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Green Book (2018) Review



Tales of diversity and of the formation (and overall bonding) of a friendship from the most unlikeliest people has always been touching centerpiece to tell. Whether from racial segregations, society classes, or something else entirely, stories such as these has always been impactful ones to tell, resonating its thematic message that ring true and triumph over adversity, which is the palpable crux of the human condition of emotion an empathy. Given the general positive consensus of narrative of friendship endurance in the face of social / racial challenges, Hollywood has taken an interest in developing feature films around this concept (whether fictional and fantastical or grounded and based on a true story), depicting them under a cinematic light for the masses to learn and appreciate. Prime examples of this compelling narrative can be drawn from 1981’s animated feature The Fox and the Hound, 1982’s sci-fi E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, to 1989’s comedy-drama motion picture Driving Mrs. Daisy, to 2000’s biographical sports drama Remember the Titans, to 2008’s historical drama The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, to 2009’s sports family drama Blind Side, and many others, inspiring hope, heart, and of human faith that friendships can form in the most unlikeliest of places and from the most unlikeliest of individuals. Now, Universal Pictures (and Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures) and director Peter Farrelly present the latest film of an unlikely friendship with the movie Green Book. Does the feature ring true with the bonding friendship of two different people or does it fail to produce a measure of both heart and drama throughout its proceedings? Read more

Free State of Jones Review




Within history of the United States of America, the Civil War was brutal time period, which divided the nation into two factions: The Union (The North) and The Confederates (The South). Over the course of four years (1861-1865), hundreds of thousands of soldiers (on both sides) were left for dead and the destroyed the South’s infrastructure. With the war won by the Union, the nation went under the “Reconstruction Era” (1863-1877), which dealt with the aftermath of the war and the “reconstruction” of the nation and its society. To this day, the American Civil War remains the bloodiest war in U.S. History to be fought on its soil. Thus, it comes at no surprise that Hollywood (over the years) has created multiple cinematic feature films that showcase the various points of views during the Civil War from the battlefront to the homestead to the courtrooms to the presidential oval office. Which brings us to the present as STX Entertainment and director Gary Ross debut the film Free State of Jones Does this “based on a true story” feature shed new light on the American Civil War or is story that’s meant for the history books and not a cinematic retelling? Read more