REVIEW: LONG GONE SUMMER (2020)

“I say flatly, and with complete assurance, the statistics, and in some cases, the records of people who are known juicers, are inauthentic.” My father was 9 years old when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run in 1961 – a hit that would break Babe Ruth’s well-established record of 60 in a single season.…

REVIEW: DA 5 BLOODS (2020)

“You got me?” “We got you, Blood.” Pictures begin to appear onscreen, while footage of famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, asks why should he shoot these Vietnamese people? “They never set dogs on me, or lynched me.” It’s a history lesson, centered on the constant war that many black Americans face to this day. It’s no…

REVIEW: SHIRLEY (2020)

“What becomes of your dear heroine?” “What happens to all lost girls… they go mad.” Many of us have heard of horror authors Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, or William Peter Blatty, but many of us have forgotten author Shirley Jackson. Jackson, most known for her popular ghost story, The Haunting of Hill House, is an…

REVIEW: THE LOVEBIRDS (2020)

“Did you think it was one of those ‘men only’ doors?” In times like these, we look for any type of break from reality — most often through comedic films. In this case, The Lovebirds fits that comedy escape. The Lovebirds stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as Leilani and Jibran, a couple who’s thrust…

REVIEW: SCOOB! (2020)

“Gross amounts of hair oil, twelve-year-old scotch…” “Is the bad guy my Dad?” I never classified myself as a lover of the original Scooby Doo television series. Even when I was a child, the whole idea of the show felt… childish. It was goofy and uninteresting. But no matter my initial opinions, I opened my…

RETRO REVIEW: CENTER STAGE (2000)

  “Whatever you feel, just dance it.”  This week, Center Stage celebrates 20 years since its release in theaters. And speaking as one of the few people who actually went and saw it, I’m really excited to be revisiting it all these years later. Center Stage tells the story of a group of advanced students…

NATALIE WOOD: WHAT REMAINS BEHIND (2020)

The name, Natalie Wood, continues to fall on the tongues of audience members and media outlets — examining a career that ended almost 40 years ago. Beginning with her time as a child star, Wood eventually catapulted into stardom in films such as West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, and Rebel Without a Cause.…

HOW TO BUILD A GIRL (2020)

“It’s called Annabelle My Bloodied Heart.” “You’d have a better chance with Annabelle if you gave your hair a wash, love.” For a lot of us, growing up in our little communities can be trying. The urge to want to be free from our parents’ rule, or just getting away from the city, can be…

REVIEW: BAD EDUCATION (2020)

“You might forget, but we don’t. We never forget. Ever.” There are always those school teachers that give us a helping hand, and we are forever reminded of their goodness. Then there’s those teachers we don’t remember at all. And finally, there are those teachers, who we remember, but not for anything good. Bad Education…