Tag: Bonnie DeShong

FROZEN: The Musical is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. You Don’t Want to “Let It Go” Without Seeing It!

I am sure that anyone who is a parent, aunt, or uncle, or related to any young children knows all the lyrics to Disney’s FROZEN.  You have probably viewed the film more times than you can count and felt that you would not be able to handle listening to it one more time.  I was... Read more »

WEST SIDE STORY - 2021, Authentic, Fun, & Memorable!

I remember going to the Orpheum Theater in my hometown of Champaign, Illinois, to see West Side Story. I was nine years old, and it was the first time I could go to the movies with my friends without our parents. We all loved the movie especially when the Puerto Ricans were on the screen.... Read more »

"PARADISE SQUARE" TOUCHES THE SOUL

It’s 1863, Lincoln is President, and the Civil War is raging. Slavery is strong in the South and in the North, more Blacks are being born into freedom but are still at the bottom of the ladder along with the Irish Immigrants who left Ireland to escape the famine. The Irish and Blacks got along... Read more »
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KING RICHARD Is a Testimony to Black Parents

Growing up in Champaign, Illinois, my parents would always tell us that they worked hard to make sure we had a better life than they had. Their dream was to see us flourish and not have to work as hard as they did. Sitting in the theater watching the path Richard Williams and his wife... Read more »

CANDYMAN 2021 IS GOOD UNTIL IT ISN’T

I remember the feeling I had when I left the theater in 1992 after seeing the first CANDYMAN film.  There is, to this day, I will ever say Candyman five times in a mirror.  After seeing the film I had trouble saying my own name in a mirror.  It was that fun kind of scary.... Read more »

MY STAYCATION AT THE 21C MUSEUM HOTEL CHICAGO

My love for travel has been going through withdrawals during the pandemic time.  One way I satisfy the craving is to find a nice boutique hotel in the Chicago area, book a weekend, and pretend I am a tourist in my own city. I love boutique hotels because they are small but usually have an... Read more »
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F9 IS FAST, FARFETCHED, AND SO MUCH FUN

F9 has everything the Fast and Furious franchise promises, fast cars, equal opportunity fight scenes, unbelievable stunts, and laugh-out-loud moments. Michelle Rodriguez as Letty in F9, co-written and directed by Justin Lin. F9 gives us a look into Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel’s) past.  We learn of his and his little brother Jakob’s life at the... Read more »

CRITTER FIXER: Country Vets at the AAFCA ROUNDTABLE

As a proud member of the African-American Film Critics Association many opportunities come to have conversations with interesting people. I shamelessly say that I LOVE THE VETS ON CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS. My niece went to Fort Valley State with the doctors and she turned me on to them. Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Hodges have... Read more »

CRUELLA

First, I must ask that you pay attention to the PG-13 rating. “Cruella” is not a film for younger children. It is not a cute cartoon that children will love and understand. I found this film to be most interesting and I enjoyed it.   Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as young Estella in Disney’s live action CRUELLA.... Read more »
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JOYCHILD – A Short but Impressive Film

When I received the request to review the short film “Joychild,” I looked at the trailer and it gave me nothing to go on, however, my interest was piqued, and I asked to see the film. After watching the film three times, I had to speak with the Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer Aurora Brachman. Aurora is a recent... Read more »