Tag Archives: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Amistad

FREEDOM IS NOT GIVEN. IT IS OUR RIGHT AT BIRTH. BUT THERE ARE SOME MOMENTS WHEN IT MUST BE TAKEN.  In 1839, enslaved Africans take over La Amistad, a Spanish ship heading into American waters, and kill some of the crew; after being caught by the Navy, the Africans end up in court. After making … Continue reading Amistad

Doctor Strange

OPEN YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR REALITY.  Brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his hands destroyed in a car accident; out of desperation, he looks up a mystic (Tilda Swinton) in Nepal who opens his mind and gives him awe-inspiring abilities. Another Marvel hero gets his own movie, done in the … Continue reading Doctor Strange

The Martian: Left Behind

BRING HIM HOME.  If you’ve ever been to Wadi Rum in Jordan, you’ve been to Mars. The valley has been Hollywood’s favorite location for movies set on the planet, its red sand and mountains being a perfectly convincing stand-in. That’s Wadi Rum you see in Mission to Mars (2000), Red Planet (2000) and The Last … Continue reading The Martian: Left Behind

The Shadow Line

When a drug baron is found murdered, his top henchman (Christopher Eccleston) tries to find the killer while taking control of the business; a cop (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was recently undercover is assigned the case. A thrilling miniseries that portrays two parts of society that are equally corrupt and dangerous – organized crime and law … Continue reading The Shadow Line

12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF SOLOMON NORTHUP. The historian Sue Eakin was born in Louisiana five decades after the end of the Civil War and she specialized in the plantation culture of her home state. In the 1960s, she came across a book that had been largely forgotten. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

Melinda and Melinda

ONE LOVE STORY. TWO VERSIONS. SERIOUSLY FUNNY. During a dinner, a comedian and a playwright begin discussing two different approaches to the same story, one tragic and the other humorous. An amusing little experiment for director Woody Allen who tries to have it both ways rather than make a traditional decision on how to treat a … Continue reading Melinda and Melinda

2012

WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

American Gangster

  In 1968, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) sees his chance to build an empire based on cheap but pure heroin smuggled into New York from Vietnam; cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) builds a team to bring him down. The story about the intelligent but psychopathic Frank Lucas turns into a conventional but superb gangster flick in … Continue reading American Gangster

Children of Men: Aiming For Tomorrow

NO CHILDREN. NO FUTURE. NO HOPE.   I have no idea how P.D. James, the 86-year-old mystery writer behind the novel “The Children of Men”, reacted when she saw Alfonso Cuarón’s adaptation. He and the four co-writers made considerable changes to the story and parts of it are disturbingly bleak and realistic. I can only … Continue reading Children of Men: Aiming For Tomorrow

Inside Man

IT LOOKED LIKE THE PERFECT BANK ROBBERY. BUT YOU CAN’T JUDGE A CRIME BY ITS COVER. When masked bank robbers take hostages, New York detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) is called to the scene; he finds himself matching wits with the gang’s leader (Clive Owen) and a mysterious power broker (Jodie Foster). Director Spike Lee’s … Continue reading Inside Man