The Last Black Man in San Francisco is the First Movie You Should Watch this Month
With The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot creates a visually striking story studded with extraordinary performances. In this film, the city is Black people have been dispersed; the people who are still there aren’t out and about. This leaves the streets empty for contemplative skateboarding scenes* and Jimmie Fails’ upkeep of his family home which they have lost ownership of, but which he still takes care of.**
The verdict: Recommended
Cost: $1.75 from Redbox
(that box has some quality stuff hidden among all the blockbusters)
Where watched: at home with Matt, who also loved it.
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*The movie isn’t as slow as I’m making it sound. Every scene is perfectly composed and builds to a tension-filled moment.
**As someone who also loves houses, even ones I don’t own, I felt every bit of Jimmy’s pain, and—as fortune’s wheel turns—his elation.
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
Mike Marshal, known for singing the chorus to “I Got 5 On It” and his time in the song “Rumors” with the Timex Social Club, makes a cameo appearance performing the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”. The film also has a nod to his famous performance as he jokingly starts to sing “I Got 5 On It” at the end of the scene.
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