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toddly6666
01-21-10, 04:19 PM
1. HIGHER LEARNING
http://www.godamongdirectors.com/singleton/higherposter.jpg


2. TRAINING DAY
http://thecia.com.au/reviews/t/images/training-day-poster-0.jpg


3. SWING KIDS
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_agydDh1h6oc/SRzo84VX9II/AAAAAAAABWs/BPGt3czdpT8/s400/swing_kids2.png


4. THE BOOK OF ELI
http://i45.tinypic.com/ir3iog.jpg


5. CROOKLYN
http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/26/Crooklyn_poster.jpg/200px-Crooklyn_poster.jpg



It's also sad that there aren't too many female African-American directors (which reminds me I've been wanting to rent LOVE & BASKETBALL for a long time now). There's some here and there in Hollywood, but it seems like they only get to do at least two films before fading away.
But then again, there aren't too many good white female directors out there as well! (except for Katherine Bigelow;) )

Ginwen
01-21-10, 04:35 PM
Do the Right Thing
One False Move
Menace II Society
Boyz N The Hood
Malcolm X or maybe Jungle Fever, really had a hard time coming up with a fifth, but the first four are solid.

TheySentYou
01-21-10, 04:54 PM
Do the Right Thing
Hunger
Swing Kids
Boyz N The Hood
The Last Dragon

PopcornTreeCt
01-21-10, 04:59 PM
Killer of Sheep
Do the Right Thing
The 25th Hour
Malcolm X

devilshalo
01-21-10, 05:06 PM
While these may not be the BEST FILMS, they are my favorite in no particular order.

Friday
New Jack City
House Party
Do the Right Thing
Hollywood Shuffle

Giles
01-21-10, 05:33 PM
Menace II Society
Waiting to Exhale
Killer of Sheep
One False Move
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

islandclaws
01-21-10, 05:42 PM
Black Dynamite
Shaft (1971)
Friday
Summer of Sam
Scary Movie

hardercore
01-21-10, 06:00 PM
The Color Purple, directed by Oprah.

Dean Kousoulas
01-21-10, 06:09 PM
25th Hour
Malcolm X
Summer Of Sam
Do The Right Thing
He Got Game

Notice anything common with these choices?

GoldenJCJ
01-21-10, 06:10 PM
^They're all "joints"?

NoirFan
01-21-10, 06:22 PM
To Sleep With Anger
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Ganja and Hess
Killer of Sheep

Solid Snake
01-21-10, 06:43 PM
Nothing else matters but this:

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Rockmjd23
01-21-10, 07:23 PM
Hunger
The director isn't an African-American.....he's British ;)

Mondo Kane
01-21-10, 08:49 PM
Do The Right Thing
Ganja & Hess
Boyz N The Hood
Eve's Bayou
Love & Basketball

obscurelabel
01-21-10, 10:37 PM
Trying to come up with some that I both enjoyed and haven't been mentioned ...

Super Fly
Cotton Comes to Harlem
Baadasssss!
From Hell
It's pretty silly, but I enjoyed Head of State.

Howie2000
01-21-10, 10:52 PM
Watermelon Man
Do The Right Thing
Love & Basketball
Daughters Of The Dust
I Like It Like That

AnonomusBob15
01-21-10, 11:35 PM
Dead Presidents
25th Hour
Boyz N the Hood
Friday
Do the Right Thing

dino88
01-21-10, 11:36 PM
1. 25th Hour
2. Menace II Society
3. Friday
4. Boyz n the Hood
5. Malcolm X

dan30oly
01-22-10, 12:07 AM
Menace II Society
Friday


end of list.

Boba Fett
01-22-10, 03:54 AM
Going strictly by the definition African-American:

The Learning Tree (the first studio film directed by a Black director, why WB hasn't released it as an Archive title at the least is maddening)
Shaft (the original)
Black Dynamite
The Spook Who Sat By The Door
Superfly

Ash Ketchum
01-22-10, 10:08 AM
5 not mentioned:

BODY AND SOUL, by Oscar Micheaux
MELINDA, Hugh Robertson
BLACULA, William Crain
CAR WASH, Michael Schultz
THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, Antoine Fuqua

toddly6666
01-22-10, 10:15 AM
The director isn't an African-American.....he's British ;)

that's okay! I'm curious about African descent directors from other countries too, including England, France, Germany, Australia, etc...There's gotta be some from Europe, aren't there?

