Vince and Len use a review of Janet Jackson and Tupac in John Singleton's POETIC JUSTICE to remember A Different World crushes, appreciate Tyra Ferrell and demystify the allure of Tupac Shakur. What does that say about the movie?
The Men welcome celebrity mixologist SUMMER WILLOW FITCH to unveil the secrets behind a perfect cocktail and to discuss whether or not the formula plays out in the 2010 romantic comedy JUST WRIGHT starring rappers-turned-thespians Queen Latifah and Common.
The Men welcome ARIELL JOHNSON, the rock-star owner of Philadelphia's landmark Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, as they sit in astonishment at the heretofore unnoticed fact that 1976's SPARKLE features four - yes, FOUR - of the prettiest women ever to grace the big screen.
Len tries to dispel the rumor that he hates 'these movies' then deconstructs 2001's POOTIE TANG before Vince's chagrined eyes. Point made?
Director Matty Rich leans on his Brooklyn community and the burgeoning stardom of actor Lawrence Guillard Jr. (The Wire, The Walking Dead) to tell the story of a complicated family living thru extraordinary personal strife. The 1991 Sundance Film Festival favorite gets the Micheaux treatment.
Counter culture animator Ralph Bakshi mixes live action with incendiary cartoon images to create a daring controversial satire on African American life in the big city...or is it a stab into the gut of great mafia romance of the seventies? Or is it just a mess and a miss? The Men of Micheaux discuss, for your edutainment.
Vince is off buying a home but the Mission continues with comedian Darryl Charles and his special selection to kick off LISTENER MOVIE MONTH - 2009's blaxploitation parody superb BLACK DYNAMITE, starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Tommy Davidson, Byron Minns, Kym Whitley and a host of cameos, quotes and mind numbing kung-fu hilarity.
It's the 50th stop on the Micheaux Mission so Vince and Len make it a big one, with a review of one of the seminal films of black cinema in the last 30 years - Robert Townsend's THE FIVE HEARTBEATS (1991). First they chat about songs that could/should be movies, read listener feedback and share the world's greatest iTunes review with one another.
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Yup! It's 'Hollywood' from Ava DuVernay's hit OWN network drama 'Queen Sugar' - OMAR DORSEY - chatting with the Men about A Face In The Crowd, the lure of 'the Howard Woman', his time as America's 'Cookie', the amazing Tommy Davidson and Saion Glover, the Spike influence and his yearly devotion to the dark satire, 2000's Bamboozled. PLUS - more loveliness from songstress Carmen Rodgers!
In a Micheaux Mission/Binge Lounge special presentation, Vince and Len ponder the many issues pumping through HOLIDAY HEART - starring Ving Rhames, Mykelti Williamson, directed by Robert Townsend and featuring someone purportedly to be Alfre Woodard. Plus - what never happened?
Mixologist SUMMER WILLOW FITCH tosses together a delish concoction called Mo' Better (an adult drink or so I'm told) and joins the Men for a review of 1990's Spike Lee sexy drama MO' BETTER BLUES, starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and introducing Cynda Williams.
The Men announce the next celebrity jumping onboard the Mission to pull a spike out of the rails before they settle in for a historic review of the oldest Black film written, produced and directed by our namesake, the legendary Oscar Micheaux, titled WITHIN OUR GATES from 1920.
Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long and yes, THE Vanessa Williams give the performances of their careers in a film that helped shaped the future of black cinema for the early 2000s (for good and bad) - writer/director George Tillman's delectable SOUL FOOD.
The Men sat down and watched Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity and a car get upstaged by a not-yet-fully-formed Sharon Stone and lived to tell the story. And oh what a story their review of ACTION JACKSON turns out to be!
If it wasn't for Vince's requesting this movie for his birthday, Len would have seen Tyler Perry's TEMPTATION and would've spared himself the outrage that the reprehensibly bad film spawned inside of him.
SIMONE MISSICK (Marvel's Luke Cage) sits down with the Men to discuss each and every theme, meme, line of dialogue, actor and actress and musical Easter eggs that make COMING TO AMERICA the most beloved Eddie Murphy movie of them all.
The Men enjoy their first live event, a night of food, fun and film reviewing the infamous blaxploitation horror romp ABBY (1974) with special guests Tom & Mark of the Don't Touch My Coffin podcast @donttouchmycoffin
Here's a little story of how Martin and Sharon of the Cinemosity podcast on the Nerdy Little Secret network chose to review a blaxploitation horror flick starring 'Preacher' of Cooley High thinking it was one thing and come out of their convo with Men thinking something else. Kinda. Sorta. Just listen.
The Graveyard Shift Sister herself - ASHLEE - returns to lead Len and Vince in a spirited review of Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott's TALES FROM THE HOOD . For more Ashlee, check out her podcast GIRLS WILL BE GHOULShttps://girlswillbeghouls.wordpress.com
Technical difficulties can't keep the Men of Micheaux from their appointed duty to review emails and critique director Bill Gunn's intriguing 'vampire' urban-gothic Ganja & Hess. And who else to critique it with than the person who brought it to our attention, Ashlee of the Girls Will Be Ghouls podcast and Graveyardshift Sisters.