Jackie stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy, in the days following John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It depicts a woman who is starkly alone, and thrown into a spotlight during the worst days of her life. This movie is beautifully shot and well acted, but it doesn’t tell us anything new about that moment in time. Jackie does, however, offer an interesting perspective, given our current political climate. Continue reading →
I started a minor riot on my Facebook page yesterday. No, it wasn’t about that. I just admitted that I don’t like musicals and everyone attacked, saying they were outraged and that we could no longer be friends. I thought I might have to say something political, just to calm them all down. The only reason I mentioned my disdain for musicals is because I saw LA LA LAND and loved it. Yes, I adored every single second of that movie even though Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sing and dance the whole way through it. That might sound ridiculous to anti-musical people like ME, but LA LA LAND is also the top contender for Best Picture this year. So, do you want to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
Mel Gibson has turned into some kind of magician. I say this because he’s done a handful of incredible and somewhat inexplicable things with his latest movie, Hacksaw Ridge. It’s the true story of WWII Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the battle of Okinawa. Doss was a Conscientious Objector who refused to use a weapon, but he was still awarded the Medal of Honor.
This is Gibson’s first time back in the Director’s Chair since 2006’s Apocalypto. His comfort level though, virtually erases that ten-year absence. It’s one of the first surprises offered up by Hacksaw Ridge, which opens to a horrific battle scene. Imagine the gore of Braveheart, but with the intensity and explosions of Saving Private Ryan. Gibson wastes no time introducing the horrors of war, where the Medic Doss is trying desperately to save his men. Continue reading →
I saw a movie years ago called Kiss the Girls, about a serial killer who kept women hidden in underground rooms. The notion terrified me. It was a fictional story based on a James Patterson book, but the idea of being trapped like that seemed too horrible to ever be true. Then I started hearing REAL stories of women who were held captive for extended periods of time with startling regularity. It made me wonder just how many women are being held against their will at any given time and if there was ever anything I could do to help them.
Author Emma Donoghue has had those same thoughts since hearing the story of Elisabeth Fritzl in Austria. She was locked away by her own father for 24 years, and even had 7 children by him while trapped behind that locked door. Elisabeth Fritzl is the woman who inspired Donoghue to write the best-selling book and screenplay for Room. Continue reading →