FLOYD NORMAN:  An Animated Life

What do Soul Train, Sleeping Beauty, Fat Albert, Sesame Street, Pixar and Disney Animation have in common?  Classic and Ground-Breaking Animator – Floyd Norman.  There isn’t a cartoon or animation project you have seen within the last twenty years that has not had the touch of Floyd Norman added to it. Growing up in Santa…

The Heart and Soul of TCM…RIP Robert Osborne 

I don’t remember the first time I ever watched Turner Classic Movie Channel, but I have been hooked ever since. # Mostly, due to the presence and cinematic knowledge of Robert Osborne. Osborne was literally a walking book of knowledge on Hollywood, its stars and its history. Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor…

Curvy Critic Oscar Predictions

Wow…I can’t believe another year of Oscar hopefuls is upon us.  #OscarsSoWhite is no more…for now, great films for women and new, yet familiar faces.  Who do I think will walk away with the statue?  Here are my thoughts. BEST PICTURE Who will win – LaLa Land LaLa Land has had an upward momentum ever…

Oscar Winning Siblings

For some Hollywood elite,  remarkable acting has turned into a family business for those with the last name of Affleck, Barrymore, Douglas,  Fonda and  Coppola.  So much so, that the little golden bald guy has not eluded the mantles of some other really famous siblings. If Casey Affleck wins for his lauded performance in Manchester…

Intimate Look at First Time Oscar Nominees

This may be the first year these actors are nominated and recognized by the Academy for their work, but they have been around for a minute.  Out of the 20 actors nominated for an Oscar this year, 7 of them are first time nominees.  ANDREW GARFIELD – BEST ACTOR for HACKSAW RIDGE You may recognize…

MOONLIGHT

Have you ever seen a coming of age story that emulates Brokeback Mountain in the hood?  Well, that is exactly what the film MOONLIGHT is giving us. MOONLIGHT absolutely glows while sharing the dysfunctional home life of “Little” in the Miami “War on Drugs” era and his struggle to figure out who he is and…

#InspiringWoman PBS MAYA: AND STILL I RISE

We don’t know the heartbreak of never having a lifetime love. We don’t know how isolating and lonely it is to be a strong, intelligent, independent black woman. We don’t know what it is to balance love for a parent, even when that parent treats you as if you have rocks for a brain. These are the Maya Angelou private images that we would never know…until now.

LaLa Land Landslide at BAFTAS

The 70th BAFTA Awards for film popped off today at London’s Royal Albert Hall (BBC America will air it delayed in the U.S. at 8 PM tonight). As with the Oscars, Lionsgate’s La La Land landslid its way into the nominations entering the day with 11, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals with nine noms…

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

As a person of color, I have lived to see myself referred to as Colored, Black, African-American and Negro. Do you know why we were called Negro?  Then let me hip you to some little known facts… Negro was the terminology most often used to describe us during the 18th century until it fell out…

Sundance Film Festival – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Al Gore and Hillary Clinton have three things in common.  They both ran for POTUS.  They both won the popular vote.  They both had issues surrounding voter hacking.  We don’t know just yet what the future holds for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Al Gore on the other hand, retired from politics very much…