Vince and Len close out their celebration of THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING with an appreciation of Jeffrey Wright in 2008's Cadillac Records, with Adrian Brody, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short and Mos Def. Oh yeah -- and Beyonce.
Kerry Washington swaps Scandals for Swindling in the heist film wrapped around a family drama from writer-director Demane Davis and boy, is it good!
Vince and Len visit their own backdoor in their review of Philly's own Beanie Siegel and Memphis Bleek in 2002's hip-hop crime 'video' STATE PROPERTY, the movie that may have sealed the fate of Jay-Z and Damon Dash's Roc-A-Fella empire.
Writer/Producer Tyler Perry has become a very divisive figure in African-American hollywood culture with 'Madea' stamped as his branded logo. It all began in the melodramatic comedy DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN starring Kimberly Elise, Steven Harris and a wig of braids.
Its MAY I HAVE ANOTHER month as Vince and Len settle in for some truly bad movies. First up - Kevin Hart, Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Sofis Vegara in SOUL PLANE.
Len drops a mea culpa and we finally hear from the Missionaries on Tyler Perry and more. Then the Men of Micheaux review Will Smith's 2004 sci-fi thriller I, ROBOT.
Stephanie Humphrey aka TECH-LIFE STEPH comes to the Mission complete with Krush Groove stories, Force MD riffs, a killer crossover, Facebook insight and a Loves Jones for LOVE & BASKETBALL that is insatiable!
STEPHANIE RENEE, the irrepressible Vibe Mistress of the long running music podcast Soul-Sanctuary puts one of her favorite romantic comedies - LOVING JEZEBEL with Hill Harper and Nicole Ari Parker - on the chopping block and one o the Men is particularly 'hangry!'
LeAnne Lindsay of the movie friendly blog Tinsel & Tine brings 2007's TALK TO ME on board the Mission to convince the Men that Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor (easier to spell than say!) were robbed of Oscar consideration due to the poor performance of the Petey Greene bio pic.
Buckle up; it's gonna be a bumpy ride on the old bicycle as the Men review Vince's favorite 'bad' movie - BABY BOY (2001), the John Singleton coming of age film starring a young Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson with a performance for the ages by Ving Rhames.
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.
Len tries to dispel the rumor that he hates 'these movies' then deconstructs 2001's POOTIE TANG before Vince's chagrined eyes. Point made?
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.
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 Savion Glover, the Spike influence and his yearly devotion to the dark satire, 2000's Bamboozled. PLUS - more loveliness from songstress Carmen Rodgers!
The Men welcome CHARMEL SIPPIO of the Reluctantly Adult podcast (http://www.ireluctantlyadult.com/) aboard the Mission to review 2002's BROWN SUGAR starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def. A Rick Famuyiwa (DOPE) film that doesn't hold up too well to criticism but still strikes a chord with the reviewers. The trick is - what does that chord sound like?
A stage play from the late 90s makes its way to the silver screen in 2000 starring Hill Harper, Rae Dawn Chong, Marla Gibbs, Obba Babatundé and Billy Dee Williams. It makes for a strange stop on the Micheaux Mission.
Tyler Perry is a very polarizing figure in black culture with as many people of note congratulating his success and what he's done with it as there are who decry the middling product he creates. No one can dismiss the fact that the man knows is audience and has loyal fans coast to coast. But are any of them on The Micheaux Mission?
The city of San Francisco is the playing field for two people making the most of a one-night stand in this exceptional slice of romance and life and exploration, a gorgeous debut for director Barry Jenkins.
MICHEAUX MISSION theme - "Nola" by Bill Lee/Ronnie Dyson