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    White Chicks (PG-13 Rated Edition)
    by Shawn Wayans Marlon Wayans Busy Philipps Maitland Ward
    Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (19 April, 2005)
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    Roasted by critics but surprisingly tenacious at the box office, White Chicks is the kind of comedy that thrives (well, maybe) on home video. Faint praise indeed, but it allows comedy fans an opportunity to cut the Wayans brothers (costars Marlon and Shawn, and director-cowriter Keenen Ivory) some slack and at least try to answer the obvious question, what were they thinking? For the sake of charity, let's ignore charges of reverse racism that plagued this would-be comedy about a pair of FBI agents (Marlon and Shawn) who go undercover as over-privileged white debutantes to thwart a kidnapping scheme, and let's allow that comedy--not social satire--is the Wayans' top priority. If you can get past the fart jokes, the freakishly unconvincing "white chick" makeup, seemingly endless gags about "white chicks" getting hit on by lusty black guys, and a plot that really doesn't matter at all, you just might find a laugh or two in the Wayans' attempt to understand women through a bit of friendly gender reversal. Tootsie it's not, but at least White Chicks offers more entertainment that Nicky and Paris Hilton, who partially inspired the story. Just ask yourself, which freak show do you prefer? --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bold Comedy
    The premise of White Chicks is great.Two F.B.I. agents whose jobs are on the line go undercover (without their boss's knowledge!!) as wealthy, blonde debutantes.The agents hope to thwart a kidnapping attempt on the girls.The agents hang out in the Hamptons, turning the youth scene upside down and ensuring the scene will never be the same.Of the agents is single, the other married.The single one pursues a pretty reporter, while the married one's wife is hot on his trail, convinced he is cheating on her.

    The Wayans are at their very best while portraying the girls.They have the accents and mannerisms down pat, and one of them has the most hilarious laugh.I love how the "girls" form genuine friendships with some of the non-snooty Hampton girls.They even teach a rich girl to value herself as more than a booty call and stop being a doormat for this worthless rich guy.Out of makeup, the brothers are wooden and poor actors, all dialouge sounding scripted and rehearsed with no real feeling.When emotional scenes come on, this horrible canned music comes on that is totally out of place and really makes those scenes stink!!!

    I love slapstick, but about 30% of the jokes were so vulgar they were insufferable to sit through.These jokes include talking about doing Pam Anderson when she has a yeast infection, a long farting gag, and another farting gag, a panty-smelling F.B.I. agent, and date rape drugs causing men to bed each other.

    Terry Crews was so uninhibited and delightful as the black guy who falls in love with one of the white girls.The more she rebuffs him, the more intrigued he gets.There is a lot of priceless comedy here.Definitely worth seeing!

    4-0 out of 5 stars This brothers make everything funny!
    I usually don't like american humor. But i really enjoy this movie, i think the wayans brothers are the best. It wasn't that stupid humor neither corny. It was intigent and very funny.
    it's a Must see!
    Plus, in the future selections, u can see how they did all the makeup, it was a very hard work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    I loved this movie. It was funny. The Wayans always make me laugh.Their comedy is not for people who are sensitive to jokes about people's racial feelings.I read some of the reviews for this film and found them to be truly stupid.People are saying that the film is racist.Well if you look at the history of theatre you'll find that it was racist long before the Wayans Brothers came along.What about white actors in Black face.Why do you think Black people went crazy when Ted Danson did that Black face bit.How many white people have you seen play Native Americans in Westerns and why is it in every Western the Native Americans are depicted as wrong when the bottom line is Europeans came over here and took over a land they had no right to.So before you start screaming racism when a Black person makes a film poking fun at racial feelings you need to look back and see the blood on the hands of theatrical and film productions done by white people.Also remember that at one point Black people couldn't even get in theatres unless they were the cleaning crew.This film was funny for what it was depicting and the people who starred in and produced the movie were excellent for what the plot and purpose of this movie was about. ... Read more

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    Deliver Us from Eva
    by LL Cool J Gabrielle Union Essence Atkins
    Director: Gary Hardwick
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (01 June, 2004)
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    At a time when theaters were clogged with insipid romantic comedies fora predominantly white audience, Deliver Us from Eva offered a smart andsassy alternative. It's another variation of Shakespeare's Taming of theShrew, beginning when Ray (James Todd Smith, a.k.a. LL Cool J) accepts a$5,000 challenge to seduce Eva (Gabrielle Union), an alleged man-hater whodominates her three sisters and the men in their lives, who are desperate to be"delivered from Eva." It's a sitcom plot from start to finish, with no realsurprises. What lifts Eva from its potential doldrums is the sensiblenegotiations that emerge between the would-be lovers, and a sharp screenplaythat allows Ray and Eva to arrive at a mutual understanding that's richer andmore mature than most comedies would bother to allow. By giving its charactersan opportunity to show their truly attractive colors, Eva is delivered tous, claws retracted, and ready for love. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars So Principled
    Having a dominant personality, focused on the future, and taking your job seriously earns a woman the label ITCHBA!

    The Dandridge Sisters were fine.So fine there daddies Johnson needs to be bronzed.Eva, Kareenah, Bethany, and Jacqui have a bond that surpasses sisterhood.So tight that the men in their lives are not only jealous, but they can't tolerate the older sister Eva who seems to be a man hater.

    Mike, Tim, and Darrell are trying hard to get what they want from The Dandridge Sister of their choosing.But Eva seems to be blocking what all of their needs and gratifications.Finding a former friend who has a strong player game.The 3 in laws generate a plan to conquer and divide their women.

    It's a sitcom from start to finish, without any surprises. I enjoy the way Eva and Ray relationship materializes.The fact that she's a challenge is the most appeasing thing to Ray, and it's beautiful how the lovers fall into friendship, and then love.

    I love LL Cool J with his very fine, diesel self.Gabrielle is hilarious as she steps out of her usual characters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
    I caught this movie on cable the other night never hearing about it before and I was pleasantly surprised by this well-made and highly entertaining film.

    Three friends hire a Romeo (Cool Jay) type "player" to try to romance and dump the ultimate "dragon lady" (Eva) who manipulates their women and eat up and spits out men without a thought.The idea is that the Romeo will dump Eva making her leave and then they can have control over their women and their lives.

    Not to give anything away but the longer Cool Jay "romances" Eva, he finds himself forgetting his purpose and falling for Eva.Also, as Cool Jay gets closer to Eva, life only gets worse for the three friends that hired him, much to their chagrin.

    Cool Jay gives an excellent and believable performance as the "player" and the actress that plays Eva is also perfect.There are several hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud.The "Women only" club that is the beauty parlor has several enjoyable scenes as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It was an all right, comedy, romantic film
    Gabrielle Union and James Todd Smith give a good performance. Gabrielle plays the role when her parents died she took on the care and upbringing of her sisters. Her sisters are now grown, one is married, one is about to marry, and they still seek Gabrielle's sister's advice. Which can be over bearing and a bit too much for the sister's men.

    James T. Smith accepts a bet and challenge that he can date and then get rid of Gabrielle Union (domineering and know it all sister), so the men can live normal lives.

    Mr. Smith falls in love with Gabrielle and the movie takes on different turns. Finally, the couple re-examine, re-explore, their relationship and all options. I won't give this away, but they cross a road in their relationship.

    What I did not like was a scene in which Gabrielle Union validates her one nighter as being, "I am a hoe." This send the wrong message. Men and women today, not all but many, are trying too hard at being equally players and hoes. This is self degrading, self disrespecting, and self destructive.

    The movie, per se, was worth the view. It is also important for all (producers, directors, actors, actresses, and supporing) that they be very careful with what they say. There are many persons out there in TV Land who do buy into these images.

    I didn't mind the "cutie pie complexes" too much; considering there are many women who have subscribed to this image making. But at times, I was suffocated with all the prettinesses, almost too prettiness in the women. Maybe that is why I found Gabrielle's role more appealing. She stood her ground on her own merits not just cuteness.

    James T. Smith......, my hat goes out to you. He is an older man, more mature, and also looks like he is more directed....God bless. ... Read more

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    Antwone Fisher
    by Denzel Washington Derek Luke Joy Bryant
    Director: Denzel Washington
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (20 May, 2003)
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    Autobiographical movies rarely get more truthfully moving than Antwone Fisher. The title is also the name of this fine drama's first-time screenwriter, a former Navy seaman who was working as a film-studio security guard when his life-inspired script was developed as Denzel Washington's directorial debut. This Hollywood dream gets better: unbeknownst to the filmmakers, Derek Luke--a newcomer who won the title role over a throng of famous contenders--was also a friend of Fisher's, and the whole film seems blessed by this fortunate coincidence. Washington's sharp instincts as an actor serve him well, as both a subtle-handed director and Luke's costar playing Jerome Davenport, a Navy psychologist assigned to assess Fisher's chronic violent temper. Their therapy sessions prove mutually beneficial, as this touching true story addresses painful memories, broken desires, and heartfelt reunions without resorting to a contrived happy ending. Fisher's good life is worth celebrating, and Washington brings a delicate touch to the party. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Of course, Denzel is always wonderful, but...
    Joy Bryant stole the show with her charismatic performance as Cheryl, Antwone's girlfriend. The camera sure loves her, no doubt. Little Antwone is fantastic, as well. Novella Nelson is one, mean diva (without even trying) -- perfect. And Antwone's "broken" mother, Viola Davis, will break your heart.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring And Stupid
    This movie is boring and stupid. It broke my heart when that man got shot in a corner store. I don`t wanna see this boring and stupid movie again. Period!

