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Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-Grammy Party - Arrivals

Mario Van Peebles - Primary Wave 10th Annual Pre-Grammy Party at The London West Hollywood - Arrivals at The London West Hollywood - West Hollywood, CA, Grammy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 14th February 2016

Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles

44th NAACP Image Awards - Gift Lounge

Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles - 44th NAACP Image Awards - Gift Lounge Los Angeles California USA Friday 1st February 2013

Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles

44th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles - 44th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals Los Angeles California USA Friday 1st February 2013

Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles

Premiere Of Summit Entertainment's 'Alex Cross' At The ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Arrivals

Mario Van Peebles and ArcLight Cinemas Monday 15th October 2012 Premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Alex Cross' at the ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Arrivals

Mario Van Peebles and Arclight Cinemas
Mario Van Peebles and Arclight Cinemas
Mario Van Peebles and Arclight Cinemas

'We The Party' Premiere At Rave Cinemas In Baldwin Hills

Roshon Fegan and Mario Van Peebles - Roshon Fegan and Mario Van Peebles Friday 6th April 2012 'We The Party' premiere at Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills

Roshon Fegan and Mario Van Peebles
Roshon Fegan and Korrina Rico
Roshon Fegan and Mario Van Peebles
Roshon Fegan
Roshon Fegan
Roshon Fegan

Baadasssss! Review


Very Good
Baadasssss! is a rollicking, high-energy, and monumentally-titled film re-creation of the trials and travails of the making of Melvin Van Peeble's 1971 black independent hit Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

The film, based mainly on Melvin Van Peeples' book about making the film, illustrates many of the difficulties that plagued it; from financial troubles and crew infighting, to the demanding logistics of the shoot and family dilemmas, all of which made the entire production nearly fall apart.

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The Hebrew Hammer Review


OK
It's the curse of the great-pitch movie: They can never live up to the premise. And the funny but sloppy The Hebrew Hammer has a premise to kill for. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is the hero of the title, a badass Orthodox Jew who makes a slight living as a private eye (his door reads "Certified Circumcised Dick") and prowls the streets of Gotham, striking fear into the hearts of anti-Semites and admonishing the kids to "stay Jewish." He rolls like Superfly in an extra-long Cadillac, fully pimped-out, but always observes the Sabbath and loves his mother, of course.

Every superhero needs a supervillain, of course, and this film's answer to that maxim is Andy Dick. Apparently psychotic from birth, Dick plays Damian, the racist son of Santa who kills his more tolerant father and sets about turning the North Pole into a sweatshop, banishing the non-Aryan elves and concocting a diabolical plan to destroy Hanukkah. Not surprisingly, this causes the Jewish Justice League (who hold court in a massive, Star of David-shaped building) no small amount of consternation, and they start casting about for a Jewish hero to fight Damian. Quickly discarding suggestions of Steven Spielberg and Yitzhak Perlman, they reluctantly settle on the Hammer, whom they'd drummed out of the organization long before.

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Highlander: The Final Dimension Review


Weak
The trouble with these immortals is that, ya know, they never die.

The third in a line of increasingly perplexing Highlander movies, Highlander: The Final Dimension (which, incidentally, appears to be the third dimension) steals wholesale the plot from the original, just throwing in some fresh faces. It's all here: Connor McLeod (Lambert, of course) on the run from the cops in New York, the girl investigator (Deborah Unger, in a role she's gotta regret), the sadistic bad guy with one name (Mario Van Peebles), the dutiful instructor (Mako), lots of swordplay, flashbacks... everything! If it wasn't set eight years later, no one would never know the difference (and of course, never mind the ultra-cheesy, low-budget special effects!).

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Ali Review


OK
It saddens me to think that when most kids today see the name "Ali," they probably think of whipped-cream-bikini babe Ali Larter, not Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest," as he was wont to call himself -- as in the greatest fighter of all time.

Now, with Michael Mann's lengthy biopic of the heavyweight king hitting theaters, kids can think of former "Fresh Prince" Will Smith. And I'm still not sure if that's a good thing.

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Baadasssss! Review


Good

"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," it's a clear labor of love, and so much the better for it.

"Sweetback" -- a "ghetto Western" about a slick, taciturn pimp who becomes a hunted man for killing a couple thug cops who beat a black militant -- scared the hell out of Hollywood, yet its success ($15 million in limited release in 1971) gave rise to scores of shallower imitators that became the blaxploitation genre of "Coffy" and "Shaft."

Getting the divisive, patently anti-establishment film made was a nightmare of financing and bounced checks ("Baadasssss!" implies that drug money was to be used before Bill Cosby stepped in), of casting (writer-director Melvin played the lead when he couldn't find the right actor), of union problems (the industry guilds were practically all-white at the time -- and expensive), of controversy (an X rating), and of distribution (only two privately-owned theaters would touch it at first).

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Ali Review


Good

The opening shot of Michael Mann's masterfully crafted boxer biography "Ali" is an image from behind a punching bag being pounded by the champ in rapid musical rhythm. As the bag flashes by with a strobe-like effect, that intensely focused gaze Muhammad Ali is famous for -- that laser beam look that means he's tuned out the world, that stare as steely as a freight train bearing down on you -- beams out of Will Smith's eyes.

It is the one and only time in the film you'll even remember the star's name, because for the next two and a half hours Smith inhabits Ali -- his power, grace, ego, humor and body language, inside and outside the ring -- as well as any actor could.

Choosing to focus on ten momentous years in Ali's life, Mann's round by round, bobbing and weaving narrative style assumes at least a passing knowledge of the fighter's life, merely dropping in on pivotal events without spending much time catching the audience up on the particulars of who, when and where.

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Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! is a rollicking, high-energy, and monumentally-titled film re-creation of the trials and travails of...

The Hebrew Hammer Movie Review

The Hebrew Hammer Movie Review

It's the curse of the great-pitch movie: They can never live up to the premise....

Ali Movie Review

Ali Movie Review

It saddens me to think that when most kids today see the name "Ali," they...

Baadasssss! Movie Review

Baadasssss! Movie Review

"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An...

Ali Movie Review

Ali Movie Review

The opening shot of Michael Mann's masterfully crafted boxer biography "Ali" is an image from...

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