4.July – { Say Yes to Dope }

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**note: i used a pic of Zoe Kravitz, because its Zoe Kravitz…and although she’s nothing close to the main character, I’m exercising my right as blog-owner to post a picture of Zoe Kravitz, because it is indeed her; Zoe Kravitz**

I’ve seen this movie two times.  Just trying to figure out when I’ll make it out a third time.  It hit all of my movie wickets.  Although there weren’t any explosions, there was gunplay.  There was obvious and witty humor, a message on expression, allegoric meaning, good music, Zoe Kravitz, and a pretty good tempo.

My sister (Sydney Charles) once said that I put “New Jack” on everything.  People clown me, and people also love that I’ll show up to your function rocking a Karl Kani sweatshirt of the turquoise kind and not think anything was wrong with it – all of this because I never left the 90s.  The decade that i had all of my “coming of age” moments.  This movie touched that part of my De La Soul.

The monologue at the end gave me chills because it was so relatable.  I felt like I had a part in either making this movie, or it was inspired by yours truly, the illustrious Kenneth B.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend that you do.  I give it 5 planets on a scale of 5 stars.  Can’t wait for it to come out on VHS.

– Kenneth.

21.Nov – { Dear White People }

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so…..

The movie opened in select theaters nationwide on the 17th of October.  I had been anticipating its release since social media got ahold of it, and inspired #dearwhitepeople tags on things blacks would point out that was either racist, or annoying that white people did.  We haven’t had anything like this since Spike in the 90s – this to me was going to be “School Daze” meets “Higher Learning” (i know “Higher” was not a Spike joint too btw).

I got back to Washington – found 1 of the 3 places it was showing in Seattle..and got there early.  After getting my popcorn and glass of Malbec (#78 of things bougie blacks love: wine in movie theaters), I found my seat in a very…very empty theatre…like, i was the only person in there…good thing 3 of my friends showed up to watch it, because it was only us 4 in there….period.

The movie got underway – it was filmed very well.  The cinematic layout and timing was great.  They slowly brought us into the narrative and then began to leak sub-plots.  The inner-conflict that some of the characters were dealing with were displayed well.  Tessa Thompson became one of my favorites, and I hope to see her in more movies.  Whether it was her being Huey Newton’s first seed, or dealing with her relationship issues..she sold whatever she wanted, and i bought all of it.

Dear White People was a movie that needed to be made.  It touched base on the modern racial-America.  And if nothing else, would serve as a good place to start conversations on race, prejudice and tolerance.  My boy that saw the movie weeks prior to me seeing it said that white people were actually getting up and leaving the theatre.  I don’t really know what to say about that – because by the end of it, the movies laces were tied pretty well….and it spoke more to harmony than anything.

– Kenneth Seales

5.Oct { Gone Girl }

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so….

This movie was brilliant – I’m pretty sure the “book is better than the movie” as most literature enthusiasts would exclaim.  Well since I have a passion for actually visiting the silver screen, I had chose to watch it instead, and bruh…..

The following are some thoughts on the film:

  • Ben Affleck:  Good job man! – He really sold the sharp, yet unreadable character that was portrayed…he really followed through on this film.  Which was surprising, because since Gigli – i lost all hope in Benny.
  • Rosamund Pike:  Beautiful and brilliant.  Her voice, narrating…was soothing and sincere.  She really sold every aspect of “Amy”.  And when I say EVERY aspect – I mean all points.  You’ll have to see the movie to know what I mean by that.
  • Tyler Perry:  Most people would call me as a Tyler-hater…because I am. Period.  No hiding that…and I have to admit, when i saw his face – utter disappointment and contentment rose in my soul…but this man delivered.  He played a very charming lawyer and he was 777! – ALL MONEY!
  • The Story:  The writer pulled the viewers one way…yanked us the other way…put us in a place of suspense…shocked us..and then left us (or at least me) with an unsettle d feeling in the pit of my stomach as the credits rolled.  I would love to see this movie again.

If I had a rating system, I would give this movie all of whatever I had to give.

Bottom line up front:  go see it.

Tonight.

 

– kenneth