Have you ever wondered how the magic of Mary Poppins started? Any fan of the musical created almost 50 years ago is interested in knowing how the story came to be! The film premiered on December 12 and was officially released in theaters on December 20.
The expression "I'm feeling blue" usually implies a feeling of sadness. This Venezuelan movie shows the hardship of living as a homosexual. It played at Image+nation on December 8, 2013 and won the Award for Best Feature.
Some have tried, of course, but Roots was watered down to the point of a mostly meaninglessness show of face-saving hindsight, and Django Unchained was mostly a sordidly tasteless, self-congratulatory marriage of Boss Nigger and Last of the Mohicans. Spielberg's Lincoln and Amistad, on the other hand, mostly missed the point with their particular brand of white-collar heroism; I even thought the latter was OK, but mostly in comparison to how much Django had the white and black halves of me gagging. In fact, most relevant pictures I can think of were about the war that revolved around slavery, or the folks glad enough to grow a conscience at its periphery, or merely alluded to it as a broader context--sometimes just as the setting for a romance, i.e., Cold Mountain. Slavery still mostly loomed hauntingly blurred in the background--a matter largely submerged, or ornamental, and surely not focused on.