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Movie Monday

Movie Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel <3

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a treasure. It wasn’t the slapstick British- like- comedy expected. It was a reminder of the pains of aging and how we sometimes neglect our elderly. Each character is going through something truly profound as they are aging, and life is far from over. In the Indian culture the elderly are not forgotten they are treated like gold!

I just found out that a second movie is going to be released. Normally I’m a little weary of sequels. This one I can hardly contain my excitement!

The Great Gatsby

Well Hello there Old Sport. What did you think of The Great Gatsby? I will tell you what I found it to be. I found it to be a delightfully fine movie. Now forgive me I am one of those who was not required to read the book in school. I suppose we were busy reading The Crucible or Hamlet. Now the Roaring Twenties is one of my favorite Eras and I was shocked that the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio did not stick to it’s time period authenticity. I won’t give away any nitty gritty details, but let’s just say that our two worlds collided. The movie involves three important characters Nick, Gatsby and Daisy and the movie mostly revolves around the parties Gatsby throws and the reputation he gets as he is trying to win back his young love, Daisy. As the flappers and jelly beans dance the jitter bug and the liquor is flowing the rap music seems out of place at first. Then suddenly without realizing it, you are digging it and be-bopping and partying right along with them. The music choice was a creative way to bring this Era back to life today, where people in our generation can relate to the debaucherous parties given by The Great Mr. Gatsby.

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12 Years A Slave


A Movie Review By Tyler McKinney

Chiwetel Ejiofor (pronounced Choo-ih-tell “Edge”-ee-o-for) presents to us the storied life of Solomon Northup, a born free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.  Based on a true story, and adapted from Northup’s own published memoir’s of the same name.  Directed by Steve McQueen and co written with John Ridley (Red Tails), this account of a 12 year decent into the hell that was slave existence shows us how truly cruel man can be.  Complete with narcissistic plantation owners who see themselves as god’s among their “property”, this film is full of characters who seemingly have no empathy for the people of whom they think should be eternally grateful for some odd reason.  Leaving both the movie goer and Solomon Northup wondering how this strange world could be part of our own, it’s madness.  With outstanding performances from Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine) and Lupita Nyong’o, the supporting cast is every bit as strong as the lead role sets the tone throughout movie.  Chiwetel Ejiofor hail’s from London, England and although he’s been acting in movies as early as 1996, he has certainly gotten much ado attention with his most recent performance and will no doubt be in demand for the coming years blockbuster hopefuls.  So we had better start learning how to correctly pronounce his name now, as I for one do not want to sound silly.

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