THE QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD
2018, 90 min, USA, Dir: Orson Oblowitz

On her 60th birthday, Mary (Rosemary Hochschild) finds her past coming back to haunt her, as a 25-year-old debt means the mob is ready to collect with interest, their sights set on the strip club she has run all her life. There’s only one thing she can do: Mount her defenses and stand her ground in a spiral of violence and revenge that will leave no one in her life untouched. This is an L.A. noir of the darkest order, a one-day odyssey of a character’s reckoning reminiscent of THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE and TOO LATE. In the middle of it all, photographed spectacularly by Luke Hanlein’s astute eye, towers Hochschild’s tour-de-force performance as an unrepentant sinner who has accepted who she is and has made her peace with it.


A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY
2001, Starz, 86 min, USA, Dir: Spike Lee

Actor-playwright Roger Guenveur Smith's adaption of his Obie Award-winning solo performance was inspired by the late co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey P. Newton. Born in a small town in Louisiana, later moving with his family to Oakland as an infant, Newton grew up to co-found the Black Panther Party, which he led for more than two decades. Director Spike Lee and Smith collaborate for the seventh time to bring to the screen Newton's thoughts, philosophies, history and distinct personality in this Peabody Award-winning film. Smith's monologue, described by the Hollywood Reporter as "simply brilliant", navigates Newton's cinematic stream of consciousness, and is complemented by Lee's signature mix of stock and archival footage. Composer Marc Anthony Thompson augments his original score with the saxophones of Branford Marsalis.


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