Hollywood Monday

5/20/24 O&A Hollywood Monday: Grace Jones in Vamp

Vamp is a 1986 comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, co-written by Wenk and Donald P. Borchers, and starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace. Continue reading

5/13/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) – Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals

In the gritty streets of 1940s Los Angeles, a down on his luck war veteran finds himself caught in a web of deceit and danger when he accepts a seemingly straightforward job to find a missing woman. As he delves deeper into the seedy underbelly of the city, he uncovers… Continue reading

5/6/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: A Ballerina’s Tale

Ballerina Misty Copeland made history becoming the first African-American Woman to earn the position of Principal Dancer with the world renowned American Ballet Theater. Continue reading

4/22/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings | Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and More

Top baseball pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) is fed up with how his Negro League team owner treats him, so he forms his own lineup, recruiting big-hitting Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), who dreams of playing in the majors.  Continue reading

4/15/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Chicago

Winner of 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and based on the hit Broadway musical, CHICAGO is a dazzling spectacle cheered by audiences and critics alike. Continue reading

4/8/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Run For The Dream|Inspiring True Story

Truth is stranger than fiction. Olympic gold medal hurdler Gail Devers almost lost her feet to a mysterious disease after being picked for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She failed to qualify for the finals as the disease left her feet swollen, cracked and oozing blood.After two years, doctors were on… Continue reading

3/25/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Piano Lesson

Boy Willie (Charles Dutton), a sharecropper, travels to Pittsburgh in the 1930s hoping that his sister, Berniece Charles (Alfred Woodard), will let him have the piano that their enslaved uncle engraved in pre-Civil War Mississippi. Willie hopes to parlay proceeds from selling the instrument into ownership of the land his… Continue reading

3/18/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Trip to Bountiful- Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Keke Palmer

Unable to drive, Carrie (Cicely Tyson) begs her son (Blair Underwood) to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Carrie makes an escape to the bus station, where she meets Thelma (Keke Palmer) in The Trip to Bountiful. Vanessa Williams also stars in this… Continue reading

2/12/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Sounder (1972)| Cicely Tyson | Paul Winfield | Kevin Hooks

Four Oscar nominations went to Sounder a moving drama about a family of Louisiana sharecroppers facing hardships during the Depression. The story concerns Nathan Lee Morgan (Paul Winfield), a black man sent to a prison camp for committing a petty crime. When his wife Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) sends their young… Continue reading

1/22/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Claudine (1974) Starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones

Claudine is a 1974 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by John Berry. Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.  The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million, a modest hit for the times. It was… Continue reading

1/8/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Hunt – Action Movie 2023 Full Length English

The 2000s brought a new kind of action movie, bigger and louder with more special effects as well as new action star, Jason Statham. The English actor, a former and model. portrayed antiheroes in a number of blockbuster action -thrillers. Continue reading

12/11/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Almost Christmas | Family Dinner Disaster

It’s the holiday season and Walter Meyers (Danny Glover) is hosting Christmas dinner for his grown children and their families to bring in the spirit! Until all hell breaks loose.Watch this hilarious dinner disaster scene from David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas and thank your parents that your family isn’t this… Continue reading

11/13/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Carter High | Black Film Classic Starring Vivica Fox, Charles S. Dutton, Pooch Hall

Carter High is a sport film directed and written by Arthur Muhammad. The film is centered on the 1988 Cowboys of  David W.Cater High School in Dallas, Texas a team that fought through racial prejudice and a grades controversy to claim the 5A state title, only to be rocked when six… Continue reading

10/9/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Cooley High

Set in 1964 Chicago, Cooley High is a slice-of-life tale of high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life and growing up in the shadows of the housing projects. Continue reading

9/11/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Count Of Monte Cristo (1975)

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1975 film produced by ITC Entertainment  and based upon the 1844 novel The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.It was directed by David Greene and starred Richard Chamberlain as Edmond Dantès, Kate Nelligan as Mercedes, Tony Curtis as Fernand Mondego, Louis Jourdan who… Continue reading

9/4/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Last Dragon (1985)

The Last Dragon  is an n enjoyable 80″s pastiche of martial arts, romance, music, and video, The story centers around  a likable young hero, Leroy (Taimak), who aspires to become a kung fu master. Trouble arises when the stories protagonist, a man who calls himself “Sho’ Nuff (Julius Carry) is determined… Continue reading

8/21/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

In small-town Alabama in 1932, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a Black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbors,… Continue reading

8/14/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: License To Kill/Denzel Washington

Businessman Tom Fiske (Don Murray) accidentally kills a high school girl while driving drunk, leading to a trial where he faces a manslaughter charge. While Fiske can afford a high-priced team of lawyers, the family of the late teen has no such advantage.Prosecutor Martin Sawyer (Denzel Washington), is determined to… Continue reading

5/29/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL: Madea’s Family Reunion

While planning her family reunion Madea, everyone’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, must contend with the other dramas on her plate. These including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces. Continue reading

5/22/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past… Continue reading

4/3/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Wizkid – Made In Lagos [Short Film]

