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Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end illegal wildlife trade NOW, instead of later.
WildAid works to save creatures in various countries from illegal poaching by erasing the desire for things we truly do not need. There are big name celebrities offering everything from concerts to commercials to hosting events that bring money into WildAid’s coffers – money used to form a world where there is no longer a market for the fins of the shark, the ivory of the elephant, and so much more.
With annual pro-bono media support, this important message reaches over one billion people on a weekly basis. WildAid does remarkable things in order to persuade all those consumers out there to stop buying illegal animal parts. They also put time and energy into building up more “law and order” to enforce the rules and regulations in place and to make new laws that would help even more animals survive.
Known by one of the most fantastic slogans used today, WildAid tells one and all: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too!
Delving into various projects across the globe, in China (currently the largest buyer of endangered animal parts and products made from them), WildAid is trying to stop what they see as an influx of new consumers with new money that will enter the market over the next few years. Building up a network of media partners and volunteers, WildAid is targeting everyone from key decision-makers and government officials and agencies; to business executives and wealthy urban buyers. Many, including WildAid, believe that if the Asian/China audience changes their mind and stops being consumers, the entire demand for illegal wildlife products will shift, causing the suppliers to stop their killing because they literally have no one to sell to.
WildAid also does a great deal of work in Ecuador. A large majority of people are unaware of the fact that 600 miles off the West Coast of Ecuador, a completely never-before-seen ecosystem has come into being. We are speaking of a world where over 400 species of fish, 150 bird species, and 24 marine mammal species have come together in the Galapagos Islands. A set of currents combined with odd trade winds has also caused an unusual variety of plant species to grow. WildAid created their Galapagos program, helping to support the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) to protect the new Marine Protected Area (MPA). Developing a comprehensive law enforcement chain of command, so to speak, WildAid and the GNPS work on better ways to detect poaching, and the subsequent arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
Stepping up in the now global issue of Rhinos losing their lives just so poachers can get their horns, WildAid works in Vietnam. Vietnam is a primary market for the horn that is actually causing the slaughter of rhinos to rise in Africa. Launching their campaign “Stop Using Rhino Horn” – a campaign supported by the Vietnamese government, business leaders and the media – WildAid has raised awareness and is committed to helping Vietnam tighten security and strengthen their laws on this subject. Professionally trained detector dogs have even been provided to Vietnam Customs to detect various wildlife scents, including rhino horn, ivory, tiger, and pangolin products.
It was twenty-five years ago that Kenya banned the trade of ivory, yet as Asia grows wealthier, ivory consumers have reappeared and caused the ivory poachers to return full-force, including militant groups and international criminal syndicates. WildAid works with several partners as they raise awareness about this atrocity while working to combat poaching each and every day.
With other projects and work being done in Canada, the U.K., and more, WildAid keeps busy as they work towards achieving their ultimate goal. Whether you are thinking of donating time, energy, money, etc., during this holiday season and are looking for just the right organization to help, take a look at the WildAid website. This is one company that will not stop until the animals of the world are safe from harm.
Issac Ryan Brownis best recognized as Young Dre from the ABC Series “Blackish.” He was introduced to America on the television show “America’s Got Talent” at the tender age of 6, when he dazzled the audience and judges alike.
Issac’s resume includes voicing recurring characters on the cartoons “Miles From Tomorrowland,” “Bubble Guppies” and t“The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.” He also has been on the Dreamworks series “OMG,” has enjoyed a recurring role on “How to Get Away with Murder,” and appeared on the big screen in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Here, Issac talks about co-starring in Believe, a faith-based, Christmas film about a homeless kid who comes to the aid of and inspires hope in a jaded businessman with money woes.
Kam Williams: Hi Issac, thanks for the interview.
Issac Ryan Brown: Thank you, Kam.
KW: What interested you in Believe?
IRB: My real life parallels the character CJ and how his faith pulls him thru the film.
KW: How would you describe your character, CJ?
IRB: CJ’s a kid at heart who never grew up and keeps his faith. He believes all things are possible, you will find that life is better. He finds a way to look at the bright side of everything even through his circumstances.
KW: What would you say was the message of Believe?
IRB: Having faith and believing. We see relationships crumble and build in the film. Love, faith, hope and relationships are constant. .
KW: You won America’s heart on America’s Got Talent when you were only 6. At what age did you start singing?
