Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy MLK Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day here in the US. He is clearly the most important person in the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century in this country and arguably the most important American of that century, as well. His story is indeed an awesome and impactful one. If all you know is the "I Have a Dream" speech, do yourself a favor and read up on the man.

Since you're here, I imagine movies are your thing. There have been a few attempts to dramatize the life of MLK. There have been some decent ones. The most notable effort is probably the 1978 TV miniseries entitled King starring Paul Winfield in the lead role. The best offerings are a number of the documentaries made about him and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Apparently, there is a new biopic in the works that Oliver Stone was connected to until a few days ago. Hopefully, capable people get involved in this film and it gets to see the light of day.

As King relates to this blog, I have reviewed a number of movies, many of which are documentaries, about people who are fighting for someone's civil rights in some fashion. The range of these movies spreads across race, gender, sexual orientation, even species. Click on the titles below (listed alphabetically) to read my reviews of these movies.

12 Angry Men
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-75
The Central Park Five
The Cove
The Help
How to Survive a Plague
Inherit the Wind
The Invisible War
Red Tails

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