Tag Archives: Quvenzhané Wallis

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet


IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE. Wealthy businessman William Stacks (Jamie Foxx) is running for mayor of New York City; in order to come across as more likable he invites a 10-year-old foster child (Quvenzhané Wallis) in Harlem to live with him. An updated version of the Broadway musical, with new arrangements of the old songs … Continue reading Annie

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog entry highlighting the Super Bowl ads that featured Hollywood stars. After all, I have no interest in neither the game itself nor the halftime show if it’s going to feature performers like Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Admittedly the ad that raised the most interest this year … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF SOLOMON NORTHUP. The historian Sue Eakin was born in Louisiana five decades after the end of the Civil War and she specialized in the plantation culture of her home state. In the 1960s, she came across a book that had been largely forgotten. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Beasts of the Southern Wild

  A huge storm is headed straight toward a Louisiana bayou community… and a five-year-old and her sick dad (Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry). Director Benh Zeitlin’s first feature film became a critical darling, as well as a favorite of President Barack Obama’s. Connecting climate change with criticism against federal and state response to major hurricanes … Continue reading Beasts of the Southern Wild