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…

Captain Phillips (♦♦♦♦)

“Chances are they are fishermen.” 
“They're not here to fish.”

In April 2009, the Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship containing among other things food aid for Somali people, was attacked in international waters near the African Horn by Somali pirates--natives of a fishermen’s village. At request of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), the crew hid in the engine room and managed to wound two of the pirates, but in a dangerous twist of fate, Captain Phillips was taken hostage aboard a lifeboat with only the pirates for company. Quarreling among themselves, the pirates were surrounded by US Navy frigates which had to intervene to rescue Captain Phillips.

Leave it to Tom Hanks to carry a movie like this on his shoulders. Captain Phillips is a taut thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat virtually from the start and Tom Hanks shines the most, though Muse, the pirate Captain and his crew are excellent in their roles as well.

The tension is palpable all along the film, among the crew in the Maersk Alabama-- when discussing the possibility of being attacked by pirates and possibly holding the fort, a union guy expresses that he isn’t paid enough to defend the cargo—and among the pirates because even though they agree on that thirty thousand dollars is too small a pay for their risk, they don’t agree on how to proceed, how to be led, and most importantly, how to treat their “ace card”.

Captain Phillips is more effective because it’s a true story. This movie is a pure adrenaline ride from start to finish.


  1. Captain Phillips sounds like a movie my husband would really like. Thanks.

  2. I think it's great regardless of the genre of the audience...Not too graphic, and it's a true story.


Post a Comment

Kindly leave your comments and suggestions.

Popular posts from this blog

El Reino de Este Mundo by Alejo Carpentier (♦♦♦♦)

After Acts by Bryan Litfin (♦♦♦♦♦)

My New Addiction: Paperless Post