    4-0 out of 5 stars PUSHES ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS
    Denzel Washington is among the more balanced people in Hollywood so it's unsurprising that his directorial debut should be less a showy artistic statement and more an attempt to smack the ball right up the middle.

    As you watch this drama about a troubled young man who confronts his dark past with the help of a therapist/father figure, you can't miss echoes of films such as Ordinary People, Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester. But it's not easy to dismiss Antwone Fisher as derivative as its considerable emotional power and its crafty use of these familiar elements to tell a story about African-American families feels new after all.

    It's a simple movie with well-timed breakthrough every 20 minutes or so. In facing his demons from the past, our protagonist has swinging ups and downs that reveal several painful layers of his battered but steadfast ego. The courageous debut performance of Derek Luke leaves no psychological stone unturned in this regard.

    The story ends as you may expect, our troubled man becoming a well-adjusted human being and marrying his longtime sweetheart. May come across as a somewhat stock plot resolution in what's become a genre role, as is Washington's performance as the Mentor Who Learns As Much As He Teaches, but this is based on an autobiographical book.

    Recommended rental but be prepared for a discerning mood. ... Read more

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    Lady Sings the Blues
    by Diana Ross
    Director: Sidney J. Furie
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (29 January, 2002)
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    Diana Ross stars as legendary blues singer Billie Holiday in this biopic that chronicles her rise and fall. It begins with her late childhood, a stint as a prostitute, those early days as a blues singer, her marriages, and her drug addiction. Overly glossy and lacking depth, this is worth seeing only for the performances. Diana Ross was nominated for an Oscar for her acting debut. A dynamo with sparkling screen presence, she realistically conveys the confusion and unhappiness that caused Holiday so much grief. Her performance is almost matched by romantic interest Billy Dee Williams. Watch for Richard Pryor, who is most powerful in a dramatic supporting role as the piano player in a brothel. --Rochelle O'Gorman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lady Sings The Blues
    Please ask someone to catch-up with the times This was a wonderful movie and I reall would like to have it on DVD. who still has VHS.They die on you aftre a while.so PLEASE BRING US THE DVD ALRIGHT ALREADY IT'S BEEN LONG ENOUGH!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars No DVD?
    I can't believe that Paramount STILL hasn't released this movie on DVD.It was a HUGE hit in 1972.It got Diana Ross her first Academy Award nomination.So why are we still waiting for the DVD?It's unacceptable.Paramount needs to get up off their asses and do their job now!Get this on DVD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A singing legend's tragic life..............................
    Early in her life we watch as she's raped, how the color bar keeps her from singing at major places, and her deal with her alcohol, and drug addictions.


    Watching as Diana Ross plays Billie Holiday is so effective. I've only read about Miss Holiday watching this film I feel as though she was actually on camera. Witnessing Diana Ross play this emotional blues legend junkie; how she gets completely lost in the straight jacket, and feeling the love that Louis McKay (Billie Dee Williams) has for her.


    As their relationship begins you think it's all about sex, he's slick, but then the love flows in and his heart is open to her. The shakiness that she's use to is sailing smoothly because he's stepped in. Richard Pryor, and Reg Hanley also love her so dearly.


    it's a challenge dealing with the demons that ultimately win as she dies at age 44 of liver and heart disease. I'd prefer to have this on DVD...but I can't complain about anything. I especially loved all of the musical selections.
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    Menace II Society
    by Tyrin Turner Larenz Tate
    Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (27 February, 1996)
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    Tyrin Turner may not have broken out into stardom as was initially expected, but his work in Menace II Society is one of the more powerful cinematic debuts.The film, from the brother writer-director team of Allen and Albert Hughes, chronicles life in the Los Angeles 'hood. Similar territory was covered in the equally commanding Boyz N the Hood, but what makes this cautionary tale stand out is not only the Hughes brothers' forceful story, (written with their friend, Tyger Williams) and direction, but the naturalness of then-newcomer leads Turner as Caine, Larenz Tate as O-Dog, and Jada Pinkett as Ronnie. They are so credible--occasionally frighteningly so--that the repressive universe of violent ghetto life is captured effectively.Life as portrayed here--and no doubt accurately so--is both figuratively and literally narrow. As a very young boy, Caine witnesses his dad murdered over something inconsequential, and his mom OD. His is a world where respect comes from intimidation, power from violence. Despite his understanding of right and wrong (values passed on by a good friend, his kind grandparents, a caring teacher), his life and its entrapments are too much to overcome. --N.F. Mendoza ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey Homey, you need some help?
    Menace II Society is the story of Caine, a young man growing up in the ghetto of Watts, CA.As a youth, he witnessed his father's murders over some inconsequential activities, and his mom drug overdosed. Cain's world is a dog-eat-dog world where you only survive based on respect, intimidation, power, and violence. Caine understanding the principals of life (right and wrong) thanks to the values passed on by a good friend (the girl friend of his mentor), his kind grandparents, and the farther of a good friend who happens to be a schoolteacher. Does life in the ghetto provide too many entrapments, or will Caine overcome his situation and escape out of the Ghetto and into a 9-5 lifestyle?

    "You owe me some money?"
    "Hell no, but here you go."

    The Hughes brothers (Dead Presidents and From Hell) direct Menace II Society.I would say this is their greatest work, but I also very much enjoyed Dead Presidents, both five star movies in my opinion.The cast of Menace II Society, other then Jada Pinkett Smith, a small part by Samuel L. Jackson, and maybe Larenz Tate does not possess a well-known cast.Nevertheless, the performances are breath taking by everyone in the film.You must give the Hughes brothers their due respect for creating such a wonderful film.

    "Hurry up and buy."

    Larenz Tate was on the trail to becoming a well-known actor in this film.He did a wonderful job in Dead Presidents, and then disappeared (he did star in some BS films like Biker Boyz) until last years Ray (where he played Quincy Jones).Tate delivers the performance all remember from the film.Nevertheless, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tyrin Turner deliver the two performances that reach out and rip out your heart.Pinkett plays a single mother whose boyfriend is on death row, and Turner plays the lead character Caine.Both characters are torn between getting out, making their life better, and staying true to who they are.

    Menace II Society is a must have in your DVD collection.It is drama at its best.It is a very violent film and is not recommended for all ages based on content and language.However, I recommend this film over Training Day, and is a ten year modernized version (storyline) of Boyz in the Hood.Add this film to your collection.

    Grade: A

    1-0 out of 5 stars Same old stuff!
    Sorry peeps but I just never felt this "Hood" crap!M2S was just another in a long line of "Hood" movies with nothing but gratuitous violence and foul language and no message whatsoever!Yes we know growing up in the hood sucks!What else is new?How about a movie about someone overcoming the odds and living a good clean life in spite of the environment they grew up in?I guess that's not "real" or "black" enough, huh?A lot of people compare this film to "Boyz N The Hood" but it really does injustice to BNTH which was not only the first but actually had a message!What's the message in this one?I don't think it's coincidental that this came out at a time when gangsta rap really took off and many young black males, including college students, thought that being a gangsta and being down with the hood was cool but I never bought into that foolishness!Call me an anomaly or even a hater (A tired overrused expression if there ever was one) if you wish but this mess was far from being any kind of masterpiece!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the otherside of boyz n the hood
    a lot of people compare menace to society to boyz n the hood and rightfully so, but some miss one thing... menace is clearly what happens to many kids in the inner city who grow up with no guidance, no hope, and therefore like o-dog just don't give a...
    now you might say that caine had a lot of guidance from his best friends father, ronnie, and his grandparents, but i think that being exposed to murder at a young age would disort anyones view on life.... ... Read more

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    Why Do Fools Fall In Love
    by Halle Berry Vivica A. Fox Lela Rochon Larenz Tate
    Director: Gregory Nava
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great film!
    If you remember Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers,you'll love this film. Lymon died of a drug overdose at age 25 in 1968. His most successful hit to date was of course,WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?. The Beach Boys loved the song so much themselves that they covered it in the sixties. Great cast consisting of Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love is Blind and So Are the Women!
    The title fits the movie's subject because these women were foolish to falll in love with him.Despite his early career in music and rise to fame, he was on a path to destruction, which he could have controlled.Frankie Lymon, lead singer for the group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, had the voice that made girls across America scream.But watching the movie, he was also selfish because he used his own members, who were also his friends to pursue a solo career; which was never achieved.He married Zora Taylor, a member of The Platters, Elizabeth Waters, and Emira Eagle; none of whom he divorced.
    The movie got me to wonder if any of these women could see below the surface of this man.Why did they allow him to descend into drugs and self-loathing?If one really loves someone, they would either help them through or send them packing.It was obvious that he had them on a string.All three of them had to go to court to prove they were legally married to him and collect money from his estate. Unfortunately, the music industry wasn't as legally together as it is now.Therefore, any claim to what he sang is out of their reach.
    Lymon's music still lives on as a reminder of the "good old days" when music wasn't sexually explicit and musicians could actually sing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Frankie Lymon for Beginners
    I never knew much about Frankie Lymon until I watched this movie. He was one of my father's favorites. This movie, while it did not cover everything and sometimes it was historically inaccurate, it gave a good review of Frankie's rise and fall as a doo-wop star. The acting by Halle Berry, Lorenz Tate, Vivica Fox, and Leah Rochon was superb! ... Read more

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    Malcolm X
    by Denzel Washington Angela Bassett
    Director: Spike Lee
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Just as Do the Right Thing was the capstone of Spike Lee's earlier career, Malcolm X marked the next milestone in the filmmaker's artistic maturity. It seemed everything Lee had done up to that point was to prepare him for this epic biography of America's fiery civil-rights leader, who is superbly played by Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington, from his early days as a zoot-suited hustler known as "Detroit Red" to his spiritual maturity after his pilgrimage to Mecca, as a Black Muslim by the name of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Do the Right Thing climaxed with the photographic images of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King engulfed by flames of rage; Malcolm X explores the genesis and evolution of that rage over Malcolm's lifetime, and how these two great figures--held up to the public as polar-opposites within the African American human rights movement (King for nonviolent civil disobedience, Malcolm for achieving equality "by any means necessary")--were each essential to the agenda of the other. Lee careens from the hedonistic ebullience of Malcolm's early days to the stark despair of prison, from his life-changing conversion to Islam to his emergence as a dynamic political leader--all with an epic sweep and vitality that illuminates personal details as well as political ideology. Angela Bassett is also terrific as Malcolm's wife, Betty Shabazz. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee's Malcolm X
    Spike Lee should've won best director for this film, and Denzel should've won an oscar, but Denzel lost the oscar to Al Pacino for Pacino's performance in Scent of A Woman (which, I believe, is inferior to Denzel's portrayal of Malcolm X, but that's just one man's opinion, innit?)

