LEMON: A Bizarre Tale of Race and Mediocrity

Every now and then, there comes a movie that’s really out there and unique. I mean beyond convention, a film that is an acquired taste. Lemon is one of those rare films. Written by husband and wife duo Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman, and solely directed by Bravo, Lemon documents the narcissism of bland protagonist Isaac…

Film Campaigns To Watch: THE ARTIST AND THE PERVERT

Recently, I decided to take upon a monthly film campaign challenge, and had searched multiple crowdfunding websites to find something that would pique my interest. There are a lot of campaigns that were pretty interesting, but when I stumbled across The Artist and the Pervert, I was immediately invested. It has everything I am interested in:…

Forbes’ Highest Paid Actresses List: WOC Still Have a Long Way to Go

Today, Forbes released a list of the top 10 highest paid actresses in Hollywood. This is the list as follows: Emma Stone ($26 million) Jennifer Aniston ($25.5 million) Jennifer Lawrence ($24 million) Melissa McCarthy ($18 million) Mila Kunis ($15.5 million) Emma Watson ($14 million) Charlize Theron ($14 million) Cate Blanchette ($12 million) Julia Roberts ($12…

THE STORY OF 90 COINS: Shorts Showcase

Don’t let a promise become just a beautiful memory… Welcome to the first Shorts Showcase on the Cinema Soloist! We’re doing something new this week and I am starting to cover short films that have been released. For the first Shorts Showcase, the focus is on The Story of 90 Coins, a short by Beijing-based…

CONFEDERATE and BLACK AMERICA: Two Sides of a Hollywood Debate

There has been a lot of debate going on in Hollywood centered around two similar shows in development. Two series have been recently announced- both with identical premises, but from two entirely different perspectives. HBO has announced the show Confederate (Helmed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)- a series that will…

DEADPOOL 2: Zazie Beetz’s Casting (and Natural Hair) Backlash

It was previously announced that Atlanta star Zazie Beetz is going to play Domino in Deadpool 2, but a couple of days ago, the first image of her as the character surfaced on Ryan Reynolds’ Twitter account- and people got to talking. As I read the comments, I found myself enraged. Of course came the…

USC Annenberg’s Annual Hollywood Study is Out and… It’s Business As Usual

I love studies. It’s dorky, but I really do. Mainly I love them because I like to back up my opinions with facts- especially my opinions about representation in the entertainment industry. Just earlier today, USC Annenberg (as part of the Media Diversity Social Change Initiative) released Inequality in 900 Popular Films– an ongoing study…

THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES: Review

This is your one and only life. What do you wanna tell people about it? Netflix is on a role with its original films. Tonight, I watched a film I have been anticipating for months now, The Incredible Jessica James. The critically acclaimed film debuted at Sundance this year, and showcased the charisma and talent…

POC Creators Shouldn’t Just Tell “Our” Stories

This week, the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time was released, and I couldn’t have been more excited. When I saw the trailer, I was elated to see a young black woman as the lead (Storm Reid) alongside major talents such as Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Pena.…

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: A Letter to the Black Community’s Outsiders

I’m back! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts. I finally have a new laptop, and I have been bombarded with content, and wasn’t quite sure where to start. This post is a bit late, but it’s powerful nonetheless. Back in 2014, I saw the original movie for Dear White People. I really loved…