Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Tomorrow People: The Best TV Show on Netflix With the Worst Title Ever

Number Rolled: 97
TV Show Name/Year: The Tomorrow People (2013-2014)
Genre: TV Show
Length: Approx. 1 hour episodes
Rating: TV-14
Affiliated Companies: Berlanti Productions, CBS Television Studios, Fremantle Media North America, Warner Bros. Television
Executive Producer: Thom Beers, Greg Berlanti, Melissa Kellner Berman, Danny Cannon, Phil Klemmer, Julie Plec, Jeff Rake, Anthony Optican, Roger Damon Price
Director: Dermott Downs, Danny Cannon, Guy Norman Bee, Nick Copus, Rob Bailey, Felix Enriquez Alcala, Nathan Hope, Leslie Libman, Steven A. Adelson, Jace Alexander, John Behring, Eagle Egilsson, Michael Schultz, Oz Scott, Wendey Stanzler
Writer: Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, Julie Plec, Roger Damon Price, Leigh Dana Jackson, Alex Katsnelson, Jeff Rake, Micah Schraft, Grainne Godfree, Ray Utarnachitt, Nicholas Wootton, Pam Veasey, Anderson Mackenzie
Actors: Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Aaron Yoo, Madeleine Mantock, Mark Pellegrino, Jeffrey Pierce, Jacob Kogan, Sarah Clarke, Simon Merrells, Alexa PenaVega, Carly Pope, Meta Golding, Laura Wiggins, Madeleine Arthur, Mitchell Kummen

Stephen is a mostly normal student; normal except for the fact that he’s been diagnosed with behavioral and psychological issues. He hears voices, he wakes up in strange places; not even his meds can help him. Then he meets a group of people who once went through the same thing… when their abilities were awakening. The Tomorrow People teach him that he’s the next evolutionary step in humanity. They teach him about the three T’s: telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy. Finally, they teach him about Ultra, the evil corporation hunting down their kind for experimentation or worse. As they teach him, he learns just how deep his bloodline connections run with them.

I don’t need to tell you I don’t normally cover TV shows. I’ve thought about it. I still think about it from time to time, but then I wonder how fair it is to judge an entire series by single episodes at a time. Even the best TV series has a dud episode now and again. I mean, I’d love to write about Doctor Who, Arrow, Sons of Anarchy, Gilmore Girls, or any of the other amazing TV shows on Netflix, but it’s not really all that feasible. I can’t exactly watch an entire series in three days. For some of the shows, that would be mathematically impossible.

So why does The Tomorrow People make the cut?

Remember once upon a time when Firefly was canceled? Well, I wasn’t familiar with that show at the time. Sure, I am now and it’s awesome. I have the biggest crush on Nathan Fillion (Slither, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, Much Ado About Nothing) and he’s the whole reason I decided to start watching Castle, but when it was initially canceled I didn’t know enough about it to be upset. That makes The Tomorrow People my Firefly.

As I write this, I’m re-watching the pilot episode. I’m recalling how amazing I found Robbie Amell (Th Flash, Zack Stone is Gonna Be Famous, Struck By Lightning) throughout the series and how Luke Mitchell (7 Minutes, Home And Away, Neighbours), Peyton List (Mad Men, 90210, As the World Turns), and Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, 21, Friday the 13th) brought their characters to life. I recall how spectacularly infuriating the good and evil representations of Jedikiah Price and The Founder’s storylines were. Played by Mark Pellegrino (Being Human, Supernatural, Lost) and Simon Merrells (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Wolfman, Family Affairs) respectively, they were a huge part of the reason I tuned in to the series every single week for 22 episodes.

I would have watched 7 more seasons of this series, easily. If the writers kept it up and the actors kept caring as much as they did in the first season, I could have watched even more than that.

Instead, the CW canceled it.

They had good reason, I’ll admit to that. Ratings weren’t quite where the network wanted them when The Tomorrow People was on after Arrow every Wednesday. So they moved the show to Mondays and that move effectively alienated a large remainder of the viewers they did have.

The thing is, The Tomorrow People was not original programming. It was a reboot of a British TV series from the 70’s that went by the same name. That version of The Tomorrow People ran for 5 years, making it a relatively successful television series.

