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SELMA Homework #3

The absolutely phenomenal, but controversial, film “Selma” was directed by Ava DuVernay. The film debuted during a tumultuous time in the country when race and equality were coming to light . For instance, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, etc. It basically depicted something that happened 50 years ago and made people realize that it is still happening now. Then the film was snubbed by the Oscars and not one person of color was nominated from the movie. That alone sparked protest. It was mostly an all black cast which is rare in a movie of its scale. And on that note, the all black cast was not nominated for best picture when countless other award shows nominated them. Instead, the media chose to focus more on American Sniper than a black film that was more prominent. But hey, let’s all care more about a guy that killed countless people in the Middle East and said he’d kill more. Plus, the American sniper was a movie that didn’t even depict the real life of a soldier and he also refers to Iraqis and as ” savages” and this is what people chose to nominate instead of a film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the whole movement that’s still going  on today.

Homework #2 The Dark Knight

This has got be one of the best opening scenes I have ever laid eyes on, so I just couldn’t resist sharing this with everyone. To think that one of the greatest villains of all time in superhero history can make robbing a bank look so easy, which was all done in about five minutes. The Joker just makes the whole movie start off with a BANG! (Rest in peace to the great Heath Ledger). The Batman is obviously isn’t shown in the opening scene, but from that point I just felt like the rest of the movie doesn’t even need the Batman; just make the movie all about The Joker. But, what is The Batman without The Joker? Nothing. And from that point on you just know that the whole movie will just be filled with a bunch of action-packed ventures. I think that Christopher Nolan, which is one of my favorite directors, did a fabulous job directing this film and doesn’t get as much credit for his fine works. I honestly recommend this movie to everyone, if you haven’t seen it yet, even if you aren’t into superhero movies, it’s way much more than your average “hero versus villain” movie. It’s definitely a must watch.