Movie Review: BLACKKKLANSMAN

BLACKKKLANSMAN movie poster | ©2018 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Paakkonen, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinson, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte Writers: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, based on the book BLACK KLANSMAN by Ron Stallworth Director: Spike Lee Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: August 10, 2018 BLACKKKLANSMAN is based on Ron Stallworth’s autobiographical book BLACK KLANSMAN. The facts are incredible, but not in dispute. In the ‘70s, Stallworth (played in the film by John David Washington) became the first black police officer in the town of Colorado […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OLDBOY

OLDBOY movie poster | ©2013 FilmDistrict

Rating: R Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the 2003 film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the manga comics by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi Director: Spike Lee Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: November 27, 2013 Sometimes, translation isn’t just a matter of words. Events and actions and motives that play one way in one culture look and feel very different when transposed to another country where sensibilities are different. This is likewise true of changing mediums – something that works gangbusters on the page may not translate to live-action and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harrison Knight on THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM

Harrison Knight in THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM | ©2013 Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel’s new telefilm THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, which premieres Friday, September 20 at 8 PM, is based on the Newbury Medal Award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. The time is 1963. The Watsons, an African-American family consisting of dad Daniel (Wood Harris), mom Wilona (Anika Noni Rose), young daughter Joetta (Skai Jackson), young son Kenny (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and rebellious teenager Byron, played by Harrison Knight, travel from their home in Flint, Michigan for a visit to relatives in the segregated Alabama city of Birmingham. While they are there, the 16th Street Baptist Church is bombed in a racist hate […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Mike Royko’s Revenge” – Series Finale

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Mike Royko's Revenge" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Shawn Ryan, Director: Lesli Linka Glatter Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 23, 2011 With the news last week that THE CHICAGO CODE was canceled, it didn’t bode well for how the season and now series final “Mike Royko’s Revenge” was going to wrap up. Would it be a cliffhanger or would everything get tied up in a neat little bow? Were the producers prepared for a conclusion in the off-chance it didn’t get renewed? And strangely, it ended, exactly how […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interviews: Devin Kelley, Todd Williams & Billy Lush are THE CHICAGO CODE finest

Todd Williams and Devin Kelley in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"| ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

On Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, a group of police officers under the direction of Police Commissioner Colvin (Jennifer Beals) are trying to take down corrupt Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), while other beat cops, unaware of the operation, go about the daily business of stopping crime. Devin Kelley and Todd Williams play patrol officer partners Vonda Wysocki and Isaac Joiner, respectively, while Billy Lush plays undercover officer Liam Hennessey. The three actors stand together to talk about their experiences working in CHICAGO. [Editor’s Note: These interviews took place before the recent announcement […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE CHICAGO CODE doesn’t silence actor Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke in THE CHICAGO CODE | ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

Jason Clarke has been so good at playing conflicted Rhode Island politician Tommy Caffee on three seasons of Showtime’s crime drama BROTHERHOOD, and now Chicago-born police detective Jarek Wysocki on Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, that people may be surprised to learn the actor is actually Australian (this may come as less of a surprise to viewers who know Clarke as Jenek from FARSCAPE.) In a soft, lilting accent very unlike Wysocki’s tough tones, Clarke talks about his time filming CODE in Chicago, including some startling incidents that he observed while doing […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Greylord and Gambat”

Billy Lush in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Greylord and Gambat" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Virgil Williams Director: Paris Barclay Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 16, 2011 As much as the networks are loath (or maybe that’s terrified) to embrace serialized TV series (preferring the more repeatable standalone procedurals), there’s something to be said for shows with ongoing arcs. Case is in point is the recently canceled THE CHICAGO CODE and its penultimate episode “Greylord and Gambat.” Unlike many of the episodes that followed a specific crime which usually had some peripheral tie to our […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Black Sox”

Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Black Sox" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Heather Mitchell & Kevin Townsley Director: Michael Offer Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 9, 2011 There have only been a couple of episodes of THE CHICAGO CODE that haven’t lived up to the show’s enormous potential, and sadly “Black Sox” is one of them. The police procedural elements, usually so dead-on perfect and engaging prove to be unspectacular, while all the ongoing personal drama keeps this episode from going completely to the dogs. The story begins with a hate crime […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Bathhouse & Hinky Dink”

Jason Clarke and Jennifer Beals in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - Bathhouse and Hinky Dink | ©2011 Fox/Peter Sorel

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Patrick Massett & John Zinman Director: Terrence O’Hare Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 2, 2011 A corrupt city official who walked after a jury is hung is the centerpiece of the “Bathhouse & Hinky Dink” episode of THE CHICAGO CODE. With only a couple of days to find enough dirt on this official to keep him from walking before all charges are dropped it’s up to cops Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Evers (Matt Lauria) to work fast. Superintendent Colvin (Jennifer […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”

John Heard in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "St. Valentines Day" |©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers:  Christal Henry Director: Michael Offer Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: April 19, 2011 Is anyone else out there realizing what a great show THE CHICAGO CODE is? Sure, we’ve been pounding the pavement proclaiming what a brilliant and entertaining show this is, but why is the praise so hard to come by with the rest of mainstream media? THE CHICAGO CODE, week after week, has proven to be a show that’s smart, well-written and engrossing. It doesn’t do things the easy […]Read On »

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