The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.
When the white girl at the college asks Malcolm X what she can do to help his people, he responds with a blunt "Nothing." Though Malcolm X would later come around on this idea, the context of that girl's question stands out. She precedes it by asserting that she's not a bad person despite what her ancestors did, and... it's not that simple. If your parents killed someone and stole their wealth, I would not argue that you stand trial for their crimes, but I would argue that the wealth they stole should be returned. That girl (and myself) have both benefited from the white supremacist world we live in, and though we are not guilty of enslaving people or…
If the montage at the end of this film doesn't make you well up, you may just be dead inside.
Yes, it's manipulative. Yes, it's largely working with the traditional conceits of a biopic. Yes, it has an agenda.
I could not give less of a shit.
This is transcendent cinema. This is one of our greatest directors, and one of our greatest actors, telling a truly epic tale. It's grandiose. It's full of emotion and heart. It's utterly captivating throughout. It feels like eight movies in one, and yet never feels disjointed.
I honestly am lacking some of the words. It's just great. Watch it. I know it's over 200 minutes long, but it shoots by, trust me. It's worth it. Lord knows it's worth it.
Film #27 of Project 90
”No, we've never seen democracy! All we've seen is hypocrisy! We don't see any American Dream. We've experienced only the American Nightmare!”
Malcolm X is all about its central character, although it is portraying some iconic moments of civil rights movement but at the center of that movement is a man whose revolutionary character change is the main focus of the film. In this epic depiction of the life of one of the most influential and of course controversial figures of contemporary America, director Spike Lee portrays a restless soul who is searching for ultimate peace and harmony, a man who never lived a quiet life, from his early gangster days as Malcolm “Red” Little…
Director: Spike Lee (Third Film)
Growing up, I don't think I really heard much about Malcolm X - the subject of this biopic. Rather the attention every Black History Month (an obtuse month in my opinion) would likely be focused on Martin Luthor King, or Nelson Mandela or one of those depicted as saintly characters. In regards to those two anyway, I never really heard anything other than the positives they contributed to society in general but also for civil rights/anti-apartheid movements.
What I never knew about these characters was in-fact that they weren't so saintly. The latter in particular; of course he was a great man in hindsight but like Malcolm X, he produced both great deeds;…
When discussing Malcolm X people talk about Denzel Washington's performance, the scope of the film, and the importance of the subject matter. All those things are there and are great, but I was not at all aware how weird this movie is. The first third, in Malcolm's (or Red as he calls himself) "gangster" days, is almost cartoonish in its costuming, colors, theatrical acting and sets. It draws on the nightmarish/dreamlike quality of a film like Night of the Hunter and the raw spontaneity of Black musicals like Stormy Weather. I'm sure those who are more film literate than me could uncover a litany of influences and references.
The film also uses discontinuous editing at times, drawing attention to a…
Really a shame that this movie hasn't aged particularly well, nor is it currently relevant to 2014. Yep, real shame.
While it does end up painting Malcolm X somewhat as a saint (and unfortunately ends with the cliché of a teacher talking about his lasting importance), the movie is an interesting exploration of how people are indoctrinated into ideology and how ideas can be shaped by religious belief. Not saying that the ideology Malcolm is espousing is good or bad, but the film is basically structured around who is teaching Malcolm what at certain points of his life and how he parrots those beliefs in his eloquent and charismatic preaching persona. Malcolm’s intellectual journey is clearly traced from his initial introduction to Islam in prison that reforms his ‘immoral’ behavior to his rise in the Nation of Islam where sequences…
This by far one of the greatest bio pics to ever hit the screen. Denzel Washington gives one of the greatest performances I've ever seen from an actor. This is a true epic, and a great film.
GET YOUR HAND OUTTA MY POCKET!
An important and well told story, with a superb performance from Denzel Washington at the heart of it.
However like many other biopics it suffers from its desire to tell one mans entire life story. It is slightly too long and feels lethargic and drawn out because of that. Where many films can tell one story from the life of their characters this film had to tell every story. Constrained by the mans real life the film makers could not leave anything out or misrepresent the man, to its detriment.
As a film it still entertained, it…
When you look up "Malcom x" and you see pictures of him, he literally looks no different than Washington. Seriously, look it up.
The infamous African-American activist had a life of discrimination, a life of hate, and a life of determination. Spike lee does a great job at portraying X as both a cold-blooded man and a pure human that he was. I respect X, and the film does as well. The passion this man had in everything he did was astounding, and I credit Spike Lee for that to no end.
Washington is as perfect a casting choice as you can get. He is literally what I pictured X in my head to be. He is the standout performance…
It's rare that a movie over 90 minutes long doesn't prompt me, at some point during its runtime, to think that it could have been a little shorter. And yet Malcolm X's 200+ minutes flew by; I've never been so riveted by a movie this long. But attention spans are boring: the real take-home here is that Malcolm X is a lively, moving, incendiary, important masterpiece, unquestionably the greatest biopic of all time and handily one of the greatest movies of all time, full stop. Maybe I'm still just coming off this movie's high, but I don't know: there's something special about a film made twenty-five years ago about events fifty years ago and still feeling very much about 2016.…
I was totally speechless after this movie. Such an epicly directed movie, made more epic by the epic performances. Epic
Easily the best biopic I have ever seen. I was transported.
A truly American epic.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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