IRB:I started at the age of 10 months when my mom and dad placed me in the choir. When I started speaking, it took off from there.
KW: What do you enjoy more, singing or acting?
IRB: I love them both the same, but singing edges out acting because you can express your feelings and convey a message with songs.
KW: Who is your favorite singer, and who is your favorite actor?
IRB: Michael Jackson is my all-time favorite performer. Whitney Houston is my favorite singer. I don’t have a favorite actor right now.
KW: What projects do you have coming up next?
IRB: A role in a great feature film I can’t talk about right now! And voiceover work for on the Disney animated series Puppy Dog Pals and on The Stinky & Dirty Show.
KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
IRB: I see a child of God. No matter who I play on TV or what people say about me, I’ll always see a handsome, educated, sophisticated, young man named Isaac.
KW: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
IRB: When I was 9 years-old, I went outside and did the Ice Bucket Challenge [for ALS] in the snow.
KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
IRB: To have more wishes! [Laughs] People always regret what they wish for. Mine would be for infinite wisdom.
KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Do you have a favorite movie monster?
IRB:Chucky! A doll that comes alive.
KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
IRB: Always stay humble and prayed up… In this business, you face a lot of “No’s.” You are going to be sad and disappointed. But believe your time is coming and God will always help you.
KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?
IRB: I have three pennies, a locket pen, and $70 in fake cash in my wallet.
KW: Thanks again for the time, Issac, and best of luck with Believe and all your other endeavors.
Cash-Strapped Businessman Touched by Homeless Boy in Heartwarming, Holiday Morality Play
It’s late November in Grundy, Virginia, a tiny town whose economy revolves around Peyton Automotive, a family business inherited by Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) from his late grandfather. Because the company has fallen on hard times in recent days, the overwhelmed CEO is considering canceling the annual Christmas pageant the corporation has sponsored since the Seventies.
In fact, Matthew finds himself being pressured by his financial advisor, Albert Bagley (Kevin Sizemore) either to lay off or lower the salaries of some of his 115 employees. Needless to say, the prospect of cutbacks doesn’t sit well with union rep Bob Alexander (James C. Burns) who proceeds to call for a strike.
Matthew, in turn, testifies before Grundy’s City Council that he can no longer afford to stage the holiday festival because the funds in the trust have been totally exhausted. Trouble is, his grandfather’s specifically stipulated in his will that Peyton Automotive must continue the tradition.
Nevertheless, Matthew asserts that the business has been losing money for a couple of years and that, given the situation, he has no choice but to shut it down. Meanwhile, he’s warned by the Mayor (Lance E. Nichols), “You keep going in this direction, you will get crucified.”
Soon enough, Matthew finds himself the victim of escalating violence. First his BMW is egged and has a tire slashed, before being torched entirely. Then, he’s beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead by a gang of union goons.
Coming to his rescue is a most unlikely hero, a precocious homeless kid named CJ Joseph (Isaac Ryan Brown). CJ and his mom Sharon (Danielle Nicolet) nurse Matthew back to health while giving him a priceless lesson about what really matters most in life.
For, despite their dire circumstances, the Josephs both fervently believe that better days are coming. “I wish I had that kind of faith,” Matthew admits. Upon recovering, the grateful heir informs Sharon and son that “You took care of me, now I’ll take care of you.”
That is the point of departure of Believe, a modern morality play marking the feature film directorial debut of Billy Dickson. Although the picture is ostensibly aimed at the Christian demographic, it has a complicated enough storyline, including a love triangle and intriguing plot twists, to appeal to more than merely Bible-thumping Evangelicals.
A thought-provoking parable as entertaining as it is a message movie.
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG for violence, mature themes and mild epithets.
Boxing Biopic Revisits Checkered Career of Roberto Duran
Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) is considered by most fight experts to be, pound-for-pound, one of the greatest boxers of all time. The intimidating icon earned his nickname “Hands of Stone” by virtue of his prodigious displays of punching power.
Born in Panama in 1951, Roberto exhibited promise from the moment he first entered the ring at the age of 8. He turned pro at 16 and assumed the World Lightweight title at Madison Square Garden in 1972 after Ken Buchanan (John Duddy) failed to answer the bell for the 14th round. Roberto went on to knock out over 50 foes en route to compiling an impressive 62-1 record as a lightweight before moving up in weight class.
