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Amistad: A Touching Historical Drama

Amistad: A Touching Historical Drama

Steven Spielberg’s Amistad is a movie that every American should see. It is a historical drama about the mutiny on the 1839 ship ‘la Amistad’ and the political trials that followed. From the violent opening sequence to the bittersweet ending, Amistad is a movie that will leave you with an ache in your heart and a lump in your throat.

Djimon Hounsou shines in his role as Cinque, an African man who is captured and taken from his home to be sold into slavery. Transported as property, under horrible conditions, Cinque finds an opportunity to free himself.

He and the other Africans on la Amistad escape, kill the crew members and try to head back to Africa. Unfortunately, they are intercepted by an American naval ship, recaptured, and taken to New England.

There they are charged with the murders of their captors and subjected to a lengthy trial, during which they are talked about and treated as property. Matthew McConaughey gives a compelling performance as real estate lawyer Robert Baldwin, who takes on the difficult case.

Faced with language and cultural barriers, he is eventually able to communicate with Cinque. He seeks the help of former president John Quincy Adams, convincingly portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, and develops a strategy that he hopes will win an emotional trial.

Also pushing for the release of the Africans is abolitionist Theodore Joadson, brought to life by Morgan Freeman. His is a fictional, not historical, character that’s meant to represent the many abolitionists of the time who fought for the African’s cause. The case comes at a time when President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) is running for re-election. He comes to fear that the outcome of the case will affect his chances and that freeing the Africans will instigate a civil war.

He uses his power and influence to have the judge on the case removed and replaced with a judge of his choosing. To Van Buren’s surprise, Baldwin’s legal tactics prevail and he eventually wins the case. Van Buren feels the heat from his Southern colleagues and from Queen Isabella of Spain, who is hoping to have the “slaves” returned to Cuba since the ship was captured in Spanish waters. The president has the court’s decision overthrown and taken to the Supreme Court, where 7 of the 9 members are slave owners.

Those who are unfamiliar with the history of this case, as I was, will be shocked by the course of events in this movie. After subsequent research, I discovered that the film was almost completely historically accurate.

That knowledge made me feel sick to my stomach. When Cinque described the treatment that he and his fellow Africans received on the ship, I was stunned and horrified. For many of us, especially the younger generations, slavery seems so remote and far away that we rarely think of it. This movie brought it back into focus, and the reality is sickening.

Also disheartening is the fact that our justice system was so easily manipulated. That someone in a position of power could use the legal system for his own political gain. It begs the question: If it happened then, could it happen now? Does it happen now?

Amistad is a film that will make you take a look at the dark reality of the past. With Spielberg’s trademark passion and character development, it is moving and credible. I hope that Amistad has and will continue to spark serious thoughts and discussions. It is a movie that every American of every race should see.

The Best Historical Love Epic of Hindi Cinema, Mughal-e-Azam

The Best Historical Love Epic of Hindi Cinema, Mughal-e-Azam

If you are fond of Indian history, particularly history of Mogul times, of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, you will remember the name of king Jehangir, who was father of king Shahjehan. King Jehangir was famous for his justice and his romantic nature. He was in intense love with one of his mother’s servants, Anarkali. The love story of Jehangir, who was known as Salim in his youth, has been very famous in the Indian history. There are many bollywood Hindi movies filmed on this eternal love story, but the most famous and the artistic film is Mughal-e- Azam. The movie was released in the year 1960. It was produced and directed by well-known director K. Asif. It took nine long years to make this epic romance film. This film was one of the most lavish productions of its time. The film initially had a lukewarm response from the Indian crowd, but it quickly gathered momentum, eventually becoming one of the most celebrated and successful films in the history of Indian cinema.

The story of the film begins with king Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) going on foot for a long distance of around 100 miles from Delhi to Fathehpur Sikri, where the majar of holy Sheikh Salim Chisti was situated to beg for a son, as he was not having any children. His wife, maharani Jodhabai (Durga Khote), gave birth to a boy after this visit due to the blessings of the holy sheikh Salim Chisti. King Akbar gives promise to give anything she wants to one of the servants of rani Jodhabai who conveyed him the most blessed news of birth of his son. The boy, named Salim, grows up and is found to be romantic and vagabond drinking alcohol and playing with the girls. King Akbar gets extremely angry on seeing this and sends him to war to keep him away from all the lavish items of a king. He grows up and becomes a very brave man later in his youth. King Akbar calls him back and makes him his successor to his mogul kingdom. Salim (Dilip Kumar) meets Anarkali (Madhu Bala), daughter of one of the servants of maharani Jodhabai.

Salim falls immediately in love with her. He wants to marry her but his father king Akbar objects, as Anarkali was a slave and a dancer. He puts her into prison. Anarkali refuses to leave Salim at any cost. Salim revolts against his father, is bitten in the battle with his father, and sentenced to death by his father Akbar. Anarkali buys the life of Salim with her own and she is being buried alive in the wall. Anarkali’s mother begs for the life of her daughter by reminding king Akbar, his old promise given to her. Akbar relents and exiles Anarkali from her death sentence. However, this is not made public and Salim is left to believe that Anarkali is dead. The lovers remain separated through the rest of their lives.

