Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.
Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Newt Knight is a hero in my mind, as is Eric Snowden. Both of these guys have the balls and heart to stand up to larger forces and the cleverness to evade capture.
From a historical perspective, I did not know about “black dark skinned apprenticeships,” “illegal race marriages,” etc. I am appalled by the treatment of the ignorance of men that feel superior to others. It’s just disgusting and closely relates to what is happening today; I am not afraid to say that I think BLM (Black Lives Matter) et. al. are making more noise than backing a significant cause. I would like to put anyone of them in a situation police face and see their reaction. The dark-skinned people back then had NO RIGHTS: they were property. Today’s dark-skinned people do have rights; looting and destroying property just confirms their ignorance and disrespects every slave that suffered. I am not afraid to say that is is always dark-skinned people on the other end of a gun no matter if it’s police are their own.
But I digress, the compassion and common sense Newt applied to his life and others was exceptional: the kind of behavior that makes people like me helpless when it comes to falling in love.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
However, continuity is rarely maintained in a series and once again, I am confused. I remember from the very first X-Men movie that Magneto and Raven were against Charles and the school. This movie appears to be a prequel to the original movie, as it provides character development for Jean Gray, Cyclops, Storm (when did she change from Indian to American Negro?) and Hank (The Beast).
Despite the inconsistencies, I loved the action, the history, the good versus evil them, and the introduction of even more X-Men, a la fake-Flash (Quicksilver?), whose background is very interesting as well and lends to another movie. I was shocked to see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and the situation he was discovered in, which does not match the story in the movie that focused on his character.
I am in lust with Michael Fassbender (Eric/Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank/The Beast).
I shall continue to disrespect this country until ALL presidential candidates are treated fairly, a la Green Party candidate being asked to leave debate property for not having correct credentials. Disrespect of Green Party and Libertarian Party presidential candidates is another why I will not stand the National Anthem or any frikkin’ politician.
Emailed to Barack (Obama), Dianne (Feinstein), and Barbara (Boxer)
Just heard a story on ABC News reporting people are affixing the prefix/suffix “deplorable” to their name. Facebook says it violates their terms. REALLY? What about drag queens using their stage names?
Just in case you don’t know how to spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S!
a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
I am so sick and tired of being sick/ill and trying to work that I looked into filing for disability. Look what I discovered:
“Social Security pays disability benefits to people who can’t work because they have a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death. Find out if you qualify and how Social Security can help you.”
Now I have another thing to be pissed off about because I know people that are collecting yearly and they are still alive!
I have been unemployed since 2007 when I had to leave my job due to addiction. Prior to that I incurred two felonies. Apparently, one has to be rich to get a second chance. Can you figure out what is wrong with that last sentence? It’s no one’s fault but my own.
However, I am trying to get by working for cash (yes, I know that’s not politically correct), most recently securing a job with Uber as an Independent Contractor and qualifying for a car loan. Now I am in receipt of a Summons for Jury Service. I understand that is my obligation as a citizen, but I am not your average citizen.
I live in a garage. I have been classified as homeless by the Department of Public Social Services. For the past ten years I have applied for jobs with no response. I finally secure a job that fits my schedule and has enough flexibility to accommodate my multiple health issues and now the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles does not recognize my struggle as a legitimate excuse, compelling me to serve.
I work to live. I don’t have the luxury of being paid for my jury time. As things stand now, I will incur penalties because every penny I make goes back out to my job in gas, car washes, toilet expenses, living expenses, etc. My point is that I am trying to improve my situation, yet our government wants to keep me down. I am tempted to ignore the Superior Court because I anticipate losing my car, which will result in me losing my job and you can’t get blood ($1500.00 fine) out of a turnip.
People question my disrespect of our government, which will now include sitting for the national anthem a la Kapernick until there is a flat tax for every single American, rich or poor; non citizens are not eligible for benefits, ALL communication in the USA are conducted in English; and term limits are imposed for congress and the house.
I don’t know what you can do for me and I am highly doubtful that you even care, but I would love to see your response, which will be posted on my blog for all to see.