Isaiah Washington

The National Football League is never without some controversy but lately the topic that is really important is the issue of player safety. Specifically with respect to the lasting effects of concussions. In recent years, rules have been changed to take even the smallest head injury into major consideration, but that’s only recent years. What about the decades before where players would smash against each other, leaving their heads all messed up? Past actions lead to a massive class-action lawsuit against the NFL and eventually an almost $800 million settlement from the league.

So this is a very big issue. Director Ridley Scott is developing a film about the topic and now a second film is in the mix. Isaiah Washington plans to star and produce Game Time Decision, an independent film by Matthew A. Cherry, himself a former NFL player. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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