In the Summer of 1831 Nat Turner and several dozen of his cohorts launched the largest slave uprising in the nation. Sickened by the treatment of fellow slaves while traveling as a preacher in Southern Virginia, Turner secretly recruited the willing, for the upcoming rebellion. On the morning of August 21, 1831, the group led by Turner, killed in upwards of 60 white men, women and children in the two day long revolt. Though the uprising was brief, the impact had long lasting effects. My biggest concern for Nate Parker, the writer, director and star of the film Birth Of A Nation, was if he’d play it safe. The contentious subject matter in this racially charged climate is already a conversation starter. Continue reading “Movie Review- The Birth of a Nation”
The third time seems to be the charm for Chris Rock as director. With middling success as writer and director in ‘Head of State’ and ‘I Think I Love My Wife’; Rock comes back strong with ‘Top Five’. Recent film such as ‘Birdman’ and ‘Beyond The Lights’, give a glimpse about what the price of fame entails. For André Allen (Rock), who has successfully transitioned from stand-up comedian to comedic actor, gained his fame from the Hammy The Bear trilogy. Hammy, voiced by Allen, is a brown bear that is the partner of a human cop. Allen, who now is trying to distance himself from the $600 million franchise, looks to forge a new path in his career by starring in ‘Up-rise!’, a film about Dutty Boukman and the Haitian Revolution.
2012’s Think Like A Man featured four friends in four different types of relationships. The women of the group acquire the Holy Grail of relationship books. It’s a book that promises to spill most of the trade secrets of men and offer an exclusive peek into the male psyche. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey, is the Women’s playbook in this unending game of Battle of the Sexes. Oh, and there’s Kevin Hart. Instead of exploring why a ‘Mama’s Boy’ is just that, Think Like A Man logically played the stereotypes of men and women until its predictable end.
The talented ensemble cast (and Kevin Hart) is back and heading to Las Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall), The Single Mom and Michael (Terrence Jenkins), The Mama’s Boy. The stories have been updated, as Steve Harvey’s book assisted in saving their relationships. That progression The wedding will be in Las Vegas; but more important than that are the bachelor parties. The Bridesmaids and groomsmen are out for dueling parties, in a town that specializes in the business of regret and bad decisions. “Happily separated” Cedric (Kevin Hart) has assumed the role of party planner for the men, while the women get an unwelcome surprise that could derail their entire evening.