Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, Psalm One!
There have been many movies where there’s a bunch of teen angst–either the young boy is upset and rebels against his father, or the young teen girl figures she knows everything, and her mom can’t tell her how to live her life. Girl in Progress is a movie, also, about teen angst, and the young […]
Marley is the definitive documentary of the late Reggae star Bob Marley, whose life began amid a humble, poverty-stricken, farming environment in 1945 in Jamaica. But in the midst of these shortcomings, Bob became the “architect” of Reggae music. The documentary, which is well written and provides an exhaustive look into the musician, revolutionary, legend, and […]
Everyone is familiar with the film The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy and Toto and her three friends. It is a story from writer L. Frank Baum that has delighted generations of viewers, again and again. It has gone from plain black and white to amazing Technicolor. Well, the new film After the Wizard, which […]
Secret Service agent Jeremy Reins, played by Stephen Dorff, has his work cut out for him in the movie Brake. He has been working detail protecting the President of the United States, but now he finds himself trapped in a clear box, which has been stuffed into the trunk of a car. He doesn’t quite know how he […]
The Beat Hotel is a documentary about a time during the mid to late 1950’s when many members of American intelligentsia lived in too tight confines in a walk-up hotel in the Latin Quarter of Paris. But with struggle and sacrifice came great artistic and cultural works, which are very much pertinent even during the first […]
Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, which screened in theaters earlier this year, is now available on DVD. When the film opened this past spring, Perry had so graciously helped a minister, who had been living on the rooftop of an old motel on the South Side of Chicago for more than 90 days. With Perry’s help […]