Tag Archive: African Americans

fruitvale stationStarring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand & Chad Michael Murray
Written & directed by Ryan Coogler

Based on a true story, this film follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a young African-American who, in 2008, was shot in the back by a white police officer while being detained in handcuffs at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, California.

It’s the racist cops
in America that keep
this cesspool classy.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Fruitvale Station is playing now in select cities.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Pariah (2011)

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell & Kim Wayans
Written and directed by Dee Rees

A teenage girl in Brooklyn gradually embraces her identity as a lesbian, which begins to put added strain on her parents already-fragile marriage.

A must-see for both
the persecuted and their
ignorant haters.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pariah is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Written by Nancy Buirski & Susie Ruth Powell
Directed by Nancy Buirski

Set during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement, this documentary tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were repeatedly arrested and forced to leave the state of Virginia for being married at a time when it was forbidden for whites and blacks to marry.

Forbid certain folks
from marrying? Good thing that
doesn’t happen now!

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Loving Story is now playing on HBO.

(Blu) Haiku Review: The Help (2011)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson & Sissy Spacek
Written for the screen and directed by Tate Taylor

In 1960s Mississippi, a young woman begins a secret writing project that tells about life from the point of view of several African American housekeepers.

A by-the-numbers
crowd-pleaser that was likely
made to ease white guilt.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Help is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/6/11.