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GET ON UP (2014) – My rating: 9/10

GetOnUpHere lies another great, Oscar worthy, performance of an icon (James Brown) played by Chadwick Boseman.  What a fantastic portrayal of the God Father of Soul, James Brown).  What a story!  There’s so much about James Brown that I didn’t know.  He was a very complex individual.  This movie digs deep into the life of James Brown from a very poor little boy in Georgia to his rise to fame, to his death.  Chadwick Boseman worked extremely hard on this movie, as he had most of the screen time.  At times it seemed as though James had come back to life.  The voice and moves were superb.  I was surprise to see True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) in another major role as James’ right hand man, and original lead singer of the Famous Flames, Bobby Byrd.  The great Jill Scott played James’ wife, Dee Dee Brown, Viola Davis played his mother, Susie Brown and Dan Aykroyd played James’ manager, Ben Bart.  This movie was enlightening on so many levels.  I find myself thinking about the scenes from the deep southern roots of Augusta, Georgia, even though the movie was shot mostly in Mississippi.  There is not too much more I can offer about this movie without giving away major spoilers, so I’ll end with all and all, Get on Up is a  “Must See”, movie, especially if you were a fan of James Brown.  It’s worth your time and the price of a movie ticket.

FROZEN RIVER (2008) – My rating 10/10

FrozenRiverFrozen River is one of the most significant, heart felt and emotionally stirring movies I’ve seen.  Two women with equally profound hardship stories end up offsetting their circumstances by border smuggling Indians across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River.  The performance by Melissa Leo is  convincingly well acted.  Her character, Ray Eddy has two sons that her husband, a gambler, has walked out on with all the money she had in this world.  With no food, and a low paying, part time job, she looks elsewhere to make up the difference.  Ray comes across Lila Littlewolf,  a Mohawk women who is driving Ray’s husband’s car.  Lila’s new born baby was taken from her by her  mother-in-law because Lila is too poor to take care of the infant.  Lea also has a low paying job with no prospects of doing any better for herself.

This story has emotional ties between the two women and leads you on a journey that you have to see to believe.  I guarantee your emotions will be tried in this movie with a very different flavor.  I highly recommend you see this movie by any means.  It’s worth your time.  I rated this movie so high because it has a lesson to be learned and it’s highly entertaining.