    This motion picture is an experience that all Americans should partake in. The story dramatically demonstrates Malcolm's transformation from a street thug, to a leader of the black nation. Denzel Washington was masterful in his performance of the much maligned leader of the Nation of Islam. Washington's performance demonstrates why he should be considered one of the greatest actors of our time. The movie was effective at attracting viewers that maybe would not want to see the movie otherwise-- it has entertainment value. The scenes at the barbershop and the dance are humorous and light and well performed. Washington's delivery of Malcolm's various speeches are also well done. Malcolm X was a brilliant orator, and Washington was able to capture that skill. The film is a must see.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best political films in the century
    I first saw Malcolm X in high school, when it came out, and what a rush to have gone to see it in the theaters!Denzel nailed his performance, and Spike remained faithful to the autobiography (which the movie is based).I was particularly glad that Spike examined the ways in which Malcolm changed his philosophy slightly, after his trip to Mecca.That was an important reminder of how both Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and other leaders were all converging on a similar, anti-racist (without being racist) philosophy of struggle.Martin was becoming less moderate, and Malcolm was moderating his excesses in his struggle for justice.

    The DVD's quality is great.Dolby Digital sound which really booms in selected points, and the movie is crisp and sharp.The documentaries are an added plus.

    This remains one of my favorite films.I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Biopic
    "Malcolm X" (Denzel Washington) was the very charismatic Civil Rights leader of the '50s and '60s.In youth he lead a life of crime until, while in prison, he meets Bains (Albert Hall).Bains teaches Malcolm about being proud of being a black man, and how, through Allah's, and Eiljah Muhammad's (Al Freeman), good graces, he can be a passionate leader in the black movment to completely segregate themselves from the oppressive 'white devil'.well you know who the man was, and you know his politics, so you have a pretty good idea of what the movie is about.All the performances are perfectly done, and Washington strikes an uncanny similerarity to the real Malcolm X.While the real circumstances about Malcomm's murder are still guessed at, Spike Lee entertains the notion that other black leaders killed him because he threatened their power (and money) base.Spike Lee is not my favorite director, sometimes he goes off subject a little (or a lot; i.e. "Summer of Sam"), but here he stays focused, and the film seems to move brikly, even thoug it is 3 and a half hours long."Malcolm X" a great way to learn about a very important man in American Histoy. ... Read more

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    The Best Man
    Director: Malcolm D. Lee
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (15 August, 2000)
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    A glossy romantic comedy, The Best Man centers on four college friends and the women in their lives, all brought back together for a wedding. Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) plays the title character, a young writer whose first novel is a barely fictionalized account of his college days, featuring barely fictionalized versions of all his friends. This novel hasn't yet been released, but ambitious TV producer Nia Long (Soul Food) has snagged an advance copy in the hopes of getting an early interview with Diggs. Unfortunately, when this advance copy begins circulating among the college gang, they discover it reveals some secrets that may have a disastrous effect on the wedding. The Best Man features a handsome, charming cast and a propulsive story, but the female characters are poorly developed and the male banter is, to say the least, chauvinistic. This banter is mostly to comic effect, but by the end it still leaves a sour taste that the movie's happy ending doesn't counter. With a particularly strong performance by Terrence Howard as an aimless but relentlessly honest member of the college quartet. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than The Wood
    I saw The Wood and that was a decent movie but this is much better. The plot is more well written and you have two actors who drive this movie well in Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut. Their confrontations make this movie and all the other storylines within the plot make this movie entertaining. The Best Man is one of the best movies you'll ever see!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Best man is not the best movie. It's kinda mediocre....
    The Best man is not the best African-American romantic comedy. In fact it's not very good either. A shallow story about a writer who writes a book about an alleged encounter with the groom's bride years before the wedding falls completely apart due to a poorly written script that pushes style over substance. The characters personalities are so one dimensional that I didn't care about them or what happened to them when the groom found out about the encounter. The movie dragged on so long that the upcoming wedding was anti-climatic. It's a shame the writer didn't take time to add some depth to the characters and the story details because this had the potential to be one of the great African-American romance movies.
    The badly written story follows Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) Best man of soon to be married Jock Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut) who has published his first novel. Unfortunately, Harper's success is so unrealistic it becomes a major plot hole. Harper's book gets on Oprah's book club, and a friend Jordan (Nia Long) a New York TV show producer has the only advance copy. Harper wants to get the book back before his friends see it, because he's based it on real life events. But that's where the plot hole alls hurts the movie. Jordan wouldn't have the ONLY copy of Harper's book because advance copies are widely available to ALL members of the press. All they had to do is call the publisher and ask for a review copy. Publishers give these away for FREE to members of the press on request so they can write reviews of the book and promote it for them.
    A series of mishaps regarding the book and the wedding build up to the long drawn out bachelor party Where Lance finally reads the book. Reading about the alleged past romance between Harper and his alleged bride, Lance goes off on Harper fighting him on the balcony of the penthouse. and the wedding is off. Harper tries to smooth things over so the wedding can go on in the weak conclusion of the movie dancing and smiling at the reception.
    I had a bitter taste in my mouth watching The Best Man. Just like in "The Brothers", the depictions of "good black men" were not so positive. These guys may have money, but their internal character issues made them downright unlikable. Harper wasn't the nice guy the producers depicted him to be. He was an arrogant person who didn't care about anyone. He only wanted the book back to save himself, not protect his friends' feelings. If he truly cared about his friends he would have wrote about something else. Lance was a compete jerk. He didn't deserve to married the way he treated his bride. The Terrence Howard character was a womanizer and the other friend was just a dog in training dumping his girlfriend for a stripper. All the men objectify and degrade the women they are with and around. At the bachelor party the movies misogynistic undertone becomes an overtone and tarnishes the story. I kept asking myself: Where was the respect for the sisters? Why weren't the women shown in a positive light as well. As a black male, I hate to think this is the norm in the black community for men to act like this. These "positive" images of black manhood are unacceptable to me. Black Filmmakers have to DO BETTER.
    As a Published author and struggling writer, I found this movie to be offensive in its lack of knowledge of the publishing industry. This lack of research in the writing of the screenplay hurts the plotline of the Best Man and ruins a good story. Most times first novels get very little support from the publisher and very little promotion by the media. It would be a MIRACLE for a first novelist to have their book wind up on Oprah's book club. The only promotion Harper would probably get would be from Jordan's show.
    First time director Malcolm D. Lee helms a clunky film that runs twenty minutes too long. His boring visuals look more like New York City vacation slides than movie frames. The pictures he shoots don't tell us an interesting story about the lives of people we want to care about, in a city we want to live in instead, he gives us a random series of pictures in a sequence that barely tell us what's going on. Like a vacation slideshow you wind up bored to death hoping the film would end already.
    Taye Diggs is terrible as Harper. He's supposed to be a nice guy, but Diggs' arrogant presence makes me hate the character he plays. Morris Chestnut's performance is bad here too. He's a robot just parroting lines without feeling or emotion. When he gets angry you feel nothing from him. The best performance is From Terrence Dashon Howard. TDH is great in almost every movie I've watched him in (Never 2 Big, Big Momma's House, Their Eyes were Watching God) He is truly a gifted actor who rises above weak material and weak direction and makes his characters into real people. He should be a bigger player in Hollywood than he is.Nia Long, Snaa Lathan and Regina King are awful here because Malcolm Lee gives them no direction and the script gives them nothing to do but be Black Barbie dolls dressed up in designer clothes. I wish African-American filmmakers would stop being so misogynistic and give talented Black actresses' three-dimensional character to play alongside the males because well developed women only help make African-American movies better. A whole generation of black actresses is not actualizing their potential because black male filmmakers won't write well-developed female characters.
    If you're looking for a good romance movie, Get Love Jones or How U like Me Now cause you can do better than The Best Man.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Such a Great Movie......Just Buy It!
    I love this movie! It's everything-funny, interesting, entertaining, realistic, humorous. This movie is about a guy who writes a book about his life, including his dirty laundry like sleeping with his friend's girlfriend in college.Well, his friend is marrying the girlfriend he slept with, unbeknowst to what really happened in the past until he is informed during his bachelor party the day BEFORE THE WEDDING! I know it's bad of me, but I loved the fact that he beat the mess out of him! He was well deserving of it.The best character, to me, was Quentin played by Terrence Howard.He was the one that knew about their past affair all along, and kept referring to it directly and indirectly through his very funny, sarcastic, and just "keeping it real" tactics. I loved his character-funny, charming, and spitefully devious through his little jokes and smiles and quirks that gave away what he knew.He was a little vulgar, yes, but that's what made his character.Nice ending to the film. Very worth it! ... Read more

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    The Five Heartbeats
    by Robert Townsend Michael Wright
    Director: Robert Townsend
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (10 September, 1992)
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    Few things can be more noble than a wholehearted effort to tell thestory of black secular music in America, especially through the eyes of a mid-20th century rhythm-and-blues vocal group breaking through race barriers to popular success. Comedian and filmmaker Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats (1991) is one such ambitious effort. If its story frequently sagsunder epochal burdens, the film makes up for it with a surprisingly tough lookat the music business and classy appearances by Diahann Carroll and hoofer Harold Nicholas. Townsend plays one-fifth of the titular act, whose collective life and times we follow from 1965 to the 1990s, through friendships, break-ups, and re-groupings. The director's script, cowritten with Keenen Ivory Wayans, is wobbly and short on good material for the women in the cast. But several of the male actors are quite strong, particularly John Canada Terrell as an original Heartbeats replacement. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Got Nothing But Love For You, Baby!
    Oh my God, every time I watch this movie, I get goose-bumps. The movie was the movie "The Temptations" could've been. This is actually based on another legendary soul group - the legendary Dells (whose chart record lasts since the '50s and they're still performing which is AMAZING) very loosely.

