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Blackish Movie Review
A human can abuse an animal in many ways but people just find new and worse ways to do it and get away with it. Sadly too many people don't even know animal abuse happens everyday. It might even be their neighbor or even someone close to them and yet nobody knows. "Blackfish" is a 2013 documentary film, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite it's about showing the true reality behind seaworld.
Ms.Cowperthwaite becomes one of the first to strike against seaworld on the way the orca whales were treated, specifically a male orca named Tilikum. "Blackfish" not only shows struggles a killer whale went through at Seaworld but the way the owners looked at them as only money makers ad not an animal with feelings.
"Blackfish" (forgive me for any spoilers)explains how seaworld located in Orlando,Florida tells ways trainers treated orcas, the struggles they went through, all the suffering they had to go through that no animal should have to ever endure but sadly it happens all over the world and people don't even care. Seaworld became such a famous tourist attraction because of the whale it brung people from all around the world. All of that because of a male orca named Tilikum that was caught from the wild as a baby, not only was he taken from his mother but also forced to live in a concrete pool for most of his life. Because of that it caused depression, loneliness and the cause for Tilikum's fin to bend over. But the owners only thought about money. Since Tilikum is a male orca he becomes Seaworld's most prised possession all because of one thing, his semen he was one of the only male orca whales in captivity that could reproduce.
Since he was taken from his mother at such a young age it caused Tilikum to be an aggressive, uncontrollable whale at times. When humans would take Tilikum's semen he would pass his aggressiveness and anger to his offspring. Humans where the cause of the actions that soon unfolded. The movie explains the environment the whales lived in, how they were treated,whales from completely different oceans were put in the same container and it would cause anger between them and bullying, some would bleed during live shows because of injuries. At times they were forced to be put in different pools. The movie describes Seaworld was a place of horror for the whales. "Blackish" also explains all the accidents, most happened when Seaworld was closed or during training sessions. The accidents that happened at Seaworld not even the trainers new about. The owners would keep every accident very secretive to not cause comoshion. Tilikum was responsible for 3 deaths but in February 24, 2010 it would be the first person killed at a live show it would cause so much commotion on social media and the news seaworld would be forced to close its doors for good. A trainer during a live event was making Tilikum do his normal tricks due to his previous accidents trainers typically didn't get in the water with him but the trainer had got to close to the edge of the pool and Tilikum pulled her by her hair into the water then killing her by amputating her arm of. This tragic accident led to the closer of Seaworld
I believe that the movie was really was really good with letting people know the horrifying truth behind all the tricks and shows the whales were forced to do. I knew animal cruelty was a problem but I never realised sea world was such a prime example of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is a much bigger problem than we know; it happens all around us and most of us don't even know. Therefore "Blackish"not only tells you about the cruelty that happened at Seaworld but how so many people went to watch there shows not thinking if the animal was happy doing what it was doing.
Despite the movie being more of a depressing movie I do record you to watch because it shows if people show animal cruelty is a problem we all can try together to make a difference.
"Past is present if you carry it with you." No, this wasn't said by a famous philosopher or psychologist, but by Sybil Dorsett, the main character of Joseph Sargent's 2007 film Sybil. This film, based on the 1973 book of the same name, examines Sybil's case in a way that will make you empathize with the mentally ill on a whole new level.
We meet Sybil Dorsett as a young art student in New York City during the late 1950s. Right off the bat, it's apparent that something isn't right with Sybil. She leaves during the middle of her class to Philadelphia, due to what we believe to be embarassment. After she tells her university's psychologist that she doesn't know why she went to Philadelphia he diagnoses her with female hysteria and refers her to Dr. Cornelia Wilbur. As Sybil meets with Dr. Wilbur, she confesses that she experiences frequent blackouts and cannot recall large periods of time. Dr. Wilbur helps Sybil recover a childhood memory where she was physically, emotionally, and sexually abused by her mother. Eventually, several different personalities with different ages and names emerge from inside Sybil. To Dr. Wilbur's dismay, her associates believe that she influenced Sybil to create the different identities. The end of the film shows the house of Shirley Mason, who, up until now, was known as Sybil Dorsett.
