I knew very little about MOONLIGHT when I purchased my ticket. I knew it was an indie film with a black cast and it was helmed by a black director who co-wrote with a friend and fellow black writer. I did not expect to experience such a poetic, moving film that reflected a part of my soul that I had been forced to keep hidden when I was growing up. Director Barry Jenkins and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney found the extraordinary humanity in ordinary people who were flawed characters, complicated and deeply human characters, people who were disenfranchised and did not have the blessings of privilege -- a privilege that can come from a certain race and income in America.
Justin Chang reflects the world and people that I know. He's a smart, excellent, enlightening writer. On KPCC, the FilmWeek hour with its race/gender inclusive guest list of film critics can be heard at 11am Pacific Time on Fridays.
I recommend reading Justin Chang's "Movies Like MOONLIGHT Don't Win the Oscar for Best Picture -- Until They Do" column from February 27th of this week. It's outstanding and accurate. Look for it on latimes.com.
For more information on the FilmWeek show hosted by Larry Mantle during his AIRTALK on KPCC, go here: scpr.org.
Justin Chang is occasionally on FilmWeek. He makes me jealous when I hear him speak. If I had his pipes, I'd be getting voiceover auditions left and right. And booking the gigs. Dig it!