By the time he retired in 2002, Roberto would also hold the world welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight titles. But despite that incredible feat, he appears fated to be best remembered for crying “No mas!” before quitting midway through his Welterweight WorldChampionship rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). And although he would eventually return to the ring, that one display of cowardice effectively overshadowed his sizable subsequent achievements.
Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro Express), Hands of Stone is a reverential biopic which humanizes Roberto while putting a positive spin on his indelible stain. This version of his story blames Duran’s failing on his parasitic manager, Carlos Eleta (Ruben Blades), as well as on pressure from the big fight’s promoter, Don King (Reg E. Cathey).
Here, we’re treated to the backstage specter of a burnt-out Roberto bemoaning his being exploited. “I worked all my life. I didn’t have any fun, when I was a kid.” Truth be told, not only did he begin boxing young, but he married at an early age, too, 17. And his wife Felicidad (Ana de Armas) was only 14 when they tied the knot. FYI, the couple went on to have 8 children and are still together 47 years later.
If the movie has a flaw, it’s in the fight scenes which leave a lot to be desired. Anyone expecting cinema verite on the order of Rocky or Raging Bull, for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award in 1981, is destined to be disappointed.
Speaking of De Niro, he plays the legendary Ray Arcel who came out of retirement over death threats from the Mafia to train a teenaged Duran. Before you can say “Burgess Meredith,” he whips the promising protege into fighting shape, and it’s just a matter of time before his diamond in the rough’s rags-to-riches dream becomes a reality.
A touching, revisionist tale of redemption presenting the sensitive side of a pulverizing pugilist.
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated R for sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity
Allied (R for sexuality,)nudity, profanity, violence and brief drug use) Real life romance drama, set in North Africa in 1942, about a Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) while on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines only to learn that she might be a double agent in league with the Nazis. Cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris and Vincent Latorre.
Bad Santa 2 (R for sexuality, crude humor, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Billy Bob Thornton is back as naughty St. Nick to hatch a plan with his evil elf sidekick (Tony Cox) to fleece a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. With Kathy Bates, Jeff Skowron and Christina Hendricks.
Moana (PG for peril, scary images and mature themes) Seafaring animated adventure revolving around a headstrong, Polynesian teenager (Auli’i Cravalho) who embarks on a dangerous mission across the Pacific Ocean to save her people with the help of a legendary demigod (Dwayne Johnson). Voice cast includes Rachel House, Temuera Morrison and former, NFL great Troy Polamalu.
Rules Don’t Apply (PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes, drug use and brief profanity) Warren Beatty wrote and directed this romantic dramedy, set in Hollywood in 1958, about an aspiring actress (Lily Collins) and a limo driver (Alden Ehrenreich), both employed by Howard Hughes (Beatty) who break their billionaire boss’ workplace edict against fraternizing between employees. With Paul Sorvino, Candice Bergen, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Matthew Broderick.
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Baden Baden (Unrated) Character-driven dramedy about a fledgling, 26 year-old movie director (Salome Richard) who returns home to Strasbourg for the summer after her foreign film shoot falls through. Featuring Claude Gensac, Lazare Gousseau and Swann Arlaud. (In English, German and French with subtitles)
Behind the Cove (Unrated) Cruelty to animals documentary countering the negative publicity disseminated about the Japanese whaling industry by the Oscar-winning expose The Cove.
Lion (PG-13 for mature themes and some sensuality) Inspirational, real-life saga about a 30 year-old’s (Dev Patel) search for his long-lost birth mother (Priyanka Bose) and big brother (Abhishek Bharate) back in India with the help of Google Earth, a quarter-century after being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). With Rooney Mara, Divian Ladwa and Eamon Farren. (In English, Hindi and Bengali with subtitles)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (Unrated) Reverential biopic, narrated by Keanu Reeves, chronicling the life and career of Toshiro Mifune, the legendary star of The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo and numerous other Japanese film classics. Featuring commentary by Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg. (In English and Japanese with subtitles)
Miss Sloane (R for profanity and sexuality) Jessica Chastain plays the title character in this political thriller about a ruthless, D.C. lobbyist hired to match wits with a couple of former colleagues (Michael Stuhlbarg and Sam Waterston) representing gun manufacturers. With John Lithgow, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alison Pill.
