BGN Interview: Ramell Ross on ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’

By Tejah Wilson Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a documentary by award-winning photographer and director, Ramell Ross. The film follows the lives of two African American men, Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, who reside in rural Hale County, Alabama. Hale County follows the young men over the course of 5 years. Viewers experience...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Colette’

By Lynnette Nicholas @truelylynnette “The hand that holds the pen writes history.”-Knightley’s Colette Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, starring Kiera Knightly (Colette) and Dominic West (Willy) is a beautiful film that is provocative and timely. Colette is a biographical film inspired by the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She's a 19th-century French writer nominated for the Noble Prize in Literature in...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Widows’

A huge departure from Steve McQueen's award-winning film 12 Years A Slave, the 20th Century Fox film Widows gives women agency and positions them in the front seat of an action-filled caper. Co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn — who is notably known for depositing a series of plot twists in her narratives...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘The Hate U Give’

Before I get started, I feel I need to clear up a few things. The Hate U Give was adapted by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Faster) from Angie Thomas’ debut novel. It’s not a remake of anything. In fact, the film is not like anything you’ve seen yet. It’s also not just a movie...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘First Man’

The premiere of the new Universal Pictures film First Man was an incredible cinematic experience at the Toronto International Film Festival. Audiences screened the film at the dome-shaped Cinesphere on an IMAX screen — appropriate for this narrative with a setting in outer space.  Filmmaker Damien Chazelle stated before the screening started, that several...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘Halloween’

  Fans have been cheering for the Halloween heroine Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, since the 1978 movie that started it all. Curtis revealed during the Q&A portion of the premiere Saturday night that the franchise creator John Carpenter (who is a producer on the current installment) was tasked with creating a scary...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘The Predator’

The first trailer for The Predator reboot teased an ensemble cast worth fangirling over. Keegan Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, and Boyd Holbrook. The predator monsters were revamped to be more advanced and militant. We were promised a new experience that would still scare, but also tell a...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘The Front Runner’

The presidency of Bill Clinton and the myriad of news stories about his lecherous ways — changed many American voters standards of morality toward their political leaders.  From Gennifer Flowers to Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton is notably known for his extracurricular love life. However, in the 1980s there was a man running for office who was...

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 2018 Review: ‘Where Hands Touch’

  Filmmaker Amma Asante best known for movies like Belle and A United Kingdom presents us with an interracial romance set it in Nazi Germany called Where Hands Touch. The film’s title plays a key role in the story because it is the very act of the two star-crossed teenagers Leyna (Amandla Stenberg) and Lutz...
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