Daily Archives: December 24, 2016

To Walk Invisible Trailer

A good biopic is hard to come by. On one hand, it has to be true to the real life subjects that are being portrayed on-screen. But, on the other hand, it must be entertaining and keep the audience engaged.

To Walk Invisible is the new biopic based on the life Emily, Anne and Charlotte Bronte. Stepping into the roles of the the legendary sisters are Charlie Murphy (Anne Bronte), Chloe Pirrie (Emily Bronte) and Finn Atkins (Charlotte Bronte). Playing their widower father Patrick is Jonathan Pryce and their brilliant but drug addicted brother, Branwell is Adam Nagaitis.

While there is no official air date in the US (it premieres in the UK on December 29th), I have a feeling the bookworms, anglophiles and Bronte fans will be pleased with this fictional imaging of the three of the world’s greatest authors.

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Chanukah

Tonight, Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Chanukah.

The joke about Chanukah is the joke that revolves around most Jewish holidays: they tried to kill us, they failed, now lets eat.

One of the things I’ve come to believe in recent years is that if we are willing to do the work required to achieve our goals, our creator will give us a nudge when we need it.

The Maccabees, led by Judah, did not wait for a sign from a prophet or their creator to fight back against the Greeks who would have been more than happy to see the Jews convert and assimilate into the general population. They took a stand against assimilation and won. In response the victory, G-d provided Israel with just enough oil to last for eight days, even though it seemed like there was none left at all.

Happy Chanukah and to everyone celebrating Christmas tonight, Merry Christmas.

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Late Flashback Friday- Christmas Edition Part II: A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

Among Christmas stories, there are few that are on par with Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. There is a reason why the story of an old miser who learns the true meaning of the season has resonated with audiences since 1843.

It’s easy to see why the story has been adapted many times over since then.

In 2000, A Diva’s Christmas Carol hit the small screen. Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams) is a diva with a capitol D. While her career has been soaring, she treats her band and her manager like sh*t. Just before a performance in New York, Ebony is visited by the spirit of her late band member Marli Jacob (Chilli of TLC fame). Marli warns of the impending visit of three spirits. If Ebony does not heed the warning of the spirits, the consequences could be dire.

This version of A Christmas Carol is cute. There is nothing really intellectually stimulating about this tv movie, but it’s not completely horrible either.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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