Tag: African Americans

What Becomes a Legend Most?

Bernard Rose’s Clive Barker’s Candyman is an intensely 1990s film. Characters smoke a LOT inside public places. A senior professor, Philip Purcell, refers to our main character Helen (Virginia Madsen) and research partner/Black Best Friend trope Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) as “my two most beautiful graduate students” and there […]

Decolonizing Mammy

At BFM, Kimberly Nichele Brown consider Octavia Spencer’s role in Tate Taylor’s Ma (2019). “Ma offers viewers a new archetype of black womanhood–the black female suburbanite. Unlike earlier representations of middle-class black women that can be readily subsumed under the archetype of the ‘black lady,’ instead of respectability […]

Cinema Junkie: Dissecting Us

Friend of the Gutter Beth Accomando discussing Us (2019) with Professor John Jennings at KPBS’ Cinema Junkie podcast. “Jordan Peele’s Us has been killing it at the box office and stirring a lot of discussion about what it all means. So this episode of Cinema Junkie will attempt […]