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Video Film Review: ZERO DARK THIRTY




In ZERO DARK THIRTY the hunter gets captured by the game

In this video review, today’s host, Carmen Mathis, sits down with panelists, Ilene Rosen and Debra Kirschner at Mojito Cuban Cuisine in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York, to discuss this award-winning and riveting thriller. They also review the science fiction online short, True Skin, which is written and directed by Stephan Zlotescu.

Zero Dark Thirty is based on the events that led up to the stealth capture and killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Directed by Academy Award winner, Kathryn Bigelow, with a screenplay written by Mark Boals, it is a powerful and gripping renactment of this ten year pursuit which is not to be missed.

The science fiction online short, True Skin, offers a vision of life in the not-too-distant future where being human is not is enough. Shot in Shanghai, China, it is written and directed by Stephan Zlotescu. This six minute version currently on view is rumored to be in the early stages of transforming into a major motion picture. Check it out online now at True Skin and remember when.

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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