TV ONE’S “Shadowboxer” – Movie review by author, G. D. Grace

Shadowboxer” is a cinematic drama released in 2006, staring Oscar winning actor and actress Cuba Gooding Jr, and Mo’Nique.  Also in the cast are Helen Mirren, Stephen Dorff, and Vanessa Ferlito.  Mo’Nique plays a crack-smoking character named Precious (ironic huh?), the love interest of a neurotic doctor in the film but, unfortunately, her on-screen time is limited, however, Cuba Gooding Jr is one of the main characters in the movie.

The movie opens with Gooding’s character as a child, and his co-star and love interest in the movie, Rose, played by Helen Mirren, rescues him from a belt-beating by his cold-hearted father.  His father was about to discipline him after catching him him standing at the window crying, mourning the loss of his mother who was killed in the beginning scene by his father.

The story flash-forwards and Gooding, now an adult, is entangled romantically to the older woman who saved him from that childhood beating, however, she is now battling cancer.  The nudity throughout this picture was blurred out by the editors, however, because of the simulated on-screen sex scenes TV ONE programmers gave the movie a midnight time slot because of them and the mature theme associated with it.

The plot line centers around Gooding and Mirren’s life as assassins, and on one last hit-for hire together they stumble upon a pregnant woman they were hired to kill, however, as Mirren is pointing the gun at the woman her water breaks.  Instead of following through with offing her, Mirren orders Gooding to get items needed to assist in the delivery of the unborn child.  In an unexpected turn of events, upon delivery, they decide to take the intended target and child along  with them to hide them from the man who paid them to kill her.

At one point in the movie, it is apparent that Mirren’s desire is to have this woman take care of Gooding after she passes on, and in a twisted way it’s heartwarming.  The plot of the movie is pretty strange, but as a writer I respect it for the imaginative creativity that bucks a predictable, safe, storyline.  It may not be an Oscar winning piece of cinema, but it is entertaining drama.

Another surprise appearance in the movie, is singer/actress, Macy Gray.  She also makes cameo appearances in the beginning of this flick.  Her character is the best friend of the pregnant woman, but unfortunately she doesn’t stay alive long enough to connect with her friend again.  Overall, I’d have to say to say that it isn’t the best movie I’ve seen, but with this talented cast of  actors it is pretty entertaining.


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After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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