Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Easy A (♦♦♦♦)

Olive Penderghast is a top high school student, invisible to the opposite sex, until the rumor that she has lost her virginity to a freshman college student. What starts as a lie is then magnified by gossip until the situation spirals out of control with almost all the males taking advantage of Olive’s new found reputation in one form or another. The attention that she gets soon weighs her down for she feels trapped in a web of lies.

It’s a magnificent and refreshing performance by Emma Stone. It is easy to see how a lie or even half truths can be twisted by others without any sense of the damage they cause. This is a cautionary tale on how to deal with evil gossip and rumors, be it in high school or anywhere else.


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