In 2018, the stories told, talent on view, compelling characters, emotions expressed, and genres stretched were just amazing.
With the best of intentions, director Sydney Pollack and his crew filmed the Queen of Soul as she performed over two days, January 2 and 3, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in 1972.
The wealth of talent on view is almost staggering. Stenberg carries the weight of the film, giving Starr just enough juice to grow from a humble, vulnerable teen to a courageous protester.
The Black Panther character was first introduced into the Marvel Studios pantheon back in 1966. The launch took place in the comic book “Fantastic Four Vol.1” issue 52. So why did it take 52 years for that character to make its solo debut on the silver screen? Well, apparently it takes five decades to make […]
As we look back on the highest caliber films of 2017, the array is diverse, the talent is strong and the entertainment value is solid. These are the films that will make you laugh, cry, think, hug someone or wish you had superpowers. The following films opened in 2017, are still at a theater near […]
Rarely do urban tales balance authenticity with solid drama elements and strong emotion. Boyz n the Hood and Straight Outta Compton are perfect examples. Lowriders is in their league; it checks all the boxes: acting, direction, writing and production elements. This groundbreaking film about the Latino experience in East Los Angeles will become as classic […]
Bee Bop. Jazz. The ’50s and ’60s were a hotbed for cool music, and the hip musicians who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and are amazed by the lives they led. […]
James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, left behind some biting and enlightening words about racism and the status of the Black community that are just as relevant today in this age of the Black Lives Matter movement. Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. He moved to Paris around 1950, eventually […]
Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny greeting card that makes you laugh as it warms your heart. This ode to the joy and angst people feel as their family reconvenes for the certain chaos, gluttony and joy during Christmas is a nice way to start the holiday season. It’s a […]