The Counselor

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Director Ridley Scott directs this blood-smeared, gritty thriller set in Juarez, Mexico. This wonderful cast of actors and actresses helps to bring horror and realism to the story. I kept wringing my hands at Micheal Fassbender (The Counselor). His inability to act aggressively and decisively costs everyone around him their lives. Be forewarned, this is a story of love, but not in a good way. Romance, greed, violence, and vanity is what pushes the wheel to go. This fast paced thriller is not for the weak of stomach! Brad Pitt’s character is sly, yet unable to resist his temptations.  It is humanity and character flaws that eventually leads to their untimely demise. Cameron Diaz gives a magnificent performance as Javier Bardem’s jealous, sexy, bizarre, hardened, unyielding, and relentless wife.

The puppet who pulls the strings earns their keep by ruining lives of everyone he/she touches and all without guilt. This movie had me screaming! I have to say;it is raunchy, yet I liked how Brad Pitt’s character knew that his day was coming.  What an exit it was! I went to this movie with my mom, we were screaming and so was the other women in our row! If you have a weak stomach for blood and violence….. Beware. This movie is definitely a discussion piece. The kind of films I like  still make you shudder hours after the show has ended. This would be one of those….

Gravity 3D

Gravity 3D

This is a 3D SciFi Thriller written, produced, and edited by Alfonso Cuaron. Sandra Bullock stars with George Clooney in this breathtaking, magical story of space and time. One woman’s journey among stars and planets and her obstacles coming home.  Sandra Bullock’s character (Dr. Ryan Stone), Mission Specialist, copes while an International Space station is destroyed and incoming debris presents challenges for her mission. Somehow, Stone finds strength of character after a ghost gives her counsel on how to return back to earth. She uses her resources cleverly although obviously inexperienced.

There are many things that caught my attention during this film. The cinematography, simplistic story (not too much), and character growth. George Clooney’s character (Lt. Matt Kowalski) asks Dr. Stone where is home she replies. “Lake Zurich, Illinois”. I love this.  Cuaron definitely gets points for the Illinois reference! ( I was born and raised in Illinois)    🙂

Pullman Porter Blues

Pullman Porter Blues

A dramatically driven historical musical comedy with a fresh look at the account of a Pullman Porter family in June of 1937. It takes place on the Panama Limited train beginning in Chicago and ending in New Orleans. During the trip the passengers experience the Joe Louis/James Braddock heavyweight championship fight. This spirited story tells of Gospel, segregation, African-American family history, the Black Pullman Union, the Chicago Defender, and much more.

This is an emotionally driven tale of the African-American people, which brings insight into a critical time period in history. It explained the intricacies of relationships of workers and passengers on the Panama Limited. My great great grandfather was a Pullman Porter. I believe that this definitely was a story that needed to be told. A story of struggle, resilience, endurance, and courage of a people and how the country responded as such. It’s a must see!