Episode 918: Movie Reviews: Judas and the Black Messiah, the little things, Tenet

https://youtu.be/mZzv_0dP1HQ On this episode film critic William J. Hammon and host Jason Godbey review the films on HBO Max: Judas and the Black Messiah, the little things, and Tenet. For our last movie review episode, click here. For more film festival news, interviews, and movie reviews, follow us here or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

We’re All We’ve Got – Moving in 2008

It’s this knowing, personal weight that pervades Calogero Carucci’s film, Moving in 2008, the closing night feature of this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. Based on his own family drama during the 2008 recession, Carucci tells a very heavy story that is honest and relatable for anyone who’s ever experienced poverty. It’s also a wonderful showcase for young talent, as the main child cast has to shoulder a lot of stuff as actors that no child should have to endure.

Roll with the Changes – Queens of Pain

here’s an old poetic proverb that has crossed generations, saying, “Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.” It’s an ageless mantra of the absolute truism that women can wear any number of hats on any given day, and yet their tenacity and perseverance allows them to find some way to get it all done. Directors Cassie Hay and Amy Winston illustrate that exact point with Queens of Pain, but also explore the angle of what happens when this endless work consists of multiple labors of love.

The Cream of a Very Fine Crop – A Look at the 2021 Brooklyn Film Festival Animation Program

By William J. Hammon, ActuallyPaid.com The beauty of animation is that as a medium, there is literally no limit to what an artist and a filmmaker can accomplish, save the boundaries of their own imagination. In the span of just a few minutes, a cartoon can make you laugh, or cry, or fill you with … Continue reading The Cream of a Very Fine Crop – A Look at the 2021 Brooklyn Film Festival Animation Program

Breaking Through – American Desert

Review by William J. Hammon, ActuallyPaid.com Serving as an Opening Night feature of this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival, American Desert acts as something of a living record of art and a metaphor for the process behind its own creation. A bare-bones, micro-budget project more than five years in the making, the film itself stands as … Continue reading Breaking Through – American Desert

Guy Walks Into a Bar-THE OAK ROOM (2021)

https://youtu.be/GHouHyiIWIU Review by Robert Rosado @Robby_Horror “I’ve got a story for you,” a provocative invitation that can yield many disparate outcomes and consequences. It is typically meant to include the listener in a humorous anecdote, or for telling tales out of school. But in Cody Calahan’s sinister thriller, The Oak Room, it is the hook … Continue reading Guy Walks Into a Bar-THE OAK ROOM (2021)

The Needle Revolution-DOPE IS DEATH

Protests, armored car heists, revolutionaries, fugitives on the run from the FBI all sound like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, but they are all part of Dope Is Death, a documentary about the young men and women who brought healthcare to an underserved community in East Harlem and the South Bronx.