Reverential Retrospective Examines the Underappreciated Brain of Brilliant Rock Legend

  Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Film Review by Kam Williams Reverential Retrospective Examines the Underappreciated Brain of Brilliant Rock Legend Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is best remembered as the front man and lead guitarist of the Mothers of Invention, the avant-garde rock band that started developing a dedicated cult following in […]

Eco-Documentary Assesses State of the Gulf of Mexico Six Years after Catastrophic Oil Spill

  Dispatches from the Gulf Film Review by Kam Williams Eco-Documentary Assesses State of the Gulf of Mexico Six Years after Catastrophic Oil Spill On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig claimed 11 lives while igniting a fireball that could be seen as far as 40 miles away. The blowout […]

Calvin and Company Reunite for Sobering Sequel with a Social Conscience

  Barbershop: The Next Cut Film Review by Kam Williams Calvin and Company Reunite for Sobering Sequel with a Social Conscience There’s been a big change at Calvin’s Barbershop since our last visit over a decade ago. The once-sacred male sanctuary has been converted to a unisex salon, and some feisty female employees have brought […]

Creepy Coming-of-Age Flick Explores the Dark Side of Childhood

  Yosemite Film Review by Kam Williams Creepy Coming-of-Age Flick Explores the Dark Side of Childhood Inspired by a couple of short stories by James Franco, Yosemite is an eerie bildungsroman exploring some decidedly dark and dangerous sides of childhood. The drama features a trio of discrete tales which ultimately merge in fairly effective fashion. […]

A Blackface Variation of "Babe" with Street Cred

  Sweaty Betty Film Review by Kam Williams A Blackface Variation of “Babe” with Street Cred In 1965, the federal government issued the historic Moynihan Report chronicling the collapse of “The Negro Family” which it blamed on a host of social woes afflicting inner-city African-American communities. A half-century later, blacks and whites still remain substantially […]

Reverential Biopic Restores Reputation of Blacklisted Scriptwriter

  Trumbo Film Review by Kam Williams Reverential Biopic Restores Reputation of Blacklisted Scriptwriter Scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) was at the height of his career when subpoenaed in 1947 to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating the spread of Communist propaganda by Hollywood. The celebrated, Academy Award-nominee (for Kitty Foyle) […]

Eagerly-Anticipated Sequel Proves Well Worth the Wait

  Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Film Review by Kam Williams Eagerly-Anticipated Sequel Proves Well Worth the Wait The Force Awakens is a splendid sequel to Return of the Jedi, the 1983 finale of the original Star Wars trilogy. This offering follows the uneven prequel trilogy released over the intervening years, the […]

Wahlberg and Ferrell Compete for Kids’ Affections in Dysfunctional Family Comedy

  Daddy’s Home Film Review by Kam Williams Wahlberg and Ferrell Compete for Kids’ Affections in Dysfunctional Family Comedy    Brad’s (Will Ferrell) been a model stepfather, ever since he married Sarah (Linda Cardellini) eight months ago. He’s always lavishing attention on her children, whether picking them up from school, coaching their Little League team, […]