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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: The AAFCA Awards

The critics discuss the AAFCA Awards. Best film, Best Actors, short films and documentaries. The show itself was fun and many Black Films received the accolades they deserved. Kathia Woods, Gil Robertson, and Clayton Davis Joins Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic to celebrate Black film.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Latinos in Hollywood

The Critics discuss Latinos in Hollywood – their portrayal, the amount of roles and colorism in the Latino community

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Them and AAFCA Awards

This week we discuss the new series Them, The Death of DMX, and the African American Film Critics Awards. Our critics include Kathia Woods from CupofSoulShow.com, Gil Robertson who is the President of AAFCA and Clayton Davis Awards editor at Variety. We discussed, debated and had a little fun.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Blithe Spirit, I Care A Lot and Truth to Power

This week, the critics discussed, the movies Blithe Spirit, I Care A Lot, and Truth to Power. We also discussed, diversity in the industry and how there is so much lip service and not deep systematic diversity within the film industry – extending to film critics.

The Reel Critic Roundtable

The Reel Critic Roundtable

The Critics discuss the movie The Little Things starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.

The Critics discuss The Little Things

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Cicely Tyson, The Little Things and Supernova

The critics discuss the life and legacy of Cicely Tyson and the movies The Little Things and Supernova.

The Reel Critic Roundtable

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Our Friend and The White Tiger – Oh and Lupin!

In this episode, Shawn Edwards and Ronda Racha Penrice Join me to discuss the films Our Friend and The White Tiger. As usual we discuss other industry news, one of which is the success of the Netflix series Lupin.

Reggie Ponder, Shawn Edwards and Ronda Racha Penrice

Fatale – Movie Review

What’s It about:

After a wild one-night stand, Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he discovers that the sexy and mysterious woman he risked everything for, is a determined police detective (Hilary Swank) who entangles him in her latest investigation. As he tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into her trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life.

Who’s in it:

Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Tyrin Turner, Damaris Lewis. Director:Deon Taylor

What’s to like:

A Black film about a fatal attraction has been done before but I don’t think it has been quite done like this.  A solid cast, an interracial relationship, a successful Black Business and some twists and turns makes this something you won’t see coming but is worth seeing.  I was curious as to how Academy Award winner Hilary Swank was going to play as a sexual interest and Fatale gave me more to think about than a mere one night stand.  There is real chemistry between Michael Ealy and Swank but it is that “I wish I didn’t get involved with her” kind of chemistry. An oil and vinegar that might be good on a sub sandwich but not on a great burger.  What Fatale does well is set you up in a way that you guess what is next, you talk to the screen and you notice the setting, scenery and shots.  Fatale is a tense and fun film which makes everyone suspect  You know how you ask when watching a movie “did a Black person write this?” Well, the dialogue and situations (that crazy cousin), while universal, have those things that only come from understanding the culture.  Mike Colter plays a great business partner or not, but I like his performance.  I can’t help but mention, that as beautiful as Damaris Lewis is as Ealy’s wife, you wonder why he would stray in the first place but that is what makes it interesting.  

What’s not to like

Some of this will have you saying “really?”, so you will have to suspend belief.  You will say things like “I wouldn’t do that” or “this wouldn’t happen to me” but I think Fatale works as a piece of escapism and intrigue and more importantly, conversation.

My rating

Worth watching – 3 Reels

The Reel Critic Roundtable: One Night In Miami

The Critics, Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and myself discuss the Regina King directed movie One Night In Miami. One Night in Miami is the story of four men who confront their challenges, their triumphs and theirs hopes.  It is a reimagining of the real life gathering of of Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) the night Clay upsets heavy weight campion Sonny Liston.  One Night In Miami is based on the award winning play by the same name. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge & Leslie Odom Jr.

The Critics discuss One Night In Miami