Seasons (PG for mature themes) Meteorological documentary observing assorted metamorphoses in nature during the changing of the seasons. (In French with subtitles)
Eboni K. Williams is a popular political and legal commentator you can catch on numerous FOX News Channel programs like Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor and The Kelly File. She also frequently serves as a co-host on Outnumbered and The Five. Prior to joining FOX, she worked as a correspondent at CBS News, as a contributor at the HLN network, and as a talk show host in L.A. on radio station KFI (640 on the AM dial).
Raised by a single-mom, Eboni received a B.A. in Communications and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. She began her professional career in Louisiana, clerkingfor the Secretary of State and the Attorney General’s Office as a law student. She worked for various politicians, too, including assisting City Council members in the New Orleans rebuilding effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Eboni subsequently specialized in Family Law and Civil Litigation, providing legal counsel on high-profile divorce, spousal support and child custody cases. In 2008, she transitioned to Public Defender before returning to private practice in 2010. Over the course of her career in Criminal Defense, Eboni represented clients in murder, rape, drug, sex crime and federal offense cases.
Here, she shares her thoughts about the election of Donald Trump.
Kam Williams: Hi Eboni, thanks for the interview. I really appreciate this opportunity.
Eboni Williams: Oh, no, thank you, Kam.
KW: I have to start by asking what was your immediate reaction to the election results?
EW: [Chuckles] Well, like most Americans, including Trump supporters and probably Donald Trump himself, I was surprised. I was surprised because the data leading up to the election didn’t show a lot of ways that this could happen. But a year ago, even six months ago, I did see the potential for this outcome. In fact, I bet a lawyer friend of mine a steak dinner that Trump would win, specifically, by changing the electoral map in Rust Belt states with industrial populations like Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan. So, I saw the potential for a Trump victory, but as the campaign went on, I felt that he was his own worst enemy. Even back during the primary season, I said the only person who can beat Donald Trump is Donald Trump. Though he prevailed in the primaries, I thought he’d done enough damage to himself to take himself out of the game. But, on that point, I was wrong. He had a lot of different messages, but I would say the one that registered with most voters I spoke to was “Drain the swamp!” It was a forceful call for change and indictment of everything that’s been going on in Washington for several decades now. America’s just sick and tired of the gridlock in Congress and of the inaction at every level of government. People found Trump’s message of change to be such a complete antidote to that and so compelling that they wrote this man a blank check. Think of all the things he could do and not lose their support. Whether it was the Access Hollywood tape or statements he made about communities of color or what not, people ultimately chose to overlook it, because they so believed in his ability to be a change agent.
KW: I heard you say the other day that your own mother voted for Trump.
EW: My mother has been on the Trump train since day one. And even though I, like many in the media, might not have seen the likeliness of Trump’s success as far back as the primaries, her being such an avid Trump supporter from the start did help me keep my finger on the pulse. What many people felt was most important to them was change in Washington.
KW: Tell me a little about your mom.
EW: She’s a small business owner and the only parent that raised me. Everything I am I owe to her. She’s a brilliant businesswoman, not formally educated. But she has incredible instincts when it comes to business and leadership. She gives me counsel all the time in my career and other dealings. And look, she called the election. She said, “You know what? He’s imperfect… He brags… He’s even rude… I’m totally appalled by some of the things he says about brown and black people and by the way he describes our community. However, I really like and appreciate his toughness, his authenticity, his authenticity and his leadership qualities.” She likes his prosperity and that he was unapologetic about finding ways to escape paying personal and corporate income taxes. And clearly, a lot of other Americans felt the same way.
KW: How would you describe yourself politically? Most African-American commentators on Fox are either way to the left or way to the right, but with you, it’s hard to discern where you stand.
EW: I am a proud, registered independent. I have voted for candidates from both the Democratic and Republican Parties. I was a two-time Barack Obama supporter. In this election, I wrote in a candidate. I rejected both of the major party candidates, and I wasn’t impressed by any of the third-party candidates. I’ve been very clear about the fact that my politics don’t follow party lines. they follow policy. I’m a lawyer by trade, and I’m particularly concerned about policies that make life better for communities I feel are underrepresented… whether that’s communities of color… women… or young people. But I’m really concerned about all people, because we’re all Americans, and I want opportunity for all of us. “Opportunity” is the key word. I think the Democratic Party really got it wrong when they started describing their economic policy in terms of “income inequality.” Well, in my playbook, income should reflect work effort which is not always equal. We don’t all work the same, so why should all of our incomes be the same? What I think is fairer is “opportunity equality.” What we all should be afforded is the opportunity to determine our own income. That is very important to me.
