Roger Guenveur Smith over the course of his three-decades-plus acting career has appeared in many Spike Lee works. But in a MSR phone interview last month, he let known that the successful collaboration with the famed director got its beginning in Minneapolis’ Uptown area. Continue Reading →
By Dwight Hobbes
A problem with living in a small market, especially if you happen to be a movie nut, is that many flicks, even those with major stars, don’t make it here to the Twin Cities. There just aren’t enough theaters, not even with the multiplex venues. And, of course, there are only a few of the art houses that specialize in independent films.
Considering these factors, when it comes to Black cinema, it’s all the harder to so much as know when any but the most highly visible offerings are released. If it doesn’t have a Denzel Washington or a Halle Berry in it, or if it’s not a big-ticket comedy, it languishes so far below the media radar we rarely realize the film exists. This is why it pays well to keep an eagle eye out when browsing cutout bins, perusing racks at the pawn shop or stopping at the library for DVDs. Continue Reading →
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By Dwight Hobbes
Here’s a do-it-yourself DVD double feature for you, if chuckalicious, rib-tickling comedy is right up your alley, whether as usual fare or just a change of pace: Next Day Air and Undercover Brother. If you don’t own either one, this is a great excuse to request them at your local library, or a perfect reason to use your rent-a-film account. Whatever, set aside an afternoon or evening, pop the corn, pour some soda and sit back. Next Day Air, a raucous romp, is, it bears noting, not quite family entertainment, rated R because of foul language, explicit drug content, and no nudity but some frank sexuality. So, watch this one without little kids around. Continue Reading →