What does Black Snake Moan mean?
As explained in the bonus features on the DVD, the "Black Snake Moan" represents personal demons - the "voice that won't go away."
A God-fearing bluesman Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson),takes to a wild young woman Rae (Christina Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood abuse, has become the town tramp she looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
This is an unusually bold film, but it's also a morality tale. Christina Ricci wears little but a pair of skimpy white underpants as Rae, a properly mixed up Tennessee gal who has an insatiable urge for sex. Lazarus, a local farmer (Samuel L. Jackson), with gold capped teeth, grey hair and woolly beard, has his own problems.
When Lazarus finds Rae lying unconscious from drugs, alcohol and abuse near his property, he takes her in. "God seen fit as to put you in my path and I'm going to take this wickedness out of you," he tells her, wrapping a thick industrial chain around her tiny waist, to keep her from running away. Deception, freedom and redemption all weave themselves into a moody tale that held my attention for most of the time, compounded by Ricci's stunning beauty, striking performance and waif-like appearance.
Ricci is like a wild cat in heat as she struggles to free herself from the heavy chain. Her performance is incredibly fierce and free. It is reminiscent of Ida Lupino's bold, performance as a crazed women who looses her mind in 1940's 'They Drive by Night' or Elizabeth Taylor's performance in a Taming of the Shrew. Christina Ricci's performance is unbridled and gritty. What I would give to have a conversation with her as pick her brain about how Christina prepared to dive so emotionally deep to give such a raw and unflinching performance . She is first a rate actress.
Delightfully outrageous, Black Snake Moan is an explosive mixture of sex, race,and redemption in the Deep South. It may be the most peculiar films I have seen. I love the way that both Samuel Jackson and Christina Ricci take chances pushing the boundaries of the content with there no- holds- bar acting chops. Such movies defy all categories and really need to be experienced. Any of you cats want to barrow my blu-ray I will post it to you. 9/10
When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
Director: Harry Bradbeer Writers: Nancy Springer (novel), Jack Thorne (screenplay) Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin
The film has serious production value. The period piece customs are wonderful. The set design and the outstanding cinematography transport the viewer back in time to England, 1884 - a world on the brink of change. The world of this film is a pleasure to disappear into.
There's a choice make by the production to have Enola break the fourth wall repeatedly throughout "Enola Holmes." She's not always sharing plot information, she also with a wink -and a -nod injects humor almost treating the viewer like a trusted confidant. It works brilliantly as Millie Bobby Brown is able build an emotional connection and becomes a very likable character for our emotional investment.
Millie Bobby Brown brings the teenage sleuth to life , with an energetic and effervescent performance as the smart, cunning and ingenious Enola Holmes . The film is well-made, well-paced and beautifully crafted family feature that has something for everyone to enjoy. And hopefully the first of a series of films.
Rating:PG Genre:Documentary Directed By:Barbara Kopple In Theaters:Jan 23, 1977 Wide On Disc/Streaming:Apr 25, 2006 Runtime:103 minutes
This film chronicles the bitter and violent struggle waged by coal miners during a strike in 1973 in Eastern Kentucky against the Eastover Mining Company. The story focuses on the miners and their families' fight for decent living standards in an area where many still live in shacks with no indoor plumbing and work at jobs with little security and dangerous conditions. Where this film is at its best is where it uses historical footage and traditional labor songs to tie the strike to the larger past, and also where it explores other details of these people's lives health issues , living conditions that aren't specific to the strike.I discovered Hazel Dickens form the film 'Harlan County U.S.A. Fantastic hillbilly singer.
Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadvertently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War".
Matthew Broderick's geek-cool persona is perfectly put to use in WarGames. Ally Sheedy was terrific in the title role working and playing off Broderick to splendid success.
The film builds to a tense (and witty) conclusion at the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker in Colorado Springs. WarGames has a perfect script, stunning special effects and a great soundtrack. This movie belongs in a time capsule of 1980's classics. 9/10
Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.
Writers:Travis Beacham (screenplay), Phil Hay (screenplay)
Stars:Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Must say right off the bat that there is no Ray Harryhausen here. The 1981 original will always be my favorite "sentimental" version;hard to beat Stop-motion animation from Harryhausen. That being said....once I reconciled this in my brain I really started to enjoy this remake. This isn't nearly as bad as it's reputation. Quite the contrary. The film has a lot going for it.
The picture quality is very good. 3D aspect is fair. Many of the landscape sections have plenty of that gimmicky depth that so many people seem to like. There are some strange distortions here and there, like scenes where there are crowds of people having a weird embossed look. I watched the film twice Fist in 3D than in 2D format . It's still good enough for me that it's a distinct improvement over the 2D for the 3D enthusiast like my self.
I enjoy just about any Greek mythology flick about the gods. The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Sam Worthington played a good brooding Perseus. How does't like Liam Neeson as Zeus, the man just delivers in every role he takes on . Mads Mikkelsen brought his usual charisma . Gemma Arterton as love interest for Perseus was a standout. The beauty of Andromeda has brought to life from the stunningly beautiful Alexa Davalos .
The audio is a thunderous and special effects CGI , action sequences are excellent. On that basis alone, it's an enjoyable film.