KW: What did you think of Trump’s “What have you got to lose?” appeal to the black community?
EW: Did he make that urban renewal proposal for black votes or did he do it for white people who might have worried whether he might be racist? Maybe we’ll never know. But now that he’s about to become president, we’ll find out real quickly how sincere he was about those policy proposals. As a first-generation college graduate, I’m deeply concerned about his education agenda. I’m very much about school choice, because my mother pushed, pushed, pushed for me to have the very best public education opportunity, since she was a single mom and couldn’t afford much better. I’m also about vocation, because she became a successful business owner after putting herself through beauty school and opening a beauty salon. And she now owns a trucking company, and employs people in her community who are CDL licensed truck drivers. So I know vocational training works and I believe in it wholeheartedly, because I’ve seen it in my own life. And I am offering myself up to be a part of President-elect Trump’s plans around bringing school choice and vocational training and any other betterment opportunities to inner-city communities. I’m very much about that.
KW: What do you make of all the demonstrations and the tidal wave of fear of Trump we see among minorities in the wake of the election?
EW: It doesn’t surprise me at all. I knew, just based on my social media network which is diverse but probably predominantly African-American that there was a strong, visceral reaction against Donald Trump leading up to the election. So, I’m not surprised to see people literally crying, mourning, protesting or saying “He’s not my president.”
KW: Why is it that you don’t seem as frightened of him as so many other African-Americans?
EW: Maybe it’s the lawyer in me, maybe I’m just a more pragmatic person. In the same way that I could fight a District Attorney tooth-and-nail, and 30 minutes later hammer out a very favorable, plea bargain agreement for my client, I am happy, willing and able to work with this new president.
KW: Do you think the press, in general, went overboard in demonizing Trump and his constituency instead of taking his candidacy seriously?
EW: Yes, I think the press did themselves a huge disservice by making a mockery of his candidacy. It’s ironic that this was a billionaire with an Ivy League education who came from a rich family, and he was allowed to fashion himself throughout the campaign as a self-made man of the people.
KW: As a blue-collar billionaire.
EW: Absolutely! It’s really quite fascinating when you think about, especially when you consider how his wealth was really the death of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012. But in 2016, we had media that came off as very smug, elite, self-righteous and all-knowing. And the media attempted to tell America that Trump was not to be taken seriously. The Huffington Post even went so far as to refuse to cover Trump in the Political section of the website, because it decided he belonged in the Entertainment section. I think that strategy completely backfired. It only served to fuel Donald trump’s candidacy, because Americans really resented being talked down to.
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: What inspired your transition from lawyer to journalist?
EW: My favorite thing about being a lawyer was being a voice for the voiceless because, as you have probably noticed, I have a loud voice and a lot to say. But effecting change inside our judicial system is a very slow process, because you can pretty much only do one case at a time. So, I switched to journalism in order to be able to continue advocating for the underdogs but on a macro level. What better way to do that than by getting into media where instead of effecting change one client at a time, I could hopefully do it for thousands or even millions of people.
KW: Patricia also asks: What was the best decision you made to advance your career, moving to FOX News?
EW: I don’t know. You tell me, Patricia. I didn’t really seek out FOX. FOX came to me while I happened to be covering the George Zimmerman verdict for radio. Someone with The O’Reilly Factor happened to hear my segment and asked me to come on the show that night to discuss my reaction to and legal analysis of the verdict. I had never seen The O’Reilly Factor before I went on the show, so I didn’t know enough to be intimidated, though I quickly learned. But I really, really enjoyed my interaction with Bill. I was on with him and another gentleman. We had a very candid discussion about a delicate, but critically important topic. And after that night, I was hooked. That’s really how my association with FOX came about, and I’ve been doing FOX News and FOX Business all the time ever since. It’s not all roses and sunshine, but I really appreciate FOX for the opportunities that I get to go on. And no one has ever told me what to say or what position to take. I’m there to present positions that make good, common sense to me, and to bring clarity where I can share my expertise as an attorney and policy maker.
KW: What’s fun about watching you is that you’re not predictable.
