BLACK PANTHER. DIR. RYAN COOGLER. DOP. RACHEL MORRISON. “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, cause they knew death was better than bondage.”(Erik Killmonger) It’s one of the most powerful lines you will hear in a blockbuster film. I don’t usually root for villains but this well-crafted film makes you want to. Michael B Jordan plays the antagonist who actually has a valid point but goes about it the wrong way. On the other side, there is Chadwick Boseman who is trying to figure out who he is and how to be a king. It’s about many themes such as identity, responsibility, and colonialism. Layers on layers. Having a director with traces of African roots was essential for this film. Could somebody else that wasn’t a person of color have directed something like the way Coogler did? Probably not. It’s about the artist having a connection with the subject matter. The history. The culture. The final scene in this film is totally in line with Ryan’s other films and it ends on a note that gives young black kids hope for the future. Ends with same feeling I got from Moonlight and Creed. It’s personal and binding. I loved the beautiful photography and smooth camera movement from Rachael Morrison, who also did one of the best films of the year Mudbound. I love the way she lights black skin with care and her framing of this unique world. The costumes are damn on point. The supporting cast of woman shape the film and it soars high. I haven’t seen a film full black people where everyone is excited to see it but, the times are changing. Ryan Coogler from OAKLAND is 31 years old and already has made greats like Fruitvale Station and Creed and now this. It’s more than a superhero film, it’s empowering and heartfelt. I like movies that move me and this one does just that. I’m excited to see what Ryan does next. Last year there was Get Out. this year there is THE BLACK PANTHER. Go see this film. #wakandaforever ✊🏾 #blackpanther
The Phantom Thread, Dir & DOP Paul Thomas Anderson. Daniel Day-Lewis goes out of the game on the highest note Imaginable. Paul directs this gem of a film with precision. It’s poetic and beautiful, yet mysterious. Magic. It’s a unique love story. About a obsessive fashion designer, his sister, and Love interest. The score pulls you into the picture and lingers. My favorite scene is a sequence that involves Day Lewis searching through the crowd for his wife at a New Year’s party. It’s a moment for me that sticks because you see he can’t be without her. Even tho it’s clear her world doesn’t fit his rules. It’s a personal film from Paul and one of his best. I’m gonna be seeing this again soon. And blasting the score.
The Leftovers turned out to be the show of 2017, and arguably one of the greatest of the decade. It’s the gift that Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the writing staff cooked up and brought to the screen. It was a reflection of what’s been going down in America. Season 3 is perfection in every sense of the word. Finding meaning in a terrifying world full of grief and violence. A lot of the times broken people tend to tell stories to make themselves feel better. That’s the central purpose of the narrative. And sometimes the line between what’s real and what isn’t so clear. Ultimately It’s the search for hope. I think years from now people will look back and say how the fuck did this get past them. The Leftovers ended with a simple but, stunning ending that I’ll always remember. @hbo
"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion — only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treated each other — especially people of color," - Beyoncé
Fucking Brilliant 🔥 Bold. BLACK. Feminist. Poetic. I finished watching She’s Gotta Have It last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. This show packs refreshing diversity and the issues that empowers POC and make us come together. It’s worth noting Spike chose to not tell this show through the male gaze and went with woman being in the writers room through the development process. Spike and his team did a incredible job. She’s Gotta Have It represents what we need MORE on TV. I believe the show is better than the film. What makes me like any work of art is how I feel on my initial viewing. I can say this show is a masterpiece. A rewatch is coming soon. ✊🏾 Thank you. I’m excited for Spike’s next film project ‘Black Klansman’ produced by Jordan Peele and starring John David Washington, and Adam Driver. @officialspikelee@misskimdirector@dewandawise@sydmo7@cleoanthony@anthonyramosofficial#shesgottahaveit