The Men of Micheaux answer a ton of listener mail about hip-hop, someone else doesn't like 'Play' and eventually they get to their review of the 1997 rom-com SPRUNG, writer/director Rusty Cundieff's earnest attempt at a urban love story that misses the mark by................that much.
Music journalist TOYA HAYNES joins the Men for a full throated 'Best Emcee Ever' debate and a fond return to their teen years with Kid n Play in Reggie Hudlin's HOUSE PARTY - a movie ahead of its time in more ways than one.
December presents THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING and we kick things off with Don Cheadle in his scene-stealing performance as ‘Mouse’ in DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995), the Carl Franklin film noir adaptation of Walter Mosley’s pulp crime novel starring Denzel Washington as reluctant private eye Easy Rawlins.
Valiant Comics' editor and Len-proclaimed 'smartest man on the internet' Joe Illidge and superstar comic book artist N. Steven Harris sit down with the Men in Butch & Coco's cafe in Brooklyn for a little HIGHER LEARNING (1995).
Len reveals another dark secret from his youth, Vince casts a 'Beloved' mini-series then he manages to stifle his fear just enough to join Len in full review and appreciation of 1992's Candyman starring Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd.
Vince and Len have a some deep thoughts on the execution and advertising of Oprah Winfrey's 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison's powerful 'slave horror narrative' and the contributions of director Jonathan Demme and stars Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and especially Kimberly Elise.
THIS ONE IS FOR JESSE! A email sparks a sci-fi trek back to the 80s before Vince and Len wage into A Rage In Harlem with Gregory Hines, Forest Whitaker and a smoldering film lead debut by Robin Givens.
Brooklyn is the place where the intellectuals meet as our resident 'prof' Vince Williams sits down with Fordham's Lisa M. Gill, PhD for a learned tete-a-tete on Spike Lee's 'fuller' length bio pic MALCOLM X featuring a riveting performance by Denzel Washington. Oh - and co-host Len Webb and NYC writer/designer George Carmona say hello once or twice too.
Has there ever been a movie about a group of friends that snapped crackled and popped as hard as 1996's SET IT OFF? Starring the crunch berries of Jada Pinkett, Vivica Fox, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise, this flick got the nerve to have Blair "Chocolate Milk" Underwood all poured in it too!
The director duo of Allen and Albert Hughes hit it out the park with their gut-wrenching debut film, 1993's gangland tale MENACE II SOCIETY with career defining roles from Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-pre-Smith and timely cameos.
Wesley Snipes makes his claim as THE action hero of the 90s with 1992's PASSENGER 57. He's having a ball but do the director, co-stars and script let him down? CH'MON!!!
Writer-director Leslie Harris brings a coming-of-age tale unlike any other to the screen as young teenage women in 1992 Brooklyn, led by Ariyan Johnson in the lead role of Chantel, open the world up to the other side of the urban streets. A young woman's struggle to just be; funny that its still a refreshing take 25 years later?
Who knew that 1995 would give Black America the film that keeps on giving 20 years later? Ice Cube announces himself as a creative force to be reckoned and Chris Rock shines, from a cast of stalwarts, brighter than the sun - and you know this, man! Its FRIDAY, y'all!
Whoopi Goldberg stars in the musical comedy that gave life to a Broadway adaptation, gave the world the effervescence that is Kathy Najimy and - unbeknownst to us all - the beginning of the end of Lauryn Hill. SISTER ACT is a goodie; SISTER ACT 2 is a meal! CHARMEL SIPPIO of Black and Syndicated is our guest!
The usual recap of listener feedback brings up a question of time and a list of holidays songs of a certain hue. The fun times stop when its time to review 1997's HAV PLENTY. Or do they?
Our Halloween Month of Bloodsuckers caps off tonight with Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett in VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, directed by Wes Craven and a cog in a brief Denzel vs Eddie debate.
Wesley Snipes electrifies the screen as BLADE, the Vampire Hunting Daywalker, and single-handedly creates TWO genres of film that Hollywood continues to feast upon 20 years later. And - is this REALLY the last great Black action movie?
Its seems that Driving Miss Daisy illicit quite a response from the Micheaux Missionaries; let's see what they think of 1992's animated feature BEBE's KIDS!
The Men of Micheaux sit down with Actor/DJ DORIAN MISSICK and SIMONE MISSICK, the one and only 'Misty Knight' of Netflix and Marvel's Luke Cage and The Defenders to chop it up about the movie (and city) Detroit, Kid n Play vs Nice and Smooth, the sexuality of Halle Berry, Black Thought, Larenz Tate, Bill Bellamy and...oh yeah, we reviewed STRICTLY BUSINESS too.
It's JORDAN KAUWLING of the movie radio show Philly on Location joins the Men to revel in the warm tones, smart acting and skilled direction of Spike Lee's CROOKLYN, his greeting card to the 70s, family and growing up. Starring Alfre Woodard, Delroy Linda and Zelda Harris.