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Kudos again to Fox Searchlight Pictures for tackling a subject the American movie makers have stayed away from. That subject would be racial profiling and the plight of Muslims in America.

Khan challenges himself in this role by playing Rizvan Khan, a Muslim Indian man living in the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. To make matters worse, he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a disease related to autism.

After a tragic death stemming from discrimination tears the family apart, Kahn's wife, played by Kajol, blames his namesake for this tragedy. His wife in the film is Hindu,... Read More

The empty cloth body of a doll is placed on a sewing table. Sawdust pours into the doll's body, giving her form. Then, yarn hair is attached, button-eyes are sewn in and suddenly a little girl in a yellow raincoat we come to know as Coraline falls into the next frame. It is with this same attention-to-detail that a costume designer approaches the challenge of dressing characters for a film.I've always been in awe of costume and fashion designs. My mother taught me to sew by hand. All it took was a needle and thread, some cloth, and a vision. Simple, yet complicated. Enriching... Read More

PAFF-Soul of African Diaspora in Cinema

Los Angeles-The 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival was held on February 10-17, 2010 at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Culver City. This is an official City of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Celebration.

Once again, the festival presented over 135 films, representing over 35 countries. This is by far the most prestigious Black Film Festival in the nation. The festival showcases compelling and interesting films that can rival many Hollywood blockbuster movies. Several movies have debuted at the festival and went on... Read More

I saw a movie last night and it’s sticking with me like warm chewing gum. As hard as I’ve tried to put this documentary out of my mind, I can’t do it. It may sound corny and melodramatic, but I’m crying as I’m writing this. My keyboard is damp and my mind is racing, trying to tell people about this amazing, troubling, surprising and yet hopeful film.

It’s called Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008, 1 hr. 33 minutes and available on DVD). This is the kind of story I can’t describe too much without giving away a bunch of important information. So let's put it this way—it... Read More

Last week I heard lots said about James Cameron’s new film, Avatar. In several publicity spots, on TV and in the printed press, members of the cast and crew as well as Mr. Cameron himself have been talking at length about the film’s use of 3D technology and how important this event is for the media of film. I wasn’t convinced. I had seen some advertisements for the film and I couldn’t escape the billboards everywhere with 20-foot high blue faces, but something about the publicity drive made me suspect that I would be disappointed if and when I went to see it.

On Friday night I took... Read More

AVATAR

2009

20th Century Fox/Lightstorm Entertainment

Written and Directed by James Cameron

Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau

I have to be honest and confess that I’m biased when it comes to James Cameron because he hasn’t yet made a movie I haven’t liked. Which compared to a lot of other filmmakers isn’t a lot. I mean, counting AVATAR he’s directed eight movies in thirty years. We’ve got directors who have made thirty movies in eight years. But James Cameron’s movies are all ‘event’ movies and he’s such a meticulous director/writer that he’s in... Read More

I just love satellite/cable stations like Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel and Independent Film Channel since they enable me to see movies that I saw years ago and haven’t seen since thereby helping me cut down on rental fees. Or I can watch movies that somehow slipped by me during their original run. For instance, I recently saw “F.I.S.T” on FMC, a movie starring Sylvester Stallone where he played the head of a truckers union (the movie’s based very loosely on Jimmy Hoffa’s life and for a better movie on the subject watch the Danny DeVito directed “Hoffa”) and it was a highly entertaining... Read More

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