Monday, June 2, 2014

Movie Review: Diana

I want to start out this post by saying I know very little of the years leading up to Princess Diana's death.  I think there are very few people in this world that know the true story beyond what the paparazzi and the news outlets have shown us.  That being said the movie Diana (2013) is a thought provoking film that is well put together.

I for one could not even begin to assemble a movie about this great lady.  If you simply type Diana in to Google you will get millions of results on this wonderful woman.  The film is an interpretation of the last two or so years of Lady Diana's life.  It focuses on her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Kahn, but it also briefly shows her landmine work.  One message is entirely clear; she was a great humanitarian.

The performance by Naomi Watts is an impressive one, it can be very intimidating to take on a character so well known as Diana.  While she mimicked many of the late princesses mannerisms it find at times the way she delivered them was forced. The replication of costumes was also amazing!

Overall this was an entertaining movie that was fun to watch on a rainy afternoon.  I'd give it a 4 /5.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Why America's Got Talent Has Gone Too Far.

Have you heard of Dustin?  Well now you will.  This gentleman was featured on the first episode of America's Got Talent season 9.  His performance was a karate exhibition called Dustin's Dojo.  It featured a young gentleman who had autistic tenancies.  This man was ridiculed by the audience for seeming simple and insipid. His halted and endearing speech pattern made this man an easy target for producers to make fun of.  Judge Howard Stearn called them a great comedy act. I on the other hand see a sincere, yet misdirected young man.

Shame on the producers for using Dustin as fodder for the masses.  Why did they not feature the struggles he had growing up rather than degrade this man.  The package that was constructed made this man look like a fool, an idiot, and just all around stupid.  I have no problem with this gentleman's performance, but I do have a problem with how the producers edited his package together.  Please join with me in writing the producers and letting them know that the treatment of individuals with slight mental handicapped impairments in such a manor is not appreciated, or tolerated.

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