Movie of the Day – The Bang Bang Club

I assure you that this isn’t a review for an adult film, although I am willing to bet that there is one out there with this exact title.  While I am sure that the acting is earnest in the adult film, The Bang Bang Club carries a lot of emotional weight with the adaptation of the auto-biographical book of the same name.  Some may not be familiar with the group of photographers who were entrenched in South Africa, just before the fall of the apartheid, but you might be familiar with their prize winning photographs, namely this Pulitzer Prize photo shot by Kevin Carter.  This tells the story of the photography group who shocked the world with their photos and stories.

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Movie of the Day – Catch a Fire

I typically try and stay away from political thrillers bit too much, usually because of the heavy handed tactics and message that is more or less bludgeoning you over the head at every scene.  I can understand the meaning behind it, I just don’t need to sit through a political debate for two hours when I want to watch an engaging movie.  There are some films that inherently use the political or social agenda to their advantage to make a statement, but too often films fall into this habit.  If a director can find a topic of interest and craft a film around a particular agenda or idea, I can appreciate the skill involved in it.  It becomes educational and entertaining while not diminishing the effective message or feel that they want to convey.  Today’s film is a touchy subject about the effects that the apartheid had on a nation along with the blurring of the line between terrorism and freedom fighting.

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