Long Shot, Truth Hot

There’s much to love about “Long Shot”, directed by Jonathan Levine, also known for two of my positive feel good flicks, “Snatched” and “The Wackness” (a perfect take-your-teen-to-teach-him-about-sex movies, no joke, it’s perfect). Here Levine, gets physical once again, this time grown up 2019 style with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen comingling.

While midway, the movie veered a little too close in plot to “Bullworth” (loved that Warren Beatty/Halle Barry movie), the screenwriters pulled it out (no pun intended, but enjoy it) during the second half to show something not only original and close at heart to Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules in “Speak Your Truth” and good things will come your way. And breaking news, it also gave a plug for bi-partisan unity. Can I get an AMEN!!!!!!!!!

And bombshell! Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah helped write a subtle presidential lampoon which is so much better looking than in your face vindictiveness. So good on ya for that as well.

I bought the Theron/Rogen chemistry having an affinity (and former relationship with a bookish Jewish man with facial hair). I’m definitely not saying I’m any Theron, or that I was even in anyway better than him, but instead, that smart, intellectual let-it-all-hang-out men are organically sexy.

Bravo to the minor character actors as well, love O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (thanks to him or the screen writer for making me look up the ‘new’ music of Dram ‘Broccoli’, hey I’m here to learn people), love June Diane Raphael (except for her three names) and Ravi Patel. Alexander Skarsgard, (who I had neglected to mention in my recent “Aftermath” review is a Golden Globe winner for Big Little Lies) lets himself play a silly droll Canadian Prime Minister (well played A.S.!) All of the aforementioned, along with Bob Odenkirk (who I liked more raw pre Better Call Saul stardom) helped round out a very talented ensemble.

The message of dare to be your true self is an apropos one today and one I feel better and better about employing.

Go Chasin Water Falls, “Straight Outta Compton”

When a two and a half hour movie goes by in a flash, you know you’ve been entertained.

Straight Outta Compton directed by F Gary Gray (director of TLC’s video “Waterfalls”) was truly compelling. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that I didn’t know the story, but the tale is inspirational in its theme of men with a passion overcoming all odds (poverty, drug addled neighborhoods, violence, lack of education, racist police groups).

This could be debated (and feel free), but I believe making it in the music industry may be more difficult than athletics. Much, from what I’ve read about, is being in the right place at the right time and NWA was there.

The acting was very well done (O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s [Ice Cube real life son], Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) brought a mixture of intense drama with comic moments as well.

I feel smarter about the plight of African Americans in the 1990’s and the hip hop movement due to this film.