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

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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 dark secrets, political intrigue, and betrayal that threaten to consume him. 

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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 the verge of amputating when it was discovered that radiation treatment was making it worse. 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 uncle once worked. But when Berniece has other ideas, it becomes clear that the piano represents very different things to the siblings. 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 film. 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 son (Kevin Hooks) to visit him, the boy’s journey becomes a life changing rite of passage. Critic Roger Ebert praised Sounder, calling it “a film for the family to see.” 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 praised for showing a new dimension in black cinema during the height of blaxploitation. 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