Sunday, February 19, 2017
What is the movie about? It is summed up in the question posed by Mahershali Ali's character: “Who is you, man?” In particular, it is African American culture and people living in poverty. It is gritty and clear eyed and surprisingly wonderful to watch.
I have long been fascinated with issues of identity as a subject matter for films, but they’ve rarely been explored with the degree of eloquence and heartbreaking beauty as in this masterful film. “Moonlight” is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that’s breathtaking to behold. It is one of those rare pieces of filmmaking that stays completely focused on its characters while also feeling like it’s dealing with universal themes about identity, sexuality, family, and, most of all, masculinity. And yet it's never preachy or moralizing. It is a movie in which deep, complex themes are reflected through character first and foremost.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The film is a rare mainstream film that provokes frustration and rage without resorting to monologues or melodrama. Which is something to see in and of itself. The two people at the center of this period drama aren’t prone to long speeches. They’re quiet, conservative, almost shy folk who ended up at the center of one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the ‘60s by virtue of falling in love, getting married and having children. Nichols’ approach is careful, reserved and deeply considerate of the human story he’s trying to tell. Simply gorgeous.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Joe was born in Western Poland in 1923. He played the violin and his mother sang along with him as a boy. He loved music, but when the Nazi's invaded Poland when he was 16 years old, he left the violin behind and moved to Western Poland, and was exiled to a work camp in Siberia for the rest of the war. Luckily he survived, and while he was in a relocation camp in Germany after the war, he bought the violin he would have for the rest of his life. He played it often after that, but as he crept up into his 90's, the violin laid idle. So when the New York City schools asked for people to donate their unused instruments so that students who could not afford them could use them, he gave up his violin. He also gave up it's story with it, and the movie is about the girl who gets his violin. Bring a tissue, it is heartwarming. So try to see a little good in the world today and enjoy your loved ones.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
It is absolutely heart stopping to watch the rescue unfold. There is a rubber raft in the water, with so many people squeezed into it that there is no air at all between them, they are just one big mass. The raft is taking on water, sinking, and the wind is bracing. The ship is concerned by the wind, and their own safety but they can see that the raft won't make it without them rescuing it. There are people in the water already. The men pull each and every person out of the sea and into their boat, wrap them in a blanket, place them around the boat which is also not meant to hold so many, and in the end, they take them to Europe, in the form of their tiny island that has been overwhelmed with refugees day in and day out. "You can see the war in their eyes" one rescuer says. It is traumatic for all, including the viewer.