I have lived thru many hurricanes. Where I live, they are as common as... common stuff? Every year we prepare for them. How? Basically buying Chef Boyardee, Candles, Water... and beer. Hey, when you are scared shitless, you might as well have a drink. But hurricanes are no joke. People die. People lose their homes. While I might be screaming that I have no running water or electricity for a week or two... I always remind myself that there are many people suffering worse than me, and I usually get all the food I can and donate it, as well as clothes and any other thing I can get my hands on. I do that because I have been raised up with this kind of situation from day one. But... there are other people that haven't really lived events like these... Like the people in New Orleans.
Trouble the Water is about many things. It's about not having all the facts. It's about taking chances with your life. It's about poverty. It's about a government who doesn't give a shit about you. It's about black and white, rich and poor, love and disdain. There was the Spike Lee version, which was powerful as hell, and then there's this one, real as a heart attack.
The premise is very simple. Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband decide to tape what happened to them while Katrina was coming. 15 minutes of footage became so incredible to watch that filmmakers decided to go with their idea and examine life AFTER the hurricane. Well my friends, years have gone by and nothing has happened. But I won't give you any details because you just gotta see this one.
This is a very moving flick about the power of normal human beings with the desire to help each other. I mean... really help each other. I would be ashamed to say that me getting some cans and tees to help somewhere in South America counts as help. No, man. Grabbing one person while swimming in your STREET and saving them from drowning? That's helping out.
Anyway, it's running on HBO right now. Please try to catch it, it will be running today at 8 and 11pm, then May 10,12 and 16 (say thank you to my TiVo for that info, hehehe).
Much love and for God's sake, when a hurricane comes, leave your house. Nothing is valuable enough as your life.
May 6, 2009
Posted by RestrictionsApply at 5:22 PM
May 5, 2009
May 1, 2009
- 12 Angry Men
- Blade Runner
- Citizen Kane
- Do the Right Thing
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- Groundhog Day
- The Lord of the Rings
- National Lampoon’s Animal
- The Usual Suspects
- When Harry Met Sally
- The Third Man
- This is Spinal Tap
What do these movies have in common?
They are on Yahoo’s list of 100 Movies to See Before You Die.
The list is also a good source for when your Netflix queue is kinda weak.
For the complete list, click on the title of this post.
Posted by RestrictionsApply at 1:12 PM