Lucalias
01-22-10, 11:57 AM
Don't want to provoke anyone, but why even make the distinction?

inri222
01-22-10, 05:56 PM
Cooley High
Ganja & Hess
Killer of Sheep
Do the Right Thing
Menace II Society

bunkaroo
01-22-10, 06:17 PM
Whatever the first 5 Tyler Perry films are.

Solid Snake
01-22-10, 06:20 PM
Nothing else matters but this:

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Comes out soon on DVD/Blu-Ray btw....you should get it.

FRwL
01-23-10, 11:33 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Stir_Crazy.jpg

Boba Fett
01-24-10, 01:18 AM
Comes out soon on DVD/Blu-Ray btw....you should get it.
I'm hoping to have a review up for the site by Monday. Short story is this is a pretty easy blind buy if you love comedy and especially if you love blaxploitation.

I would say it's the funniest movie I've seen since The Big Lebowski.

TheySentYou
01-25-10, 12:23 AM
^fucking agreed

the movie had me rolling

Groucho
01-25-10, 12:57 AM
The upcoming Death at a Funeral looks HILARIOUS. I vote for that one.

toddly6666
01-25-10, 09:38 AM
Death at a Funeral is a Neil LaBute film. He usually makes black comedies, but this time he's making a black...pause...comedy.

Groucho
01-25-10, 09:42 AM
Mormons are the "African-Americans" of the intermountain west.

maxfisher
01-25-10, 10:49 AM
25th Hour
From Hell
Boyz in the Hood
Be Cool
Training Day

Mordred
01-25-10, 12:52 PM
I don't watch movies made by black people.

this is a joke

terrible chong
01-25-10, 11:06 PM
Don't want to provoke anyone, but why even make the distinction?

my thoughts exactly.

Solid Snake
01-25-10, 11:13 PM
actually besides my awesome pushing of BLACK DYNAMITE, a film that really needs to be seen and appreciated. What was the point of the OP's question? Also:

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Joe Molotov
01-26-10, 12:09 AM
Mormons are the "African-Americans" of the intermountain west.

They're really good at basketball?

nodeerforamonth
01-26-10, 12:38 AM
Don't want to provoke anyone, but why even make the distinction?

Excellent question.

Anyone?

toddly6666
03-18-10, 10:59 AM
I just found my favorite #3 movie - I finally saw SWING KIDS. Great film. Christain Bale has always been an amazing actor - this was the first time I saw him in a movie during his teen years.

jjcool
03-18-10, 04:46 PM
The director isn't an African-American.....he's British ;)

So African-American =/= Black anymore?

superdeluxe
03-18-10, 05:10 PM
Suprised Inside Man wasn't mentioned.

Solid Snake
03-18-10, 05:17 PM
I'll ask again...but what was the intention for the OP's question? Like was it just an "out of curiousity" kind or thing or what?

shakti
03-27-10, 06:07 PM
Body and Soul (1925, Oscar Micheaux)
Eve's Bayou (1997, Kasi Lemmons)
A Dry White Season (1989, Euzhan Palcy)
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997, Clement Virgo)
Buck and the Preacher (1972, Sidney Poitier)

RagingBull80
03-27-10, 07:42 PM
I'll ask again...but what was the intention for the OP's question? Like was it just an "out of curiousity" kind or thing or what?
Why not? Same thing with, "what are your top 5 favorite films by a female director?" It's just a question in a thread. I don't think there is any deeper meaning to it.

Solid Snake
03-27-10, 08:35 PM
I'm was just wondering.. cuz..well it is a rather specific question.

PopcornTreeCt
03-27-10, 10:12 PM
Suprised Inside Man wasn't mentioned.

That movie sucks. No surprise. :)