Critic’s Notebook: Internal battles within the ‘CREED’ films

November 27th, 2018 | Opinion | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic The ROCKY franchise, as a whole, is a celebration of overcoming insurmountable odds with triumph and braun. But as far as CREED II is concerned, it’s about personal triumph with a dollop of how its titular character, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), is overcoming his teetering form of toxic masculinity. Truth be told, there are no easy answers for this. Some (rightfully so) find the sport of boxing used as a thematic playground to ...


AFI Fest Review: ‘AMAZING GRACE’ is celebratory, heavenly living history

November 26th, 2018 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic AMAZING GRACE Not Rated, 87 minutes Directed by: Sydney Pollack (uncredited) Starring: Aretha Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, The Southern California Community Choir, Rev. C.L. Franklin, Clara Ward, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts They say “good things come to those who wait.” However, no one could’ve predicted audiences would have to wait 46 years to see AMAZING GRACE. The music documentary features ...


[INTERVIEW] Brady Corbet, Natalie Portman & Sia fuse character drive with pop music in ‘VOX LUX’

November 26th, 2018 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic If you felt A STAR IS BORN lacked a stinging commentary of our pop music landscape, writer-director Brady Corbet has a movie for you. In VOX LUX, he connects the manipulated machinations of pop music with provocative socio-political commentary set against a historical backdrop. It’s also a fireworks-laden showcase for star Natalie Portman to deliver a magnificent, cutting performance. Simply put: it’s an ambitious film, ...