Admittedly, Powell was probably more interested in promoting himself than in advancing his people, but you can't deny that he made a name for himself and drew attention to issues affecting the black community.
I recommend it.
The second half of "Big Business" is without a doubt the funniest, as the two sides engage in increasingly destructive acts. What I noticed early in the short is that while Laurel and Hardy are driving down the street, the soundtrack is "Good King Wenceslas", a Christmas song about a king who sees a peasant one cold night*. To crown everything, L&H drive from house to house rather than walk! A caricature of Los Angeles.
Anyway, a funny short.
*On an episode of "The Big Bang Theory", the guys are playing Dungeons and Dragons, and Leonard calls for someone to sing of Svatý Václav to avoid danger, which Sheldon recognizes as Czech for St. Wenceslaus, so he sings the song, allowing the game to proceed.
Definitely see it.
Perry puts in a fine performance, but the rest of the cast isn't that well developed, and the movie contains the occasional cliche that we see in biopics (such as conflicts between characters). Still, it's an enjoyable movie, even if you don't know about the subject.
Interwar Germany turned out some fine movies. Aside from this one, there's also "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "Nosferatu" and "Metropolis". I suspect that this outstanding streak would've continued had Hitler not taken over. At least we can now enjoy these masterpieces. I hope to find more in the coming years.
But beyond that, it's one intense movie. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo play women hardened by devastation and left with no other options except carrying out the heist. It's not the greatest movie, but I recommend it.
As much of a character as any of the actors is the soundtrack. It's some of the coolest soul music that you'll ever hear, and it matches the action perfectly. This movie has it all: afros, revolutionaries (with lines lifted from speeches by Black Panthers), racist cops, and more. Anyone who enjoys blaxploitation flicks can't afford to miss this one. You're sure to love it.
Having never seen the movie until now, I was impressed to see a number of people in early roles. Michael Gambon and Colm Meaney were the established actors, and Daniel Craig was still two years away from James Bond. Aside from Craig, there's also Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw and Sally Hawkins, all of whom have played notable roles since the movie's release. "Layer Cake" is no masterpiece but still a piece of nice fun if you're looking for brain candy.
But the other thing is the current treatment of Latin American refugees in the US. We've seen the footage of children getting torn away from their parents and put in detention cages near the border. Not much different from what Italy's authorities do in this movie.
But anyway, to not get moved by this movie is to not have a soul. The blue expanse of the Mediterranean is as much a character as any of the actors. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
It's not a great movie. Much of it is kind of slow. But mark my words, you've never seen anything like this. Not even Terry Gilliam could create something as surreal as this. It's interesting to see for the artistic factor mostly. Definitely check it out.
The landfill got closed in 2012. The documentary got released during Lula's last year in office, right before Dilma Rousseff got elected in a continued rejection of the oligarchy (unfortunately, she got impeached, and Brazil's current president promotes near-fascist views). I just wonder what's become of the movie's subjects now that Jair Bolsonaro encourages police kill at random. These people on the bottom rung of society got to see their work displayed in a museum in London, but can they survive an avowed racist?
Anyway, the documentary should draw attention to the issue of how much garbage humans generate, and how we might find better ways to deal with it. We can't keep producing the mass quantities that we produce each day, especially since we end up dumping a lot of it into the oceans.
The only problem that I had - at least on the copy that I watched - is that the DVD skipped over a number of scenes (you know how DVDs can do that sometimes); I never got to see the scenes featuring Olympia Dukakis, Sigourney Weaver and Nathan Lane. No matter, I did get to see the hoedown hosted by Christine Baranski (now known as Leonard's mom on "The Big Bang Theory"). That scene alone is worth the watch. This movie is one of the best examples of 1990s indie cinema, and a solid addition to the pantheon of LGBT cinema. Above all, it was neat seeing Patrick Stewart in a role so different from his most famous one. I recommend it.
PS: Gregory Jbara co-starred in another LGBT-themed movie written by Paul Rudnick two years later: "In & Out", which was inspired by Tom Hanks's praise of his gay teacher while accepting his Oscar for "Philadelphia".
In the end, I recommend it.
Overall, not having a host actually turned out to be a benefit: no interludes. But without a doubt, the most important statements came from Rayka Zehtabchi (calling to de-stigmatize menstruation), Alfonso Cuarón (addressing class issues and immigration) and Spike Lee (reminding everyone that 2019 marks 400 years of slavery in the US, that our country got built on the genocide of its indigenous population, and that we must choose love over hate in the next presidential election).
All in all, I liked The 91st Academy Awards.
First, I should give some background on my exposure to Queen. I occasionally heard their songs played but didn't know the artist. I first learned of Freddie Mercury when I read a chronology of 20th century music and it mentioned him. At sixteen I listened to "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody of Queen's most famous song (basically the original sung like a polka). I then watched "Wayne's World" and heard the original version. It was only in the last few years that I learned of Mercury's sexual orientation.
Anyway, I've read conflicting reports as to the movie's accuracy with regards to Mercury's relationships with people - and complaints that it didn't address the rampant homophobia in the 1980s - but there's no doubt that Rami Malek puts his all into the role. I doubt that I'll ever get into Queen's music, but I still recommend the movie. I haven't seen all the Best Actor nominees, but I'd say that Malek deserved his win. Good one, with fine support from Lucy Boynton, Joseph Mazzello (Tim in "Jurassic Park") and an unrecognizable Mike Myers.
Noticeably absent is James Finlayson, whose annoyed grunt inspired Homer Simpson's catchphrase.
I had never known the story of Christine Collins before watching this movie. It's a harrowing one. It's not the greatest movie ever (Eastwood's other movie in 2008, Gran Torino, was better), but I still recommend it.
Julian Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate" looks at the last few years of van Gogh's life, including the notorious incident with his ear. Willem Dafoe (in an Academy Award-nominated role) puts his all into the role of the painter, who appears at the end of his emotional rope. It's not the greatest movie ever, but the strength of the performances makes up for any shortcoming.
Released the year after the Rodney King riots, it shows the desperate situation in which large numbers of people in South Central live, making efforts to get by without trouble (no easy task). These are complex characters, each with something to add. I recommend it.
The best scenes are the robberies and Forrest's meetings with Jewel, a woman with whom he strikes up a relationship. The investigations into Forrest's crimes come across as forced (and it's unpleasant to watch Casey Affleck in a movie after the assault allegations against him).
I recommend it. The movie makes sure to give the characters complex personalities, showing Forrest's history. Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek put on fine performances, as expected. Good support comes from Danny Glover and Tom Waits as Forrest's partners-in-crime.