The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

DVD - 2019
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Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2019]
Branch Call Number: 7.914 La
Description: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Rating: R; for language, brief nudity and drug use

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finearts1922
Sep 19, 2019

Just another movie to fuel hate and division in America.

JCLIanH Sep 17, 2019

A strong vision makes this a film feel totally singular and it's wonderful to watch. It's a bit long in the tooth and a little more focus would have served this one well, but you can't deny that this film is almost totally arresting. I felt like this one pairs well with 2018's Blindspotting (which takes place on the other side of the bay in Oakland) in how it tackles modern displacement and gentrification with grace. Riveting stuff.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2019

Oakland have "Blindspotting" and "Sorry to Bother You" that cast mostly African Americans. Now, San Francisco answers with this artsy buddy drama about a young man's obsession to reclaim his boyhood home, a Victorian house in the Fillmore District, in the city that people love and hate. Interesting premise and thought provoking.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2019

Seems a bit more impromptu. 2019 out here!
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Y'all leave us the hell alone. Unless y'all really here to help us.
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This is the edge, bro! The final frontier of Manifest Destiny. Last edge of the city. Man, two steps further, you'll be drinking that filthy saltwater. But we built these ships. Dredged these canals. In the San Francisco they never knew existed. And now they come to build something new? Whole blocks half in the past, half in the future. But should you venture into their San Francisco, the one they pillaged for gold! Remember your truth! In the city of facades.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2019

Spoiling all the fun, leveling most of this neighborhood in the name of Urban Renewal. Sorry about your homes and your funky shops. You can set up a shoeshine stand in front of the parking lot at Safeway. But you distinguished truth-seekers want to know about the real hep cats who hung out here, in the "Harlem of the West," where a few of these homes did survive. Like this beauty here, which was built clear back in the 1800s. Before the black thing, this was all Japanese, till FDR's stormtroopers rounded them up into camps.
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People aren't one thing. That. All... All of it. What would have happened if Kofi could've showed himself? All forms of himself. The world put him in a box! And he never pushed beyond it. Let us. Let us break the boxes! Let us give each other the courage! To... To see! Beyond the stories we are born into! Let us all really look at Jimmie Fails IV. Self-taught historian. Carpenter. Gentle, loving man. A true survivor.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2019

But if you leave it's not your loss. It's San Francisco's.
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This city blows. Big time. I mean, whatever, I'm not above living in a former crack house, you know? But, I came here for Janis and the Airplane, not to work at a fxcking startup.
-Dude, I've been saying for months, let's just move to East LA. This city's dead. Nah. Seriously, fxck this city.
--'Scuse me? You don't get to hate San Francisco.
-I'm sorry, what?
--Yeah, dude, I mean...
-Sorry, but I'll hate what I want.
--Do you love it?
-It's... I mean yeah, I'm here. But do I have to love it?
--You don't get to hate it unless you love it.

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