    The way that they depicted the rise of an American black rock & roll vocal group in the sixties was so true about many black groups at the time. Groups like the Isley Brothers, the Temptations and the Miracles had to tend to some of their records being shown without their faces. The Isleys' cover of "This Old Heart of Mine" with a white couple canoodling in the beach was actually shown on the cover to one of the Five Heartbeats' single. It was just an ugly reminder of how black groups were treated back then.

    Also, see how white groups sung their songs while humorous actually happened and it's sad when you think about it. Like they wouldn't give black artists the benefit. On the good side, though, it showcased what was a normal standard - the soul revues and the chitlin' circuit including the group's own dramatic performance at the Apollo where with a little changes to the musical arrangements (after "Duck" kicked that stupid pianist's tail and got on the piano and Eddie went into a soulful belt) was just breathtaking.

    It also showed the loyalty of groups who were in it together. Throughout their career, they faced hardships (drugs, ego problems, women troubles, etc) that was as true about real groups like the Tempts and Supremes and what not and also the set-up on their manager Jimmy was really true to probably what happened with the Dells and later Boyz II Men so that is still continuing or at least was still relevant at the time.

    The only thing I had wrong with it was the musical styles didn't change so dramatically as they entered the '70s. LOL! Playing '80s funk over a 1972 time period? Yeah, right. LOL. But anyways, that little ebb didn't break the flow of the movie and it showed how you can act like an idiot but find ways to change your outlook and renew friendships as all members did after solving their own problems - Eddie quit drinking and became a member of Choirboy's choir; J.T., who fooled around with brother "Duck"'s girlfriend, became a family man and reconcile with his brother (that scene makes me cry as did Eddie's drunken stupor, the fight b/w him and Dresser after Jimmy's funeral, and Eddie's comeback) and Choirboy returning to church under his father's tuleage. They even reunited though their ages (least with makeup and movement) showed, lol.

    Anyway, it's a fine movie if you want to look for nostalgia mixed with all the baggage of ghetto life, making it and getting into trouble, and then reconcilation.

    Remember, a heart is a house for love and this movie is for the ones with big hearts. This will make you smile, dance, cry, laugh and grin all at the same time. Robert, you son-of-a-gun, thanks for this movie - one of the highlights of my childhood!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great film!
    This film is about an R&B quintet called The Five Heartbeats. It was set in the late 1950's through the mid 1970's. Back in the fifties and most of the sixties,duos and larger groups had plural noun names. Many of them were successful for only a short time. Some R&B acts that were extremely successful include the Temptations,the Supremes,the Jackson Five and the Four Tops. If you're an R&B fan like I am,this film is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The rise, fall and redemption of an R&B group.
    "The Five Heartbeats" is an interesting tale about an R&B singing group from the 1960s and early 1970s.It's members include levelheaded songwriter Donald "Duck" Matthews (Robert Townsend), his older brother, and self-centered womanizer J.T. Matthews (Leon), lead singer Eddie King (Michael Wright) who is as troubled as he is talented, Anthony "Choirboy" Stone(Tico Wells) who, as his name suggests, was brought up in the church and bass singer Terence "Dresser" Williams, the dedicated husband and father.It is loosely based on the real life story of The Dells who were a popular group from that period.They also served as technical advisors for the film.

    "The Five Heartbeats" go through many trials and tribulations that many black groups went through at that time.They sign with a corrupt record mogul "Big Red" Davis (Hawthorne James) after another record company suggests having a white group cover their music.They are harassed by racist cops while touring the South and the record company releases their first album with a white family on the cover so that no one buying their music has to be reminded that they are black.Yes that's just how backward much of America was at that time and those things happened to many black groups back then.

    All of their problems aren't racial though.Eddie's drug addiction and out of control ego threaten to tear the group apart."Choirboy" gets away from his religion and confirms his father's worries about him performing secular music.Their manager Jimmy (Chuck Patterson) becomes an unfortunate victim of "Big Red's" greed and desire to control the group and J.T.'s affair with "Duck's" fiancee causes an almost irrepairable rift.You may have heard about the very same things with many groups from that period and even today.

    Through it all though, the Heartbeats turn out fine.Duck reconciles with J.T., who has given up his womanizing ways to become a family man, "Choirboy" rededicates himself to the Lord and Eddie turns his life around.All in all, it is a story about a positive group of young black men who struggle for recognition and fame, finally achieve it and find it hard to handle yet eventually make things right.I've watched it many many times on video and cable over the years since it was released and I haven't gotten tired of it yet!I doubt that I ever will! ... Read more

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    The Temptations
    Director: Allan Arkush
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (18 January, 2000)
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    The soap-opera career of Motown's most successful group, theTemptations, lends credence to the old belief that great art comes from troubled lives. Over three decades, the band struggled through numerous ego trips, countless members, broken relationships, coke addiction, alcoholism, suicide, cancer, deadly arthritis--in short, all the melodramatic devices necessary for a TV miniseries. This two-and-a-half-hour docudrama touches on all of these personal tragedies, but unfortunately forgets the real reason for the strength of the story: the music. Sure, there's wonderful reenactments of the quintet's finest material, such as "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," all performed with the slick choreography and shimmering vocal harmonies that made the band legendary. But, unfortunately, director Allan Arkush (Rock and Roll High School) and writers Kevin Arkadie and Robert Johnson forget to put the music into any historical perspective. Why were the Temptations so important? What was their contribution to pop music? By watching this saccharine, manipulative exposé, you'd never know. The performances are nonetheless terrific, especially Charles Malik Whitfield as leader (and narrator) Otis Williams, D.B. Woodside as his partner, Melvin Franklin, and Leon as the group's talented livewire, David Ruffin. The DVD edition offers several fine features including 2.0 Dolby Surround Sound, a discography, cast and crew profiles, extensive production notes, and most important, the ability to jump to any of the seven songs performed... basically the main reason to watch this epic. --Dave McCoy ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie.
    I don't know about all of the stuff that Timothy says (way too young to know) but I agree with him about the Last Final Great Scene of them performing "My Girl."I fell in love with that last scene & think that for the music alone the movie is worth it's weight in gold.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Some great songs
    If you want to hear some good tunes and see a good movie then here you go. This film also showes how the Music Business will take you, chew you up and spit you out if you let it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Temps ain't nothin' without David Ruffin!"
    This is a film, you'll play over and over again. It merges documentary, music video, with lessons in loyalty while not masking the pitfalls that accompany the rewards of stardom. Several times David Ruffin stills the show -- in more ways than one.

    Remastering of the live songs is better than the ones I later purchased on CD. (You'll probably go out and buy the anthology too after watching the film.) Is the soundtrack available? ... Read more

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    Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
    by Shawn Wayans Marlon Wayans Keenen Ivory Wayans
    Director: Paris Barclay
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (02 March, 1999)
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    This wants desperately to be an Airplane-like parody of inner-city African American gangsta movies. Instead, it offers us more turkey than we would find at any Thanksgiving spread. Unfunny, stereotypical, stupid, and crass, it was cowritten by Marlon and Shawn Wayans, both of whom should have known better. The two fare better as actors than writers, as they are almost amusing as hardened, dimwitted homeboys. As Ashtray, Shawn returns to his 'hood and hooks up with his best buddy (Marlon) before the two embark on a series of oh-so-wacky adventures. Siblings Keenen Ivory, Kim, and Craig Wayans also make appearances. If you really want a laugh, watch Booty Call. --Rochelle O'Gorman ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    Hillarious from beginning to end, right?

    No. Funny from beginning to just about the middle of the movie, then it all goes down hill. And the story, is probably the worst ever. But here are some examples of the hilarity:

    --SPOILERS--

    There are times when a guy hijacks an ice cream truck and an old ladies walker

    and here's one line from the movie:

    -he wants a haircut-
    "Could you line me up in the back?"
    "That's gonna run you about 13 dollars."
    "13 dollars? Come on man; the spanish dude down the block only charges 6!"
    "Well take your a** down to him and let him f*** your head up."

    That line is HILARIOUS just the way it is said!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dumb movie
    One of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. The jokes were lame and the plot nonsensical. What a waste of time. It's pretty sad since I know the Wayan's are capable of so much more. Save yourself a couple hours and skip this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great movie
    completely ignore that assinine review by rachelle o' gorma, seriously what was amazon thinking when they allowed her to review a great movie like this? go cry in your cheerios rachelle, and for once create some sense of humor, it doesn't help if you watch ya-ya sisterhood 24/7 either.

    also ignore that crappy review by A.R. Howell too, he doesn't know his arse from his elbow.

