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The week the critics discuss Tenet and Mulan. But before Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards, Sharronda Williams and myself talked movies, we were joined by Michele Prettyman Ph.D. (Assistant Professor Mercer University Scholar of Film, Race and Visual CultureMedia Consultant) and Terri Prettyman Bowles (writer, content curator and a co-founder of Daughters of Eve Media) to talk about the loss and the impact of Chadwick Boseman. suffice it to say, while he will be missed he left a footprint that will live forever.
The Reel Critic Roundtable: The Personal Life Of David Copperfield, Words On Bathroom Walls and Social Unrest impact on entertainment
This week the critics talk about two movies, The Personal Life of David Copperfield and Words on Bathroom Walls. And you guessed it, there was no consensus. This discussion was all the way live. Reggie’s critic for a minute, well maybe more than a minute, was about the stress and trauma of this moment of racial awakening. Later, all the critics weigh in on what role critics can play during these very difficult times.
This week the critics (Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and Mercendez Springer) talk about Unhinged and The 24th. Academy Award© winner, Russell Crowe, stars in Unhinged, a psychological thriller that explores the fragile balance of a society pushed to the edge, taking something we’ve all experienced – road rage – to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. THE 24TH tells the incredibly powerful andtimely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917.
We also talked about the many Black biopics that are coming out with dueling entities making two Aretha Franklin projects and two Mahalia Jackson projects. The conversation was unhinged, unscripted and uncensored!
This week the critics talk about Project Power, Lovecraft Country and P-Valley. Emmanuel Noisette join Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and myself for a spirited discussion on these films, the quality of film overall during the pandemic and real veal our favorite dance movies. But when I say spirited, I mean heated and this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Well, you shouldn’t miss any episodes.
This week the critics (Shawn Edwards, Kathis Woods, Carolyn Hinds and myself) talk about the Netflix movie Work It and the Disney+ presentation Black Is King. We also talk about how creating content is not just good for the greater community by presenting diverse images but it is also good for business. Finally we look at black networks like Bounce, Aspire, TV One & Own and what they need to survive. And we had a special guest, fashionista and dancer extraordinaire, Bobbi Ponder.
“Where Black Film Critics come to discuss, debate and have fun”
This week the critics, Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and special guest Ronda racha Penrice come together to discuss the movie Radioactive, a film about Marie Currie and the documentary, The Fight which looks at the ACLU and four important cases they are fighting. We talk a little bit about Nas. Yes, that’s right Nas! We look at Beyonce’s Black is King and discuss if Disney is right for this very provocative content and we have a lille fun!
The Reel Critic Roundtable got together to discuss the Dave Franco directed film, The Rental as well as the Tom Hanks film Greyhound. Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and Lonita Cook join Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic for a spirited discussion of these films as well as pinning the winners and loser in the first ever Pandemy Awards.
I have been wanting to have a Black Film Critic Show FOREVER. I pitched it in so many variations to advertisers, media outlets, entrepreneurs and friends but I could never get any traction (I think a book on the doors that were closed on Black Film Critique would be in order but I’ll save that for another day). I tried to get critics together on a regular basis but it was hard to get people to spend time at a shoot and not get paid when they had other paying gigs. I shot a pilot with my friend Bonnie DeShong. My sister, Tracie produced the program and I was sure this would be something others would like and investors (advertisers and corporations) could sink their teeth into. Well I was wrong.
BUT… this pandemic has many of us at home and instead of having a costly shoot, I just did it by Zoom. I got the great Shawn Edwards to agree to be on the show and that was all I needed. If you don’t know, Shawn is celebrating 20 years on Fox 4 in Kansas City. He is the longest running Black Film Critic on TV and he had time for little old me. I got the fantastic Kathia Woods to join me. If you don’t know, here is a woman who has her own platform and employs others. That’s right she pays people (I get asked all the time to be on shows but no one is paying – but we do what we have to do to get exposure that might lead to money). I got my man, Al McGhee who also has his own platform. If you don’t know he does more than movies. Dude does theater, music and boxing. It’s on! I’m Set and Ready to Go!!
This week Shawn, Kathia, Al and I got together to review the movies Hamilton and John Lewis: Good Trouble (Hamilton is really a video production of a stage play – as Shawn was quick to put me in check), discuss the HBO Max decision to pull Gone With The Wind and add a preface and then each of us talked a bit about a particular topic.
I really hope you listen, enjoy and respond. Oh yeah, and share – maybe advertisers, media outlets and others might like to partner and help amplify Black Voices. Good for their customers, Good for us critics and good for the profits.
I got a chance to catch up with Matthew Cherry, director of the Oscar Nominated Best Animated Short film, Hair Love at the African American Film Critic Association Awards where he was award Breakthrough Director. I also spoke to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.
I’m going to post the interviews but nothing can say it better than the actual film. This Film is SO IMPORTANT, SO FANTASTIC and SO TOUCHING. This should be seen by all and I hope it inspires, encourages and breaks down barriers. A towering achievement for such a short film. It connects personally, culturally and universally. MUCH LOVE to HAIR LOVE
Here’s the film
Here’s Matthew Cherry and I talking about the film
Here I am talking to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.
The Sun Is Also A Star is a sweet and interesting love story which requires a bit of a romantic heart. Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton have a chemistry that makes this endearing, funny and hopeful. Despite some obvious plot potholes, there is enough love to fill them all plus a doubting heart.