BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Life Itself’

Are you the hero of your own story?  Or perhaps you are trying to seek whom the hero is of your story? The Dan Fogelman drama Life Itself answers those questions in this beautifully knitted tale of interconnected stories from the lens of flawed people who begins to slowly discover the heroes in their stories. I...

BGN Film Review: ‘Get Out’

I beseech anyone reading this review to avoid the trailer for Get Out at all costs. It’s not just because of spoilers – although it is overridden with them – but mainly because it doesn’t trust its story in the same way that the finished product on the screen does. The same could be...

BGN Film Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’

By Utibe Gautt Ate When you watch filmmaker Alexandria Bombach’s poignant documentary, On Her Shoulders, you’re reminded that two worlds exist simultaneously. There is one world, that of a young girl, fifteen probably younger, who lives in Sinjar, Iraq under ISIS rule and law. She is their sex slave. Her mother and father are dead,...

BGN Film Review: ‘Notes From The Field’

Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From The Field begins abruptly, presenting its establishing theme and pattern, explored with burgeoning intensity in her one-woman show: the connective circulatory machine that is America’s education and prison systems. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund head Sherrilyn Ifill (via Smith) refers to it as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” which evolves into...

BGN Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ – Marvel’s Greatest Accomplishment

The title of this movie review may seem hyperbolic to some, but trust me when I say that Marvel has created a masterpiece with Black Panther. I plan to keep this review spoiler-free and leave out details, because I want you to go in with fresh eyes and experience this the same way I...

BGN Film Review: ‘Museo’

Museo is a beautiful work of art featuring stunning cinematography and visuals, beautiful music, and a one of a kind story-line. The acting is amazing, the experimentation with visuals are greatly appreciated the language in which it is filmed in, Spanish, makes the film even better. Museo, which means museum in English, takes place...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’

Documentary filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life of the famed and world renown playwright and Black activist Lorraine Hansberry in the new documentary Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart.  Hansberry is best known for her work in her landmark play A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry is the first Black woman to put on a...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘In Fabric’

“You who wear me will know me,” forebodes the message sewn into the lining of a haunted artery red faux-wraparound dress, adorned with a black peacock feather at the waist. Worn by a model (Sidse Babett Knudsen) at the moment of her death, the red vestment has made its way back onto a mannequin...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Carter Effect’

BGN at TIFF 2017 reviews the UNINTERRUPTED film The Carter Effect. The Carter Effect is a documentary directed by Sean Menard and is an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film features appearances from Steve Nash, Director X, David Stern, and global megastar Drake, with Drake and Lebron James as Executive Producers. This...

BGN Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of the Grindelwald’

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of the Grindelwald, the second in a series of Harry Potter prequels by J.K. Rowling, picks up not far from where the first film left off. Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has been captured and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is back to his world of sweet, magical creatures. If...