Fruitvale Station - Official Trailer (by VISO Trailers)
Fruitvale Station, a movie about Oscar Grant III’s ( a 22 year old male from Oakland, CA) day leading to his being shot New Years day by a Bart Police , is on limited release on theaters. The film shows what has happened to him on that fatal day. I had to go to LA to see this film, which had given me more things to think about humanity, and kindness, and second (or third and fourth) chances and life. Of trying not to give up with someone’s humanity. That each person has a story.
I really did not know what I was in for. I didn’t even watch the trailer - I was just so intrigued by the 90% rating rotten tomatoes had given the film, and all he critics giving praise to the quality of film writer/director Ryan Coogler had made.
My heart ached upon seeing this film, which was beautiful, and touching. My heart goes out to his mother, girlfriend and young daughter and other of his family and friends, and those people who had witnessed his shooting.
Coincidentally, I saw this film 3 days after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. I didn’t really follow day by day the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. But I do know how sad and helpless it is to feel Saturday night when the jury reached their verdict. Perhaps I don’t understand Florida’s gun laws and what led to the jury’s decision of Zimmerman’s acquittal, but at the end of the day, a young man’s life was taken away.
At the same token, that’s how it felt towards the end of the movie. I knew what was going to happen. But I still was not prepared for it.
Go see this movie. While everyone has a story to tell, it is worth knowing what had happened to Oscar Grant III and that New Years Day at Fruitvale Station.
Please erect—I mean, direct—your attention to today’s Overly Descriptive Title photo.
reading this makes me feel like I should be working on my grammar and “big words” . lol! what a great interview though.
n ten short years Eddie Redmayne has gone from the London stage to the world stage. Along the way, he has inhabited a gallery of characters as varied and dissimilar as one could imagine. His theatre work includes classic Shakespearean roles in U.K. productions of Twelfth Night and Richard II; an acclaimed performance as the gay son of an adulterous father whose mistress would be more at home in a barnyard than a bedroom in Edward Albee’s The Goat; and the portrayal of an inquisitive studio assistant to Abstract Expressionist icon Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red. His filmography is similarly eclectic: in Savage Grace, he played Julianne Moore’s incestuous, schizophrenic son; in The Yellow Handkerchief he was an itinerant Native American in love with Kristen Stewart; and in Hick he was a pedophile meth addict posing dangers to Blake Lively and Chloe Grace Moretz. Not exactly your garden-variety leading-man resume.
He crept closer to the mainstream with My Week with Marilyn, as the aspiring filmmaker entrusted with watching over Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. Now Redmayne is really threatening to blow his penchant for playing troubled souls, earning raves for his role as the lovestruck student revolutionary, Marius, in the phenomenon known as Les Misérables, along with Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.
Although Les Miz may seem like an even more traditional path for the thirty-one-year-old actor to take, it actually represents yet another quantum challenge, for he had never sung in a professional capacity before. After a rigorous audition process, Redmayne came away with the role and is now attracting the type of talk that often results in shiny trophies. Not that that’s anything new to him, having already made room on his mantel for various theatre awards, including the prestigious Olivier in the U.K. and a Tony for his role in the Broadway production of Red.
photo source : google images
Back in the day, I didn’t buy that much BOP, 16 or Tiger Beat magazines as I’d want to. It was super expensive (being an imported US magazine in Manila) and my poor student allowance wasn’t that much - I allotted it anyway to my bi-weekly book shopping at National Bookstore (Sweet Valley, Sweet Dreams, Lovestories, RL Stine etc etc). And when I do buy magazines, I took care of it. The pin-ups were in clear files so it wouldn’t ruin it. Those I didn’t like I traded with my friends who shared the same obsession (and OC-ness with the pin-ups).
So when my boss’ kids decide to rip magazines apart for posters (which btw, was Big Bopper used to be until it stopped making it?), I always sigh. That’s another post for another day though.
I googled this “vintage” BOP cover (sorry I don’t know who to credit, I can’t find who scanned/uploaded) just because I wanted to see one. And here’s some observations/comments etc :
1) RIP Jonathan Brandis. :( I still get sad remembering you passed away so young. I guess I will just have to watch Neverending Story 2 and Ladybugs to commemorate your total teen mag domination in the 90’s.
2) Mark Paul Gosselar is still on tv. That cop show I keep on forgetting.
3) LUKE PERRY is my boss’ neighbor! He is totally such a dad now. And he is nice - well, he’s kind of sweet for moving the trash bins (boss’) if its put down wonky by the trash collector, to the side of the streets. He’s done that several times so either the trash collector just has bad aim, or he’s annoyed with us for not doing so.
And for the record, I do like Dylan in the “original” 90210. Even if he got Brenda almost preggers and hooked up with Kelly and… I can’t keep track. :(
4) OH who is that little guy on the right hand corner? Leonardo DiCaprio? WHO?
5) I liked Eddie Furlong. I was convinced he’d make it big. bigger than Leo. I was wrong. (what the hell happened to him, btw?)
6) Jamie Walters. whoa. He used to date Drew Barrymore right? Or was he engaged to her? Where is he?!? And why is “how do you talk to an angel?” playing in my head
To those who do NOT know this song, here is YT link :
p.s. who is that Kenny G doppelgangger on that YT video?
This is one of the best marriage proposals ever!