Selma (2014)

Selma
Director: Ava DuVernay
Writer: Paul Webb
Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, André Holland, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Common, Lorraine Toussaint, Dylan Baker, Corey ReynoldsWendell Pierce, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Martin Sheen
Seen on: 24.02.2015

Plot:
Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) may have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize, but the fight for racial equality is far from over, which is proven again when a bombing of a predominantly black church kills four girls and injures others or when a woman in Selma, Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey), is denied to registrate for voting, only the latest of many attempts of hers to do so. King makes voting legislation his next big topic, coming to Selma to start his campaign of civil resistance that is supposed to culminate in a march from Selma to Montgomery. But before things get that far, a lot of stuff has to happen first.

Of all the biopics I’ve recently seen, Selma was by far my favorite. The story is amazing, wonderfully told and the cast was absolutely mind-blowing.

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The Way (2010)

The Way
Director: Emilio Estevez
Writer: Emilio Estevez
Based on: Jack Hitt‘s book Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain
Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wangeningen, James Nesbitt

Plot:
After Tom (Martin Sheen) gets the news that his son Daniel (Emilio Estevez) died in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. So Tom flies to France to pick up the body. But once he arrives there he finds himself changing his plans and deciding to finish Daniel’s pilgrimage for hime. Along the way, Tom quite involuntarily picks up Jost (Yorick van Wangeningen), Sarah (Debora Kara Unger) and Jack (James Nesbitt) who are all walking the Camino for their own reasons.

I was prepared for not liking the film very much – it is a film about a pilgrimage after all and I’m not good with religion. That being said, the film was surprisingly nice over very long stretches.

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man
Director: Marc Webb
Writer: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
Based on: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko‘s comic
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Chris Zylka

Plot:
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) grew up with his aunt (Sally Field) and uncle (Martin Sheen) since his parents had to leave him because of his father’s science research. By now, Peter is an adolescent and struggles with the usual teenage problems, like being in love with Gwen (Emma Stone). But then he stumbles upon his father’s notes which in turn leads him to the research of Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). While in Connor’s lab, Peter gets bitten by a weird spider and soon finds that he has developed superpowers.

I’m the first to admit that I’m not the world’s greatest Spider-Man fan. I had hoped that this movie would give me another fresh chance to fall in love with the character, but unfortunately it was way too dumb for anything like that.

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