Jimi: All is by My Side, Academy Award winning screenwriter John Ridley’s second foray in the director’s chair, is a biopic of famed guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. André Benjamin, of Outkast fame, plays Hendrix. Benjamin happens to look so similar to Hendrix that I wonder if this movie was willed into existence for that very reason. Not that Hendrix isn’t deserving of a movie, or several. Just another unknown in 1966, Hedrix exploding onto the scene one year later, but by the end of 1969 — with only three albums recorded — he was dead and buried. Hendrix is arguably one … Continue reading JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE

Oscars 2014

Formed in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was designed to deal with improving the industries image. At that time, movies were not seen on the same sophisticated level as literature, music and painting, so the Academy decided to congratulate its own in hopes of lending credence to their medium. It worked, and 86 years later, the Oscar ceremony is the largest, most watched and possibly most discussed award ceremony of the major four (Grammy, Emmy and Tony being the other three). 2013 proved to be one of the best and most diverse years for movie going in recent … Continue reading Oscars 2014