Movies: Detroit, The Little Hours, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Detroit

This film is a recreation of the 1967 racial and civil unrest in Detroit.  It recounts the takeover of the Algiers Motel by Local, State and National Guard forces and the events that unfolded one night.

It is powerful and sometimes painful to watch.  It is often raw and unsettling. It is directed by Kathryn Bigelow and based on historical events.  It is not easy to watch but stands as required viewing for those who seek a better understanding of racial history and its aftermath.

There is a cast of almost two dozen actors who deliver powerful depictions of real life characters.  It is rated R for strong violence and language.  It is listed as a Drama, Mystery, Suspense.  Run time is 142 minutes.

There is lots of deserved Oscar chatter about this film.  We will follow this closely as the awards season draws nearer.

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The Little Hours

Well, you won’t see a film like this everyday!  Set in a medieval period convent, young nuns verbally and viciously attack the convent’s day laborer who flees.  The replacement, played by Dave Franco, poses as a deaf mute to avoid “temptation” by the nuns.

Alison Brie, Aubrey, Kate Micucci play the young nuns. Molly Shannon plays the Mother Superior, and John C. Reilly plays Father Tommasso.

While the theme is spoofy comedy and R rated, we were surprised with the blunt, contemporary language.  There is full frontal nudity, sexual encounters, and extensive profanity.

While a bit taken aback by the style, it was a fresh, inventive, relentless and irreverent, but without malice, film.  Be advised, this is not a movie for everyone.  Rated R with a run time of 1 hour, 30 minutes.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

This is an update to the first documentary ten years ago.  While there is some updated information in this rendition, the real focus shifts to global wrangling, the future of the Paris Agreement and, arguably the most compelling element, the current updated state of climate change to date.

Critics are many.  Animal Agriculture and its impact on climate change were never mentioned.  Carbon emission energy is still polluting the air with little slow down.  It is clear, there is a long way to go before climate change is in check.

That said, it is still encouraging to have an update and focus on the state of the environment.   There are moments that are funny and poignant at the same time.  This film is rated PG and runs 1 hour, 40 minutes.

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