Flick In A Limerick

Childhood friends fall in love over time
Romance is interrupted when one goes to jail for a crime
Moments get tense
To prove innocence
In a harsh societies paradigm

Shot Caller – Barry Jenkins

Role Play ( KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry, Regina King)

Nose Candy

“Kids are taught they ain’t shit. And everything around them proved it”

“It is still your grandchild. What does it matter how it gets here. That ain’t got nothing to do with us.”

“Don’t be scared I belong to you. I am not going anywhere. You are going to have to get used to me we have all the time in the world.”

“Some of the things I’ve seen, I’ll be dreaming about It until the day I die.”

“This country really do not like niggas.”

“Daughter, I was A woman long before you was A woman..”

“A man is about to die for something he did not do. Can we leave him alone.”

Style Points

+Past to present narration
+Monochrome photography inserts
+Living Room fight
+Love in the rain
+Jail phone conversations
+Baby kicks
+Baby birth

Money Shot

Sharon and Víctoria confrontation

The Big Finish

Life like the beat goes on and so do we. Black men getting falsely accused of crime is a disastrous story that seems to have no end. Jenkins outdoes himself in another arena centered around black love but really does an excellent job of blending the passion with the emotional pain. KiKi Layne and Stephan James are likeable in their roles and Regina King also provides a great veteran presence. Stylistically this film hits its mark as I enjoyed the non linear story telling and female narration. Each scene really lingers longer than usual but does not overstay its welcome. Jazz and rhythm of Harlem really contribute to a poetic romantic backdrop. The conclusion is heartbreaking and is an unfortunate circumstance many have to deal with when it comes to our relationships and the judicial system. James Baldwin was such a genius and his takes never cease to amaze me. We are all from the same block and no matter how far we go we are all connected by a common place.

Caleb Harris

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