DAY ONE: Sundance Film Festival Press Conference

  The Sundance Film Festival always kicks things off with a press conference that includes Sundance Institute Founder and President Robert Redford, Executive Director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper and moderated with Barbara Chai, head of arts and culture coverage at Dow Jones Media Group and the editor of MarketWatch Entertainment….

Sneak Peak into 2018 Sundance Film Festival

                  Blackhouse, AAFCA, VR, Panels, Interviews and Screenings always make my Sundance Film Festival experience fulfilling, exciting and the official kick-off for the next awards season.  As one knows, there are several things needed to prepare to festival in Utah…  Download the Sundance and Blackhouse Apps –…

Greta Gerwig Pays Homage to Sacramento with Lady Bird

  Greta Gerwig is one of my favorites.  Why?  She unapologetically takes her real life experiences and brings them to the silver screen.  It’s kinda like taking the best excerpts from your locked diary and putting it out there for all to see.  She did it with Mistress America  and masters it again with Lady…

Love Beats Rhymes Boasts Self-Growth and Discovery for Azelia Banks

Love Jones is hands down one of my all time favorite films and is single-handedly responsible for my love of spoken-word.  Who can forget how dreamy and sexy Larenz Tate was with that “Brotha To the Night” piece? Well, Rapper Azelia Banks, Jill Scott and Common are giving us a new spoken word romance for…

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry:  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart will open your mind and your heart to one of America’s most beloved playwrights who has inspired generations with her play, “A Raisin in The Sun”, but the woman behind those words was a well-rounded human being with a wealth of knowledge, heart and activism.

Films to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a teen, I was so outraged that my school refused to recognize Dr. King’s Birthday as a National Holiday that I convinced all the people of color at my school to stay home in protest.  Everyone came to my house. Our protest was short-lived when the school called my Mom and told her I…

Denzel Washington is Genius in Roman J. Israel, Esq

Two-time Oscar Winner Denzel Washington is on a roll these days.  As you know, I wholeheartedly felt like he deserved the Oscar last year for Fences.  However, he may have just outdone himself again with Roman J. Israel, Esq. Portraying a savant type lawyer, Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington), has no tact, no style and…

Hong Chau Emerges as a Star in Downsizing

In this economy, it is no surprise that most people would do anything to minimize their overheard debt.   Would you be willing to enter into an alternate universe to live comfortably and stress free? Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) are in debt up to their eyeballs when they make…

Frances McDormand is Stellar in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

As a native of Missouri, you all know I couldn’t wait to see this one!!!  For the simple fact it was happening in my home state, I knew it would be epic and I was right!  After all, my home state has been in the news more than its fair share this year and not…

Hollywood Bombshell Hedy Lamarr was Brainy Inventor and Single Mother

One of my favorite movies to come on television when I was a kid was an old film by Don Knotts called “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” Knots fall into water turning into a fish and becoming a secret weapon during wartime saving hundreds of lives with his throttle. The satellite signal used to communicate with…

Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman is like the Lon Chaney of our generation. He virtually gets so lost in a character that you believe you are  watching the real deal.  Simply said – Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.