Film Review: “Only Yesterday” – Old made new!…In English to boot!

Review By: Ifakoya English Opens at the Angelika Theater, March 11th There is little magic that compares with that of nostalgia, and few things as precious as memories. ONLY YESTERDAY delivered to the world in 1991 by the legendary Studio Ghibli  (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) is a charming masterpiece. Directed by Isao Takahata (The […]

Director Interview: Charles Randolph Wright talks “Motown the Musical”

Interview & written by: Melody Charles “The Sound of Young America.” It’s a legendary story that the world now recognizes as one part ambition, two parts ingenuity and multiple parts soul—–the creation of Motown Records. With a few hit songs to his credit, an $800 loan and a vision of success, Berry Gordy Jr. took […]

“I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back. Interview with the Soul singer on his upcoming memoir and the life that’s filled its pages

…..”Give me a hit,” I croaked into her ear, sure I could score a little something from her out there on the street. “I’m clean, Charlie. Have been for three years,” [my cousin Shirley] said, her voice cracking. “Three years?” I yelled…..While I contemplated the thought, Shirley started to full-on cry, her face contorted, tears leaving streaks […]

Actor Interview: Hiroyuki Sanada talks about his latest role in “Mr. Holmes” and his desire to simply act

Written by: Mut Asheru Hiroyuki Sanada is an actor first and foremost. His role as Mr. Tamiki Umezaki in his most recent film MR. HOLMES did not have any sword fights but it did contain some emotionally slashing scenes and scenarios in which Sanada’s character helps bring about a catharsis for the aging Sherlock Holmes […]

Film Review: “Kung Fu Killer” starring Donnie Yen has a few twists thrown in to keep it a bit different from the standard fare

Review By: Bill Graham KUNG FU KILLER, which may or may not arrive for your viewing pleasure under the title Kung Fu Jungle, is the latest martial arts vehicle for perpetual action star Donnie Yen. The film revolves around Yen’s character Hahou Mo who is stuck in prison for murder when a sudden string of […]

Actor Interview: Stan Houston on his role in “Selma” and why he almost walked away from it

Written by: Melody Charles It’s rare to get a memorable acting part in a relatively new acting career, much less one with other certified superstars and singled-out early on for being worthy of an Academy Award, but that’s what STAN HOUSTON has accomplished. Atlanta, GA native with both independent and major project roles to his […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her latest literary work – “X, a Novel”

Photo credit: ILYASAHSHABAZZ.COM “Smoke everywhere. In the air, by the door, at the windows—- in our very bed, it seemed. Hot and dark, choking. Someone’s hands on me, dragging me up, then down. Stumbling over floorboards and furniture. Scooped up into strong arms. The first breath of cool, fresh night. We watched the house burn […]

Film Review: “Dear Dictator” by writer / director Lee Sang-woo – queue the Cypress Hill “here’s something you just cain’t understand”

Review by: Mut Asheru Let me start by saying “I didn’t see that coming!” Writer / Director Lee Sang-woo’s (이상우) DEAR DICTATOR (친애하는지도자동지께) is the best film ever! Just kidding. It is pretty damn good though. What can I say without giving too much of the film away? Hmmm, how about the synopsis? Buk-seong, Young-rim […]

Film Review: “Nora Noh” – Korean Documentary Tells the Story of Korea’s First Female Ground-Breaking Designer

Review by: Mut Asheru Documentary NORA NOH, directed by  Kim Sung-hee attempts to capture and highlight the living Korean fashion legend Ms. Nora Noh herself. But to quote a classic line “how do catch a cloud and pin it down?”.  She was the first person ever to hold a fashion show in Korea and to […]

Filmmaker Interview: Roundtable with writer / actor John Turturro on his latest film “Fading Gigolo” (spoiler alert))

Written by: Gordon K. Smith FADING GIGOLO, written, directed by and starring John Turturro, is a funny and touching middle-age MIDNIGHT COWBOY, with a dash of LAST TANGO IN PARIS thrown in. Turturro stars as Fioravante, New York florist and plumber (wink, wink) who, despite being a quiet and gentle man, agrees to a sideline […]