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  • Shaft

    Shaft

    ★★★★

    "Who's the black private dick
    That's a sex machine to all the chicks? (Shaft!)
    You're damn right

    Who is the man
    that would risk his neck for his brother, man? (Shaft!)
    Can ya dig it?

    Who's the cat that won't cop out
    when there's danger all about? (Shaft!)
    Right on

    You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother-(Shut your mouth)
    But I'm talkin' about Shaft (Then we can dig it)
    He's a complicated man
    but no one understands him...…

  • The Butler

    The Butler

    ★★★

    Watched with MLK Jr.'s birthday in mind, and boy was that appropriate. The whole reasoning behind this officially being "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is a long story, but it's not a great title anyway. This is much less about the butler and much more of a survey course on US Civil Rights from 1920-2010. The idea of viewing this all through one man's eyes, from sharecropping days to seeing what it meant for Barack Obama to be elected president, is…

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★

    Anyone talking about this film being "dated" or "cheesy" can get the hell out...literally, Get Out. Because ya'll love Get Out so much, and that film is one long homage to this one.

    I watched this for the first time in a gear up for MLK Jr.'s birthday, when I make a point to think about these kind of things each year. The initial setup of a white girl bringing her black lover home to meet her parents for the…

  • Braveheart

    Braveheart

    ★★★★½

    Historians before Braveheart came out: "We actually don't know much for certain about William Wallace. The only primary sources are epic poems and they're notoriously unreliable."

    Historians after Braveheart came out: "William Wallace's life was not like that and I have 27 supporting points why!"

    If you put this on expecting to watch "William Wallace: A Biography"... then you somehow misread the title since it doesn't say anyone's name and is not located in the documentary section. You may also…