John Adams: A Presidential Miniseries

The award-winning John Adams limited series, starring Paul Giamatti as the former president, is solid viewing for Presidents Day. I’m not going to dive into the plot of every part of the miniseries. If you know the story of John Adams, you already know what’s going to happen. Well, maybe. They certainly play with the history to an extent! What I will tell you right now is that the book is better. I originally watched…

"John Adams: A Presidential Miniseries"

Selma Remains Just As Powerful in 2020

Selma takes us back to the heights of the Civil Rights movement by recreating the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. It’s been just over five years since the theatrical release and the film remains just as powerful.  The biggest injustice is that the Academy only gave the film two nominations.  That’s right.  The film only earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song.  While I admit to actively rooting for Birdman that…

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Michael Clayton Still Holds Up

Michael Clayton is a legal suspense thriller that manages to get our attention from the very moment that the picture appears on the screen. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) has a lot of issues here that seem to take him in every which direction.  For one, one of his co-workers, Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) has suffered a breakdown.  The other thing going on here is that an agricultural conglomerate client–U-North–is on the opposite end of a…

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Burden: Can Love Win Over Hate?

Burden tells the story of how one man made the decision to walk away from the KKK with the help of a local religious leader and social activist. Let’s paint a quick picture.  The film takes place in Laurens, S.C. in 1996 where racism was very much alive and well.  Honestly, it’s brutal to watch at times as there are more than enough moments of discomfort.  There are racial slurs throughout the film so I’m…

"Burden: Can Love Win Over Hate?"

Batman Begins: The Start Of A New Era

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins had a lot riding on it nearly a decade after Batman and Robin practically killed the franchise in theaters. The Batman origin story that we’ve been waiting for!  The film starts with Bruce Wayne and childhood friend Rachel Dawes fighting over an arrowhead, only to end up with Bruce being attacked by a swarm of bats when he falls down a well.  We then play witness to one of the tragic…

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Denial: The Holocaust on Trial

Denial is the true story of Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt’s court battle during 1996-2000 with a Holocaust denier. The film’s release would have been perfect if it had come out closer to Yom HaShoah. Instead, the release comes during the fall batch Jewish holidays. That being said, the September release will leave the film in the minds of the many Oscar voters. The film is based on Lipstadt’s book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial. Libel…

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