Gingerbinger

Gingerbinger

Unapologetically black filmmaker. I take representation and diversity very seriously.

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  • The King of Staten Island

    The King of Staten Island

    ★★½

    This was too fucking long and the pacing is weird. You could’ve cut the sister out of the film and it would’ve still been cohesive (no offense to Maude, she did a great job). 

    Pete looks exactly like his grandpa. 

    I love Pete, but I don’t think his life is interesting enough to adapt into a feature film. He’s also not a strong actor so this was rough. 

    I think Apatow needs to retire, which he should’ve done a decade ago.

    I’m just tired of white boy angst, even when it’s coming from someone I love.

  • A Lion in the House

    A Lion in the House

    I shouldn’t have to process so much child death in such a short period of time. That cannot be healthy for the mind

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  • Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

    Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

    ★★★★

    People are upset that this white male director is profiting off Cyntoia don’t understand the following:

    1) How documentary works. It’s unethical to pay subjects in a documentary. Paying subjects makes them actors and can influence them. Documentary is about enlightenment, not entertainment. 

    2) 100% Cyntoia would not be free today without his footage. His first doc of her was screened for her sentencing AND is responsible for the whole world knowing Cyntoia’s name. He dedicated over a decade to freeing her. Documentary making is not easy or cheap. 

    Cyntoia has an income. It’s not the same as Paris is Burning. Lower your pitchforks.

  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

    Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

    ★★

    I love HBO docs, but something about this was off and didn’t sit right with me just like her death.

    There are so many things that I knew about her days in jail before seeing this film, and it was pointed out and never elaborated upon. As someone who regularly consumes true crime, that was weird to me. 

    But the strangest thing was to see her family and attorney celebrating after the settlement. It wasn’t gratuitous and I understand that…