In spite of such a simple story, the film is an epic due to the most memorable acting performances of Dilip Kumar as prince Salim, great Prithviraj Kapoor as king Akbar, Durga Khote as maharani Jodhabai, and Madhu Bala, as Anarkali. They were all simply fantastic in their own roles and are remembered even today after around 50 years of the release of the film. The film’s best dance sequence of “pyar kiya to darna kya” takes place in palace of mirrors of the famous Lahore fort. This dance is simply out of the world. The famous Hindustani classical and Thumari singer Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sang two classical songs for the film in the voice of great Tansen. The music composed by famous music director Naushad is most melodious. All the songs of the film are super hits, even today. Dilip Kumar and Madhu Bala, both got Film Fare awards for their superb performances. Naushad was also nominated for the best music director of the year for evergreen music of this film. The impressive Hindi/Urdu dialogues, written by Kamal Amrohi were superb, giving the film an excellent penetrating quality. The film grossed over 55 million rupees at that time. It was India’s top-grossing film until the year 1975, when film Sholay became a big hit. The film was in black and white except for the two major song sequences, which were shot in Eastman color. A fully colorized version of the movie was released in the year 2004 and it also was a great success.

Mughal-e-Azam is still considered one of the best Hindi movies in the history of Hindi cinemas. All the theaters have to use their houseful boards (no tickets available), when this film is released, even now. If you have still not seen this film, you are missing one of the most memorable moments of your life.

Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007) Movie Review

Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007) Movie Review

I have a confession to make; I really liked the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard film. Never watched the show so I judged it on its own and damn if I didn’t have a blast watching it. The Broken Lizard boys always churn out entertainment for me and this was no different. Of course lots of people despised it but at least I enjoyed it. When the Direct to DVD prequel was announced I wasn’t too excited. The Broken Lizard guys weren’t involved so I became uninterested. But I was willing to give it a chance and rented it. So was Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning superior to the 2005 film? No. But was it decent entertainment? Yes.
Let me dive into negative territory first. Despite being a prequel to the 2005 film there’s some continuity errors here. The general lee has a confederate flag on its roof in this film yet Cooter didn’t apply it on till the 2005 film. The general lee also has its infamous car horn yet Cooter didn’t put it in till the 2005 film. Daisy is also a brunette (her hair color in TV series) yet she was a busty blonde in the 2005 film. The Filmmakers clearly did not pay attention to the 2005 film. Shame. Also the movie really isn’t all that funny. It’s not completely unfunny but I didn’t laugh out loud once during it. I only snickered occasionally. Also the movie has the typical cheap direct to video look but the more I watched the movie the less I noticed. Also what’s with Rosco’s dog going from Puppy to Dog back to puppy etc.? Joke or Bad Continuity? Take your pick.

But its not all bad continuity and not funny enough laughs, The Beginning is entertaining throughout its running time. I liked the cast. Randy Wayne and Jonathan Bennett were quite likable as the Duke Boys. I wasn’t sure about them at first but the more I watched the film the better they got and in the end liked them. April Scott (Daisy) is not as hot as Jessica Simpson but was cute enough for me. A little too skinny though. Willie Nelson (Uncle Jesse) was not as funny as he was in the 2005 film but still provided me with enough laughs to like him. Christopher McDonald (Boss Hogg) plays his usual evil character and does wonders with it. Harland Williams (Rosco) plays his typical goofball character and is excellent at it. Joel Moore (Cooter) was a hoot! Easily my favorite Actor/Character in the film. Loved him in Grandma’s Boy and Dodgeball, too. The plot wasn’t original but I liked it. Simple and to the point.

Robert Berlinger’s directing is simple and serves the movie in the end.

The music consists of country music and score. Decent.

The General Lee takes to the air in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Like the unrated version of the 2005 film this film contains a decent amount of female nudity. Still blinded by the male nudity of Borat? Then rent this. There are enough boobs for any average male.

In the end, Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning was decent entertainment. I was bothered by the bad continuity between this and the 2005 film and the movie didn’t tickle my funny bone enough but I dug the cast, the female nudity and simple storyline. Worth a rental, especially if your bored.


Watch Hollywood movies online for free

Watch Hollywood movies online for free

Tired of paying expensive subscription fees to your cable service provider or expensive online streaming platforms? Tired of looking for torrents and never finding the right ones? We all know a friend who is a serious movie buff and yet fails to watch all of the latest movies on time. If you don’t know a friend like that there is a chance you yourself are that friend.

What many people fear is that online streaming sites are illegal and contain suspicious malware that may harm their computer. This is true in many cases; however, it isn’t true for all online streaming sites. Read on to find out how you can watch movies online without having to think about any legal consequences or the safety of your desktop.

