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The Reel Critic RoundTable Launch

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.

The Reel Critic Roundtable

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.

LOVE Hair Love

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 might actually be a Star

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.

Tick, Tock, John Wick Chapter 3 is WICKED

If you want action the wick has been lit on both ends and it is getting hot! This is a non-stop action thriller that has so many kills that will surprise or just make you cheer. Thrills, Kills and Chills!

Are Marvel Fans Ready For The End Game?

Can you believe it? After over 20 film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it all comes down to this, Avengers: End Game. The much anticipated follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War is finally here and the question is “are Marvel fans ready for the End Game?” This film will surely answer some questions and spark some others. It will make you laugh, cry and cheer. 3 hours looked to be too long but after exiting the theater it was hard to say so long to this chapter of the MCU.

In Reality End Game found Space for Soul and Power, showcasing heart as well as action. It is worth your Time and will play with the emotions of the Mind. You will come for the characters and story, get caught up in the journey, be excited about the action and leave with uncontained satisfaction. A cinematic Marvel and the crown jewel of the Universe. A Must See! Four out of 4 reels

Reggie, The Reel Critic , reviews Avengers: The End Game


Breakthrough More Than A Testimony Of Faith

Admittedly, Breakthrough is about faith and it is about family and community. The faith of a mother, the power of community, the bonds of a family and the grace and mercy of god make this an important and relevant movie.

Dumbo Has To Have Smarts To Be Successful AT The Box-office

This reincarnation of a Disney classic has to find a way to make Dumbo as exciting as its predecessor while addressing the backlash regarding circuses and animals in captivity. While Dumbo does fly, the movie doesn’t soar.

No Child Should Have To Ask, Where’s Daddy?

This is an important examination of how Black Men are treated regarding child support by the courts. It will make you think, talk & possibly take action to even the playing field regarding this injustice. No child should have to ask Where’s Daddy?

Ya’ll scared of US?

I don’t know about yall and not sure I know about US. But this is another Jordan Peele film with some important messages wrapped in horror and gore.  If you don’t leave fearing yourself you will leave knowing that the worst gang is a doppelgäng. Deliberate, Disturbing, Deserving.

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, reviews US

Five Feet Apart, Worth The Risk of Getting A Little Closer

Worth the risk? The risk of getting teary-eyed; The risk of coming to care about these characters; The risk of going to a movie other than a superhero flick. Five Feet Apart is about a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her. The problem is their love is a risk of life and death as their bouts with cystic fibrosis requires they stay at least six feet apart from each other.