Don’t Talk to Strange Men (1962)

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“Don’t Talk to Strange Men” about a girl (Christina Gregg) who falls for a man she’s never met over the telephone. She is groomed by him and becomes captured and intrigued by him, eventually agreeing to meet him.

I love everything about this film from the acting to the story line. I feel that this underrated film was made before its time as it mirrors exactly what is happening in todays society on such things as Facebook and chat room. If you ever see this film showing, I would recommend you watch it, you won’t regret it.

‘I fink u freeky’ by Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen

I love this music video that was directed by Roger Ballen for the group Die Antwoord. I loved it because I see the video as a piece of art work compared to other music videos out there.

 

More of Roger Ballen’s work can be seen at his website rogerballen.com. Have a look.

The Help (2011)

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times.

Review source: Imdb.com

I’m going to buy the book because I really love this film and I’ve matched it many times. I recommend that you do the same.

Songs

Right now I’m researching music that is in the style of slavery, and I came across some music that I liked on youtube.

The first one I don’t think is not a song from slavery but it carries the same theme.

The Middle Passage

I’m not going to write much about this but right now I’m researching some work on slavery and I came across this short clip from the International Slavery Museum, which shows very well what these innocent Africans went through. This clip moved me so much I had to share it. The website I found it from is limehouseheritage.com

All in the name -Barry Gibb’s ft Michael Jackson

(^Studio footage, michael can sing so sweetly.)

New song with Barry Gibb featuring Michael Jackson. It’s so beautiful.

Below is the song in full which was released today. Enjoy 😀

Boyz n the Hood

This is the other film along with “Menace II society” that I had never watched.

It is very similar to Menace II Society, but so real. In Menace II Society you could be watching the film and next thing someones getting killed, it was always a surprise. In Boyz n the Hood you can kind of guess when something was going to happen. There is also humour in parts and it’s not as serious.

Tre played by Cuba Gooding Jr is sent to live with his father by his mother (Angela Bassett) after he keeps getting into trouble at school. His father played by Laurence Fushburne is a great role model and tries to give Tre the best strict upbringing, so that he can succeed in life.

Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) both brothers are Tre’s best friends. Ricky is a talented athlete an hoping to go to university on a scholarship and Doughboy is in an out of prison and is in the life of drugs, gangs, guns and crime.

The film is not focused on crime in the hood, instead it shows how easy it is to get caught up in it even if your not in a gang. This film is really a great film and along with Menace II Society, I would recommend you to watch. You won’t be disappointed.

Menace II society

Finally after so many years I have watched “Menace II society”. It is such a brilliant, meaningful film which you are instantly hooked to. When I was planning to watch it people kept telling me that this film truthfully portrayed black life in the hood. I have never lived in the projects and although some people like to wish, that their area in England was the same, Britain does not have the ghetto. They may have a rough area (which country doesn’t) but if some of these British boys were sent to places in America, Mexico, South Africa, Jamica, Brazil e.t.c. Then they would really know what the ghetto was like.

To me the film doesn’t have much of a storyline, it’s more about us following Caine Lawson’s (Tyrin Turner) story about real life in a tough inner city neighbourhood. I would really recommend watching this film.

The opening briefly shows Caine getting caught up in a grocery store shooting with his friend. This was a chilling way to open the movie, as it shows how easy it is for someone in the ghetto to get caught up in the moment and kill someone. During the opening credits, we see footage of the Watts riots that took place during the 60’s. Caine narrates the story of his life, explaining how after the riots, drugs came into effect, and affected his home life as a child. After loosing his parents on at the hands of drugs, he was sent to live with his Grandparents. His Grandparents love him, but they struggled to raise him and tried their hardest to keep him out of trouble. 

Not too long into the movie, after we learn about Caine’s early life, we see him graduate from High School. He hopes to leave the life of violence that surrounds him in his neighborhood. After falling victim to a violent car jacking, he is brought into violence and crime himself. As the story progresses, and things spiral downward for Caine, he ends up in a hell of a jam and tries to make a way out of it all. 

This is an incredible movie. It perfectly balances the ugly crime life and murder of tough inner city neighborhoods, Caine’s own personal troubles, police brutality, and drugs. 

This is a powerful movie with a great story.

Review from Imdb

In the heat of the night

I’ve finally watched “In the heat of the night” from start to finish. Usually I watch the beginning and something happens why I never get further then around 20 minutes. Anyway “In the heat of the night” released in 1967 stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates.

Detective Virgil Tibbs [Sidney Poitier]is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie [Rod Steiger] learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD’s number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs’ life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found. [Plot from IMDB.com]

The family photograph moving images

This is not finished, I am still working on it.

Let me know what you think of the video so far.

Enjoy 😀

Hidden Michael Jackson face in film “Moonwalker”

Has anyone noticed in the film “Moonwalker” with Michael Jackson, when Joe pesci is about to shoot the kids with his big laser and then Michael appears and destroys it. Michael’s face appears under the plane when you hear him shout!

I was completely amazed, I’ve been watching moonwalker with my family for around 15 years and I have never noticed it.  Well today we was all watching it as a family and I was the first to spot it and then we literally rewinded it like 15 times. My other cousins who’ve been watching “Moonwalker” for around 20 years were gobsmacked. Has anyone else seen it?
Here’s a clip from youtube, the face appears from 09:30.

Below is a screen shot that I took.

Lighting the scene

I haven’t actually thought about how I will deal with the lighting the doll house so that it is bright enough to take photographs. I can’t use the light bulbs in my home because it might just look like the sun shining down on in the miniature model (if this makes sense) or leave heavy shadows.

I might just use small torches or natural light, depending on what time of day I am taking the photographs.

More on this when I have worked it out a bit more. 😀

Heres a clip about the Wallace and Gromit film. If you look closely you can see the type of lighting they use.

To sir, with love

I watched this great film today called “To sir, with love” filmed in 1967. It stars Sidney Poitier and Lulu. Sidney Poitier is brilliant as the teacher trying to teach a class of “wild” teens . Seeing Sidney Poitier perform this role makes me wish I had a teacher like him when I was at school. The soundtrack sung by Lulu is a great song and accompanies the movie very well. There is a lot of films that follow the same storyline such as; Sister Act 2, Dangerous Minds and Lean on me.

I would really recommend watching this film.

Noel Clarke interview on Youtube

Here is the interview that was held at my University on the 24th of November 2010 with British film director and actor Noel Clarke. This is a must see!

A taste of honey- 1961

This is another film that was suggested for me to watch. It wasn’t so much about the story line but more about life in the Britain instead of America. It was more to do with the clothing and style because when I think about the 60s and 70s I just think about the history from America.
Overall the film is a nice, simple film to watch.




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