Selma (2014) Directed by Ava DuVernay
2016 has started like an extended funeral service for some great artists of the last 50 years or so. Lemmy, David Bowie and Alan Rickman all gone within a week or so of each other. My social media streams were filled with sympathy and tributes. Personally, all these deaths of people I didn't know have affected my mood and covered all thoughts with a shroud of sadness. Bowie's death was the most shocking to me and the one I felt the most. January 10th, 2016 really feels like a day when the world of possibilities came to an end. An artist who affected change and had the vision to infiltrate the mainstream with genuine weirdness and distinct personality, Bowie feels like the last of his kind (and maybe he was the only of his kind). As mass consumerism and commodity are well established as channels of communication, Bowie reminds us that NOT ANY Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane can be something special. In some ways, special is the feeling I got from watching Selma, and the story of one of Martin Luther King's most challenging episodes.
|David Oyelowo convinces with his portrayal of Martin Luther King|
|Oprah Winfrey is excellent in a small role|
|Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) is short changed in Selma|
Lately we have fallen out of habit again and into a pit where I watch stuff alone and Nick does the same. I blame The Affair obsession I had over Christmas. We will have to do better in order to have something to report. I came up with the idea of listing every single movie and series and documentary we both watch this year and keeping the lists up on this site, so we can refer back and see our viewing habits. I don't know why, but I think something interesting might come out of that listing effort. Especially as so much of what we watch these days we do not watch together and therefore we don't review here.
|Martin Luther King and David Oyelowo as him in Selma|
|David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in Selma|