Sybil is quite the rollercoaster of a main character. When she was first introduced in the movie, I felt sorry for her due to her frequent blackouts. Imagine only being able to play piano while you're blacked out; this is the life of Sybil. When she starts seeing Dr. Wilbur, and her multiple personalities emerge, I started to dislike Sybil because of her anger personality, otherwise known as Peggy Lou. Mainly because this version of Sybil is very rude and aggressive, and I didn't find it particularly necessary to break the glass several times in Dr. Wilbur's office. My favorite of Sybil's personalities though, was Sid, her male personality in the movie. The little tough guy Bostonian accent paired with Sybil's irrational actions based on her perspective of how the males around her act is just all too perfect. When Mary meets Dr. Wilbur, this is when I start to wonder "what happened in this poor woman's life to make her act like this?" From her obvious hallucinations of her dead mother, to the strange whimpering noises she makes, to the grotesque looking contortions she makes while experiencing these hallucinations- it's pretty clear something really messed up happened during her childhood. The change in accents and genuine change in behavior is all too cute, and even if you don't like Sybil herself, you're bound to relate one of the sixteen characters inside of her. I just wish that the movie was longer so there was sufficient character development for each personality.
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur was another interesting character that was hard for me to dislike. Being that we know that dissociative identity disorder is a legitimate mental disorder now, I felt her frustration when all of her colleagues believed that she made Sybil create her several personalities, and that Sybil was just suffering from simple "female hysteria". The setting definitely takes a key role here: had the movie taken place during a slightly later time period, Dr.Wilbur most likely would have had more success convincing her colleagues of her groundbreaking discovery. I like how she is very sincere and gentle with Sybil, as well as with Sybil's multiple identities, even when Sybil herself is not being so gentle.
The only thing that sort of threw me off was the cryptic serial killer like music that played most of the time whilst Sybil was recalling her past. I liked how it wasn't confusing to distinguish the timeline in the movie from the constant flashbacks to Sybil's past.The ending of the movies was pretty anticlimactic and abrupt. I think the movie could have been a little longer, showing more of how Sybil behaves when she comes to terms with all her personalities and realizes she has an illness. I also don't like how it revealed the identity of Sybil Dorsett to be Shirley Mason, destroying the anonymity that had been preserved by the previous adaptation for 31 years. I would recommend this film to anyone that is interested in Sigmund Freud and the psychodynamic perspective, or anyone studying psychoanalysis.
- Kaden Jones
Have you ever wondered why slaves never fought there master or what would happen if they had the chance to. The movie "Django Unchained" explores this idea. It is a story of a slave gaining freedom and ultimately freeing his wife from slavery and in the process takes down a famous slave plantation Candy land. The movie starts with Django being a slave but he is rescued from slavery by a german bounty hunter named Dr Schultz. He practiced dentistry for a while but then became a bounty hunter. He needed Djangos to help him locate the briddle brothers who were slavers. Dr Schultz takes him through this journey and they track down the briddle brother two of which Django himself killed and whipped and before killing one of them he says to the salves "yall wanna see something" and blows his brains out. He is then recruited but the Dr to be a bounty hunter for the winter and the thought of killing white people for money was very interesting to Django. He became very talented in shooting. After the winter he tells Dr Schultz that he wants to free his wife Broomhilda whose name the Dr recognized because of her german name. She ends up being in candy land the famous slave plantation. They go to candyland to save Hilda and they come up with a terrific plan. The plan goes south after they are caught by Mr candy's trusted friend who was a former slave named stephen. Dr schultz is killed but Django get into a big shootout with them and kills a lot of white slavers. He is captured but escapes and comes back to candy and slaughters all the white people in the plantation and also stephen the former slave.
This movie makes me think of what it would have been like if slaves had rebelled and gone out after there master and try to kill them. You can imagine the pain the slaves felt but they never fought back. This movie unleashed the pain the slaves felt to white people in very violent way but get the idea across that slaves at that time would smile and the death of a white man who was their slave owner. The movie makes us think could white people endure the pains black people went through if they were slaves. There a scene where Django had to watch a slave who was refusing to fight being fed to dogs to die and this hits home hard because I could never imagined being in that position. The movie though violent makes you feel, or at least for me a little bit of hatred towards white and in some cases you'll find yourself smiling when Django slaughters all the slavers. I love the setting being the west but the town is greenville tennessee which was a big slave town even after the abolishment of slavery. The movie show the west in the eye of a black man and a foreigner. It shows how america treated the those who were not of the country. Overall the movie is very eye opening and just show that slavery was a very disturbing time in the history of the us and we have come a long way. But we also have a long way to go.
-- Joel C.
