Ali (2001) is directed Micheal Mann and stars Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jaime Foxx, Mario Van Peebles and Nona Gaye. It is a Biopic account of the life of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali between the period of 1964-1975. Here’s another one that shot for greatness and unfortunately didn’t quite hit the mark. The last film […]Read More Ali: Banter, Bans and Bouts
*Warning: this film is very explicit, viewer discretion is advised* Straight outta Compton (2015) is directed by F.Gary Gray and stars O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, R.Marcos Taylor and Paul Giamatti. The film is based on the true life story of the legendary and controversial hip-hop group NWA and the rise and fall […]Read More Straight Outta Compton: Contracts, Cussing and Controversy
The Disaster Artist (2017) is Directed by, and stars James Franco. Dave Franco, Seth Rogan, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas and Josh Hutcherson join the cast. It is based on the book by Greg Sisterio about the true life story of Tommy Wisau and the author and how they created arguably the worst movie […]Read More The Disaster Artist: Enigmas, Dreams and Accents.
The Message (1976) is directed by Moustapha Akkad and stars Anthony Quinn,Irene Papas,Johnny Sekka,Micheal Ansara and chronicles the life of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed from the early days of Islam until his death in the year 632 CE. Religious epics. Probably the only genre that a film can be hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, horrible […]Read More The Message: Sacred Faces, Holy Spaces and Desert Places.
Too big to fail (2011) is directed by Curtis Jackson (no, not 50 Cent) and is based on the book of the same name written by Andrew Ross Sorkin about the financial crisis of 2008. It stars William Hurt, Topher Grace, James Wood,Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon and others. This movie is short. In fact, it […]Read More Too Big to Fail: Bankruptcy, Bailouts and the Brothers Lehman.
Victoria and Abdul (2017) is directed by Stephen Frears and stars Judie Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard and Adeel Akhtar. The film is the amazing true story about the until recently undocumented relationship between Queen Victoria and her servant Abdul Karim. Interesting film. This is probably the most light-hearted entry I’ve made on […]Read More Victoria and Abdul: Rumi,ruling and racism.
Malcolm X (1992) is Directed by Spike Lee (Inside Man) and is based on the Autobiography of the same name. It stars Spike Lee himself, Denzel Washington as the Titular Character, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr, Albert Hall and Kate Vernon. It chronicles the life of the controversial civil rights leader from his […]Read More Malcolm X: Civil Rights, Harlem Nights and Mecca Sites.