Review: Gunpowder Milkshake

Gunpowder Milkshake is like a hundred other films you’ve seen where dozens of men get killed in dozens of creative ways by only a few heroic characters. This film fits that genre. With one exception. The heroic characters are women. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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A Personal Manifesto

A couple of decades ago I realized everything in my life up to that point had been determined by men. I can hear my friend Denise shouting, “It’s the patriarchy, stupid!” That’s not it – at least not completely. The patriarchy is still with us. But inside my head, things have changed. Continue Reading: A Personal Manifesto

5 Things to Love about 9-1-1 on Fox

9-1-1 is an excellent new show from Fox. It’s about 9-1-1 operators, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers who deal with life-threatening situations. I’ve thought about why I like it so much and decided a list is in order.

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Watch This: An Extended Trailer for Black Panther

Black Panther will be in theaters on February 15. This Marvel superhero flick has a fantastic cast. Continue Reading: Watch This: An Extended Trailer for Black Panther

Broad Focus: It Works

Several months ago, Lifetime TV announced Broad Focus, an effort to put more women in all sorts of positions behind the camera as directors, producers, writers, and content developers. Lifetime recently announced how well it’s working.

Five of those Lifetime movies are the top five movies in ad-supported cable for women 25-49. They are: Alex Kalymnios’s Cleveland Abduction, Angela Bassett’s Whitney, Rachel Goldenberg’s A Deadly Adoption, Vanessa Parise’s Perfect High, and Nzingha Stewart’s With This Ring.

As Lifetime put it in this Tumblr post, “The Top Original Movies in 2015 on Ad-Supported Cable were directed by women. And we’re just getting started.”

Watch This: Trailer for Chi-Raq

Amazon Studios first effort at a movie released to theaters is Chi-Raq, an adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. It’s one of the oldest female-power stories in our culture, this time set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Women living amid gang war force their desire for peace on their men by withholding sex.

The story synopsis is “After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.”

Lysistrata isn’t a feminist tale with its assumption that the only importance women have is to provide sex for brave warriors and the only influence women have comes from withholding sex. Chi-Raq doesn’t look like the update it brings will be any less patriarchal in attitude, but perhaps there is hope for some modernism in approach. The film is written by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott, with Spike Lee directing. That alone will mean Chi-Raq garners plenty of attention.

The cast is impressive: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, Anya Engel-Adams, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Michelle Mitchenor, Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, and Jennifer Hudson, among many others.

The film will be in theaters on December 4. A month after the film releases in theaters, it will appear on Amazon Instant Video.