ZOLA, Modern Storytelling, and Strippers on Screen

Based on a true story told in a popular twitter thread containing 148 tweets written by Detroit waitress A’Ziah “Zola” King in October 2015. The story, which begins with “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me and this b—- here fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” quickly went viral, garneringContinue reading “ZOLA, Modern Storytelling, and Strippers on Screen”

Arthurian Legend Brought to Screen in “The Green Knight” (2021)

Podcast episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1831254/9074878 This week – as part of the costume series – we’re going with a period drama that just came out called THE GREEN KNIGHT directed by David Lowry, starring Dev Petal, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, and more. It is a tale adapted from the anonymous Arthurian poem “Sir Gawain and the GreenContinue reading “Arthurian Legend Brought to Screen in “The Green Knight” (2021)”

What A Way To Go! & Other Fashionable Hidden Gems

Husband #1: Dick Van Dyke as Edgar HopperThe Simple Life Husband # 2: Paul Newman as Larry FlintA Parisian Adventure When the Parisian vignette paid homage to French New Wave… Husband # 3: Robert Mitchum as Rod Anderson Living the Life of Luxury Husband #4: Gene Kelly as Pinky BensonThink Pink! But most notably… “I’llContinue reading “What A Way To Go! & Other Fashionable Hidden Gems”

“Cruella” (2021) & the Villain Origin Story

If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, check it out: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1831254/episodes/9061814-cruella-the-villain-origin-story Tallulah Bankhead (left: as Regina Giddens in “The Little Foxes”; right: with Welsh artist Augustus John & her portrait in 1929) was used as the inspiration for many of the Disney animated version of Cruella de Vil’s characteristics & mannerisms. Vivienne Westwood, 1970s,Continue reading ““Cruella” (2021) & the Villain Origin Story”

Like A Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres (2021)

Tribeca Film Festival Screener #4: “Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres” (2021) is director Suzanne Joe Kai’s intimate chronicle of the life that was considered the beating heart of one of the most formidable music and culture magazines of all time. Recently, I read a biography in the same veinContinue reading “Like A Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres (2021)”

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

Tribeca Film Festival Screener #3: “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” (2021), created by Morgan Neville, fills in the blanks on the enigmatic life and death of the beloved food loving world traveler. He lived the type of life that everyone wanted, to be able to rub elbows with the greatest artists, chefs, and starsContinue reading “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)”

Italian Studies (2021)

Tribeca Film Festival Screener #2: “Italian Studies” (2021) developed by writer-director Adam Leon is a dreamlike meandering odyssey which follows a young woman who seems to be suffering from amnesia. The score is shimmering and heightens the moments of confusion, dissociation and also excitement throughout the film, helping to give it some structure and instructContinue reading “Italian Studies (2021)”

In The Heights (2021)

Tribeca Film Festival Screener #1: “In the Heights” (2021) is the on-screen adaptation of the popular stage musical of the same name by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was directed by Jon M. Chu (who previously worked on “Crazy Rich Asians”), with a screenplay by Hudes, with Miranda as a producer and theContinue reading “In The Heights (2021)”

The Lion King (1994); (2019)

Shakespeare Series #6: Most people are familiar with Disney’s “The Lion King” in either it’s 1996 animated version or it’s live-action re-vamp from 2019, but less people are aware that this classic tale is actually an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Following a young cub Simba, his father Mufasa and his uncle Scar when Scar plotsContinue reading “The Lion King (1994); (2019)”

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Shakespeare Series #5: “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) is Baz Lurhmann’s theatrical, glitzy and gritty modern take on Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy of the same name. He boldly keeps the script in the classic Shakespearean tongue while its delivered through heartthrobs of the 1990’s, set in a non-descript Californian almost dystopian city, named Verona Beach. TheContinue reading “Romeo + Juliet (1996)”