Through a Valley of Darkness

Cold in July Cannes Film Festival Review by Dorian Rolston Through a Valley of Darkness   In the opening scene of Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” a dark thriller adapted from Joe R. Lansdale’s eponymous novel, clattering breaks the silence of a warm, languid country night. Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall), a prudish Texan awoken in […]

Top Ten DVD List for June 3, 2014

This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams     Top Ten DVD List for June 3, 2014                       Nova: Inside Animal Minds http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IAR2BQG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 What’s in a Name? http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IT6QD9O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots http://www.millcreekdirect.com/unsung-heroes-the-story-of-americas-female-patriots.html True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EIL7E9C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Barbary Coast http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IXPWGIS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 TINY: A Story about Living Small http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IT6QD7G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 TB: Silent Killer […]

MacFarlane Spoofs Westerns in Relentlessly-Crude, Mean-Spirited Comedy

A Million Ways to Die in the West Film Review by Kam Williams MacFarlane Spoofs Westerns in Relentlessly-Crude, Mean-Spirited Comedy            It seems like Seth MacFarlane must have been inspired by Blazing Saddles (1974) to make a more outrageous spoof of the Western genre. For instance, where the Mel Brooks classic featured cowboys farting after eating beans […]

Dubious Documentary Celebrates Checkered Career of African-American Jewel Thief

  The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne Film Review by Kam Williams   Dubious Documentary Celebrates Checkered Career of African-American Jewel Thief   Doris Payne was born black back in 1930 in Slab Fork, West Virginia where she was raised during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation. Besides having to withstand withering bigotry and […]

The Taj Mahal Trio and The Blind Boys of Alabama

State Theatre presents The Taj Mahal Trio and The Blind Boys of Alabama Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8pm / $75, $65, $55, $45, $35 Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)   New Brunswick, NJ —State Theatre presents The Taj Mahal Trio and The Blind Boys of Alabama on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8pm. Tickets range from $35-75. […]

For movies opening May 30, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening May 30, 2014 BIG BUDGET FILMS Maleficent (PG for action, violence and frightening images) Angelina Jolie plays the title character in this reimagining of Sleepy Beauty from the perspective of the classic fairy tale’s infamous villain, […]

Oscar-Nominated Adaptation of Afghan War Memoir Arrives on DVD

Lone Survivor DVD Review by Kam Williams   Oscar-Nominated Adaptation of Afghan War Memoir Arrives on DVD   On June 28, 2005, a team of Navy SEALs based in Afghanistan were issued orders in accordance with Operation Red Wings to locate and terminate a Taliban leader whose militia had been targeting coalition troops in the […]

Talented French Tech Duo Releases Ethereal EP of Mesmerizing Electronic Music

Panathenee EP by Jim Cassady & Pablo Review by Kam Williams   Talented French Tech Duo Releases Ethereal EP of Mesmerizing Electronic Music   Sounding like a compelling cross of the Kraftwerk and Bryan Ferry, a couple of young Frenchmen based in Berlin, Jim Cassady & Pablo, have collaborated to produce an album of mesmerizing electronic music. Recently […]

Amma’s Good Karma

Amma Asante The “Belle” Interview with Kam Williams Amma’s Good Karma Writer/director Amma Asante made an unusual entry into filmmaking. As a child, she attended the Barbara Speake stage school in London, where she trained as a student in dance and drama. She began a television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular […]

Top Ten DVD List for May 27, 2014

This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams     Top Ten DVD List for May 27, 2014                       How to Train Your Dragon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00I0VTPWA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Max Linder Collection: Slapstick Symposium http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IPAORL0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Murph the Protector http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GTF50ZA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Nature: Touching the Wild http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IAR2DJG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 McClintock! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IJE1C1K/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Jack Irish: Set Two http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IBKXQJS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Man Who Lies http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IP14J80/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Craft in America: Industry http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00J6HDYL0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 […]