EW: I know for a fact that I frustrate many of my colleagues, because they feel that i don’t represent a true liberal, or that I am not a conservative. That frustrates them, because they don’t know how to engage on-air with me sometimes. I simply push back against the idea that it’s my job to represent a really liberal point-of-view when, like on The Five, I’m the most liberal person appearing on a panel alongside four conservatives. I say, “I’m not here to represent liberal views. I’m here to represent myself. And if you trust me, my goal when I’m on any show, is to add something unique, specific and nuanced to the conversation.
KW: I think you certainly have a very distinct and intelligent voice, and a quick witin much the same way that legendary pundits like Pat Buchanan and Newt Gingrich do. That’s why I think it’s just a matter of time before you get your own show, whether on Fox on another network.
EW: Thank you, Kam. That’s high praise.
KW: You deserve it. Lastly, Patricia’s would like to hear your analysis, as a woman and and as a reporter, of Hillary Clinton’s failureto break the glass ceiling in the presidential election. Did you feel any disappointment?
EW: My answer to that is a little more complicated than I usually like to give, but I’ll be authentic. I never supported secretary Clinton. I was very vocal about that. But I will tell you that on the morning of the election a lot of the TV coverage showed women going to the polls in their Suffragette whites, putting stickers on the headstone of Susan B. Anthony, and talking about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first woman ever to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.That, at some point, got to me, not to the point that I would consider voting for Hillary, but in the sense that there was a bit of an expectation in terms of that being a positive aspect of the day. That did connect and resonate with me. But when I put my political analyst hat on, I felt that playing the “Woman Card” was one of the most compelling pieces of the Hillary Clinton argument, the idea that she was a change agent, at least in that regard. I thought that was brilliant, and needed to be played up sooner and more frequently. But here’s the thing. As much as they wanted to position her as the first woman president, that was an impossible task, because she would always be dogged down by the Clinton legacy which she could never escape.
KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?
EW: Oh gosh! [Laughs] My license and other typical stuff, but I also have my AKA sorority membership card in my wallet.
KW: The pink and green!
EW: Yes, sir! You know it. I’m going to look, actually… My mother just gave me this wallet for my birthday. It’s fabulous! I have a little bit of cash… a gift card to J. Crew… my UNC check-cashing card… my Metro card… and some gum
KW: Well, thanks again for the time, Eboni.
EW: I really enjoyed it, Kam.
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Jeff Bridges at Top of His Game as Retiring Texas Ranger on His Last Case
Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine) are siblings but about as different as night and day. The former is impulsive, reckless and sociopathic, a combination which helps explain why he’s spent a long stretch in prison for a violent crime. By comparison, his younger brother is a relatively stable, sensitive and chivalrous soul.
While Tanner was behind bars, divorced Toby has divided his time between raising his two sons (John Paul Howard and Christopher W. Garcia) and caring for his terminally-ill mother. So, it’s no surprise that upon his mom’s recent demise, she cut that ne’er-do-well black sheep of the family out of her will entirely, leaving her sizable estate to her only honorable offspring.
Unfortunately, a shady loan officer (Richard Christie) had duped her into taking a reverse mortgage on her cattle ranch for a pittance. Consequently, a predatory lending institution is holding a lien on land which Toby has just learned is sitting atop a fortune in untapped oil reserves. But unless the note is paid off by Friday, Texas Midlands bank will follow through on its threat to foreclose, “Come hell or high water.”
Toby wants to save the property and sign it over to his boys. Trouble is, he can’t raise the cash. The dilemma has him considering breaking the law for the first time in his life.
Enlisting the assistance of his just-paroled brother, he hatches a plan to rob Texas Midlands branches until they’ve raised the amount needed to retire the debt. The two proceed to embark on a spree aimed solely at the avaricious institution that had taken advantage of their very vulnerable mom.
However, the heists soon come to the attention of the Texas Rangers, and the case is assigned to Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) a wily old veteran weeks away from retirement. It’s not long before he and his half-breed Comanche partner (Gil Birmingham) are on the pair’s trail.
Thus unfolds Hell or High Water, a captivating, cat-and-mouse crime thriller directed by Brit David Mackenzie (Starred Up). Between Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) engaging, character-driven script and a plethora of powerful performances by Jeff Bridges and company, this multi-layered neo-noir is a masterpiece not to be missed!
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for graphic violence, pervasive profanity and brief sexuality
Running time: 102 minutes
Studio: Film 44 / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment / Lionsgate / OddLot Entertainment
Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water featurette; Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water featurette; Visualizing the Heart of America featurette; Red Carpet Premiere; and Filmmaker Q & A.
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