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…

Nine (♦♦♦♦)

Nine is a Broadway musical brought to the big screen by director Rob Marshall (Chicago). It is based on the life and work of Italian film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), and his relationship with the women who inspired his work, among them Luisa (Marion Cotillard), his wife, Carla (Penelope Cruz), his mistress, Claudia (Nicole Kidman), his muse and leading actress in most of his films, Lilli (Judi Dench), costume designer and closest friend, his mother (Sophia Loren), Sereghina (Fergie), the woman Guido and his friends used to pay for sexual advice when growing up, and Stephanie (Kate Hudson), the editor of Vogue magazine.

Each one of the main characters, namely Guido and the women, sing at least once; Marion Cotillard’s numbers are poignant due to the fragile state of the relationship between her and her husband. However, the most attractive and spirited singing number in the whole movie is sung by Fergie with Be Italian; she truly displays her talent with this piece. Sexy costumes and great performances by the whole cast make this movie worth seen again and again.


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