LOGAN LUCKY FILM REVIEW with The Curvy Film Critic

  Daniel Day-Lewis announced a few weeks back he was retiring from acting and a few years back acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from Hollywood.  Well, guess what?  Soderbergh came out of retirement just for Channing Tatum to bring us Logan Lucky – a hillbilly, red-neck version of the Ocean's 11 franchise. Very reminiscent…

WHOSE STREETS Review by The Curvy Film Critic

Whose Streets review by The Curvy Film Critic Having grown up in St. Louis most of my life, it was no shock for me to hear about Mike Brown being shot and left in the street for four hours.  From where I sit, it was literally a matter of time before someone would be on…

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia on PBS July 24th

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia, Premiering Monday, July 24 on POVThree Italian Jewish brothers search for the cave where they hid from the Nazis Shalom Italia. CREDIT: TAMAR TAL ANATI On the run from Nazis, three Italian Jewish brothers spent months during their childhood hiding in a cave in the Tuscan countryside. Nearly 70…

THE MAKING OF A STAR – ON YOU TUBE PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW hits PBS

 The Making of a Star—On YouTube—in ‘Presenting Princess Shaw,’ Hits PBS POV An unexpected pair reveals music’s cross-cultural impact Presenting Princess Shaw. CREDIT: IDO HAAR By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in New Orleans. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Little does she…

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO Airs on POV/PBS July 10th

‘Last Men in Aleppo,’ Airing July 10, 2017 on POV, Documents Syrian Volunteers’ Heroic Work Incredible access, bravery and signs of life in a city under siege The year is 2015. Syria’s brutal civil war has been ravaging the country since the government responded with force to civil protests during the Arab Spring in 2011….

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV Film depicts ongoing destruction in strife-torn country The War Show. CREDIT: BOND/360 Syria’s Arab Spring, like other similar movements in the region, began with hope. In early 2011, autocratic governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa seemed to be…

HIRED GUN:  Out of the Shadows – Into The Spotlight

A few years back, the Morgan Neville directed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom won an Academy Award and single-handed lay revived the careers of R&B legends Darlene Love and Merry Clayton. Now, in 2017, shines the spotlight on the industry’s best musicians or “hired guns”.

Winners Announced for the 2017 LA Film Festival

  Well, that was fast! Handed out June 22 by LA Film Festival Director Jennifer Cochis, the awards brunch celebrated jury prize honorees from the Festival’s U.S. Fiction, World Fiction, Documentary, Nightfall and LA Muse categories. Audience Awards were also presented for Fiction Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film and Web Series. The U.S. Fiction Award went to…

LA FILM FESTIVAL 2017: WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME

  Once upon a time, I was a music publicist and had the distinction of meeting Whitney Houston.  The Whitney Houston I met , was a fun-loving kind generous home-girl from New Jersey , who loved her friends and family hard.  She was a loyal as they come.  This particular day, Whitney came out to…

OUT OF STATE

When most people think about the island of Hawaii, thoughts of hula dancers, exotic drinks, sparkling oceans and sprawling beaches come to mind.  When I think of Hawaii, I remember a time as a young child on the island of Kailua playing with my Mom and Dad on the beach, awaiting the birth of my…

LA FILM FESTIVAL: SKID ROW MARATHON

When one thinks about skid row, the last thing that would come to mind is running through the streets of Los Angeles to prepare for a marathon half way around the world. The Honorable Judge Craig Matthews spends his entire day sentencing convicted criminals from the Los Angeles Superior Court.  When he invites these skid…

BLOOD ROAD

Like so many in the U.S., my father was a Marine who served his country in Vietnam.  While he was away, he sent letters and reel-to-reel tapes to me, My Mom and my brother letting us in on his adventures, his fears and his never-ending love for us.  Daddy was one of millions of men…