Despite being one of the lowest rated Academy Awards, the 90th Oscars still had some impactful moments and one of the most diverse group of nominees and winners ever. Highlights from the night included surprising winners along with a tribute to the armed forces and a multimedia memoriam to the members of the film industry lost in 2017. Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally took home gold for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” after being previously nominated 13 times. Past nominated work of his included cinematography on “The Shawshank Redemption,” “True Grit” and “Skyfall.” Director and writer Jordan Peele surprised audiences with his horror masterpieceRead More →

“Black Panther” fulfills its much-anticipated promise. After nine months of publicity and hype, an eager mass movement packed movie houses worldwide. According to the L.A. Times, the film shattered ticket sales records for the four-day February weekend with $235 million. It was fifth highest total ever for a domestic opening weekend surpassed only by “Jurassic World,” “Marvel’s the Avengers,” and two “Star Wars” movies. Even so, viewers walk away from this film moved in unique ways that might surprise them. The story of prince T’Challa’s return to become the new Black Panther king of Wakanda , an African nation that had avoided conquest and corruptionRead More →

DARRYL RAY  The Mainstream “Call Me by Your Name,” is quite simply a work of art as it amplifies a beautifully yet subtle complex story of love. Director Luca Guadagnino artistically crafted this film so well, that like all great artist, his work feels effortless. Taking place in a small Italian town during the summer of 1983, “Call Me by Your Name” follows the story of Elio as he slowly falls for an older student intern that has come to live in his home. The story between Elio and the intern Oliver gets told perfectly through a gentle pace that gives the film a senseRead More →

The infamous dancing clown Pennywise in the remake of “IT” is back yet again to feast upon the young in Stephen King’s novel, written by Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman and directed by Argentine screenwriter Andrés Muschietti. Muschietti’s directing is similar to his 2013 horror production, “Mama.” “IT” and “Mama” are his only two feature length horror films and, in both, he uses low lighting whenever the villain is in the shot to give off a shadow around the menacing character with only a faint light in the center of the face, projecting a frightening appearance. Muschietti also uses a great deal ofRead More →

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“Logan” opens in the darkest reaches of the “X-Men” universe. A broken and defeated Wolverine, drunk on liquor and the paralysis of his past, is the hero we’re introduced to. Not the typical superhero greeting, no, but “Logan” is the opposite of what superhero films have become today. Big on spectacle and faded on emotion, most of the common superhero lot offer only blind escapism from the problems of the world. Meanwhile, “Logan” dares to be many of the issues humanity faces, as it crafts itself as a somber telling of life, family, love and, above all, the ever-growing closeness that is death. Don’t letRead More →