You already know the story of former Olympian James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens. He lived a life after the Olympics, but all anyone can remember is his fateful turn at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The film, however starts in the beginning, where Owens (Stephan James) leaves his parent’s cramped Cleveland home, for Columbus, Ohio and Thee Ohio State University. When Owens’ family left segregated, rural Alabama to resettle in the north; the thought was that the North was more tolerant, more accepting of migrant Blacks from the south. Compared to Alabama this was true, but Jesse still experienced resistance in school. Through it all, he managed to obliterate the competition on the way to the Olympic Games. If, they were to be held of course. Rumours about bigotry and internment of Jews in Europe began too big to ignore. Ironically the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to boycott the games over the alleged anti semitism. Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons) of the American Olympic Committee was sent to Berlin to investigate the claims. Continue reading “Movie Review – Race”
Fifteen year old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is new to the sleepy southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina. The normal inadequacies of transitioning to a new school aside; Lena has bigger issues. But this isn’t Lena’s story. Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) hasn’t had much sleep lately. Dreams of a civil war battle in which a long haired woman that he feels that he needs to save; gets killed before he can reach her. When Ethan and Lena meet for the first time in school, there seems to be a connect that borders on magical. Is it puppy love for Ethan and Lena? Is it something greater?
I doubt very many of us (if any) have been aware of an impending financial crisis that would bankrupt an entire company and potentially destroy an economy. Our economy is not in great shape right now. Investment institutions on Wall Street only a handful of years ago screwed things up so royally that 3 years later the economy is still attempting to recover. Now, if you were an investment bank that knew that something was dreadfully wrong and that there was impending doom, what would you do? Would you reach out to other firms and let them know? Would you reach out to members of the media to give them a heads up? Or would you watch out solely for you and do whatever was in your power to save as much of the firm as possible because it’s your livelihood at stake?
I’m a sucker for Nature Films. They’re the type of films that always seem to bring a tear to my eye. There’s the struggle to survive. There’s death and loss, and there’s heartache in the end. Animals are bound by a natural instinct to survive. They’re goals in life are 1) reproduce, and 2) survive for as long as they can. So when you watch a movie that’s based in nature, you know you’re going to experience a wide range of emotions. Emotions that include hope, pride, sympathy, sadness, and a feeling of triumph.