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

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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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2015 Golden Globe nominations

Posted in Festival/awards with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by Steve Mesa

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It is that time of year where Hollywood pats themselves on the back and the onslaught of awards season commence. It is also the day that movie studios begin to get campaign the movies they made in the past year in order to garner some prizes. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced their nominations this morning, which had some surprises (Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), along with the usual suspects (Patricia Arquette and Julianne Moore). Tomorrow morning, another batch of nominations will be announced courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globe nominations will be vast and somewhat different compared to the SAG nominations, but don’t count out on seeing some of today’s nominees getting recognized again. Continue reading

2014 Oscar nomination predictions

Posted in Festival/awards with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 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 86th Academy Awards Thursday 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 86th annual Academy Awards. Continue reading

“August: Osage County” is a bittersweet Southern melodrama

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Steve Mesa

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“August: Osage County,” the adaptation of playwright Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning play, unfolds like a generic soap opera featuring an all-star cast instead of a compelling and original movie. Instead of evil twins, evil plots and people coming back from the dead, we get family secrets, tragic pasts and forbidden love affairs.  Continue reading