Tag Archives: Oprah Winfrey

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DISCOVER WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF.  When journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) decides to write a book about the African-American woman whose cancer cells changed history, she learns how much the family has suffered over the decades. This reality-based film becomes primarily a showcase for Oprah Winfrey, who’s very strong as one of Henrietta Lacks’s … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Selma: Battle on a Bridge

ONE DREAM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. When Ava DuVernay was hired to direct this movie, which would become an explosive breakthrough for her after a few independent films, she focused on Martin Luther King’s speeches. She didn’t have the right to use them in Selma because the King estate had licensed the copyright to DreamWorks … Continue reading Selma: Battle on a Bridge

Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Today, I saw Lee Daniels’ The Butler and there are two things I’d like to discuss here – how the civil rights movement is depicted in the film, and the portrayal of all those Presidents. What didn’t fly and what did in fact work? Let’s start with Harry Lennix. A little over a month ago, the … Continue reading Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Princess and the Frog

  After falling victim to a voodoo witch doctor who turns him into a frog, Prince Naveen tries to break the curse with help from a waitress called Tiana, but she’s also turned into a frog. Five years after making its “last” hand-drawn film, Home on the Range (2004), Disney returned in style with another adventure made in … Continue reading The Princess and the Frog

Bee Movie

HONEY JUST GOT FUNNY. Barry B. Benson, a honey bee, has just graduated from college, but before he goes to work in the honey industry he ventures out in the human world where he discovers injustices. Jerry Seinfeld’s grand animated project was reportedly not the result of some fully thought-through idea; the premise is very reminiscent … Continue reading Bee Movie

Ocean’s Thirteen

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN? 13 TO ONE. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang are exacting revenge on a billionaire (Al Pacino) when Reuben (Elliott Gould) suffers a heart attack after being conned by him. The third film is a slight improvement on the second, but when I just now reread what … Continue reading Ocean’s Thirteen