Category Archives: film reviews

Video Film Review: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE


Ava DuVernay’s film, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE finds light at the tunnel’s end

In this video review, our wonderful host,  Stefanie Alleyne, meets up with today’s panelist, Beryl Edgecombe, at the popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurant and bar, Traffic to discuss the award winning indie film, “Middle of Nowhere.”

Written and directed by Ava DuVernay and a winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival’ for Best Director, a first for an African American female, “Middle of Nowhere,” bravely tackles a subject rarely seen on the cinematic screen. The concept for this film was conceived from her own personal observations. Being raised in Compton, California, Ava has stated that she witnessed first hand too many families whose lives reflect this narrative. Here she reveals a story that is all too familiar Continue reading

Film Review: RED HOOK SUMMER




This is an urban fable of the Brooklyn kind

Producer Shani Harris; actress and producer Antonia Badon; and historian and videographer, Madelaine Piel, sat down with our host, Stefanie Alleyne, at the traditional Irish restaurant and bar, “Percy’s Tavern,” in Alphabet City in the Lower East Side in Manhattan to review filmmaker Spike Lee’s latest project, “Red Hook Summer.”

Co-written by the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author, James Mc Bride and Spike Lee and directed by Spike Lee, this is yet another film by Lee in the series that he calls the “Chronicles of Brooklyn.”  Expect to happen upon lots of familiar faces from previous films by the director as well as being introduced to a number of newcomers. Spike Lee is well known Continue reading

Film Review: KILLER JOE is a southern fried tale gone postal





Stefanie Alleyne, our host of hosts, meets up with the effervescent Bradley, a humanitarian of the artist kind, at the East Harlem family restaurant and sports bar, “Harley’s Smokeshack & BBQ,” to discuss the melodramatic and hysterical film noir, “Killer Joe.”

“Killer Joe,” is the latest collaboration between Academy Award winning director, William Friedkin (he of the “Exorcist” and “French Connection” fame) and screenwriter, Tracy Letts (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Broadway play “August: Osage County”). Based on Lett’s play of the same name, “Killer Joe” is deliciously wicked and backwoods rough and tough.  Director Friedkin has stated that Continue reading