‘American Movie’ Hits Differently Now

“I don’t want to end up being a nothin’.” American Movie premiered 25 years ago. I saw it for the first time when it played my college campus. Back then it almost felt a mockumentary, except its subjects were real people. I still remember the sound of the laughter erupting in the theater when American Movie’s subject, independent filmmaker … Read more

David Alan Grier, Justice Smith, and More Talk American Society of Magical Negroes

We talk with David Alan Grier, Justice Smith, An-Li Bogan, Nicole Byer, and Kobi Libii about The American Society of Magical Negroes Kobi Libii’s feature film debut is already facing some divisive reaction. For this viewer, having grown up on classic films that he is examining, I thought the approach was quite interesting. The American … Read more

A very young Alan Ritchson once reached for the stars on American Idol and charmed Paula Abdul

Alan Ritchson once tried to make it big with his pipes and not his pecs, auditioning for season three of American Idol. So many actors have their beginnings on the stage, doing routines that might seem cringe but are 100% part of who they are: a pre-teen Ryan Gosling with those retro dance moves and … Read more

American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders movie review (2024)

It started with the Inslaw Case. Inslaw, Inc. was a D.C.-based company who developed a software in the early ‘80s called PROMIS, which they then alleged was essentially stolen by the U.S. government, leading to multiple Congressional investigations that involved famous ‘80s political names like William Barr and Janet Reno. This was a big deal. More … Read more

Best Wrestling Documentaries: American Nightmare

Professional wrestling has undoubtedly been providing entertainment for several decades now. Wrestling, which started as an actual sport, has now become a billion-dollar endeavor. Although the results of matches are scripted, the fascination of people going against each other and putting their bodies on the line has always captured everyone’s attention. Millions of people tune … Read more

What Did the American Gangster Do?

Notorious American gangster John Dillinger rose to power during the Great Depression. Reportedly, he was the leader of the infamous Dillinger Gang that was accused of committing several bank robberies. According to the FBI, he and his gang wreaked havoc in the Midwest from September 1933 until July 1934. They killed 10 men, wounded 7, … Read more

American Star movie review & film summary (2024)

What’s it about? I’ve seen “American Star” and I’m still not entirely sure—partly because director Gonzalo López-Gallego, who also edited the movie, and screenwriter Nacho Faerna go long stretches without dropping bits of exposition; but mainly because it’s the sort of film where the look and sound and overall energy is what it’s really “about,” not so much any … Read more

The American Society of Magical Negroes movie review (2024)

Its intended spell is immediately jumbled: Aren (Justice Smith), a struggling visual artist, watches as white buyer after white buyer moves past his multicolor yarn sculpture before another confuses him for the help. The experience deflates Aren, an amiable and deferential young Black man who says sorry more than most Canadians. His pliability almost costs … Read more