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ADIFF 2012: Reflections On Juan Andrés Arango's Quietly Absorbing 'La Playa D.C.'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 27, 2012 8:11 PM
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The 20th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), here in New York City, kicked off  its 2012 edition (also its 20th anniversary, a milestone year), last Friday, November 23rd, and continues through December 11th.

Thoughts On 'Bad 25' (Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc, Which Made Its Broadcast Debut Last Night)?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 23, 2012 9:59 AM
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So it finally aired on ABC last night - Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, made in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, titled Bad 25.

ADIFF 2012 Review: 'La Pirogue' And The African Struggle

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • November 20, 2012 10:39 AM
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A vast expanse of ocean. A small boat, bobbing with uncertainty amongst looming waves. It’s an image that’s been created many times in many iterations across the cinema landscape - in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, in The Perfect Storm, more recently in Ang Lee’s opus Life of Pi. And now, also, in Senegalese director Moussa Touré’s latest film, La Pirogue.
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Experimentation In Arab Cinema From The 1960s To Now: Intimate, Inquisitive, Informative 'Fidai' (Algeria)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 13, 2012 11:07 AM
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Currently running at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) here in NYC is a three-part film exhibition titled Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, which aims to highlight a largely unknown heritage of experimental cinema from the Arab world.

'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

  • By Sergio
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  • November 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (HERE) and George Bridgetower (HERE), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney.

Review: 'The Central Park Five' Is An Informative, Infuriating Affirmation Of America's Racial Animus

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 5, 2012 1:24 PM
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This is less of a traditional review, and more of a lament.

VOD Review - '1/2 Revolution' (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:26 PM
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It's not been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet; but it's available on VOD platforms like iTunes, where I learned interested viewers can now both rent it ($4.99 in HD) or buy it ($19.99 also in HD).

DVD Review - HBO Latino's Brazilian Drama 'Filhos Do Carnaval' (2006)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 2, 2012 11:31 AM
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While it was still a pain in my backside, being stuck in the house during Hurricane Sandy did provide me with an opportunity to catch up on some long-overdue DVD viewing.  First up was the International Emmy-nominated TV series from Brazil, Filhos do Carnaval (Hijos del Carnaval), an HBO Latin America Originals production.

Review: 'Flight' Has Enough Realism & Spectacle To Satisfy Mainstreamers (Opens Today)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 10:51 AM
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In Flight, Denzel Washington stars as Captain Whip Whitaker, a veteran airline pilot who miraculously crash lands a plane, saving nearly all 102 passengers onboard the flight. Afterward, Whip is hailed as a hero; however, as more is learned about Whip, and the crash landing, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really responsible, and what exactly happened to and on that plane.

DOC NYC Review - 'Venus And Serena' Is An Entertaining & Revealing Look At A Year In The Lives Of The Tennis Superstars

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 25, 2012 10:05 AM
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I'm not quite sure why the sisters (Venus Williams and Serena Williams) were reportedly furious over the content of the documentary, because, having now seen it for myself, there's absolutely nothing in it that I'd say was particularly damning; certainly not enough to overshadow everything else that the film documents in its 100-minute running time.