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Movie Corner Bonus: Candyman

Movie Corner Bonus: Candyman

Horror/Thriller Universal Pictures (2021) ★★★★ (4 out of 5) By HOWARD MCQUITTER II Universal Pictures If one says “candyman” five times consecutively in an audible voice one can expect a ghost from the past, a large Black man with a hook on his right hand who will kill anyone daring to repeat his name five times in a row. Director Nia DaCosta takes a slightly different take from the original Candyman, directed by Briton Bernard Rose (Frankenstein , Paperhouse ), whose horror film is referred to by some to be the Halloween of the 1990s. Behind DaCosta's version is a steady and reliable hand of one the screenwriters - Jordan Peele.          A 2020-21 look at the former Cabrini-Green neighborhood (still there in the 1990s but crumbling in desperate need of repair) which is "nicely" hidden by white developers and whites who have fled to the suburbs and exurbs. Candyman still hangs around, usually appearing to do people in that dare to call his name five times in a loud voice. Now, would there ever be a Candymanif in his past he had not been lynched in the 1890s for daring to paint a portrait of a wealthy white woman when the white neighbors find out?       Cabrini-Green and Robert Taylor Homes, in particular, razed  for "better" housing didn't wipe away African American poverty it just moved it around nearby. But I fast-forward to the present where in the lush art world, a Black artist, Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abul- Mateen), is coming up in the art scene with a girlfriend, Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris) he lives with in a plush loft. Ms. Cartwright is a well-to-do art gallery director. Not unlike Black NFL players who have to deal with white owners and mostly white general management, Black artists, curators and others in the art world face white critics and owners. And DaCosta doesn't shy away from the hard political [...]

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