Hello, my name is Sean Patrick He/Him, and I am a film critic and podcast host for Everyone's a Critic Movie Review Podcast. I am a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the group behind the annual Critics Choice Awards.
A New Friend and a New Beginning for a Desperate Introvert
My friend Manisha is incredible. She was, when I knew her, a dynamic social butterfly. She interacted with people with the ease and grace of a genuine friend, even when speaking to strangers. She and I met when she tried her hand at radio broadcasting. It was my job to train Manisha to operate the board, the place where all of the volume control sliders are located. I taught her where each one was, what they controlled and when to deploy the correct one at the proper time and volume.
Movie Review: 'Songs for a Sloth' is a Sweet Comedy About Grief and a Sloth Puppet
Songs for a Sloth is a sneaky little movie. Written and directed by Bradley Hasse, the film may appear to be an otherworldly comedy about Jack McBrayer as the voice of a sloth puppet. Secretly however, Songs for a Sloth is about grief and the odd ways grief manifests following a loss. In this case, Maxwell, played by Richard Hollman, has lost his father. Richard feels obligated to follow through on a strange aspect of his father’s life that he wasn’t aware of and his grief manifests in the form of a talking sloth.
Documentary Review: 'Rise Again: Tulsa and The Red Summer'
"If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Movie Review: 'The Serpent' is 'The Room' of Action Movies
One thing I refuse to do in this review is dismiss Gia Skova because she is a model. That’s a desperately outmoded notion that all models are idiots, it was a jealous and uninspired stereotype when it was invented and it is far too simplistic and nasty to remain in our culture. I am not going to dismiss Gia Skova just because she used to be a model. I am going to judge her solely as a filmmaker and as a filmmaker, she’s… not a good filmmaker.
Movie Review: 'Akilla's Escape'
Saul Williams is a man with presence. The musician and poet carries himself with gravitas and credibility. The presence of Saul Williams, his aura of calm and cool is the most important aspect of the new movie Akilla’s Escape. Williams plays the lead role of a drug dealer looking to escape the business. He’s not conflicted about selling drugs, nor should he be, he sells weed, that least of dangerous of plants. No, Akilla wants out because marijuana has been legalized and he sees the writing on the wall, the government is too big of a competitor for him to maintain his profit margin. So, he’s going to get out.
Documentary Review: 'A Crime on the Bayou' is Essential Documentary Filmmaking
A Crime on the Bayou is the latest essential documentary from director Nancy Burski. Burski has made a habit of digging into American history and shining new light on stories that never should have fallen out of the spotlight, important, iconic, and insistent parts of our shared American history. Stories like that of The Loving Story which told the essential story of a white man and a black woman who fell in love in Virginia in the 1950's and were prosecuted under so-called Miscegenation laws intended to prevent white and black from being married.
#SaveZoeysPlaylist if Only for This Writer's Sake
Headline “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Cancelled After 2 Seasons at NBC” My heart broke reading this headline. Not because I am an obsessed fan of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, I am a huge fan but that’s not why I was heartbroken. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist represented an aspect of my life. You see, in the hardscrabble world of independent non-fiction writing, blogging, reporting and podcasting, there is a self created pressure to only do things you can monetize.
Depression: Under Pressure
Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down Splits a family in two