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November 24, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Night Catches Us

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@@

In the past, I’ve only seen Black Panthers portrayed in films as caricatures, so it’s interesting to see such a serious take on an under-examined subject. Clearly this is a film that was lovingly crafted by someone who has something specific to say about a post-Panther turning point in African-American history, with its political and historical perspective neatly wrapped within a narrative of a snitch returning to deal with the fallout of his family’s past activism. While the trailer doesn’t give me a clear idea of where the movie will go, it does give me a sense of confidence of the filmmaker’s storytelling abilities. It makes me want to check it out.

Michael the Moviegoer – @@

Terry, in 1995 Mario van Peebles made a pretty good film about the Black Panthers called “Panther.” This one looks like it might have some good ideas, but overall I didn’t sense that the 1976 period setting was very authentic. In an era when America had soul, this film looks like it’s been made with a contemporary hip-hop style for modern audiences. And at the end we learn that the film will make its theatrical screen debut more than a month after it’s been made available on iTunes. That’s gotta be a big red flag that something’s wrong with it.

Terry’s Rebuttal:

Thanks Michael. Didn’t know about the Van Peebles flick. I’ll have to check it out. As for the VOD availability, I know what you mean, but it’s becoming more common. Every week more indies are looking into experimenting with day-and-date home and theatrical releases. In a time when premium cable sometimes produces better original movies than studios, this new release strategy is less of a red flag than you might think.

“Night Catches Us” can be caught in theatres starting December 3, 2010, but has been available on iTunes since October 29. What are your thoughts on pre-theatrical Video on Demand releases?

Tune in tomorrow for a special Thanksgiving holiday edition of The Trailer Trashers!

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