Why didn’t this version make it? It was interesting. It was well acted. It was well written. It was well directed and produced. What was the problem?

To be honest, I think it was the title.

In the 70’s, in England, the title must have been fine, because the series survived. That means people had to have been attracted to it enough to give it a chance in the first place. The CW released it in the US, in the 2010’s; different time, different place. Their target audience isn’t attracted to titles like that. Especially since this series was a reboot, I think they could have benefited from changing the title.

Think about it. Some of the most popular shows at the time that The Tomorrow People aired were: The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, True Blood, and Teen Wolf. How are those titles different than The Tomorrow People? The ways they relate to the actual shows are obvious even if you’ve never seen them. It gives viewers an idea of what to expect. You hear The Walking Dead and you’re not going to think of anything but zombies. You hear Game of Thrones and you’re going to expect a fantasy involving kings. Maybe you won’t know True Blood refers to a drink in the show, but it pretty clear there’ll be some kind of vampire tone to it. When I think The Tomorrow People, I think of things like Futurama and The Jetsons.

If the title of a show doesn’t draw in viewers, then viewers aren’t going to know how amazing it is, and viewers today seem to want some kind of clarity in their titles.

Reboots are fine, but the producers have to acknowledge the change in times. For the most part, where the story arcs and the script are concerned, they did catch up to the year they released this remake. Why they decided to leave the title in the past is beyond me.

My friends and I joke that it’s the best show with the worst name in existence.

Netflix has been picking up canceled shows and working with them. I believe, with all my heart, if Netflix were to pick up The Tomorrow People, with as much of the same cast as possible, and change the title, the company would be significantly surprised with how well it does.

It’s unlikely, but I can always hope.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 77%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.9/5
Trust-the-Dice Score5/5

Movie Trailer: I felt that a single trailer for an entire series didn't say enough. So I scoured Youtube for the best fan-made music video for the series I could fine. It was created by rhoboat77. Enjoy.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Knights of Badassdom (2013)

Number Rolled: 10
Movie Name/Year: Knights of Badassdom (2013)
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 85 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: IndieVest Pictures, North by Northwest Entertainment
Executive Producer: Rich Cowan, Mike Elizalde, Daniel J. Heffner, Ketura Kestin, Rizwan Virk
Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall
Actors: D.R. Anderson, W. Earl Brown, Michael Carpenter, Kevin Connell, Sean Cook, Peter Dinklage, Khanh Doan, Michael Gladis, Summer Glau, Basil Harris, Brett Gipson, Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Margarita Levieva, Joshua Malina, Brendan McCreary, Brandon Petty, Brian Posehn, Danny Pudi, Jose Rufino, Jimmi Simpson, Kim Stodel, Douglas Tait, Joshua Aaron Van Veen, Steve Zahn

Joe is having a rough day. He gets in trouble at work and then his girlfriend breaks up with him. Luckily, he lives with his best friend, Eric. There’s no way Eric is going to allow Joe to mope the entire weekend. Through peer pressure, and other means, Eric gets Joe to join him on a delightful weekend of LARPing.

If you don’t know what LARP is, it stands for Live-Action Role-Play. It takes table-top role-playing games, throws the players in costume and transports them to a place where thrown bean bags are spells and foam swords act like steel.

If you don’t know what role play is… what’s wrong with you? Get on that. Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Vampire: the Masquerade, Exalted. Look up those keywords and enjoy.

I digress.

This B-movie does everything really well, provided you go into it knowing you’re about to see a B-movie. Don’t let the familiar names of Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Penelope), Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity, Arrow) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Not Suitable For Children, Dead Silence) fool you. This IS a B-movie.

A PERFECT B-movie.

That’s right; I used the “P” word. Get your minds out of the gutter, you know what I meant.

I believe this movie was perfect. It was silly and violent and hilarious and I could not look away. It’s everything a good B-movie should be with much better acting. You can absolutely tell that the actors had one hell of a time filming. It’s always easy to get into a story when the actors are too.

Now, as perfect as I believe this movie was, I will acknowledge that it is not for everyone. If you take horror movies too seriously, this is not for you. If you can’t be sympathetic to a bunch of truly nerdy LARPers, this is not for you. If you just plain don’t like fantasy, this is probably not for you.

