No Wonder

SPOILER ALERT!

Auggie, a fifth-grade boy, born with facial deformity, goes to public school for the 1st time, after being home schooled his entire life. He gets rejected and bullied at first, then he blends in and becomes accepted as the year passes. At the end he receives a standing ovation after being awarded an honorary medal at his graduation.

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The idea may be inspiring, but the movie is disappointing for me! Knowing that it is based on a children novel clarified things but as much as I loved Jacob Tremblay’s performance as Auggie, enjoyed Julia Roberts as his loving mother who paused her life to deal with his disease, raise him and educate him, and laughed nearly every time Owen Wilson appeared on screen, I still find the story weak.

In reality life is not that simple, bullies don’t get discovered that easily and they don’t regret their acts effortlessly!
Different people take more time to blend in and be accepted specially when nothing extraordinary is done from their side to earn acceptance. Yes Auggie is well raised, cute, warm hearted and very smart, but you need to know him in order to discover that, but his looks will prevent many from doing so given the fact that to some extent he wasn’t accepting himself.
Having black people to be the first to accept him (His teacher, Summer & Jason) is a projection to the fact that people who suffered rejection gets attracted to each other which is also idealistic to some extent!
His Sister Via’s life is also dreamy, she is a balanced teenager; she loves her brother so much, she is affected that her family’s universe rotates around Auggie but in a healthy amount ! She discovers that her best friends cut her off, minutes later she mets a guy who like her, gets enrolled in the theatre club. Her friend (the child of divorce, who blocks her because she felt jealous from her life) feels guilty and try to make things right so she drops from the leading role of a school play giving it to Via !! REALLY?!!!!!!!
and many other details that has been too perfect to be true; the indefectible school principal, the teacher who left wall street to pursue his dream teaching, the bully friends became Auggie’s allies in a fight instead of continuing to bully him after their friend left school because of him!

The message of the movie is important and clear, and if the target audience are young adults and children, just like the novel, then it may be to the point. But as an adult, the movie has no complexity and no depth, characters’s backstories are too artificial.

Wonder 2017 .    PG         113 min
Based on a Novel by RJ Palacio
Written by: Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne
Cast: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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Million Dollar Baby

I have a confession to make; the first time to watch this masterpiece was last week 😵… 13 years from its date of production and 12 since it won 4 academy awards: Best picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a supporting role.

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Being the movie geek I am, I don’t read about movies I want to watch, thus I never knew the plot and always thought its just a fancy boxing movie hence created by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman.
It was a shock when Maggie was left ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. A very strong and determined character was introduced throughout the movie and there she is lying helpless. Every second afterwards I was waiting for the miracle to happen. I was waiting for Frankie to find her a doctor who can heal her. I was waiting for her persistence and strength to help her overcome the situation. Until Euthanasia was put on the table. Continue reading

Academy Award Winning Pictures

“Best Picture” is considered the premier award of the Academy Awards, it is the final award presented at the ceremony. In 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films to be nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards. Two years after this change, the Academy revised the rule again so that the number of films nominated was between 5 and 10.
Aslo the name underwent several changes over the years. Since 1962 it has been called the Best Picture award.

1927/28–1928/29: Academy Award for Outstanding Picture
1929/30–1940: Academy Award for Outstanding Production
1941–1943: Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
1944–1961: Academy Award for Best Motion Picture
1962–present: Academy Award for Best Picture

As of 2017, there have been 537 films nominated for Best Picture and 89 winners.
The Complete List of ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners till the 89th Academy Award (2017).

89th Academy Awards: Moon Light (2016)

88th Academy Awards: Spotlight (2015)

87th Academy Awards: Birdman (2014)

86th Academy Awards: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

85th Academy Awards: Argo (2012)

84th Academy Awards: The Artist (2011)

83rd Academy Awards: The King’s Speech (2010)

82nd Academy Awards: The Hurt Locker (2009)

81st Academy Awards: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

80th Academy Awards: No Country for Old Men (2007)

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18 days

18-days-movie-poster-2011-102074459818 Days is an Egyptian Movie, produced right after January 2011’s revolution. The movie was first screened in Cannes International Film Festival, May 2011, and was never publicly screened in Egypt until a copy of the movie was leaked on youtube this July.The Movie’s runtime is 117 mins, it includes 10 short movies, by 10 different directors and 8 screenwriters. The movie dates the emotions of Egyptians during the 18 days from the beginning of the revolution on the 25th of January till the Mubarak stepped down on the 11 of February 2011.

The production time, was less than 3 months, the thing that helped the stories to reflect the raw emotions of different social and financial backgrounds without any political manipulation. The revolution was still young and the future was vague and no matter what your political view or opinion in the revolution itself now, you will see yourself in one of the stories and you will retrieve your emotions during those days.

The movies are:
Retention: written and directed by Sherif Arafa
a symbolic movie, takes place in a mental health hospital, the patients represents different segments of the Egyptian society and their reactions to the news during and after the 18 days. 

God’s Creation: written by Belal Fadl and directed by Kamla Abou Zikry
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19-19: written by Abbas abu-el hassan and directed by Marwan Hamed.
prisoner 19-19, an intel employee being interrogated during the 18 days  
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