    This movie is worth getting, it is funny as all hell.:D ... Read more

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    New Jack City
    by Mario Van Peebles Wesley Snipes Ice-T Allen Payne Chris Rock
    Director: Mario Van Peebles
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (23 May, 1995)
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    Some pundits called it a flawed, exploitative action film that glamorized drug dealing and the luxury of a lucrative criminal lifestyle, spawning a trend of films that attracted youth gangs and provoked violence in theaters. Others hailed it as a breakthrough movie that depicted drug dealers as ruthless, corrupt, and evil, leading dead-end lives that no rational youth would want to emulate. However you interpret it, New Jack City is still one of the first and best films of the 1990s to crack open the underworld of cocaine and peer inside with its eyes wide open.It's also the film that established Wesley Snipes as an actor to watch, with enough charisma to bring an insidious quality of seduction to his role as coke-lord Nino Brown, and enough intelligence to portray a character deluded by his own sense of indestructible power. Director Mario Van Peebles stretched his otherwise-limited talent to bring vivid authenticity and urgency to this crime story, and subplots involving a pair of tenacious cops (Ice-T, Judd Nelson) and a recovering coke addict (Chris Rock) provide additional dramatic tension. Although some critics may hesitate to admit it, New Jack City deserves mention in any serious discussion about African American filmmakers and influential films. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but it has nothing to do with Scarface and Godfather
    Sorry, but just the fact that they changed the view from the criminal to the police officer, it totally changes the theme of the movie and the way it develops itself. New Jack City was sure a movie that had an impact in the 90's.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A rip off of Scarface and the Godfather
    This movie is a clear rip off of Scarface and The Godfather. In fact the story is essentially exactly the same as The Godfather with the Scarface coke empire thrown in. The only difference is that there is the cops view of the events that go down and of course the fact that all of the main characters save one are black. Despite the fact that this movie is a blatant rip off I did enjoy it mainly because of Wesley Snipes acting. Other than that its been done before and been done much better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars All around very goo d film.
    This film has it all.The pace is superb with a suspense-action mix.The subject matter is exceptionally interesting, with a good message to it.The acting is at its very best.Wesley Snipes is pure evil.Very sad and real at times, but the ending wraps everything up into a nice little package.I have to say it is one of the best gang/gangster film out there.But, with each movie of this kind, you have a different time and place in history.Making the genre very hard to pick a best from. ... Read more

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    What's Love Got To Do With It?
    by Angela Bassett Laurence Fishburne
    Director: Brian Gibson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (04 June, 2002)
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    Tina Turner, that dynamic diva of pop/soul/R&B from the '60s to the '90s, sings like a woman whose life story is every bit as rough and tough as her voice. And What's Love Got to Do With It, based on her autobiographical account (inI, Tina, written with Kurt Loder) of her years under the iron fist of her abusive husband and musical partner/Svengali Ike, is further proof of what we've always known about Tina: She's what you call a survivor. The movie is sort of the Disney version of Tina Turner's story--a glossy but thoroughly enjoyable, old-fashioned showbiz biopic with laughs, tears, great music, and outrageous (but faithful) period decor, costumes, makeup, and hairstyles. Our Heroine triumphs not only over the rigorous demands of her career in the music business, but finally manages to bust out of her troubled, violent marriage as well and become her own person. This is a movie that'll have you shouting at the top of your lungs: "You go, girl!"--Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tina Turner Should Be Everyone's Hero
    If this is an accurate portrayal (which I am sure it is) of Anna Mae Bullock A.K.A Tina Turner's life all I have to say is---WOW!
    Tina Turner, played by the remarkable Angela Basset in this wonderful movie, endured such hardships as a mother who always seemed burdened by her, an abusive relationship, and a biter divorce, and yet, still manages to triumph as a sensitive, compassionate, beautiful woman who regains control of her music career and makes on of the biggest come backs pop music has ever seen!After watching this movie no less than 100,000 times, I have to say--the world would be much nicer of a place if everyone had only 10% of the heart, soul and compassion that this legend--Tina Turner--has.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's a Review Got to Say About It?
    "What's Love Got to do with It?" hit movie theatres in 1993.The movie stars Angela Bassett (the best actress in Hollywood, in my opinion), and Laurence Fishburne.This movie is a biography of singer Tina Turner.It shows just how dramatic her life has been.It also shows how she overcame the triumph that tried to stand in her way.
    I read all of the reviews on this website for this movie and I totally agree with those who said that Angela's performance is stellar. It's true, she does not look like Tina Turner, but because she played her role so well, one is easily able to see the similarities in the two women.Laurence did a great job as Ike Turner.Tina Turner wrote an autobiography entitled "I, Tina."This movie does not go into the detail that the book does, but what movie does?What movie can?A movie that attempts to cover everything a book does would be way too long and drawn out.But this movie definitely covers enough for those who view it to see how much this woman went through. It should also be noted that I have never seen someone perform someone else's music as well as Angela did.She had the lip syncing down really well, and those dance moves Angela did were just the way Tina does them!She will have you in awe!
    The movie begins with Tina Turner as a young girl singing in her church choir.She is depicted as a defiant child. It also shows that Tina's father left her at an early age.As the movie progresses, Tina gets older and still has an interest in singing.She goes to clubs and sees artists and wishes she could sing with them.One day her sister forces her upon the stage and she sings and Ike Turner is impressed and wants her to sing with his band, The Kings of Rhythm.She obliges to singing with his band.From the beginning, Ike is very controlling and works Tina especially hard, wanting her to get every singing note correct.After spending time together, they become attracted to each other.They then become a couple, and eventually get married.At first, Ike is fairly nice to her, but as they begin to tour and things get harder, Ike starts getting involved in drugs and begins to physically abuse Tina.He even beats their children.Ike and Tina Turner had much success as a duo.But after awhile they aren't quite as successful as when they started.Music producers show an interest in working with Tina and Ike gets jealous.He becomes even more violent and begins to cheat on her with other women.In Tina's book, she said that throughout the course of their relationship, Ike had over 100 girlfriends.
    Tina eventually leaves Ike and he goes to jail for drug abuse.Tina becomes very successful on her own with hits like "What's Love Got to do With It?" , "Private Dancer", "I Don't Wanna Fight No More" and "Simply the Best".I strongly recommend this movie to someone looking for some true entertainment.But, someone who does not like violence has no business watching this movie.This is one of my favorite movies of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Tina Turner story
    Angela Bassett is Tina Turner in this film. It's the story of the R&B singer whose birthname is Anna Mae Bullock(sorry,no relation to Sandra). Tina began her singing career with her now-ex-husband Ike Turner. They were successful with their cover of John Fogerty's PROUD MARY. Of course,it sounds nothing like Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival recording. The title of this film was inspired by Turner's 1984 hit song of the same title. The song comes from her most successful album,PRIVATE DANCER. This film is a must for Tina Turner fans. ... Read more

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    Roots
    by Asner Bridges Burton Connors G Levar Burton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (15 January, 2002)
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    From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into this six-volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of "Chicken" George, a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family feels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to the forced separation of spouses and families. Nothing like this had ever confronted so many mainstream Americans when the series was originally broadcast, and the extent to which the country was nudged a degree or two toward enlightenment was instantly obvious. Roots still has that ability to open one's eyes, and engage an audience in a sweeping, memorable drama at the same time. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I like George.
    He is a kind, great father. I think I want him to be my foster father. Of course I can't do it because his family needs him. I will find my real father...
    My favorite moment is when he comes back to his wife and family to save them on time.
    I think it is a miracle.
    Good movie!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alex's Haley epic novel becomes a series
    I am surprised this series hasnt been reaired on ABC or anyplace else for a long time. This is a classic series detailing the slavery trade in the US, through almost 200 yrs of history up the Civil War (Roots the Next Generation).

    An all stars cast from Levar Burton, to Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Louis Gosset Jr. as the slave driven fiddler to Sandy Duncan and the late Vic Murrow wow!!!

    The story well basically details again the disgusting slave trade which was going around in the world but specifically in the USA, yes we face it, we have a long history to both be proud and be ashamed of.

    The story stars with our hero of sorts Kunta Kinte, Levar Burton being kidnapped from his home in Africa and being shipped out to be another slave. Ed Asner is remarkable as the
    religious captain of a slave ship whose conscious eats him alive for commiting such an evil sin.

    Even Kunta gets a slave name and tries to revolt fighting such politically incorrent blacks like Fiddler only
    to realize the situation is hopeless and to top it he learns a love of his is raped by a piece of white trash named Tom Moore. Eventually after Kunta's story comes the next generation of Roots taking place around the Civil War, blacks are free in the North but the same old story continues in the south ,although now blacks are now beginnging to fight back.

    The DVD's are great, Levar Burton provides visual commentary on the episodes. Louis Gosset Jr., and David L Wolper the creative executive who brought Roots to life all reminiscent about the special significance of the series.

    Really this should be shown in every classroom since this like Salt of the Earth is essential viewing, a perfect 10 out 10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ROOTS
    and they wonder why napster was so POPULAR! Of all the dvd's roots is the only one you cant buy! WHY! THIS DVD WOULD SELL WELL AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS, but its always out of stock! why! thats why the proliferation on downloading movies existbecause hollywood wont put out the movies people want on DVD! ... Read more

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    Friday
    by Ice Cube Chris Tucker
    Director: F. Gary Gray
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (02 September, 2003)
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    Friday is the rarest specimen of African American cinema: a 'hood movie refreshingly free of the semiseriousness and moralism of shoot 'em up soaps such as Boyz N the Hood, yet still true to the inner-city experience.

