“42”

I attended an early screening of the movie called, “42” which is about the baseball player, Jackie Robinson. He’s the first African-American professional baseball player to make the major leagues which took place right after World War Two. Jackie was initially picked to join the Montreal Monarchs but was later traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers because of his skills, from there, his number became #42.

There was a lot of heat when Jackie Robinson became part of professional baseball because he’s the first African-American. He was chosen in the  beginning because he’s attended college at UCLA where he played with other white players, he was still young in his twenties, and he even served in the military. He had a good reputation overall beforehand. He dealt with criticism from other players on the teams he played with, the other coaches, as well as other teams, and baseball patrons. He was called the “N” word A LOT which he had to learn to control not wanting to personally fight back. Some of his fellow ball players help stand up for him for the cruelty he suffered and later, they were rewarded with a career in coaching other teams.

Baseball coaches were fired from their jobs for mistreating Jackie. Baseball player would either be banned from the sport, or traded to a much lesser successful team which they would bitter!

I like how this movie focused on the more positive aspects of Jackie Robinson entering major league baseball. His personal  life wasn’t all that perfect, but this movie focused on the positive parts which would later help other African-American men to play professional baseball. He’s portrayed as an excellent ball player, a loving dear husband, and a great friend.

The #42 is the only number in all of baseball to retire and just in recognition of him.

I give this movie, an “A”. I recommend this movie to people who are into following their dreams into professional sports.

“Disconnect”

What seem like we disconnect with the ones we love, we connect when we suffer the bad times.

I met Max Thieriot who is one of the actors in this modern noir film. He plays a young person who is involved with doing live webcam porn. Andrea Riseborough plays a news reporter who interviews him and also tries to get him out from the life he’s been living where he’s been performing sexual acts on a webcam. Fashion Designer, Marc Jacobs is unrecognisable as his pimp!

Max Thieriot at the screening of "Disconnected" in San Franisco
Max Thieriot at the screening of “Disconnected” in San Franisco

This is one of the rarest times you’ll get to see Jason Bateman portray a more serious character since he’s known for being more comedic roles. He plays a lawyer who’s a father who suffers when his son tries to commit suicide while at home after a picture of himself is spread around his school. He tries his best to get through of what would cause his son to hang himself as his daughter caught her brother after being disturbed by the loud music from his room while she had friends over.

Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton play a married couple who are grieving differently over the death of their son. The husband is obsessed with online gambling while the wife finds comfort in someone she meets from an online grievance group.

Frank Grillo plays a widower who investigates the credit fraudulent case of the married couple Alexander and Paula play, and it is son who taunts the son of Jason Bateman which led to the apparent suicide attempt.

We later find out that Jason Bateman’s character who’s a lawyer tries to help out Andrea Riseborough’s character who gets into some legal trouble because of her news report of young people performing on webcams with the possibility that some are minors.

The camera angles were a bit wonky at times, which made it a bit hard to follow who’s story lines.

The best parts of this movie are:

Jason Bateman and Frank Grillo get into a fight in the front yard after he discovers that it’s Frank’s son who taunted his son at school but claimed to be a friend.

Jason Bateman’s daughter in the movie spits on her friend’s face while sitting in the lunchroom at school who received a text message from a boy to go on a date after she had been grieving on the condition of her brother who’s in the hospital.

I give this movie an “A” because during the Q and A, people suggested it be shown to students in high school and colleges for it’s message of what bullying can cause as well as young people selling themselves into the sex industry.

Max Thieriot (right) at the screening of "Disconnected" in San Francisco
Max Thieriot (right) at the screening of “Disconnected” in San Francisco