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NEW Washington/bassett/hall/freema - Malcolm X (Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Spike Lee struggled mightily to get 'Malcolm X' made, financially and artistically. But when all was said and done, he produced an epic blockbuster and a definite treatment of the man's life.

There's great differences between the two as well, but to me Lee has many things in common with Oliver Stone. Both of them seem to have been born to make films. Both of them are uncompromising in bringing their artistic (and moral) vision to the screen, and neither will try to seduce the public by catering to their tastes. Both present their own interpretation of facts without apology. (For example, from what I've read it's not certain that Malcolm's father was actually killed by Klansmen. But Lee isn't in the same league as Stone when it comes to playing fast and loose with the "truth.") Stone even ends his movie 'Nixon' in a similar way to 'Malcolm X,' with footage of real-life figures blended in, though I'm not accusing Stone of imitation.

This movie has an epic sweep and scope and as a director Lee is up to the challenge. He is served well by being able to direct in several styles, one of which is almost cartoonish: witness the scene where Malcolm (Denzel Washington) and Shorty (played by Lee himself) go stepping out at the Roseland Ballroom, resplendent in their zoot suits. Some comic relief is welcome at times because otherwise the serious, heavy message of the picture might be overwhelming. For instance, the movie opens with a full-screen shot of an American flag while we hear a voice-over of one of Malcolm's most rousing, or inflammatory speeches, depending on how you look at it ("I accuse the white man of being the greatest murderer on the planet!") The flag begins to burn and eventually forms a flaming 'X' as the fiery rhetoric continues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful... July 11 2004
Format:DVD
...is the best way to describe Malcolm X, Denzel Washinton's greatest work in cinema so far. It tells the story of Malcolm X, the strong-willed black revolution leader whose ironic and powerful views differed very differently from Martin Luther Jr.
Denzel Washington gives an extraordinary performance, and with heart he shows the metamorphosis of Malcolm X, from hip young kid, to his life of crime days, to when he was a white-hating civil rights leader.
There are many other great performances in the film, and Spike Lee makes Malcolm X his best "joint" ever. You can feel that this is a Spike lee film, because it is a little strange and it swings from one mood to another. Spike lee also stars in the film, but as a minor character.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Malcolm X, and it ranks as one of the best film of the '90s. If you love Denzel Washington, you haven't seen him perform until you have seen him in Malcolm X.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Malcolm X" is one important historical film Aug. 16 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Regardless of the politics, the life and times of Malcolm Little as portrayed in Malcolm X is a true American story. "Malcolm X" can truthfully be said to be one of Spike Lee's best films, which was an important step for him, perhaps the most important one of his career. This biopic, and Spike's fifth full-length feature, makes only partial sense as a follow-up to his other hits, "Do The Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Jungle Fever,' the three films in which he created and developed his unique voice and made a name for himself as one of the most prominent independent filmmakers in the US; Spike's own voice can barely be heard in Malcolm X, and his usually immediately recognizable trademarks are tough to point out.

The reason is that for the first time in his career Spike Lee took a step back, and he is not the dominant personality in the film; the dominant personality is Malcolm X himself, and Spike let Malcolm's voice be heard throughout the film louder than anything else. This film was more of a statement than Spike's previous films. Its scope is immensely larger than anything he did before - it does, after all, span 200 minutes gracefully. Spike tackles "Malcolm X" head on the very subjects he treated with symbolism and subtlety in this film, and therefore is a natural and important progression for him. In a biopic, the most important factor is for the director to care about the subject and Mr. Lee clearly proves that.

Malcolm X boasts a huge ensemble casts, with wonderful performances by Delroy Lindo, Angela Bassette, Al Freeman Jr. (in a harrowing performance as Muslim extremist Elijah Muhammad) and Spike Lee himself - but the movie is still entirely Malcolm X's, and therefore Denzel Washington's.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...what films and media are for. Oct. 22 2004
Format:DVD
Show business and the film industry is brutally selective, and ethnocentric. It is very important that there are more filmmakers and media artists for marginalized people's voices. To all justice seeking artists, "be systematic, and persistent, and do as much as you can, always." Address the source(s) of any problem. As S.Lee has shown, doing true, good work and earning a comfortable income is very doable. Language is a tool.
Aside: In the U.S., only two parties could ever be in presidential office. Unless the odds for the other parties become as good, there would be very little or no change in America's domestic or international conflicts. All that is said by these two candidates before election will always be unreliable ------ this is nothing but a show.
Suggestion:
*1) Allow only equal campaign funding and methods for all official political parties. All political representatives of each district must daily reside in the area they are representing. All public information(or at least the office phone numbers and the dates or websites for minutes/publications) must be made available beside every national, state, and local newspaper box in the country.
2) *Only the popular vote is valid.* Any complication can only be resolved by a total re-casting.
Now, could it be any more fair than that?!
Red tape serves only the ruling class, since only they make the rules.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good movie - decors are awesome. This was not a story I knew much about.
Published 7 days ago by Mireille
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel à son meilleur
Même si le film date de quelques années,Malcolm X est à voir c'est une page d'histoire de U.S.A. et le jeu des acteurs est superbe.
Published on Sept. 9 2011 by Monique Arbour
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie Ever Made By Spike Lee!
Spike Lee did his best with this film. With an excellent choice of Denzel and Angela as Betty, this film truly is an inspiration to all Black and non-Black Muslims such as myself. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2004 by Seema K
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE EVER
Movies are never good as the book, but its good to see a visual. One thing I didn't like about the movie is the way they protrayed Elijah Mahammad. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by K. Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Definite classic
But... while this film marks Spike's high point as a director and one of Denzel's highest points as an actor (THIS is what he should've goitten the Oscar for, not Training Day, and... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
The movie was decent. Outstanding performances by Denzel and Angela make the film, however, I found the book to be more informative.
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars life of a black man
The first time I saw this movie I was fortunate as I had read the book "The Autoboigraphy of Malcom X" by Alex Hailey, on which the movie was based, and fewer people... Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by tsokolo mofokeng
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Film
Spike Lee's presentation of Malcolm X was very successful because the Malcolm's character, played by Denzel Washington, was very beleivable and the storyline was real. Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by Gabriel A. Paez
5.0 out of 5 stars Malcolm x: good person , excellent movie
I thought the movie was written and produced well.It showed how good of a person Malcolm was and what he had to endure to get where he was. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Keiara
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