The Princess and The Frog

The Disney animated movie, The Princess and the Frog, debuted at No.1 in the box office. The movie had gained lots of talk and even some controversy. It was the first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess. The movie opened in thearters this weekend Friday December 11th and was well received.

The movies cast includes Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard.

Tim Burton at MOMA

We are all familiar with Tim Burton the producer/filmmaker but very few of us were familiar with Tim Burton the artist until just a few weeks ago when The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, opened a retrospective exhibit on the unreleased artworks of the blockbuster hit maker. Some of the material dates back as far as 37 years ago, one video is a silent short film collection dating back to 1971, from Burton’s private collection. Most of the work in the exhibit include early sketches from some of his most famous films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Edward Scissor Hands”. Although the exhibit has been up since November 22, its still getting lots of buzz.

Tickets for the exhibit are sold online on MOMA’s Website. Prices range from $12-$20. Full time students with student ID can get in for $12 and children sixteen and under are free. MOMA urges that visitors be aware that the gallery occupancy is limited so you can guarantee your entrance to the exhibit any time during the exhibit hours 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. The ticket also allows access to other exhibits at MOMA. For more information visit “Buy Tickets” on the MOMA site. The exhibit will go on through April 26, 2010.

Tim Burton fans might enjoy this “Behind the Scenes: Tim Burton at MOMA” video. He talks a great deal about his childhood and his inspirations behind his artwork.

2009 Long Island Latino International Film Festival

This year’s Long Island Latino International Film Festival–or LILIFF–was held at the Wang Center on November 6, 7 and 8. The festival was full of interesting, independent films that included short movies, documentaries, comedies and dramas from all around the world. Some examples are:

– “A Class Apart” by Carlos Sandoval: A documentary regarding the struggle and civil rights history of Mexican-American made by the director of “Farmingville”

– “Taught to Hate” by James Garcia Sotomayor: The story of a Hispanic immigrant trying to find a job in America and an American family who’s uncle’s racial intolerance has a strong effect on his nephew. Inspired by the murder of Marcelo Lucero, in Patchogue Long Island.

– “Stereo Typed” by Frances Lozada Gonzalez: Stereotypes surrounding actors/actresses in the entertainment industry. Produced by Frankie G.

-“TrashDay” by Sam Lerma: A 3 min. short film based on a real-life Craigslist ad that tells the story of a woman longing for the affections of her trash man.

And many, many more…check out the video!




Did you know that?: The desire among many black Americans-mostly women- to have straight hair has spawned a $9- billion- U.S annual industry in high-priced weaves and chemical relaxers

So me and my girls went out to see Good Hair this past Sunday, since we heard it was really good. And the movie critiques were right. It gives an amazing inside look in the african america culture; exploring the world of black hairstylists. I encourage anyone who has not seen it to go and watch it, because you will be formed about so many things about hair care, where your weaves come from… ladies, and whats inside that perm of yours…ehh that part had me on the edge of my seat. Im not going to lie…it was mind -boggling. I wont ruin the rest for you. Again, its a great movie that won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, and produced by no other than Chris Rock! So go out there this weekend and grab your tickets for Good Hair. In the words of Wendy Williams, “Alright.”

Afghan Pop Star…a big step towards democracy

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Afghanistan is seeing for the first time glimpses of hope. These come in the most unusual ways, but when life and freedom of expression are at stake, many will risk the impossible to achieve that dream.

Such is the case of Aghan Pop Star. This is the documentary of four contestants who risk more than their voices when they decide to participate in the Afghan version of American idol. The country has been riveted by this show. Thousands of people sending their votes through text messages and pouring over their TV’s every night waiting for the results are not only being participants in the fate of their favorite contestant,  but in the fate of their country. Voting, even for Afghan Pop Star, is seen as hope, as democracy.

The contestants will have to fight against the established institutions that will do anything in their power to stop the show.

The documentary is directed by Havana Marking and has won the directing prize and the audience award at Sundance’s World Documentary section in 2009

Afghan Pop Star has been bought by HBO and will be screening it in the Spring. Don’t miss it!

Chris Rock’s Good Hair


Chris Rock’s Good Hair movie premieres today in all theaters. This comical, insightful, yet serious documentary focuses on the african american culture. It was inspired by Chris Rock’s young daughter, Lola, who had cried to her father one day asking, why didn’t she have good hair. Chris Rock then made it his obligation to go to the depths of the earth to find the answer. The movie was an award winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival at Park, City Utah and features renown actors and actresses such as Nia Long, Raven Simon, Rev. Al Sharpten…etc. Go see it, cause I am!

Hollywood…this is not working

I just looove movies. But not any type of movie, but those that stir something good and profound in you. It can be laugh, or sadness, or shock, or solidarity, or love…an emotion… isn’t that the purpose of all movie-making? You could argue that the SAW series inspires disgust and fear and therefore must qualify into my kind of movies, but the truth is that it doesn’t (I actually hate SAW and all of the likes.) I’m not talking about sensationalism, gore, demagoguery, cliched stories. I’m talking about real, original emotion. There are great horror/thriller movies that have become instant classics (i.e. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, see synopsis here), but that doesn’t mean that all movies that follow The Shining formula should be good. Continue reading