Film Critic

15 Feb 19
Midnight Social Distortion

This February, Midnight Social Distortion will be celebrating Black History Month by honoring Black horror characters, in particular Black horror survivors, throughout the twenty-eight day period. Each day will feature one black male and one black female survivor in horror and sci-fi to bring light to the positive, albeit still problematic, black champions of representation […]

15 Feb 19
Shonaspecaliststudy

How are women presented and sexualised in the media today?   The immature way in which women are portrayed in the media and in society today is sexist, demeaning and purely inappropriate. From advertisements and magazines to film and music videos, women are sexualised and treated as an object over a person. There have been […]

15 Feb 19
News Exc Celebrity

Article and photos from hienalouca.com

They clung to each other in a farewell embrace in the lounge at Paris airport, the red-headed girl and the lithe Russian ballet dancer, his handsome face pale with fear of the KGB minders who stood menacingly just a few yards away. As their cheeks touched, he whispered in her ear: ‘I want to stay here. Please do something.’

Twenty-three-year-old Rudolf Nureyev, sensational star and enfant terrible of the Kirov Ballet, should at that moment, in mid-June 1961, have been in the air, on his way to London with the rest of the 100-strong ballet company from Leningrad for the second leg of their European tour.

But Russian officials had ushered him aside as he approached the boarding gate. He was going back to Moscow instead to

15 Feb 19
Nickthemoviecritic.com

In the year 1997, a film called, “Men In Black” directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. (The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Get Shorty) The film opened worldwide gaining positive reception from critics and movie goers alike. In addition to warm reviews, the film made a lot of money a the box office. It spawned a cartoon […]

15 Feb 19
Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

It’s a shame that the AMPAS has decided to give out the award for Best Live Action Short winner during a commercial break at the upcoming Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019. No artist who wins an Oscar should be denied his or her time in the sun. It’s especially egregious given that a […]

15 Feb 19
Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

Tim Mason and Abby McEnany took the time to speak about Work in Progress with Solzy at the Movies during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The duo are also a pair of improvisers from Chicago.  Naturally, it makes perfect sense to interview Chicago improvisers in Park City rather than just down the street.  But hey, […]

15 Feb 19
Midnight Social Distortion

This February, Midnight Social Distortion will be celebrating Black History Month by honoring Black horror characters, in particular Black horror survivors, throughout the twenty-eight day period. Each day will feature one black male and one black female survivor in horror and sci-fi to bring light to the positive, albeit still problematic, black champions of representation […]

15 Feb 19
GoldDerby
“It’s a wild dream come true,” admits Yalitza Aparicio when asked about her Oscar nomination for “Roma.” The cinematic newcomer “never thought of acting” as a career before being cast as the central character in Alfonso Cuaron‘s intimate drama. Watch our exclusive video interview with Aparicio above. Aparicio stars in the film as Cleo, a maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City during the 1970s. Cuaron based the film largely on his own experiences, creating Cleo as a version of his real-life caregiver. SEE Marina de Tavira Interview: ‘Roma’ Aparicio went to the audition — which was held in the small Oaxaca, Mexico, town where she grew up — almost by accident. She recalls, “I went with my sister,” who had responded to an open casting call. Though she’s not quite sure why the director chose to entrust the lead role to her, she believes it had to do with the similarities between her and the character, a nanny who dearly “loves” the four children in her care. Her acting debut was especially unique considering she never saw a finished script. “In the beginning, I thought this was normal,” she explains. “But it actually ended up helping, not having a script and shooting in chronological order, because I naturally learned about my character.” SEE Gabriela Rodriguez Interview: ‘Roma’ In addition to her Oscar nomination, Aparicio also competed at the Critics’ Choice Awards, where “Roma” won prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. It repeated those victories at the BAFTAs, and it won additional awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes. At the Oscars, “Roma” is tied with “The Favourite” as the most nominated film with 10 bids. It competes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Original Screenplay and more. If it wins Best Picture it will be the first foreign-language film and the first streaming film to win. And if Aparicio prevails she will be the first Latin-American woman to win Best Actress. PREDICT the Oscar winners now; change them until February 24 Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 24. SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions
15 Feb 19
Colden Lamb

Introduction From a decaying mansion in the nasty republican town of East Hampton, to a picture perfect suburban house in Hartford, to the beauty salons on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Composer Scott Frankel and Lyricist Michael Korie have taken their audiences to interesting and dramatic slices of American life through their Broadway musicals. The characters […]

