Author: Richard Valero

AFI Fest: Really Love Review

AFI Fest: Really Love Review

Set in a gentrifying Washington DC, a rising Black painter tries to break into a competitive art world, while balancing a whirlwind romance he never expected. We open and lay the groundwork of understanding who (lead) is and chasing the dream of being a painter. We see that his family has issues with him and … Continue reading AFI Fest: Really Love Review

AFI Fest: MEET THE PRESS SHORTS 1: When the News Becomes the News

AFI Fest: MEET THE PRESS SHORTS 1: When the News Becomes the News

For me, as an avid film person, for a lot of years, I never thought I would have gotten to where I am today within the world of being a 'critic.' A few weeks back, I covered the Nashville Film Festival. It was amazing, but today and over the next week, I am tackling one … Continue reading AFI Fest: MEET THE PRESS SHORTS 1: When the News Becomes the News

2011 Oscars Revisited

2011 Oscars Revisited

The Oscars never seem to get it right. Well, here at the MCDI, we aim to rectify the Academy's mistakes. So we kicked off a new series in which we re-nominated and re-award the Oscars. Today we are tackling the 2011 Oscars. You can listen to the full show here: https://open.spotify.com/show/70SDOsql0zlYhqYN1xYcPi?si=-9qMXiVoSSKI6rRFsnic7g Panel for the show: … Continue reading 2011 Oscars Revisited

AFI Fest: Nine Days Review

AFI Fest: Nine Days Review

A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born. Right out of the gate, Edson Oda paints this beautiful portrait of growing up with a poetic and beautiful score in the background. We watch scenes transition from the time Amanda was a baby until she was an … Continue reading AFI Fest: Nine Days Review

Untitled Mailbag V9

Untitled Mailbag V9

Welcome back everyone to V9 of the Untitled Mailbag. Don't forget to get your questions in for the next mail bag by emailing me here: thevaleroverdict@gmail.com or send your questions on Twitter here. This past week I got to escape away to Colorado for a mini-vacation, and it was beautiful. While we were there, I … Continue reading Untitled Mailbag V9