John Singleton, Dead at 51

John SingletonJohn Singleton was 51. He was the directory who earned a pair of Oscar nominations (original screenplay and direction) for 1991's Boyz N the Hood, becoming the first black filmmaker to receive one for directing as well as the youngest contender ever in that category.

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I remember seeing a paid advance screening (on a Sunday night) of "Boyz N
The Hood" about a week before its release in the summer of '91 and it instantly
became my favourite film of that particular calendar year. Subsequently, I saw most
of the other films that he directed over the next ten year period, but I only personally
connected with "Higher Learning" ('95) and his remake of "Shaft" (2000). Although I'm
not quite sure why that incredible early promise dissipated so quickly, at least we will
always collectively have that one landmark film to remember him by. (Only one man-
child's personal opinion, folks!). R.I.P.

April 30, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

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I just rewatched Boyz n the hood for the first time in about 20 years and it holds up! Furious is a tremendous character and the best part of the movie, IMHO.

April 30, 2019 @ 9:37 AM


Over the week last I'd read he had the stroke and was hospitalized. And on the weekend I was surfing through Netflix and saw that they had the movie - which I hadn't seen up to this point. It is such a good movie!! Gotta really catch some of this other work, but glad we got to have him here for even a short time.

April 30, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

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