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The Best Movies Of 2016

It’s that time of year, the annual movie review. The movies listed below are the best of the best (in my humble opinion) of 2016.

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: This movie is a dream come true for any Star Wars fan. A prequel to Episode 4,  it abuts to the beginning of A New Hope and explains how the plans for the death star landed in the hands of the rebels. Starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, it is the perfect addition to the Star Wars franchise.
  2. Arrival: Arrival, starring Amy Adams is not the standard science fiction invasion alien film. It is about being human and dealing with everything that is human, while dealing with extra layer of potentially being invaded by an alien race. It could have been the typical schlockly science fiction film, but it is so much more.
  3. Denial: Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), a respected historian and professor must prove that the Holocaust happened when she sued for libel. A powerful story of how thin the line is between free speech and hate speech.
  4. Son Of Saul: Son Of Saul is about a Saul (Geza Rohrig), a prisoner in Auschwitz who is able to locate a spark of hope when he finds the body of boy he believes to be his son. A Holocaust film that is without sentiment, it is one of the more powerful Holocaust films that has hit the big screen.
  5. Indignation: Based on the book by Philip Roth, Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman) is a young man of Jewish descent from New Jersey. Instead of going to college close to home, he attends a college in small town Ohio.  Against the backdrop of the Korean War and the sexual and social repression of the 1950’s, Marcus struggles to find himself.
  6. Florence Foster Jenkins: Florence Foster Jenkins is a socialite and an heiress living in New York City in the 1940’s. She has always wanted to be a performer, but her technical abilities don’t match up to her ambitions. A live concert will be a life long dream come true, but it could also be a cold blast of reality.
  7. Love And Friendship: Based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is a widow who decides that its high time to live with her in-laws. While she is chilling under their roof and looking for a husband for her teenage daughter, she may as well find one for herself.

Here’s to the good movies in 2016 and the hopefully good movies that will be released in 2017.

This will be my last post for this year. Have a safe and happy New Year and I will see you in 2017.

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Denial Movie Review

The job of a historian is to impart the facts of historical events without prejudice or partiality. Unfortunately, some historians feel the need to inject their version of the facts into the historical record.

In the new movie, Denial, Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) is a professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is also a published author. One of her books, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, was published in 1993. She devotes part of the book to outing those who openly deny that the Holocaust did happened or claim that the known facts are not entirely correct. One of the men listed, David Irving (Timothy Spall), sued her for libel in the UK.

Forced to go to England to defend herself against the libel claim, Deborah’s legal team is led by  Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson) and Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott). The Holocaust did happen, that is undisputed fact. But can Deborah’s legal team prove that David Irving changed the facts to suit his own view of history?

This movie hit home for me for a number of reasons. I am first a Jewish woman who lost family to the Nazi inferno. I am also an American who believes that while free speech is one of the corner stones of democracy, a line has to be drawn when it comes to interpreting opinion as undisputed fact. Especially when it comes to something like The Holocaust.

I really liked this film. I liked it because it did not beat around the bush. There was enough tension to keep the narrative going and keep the audience focused on the film. I also liked the feminist element in the film. Deborah Lipstadt, both on-screen and in person, is a no-nonsense, say what she thinks kind of woman. To let off steam, she would run. While in London,  she passed by the statue of Boadicea, the Bronze age Queen who led a rebellion against the invading Romans. The imagery, at least from my perspective, said it all.

I recommend this film.

Denial is presently in theaters. 

 

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The Five Stages Of Grief

Loss is a natural part of life. We’ve all lost someone or something. I’ve been thinking about the five stages of grief and how it has become helpful in dealing with this loss and challenge that I am experiencing.

1. Denial-It couldn’t happen to me, I worked too hard for it to happen.

2. Anger- Why me? What did I do that was so wrong?  It’s their fault. It was a 50/50 relationship, I can only take what they have given me.

3. Bargaining- I would give anything to go back and undo the choice I made. Something inside of me knew it wasn’t right, but I took the chance anyway.

4.Depression- What’s point of all this? I try and try and all I get is rejection and failure. They don’t see the person who can accomplish the goals they set, they only see a few lines on a piece of paper.

5. Acceptance- There is nothing I can do, as much as I wish I could to go back and undo my mistake. I am proud of myself for trying, it was not easy. I took a risk and the risk did not turn out as I hoped. But  I learned a lot and I can only move forward from here. It sounds very cliche, but when one door closes another opens.

I just don’t know when that door will open and that is the scary part.

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