#REVIEW: “GRUDGE MATCH”
Review by Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
Boxing, though under-appreciated, is nevertheless America’s most enduring and enchanting Bloodsport. It is home to the Gladiators of the Modern Age, Men and Women willing to break their bodies for carnal wisdom. It’s poetic really, beautiful even, and Stallone and De Niro might know a thing or two about this.
Both Actors owe their careers in great part to Boxing. In 1976 Stallone wrote and starred in the iconic, Rocky. Four years later De Niro ...
#REVIEW: “MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM”
The timing couldn't have been any more ironic. Based on the Autobiography by recently-deceased former South African President, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, its Film Adaptation by Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) has the ambitious task of paying tribute to one of the most celebrated Revolutionaries of all time. Its release comes at a moment when it could well benefit from renewed public interest and a new generation looking to educate itself.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ...
#REVIEW: “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES”
Review by Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
The legend of Ron Burgundy continues, cue the choreographed leap. Yes, though nearly a decade has passed since the Legend began, it is determined to live. In New York City, Ron and Veronica enter the 80’s as successful Co-Anchors, but the good times turn bad quickly. Ron in a pride-filled rage leaves his Family to sulk in his beloved Scotch at Seaworld. What an audacious start, but those familiar with the narrative know that it loves to jump the ...
#REVIEW: “AMERICAN HUSTLE”
As if the race for Best Picture isn’t already a crowded affair, things are about to get even more heated. Details surrounding acclaimed Director/Writer David O. Russell's latest, the megawatt star-powered American Hustle, managed to remain under wraps for quite some time, but finally the moviegoing Public will discover its Award-deserving greatness.
Set during the ‘70s amidst a bustling New Jersey, Con Artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) charms the beautiful Sydney Prosser (Amy ...
Review by Sarah Gopaul for Mr. Will Wong
Socially-accepted notions of Romance have changed so that meeting online is as common as meeting at a bar, if not more so now. Finding a Partner is no longer geographically limited to being in the same location and people don't grimace when you say an algorithm determined your compatibility. But these relationships are still connections between two Humans, even if they began digitally. In Her, one-half of the couple exists purely in ...
#REVIEW: “SAVING MR. BANKS”
Making a Film about the Story behind one of the most beloved Films of all time, Mary Poppins, certainly is a daunting task. Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) however, manages beautifully to recount the tale of how iconic Animation Mogul Walt Disney fought to win-over an unwaveringly wary Author P.L. Travers, adapting to the Big Screen her treasured Story. We learn in Saving Mr. Banks the deeply-personal sentiments behind Travers' inability to just let-go and share her Story with the ...
#REVIEW: “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG”
Review by: Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
J.R.R. Tolkien adored the myths of days gone by. This sublime affection led him to create a mythology all his own. The setting: Middle Earth, a diverse landscape filled with creatures of all kinds. The Players: Hobbits mostly, a curious race of wise-cracking gluttons capable of the most extraordinary things. From a hole in the ground one Hobbit in particular proved this point in excess. Bilbo Baggins began his unexpected and cinematic journey a ...
#REVIEW: “OUT OF THE FURNACE”
After wowing Audiences in 2009 with Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, Writer/Director Scott Cooper looks to build upon his already spotless Resume with this his sophomore effort, Out of the Furnace. A special Film this is indeed, the type that grabs you early and never surrendering its hold, with a prevailing sense of uncertainty throughout. We are never quite sure where Cooper is taking us, but we are certain that we want don't want to step-off.
The Thriller-Drama centers on Russell Baze ...
#REVIEW: LEONA LEWIS – “CHRISTMAS, WITH LOVE”
We all love Mariah Carey's timeless Merry Christmas Disc and her 2010 Offering Merry Christmas II You was just as delightful! A cut from that same cloth, British Singing Sensation Leona Lewis gives us her take on the Holidays on her latest, Christmas, With Love.
Understated, warm and soulful, the Disc offers a mixture of perennial Classics like Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Silent Night, O Holy Night – the latter perhaps the Disc's only misstep considering Carey has knocked it so far ...
#REVIEW: “BLACK NATIVITY”
Although I'm certain the Stage Play on which it is based is much more powerful an experience, Actress/Writer/Director Kasi Lemons brings Langston Hughes' Off-Broadway Musical Black Nativity to the Big Screen. The Musical-Drama retells the Nativity Story with an entirely Black Cast, complete with a selection of modernized, soulful renditions of Holiday Carols and Gospel Numbers.
After being evicted from their Baltimore Apartment, Naima (Jennifer Hudson) sends her Son Langston (Jacob ...