Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club-A True Story

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee Starring Matthew McConaughy, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

I don't know why I thought this was about car sales. WOW!

Super macho rodeo electrician contracts HIV virus at the time of Rock Hudson's demise. As you might imagine he suffers as a result of the same prejudices that he still has toward those that he feels are the only ones who can get the disease.

As his friends & co-workers have ostracized him, he finds companionship in the hospital with a pre-op transgender woman who is part of a clinical trial for AZT.

He becomes a champion for those who are ill and have been given a death sentence both by the doctors and the federal government agencies that will not approve alternate drugs and treatments that seem to be working elsewhere in the world.

More than one man's journey it is the story of the politics of health care in the U.S. and the lengths that must be gone to just to survive. it is also a testament to the indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit and the consequences folks face when they plunge ahead trying to do the right thing.

Superb acting by all. Best line: "Sometimes i just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live."

Even though this film is about AIDS specifically, the broader theme, at least to me, can be extended to the modern day fight to legitimize natural products like cannibas as an alternative to the synthetic concoctions offered by the pharmaceutical companies.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The V.I. P. Project: Celebrating Venus Irving-Prescott

Here is a preliminary video that I've made to launch the beginning of a documentary project that celebrates the life and achievements of a remarkable lady that I've known for many years.
If you've ever had the pleasure of spending time with her, you know just how special she is. Please share this with everyone you know and please check back for updates on the project.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An Education

Directed by Lone Scherfig
Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Rosamond Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams,Cara Seymour, Sally Hawkins, Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Matthew Beard, Emma Thompson and Carey Mulligan.

An Oxford-bound schoolgirl, Jenny, falls for a mysterious and charming older man who exposes her to all of the things that she has dreamed of and that her father abhors. 

David is a smooth operator who gets cozy with her parents to the extent that they allow her to go away with him for a weekend-supposedly to visit with one of his old Oxford professors then, later, to Paris accompanied by his (non-existent) aunt.

The best line in the film and what I've always thought made absolute sense:
"It's not enough to educate us, you've got to tell us why you're doing it.",
which is why I never bothered to learn Algebra. No one could tell me why I needed it.

Anyway, great film with lavish scenery and lush soundtrack.