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Dork_knight74 (881 KP) created a post

Jul 13, 2018 (Updated Jul 16, 2018)  
Found another gem on Netflix(original). It's titled "How It Ends". Stars Forest Whitaker and Theo James(among others). Very good acting, con m film work and storyline. An end-of-the-world style movie about a father and future son in law crossing the country to find his daughter after power goes out and things start going crazy. Really worth a watch!
     
Powder Blue (2009)
Powder Blue (2009)
2009 | Drama
6
6.7 (3 Ratings)
Movie Rating
One of those multi-layered, character films, whose lives overlap in one way or another. It has a fine cast, including Patrick Swayze's last role along side Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker. However it will be more well known for the film where Jessica Biel plays the part of an "exotic dancer" and strips off. It's main theme is one of loneliness, despair and seeking companionship. It's ok but some story lines are weaker than others and the ending seems a little rushed. Overall ok for a one time watch.
  
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Nitin Sawhney recommended Bird (1988) in Movies (curated)

 
Bird (1988)
Bird (1988)
1988 | Drama

"A beautiful film about Charlie Parker, played brilliantly by Forest Whitaker, and directed by an actor who’s obviously a big jazz fan. Bird really shows you how ludicrously gifted Parker was, how his mind worked on a completely different level, but also how much he got lost in self-loathing, and how addiction made everything fall apart. Parker was 34 when he died, but the coroner thought he was 60, looking at his body. By getting into the New York club scene and looking at aspects of racism, this film also shows just how much Parker achieved, given everything he was fighting against."

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Jingle Jangle (2020)
Jingle Jangle (2020)
2020 | Family, Fantasy, Musical
I really liked this film. Not only the detail and the soundtrack, but the characters and the magic that just bleeds off the screen. I think Forest Whitaker was great, as always, and I loved the Madalen Mills - she was definitely the best part. She brought a liveliness to the film that I don't think could've been achieved without her.

I thought Ricky Martin playing Don Juan Diego was so funny and I would remember every once in awhile throughout the film and it would just make me laugh more and more.

I think the animation of this film is incredible. The backstory makes it all the more special. This film was a long time coming - so many years were poured into it to bring it to the screen and the care and detail shows through the whole movie. This one is a special one.
  
Street Kings (2008)
Street Kings (2008)
2008 | Action, Drama, Mystery
There's nothing new about shady cops and the behavior that they are guilty of. But Street Kings weaves a pretty original story line surrounding a veteran LAPD officer named Tom Ludlow (the awesome Keanu Reeves) who finds out that there is more than even what meets his eye.

After witnessing the death of a rival officers assassination, Ludlow begins an investigation of his own, while also being investigated for his direct presence and potential involvement in the crime. The trail that he consequently follows leads him down a rabbit hole that he doesn't want to follow but realizes that he has no choice but to do so.

All star cast including Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Forest Whitaker, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer and more. Quite an impressive collection.

Definitely worth seeing if you like movies in the vein of Training Day and End of Watch.
  
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JT (287 KP) rated Street Kings (2008) in Movies

Mar 10, 2020  
Street Kings (2008)
Street Kings (2008)
2008 | Action, Drama, Mystery
Street Kings follows the likes of Training Day and Harsh Crimes in dramatising the murky underworld of police corruption. In the hands of director David Ayer he’s scattered the narrative with gritty confetti. Pre John Wick, Keanu Reeves was still kicking ass and taking names – he is a shoot first ask questions later kind of guy – nothing new there then.

Reeves plays vodka-swilling undercover cop Tom Ludlow, who is still reeling from the death of his wife and has been implicated in the murder of an officer. Now he has to fight to clear his name with the help of Forest Whitaker.

Ayer is well suited to this genre having written the scripts for Training Day, End of Watch and Harsh Times, so he understands the complexities of the genre in order to deliver a fast paced story. Intercutting the action at the right times.

Of course corruption is not uncommon in fiction and there is always a group of officers hell bent on covering up as much as they can and disposing of as many people as they need to.

The introduction of Hugh Laurie as Captain James Biggs, a man who seems clean cut but is not to be trusted, is a solid addition, although I still seem him as the idiotic Prince Regent in the Blackadder series.

Reeves and Whitaker each turn in a decent performance and there is enough meat on the bone make this a intelligently paced thriller.
  
