9/10/18 O&A NYC MOVIE MONDAY: Jungle Fever – Samuel L.Jackson “I’m Getting High”

Jungle Fever is a romantic dramatic film written,produced and directed by Spike Lee, and stars Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Frank Vincent and Ruby Dee.As Lee’s fifth featured length film, the film explores an interracial relationship its conception and downfall against the urban backdrop of the streets of NewYork city in the 1990s. Continue reading

8/27/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Gregory and Maurice Hines- Crazy Rhythm! (The Cotton Club Movie)

Gregory and Maurice Hines, true-life brothers played tap and brothers and rivals Delbert “Sandman” Williams (Gregory) and Clayton “Clay” Williams (Maurice) in The Cotton Club (1984). Continue reading

8/20/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: John Travolta- Dance Scenes from Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction

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John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn disco, strutted across the screen and into movie history in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever

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7/16/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Gene Kelly- Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952) musical comedy film classic directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. The film starred Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Continue reading

7/9/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse- The Band Wagon’s finale, The Girl Hunt Ballet- A Murder Mystery In Jazz

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The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals despite only a modest box-office success. The film tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. The play’s director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust, and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star.

The songs were written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, and some were created for the original 1931 Broadway musical also called The Band Wagon. The Broadway production featured a book by George S. Kaufman and starred Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. The movie’s dances and musical numbers were staged by Michael Kidd.

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6/25/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Ken Norton Rape scene Mandingo (1975)

In Mandingo, big black buck Mede (boxer Ken Norton) is raped by his owner’s wife Blanche (Susan George).  Continue reading

6/18/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lady Sings The Blues (Big Ben) Plus Encore performance

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Lady Sings The Blues is the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday and is loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. The name of the film was taken from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.

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6/11/18 O&A Hollywood Monday: Cotton Come To Harlem – Iris, Officer Jarema and The Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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6/11/18 O&A Hollywood Monday: Cotton Come To Harlem – Iris, Officer Jarema and The Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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5/21/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Childish Gambino’s Short Film Chicken and Futility

Chicken and Futility, the three-minute short film by Childish Gambino is a stoner version of every extended conversation Tarantino’s ever put to film. There’s philosophical waxing about rolling joints as a metaphor for meeting girls, the socio-political responsibility of eating at Chick-fil-A, and moths hovering around light bulbs as a representation of life’s futility. Continue reading