Madlib, The Afro-Modernist​

Modernism might have a white visage but Madlib’s brand of afro-modernism shouldn’t be overlooked. Film director James Cameron once said, “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.” Fans of Madlib – and Dilla – will be familiar with this ideal. Perfection fuels many creatives in how they…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Basquiat (1996)

Our Saturday Matinée movie this week is Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol. I recommend you visit the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition at the Barbican. I went last month and it broadened my mind to his life and work. Downtown 81 wasn’t available online for this week’s Saturday Matinée movie but Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat was. The film starred a…

DOCUMENTARY: The Art of Listening (2017)

Directors Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran shoot a documentary “for music fans to rediscover the intricacies and details available in the sounds of their favorite recordings.” The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice….

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Panther (1995)

Panther is our Saturday Matinée feature presentation. Black Panthers are pretty popular in the cinemas right now but back in 1995, a movie about the BPP was released. Directed by Mario Van Peebles and based on his father’s novel and screenplay, the film chronicles the Black Panther Party. The film is notable for its strong cast: Angela Bassett (who also stars in Black Panther), Bobby…