REVIEW: SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER

Octavia Spencer in Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)

 

Starring

Octavia Spencer (Truth Be Told)
Tiffany Haddish (The Kitchen)
Carmen Ejogo (Rattlesnake)
Blair Underwood (When They See Us)
Garrett Morris (New Girl)
Kevin Carroll (snowfall)
Bill Bellamy (Kindergarten Cop 2)
Zahra Bentham (Spinning Out)
Mouna Traoré (American Gods)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Karen Glave (Crimson Peak)
Keeya King (Van Helsing)
Kimberly Huie (Andromeda)
Cornelius Smith Jr.(God Friended Me)

499b5400-69a8-11ea-823a-174df1b17ad7_800_420Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker is a Netflix limited series based on the true story of African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America’s first female self-made millionaire. The series will be released on the platform on March 20, 2020.200318122700-self-made-octavia-spencer-large-169.Although Netflix’s Self Made is a true story, what makes it so compelling and enticing is that it makes the lead character look cornered by the world. The way each episode is directed makes the character Sarah Breedlove, played by the ever-present Octavia Spencer, feel like the entire world is the enemy. It relies on the character constantly fighting for social justice, while battling other cultural pitfalls. Everything feels impossible and void. And that’s why the Netflix series works. It’s a concerning rags to riches story that ties itself to a world built to be purposefully resentful against your existence. Sarah Breedlove, who eventually transforms into entrepreneur Madam C.J Walker, is bruised by big defeats coupled with small victories. Sarah has to fight the fact she is black, a woman and unprecedented in times when men ruled the world. And Self Made presents this notion well in a charming but truthful way.imageThe Netflix series does not shy away from cultural references. How blacks were referred to as “negroes” and “colored”. Self Made banks on rawness rather than shying away from the truth. Men sour at the fact that Sarah wants to build her own female enterprise, which was seen as a strange concept in the early 1900s. Self Made is only four chapters but it uses that time wisely, slowly presenting Sarah’s struggles to build a business centering on hair products while battling a competitive enemy and an insecure husband that appears to suffer from his own fragile masculinity. Octavia Spencer does her usual best performance. In stories that require themes involving cultural divides, Octavia always seems to thrive.mcjw_102_unit_00909rc-_h_2020The biggest surprise and addition to Self Made is Tiffany Haddish who plays Lelia, Sarah’s daughter. Her story is important to the LGBTQ community, expressing what it would have been like to be attracted to the same sex in times where it was banishable. There are plenty of stories to gnaw on in Self Made, and audiences will be impressed by the business achievement she made in a white man’s world. Some stories deserve to be told and this is one of them.

REVIEW: VAN HELSING – SEASON 4

Aleks Paunovic, Vincent Gale, Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, and Jennifer Cheon Garcia in Van Helsing (2016)

Starring

Kelly Overton (Teeken)
Jonathan Scarfe (The Equalizer 2)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary)
Vincent Gale (Bates Motel)
Rukiya Bernard (The Cabin In The Woods)
Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes)
Keeya King (Madam C.J. Walker)
Neal McDonough (Arrow)
Nicole Muñoz (Defiance)
Caroline Cave (Saw VI)
Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica)

Tricia Helfer and Keeya King in Van Helsing (2016)
Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

John Cassini (Chaos)
Jesse Stanley (The Christmas Train)
Jennifer Cheon Garcia (The Drive)
Rowland Pidlubny (Continuum)
Julie Lynn Mortensen (Drawing Home)
Macie Juiles (Good Boys)
Anna Galvin (Unspeakable)
Donny Lucas (Siren)
Ryan Jinn (2 Hearts)
Tammy Gillis (Ghost Wars)
Richard Harmon (The 100)
Holly Elissa (Arrow)
Donald Sales (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim)
Colleen Winton (Big Eyes)
Bradley Stryker (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles)
Michael Eklund (Bates Motel)
Dakota Daulby (The 100)
Jessica McLeod (Scary Movie 4)
Natalie Sharp (BH90210)
Zenia Marshall (Date My Dad)
Jill Teed (X-Men 2)
Adam Greydon Reid (Izombie)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Briana Skye (Picture a Perfect Christmas)

Most shows just claim to be mystry horror. This is the real deal.. fantastic and fascinating script. So many stories interwined. Always on the edge. Keeps startling you. So many scopes for erotic scenes and that will be great but they still keep so much focus on the story and charecter. Great performances. Maybe bit graphic but totally worth it.Van Helsing (2016)

The story is full of twist and turns. They have braught a whole new and fresh treatment to the horror and specially the tale of dracula. Venessa is just kick ass in the role. She looks ferocous and beautiful at the same time. The siddistic charecter of sam was almost as good as joker. Axel is like the sunshine we might expect when surrounded by vampires. Eagerly waiting for the 5th season and many more. Lastly please bring back scarlett if you canI just finished watching the season 4 finally. First off, this show is great. Main reason, it’s practical, the characters act as normal people given the situation they are in. Of course there are some cliché dialogue and there may be some plot holes. However, the acting is great on the most part. The cinematography is great, unique shots and movements. The editing may be a problem. The best part is the story. You can tell the producers are actually thinking humans.Neal McDonough in Van Helsing (2016)Most shows just claim to be mystry horror. This is the real deal.. fantastic and fascinating script. So many stories interwined. Always on the edge. Keeps startling you. So many scopes for erotic scenes and that will be great but they still keep so much focus on the story and charecter. Great performances. Maybe bit graphic but totally worth it.Jonathan Scarfe, Nicole Muñoz, Jennifer Cheon Garcia, and Keeya King in Van Helsing (2016)The story is full of twist and turns. They have braught a whole new and fresh treatment to the horror and specially the tale of dracula. Venessa is just kick ass in the role. She looks ferocous and beautiful at the same time. The siddistic charecter of sam was almost as good as joker. Axel is like the sunshine we might expect when surrounded by vampires. Eagerly waiting for the 5th season.