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The Green Book by Peter Farrelly (2018)
Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
The film revolves around racism in America where it is normalized to treat African-Americans as inferior to whites. Tony and Dr. Shirley's relationship and journey explore the difficulties blacks face on a daily basis, while they grow closer together, Tony having empathy for Dr. Shirley as he witnesses his boss' experiences. This movie is underrated and deserves more credit. Mehershala Ali definitely gave an award-winning performance. It is easily one of the best films I have ever seen.
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1864)
In his short 1864 book, Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of a man who is “too conscious.” The man, whose name we never learn is so aware of his own thoughts and feelings as to cause him to be indecisive and overly self-critical.
The novel revolves around the narrator, his approach and emotions about certain people and situations. He may be considered a strange man but his point of view is unique, may be questionable at times, though it does make one think. I could definitely relate to some of his weaknesses but never responded in the same manner that he did. Overall, he is a very interesting character and a literal walking contradiction, as he opposes every single thought that he has. I recommend you read it for the character, I had lots of fun.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron by Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook (2002)
As a brave and wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.
The film revolves around horses that are kept from being free in their natural home and instead used by humans, usually harmed for their own motives. It is definitely a representation of the abuse of animals in the real world. We have normalized using animals as livestock, and because of this, we constantly abuse them, and force them into extreme circumstances. The movie was able to present this issue well. It is a good movie.