Friday, July 17, 2015
What Happened, Miss Simone? · TV Review · The A.V. Club: "Upon introducing herself to Martin Luther King Jr., Nina Simone didn’t begin by telling him who she was, but rather who she wasn’t. “I’m not non-violent,” a stone-faced Simone said to America’s paragon of passive resistance. King smiled politely and told the esteemed jazz singer and pianist—one black civil-rights icon to another—that she was entitled to her position. So goes the story according to What Happened, Miss Simone?, director Liz Garbus’ visceral documentary set at the blind intersection between Simone’s prodigious musical talents and her polarizing political views. It’s among many stories in the film that sum Simone up as a complex, contradictory artist whose essence remains just out of reach, no matter how conventionally Garbus presents her."
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Orange is the New Black Season 3 review: Why did the show lose all its darkness?: "Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, the third season of which arrives in its entirety on Friday, is a quintessential dramedy. Set among inmates at a low-security women’s prison, the series has addressed racism, solitary confinement, overdoses, and predatory prison guards among other sobering and sob-inducing realities while generally being hilarious and delightful... Orange is so reliably rollicking that it has always self-identified as a comedy, but because each episode is approximately 60, not 30, minutes long, the Emmys decreed it a drama... But based on the six episodes released to critics, it’s a new season that scampers closer than ever to making prison seem kooky and adorable."
Friday, May 15, 2015
reason.com: The Daredevil series on Netflix is about how one man, alone and with right in his heart, can change a city for the better using only one weapon: torture.
Monday, April 27, 2015
from nytimes.com: “Life Itself,” Steve James’s documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, is in many ways like a wake at which intimate acquaintances warmly recall their departed friend in all his aspects, foibles and quirks along with his talents and triumphs. Deep currents of love and sorrow flow under the succession of often funny recollections of a busy life. But it is a wake where the departed is still present.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
from netflix.com: Storied independent label Stones Throw Records is the subject of this enthusiastic documentary that recounts the company's roots and personality.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
from theguardian.com: The Iranian dissident film-maker Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival for his Tehran road movie Taxi in what critics described as a victory for freedom of speech and the art of cinematic storytelling. Panahi, who is banned from making films by the Iranian authorities and forbidden from travelling abroad, stars in his own film as a taxi driver talking to his passengers as he drives them through the streets of Tehran.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
from natmonitor.com: Top Sony executives have condemned the “vicious” cyber assault that forced the company to hastily postpone the Christmas day release of its satirical film The Interview. During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai publicly reprimanded the Guardians of Peace (GOP) hackers who repeatedly infiltrated the company’s digital network. Hirai also noted how proud he was of those who stood up against the flagrant “extortionist” attacks, adding he would be “remiss” if he did not mention the misfortune of the last several weeks. “Both Sony, former employees and current employees were the victim of one of the most vicious and malicious cyber attacks in recent history,” Hirai noted in an unscripted moment prior to his press conference at the CES.