Mario Van Peeples is a very good looking man. Kadeem Hardison has fun on set. That’s the extent of the good stuff to be said about 1985’s RAPPIN’. We wish we were lying.
Vince and Len are stunned - no - flabbergasted by their guest, Philly news lady Denise James' disrespect for THE COLOR PURPLE (1985) or shall we say, her lack of regard for ONE WEAK LINK among the stellar cast of Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover et al.
The Men celebrate the career and influence of TV character actor Helen Martin who makes one of her rare big screen appearances in Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle. Also featuring Ann Marie Johnson and Keenan Ivory Wayans.
The Men pay homage to the Aretha Franklin - Long Live the Queen - just before revisiting a lost 80s gem that pays homage to the dance geniuses of yesteryear, the multi-sensational Sammy Davis Jr., the undeniably underrated Suzanne Douglas and the incredible Gregory Hines.
Media guru and devoted Missionary RICHARD NG brings his heritage, his culture and his insight to Planet Brooklyn to join the Men for a truly deep dive into director Edward Zwick's GLORY, featuring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and an Oscar winning performance by Denzel Washington.
Vince and Len share a table at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse to pick apart the quintessential Eddie Murphy - 1989's HARLEM NIGHTS - starring Murphy, Redd Foxx, Della Reese, Jasmine Guy and the ghost of Richard Pryor.
In 1982 lightning cracked the foundation of Hollywood wide open. Eddie Murphy debuts onto the movie stage in director Walter Hill's 48 HRS where, alongside a grizzled Nick Nolte, he would set the course for moviemaking for the next 30 years.
Not is this one the longest episodes of the show; it may be the most heated exchanges Vince and Len have ever had when they sit down to review the 1989 Academy Award winning Picture of the Year DRIVING MISS DAISY, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.
Class is in session - Acting Class that is - when a young Denzel Washington is outshine by the underrated Larry Riley and the gone-too-soon Adolph Caesar and Harold Rollins Jr. in Norman Jewison's adaptation of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer-Prize winning A SOLDIER'S STORY.
The emails are in and one of them stings...sharply. After that, Vince introduces the review of 1985's Fast Forward (starring Don Franklin and - remember Michael DeLorenzo?) and sits back to revel in Len's...niceness?
Vince and Len break the Spike Lee seal to regale in the collegiate splendor and iciness of 1988's SCHOOL DAZE featuring Laurence Fishbourne, Giancarlo Esposito, the criminally under utilized Tisha Campbell-Martin and d@mn near the cast of Different World! But first shots are fired across the bow named Beyonce.
Len has to watch THE LAST DRAGON once a day for every dollar donated to the special LIVE broadcast of the Micheaux Mission and Vince couldn't be happier with the night's results!
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!
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 1980s may have been a renaissance for science fiction movies with Star Wars and its sequels, Star Trek and Buckaroo Banzai lighting the skies and filling the seats. But a non-descript science fiction-ish slavery allegory set in the rumbling streets of Harlem offers a more cerebral thoughtful brand of galactic whimsy.
The French Riviera may have never looked so good as it does in Prince's directorial debut but the stunning black and white cinematography can't save all involved from growing Under The Cherry Moon. Yet West Coast writer/filmmaker MAURICE POPLAR loves it!
Dr. Elisabeth 'Li' Sumpter of MythMedia Studios booked herself for Purple Rain before there was a Mission. And she delivers insight, reflections and heartfelt memories about her experience with the film and its amazing creator, the late Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince.
Don't call it a documentary though it certainly feels like one. The loose narrative and stilted acting doesn't detract (that much) from this time capsule find from 1983, the birth of hip-hop as told in the subway sprayed hues of NYC in Charlie Ahern and the immortal Fab Five Freddy's WILD STYLE. Special guest, certified hip-hop head DAN DINKINS - The Mayor of the Starting Five podcast - lends the show an air of authenticity on the subject.
Well, it had to happen and it took 1985's urban kung-fu schlock to do so. The Last Dragon, featuring Vanity, Julius J Carry, directed by Mike Schultz (Cooley High) and starring Taimak in his acting debut, is the first film on the Mission that Vince and Len completely disagree on.