Aesthetically Speaking

Black Panther
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Black Panther

Film Review by Kam Williams   Chadwick Boseman Rises to the Occasion as African King/Marvel Superhero Chadwick Boseman has already made quite a career out of portraying a variety of prominent African-Americans, from football star Floyd Little (The Express), to baseball great Jackie Robinson (42), to Godfather of Soul James Brown (Get on Up) to…

Samson
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns

Samson

Film Review by Kam Williams   Biblical Epic Recounts Exploits of Hebrew He-man Handpicked by God Samson is a popular Biblical figure perhaps best known for being blessed with super-human strength as long as his hair was long. However, regular Sunday school attendees know that there’s a lot more to know about the Hebrew he-man…

The Final Year
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

The Final Year

Film Review by Kam Williams   Fly on the Wall Documentary Chronicles the Last Days Inside the Obama White House Besides granting a record number of pardons to non-violent felons convicted of drug offenses, Barack Obama didn’t accomplish very much during his last days in office. That’s not unusual for a lame duck president, particularly…

Basmati Blues
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Basmati Blues

Film Review by Kam Williams   Cross-Cultural Love Triangle at Heart of Bollywood-Style Musical Dr. Linda Watt (Brie Larson) is a scientist doing research for Mogil, a leading agri-chemical company based in New York. The young doctor is so thrilled about genetically engineering a strain of Basmati rice that yields 22% more grains per acre…

Rel Dowdell
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Rel Dowdell

The “Where’s Daddy?” Interview with Kam Williams Renaissance Brother! Rel Dowdell is a screenwriter, film director and producer, as well as an English/screenwriting professor. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his B.A. in English magna cum laude from Fisk University and an M.A. in Film and Screenwriting with highest distinction from Boston University. Rel’s…

The Shape of Water
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

The Shape of Water

Film Review by Kam Williams Monster Meets Girl in Romantic Sci-fi Fantasy The Shape of Water is the early favorite in this year’s Oscar sweepstakes. The sci-fi fantasy about love across species lines was nominated for the most Academy Awards, 13, including in a half-dozen major categories: Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Lead Actress (Sally…

Diamond White
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Diamond White

The “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” Interview with Kam Williams   Precious Diamond Sure Does Shine! Born in Detroit on New Year’s Day in 1999, Diamond White made a huge splash auditioning for Fox-TV’s “The X-Factor” at just 13 years of age. She stunned judges Simon Cowell and Britney Spears and wowed the crowd with…

Call Me by Your Name
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Call Me by Your Name

Film Review by Kam Williams   Gay Teen Seduces Dad’s Doctoral Student in Adaptation of Bittersweet Bildungsroman Dateline: Lombardy, 1983. 17 year-old Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) is spending another summer in Northern Italy. Each year, Elio’s dad (Michael Stuhlbarg), an archaeology professor, invites a different doctoral candidate to live with his family while serving as…

Where’s Daddy?
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

Where’s Daddy?

Film Review by Kam Williams   Searing Expose’ Indicts Child Support System as Racist and Rigged against Black Men Today, there’s a cultural consensus that the criminal justice system aggressively targets and imprisons African-Americans. Might the family courts be just as racist and rigged against black men? That is the question explored in thought-provoking fashion…

2018 Oscar Nominations
Aesthetically Speaking, Articles, Columns, Kam Williams

2018 Oscar Nominations

by Kam Williams The Shape of Water Leads Race with Lucky 13 Nominations Weinstein, Spacey and Franco Conspicuously Absent The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s surreal, cross-species love story landed the most Academy Award nominations (13), including for Best Director, Picture and Original screenplay, as well as trio of acting categories. Dunkirk (8) was…

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