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THE BUTLER (2013) – My rating: 10/10

TheButlerVery nicely done.  The Butler is sort of a love story that educates us on the events regarding the Black plight from the 50’s to present.  At the tender age of 6, Cecil (played by Forest Whitaker) worked beside his parents, picking cotton.  Tragedy unfolds at the onset of this brilliant movie and we get to see Cecil’s life unfold as he becomes “The Butler”.  This movie is based on a true story depicting the life of Eugene Allen, born July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, VA over the span of 8 presidents.  Eugene died March 31st, 2010 and his wife, played by Oprah Winfrey passed in 2008 a few days short of  Obama’s win as the 44th president of the United States.  Lee Daniels may have directed a potential academy award nominated feature.  I really felt like I was right there in the White House with Cuba, Lenny and Forest.  The Butler was personable and real.  I learned something new about each president Cecil served under.

For the sake of history, heartfelt entertainment, masterful direction and a cast to die for, see The Butler.  It’s worth your time and your money!

AMERICAN HISTORY X (1998) – My rating: 10/10

A Lesson in Hate!
AmericanHistoryXAmerican History X is an excellent movie on the effects of hate and what hate feels like. Ed Norton deserves an academy award for his performance. He played a hateful, enraged murderer, a vulnerable, confused inmate and a man trying to get back on track starting with saving his younger brother. This film is emotion packed, well acted and well directed. American History X sends a powerful message. A must see!

THE PLEDGE (2001) – My Rating: 10/10

I hope My Comments will Encourage People to See this Movie that is as Real as it Gets!
ThePledgeSometimes a movie comes along with such a powerful message and with such a powerful actor to portray that message, little else is needed! And, with Sean Penn as director, you just can’t lose.  The Pledge deals with a concept I haven’t seen explored too much in Hollywood. This great film shows how we sometimes get lost in the complexities of life, especially when our preconceived ideas don’t work out.  Jack Nicholson was excellent, as always — this is academy award stuff. The Pledge is definitely worth seeing!