I have a simple demand for exploitational, genre films like Deadgirl – if you’re going to bother opening the proverbial pandora’s box, you might as well open it up all the away. There’s nothing more frustrating than a half-assed horror flick that thinks it’s scarier and gorier than it actually is, relying on loud noises […]

Soul Power

By the time I learned about the exploits of Muhammad Ali, he had long since moved from being a boxer to being a political, historical figure, a celebrity afflicted with a medical condition that effectively muted his fiery speech. It was the exemplary When We Were Kings that first opened my eyes to Ali the […]

Derniere Maquis

Pretentious, obnoxious film about working in a pallet factory. Telling what should be an enlightening tale about a boss who is imposing his Islamic faith upon his workers via the construction of a mosque, we’re instead inundated with long, drawn out images of rows upon rows of red painted pallets, with forklifts scurrying back and […]

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love

It’s hard to say definitively, but certainly one of my earliest introductions to non-English “World Music” was the collaboration between Peter Gabriel and Senagalese sensation Youssou N’Dour. And what an introduction – his soaring tenor seems to cut through any arrangement with bell-like clarity, a distinctive instrument that can truly be said to be one […]

Miracle at St. Anna

Early on in this travesty of a film, an elderly African American is watching a John Wayne WWII flick. Spittling at the screen, he intones “we were there, TOO, pilgrim…”This, then, is Spike’s answer to all those films that “forgot” to include Blacks in their retelling of war tales. Much was made of Spike’s verbal […]