Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.” This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans. This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…
As not only America, but the world will be zoned into Chapter 7 of “Star Wars” come this Friday, there’s plenty of Funky films to be seen. FOUR NEW FUNKY FLICKS, “STAR WARS” & THE GOLDEN GLOBES “Chi-Raq” hit theaters on December 4th. A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, it’s set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. In a nutshell, women take stand and deny their men sex, until the killing stops.
Saw a story on Atlanta Blackstar’s website about black film directors. A good overview of these mavericks, I wanted to share and archive it, here in the Funkalicious blog…
In the wee hours of the morning DC Comics blanketed any one who “Likes” Marvel Comics with their timeline for upcoming films. I was having a bit of insomnia, and happened to catch it in my peripheral vision, while posting “Happy Birthday” to friends on Facebook.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Inherent Vice” hits theaters on January 9th. The seventh feature from P.T., it stars Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in his last movie “The Master.” Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Eric Roberts are also cast in the picture, set in the 70’s, about an adventure of an L.A. detective.
Bootsy Collins is working on a song and has plans to shoot a video for the Food-Pantry “OUR DAILY BREAD.” “They feed hungry people every single day,” says Collins, who’s contacted other musicians to aid him with the cause. “Midnightstar & Eddie Levert (of the) Ojays are onboard to help me lay it all down for the people,” Bootsy remarked on his Facebook page. The FUNK legend and friends expect to start shooting the video this Wednesday, August 21st — more details to follow ala FB.
Some television shows celebrate their 200th episode. Generally T-V programs will review and/ or reflect on shows past, when celebrating the 200th show. That’s very appropriate for television, and I suppose I could touch on a few of my favorite blogs over the past five years, but I believe speaking on public figures that are anti-FUNK or just plain FUNKED UP may be more intriguing.
The Hughes Brothers set it off in the world of cinema with their gritty depiction of South Central L-A ala the film “Menace II Society” in 1993. A ghetto opus captured on screen, it made John Singleton’s “Boyz N The Hood” of two years prior look like a Disney movie. After four releases under their preverbal belts as a directing duo, the brothers Executive Produced their fifth release “Scratch.”
When I first saw a poster for Stephen King’s new book “Joyland” in the subways of New York, I said, ‘Is that a new movie?,’ because of how bold the colors were and the way it’s advertised. One quickly realizes it’s a poster for his new book at second glance, but it immediately made me wonder — will it be a movie? A reader of his works and one who’s enjoyed most of the films adapted from his books, I had to investigate.
Spike Lee and Spike Jonze both have new films in theaters this fall. Two of today’s most innovative directors, they both have a distinctive style that sets them apart from men behind the camera of yesteryear. In addition to displaying aspects of the human condition, Jonze and Lee get to deliver it in ways Hollywood only, and never dreamed of. Before “Being John Malcovich” was released, there had never been a film quite like it. Once Lee made his way into the fray, more black people began working in the industry of film than ever before.
Oscar Award winning actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker has several projects on deck right now. Soon to be seen as the lead in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” opposite Oprah Winfrey, he has current and upcoming roles in six other films.
“Iron Man 3” was number-one at the box office after the weekend results were all totaled. According to boxofficemojo.com it took in an estimated $175.3 million dollars. This ranks it the second all-time highest grossing movie opening behind last year’s “The Avengers”, which took in $207.4 million. The movie is also doing well overseas, and is on its way to earning well over $1 billion worldwide.
Tyler’s back with a new drama called “Temptation.” Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jurnee’s not a junior miss anymore. Initially intrigued to watch the trailer by an ad with huge ruby red lips in the subway, I didn’t recognize Smollett when I first saw the trailer.
I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan and have been for years. Why? Because he loves Blaxploitation, he gets it and like the Museum Of UnCut Funk he pays homage to it…through his films. I saw Django Unchained and I loved it. It was a funny, brutal love story that happened to have slavery as a back drop. I haven’t seen the original but I plan to.
“Django Unchained” is everything a Quentin Tarantino fan expects it to be — Don’t miss it. It stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Waltz.
Not to be outdone by Randy Newman’s satire, Samuel L. Jackson delivers a serious wake up call to the electorate on behalf of our Funky President, Barack Obama.
A new hero for our times – from the fertile imagination of music superstar, Ziggy Marley! A noble champion has arrived on Earth, and he brings an important message even as he struggles to save his own planet. Joe Casey (GODLAND, Butcher Baker) and Jim Mahfood (Kick Drum Comix, Mix Tape) join forces to bring you this all-new jam, telling a tale of high adventure! We guarantee: This is not the comic you think it is!
Since I hit 100 blogs without realizing it, I figured I do something special for blog #105. The following list of LPs/ CDs are the FUNKIEST Soundtracks of all time according to www.funkaliciousblog.com – while all albums may not be comprised of all FUNK music, they are unquestionably FUNKY! Now, put on your favorite soundtrack, go ahead put it on… Let’s take a ride down memory lane and reminisce about what made you feel good when you heard any of these musical FUNKY gems.
Now I don’t know if you will ever have a need for Ipsum copy – the dummy text that is usually in latin that you use when you are developing a mock-up of a website or a print ad. But whether you are in the market for some Ipsum or not you have to check out Samuel L. Ipsum.
Blaxploitation meets urban culture.
Hip And Happening Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Cartoon Network
Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” series has a character called ‘Boxy Brown’ (A play on Foxy Brown, a lead character in another blaxploitation film).