Author: Ardo Omer

Proud Mary Missed the Mark

Proud Mary Babak Najafi (director), Dan Laustsen (cinematographer), Evan Schiff (editor), John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal and Steve Antin (writers) Taraji P. Henson, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Billy Brown, Danny Glover (cast) January 12, 2018 Proud Mary is set in Boston where Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for a crime family headed by a man named Benny (Danny Glover). Within the film’s first opening minutes, we watch as Mary gets ready to execute a sanctioned hit. After killing the man in his apartment, she discovers that he doesn’t live alone, as his son continues to play a video game in the other room, unaware of what happened....

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Grown-ish Gets Off to a Shaky Start

Grown-ish 1.1 and 1.2 “Late Registration” Kevin Bray (Director) Kenya Barris, Larry Wilmore and Jenifer Rice-Genzuk (Writers) Yara Shahidi, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Luka Sabbat, Trevor Jackson, Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey (Cast) “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Stella Meghie (Director) Kenya Barris, Larry Wilmore, Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (Writers) Yara Shahidi, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Luka Sabbat, Trevor Jackson and Francia Raisa (Cast) Black-ish is a hit ABC show starring Anthony Anderson (playing Andre “Dre” Johnson) and Tracee Ellis Ross (playing Rainbow Johnson). It’s about a family man’s concern that he’s losing his sense of black culture while raising his kids in a white affluent neighbourhood. Grown-ish is focused on Andre’s eldest daughter Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she goes...

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The Age of Deference Is Over in Season Two of The Crown

I devoured the first season of the The Crown during the holiday break last year in response to the American election and other social stressors related to it: the fever pitch of white supremacy, heightened Islamophobia. It got to the point where I needed something that was as far away from my identity as possible in order to cope and a story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II provided that. However, The Crown did more than distract me from my real world concerns; it captivated me. With the release of season two, I’ve come to realize that my...

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Netflix’s Bright Is Offensive and Offensively Bad

Bright David Ayer (Director), Max Landis (Writer), Roman Vasyanov (Cinematographer) and Michael Tronick (Editor) Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramírez (Cast) Netflix Released: December 22, 2017 Bright‘s Daryl Ward (Will Smith), an LAPD officer, is partnered up with an Orc named Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) in a world where magical creatures live alongside humans. We meet Ward as he returns to work after being shot by an Orc, and on his first day back, he and his partner find a magical wand that everyone is willing to kill for. It’s not a great start to a movie that wants to make a...

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Black Cop Engages Canadian Audiences on Police Brutality & Black Lives

Black Cop Cory Bowles (director and writer), Jeffery Wheaton (cinematographer), Jeremy Harty (editor) Ronnie Rowe, Sophia Walker, Simon Paul Mutuyimana (cast) Released September 11, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival 2017) It seems like the best was left for last because I thoroughly enjoyed watching Black Cop on the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, the character black cop (never named) is profiled and assaulted by his peers, and that becomes the catalyst for a role reversal: a black officer profiling and terrorizing white citizens. This isn’t a simple case of the oppressed utilizing the tools of...

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