“Put movies in the hands of people with a story to tell rather than those
who simply want to make money and you’re likely to get something infinitely interesting, that’s the most you can say for Ruby L. Oliver’s Love Your Mama, but it’s a lot more than can be said for Chris Rock’s CB4…
Love Your Mama is Ruby L. Oliver’s attempt at making relevant cinema, and that, today, is a radical concept…Love Your Mama offers the pleasure of recognizable human (Black) life.”
“the point in Leslie Harris’s debut film Just Another Girl On The IRT is to emphasize the effrontery of a student, Chantel (Ariyan Johnson),
who won’t take a principal’s threat.
Chantel’s response is to curse. The word “fuck” comes out of her mouth like CO2, and this impudence–although it gets her nowhere–is the most the movie has going for it.
The pleasure that Chantel takes in speaking puts Just Another Girl On The IRT on a different level from most movies about troubled teens. Leslie Harris concentrates on the espirit of…”
“El Mariachi is personal in a different way, reflecting director-writer Robert Rodriguez’s sensibility rather than his personal experience…
El Mariachi is the work of a deft film student, an amateur only in the sense of having a limited budget…
Robert Rodriguez’s story of a traveling musician (Carlos Gallardo)
mistaken for an escaped convict
and hunted down by the convict’s rival — a gringo —
combines cultural naivete with a nearly overwhelming sophistication…”
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