesting series. Topic wise. It’s moralizing and political at times. Yawn. But it kind of summarizes what’s been on people’s minds the past couple of years. It’s directed by Spike Lee. So, it’s not strange that there are some ‘controversial’ parts to it. It’s based on his debut movie from back in 1986, but the main story is translated to our modern time. Some of the side stories are really cool. Some aren’t. Most don’t feel real.

The characters are intriguing to watch tough. The acting is good. The soundtrack is incredible. But most of all, the editing is cool. The characters talk directly into the character in certain scenes. There’s a nice selection of still pictures shown in between moving pictures, like you’re browsing through a Humans Of Brooklyn-book. But the coolest editing idea of all is the insertion of the album covers of the music that is played in the previous scene. That’s fucking awesome!

It’s a good series. The first episodes are great. Then it kind of becomes tedious and annoying (when the moralizing begins). But some scenes in the last episodes make it worth watching until the end. The Thanksgiving dance sequence is a classic!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3713588