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SIC PICKS February 26, 2024

Gareth’s Picks Judah and the Black Messiah (2021) Powerful true story about how the FBI took down Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers.  Amazing acting from the always great Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield and direction from Shaka King.  I remember seeing this at Sundance and knowing there would have to be Oscar nominations and indeed Kaluuya went on to win Best Supporting Actor and had a phenomenal acceptance speech. […]

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SIC PICKS February 19, 2024

Gareth’s Picks Buck and the Preacher (1972) Sidney Poitier's directorial debut is this well-made western that also stars the great Harry Belefonte.  Poitier and Belefonte are brilliant together as they tell a story of black men in the west, an often untold story.  Belefonte in particular, greatly enjoys playing a complicated preacher that steals and kills, with all of his usual charms, in spite of his hideous teeth which he […]

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SIC PICKS – February 12, 2024

Gareth’s Picks Fruitvale Station (2013) The film that launched the career of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan is based on the true story of a young black man killed in San Francisco by the Metro Police.  It frames this by showing his last day. It is powerful, heartbreaking, and essential cinema. Available to stream for free on TUBI     Red Hook Summer (2012) Underrated Spike Lee joint that tells […]

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SIC PICKS – February 5, 2024

Gareth’s Picks Tongues Untied (1989) Marlon Riggs essential film about being a gay, black man was recently added to the Library of Congress Film Registry and for good reason.  It still resonates today.  Bold aesthetics and stories by one of the best filmmakers of his generation. Available to stream on Kanopy     Beyond the Lights (2014) My favorite Gina Prince-Bythewood film tells a romantic story around the music business in […]

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January 29, 2024 – S.I.C. Picks

Gareth’s Picks Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) The great Ossie Davis directed this early blaxploitation film that stars a who's who of 70's black cinema.  It has a strong punch to it to go along with all the usual entertainment from this era. Available to stream on TUBI     Is That Black Enough For You? (2022) Fantastic documentary form noted film critic Elvis Mitchell as he walks us through the […]

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