TIA WHITFIELD of Millennial High Radio loves THE BEST MAN (1999) even though she has some definitive feelings about the motivations of some of the characters. There's something about a lady wearing a choker that makes the Mission really sing!
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.
Vince and Len start off 2019 in style and with much class, reviewing director Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the late James Baldwin's mesmerizing novel IF BEALE STREET TALK, featuring Stephen James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Micheal Beach and the debut lead of Kiki Layne.
Writer/director Terence Nance has created a literal poem of a movie, a heartfelt exploration of one man's feeling for his homie-lover-friend, that has enthralled Vince and Len unlike any film before on the Mission.
The Micheaux Missionaries - our loyal fans - are on a mission to get Vince some face time with Anika Noni Rose, Roosevelt Franklin counts and the Men are charmed by mack-mode Denzel Washington in Mira Nair's MISSISSIPPI MASALA.
Vince selects a romantic drama set in 1961 Paris, France starring Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll alongside Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and defends it as a quintessential Black film. Guess who disagrees?
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.
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.
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.
Comedian Chris Rock casts himself as a comic slash actor who has lost his way in the Hollywood machine through no fault but his own struggling to swim in self redemptive waters as reporter Rosario Dawson paddles nearby with a life preserver. The romantic comedy / satire / tour de force that _______________ was born to play.
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?
The bluesy side of Southside Chicago is bathed in the gorgeous browns of the cast and visuals of 1997's Love Jones, writer-director Theodore Witcher only feature film. Larenz Tate shows the chops and cut of a star rising, Lisa Nicole Carson and Isaiah Washington flirt with the promise of what could be and Nia Long becomes Nia Long.
Eddie Murphy. Halle Berry. Robin Givens. Martin Lawrence. David Alan Grier. Grace Jones. Eartha Kitt. Director Reggie Hudlin. All these amazing powerhouses at the peak or approaching the heights of their powers and the Men gush like schoolboys over the talented Tisha Campbell. Special guest Autumn Simmons (TalkFuzion Radio) big ups ALL the women in this buppie romantic classic.
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