Updated: 10 hours ago|
By Terry Hunter
The new movie called IN THE HEIGHTS is the film version of a hit Broadway musical created by Lin Manuel Miranda seven years before he wrote and starred in HAMILTON, the most popular musical of this century so far. Well directed by John M. Chu who made CRAZY RICH ASIANS, IN THE HEIGHTS gives us a mostly Latino cast of likable characters with great singing voices plus lots of exuberant dancing in the streets. The title of this rousing entertainment refers to Washington Heights, a Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It’s a tight knit community where people with big dreams struggle just to get by. IN THE HEIGHTS isn’t a masterpiece like HAMILTON, but it’s good summer fun. This movie looks great on a big screen but if you aren’t yet ready to go inside a theater, it will be streaming on HBO max until July 11th.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 10:56 AM HST
Itʻs a Japanese song written last March that talks about loneliness, but with the hope of knowing that weʻre going to be together again, as sure as the cherry blossoms bloom.
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 6:00 AM HST
Nalani Jenkins is a Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner as part of the group Na Leo Pilimehana, but she is also a successful business woman and founder of Make Music Hawaii day.
Updated: May. 23, 2021 at 10:58 AM HST|
By Terry Hunter
The new ten part Amazon Prime series called THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is from Oscar winning director, Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT). This story about two slaves who escape a Georgia plantation in the 1850’s is being called “a major event in the history of television,” but many viewers will disagree. Four years in the making, the series tells a very powerful story about the atrocities of slavery and the harrowing misadventures of two runaway slaves. As Cora, the daughter of a slave who escaped the plantation, leaving her behind, South African actress Thuso Mbedu gives an astonishingly good performance. The first two episodes are brutally realistic in some scenes and painfully slow, dark and experimental in others. The real Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved people to escape to the free states of the north. But here (and in the Pulitzer prize winning novel it’s based on) it’s an actual set of trains running in tunnels. I don’t understand this use of magical realism. It may be artistic, but why insert a myth into an otherwise accurate recreation of historical conditions? THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is the ambitious work of a fine director in command of all his skills, but it’s almost torturous to watch.
Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 11:18 AM HST|
By Terry Hunter
If you’re looking for an animated feature film that your whole family might enjoy, you might try THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES on Netflix. It’s a wild, zany computer animated, sci fi action-comedy about a dysfunctional family who battle robots that are taking over the world. And it’s so fast and clever and funny that you’d have to watch it at least twice to catch all the rapid fire jokes. The movie is silly to the max and parts of it are just too manic for my tastes. But I have to admit this film made me laugh a lot. (email@example.com)