Foxcatcher

The saying "Money is the root of all evil" has never more true than in this film.  John du Pont (Steve Carell) spent his whole life trying to win his mother's approval and after her death, his unrealistic grip on reality finally snaps causing him to make some decisions from which his life will never recover.

Ranked by Forbes in 2009 as America's eighth richest family, duPont was an ornithologist and conchologist, publishing several books on birds; a philatelist, coach, and sports enthusiast.

In the 1990s, becoming a prominent supporter for amateur sports in the United States and a sponsor for USA Wrestling, du Pont established a wrestling facility at his Foxcatcher Farm after becoming interested in that and the pentathlon events.  In 1997 he was convicted of the murder in the third degree of Dave Schultz, an Olympic champion freestyle wrestler. The court ruled du Pont to have been mentally ill...but not insane. Sentenced to prison du Pont died thirteen years later. in 2010. The story is retold in the true crime book Wrestling with Madness and the focus of the Sony Pictures Classics film...Foxcatcher.

Almost unrecognizable, Steve Carell is chilling as John duPont.  He very convincingly displays duPont's madness in a eerily, creepy fashion where one is is left disturbed and elated at this performance all at once. Channing Tatum, in my opinion, will be proving all his critics wrong.  He is not just a "pretty boy", but a movie star with the acting chops to back it up.  That brings us to Mark Ruffalo, who is stellar no matter what film he stars in.  His acting always reeks of reality and humanism of every character he inhabits.  These men, in my humble opinion are doing some of the best work of their careers.

Ironically enough, shortly after this film debuted at Sundance, another duPont heir, Robert H. Richards IV, received no jail time after raping his 3-year-old daughter. After confessing to this despicable crime, a judge sentenced him to probation claiming that he "will not fare well," in prison.  I guess money can't buy everything.

Foxcatcher is like watching a car crash on the 405 freeway that you just can't turn away from nor can you shake how it makes you feel.  It's a disturbing, intriguing, suspenseful, shocking and enlightening in ways that can't be explained unless you see the film for yourself.  If you are in LA, you can catch it at the closing night of the AFI Film Festival.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE3O6jT78-Q

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: THE AVENGERS

OK…just like most people from my generation I am obsessed with comic book superheroes. Having said this, I realized that I have become partial to certain superheroes…particularly Superman and Ironman. It was Robert Downey, Jr. as Ironman that kept this film alive for me. Don’t get me wrong, all the superheroes did their thing, but when Ironman showed up, my interest and attention span was just a bit better..LOL. With an all-star cast helmed by Joss Whedon, I felt the first half of the film was a little on the slow side, but perked up after about 45 minutes in. I especially loved that Samuel L. Jackson was Nick Fury, the man responsible for getting “the avengers” together to kick butt and Scarlett Johanson as the only female avenger, giving little girls someone to idolize a superhero. For me, it was Wonder Woman…LOL.

The fighting scenes were spectacular, especially anything involving The Hulk, smartly portrayed by Mark Ruffalo. However, my favorite performance was given by Tom Huddleston, who portrayed Loki. He gave Loki just the right amount of venom, comedy and intensity that makes his character jump off the screen. Watching in 3D is not my favorite thing to do and thought it had died in the 50’s. But in America…”everything old is new again “!!! Who knew…LOL

Of course, at the end we are left with the knowledge that there WILL be a sequel. The kids, teens and those diehard comic fans will have a great time. Great summer flick!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8

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!!!