Style is half the picture. Story is the other half. William Shakespeare’s 17th-century play, The Tragedie of Macbeth, might be one of the greatest stories ever penned. If not, it’s at least one of the most durable. The desire for power, … Continue reading THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
On Monday, January 10, the Denver Film Critics Society—15 writers and broadcasters working in and around the Mile High City, of which I am one—announced their nominees for the best of 2021. In total, 44 movies received nominations with The Power … Continue reading And the nominees are…
If Denzel Washington only acted in one movie, and that movie was Malcolm X, then Washington would still be one of the greatest actors of his generation. Washington fills every inch of the frame with explosive fury and words that cut … Continue reading MALCOLM X
Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) used to be the Los Angeles Police Force’s top detective. Used to be: Five years ago, a momentary decision proved momentous, and Deacon traded in his LAPD shield for a Kern County sheriff’s badge and started … Continue reading THE LITTLE THINGS
Not everyone fighting for equality can be found on the frontline. There has to be someone in the shadows, toiling away, fueled by indignation, righteousness, and uncompromising ethics. Roman J. Israel is such a man. For years, Israel (Denzel Washington), … Continue reading ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
Chasing Trane, the new documentary about saxophonist John Coltrane opens with a digital trip through the cosmos. Coltrane’s music arranges the galaxies, and a constellation forms to assemble his image while disembodied voices rhapsodies about the great jazz musician. Time … Continue reading CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
The Magnificent Seven doesn’t open with fanfare. No blaring horns to signal the American West, no soaring strings to complement the vast vistas before the camera, no cinematic shots of warring bandits cresting a hill, no legends, no heroes. Instead: ominous … Continue reading THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN