This is the best time for movie lovers. All the possible Oscar nominees are out now and are rapidly arriving at our local theaters. We have been spending lots of time in dark spaces, where we love to be and we’ve seen everything we can. Tomorrow night is the Golden Globes and my popcorn machine is clean and ready to fill my empty bowls. Tuvia will be bored in 10 minutes but will tolerate my star obsession and love of Tina and Amy. We have enjoyed most of this year’s crop, well I loved Into the Woods and Tuvia spent the 2nd hour waiting for me in the lobby. I’d say the non-ficiton pieces were not as satisfying as I thought they might be. The Theory of Everything (Stephen Hawkins),U The Imitation Game, Unbroken left me wanting more. I did love Wild.
But Selma left me thinking deeply about where I was in 1965- high school and where are we now, 50 years later? My dreams were filled with images of the movie and thoughts about this post. I think the specific focus around the movement’s work at Selma moved the film beyond the usual heroic biopics.
What would Martin Luther King say about our 2015?
Tuvia and I held each other for the movie’s two hour duration, moved deeply by the work of the director, the cast, the camera work. I wondered about the depiction of LBJ, ultimately he joined in a great partnership with MLK pushing for the passage of the voting act, but only as the two hours climaxed as Martin marched on Washington.
Charlie Rose interviewed both the director,Ava DuVernay and Martin, David Oyelowo , our dessert last night.