Movie of the Week: ‘My Name is Pauli Murray’

“My Name is Pauli Murray” (2021): “I want to see America be what she says she is in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  America, be what you proclaim to be!” – Pauli Murray During the opening few minutes of the documentary “My Name is Paul Murray”, Karen Rouse Ross – who is Pauli Murray’s grand-niece and the executrix of her estate – explains, “Pauli did not share a lot about her life with me.  I knew she was a priest.  I knew she had been a lawyer, but she…

Collins Jr. takes ‘Jockey’ on an absorbing ride

“Jockey” – “It’s just wear and tear.” – Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) Jackson is not referring to car brakes or a pair of jeans.  He races horses for a living, but he’s not speaking about a particular stallion or mare.   Jackson’s body is breaking down because he – in his 40s or 50s – has been a jockey for decades.  A veterinarian takes X-rays of Jackson, and after inspecting the troubling pictures, he recommends that this weathered athlete see a doctor.  Unfortunately, it’s not likely that Jackson has health…

‘Scream’: Nostalgia is a double-edged knife

“Scream” (2022) – In 1996, Wes Craven’s “Scream” changed the rules of slasher films because its characters actually state the rules of slasher films.  Remember Randy’s (Jamie Kennedy) three-part edict? “Number One, you can never have sex.  Sex equals death, okay?” “Number Two, you can never drink or do drugs.” “And Number Three, never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, ‘I’ll be right back.’”  There you have it!  Randy, a teenage cinephile, accurately recites warnings that anyone living through 80s and 90s horror films had observed for years. When on-screen…