This is a very powerful and wonderful film about the real life of Jim White. On his last stop of a high school coaching career he slowly demolished, he lands in a “border town” full of Mexican-Americans. Watch the film and you will find out why they are called MexiCANs not MexiCAN’TS.

Jim White: So, do you guys get paid by the hour?
David Diaz: No, the field.

Field work has to be the most back breaking labor there is. This film does not sugar coat it. Up at 4am until school, and then back in the field until 6pm, then two hours of training. I was exhausted just watching.

Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) is great; but most of the credit should go to Niki Caro, the director, whose deft hand also brought you Whale Rider.

What We Do in the Shadows

Storyline with spoilers (you know you won’t go — your loss!!)
A wonderful mockumentory about vampires.
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three roommates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming roommate conflicts.
You will laugh all the way through at all the subtle humor in this wonderful film.
Go in with the open mind that it’s not your classic style of comedy.
Blade, Twilight, Werewolves, Zombies, they all make an appearance. The plot is actually quite funny in itself… it isn’t meaty by any means, but it is also a joke: as the documentary team follows three vampires cruising together: one who is very… camp, shall we say, another who is self-described as being hot… because he is a vampire, of course, and another who seems like a satirical-take on your stereotypical long-hair/metal-head. Oh, and an 8,000 year old friend, Petyr, who doesn’t seem to possess the skills of communication (a nod to Nosferatu).

They begin to talk the crew through how they try to socialize, which leads to some amusing scenes of vampires trying to have nightlife. Then they talk the crew through how they capture/seduce people in order to drink their blood. More funny scenes follow, leading to one of these victims escaping from the flat. Of course he doesn’t die; he becomes the new vamp in the gang. But.. He’s young, he’s stupid, and he is not even over a hundred years old! When he introduces his human friend to his vampire friends, you just know it’s not going to go well. I won’t go any further, but from here the plot delves the movie into comedic chaos. I was missing jokes because I was laughing at the ones previous! There are no immature fart jokes here, there aren’t any jokes that make you cringe in their lame delivery…. Even though they are throwing a lot of crud at the wall, most of it sticks. It is also filled with comedic variety. Physical humor, plain old slapstick, facial expressions/body language (especially that camp vampire who always leads the documentary crew around, his facial expressions and eye-movements when following the cameras cracked me up every time), and obviously sarcasm and satire are underlying themes.
Well my invitation to the Unholy Masquerade is here. I must get my outfit together, if only I could see myself in a mirror!


Must Go
“…have courage and be kind”
“An incredibly beautiful interpretation of the most beloved of fairy tales! Casting is superior. Cate Blanchett holds nothing back depicting a beautiful villain. Lily James is the fairest, kindest Cinderella as is Richard Madden the handsomest, kindest of princes. Their chemistry is intoxicating for us all as our hearts leap along with theirs at the sight of one another. The movie is a visual feast in every moment with the most magnificent scenery and special effects! The making of the princess and her carriage by a wonderfully played fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) is cleverly done with a nice nuance shed in the possibility of reaping a reward for doing an act of kindness for a stranger. We found the movie whimsically entertaining in the most joyous of ways with a smile on our faces.” The review by winterh3 on IMDb. I agree with it!

Still Alice

Bring your hanky to this sad, heart wrenching film. Julianne Moore’s Oscar winning performance as a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease will leave you mesmerized.
This film invites after movie discussion. For me the worst moment is her inability to complete her exit strategy. If you cannot bear your disease you have to make your decision when you can still act on it, however the “you” of today may not agree with the “you” of yesterday. I know for me, as soon as I pull the trigger the doctor will rush in with the news that they have cured my disease.
Alice makes the point that it is better to have cancer than Alzheimer’s. To have your mind slip slowly away is terrifying. Have you ever walked in a room and forgotten why? Have you ever been typing a review and fo…