The 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Brings Big Screen Debuts And More!

  The 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City begins September 19th - 23rd. Founded by Stacy Spikes, co-founder of MoviePass and a former executive at Miramax and October Films — the festival has an estimated attendance reaching over 15,000. The five-day festival presents narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings and live staged screenplay...

BGN Film Interview: Tessa Thompson Lends Her Voice to Bianca in the Creed II Soundtrack

My visit to the Creed II set this summer included a listen to the music coming out of the much-anticipated sequel to the 2015 film and the 9th film in the Rocky film franchise. Tessa Thompson comes back as Bianca, Adonis Creed’s love. In Creed, we learned that Bianca is a talented musician with...

Rocky, ‘Creed II,’ and the Greek Myth Fan Theory

I watched all of the Rocky movies over the course of a weekend.  During the binge session, my little nerd brain went straight to the Greek mythology suggested by the names of the characters. I started thinking about the central figure Rocky and what his motivation was for the struggles he had in the...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Time: the word tolled like the bells of a church. Fonny was doing: time. In six months’ time, our baby would be here. Somewhere, in time, Fonny and I met; somewhere, in time, we had loved; somewhere. no longer in time, but now, totally, at times mercy, we loved.         — James Baldwin, If Beale...

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...
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