I Love ‘Tootsie’!

Oh my goodness! Tootsie. I’ve never heard of this film until Wednesday when my mother, my sister, and I were browsing through Netflix and saw it. My mother immediately said she liked this movie and suggested we watch it. So, we did.

I was not expecting the premise of this movie; an unemployed actor decides to prove something to his pessimistic agent by disguising himself as a woman and getting on a hospital-based soap opera. I don’t think I’ve ever been so horrified and riveted at the same time.

Dustin Hoffman is a great actor. I’m talking absolutely phenomenal. I felt so weird looking at this man who so perfectly was able to transform before my very eyes. This movie surprised me in ways that I didn’t expect and my sister and I pretty much squealed, laughed, and screamed throughout the film’s entirety. It was so much fun.

If you haven’t seen this film, a movie that garnered ten Oscar nominations for its incredibly unique story and spot-on acting, I implore you to. It is hilarious.

I’m giving this movie a solid 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

‘The Pianist’ Is a Heartbreaking Story Filled with Hope

Have you ever watched a movie that is so sad you feel like you’re going to cry through the film’s entirety but the movie’s subject matter is so strikingly tragic and horrifying that not a single tear leaves your eye? That’s The Pianist for me.

I had heard about this film, I knew it was the movie that garnered Adrian Brody his only Oscar win, but I had no clue what the film was about. Low and behold, The Pianist follows the true story of a Polish Jew during the times of the Holocaust in Poland and his desperate struggle to survive.

Honestly, this movie was painful. Not for the script or acting because both were sublime. In fact, everything was a little too perfect. Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski perfectly sucked me into a world filled with hatred, despair, and gruesome acts displayed countless times until the point where I was just as numb staring at the screen as Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody) appeared over the course of the film.

What the Nazis did to the Jews still baffles me. How can someone possibly hate another as much as they hated the Jews? As an African-American woman who knows the troubling and downright atrocious truth of my past, my ancestors’ fates, it hits hard watching people suffer for no reason whatsoever.

The Pianist definitely deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Picture. I have not seen Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List but, as of right now, this is the best movie I’ve seen that focuses on the horrors of the Holocausts.

I’m giving this movie a solid 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It’s long, it takes its time, it doesn’t try to be an action film, but it is very well made.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

That Night: Part 5

“Oh, if it isn’t Blue Butt,” Valkyrie said, punching her fists together in the way she always did before a fight.

Gaugle grinned at her, revealing a row of needle-like fangs. “I told you I’d get even,” he said. “I hope you hadn’t forgotten.”

His five colorful cronies hissed gleefully behind him, baring their similar razor-thin fangs.

“Great. The more the merrier,” she responded.

Gaugle began to approach but then suddenly stopped, his slitted yellow eyes suddenly recognizing that she wasn’t alone. He snarled.

“Who’s this?” he growled indignantly.

She shrugged. “A friend.”

Tarthon stepped forward. “Yeah I’m her friend,” Valkyrie glanced over at him with a smile, “and I’d like to give you some advice. Forget your petty squabbles because you don’t know who you’re messing with.”

Gaugle laughed mockingly. “Don’t try to protect your girlfriend. It’s time for her to learn a lesson. And if you try to stop us you’ll get it too.”

As the goons continued their approach Valkyrie and Tarthon locked eyes.

“You first,” Tarthon said.

“No, you go ahead,” Valkyrie replied. “I want to see what you can do.”

Tarthon grinned savagely. “It’ll be my pleasure.”

Before he could “show her” she placed a hand on his arm.

“But leave Gaugle to me,” she said.

He nodded. “As you wish my lady.”

He launched himself forward to the encroaching opponents. Gaugle easily sidestepped him but Tarthon wasn’t going after him. He tackled two of Gaugle’s minions, lifted them high into the air, and slammed them together knocking them unconscious.

The other three goons saw this, turned to each other, and went running. Tarthon laughed in response. Gaugle roared angrily.

“You cowards!” he yelled at his panicked goons. “I’ll get you for this!”

Valkyrie crossed her arms. “Still want to fight?”

He hissed at her, unveiling a knife. “You’re going to pay for scamming me.”

He charged her, his knife raised high to inflict lethal pain. He thrust downward at her and she easily dodged the attack and grabbed his arm. With a punch to his wrist, he dropped the knife with a pained cry. Still holding his arm she smiled at Gaugle.

“Here’s a lesson for you to learn-” she leaned toward Gaugle, “stop messing with people.”

With that, she flung him screaming through the air where he disappeared behind the ridge.

Tarthon whistled. “Wow.” His widened gaze turned to her. “I think I’m in love.”

Valkyrie chuckled. “That beatdown calls for a celebration. Want to head back to my place? I got plenty of tasty beverages that aren’t designed to kill waiting for me and I’m kind of in the mood for sharing.”

He grinned. “Sounds like a plan.”