Boogie Isn’t Quite A Slam Dunk

Boogie, the new film from Fresh Off the Boat producer Eddie Huang, follows Alfred “Boogie” Chin as he dreams of playing in the NBA. To my fellow Kentucky Wildcats fans, this isn’t a documentary or biopic about DeMarcus Cousins.  As a Wildcats fan, I feel it is necessary to let you know.  Sorry, not sorry.  Not a Wildcats fan?  Move along, move along. As if writer-director Eddie Huang doesn’t have enough to do behind the…

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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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