    Scripted by rapper Ice Cube, Friday is a no-frills tale of a typical day in the life of a pair of African American youth in South Central. Cube plays Craig, a frustrated teen who endures the ultimate humiliation: getting fired on his day off. Then unknown Chris Tucker plays Smokey, a marijuana-worshipping homeboy whose love for the green stuff lands him in predicament after predicament.

    Sitting on the stoop of Craig's rundown home, the two hilariously confront a kaleidoscopic array of gangbangers, weed dealers, crack heads, prostitutes, scheming girlfriends, and neighborhood bullies--all of whom, it should be noted, come off as sympathetic even as they are being caricatured, a true achievement in the crass, "booty call" environment of '90s African American comedy. --Ethan Brown ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie ever made
    This is the funniest movie ever. Chris Tucker is hilarious in this movie. He played the perfect pothead. Also, whoever played Big Worm was funny. Especially the scene where he is in the ice cream truck. This is the best of the Friday movies because of Smokey. Ice Cube does a great job too. Buy this movie now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie.
    I love this movie because it is fun to watch and the scenes are not boring at all. My two favorite characters is Smokey and Ezell. My favorite part is when Smokey told Craig about what happen to Redd. And i like when he said you got knocked the (...)out. I`ve seen this movie a million times and it gets better and better. I won`t never get tired of this movie. So if yall don`t like this movie something is wrong with you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A cult classic from the mid-1990's...
    One of the surprise comedies of 1995, Friday features the antics of two guys in Los Angeles who decide to spend a day hanging out on their porch and wasting away the day. With a well-selected cast, the characters in Friday are some of the most eccentric and outrageous persons that can be found in any movie. A lot can happen in the neighborhood on any given day, and best friends Craig and Smokey get to see it all. And along the way, they learn a few lessons about life...

    When Craig Jones (Ice Cube) gets fired from his job, his dogcatcher father (John Witherspoon) pressures him to spend the day looking for a new job - "The word of the day, Craig is job - J-O-B. Job!" But Craig doesn't feel like looking for a job just yet, and when his best friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) pays a visit to the house, a day of doing nothing becomes an absolute certainty. With both his parents away at work, Craig and Smokey hang out on the front porch of the Jones house where they observe the strange behavior of the various eccentric characters who live in their neighborhood.

    Encouraging Craig to try some weed for the first time, Smokey involves Craig in a personal dispute with local drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love) who accuses Smokey (one of his dealers) of smoking up his product. Smokey denies the allegation and agrees to pay Big Worm $200 later that night. Big Worm says if he doesn't get his money by then, he'll kill Smokey and Craig...

    When Craig finds out what happened, he's furious. As he and Smokey attempt to figure out a way to get the $200, they get sidetracked by a number of different people. Among them are Deebo (Tom 'Tiny' Lister), the neighborhood bully who no one will challenge, Mrs. Parker (Kathleen Bradley), the exhibitionist neighbor who Craig and Smokey fantasize about, Felisha (Angela Means), a drug-addicted neighbor with no job, Ezal (Anthony Johnson), the neighborhood crack addict, and an assorted barrage of other characters and Janet Jackson look-alikes...

    When Craig's current girlfriend gets angry because he talks to another woman, he pursues Debbie (Nia Long), a much more desirable girl in his mother's eyes. But as the end of the evening nears, Big Worm sends his minions after Craig and Smokey, and Craig ends up in a personal showdown with Deebo. Will Craig use a gun to get rid of Deebo, or will he fight it out like a man?

    A hilarious comedy, Friday is a non-stop series of laughs. Chris Tucker's overpowering screen presence literally makes this film. Without him, Friday would be little more than a humdrum bore. In fact, if one were to read the script alone, it's extremely doubtful that any director or producer would bite. But when Tucker reads the lines, they take on a life of their own. Tucker is just plain funny - a hilarious comic who can draw an audience with his personality alone. Also of note - don't watch Friday on basic cable or any other medium that will water down the dialogue and edit it down to nothing. One can't experience the true film unless it's watched uncut. Otherwise, it's not funny at all, with or without Chris Tucker. Overall, this is a unique and different film. A comedy with its own personal identity. And for that reason, Friday is a must-see film. Try not to miss it...

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    Next Friday
    by Ice Cube
    Director: Steve Carr (III)
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (29 August, 2000)
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    Ice Cube wrote and stars as Craig in this sequel to Friday, which he also wrote. His nemesis from that film, neighborhood bully Debo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), has just escaped from county jail and is out to get revenge. To protect Craig, Craig's father (John Witherspoon) sends his son to stay with his Uncle Elroy (Don "DC" Curry), who won the lottery and bought a house in Rancho Cucamonga. Craig expects the suburbs to be dull, but no sooner has he arrived than conflicts arise: The neighbors are hostile hoods, his cousin's girlfriend is out for blood and child support, and the house is about to be seized because of unpaid taxes. It's up to Craig and his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) to solve these problems before the day is over. It's a rambling, loose movie, but a genuinely entertaining one. Ice Cube doesn't write punch lines--though funny lines abound. He writes richly comic characters that speak in virtual arias of bragging, complaining, and scamming. Sure, some of the characters are stereotypes and many of the jokes are about drugs and scatology--but that's been the basis of humor since Plautus and Molière. The rhythmic energy of Ice Cube's dialogue and the easy charisma of his performance make Next Friday thoroughly enjoyable. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars funny movie
    next friday was so much better than the first one. with much more funnier scenes. and this movie is reccommended for everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Friday Collection Left The Other Movies In The Ash Tray
    First off I'd like to start my review like this.
    Why are you guys even attempting to compare these movies to other ones?

    Friday ... it really set the standards to what goes on now in our community. It told people "dont be ashamed if you do it".

    This second movie was without a doubt just as funny as the first one. Yes, Chris Tucker is not in it but they covered it up well in the movie.

    The whole plot of the movie is that Craig has to get away from his neighbor---hood because of Deebo. He went to jail but rumors circulated that he was planning an escape.

    Craig's Father decides he's going to move in with Uncle Elroy and his cousin Day-Day. His uncle had won the lotto so he moved into what they called a "White neighborhood".

    Trouble occurs naturally. Ya'll just gotta buy it. If you haven't done so already, buy part 3 (Friday After Next) aswell.

    Holla At Cha Boi

    3-0 out of 5 stars "Next Friday" DVD Review!
    Ice Cube returns for the second installment in the "Friday" franchise. This time, he's moving out of the hood and into his rich uncle's home in Rancho Cucamonga. Chris Tucker's out of the picture and in his place is Mike Epps as Cube's wacky cousin. Also returning for this one are John Witherspoon and Tiny "Zeus" Lister but a majority of the characters are brand new to the series with Don "D.C." Curry, Tamala Jones, Clifton Powell, Justin Pierce, and Sticky Fingaz joining the ensemble cast.

    "Next Friday" has Craig moving out to the 'burbs when he learns that the neighborhood bully, Deebo (Lister) has escaped from prison and is looking for him. The suburbs prove to be just as much trouble as he has to deal with the Latino thugs who live next door, a trigger-happy record store owner, and his cousin's obsessive ex-girlfriend. When it turns out that his uncle has just 24 hours to come up with some money to cover some unpaid taxes on the house, Cube devises a plan that has him, his cousin, Day-Day (Epps), and their token white friend (the late Justin Pierce) breaking into the next door neighbor's house.

    "Next Friday" is a decent follow-up but the loss of co-writer DJ Pooh and star Chris Tucker is a lot to get over. Epps puts in a humorous comedic performance but he's no Tucker. The new characters are hit and miss. Amy Hill's Asian neighbor is a weak and tired sterotype-driven character. If you can't tell that Hill isn't Korean by looking at her, her awful attempt at an accent will give it away. Jacob Vargas as the loud-mouthed Latio neighbor is entertaining though they seemed to have run out of material for him in some areas. Sticky Fingaz is hilarious as Tyrone, Deebo's prison sidekick and Lisa Rodriguez is easy on the eyes as Cube's love interest.

    While it's not on the same level as the original, "Next Friday" has more than a few laughs. Cube and Epps have pretty good chemistry and the suburban backdrop makes for a nice change of pace for an urban comedy (it's certainly done more effectively than on Fox's "Red And Meth"). The DVD presentation has a lot of cool extra features including an alternate ending, the Mike Epps audition tape, and an audio commentary by director Steve Carr. ... Read more

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    Love and Basketball
    by Sanaa Lathan Omar Epps
    Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (27 February, 2001)
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    Gina Prince-Bythewood, a former college athlete, puts a spin on this one-on-one tale of Love and Basketball. Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man) is the fiercely driven, hot-tempered Monica, a tomboy who gives her all for basketball. Omar Epps (The Mod Squad) is Quincy, an NBA player's son who has pro dreams of his own. Next-door neighbors since first grade, they start as rivals (she flabbergasts the boy by outplaying him in a game of driveway pickup) and age into best friends and lovers. The romantic complications follow a familiar game plan, but the film throws a fascinating spotlight onto the contrast between men's and women's basketball. While Quincy plays college ball on huge courts to cheering, sold-out crowds, we see Monica's sweat, tears, and sheer physical dedication in front of tiny audiences in small gyms and second-rate auditoriums.

