N.O.T.: Q1 Reviw

As March and winter come to a close, we (me) here at lorinhates prepare for the next slate of contenders of the spring 2019 TV season. We’ll welcome some familiar faces, bright-eyed rookies and await the most-anticipated series finale of the past decade. Before dipping into what’s next, let’s take a look back at what […]

No Concessions: Strong performances make ‘#CaptiveState’ worth it

Last week I saw Captive State, a sci-fi thriller from the mind of director Rupert Wyatt ( rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise). What I initially perceived as a straight-up action film served more as a smart, heist-like educator on resistance. While the story swam familiar waters, it was lifted by strong performances. John Goodman […]

No Concessions: ‘#CaptainMarvel’ good film; better setup for #Endgame

Friday evening I experienced the MCU’s 22nd feature in Captain Marvel. The unknown recipient of Nick Fury’s post-credits 9-1-1 page was finally revealed in a fun, nostalgia-inducing film. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) shapes her own destiny after uncovering secrets of her past. With the truth free, she sets out to become the hero the galaxy […]

N.O.T.: BET reboots right with #Boomerang

As much as we try to resist, the reboot trend is here to stay. The tactic of rejuvenating a former film or series for fresh eyes has always been a tactic, but it normally used lesser known projects as subjects. Today Hollywood seems aimed at pillaging classic franchises — the bigger the better. So when […]

No Concessions: #HighFlyingBird is the little film with a giant statement

Netflix dropped a little film starring Andre Holland this past Friday. Not sure if “little” best describes a project directed by Steven Soderbergh, and written by Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney. But that’s what happened as news of the movie first appeared via my (black) Twitter timeline. Boasting a cast of Holland, Zazie Beatz, Bill […]

N.O.T.: BET’s #AmericanSoul looks to be an interesting ride

Tuesday evening BET premiered it’s highly-anticipated series documenting the legendary life and perilous death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. American Soul takes a look back on the rocky beginnings, sudden rise and unfortunate fall of the funkiest ride around. At a time when the TV landscape was paler than current White House interns, Cornelius’ innovation shifted the […]

Trailer Things: Season 2 of #TheChi says more with less

https://youtu.be/w2SIzEGg0oo Last spring I concluded Showtime’s series The Chi waiting for more. The show examining life and times of Chicagoans touched on several societal topics while illustrating normal life of black youth. The psuedo-coming-of-age story stars Moonlight’s Alex Hibbert and Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell as two lives intertwined by choices of others in the city. From Lena Waithe and Common, […]