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Alan Parker left an indelible mark on me

"So say it once, say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud" ("The Commitments")

British filmmaker Alan Parker, who left us on July 31st, 2020, was not a prolific filmmaker. He made just shy of twenty movies but what a heavy footprint these movies left on me. Films like "Angel Heart," starring Mickey Rourke, and Robert De Niro as the devil, "Mississippi Burning" or that terrific film "The Commitments," which came out in 1991, they all made their mark on me, each one for a ... more >

ON A CONFERENCE CALL with the filmmakers of “The Fight,” a new documentary about the many battles and the many lives of the ACLU

Film will be available Friday for streaming

The documentary is called “The Fight,” which could not be a more à propos title for a film about the ACLU’s ongoing quest to defend not only civil rights, but also the necessity for everyone to enjoy free speech, no matter how odious their views might be. But the civil rights organization’s mandate became even more demanding during the Trump administration, as the president and his cabinet have ... more >

BRIEFLY – RZA-directed “Cut throat city” comes out July 31st

132 minutes | USA | English

"The ninth ward isn't covered," or so goes the voiceover in RZA's new film "Cut throat city," which comes out at the end of the month. It's the story of four boyhood friends in New Orleans's Lower Ninth ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes destroyed, no employment, and no assistance available from Uncle Sam. Out of options, they turn to a local hood who offers them a shot at ... more >

ENNIO MORRICONE dead at 91

He had over five hundred credits to his name

We’ve lost a big dude today. The hardest-working man in movie scoring, Italian composer Ennio Morricone, has died at the age of 91 earlier today. He "died at dawn on July 6 within the comfort of faith," lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assumma said in a statement later released by the Italian media. He remained "fully lucid and of great dignity until the very last moment," the statement ... more >

EPIC PICTURES x DREAD ACQUIRE WORLD ON TRIO OF HORROR FILMS AHEAD OF CANNES MARCHÉ DU FILM

Los Angeles, Calif. | Epic Pictures and DREAD have announced the acquisition of the worldwide rights to a slate of three films ahead of the Cannes Marché du Film, which is set to take place digitally from June 22nd to June 26th, 2020. The films acquired for distribution include Andy Collier and Toor Mian’s horror flick "Sacrifice," co-starring Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, From Beyond, ... more >

OPINION: HBO’s undistinguished response to society’s greatest ill

People are imbeciles. That’s the message I get from HBO in its statement saying that it is pulling “Gone with the Wind” from its streaming service. It’s supposed to mean that the present turmoil will no longer allow the black population to be disparaged or humiliated. Other messages may be that people’s feathers are too delicate to be ruffled or, alternatively, why show ugly things when we can ... more >

#cannes2020 is dead. Long live #cannes2020

The films from this year's selection were announced today

PARIS - Finally, the suspense is over. Thierry Frémaux, programmer of the Cannes Festival, and Pierre Lescure, President, released today the names of the films that would've been screened at Cannes this year, had the event taken place. As we all know, the world went tits up in March, everything got canceled because of a wayward virus, including the Festival, and Donald Trump recently held a Bible ... more >