The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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"A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind"--From
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Last
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 121 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,5.1 DTS-HD Master audio
video file,Blu-ray,region 1
Language Note: English language track with English and Spanish language subtitles.
SDH (Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing)


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Feb 19, 2020

Stopped after 10 mins in. Couldn't go beyond that; truly felt like shooting myself for continuing.

FPL_LaurenG Feb 13, 2020

I absolutely loved the unique cinematography, story-line, and acting styles. There was room to breathe watching the film - for the viewer to really take it in - and contemplate in real time as you're on the film's journey.

multcolib_alisonk Feb 07, 2020

This isn't a plot-line movie - it's more like a film version a beautiful and intricate painting. Gorgeous, evocative and dreamy, it says something essential about the lives of people disrupted by gentrification.

Jan 28, 2020

I hated this movie.
I wanted to like it because the two leads have such great rapport and the shots of San Francisco are fantastic but there is too much small talk, too much weirdness (I'm guessing the main guy is daydreaming), too much seemingly unrelated stuff going on. I think the director was going for a subtle/organic/immersive perspective but I just found it boring and contrived.

Though this film is not for everyone, as you can see from some of the other comments, it moves about the city and the divided lives of its residents, giving us moments to absorb rather than following a tight narrative, as the main character learns to lives his life beyond the story he was born into. Empathetic, in-depth view of a community maintaining itself against gentrification, dislocation, and environmental degradation.

Jan 13, 2020

I detest rap. The minute it started, I ejected and took it back to the return slot!!!

Poetic lyrical fantasy ode to San Francisco about a guy infatuated with a house he’s got a personal connection to and the life he wants to live there.

Dec 15, 2019

In this movie, the movie characters mentioned how the water in the San Francisco Bay was contaminated and unfit for humans to drink. I was wondering why the water was polluted and unfit for drinking? I like this movie because it mentioned how strangers can move into a house and gain possession of an abandoned home. I think this is called "adverse possession" where you pay the taxes, change the locks, and pay the home association fees. In the movie, a real estate realtor said the home cost $4 million and it requires a 20 percent payment to buy the home. The mistake that Mont and Jimmie made is that they spoke with a real estate agent and the agent listed the house for sale. ****In the movie, there was a street performer who was a great singer. I think the lyrics said," If you ever go to San Francisco..." He places emphasis on the words, "San Francisco."

Nov 14, 2019

A very unique movie that relates to gentrification and the experiences of African Americans living, or seeking to live in changing urban areas. It progresses a bit oddly, but if you sit back and give it a chance you'll enjoy it.

Note: There is another commenter who seems to be going through every movie featuring an African American cast or dealing with racial issues and copy pasting the words "Just another movie to fuel hate and division in America." I won't name drop but the comment is in this movie as well. I guess some people think that discussing or criticizing discrimination is worst than the actual discrimination, which is a clever way of defending said-discrimination. Especially by those "good people on both sides"/"don't erase our history by destroying certain statues and monuments"-types (wink wink). Everyone else be careful whose ratings you take with more than a grain of salt.

Oct 15, 2019

It is indeed filmed as a dream, or a collection of memories.
It is like a series of vignettes or sketches, each one is a memory, and loosely put together, they make a movie.
Some situations in the movie develop into very powerful moments.
But other subplots go nowhere.
I think audiences are used to a more traditional storytelling. But give this movie a chance.
if you relax, and let the movie flow, it is like a dream. Or like a poem.
Each vignette is a haiku.

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Sep 15, 2019

Seems a bit more impromptu. 2019 out here!
Y'all leave us the hell alone. Unless y'all really here to help us.
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.

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.
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.

Sep 15, 2019

But if you leave it's not your loss. It's San Francisco's.
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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