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All Eyez On Me continues the MC multiVERSE

In my mind , in addition to DC and Marvel, there is another multiverse. There is the MC multiVERSE, as in the acronym for Masters of Ceremony used for rappers and Hip Hop artists, and the verses they use to inform and offer a glimpse of their view of the world. Just like the interlaced … Continue reading

HotDocs 2017 – a wrapup

Spring in Toronto meant the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, or ‘#HotDocs’. Over the last 10 years I’ve become increasingly attached to this event, graduating from seeing films after work on the weekends, to taking some time off, to using vacation time to devote to going to as many films as possible. This year did … Continue reading

Oscars LXXXIX – Awakenings 2017

After #OscarsSoWhite last year, I think the theme for the Academy Awards is “Awakenings” due to the lessons on how misinformation, exclusion, fear and isolation damage society. The healing power of art as protest overall, and the power of visual arts in particular to bring us together had a peak year in 2016. There are deserving films and performers who should get their due, and some who still are left out. That will continue to change because we know now, you can’t take anything for granted. #ArtIsLife Continue reading

Mostly Sunny – A life in split screens

As I was making decisions for movies to see during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF16, considering Mostly Sunny on my list,  it occurred to me that I had seen my fair share of documentaries covering the experience of adult entertainers. Porn Star – The Annabelle Chong Story,  Sex – the Legend of Ron Jeremy … Continue reading

The Birth of a Nation – A love story at #TIFF16 

Context is everything. When I heard that The Birth of a Nation (BoaN) was going to be at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I was immediately tempted to see it, knowing I would unintentionally compare it to another work based on a true story, Twelve Years A Slave. One thing, I wish that was … Continue reading

The Danish Girl

Self identification is an essential part of knowing oneself. When society puts restrictions around who you are and, therefore, what is expected of you, it’s death by a thousand cuts to live a lie. Tom Hooper has a solid track record of making films about people who overcome the struggle to know themselves and live … Continue reading

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