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bwood
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"If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry fucking Jenkins, 2018)"


  

          

Can't wait!!!

https://twitter.com/BarryJenkins/status/1025019217156816897?s=19

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The GAWD!!!
Aug 02nd 2018
1
Looks dope
Aug 03rd 2018
2
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK | Official Trailer
Sep 20th 2018
3
Excellent film.
Oct 16th 2018
4
I'm on it
Oct 16th 2018
5
Why do you think this movie won't be as popular as Moonlight?
Oct 17th 2018
6
      A lot of people are gonna be mad about not seeing Fonny's...
Oct 17th 2018
7
           I don’t see that being a problem
Dec 30th 2018
13
Excellent film. Absolutely beautiful
Dec 25th 2018
8
I managed to catch this a couple of weeks ago
Dec 26th 2018
9
My favorite scene...
Dec 27th 2018
10
Still conflicted about (spoiler redacted)
Dec 28th 2018
12
      I took it as a sign of the times. He was still "the man of the house"...
Jan 02nd 2019
14
           Spoiler warning on this whole exchange
Jan 02nd 2019
16
Black love and the struggle to survive, perfectly encapsulated
Dec 28th 2018
11
I want to see it again. Just not at the old school theater we had to go ...
Jan 02nd 2019
15
Good grief that was beautiful. SMH. n.m
Jan 05th 2019
17
sumptuous....
Jan 10th 2019
18
Found time to see it
Jan 14th 2019
19

obsidianchrysalis
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1. "The GAWD!!!"
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Wow. Just wow.

If nothing else the cinematography ought to be amazing. I guess he's really settling into the use of that subjective camera as he uses with the close ups on the character's faces.

Looks well acted and I'm eager to see how this shakes out.

Will be there with bells.

  

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Boogiedwn
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2. "Looks dope"
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I have time to re-read the book!

  

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j0510
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3. "IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK | Official Trailer"
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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK | Official Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4m3t3G3Zqc

  

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bwood
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4. "Excellent film."
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I wouldn't put it up there with Moonlight, but this is still very good.

I don't think a lot of people are gonna enjoy this, but man it does hit home for me.

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Never seen a nigga granted clemency" - Ras Kass
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BigWorm
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Tue Oct-16-18 10:16 AM

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5. "I'm on it"
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I'm reading the book now; want to finish it before this gets the big release.

  

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obsidianchrysalis
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Wed Oct-17-18 01:40 AM

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6. "Why do you think this movie won't be as popular as Moonlight?"
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I haven't read the book so I can't speak specifically about the likability of the subject. But is the story in the movie radically different from the book? Or is the story just not timely?

  

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bwood
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7. "A lot of people are gonna be mad about not seeing Fonny's..."
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...point of view.

To get his point of view on events even though this film is a black woman's film just like Roma is a Mexican woman's film from her point of view.

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"America's favorite past time is white supremacy.
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13. "I don’t see that being a problem"
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Sun Dec-30-18 12:49 PM by spirit

  

          

I think homophobia prevented Moonlight from being more successful. I have a lot of friends who weren’t interested in seeing it. They didn’t expressly say that homosexuality in the film was the reason, but they didn’t give any other compelling reason. Being that this country is still deeply homophobic, I’d imagine a film with two heterosexual protagonists would do much better at the box office, especially when black films already have a hill to climb to “cross over” in America (and other countries). Films with a Black female POV have made decent money tho. Don’t think some kind of patriarchal backlash will hurt this movie. Fonny also gets a lot of screen time.

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mrhood75
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8. "Excellent film. Absolutely beautiful "
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Beautifully directed. Beautifully shot. Beautifully written. Beautifully acted.

Regina King should win an Oscar. The scene between Fonny and Daniel was mesmerizing.

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9. "I managed to catch this a couple of weeks ago"
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My sister's friend told her about a screening at the Arclight and the three of us saw it.

I still don't know what to make of this movie. It was well acted, well shot, well written, paced well. The score was amazing.

But I didn't emotionally connect to this movie for whatever reason.

I'm not sure quite why tho. I think it may have been the filmmaking style. For whatever reason I was expecting something subjective but more traditional like Moonlight.

I randomly watched Moonlight earlier in the month and thought Beale St. would be a continuation of that style.

This was more subjective than Moonlight in some respects with the vignettes cutting from the main timeline of Fonny in prison and his love history with Tish. The music was more prominent to me than I expected as well.

It's not that I don't like stylistic or arthouse touches, or at least I did. I loved Moonlight and Malick is one of my favorite directors.

But I think my expectations were a lot different for Beale St. than Moonlight and the movie disappointed me not because I anticipated one film and watched something different.

