Film and Foodie: Hacksaw Ridge

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The critic rises to her feet teary eyed as she says, “Bravo!, Bravo!”  Hacksaw Ridge is a great true story made into a splendid film.  It is the story of Desmond Doss, a Seven Day Adventist who refuses to bear arms in battle of Okinawa.   He was a conscientious objector, he refused to kill or carry  a weapon.  He opted to serve his country as medic.  While in service as a medic he would go into battlefield saving 75 men.  With each person he set out to save, he spoke to the Lord.   The quote for ages shall be, “Lord, let me get one more.”

Mel Gibson is the director.  The cinematography is beautiful.   The story is well executed.  You are allowed to know the characters in a way that allows you to care about what happens.  You see character arcs not only in the leading man but in a few of the supporting characters.     Andrew Garfield convincingly provides a wide array of emotions.  Despite Garfield Oscar worthy performance.  He is not carrying this film alone. The acting is top notch.  You connect with the characters whether they are the nice guys are not.  It is really good to see  Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in these roles.The stand out newbie is Luke Bracey, kind of the tough shell character.  The leading lady to Andrew Garfield is Teresa Palmer.  She actually played the romantic lead to Luke Bracey in the remake of Point Break.  The hugely talented cast helps to flesh out a heart-warming movie.

Hacksaw Ridge has powerful messages of conviction, patriotism and courage which touch the soul.

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The Foodie picks:   After being flustered by the raw emotion of the film, I drew a blank about what to pair.  I can see clearly now, the rain has gone.   Okay, so Doss is a southern guy from Virginia.  I am a New York gal with Virginian parents so I know a thing or two about southern cooking.   What kind of heroes welcome home dinner would our southern gentleman like to come home to.    While in theaters go to a Southern style cooking restaurant.  Think cornbread, fried chicken and mashed potato comfort food.   Let’s get a little more elegant for watching this movie with friends at home.   When on DVD then opt for southern cuisine finger foods like baby back ribs, macaroni & cheese balls, deep fried pickle chips  and happy ending of peach cobbler.   Then raise a glass to the soldiers with a blue martini but if you are conscientious objector to drinking then don’t.

Film Review of Deepwater Horizon

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Deepwater Horizon is a true story filled with the greed of the oil business and how it leads to  tragedy.   Yet in the midst of tragedy there are heroic true stories.   It features Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich.   And the trio all put in fine performances.   I was especially drawn to John Malkovich performance.   Honestly, it was lost on me until this moment that father and daughter  were in this film, Kate Hudson and stepdad Kurt Russell.   Kate has a quiet supporting role.  Find out  a bit more about this film by watching the review below.

Film and Foodie Review: The Accountant

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Don’t believe the critical bad hype about “The Accountant”,  go with the audience reaction which is very positive.   Although, the movie is evidently flawed in some areas like contrived coincidence.   The second plot point twist toward the ending is way too verbally expository rather than executed ins .   Despite these two factors.  I would lean to what is positive more than what is negative.

For those excited about the pairing of JK Simmons and Ben Affleck together in this film, you really will not get to see them play opposite each other.   If you don’t know, these will play opposite each other Ben Affleck’s version of Batman and JK Simmons will play Commissioner Gordan.    As for Anna Kendrick, she is likeable.  I was concerned about the age difference but Affleck looks rather young in this film contrary to the mature slightly grey look he has been celebrating in other films.

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