Movie weekend: To Africa


You told me that you like The English Patient, which to be frank I fell a sleep watching. I think I was too young to appreciate the slower pace. Although I didn’t love it, its beautiful landscape shots did left a impression in my blurry memory.

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I am going to start you off by taking you to another continent.
I am going to recommend The Constant Gardener.
It’s a revenge (?) love movie shot in the beautiful African landscape with an extra tad of social conscious. Also starting Ralph Fiennes. you should stop reading at this point. go watch the movie then come back to see my next recommendation. onwards, you should adhere to this suggestion, ie dont read it all at once.

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After falling in love with Africa, watch what happen when shit happens in Africa, and you will be glad that you are not there. Watch Hotel Rwanda, a true story.

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Now you should be wondering what is wrong with the place.
I am going to offer three perspectives, there are:
1. Blood Diamond, pick this one to see how Africa’s rich resources is also root of its troubles. And or
2. Lord of War. See it if you want to see how foreign arm dealers like Nicolas Cage getting rich by selling weapons to third world countries to fuel their never ending conflict. And or.
3. Black Hawk Down, to find out how and why when outsider try to intervene, things can go horribly wrong.
And if you are really enjoying the movies that I am recommending see all three in those sequences, if not just pick Blood diamond.

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Next movie that I really want to recommend is not a movie, but a documentary on globalization and its affect on Africa. I am of course talking about the Oscar nominated Darwin’s Nightmare. By this time you should be ready to move beyond the African theme. I would like you to finish your weekend with Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice and cute penguins from a documentary that actually won a Oscar – The March of the Penguins. Or, alternatively, if you cant get your hands on these two great documentaries, I think the serendipitous get-out-of-slam movie Slumdog Millionaire will get you more hopeful about people living in third world slums. Its a heartfelt Danny Boyle movie that will give you a smile before you go to bed and wake up to another week of labor in positive perspective.

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See you on Tuesday, i hope you liked all these movies. if you do i will set you up for another batch of movies next weekend.

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