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

Interview: Stephen McKinley Henderson and Jovan Adepo

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2016 by Steve Mesa

 

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For his third film as a director, Denzel Washington will be finally bringing the work of playwright August Wilson to the silver screen with the film adaptation of Fences. The film is about a Pittsburgh sanitation worker (Washington) in the 1950s who is struggling to thrive in an era where racial tensions were at an all-time high. Washington is not a stranger to the material as he starred in the 2010 Broadway revival of the play, along with will Violas Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby. Those respective actors reprise their roles in Washington’s film adaptation except for Jovan Adepo, a relative newcomer who plays Washington’s conflicted son in the film. I had the opportunity to speak with Henderson and Adepo about the transition from the stage to the screen and their experiences shooting the film in the hometown of August Wilson: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

2015 Golden Globe predictions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2015 by Steve Mesa

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