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Obviously, movies don't have to stick to the facts of history, but, you might be surprised how often they do. More important than facts, are the human stories. They are as prodigious as the stars and as universal as the "still, small voice" inside all of us. They tell the real history.
[Still in progress. No particular order but nothing under my rating of 7]
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Explosive, fresh storytelling
Not since The Wire have I seen writing, directing and acting merge together in such explosive and fresh storytelling. Every episode gave me a whiplash with plot twists that left me gasping. I could not stop watching until I had devoured all 10 episodes.
Edi Gathegi is mesmerizing and would probably steal the show if the other 3 principal characters, played by Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, and newcomer Otmara Marrero had been any less superb themselves.
StartUp has just upped the ante in the genre of TV drama and should force anyone in Hollywood who shows up with less than their A-game to retire. Kudos to the entire cast and crew, and to Crackle for making dangerously great drama.
I vote 10 stars. If I could give it more, I would.
Ever Again (2006)
A must see
This is a very important film exposing the growing ubiquity of antisemitism, not just for the heinous attitude that it is, but for what it means in the greater scope of our global civilization.
Antisemitism is the 'canary in the mine' warning us of a much deeper, more insidious mindset that threatens all of us, whether we are Jews or not.
I was struck at the examples shown in the film that demonstrated antisemitism on the Left. We expect it from Right-wingers, (although this is an assumption that we should not necessarily make), but not from those who are so-called liberals.
It made me think. It made me aware that I need to pay closer attention and not assume that media doesn't have an agenda or that public figures are who they purport to be.
The mark of a good film is one that interrupts your direction and makes you think. This film does exactly that.