The Beginning of Civil Rights Legislation
Of course the title deals with debating but it goes far deeper than
that. Forest Whitaker, playing a true academician in every sense of the
word, has both a precocious and gifted 14 year old son played by the
brilliant Denzel Whitaker,no relation, and that son is none other than
James Farmer Jr.,whom 7 years later becomes the founder of C.O.R.E.,
the Congress on Racial Equality. Thus began the beginning of the end of
segregation as well as the vicious Jim Crow laws of the South which
made it as difficult for a Negro to live and thrive there as it did for
the Jew in pre-war Third Reich Germany. Yet, the film was basically not
political in theme.
It deals with a small black college in Texas,Wiley,that had a poet plus
a political agitator played by Denzel Washington as many students'
mentor. Denzel, knowing that if given the chance, a few gifted students
could form a debating team to challenge any college team in the nation
and he sets out to prove it. Keep in mind that the main theme of the
Civil Rights Movement was "if given the chance" and so the film builds
on it and does the kind of damage to opponents as did the great "Brown
Bomber," Joe Louis.
Although a bit slow moving and at times, pretentious, the film was very
skillfully done in bringing to light the efforts accomplished by the
African Americans to do away with the perniciousness having pervaded
this nation from the time the first slave ship landed on our shores.
Without delving into the ultra-political, nevertheless we are made to
see for ourselves how prophetic became the words "We can overcome".
Who wrote, "And the youth shall guide them?" Truer words never written.
Those Wiley College kids, without anything but minds for weapons,
caused a revolution from the mid '30s to the present--kids who put real
meaning into the Emancipation Proclamation..
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The bone collector, this is a movie that I was so amazed when I watched it. I was really surprised on how to communicate through forensic language with crime scene are merged together to perform a award worthy movie of such intelligence. The Manchurian Candidate, the movie that tell the world that corruption and crime live comfortable among the people of power, they do not give any damn of whatever it's going to cause even if half of the world will pay the ransom all they care for is to achieve their mission at all cause..
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Canibal: Featuring Anthony Hopkins and Julian Morre, absolutely impressive. its got high and low suspense that would hav u gripping ur sofa tight and letting go. Its a must!! Terminator 4: The movie is great but I feel they should have showed more terminators. The terminators are like an extinct specie in that movie, I somehow feel misled to watching it. Anmd whilke I can say the graphics are great and the movie is brilliant, I'm just not satisfied..
Entertaining As I like to say, this movie is very entertaining. It is not as great as Rainforest Classics "Stomp the Yard", "the Gospel" or "This Christmas", but I only asked to be entertained when I sat down to watch this film. I was glad to see a film that cast the hilarious Tony Rock, Vivica A. Fox, Jason Winston George, and Jazsmin Lewis all in one film together. I am a fan of Fox, Rock and George although this proved to be a big role for George to carry at this point in his career. Especially under this director whom I must say is over his head with this job. By the way, his movie stands on its own independent of "Two Can Play...". If you want to get in the Rainforest spirit, get your hands on the aforementioned "Stomp the Yard" Stomp the Yard (Widescreen Edition) and "The Gospel" The Gospel (Special Edition). But despite any shortcomings of the film not being a masterpiece of cinema, it was well worth price paid as an entertaining comedy that I enjoyed. I was pleasantly surprised to see the film acting debut of Hot 107.9 Atlanta's Rashan Ali in the movie in a supporting role as one of Jazmin Lewis' character's best friends. Rashan has a bright spirit in the radio studio and as an Atlanta Hawks announcer and she does well in this movie. I'll be looking for her in upcoming projects. Vivica does her regular "thing" in this movie with grand style and her fans will be pleased to see her go through the paces. Another odd but pleasant surprise for me was the prominent placement of Upscale Magazine, one of my favorite magazines. I've been reading that magazine almost every month for many years and it was funny to see it on the big screen as almost a co-star of the movie. Big ups to the Affluent Lifestyle! If you only buy one film every 2 years, this may not be the one for you. But if you like funny, entertaining movies and you like the work of any of the cast members featured, this movie is an easy choice. at the end of the day, this is a movie that is now a part of my collection right next to its predecessor, "Two Can Play That Game". "Hollywood" Will Packer and "Big Time" Bernard Bronner put their stamp on it so I had to check it out. I know I'm on point because I got mine through Amazon Prime but both of my daughters each bought one this week too, one at Wal-Mart and the other at Best Buy..
very inspiring.. .
Far from awful, but still a disappointing second directorial outing from Denzel
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
The true story of Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) who arrived at a
West Virginia college in 1935 and inspired the students to form the
first ever black debate team that saw them go on to take on Harvard in
the championships. Though he wins the admiration of the students, fears
of his communist leanings create tension as well as the general racial
tension of the time.
Denzel Washington has tried his hand twice at being a director now, and
one thing you can say for both of the films is that, in the UK at
least, they have both received poor distribution. His first, the
excellent, hugely under-rated Antwone Fisher got barely a limited
release, whilst this is a 2007 release yet to receive an official
release over here. And, while it would be a shame if it fails to ever
find an appropriate slot to pop out of over here, it would certainly be
much less of a tragedy than if it had worked out the other way round.
We find ourselves just thrust into this biopic of communist witch
hunt/racial tension America, with little in the way of build up to the
story or development of the main characters, which makes it somewhat
difficult to care as much as we could for any of them. Denzel's
character is introduced far too early, and while the main man puts his
heart and soul into his performance, sadly he doesn't seem to have done
such a good job directing this time round. The performances in general
are pretty good, notably Forest Whitaker in a supporting role as the
devout preacher father of one of the debaters, but without a sound
script to support them, they can't shine to their full potential. The
film also has opportunity to make something out of well worn but
interesting topics, like over-coming racial tension/triumpth over
adversity, but stretching to just the two hour mark with this little
backbone, it's all a bit of a slog.
It's hard to think when this will come out over here, as it's hard to
think what appeal it will have to a UK audience other than on a dull
Sunday afternoon. Sadly, fairly well made and well acted as it is, this
is a huge missed opportunity all round. ***.