    The story is pointedly set in the late 1980s, years before the establishment of the WNBA, so Monica's prospects for pro ball lie exclusively in Europe, while Quincy steps into the pros at home. It's a pleasure to see a character as passionate and fully developed as Monica, and Lathan gives a fiery portrayal (she had never played ball before the film, but you'd never tell from her performance). Prince-Bythewood favors her struggle over Quincy's and opens our eyes to her unique challenges with a sharp, savvy contrast. Alfre Woodard costars as Monica's harping mom (always trying to get her to be more ladylike) and Dennis Haysbert is Quincy's philandering father. Hoops fan Spike Lee produced. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best African-American Romance of the last 25 years!!!!!!
    'Love and Basketball' is a low-budget African-American romance film that delivers and in a big way! Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) develop a friendship that transcends from adolescence to college and adulthood. Remarkably, they never seem to appreciate how much they love each other until situations present itself that threatens to tear them apart. I am only going to give two examples, so I will not spoil the film (if you haven't seen it yet):

    Well as the title suggests they both have a great love for basketball and you are taken on a journey down a very real road of what it is like to become a male and a female basketball star. I think as a male, it is more obvious in sports with the tokens and advantages but for females you might have to choose between playing in Europe or working at Sears. Remember this film is supposedly right before the WNBA. Quincy almost loses Monica, after expressing his great love for her during his final years as a Senior in high school. Surprisingly, she ends up going to the same college as him via basketball scholarship -- just barely. Monica's temper almost ruins everything!

    Then Quincy moves on with his life playing professional basketball with the Lakers, and Monica decides after being in the European Women's Basketball Leagues she is ready to come back to Los Angeles, her home. She comes at a time when Quincy is fighting a basketball injury, and just when you think she may have won his heart --- noda!

    I love the twists in this movie. Please rewind or skip back playing the last few minutes of the film or you might come to the wrong conclusion which would ruin the whole film. Please notice what Monica is wearing. And what Quincy mumbles out of his mouth.

    You have to watch the entire film to get it. Or else you will be stumped which makes you have to watch the film. No cheating here! I love this romance story. It could have had less language or profanity. That was totally unnessary in this movie. But beyond all this, it is the very best African-American Romance Drama of the past 25 years. Don't let the simplicity of it being a low-budget film fool you into believing it can't hang!


    3-0 out of 5 stars Love and Basketball
    If you are like me and LUV basketball then this is a movie for you. If you are me and LUV Omar Epps, then this is a movie for you. If you don't know who Danaa Lathan (The Best Man, The Wood and Blade)is yet, then this is a movie for you.

    Basically, Love and Basketball is a great movie. A little teeny-bopper and predictable and all that jazz, but who cares? It is cute, sweet and it has girls playing some awesome ball, which is always a good thing.

    This is a romance wrapped around basketball. Or basketball wrapped around a romance. Either way, it has all the makings of a chick flick but it isgood anyway. Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. They go steady. For about fiveminutes. They are friends. They get too cool for each other. They grow up.They get hormones. I am guessing you are seeing where this is going by now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just a great movie
    I'm a basketball fan and I actually bought this movie
    without expecting such a deep film. This is a movie
    almost anybody should be able to enjoy. Why? It's
    powerful, passionate, and believeable. The story is
    about a boy and a girl went from hate to preteens to
    becoming loving teenagers.

    Sanaa Lathan is the young woman hoping to become the
    first woman to play in the NBA. She faces heavy re-
    sistantance from a mother that dislikes her tomboy
    attitude and demeanor. The young Quincy is young guy
    has alot to live up to considering his dad was a NBA
    player for several years. After years of being friends,
    Monica and Quincy become lovers after each suffer
    failure in other relationships. The irony is that what
    they have in common seems to be what starts to drive
    them apart.

    After a while Quincy starts a downhill slide after he
    finds out that his father has been unfaithful to his
    mother and their relationship is torn apart because
    of the lies. Then as Monica starts to have sucess
    with her basketball career she and Quincy start
    to drift apart and breakup. Monica decides to leave
    college to go play professional basketball in europe,
    while Quincy continues his fall from grace bygoing
    pro too soon and ends up being a 2nd round pick by
    the Los Angeles Lakers. He then proceeds to tear his
    ACL in a game.

    Monica by this time is missing her former lover by the
    time she sees this happen on the TV. She then decides
    to come home hoping to spark and with Quincy only to
    be shocked at the news that Quincy is getting married
    to a stewardess(Tyra Banks)and from there her life seems
    to go in limbo and she doesn't know where to go from
    here.

    Monica then decides that Quincy still loves her and
    decide to win his love back by playing a game of one
    on one. If Qunicy wins then Monica will buy him a
    wedding present and wish him the best... However, if
    She wins then it's because Quincy truely wanted her
    to win. The ending is rather predictable, but it will
    satisfy you nonetheless.

    While this is a predictable movie, it still is a great
    movie because of the fire and passion it brings. Sanaa
    really pours her heart into this film as does everybody
    else. It does the right things that prevent it from
    being a typical cheesy chick flick. It has the ability
    to make men and women alike feel for the characters and
    hope they re-unite at the end.

    It doesn't hurt that we get a non stereotypical movie by
    african american actor/actresses. I would sugges this movie
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    Boyz 'N the Hood
    by Laurence Fishburne Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Director: John Singleton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (11 January, 1995)
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    John Singleton, at the age of 23, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut film, Boyz N the Hood. The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, and Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in his first starring role in a feature film. Gooding plays Tre Styles, a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His father, Furious (Fishburne), is divorced and living away from Tre and his mother (Basset), but he's still involved in Tre's upbringing, teaching him the values of right and wrong and responsibility. Meanwhile, Tre's childhood buddies Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube) are living their lives in terms of the epidemic of violence and poverty that has plagued their neighborhood. Ricky, a talented football player, strives to get a full athletic scholarship to college. If only his SAT scores were higher. Doughboy lives a life full of crime but still remains true to his friends. The obstacles that these three young men come across result in dire consequences, devastatingly avoidable and inevitable at the same time. Boyz N the Hood is a landmark film beyond its commercial success, presenting a portrait of South Central in the late '80s and early '90s as painted by Singleton (who grew up in that neighborhood), achieving accuracy and dramatic resonance in this story of at-risk youth. --Shannon Gee ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Boyz N the Hood: A Reassessment
    BNTH was one of my favorite movies when it was first hit theaters in the early nineties; but now it is 2005, and my opinions have changed dramatically.

    First of all, there is the language. While it is true that using profanity in a screenplay makes language seem more authentic, saturating it with profanity does not, and in fact makes the screenwriter appear as if he is simply trying too hard.

    Singleton also resorts to constantly playing the all-to-familiar black victimologist race card, culminating with Furious Styles' famous line "Why do they want us to kill ourselves?"

    A thorough examination of the psychology behind such a statement is another subject altogether, but at its most basic level, it reveals a worldview that is destroying Black America. Blamingthe white man for the scourge of drugs, alcoholism, and violence in black communities only seeks to absolve the black man of his responsibility in these matters. Yes, African-Americans have been historically mistreated in America, but the attitude of victimology is the absolute worst way to handle the situation. It virtually guarantees that the situation will get worse.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this is tight movie
    they shouldnt of shot ricky,they pushed ricky and ricky dissed them,the bloods people were about to knock his ass out until doughboy pulled out the 9 mm and they walked away.they chilled in the 64 impala when the bloods shot up a round of uzi bullets to scare everybody off.then later in the movie rickys wife asked him to get milk,ricky asked doughboy to get it but doughboy dissed him on his wife,so they started fighting,doughboy beat him up and made his nose bleed until mom came and slapped doughboy away.then ricky left to the store.tre went with doughboy and the bloods seen them leave and where going to try to kill ricky so they wont lose a reputation.they pass up but ricky and tre run through a backyard.doughboy seen the bloods pass so he knew they were after ricky so the jumped on the car to get ricky away.ricky and tre split up through the alley and thats when the orange nissan pulls up without ricky knowing,ricky sees them runs like crazy but they shoot two bullets with a double barrel shotgun that goes through ricky and kills him instantly.the bloods speed off and thats when doughboy comes too late and takes ricky home dead.they go to kill them that same day.doughboy,lil chris,dooky, and tre go,tre tries to bring his dads 57 but his dad doesnt let him.after a long ride tre asks to get off the car crying.they get tired of looking for them all day so they go to eat at a rallys.thats where thay see the bloods eating outside.they turn off the lights and do a drive by hitting all of them with ak bullets. doughboy still gets out of the car and shoots one in the leg, the other in the back, and then he goes to the leader who is trying to crawl away.he said he didnt pull the trigger but doughboy still shot him in his face 4 times.doughboy gets killed 2 weeks later it says on the screen

    5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting Inner City Movie
    It's been some time since I saw "Boyz 'N the Hood" but much of it has stayed with me.I was impressed by so many of the elelments that went into making this such an excellent movie; the acting, the directing, the writing, the editing, virtually everything.I'm just a fellow who grew up in Iowa and lives in North Dakota so I'm hardly one qualified to praise this film for its' realistic portrayal of inner city life.I don't know if this movie is "realistic" or not in that regard.However, I know that the writer and director had a message to convey and they conveyed it well.

    "Boyz 'N the Hood" is about many things.It is about the challenge of raising a child in a one-parent home.It is about the senselessness of random, pointless violence.It is about the limited means of escaping the ghetto as a child growing up in it (and it does an excellent job of contrasting the dependability of education over sports).It is about the importance of having pride and respect for your self.There are so many messages on so many levels that it is hard to absorb them all in a single viewing.That is what is so impressive about this movie.

