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Down In The Delta Review


Bad
Maya Angelou, movie director? Angelou's little experiment is so god-awful it's astonishing it was ever made. The "uplifting" story of Woodard's city-bred character -- a drunk so dumb she can't make change for a fiver and bug-eyed as all get-out -- who heads down south to get a taste of her southern roots. Soon enough, she's learned a little something about life, family, and the slave trade -- and everything is all better. Wholly unbelievable and devoid of any interest whatsoever, you'll probably find youself dozing off repeatedly during this excruciating experience of a film.

Malcolm X Review


Excellent
Before getting distracted by side projects, Allan Houston, and self-parody, Spike Lee was a great young filmmaker, and every release was an event. From Do the Right Thing to Jungle Fever, Lee's movies addressed race from a perspective never before seen in American multiplexes, and their energy, style, and stories evoked joy and rage from their audiences.

Lee was also a star himself. Even when not behind (or, sometimes, in front of) his camera, Lee's appreciation of black radical movements drew heat from conservatives, laurels from liberals, dedication from American minority communities, and attention from everyone.

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