It's been ages since I've last been here as a writer, but after reading Gerlyne's review of The Butler, I thought I'd drop by and share a little bit about a film that I'm currently excited about.
Director Steve McQueen has made some powerful and damn near claustrophobic pieces of cinema over the years, namely the films Hunger and Shame. However, his third feature has been making the rounds at the film festivals and apparently leaving heads shaken wherever it plays. 12 Years A Slave is based on the real life story of Solomon Northup and seems to be a film that deals with slavery in a way that hasn't been touched since the TV miniseries Roots. Having seen Shame, I know firsthand that McQueen is a stellar director with an unflinching eye for realism and I can't wait to see how he applies his craft to this subject.
If the trailer above peaks your interest, make sure to check out the 5-1/2 minute featurette below. Serious props go out to all the writers over at Shadow And Act, whose tireless work keeps us all informed on cinema across the African diaspora.
Hollywood is very set in its ways, so while I hesitate to call this film a "game changer," it will be interesting to see how it's acknowledged come Oscar time...