The Best Reasons to Go to the Movies – Guest Post

Guest Essay by Zade Constantine Film provides a vast canon to explore, retroactively, trends and ideologies. The distinct relationship between society and film is suited for scholars of history and those who understand the dense social, political and economic landscapes that...
Posted On 27 Dec 2012
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Spike Lee, Django is “Disrespectful” to Ancestors

Unlike most of my blogger brethren, I would certainly never dismiss anything Spike Lee had to say. He is, after all, one of America’s best — and, in my opinion, one of Hollywood’s most screwed over – filmmakers.  So his objections to Django Unchained are...
Posted On 23 Dec 2012

Django’s Soundtrack and John Legend

One of the best songs on the Django Unchained soundtrack… Who Did That to You
Posted On 23 Dec 2012

TWC cancels Django premiere because it’s the right thing to do

“And so shines a good deed in a weary world.” When I first heard that the Weinstein Co were planning a premiere for Django Unchained I wondered who would be the first to pronounce that film the definitive cause for gun violence in this country. It would be too easy...
Posted On 18 Dec 2012

Quentin Tarantino Interviewed in Playboy on Django Unchained

Two noted films about Slavery and the end of it are in this year’s Oscar race. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Two different approaches to the time but in many ways great companion pieces. Tarantino talks about the dirty...
Posted On 17 Nov 2012

The State of the Race: Fumbling Towards Enlightenment

The Oscars can be a kaleidoscope view of our world — spectacular and surreal. Or they can be a microscope, honing in with sharp perspective on matters we’re obliged to observe with crystal clarity. The themes that course through this year’s Oscar race for Best Picture...
Posted On 13 Nov 2012

The State of the Oscar Race – And of These, Hope

With two weeks before the US Presidential election, nerves are frayed. The horses are kicking in their stalls. Cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon and a country sharply divided. Oscar season had no choice but to start early this year. With ballots being turned in very early in...
Posted On 22 Oct 2012