Whenever I told people I was working on this list, a typical response was, “What even came out this year?”
MLK/FBI tells the story of civil rights her Martin Luther King Jr. relationship with the FBI.
The documentary not only reveals the intimate details of King’s private life but his political life and the FBI’s plot against him and his image. His role in the civil right’s movement has been memorialized however, Dr. King as a person and the FBIs monitoring and campaign against him is typically unknown.
The FBI during J. Edgar Hoover’s time at the bureau there was a monitoring of Americans with potential communist ties. King’s relationship with Stanley Levinson led to a close monitoring of Dr.King’s private life and revealed his extramarital affairs. Ultimately all of this information was collected as the FBI’s intent of discrediting Dr.King.
For Sam Pollard his biggest concern with pursuing this documentary was that the documentary could diminish his reputation and could possibly receive pushback from the King family. However, after filming he believes the film will be able to highlight the complexities of Dr.King and show the humanity of the man who in many ways has become the face of peaceful protesting, Black liberation and the continuous fight against segregation in America. The awareness of who Dr.King was and what he represented can coexist without discrediting him or taking away from his legacy.
The documentary not only explores some of the nuances and difficulties with accepting and understanding American history but shows the complexities of not just Dr.King but the political figures that have been associated with allyship or “being the good guys.” The documentary will not only explore J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI but the role of the Kennedy administration as well.
The documentary leaves room for interpretation and will allow viewers to decide between what is right and wrong, ideological alignment, and the opportunity to see the humanness of figures whose legacies feel untouchable.
Embattled is a challenging film, more ambitious than the typical sports movie.
In addition to reviewing the film, I had the opportunity to talk with Stephen Dorff about his role in IFC’s “Embattled.”
Film Review: ‘Eating Animals’ Exposes The Meaty Truth Between America’s Corporate Farm Factory Sandwich
After watching Christopher Quinn’s new documentary, ‘Eating Animals,’ perhaps all the new, millennial food trends are actually onto something…
Master satirist Armando Iannucci’s returns with yet another biting dramedy, this time taking a moment to poke the old red bear.
The only thing better than glamorous red carpets and award shows highlighting the talent of Hollywood royalty is the after parties with our favorite celebs breaking it down and having a good time!
Liev Schreiber shines as the haplessly delusional boxer Chuck Wepner
This past weekend Los Angeles was a buzz with some of Hollywood’s best and brightest being honored with awards shows across the city.