Sam Retta

The only reason I'm a photographer is because it's a lot easier than being a filmmaker

Favorite films

  • Watermelon Man
  • Drive My Car
  • The Northman
  • The Batman

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  • Enough Said

    ★★½

  • Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho

  • Watermelon Man

    ★★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

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  • Enough Said

    Enough Said

    ★★½

    Watched this during my 13hr flight to Addis, I needed something to help me sleep. Instead ended up wondering how on Earth did a character like Tony Soprano came out of such a lovable man.

  • Watermelon Man

    Watermelon Man

    ★★★★

    A complete mockery of middle class white America and all of the barriers they place between themselves and that which they fear, in this case, black people. Even when they show empathy, they are still showing it from a distance.

    Columbia pictures originally wanted to have a white actor play the role in blackface…............. thank God for Melvin Van Peebles.

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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★

    Back when I first watched Blackkklansman the ending montage seemed like an over the top and unnecessary method for Spike to redirect the audiences attention. It kind of felt out of place for me and minimized the whole point that the movie was trying to deliver. Since then, every time i saw a montage in a Spike Lee film I thought back to that moment in Blackkklansman and couldn’t help but get that cynical feeling again.

    But this time was…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★½

    Straight forward but powerful portrayal of post-colonial white superiority (in something as subtle as hiring a maid) and the psychological effects it has and forever will have on the history and future of Africa and its people.