That being said, Regina is GAWD and I hope this movie maybe wins an adapted screenplay award.

I plan on seeing this again. I may finally get what I am wanting from it on another viewing.

  

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LeroyBumpkin
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10. "My favorite scene..."
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...telling Fonny's family about the new baby.

Everything about this scene was a great lesson in directing.
Loved the sister hinting at "wanting to tell the sisters", so we're already set.
We immediately understood the personalities of Fonny's family as
soon as they sat down.

Aunjanue Ellis, who played Mrs. Hunt was fantastic.

Cinematographer James Laxton (who also shot Moonlight) was fantastic.
Every shot had a colorful purpose.
In fact, the team work of the set designer and wardrobe
really made this film shine.

I really need to see it again.

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12. "Still conflicted about (spoiler redacted)"
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Spoiler ahead...

Stop reading if you haven’t seen the film yet...

Still conflicted about...

The father slapping the Bible thumping mother after her final confrontation with the lead actress.

What she said was terrible, but that was still his wife.

And a few people in my audience were a bit too happy about that part.

But violence is real too. It seemed like they had a tumultuous relationship and that was the breaking point.

All of the dialogue was pitch perfect. The pacing. Etc

Hard to pick a favorite scene. They were all well played.

Peace,

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14. "I took it as a sign of the times. He was still "the man of the house"..."
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>The father slapping the Bible thumping mother after her final confrontation with the lead actress.

>What she said was terrible, but that was still his wife.

Seemed like he'd struggled with her 'holier than thou' attitude for quite a stretch and that he was just tired of it. And her cursing of that unborn child seems to have taken him over the top.

She had the audacity to be a cold, disrespectful, and judgmental woman in someone else's home. The dude was probably embarrassed by it as well as having pent up frustrations about many other things such as her seeming disdain for her own son whom was adored by his father.

I was honestly surprised that Regina King didn't do it. She was as graceful as she could be until she told old girl to get her stuff. LOL

Them daughters though... MAN!

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16. "Spoiler warning on this whole exchange"
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Wed Jan-02-19 08:00 PM by spirit

  

          

The film established its own world. A world largely filled with love. There was little to no buildup to that explosion of violence. It didn’t fit the vibe of the rest of the movie. The relative lack of a reaction from the daughters made it seem like old boy was routinely abusive. I’m sure there was loads of domestic abuse back in the day (there still is now) but the only other moment of violence in the film (when The male lead, whose name I’m still not sure how to spell , shoved the guy away from his girl* outside the bodega) was set up to be more justifiable. The guy harassed her, she was trying to walk away from him, and he just wouldn’t stop. By contrast, that slap seemed to come out of nowhere and there were lots of other ways he could have responded. Even if he yanked her by the arm to pull her out of there, I would have understood that more than slapping her...

* I’m bad with names in real life and worst with film character names. I only remember his name because it sounds kind of like Fonzie.




>>The father slapping the Bible thumping mother after her
>final confrontation with the lead actress.
>
>>What she said was terrible, but that was still his wife.
>
>Seemed like he'd struggled with her 'holier than thou'
>attitude for quite a stretch and that he was just tired of it.
>And her cursing of that unborn child seems to have taken him
>over the top.
>
>She had the audacity to be a cold, disrespectful, and
>judgmental woman in someone else's home. The dude was probably
>embarrassed by it as well as having pent up frustrations about
>many other things such as her seeming disdain for her own son
>whom was adored by his father.
>
>I was honestly surprised that Regina King didn't do it. She
>was as graceful as she could be until she told old girl to get
>her stuff. LOL
>
>Them daughters though... MAN!


Peace,

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spirit
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11. "Black love and the struggle to survive, perfectly encapsulated"
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Come to the theater ready to focus. Turn your phone off. This movie deserves your attention.

Peace,

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15. "I want to see it again. Just not at the old school theater we had to go ..."
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Wed Jan-02-19 01:23 PM by Creole

  

          

Seats were cramped. It's been a terribly long while since I have sat in a chair that wasn't extra wide nor one that reclined.

And yes! It was excellent. It was beautiful. It was poetic in its movements.

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17. "Good grief that was beautiful. SMH. n.m"
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18. "sumptuous...."
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this was a feast for the eyes & ears...
my lord this a gorgeously shot film with a gorgeous perfectly matched score...
just beautiful. I kept thinking 'this is just so beautiful'
and the entire cast is amazing

cant wait to own it

  

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19. "Found time to see it"
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Glad I did, beautify shot and acted


I read that KiKi (Tish) is going to be in Naive Son (hoping they do justice to that)

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