Before Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, he was a lawyer for the NAACP assigned to defend Joseph Spell against the charges of rape and attempted murder of a white woman. In Marshall, director Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Django Unchained) sets up Chadwick Boseman (42, Black Panther) and Josh Gad (Frozen, Murder… [Read More]
Wonder Woman is the film that we need. In fact, in the midst of a depressed box office (good films are harder and harder to find), Wonder Woman stands out as my favorite film of the year with only three months left to go. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is raised by her mother, Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), in… [Read More]
Selected for the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, The Fare is a chilling story of human trafficking starring Johnny Ortiz (American Crime) and Noemi Pedraza. Written and directed by Santiago Palandine, the film tells of a young Ecuadorian teenager ensnared in a sex trafficking organization, who finds himself ordered to transport a fourteen-year-old girl from his… [Read More]
I’m a sucker for musicals. There is reasonable room for debate as to whether I owe this particular affinity to my mother after making me watch a regular rotation of Hello Dolly, Calamity Jane, Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and countless others; or my father, a life-long drummer with a soft spot for any… [Read More]
So, Detroit flopped at the box office. Rightfully so. Oscars? Won’t happen. I’m not particularly mad at Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal for retelling the story. They’re filmmakers. They have every right to tell the story they want to tell. Their intentions were good. Fifty years after the horrifying incident at the Algiers Motel, they wanted… [Read More]
you’re likely upset about what happened in Charlottesville maybe you’ve talked about it, maybe took some kind of social media stance, maybe just sort of saddened inside it’s probably super obvious to you that all these alt-right racists are wrong, that racism is wrong (“evil” as Trump (finally) put it), has always been wrong, that… [Read More]
When I first talked to Remi Adeleke, he was just days away from his first box office action film, Transformers: Last Knight. Having survived the Bronx as a young man, and the Navy Seals as a young adult, monstrous CGI robots were hardly enough to intimidate him. But to understand who Adeleke was, and to marvel… [Read More]
Director Andrew Douglas has just wrapped production on a mini-series documentary that shows the ties between the pornography industry and human trafficking which generate thirty-two billion dollars a year. With White Shadow Films, the Australian-born Douglas interviews various notable subjects and shares pertinent facts in explaining how the two are connected. Thanks to the narration… [Read More]
The Zabinskis’ decision to harbor as many Jews as they could was a courageous act—and a very illegal one. They were well aware of the threat that the Germans represented—both to the Jews and to those who harbored them.
In the two-hour conclusion, Albert Einstein has moved to the US and is a professor at Princeton University. But the events of the world have seemed to conspire against him.