Apr 29 2021

MOVIE: BREWMANCE

By |2021-05-05T17:27:09-04:00April 29th, 2021|Documentary, Family, Movies|0 Comments

BREWMANCE is a tale of a love affair with beer-- but not my father's beer, and Chet and his brothers, my uncles, LOVED beer. They would sit around the backyard at all the family gatherings--barbecues to baptisms--drinking cases of the stuff.  A cousin once drove in from out of state for a family funeral arriving [...]

Apr 21 2021

HEADS UP: “OSCARS” THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!

By |2021-04-21T22:39:52-04:00April 21st, 2021|Documentary, Drama, Family, Movies, Romance, Thriller|0 Comments

After a two month pandemic-induced delay, the OSCARS will happen this SUNDAY NIGHT April 25 at 8 p.m. (ET/5 p.m. PT) on ABC. The 93rd annual Academy Awards honors all things movies! I have reported live from THE red carpet over the course of 20 years as the A & E Anchor for WBZ-TV (CBS- [...]

Apr 15 2021

THEATER/ HYPE MAN: a break beat play

By |2021-04-15T12:15:34-04:00April 15th, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

I raved about HYPE MAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin at its 2018 world premiere directed onstage by Company One's artistic director Shawn LaCount.  Now, as George Floyd haunts and Daunte Wright brings us to flash point again, this urgent piece of theater brings a too familiar tragedy right to our screens and [...]

Mar 29 2021

MOVIE: “TINA” Now on HBO!

By |2021-03-30T09:03:41-04:00March 29th, 2021|Documentary, Movies, Musicals|1 Comment

I have loved Tina Turner from the first moment I saw her perform. It may have been her very first TV appearance in 1960 on "American Bandstand." I surely saw her one and only appearance with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970. I had no context for what [...]

Mar 19 2021

TV/THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT: ON AND OFF THE BOARD

By |2021-03-19T16:22:12-04:00March 19th, 2021|Joyce's Choices, Spontaneous Acts of Joyce|0 Comments

As part of Women's History Month--I was honored to once again participate in WOMEN WRITERS WEEK at RogerEbert.com. Check out all the terrific articles there by women writers, and read mine below, reposted with a few new edits. Enjoy! It is surely among the finest series ever produced for TV and also among the most [...]

Mar 06 2021

MOVIES: “THE MAURITANIAN”/ “LAND”

By |2021-03-06T16:44:55-04:00March 6th, 2021|Drama, Movies, Thriller|0 Comments

Some movies are torture. "Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar" is like jumping off a comedy cliff and finding yourself forever cringing in the world where jokes never land. Even Kristen Wiig can't save you. Some movies are about torture. THE MAURITANIAN is a film that doesn't tell us anything we didn't already [...]

Feb 27 2021

MOVIE: THE UNITED STATES vs. BILLIE HOLIDAY

By |2021-03-07T18:06:54-04:00February 27th, 2021|Drama, Movies|0 Comments

The best reason to see this HULU feature film about iconic Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday is a galvanic performance by Grammy & now 2x Golden Globe-nominated singer/actress Andra Day in her first-ever big screen outing! Day has never acted before and has taken on an exceptionally demanding role as the legendary black artist whose story [...]

Feb 20 2021

FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING: “THE MAURITANIAN”

By |2021-02-20T18:59:15-04:00February 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

YOU ARE INVITED TO A FREE ADVANCE VIRTUAL SCREENING OF STX RELEASE: THE MAURITANIAN on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM EST! To RSVP to the advance screening, please visit:  http://stxtickets.com/loEnL23846 *Please note: Your RSVP does not guarantee you a spot to view the screening. Approximately one hour before the screening starts, you will [...]

Feb 09 2021

MOVIES: REUNION/BLISS/THE LITTLE THINGS

By |2021-02-09T19:09:01-04:00February 9th, 2021|Movies|0 Comments

Is it something in the air? The latest movies have left me wanting.  REUNION, a horror film out of New Zealand, starring Julia Ormond is one of the dreariest movies I've seen in a long time. Her character is living in a big, gloomy house stuffed with repressed memories and her aging husband, catatonic and [...]

Jan 28 2021

MOVIE: “MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM”

By |2021-01-28T17:38:01-04:00January 28th, 2021|Drama, Movies, Musicals|0 Comments

At the end of 2020, a flood of movies was released all at once and it's time to catch up with the best.  Among them, is a film based on Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final film performance which might [...]