MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “He Named Me Malala” Gives Us A Real-Life Katniss

There are so many things that I want to know about Malala Yousafzai, and so many questions I would ask her if given the chance. Maybe that’s why I walked out of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about her, He Named Me Malala, a little frustrated. I saw the story I already knew about her, with some brief and illuminating glimpses of her personal life, but I really didn’t learn anything new.

Malala started blogging under a pseudonym for the BBC when she was only 11-years-old. She detailed the Taliban’s occupation of her home in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, and how they didn’t want girls to be educated. Malala eventually went public and became an outspoken advocate for education and children’s rights. This is why she was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the face while riding a bus to school. Malala survived but the attack garnered worldwide attention and sparked global support for her cause. Continue reading →

MOVIE REVIEW: “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot”

You’ll notice immediately that this documentary about Dirk Nowitzki is unlike any other sports story you’ve seen before. The music is what gives it away. It’s light and almost comical (I think I even heard a mouth-harp at one point). It’s quite a change from the dramatic music and camera shots we see on sports shows here in the U.S. That’s because Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot was made by German Filmmakers Sebastian Denhardt and Leopold Hoesch. It’s appropriate because Dirk Nowitzki is quite unlike most sports stars anyhow. He is already a basketball legend, but he stays out of the spotlight and directs attention away from himself. So much so in fact, that this movie ABOUT Dirk actually features his peers. The whole first half of Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot focuses on other people, like Dirk’s family and his mentor, Holger Geschwindner. It’s amazing to think that an accomplished athlete like Dirk Nowitzki still listens to the man he trained with as a teenager, but it’s a relationship forged in years of trust. Continue reading →