Whitney: Can I Be Me? Chronicles The Sad Diva’s Career-Ending Neglect

In the promos for Whitney: Can I Be Me?, Showtime’s new documentary on the legendary pop diva, a close friend posits that a broken heart was the cause of her 2012 death in a hotel bathtub. It’s a tragi-romantic sentiment that is better-suited for a Lifetime biopic than a documentary one of music’s greatest vocal talents….

When Freed From Its Past, Beauty and the Beast Has Its Own Brand of Magic

There is no real reason why a 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast should exist. The 1991 animated film is considered a masterpiece by many, the first of its kind to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The characters are iconic, the songs legendary, the artwork exquisite. Even those who find the plot troubling…

Chasing Oscar: Natalie Portman is the Keeper of Jackie’s Flame

Next up in the Chasing Oscar series: Natalie Portman and her Oscar-nominated turn as the legendary First Lady in Jackie. For millions of Americans, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy is the quintessential First Lady. She is a frequent reference point, a bar that all of her successors have been measured against. But why? What afforded Mrs. Kennedy such…

Chasing Oscar: Fences Sets the Stage for a Viola Davis Triumph

And we’re back at it! It’s that time of year when Hollywood releases what they consider their artistic triumphs in an attempt to secure Oscar glory, and I do my best to watch them all and determine whether it was worth the effort. Welcome to my third annual “Chasing Oscar” series! Fences, adapted from the August…