Brooklyn Castle is a documentary that to many, may show the cascading effects of the 2007 financial meltdown on basic education in America. The cut on after-school programs and the budgets slashed across the public educational terrain brought untold hardships to schools that most needed help. And to many more people, this film brings a [...]
This film pays homage to a bulwark of African History. And Mr. Mandela will share the same stage with the likes of Narmer, Taharqa, Shaka, Sundiata, and Nkrumah, to mention but a few. In the discourse about Apartheid and South Africa, what seems to be missed by sincere partakers is a full appreciation of the [...]
Jarreth Merz’s film examines, with unprecedented access, the inner workings of the 2008 Presidential Election in Ghana. Ghanaians, since the fall of the Asante and Dahomey Kingdoms, are very conscious of the role they have played in garnishing African awareness for African socio-political and economic emancipation. Though every election in Ghana has been viewed from [...]
Between Us, 2012, spells the discomfort, the frustration and the reality of dreams unrealized that come with age, but it also underscores the maturity that comes with such an experience. Two men, close friends since graduate school, quickly learn over two get-together meetings, spanning a period of approximately two years, that they are not the [...]
I have read with trepidation reviews, commentaries and critiques of recent Hollywood films on American slavery. One trend stands tall. The plethora of criticisms directed towards the character, Broomhilda von Shaft (played by Kerry Washington) in Django Unchained, and the praise lavished on Patsey (even without a last name, and played by Lupita Nyong’o) in [...]
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) 2013 Art and Film Gala sees a showing of four restored films by Agnès Varda, once called ‘the godmother of the French New Wave’. Black Panthers (1968), is one of the films. Sometimes known as Huey (1968), it is a 30-minute long documentary that looked at a [...]
Filmmaking is a form of art. But art without compensation, in kind or in cash, can only appall him who surveys it. Hollywood is no different. You can’t just make art without making money. That is why Jason Blum is an interesting man. A cursory look at the man reveals nothing in particular. He’s just [...]
On 20 February 1991, Keltie Byrne, a 20-year-old student and part-time Orca (Blackfish) trainer, slipped and fell into a tiny pool in which whales were kept after a show. The three Blackfishes dragged and repeatedly submerged Keltie until she drowned, despite other trainers' attempts to rescue her.
Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Soul Food), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday. Indefatigably, The Best Man [...]
Urban R&B singer/songwriter Rickstar collaborates with innovative filmmakers, Daniel Tantalean, Jennifer Winterbotham, and Andrew Hendrix to create a cosmic love story as the backdrop for his music single "Been Around the World". The music video creates a 90s throwback, yet futuristic, to highlight the journey Rickstar takes into deep space. He desperately attempts to construct a rocket ship to lift him beyond the New York City skyline, speeding him off into the stars to free his dream girl from a capsule floati...
‘African Independence, 2013′ – A Bold Step towards Understanding the Struggle for Independence in Africa
Introduction African Independence, 2013, is a documentary that tracks Africa’s relationship with Europeans through her struggle for independence in modern times. Largely a standard documentary, the film emphasizes some of the progress that Africa has made since its first contemporary nation, Ghana, wrested freedom from the iron hands of the British Empire. No understanding of [...]
Right from the outset, the supposed chance meeting between Leticia (Nicole Beharie) and Niklas (Ken Duken) never quite ignited the sparks necessary to propel this rom-com forward. The appeal of seeing these young actors on the screen clearly rolled over after the first 15 minutes. The reason is the film itself – the script, the [...]
Permeated with tropes, heaped with implausibility, way high into the night sky, and terrorized by a lack of understanding for romance, Baggage Claim finds its inevitable course down into the garbage releases of Hollywood’s September. “What’s your number?” The dialogue is uncannily simplistic. The overbearing five-times-married mom (Lewis), that a-little-too-friendly next door neighbor, the younger [...]
Director Paul Greengrass’ portrayal here of a noble white officer suffering at the hands of insidious black pirates smacks of Rudyard Kipling. Captain Phillip might as well be so named. The best documentary dramas take stories we are familiar with and show layers beyond the obvious. While you may remember the news story a few years ago, where Navy SEALs snipers took out three Somali pirates who were holding an American boat captain hostage, screenwriter Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, The Hunger Games) and direct...
Boxing is the art of hitting, and not getting hit. That is the most basic equation of the sport. When any boxer is capable if doing both with great success, that pugilist is invariably a winner at the sport of boxing. Floyd Mayweather further strengthened his claim to greatness with a one-sided defeat of Saul [...]
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