Species (1995)
Species (1995)
1995 | Sci-Fi
Ahh Species. A film I loved to watch when I was a young teen for...research purposes...
It's a bit rubbish really though isn't it? Watching it again now, it's pretty much a bunch of characters talking their way through a manhunt, strung together by regular moments of nudity.
It's suitably corny, boasts some terrible CGI (effects that may have been good back in the 90s, I honestly don't really remember) but in spite of all this, it's still pretty entertaining.

It's cast boasts the likes of Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger, Forest Whitaker, Michael Madsen, even a young Michelle Williams...it's pretty stacked. Natasha Henstridge of course plays the creature, and gives the role a sense of empowerment rather than exploitation.
The rubber suit aesthetic of the alien is pretty awesome (in the parts where it's not haunting CGI) and it has a pretty decent music score.

I fully see why a lot of people consider Species to be trashy, but honestly, it's a fun slice of 90s (as fuck) sci-fi horror. Enjoy it for what it is and just pretend the sequels don't exist.
  
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Blazing Minds (81 KP) rated Finding Steve McQueen (2019) in Movies

Oct 29, 2021 (Updated Nov 2, 2021)  
Finding Steve McQueen (2019)
Finding Steve McQueen (2019)
2019 | Crime, Romance
The film stars Travis Fimmel (Raised by Wolves), Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones), William Fichtner (Armageddon) and Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland) and is directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Ghost Rider).

Based on the true story of the Youngstown mob, President Richard Nixon, the FBI, and the biggest bank heist in US history! In 1972, a gang of like-minded thieves plan a heist to steal $30 million in illegal campaign contributions from the President’s secret fund.

When it comes to a heist movie Finding Steve McQueen is undoubtedly one that is fun to watch, the true comedy element comes from Travis Fimmel’s Harry Barber character who was obsessed with McQueen hence his look and name change, the film takes on the journey of the heist as series of flashbacks as Harry tells Molly (Rachel Taylor) “the truth”, this is how we get introduced to Enzo Rotella (William Fichtner) the boss of the heist, I have to say that when it comes to Fitchner he always pulls off a great performance and he plays the character great as he tries to hold the mismatch of a team together.
  
Burden (2018)
Burden (2018)
2018 | Drama
9
9.0 (1 Ratings)
Movie Rating
I'm not sure why this movie is listed as being released it 2018. It was released VOD early this summer due to theaters closing down. IMDb has it listed as 2018, as well. Perhaps that was the intended release?

Anyway, Burden is a true story about Mike Burden, an active KKK member in the deep south. Having lived a life of hate and anger, he falls in love with a woman who shows him that there are other ways. He denounces his position in the Klan and removes himself from it entirely with the help of a local reverend who happens to be black.

The film makers did a wonderful job of showing the mental and emotional anguish that Burden went through by walking away from the only "family" he ever knew, even though they were heinous, it was still not an easy task.

Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker are both absolutely phenomenal in their respective roles. From what I understand, the film stays pretty true to the actual story that played out in real life.

Though the film is based on events that took place in the 90's from what I can tell, the story told is a relevant today (perhaps moreso) than ever.
  
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Erika (17562 KP) Aug 5, 2020

It premiered at Sundance in 2018.

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Bostonian916 (448 KP) Aug 5, 2020

That makes sense! Thank you

Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
2018 | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Different to other Marvel films (1 more)
Strong female characters
CGI (2 more)
Some under developed characters
Weak villain
Good but a little overrated
Considering the general praise for this film, I had been expecting great things and although for a Marvel origins film it's pretty good, I still found it a bit disappointing.

I like T'Challa as a main character and I love some of the strong female characters in this film. His sister especially is fantastic and brings some welcome humour too. This isn't your typical Marvel film, and feels like it has more meaning and depth, although this means the humour side is a little lacking. Its also good not to have this bogged down with other characters from the universe.


My problems were that it felt like it dragged a bit and I was almost getting bored. The CGI is very patchy in places to the point it gets distracting and despite some good characters, I feel a lot of others are very under developed, like Forest Whitaker and Daniel Kaluuya. Martin Freeman's character could have been removed from the film entirely with no impact. Also I felt Erik was a bit of a weak villain and Andy Serkis was much more better placed and would have brought a bit more character.


All in all its a good and different origin story, but not one of my favourites.
  
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Andy K (10813 KP) Jun 23, 2018

Spot on review Sarah. Just watched for the first time tonight.