Joanne’s Picks

This page is just for fun. I’m Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse. I like books, I like music, I like movies, I like TV. So, I’m just sharing some of what I like. Keep checking back as I’ll be adding and taking away, no rhyme or reason and in no particular order; just to keep things fresh.

Update! June 17th 2016
This list of Denzel Washington movies was inspired by my discovery of the podcast Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period.

It is not a best performances list or even a most impactful performances list just a Joanne liked these for whatever stupid reasons she likes things list.

Carbon Copy – the first film I saw him in which is the only reason it’s on this list – One of those movies that was hysterical when I was a kid that, looking at this clip is kind of packed with racial stereotypes in retrospect.

A Soldier’s Story – Couldn’t find a Denzel-specific clip for this but I remember liking it more than Glory (blasphemy, I know) or Courage Under Fire or Crimson Tide as far as Denzel in-service movies go, though, full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of in-service movies, even for Denzel; and I think my response is due to the film as a whole rather than the man who would go on to be the singular African American screen idol of his generation.

Malcolm X – iconic man, iconic performance, iconic actor.

Cry Freedom – loved the edge he brought to Steve Biko, the F U of his performance.

Mississippi Masala – I know everyone like serious and intense Denzel; I like when he gets to be playful and romantic, and saxy. So this has long been one of my favourites …bringing the chemistry Pelican Brief could have if it hadn’t foregone the kind of heat between its leads typical of EVERY OTHER FILM IN THE GENRE

And there you have it my non-prestige, but totally honest listing of favourite films by Denzel Washington – the only celebrity whose autograph I have.

And here’s this link to the podcast that inspired it, featuring social activist and actor on Grey’s Anatomy Jesse Williams. Loved his list plus his comments re Nina Simone and that biopic and blackness. He gets it. Wish I could type up the whole thing but I’ll just end like he did: “it’s pretty deep, it’s not just a role”.

Also how cool is it that a show called Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period exists.