15 Feb 19
GoldDerby
“It’s a wild dream come true,” admits Yalitza Aparicio when asked about her Oscar nomination for “Roma.” The cinematic newcomer “never thought of acting” as a career before being cast as the central character in Alfonso Cuaron‘s intimate drama. Watch our exclusive video interview with Aparicio above. Aparicio stars in the film as Cleo, a maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City during the 1970s. Cuaron based the film largely on his own experiences, creating Cleo as a version of his real-life caregiver. Aparicio went to the audition — which was held in the small Oaxaca, Mexico, town where she grew up — almost by accident. She recalls, “I went with my sister,” who had responded to an open casting call. Though she’s not quite sure why the director chose to entrust the lead role to her, she believes it had to do with the similarities between her and the character, a nanny who dearly “loves” the four children in her care. Her acting debut was especially unique considering she never saw a finished script. “In the beginning, I thought this was normal,” she explains. “But it actually ended up helping, not having a script and shooting in chronological order, because I naturally learned about my character.” In addition to her Oscar nomination, Aparicio also competed at the Critics’ Choice Awards, where “Roma” won prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. It repeated those victories at the BAFTAs, and it won additional awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes. At the Oscars, “Roma” is tied with “The Favourite” as the most nominated film with 10 bids. It competes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Original Screenplay and more. If it wins Best Picture it will be the first foreign-language film and the first streaming film to win. And if Aparicio prevails she will be the first Latin-American woman to win Best Actress.
15 Feb 19
Bloody Disgusting!

The Criterion Collection announced a handful of upcoming new releases today, revealing that both Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet are joining the prestigious ranks in May. Funny Games arrives on May 14, followed by Blue Velvet on May 28! Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, Funny Games spares no detail in its depiction of the […]

15 Feb 19
dereksmusicblog

Linda Perhacs-The Newly Crowned Queen Of Psychedelic Folk. The Linda Perhacs story is a case of what might have been, for the seventy-four year singer who nowadays, is regarded as the true Queen of psychedelic folk. Linda Perhacs career began in 1970, when she released her debut album Parallelograms on Kapp Records. Sadly, Parallelograms which nowadays, is regarded as a psychedelic folk […]

15 Feb 19
Batman News

Earlier this week, Forbes reported that Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was not expected to appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. This afternoon, Forbes reported new information that Harley Quinn is expected to appear in the film after all. Forbes has also learned that production on The Suicide Squad is expected to begin later this year. The word “relaunch” […]

15 Feb 19
Women in the World
Luxury fashion brand Prada has announced the launch of a diversity council co-chaired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, an outspoken activist whose work explores systemic racism in the U.S. The diversity council will serve to “elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large,” according to a press release, and will oversee the company’s investment “in diverse talent development and [expanding] opportunities for young students of color in the fashion industry.” The creation of the council comes in the wake of backlash endured by the company over a $550 keychain that critics said looked shockingly like a racist caricature. Prada defended the keychains as “imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world,” but apologized and agreed to remove the products from circulation. Luxury retailer Gucci has also faced controversy in recent days over a balaclava turtleneck that made wearers look like they had put on blackface. View this post on Instagram Woke up on the morning of our fourth birthday to some news about our namesake @prada .  The “Pradamalia” collection, produced in collaboration with @2x4inc , features fantasy “lab-created” animals.  According to a press release about the collab, the creatures mix up the codes of the house into their features.  Many are comparing "Otto", a resulting mutation of one of Prada's oldest mascots, the monkey, to Little Sambo, a children's book character from 1899, who exemplified the pickaninny style of blackface caricature, though other examples from as early as 1769 can be found. The exaggerated stereotypes propagated racism freely back then, but it's apparent that the legacy of the harmful imagery still affects how we contextualize racism today.  This is surprising from Prada, who's known (at least recently) for the inclusivity of their casting, propelling then unknown models like Anok Yai and Jourdan Dunn into near supermodel status…not to mention casting Naomi Campbell in that 1994 campaign at a time when it was generally deemed "risky" to cast people of color in international luxury campaigns.  Recently, they mounted "The Black Image Corporation", an exhibition highlighting the importance and legacy of black creators in American publishing and photography, in both Milan and Miami.  Representation is important, but understanding how to navigate the nuances of how the world perceives racism is even more so.  One thing is pretty clear though…given recent scandals, luxury brands operating on a massive global scale need more systems in place to avoid controversies like this.  A suggestion for now: more diversity on a corporate level for positions that actually hold power in decision making and brand imaging.  Prada issued a swift apology on twitter and are in the process of removing the products from display and sale, but no mention on Instagram yet.  Dieters, chime in with your thoughts! • Source: Chinyere Ezie via Twitter (@ lawyergrrl) • #prada #blackface #littlesambo #retailproblems #retaildisplay #soho #nyc #dietprada A post shared by Diet Prada ™ (@diet_prada) on Dec 14, 2018 at 11:50am PST Black rights activists have hailed the decision to hire DuVernay and her fellow co-chair, Theaster Gates, a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University Chicago famous for his work as an activist-artist. Activists have long said that fewer racist gaffes would occur if the fashion world was more inclusive of people of color. As of August, the Council of Fashion Designers of America had only 15 black designers on a membership roster of more than 500 people. Read the full story at Elle. Related 11-year-old fashion designer bullied over her dark skin now loved all over the world after viral hashtag Black plus-size model is on a mission to normalize all sizes in industry dominated by tall, slim figures NYT critic coins “DuVernay test” for racial diversity in films, in honor of Ava DuVernay