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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

John Henry (1986, TV Movie)

"On the night John Henry was born, lightning bolts shaped like nine-pound hammers filled the sky," and from that day on, John Henry was known as the extraordinary boy who became an extraordinary man. Acclaimed film actor Danny Glover stars as John Henry, the American folk hero who became the famous steel-driving man of American folklore and song.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Ritual (2000)

Leon Becker is a successful and wealthy Malibu attorney and the patriarch of a seemingly perfect and harmonious family. Leon sees his brood as the pinnacle of personal achievement and as an example to all that the great American Dream is attainable, even if you are Black. The trials and tribulations exist in his home and are equally detached from his ethical soul underneath the surface. Wife and mother Sylvia is on the verge of alcoholism and is threatened by her daughter Teresa, a cunning "electra" who seems to want to replace her in the house and, perhaps, the bedroom. And Becker's brooding on Mason drops out of his Ivy League school and returns home to confront his family's problems. Yet, all these trials-by-fire are the challenges along the path to survival for this American family.