However, if you’re interested in some geeky, ridiculous, not-so-horror-horror with a twinge a death metal and pinch of epicness – this is definitely for you.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 39%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 5/5
Trust-the-Dice Score5/5

Movie Trailer: 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

V/H/S (2012)

Number Rolled: 81
Movie Name/Year: V/H/S (2012)
Genre: Independent
Length: 116 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: 8383 Productions, Bloody Disgusting, The Collective
Executive Producer: Tom Owen, Zak Zeman
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Writer: Brad Miska, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Nicholas Tecosky, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillet, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella
Actors: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Kentucker Audley, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Hannah Fierman, Mike Donlan, Joe Sykes, Drew Sawyer, Jas Sams, Nicholas Tecosky, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Norma C. Quinones, Drew Moerlein, Jeannine Elizabeth Yoder, Jason Yachanin, Helen Rogers, Daniel Kaufman, Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillet, Paul Natonek, Nicole Erb

Found footage is watched by a group of thugs hired to steal a VHS tape from an old man.

I want to start off by saying that I hate shaky cam. There’s nothing more annoying to me than sitting through an hour or more of someone seizing while holding a camera. It makes me dizzy and I avoid it like the plague.

Unfortunately, I cannot avoid the V/H/S series.

Suggestions for the V/H/S series come in almost once a week. So, all of them will see my list at some point.

Although the movie had that “filmed by a masturbating monkey” quality to it, I have to admit that it was a story that was probably best told through that method. Without the shaky cam, it just wouldn’t have been as scary. It needed that first-person aspect.

I wasn’t fond of the framing device used. To be honest, the movie was almost confusing at first because of it. Luckily I went into V/H/S knowing it was an anthology, so I was able to work it out quickly it enough.

The independent stories, however, were pretty good. All of them seemed to have that unpredictable quality that I adore. I was also happy to see that the segments did not have that ABCs of Death quality to them, despite two of the directors, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, The Guest) and Ti West (The Sacrament, The Innkeepers, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), having been involved in that infamous project.

In the end, I have to give the movie credit. Shaky cam be damned, the stories were pretty good.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 41%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.1/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

P.S. More scenes during the credits.

Movie Trailer: 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

Number Rolled: 79
Movie Name/Year: Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: NR
Affiliated Companies: Mankurt Media
Producers: Soojin Chung, Gioia Marchese
Director: Randy Moore
Writer: Randy Moore
Actors: Roy Abramsohn, Eli Jane, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Danielle Safady, Annet Mahendru, Lee Armstrong, Kimberly Ables Jindra, Trey Loney, Amy Lucas, Alison Lees-Taylor, Jakob Salvati

After Jim loses his job on the last day of a family vacation in Disney World, he begins to get paranoid and depressed. That’s when things from his point of view begin to go a little haywire.

I have never in my life seen a movie so completely pointless as Escape from Tomorrow. It was like something straight out of The ABCs of Death. It was creepy, disgusting and borderline unbearable. I can’t say anything else about it.

I get the social commentary, I do. I just don’t understand why the message couldn’t have been said in an even semi-entertaining way.

Although I’ll never forget this film, I’ll always wish I could.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 27%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 1.2/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

The Random Rating: R. 

Movie Trailer: 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Avalon High (2010)

Number Rolled: 25
Movie Name/Year: Avalon High (2010)
Genre: Drama
Length: 89 minutes
Rating: TV-G
Affiliated Companies: Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Disney Channel
Executive Producer: Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe
Director: Stuart Gillard
Writer: Julie Sherman Wolfe, Amy Talkington, Meg Cabot
Actors: Britt Robertson, Samuel Levi, Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, Devon Graye, Molly C. Quinn, Don Lake, Christopher Tavarez, Ingrid Park, Steve Valentine, Anthony Ingruber, Jordaan Tuitama, Anton Tennet, Gareth Sanuels, Craig Hall, Jazmyne Van Goslinga, Alison Bruce, John Leigh, Andrew Grainger

Allie is the daughter of two professors specializing in King Arthur and Camelot and they’ve had to move around a lot. In fact, Allie isn’t used to staying anywhere for longer than six months. When she finds out that her family intends to stick with their new residence until she graduates, she’s thrilled to get the chance to dive deeper into the life of a high school student. Thing just don’t seem normal at her new school.

