Now playing in virtual theaters via Kino Marquee, House of Hummingbird has received a ton of critical acclaim (as well as awards) thanks to its realistic and compelling portrayal of a 14-year-old girl’s (Ji-hu Park) life in Korea. During our conversation, director/writer Bora Kim talked about the long road to getting the film made, the emotionally overwhelming reaction she has received from the movie, and why it was important to make a realistic movie about a middle school student.
Suzi Q, now available on DVD and VOD, is an incisive and inspiring look at Suzi Quatro, a Detroit raised rocker who carved out a diverse career and inspired an entire generation of musicians. In the following video, I asked Quatro about her lifelong love for playing bass guitar!
What student wouldn’t want a shot at Harvard? In The Kissing Booth 2, Elle Evans’ (Joey King) boyfriend Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) is off to Harvard and she is back to high school for her senior year. Although she has her best buddy Lee (Joel Courtney) for support, she obviously misses her boyfriend who is actually getting closer to a college girl (Maisie Richardson-Sellers).
During my salad days a trip to a dive bar, many times all by my lonesome, would be soothe my weary soul. The critically acclaimed feature Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, which sounds like a moniker from a Jim Thompson novel, is available for one-day virtual screenings on July 8. Utopia is hosting these screenings, with proceeds benefitting the USBG Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Fund.
John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) is an insightful and immersive look at the life of the respected civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. To list of all of John Lewis’ accomplishments in a documentary is a major feat, but the project does an excellent job at showing why the politician and activist’s passion for voting rights, civil rights, immigration, and health-care reform has not dimmed. Actress Erika Alexander (Living Single,I See You), a co-founder ofColor Farm Media, produced the feature and she talked to us about what it takes to be a successful producer.
Now streaming on Netflix, Nobody Knows I’m Hereis a promising feature debut by Gaspar Antillo. The film centers around Memo, played with nearly wordless subtlety by Jorge Garcia (Lost), who has nearly become a total recluse. Memo lives with his uncle on an isolated sheep farm in Southern Chile.
Actor David Zayas (Dexter, Body Cam) is the main antagonist in the Puerto Rico set action thriller Force of Nature. John the Baptist (Zayas) is a remoreseless criminal who, along with several other men, descends upon an apartment complex looking for priceless art. A retired detective named Ray (Mel Gibson) who lives in the apartment and two duty bound police officers (Emile Hirsch, Stephanie Cayo) are in John’s way in getting the riches, which in turn leads to an inevitable and bloody showdown.
Suzi Quatro’s artistic legacy is in full display with the compelling and uncompromising documentary Suzi Q. Folks who pre-order the film to see its premiere on July 1st will be treated to an Exclusive Bonus Q&A with Quatro, Cherie Currie (The Runaways) and Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s). More details on the event as well as a brief snippet of my chat with Quatro is featured in the post (fyi – I absolutely love this doc).
Actress Stephanie Cayo stars inForce of Nature as Jess, an enthusiastic and duty driven cop who is trying her best to evacuate residents of an apartment complex during a Category 5 hurricane. The Puerto Rico set narrative features Emile Hirsch as Jess’ disillusioned and temporary partner Cardillo, with Mel Gibson starring as Ray, a retired detective who simply doesn’t want to leave his domicile.
As we watch much of our nation literally burn, once again, many movies dealing with the experience of being a Black American are finding their way to the forefront. Whether it’s Spike Lee’s epic return to Vietnam, in Da 5 Bloods, or the crackling dialogue of Blindspotting or the surreal horror of Get Out, many Americans are turning to movies to contextualize what they are watching in reality on the nightly news.