(Spoilers) The movie is about a platoon ordered to search for Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) during World War 2 while fighting the German army in France. In the beginning of the movie you see an old man heading to the grave a fallen soldier and that soldier is Captain James Miller (Tom Hanks) the captain and his platoon ordered to take James home. The memories come to James as the scene was taken to the bays of France, D-day. The first soldier on the American side was shot on the head, so it started the action of the movie with bombs going off while the Americans and other allies tried to storm towards the beach eventually with the allies succeeding on the assault. Later that day James Miller got the orders to get a soldier named Private James Ryan to take him home because his other two brothers died in action. Private Ryan was a few miles away so Captain Miller throughout the movie along with a few other soldiers tried to get Ryan in the processes two soldiers died. They found Ryan and found out where he was stationed, they tell him the news and he doesn't want to go home he wants to stay there with his brother which is noble of him. Captain Miller agreed to stay and fight till reinforcements arrive against the German army. Ryan was still young, but mature enough to realize i need to stay here and fight. The whole platoon dies and reinforcements come at the last minute, now at this Miller was shot and Ryan stands in front of him as he laid dying, that's when the scene changed to the present day when Ryan is an old man. He never forget what Miller did and he reflects on it everyday of his life.
This movie had its intense moments along with moments that made you feel more connected with the characters. Those moments that had its reality check making us realize that these men just enjoy the little things and are just wanting to go home to their families. The effects of War can leave lasting memories like it did with Ryan, but at the same time during the War others see them as superhuman, but they are just humans that are stressed and paranoid out of there minds. Even though Miller was a Captain and is supposed to show leadership and no fear, he takes his time to mourn and cry for his fallen soldiers because the pressure is just too much for him to take and just wants to go home. The movie had a good interpretation of D day in the beginning by applying the gun fire, landmines, and the sounds of soldiers using their battle cry, screaming in pain, or just shocked on the dead laying on the shore. That is the scene that got me hooked to the movie, also including the final battle in the town in France having that Alamo feeling being outnumbered by the Nazis. Overall the movie is worth watching and it makes you appreciate more for what these service men and women have to sacrifice, the story itself is good with good characters to back it up going more in depth to how they are feeling mentally and physically and the backlash it can have later in their lives.
-- Fernando V.
According to the Urban Dictionary, nappy is defined as "Tightly coiled / curled unaltered hair. Coiled hair in its natural state, as found on people of African descent who do not chemically alter their hair texture". In the 2009 comedy/documentary narrated by Chris Rock called Good Hair, he deconstructs different meanings of what good hair is and where the term originated from. When regarding the idea of "good hair", as a female who had relaxers, I used to envision Caucasian women with flowy straight hair, now I see "good hair" as natural or healthy hair due to the recent acceptance of cultural diversity.
Chris Rock begins his journey to find out why his daughter questions the quality of her hair. He attends multiple places around the world to discover where the "good hair" is. He attends convention that is solely based on the Bronner Bros hair competition and selling of hair extensions. He visits hair salons where women are getting their hair done to ask them questions about how their hair is paid off, what price it is, and more. In addition to get women's opinion, he interviews women like Nia Long and Eve, celebrities that can tell them about their experience with relaxers and weave.
He researches the chemicals found in relaxers, how early most children begin to use them, and how some don't go back to natural once using it. Not only does he look at relaxers, Rock looks at wigs, extensions, tracks, and sew-ins. He tries to become educated on the price values of Asian or Caucasian hair and African American hair. Rock concludes with a message to his daughters about what he learned in his journey and how they should be advised when trying to attain "good hair".
As someone who has now sworn off relaxers, I believe natural hair is beautiful and doesn't need to be permanently altered. However, I also do believe what one person might think is "good hair" another won't agree. I can admit I've been influenced by recent trends to chop of my relaxed ends and embrace my natural curl pattern. When I was in middle school people saw my natural afro as dirty and ugly. Now everyone is trying to get the curl patterns I have that naturally grow out my scalp. I wish the documentary talked more about how history influenced multiple women to damage their natural hair to make white people. I think if he showed that aspect, people could make the connect of how African American culture has been suppressed in many other ways. I do wear braids with extensions now to lessen the hassle of dealing with my hair every morning, but I stand by the use or relaxer or no relaxer. However, I do not advocate for the use of relaxer to make others more accepting, respectable, or to make the person "beautiful". The way someone does their hair shouldn't determine who they are, whether they get the job or not, or whether they are beautiful.
If you are someone who is having troubles understanding why African Americans wear extensions or don't understand why most African American women think their natural pattern isn't good, I would recommend this documentary for you. I believe this would be best for those type of people because the film educates you on where the "good hair" came from, why people believe this way, and how to get the hair everyone is wearing/talking about. However, I feel like Chris Rock could have done a better job of telling African American woman's story about hair better because it was mainly stereotypical girls with their extensions and attitude. There was some parts of the film that I found cringe-worthy and shocking. Chris Rock tried to show how our natural state of hair was nearly worthless, but in doing so it felt like he embarrassed African American women and make jokes that Caucasians with stereotypical beliefs about weave would laugh at.
-- Obioma N.