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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Jimmy the Kid (1982)

Gary Coleman is a lovably funny "KID" like no other in the screenplay based on the best-selling novel by Donald E. Westlake. Gary, who plays Jimmy Lovejoy, becomes the unlikely target for an improbable gang of would-be crooks on a cray, "fool-proof" crime caper. The gang tries to follow the plot of a book about the crooks that "got away with it." However, those crooks in their book did not include such wacky and unlikely characters.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Losing Ground (1982)


One of the first feature films directed by an African American woman, Kathleen Collins’s LOSING GROUND tells the story of a marriage between two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers (Seret Scott), a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy. Over the course of a summer idyll in upstate New York, the two each experience profound emotional and romantic awakenings. Applying a deft comic touch to a deeply personal exploration of love, race, and gender, Collins crafts a charming, complex tale of personal discovery that, after decades of neglect, has reemerged as a still-fresh landmark of independent cinema.