The Best of Enemies is a 2019 drama directed and written by Robin Bissell. It is based on the book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South” by Osha Gray Davidson and focuses on the rivalry between civil rights activist, Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader, C. P. Ellis. Mostly based on a true story, this film is both moving, timely and necessary, considering the racial tension that exists in the United States at present.
The Best of Enemies opens with four Klansmen shooting up the home of a White women because she’s dating a Black man. Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an African American civil rights activist lives in Durham, North Carolina and is constantly at war with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and their leader and chapter president, C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell). Their battle and hate for each other has continued for a decade. Everything changed in 1971 when a fire occurred that destroyed the local Black school, burning half the building down. Because there’s no other school available for Black children to finish out the year, it’s suggested the children attend the segregated White school in Durham. The mind set of the White officials is that their schools should stay segregated. A team was sent to investigate the burnt school to determine if the Black children could continue to attend by splitting the day into two sessions. The White council decided it’s okay for the Black children to attend their partly burnt down school amongst heavy smoke and dangerous amounts of debris.
In order to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree, Babou Ceesay (Bill Riddick), who is Black, was called in to conduct a Charrette. Despite that this has never been done in such a big city, Babou was willing to try. The idea is for the community to discuss the pros and cons of integration, take a vote and come to a resolution. The rules included 2 equally chosen teams of Blacks and Whites. C. P. Ellis, who has a wife, Mary (Anne Heche) and four children, Vickie (McKenzie Applegate), Timmy (Brody Rose), Kenneth, (Carson Holmes) and Larry (Kevin Iannucci), wanted no part of the Charrette. Ann Atwater who is a forceful speaker and a single Black mother with two children, Marilynn (Nadej K. Bailey) didn’t want any part of a Charrette that would include C. P. Ellis. However, circumstances forced them to agree to co-chair this two-week community meeting, called a “Charrette”.
The Best of Enemies is part of our dark history of hate, segregation, violence and the kind of backward thinking that plagues this country today. We as Human Beings were not born with hate in our hearts. Hate is taught! What a waste of time, money and energy we keep exerting just to fight against the very people who helped shape this nation. Through The Best of Enemies we saw what living in harmony would be like. We saw two opposing mind sets come together and help one another. We all have something to give, why not share? I am happy to see a movie that deals with the very issues we are facing today. Schools are not legally segregated but communities are which causes schools to be mostly White or mostly Black. One of the best lines in the movie is “the same GOD made you, made me.” Everyone should see The Best of Enemies. Check It Out!
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Tagged Ann Atwater, anne heche, babou ceesay, bill Riddick, Bruce mcgil, c.p. Ellis, Carrie Oldham, Carson Holmes, Floyd Kelly, Garland Keith, Henrietta Kaye, john gallagher jr, Kenneth ellis, Lee trombley, Mary Ellis, nick Searcy, sam rockwell, sope aluko, taraji p henson, the best of enemies, wes bentley
I’m not sure where this series is headed but it has started off as a very slow thriller. Stationed in Jerusalem, there’s an FBI Agent, Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) sleeping with his boss, a murder and a past involving the death of Peter’s daughter. Anne Heche plays Lynn Monahan, an FBI official who is concerned with making her departmental protocol work while sleeping with Peter. A couple of mysteries are thrown into the mix every chance they get. I am perplexed over a little boy being prepped for some unknown destiny that demands his feet never touch the outside world. I’m not sure if he’s a clone or a science project. This is one of the mysteries of Dig. So far, it’s just okay but appears to have a lot of potential. The murdered girl, Archaeologist, Emma Wilson (Alison Sudol) looks like Peter’s dead daughter and everyone is worried about his state of mind regarding him working on this case. There’s a local detective, Golan Cohen (Ori Pfeffer) also working on the case but the two have no love loss between them until they start working together for the good of the case. Keeping secrets has ensured mistrust and even an accusation of guilt that could lead to Peter being charged with murder. It appears Peter has discovered a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Watching these 2 officials try to come together is causing Peter to humble himself, which almost makes this series worth watching. You’ll have to check this one out to determine if it’s worthy of my 7.5 rating. Dig currently airs on USA.
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Tagged alison sudol, anne heche, conspiracy 2000 years in the making, detective golan cohen, dig, emma wilson, fbi agent, female archaeologist, jason isaacs, lynn monahan, ori pfeffer, peter connelly, stationed in jerusalem
Denzel is Doing Everything Right! *** SOME SPOILERS ***
John Q is predictable but on purpose. The plot came together quite well because of our anticipated hope for a good resolution. Denzel gives a stunning performance as a father who is both an obedient husband, down on his luck and as a loving, caring father. While I’m not sure if this movie was based on a true story or not, I found “John Q” guilty of the usual Hollywood antics like a news anchorman who happens to have the ultimate communications geek in his employ, enabling the national viewing of a police blunder, LIVE on TV. I have yet to see antics like this in real life. Kimberly Elise gives a believable performance as the desperate mom who demands that her husband “do something” to save their son after all hope has been yanked away by hospital bureaucrats.
After seeing “John Q”, Denzel is a shoe-in to win the Oscar for “Training Day”. If that sounds like an enigma, blame it on the academy. If you haven’t notice, that’s the way they operate. James Woods, Anne Heche , Ray Liotta and Robert Duvall are so believable as die-hard, by-the-book, servants of the people who can’t take YES for an answer. I stayed on the edge of my seat and applauded twice before the movie was over. A good thriller.