Re-enactments dominate the world of
reality television. There is nothing new in the narrative framework of
recreating scenes of true events for audiences to grant access to the
resonant emotional impact of a situation, a soon-to-be looped moment in
time. Sometimes, it is done in the service of memory and perspective.
As fans of Eastbound and Down (10
p.m. Sundays, HBO) know, the show, albeit hilarious, delves into some
pretty dark waters. Danny McBride’s notorious baseball bad boy Kenny
Powers walks the line between making us laugh and raising concern with
his seriously disturbed behavior.
From the first moment I walked out of the theater during a private press screening of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave,
I knew this film had the potential to spark discussion on the subject
and history of race and race relations in the United States.
p.m. Thursdays), now in its fifth season, is loosely based on the 1989
Ron Howard film starring Steve Martin. This hilarious offering from the
quotable ’80s movie vault sets the stage for its contemporary series
Independent black cinema might finally be
coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As
a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities
that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in
the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely
reach theaters in our area.