“Trust Love All the Way”: Go See If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk, the Barry Jenkins movie based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, is a fantastic, beautiful, political, loving movie. Trish Rivers and Fonny Hunt are a young Black couple in love and expecting a baby when Fonny is arrested for a rape he didn’t commit. https://youtu.be/N4m3t3G3Zqc Barry Jenkins …

The Oscars Love Racial Reconciliation Movies.

Wesley Morris sums up the problem with Oscar-winning movies like The Green Book for the New York Times: The money is ostensibly for legitimate assistance, but it also seems to paper over all that’s potentially fraught about race. The relationship is entirely conscripted as service and bound by capitalism and the fantastically presumptive leap is, …

Selma

What a stunning, important, moving, magnificent film. It might have not won the Oscar, but it will surely enter collective cultural memory and countless syllabi. The entire ensemble of actors and actresses was great, lead by a brilliant David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. Great directing and cinematography, too. For me, the “4 little girls” …

//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/FJuaAWrgoUY Doppelgängers as characters seem to be in vogue at the moment. There is of course the magnificent series Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany as half a dozen clones. Richard Ayoade’s The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and based on the  Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, is getting a wider release this summer. Tonight, Zebra Kino in Konstanz is showing Enemy, directed …

Somehow, Wes Anderson has become the Niles Crane of contemporary cinema. He’s transformed himself from an oddball perfectionist into a snooty, pompous fussbudget. Though he still arranges gorgeous color palettes, striking geometric frames, and era-blending visions that are part French New Wave, part Vogue photo shoot, when he sticks his characters into those shots, he …

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Last night I finally saw the acclaimed movie Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s one of those films that are literally breathtaking and it needs to settle before I can finally decide what I really think of it. One thing is clear: Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Hushpuppy) is amazing, her on-screen presence is tremendous. I don’t …