The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and…
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.
Spike Lee's titan of a film that still stands as one of the most defining and powerful biopics ever crafted. It's a film that does not simply portray his life but it spreads its wings and presents his influence on culture today. Perhaps more than any other film in the biopic "genre", it's a film that portrays and exemplifies legacy - not just of the man and icon but of his message.
Wish it would've covered how X arrived at his philosophy with a bit more specificity, and how it intersected with the larger civil rights movement, instead of the more paint-by-the-numbers biopic life-events story.
No change from last viewing. Best you can say is that it does Malcolm justice. A+
Long, but very good. Feels accurate and yet hyper stylized at the same time. Definitely worth the watch
One of Spike Lee's best movies, "Malcolm X" includes almost every aspect that makes his filmography great.
The perfect topic for Lee, a biopic on the titular African-American activist, the movie works perfectly as a character-study, mainly from Denzel Washington's paramount performance, jumpy editing, clever use of music (both narratively emotional and bouncy) and with Lee's trademark vitriolic control on storytelling and sense of righteousness - which is also the movie's downfall.
That downfall, for me, gets particularly pamphletary in the final images, where Lee can't detach himself of the theme (a recurrent problem in all his 'racial' movies), and maybe more than filming Malcolm X, he's filming himself.
Only occasionally seems to rise above its biography roots; something more radical was, perhaps, needed.
Does that nearly impossible act of creating a biopic that's epic in historical scale yet completely intimate to the figure involved. Every decision that's made, which leads to larger things, is personally motivated and not at all made lightly. Granted, the way it does this all is a bit of a cheat and also its downfall: almost 3 and a half hours of runtime, covering the movement in staggering detail to make sure its levity isn't underwhelmed. And yet, it does breeze by, many visuals are given proper weight, and at the end of it all the story it tells is one of Lee's soundest.
I'll preface this by saying that I find Malcolm X to be one of the most interesting figures in American History, so I walked into this movie with a pretty heavy bias.
With that being said, I won't necessarily call this the greatest biopic of all time, but it's certainly in the conversation. I was concerned about a run time of nearly three and a half hours, but Spike Lee kept the story moving along at a solid pace. Given the makeup and history of the Academy, I'm not surprised that this film was barely recognized, but it's a shame that it wasn't.
Speaking of the Academy, Denzel was absolutely robbed here. Normally when I watch him, I feel like…
The story of Malcolm X is an odyssey of an entire people trying to find place in a home that feels so alien to them. It needed a mammoth of a film like this, but even at 3h20mins long, there is still the feeling it wasn’t quite enough.
Spike Lee’s film is successful in many ways. There is a reason why the montage at the end is so goddamn affecting. We’ve seen Denzel Washington embody Malcolm X and we feel as if we’ve gotten to know not only the man, but human beings in general. There’s a reason why Malcolm X story resonates so much despite how dark it was at times. It’s the idea of a human being transcending…
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