‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Movie Review

Based on the true story Of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the IL Black Panthers. I was educated on the activist journey this young man had in his short life time. Many historical stories have a judas in their camp, as did this one. Compelling acting! I experienced this story telling in the theatre; also showing on HBO Max for a limited time.

5 stars out of 5

R | 2h 6min | BiographyDramaHistory | 12 February 2021 (USA)

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‘The Last Dance’ via ESPN

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No matter what your age was in the late 80’s-90’s, if you understood basketball then you know it was the best of basketball! I so enjoyed this documentary that is mostly narrated by the legendary Michael Jordan. I am a Detroiter and an original fan of the “bad boys” days of basketball that the Detroit Pistons created. As much as I love the City of Chicago, our hearts were crushed when the Bulls finally were able to overcome the Pistons to go to the NBA finals (which ended our 3-peat journey). The Pistons had to overcome the Celtics to get to the finals so it was inevitable that the Bulls with Michael Jorden would defeat us. I was little beside myself as the Pistons weren’t mentioned until episode 3 or 4? I know there still seems to be friction between Isaiah Thomas/Zeke and Jordan. I also enjoyed getting to know Jordan’s personality then and now. He really shows how motivated he was to become the champ he is now; there were emotional parts and episode 9 was emotional for more. Overall, the documentary doesn’t flow entirely with the timeline as it jumps all around. I really did enjoy this memory lane of the best era of basketball, especially for me a woman, lol. I watched all teams play during that era and I knew the best players and even the bench athletes, lol. Enjoy! P.S. I heard that ABC will air this 10-part documentary soon; I viewed via ESPN. P.S.S. I never write this much for a review, so you know I must have enjoyed it.

5 stars out of 5
TV-MA | 1h | Documentary, Biography, History | TV Series (2020)
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‘Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker’ Netflix movie review

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Inspired by accounts about the first known black female entrepreneur, Madam C. J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove), who became a self made millionaire in America. She built her empire by selling hair care products to black women. This is a 4-part series on Netflix that’s informative and entertaining. I enjoyed learning more of her story which led me to further research accuracies from this series. It’s unknown what the sexual preference of Madam Walker’s daughter was yet this series makes a back storyline about her. Most importantly, I had only heard that Madam Walker invented the hot comb yet facts show otherwise. The hot comb seems to have been developed in France yet Madam Walker widened the teeth and then patented it. The series also depicts Alice Malone as a rival of Madam Walker. Actually, Walker was an apprentice to Malone; Walker used Malone’s recipe for the hair grower and started her own line with a mild change of the recipe. I knew very little about Alice Malone who also became a black female multi-millionaire in her own rights of hair products for black women. It was educational to learn about the successes of Madam Walker and Alice Malone. Worth checking out during this time when big screen movies are on hold due to the pandemic. Make sure you fact check.

2.5 stars out of 5
TV-MA | 3h 11min | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2020)
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‘Aquarela’ Movie Review

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The element of water is beautiful and dangerous and this documentary exhibits that. Make sure you go to the restroom before….lots of water in this film. Pretty much no talking…a few subtitles.

3 stars out of 5
PG | 1h 29min | Documentary | 23 December
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‘Emanuel’ Movie Review

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Well, it was expected to be an emotionally raw documentary of the massacre at Emanuel Church when 9 people were killed for no reason but the ignorance of a black hearted individual.  The accounts of those who lost their lives on June 17, 2015 is a tear jerker.  It was a limited edition run in selected theatres yet maybe it will get a additional dates.

5 stars out of 5
1h 30min | Documentary | 17 June 2019
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‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Movie Review

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A really cute documentary about the cycle of life on a farm. There’s a purpose for every animal good and bad.

3 stars out of 5
PG | 1h 31min | Documentary | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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‘Penguins’ Movie Review

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The narration is quite jovial and entertaining.  This is a nice outing for a family.  The IMAX experience is beautiful.

3 stars out of 5
G | 1h 16min | Documentary | 17 April 2019
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‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer’ Movie Review

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The entire movie is based on true accounts on how Dr. Gosnell was literally committing murder on babies. Yes, he owned an abortion clinic but he made his own sinister, gory and filthy rules which thankfully led him to be convicted of murder of women (from complications) and babies (a lot of them close to full term). The movie never shows the horror of what he did to abort the babies yet you can Google and find pics…they had me literally sick for a day after viewing them.

3 stars out of 5 (based on the facts of the movie)
PG-13 | 1h 33min | Crime , Drama | 12 October 2018 (USA)
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‘Free Solo’ Movie Review

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This is a documentary about Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Visually stunning yet not a good documentary but an extraordinary accomplishment.

2 stars out of 5
PG-13 | 1h 40min | Documentary | 14 December 2018 (Ireland)
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‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Movie Review

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Although controversial I didn’t expect to be so saddened by facts Michael collected to make this movie. Yes, I’m a Michigander so rehashing how the Flint water crisis started was depressing and made me angrier. It was engaging to say the least about this film. It wasn’t a financial blockbuster at the box office yet there’s something to learn by watching.

4 stars out of 5
R | 2h 8min | Documentary | 21 September 2018 (USA)
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