Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A Farewell To A Star

Chadwick Boseman graces the screen and bids fans farewell during an Oscar-worthy performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It was never supposed to end this way.  Chadwick Boseman was our king.  He was never supposed to be taken away from us so soon.  I’ve watched this film twice–the first viewing came before the embargo lifted.  But it is a struggle to pen the words.  What do you say about an award-worthy performance when you’re watching…

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Sundance 2020: Zola

Zola is a film that manages to bring A’Ziah King’s outrageous viral twitter thread to life in complete cinematic fashion. Zola (Taylour Paige) works as a waitress in Detroit when she first befriends a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough).  Shortly thereafter, Stefani recruits Zola to join her on a weekend trip to Florida.  Zola says yes to going on this trip, which will prove to be against her better judgement.  The story only gets crazier from…

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If Beale Street Could Talk is Beautifully Directed

Beautifully directed, If Beale Street Could Talk is able to raise the bar on what we come to expect from writer-director Barry Jenkins. If you didn’t notice it with Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has a way with telling a story on camera.  If Beale Street Could Talk further enhances his work as a storyteller.  Jenkins puts so much care into the film even if it’s James Baldwin’s words that he adapts on screen.  We especially see…

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