Archive for February, 2012

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Previews of 2012 films that won’t get an Oscar

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

First I want to address the great work that Nicholas Haskins has been doing since he joined us here at Black Entertainment USA. He has a deep understanding of film and his reviews have been sharp and insightful. He has allowed me to focus on my political commentary and reporting at VASS – political commentary [...]

The Oscars 2012 – My Picks (are the best ones)

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

It’s Oscar Time!!!!!!!!! And with just over 4 hours to go until the show begins (and we’re all forced to suffer through Billy Crystal), I’m racing to get my final picks in! An important note: I don’t “pick” the “winners” like so many critics and reviewers. Too many people play the game of trying to [...]

The Help will leave you breathless!

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The Help dir. Tate Taylor Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard Four out of Five Stars The Help is a rich and deeply-layered film that is funny, poignant, and meaningful… even if it is historically inaccurate in parts (in researching this review this reviewer learned the book and the film have quite [...]

My Week with Marilyn… Spectacular Meets Droll

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

My Week with Marilyn dir. Simon Curtis Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench, Eddie Redmayne Three and a half out of Five Stars Like so many awards season films, My Week with Marilyn is a confounding mixture of fantastic performances and muddled cinema. The performances make the entire film, but the plot itself is really [...]

Malick’s Tree of Life is an Overindulgent Mess

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Tree of Life dir. Terrence Malick Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain Two out of Five Stars Close your eyes. Now imagine that writer/director Terrence Malick (this guy) is walking up to you holding a revolver in his hand. It’s dark, there’s no one else around… it’s just the two of you. You’re paralyzed, not [...]

The Rush to the Oscars… A Better Life is nearly indescribable

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A Better Life dir. Chris Weitz Demián Bichir, José Julián, Dolores Heredia Five out of Five Stars A touching film about a hot political issue that doesn’t make a statement about it, A Better Life (check out the trailer) is a wonderful film about making dreams come true, becoming someone, and hitting rock bottom. It [...]

Polanski’s Carnage is a fantastic slap in the face

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Carnage dir. Roman Polanski Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz Four and a half Stars out of Five Going in, the excellent trailer makes pretty clear the way the plot is going to unfold, and in even that, one can imagine precisely what the film will be trying to say. In browsing [...]

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