‘Queen of Katwe’

  You know how sometimes, something can feel too good to be true, so you underplay your hopes for it?  When I first heard David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o were doing a movie directed by Mira Nair about the true story of the young girl from Uganda who became a chess champion, I muted my […]

‘Nightingale’

In theory at least, any professional actor, if you give them 90 minutes worth of material, will commit to it and give you a quality performance.  But to essentially do a filmed version of a one act play, and keep the audience engaged for the entire time, the truth is even those who would want […]

‘Interstellar’

So what does the genius Christopher Nolan do with his ‘blank check’?  He makes a film that’s not quite on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But honestly, what is? Interstellar is epic and ambitious and unique (especially in the current era of filmmaking).  The McConnaisance is the headliner of this ‘near future’ tale of […]

‘Selma’

  She did it. That’s the simple but accurate description of what Ava DuVernay has accomplished with ‘Selma’.  The (still criminally) short list of Hollywood backed films about black history, where black characters are actually the centerpiece of the story, has another worthy entry.  From the opening sequence which contrasts King’s Nobel Peace Prize winning […]

The 2014 Art Fradieu Oscar Preview: Best Actor and Actress

  Here are the nominees for Lead Actress: Amy Adams Cate Blanchett Sandra Bullock Judi Dench Meryl Streep Who Should Win MALIK: It’s the freshest performance in my mind, but I think the most filled out performance was Judi Dench in Philomena.  Don’t think she’ll win though. ART: I agree. Judi Dench is pretty great. But, […]