Oscar-Nominated Documentary about James Baldwin’s Arrives on Home Video

I Am Not Your Negro, DVD Review by Kam Williams, plight of African-Americans, Raoul Peck, unapologetically-racist nation, Samuel L. Jackson

  I Am Not Your Negro DVD Review by Kam Williams Oscar-Nominated Documentary about James Baldwin’s Arrives on Home Video When novelist/social critic James Baldwin passed away in 1987, he left behind an unfinished opus entitled “Remember This House.” The 30-page manuscript assessed the plight of African-Americans in the United States while specifically reflecting upon […]

Bittersweet Prodigal Daughter Parable Arrives on DVD

The Levelling, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Joe Blakemore, Ellie Kendrick, strained father-daughter relationship

  The Levelling DVD Review by Kam Williams Bittersweet Prodigal Daughter Parable Arrives on DVD It’s not very clear whether Harry Catto’s (Joe Blakemore) death was a murder or a suicide. One thing’s for certain, though. It wasn’t merely a mishap, because nobody accidentally sticks a gun in his own mouth and pulls the trigger. […]

Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD

Hidden Figures, DVD Review by Kam Williams, NASA, African-American, female mathematicians, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae

  Hidden Figures DVD Review by Kam Williams Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in […]

Surreal Fantasy Features Liam Neeson as Voice of Anthropomorphic Tree

A Monster Calls, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell, Felicity Jones, visually-enchanting, Patrick Ness, Sigourney Weaver, facing deepest fears

  A Monster Calls DVD Review by Kam Williams Surreal Fantasy Features Liam Neeson as Voice of Anthropomorphic Tree Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is understandably miserable. First of all, the 12 year-old divorced mom (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Second, they’re both estranged from his father (Toby Kebbell) who has long since started another family […]

Eddie Redmayne Stars as Wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Spinoff

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Morton, Harry Potter

  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD Review by Kam Williams Eddie Redmayne Stars as Wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Spinoff It’s New York harbor in 1926, which is when we are introduced to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he disembarks a steamship from England that’s just docked at the pier. The […]

Campy Horror Comedy Comes to Home Video

The Love Witch, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Samantha Robinson, visually-captivating, cornball adventure, feminist fantasy

  The Love Witch DVD Review by Kam Williams Campy Horror Comedy Comes to Home Video Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right. With that goal in mind, she relocates […]

Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy in Oscar-Nominated Performance

Jackie, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Jackie Kennedy, bittersweet docudrama, assassination, JFK, behind the scenes, Pablo Larrain, mental state

  Jackie DVD Review by Kam Williams Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy in Oscar-Nominated Performance How did Jackie Kennedy feel in the wake of her husband’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963? That is the question explored in Jackie, a picture which paints a perceptive portrait of Camelot’s First Lady by speculating about her […]

Reverential Rockumentary Revisits Career of Late Rock Icon

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa, brilliant mind of a Renaissance man

  Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words DVD Review by Kam Williams Reverential Rockumentary Revisits Career of Late Rock Icon Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is best remembered as the front man and lead guitarist of the Mothers of Invention, the avant-garde rock band that started developing a dedicated cult following in 1966 with […]

Consummate Magicians Reunite for Another Cloak-and-Dagger Adventure

Now You See Me 2, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Four Horsemen,eye-popping blockbuster

  Now You See Me 2 DVD Review by Kam Williams Consummate Magicians Reunite for Another Cloak-and-Dagger Adventure It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the , playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Now, the master magicians have resurfaced for a mesmerizing, mindbending adventure which ups […]

Saldana Does Simone in Warts-and-All Biopic

Nina, DVD Review by Kam Williams, Zoe Saldana, controversial biopic

  Nina DVD Review by Kam Williams Saldana Does Simone in Warts-and-All Biopic Most of the pre-release buzz surrounding this controversial biopic swirled around the debate about Zoe Saldana’s darkening her skin, donning an afro wig and wearing a prosthetic nose to portray Nina Simone (1933-2003). Apparently, in these politically-correct times, some consider the casting […]