Archives for January 13, 2019

On the Basis of Sex – Well Crafted and Authentic Representation of the Iconic RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ella L. comments, “The characters are well crafted and the aesthetic of the 50s to 70s time period really sets the tone of the movie. It feels real and true, as opposed to the glorified version of the story that some biographical films show. The authenticity and uniqueness of the film really helps it stand out.” See her full review below.

On the Basis of Sex

By Ella Ladd, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

On the Basis of Sex is such a fun and empowering film. I enjoyed it quite a bit as it was equally entertaining and informative. The characters are well crafted and the aesthetic of the 50s to 70s time period really sets the tone of the movie. It feels real and true, as opposed to the glorified version of the story that some biographical films show. The authenticity and uniqueness of the film really helps it stand out. This is a very important movie for people to see.

This film follows the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), a young and gifted lawyer, who struggles to find work simply because she is a woman. In order to prove that the law discriminates on the basis of sex, Ms. Ginsburg has to work harder than she ever has before.

The film is very well written with an immaculate attention to detail, thanks to the writer being Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. It is full of heart and truth because Justice Ginsburg made sure everything was accurately portrayed. She read all of the drafts of the scripts to make sure that her story told well. It is never boring! I laughed out loud when it was funny and got angry seeing RBG rejected and having doors slammed in her face, due to her gender.

The acting is really great. Both Armie Hammer, who portrays Martin Ginsburg and Cailee Spaeny who portray Jane Ginsburg absolutely blew me away. Armie portrays Martin as a man who really loves and respects his wife in such a heartwarming way. Cailee portrays Jane as a funny and empowered feminist. The relationship between Jane and Ruth is displayed with such honesty and realism. My only complaint about the acting might be that Ruth’s accent could have been much stronger.

I rate this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, as well as adults. This film tells such a special and unique story, one that is incredibly important, with equal amounts of heart, humor, turmoil and honesty. This triumphant story really gets you thinking. It opens nationwide in theaters January hits theatres worldwide on January 11, 2019, so do yourself a favor and go watch it.

 

Stan & Ollie – Great Performances, Beautiful Scenarios And A Powerful Story About The Value Of Friendship

The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embarks on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “…this film offers a great introduction to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (affectionately nicknamed Babe), two of the most fascinating entertainers of the Golden Era of Hollywood.” See her full review below.

Stan & Ollie

By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Stan & Ollie is a fine biopic with great performances, beautiful scenarios and a powerful story about the value of friendship.

I didn’t know much about these comedians and this film offers a great introduction to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (affectionately nicknamed Babe), two of the most fascinating entertainers of the Golden Era of Hollywood. I like discovering the roots of filmmaking and physical comedy. The movie shows who they are, their artistic personalities and the dynamics of their friendship.

Directed by Jon S. Baird, the story starts in 1937 when the duo is at the peak of their career. Then it quickly moves to 1953 when their career is not solid anymore and the comedians embark on a trip to Great Britain to reconnect with fans and regain fame. Even though they are famous, there are empty seats at their shows. They have recognition, but not that much money. They return to what they know and love to do – comedy. People thought they retired, but they managed to perform and work hard like they did from the beginning. I like that the film centers in this poignant part of their lives where their friendship is put to a test, while they struggle with aging and losing popularity. They haven’t stopped dreaming and hoped to obtain the financing for a movie project.

I enjoyed their slapstick comedy and noticed how different humor was in the 30s and 50s. I appreciated how committed they were as working actors. Stan and Ollie conformed a unique duo. They shared a strong friendship and were not only business partners, but truly close friends. Their bond was special. They complemented each other in the creative process and on stage with grace and sentiment. They seemed to be in constant collaboration. The film also shows their dynamics outside the stage and with their wives, who were kind of rivals, but they supported each other at the same time. Their love for comedy and performing arts was genuine. They really lived for that. But they didn’t always have happy moments. We see them disagree and even break each others’ hearts. Despite their different point of views about business, they shared a true love for performing and entertaining.

My favorite scene is the iconic gag where they keep on going in circles to find each other when they are next to each other all the time. I like all the jokes and I really enjoyed them.

The most remarkable aspect of this film are the performances by John C. Reilly (Ollie) and Steve Coogan (Stan). Not only for their impeccable physical resemblance, helped by some awesome makeup, but for their interpretations and rapport, which reflect the spirit of the duo. You can feel the actors’ admiration for the comedic duo.

The message of the film is that no matter how much you disagree and even fight with your friends, true feelings always endure and true friendship is endless.

I give Stan & Ollie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. Is a great movie for those who are familiar with early Hollywood films and for us who want to discover and connect with the origins of cinema.

 

Lover and Author Beth Kendrick Pens Fun and Charming IN DOG WE TRUST, On Sale Now!

Twenty-seven-year-old Jocelyn Hilliard is one lucky dog – or at least, that’s how it seems when a vast fortune lands in her lap. But there are strings – or rather, paw prints – attached to that cash…

 Jocelyn has spent all of her days in quaint Black Dog Bay, running a laundry service with her mom. A simple life, led by modest means – until the day she saves a dog from the middle of the road and her whole life changes. Jocelyn’s moment of heart-warming heroism suddenly lands her a brand new job caring for elite show dogs on the other, ritzier, side of town. The pampered pups live a life of luxury that Jocelyn could only dream about – until she doesn’t have to keep dreaming anymore.

 When Jocelyn’s employer suddenly passes away, she finds herself named legal guardian for his pack of prized Labrador retrievers – and the custodian of his ample financial assets. Jocelyn’s quiet life quickly becomes much more exciting – and much louder, with a bunch of barking pups to care for.

But when Liam, the estranged, entitled young son of her former employer, shows up at the door of Jocelyn’s inherited beachfront mansion, she quickly learns that her money is on everyone’s minds. Liam isn’t the only jealous on-looker threatening her new fur-family and attempting to get his paws on her fortune – but he is the most attractive. Even though her newfound luck seems to be going to the dogs, she may just have to throw this guy a bone….

I found this a fun book to read! I love the storyline and highly recommend it! If you love dog stories this one is a must-read!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book and only feature books that I recommend. This one I rate 5 stars out of 5! The cover image was also provided. 

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