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Hidden Figures
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rarely does as film pull so many punches - and they all stick! From battling many wrong perceptions, all simply based on the fact that "it's never been done before", to realizing that if you want to make something happen you have to work for it. You have to be persistent. You have to be bold. And if that still means you are not given proper credit, where credit is due, then you keep doing it anyways. People do change, but sometimes you have to show them the way - even if they don't ask you to. The only shame is that these hidden figures were hidden for so long. I'm sure we all never realized the monumental impact of diversity, and that being smart has nothing to do with your skin color or sex. The link below is NASA honoring Katherine Johnson, one of the three women portrayed in this film, for her contributions to the space program, and really, to this country as a whole.

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/langley/nasa-celebrates-katherine-johnson-with-building-named-in-her-honor

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Daring, caring, and dark.

Zack Synders continuation of the DC universe being called to save the world sees Batman and Superman finding common ground, even as the son of Lex Luthor takes multiple attempts in gaining enough leverage to control the "false god" that Superman is being indicted as. The intertwining slow build up of seeing how much (and sometimes how little) it can take to push a man/alien is strikingly (and surprisingly) similar.

The music (by Hans Zimmer) helps to drive both the storyline, and befittingly, your emotions. Of course all this doesn't matter, if the action isn't purposeful. And the action does deliver, albeit unbalanced among the superheroes, and their alter egos.

As it stands, this movie gave me a certain feeling that I surmise only comes after seeing how superhero movies are never in short supply, and the world always needs saving. Spoilers aside, BvS has an ending that leaves you wanting more (in a good way). 4/5 stars.

Still Alice
Still Alice (2015)
2 years ago via Movies on Android tablet

I really wish I had seen this film sooner. Its depth and unfiltered view of the Alzheimer's Disease and what it does to not only yourself, but your friends and family, makes this disease unspeakable. As Alice (Julianne Moore) talks about in the film, it is the moments in our lives that make us who we are. And without question, Alzheimer's takes these moments away. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but taken all the same. Wonderfully acted, and with the addition of a great supporting cast, including the cover of "If I had a boat" by Lyle Lovett (linked here for those interested: https://youtu.be/jStiNkRNeug) Still Alice earns a perfect rating. Never let a disease define who you are, be resilient and resourceful. And in the end, accept the love from those around you that know you for how you really are, not what you are diagnosed with.

Big Eyes
Big Eyes (2014)
2 years ago via Movies on Android tablet
½

Big Eyes by Tim Burton (a usually eccentric director of visuals) is toned down considerably, to bring a story about narcissism and passion of the arts to the big screen. Both the lead characters do well to carry this film, based on a true story. That being said, Christoph Waltz, is who really shines in the film. From Django Unchained to the upcoming Bond film Spectre, Waltz makes this film all the more interesting. That is not to say Amy Adams (Superman) doesn't hold her own. As the film unravels, it really is a sign of the times for women, and Burton does a good job of showing what that means. Big Eyes shines most by remembering its based on a true story which does help to make it all the more interesting for the viewer. 3.5 out of 5 stars.