~By popular demand, at that! (Popular demand meaning my parents) They said they "liked reading [my] reviews", and when I replied with the fact that school has been keeping me occupied they said that they would rather read my reviews than I do school work...so this one is for them.
~ Actually, it helps that both the University sponsored a movie tonight, and that my English term paper was pushed back from being due Thursday to next Tuesday. So now I have both a movie to review, and time to review it!
~Oh, and before I begin, just a note that my dad and brother came to visit this weekend on seperate occasions and were like flies to poop, at my computer saying "what's wrong with your spacebar?" and by trying to make it better, they both have made it worse and it is DRIVING ME NUTS. Hold on a sec, I am going to try and fix this so I don't go mad. *tries to fix space bar* OK that is a little better, at least its not making that really annoying clicking noise anymore.
So on to the movie, I really picked a light hearted film to get back into the swing of things. Actually that is a complete and total lie because the movie I saw tonight was Hotel Rwanda (2004). I don't remember too much about the movie craze, because I was caught up in Lord of the Rings fever at the time and besides hearing praise for the film, the only other review I remember is that of my Uncle Billy. Here, I will give you a little snippet: "Hotel Rwanda is 'tuckin awesome, if you see only one 'tuckin film this year, see this one. That guy who played that one part was 'tuckin great." For the one person who may come across this and doesn't know my Uncle, he likes to replace the 'f' in my mother's favorite cuss word with a 't' and this phrasing of words clearly shows high praise for the film.
Uncle Billy was right, even if I am two or so years behind the bandwagon. Hotel Rwanada was directed beautifully by Terry George (TV's The District and A Bright Shining Lie). George not only went back to Rwanda with the people who the film is based off of, but also spent an entire year writing the first draft. The film tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina played by Don Cheadle (Crash, TV's Picket Fences and ER) who was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for this role. Rusesabagina must save his family, friends, those at the hotel he works at, and other refugees trapped by the Hutu's in Rwanda, Africa in 1994.
He must deal with the military, enemies, and people terrified of genocide. His backbone through all this is his wife Tatinana, played by Sophie Okonedo (The Jackal, Ace Ventura:When Nature Calls) who was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress Category for an Oscar. This film was produced independently, so generally not too many big names appear on the credits, however another big name star to appear was Nick Nolte (Lorenzo's Oil, The Prince of Tides). Thanks to his infamous arrest a few years ago, whenever I hear or see Nick Nolte all I picture is that mug shot of him with a Hawaiian t-shirt and bed head, his performace was so moving in this film as Colonel Oliver, that I didn't even picture the mug shot until I started writing this review.
Life is Beautiful, Schindler's List, and The Diary of Anne Frank (the recent TV version, not the old movie where they pronounce Peter, Pita) are just a few films that I go into prayer mode when watching. I don't know if its the twelve years of Catholic school or what, but whenever I am scared, or scared for the people on screen I go into automatic "Hail Mary Mode" or HMM for short. I just start praying, and don't stop until the people are safe. Other thoughts that run through my head are "Oh God, help them" or "Jesus, I am so sorry". Maybe its just my version of crying at movies. It is definetly safe to say that Hotel Rwanda is now on that list.
Whether you are a movie crier, HMM-er, or throw in a 'tuck' every now and then, know that Hotel Rwanda is an emotional roller coaster of a movie that will leave you shell shocked.