The Imitation Game

Ever wonder where the idea of a computer actually came from? Every time I use my smartphone or the iPad I type this on, I wonder what kind of a brain came up with an idea that has literally revolutionized the way we communicate in the 21st century. Alan Turing was and educator/mathematician, who during World War II participated in code breaking...specifically German ciphers. He used an electromechanical device ("Christopher") to decipher German enigma encrypted signals, which resulted in Turing being awarded an Order of the British Empire for his work.

With homosexuality being illegal in 1950's UK, Turing admitted to the police (whom he contacted after a break-in at his home) that he had sexual relationship with a man. After his arrest and conviction, he was forced to choose between temporary probation and hormone treatments. Choosing the later, he underwent chemical castration through injection and ultimately took his own life in 1954.

Benedict Cumberbatch exhibits his finest work as Alan Turing and it is only complimented when his scene partner Keira Knightly hits the screen. Both actors are magnanimously spellbinding from beginning to end.

The Imitation Game is in limited release and unarguably one of the best films of 2014. Do yourselves a favor and be educated and entertained all at once. It is released nationwide on Christmas Day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuPZUUED5uk

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

MV5BMTY2MDkxNzYwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTM2MjE5MDE@._V1_SX146_CR0,0,146,215_Being a Tom Clancy fan, I couldn't wait to see this latest installment of his character Jack Ryan.  Consequently, the character of Jack Ryan has been portrayed in other films by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford(Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).  "Jack Ryan:  Shadow Recruit" takes us back to the humble beginnings of how the US Marine Ryan becomes involved with the CIA. Recruited after a horrible accident in Afghanistan, Ryan (Chris Pine) is relentlessly pursued by Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) to thwart the Russians plans for a terrorist attack that could ultimately result in crashing the US economy. Clocking in at a little under two hours...the time flew by and found myself waiting eagerly for the next scene, but I have to be content to wait for the sequel.

It was refreshing to see Keira Knightly NOT in a period piece, using an American accent and being very effective as fiancé for the lead character and watching her her go toe to toe with the phenomenal  talent of Kenneth Branagh as Ryan's nemesis Viktor Cherevin.  Having also been a fan of Branagh's as a director  and actor, his work in the latest Tom Clancy incarnation was fantabulous and I am keeping my fingers crossed that he directs the sequel.  Of course, it goes without saying that my childhood crush of Kevin Costner is still intact...as in my opinion he can DO NO WRONG...LOL.  Chris Pine, illustrates once again why he makes a perfect leading man under any circumstance.  I was a believer when I saw him in STAR TREK last year, but now I am a forever fan.

If you are an action-adventure junkie, you will have a great ride with Jack Ryan:  Shadow Recruit.  It will be over before you know it and you will find yourself thirsting for more:)

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!