In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. [more inside]
Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. [more inside]
Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help prevent crime. [more inside]
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Directed by Joel Cohen, starring Denzel Washington in the title role and Frances McDormand as the Lady.
Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist. [more inside]
A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. The best of movies based on John Grisham's legal thrillers (in my opinion). The last film from Alan J. Pakula before his death (And similar to his earlier Paranoia trilogy, Klute, Parallax View and All the President's Men). Memorable Pelican theme by James Horner. Terrific cast. Love this.
Harlem drug dealer Frank Lucas rises to power in corrupt 1970s New York, equalling and surpassing the notorious Mafia families with the reach of his empire. On the other side of the law, honest cop Richie Roberts dedicates himself to taking down `the most dangerous man walking the streets'. Lucas acts with impunity, smuggling heroin into the US in the coffins of American soldiers killed in Vietnam. Based on a true story.
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. [more inside]
An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. [more inside]
Podcast: Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period: 33 Man on Fire (w/ Johnny Skourtis)
Man on Fire may very well be the ultimate Denzel Washington movie. Kevin & Kamau talk about the wonderful Denzel/Christopher Walken team-up, Denzel becoming the greatest dad in the world, and why the movie is basically The Equalizer in Mexico. They also discuss Rachel Dolezal identifying as black and Kevin's surprise visit to the Container Store. Plus, they call up friend of the show Johnny Skourtis aka Ralphie from The Equalizer to talk about the the now green-lit sequel to The Equalizer.
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. [more inside]
Podcast: Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period: 12 Devil in a Blue Dress (w/ Kathryn P. McMurphy)
Special guest Kathryn P. McMurphy returns to discuss the 1995 neo-noir mystery Devil in a Blue Dress with Kevin & Kamau. They talk about Denzel passing the ball to Don Cheadle, try to figure out the deal with that guy cutting up all the trees in the movie, and get into the sexiest Denzel moment in film history. Plus, a quick update on Carbon Copy! [more inside]
An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II. [more inside]
Merry Christmas Denzealots! W. Kamau Bell & Kevin Avery are in the studio together for the first time to discuss the 1995 submarine film Crimson Tide, and to celebrate Denzel's (and Kevin's) birthday! They'll talk about Kevin's love affair with submarine movies, the non-stop gun cocking in this film, Denzel going full blerd during a Silver Surfer argument, and Denzel going toe to toe with America's Michael Caine, the legendary Gene Hackman. [more inside]
When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. [more inside]