This movie was certainly unique. The thing that made it stand out as much as it did was how completely mediocre it was, until it wasn’t.

Avalon High brought Camelot into the present day. The movie accomplished that feat by mixing a usual drama-teen romance plot. However, as you get further into the movie, a pinch of supernatural mixes in. It’s fine, but with history buffs already pointing out every single line out of place on a suit of armor, you need to be damn sure you’re keeping everything else real enough to suck in viewers.

A good example of a movie that brought historical lore into the present day and managed to succeed was Robin of Locksley (1996). Of course, that movie didn’t have the added obstacle of trying to make the supernatural look real.

I spent the first part of the movie, and most of the middle, completely disinterested in the storyline. It didn’t help that only about half the cast managed to pull off their characters with any amount of believability. In a movie like Avalon High it’s incredibly important that the actors embody their characters as much as possible because you’re already suspending a lot of disbelief for the setting and the script.

None of this sounds all that spectacular, so why the high score?

The movie gets awesome at the end. Everything is not as it seems and there’s a twist I wasn’t sure Disney Channel was capable of. Even the actors that I disliked seemed to get better.

Avalon High is a great movie for adults as well as kids. Brilliant for a family night.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

Movie Trailer:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top Ten Movies to Look Out For In December

Honorable Mention – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 17)

Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, J.R.R. Tolkien
Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Ian Holm, Manu Bennett
Genre: Fantasy
Rated: Unrated

To be honest, I don’t have a lot of interest in this movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I greatly enjoyed the first Lord of the Rings trilogy. I saw each one of them in the theater on their opening days. Despite that fact, I have not had any interest in the new trilogy. I offered it as an honorable mention because I’m certain it will be visually stunning, regardless of how I feel.

10 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (December 19)

Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, David Guion, Michael Handelmann, Mark Friedman
Actors: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Skyler Gisondo, Rachael Harris, Rami Malek, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Patrick Gallagher
Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the first comedy that makes me very sad. This movie is the last live-action movie that Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, The Birdcage) will appear in. He will be voicing a character in Absolutely Anything (2015), but he won’t be seen.

I believe this movie is the last chance for fans of Williams to say goodbye, the right way. Not with tabloid stories and invading the lives of his family, but by celebrating his life’s work.

I’ve never seen the other Night at the Museum movies, but I will before December 19. Whether it’s great, or terrible, I feel the need to see Robin Williams’ final visual performance.

9 – Murder of a Cat (December 5)

Director: Gillian Greene
Writer: Christian Mgalhaes, Robert Snow
Actors: Greg Kinnear, Nikki Reed, J.K. Simmons, Blythe Danner, Fran Kranz, Leonardo Nam, Ted Raimi
Genre: Comedy
Rated: Unrated

The first thing I want to say is that this movie was produced, in part, by the one and only Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Legend of the Seeker, Xena: Warrior Princess). That alone caught my interest. The moment his name is linked to a project, I want to know about it.

He’s not the only name that drew me in. Of all the actors listed, the name that really caught me is not one of the obvious ones. Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing) is an actor that I’ve grown to know and love through Joss Whedon (The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing). He’s shown himself to be a quirky and amusing performer. When I found out he was playing the main character in Murder of a Cat, I knew it was a movie I was going to have to see.

I know Kranz is probably not as big a draw to the rest of the world as he is to me, but I think he really deserves the confidence of fans. I believe he will make an amazing leading man.

8 – Unbroken (December 25)

Director: Angelina Jolie
Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, Laura Hillenbrand
Actors: Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale, Miyavi, John Magaro, C.J. Valleroy, Finn Wittrock, Jordan Smith
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13

Unbroken looks like a solid drama. I’m unfamiliar with the book it was based on or the true story that the book was based on, but I do know that the trailer looked incredibly intense. Based only on the merit of the trailer and the cast, I have to believe this movie is going to be incredible.

