It’s been an odd summer movie season. Typically summer movies are big blockbusters, like superhero movies or sequels of Pirates of the Caribbean. While we did have some superhero movies and one Pirates sequel, we’ve also had more serious movies, like the World War II movie Dunkirk. And there have been several movies with a social message, like An Inconvenient Sequel. We talk to a Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic about these movies and why it’s been such a different summer.
Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, talks box office numbers and new releases Detroit, An Inconvenient Sequel and Step on Vocalo. He is joined by his daughter, Carri Ponder, The Reel Critic’s Critic.
Okay, my headline might be a bit corny but here’s my thinking: The story we find in Detroit is not new. In fact it is more than a sequel given that we have seen this narrative over and over again. While sad, it is important to understand this part of history to provide a foundation for the similar situations we face today. The story may hurt and be “inconvenient” to watch but important nonetheless. And speaking of Inconvenient, the sequel is just what we need to better understand what is happening to our planet and what we can do about it. An Inconvenient Sequel my not be in lock-step with the current presidential administration but it should keep the conversation and the innovation alive. Finally, Step follows a few high school girls and their step team. We get to see their problems, their possibilities and their performances. So now, do you get it? Detroit may be An Inconvenient Sequel but an important Step in moving forward. How clever, right?
This sequel to An Inconvenient Truth lives between despair and hope. Despair in that we have surely done damage to this planet and even if people don’t believe the science they are experiencing the dramatic effects. Hope in that we can do something about this issue. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk give us a hard pill to swallow yet a prescription for recovery. See what they have to say about the film and what we can do.
Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, talks box office and reviews Guardians of The Galaxy Vol, 2
The issue of Hollywood so White has been a constant issue across decades. Now and again there are these moments when Black films and actors rise to the surface and shine but these moments are not long-lasting. I got a chance to discuss the latest crop of Black movies and their recent success at the SAG Awards on The Maggie Linton Show on SiriusXM Urban View.
La La Land is the darling of Hollywood with 14 Oscar nominations. Will La La Land walk away a big winner? I discuss the potential winners and losers and well as the new release Get Out with Matt Fagerholm (@IndieOutlook), Jean de St. Aubin (Executive Director of the Gene Siskel Film Center) and hosts Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins on The Morning AMp on 91.1 FM Chicago/Vocalo.org