QUEEN OF KATWE

“Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong,” the master tells the student, perfectly encapsulating the hero’s journey in one sentence. Sure it’s on the nose, but so are many lines from Queen of Katwe including this gem: “In chess, the small one can become the big one.” Queen of Katwe, the latest live-action movie from Walt Disney Pictures, is an unabashed, unashamed, inspirational underdog story about Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a poor teenager from Katwe — a slum outside of Uganda’s capital, Kampala — who’s life does not extend beyond her daily job of … Continue reading QUEEN OF KATWE

Born On This Day – October 15

“I want to question what the outside is and who defines it. I often find those that are considered to be on the outside extremely inspiring. They are the people who see through the double standards, like the kid in Salaam Bombay and the courtesan in Kama Sutra.” “I like to be unabashed, which is an Indian trait, both emotionally and visually. It’s important to have a circus to play with.” –Mira Nair “My movies aren’t for everyone, especially people who like them.” –Todd Solondz Continue reading Born On This Day – October 15

Movie Beat – 04.26.13

Arthur Newman – Wallace (Colin Firth) is tired of his life and decides to start over again. This time with someone else’s identity, completely fabricated, a new man: Arthur Newman (a bit on the nose if you ask me). He meets Michaela, or Mike, (Emily Blunt) and they take off together, having all sorts of adventures and romps that poor old Wallace could only dream of. But when fiction becomes so desirable, there is a point where we must turn it into a fact. That means taking the crap along with the fun. Two characters in search of an identity, two great actors in search of a … Continue reading Movie Beat – 04.26.13