Top Ten DVD List for January 21, 2014

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams   Blue Jasmine http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00G7QPXUI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The Cosby Show: Seasons One & Two http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GOC75YW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   In a World… http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ECKU40U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   White House Revealed http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003M9ZAEC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   I Used to Be Darker http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FZA2Y04/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Bewitched: Seasons One & Two http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GOC74RU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Captain Phillips http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008JFUNKU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Space Voyages http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FRUWAD8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Dilbert: The Complete […]

The Taboo to Pursue!

  Taboo The “Jamesy Boy” Interview with Kam Williams   Born in L.A. on July 14, 1975, Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez began dreaming about show business at an early age. The versatile fourple threat is a multilingual rapper, singer, dancer and emcee who got his big break in 1995 when approached by will.i.am to form the Black Eyed Peas. Among the […]

Princess Saves the Day in Musical Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen Classic

  Frozen Film Review by Kam Williams   Given the toll the polar vortex has been exacting on the continental U.S. lately, I think plenty of people can relate to the frigid predicament of the people living in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Disney’s Frozen is an animated adventure loosely based on “The Snow Queen,” a classic […]

Academy Snubs Leading Contenders from the Year of the Black Film

  Oscar Buzz Deferred       by Kam Williams 2013 was widely lauded as the “Year of the Black Film,” but you would never know it, judging by the recently-announced list of Oscar nominations. It looks like the Academy settled on 12 Years a Slave as a sort of token black representative, with Steve McQueen (Director), John Ridley (Adapted […]

Ex-Con Opens Chess Club for At-Risk Kids in Ghetto-Based Biopic

  Life of a King Film Review by Kam Williams   Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was so worried about returning to his neighborhood in inner-city Washington, DC after serving 17 years for bank robbery that he shared his concern with his cellmate Searcy (Dennis Haysbert). The wise, old elder responded by making an analogy […]

Bittersweet Biopic Recounts Infamous New Year’s Day Slaying

  Fruitvale Station DVD Review by Kam Williams   Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), were returning to Oakland in the wee hours of the morning after attending a New Year’s Eve 2009 celebration when their crowded train was stopped by police in response to a report of a disturbance. Oscar was among a number of […]

For movies opening January 17, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams BIG BUDGET FILMS   Devil’s Due (R for profanity and graphic images) Demon seed horror flick about a newlywed (Allison Miller) who starts experiencing bizarre symptoms soon after learning she’d unexpectedly become pregnant on her honeymoon. With Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson […]

Troubled Teen Transforms behind Bars in True Tale of Redemption

  Jamesy Boy Film Review by Kam Williams   James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) ended up behind bars in spite of his frustrated mother’s (Mary-Louise Parker) best efforts to keep him on the straight and narrow path. When he was 14, she took him down to the police station for a good talking to after she found a […]

Vin Diesel Back for Another Round as Antihero in Sci-fi Series

  Riddick DVD Review by Kam Williams   When we first met Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) in Pitch Black, the notorious criminal had been arrested by a bounty hunter and was being transported to prison when the spaceship encountered a comet and had to make a crash-landing on an uncharted planet. He escaped, and proceeded to […]

Forest Whitaker Shines in Biopic about Butler Who Served Eight Presidents

  Lee Daniels’ The Butler DVD Review by Kam Williams   Eugene Allen (1919-2010) served eight presidents over the course of an enduring career in the White House during which he rose from the position of Pantry Man to Head Butler by the time he retired in 1986. In that capacity, the African-American son of a sharecropper […]