2014: #10 Selma


Directed by: Ava DuVernay
Written by: Paul Webb
Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson,
Giovanni Ribisi, Lorraine Toussaint, Wendell Pierce, Common, Keith Stanfield, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dylan Baker, Tim Roth, and Oprah Winfrey
Distributer: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2014
Date seen: 1/11/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $46 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 2 (Best Picture and Best Song)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 1 (Best Ensemble)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Ensemble)

There have seemingly been dozens of studio biopics this year, and out of all of them this is clearly one of the best.  Well, that’s perhaps a bit of a misnomer given that the film and its focus on a large ensemble’s reaction to a single protest arguably isn’t an actual biopic.  Just the same, the film’s mostly human depiction of Martin Luther King is a very strong and important element and David Oyelowo’s performance is fairly well grounded.  The film works best as a sort of procedural/recreation of those famous events in 1965 and it highlights a number of the interesting personalities that were involved in them.  Given the events in Ferguson and Long Island the film was hyper relevant this year and its take on the challenges of engaging in non-violent protests were certainly interesting.  It wasn’t a perfect movie, and a couple of elements in it bugged me, but taken as a whole it’s a pretty vital piece of Hollywood filmmaking.
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