In spike lees mo better blues, denzel washington plays bleek gilliam. Mo better blues is a 1990 american musical comedy drama film starring denzel washington, wesley snipes, and spike lee, who also directed. If youre partial to jazz music, spike lee movies or just to see denzel washington turn in yet another great performance, then give mo better blues a spin. Although the spike lee film mo better blues had a somewhat absurd ending, its depiction of the jazz life had its accurate moments and the music was generally quite rewarding. But other than that, mo better blues was a good movie, rating it a 45. Aug 03, 1990 mo better blues repeatedly draws back from its characters, exchanging intimacy for shtick and, in the end, lapsing into halfbaked psychodrama. But the real news here is that this is one of spikes better movies, unlike the. In the beginning of the film a group of friends come to bleeks house to ask if he can come out and play. During world war ii, a young jewish man is drafted and sent to boot camp in biloxi, mississippi, where he faces infernal heat, a psychotic drill sergeant, and the challenges of manhood.
Round midnight films about selfdestructive black jazz musicians. Branford marsalis quartet featuring terence blanchard. Find out where mo better blues is streaming, if mo better blues is on netflix, and get news and updates, on decider. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. More focused on the sexual dilemmas of its main character than on musical themes, pic might well be subtitled hes gotta have it. Mo better blues is rich with vibrant hues and denzel washingtons. What happened to make mo better blues so trite in its depiction of artists and so. Personal rather than social issues come to the fore in mo better blues, a spike lee personality piece dressed in jazz trappings that puffs itself up like bird but doesnt really fly. Bleek is not allowed to come out and play with the boys. Mo better blues is not a supremely confident film like do the right thing, which never took a wrong step. Lee has said that he was provoked by jazz films like bird and. And giant has a major gambling problem, complete with thugs who. But its still full of the things that make spike lee films, well, spike lee. Watch mo better blues starring denzel washington in this drama on directv.
Lady sings the blues is a 1972 film about jazz singer billie holiday based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of holidays most popular songs. Few will accuse spike lees mo better blues of being a masterpiece. Top 10 movie portrayals of real life gangsters duration. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band the bleek gilliam quartet.
Its available to watch on tv, online, tablets, phone. Denzel washington and spike lee in mo better blues 1990 denzel. Branford marsalis quartet featuring terence blanchard discogs. Comments are turned off mo better blues buy or rent. Mo better blues 1990 stream and watch online moviefone. Read the mo better blues movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more on. Mo better blues 1990 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. I will be sharing fashion tips, interior design projects and almost any and everything in. Hear classic music from mo better blues, 1990, directed by spike lee, with denzel washington, spike lee, wesley snipes, at tcm. Oscars best picture winners best picture winners golden globes emmys san diego comiccon new york comiccon sundance film festival toronto intl film festival awards central festival central all events.
Cynda williams was born on may 17, 1966 in chicago, illinois, usa as cynthia williams. Cynda williams sang towards the end thats when the whole movie dropped off. Bleak denzel washington, the bands trumpeter, then tries to defend his close pal giant, leading to a power struggle between the two musicians. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing mo better blues near you. Meet the cast and learn more about the stars of mo better blues with exclusive news, pictures, videos and more at. Spike lees mo better blues is about a jazzman, but its not really about jazz its about work, about being so wrapped up in your career that. Jazz trumpeter bleek gilliam makes questionable decisions. Meanwhile, as bleak tries to straighten things out with his band mates and manager, he. Opens with bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. A young boy grows up among a makeshift family of oddballs and dreamers in this adaptation of ruben santiagohudsons acclaimed oneman show. A few of the selections on this soundtrack cd are throwaways or filler, but there is also some fine playing by a modern hard bop quintet consisting of trumpeter terence blanchard, branford marsalis on tenor and soprano. Watch mo better blues online stream full movie directv.
With denzel washington, spike lee, wesley snipes, giancarlo esposito. Mo better blues 1990 cast and crew financially irresponsible giant spike lee manages a jazz group, but his sax player, shadow wesley snipes, wants to replace him with a better businessman. Rent mo better blues 1990 on dvd and bluray dvd netflix. Spike lee is too passionate and distinctive a film maker to make a lousy movie. Mo better blues cast and crew cast photos and info. So although mo better blues, his latest, is a misfire, there is a personality behind every camera shot. Meanwhile, as bleak tries to straighten things out with his band mates and manager, he also. Mo better blues is a drama that is taking place in brooklyn, new york.
This movie is more style over substance but what great style. Movies telling jazz stories harlem blues mo better blues duration. Terence blanchard mo better blues 1990 movie soundtrack from the spike lee movie mo better blues starring denzel washington. Rent mo better blues 1990 starring denzel washington and spike lee on dvd and bluray. Music from mo better blues branford marsalis songs. While mo better blues doesnt even attempt to tackle an issue, its a very entertaining movie with a good cast. Plus the mambo kings seemed to be a little more intense and guess it helped that i found the two main stars attractive. Mo better blues cast and crew cast photos and info fandango.
Branford marsalis mo better blues 1990 movie soundtrack. Mo better blues 1990 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Mo better blues clip by the movie mo better blues spike lee 1990 original score composed by bill lee. Michelle obama hilariously breaks down why melania trumps inauguration gift exchange appeared so awkward this yearold cheerleader serving some serious sassy face is taking over twitter as. Academy awardwinning actor denzel washington gives a riveting performance. She was previously married to arthur louis fuller and billy. The bluesman is a tale of a meeting at a crossroads, a deal made, a soul lost and legend born. But other than that, mo better blues was a good movie, rating it a 45 read more. Mo better blues repeatedly draws back from its characters, exchanging intimacy for shtick and, in the end, lapsing into halfbaked psychodrama. Lackawanna blues 2005 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. Ruben junior marcus carl franklin is a young boy who. I think that is what i was expecting from mo better blues and i think that is what didnt seem to make it as enjoyable since it was less focused on the music. Mo better blues 1990 talented trumpeter bleek gilliam denzel washington is obsessed by his music and indecisiveness about his girlfriends indigo joie lee and clarke cynda williams. The story of bleeks and shadows friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.662 1194 734 574 1478 1008 482 355 966 778 667 621 1456 878 100 553 1326 1310 142 876 850 557 277 636 935 773 259 728 1381 560 298 1181 164 1334 143 414 1366