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Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo

Swampland race relations in 'Chloe, Love Is Calling You': Desired by two handsome white men, is Olive Borden black or white? Swampland race relations: Bizarre 'Chloe Love Is Calling You' mixes reactionary ideas & voodoo Whenever I watch a film such as the swampland-set 1934 thriller Chloe, Love Is Calling You (a.k.a. Chloe), I like to think about the reactions of the theater audience when it was first shown. Since Marshall Neilan's movie covers subjects such as race, miscegenation, voodoo, murder, and mayhem, I can imagine some volatile reactions. But then again, this little-known thriller of the occult genre has been rarely seen, even in the post-home video days. The first thing about it that got my attention was the […]


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Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo



'Barry' and Me Pt.2: Being 'The Only'

Devon Terrell as Barry Obama: The future U.S. president as a Columbia University student in the early 1980s. Barry the Optimist (See previous post: “'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President.”) Like Obama, I'm inclined to attempt to bring you around on the subject, to find common ground, because like both Barry and Barack, I too am an optimist. But then again, unlike Barry or Barack, I'm pretty sure it ultimately won't work. In truth, my optimism has waned over the years. For Barry, that optimism, backed up by a fearlessness regarding his own physical safety (partially driven by nicotine, as Barry smoked a lot), is what the film Barry is all about. My waning […]


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'Barry' and Me Pt.2: Being 'The Only'



'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel 'Invisible Man' – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel 'The Invisible Man.' 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a young Barack Obama as he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, I found myself thinking about me in 1981, as I arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University. To be frank, I've been thinking about President Obama in juxtaposition to myself for years, ever since his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Like many Black folks that evening, I looked up the tall, […]


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'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President



2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & Unique 'Gay-Character' Drama Among Film Critics' Winners

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's NSFC list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for […]


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2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & Unique 'Gay-Character' Drama Among Film Critics' Winners



'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood All-American Hero

'Sully' movie with Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to 'the durable, honorable American male.' 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it helps to remember that the title character's name works as both noun and verb. And one can see how Eastwood was drawn to both meanings. The noun, of course, is the nickname of airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew on January 15, 2009, by pulling off a daring water landing after a flock of birds took out both engines of his US Airways flight minutes after it took off from […]


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'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood All-American Hero



'Don't Breathe' Movie: Fede Alvarez Impressive Horror Thriller

'Don't Breathe' movie: Dylan Minnette is a burglar who discovers that blind man Stephen Lang is not quite like former blind film victims Audrey Hepburn ('Wait Until Dark') and Mia Farrow ('Blind Terror'). 'Don't Breathe' movie review: Fede Alvarez succeeds with horror thriller-love story mix Horror filmmaker Fede Alvarez avoids the fate of the sophomore curse with his second feature film, Don't Breathe, which establishes the director of the 2013 remake of the iconic Evil Dead as the real deal when it comes to genre films that keep audiences on the edge of their dampened theater seats. Co-written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, at only 88 minutes Don't Breathe is not only meticulously paced, but also remarkably clever in how […]


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'Don't Breathe' Movie: Fede Alvarez Impressive Horror Thriller



'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

'Rebecca' 1940: Joan Fontaine as the 'successor' and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly returned to Brazilian screens in summer 2016. Since yesterday, Aug. 11, restored 2K digital copies of the Best Picture Academy Award winner starring Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are being presented in 12 Brazilian cities. Handled by the newly formed Celeste, an alternative film distribution company based in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, the screenings are scheduled to last at least one week. Among the cities showing Rebecca […]


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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens



'Star Trek Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in New Series' 'Most Satisfying' Entry

'Star Trek Beyond' with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve 'escape velocity'? 'Star Trek Beyond' review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated sci-fi series. But here's a theory: if the franchise is to regain its footing after the tepid returns of Star Trek Into Darkness, it will have to move beyond J.J. Abrams, the writer/director who used his brand of copycat magic to relaunch the series in 2009. In our reboot era, he's got the canny ability to provide older audiences with enough familiarity to keep them under the tent while giving […]


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'Star Trek Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in New Series' 'Most Satisfying' Entry




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