riding high from black excellence 20: fleek week, black men are stealing the show yet again au cinema. since black excellence has 0 chill, “the evolution of a criminal”, “time is illmatic” , and “dear white people” are running simultaneously in the city! i saw the first two films during philly’s ‘blackstar film fest’ a few months ago and was blown a-way.
the evolution of a criminal
ok…so….i mean…what do you say when a film has you and your boys crying into a pile of hot wings at chilli’s chain restaurant after? i mean…like…darius monroe has to be the second coming of christ. has-to-be! this autobiographical documentary was so layered. i know this is supposed to be a review, but all i can say about it is YES. darius, your story, told through this film will shift this country and you’on een know. thank you x 1,000,000,000,000.
“the evolution of a criminal” is playing at ifc center. click here for showtimes.
time is illmatic
i’ve loved nasir jones for a solid 20 years. i don’t remember actually owning “illmatic” myself when it dropped, but i somehow knew the album front to back. i was 8 the year it came out and combined with “ready to die” released 5 months later, 1994 was the year i became a serious hip-hop head.
the doc “time is illmatic”, created by erik parker and one9, was a whopping 10 years in the making. we all know the flawlessness of slow-cooked food, but the same can be said for this film. the depth and texture of “time is illmatic” really speaks to the benefit of taking your time. the interviews from nas’ family (i love you so much jungle!), “illmatic” producers, and the stories nas told himself may render you to tears. (or maybe i’m just a total sap about rap) i think we’re all clear that “illmatic” is one of the best albums of all time, but becoming privy to the stories that birthed it, make it that much more special.
“time is illmatic” is playing at amc loews village 7. check here for showtimes.
dear white people
i’ve been following this film since its initial kickstarter campaign a couple years ago and overjoyed that it will now be in theaters. now i have to admit, i have a fewwwww reservations about seeing the film because of my upbringing and hbcu degree. i’ve never had experiences like the students of “dear white people”, so i’m nervous i’ll be utterly confused (like i usually am in the midst of black outrage) or that the point will fly over my head. however, i’m still going to give it a whirl because i champion people documenting and sharing their stories. if you don’t, no one else will (or they’ll tell your story all wrong). bravo to justin simien for talking yo sh*t!
“dear white people opens at regal union square stadium 14 on friday. check showtimes here.
i know a movie ticket costs an arm and two legs, but act like you in the dough for once.