It is a bloody means to an end but I am glad I took the journey to see Django Unchained. As a fan of Tarantino’s work it is a must see. The Black Film Critics cirlce has given a thumbs up to film. Despite the torturous unending use of the word, nigger and the gore fest of blood and guts, Tarantino provides a meaningful way of entertainment. Over the years, many African American have grown weary of watching stories of slaves a powerless victims. However, painful it a truth many don’t like to visit. The fictious tale of Django presents a plausible power shift carefuly wrapped in legal technicalities to drive the story.
One of the more poignant aspects of the film includes history. The violent world of Black slaves wrestling is a reality of history and of image of a Black man during slavery times riding a horse is featured. I reasoned with myself what would the issue be of a Black man riding on a horse be. I have rationalized that it may been his ability to look down at whites. According the Chapman University’s Historical Review, “Slave owners kept the horses in closed locations because if slaves were able to steal the horses they could quickly escape from the plantations. Due to these reasons, horseracing was limited. Horsemanship was also the mark of a gentleman.” The Chapman University Historical Review has a great article worth reading entitled, Sports in Shackles: The Athletic and Recreational habits of slaves on Southern plantations. READ MORE
Skyfall is a stellar action packed film with back story to boot! Daniel Craig fits Bond like a glove in this well crafted film. The boldly artistic opening sequence establishes a tone like a vortex wrapping around you and bringing you further into the film. The story strings together a series which brings new chapters to the Bond series and closes an old one. New characters enter while old characters exit. Enter, Javier Bardem as a sinister sexually ambilavent villian hell bent on vengeance.
Let the flirtation and 007’s international appetite for women continue. READ MORE
It’s baaaaack. NYC Food and Film Festival will take place on October 18th and this time MCCN is a media sponsor. To us it was a natural fit because we feature the film and foodie section on our main website at multiculturalcookingnetwork.com . MCCN’s editor Crystal Johnson is a foodie with a masters degree in English/Screenwriting. Last Year MCCN had the opportunity to cover both the New York and Chicago Festivals.
The Food Film Festival sprang from the imagination of Festival Director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk, formerly of Schnack and Water Taxi Beach. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite foods. Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, Motz, Hawk and company serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full-bodied experience. If your are registered at Multiculturalcookingnetwork.com, you get 10% of the ticket price. Once registered you may access a code. See Details
The name is the same. The premise is generally the same but the execution of the story takes a new path while beating to a new drum for a new generation in the remake of Sparkle Instead of Harlem the setting is Detroit. Aside from some familiar songs,Carmen Ejogo (Jefferson in Paris) is the element bringsSparkle of old and new together with her performance as Sista. At time she embodies Lonette McKee yet she offers her own brand to the interpretation. Deep in my heart I wish she was playing opposite the acting chops the likes of the talent Mary Alice, the original woman cast as the mother of the three daughters. However, I understand this was Whitney Houston’s dream to make and it serves as a beautiful goodbye to a beloved singer. READ MORE
Film Producer TD Jakes and Singer/Actress Jordan Sparks
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back again as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for another caper. This go round, the film has a slower pace. One can’t help but compare the first Guy Ritchie production to the latest. Everything about the original film in the series was fresh and shocking but not so much this time. READ MORE.
From the Producers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof comes another film sure to become a classic film in the Christian Genre but its lessons are a direct message for men to men to own their responsibility as fathers. Moreover, the movie Courageous asks that men recognize the opportunity to mentor in a country where many boys/youth are growing up in single parent homes. The multi-cultural cast (Caucasian, African American and Latino) of men we follow may seem like an unlikely group to find fellowship in the United States’ south, but the film does a pretty good job at making the relationships plausible. It is obvious that the producers want as many ethnic groups as possible to be attracted to seeing this film. (READ MORE)
I am a foodie from the history of foods to celebrating the room we call the kitchen to make food. Something’s
Soul Food the Movie
Gotta Give is one of my favorite my movies and from the moment I saw a particular shot in the film I knew the director, Nancy Meyers was a foodie. Over years, more and more films have put the marriage of the drama which happens in the kitchen to the screen. – Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor
Here are a few of our favorite Kitchens from movies:
The movie, The Holiday is inspired to some extent by a real getaway spot about 90 miles from London, called Slatters Cottage In the Cotswolds. Here is the Movie Kitchen:
A favorite foodie film is Julia and Julia. Check out one of the kitchens where Meryl Streep plays Julia Childs:
Meryl Streep finds herself in another movie kitchen in It’s Complicated while having a chat with Steve Martin’s character. This movie is another Nancy Meyers directed work.
Who can forget Queen Latifah’s stint as Georgia Byrd, a woman a dream of owning her own cafe and and cooking like Emeril Lagasse. The Film – Last Holiday
The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) comes to Manhattan and with it movies from around the world. NYCIFF introduces the creative works of emerging and established filmmakers to a broad but unique audience. Affluent New Yorkers, and the general public will be able to experience and enjoy independent, creative films. NYCIFF promotes for 11 days New York City’s Theater District and Times Square as the cradle of cutting edge entertainment, and opens the doors of NYC to an eclectic, international and national, group of the filmmaking community.
Established in 2006, the core mission of the PVIFF is to promote cultural diversity within the arts. Through its film showcases and programming, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.
The Opening Night for this year’s festival will include a special VIP screening at the Woodruff Arts Center of the highly anticipated drama, “Things Fall Apart,” starring 50 Cent, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield and Mario Van Peebles. The PVIFF will also devote special screenings and events to celebrate the 20th anniversaries of urban film classics, “Jungle Fever” and “New Jack City”.