WWII Dramedy Recounts Secret Mission to Retrieve Masterpieces Plundered by Nazis

  The Monuments Men Film Review by Kam Williams   Most people are probably unaware that while Hitler was sweeping across Europe during World War II, he simultaneously directed his army to plunder any priceless works of art found in the course of its pillaging. For, believe it or not, the cultural rape of the beleaguered continent […]

For movies opening January 31, 2014

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS   Labor Day (PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes and brief violence) Jason Reitman wrote and directed this adaptation of the Joyce Maynard best seller of the same name about a depressed single-mom (Kate Winslet) who, along with […]

Poignant Road Flick Features Autistic Orphan in Search of Family

  Demi-Soeur (Half-Sister) Film Review by Kam Williams   Nenette (Josiane Balasko) never left home because of her mentally-disability. So, you can imagine the shock when her mother, the loving, lifelong caretaker who had shielded her from the cruel world for over a half-century, suddenly passes away. Finding herself in desperate straits, the autistic orphan decides to […]

Jaded Playboy Rethinks His Womanizing Ways in Boys’ Club Comedy

  Cavemen Film Review by Kam Williams   Dean (Skylar Austin) lives in L.A. with three buddies in a warehouse converted into a windowless loft they call “The Cave.” The appellation is apropos since these twenty-something slackers behave like cavemen, spending most of their free time at local haunts bars trying to lure women back to their […]

For movies opening January 24, 2014

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS   I, Frankenstein (PG-13 for intense fantasy and pervasive violence) Adaptation of Mary Shelley’s monster classic re-imagined as a dystopian tale revolving around a reanimated corpse (Aaron Eckhart) caught up in a clash between demons and gargoyles. […]

Oscar-Nominated Director Discusses Filmmaking and More

  Steve McQueen The “12 Years a Slave” Interview with Kam Williams   Artist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen was born in London on October 9, 1969. His critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Hunger, won the Camera d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He followed that up with the incendiary offering Shame, a well-received, thought-provoking drama about addiction […]

Top Ten DVD List for January 21, 2014

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   Blue Jasmine http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00G7QPXUI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Cosby Show: Seasons One & Two http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GOC75YW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   In a World… http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ECKU40U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   White House Revealed http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003M9ZAEC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   I Used to Be Darker http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FZA2Y04/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Bewitched: Seasons One & Two http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GOC74RU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Captain Phillips http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008JFUNKU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Space Voyages http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FRUWAD8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Dilbert: The Complete […]

The Taboo to Pursue!

  Taboo The “Jamesy Boy” Interview with Kam Williams   Born in L.A. on July 14, 1975, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez began dreaming about show business at an early age. The versatile fourple threat is a multilingual rapper, singer, dancer and emcee who got his big break in 1995 when approached by will.i.am to form the Black Eyed Peas. Among the […]

Princess Saves the Day in Musical Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen Classic

  Frozen Film Review by Kam Williams   Given the toll the polar vortex has been exacting on the continental U.S. lately, I think plenty of people can relate to the frigid predicament of the people living in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Disney’s Frozen is an animated adventure loosely based on “The Snow Queen,” a classic […]

Academy Snubs Leading Contenders from the Year of the Black Film

  Oscar Buzz Deferred       by Kam Williams 2013 was widely lauded as the “Year of the Black Film,” but you would never know it, judging by the recently-announced list of Oscar nominations. It looks like the Academy settled on 12 Years a Slave as a sort of token black representative, with Steve McQueen (Director), John Ridley (Adapted […]

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