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2019-02-13Feb 13, 2019

The basis of this film “I am not your Negro” is an uncompleted work Baldwin first began in 1979, "Remember This House"; an ambitious account of his various encounters with assassinated civil right leaders Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. At the time of his death, the book was still only 30 pages of notes but, courageously, Haitian director Raoul Peck spent a decade working to finish what Baldwin had started. The documentary puts the race problem in its correct truthful context. The problem is seen by Baldwin not one of black people but as one of the sickness within American society; the emptiness the frivolity and unmentionable cruelty it delivers to its African American populace. Baldwin says “you cannot  Lynch me and put me in ghettos, without becoming something monstrous yourselves." What touched me most is when he describes how a black child awakens to this reality when he describes a 5 year old black child suddenly discovering his blackness and realizes John Wayne his hero is actually the one killing the Indians  “colored” people just like his little self. 

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

There's a lot to see at your local movie theaters in October. Starting with “Venom”. Kids of all ages will love this movie. It stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. It opens October 5th. Also opening October 5th is “A Star is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directed this remake.

2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018

As the Supreme Court moves inexorably to the right there are those who have offered to donate their organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both reviled by some and raised to icon status by others. Documentarians Julie Cohen and Betsy West have given us a mostly adulatory look at the life and times of Ms. Ginsburg. 

2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018

The book begins with a prologue featuring an Asian family coming in from the rain with their unruly children to a ritzy hotel and requesting lodging. They are snubbed by the snooty hotel clerk whereupon they just buy the place. The tone has been set.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

We live in a death denying indeed a death defying society and I am society’s child. In fact, as a nation we would rather not mention that troublesome event at all. People pass away, expire, or “kick the bucket”.

 

2018-08-27Aug 27, 2018

I can’t believe Summer is over! The great thing about September is that the Oscar caliber films start coming out. The one I’m excited about is “The Sisters Brothers” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal.

2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Welcome to February. Home to Valentine's Day and The Oscars. The nominations came out last week and I'm very excited that my high school friend, Sam Rockwell got nominated for best supporting actor for his work in “Vice”. He won last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. It would be amazing if he won twice in a row. His biggest competition is Mahershala Ali for his work in “Green Book”. Ali won two years ago for his work in “Moonlight”. Either way, one of these actors will be winning two Oscars in three years. Amazing! I hope Amy Adams wins best supporting actress for her work in “Vice”. She has been nominated five times before but has never won. Glenn Close has never won an Oscar! I know it's unbelievable. She has been nominated six times before. This can be her year for her work in “The Wife”.

 

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

For those of you who haven't experienced the magic that is “Mary Poppins Returns” you still have a chance to see this breathtaking movie in a theater. The Golden Globes nominations came out and both Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda were nominated for their roles in “Mary Poppins Returns”. The film itself is nominated for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. Their biggest competition is “Green Book” which also is still in theaters. Both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali were nominated for their roles in “Green Book”. “A Star is Born” was nominated for Best Picture, Drama.

2018-12-18Dec 18, 2018

I recently watched the movie “Roma” named after a neighborhood in Mexico City by well known Mexican Director Alfonso Cuarón. The film is shot notably in black and white as a prelude to its being from the actual memory of the director, and follows the daily life of the family maid, Cleo, in his middle-class family neighborhood.

I had some contextual knowledge so some of the seemingly unexplained scenes in the movie made sense to me. But if one has no historical knowledge of Mexican politics some scenes in the movie would be a bit of a mystery to the viewer. I think the producer would have done well to add a small paragraph at the very beginning explaining the era and some of the events of that time.

2018-11-22Nov 22, 2018

We finally made it to December! The best month for movies. Everyone loves the iconic song,”12 Days of Christmas”. So I made a list for all you movie lovers. 

 

2018-11-18Nov 18, 2018

There is a myriad of films/DVD’s that feature felines prominently but the inspiration for this article came the recent release,Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen frontman, Freddy Mercury. Freddy loved his cats wrote songs about them, dedicated albums to them and when on tour called to chat with them. Another current feature is Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy delivers an Oscar worthy performance as Lee Israel a down on her luck writer with a drinking problem who decides to fabricate letters that have been written by famous people and sell them to dealers. Her cat is sick and needs to see the vet and she is low on cash.

 

2018-10-30Oct 30, 2018

November is the month dedicated to families. Planning Thanksgiving dinner and what to do the days following Thanksgiving. For those of you who don't go to the movies together, change your tradition and go! Trust me you'll feel a lot better. This month there are 10 movies you should see in the theater, Including “Bohemian Rhapsody” about the Iconic Freddie Mercury, Opening November 2nd 

2018-10-26Oct 26, 2018

It all started in 1932, with a film called What Price Hollywood? In this initial take on the plot , the ingenue is an aspiring actress who is a waitress at the Brown Derby where she meets a director. He sets up a screen test. Soon her fortune ascends as quickly as the alcoholic director’s fortune descends.

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