7 – Into the Woods (December 15)

Director: Rob Marshall
Writer: James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim
Actors: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Lilla Crawford, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover
Genre: Fantasy/Musical
Rated: PG

Disney is the best source for fairy tale movies. The company has been making them since well before I was even born. So, when they put out another, it’s hard to find a reason not to see it. When you add in a cast filled with people like Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada, The Giver, The Iron Lady), Johnny Depp (Tusk, Transcendence, Dark Shadows), Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper),  and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Rapture-Palooza, End of Watch), any remaining doubt is washed away.

6 – The Interview (December 25)

Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Writer: Dan Sterling, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Actors: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Randall Park, Resse Alexander, Timothy Simons, Ben Schwartz, Anders Holm, Anesha Bailey, Geoff Gustafson, James Yi, Paul Bae
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R

Who doesn’t love the pairing of Seth Rogen (This is the End, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up) and James Franco (This is the End, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up)? Their comedic chemistry is insane. I’d have to be nuts to not look forward to The Interview.

5 – Tell (December 5)

Director: J. M. R. Luna
Writer: Timothy Williams
Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff, Jason Lee, Alan Tudyk, Robert Patrick, John Michael Higgins, Oscar Nunez, Faizon Love
Genre: Thriller
Rated: R

I would watch Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls, Pathology) in any movie he decided to act in. I’ve even stuck by him through the worst of his films. I could wax poetic about how much I enjoy his acting, but I don’t need to. His work speaks for itself and I look forward to seeing this new addition to his filmography.

4 – Life Partners (December 5)

Director: Susanna Fogel
Writer: Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz
Actors: Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliot, Beth Dover
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R

I had to watch this trailer a couple of times.

I enjoyed it the first time, but the second time I really fell in love with it. I thought it was adorable and hilarious. Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, That’s My Boy, Remember the Daze) seems to really be in control of her character.

I don’t expect it to be as completely light-hearted as it seems in the trailer, though.

3 – Exodus: Gods and Kings (December 12)

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Steve Zaillian, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine
Actors: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn, Golshifteh Farahani, Maria Valverde
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13

In Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Black Hawk Down) takes on the story of Moses.

I’ll admit, I have my reservations about this one. I was raised on Charlton Heston’s (Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, The Awakening) The Ten Commandments. I picture Moses a certain way, Ramses a certain way, etc. The idea of Christian Bale taking up the part of Moses in the movie was almost laughable to me at first.

So, I watched the trailer a few times and in different versions. Now, although I’m still not sure about Bale, the movie looked way too amazing to pass up.

2 – American Sniper (December 25)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Jason Dean Hall
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban, Eric Close, Eric Ladin, Sammy Sheik, Sam Jaeger, Reynaldo Gallegos, Joel Lambert
Genre: Action
Rated: R

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for two months. I did an article on Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, Limitless, American Hustle) and I learned about American Sniper. All the information I found out, coupled with the directing of Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby), made the wait for this movie almost unbearable.

Now that I’ve seen the trailer for it, I’m even more excited.

Although they showed a few various clips, the trailer mostly focused on a single scene in the film and that one scene gave me goosebumps. The look on Cooper’s face at the end was absolutely heart-wrenching.

1 – Selma (December 25)

Director: Ava DuVernay
Writer: Paul Webb
Actors: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Ledisi, Keith Stanfield, Wendell Pierce, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lorraine Toussaint, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Alessandro Nivola, Jeremy Strong, Dylan Baker
Genre: Drama
Rated: Unrated

There is rebellion and revolution all over the world right now and, unfortunately, it has brought with it a level of violence that is simply unacceptable.

Selma is the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the revolution that he became the face of. I strongly believe that this movie is coming at a good time. People need the reminder that change can be instigated through perseverance and peace, not just through violence.

Martin Luther King Jr. knew that revolution and rebellion would always be necessary in the world. The only way to fix what is broken is to get angry and to stand up. It means facing the violence head on, not throwing the first punch. He had a dream. In many ways, we’re still trying to help him accomplish it. Maybe being reminded of his dream and the way he went about trying to make it come true will be the push people need to change.

It wouldn’t be the first time a movie changed the world.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Due to an issue, I won't be able to post a blog for about a month. Normal blogs return on Monday, December 1.