Posts tagged ‘Ryan Coogler’

Welcome Wakanda!

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. All Black Panther photos: ©Marvel Comics

 

 

‘Bout time!

As Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, I have been waiting 25 years for this movie. And then along comes Black Panther, satisfying yearnings I didn’t know I had until seeing them realized in 3-D splendor. If you skip the trailer, there are no spoilers in my homage to director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed) and his phenomenal story, cast and crew.

Like the documentary I featured a few weeks ago, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, in Coogler’s hands, Black Panther takes the moral and artistic high ground, using filmic elements of humor and innuendo to land succinct attacks on the oppressive slave narrative—a story we know all too well—and move on. For that I am most grateful.

“What’s so special about this film is that we see an idyllic society that has figured out its gender dynamics where women are allowed to assume their power, realize their full potential and the men are not threatened by it so that they can be of support to each other—which is the world we want to see.”— Lupita Nyong’o, on The View

How could we know that when our black superhero savior finally arrived he would be armed with not only vibranium, but a cast of powerful women, who like him, possess coolness, swagger and such beyond-Bond gizmos that, had I not been reclined in the new Loungers at Rowland Cinema in Novato, I would have fallen out of my seat.

“You create excellence it’ll be responded to. I’m thankful that Mr. Coogler and Marvel got together and created excellence. [the response] makes sense to me, I think we’ve been yearning for it.”— Danai Gurira, on The View

L-R: Danai Gurira (Okoye); Lupita Nyong’o, (Nakia)

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The illustrious Angela Bassett as matriarch, Ramonda.

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Latitia Wright as technogoddess, Shuri.

Of course, there’s no escaping violence in a super hero movie—sadly true these days for nearly any film you see—but Black Panther has one scene that crosses even that line for me. Since I have close to zero tolerance for violence in films, I’ll close my eyes next time. In his review, David Edelstein sites a “few sub-par computer effects” and I could surf and see what that’s about but—who cares!!? Black Panther does not disappoint and I can’t wait to see this already iconic film again. Altogether, right now: let’s cross our fisted arms over my chest and repeat after me: Wakanda forever!…

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Director, co-writer, Ryan Coogler. Photo: Washington Post/Getty Images

Fruitvale Station ~ Lifts up Humanity

 

FruitvaleStationA story is told of a grandfather, teaching his grandson about the two wolves fighting inside each of us, all the time: the wolf of anger, greed, envy and all things bad;
against the wolf of love, compassion, unity and all things good.

“Which one will win?” asks the grandson.
The grandfather answers, “The one you feed.”


When deciding how to tell a story, a filmmaker faces endless choices. In the making of Fruitvale Station, 26-year old writer/director Ryan Coogler made the right choices to tell the story he set out to tell: a version of the Oscar Grant story. In the early morning hours of January 1, 2009, 22-year old, unarmed Grant was shot and killed by a transit cop in the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, CA. Read more…

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