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The Reel Critic Interviews: Them

Reggie Ponder talks to THEM creator Little Marvin and members of the cast: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas and Shahadi Wright Joseph.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Genius: Aretha and Tina

This week Shawn, Kathia, and I talk about the movies Zack Snyder’s Justice League (and we disagree), Genius: Aretha (and there are some STRONG opinions), and the documentary Tina (I think we agreed). We also talked about if The Golden Globe Awards Show needs to be replace given their lack of diversity and systemic issues, the importance of the NAACP Image Awards and some needed changes, and Disney’s decision to drop the movie Black Widow in Theaters and on VOD simultaneously. Lively discussion. #film #movies #ElevateBlackVoices

The Reel Critic Roundtable

Reggie Ponder Interviews Sam Pollard for his movie MlK/FBI

I got a chance to speak to director Sam Pollard about his documentary MLK/FBI. This was part of the AAFCA roundtable.

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic

You can see what the other critics had to say at the AAFCA Youtube channel https://youtu.be/4v03OBDEkHg

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman and Pieces of A Woman

In this episode the critics discuss Wonder Woman, Promising Young Woman and Pieces of A Woman.

Kathia Woods, Reggie Ponder and Shawn Edwards

Sonia Lowman Talks About Her Documentary Black Boys

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, interviews Sonia Lowman About her new film Black Boys. BLACK BOYS illuminates the spectrum of black male humanity in America. An intimate, inter-generational exploration, BLACK BOYS strives for insight to black identity and opportunity at the nexus of sports, education and criminal justice.

Sonia Lowman & Reggie Ponder Discuss Black Boys

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Antebellum & Alone

This week the critics discuss Antebellum and Alone. Shawn Edwards declares this week a bad week for women and Kathia Woods and Lonita Cook agreed citing these too films as problematic. I chimed in too so check out the show and let us know your thoughts.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Chadwick Boseman Impact, Tenet & Mulan

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 Critics discuss Chadwick Boseman, Tenet and Mulan

The Reel Critic Roundtable S1 E3: The Rental & Greyhound

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.

Kathia Woods, Reggie Ponder, Shawn Edwards & Lonita Cook

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.

Shawn Edwards provides some great picks for pics to watch

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, talks to film critic extraordinaire about movie to watch while at home.