The Freeslave Movie Review…aka, Black Snake Groan
The ‘Magical Knee-grow’ Strikes Again
Rather than a shrunken head, he totes an acoustic guitar and a huge car chain. The plot is pure pimplicity:
Samuel L. finds a sleazy white fucktoid who craves the ‘black snake’ – black men, black dick – lying in a ditch near his property. We’re supposed to believe that this brotha would trifle with this ‘Backdoor Sal’, forgo the boots which she offers on a ritz cracker and all of a sudden gets enough religion to HEAL this evil wench.
I mean, white folks are insane. Every movie that Tinsel Town churns out is essentially one of the following formulas: White Man As God, White Man As God, White Man As Missionary, Lost White Man/Woman Who Needs a Kneegrow to Help Them Find Themselves & Their Long Lost Love
It reminds me of when Angela Bassett (Waiting To Exhale) uttered that fateful line ’bout her husband though she was really talking ’bout us: ‘you expected me to be background to your foreground.’
We are positioned by this white culture to either background invisibility or foreground monstrosity. White people have a desperate need to be served or frightened by us. We are healers or scapegoats, mammies or monsters, sex fiends or soul savers.
Films constantly reflect this. Last King of Scotland – the Gorilla helps the misguided white Scot earn his spurs. Reign Over Me a new film with Don Cheadle (sporting a title without irony), Black Snake. In Training Day, Denzel shepherds Ethan Hawke through the rites of passage into black manhood. Queen Latifah helps Steve Martin crank up a woodie and get the girl in ‘Burning Down The House.’
When are we going to make our own films? With all the juice that Denzel and Halle and Jamie have, how come we aren’t creating a real Black Cinema, where we control all the positions in front of and behind the camera, where we WRITE the scripts, tell OUR stories? With digital, films can be made incredible inexpensively and can be very profitable. Why don’t we get that?
Well, I want to make movies, I want to ‘change the game’ as my hero Goldie says – who’s with me?