The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.
Peter Sollett's Freeheld was, for me, the find of the day -- an intensely emotional film based on a true story that could easily win Julianne Moore her second Oscar in a row (and, perhaps, earn a nomination for the terrific Michael Shannon).
This has been a good year for actresses in general, and actresses past 50, once a rarity come Oscar time, are in strong position to get a little love from the Academy.
Academy Award-winning actress, Julianne Moore, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael J. Fox, and NBA Hall of Famers, Walt Frazier and Bernard King, gathered with a collection of committed New Yorkers to raise money Tuesday night for Steady Buckets.
Still Alice is not a public health poster. It is the powerful story of a young, smart, witty, vivacious, and beautiful Columbia University linguistics professor.
These icy times offered an opportunity to further explore the "walk-ables," those places easily accessible by foot. With the art of the culinary in mind, we have taken this opportunity to visit three new and recommendable restaurants located in our hood, the WV (West Village).
Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life.
I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.
Getting old and forgetting things, especially with busy lives and children, is normal. It's the realization when you begin to lose part of your vibrant self that Moore captures so poignantly.
The best art is that which holds a mirror to our lives. So if we as a society are aging, so too should the talkies. And here Hollywood teaches us one of the most critical lessons about turning global population aging into a sustainable source of economic growth.
The Academy Awards for me was a surprise, notably in that I mostly enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris' performance.
While the story is fiction, Julianne Moore's gripping portrayal of a person going through the stages of Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice is an all-too-real story faced every day by more than 5 million Americans and their caregivers. Her performance is a Hollywood reminder of why Alzheimer's research is so important.
Of course, since this is a Wachowski offering, the visuals are frequently stunning in an overwhelming manner, and scene after scene is quite entertaining. There is a problem, though, with the casting.
This was a major weekend for Oscar predictors, starting with the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and wrapping up with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. Lots of very important data came in, so let's get right to it.
I'm pleased to consistently see Alzheimer's appearing on various television shows, hear segments about it on the radio and am happy it's becoming a mainstream topic. I'm beyond proud that Remember Me came into the world at this time of realization.