Newlyweeds changes pace of stoner films

With Shaka King’s feature-length directorial debut, Newlyweeds follows the journey of a marijuana-reliant couple who are struggling to get by in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  The gritty comedy may not be one of the most humorous stoner films, but its weighty subject matter provides an important contrast of the experience and consequence […]

Major studios falter over long weekend Day

Movies are unique. Despite an assault from all sides by television, a poor economy, declining ticket sales and an over-reliance on remakes, reboots and sequels, movies still retain a unique ability to create worlds and moments you cannot see anywhere else. In the last calendar year, we have gotten the subtle mastery of Amour and […]

A film’s believability hinges on its costumes

This past weekend, I finally saw Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, Django Unchained. And though the other moviegoers probably sat transfixed by the incredible amount of violence or horrified at the frantic use of the N-word doing the three-hour epic, I sat wondering if anyone else noticed that Jamie Foxx’s titular character was donning a pair […]

Film involves both art and leisure

Film is an art form, but many often perceive it — first and foremost — as a leisure activity. Just look at the disparities between the potential awards contenders. This year, some of the most likely awards contenders  span all of genres and audiences: Skyfall (action-adventure), Lincoln (biopic), Beasts of the Southern Wild (fantasy), Flight […]

Quentin Tarantino gives first look of ‘Django Unchained”

Quentin Tarantino fans can rejoice: we finally get a taste of his upcoming feature Django Unchained. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and 2011 Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, Tarantino’s ninth film is set to be released Christmas Day 2012. Foxx will play a freed slave named Django who travels across […]