12_Years_A_Slave12 Years A Slave documents the ordeal of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free Black man from Saratoga Springs, New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.

Solomon’s story represents the experience of every slave who was brought to the United States in chains, born into bondage, separated from family, beaten, sold and raped. Yet, the fact that Solomon had always been a free man serves as a stark illustration of the complete injustice and insanity of enslavement because he has lived as a productive citizen who is the equal, if not better, of any man.

Solomon, a highly intelligent and educated man who plays the violin is forced to hide the fact that he can read and write in order to survive as it’s forbidden for slaves to have such knowledge. Determined to be reunited with his wife and two children Solomon resolves to do whatever it takes to stay alive and refuses to give into desperation despite the relentless cruelty of his circumstances.

The brutality on screen in 12 Years A Slave seems unreal, at times so harsh that it’s difficult to process or comprehend. Yet this is the violent history of our country that still resonates today. Continue reading »

“In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.” On earth it’s a different story and that scream I hear inside my head is that of my expectations crumbling midway through Prometheus that this film will in any way be coherent, imaginative, or transporting. The first sign of the disaster that is about to unfold before me on the screen is the name of Damon Lindelof, one of the Lost writers responsible for perpetrating the biggest hoax ever executed on television. Like Lost, Prometheus is a grab bag of biblical, mythological and philosophical mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing. Ultimately, though the blame must rest with director Ridley Scott who is the captain of this grounded ship.

The basic plot of the movie is that two scientists have found universal symbols across the globe that point to a common creator or God, although the word God is never uttered in the film. That would take guts and one of the big problems with the story is that it lacks any conviction or point of view. But, I digress much like the movie. Continue reading »

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