Film review: “Lady Macbeth”

Posted in Reviews on August 2, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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Watching “Lady Macbeth” would no require brushing up on the Scottish-set play written by The Bard himself, William Shakespeare. This cold and dark period thriller set in the 19th Century rural northern England marks the filmmaking debut of British theater director William Oldroyd.

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Film review: “The Lost City of Z”

Posted in Reviews on April 25, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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James Grey is a filmmaker who best known for helming films like The Yards and We Own the Night which were set in his hometown of New York City. With The Lost City of Z, Grey moves from the concrete jungle to the Amazonian jungle by adapting author David Grann’s book of the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett.   Continue reading

2017 Oscar predictions

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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The 89th annual Academy Awards will conclude an interesting award season where an original musical set in Los Angeles has faced competition in the form of a film about growing black and gay in South Florida, specifically Liberty City. Without further ado, here are my predictions on will walk away with the little golden man by the end of Sunday night:  Continue reading

Film Review: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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African-American novelist, poet and social critic James Baldwin began writing a manuscript for Remember This House, a book meant to be inspired by the lives and murder of his closest friends: civil-rights pioneers Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers. However, Baldwin only managed to write 30 pages before he passed away in 1987. Activist/filmmaker Raoul Peck attempts to pick up where Baldwin left off with I Am Not Your Negro, a masterful film that tremendous similarities between race relations during the Civil Rights Movement and modern America.  Continue reading

2017 Oscar nomination predictions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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It’s almost time as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science will announce the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards Tuesday morning. With the exception for the Shorts category, I decided to fearlessly predict each and every category. While it might sound easy to do, sometimes it is just plain hard as you can never know what the Academy could go for in certain categories. Let’s cut to chase…here are my predictions for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Continue reading

DVD review: “The Lion Guard: Life in the Pride Lands”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2017 by Steve Mesa

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Back in the day, Disney would often spin-off their mega successful films into an animated series such as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. The Lion Guard is the studio’s latest animated television series, which premiered nearly a year ago, featuring the adventures of Kion, the son of Simba (the protagonist of The Lion King) and his friends as they aim to protect their homeland. Continue reading

The best films of 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2017 by Steve Mesa

2016 was one crazy year that we can’t wait to leave behind after this week. This year in movies has been somewhat of a mixed bag from surprisingly excellent films to big-budget disappointments. Nonetheless, it was a memorable year. My selection for the best films of 2016 are comprise of films from different genres whether it is a modern American western, an animated musical or a German comedy. Without any further ado, here are my picks for the best movies of the year:  Continue reading