TIFF 2013: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Review

     February 10, 2015

It’s easy to draw the lines regarding slavery in America as “good” and “evil” where the enslavers were evil and everyone else was good.  When the issue of slavery culminated in the Civil War, the battle lines were drawn between …

Benedict Cumberbatch to Join TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

     May 31, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Sherlock) is the latest addition to New Regency’s historical drama, Twelve Years a Slave.  In what’s shaping up to be one of my most anticipated films, Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave already features Chiwetel Ejiofor …

Poster for Dee Rees’ PARIAH

     September 6, 2011

Focus Features has released the fan-approved poster for Dee Rees’ Pariah.  Apparently unable to decide how to market a film about a black teenager trying to find love and hiding her lesbianism from her family, Focus allowed the Internet to …

Trailer for Sundance Hit PARIAH

     June 10, 2011

One of the more popular films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Dee Rees’ Pariah.  The movie centers on Alike (Adepero Oduye in a must-see performance), a black teenage lesbian trying to hide her sexuality from …

Sundance 2011: PARIAH Review

     January 29, 2011

I cannot personally speak to the experience of hiding my sexuality from my loved ones.  Since I’m heterosexual, people have had to work a little harder to find reasons to irrationally hate me.  It’s difficult to outright dismiss films which …