Halftime

The Chiefs win the Super Bowl then Kobe then the global pandemic then a new Black Lives Matter tipping point and it goes on. I’d like one more momentum shift (come November-ish) but the first half of this year has probably taken care of me for the decade, and I know I’m not the only […]

No Time to Die

Well, I’ll start with the relatively obvious: I’ve never been happier or more at peace. Anything is possible. I’m not saying that in the optimistic way, but in the pessimistic way. A few of you have at some point read Manning Marable’s excellent breakdown of Malcolm’s life; more of you I think watched the recent […]

2019

Where to begin? I finally made it to the Playboy Jazz Festival this year. I finally made it to Strawberry Fields. I had a strong feeling that John was going to play ‘Continuum’ live at the Forum, but I was too deep in the eye of the hurricane at that moment to go to that […]

‘Hair Love’

On the off chance you haven’t seen this yet… I’ve followed Matthew for years on the Twitter so I remember when he had his Kickstarter for this. Wasn’t in a place to give like that but liked the idea. Missed seeing it on the big screen as well, but now that it’s online… My, my, […]

‘The Irishman’

Got to see this on the big screen last night. If this is presumably the last time we see these four (Marty, Pacino, DeNiro and Pesci) go into this genre that they didn’t invent but essentially defined, they’ve left us on a very pleasing note. I have a vague memories as a kid of hearing […]

‘Dolemite Is My Name’

Saying ‘Eddie Murphy is back’ is a little insulting, but I think it’s fair to say ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ definitely leans as far into R rated Eddie Murphy as we’ve seen in a long time. Based on the come up of Rudy Ray Moore, ‘Dolemite is My Name’ on paper feels like a traditional […]

Coming Soon – ‘1 Out of 30’

So, for those who missed the post yesterday or just want to see it on its own, here’s the trailer for ‘1 Out of 30’, the short I wrote for the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program. Trailers can overhype or oversell the wrong things to pull you in, but bias aside, this one is pretty […]

Episode 8 – ‘That’s a Wrap’

Two weeks from now, ‘1/30’ goes live to the world. Here’s a roundtable that got the class back together to introduce you all to the trailers for each of the short films. Part of a special group, have a special mentor, in a special moment. Enjoy!