The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm

This week Oak Cliff’s historic Texas Theatre will be hosting three nights of black cinema. On Thursday, February 19th at 7:30pm, the theatre will be screening Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941), a film from SMU’s Tyler, Texas Film Collection. Following its screening of The Blood of Jesus, on Friday, February 20th at 8pm and Saturday, February 21st at 5:30pm, the Texas Theatre will be screening Spike Lee’s new film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015). Da Sweet Blood of Jesus features music by Dallas rapper Buffalo Black, who will perform after Friday’s show. “The Texas Theatre is proud to work with SMU to present Spencer Williams’ rarely seen race classic,” says Barak Epstein, director of programming at the Texas Theatre. “We had been wanting to screen this film for quite some time, and the timeliness of Spike Lee’s new release made it fit our programming schedule.” Continue reading “The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm”

Film Review: Mr. Turner

Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics

We thank library patron George de Verges for submitting this film review.

Mr. Turner, the movie by Michael Leigh with Timothy Spall as the bluff and enigmatic painter, features seascapes and vistas known to anyone who has studied a catalog of his work. To confirm the biographical details of his life as found in the film, I re-read Peter Ackroyd’s J.M.W. Turner (available at Hamon), and found the details generally accurate or at least within the range of scholarly dispute. Continue reading “Film Review: Mr. Turner”