Film 121 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1989’s (or 1991 according to the book) “Tongues Untied”. This 55 minute documentary looks at African-Americans who are gay and is narrated by director Marlon Riggs. Long story short, this was rubbish. I really couldn’t care about anyone or anything that was onscreen. All I got out of it was that “I’m not liked because I’m different”. It doesn’t explain why! It just moves on to something else. Or it starts repeating clips and dialogue. Just an utter mess that has now given me a headache. Overall, don’t watch it unless you have insomnia and really need to fall asleep then this is the film for you. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1989 (or 1991) “Tongues Untied”
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Film – Tongues Untied
Year – 1989
Director – Marlon Riggs
Written by – Marlon Riggs
Staring – Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black
IMDb Rating – 6.3/10
My Rating – DULL
Length – 55 min
Genre – Documentary
“Brother to brother”
Here’s random footage of people rioting
I have no idea what anyone is saying
Naked man dancing in the opening credits – No buys!!!!
“Silence is the deadliest weapon”
Random shot of a funeral
What the hell is going on?
“Rub me in coconut milk and cum”
And there’s the first kiss
Good God your socks are bright
So… This is what it’s like to ring a sex phone line
So… This guy was offended when two men kissed on the back of a bus full of passengers
Time to hear comments from someone else about his experience in a gay bar
Three pieces of I.D.?!
To this guy three pieces of I.D. can be avoided by clicking your fingers three times
Here’s a demonstration on the many ways to “snap” your fingers
This is terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So… To this guy “Punk” means “Gay”
Do we really need to repeat the words “N****s” & “C**t”
Time for a night out on the town
Lets beat you up because we can
I have reached the point of not caring anymore
Welcome to a gay parade in California
That is a massive dick!!!!!
And massive dick nipples
Why is this guy sweating so much while talking?
Let’s now meet a man who walks around town in womens clothing
He kinda looks like Ashley Cole
This film is really dragging now
Wait… Those clothes you’re wearing are stolen from your sister’s wardrobe
Now to hear what the church and the bible has to say
Really don’t care now
Why is the camera doing close-ups on people’s mouths?
Why are we now watching African-American comedians performing?
Even the film is starting to repeat itself
And I’m no longer watching this