Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Django Unchained : A Review

Last night I watched one of the best movies ever made, in my opinion. Just when you think Quentin Tarantino can't do any better, he can. He has set the bar high with this film. From the very begining, there isint a dull moment in this movie. Jamie Foxx is incredible as Django. And Leonardo DiCaprio makes a brilliant performance. Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson also make brilliant performances in it.

There are difficult moments in the film. It depicts the truth and reality of slavery. Scenes from it that are hard to watch include Washington's character being tied up and lashed, a slave being torn apart and mauled to death by dogs, which greatly affects Waltz's character after seeing it. A lot of critics have given the movie an excellent rating. A lot has been made of the N-word and its high usage in the movie. Let me explain something for the ignorant out there: people back then used it all the time to describe slaves. This movie tells the truth. It tells the truth about slavery and anything less would be dishonorable to all the slaves who died. We cannot forget what happened and we can not water down history because some people are uncomfortable with the word. If we forget our history as a nation, then we will be condemned to repeat it. And slavery cannot and will not be repeated.

I recommend this movie to everyone. It is a truthful movie about slavery, redemption, love and the human condition.

Friday, January 4, 2013

22 years

That is how long my father has been gone. 22 yrs ago today. Funny thing is, I'm not sad today. I feel proud that he is my father. Not many people my age can say their father was in WWII. At the end of his career in the Navy, he left with 6 medals. He traveled all over the world, he spoke a good amount of French. I know I get my love of cultures and languages from him. He became a paramedic after the war, when that didn't suit him he became a mortician. Finally, he started his own engraving business. He eventually retired in Florida. Then married and had kids at 69 yrs old. Of course, he had been married before. but never had kids. I get much of my personality from him, and I'm thankful for that. I hope he is looking down and proud of me as I am of him.

Baby #2

I havent written in quite awhile. Of course,  life is busy with a 4 year old. And now,  I find myself going through the process again. I am ...