Training Day and Belly In 2001, one of the most memorable performance’s in Hollywood was Honored with an Academy Award, for Best Actor In A Leading Role. The Oscar, went to Denzel Washington, for is amazing performance in Training Day. A powerful departure from his good guy roles, Denzel Washington, plays Alonzo Harris, a street smart, crocked, undercover narc, out on the mission to save his ass, from the Russian mob. On the day in question, he is giving rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) a chance to prove himself worthy to be a part of his elite squad of undercover narcotics officers. From the beginning of the film, in the early hours of the morning, in the city of Los Angeles, we are introduced to Jake Hoyt, a first time father, getting ready for his first day of training, with his senior partner, Alonzo. Little does he know, that he is in for the rockiest 24 hours of his life.
Jake is alarmed at Alonzo’s unorthodoxy, which includes making him smoke pot so he ” ll know what it feels like, drinking on the job, and letting bad guys go if they ” re not ‘important’ enough to spend time on. The violence is minimal until the finale, when Alonzo is killed by the Russian Mafia, which more than makes up for the lack of bullets seen in the first 100 minutes. Whether the violence is necessary or gratuitous depends on your point of view. To me, violence is unjustified only when it doesn’t fit the context or when the film hasn’t already earned my respect, causing the blood to turn me off even more. The idea that Fuqua (the director) employed violence just for attention never crossed my mind, as the film was compelling enough already. Surely he knew he didn’t need it as a gimmick.
Once Were Warriors isn't a fun movie by any stretch of the imagination. Violence and anger are at the core of this powerful film, which doesn't shy away from showing the domestic abuse in all of its potent rage. The story revolves around Beth and Jake Here (Rena Owen and Tempera Morrison) who, to outsiders at least, have seem to have a wonderful life-five healthy kids and plenty of friends and ...
He included it because it works. There was nothing different from this movie compared to many others, Fuqua didn’t use any special camera techniques, that really made you say “WOW,” but the movie was really, well written, and directed, Fuqua captured the true essence of the streets of Los Angeles, to some this is just a movie, with a brilliant performance from Denzel Washington. Alonzo isn’t my only favorite, money hungry character, who gets played at the end. One of my favorite movies was directed by acclaimed music video director, Hype Williams. He made his debut in 1998, with Belly with an all star hip hop cast. The movie is about two life-long friends, Tommy (Simmons, aka DMX) and Sincere (Jones, aka Nas), live the carefree lives of unrepentant drug dealers who believe that since death is their fate, scoring big money is their only means of making their mark.
Tommy has managed to move into a flashy pad on Long Island while Sincere lives in a more modest home in Queens with his wife Tonne (Watkins, aka T-Boz) and baby daughter. The plot has them shooting up discos in New York, and expanding their drug routes to Omaha and Jamaica. In Omaha, Tommy crosses some of the hometown gang and winds up in a bloody shootout and on the run. A federal agent offers Tommy the choice of life in prison or the task of assassinating the leader of a Nation of Islam-like organization led by Benjamin F. Muhammed (aka Benjamin Chav is).
Meanwhile, Sincere has been reading Elijah Mohammed’s Message to the Black Man and is ready to pack up the family and move to Africa, while at the same time helping his on-the-run best pal.
The film concludes with a passionate plea for a new millennial outlook, but the words are at odds with the compelling images of the gangsta life. The cinematography of Malik Hassan Say eed, who has shot most of Spike Lee’s recent films, is stunning. This movie reminded, so much of old African movies, the film had this texture to it, it was dirty, dark, sweaty, very much like the old African movies, and the movie was being narrated, witch added a little something to the film, critics bashed the film, they thought the movie was made to glorify the use of drugs and sex and violence, but it was made to reflex on the thoughts of today’s youth, very much like Training Day, it reflected the streets of Los Angeles, people like Alonzo and Tommy do exist, and people like Jake and Sincere are out there trying to make a difference in the community and in their personal lives.
Quentin Tarentino Throughout the many years the film industry has grown, a certain type of filmmaker immerged, known as an auteur. An auteur, usually a director, has a strong personal style and exercises creative control over his or her works. Quentin Tarentino, for example, has proven himself to be an auteur in various ways. Quentin Tarentino worked for four years as a clerk in a Los Angeles ...