There are many online sites that claim to have the latest movies on their platform. The most famous online streaming platforms are 123 movies, fmovies, etc. however, no matter how famous these sites are, people are scared of malware and a few people also claim to see pop-ups asking for their financial information which has created a stigma that people behind the site might be having some ill-intentions. If you too are someone who loves watching movies and is yet scared of the consequences of watching free movies on online streaming platforms like these, read on to find out some safer and legal alternatives for yourself.

Mentioned below are safer and better options that you may consider if you want to watch Hollywood movies online:

  • SONY Crackle: With a plethora of original Sony pictures, this is perfect for you if you want to watch the best movies online. This is compatible with a wide range of devices few of them which are: android phones, Apple devices, Xbox, Play station, etc. so that you can enjoy all your favorite movies anytime and anywhere.
  • Popcornflix: This is another site that provides you with the best movies online for free. This site is ad-supported so if you do not have a problem with a few ads you could get some really good content here. You would not find many latest movies here but you will always find the classics that too in great quality. The source of this site’s content is usually Screen Media Ventures.

  • Yidio: this is another ad-supported site where you can watch all Hollywood movies for free. It is legal and has movies in high resolution.
    As we can see there are many sites where you can watch Hollywood movies for free. However, please be careful of suspicious malware and other virus that may damage your computer.

Watch Full HD Unlimited Movies Online Free

Watch Full HD Unlimited Movies Online Free

The era of online film watching has slowly taken over the traditional method of theatrical movie watching. It is quite obvious to see the input as well as output, with regards to watching movies online. In case you are worried about reliable platforms, then certainly you can take note of putlocker.
This site and sites similar to these have the efficiency in rendering basic suggestions for the best online movies. You can encounter your own choices and get the best deals online, just through a few single clicks. You can, later on, adjust the options, by simply going to the settings menu!

The credibility and high standards of online movies!

One of the biggest concerns that users face in terms of watching their favorite movies is quality. While movies in theatres are sure of HD quality, the online sector has also realized the value of the same. Therefore, the basic consideration that has slowly crept up the world of online movies is its HD quality.
Websites similar to Putlocker is able to give its audience the best of HD movies and that too free of cost. It’s really good to notice the hard work and dedication these sites have lived up to, only to impress the users. Individuals are certainly taken aback by the standards of movies these sites have crept up for!

How to download the best movies in HD quality?

You must have noticed the different options that come up in terms of downloading any video content online. Therefore, in order to get in touch with the best set of movies online and that too in HD quality, the steps that you should follow are as follows:

    • When you find the best reliable site, simply gather up the chance to go through the website first. In this way, you will get an idea about the process online!
    • Once you choose the movie for download, simply check for the options that are available for download. Mostly, sites have various options available like HD, MP4, etc.
    • You must click on the option titled HD and then simply click on okay.
    • Your movie now gets downloaded smoothly. Keep the internet connection stable so that you can keep up with the instant download of the movie.

Now that you have the movie downloaded in HD quality, you can secure your own time and watch it anytime and anywhere!

5 Websites like 123 Movies

5 Websites like 123 Movies

123 Movies is probably the most popular in the business currently. And the vast array of sites to just sit down and relax and binge is just increasing right now. To top the lot, is just so difficult but 123 Movies has done it with impeccable amount of good service to their audience.
Serving its audience with top movies and TV show from all genres and doing it in a regular basis is just fabulous. But when people get loads of quality sites, then the loyalty shift is actually dependent on the viewers themselves rather the sites.
So, there are similar sites which give everyone the same sort of services but some is better than one another, thus the competition is on a rise unlike one ruling the chamber with its quality service. Its like the formula of acing the streaming services have been breached by everyone.

Here are some websites like 123 Movies

1. Putlocker

Probably, one of the oldest and consistent of the lot. Very tidy and simple to use website. Unlike many sites it hosts the content on its own server rather redirecting it to another external server. So, no third-party redirection is involved. No registration for different devices so that means fewer amounts of limitations.

2. Primewire

Serves you with certain different methods, gives you ample amount of choices and refers you to different links if the other goes down. The layout is actually a modern one so maybe a tad bit complex but is fair enough with the quality of its content. And there is a certain need to sign up in order to view any content so there is a downside to it.

3. Fmovies

No list would be complete without F Movies. This site has all the box ticked. No ads will intervene your watch time. Simple and clean layout, easy to navigate and tons of movies and tv shows to go through, but even that is really easy to go through via the quick search tab.

4. Yes Movies

A site with the recommendation of its own according to your preferences. The filters are spot on, be it country, genre or even uploaded date. Everything is clean and smooth. Even when your watching your content, it is never going to get interrupted by a sudden unnecessary ad.

5. Vumoo

This site gives its audience a premium feel along with the premium services. Thousands of titles and all in great quality. Never ever it would make you feel that it is a complex site to use. No sign up needed just put it on search and watch. Also hosts third party materials.