My Favorite Scene: Hidden Figures (2016) “The Bathroom Speech”

I’m a born and bred space nerd, so any movie that tells me a story I don’t already know about NASA’s golden age already has me at hello.  Hidden Figures wasn’t as good a film as it was hyped to be, but that doesn’t mean it still wasn’t a great story told exceptionally well with a fantastic ensemble.  It’s a both sad and practical problem that there have been so many films about discrimination that it’s sometimes hard to hammer home the vicious indignity of it without borrowing from previous efforts.

What Hidden Figures did so well was to take an everyday reality for every person on the planet-using the restroom-and make it the film’s most poignant moment of the maddening unfairness of segregation.  Kevin Costner and Taraji Henson both give fantastic performances in this film, and Henson’s quiet character finally losing her mind over the ridiculousness of having to run 30 minutes to find a “colored restroom” is a wonderfully written and performed monologue.  Costner’s response has a lot fewer words in it, but then he got to do his talking with a crowbar.

Kevin Costner in Hidden Figures

Movie Review: Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle (2017) *Greatest Video Game Movie EVER!*

Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black In Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been the biggest holiday 2017 hit not to feature lightsabers, and rightly so.  Who’d have thought a sequel to a 20-year-old Robin Williams film about an enchanted board game (based on the brilliant book by Chris Van Allsburg) would have been A) good and B) a complete and total blast.  Deftly utilizing the conventions of video games and the comedic talents of its four leads, Jumanji is pure action-adventure fun. Continue reading Movie Review: Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle (2017) *Greatest Video Game Movie EVER!*