Cupcake of the week:
Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Because I researched and Virginia is associated with peanuts, so why not peanut butter? It also made me start thinking about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups so here you go …
Cocktail of the week:
I like Drake. Don’t judge me. He has a new liquor out. Virginia Black Whiskey. Perfect.
Movie of the week:
Birth Of A Nation
When I first heard of this film it was like three or four years ago. I heard Nate Parker was making it without the help of any studios, only his money and he was asking for help from private investors. And it was going to tell the story of Nat Turner. I said, okay. I think I want to see this. Nat Turner’s story needs to be told. Nate Parker is a brave soul, trying to get this done on his own, without the help of Hollywood. I can get behind that.
Fast forward to last year and the movie festival shopping, trying to get the movie sold. Lo and behold, the studios were fighting over it. It went to Fox Searchlight studios for $17 million. Big win for Nate Parker. Yay! Then, the ball dropped.
I have seen Nate Parker in at least three previous films that I have loved, and I did not hear anything about a rape case until this movie came out. Why? Look it up if you have to, I won’t get into sordid details here.
I won’t get into personal feelings about this man’s past or personal life, but it definitely will affect the draw this movie will have at the box office and for movie award season. My judgments will stick to the film and the story.
Based on the true story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to try to control unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless injustices–against himself and his fellow slaves–Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
3 cupcakes out of 5. Not great, but good.
First, I had to practice some major breathing techniques to stop my stomach from churning before this movie started. Because I still remember 12 Years A Slave. And also, to help my mind separate the art, a beautiful film actually, from the artist who made it.
Second, if you do not know Nat Turner’s story, you need to read at least some of it before going to this movie. It is not a pretty story. Nat Turner saw many unbelievable crimes toward humans, and his revolt was not a peaceful revolt. And most of the scenes reflected this. Be careful what you eat from the concession stand.
Third, and last, the story was steady and easy to follow. I like how he told it. I liked Nate Parker’s portrayal of Nat Turner, very much actually. I loved Aja Naomi King’s portrayal of Nat Turner’s wife. And Gabrielle Union was a surprise, and I enjoyed her very small part. Even though I disliked Archie Hammer’s character, the slave master, Samuel Turner, I liked Archie Hammer’s portrayal of him. So, a lot of good performances in this film. And there were some very funny parts also, to try to keep the mood a little light, with such a dark story.
I took away two cupcakes for two specific reasons. There were some outstanding cinematography spots in this film, visuals that were amazing. But I didn’t feel like they matched the story, like the story was told in a specific way, but the visual needed some extra …. Something. Can’t put my finger on it. And the graphic violence was required, yes. But I also didn’t feel like it matched the story. Like they were just throwing it in because it should be there, no set up, or a gradual hint to bring the viewer into the scene. Yeah, I’m picky.
I am very interested to see how the movie performs though. If you go, let me know what you think.