Killah Priest feat. Hell Razah “The Offering” (2007)
"Not to be sublime but the kid is ahead of his time
He turns Kool Aid into red wine
Besides that he professes
He should be the next king of BK
Besides KANE, BIG, and JAY
GZA was underrated but still
The word from the genius was the best stated"
These are some independent films I’ve seen in the last few months that have stood out to me, some good and some bad unfortunately, but for whatever reason I feel compelled to make a post about them to my fellow film lovers. ￼
This is a film I first read about on Tumblr last year, and was always interesting in watching it. It’s an animated spanish film about two Afro Cuban jazz musicians, and follows their journey of love and jazz from Cuba, New York City, Paris, and Las Vegas. I’ve never really been into animated films, but this was very much so an adult animated film, even had a few sex scenes with animated nudity lol. Really good film, especially with how they incorporated Jazz in the theme.
Prior to seeing this documentary on Bob Marley, I knew little about him and his music, only the mainstream stuff that so called (and wannabe) Rastas play around me. After watching this film I was really intrigued by his life story, and was interested in checking out more of his music, and so far I really dig it. One part I found interesting about the film was how the last tour Bob Marley was on in the US, he spent it trying to gain Black American fans, because Black folks weren’t too keen to his music. I highly recommend this film for anyone who loves music. ￼
This is a film I saw this year at SXSW on a whim, me and my homie Randy had a two hour break between shows we wanted to see, and so we decided to check this joint out, and it was very cool. We missed the very beginning of it though, but it was a urban film about two determined teens from the Bronx, who are the ultimate graffiti artist. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. The relationship between the two main characters is pretty interesting, and throughout the film you wonder why aren’t they dating. ￼
Now this film left me disappointed after watching it, because it made no sense, and had no real plot. I read about this film sometime last year, and the writers were talking about how much they enjoyed it. So when I saw it on Netflix I was excited to watch it, because the praise I was reading about it. Halfway through watching the film, I was confused, because I had no idea what it was really about, and the cover is totally misleading. Not to sound harsh, but I seriously don’t understand how people were praising this film as being so great. I do see that they didn’t have any negative stereotypes in the film, and Salli Richardson was looking fine, but there was little development in the actual plot of the film. All I saw was a woman who had broken up with a dude, and was moving her Grandmothers stuff out of a house after she passed away. I try to support black films, but it’s getting harder when a lot of them suck these days, and it surprises me that black folk still praise them as being great, I don’t understand. ￼
Based off the title and picture for this film I was automatically interested in seeing it. I was thinking it was going to be something revolving around Jazz and love, but it wasn’t exactly. It was ok, but a bit far fetched in my opinion from the characters and the events occurring in the film. It was about a conservative religious kid from Texas who moves to Portland to attend one of the most liberal colleges in America, and how he changes during his time there. The film did have a little bit of a influence of jazz from how the kid related Jazz music to his life, but I really wished they touched on Jazz a little bit more during the film, ￼because it could have been a really unique and artistic film I believe.
This one film isn’t an indie film, but I unfortunately fell victim to the hype. Prior to the hype surrounding the film I had never heard anything about The Hunger Games, not even the book. I became interested in watching the film when I was reading about these ignorant kids mad that their were black characters in the film, kind of ridiculous that they were mad about something like that. Overall I thought the movie was really good, kind of made me interested in reading the book… maybe this summer lol.