Loving opens as a tender romance between Richard Loving a white construction worker and tinkerer in car mechanics (the relative newcomer Joel Edgerton, a Golden Globe nominee), and a shy black and American Indian woman named Mildred (Academy Award-nominated Ruth Negga who gives a startlingly nuanced performance). Loving starts out revealing that Richard and Mildred's parents fear repercussions for their illicit love. Their fears were well founded. The Lovings were arrested, jailed and convicted. Ordered to never set foot in Virginia again, Richard and Mildred are exiled from their families. But neither family ever abandons their exceptional support for Richard and Mildred. Read the entire review on my unhealedwound.com blog!
La La Land is a bold resurrection of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers 1940-50s musical with a blend of nostalgia (using filtered-lens cinematography and costumes) mixed with the novelty of contemporary millennial life in Los Angeles. A flip-book of competing images of vintage and modern LA with twirling skirts and old-fashioned dancing, La La Land is all about dreaming for the big break in Hollywood. Read the entire review at: http://unhealedwound.com/2017/02/la-la-land-insipid-entertaining/
The story of three brilliant African American women pushing back against the pre-Civil Rights America of 1961 is a stunning, mostly hidden story which has particular relevance today. Read my entire review, "Hidden Figures"--"A Gestalt for Our Time" on my blog (unhealedwound.com).
"Hidden Figures" is a marvelously entertaining and important film. Like the story of the Bletchley Circle of women codebreakers on the Enigma project during World War II, "Hidden Figures" is also an education in what our history books have failed to tell us.
"Some people build fences to keep people out--and other people build
fences to keep people in".
The film "Fences" is based on the 1987
Pulitzer Prize winning play and screenplay by the brilliant playwright
August Wilson (1945-2005). The psychology of his damaged character Troy
Maxson (Denzel Washington) lies beneath the surface as the camera
lingers on his charm--and his luminescent smile-- smothering his dark
side. Parts of "Fences" are almost unendurable for the tragic nature of
each character. Fathers acting out their pain onto their children appear throughout literature and film, and this quiet catastrophe is a masterpiece.
Read my entire review at: unhealedwound.com
This eerily prescient documentary (2015) narrated by Noam Chomsky was in development before the official announcement of Donald Trump's candidacy. Yet, in the "Ten Principles of the Concentration of Wealth and Power" the viewer sees the redesigning of the US economy. Perhaps the most disturbing insight in "Requiem for a Dream" is the historical analysis of the US constitution, the drafting of which protected the major landowners from losing political power. Slowly the "protection"evolved into "corporate tyranny" and ultimately "financialization"
of the US economy". Job insecurity through weakening unionization created an environment of conquer and divide, of hate and fear for each other, with an ever-growing and unfocused anger and vulnerability on the part of the general workforce. What Chomsky calls "the residue of democracy" is now upon us as the engineering of elections through the concentration of wealth results in paid politicians governing a "bewildered herd".