    Although the movie shows us dead ends, violence, emptiness, failure, sorrow and despair, it leaves us with hope and an appreciation that that the straight and narrow road is still the best route to success no matter what the point of embarkation. ... Read more

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    Baby Boy
    Director: John Singleton
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (03 September, 2002)
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    A worthy companion piece to 1991's Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton's Baby Boy expresses compassionate but unforgiving criticism of young, African American black men who lead reckless, irresponsible lives while blithely blaming racism for their chronic disadvantage. That's already enough to make this a provocative and emotionally challenging film, but Singleton injects his drama with such passionate vitality that it never seems inflammatory; instead, in presenting this portrait of a confused and conflicted 20-year-old black man named Jody (Tyrese Gibson), Singleton is both affectionate and accusatory, lending Baby Boy an edgy, timeless wisdom that other, less courageous films could never hope to offer.

    Unemployed and living with his 36-year-old mother (A.J. Johnson), Jody has fathered children from two young mothers and seems destined for an early grave. He never knew his father, but his mother's new boyfriend Melvin (played to perfection by Ving Rhames) is an ex-con with streetwise maturity that Jody, in time, will come to recognize and respect. This generational dynamic is the lifeblood of Singleton's central theme; Jody can follow Melvin's example or fall into the trap of lawlessness personified by Rodney (Snoop Dogg), a violent gangsta who arrives to threaten Jody's tenuous chance at a respectable adulthood. Through a wealth of fine performances and blistering dialogue, Baby Boy presents hard questions with no easy answers, and although Singleton is prone to polemical melodrama, his blunt approach serves a noble and ultimately hopeful purpose. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Str8 WestCoast
    This is the best movie about the westcoast that I have ever seen. This takes you directly into the streets of LA and keeps you entranced in the life of Jody. It is quite interesting because most black men can relate, I know I did. And snoop doggs performance in this movie was tha sh*t. He keep it Westcoast G Even though he got smoked at the end. One thing that got me is having Omar gooding play sweetpea who is a Gangsta and he played on smartguy. I thought it was very wack but if you did not know he was on smartguy then you might belive the act. Oh yeah the women in this movie are fine as hell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars spot light on baby boy
    Baby Boy has to be the best movie ever.Tyrese played as Jody is a 20 years old African american in south central L.A who is trying to live large but doesn't have a job.He got two babies by two different women and still lives at home with his mother.Growing up is tough on Jody,but aseries of events involing his mother's new boyfriend Melvin.His girlfriend Yvette and her ex-con ex boyfriend Rodney force him to learn some hard lessons about living,loving,and survingas a man in the hood.
    I love the part when Tyrese realized that he not a baby any more.He realized that he has to grow up and be a man because he gottwo big responsility. he got a daughter and a son that need to be cared for.
    I didn't like the scene when Tyrese got separated from his girl and his son. His girl left him because she got tired of Jody cheating on her.I think he shouldn't have cheated on her because he say "he lover her"and they have a baby together.
    He married the mother of his son JoJo.I think that was the smartest thing he did in his life because he thought about it and he realized that he truely love herand he knows that he has a big responsitly which is taking care of their child.
    In conclusion this movie show that it's never to late to be a grown man with your mom and having to kids and still can handle your responsibility to take care of everyone and getting your things done.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ghetto-FABULOUS!!!!!!!
    I didn't think it was possible to top Boyz in the Hood and Higher Learning but Singleton has managed to do just that.On the surface this may look like the stereotypical "black hood movie" but proves to be much more.The characters ARE ghetto--yes.But they are also real and honest and beautiful. A powerful and entertaining film that offers insight into an important aspect of the black condition. Singleton doesn't attempt to "cross the characters over" but allows them to maintain their own ghetto-integrity-wisdom causing US to rise to THEIR level. The acting ranges from superb to over the top-excellent.

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    Scary Movie (Special Edition)
    by Anna Faris Marlon Wayans Jon Abrahams Carmen Electra
    Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (13 August, 2002)
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    If you've seen Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, then you know the entire plot of Scary Movie. That's okay, though, because this is a parody, and it helps to know the story in order to be able to get the jokes. No, the biggest surprise here is not thestory as much as the amount of full-frontal male nudity. Really, in addition to all the dick jokes (and the ass jokes and fart jokes), there's a couple of shots of the male member, one of which is erect and used as a weapon. Scary Movie somehow ended up with an R rating, which in a sense is groundbreaking; perhaps our ratings board is loosening up after all.

    But is it funny? That's the most important question, and the answer to that is yes. In the vein of Airplane!, with a dash of the Farrelly brothers, Scary Movie keeps throwing jokes at you one after another. The law of averages says some of them have to hit, and enough of them do to keep the movie entertaining. Unlike the makers of Airplane!, however, the Wayans brothers aren't making this movie out of a love of the genre, and unlike the Farrelly brothers, they don't make fun of retarded people with any sort of respect, so the humor throughout feels a lot uglier. Still, there are enough funny scenes in Scary Movie to make the viewing experience worthwhile. Special credit must go to Lochlyn Munro as Greg, the over-the-top jock, who steals the movie up until the time he's gotta die.--Andy Spletzer ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ZERO stars if I could.....
    Scary Movie is one of those dreadfully unfunny comedies that just had so much potential but fell short. I mean what genre is easier or more fun to parody than the horror genre? If there had been more witty observations on scary movies than juvenile humor it might have been good. Personally I blame the Wayans, because the third wasn't as juvenile, and was you know actually funny...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Over the top, Shocking, and very hilarious!!!!
    I really enjoy this movie, and as many times as I've watched it I never get tired of it.The movie spoofs Scream, I Know what you did last summer, the Exorcist, and some of the action scenes from The Matrix.The movie also spoofs the Blair Witch Project, and the Sixth Sense. The movie is hilarious and well cast.The Wayans did a really good job with this film.Shawn and Damon Wayans act in the movie.While Keenan is the Director.Anna Farris is hilarious as "virginal" Cindy.Regina Hall plays Brenda.

    There are so many hilarious moments in this film it's hard to choose just one favorite.When the killer stabs Drew her breast implant come out is one such funny scene.Making fun of Carmen being on Baywatch by having her run through the sprinklers is another funny scene.Bobby lives in a trailer on the school grounds.Is Ray Bi-sexual or Gay? His behavior in the movie is very suspect.Even his girlfriend Brenda is trying to figure him out.The glory hole scene had me hollering.I will admit I was initially shocked to see the scene, but once I got over the initial shock, I could not stop laughing.Scary Movie has the typical over the top antics you come to expect from the Wayans.When Brenda gets killed in the movie theater for being so obnoxious I was too happy, because who has not dealt with that one person in the theater that takes away from their film watching enjoyment because they talk too much?When the killer gets stoned, and his mask changes expression that is quite funny.When the killer is trying to hide from Cindy and she spots his feet, and he reacts by trying to hide somewhere else, I could not stop laughing.The gym teacher (Ms. Mann get it?) is also quite funny!!!The scene that really had me doubled over with laughter was the bedroom scene between Bobby and Cindy, when he breaks out some tool to trim her bush is hilarious. I had to rewind some of the movie because I laughed so much I was missing scenes.There are just too many scenes to laugh at to just pick one favorite scene.

    Scary Movie is the best out of the three movies.Scary Movie two is simply okay had some funny moments, but not nearly as many as Scary Movie.Scary Movie three is the worst of the three.The only thing preventing me from giving Scary Movie (5) five stars is the Wasssssssup scene.By the time I saw the movie I was muting my TV whenever the commercial came used to come on, so that's the only scene in the movie I don't enjoy in the movie. If you are a fan of the Wayans, enjoy over the top comedy, then this is a movie you have to watch, and watch again.This is a film that will be added to my growing DVD collection.I've rented it so many times I need to go on a just own a copy.

    I just saw a news story where Anna Farris has signed on for a 4th installment.David Zucker is going to direct and filming starts in July.Oh Joy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Would you settle for PG-13?
    Scary Movie is the ultimate parody of 1990's horror film.Scary Movie plays off the transformation from the 80's to the 90's horror movie teen craze.Movies such as I know what you did last summer, Scream, Valentine, and Urban Legend.Scary Movie also included parodies of Sixth Sense and Blair Witch.

    "I said a dollar b_tch!"

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was involved in such projects as In Living Color, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, White Chicks, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and Eddie Murphy Raw, uses stylish props, witty takes on this genre of horror film, and a familiar cast in this comedy classic.

    "We hit a boot."
    "Where's the foot?"

    Keenen Ivory Wayans utilizes two of his brothers, including SW1 from In Living Color, Shawn Wayans.Marlon Wayans also delivers a strong performance as Shorty. Kelly Coffield from In Living Color also makes an appearance as the teacher with the child.To be honest, if they could have landed Carey to play the role of Office Doofy they would have scored a jackpot cast.However, I digress.

    "You want to get butt naked and wrestle?"

    Wayans took this movie over the top utilizing a wide array of over-the-top props.This group of props included a hot dog, a picture with "I know" written on it, vacuum cleaner, trailer home, piano, grandmother, bush trimmer, football equipment, a police officers pictures, Shannon Elizabeth's leg, and of course Ms. Mann's b_lls.

    "Would you remind me not to do that again."

    Wayans had an idea, a group of characters, and a theme, and he stuck to it.I am sure when the idea was first proposed Wayans was told this has been done one hundred times.Wayans probably just stated, not by me.With the assistance of Shawn and Marlon as writers and Keened as the director, Scary Movie was destined for greatness.Scary Movie is a must have in your DVD collection.I still laughed when I last saw it.That is saying a lot since I watched Scary Movie no less then fifty times in college.

    "What are you waiting for?"

    Grade: A-
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