‘She’s Gotta Have It’ [1986] Breaking Black Stereotypes in Film

Black people can be superheroes — thank you T’Challa — they can be love interests or the leading actor of a major blockbuster flick. Black characters can be layered and complex as exemplified in Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, She’s Gotta have It. 

Sorry to Bother You: A Funny and Wild Descent into the World of Greed, Corruption and Capitalism

Contrasting the common wide theatrical releases of Hollywood films, Riley’s feature length directorial debut Sorry to Bother You opened with a quiet, limited release early last month.  Although the box office numbers aren’t flowing to a big studio name, you truly haven’t entered Riley’s black comedy critique of capitalism until you’ve spent a little moreContinue reading “Sorry to Bother You: A Funny and Wild Descent into the World of Greed, Corruption and Capitalism”

Incredibles 2: Is Nostalgic, Complex, Feminist, and Simply Entertaining

The Parr family has finally returned to the big screen in one of the year’s most anticipated movies, The Incredibles 2. Although Pixar’s much awaited sequel may not be as good as its predecessor it surely is as thematically sophisticated, well-written, beautifully directed, fun, and entertaining.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Recreating Untouchable Legacies

Disney’s second anthology film in the Star Wars franchise, Solo, quietly released last month with an underwhelming performance at the box office. Surely the $1 billion grossing Rogue One isn’t to blame for Solo’s lackluster presence, but most likely 2017’s The Last Jedi which has divided the fandom and lead to wide distrust of Disney’sContinue reading “‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Recreating Untouchable Legacies”

I Made A Documentary on My Grandmother Titled ‘Leonie Superstar’

This short film was an assignment for my documentary class but I had never treated it as such. I hadn’t cared about my final grade or if it were going to be any good at all — well at least I did at first. I went in worried that I may not get all the footageContinue reading “I Made A Documentary on My Grandmother Titled ‘Leonie Superstar’”

Ingrid Goes West [Film of the Week #5]

Ingrid, wonderfully realized by one of my new favorite actresses Aubrey Plaza, is depicted to be nothing short of a psychopathic, obsessive social media user. Moments after we are first introduced to her crying while scrolling through Instagram, she storms into a wedding and pepper sprays the bride, an ex-friend, for not inviting her. TheContinue reading “Ingrid Goes West [Film of the Week #5]”

My Blogging New Years Resolution

Any stranger to 4therace should know that I am a lover of films. I hope to complete a minor in film at my school and continue film studies into graduate school. My dream is to become a film critic and possibly a screenwriter one day. 4therace is extremely special to me because I not onlyContinue reading “My Blogging New Years Resolution”

My Favorite Album of 2017: 4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole

Beautiful, insightful and heart breaking are three words I would use to describe J Cole’s best album 4 Your Eyez Only. Paralleling his life with that of his late friend, Cole tells a story which explores the immense societal burden that is placed on the black man and the realities of being born into aContinue reading “My Favorite Album of 2017: 4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole”

Star Wars The Last Jedi: Amongst the Franchise’s Best? [Spoiler Review]

In only two weeks of being in theaters Star Wars The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive film of the saga. In my spoiler free review I tried my best to explain, without revealing any significant plot points, why the hate for Last Jedi is completely unnecessary and instead should be lauded forContinue reading “Star Wars The Last Jedi: Amongst the Franchise’s Best? [Spoiler Review]”

Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: [Spoiler Free]

If Star Wars The Last Jedi isn’t one of the best additions to the franchise, it is undeniably the best film at expanding the mythos of the galaxy far, far away. Rogue One does  this exceptionally well through the character of Chirrut — here are my thoughts — but the Last Jedi continuously does so throughContinue reading “Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: [Spoiler Free]”