Monthly Archives: October 2011

My Favorite Scary Movie: Psycho

What better way to celebrate the the second most scariest day of the year (the first being tax day, of course) than by paying tribute to my favorite scary movie? In 1960, the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, did with showers what Spielberg would do with oceans a decade later: Use them to scare people out of the water! Psycho tells the story of Marion Crane, a woman who skips town with $40,000 of her employer’s money to start a new life with her lover, Sam. During her journey, a torrential rain storm causes her to pull over to the

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Why I Love Viola Davis

I absolutely adore Viola Davis. Truly. Not just because she’s a phenomenal scene stealing actress. (See her powerful turn in the 2008 drama Doubt. You almost forget Meryl Streep is even on camera with her!) But because she’s the real deal. All around. Period. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak during a post screening Q&A of The Help for which I’m sure she’ll be showered with accolades this awards season. She spoke candidly about what it’s like to be a Black actress in Hollywood and how it affected her decision to start her own production company. And on

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The Urbane Urbanite Checks In: The Sandpearl Resort

My Room With A View Photo: S. James It’s late October, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with the fall blues here in Clearwater Beach, Florida – including me. As I type this, I’m sprawled out on the balcony of my oceanfront suite at the Sandpearl, a world class resort and spa facility that calls The Gulf of Mexico its backyard. And I’m not the only one taking in this beautiful day. There are folks sunbathing on the sundeck near the lagoon swimming pool. The kiddies are playing in the sand. And others are getting their toes wet,

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