Friday, August 10, 2012

Stonewall (1995)

Despite a lot of criticism this movie has received, I absolutely adore it.

They didn't set out to make an historical documentary; they made a motion
picture with human stories and impact, and they did a brilliant job.

There's a swell of relatable characters and imperfect, striving folks seeking
their footing in the early days of the gay rights movement, and we get to see
heartbreak  and betrayal along the way in a series of interwoven storylines.

The culmination of course is 'that night' at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 where
gays and lesbians had finally had enough.

Sensationalist? Yes. And robust and real and gripping, with some phenomenal,
moving performances. The final word in this picture is surviving and having
the strength to go on.

Finding your voice and your resolve isn't a walk in the park, but here it's
entertaining and inspirational.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The New Affirmative Action

Eddie Cibrian previously had a talent for being known for several
things in Hollywood; being a scoundrel, looking good in a towel, and
starring in a lot of 'B' movies and television.

Now it seems he's found a new niche; "The only white guy in a movie
otherwise dominated by black folks."

Eddie has been the token color in several all-black-cast movies of
late, most recently in Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds."

Eddie's all right (onscreen, at least!) and the only complaint I have
is that this new trend seems to be cutting down on his 'nearly-nekkid'
screen time!