Afrobeats star Wizkid has released a short film entitled Made In Lagos which you can watch it below). The film, which is directed by Kuukua Eshun and Wizkid, illustrates his most recent tracks, Anoti, Mood and Steady and is named after his latest album. Continue reading

3/27/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Selma

Selma is a 2014 Historical Drama Film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated by James Bevel and led by Martin  Luther King, Hosea Williams and John Lewis. The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson,… Continue reading

2/27/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: 400 Years – A Case for the Deliberate Destruction of the Black Community (2020)

400 Years – A Case for the Deliberate Destruction of the Black Community (2020) is the story of black people in America, from the 1400s all the way to 2020. This is a heavy history, full of pain, but it must be understood. Enjoy and wake up. A film by Kenjah… Continue reading

HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sidney Poitier- To Sir with Love (Happy Birthday Mr. Poitier)

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East… Continue reading

2/13/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Brown Sugar: The History of the Black Female Entertainer (1985/1990)

Brown Sugar: The History of the Black Female Entertainer (1985/1990) is a 1985 documentary based on film historian Donald Bogles’ book Brown Sugar. One of the best docu-film about black female entertainers hosted by actor Billy Dee Williams. Continue reading

1/23/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sparkle

With a plot inspired by the history of the Supremes, Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Continue reading

12/26/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Be A Clown From The Pirate- Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers

In The Pirate (1948) both Gene Kelly and Judy Garland fought to get The Nicholas Brothers (Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas) included in the movie. They succeeded, but the Be a Clown sequence was cut by exhibitors in Memphis and other U.S. cities in the South because it included The Nicholas… Continue reading

12/12/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY HOLIDAY ISSUE: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a 1989 family comedy film, the third installment in National Lampoon magazine’s Vacation film series.Christmas Vacation was written by John Hughes, who based it on Christmas 59, his short story published in National Lampoon. The film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. Continue reading

12/5/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Christ Child: A Nativity Story

This new depiction of the Nativity story recounts in beautiful detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth over 2,000 years ago. Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Continue reading

11/21/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Old Settler (2001)  Phylicia Rashad, Bumper Robinson & Debbie Allen

The Old Settler is an adaptation of John Henry Redwood‘s play starring Phylicia Rashad, Bumper Robinson and Debbie Allen, who also directed the production. Set in Harlem in the 1940s, about two sisters whose lives are altered when a young Southern man takes temporary lodging in their apartment. Continue reading

10/24/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scary Movie 4 – Full Movie

Scary Movie 4 is a American Horror parody film.This is the fourth installment in the Scary Movie Film Series, as well as the first film in the franchise to be released under The Weinstein Company banner since the purchase of Dimension Films from Disney. It was directed by David Zucker, written by… Continue reading

10/17/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION:  Woman No Cry! (Dance Scene) And Maximillian’s Death Scene- Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)

Maximillian (Eddie Murphy) is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for… Continue reading

9/12/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: CGI Animated Short Film: “Gladius” by ESMA | CGMeetup

CGI 3D Animated Short Film: Gladius Animated Short Film by Margaux Latapie, Grégory Diaz, Florian Cazes, Marie-Charlotte Deshayes-Ducos, Clément Petellaz, Baptiste Ouvrard, Jimmy Natchoo, Guillaume Mellet at ESMA. Featured on CGMeetup Gallery. Continue reading

6/6/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- PRIDE: Paris is Burning

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end… Continue reading

4/18/22 (Repost) O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Shakespeare’s King Lear. James Earl Jones, NYC Shakespeare Festival, 1974

Reposted by popular demand O&A NYC Magazine present an extraordinary live performance of William Shakespeare’s King Lear with the one and only James Earl Jones in the title role. Filmed in 1974 before a live audience in Central Park for the New York Shakespeare Festival the production featured  Jones, Paul Sorvino and… Continue reading

4/4/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: White Night Opening Credits

The opening ballet sequence, Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, originally choreographed by Roland Petit in 1946 and performed anew by Baryshnikov and Florence Faure, was filmed at the Bristol Hippodrome.  Continue reading

3/14/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Hardest Part – A Short Film By Michael J. Dennis

Michael J. Dennis final film at NYU. Starring Seth Gilliam, Yvonna Kopacz and Issac Bright.Remastered from original camera negative in 2017 by Technicolor Canada. Written, Produced, Directed and Edited by Michael J. Dennis. Continue reading

2/7/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Mission (1959) | Sammy Davis, Jr., James Edwards | Buffalo Soldiers

One in this western anthology series hosted by Dick Powell, based on the works of Zane Grey. Dick Powell makes introductory comments about black soldiers service in the U.S. cavalry.  In this episode, the men of the 10th Cavalry, an all black unit known as The Buffalo Soldiers, has been… Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: MLK’s Promised Land (1967–1968 America’s Civil Rights Movement)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. Continue reading

1/10/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: No Way Out “1950”- Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

No Way Out is a 1950 American film noir and drama directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Dot Johnson and Amanda Randolph who portrays a doctor tending to slum residents whose ethics are tested when confronted with racism, personified by… Continue reading

12/25/21 O&A NYC MERRY CHRISTMAS: The Christ Child- A Nativity Story

This new depiction of the Nativity story recounts in beautiful detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth over 2,000 years ago. Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Continue reading