Friday, December 14, 2018

If Beale Street Could Talk

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Creative inspiration comes in varied forms for director/writer Steve McQueen as evidenced by a filmography which includes his first feature Hunger, followed by Shame and then 12 Years a Slave. The latter, adapted from Solomon Northrop’s 1853 memoir of the same title,...

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street...whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York," reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk ."

The quote is from a 1974 James Baldwin novel, which Jenkins has adapted himself...

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has been named the year’s Best Film by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of black film critics comprised of leading film critics from across the country.  The groundbreaking blockbuster also won Best Director (Coogler...

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

When Brian Tyree Henry filmed his scenes in "If Beale Street Could Talk," he wept. When he saw the finished film, he wept again.

In Barry Jenkin's lyrical adaptation of James Baldwin's celebrated novel, Henry plays Daniel Carty, the just-out-of-jail friend of Fonny (Stephan James). When...

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

The National Board of Review (NBR) named Green Book the Best Film of the Year, additionally honoring it with Best Actor distinction for Viggo Mortensen. 

Copping the most honors was A Star is Born with three: Best Director for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Lady Gaga,...

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Film Independent has unveiled nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Topping the field with five nods was We the Animals followed by three films with four apiece: Eighth Grade, First Reformed, and You Were Never Really Here.

Nominated for Best...

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Paul Schrader’s religious thriller First Reformed  is the leading nominee for the 28th annual Gotham Awards, with nods for best feature, screenplay (by Schrader) and best actor for star Ethan Hawke.

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations for the 28th annual IFP...

Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

For a festival that can be a hotbed of Oscar-predicting hysteria, the scuttling of the "best popular movie" category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barely registered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Most were too in the thrall of the 254 feature films...

Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

Peter Farrelly’s crowd-pleasing Deep South road trip movie “Green Book” won the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award on Sunday, putting it on an envious path to the Oscars.

Toronto’s People’s Choice Award is one of the most closely watched of the fall festival circuit...

Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival is an overwhelming omnibus of moviegoing that every year, through an onslaught of Oscar contenders and cinematic feasts, reflects the world around us. But more than usual, this year's festival radiates with urgent topicality, both on screen and off....

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