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TV: Black Cinema Season on Film4: Wed 2 – Mon 14 Nov

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Updated ~ TV: Black Cinema Season on Film4: Wed 2 – Mon 14 Nov

To tie-in with the launch of the BFI’s Black Star season, Film4 presents a celebration of black filmmaking talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Wednesday 2nd November

12 Years A Slave12-years-a-slave – 9pm

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

Thursday 3rd November

shameShame – 11.10pm

Michael Fassbender stars as a New York sex addict, directed by Steve McQueen

hunger-steve-mcqueenHunger – 1.15am

Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen directs an account of the IRA hunger strike and its leader Bobby Sands.

Friday 4th November

noel-clarke-the-anomalyThe Anomaly – 9pm

Former soldier Ryan (Noel Clarke) experiences his life in ten minute spells, jumping further into the future after every one

ghost-dog-samuraiGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai – 12.40am

ghost-dog-samurai2Idiosyncratic director Jim Jarmusch pays homage to the samurai movie with a hybrid of the hip hop and mob genres. Forest Whitaker stars as a loner hitman in this hauntingly poetic and obliquely funny gem

Saturday 5th November

Just Wrightjust-wright – 4:50pm

Queen Latifah plays a physical therapist falling for Common’s recovering basketball pro in this romantic comedy

Man On Firema6n-on-fire – 11:05pm

Denzel Washington stars as the bodyguard of the daughter of a wealthy couple in Mexico City who wreaks bloody revenge when she is kidnapped. Action thriller from Tony Scott

Sunday 6th November

Brewster’s Millionsbrewsters-millions – 4.40pm

Richard Pryor stars as Montgomery Brewster, a low-league baseball player who discovers that a distant relative has left him $300m in their will

PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia – 9pm

Denzel Washington and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks star in Jonathan Demme’s powerful drama.

bringing-down-the-houseBringing Down the House – 11.35pm

Odd couples don’t come much odder than Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, who team up for this mildly diverting but very predictable farce from the director of The Wedding Planner

Monday 7th November

irobotI, Robot – 6.45pm

Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City

mona-lisaMona Lisa – 1.20am

From award winning Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, this is the unsettling story of George, a small-time crook and eternal victim

Tuesday 8th November

babymother1Babymother – 2.05am

babymotherSingle mother Anita (Anjela Lauren Smith) has attitude and ambition, and determined to become a successful singer forms an all girl reggae group with her two friends.

Wednesday 9th November

negotiator-samuel-l-jacksonThe Negotiator – 11pm

Based-on-a-true-story thriller starring Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey as two police negotiators going head to head.

gone-too-farGone Too Far – 1:50am

Two estranged teenage brothers, one who grew up in Nigeria and one who grew up in Peckham, meet for the first time and struggle to accept each other

Thursday 10th November

12-years-a-slave12 Years a Slave – 9pm

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

 

whats-love-got-toWhat’s Love Got To Do With It – 11.30pm

Agreeably camped-up biopic, ringing with righteous sentimentality and brassy defiance, with a furiously good central performance from Bassett.

second-comingSecond Coming – 1.50am

Debbie Tucker Green’s drama follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy

Friday 11th November

GhostGhost – 11.05pm

Heaven can wait for Patrick Swayze in this supernatural love story starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

 

Saturday 12th November

irobotI, Robot – 6.45pm
Futuristic thriller starring Will Smith as a troubled cop whose issues with the ever-increasing robot population are seemingly vindicated when one of them becomes a murder suspect. Slick sci-fi from Alex Proyas, director of Dark City

48-hours.jpg48 HRS. – 12am

Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy star in Walter Hill’s fast and furious cop comedy. Murphy is the motor-mouthed crook who helps cynical cop Nolte avenge the death of the latter’s former associates

Sunday 13th November

Last King of Scotland.jpgThe Last King Of Scotland – 11pm

Forest Whitaker stars in this blistering thriller about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin

 

Monday 14th November

best-man-holidayThe Best Man Holiday – 9pm

Malcolm D Lee directs this heart-warming comedy-drama sequel to 1999’s The Best Man.

 

Check here for updates, additions and changes: http://www.film4.com/whats-on/black-cinema-season-on-film4

Watch “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Film4

Catch, Beasts of the Southern Wild, on Film4, 29th October, 9pm.

Movie Info:

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. — (C) Fox Searchlight

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Trailer: http://youtu.be/CFaTmow9nrw

REWIND: MALIK Bendjelloul’s  ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – On Air Review – March 2013

Catch Searching For Sugar Man on BBC iPlayer until the 9th June.

BBC iPlayer: http://goo.gl/wHPKOy

JampotMedia

Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man, died  this week.  It reminded me of a discussion we had about the film, on the radio, last year. I’m reposting the audio below.  It’s a REWIND! x

The show was the ‘Saturday Salmagundi’ breakfast show. Toby Kell-Ogg had just got back from South Africa, fresh from seeing the film, and seeing Rodriguez perform.

Voices in these pieces of audio: Simone ‘ Jammie’ Jemmott, Toby Kell-Ogg, Vanessa Maynard

Searching for Sugar Man Audio
Searching for SugarMan review-23Mar13 by JammieMedia – SoundCloud – PS. During the discussion I accidentally switch the name of Sussex Records to Sixto – I meant Sussex – honest…   Sussex!

From: https://soundcloud.com/jammiemedia

SUGAR MAN

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Eurovision 2014 – UK top three

As a viewer, Eurovision used to be about trying to listen to loads of songs, most of which I couldn’t understand and trying to decide which one sounded the best, even if meaning was absent.

The challenge was always to stay the course, but I often found myself nodding off as the music droned on. Not so last night, though I will confess to catching it just as the Austrian song was ending.

From there the show had me glued, and I’m wondering if that had anything to do with most of the songs being sung in English? Not in the sense of an overdose of nationalistic pride, more as in, I was able to understand them! 🙂

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

Anyhoo, I did like seeing Graham Norton being singled out by the presenters, and I caught a snippet of the songs I’d missed in the final round-up.

Commiserations to Molly – sleepy lyrics with a dance music rhythm. Not bad. I do wonder if that drummer performed at the Olympic opening ceremony though. 😉

Molly – Children of the Universe (United Kingdom): http://youtu.be/C6w7tmWvm6M

How the UK voted:

My favourite song of the night was from The Netherlands. It made me pay full attention to the screen and reminded me of another group I like, The Civil Wars. What would you call it? Modern Country/Folk music?

The Common Linnets
The Common Linnets

The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm (The Netherlands): http://youtu.be/bWe8PRsW4T0

The UK vote had this track in 3rd place, they came second in the competition. The UK vote had the song from Malta in 2nd place. Another Folky-kinda sounding song.

Firelight
Firelight

Firelight – Coming Home (Malta): http://youtu.be/mXY0imG1SzQ

Of course the UK number 1 and overall winner was the song from Austria – the big ballad with hints of a James Bond theme tune. I can see the merit.

Conchita Wurst
Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria): http://youtu.be/SaolVEJEjV4

(Now we just need to find any James Bond baddies who went down in flames to build on my concept for the next new Bond film… ‘The Phoenix Rises’.)

So there we have it, the top three as voted by the UK audience, and maybe a hint toward what we should be aiming for next year… a country, folky, big ballad!

Ps. France… what was the tribal paint about? :-\