Allowing for Context: A Constitution in Dialogue with the Present
Crazy Rich Asians Review
Last Sunday evening at New York Theater Workshop, Heidi Schreck, playwright of What the Constitution Means to Me, walked on stage and the house lights dimmed imperceptibly. The confirmation hearing of, now, Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court had taken place only one day prior. But Schreck doesn’t make us forget the outside; in fact, she keeps that door open and thanks us for being there during this time. This play only grows when the context of our reality bleeds into the room, it feeds on the here and now, unflinching from one of the more dire truths we find ourselves facing: the US Constitution is in need of attention and we must decide if we are to stand by it, or to cast it aside.
Photo by: Joan Marcus
Crazy Rich Asians is this summer’s movie bravado, it has the green light to end the stereotypes of Asian Americans allowing full range performances, and it has now been proven that Asian actors of color in an American produced film can turn a profit. See how Justin Lin has created a multi-cultural movie template (not just Asian) actors with great success. Our fav figure Awkwafina, a NYC educated sassy upbeat Streetwise Rich gal in the movie that adds a funky great comedic point that helps relieve the tension of the filthy rich but is pretty stinkin’ rich herself as the film unravels into many musical scenes full of nostalgia and dreamy costumes for lavish hedonistic Asians to drool over, but as we covet the lifestyles of the rich we blame the media for underrepresenting us all at the same time…how ironic we just aim to be wannabes= super successful =rich.
Gabrielle Union Lands Breakout Action Role in Thriller Breaking In
Hate conversation and racial slurs were a small part of the tactics Colorado-based undercover detective Ron Stallworth used to infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan in the 1970’s. The true story of the African American cop is the inspiration for the comedic and shocking Spike Lee directed film Blackkklansman.
The new critically acclaimed film is one of Spike Lee’s best, contending with his 1990’s blockbuster movies (Malcolm X, Jungle Fever), pushing the limits on social issues including racism, community and police brutality.
Avengers: Infinity War Brings Black Panther Back to the Big Screen with Confusing Ending
Throwing weapons and breaking glass are just a few of the things Shaun Russell does to rescue her children in the action thriller Breaking In. Gabrielle Union who plays Shaun takes on money seeking intruders using her wit and household weapons. Union, known for romantic comedy movies and the hit BET show, Being Mary Jane, takes on a new role requiring her to transition her drama techniques into physical warfare to defeat the burglars taking over her house.
Byron Allen Produced “Chappaquiddick” Breathes New Life Into Kennedy Scandal
Comic book and Sci-Fi lovers get to see Marvel Comics characters unite to save the universe in the epic action movie, Avengers: Infinity War. The nail biting thriller will keep movie goers on the edge of their seats while watching amazing fight scenes and battleground action on the big screen.
Millennial on Millennium Approaches and Peroistrika
There are scenes that speak to Sen. Kennedy’s inadequacies from being the brother of a former President and a popular politician. Sen. Kennedy also had a strained relationship with his father.
The reenactment of the car being pulled the car out of the river and the reaction of the diver and the town sheriff show the shock of the town and how political power and selfishness can collide with society.
For many theatergoers this season’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Pareoistrika, now playing in repertory in a limited engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre, can seem like a veritable theatrical marathon. The two shows, which run for a total of 7.5 hours and can be seen in either one full day or split between two, takes about as much time as it does to fly to Europe or binge-watch an entire mini-series.
An End to Repetitions: the violence of the breaking of the ice Review of The Death of Stalin
The National Ballet of Canadian performance of John Neumeier’s Nijinsky opened last Tuesday April 3 for its short run at the S.F. Opera House, through Sunday April 8, at 2:00, and it’s not to be missed. While I love ballet, I don’t go that often. Yet I followed my intuition and bought balcony tickets for the premiere and I have never been so grateful for my 6th sense as I stood with the crowd calling bravo as the curtains billowed and the dancers made their final bows.
Black Panther is Not An American Hero
The Death of Stalin, the tremendous new film directed by Armando Iannucci and based on the comic book of the same title by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, begins in Moscow with a performance of a Mozart piano concerto, performed superbly by the pianist Maria Veniaminovna Yudina (Olga Kurylenko), conducted by Spartak Sokolov (Justin Edwards) and transmitted through the radio by two highly
competent sound engineers (Paddy Considine and Tom Brooke).
Marvel Comics 'Black Panther' Draws Audiences with African Royal Storyline, Tops $700 Million Worldwide in Second Week
Ryan Coogler and Michael B Jordan are the only men in film who are making movies about and for black boys. Their latest installment in this campaign, Black Panther, is a psychedelic adventure tragedy.
Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne’s Documentary The Center Will Not Hold and her Unceasing Relevance
African superhero Black Panther brings movie magic into reality with sold out theaters and record-breaking box office sales around the globe.
Zedd to Gentrifiers: Drop Dead
Joan Didion is synonymous with provocative, ahead-of- her-time writing.
A Review of "Enough VO5 for the Universe" by Melanie Goodreaux
That was a nice time to come. In the mid-70s it was quiet and it was very cheap to live. And there was no hype. But I found it very depressing. Then later everything started moving. I think cheap apartments are an essential element in the creation of a counterculture. I think so And landlordism is an enemy of art. It's an enemy of civilization, really.
The Hate U Give: First look at Black Lives Matter-inspired YA film debuts
It is a thrill to watch writer/director Melanie Maria Goodreaux in her element, shining in a theater, flitting about a stage, cackling, making her universe. In Enough VO5 for the Universe you get to see her giant, hilarious brain in action.
Mudbound Highlights Friendship and Racism in the South
Meet the Carters, the family at the center of Angie Thomas’ searing and topical YA novel, The Hate U Give
Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 Documentary Film Review
As the United States enters another season of racial tension across the country, the movie Mudbound shines a light on the evils of the Jim Crow era in Mississippi during World War II.
Los Angeles is the home of championship teams, beaches, A-list stars and a place where people move to make dreams come true.
The Martian was a mistake!
To the holiday season moviegoer anxiously anticipating the chance to find out what
the buzz surrounding the new Pixar film “Coco” is all about, I implore you: stick it
We Shall Not Be Moved at the Apollo
Science Fiction fans should be really bothered by the fact that The Martian from the Andy Weir novel and film director Ridley Scott won the HUGO award this year.
An opera singing police officer, modern dancing ghosts and passionate spoken word set to music, artistically explain the cry of urban Philadelphia.