Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Movie Reviews

Reviews of primarily American movies featuring actors and actresses of Black / African-American descent in the horror-movie, slasher, gore, supernatural and related spooky film genres.

Friend of the World movie poster
Friend of the World is an odd, interesting little movie that defies easy categorization from the perspective of both genre -- combining horror, sci-fi, heady drama and even brief comedy -- and length -- clocking in at a short-film-with-feature-aspirations 50 minutes. Even its format is hard to pin down;...
Antebellum
About 30 minutes into Antebellum, Eve (Janelle Monáe) tells fellow slave Julia (Kiersey Clemons), who’s eager to escape her captivity, “Be patient. Just keep going,” and I couldn’t help but think she was speaking to us in the audience, because the film was already amounting to an exercise in...
O Anjo da Noite (Angel of the Night)
*SPOILER ALERT* In order to fully discuss this movie, I'll need to reveal its major plot points. Sorry. Also: *IGNORANCE OF BRAZILIAN CINEMA ALERT* Sorry again. Although the late Walter Hugo Khouri was a highly acclaimed and accomplished Brazilian director, his movies are ponderously difficult to find; at last check, only...
Spawn movie poster
I've never read the Spawn comic books, but I remember that when the movie adaptation came out in 1997, I felt a sense of eager anticipation because it was a black superhero film that wasn’t a cheesy kids flick like The Meteor Man, a silly spoof like Blankman and,...
Color Out of Space
I was never much of an H.P. Lovecraft fan, even before I knew he was a grade-A bigot -- a fact that, when I discovered it, made me proud that the internal racism radar I'd honed growing up in rural Virginia had subconsciously steered me away from his writings. I’ve...
Black Holler
Remember all those slasher movies back in the '80s that featured a black "final girl" vanquishing the unstoppable psychopathic killer during the nail-biting, climactic finale? Me neither. Lucky for us, Black Holler is here to re-envision that era with a modern parody/homage that is single-handedly more inclusive than the...
The Clearing
It wasn’t too long ago (2013, to be exact) that a Cheerios commercial entitled “Just Checking” made national headlines for sparking a torrent of racial hatred online over its portrayal of an interracial (READ: BLACK AND WHITE) couple and their daughter. While it would be tough to say that...
Body Cam
As incidents of racial profiling and police brutality continue to make headlines, Body Cam -- the Mary J. Blige vehicle about an entity haunting police officers involved in the death of a black teen -- is as relevant a film as ever. Cinematically speaking, however, it’s a bit late...
Pooka Lives movie poster
Pooka! was the third entry in Hulu’s Into the Dark series of holiday-themed horror movies, and nearly 20 editions in, it remains the best IMO. It also features the most identifiable titular character in the franchise, so it’s not surprising that it would be the first to receive the...
The Good Wifey (Guardian of Eden) movie
Originally titled Guardian of Eden, The Good Wifey changed its name presumably to capitalize on the success of the TV show The Good Wife, even though the first title actually makes more sense for the story. It features a character named Eden, after all -- a little girl who’s...